Outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement is yet another McCarthyist step by the Israeli state. But if anyone thinks this will bring an end to the movement, they are dead wrong. Say what you will about the Jewish state, just don't say that the only democracy on the planet never stops challenging us. On Monday night, Defense Minister Ya'alon signed an order outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement. Following the decision, the police raided the offices of 17 non-profit organizations connected to the group, confiscated documents and equipment, froze bank accounts, and announced that it would…Read More... | 1 Comment
Palestinian Citizens of Israel
At least 18 women, Palestinians and Jews, have been murdered by men this past year in Israel. When will we understand that a racist, violent society does not differentiate between its victims? I couldn't shake off the murder of Amna Al-Abir from Lyd, whose body was found burned in a forest in a Palestinian Authority-controlled area, and the murder of educator and karate teacher Suha Mansour from Tira as I drove to the airport. I was flying to London, where I was to speak at a conference on the status of Palestinian women in Israel. [tmwinpost] With tears in my…Read More...
Hundreds protested in the Arab city of Tira after a 39-year-old woman was murdered by her ex-husband. Arab MKs: The police must take responsibility for ignoring threats against her life. By Yael Marom Hundreds of Arab citizens of Israel, including members of Knesset, local leaders and activists demonstrated last Saturday in the northern Arab city of Tira following the murder of Suha Mansour, a resident of the city. [tmwinpost] On the evening of Thursday, November 5, Mansour's body was found in her car, after she was shot a number of times from close range. Mansour, a 39-year-old educator, social activist,…Read More...
Unlike previous films made about gay Palestinians in Israel, 'Oriented' is not about Jewish saviors trying to protect Palestinians from political or social repercussions. Three men in their mid-twenties are gathered at a Tel Aviv apartment, preparing to go out to a dance party at a popular Jaffa bar called Anna Loulou. Speaking in Arabic laced with Hebrew expressions and the occasional English phrase, they warm up with vodka and grapefruit juice as they sprawl on the couches, talking and listening to music . Will there be Jews at the party? asks one of the young men. Yes, answers another.…Read More... | 2 Comments
Prominent Palestinian musicians say recruiting minority ethnic and religious Arab groups into the army is part of Israel's divide-and-conquer tactics, pushing young Palestinians to 'side with the occupation' and shrug off their national and historical identity. Two prominent Palestinian musicians released a hip-hop music video this week lambasting efforts to recruit young Palestinian citizens of Israel into the country’s army. The video, by musicians Tamer Nafar and Jowan Safadi and released by the Baladna Association for Arab Youth and Hamleh (The Palestinian Social Media Center), features a group of Israeli scientists sitting in a lab and trying to create a…Read More...
Public expressions of racism toward Palestinians are nothing new in Israel, but along with a rise in violence and the accompanying societal tensions, Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel have more and more to fear — of Israeli civilians and police alike. Social TV asked young Palestinians in Jaffa what scares them most these days.Read More...
Palestinian citizens of Israel are being subject to preventive arrests as Israel attempts to silence dissent. Israeli police came to Adan Tartour’s Jaffa home at half past midnight. They pounded on the door. When the Tartours opened it, police said that they had an arrest warrant. Adan, an 18-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel who hopes to study law and history at university, was arrested for “suspicion of violence and terrorism” — all because she’d signed up to take a bus to a protest in Nazareth. [tmwinpost] Although the demonstration, which was scheduled for Thursday, had not taken place yet, Tartour…Read More...
Palestinian citizens of Israel share the same fear of violence as Jews in recent weeks. But many of them don't find security or comfort in Israel’s police forces, who seem to think that Palestinian citizens should accept that their rights and dignity must be compromised in order to make Jewish citizens feel safer. “We are scared to leave the town,” an Arab woman in Tira told me last week. “A man from the neighborhood who works in Ra’anana happened to be walking on the same street where a stabbing attack had just happened. A group of people saw that he…Read More... | 1 Comment
Today I am afraid that someone will be afraid of me. Today I am afraid of everything around me. Afraid that someone will knock on my door. By Towibah Majdoob (translated by Ofer Neiman) Today I am afraid that my Israeli neighbor will find discover my Handala necklace, which I have been wearing for years, and call the police. Today I fear that my Israeli neighbor will find out that Arabic is my native tongue, and that my small apartment in Tel Aviv is the source of the smells of majadra and pita with za'atar that fill the building, and…Read More... | 3 Comments
A new poll suggests regular people are now viewing everyone in the 'other' ethnic-national group as a violent threat. Is that an indication of the national conflict becoming an ethnic one? Over three-quarters of Israeli Jews believe that either some (37 percent), most (33 percent) or all (8 percent) Arab Israelis support the terror of recent weeks, according to a poll published by Israeli news site Maariv on Thursday. Just one-fifth (19 percent) of Jews said that “only a minority (of Arab citizens) support it and the majority oppose” the violence. The wording reflects how the survey was reported in Maariv;…Read More... | 7 Comments
The Or Commission’s report on the October 2000 events was a symbolic indictment of Israel’s 'enemy doctrine' toward its Palestinian citizens. But Israel has not absorbed the lessons of the report, because demands for equality remain anathema to the state’s raison d’être. Twelve years ago, in its report on the events of October 2000, the Or Commission of Inquiry wrote a statement that was unprecedented in the history of Israel’s Palestinian minority. After extensively criticizing the police’s violent conduct, the commission concluded: “The police must instill among its officers the understanding that the Arab community as a whole is not their…Read More... | 9 Comments
A former editor of Israel's flagship weekend television news program reflects on the challenge of presenting the October 2000 events — when Israeli police killed 13 unarmed Arab protesters — in a way Jewish Israelis might empathize with the pain of the country's Palestinian population. By Anat Saragusti It was an intense meeting in a small room on the second floor of Channel 2 news in Tel Aviv. We tried to come up with the perfect mix of views to make Israeli Jews make sense of what would eventually come to be known as the "events of October 2000." Back…Read More... | 1 Comment
Fifteen years since the events of October 2000, in which Israeli police killed 13 Arab protesters, Hassan Jabareen, head of Israel’s leading Arab civil rights organization, talks to +972 about the lessons Israel’s Palestinian population learned from the killings, the escalation of systematic discrimination since, and the vision of a democratic state of all its citizens. 'If Arabs in Israel determined their political leanings in accordance with what Jews said, they would always be inferior.' The Arab public in Israel this week marked 15 years since protests that resulted in the police killings of 13 people and left hundreds wounded.…Read More... | 34 Comments
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