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  • What critics of Bernie Sanders' Jewish liaison are missing

    Simone Zimmerman's appointment is great news for mainstream American Jews who are desperate for a real conversation on Israel/Palestine. Over the past few days, it has been difficult to watch the American Jewish establishment's attacks on my friend, Simone Zimmerman. Just three days ago Simone was appointed the Jewish outreach coordinator for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Within hours of the announcement came a torrent of vicious attacks, both against her as well as the Sanders campaign for having the gall to appoint a critic of Israeli settlements and policies in the occupied territories. (Update: Just hours after publishing this post,…

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  • The source of Palestinian incitement

    Israelis are right, there is dangerous incitement among Palestinians. Here's what they can do to fight it. The controversy over the Hebron shooter is the gift that keeps on giving. By Saturday, we have already stood to learn that the star of last week's show will not be charged with murder, that a large part of the Israeli public views him as a national hero, and that municipalities will not hesitate to spend taxpayer money on organizing events in support of anyone who shoots a wounded Arab in the head. Lately, we have also geared witnessed to Israelis explaining that…

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  • What would we say about the Hebron shooter were he Ashkenazi?

    The story of the Hebron shooting is a classic case of the lowly soldier syndrome — mostly Ashkenazi political leaders give the order, yet only those at the bottom of the ladder must pay the price.  By Adi Mazor and Tom Mehager What is the difference between the Israeli soldier who shot 22-year-old Palestinian Abed al-Fatah Sharif in Hebron last week after a stabbing attack, and the soldiers from elite unites who shoot and kill Palestinian suspects? The difference is that the elite soldiers do behind the scenes — when no one is there to capture it on camera. [tmwinpost] Since the…

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  • Why exposing the Hebron murder benefits Israelis

    Both the Israeli Right and Left need 'rotten apples' like the Hebron shooter in order to justify their Orwellian worldview.  I waited and waited. Abed Fatah al-Sharif is his name. Not "the Palestinian" or "the terrorist." I waited and waited for one of Israel's major media outlets — not including tabloids such as Israel Hayom, Yedioth Ahronoth, or Walla! — but rather Haaretz and Channel 10 to open their items on last week's the Hebron shooting by including al-Sharif's name. I am still waiting for something that will likely not come. [tmwinpost] It is unsurprising that Israelis will curse and…

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  • Netanyahu has nothing to teach Europe about terror

    Netanyahu is trying to paint Israel as a terror-stricken victim, while at the same time painting his country as one that has successfully defeated terrorism. No matter how he spins it, he cannot hide the fact that Israel is also an occupying power. What does Netanyahu want from Europe? That the continent take a lesson from Israel on… what exactly? Last week we saw, once again, the desperate attempt to promote Israel to the "enlightened" international community through the back door of the war against terror. The prime minister uses sentences like "we are all part of one, big fight,"…

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  • Nobody should be shocked at the Hebron execution

    When Israeli leaders keep pushing the message that killing Palestinian attackers is a laudable act, is it any wonder that the shooters become our national heroes? WARNING: This post contains a highly graphic video and images. The actions of an Israeli soldier who executed a wounded Palestinian attacker in Hebron on Thursday have been condemned by politicians from right to left, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon — albeit indirectly — as well as by the Israeli media. Everyone is at pains to stress how far the soldier strayed from the IDF's values when he shot…

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  • Hebron shooting shows why Breaking the Silence is so crucial

    Instead of calling Breaking the Silence 'traitors,' Israel's defense minister should listen to what they have to say — just for once. Dear Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, How are your Purim celebrations going? Are you having fun? Did you dress up? Any chance you happened to watch the video shot in Hebron on Thursday? The one where an Israeli soldier executes a man as he lies bleeding on the ground? [tmwinpost] Do not roll your eyes, dear minister. The video may make your insides churn, but you, after all, have a stomach of steel. So watch the video over again,…

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  • WATCH: Living in the looming shadow of expulsion

    'Firing Zone 918' in the south Hebron hills is home to around 1,300 Palestinians, most of whom live in caves or shacks and make their living from agriculture and shepherding. Since 1999, the residents have been living under threat of demolition, dispossession, and eviction after the IDF has declared their land a fire zone. On Wednesday, residents of one village will head to the High Court of Justice to appeal the decision to expel them from their homes.

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  • Why Netanyahu is so threatened by Breaking the Silence

    What will the prime minister do on the day the Israeli public gets up and refuses to keep living by the sword? By Dotan Greenvald Breaking the Silence has classified information in its possession. The information is so confidential that its publication could pose a genuine threat. I hope you are sitting down, because I am about to disclose that information. Just don’t tell me later on that I went first and told the gentiles or anti-Semitic foreign governments. You are hearing it firsthand from me, a silence breaker: Israel is a country that controls the lives of millions of…

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  • The Israeli media is branding Breaking the Silence as traitors

    The campaign against the Israeli Left continues: why did Channel 2 air a segment that paints Breaking the Silence as a traitorous organization that peddles in state secrets? Israel’s Channel 2 news broadcasted a segment Thursday evening based on material given to them by the hidden-camera-toting undercover moles of right-wing group Ad Kan. The target this time: Breaking the Silence. The findings: Nothing at all. [tmwinpost] In effect, two central claims arise from Ofer Hadad’s segment. The first, pettier argument basically amounts to: "Why does Breaking the Silence deal with issues beyond the occupation of the West Bank?" The second,…

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  • The rise of the pro-censorship journalist

    The latest right-wing sting operation against Israeli human rights groups made it to primetime this week. Israeli journalists, once again, played a central role in shaming those who criticize the occupation. A Channel 2 report that aired Thursday night accused Israeli human rights organization Breaking the Silence of gathering confidential information on Israeli military operations through its interviews with former soldiers. The report was based on hidden camera footage recorded by right-wing group "Ad Kan," which infiltrates and gathers information in order to shame anti-occupation organizations. The footage shows Breaking the Silence activists collecting testimonies from several former soldiers, which include questions…

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  • Why do we only listen to violence?

    Two intifadas increased Israeli willingness to make territorial withdrawals. Wars in Lebanon and Egypt led Israel to withdrawals from those territories. Despite all that, the Palestinian Authority is trying to maintain quiet and security for Israelis but receives nothing in return. If I were Palestinian I might come to a disturbing conclusion. One axiom of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that Palestinian violence pushes the Jewish public rightward. Due to violence, common wisdom goes, the willingness of Israeli Jews to make concessions or compromise decreases, and Palestinian independence or equality becomes more of a pipe dream. Only refraining from violence will…

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  • The right to own property — for Jews alone

    The government never authorized the wholesale annexation of the West Bank. That's why it's doing it behind everyone's backs. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Our previous post on Yesh Din’s new position paper, “From Occupation to Annexation,” explored the various ways the Israeli government implements the Levy Report. This post will focus on another critical point: the erasure of the Palestinians’ right to property. [tmwinpost] Prior to the Levy Report, the Israeli government was careful to avoid legalizing the seizure of private Palestinian property, except when it could argue it was done due to pressing military needs (“military seizure”) or…

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