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  • For Palestinian citizens, nothing but contempt and rejection for Liberman plan

    'Liberman's proposals spoil the delicate fabric of relations between Arabs and Jews in Israel. They come from a man who paved his political path using right-wing statements, erecting barriers in the process of peace and leading us to fear and despair.' By Riad Kabaha I was born in the early 1950s as an Israeli citizen. I was raised and educated in Israel, where I acquired positive, beneficial things from Jewish society, such as: curriculum, language, clothing, sites around the country, academic studies, employment, Jewish friends, participation in Knessest  elections, the ability to struggle for equality and rights, working together with…

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  • Film review: Arab citizen of Israel, member of the enemy

    What is a Muslim woman's place in a country where Jewish suffering is the dominant cultural theme? A new Israeli film tells the story of Hadeel, a 27-year-old Arab woman who teaches at a Jewish school in central Israel, and explores the difficulty of never fully belonging. By Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber Dove’s Cry, Ganit Ilouz's new documentary (playing at New York City's "The Other Israel" film festival, November 16-18), tells the story of a charismatic Arabic teacher in a Jewish elementary school in Israel. Edited by Sara Salomon, the film speaks to both the possibilities as well as the limitations of implementing an…

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  • What Yair Lapid's anti-Zoabi comments reveal about Israeli politics

    It is not considered racist in Israel to discriminate against 20 percent of the population and the millions more living in the occupied West Bank. It is considered the self-determination of the Jewish people. The few words Yair Lapid said to the press the day after the election that made his Yesh Atid party the second largest in Israel, are still troubling me. Ami Kaufman mentioned it in his post, but I think it merits a bit more attention, since while we in Israel may be desensitized and no longer shocked, it really is quite disturbing. Those following news here…

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  • A call to establish a national memorial day for slain Arab citizens

    Israel’s Amadou Diallo and Stephen Biko are 13 Arab Israelis shot and killed in October 2000 by the Israeli National Police. October 1 must be an Israeli national memory day for the victims. by Issa Edward Boursheh Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of October 2000 events in which Rami, Ahmad, Mohammad, Mosleh, Asil, Alaa, Walid, Emad, Eyad, Mohammad, Ramez, Omar and Wissam were killed by Israel National Police. Thirteen people are dead and zero have been found guilty. The Or Commission, which was appointed by the Israeli government to investigate the events, criticized the Israeli police for being unprepared for the…

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