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+972 Magazine's Editor's Picks of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, +972 Magazine’s editors and bloggers look back at the year that was, and share the articles that most resonated with them – in no particular order.

By +972 Magazine Staff

A new brand of Jewish nonviolence in Palestine

In the summer of 2016, dozens of Jews from the U.S. and other countries came to Palestine to use nonviolence and civil disobedience alongside Palestinians opposing the Israeli occupation. Under the banner of “Occupation is not my Judaism,” the activists helped rebuild homes demolished by the Israeli army, facilitated an entire displaced Palestinian village’s return to to its former homes, and put their bodies on the line to challenge the Israeli military regime of segregation and settlement in Hebron. Lia Tarachansky and Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man joined them to see what they could accomplish by leveraging their privilege as American Jews.

 

I love Miri Regev

For some, Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev has become synonymous with provocations, anti-Arab and anti-refugee racism, and populism. But Alon Mizrahi remembers the Miri Regevs of his childhood — Mizrahi girls who were constantly reminded that they were worth less than their Ashkenazi counterparts: “I love the Miri Regevs of this country: I know them as if they were my sisters. I do not accept their hate, because it is a cruel rigidity born, in this case, of self-made inferiority. I do not accept their blindness toward similar human stories, toward shared human experiences.” Read more here.

Israeli Minister of Culture Miri Regev seen during the opening night of the Jerusalem Film Festival, near the Old City of Jerusalem, July 9, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli Minister of Culture Miri Regev. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

 

License to Kill (series)

A Palestinian is arrested for not carrying an ID card. A few hours later, while handcuffed inside a military base, he is shot to death. A Palestinian taxi driver is shot in the back by an Israeli soldier. Investigators say they cannot locate the shooters, even though their identity is known. Two teens are shot to death in their own village by an IDF major. The major admits to lying and committing forgery to cover up his crime. Every year, Israeli soldiers shoot and kill unarmed Palestinians in the occupied territories. Time and again, it seems like the soldiers responsible are never brought to justice. We open up the case files to examine exactly how the army gives its soldiers a license to kill. Read the cases here.

Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas during a weekly demonstration against the Israeli Separation Wall in Bil'in, West Bank, November 26, 2010. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas during a weekly demonstration against the separation wall in Bil’in, West Bank, November 26, 2010. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

The Long Road to Bethlehem

+972 blogger and Jewish-American-Israeli journalist Mya Guarnieri never had an easy time living in Israel. She quickly found herself feeling that she was on the wrong side of the Green Line so she decided to move to Bethlehem. But navigating Palestinian society as a Jew, living with the haunting tribulations of the occupation and trying to make work a relationship of which neither society approved didn’t turn out to be much easier. Join Mya in her six-part autobiographical series, which might just be one of the best things you read this year. Start reading part one.

Palestinians enter the main checkpoint separating Bethlehem and Jerusalem. (Activestills.org)

Palestinians enter the main checkpoint separating Bethlehem and Jerusalem. (Activestills.org)

 

IDF Censors redacts 1 in 5 articles it reviews for publication

Some countries have mechanisms for requesting that journalists refrain from publishing sensitive information. Israel is all but alone among Western democratic states that have a military state censor who can impose its will on independent journalists. Nowhere else in similar countries must reported materials be submitted for prior review by the military. Through a freedom of information request, +972 Magazine discovered that since 2011 the IDF Censor has redacted — in full or in part — over 17,000 articles, a shocking view into the full scope of censorship in Israel. Read Haggai Matar’s full story here. Earlier in the year, Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man reported on the new IDF Censor’s attempts to control social media and blogs in Israel, and beyond.

Censorship-infographic

 

The Right still hasn’t internalized that Palestinians exist

Earlier this year, the Knesset passed a law that would allow it to expel Arab members of Knesset from their positions as elected officials. Growing attempts to marginalize Palestinian citizens come at a time when Palestinian citizens of Israel are more present than ever in the Israeli public sphere. Noam Sheizaf warns that pushing them out completely could wind up changing the rules of the game — pushing Israel even farther into authoritarianism and opening the door to more violence between Arabs and Jews.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah use virtual reality goggles at an event in Jaffa, July 21, 2016. (Yair Sagi/Pool)

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah use virtual reality goggles at an event in Jaffa, July 21, 2016. (Yair Sagi/Pool)

 

One year on: The Iran deal has fulfilled its promise

Contrary to Netanyahu’s shrill alarmism, the Iran nuclear deal blocked Tehran’s path to a nuclear weapon, subjecting it to the most invasive and thorough inspections in the history of nuclear supervision. No matter how the Israeli prime minister tries to spin it, a year after it was signed, the deal has succeeded in doing exactly what it set out to do. Read more here.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits across from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on June 30, 2015, in Vienna, Austria, before a one-on-one meeting amid negotiations about the future of Iran's nuclear program. (State Department photo)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits across from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on June 30, 2015, in Vienna, Austria. (State Department photo)

 

Israelis don’t get to hold a referendum on Palestine

A poll this year found that if there were a Brexit-style referendum over whether to maintain Israeli control over the West Bank, most Israelis would choose ‘yes.’ Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man writes that Israelis do not have the democratic right to decide the fate of the Palestinians, or anyone else for that matter. Israelis only have the right to decide their own fate — whether they want their country to be a democracy. If Israelis choose to be a democracy, that means the only people who should be voting on the fate of Palestine should be Palestinians.

A Palestinian citizen of Israel votes in the 20th Israeli Knesset elections, Ramle, March 17, 2015. (photo: Activestills.org)

A Palestinian citizen of Israel votes in the 20th Israeli Knesset elections, Ramle, March 17, 2015. (photo: Activestills.org)

 

Two state solution is dead. Let’s move on

This past year Talal Jabari wrote a piece that stopped us in our tracks. For over 70 years, he argues, Palestinians have been fighting for their existence, for their land, to end the occupation — and what do they have to show for it? An abysmal refugee situation that persists, or rather one that continuously reinvents itself. So what’s Jabari’s solution? To live as a proud Palestinian who happens to be a citizen of Israel instead of continuing the sham Palestinians live in now under the Palestinian Authority. Read the full article here.

A Palestinian scales the Israeli separation wall and plants his flag during a protest at Bethlehem checkpoint, March 30, 2012. (Activestills.org)

A Palestinian scales the Israeli separation wall and plants his flag during a protest at Bethlehem checkpoint, March 30, 2012. (Activestills.org)

 

Straight terrorism

The brutal attack on a gay club in Orlando this past June left the LGBTQ community stunned and traumatized. But contrary to the media, which focused on the ethnic origin of the murderer, the question of ISIS or whether he visited radical Islamist websites before he decided to go and massacre LGBTQ people, Yael Marom and Ma’ayan Dak remind us that it doesn’t matter exactly which religion made him hate an entire community. Sometimes it’s Christianity, sometimes it’s radical Jewish extremists, sometimes it’s Islam. It’s always the fear of those who are different, those who challenge the existing order.

Israeli LGBTQ activists take part in a vigil in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando massacre, in centre Tel Aviv, June 12, 2016. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli LGBTQ activists take part in a vigil in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando massacre, in cental Tel Aviv, June 12, 2016. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

The war of succession brewing in Palestine

On the face of it, 2016 was a relatively quiet year for internal Palestinian politics. But behind the scenes the head of the Palestinian security services was being bolstered by Israeli support. Mahmoud Abbas’ eternal rival Mohammed Dahlan was working to rally backers in Egypt. And from prison, Marwan Barghouti began plans for a nonviolent struggle to enlist the Palestinian public worldwide. The struggle over Abbas’ succession looks like it’s just beginning. Read Menachem Klein’s full article here.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech on the second day of the seventh Fatah Congress, November 30, 2016, Ramallah. (Flash90)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech on the second day of the seventh Fatah Congress, November 30, 2016, Ramallah. (Flash90)

 

From Umm al-Hiran, Zionism’s future looks bleak

The unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran is under threat of demolition and being turned into a Jewish town. That’s the reality Israel’s Bedouin citizens live with every single day under Zionism, which by definition privileges one national group at the expense of another — the indigenous group. As long as there are still people among us who don’t want to be just democratic or Jewish, but simply human beings, argues Orly Noy, it’s time to part ways with Jewish supremacy.

Children in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Um al Hiran, Negev, Israel, January 18, 2014. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Children in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Um al Hiran, Negev, Israel, January 18, 2014. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

 

Black Lives Matter platform is a victory for transnational struggles

The Movement for Black Lives platform, published this past August, sparked a heated debate across activist communities, including on this very site. The inclusion of the word “genocide” to describe Israel’s policies toward Palestinians even rubbed some of the most radical activists the wrong way. For Amjad Iraqi, the debate over a single word is a minor one, which misses the larger point. 2016 was the year that Black American activists delivered a powerful message to Palestinians and other oppressed communities around the world: you are not alone in your causes.

Activists take part in a Black Lives Matter march, Boston, January 19, 2015. (Tess Scheflan/Activestills.org)

Activists take part in a Black Lives Matter march, Boston, January 19, 2015. (Tess Scheflan/Activestills.org)

 

The subtle nuances of Obama’s Peres eulogy

President Barack Obama used his heartfelt tribute to Israel’s last-standing founding father in order to deliver a message to Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli public. Standing above Peres’ coffin, Obama urged the country to go beyond passivity and fear, to do something brave and generous for a better future for all living in Israel-Palestine. Click here to read Lisa Goldman’s piece.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama seen during the funeral ceremony for late former President Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, on September 30, 2016. (Emil Salman/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama seen during the funeral ceremony for late former President Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, on September 30, 2016. (Emil Salman/Flash90)

 

Telling the story of Gaza’s obliterated families

There is no shortage of numbers and statistics cited in reporting on periods of war and violence. Often times certain wars come to be represented by numbers. The number of killed, wounded, displaced. The number of homes damaged or destroyed. But photojournalists Anne Paq and Ala Qandil were haunted by one specific number about the 2014 Gaza war. One hundred and forty-two. The 142 families that lost three or more members. Obliterated families. These are their stories.

Photos (from left to right) of the killed siblings Mohammed (12), Yara (8) and Nadeen (16) Mahmoud Al Farra, held by their mother in their home in Khan Younis, February 22, 2015. 9 members of the Al Farra family were killed in the street by an Israeli missile while they were fleeing their home after it was attacked on August 1st, 2014. (Anne Paq / Activestills.org)

Photos (from left to right) of the killed siblings Mohammed (12), Yara (8) and Nadeen (16) Mahmoud Al Farra, held by their mother in their home in Khan Younis, February 22, 2015. 9 members of the Al Farra family were killed in the street by an Israeli missile while they were fleeing their home after it was attacked on August 1st, 2014. (Anne Paq / Activestills.org)

 

From Haifa to Beirut: ’48 Palestinians challenge regional isolation

For Palestinian citizens of Israel, particularly those from Haifa and its surroundings, Beirut holds near mythical stature. The two cities share near-identical Arabic dialects, cuisine and the cultural elements, and just a few decades ago traveling between them would have been a mere two-hour drive. Today that is almost unimaginable. Maisan Hamdan decided to challenge those seemingly impenetrable borders when she decided to make the trip to Lebanon’s capital. Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man sat down with her to talk about her journey.

A view of the lighthouse off the coast of Sidon (Saida), Lebanon. (Photo by Maisan Hamdan)

A view of the lighthouse off the coast of Sidon (Saida), Lebanon. (Photo by Maisan Hamdan)

 

Pro-Israel and racist? Palestinians aren’t surprised

That President-elect Donald Trump tapped white nationalists and champions of the most far-right brand of Zionism to top-level positions sparked a fiery debate among the Jewish community in the United States. But as Samer Badawi writes, the idea that Israel can be a cause célèbre for bigots is hardly news to Palestinians, whose very existence vies with a state that has always been steeped in European, colonial racism.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. (Marc Nozell/CC BY 2.0)

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. (Marc Nozell/CC BY 2.0)

 

Lebanons (series)

Yuval Ben-Ami’s project earlier this year was an anti-travelogue — an exploration of places unvisited. Born in a land where restrictions on travel are accepted as normal and essential, he now ventures where travel writers seldom do: nowhere, elsewhere and nearly there. Read the full series.

An imaginary plan of ancient Jerusalem from Calmet's Biblical dictionary, 1732.

An imaginary plan of ancient Jerusalem from Calmet’s Biblical dictionary, 1732.

 

A year since the Duma murders: Navigating justice and pain

A year after losing his parents and baby brother, six-year-old Ahmad Dawabshe returns to Duma for the first time. At court hearings for the accused murderers, settler youths taunt the remaining family members. A journey through an unimaginably painful year with Samah Salaime, who was there with the family in the early terrifying hours.

Relatives and friends mourn during the funeral of Saad Dawabsha, the father of a Palestinian family killed when their home was firebombed by Jewish extremists, Duma, West Bank on August 8, 2015. (Flash90)

Relatives and friends mourn during the funeral of Saad Dawabsha, the father of a Palestinian family killed when their home was firebombed by Jewish extremists, Duma, West Bank on August 8, 2015. (Flash90)

 

The crisis of Israel’s anti-occupation Left

Israelis emigrating — or considering emigration — for political reasons are inadvertently adopting the spirit of the boycott movement in the sense that they, too, have given up on the idea of change coming from within. Mairav Zonszein at her finest, making the political personal.

File photo of Israeli anti-occupation activists protesting in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem. (Maya Levin/Flash90)

File photo of Israeli anti-occupation activists protesting in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem. (Maya Levin/Flash90)

 

How to mourn terror victims as a leftist

Leftists always worry that the Right will exploit violence to advance its political agenda, so we tend to remain silent in the face of horrific violence. The Left needs to learn how to mourn while rejecting the political programs of our leaders — and even the victims. The first of two articles this year in which Dahlia Scheindlin reflected on the way leftists relate to victims of political violence and terrorism. Also read her second article on the topic, “Teen’s murder is a reminder that we are all settlers.”

Israeli Jews at the scene of an attempted stabbing in Beit Shemesh, outside of Jerusalem, October 22, 2015. The two suspected Palestinian attackers were shot by Israeli police. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Israeli Jews at the scene of an attempted stabbing in Beit Shemesh, outside of Jerusalem, October 22, 2015. The two suspected Palestinian attackers were shot by Israeli police. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

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    1. AJew

      Hey you forgot to run this piece…

      http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/30680/Default.aspx

      “A growing number of young Arabs are volunteering to serve in Israel’s army. In so doing, they are rejecting the stereotype of an oppressed minority foisted upon them by the world media.

      “The country helps us and I will have a good future,” Sergeant Saleh Khalil, 20, told Reuters in a rare interview with active combat soldiers.

      Khalil belongs to that sector of Arab Muslim society that believes it also has a responsibility to the state. “I enlisted in order to contribute to the country, because I live in this country,” he said.

      His comrade in arms, Sergeant Yusef Salutta, 20, took that sentiment a step further.

      “Why did I decide to enlist? Because I’m from this country and I love the country and I want to contribute,” he told reporters. “Everyone should enlist, anybody who lives here should enlist.”

      And for Salutta, it was not just words. Reuters reported that the young Arab Muslim soldier actually wears a silver Star of David around his neck.”

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      • Bruce Gould

        Gosh, it’s funny how people behave when they have some rights!

        It should be obvious to everyone by now that the quality of being Palestinian doesn’t determine attitudes towards Israel – it’s the quality of having civil rights. Why not extend at least some of those rights to the underclass in the West Bank?

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        • AJew

          “Why not extend at least some of those rights to the underclass in the West Bank?”

          You mean make West Bank Arabs Israeli citizens?

          If you mean yes, then suddenly Israel would be destined to become another Arab country. The 23rd one. And suddenly we Jews would need to fight for our own rights.

          We have been there and done that for 2000 years and it did not work out too well for us as minorities. No, in Arab countries neither. That is why Israel was created. To have one place on this earth where Jews are not a minority. Is that too much to ask for? One country on this earth where Jews are the majority. Is that too much to ask for?

          If however you don’t mean making West Bank Arabs Israeli citizens, just give them more rights, then we have tried that too before the second intifada or even the first intifada but they insisted on behaving like enemies. Throwing stones, shooting us, knifing us and blowing us up is not conducive to giving more rights. No people on this earth would treat them better under such circumstances. Many would treat them worse.

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          • Bruce Gould

            So what distinguishes the Israeli-Palestinians, who are (relatively speaking) happy campers – as you’ve pointed out – and the Palestinians in the West Bank? It can’t just be the quality of being Palestinian, right?

            And whether of not the Palestinians in the West Bank appreciate it or not, why not give them civil rights? You don’t have to earn human/civil rights, you get them automatically because you’re a human being, you don’t get them because you ‘earn’ them.

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          • AJew

            “So what distinguishes the Israeli-Palestinians, who are (relatively speaking) happy campers –”

            Don’t pretend that it is so hard Bruce. Let me explain it again. As a minority, some of Israel’s Arab citizens appreciate Israeli democracy. Not all of them. Some of them would prefer to live in an Arab majority state which would be either free of Jews or Jews would be as down trodden as we were for 2000 years when we were minorities. Want to ask this question again? My answer will be the same.

            “It can’t just be the quality of being Palestinian, right?”

            No it can’t be. But history is history and we already know how WE were treated as minorities in Arab countries too. So now maybe a sub section of Palestinian Arabs, the ones who are already Israeli citizens can try life as minorities. My bet is that we would treat them better than they treated us. Especially if they stop making war on us and try to “send us back where we came from” (according to them).

            “And whether of not the Palestinians in the West Bank appreciate it or not, why not give them civil rights? You don’t have to earn human/civil rights, you get them automatically because you’re a human being, you don’t get them because you ‘earn’ them.”

            Thanks for the sermon. Now here is my lecture to you:

            Let’s see how you would deal with a people who would tell you that because you are a “colonialist invader” they have right to carry out pogroms against you (A la Hebron Tzefat circa 1929), riot and murder you, circa 1930s 1947, make war on you, 1948-1949, carry out terror campaigns against you 1949-1967, then more terror campaigns from 1967 to today. I bet you would do no better than us. It is easy to preach to us from cosy New York or wherever you may live. Try walking in our shoes instead of being so smug.

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          • AJew

            The following article should also have been included in your list:

            http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/30832/Default.aspx

            “With Christians suffering in most of the surrounding nations, local Christian leaders took this Christmas season as an opportunity to thank Israel for protecting them and their freedoms.

            That message was delivered by Greek Patriarch Theophilos III during the annual Christmas and Hanukkah gathering at the presidential residence in Jerusalem.

            Addressing Israel President Reuven Rivlin directly, Theophilos stated:

            “We take the opportunity of this holiday gathering to express our gratitude to you for the firmness with which you defend the freedoms that lie at the heart of this democracy – especially the freedom of worship.

            “The State of Israel takes pride in the fact that [it] was founded on democratic principles in the Middle East and that it guarantees full freedom of worship; and we are confident, Mr. President, that you will continue to resist any restrictions on religious practices.”

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          • Ben

            ​”Thanks for the sermon. Now here is my lecture to you: Let’s see how you would deal with a people….”

            I don’t speak for Bruce, but in my opinion Bruce boxed you into a corner here and out came the truth of the matter (I translate): “Human rights? No. It’s our feelings that matter.” Everything you say can be said with equal justification by the Palestinians. Just change a few proper nouns and adjectives. What this evasion of Bruce’s answer amounts to then is (I translate):

            “We get to be barbarians towards human beings over whom we have total control. Because our feelings come first. Our narrative comes first. We’re entitled. And because we can. Oh yes, I almost forgot, and until we wear them down enough and push enough of them off their land. Is that too much to ask for?!”

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          • AJew

            Usual Benny BS.

            I am not talking about “our feelings” alone. Although that counts too. We are not robots.

            I am talking about history. And I am talking about Palestinian Arab actions.

            Now do me a favor Benny. Don’t talk to me. Our discussions go nowhere.

            People can read what I actually said and agree with me or not. But you Benny try to distort what I say then pretend to destroy what you pretend I say. That does not work except with bigots such as yourself. And I don’t care about what Bigots say. Get it Benny?

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      • Ben

        Yes, THINK about this, rather than offer this manipulative article by a right wing messianic “news agency” as propaganda.

        (“Israel Today is a Jerusalem-based news agency providing a biblical and objective perspective on local news…to provide timely news directly from Jerusalem – the focus of world attention. This is especially important in these times when we see prophetic events unfolding before our eyes. Our readers are bound together by a common interest in and love for Israel – the Land and People of the Book. We believe that the existence of the State of Israel is a fulfillment of prophecy and a plumb line for the purposes of God for these times.”)

        The whole site you reference reeks of manipulation and glazed-eyed messianism. Think about what these selected Israeli Palestinian individuals are telling you. Rather than manipulate them. They are sentinels. But they are by no means representative of the population and their experience at the hand of Israeli state. Listen. They represent the possibilities for a whole population of Israeli Palestinians who could be excellent citizens of a state that accorded them and you truth and reconciliation and true equality and accorded their brethren across the green line basic justice and fairness. (Or failing that at least a begruding but decent two state accord.) It could be such an interesting and rich two state community. The synergies are amazing. Your implicit and somewhat contemptuous expectation is that the whole rest of the Israeli Palestinian population in all their diversity of experience will see things the way these highly selected few soldiers profess to see things, but without any change on your part. You have Israeli Jewish outliers too that you refuse to really listen to: Breaking the Silence, the refusers of IDF service in the territories, the Jewish writers of +972 Magazine…. Come to think of it, you have irenic Israeli Palestinian outliers right here on this +972 site that you refuse to listen to: Amjad Iraqi and Samer Badawi. Think about it.

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    2. Ben

      “One country on this earth where Jews are the majority. Is that too much to ask for?”

      This is a lot of incoherence and distraction. Your goal here is attainable by a two state solution. But Bibi’s Israel so obviously doesn’t want that. It wants the land, at least all of Area C. Bennet and any number of government ministers openly say this. Made possible by ethnic cleansing and a Swiss cheese Palestinian “autonomous” bantustan-statelet on the side. At best. Bibi’s hysterical reaction to UNSC 2334 and quite ugly and disrespectful reaction to President Obama and to Kerry’s speech could not make that clearer.

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      • AJew

        Here is another decent Arab person who is honest about the Middle East reality. May he have a long happy life.

        http://arabsforisrael.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/why-i-support-israel.html?m=1

        “Israel is not the only best model of democracy and freedom in the Middle East rather there is no comparison of Israel with all 56 Muslim countries of the world; a country surrounded by 22 hostile Muslim countries, where people are able to enjoy freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Israel is a country where Israeli Muslim Arabs also share all benefits without any discrimination.
        On the contrary, in oil rich Muslim countries, Arabs treat you as animals, despite believing and share the same religion, but you are not more than a slave; Modern Slavery, keep you living in fear, to horrify you, and to profit from it.!
        I want to make my voice heard and spread this message of truth that the Crusades, Inquisition, the Persian and Ottoman Empires, the Holocaust, all have been trying to exterminate the Jewish nation from this planet for thousands of years. No one succeeds, the Nation of Israel lives and the Jewish people will endure.

        According to the verses of the Quran regarding the Jews; Jews are people of various bad qualities, known for their loathsome characters and contemptible behavior; they are liars, ingrates, selfish, arrogant, rebels, lawbreakers, cowardly naggers and cheaters, prone to crime and aggression etc… Dear Muslims, please see your own character and your history in the light of these verses; in fact these verses fit upon you instead of Jews, you deserve wrath of the God not the Jews!”

        Read it all. This is just part of what he says.

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      • AJew

        “Your goal here is attainable by a two state solution. But Bibi’s Israel so obviously doesn’t want that”

        Really?????!!!

        Let us pretend that Benny is right about Bibi (which he is not). But what about before Bibi? Why wasn’t there a two state solution BEFORE Bibi? Because Abbas and Arafat before him pursued the two state solution?

        Give us a break Benny. Both Abbas and Arafat before him have been vigorously pursuing the one state solution. They have never given up their so called right of return demand for millions of descendants of Arab refugees. Arafat was honest about it. He said so clearly. Abbas has been sneaky about it. He has been playing word games about it. Depending who was his audience he made conflicting claims but he did not make peace with Olmert either. Did Olmert pursue “the swiss cheese” policy Benny?

        Of course Benny will bring up his usual excuses about why peace was not possible with Olmert either. We have been there before. It really is pathetic how Benny inverts reality and inverts history.

        If one would believe Benny then one would have to conclude that the Palestinian Arabs invented the idea of the two state solution and have been pursuing it since the dawn of history but somehow no Israeli leader played a peace partner because… because… just because… Benny will always find some David Irving type (arch holocaust denier) who says so!

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        • Ben

          Wow you even worked in the cheezy low-grade holocaust-denier reference. Congrats. I heard an angry, fuming post-2334 Ron Dermer, an Israeli Sean Hannity, pulling out all the stops, lecturing the American public on “we call them Auschwitz borders!” Jake Tapper kept trying to say “but, um, the settlements…” Ron Hannity-Dermer just got angrier.

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    3. Mark

      You missed the one where Samah Salaime eulogises the regime in Syria while living in the comfort and convenience of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam.
      https://972mag.com/syria-my-love/123738/

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