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  • Israel's double standard on cross-border loyalties

    The arrest of journalist Majd Kayyal is a troubling example of Israel's fear of ties between its own Arab population and the Palestinian Authority, while claiming the right to have similar ties with Jews around the world. The main segment in the Shin Bet's (Israeli Security Agency) official comment on the detention of journalist and activist Majd Kayyal for nearly five days, without the possibility of meeting his lawyers and under a strict gag order, reads as follows: In his interrogation it became clear that [Kayyal] left for Lebanon in order to attend a convention of the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir,…

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  • Resource: Israel's persistent policy of land discrimination

    To commemorate the 38th "Land Day", marked on 30 March 2014, Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, decided to research the policy of ‘state land’ allocation. This data revealed that the ILA and the Ministry of Construction and Housing persist in their discriminatory policies against Arab-Palestinian citizens in Israel in various fields of development. The ILA and the Ministry also continue to place Palestinian land on the market for mass housing construction in the illegal settlements in the 1967 occupied territories, and sell property belonging to Palestinian refugees, thereby further obstructing the likelihood for their…

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  • Why Land Day still matters

    Today, with no resolution in sight to the historic injustices inflicted upon them, Palestinians in Israel and elsewhere use this day to remember and redouble their efforts for emancipation. By Sam Bahour and Fida Jiryis Every year since 1976, on March 30, Palestinians around the world have commemorated Land Day. Though it may sound like an environmental celebration, Land Day marks a bloody day in Israel when security forces gunned down six Palestinians as they protested Israeli expropriation of Arab-owned land in the country’s north to build Jewish-only settlements. The Land Day victims were not Palestinians from the occupied territory…

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  • 'Hi, this is Rona from the Shin Bet'

    The logic of Israel's secret police dictates that it can summon left-wing activists and Palestinian citizens of Israel for friendly 'chats' about their political activities. Sounds like a movie script? Illegal? The State, it turns out, insists that this state of affairs is perfectly appropriate. By Hagai El-Ad (translated by Sol Salbe) / ‘The Hottest Place in Hell’ Read this post in Hebrew here In Israeli airports, certain people always "endanger security." Well, it turns out that there are certain ideas that can also "endanger security" if there are people struggling on their behalf. If you're in the first category but still want…

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  • Two steps forward, one step back: Israel’s new discriminatory health rights for Palestinians

    A new law that extends health insurance rights to non-citizen family members of Israeli citizens discriminates against Palestinians, according to an attorney working on the subject. Israeli ministers signed the new regulations, which according to a Haaretz report on Monday, will primarily benefit Palestinians who are permitted to live in Israel under “family unification” procedures. (The Knesset last week extended the formal ban on family unification, which was first enacted 11 years ago at the height of the Second Intifada. The ban, to which humanitarian exceptions are occasionally granted, applies only to Palestinians and therefore primarily discriminates against the rights of…

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  • WATCH: Could the Knesset's Arab parties unite?

    The Knesset raised the election threshold earlier this month, which will have an adverse effect on the ability of most Arab parties to win seats in Israel's parliament. What would happen if, in response, all of the Arab and non-Zionist parties unite and run on a joint list? Related: Knesset raises threshold to four seats, putting Arab parties at risk Knesset approves bill that could push Arab parties out

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  • Law dividing Christians, Muslims is a classic colonial tactic

    Instead of promoting equality and the non-racialization of citizenship in Israel, right-wing MKs are adopting a classic colonial law to weaken the non-Jewish community’s 'threat' to the country's ethnic order. By Amjad Iraqi The Knesset this week enacted a new law that legally distinguishes between Christian and Muslim citizens of Israel regarding employment opportunities. Though the law does not make a significant impact on its own, more bills are expected to be introduced that emphasize the same distinction. The Knesset member behind the bill, Yariv Levin (Likud-Beiteinu), believes that such measures promoting the division of Palestinian citizens of Israel will…

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  • Liberman: Citizenship annulment is a condition for peace

    The foreign minister’s provocations may be damaging, but they create a clear and present danger when tied to actual policies. Avigdor Liberman has come roaring back again. When the Israeli foreign minister returned to his post following a lengthy corruption investigation that ended in anti-climax of acquittal, some thought he had been chastened by time or political pragmatism and softened his firebrand style. As if to cast aside those doubts, Liberman has given a stellar performance this week (and it's only Thursday). He insisted that his party will oppose any Israeli-Palestinian agreement that does not include territorial and population swaps,…

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  • Film review: Arab citizen of Israel, member of the enemy

    What is a Muslim woman's place in a country where Jewish suffering is the dominant cultural theme? A new Israeli film tells the story of Hadeel, a 27-year-old Arab woman who teaches at a Jewish school in central Israel, and explores the difficulty of never fully belonging. By Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber Dove’s Cry, Ganit Ilouz's new documentary (playing at New York City's "The Other Israel" film festival, November 16-18), tells the story of a charismatic Arabic teacher in a Jewish elementary school in Israel. Edited by Sara Salomon, the film speaks to both the possibilities as well as the limitations of implementing an…

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  • For Palestinian citizens, 1956 massacre is not a distant memory

    If Israel was able to inflict fatalities in 2000 just as it did in Kafr Qasim in 1956, with no accountability to the victims and affected families, how can Arabs feel safe about their rights as citizens? By Amjad Iraqi This week, Palestinian citizens of Israel marked the 57th anniversary of the Kafr Qasim massacre, when an Israeli paramilitary unit shot dead 49 Arabs (almost half of whom were children) as they returned from their farms, unaware of the new military curfew that had been imposed on their village. The perpetrators served meager jail sentences, with several officers promoted upon…

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  • Women in Nazareth stand up against domestic violence

    Palestinian women citizens of Israel demonstrated against the police's failure to address domestic violence and violence against women earlier this month. At the start of the October a Palestinian woman and her two children were killed by an ex-husband in a murder-suicide. The woman had asked for police protection months before, but was denied. Following the murder, Palestinian women in the north of Israel stood up and said, "enough is enough. Women's blood is not worth any less than [men's]." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOPP_1Omyww

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  • Jews, Arabs work to resist racist municipal election campaign

    In the face of a nationalistic mayoral campaign by the local Likud chapter, a group of Jews and Arabs in Karmiel choose to focus on eliminating gaps, building public housing and creating a city where everyone can live together as equals. By Dov Caller and Alan Traister “If the Arabs keep coming, Jews will leave and we will even end up with an Arab mayor. The attempt to elect representatives of the Arab community to the city council shows that Karmiel is on the way to becoming a mixed city. Karmiel of 2013 is fighting for its life as a…

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  • Who speaks Arabic anyway?

    Materials about cultural events and health services, and even street signs, are often written in Hebrew and English only, ignoring the 20 percent of Israel's citizens who are native Arabic speakers. 'It shouldn’t be this way; Palestinians, as an indigenous national minority, should feel at home in the state that was established on the land we have called home for centuries.' By Khalil Mari Last week I attended a concert in Acre of Andalusian music performed by a group from Ashkelon. The concert itself was enjoyable but the whole experience left a sour taste in the collective mouth of many Palestinian…

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