QCEA is pleased to present a new short-film looking at the role of the Rami Levy supermarkets in the West Bank. For more information, please see the accompanying post on our blog.
Rami Levy stores have been springing up across the West Bank for several years now. Israeli businesses have been providing services to the settlements for decades but there is something different about these supermarkets. Rami Levy stores are located just outside the settlements, drawing both Israeli and Palestinian customers from the area.
In these shiny, well-stocked supermarkets, Palestinians and Israelis shop side by side. Families and individuals from both sides of this 60-year conflict encounter “the other” as they roam the aisles searching out the best deals.
On the superficial level, the integration of both communities in the economic forum of a supermarket is a positive development, especially at a time when separation (or even apartheid) policies are becoming the norm. The best way to break down the pernicious stereotypes which fuel hatred and fear and which are sadly deeply entrenched in this conflict is for Palestinians and Israelis to actually meet each other. In a supermarket, shoppers are all there with the same objective; finding good products at good prices. Politics are not part of the equation.
But is this really the case? The argument that economics and politics are separate, unconnected spheres is a fallacy which has been disproved time and time again, in many places and contexts. How do Rami Levy stores affect the social, economic and political dynamics of the West Bank on a deeper level?
Want to know more? Read the post on our blog.
In this edition of Around Europe QCEA Joint Representative Martina Weitsch discusses what we can learn from Europe’s history of peacebuilding – in light of the European Union (EU) winning the Nobel Prize it’s a very interesting article indeed. Liz Scurfield gives us an update on developments within the Council of Europe on alternatives to imprisonment, and a brief description of recent changes in the EU-Israel relationship.
You can download September’s Around Europe in PDF format by clicking here. (1.2Mb)
We try as often as we can and when opportunities present themselves to make Around Europe available in other languages. Martina Weitsch’s article, ‘Europe: A Peace Process or a Peace Project?’ which appeared in this month’s edition is available in French in PDF by clicking here.
Europe pays 10 million to Tony Blair’s Office of the Quartet Representative; European Energy Developments: an Update; Introducing our new Programme Assistants
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Israel destroys EU development projects worth € 29 million; Who is protecting human rights in Europe?; Restorative Justice: European Parliament makes progress?; Introducing our new Office Manager
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Deutsche Ausgabe – Mai 2012
Restorative Justice: Macht das Europa-Parlament Fortschritte?
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QCEA welcomes the announcement on 29th May that the Netherlands has frozen the Dutch-Israeli Cooperation Council, which was due to be inaugrated on 7th June 2012. We are concerned, however, that the Netherlands still intends to establish this Council as stated by Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal. QCEA has sent a … More…
QCEA’s Joint Represents to the EU Martina Weitsch and Liz Scurfield attended Netherlands Yearly Meeting over the weekend of 17th-20th May, the theme of which was “Just Peace.” The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role that Quakers can play in working for peace was discussed in detail. Here are some of … More…
QCEA is deeply concerned by the intention of the current Dutch Government to intensify bilateral relations with Israel through the Dutch-Israeli Cooperation Council, which is due to be signed on 7th June 2012. These increased links conflict with the EU position on the Middle East Peace Process, as clearly stated … More…
This briefing paper looks at two European Union Crisis Management missions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the EU-BAM Rafah border mission and the European Union Police Co-ordinating Office Palestinian Territories mission, particularly in the context of the Common Defence and Security Policy. Read “The EU Crisis Management Missions in the … More…
This briefing paper discusses EU trade with Israeli settlements, looking at how this trade reinforces illegal settlements in the West Bank and the effect that this has on the Palestinian population. It contrasts the trade between the EU and settlements with the EU’s own position on the illegality of settlements, … More…
This briefing paper assesses the role of the European Union in the potential resolution of the conflict, and seeks to evaluate how this role can be strengthened. Firstly, the paper sets out the official positions of the EU on the conflict, and then gives examples of recent regional and global … More…