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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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WATCH: Will you use Western Wall's new 'mixed prayer plaza?'

After years of negotiations with reform and conservative movements of Judaism and ‘Women of the Wall,’ the Israeli government agreed to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, where men and women can pray in the same space. We went to the Western Wall to ask people how they feel about the decision, and whether they would use the mixed prayer plaza.

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Women of the Wall victory can teach us a few things
‘Why I cannot stand with Women of the Wall’



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WATCH: Israeli students stage soccer tournament for refugees

Israel is imprisoning thousands of African asylum seekers in a desert detention facility called ‘Holot.’ A group of students and youngsters from Be’er Sheva, in southern Israel, recently organized a soccer tournament with the asylum seekers in an attempt to make them feel less isolated.

Israeli authorities systematically deny the Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers any chance of getting refugee status, leaving them without any legal status in the country, and often detaining them without charge or trial. Read more on the situation of refugees and asylum seekers in Israel here.

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WATCH: Jaffa parents demand desegregated, bilingual education

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality does not offer any bi-lingual education options for Jewish and Palestinian families who live in the same Jaffa neighborhoods, on the same streets, and in the same apartment buildings. Parents of children enrolled in the city’s only Arabic-Hebrew bi-lingual kindergarten are now demanding that the city provide their children an option to continue studying together in first and second grades. Will the city provide an alternative to segregation?

Read more on school segregation in Israel:
‘We will overcome’: Arson and mourning at Jerusalem’s bilingual school
When IDF conscription begins at age three
Arab school strike highlights Israel’s discriminatory education policies




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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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