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[VID] Street talk: What do you think about home demolitions?

Whenever there is a terrorist attack in Israel, somebody on the political level starts talking about demolishing the terrorist family’s home as punishment and deterrence. Social TV hit the streets of Tel Aviv and asked the public what they think, and put that against Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions chairman Jeff Halper.

More on punitive house demolitions:
Rights groups to top court: Home demolitions are collective punishment
Punitive home demolitions are racist — and just plain wrong



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WATCH: What do Israelis think being a Zionist means?

In the run-up to general elections, the Labor party and Tzipi Livni’s ‘Hatnuah’ united to run on a joint list called ‘The Zionist Camp.’ But what does being a Zionist mean in today’s Israel? Social TV took to the streets to ask regular Israelis just what it means to them.

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Election analysis: A shared Netanyahu-Herzog government?
Who says Palestinians don’t have a vote in Israeli elections?



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WATCH: In Israel, the ruble’s collapse hits hard for elderly Russian Jews

Today’s generation of older immigrants from the former Soviet Union worked their whole lives — 30 years in Russia and 20 years in Israel. Up until six months ago, their pensions from Russia helped them stay above water. Since the sharp decline of the Russian ruble, however, many of them are now forced to survive on NIS 3,000 ($760) a month. The Israeli government has plans to help, but where’s the money?

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Take a (virtual) ecological tour of the occupied West Bank

From the separation barrier’s effects on animal migration and plant-life to insufficient sewage infrastructure to the discriminatory use of nature reserves, the occupation’s impact goes far beyond the personal and political — it’s also an environmental hazard. Social TV takes you on an ecological tour of the occupied West Bank.

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Israelis, Palestinians must cooperate now on the environment


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WATCH: Olive harvest marred by arson, vandalism and violence

Palestinian farmers from the West Bank village of Yasuf are forbidden from accessing their olive groves for much of the year. When they are given access during the olive harvest, they often find their trees cut down or burned by settlers. But even when they turn to police, the vast majority of their complaints lead nowhere. Social TV looks at the most recent olive harvest.

Related:
PHOTOS: In West Bank village, Palestinian farmers go against the grain
WATCH: Israeli police let stone-throwing settlers walk away



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[WATCH] The Druze in Israel: Resisting conscription (part 4)

According to the mainstream Israeli narrative the Druze population in Israel is loyal to and maintains an alliance with the state, the most famous element of which includes mandatory military service. But is that really the whole story? The fourth part of this series looks at a new movement of young Druze women and men who challenging both the state and their predecessors by refusing to join the army.

Watch parts one (‘A history lesson‘), two (‘Land expropriation‘) and three (‘Appropriating identity‘) of this series.

Related:
Druze conscientious objector Omar Sa’ad released from military service
Activists show solidarity with latest Druze conscientious objector



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[WATCH] The Druze in Israel: Appropriating identity (part 3)

According to the mainstream Israeli narrative the Druze population in Israel is loyal to and maintains an alliance with the state, the most famous element of which includes mandatory military service. But is that really the whole story? The third part of this series looks at Druze identity and its variations: from Palestinian to Israeli.

Watch parts one (‘A history lesson‘) and two (‘Land expropriation‘) of this series.

Related:
Druze conscientious objector Omar Sa’ad released from military service
Activists show solidarity with latest Druze conscientious objector



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[WATCH] Druze refusal in the Israeli army: Land expropriation (part two)

According to the mainstream Israeli narrative the Druze population in Israel is loyal to and maintains an alliance with the state, the most famous element of which includes mandatory military service. But is that really the whole story? The second episode in this four-part series looks at how despite drafting Druze men into the army, the State of Israel took over 85 percent of their land and settled Jews on it instead. Watch part one of the series: ‘A history lesson’.

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Open Mic: Israel has failed to outlaw torture

Israel Social TV gave a microphone and a camera to Dr. Ishai Menuchin, executive director of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCABI), and asked him to speak about Israel’s obligations under international treaties, its failure to outlaw torture, and its abysmal record of investigating allegations of torture by state agents.

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What the bones remember: Israeli doctors talk torture
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[WATCH] Druze refusal in the Israeli army (part 1): A history lesson

According to the mainstream Israeli narrative the Druze population in Israel is loyal to and maintains an alliance with the state, the most famous element of which includes mandatory military service. But is that really the whole story? The first episode in a four-part series looking at Druze in Israel, their relationship with the security forces, social equality and a not-so-new draft refusal movement.

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WATCH: 'There's no peace in Jerusalem'

Since before this summer’s war, Palestinian youth in East Jerusalem have been clashing with Israeli police on an almost daily basis. Head of the Issawiya Monitoring Committee explains that the youths are closed in by the wall and have nothing to do but throw stones. ‘This is the terror of the occupation: soldiers chasing children.’

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PHOTOS: Protests in Jerusalem over Aqsa Mosque closures
PHOTOS: Fierce clashes in East Jerusalem after police kill young Palestinian
Checkpoints and blood drives: East Jerusalem hospitals cope with clashes




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WATCH: Listening to the 'Sound of Torture'

A new Israeli film takes a disturbing look at the torture camps for Eritrean refugees in Sinai, and the Swedish-Eritrean journalist who has devoted herself to exposing the torture victims’ stories and ending their suffering.

Related:
A life of forced labor: Why Israel’s Eritrean refugees fled home
Testimony: Sudanese refugee details torture by Sinai smugglers
What the bones remember: Israeli doctors talk torture




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WATCH: Reflections on Gaza — from Likud to 'Women Waging Peace'

Over a month after this summer’s devastating Gaza war, small groups of Israelis are starting to reflect on what was and what will be. From a debate hosted by the youth wing of Israel’s ruling Likud party to a new group called Women Waging Peace and the Parents Circle forum of bereaved families, Social TV visits with those who are ready to start talking.

Related:
Channeling loss to stimulate change: 71 days of dialogue
In my name, in your name, in all of our names



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