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Israelis who live along Gaza border: Stop the next war

Israelis who live along Gaza border suffer more than anybody in Israel whenever war breaks out. A group of local residents recently marched on the Erez military crossing into the Strip, demanding that leaders from Israel, Hamas, and the world, find a solution to the violence and hope for a normal life.

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Palestinian groups present ‘war crimes’ evidence to the ICC
The casualties of the next Gaza war



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WATCH: What life looks like in an unrecognized Bedouin village

Approximately 90,000 Bedouin live in “unrecognized villages” spread across Israel’s Negev Desert. Because the Israeli government refuses to recognize them, they receive no municipal services, such as connection to the electrical grid, water mains or trash pickup, and are constantly at risk of demolition. Maryam Tarabin, the head of Umm al-Hiran‘s Women’s Committee, speaks about the discrimination facing Israel’s Bedouin population on a daily basis.

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WATCH: The militarism of Israel's youth movements

While youth groups in Israel often focus on ideals such as public service, working together, and protecting the environment, they also serve as conduits for military service. An inside look at the built-in militarism of Israel’s youth movements, from all sides of the political spectrum. 

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WATCH: How one West Bank village is fighting to regain its land

Residents of the village of Deir Istiya, located next to the West Bank settlement Ariel, have been nonviolently protesting the blocking off access to their farmland by the Israeli army, which affects the lives of 500 families.

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WATCH: A chat with the settler on the street

What do the residents of Kedumim, a West Bank settlement, think about their Palestinian neighbors? And about the chances of peace? And about the future of their community? Social TV inquires. 

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WATCH: Overdue recognition for Mizrahi poets

For decades, the poetry, literature and culture of Mizrahi Jews, those who came from Arab and Middle Eastern countries, was excluded from and marginalized in the Israeli mainstream and educational curriculum. That is beginning to change, and there exists a unique opportunity to correct the course.

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The roots of anti-Mizrahi racism in Israel
Riches to rags to virtual riches: When Mizrahi artists said ‘no’ to Israel’s pioneer culture
It is time to rebuild ties between Mizrahim and the Arab world




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WATCH: Ethiopian-Israeli mothers join protests against police brutality

Israelis of Ethiopian descent have taken to the streets several times over the past year to demand an end to police discrimination and brutality against their community. Now, a group of mothers is leading a new movement against the violence and discrimination police use against their sons.

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A long time coming: Why Ethiopian-Israelis are protesting
Ethiopian-Israelis’ protest against police violence is met with police violence



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WATCH: Is BDS a feminist movement?

Nonviolent tools of resistance tend to be more accessible to women, and the leaders of revolutionary struggles often become the political leaders of tomorrow. Can the Palestinian call for BDS be a feminist movement? Can it be a tool for the empowerment of women? ‘Woman to Woman’ sets out to answer those questions and more.

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In Israel, BDS is winning
The right to boycott is non-negotiable
The American Jews prying open the conversation on the occupation




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WATCH: Arab women speak out over labor exploitation

Four years ago, the State of Israel introduced a plan to increase the percentage of working Arab women in order to lift them out of poverty. But did that plan actually work?

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WATCH: Living in the looming shadow of expulsion

‘Firing Zone 918′ in the south Hebron hills is home to around 1,300 Palestinians, most of whom live in caves or shacks and make their living from agriculture and shepherding. Since 1999, the residents have been living under threat of demolition, dispossession, and eviction after the IDF has declared their land a fire zone. On Wednesday, residents of one village will head to the High Court of Justice to appeal the decision to expel them from their homes.

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WATCH: Israel is imprisoning a Palestinian clown without trial

Israeli security forces have been imprisoning a Palestinian clown without charge or trial for months. Mohammed Abu Sakha is known for working with special needs children in the West Bank, and runs the Palestinian Circus School. Last week, a group of Israeli clowns staged a protest outside the prison where he’s being held. Read more about Abu Sakha here.

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WATCH: BDS hits the main stage

The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is making headlines around the world for putting Israeli products in its crosshairs. But Israeli cultural icons and institutions have been boycotted for years. And while Israeli artists feel isolated and unfairly targeted, for Palestinians they represent the occupying power.



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Interview: The man behind the BDS movement
Four things every Israeli needs to know about Jewish BDS activists
Israel’s ‘war on BDS’ misses the point






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WATCH: Palestinians, Israelis protest settler privileges in Hebron

Days after an Israeli settler murdered 29 Muslim worshippers in 1992, the Israeli army put the city of Hebron on lockdown, closing off some of its main thoroughfare — Shuhada Street — to Palestinian traffic. Twenty-two years later, some parts of Hebron are still off limits to its Palestinian residents. Every year, Palestinian and Israeli activists demonstrate to commemorate the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, and call on the Israeli army to open Shuhada Street. 

For more on Hebron’s Shuhada Street:
WATCH: Hebron’s Shuhada Street: Authorized entry only
PHOTOS: Israeli police arrest 12 left-wing activists at Hebron demo
Prisoners in our own homes: A look at life in occupied Hebron




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