There is soul-searching and there is the self-gratifying appearance of soul-searching. The deception of the latter lies within the words: 'Tear out these wild weeds from among us.' Confession: I held out hope, to the last minute, that the murderers of Mohammed Abu Khdeir would not be “mine” – Israeli, Jewish. The hope that they would belong to some other group, even, god help me, Mohammed’s own people, is primitive. I must acknowledge, helplessly, that at this moment, I felt a greater sense of identification with the presumed killers due to tribal and arbitrary designation of birth: Jewish (assuming none…Read More... | 20 Comments
With Netanyahu’s hints at revenge, his imperviousness toward the rage surrounding the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir and his complete absence in the Israeli media, the prime minister is a party to the growing Jewish-Arab animosity. Instances of violence between Jews and Arabs are piling up: the video from the bus in Tel Aviv, reports of ‘price tag’ attacks, police violence, continued protests in Shuafat, protests in Wadi Ara and the Triangle, and there, overnight, a few Jewish drivers were reportedly attacked. In contrast to the Palestinians, the Jewish public hasn’t been exposed to the horrifying details of Muhammad Abu Khdeir's murder…Read More... | 5 Comments
Heavy clashes take place in a number of East Jerusalem neighborhoods, leading to dozens of injuries, including two photographers from Activestills; Kerry conveys condolences to the Palestinian people over despicable murder; 'revenge' calls spread throughout Israeli social networks, streets of Jerusalem. Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police broke out Wednesday morning when news broke of a suspected kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina hours earlier. Speculation that the killing was a nationalistically motivated and perpetrated by Jewish Israelis as revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the…Read More... | 38 Comments
It's not uncommon to hear Israeli leaders accuse the Palestinian Authority and its media outlets of inciting to violence against Israelis and Jews. But is it actually true? A closer examination of the evidence reveals that the habitual blaming of the Palestinian Authority is not only mostly unfounded, it is the product of a direct line between right-wing groups and the Prime Minister's Office. By Yizhar Be'er (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) John Kerry’s arrival in the region and the looming “threat” of a final-status agreement have compelled right-wing leaders to pull out the old canard of “Palestinian incitement.”…Read More... | 37 Comments
An Israeli student's accusations that her teacher expressed leftist views, amplified by a far-right political figure, now have the teacher fighting for his job. Israel’s education minister ordered the Ort school system to investigate a complaint against a high school teacher from one of its schools in the north of Israel, following a letter from a 12th-grade student. The student wrote to the minister alleging that her teacher promoted extreme-left political opinions in class, including criticism of the IDF and saying that Israel was not a state for Jews, but rather for Palestinians. The teacher was called in for a…Read More... | 11 Comments
Violence and incitement in education should be condemned on, and from every side. But clinging to and focusing only on the worst of the 'other side' can be even worse than incitement. The Hamas leadership in Gaza is replacing Palestinian Authority high school textbooks with its own, New York Times reported Monday. The Hamas textbooks, the story explains, promote militancy and a Hamas-tinted reading of history, Palestinian identity and the conflict. The report is upsetting. The last thing this conflict needs is even more extreme, hard-line and distorted renditions of its history for any of the parties involved. It is also disturbing because…Read More... | 76 Comments
Police detained and held Razi Nabulsi, a young Palestinian from Haifa for a week for statuses he posted to Facebook and Twitter, claiming they constituted incitement. The catch? Even though the statuses were posted publicly on the Internet, police declared them to be secret evidence and refused to publicly say in court what he was accused of writing. By Yoav Haifawi Razi Nabulsi, a 23-year-old activist and student in Haifa, spent the last week in jail for statuses he publicly posted on Facebook and Twitter. His detention was extended twice. In four different court hearings during the week (two remand extension…Read More... | 34 Comments
An Israeli district court judge metes out scathing criticism of Palestinian Media Watch director Itamar Marcus's expert witness testimony on incitement in Palestinian media, in a civil case against the PA and its leaders. Marcus's testimony, Judge Dalia Gano wrote, was incomplete, biased and unworthy of the title "expert witness testimony." By Oren Persico / The 7th Eye (Translated by Sol Salbe) The Palestinian Authority and its leaders voiced incitement against Jews and Israel, but they are not responsible for a shooting attack that killed an Israeli. That was the ruling three weeks ago by Judge Dalia Ganot in Tel Aviv-Jaffa…Read More... | 3 Comments
From arresting activists for erasing graffiti, to proposing a law preventing asylum seekers from sending money they earn abroad: What several judicial and juristic decisions in the past week tell us about contemporary Israel. First incident: Last weekend, our kindly goons detained a group of Ta'ayush activists who visited the Palestinian unrecognized village of Susya. They visited the place after "price tag" pogromchiks sprayed the slogans "price tag" and "death to Arabs" near the viilage. The Civil Administration – staffed, appropriately, by IDF officers and gunmen – denied the villagers permission to delete those slogans. The officer filing that decision…Read More... | 2 Comments
The latest hiring decision at the Prime Minister's Office illustrates the hypocrisy of the right when it comes to objectionable and violent statements. The Prime Minister’s Office recently reported (Hebrew) that it receives editing and translating services from Uri Elitzur, who is set to serve as a speechwriter for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Elitzur is a settler pundit, who in 1998, during Netanyahu’s first term, served as his bureau chief. Elitzur is now the editor of the weekly supplement Makor Rishon, a newspaper that leans to the right. There’s something noble and very rare in Israeli political life for a…Read More... | 1 Comment
A previously unknown blog caused an uproar in Israeli media, after publishing pictures of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Nazi uniform alongside a text supportive of the J14 social justice protests. Left-wing bloggers believe this is a right-wing attempt to smear the protesters. Speculations continue to grow around the identities authors of a suspected sock-puppet blog that distributed pictures of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in SS uniform, ostensibly on behalf of the J14 social justice movement. Left wing site Activismos traced the blog, which was taken down within hours of making headlines in Israeli media, to domains registered to Likud activist…Read More...
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