+972 Magazine » Social TV http://972mag.com Independent commentary and news from Israel & Palestine Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:15:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 [VID] Street Talk: Why did the Left fall short on election day? http://972mag.com/vid-street-talk-why-did-the-left-fall-short-on-election-day/104792/ http://972mag.com/vid-street-talk-why-did-the-left-fall-short-on-election-day/104792/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:15:32 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=104792 Following the results of the elections for the 20th Knesset, Social TV takes a street survey and asks residents of Tel Aviv to explain the unexpected results, and why they think the left-wing parties failed yet again.

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WATCH: Bringing Gaza’s voices to Israeli voters http://972mag.com/watch-bringing-gazas-voices-to-israeli-voters/104152/ http://972mag.com/watch-bringing-gazas-voices-to-israeli-voters/104152/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:45:31 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=104152 Elections are often imagined as a celebration of democracy. But what about those who have no vote to give?

WATCH: Wake-up Call: 47 years of disenfranchisement

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WATCH: Following killings, will Bedouin boycott the elections? http://972mag.com/watch-following-killings-will-bedouin-boycott-the-elections/102680/ http://972mag.com/watch-following-killings-will-bedouin-boycott-the-elections/102680/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:43:26 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=102680 Following the recent killing of two Bedouin men in the southern city of Rahat at the hands of Israeli police — along with years of discrimination in nearly every realm, dispossession and home demolitions — the younger generation of Bedouin are more reluctant to vote in the upcoming elections. Jews and Bedouin met in the Negev town Lakiya to discuss the difficulties currently facing the Bedouin community, and whether or not boycotting the elections will really bring about any significant change. 

Related:
PHOTOS: Bedouin protest deadly police shootings in Israel
Negev Bedouin are now demolishing their own homes out of despair

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WATCH: How a new UNSC resolution could be a game-changer http://972mag.com/watch-how-a-new-unsc-resolution-could-be-a-game-changer/102622/ http://972mag.com/watch-how-a-new-unsc-resolution-could-be-a-game-changer/102622/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:12:10 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=102622 Following a number of European parliaments’ recognition of Palestinian statehood, a number of public figures in Israel have launched a petition addressed to the UN Security Council, calling on it to set a date for ending the occupation. Former Israeli Ambassador Alon Liel explains why such a UN resolution could be a game-changer. Read the full petition here.

Related:
UNSC’s election message to Israelis: Keep ignoring the occupation
The world’s obligation to end the occupation

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[Vid] Street Talk: Things are bad, but still voting Bibi http://972mag.com/vid-street-talk-things-are-bad-but-still-voting-bibi/102273/ http://972mag.com/vid-street-talk-things-are-bad-but-still-voting-bibi/102273/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:02:47 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=102273 Why do people continue to vote for parties that work against their interests and persistently disappoint? What are the voting patterns in the Israeli public? A street survey of voters and a conversation with sociologist Jessica Nevo.

Related:
What do you call a politician who promises more war?
Don’t call her the ‘Russian candidate’: Meet Ksenia Svetlova
Why Mizrahim don’t vote for the Left

Special Coverage: 2015 Elections

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[VID] Street talk: What do you think about home demolitions? http://972mag.com/vid-street-talk-what-do-you-think-about-home-demolitions/101754/ http://972mag.com/vid-street-talk-what-do-you-think-about-home-demolitions/101754/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:21:50 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=101754 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? http://972mag.com/watch-what-do-israelis-think-being-a-zionist-means/101609/ http://972mag.com/watch-what-do-israelis-think-being-a-zionist-means/101609/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:28:09 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=101609 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.

Related:
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 http://972mag.com/watch-in-israel-the-rubles-collapse-hits-hard-for-elderly-russian-jews/100912/ http://972mag.com/watch-in-israel-the-rubles-collapse-hits-hard-for-elderly-russian-jews/100912/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 12:57:15 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=100912 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 http://972mag.com/take-a-virtual-ecological-tour-of-the-occupied-west-bank/100412/ http://972mag.com/take-a-virtual-ecological-tour-of-the-occupied-west-bank/100412/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:40:18 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=100412 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.

Related:
Israelis, Palestinians must cooperate now on the environment

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WATCH: Olive harvest marred by arson, vandalism and violence http://972mag.com/watch-olive-harvest-marred-by-arson-vandalism-and-violence/100182/ http://972mag.com/watch-olive-harvest-marred-by-arson-vandalism-and-violence/100182/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:39:18 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=100182 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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