7-6-2020 Biggest Dutch pension fund dumps Israeli banks - Adri Nieuwhof Electronic intifada pension fund ABP announced last month that it has stopped investing in two Israeli banks involved in Israel's violent colonization of the occupied West Bank. ABP is the biggest pension fund in the Netherlands, and one of the world's largest, with about $500 billion in assets. It says it wants its investments to "contribute to a sustainable world."In areas where there is an increased risk of human rights violations, like the West Bank, ABP requires companies it invests in to have in place a human rights policy. Not only do Israel's Bank Hapoalim and Bank Leumi have no such policy, but both are heavilyinvolved in building settlements on occupied Palestinian land…Posted by Judith Ferster, Voices for Justice in Palestine member

7-7-2020 House advances legislation pushing for Israeli-Palestinian partnerships – Jacob Kornbluh Jewish Insider
The Middle East Partnership for Peace Act of 2020 is co-sponsored by Reps. Nita Lowey and Jeff Fortenberry: A House panel chaired by retiring Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) advanced bipartisan legislation on Monday that would establish an international fund to facilitate joint economic ventures and promote people-to-people dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians… Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. It is supported by AIPAC, J Street, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Anti-Defamation League and Americans for Peace Now, among other Jewish and pro-peace groups…Posted by Judith Ferster, AIME member

6-30-2020 Bernie Sanders Signs AOC's Anti-annexation Letter Threatening to Cut U.S. Military Aid to Israel - Amir Tibon Haaretz
'Apartheid' letter drafted by Ocasio-Cortez, warning of the consequences of Israel's plans to annex parts of the West Bank, was condemned by AIPAC. It also includes a direct call to set conditions on U.S. military aid to Israel so that "U.S. taxpayers are not supporting annexation in any way," an idea that Sanders has been promoting for more than a year, and that has been rejected by the Democratic Party's presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, who has called it "outrageous." …AIPAC came out against the letter in a series of tweets that included praise for Biden and former President Barack Obama for their administration's policy of increasing military aid to Israel…000Meanwhile, the Dutch parliament adopted a motion on Tuesady calling on the government to "identify options of meas…

6-26-2020 Israel/OPT: EU must weigh in to ensure accountability as annexation looms, says UN expert - UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner…The independent expert said the international community, and particularly the European Union, must take concerted action to counter the proposal and ensure accountability for such serious breaches of international law."We have reached a point where resolutions without resolve can no longer contribute to reaching the just and durable peace and human security that Palestinians and Israelis deserve," Lynk said. "This is a moment of truth for the EU and the integrity of its foreign policy."…Posted by Judith Ferster, AIME member

6-24-2020 One ofthe most pro-Israel Democrats is about to get booted from Congress - Michael Arria Mondoweiss won't get the official results for a while, but progressive challenger Jamaal Bowman currently holds a double-digit lead over 16-term incumbent Eliot Engel in New York's 16th district. Engel, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is one of the most hawkish Democrats in the House. He supported the Iraq War, opposed the Iran Nuclear Deal, and has unequivocally supported Israel for decades. His campaign was fueled by donations from pro-Israel lobbying groups and a GOP super PAC.In contrast, Bowman has called for cuts to Pentagon spending, an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, and rejoining the nuclear deal. He also supports conditioning military aid to Israel…[Also] It looks like Mondaire Jones will prevail in New York's 17th district, where longtime congresswoman and staunch pro-Israel supporter Nita Lowey is stepping down…

6-22-2020 June 22, 2020 115+ Groups [including JVPAction] Urge Biden (and Trump) to Support 'Fair and Just Foreign Policy Regarding Israel and Palestinian Rights - Jessica Corbett Common Dreams…It is far past time for the U.S. to stop carrying water for the Israeli government and instead support justice and equality for all people."… The groups' collective call for a shift in U.S. policy toward the Israeli government and the Palestinians in occupied territories follows a similar but broader message on foreign policy from a coalition of organizations last month as well as Gallup polling from February that found rising support for Palestinians, especially among young people, which the letter highlights...
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6-22-2020 Netanyahu Ties Corruption Trial To West Bank Annexation Plans – Mark Steiner Real News Network says his trial is not about corruption, but about the fate of Israel and the Jewish people. He demands Palestinians give their consent to Israeli annexation, leading to anti-annexation demonstrations in Israel.Posted by Judith Ferster, AIME member