Balad isn't the first political party in Israel to be suspected of violating campaign finance laws. But it is the first one to have its members arrested in overnight, commando-style raids. There are two possible ways to describe the dramatic, highly-publicized arrest of dozens of activists and senior members of the Balad party earlier this week: "The police opened a wide spreads investigation against Balad over suspicions of fraudulently transferring millions of shekels to the party's coffers during the 2013 elections." [tmwinpost] Or: "In an overnight operation security focus raided the homes of dozens of Palestinians, arresting them for pro-Palestinian…Read More... | 9 Comments
Palestinian Citizens of Israel
Israel's leading economic paper couldn't find a single Arab to put on their list of Israel's most influential women. Last week the Israeli magazine Lady Globes (put out by business daily Globes) published its list of Israel's 50 most influential women for 2016. Although it remains unclear what it takes for a woman to make the list — not to mention who came up with the criteria — I decided to use the list to analyze Israeli society from the eyes of a Palestinian. I wanted to learn who these women are, and why they are so influential. [tmwinpost] The list includes…Read More... | 3 Comments
In order to create genuine housing solutions for Arab society in Israel, existing homes and developments must be retroactively licensed. Only then will it be possible to tackle illegal construction. By Moran Aviv and Mohammad Khaliliyeh Several months ago the government authorized a plan to narrow the huge economic gaps between Arab and Jewish citizens by equalizing part of the budget mechanisms in the state budget. Before the funds could be transferred, however, the government decided to establish a mechanism to enforce planning and building laws in the country’s Arab communities, and held up the former plan until the latter was passed into law.…Read More...
Palestinian citizens of Israel have never known what it means to be welcome citizens in the country of their birth. In a much-discussed video message to Palestinian citizens of Israel last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu lauded the achievements of Arabs in the arts, business, politics and the legal world. “Israel is strong because of our diversity and pluralism — not in spite of it,” he said, describing a plan to close social gaps in Arab society as aiming “to reach ever higher in the noble pursuit of equality and dignity for all.” [tmwinpost] For Palestinian citizens of Israel, however, the…Read More...
A disturbing story of violence and racism on the light rail in Jerusalem, and how the cellphone in your pocket can deliver justice. On the surface of things you could write it off as just another case of anti-Arab racism, wrapped neatly in Jewish Israelis' all-too-common racist fears of Palestinians. Just another incident among many on public transportation in Israel, just one of many that have taken place on the light rail in Jerusalem. But this was something else. I’ve heard no small number of stories of Palestinians being harassed and attacked in public in recent weeks. There was the young Jewish woman who…Read More... | 7 Comments
In a video shot in his office, Israel's prime minister apologizes to the country's Arab citizens for inciting against them. But a large portion of them couldn't watch it — they live in 'unrecognized villages' that Israel refuses to connect to basic infrastructure like electricity, and the internet. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu published a video addressing the country's Arab citizens on Monday, in which he apologized for inciting against them — and undermining the most basic of democratic standards — nearly a year and a half ago, on Israeli election day, when he warned that Arab voters were coming to the polls "in droves."…Read More... | 3 Comments
As the images of the attempted coup in Turkey flooded the media, some in the Israeli Left began fantasizing about our own version of a military takeover. Along with millions of others across the world, I closely followed the coup attempt in Turkey over the past weekend. Rather than being glued to the television, we stayed up until the early hours of the morning looking at Facebook Live feeds from the streets of Istanbul and Ankara. [tmwinpost] No less fascinating was the response to the coup attempt among many of my Facebook friends. Coups, it turns out, are an exciting…Read More... | 9 Comments
Hotels in Israel are offering their Jewish clients some vacation segregation. Staff at the Magic Sunrise Hotel in Eilat have been making phone calls of their own volition to Jewish clientele who have reservations this weekend to warn them that there will be a lot of Arabs at the hotel due to the Muslim Eid el-Fitr holiday, and offering them to cancel or push back their reservation free of charge, according to a report on Israel's Channel 10 Tuesday. [tmwinpost] In one audio recording of a conversation (Hebrew), the hotel employee can be heard telling a client that it will…Read More... | 1 Comment
Now that Israel has signed a reconciliation agreement with Turkey over the Gaza flotilla incident, it must apologize to its own citizens for its lies and distortions. Five takeaways. By Yael Marom 1. A Shayetet 13 combat soldier who was among those to raid the Mavi Marmara in May 2010 gave an interview to Ma'ariv Online on Sunday, in the run-up to the reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey, in which he said the following: "We were sent to stop the terror flotilla, that was the mission. How can we pay compensation to terrorists who tried to murder us?" [tmwinpost]…Read More... | 8 Comments
A new initiative seeks to find a new, creative way to solve the conflict. The only problem? It forgets about equality. By Yuval Eylon The latest hit in the peace plan business comes from "Two States One Homeland," an initiative that eschews both the two-state solution and the one-state solution, instead envisioning a confederation between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Founder Meron Rapoport fleshed out the movement's core principles at the movement's conference a few weeks ago: "We believe that the central aspect that was missed here over the past 22 years is the fact that the land between…Read More... | 11 Comments
Most Israeli Jews know next to nothing about their Palestinian neighbors. Here are a few pro-tips for the holy month of Ramadan. And so it begins. Ramadan, the month of fasting in Islam, in which Muslims are made to fast from sunrise until sunset for 29-30 straight days, after which they celebrate three days of the Al-Fitr holiday. [tmwinpost] For those who are fasting, including myself, I wish you an easy fast and hope that it passes quickly and without unnecessary heat waves. This month is difficult enough, so I hope the weather doesn't become Islamophobic. And now for all…Read More...
The data, obtained for the years 2011-2015, paints an even more grim picture of discrimination, especially in the arrests of minors, for crimes like 'incitement,' and predictably, for 'security offenses.' Ayman Odeh: Data reveals deeply ingrained racism in the police. By Noam Rotem Non-Jews comprise a mere 25 percent of Israel's population, yet 60 percent of all people arrested by Israeli police between the years of 2011 and 2015 were non-Jewish, according to data obtained by +972 and its Hebrew-language sister site, Local Call. When it comes to the arrest of minors, the picture is even worse. [tmwinpost] Police provided…Read More...
Plainclothes police officers are filmed beating an Arab man in the middle of Tel Aviv in broad daylight. What would you have done if you were there? How would Jewish Israelis react if they saw a group of men starting to beat an Arab man to a pulp, breaking his bones right next to us? How many of us would rush over to help him, just as some of Maysam Abu-Alqiyan's friends did in central Tel Aviv Sunday — friends who paid the price after they too found themselves on the receiving end of police brutality, returning to the supermarket…Read More...
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