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  • IDF soldiers assault Reuters journalists after mistaking them for human rights workers

    Soldiers beat cameramen in Hebron after suspecting that they work for B'Tselem. Recent years have seen an organized campaign by mainstream Israeli journalists and politicians against human rights organizations in Israel and the West Bank. Reuters reported that two of its cameramen were abused by IDF soldiers in Hebron on Wednesday night. The men were stripped, beaten, and made to breathe tear gas at a very close range. The soldiers also took one of their cameras, which was later found unharmed nearby. The incident took place shortly after a local teenager was shot to death by a Border Police soldier at…

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  • A conservative defense for Apartheid & colonialism

    Some stuff you have to read with your own eyes in order to believe it. Prof. Richard Landes, who writes a pro-Israeli conservative blog named Augene Stables, is making what seems like a comparative case for Israeli colonialism. Answering a reader's question regarding the legality of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Landes writes: Indeed, in the history of settling conquered areas, including the record of Islamic conquerors, Israeli behavior in the West Bank as been exceptionally mild and constructive. All the indicators of quality of life are higher there than any of the surrounding Arab states. And all…

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  • Remembering a Tel Aviv childhood: when racism was wrong

    By Oded Feller After the anti-immigrant demonstration in South Tel Aviv ended, I decided to hang around. I went to the market, walked down Etzel Street, watched the people on the Hagana Road, turned to Yigal Alon, and kept walking as far as Hilhel Avenue. Evening came and the avenue was calm and silent, its sights and smells familiar and soothing. Nowhere in the world can you feel like this; nowhere but home. I sat on a bench. About an hour ago, MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) roared from the podium: "I am not a guest here, in this neighborhood.…

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  • The political line of Israeli papers (a reader's guide)

    Who leans to the left and who moves to the right? which paper supports Netanyahu and who goes after him? a short guide to the subtleties of the Hebrew press Newspapers in Israel have always been of great importance. One of the first things early Zionists did in Palestine was to create their own Hebrew papers. Every major political faction had its own publication, usually a national daily. Even today, with the decline of printed journalism, papers are still widely read, especially among opinion makers. The Hebrew papers raise issues and frame political questions; Knesset members often quote news items…

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  • Could opposition to the 'loyalty oath' bring out the best in Israelis?

    When America Pastor Terry Jones recently threatened to burn a Koran, which is his constitutional right, America shouted him down. Voices on all sides of the political spectrum united in eloquent protest – such as Sarah Palin, whose Facebook site said: “Book burning is bad.”  (OK, she wrote a few other things).  My cynical expat friend, author and journalist Charles Glass, was humbled. “Yet the public didn't buy it,” he wrote. “For the first time in recorded history, someone underestimated the intelligence of the plain people and lost. Sometimes I'm proud of my countrymen, and this is such a time.”…

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  • Israeli tabloids urge NIF to ditch Palestinian and leftist NGOs

    Israeli Tabloids Maariv and Yisrael Hayom, which led the attack on the New Israel Fund in recent months, celebrated yesterday what they believe is a change in the NIF policy regarding its support for leftwing organizations. A page 4 story in Maariv, written by the paper's reporter in New York, Tzah Yoked, has declared that "from now on, organizations that reject the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in Israel will no longer be eligible to receive money from the New Israel Fund." The story repeated some of the misleading information Maariv published in the past, claiming that NIF-backed…

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