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.
The EU plays a significant economic role in both Israel and Palestine. QCEA are currently working for an import ban on EU trade with Israeli settlements as we are aware that settlement produce is routinely mislabeled to gain access to the EU market at preferential tax rates reserved for Israeli goods within … More…
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 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…
Israel’s Supreme Court Adapts International Law in West Bank Quarrying ruling; A View of the EU Budget through Green-Tinted Spectacles; Continued Cognitive Dissonance in EU Energy Effort; Democracy under stress: The global crisis and beyond; Apology and Correction
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Deutsche Ausgabe – März 2012
Israels Oberster Gerichtshof passt Internationales Recht den Gesetzen zum Gesteinsabbruch im West jordanland an.
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In February 2012, on the basis of cooperation between QCEA, the EAPPI Programme of the World Council of Churches and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories (UN OHCHR OPT), we released a press release with clear recommendations to the European Union … More…
Israeli Settlement Products and the Future of Palestine; Introducing our new Programme Assistants; The Busan Forum – A new global development partnership
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Deutsche Ausgabe – Oktober 2011
Das Busan-Forum – eine neue globale Entwicklungshilfepartnerschaft
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APRODEV, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), Front Line, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, and the Quaker Council for European affairs call for the EU to condemn the Israeli anti-boycott law. Read “Anti-boycott law violates human rights and further undermines Israeli democracy: EU must unequivocally condemn … More…
QCEA, in association with APRODEV, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), Front Line, and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders issue a press release stating their concern over a law (‘Law for Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel through Boycott – 2011′) passed by the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) … More…