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  • There is nothing 'natural' about police racism

    Israel's police chief angered Israelis when he claimed it is 'natural' to suspect Ethiopians. But his remarks are simply a reflection of where Israeli society is at today. By Galia Boneh Police Chief Roni Alsheikh's recent comments, according to which it is "natural" for police to be suspicious of Ethiopian Israelis, stirred much controversy. They also lead to an important public discussion, exemplifying how structural racism works, and how racist acts in the name of public service gain legitimacy from the top echelon. In parallel, however, they also allowed the public to characterize Alsheikh as a racist, to renounce him…

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  • What Palestinian athletes can learn from Colin Kaepernick

    Palestinian athletes can learn a thing or two from the football star's refusal to stand during his country's national anthem. By Abed Abu Shehadeh One can say many things about American politics, but boring they are not. We are seeing this with the presidential race and the rise of the American Right, which views the world as a reality show where anything can be said — regardless of logic or factual basis — as long as it is stated in the most provocative and blatant manner. On the other hand we cannot ignore the Black Lives Matter movement, which challenges structural racism in the…

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  • Unraveling Netanyahu's Sephardic spin

    Netanyahu knows that even in 2016, Mizrahim have the ability to kick him out of power. Benjamin Netanyahu has seen better weeks. Between being strong-armed by members of his cabinet over the confirmation of Avigdor Liberman as defense minister, and the fact that his wife, Sara, may soon be indicted over her unscrupulous handling of the prime minister's households, the past few days have been rough. But amid the turbulence, Bibi was able to find a golden calf and, true to form, milk it for all its worth. [tmwinpost] On paper the story seems both simple and innocuous: early last…

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  • Is the Israeli media responding to pressure on underrepresentation of Arabs?

    A new campaign is pushing major media outlets to invite Arab experts to speak on their area of expertise. It seems the media landscape is responding — for the better. By Oren Persico New data reveals that leading Israeli news stations are inviting more Arab experts on news programs, following growing pressure by leading Israeli NGOs. [tmwinpost] According to The Seventh Eye website's "Representation Index," around 40 Arabs were invited to speak about their area of expertise on the five leading Israeli media outlets during the month of April. This was a decrease from March, yet an increase from January and…

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  • One in every four Israelis experienced racism last year, poll finds

    A new study by the Coalition Against Racism in Israel reveals that the vast majority of Israelis believe their society has become more racist over the past two years. By Yael Marom Over half of Israelis believe that Israel has become a more racist society over the past two years, according to a new poll published on Sunday by the Coalition Against Racism in Israel. [tmwinpost] The poll, conducted with Israeli pollster Rafi Smith and surveyed 400 Jewish Israelis and 100 Arab citizens, was published to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is held annually…

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  • Ethiopian-Israeli activists: It's time for a militant civil rights struggle

    Eight Ethiopian demonstrators arrested at Jerusalem protest against police brutality. Activists: The law does not protect us, we must stop enlisting in the army. By Michael Salisbury-Corech Hundreds of Ethiopian-Israeli activists demonstrated against police violence in front of the Israeli police Jerusalem headquarters on Tuesday. [tmwinpost] The protest came as a response to the police's recent decision to close a criminal investigation against two policemen who tasered Yosef Salamsa, a 22-year-old Israeli-Ethiopian, in 2014, leaving him outside a police station in the northern town of Zichron Yaakov. No evidence was found of criminal conduct by police officers, although investigators recommended disciplinary…

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  • Tel Aviv service offers cleaners priced by ethnic origin

    Cleaning services are being promoted to potential clients in north Tel Aviv with a flyer that prices its cleaners according to their ethnic origin. The advert also refers to its employees in the feminine only. A service provider offering cleaning and housekeeping in north Tel Aviv has taken the term "human resources" to a whole new level, distributing a flyer that prices its cleaners according to their ethnic origin. [tmwinpost] The advert, which was distributed in one of Tel Aviv's most affluent areas, was first posted on Facebook by political blogger Tal Schneider, who was given the flyer by an…

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  • In the Jewish state, equality for Arabs is impossible by definition

    Isn’t it time to finally ask why every single attempt to achieve full equality for Palestinian citizens has failed? By Umar al-Ghubari (translated by Richard Flantz) This week the Israeli army radio, Galei Tzahal, conducted a survey which, among other things, polled the attitude of Israeli Jews regarding full equal rights for Arab citizens of Israel. The results of the survey, conducted among 503 Jews, revealed that the Jewish public in this country is almost equally divided on this issue. 45 percent oppose full equal rights for the state’s Arab citizens, 43 percent are in favor, 6 percent replied “it…

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  • Trump is no more racist than mainstream Israeli policy

    Israeli politicians are joining the global pushback against Donald Trump's anti-Muslim racism. But guess what other country bans Muslim immigration? Just days after Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump announced that he will be visiting Israel by the end of December, the billionaire populist called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." Everyone is aghast, including several Israeli politicians, figures and organizations, who began expressing their disgust and indignation Wednesday morning. Some went as far as demanding that Trump be blocked from entering Israel's parliament, the Knesset, or to bar him from entering the country entirely.…

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  • Mr. Odeh Goes to Washington (and not everyone's happy about it)

    Joint List head Ayman Odeh headed to the United States this week, prompting mixed reactions from Israel's Palestinian citizens. Odeh: 'I am here to tear the mask off of Netanyahu's lies.' Perhaps I am foolish and do not understand the ambush of the Palestinian people that awaits Joint List head Ayman Odeh when he visits Uncle Sam? Perhaps the decision by Foreign Policy Magazine to choose him as a "global challenger" is really just part of a plot to bring him down? To force Odeh to swear allegiance to the flag of the state of the Jewish people? This week…

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  • The roots of anti-Mizrahi racism in Israel

    The founders of the state, Jews of Ashkenazi origin raised on European ideas, viewed 'Oriental Jews' as backward and primitive from the moment they began arriving en masse on Israel's shores. "An Ashkenazi gangster, thief, pimp or murderer will not gain the sympathy of the Ashkenazi community (if there is such a thing), nor will he expect it. But in such a primate community as the Moroccans' — such a thing is possible." - David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, 1959 Israel's media was abuzz Monday following the release of an overtly racist commercial targeting Mizrahi Jews. The commercial for the upscale…

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  • Does Israeli society care when its women are murdered?

    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…

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  • Racial attack on Israeli TV crew a sign of extremism turning normal

    An attack on a television news crew indicates that the violence of the far right has reached the heart of Israeli cities. A television crew from Israel’s Channel 2 was attacked on Thursday evening by onlookers while covering a stabbing attack in the northern city of Afula. The reporter, Furat Nasser, is an Arab citizen, while the camera and sound man were Jewish. The men who surrounded them shoved and struck the sound man, who was later hospitalized. In the video men in the crowd can be heard cursing the police, the press, and Arabs. Channel 2 anchor Yonit Levy was…

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