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WATCH: The Palestinian youth realizing their dream of return

For three years, a group of young Palestinian citizens of Israel has been meeting in order to imagine and plan their return to the destroyed villages from which their parents and grandparents were expelled.

The project they initiated, “Udna” (“Return”), aims to give the younger generation an awareness of the Nakba, and to create actual models for return. In episode 3, refugees from Iqrit return to their abandoned village, despite the state’s opposition. Watch episode 2 here and 1 here.

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WATCH: A conscientious objector and a feminist

Dozens of demonstrators accompanied Israeli conscientious objector Tair Kaminer to the Tel Hashomer induction base last week, where she was sentenced to 20 days prison for her refusal to enlist in the Israeli army.

Kaminer, 19, recently finished a year of national service working with children who suffer from trauma due to multiple wars in Gaza and continual rocket fire on the city. Read more here.

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WATCH: Internally displaced Palestinians plan their return

For three years, a group of young Palestinian citizens of Israel has been meeting in order to imagine and plan their return to the destroyed villages from which their parents and grandparents were expelled.

The project they initiated, “Udna” (“Return”), aims to give the younger generation an awareness of the Nakba, and to create actual models for return. In episode 2, descendants of the internally displaced from al-Lajjun made a film about the expulsion from the village in 1948. Watch episode 1 here.

More on planning Palestinian return:
Displaced Palestinians return to village after 64 years
At annual conference, Palestinians and Israelis turn ‘return’ into reality
To return, we must feel what our grandparents went through




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WATCH: 3D modeling helps visualize Palestinian right of return

For three years, a group of young Palestinian citizens of Israel has been meeting in order to imagine and plan their return to the destroyed villages from which their parents and grandparents were expelled.

The project they initiated, “Udna” (“Return”), aims to give the younger generation an awareness of the Nakba, and to create actual models for return. The displaced descendants of one such destroyed village, al-Ghabisiyya, made a 3D simulation of what their village might look like if and when it is rebuilt.

More on planning Palestinian return:
Displaced Palestinians return to village after 64 years
At annual conference, Palestinians and Israelis turn ‘return’ into reality
To return, we must feel what our grandparents went through




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WATCH: How a single checkpoint affects an entire neighborhood

Ever since the eruption of the latest round of violence, the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya has been essentially blocked off from the rest of the city by a single checkpoint. Dozens of residents, along with students from Hebrew University and members of Knesset, held a demonstration calling to open the checkpoint and end the collective punishment of 16,000 people.

Read more on the situation in Jerusalem:
‘East Jerusalem youth no longer distinguish between life and death’
Jerusalem becoming mini-police state and ghost capital



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WATCH: Israelis say 'enough' to violence and occupation

Since the beginning of October, more than 120 people — Palestinians and Israelis — have lost their lives, while hundreds of others have been wounded in the latest round of violence. Lives on both sides are cut short, entire families are torn apart, and fear and hatred reign in the streets. Dozens of Israeli activists heeded the call of their Palestinian counterparts and protested in front of the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv last week to call for an end to the violence.

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WATCH: Barbecue at the checkpoint? Why not

Following a wave of stabbing attacks in Jerusalem, Israeli security forces erected checkpoints and barriers at the entrance to many of the city’s Palestinian neighborhoods, causing untold hardship to the vast majority of residents who had nothing to do with the violence. How would you feel if you found infantry officers holding a barbecue at the checkpoint sealing to your neighborhood?

Read more on the situation in Jerusalem:
‘East Jerusalem youth no longer distinguish between life and death’
Jerusalem becoming mini-police state and ghost capital



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WATCH: When your neighborhood is threatened with disappearance

The residents of a Bedouin neighborhood in northern Israel are vowing to continue their public struggle against efforts to evacuate them from their land. Residents of Ramya, who live in tin shacks and sheds within the Galilee city of Karmiel, have been struggling for years against the attempt to uproot them from their homes.

The state expropriated Ramya residents’ land in 1976, and their efforts to thwart evacuation have been going for decades. A recent decision by the Supreme Court once again leaves residents facing the danger of demolition and forced eviction.

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Meet the Israeli and Palestinian groups waging peace

Although the ongoing political stalemate has continued for years and peace seems like nothing more than a fantasy, joint Israeli and Palestinian initiatives seeking to put an end to the occupation and promote a political settlement remain undeterred.

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WATCH: Omitting the Palestinian history of Israel's heritage

In 2014 UNESCO declared Beit Guvrin and its Caves of Maresha, one of the most important places in the Kingdom of Judah during the time of the First Temple, World Heritage Site. UNESCO notes every era tied to the site including the Persian, Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine etc. However, the rich history of Palestinian life that existed at Beit Guvrin is completely omitted from UNESCO’s description.

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WATCH: Afraid to speak Arabic in public

Public expressions of racism toward Palestinians are nothing new in Israel, but along with a rise in violence and the accompanying societal tensions, Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel have more and more to fear — of Israeli civilians and police alike. Social TV asked young Palestinians in Jaffa what scares them most these days.

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WATCH: The largest animal rights protest in Israel's history

Over 15,000 animal rights activists marched through the streets of Tel Aviv earlier this month to raise awareness over animal abuse in Israel. The rally, which ended in Rabin Square, was attended by several high-profile speakers who spoke to the crowd about the cruelty of animal testing and the meat industry.

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WATCH: Israelis demand an end to violence, the occupation

Amid the most serious wave of violence Israelis have experienced in at least a decade, several hundred left-wing Israelis protested outside the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem this weekend, demanding an end to the occupation and the violence. A larger right-wing protest was scheduled to take place in the same location Tuesday night, calling for a harsher and more violent response to the wave of stabbing attacks.

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