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  • [VID] 'I have a dream': Ayman Odeh's maiden Knesset speech

    Head of the Joint List shares his vision of a shared, equal future for Jews and Arabs in Israel. But is it a vision left-wing Israelis and liberal American Jews can sign onto? Ayman Odeh, the head of the Joint List, gave his maiden speech in Knesset this week. Odeh, a 40 year-old lawyer from Haifa, heads a list of parties representing Palestinian nationalists, Baathists, Islamists, and Jewish and Arab socialists. [tmwinpost] He led this unlikely group to win 13 seats in the March election, making it the third-largest party in the Knesset — after the Likud and the Zionist…

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  • WATCH: The Israelis who drive Palestinian kids to the hospital

    Often times advanced medical care isn’t available in Palestine, and while the PA pays for many Palestinians to be treated in Israel, one crucial hurdle stands in the way of actually receiving treatment: getting from the checkpoint to the hospital. Social TV tags along with the Israelis who volunteer to drive Palestinian children to the hospital.

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  • Ethiopian-Israelis' protest against police violence is met with police violence

    Police use stun grenades, violence against protest in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, sparked by video of two officers beating a black Israeli soldier. Dozens reported injured, at least 26 arrested. Photos by Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen, Keren Manor / Activestills Text by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man A protest by Israelis of Ethiopian descent against discriminatory police brutality was met with police violence for the second time in a matter of days, this time in central Tel Aviv on Sunday. Police used stun grenades, water cannons, riot officers and mounted officers to disperse several thousand protesters who arriving in Rabin Square some…

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  • Ethiopian-Israeli protest against police brutality is met with violence

    This isn't Baltimore. This is Jerusalem, on Thursday night.  Photos by Oren Ziv and Tali Mayer/Activestills.org Thousands of young Ethiopian Israelis demonstrated against police brutality in Jerusalem on Thursday, in a vigil that spiraled into violent clashes with police. The protesters congregated in the afternoon under the banner: "Down with racism! A black person will not be brought down." The protesters blocked major roads in the capital — including Highway 1, the road that links Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. When the protest approached the Prime Minister's Residence a few hours later, police gloves were off. Officers fired tear gas and stun…

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  • Israelis' surrogate mothers in Nepal are no laughing matter

    The precarious situation of surrogate mothers in Nepal carrying babies for Israelis, as well as the ethical questions surrounding surrogacy in the developing world, should be treated with the utmost seriousness. But what does Israel's interior minister do? He laughs at them.  Saturday's horrific earthquake in Nepal has dominated the news here in Israel, not only because Nepal is a popular travel destination and around 2,000 Israeli backpackers were airlifted out of the area in recent days, but primarily because of the 100 or so surrogate mothers carrying babies for Israeli gay couples and single parents. [tmwinpost] Only heterosexual couples can…

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  • WATCH: IDF officer gets prison for throwing stones at journalists

    The incident is not the first time Israeli security officials have been documented attacking journalists at West Bank protests, and in the village of Nabi Saleh. An IDF officer videotaped throwing rocks at Israeli and Palestinian photojournalists last week was sentenced to two weeks in prison. A second officer was sentenced to 30 days confinement on base. In a video first published by +972 and Activestills on Friday, a deputy company commander can be seen throwing rocks at a freelance Israeli photojournalist and a Palestinian photographer who works for Agence France‑Presse (AFP). One of the officers also tackled the Israeli…

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  • WATCH: Israeli officer attacks, throws stones at photojournalists

    Video shows Israeli photojournalist and AFP photographer being attacked by Israeli soldiers at the weekly protest against the occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. One Palestinian protester is reportedly shot with live fire. Text by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Video by Miki Kratsman/Activestills.org Israeli soldiers threw stones at and attacked Israeli and Palestinian photojournalists during a protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Friday, during which the army used live fire against protesters. One Palestinian was reportedly shot in the head. Palestinians in Nabi Saleh hold weekly protests every Friday against the occupation and to…

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  • WATCH: Two conscientious objectors sent to military prison

    Kaplan served two years in the army before deciding to refuse. The two are expected to serve additional prison terms. Text by Haggai Matar Video by Israel Social TV Two conscientious objectors, Yaron Kaplan and Ido Ramon, were sentenced to 30 and 10 days in prison, respectively, for their refusal to serve in the Israeli army. For Kaplan, it is his first imprisonment. Until now he served as a conscripted soldier and decided to refuse to complete the final year of his service. During a protest at the Tel Aviv induction base last week, Kaplan explained that he feels obligated…

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  • WATCH: Israel demolishes homes in unrecognized Palestinian village

    Bulldozers knocked down three buildings in the village Dahmash, just 20 minutes from Tel Aviv, contrary to a High Court ruling.  By Rami Younis and Haggai Matar Israeli bulldozers demolished three structures in the unrecognized Palestinian village Dahmash, near Lyd (Lod in Hebrew) on Wednesday morning. The demolition took place despite both a High Court decision that called for a mutual agreement and a demand by the Lod District Court that the State delay its demolition plans. The homes were uninhabited at the time of the demolition. [tmwinpost] The demolition began at 4 a.m. and was accompanied by a large…

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