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  • Oslo 'Ring of Peace' organizers slammed for Palestine solidarity

    Muslim youth inspire more than 1,000 Norwegians to stand in solidarity at an Oslo synagogue. But not everybody's feeling the love. Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org A group of Muslim youth successfully organized a globally publicized event in solidarity with Norway’s Jewish community on Saturday. In the wake of anti-Jewish violence the previous week in Denmark and earlier attacks in France, they flooded the street in front of the Oslo Synagogue with more than 1,000 supporters to form a symbolic “Ring of Peace.” The response in Norway and around the globe was almost universally positive. Almost, because —…

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  • Partial win: No jail for Palestinian activist who blocked bulldozer

    Abdullah Abu Rahmah is levied a fine and a suspended sentence for standing in front of a bulldozer. 'I will continue my struggle and my protest, because it is our right,' he says. In his sentencing hearing, the military prosecution described Abu Rahmah's nonviolent protest as an ideological crime. By Yael Marom The Israeli army’s Ofer Military Court in the West Bank handed down a four-month suspended sentence and a NIS 5,000 ($1,290)to Abdullah Abu Rahmah, a central organizer of Bil’in’s nonviolent protests. Abu Rahmah, one of the central activists in the Palestinian popular struggle in the West Bank, was recognized…

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  • Netanyahu is not Ben-Gurion, and 2015 is not 1948

    The Israeli prime minister is not using his Congress speech to gain votes in this election, rather, he is using his election campaign to gain favor for the Congress speech and serve his megalomaniac vision of being the savior of Jews worldwide. Netanyahu's recent campaign video, released Saturday night, has nothing to do with the Israeli election and certainly does not target the Israeli voter. It is intended for U.S. President Barack Obama, the White House, American Jews and more broadly, U.S. Democrats. The video compares David Ben-Gurion's decision to declare independence in 1948 over the objections of then U.S. Secretary…

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  • Does Herzog have a chance at unseating Netanyahu?

    While Herzog’s chances appear to be higher than they have been for most of the campaign season, he still faces an uphill battle to unseat Netanyahu in an election almost entirely devoid of debate on the issues. For one of the first times in the current election campaign, the centrist "Zionist Camp" actually has a chance of ousting incumbent prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. In Israel’s parliamentary system, the premiership is held by the Knesset member who is able to form a coalition around him or herself. Almost no single party has been able to form a government without a coalition…

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  • ‘She just wants chocolate! What is she, an Arab?’

    Israeli social media is talking about one thing today: the video showing Israeli passengers cursing and threatening a flight attendant on their way to Varna, Bulgaria. The headlines are pretty much the same all over, and include the words: “Watch: The Ugly Israeli,” in reference to what Israelis see as the rude behavior they are notorious for worldwide. However, few (including mainstream media) paid attention to the little gem hidden in the video, a one-liner that epitomizes the casual racism so widespread in the Jewish state. The flight attendant refuses to sell chocolate to a passenger (apparently he was busy…

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  • Only Israel's public TV gives equal coverage to Arab Joint List

    Despite polling better in than mid-sized Jewish parties, the Israeli media is simply paying less attention to the Arab Joint List. By Oren Persico Israel’s public television, Channel 1, is devoting more time to reporting on the Joint Arab List running for Israel’s Knesset than the country’s other commercial television news channels, a survey of medium-sized political parties' public relations events in recent weeks showed. On January 15 former minister and Kulanu party head Moshe Kahlon announced the makeup of his list of candidates. Israel’s Channel 2 budgeted a minute and a half to its report, including a live report…

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  • PHOTOS: Snow on Jerusalem's holy and unholy monuments

    Snow blankets Jerusalem and the hilly West Bank late Thursday and Friday, shutting down roads and highways, covering holy sites and the separation wall alike. In Gaza, heavy rain causes flooding in the war-torn Strip.   Related: The storm that only affects Jews PHOTOS: Denied services, Palestinian residents form emergency response team

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  • How does the army please settlers? By upping its violence

    When the settlers of Halamish complained that the IDF isn’t being violent enough, a brigadier-general assured them that he orders his troops to use unnecessary force against Palestinians.  By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Near the Palestinian villages of Dir Nizam and Nabi Salah lies a settlement named Halamish, also known as Neve Tsuf. About a month ago, after Palestinians threw stones at their vehicles, the settlers of Halamish took the law into their own hands and began “securing” the road leading to the settlement. The IDF didn’t like the initiative, but – lo and behold – did not…

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  • A glimmer of hope against incitement and racism

    Jamal Zahalka promises that the Joint List will remain together for a long time, Dov Khenin tugs at our heart strings, the head of the Islamic Movement speaks of the men and women who make history, and Ayman Odeh, who heads the slate, calls on Arabs members of the Zionist parties to come back home. By Samah Salaime Egbariya (translated by Sol Salbe) Holding the Joint List’s Arabic-language campaign launch after sundown on a Saturday evening made it seem as if the Arabs were observing the Jewish Shabbat. The location was Nazareth, which once again earned the title of being the…

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  • Tel Aviv cuts homeless camp's electricity on eve of storm

    The encampment has been home to some 50 people for two years. A court had ordered the installation of electricity, which the city says has been used illegally. By Avi Blecherman The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality on Wednesday cut off electricity to one of the city’s largest homeless encampments one day before the arrival of what is expected to be a heavy winter storm. The city claims the electricity connection was illegally installed. As the result of a court order, a generator caravan was recently installed in the camp near the city's Arlozorov train station, providing enough electricity to charge cellular…

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  • No parity between Zoabi's democracy and Kahane's racism

    By simply discussing the disqualification of MK Haneen Zoabi and Baruch Marzel from the upcoming elections, the extreme right has already claimed another victory.   The double-hearing held in the Supreme Court on Tuesday under an extended panel headed by Justice Naor, to discuss the disqualification of MK Haneen Zoabi and Baruch Marzel, respectively, was one of the more depressing displays of the absurdity we call "Israeli democracy." The constant worshiping of "balance" in the name of some imagined national sanity brought Zoabi – who represented the only party that calls for full equality in Israel – to the same…

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  • Do Israelis have any idea how bad it is in Gaza?

    Nearly two million Gazans are living in a state of poverty and shortages, with few options of leaving and even fewer options for work. Nearly two million people who live in a giant prison, and Israelis cannot even begin to fathom how terrible their situation is. "I'm extremely concerned that if you leave Gaza in the state it's currently in, you'll have another eruption, and violence, and then we're back in a further catastrophe, so we've got to stop that," warned Quartet envoy Tony Blair during a visit to the Gaza Strip on Sunday. It was his first trip to the…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinian village demands end to restrictions on movement

    By: Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org Palestinians from the West Bank village of Azzun protested last Saturday, against the closing of the eastern gate to the village, due to requests by the nearby settlement of Karnei Shomron. The gate, which has been closed since 1990, previously served as a crossing into the city of Nablus. Accompanied by leaders of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, the protesters tried to reach the gate but were stopped by Israeli soldiers who dispersed the demonstration with rubble-coated bullets and tear gas. One was wounded.           Related: Visualizing Occupation: Freedom of movement…

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