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  • Banning the Quakers won't stop our struggle for justice in Israel-Palestine

    The American Friends Service Committee once saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, now we are being banned from entering Israel due to our support for a nonviolent struggle for equality.  By Brant Rosen Israel revealed this week a list of 20 groups from around the world it was banning from the country, due to their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. For me, the list represented more than just another news item. As staff person for one organization included on the list – the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker group dedicated to peace and social justice – this news hit home personally as well as…

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  • How the Israeli Right succeeds at making itself the victim

    From prostituting women to befriending anti-Semites, the Israeli Right has reached a level in which revealing its transgressions only evokes wonderment among its supporters. By Almog Behar We are in the historical stage of the ideological Right, in which every single detail, which would have previously embarrassed the right wing, now only strengthens it. The most recent example of this phenomenon is that of Ateret Cohanim, the settler organization that used prostitutes, front organizations, and threats of murder to buy Palestinian properties in East Jerusalem. The story, published by Haaretz's Nir Hasson, did not lead to condemnations by the Right. The majority of the ideological…

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  • The violent repercussions of Trump's declaration

    Trump's speech sparked a new blood feud that claims the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians, unleashing forces destined to kill even more. Israel was reeling this week after a shooting attack Tuesday evening that killed a 35-year old father of six near the West Bank outpost where he lived, called Havat Gilad. Although Rabbi Raziel Shevach lived in a community not even recognized under Israeli law, he was also a civilian: at the time of the shooting, he was not in a situation of active combat, and as far as is known, he was unarmed. His life in that…

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  • 'There is no justice in Israel — it’s always postponed'

    The Nawara family expected to hear the sentence of the Israeli soldier who killed their son, Nadeem. Instead, they were forced to sit quietly while the soldier's lawyer argued that it was not his client but Nadeem who was guilty of a crime.  By Joshua Leifer The hearing began poorly. Siam Nawara was on the stand, testifying in what was supposed to be the sentencing of the Israeli soldier who killed his son. The midday sun sliced through the wooden slats on the Jerusalem courtroom windows and illuminated the drab, white room. Clanging carts and cars could be heard from Salah a-Din Street…

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  • To reduce crime, the police need the trust of Arab citizens

    The rising violence in Israel's Arab society hurts citizens and limits their ability to develop economically. But the police are unlikely to adequately address crime rates in Arab towns if they cannot work in cooperation with the local population.  By Thabet Abu Ras and Amnon Be'eri Sulitzeanu Of all the murder victims in Israel in 2016, 70 were Arab citizens. Thousands more were victims of violence and property damage. Statistically, 60 percent of murder victims in Israel are Arab — three times their representation in Israel's general population. [tmwinpost] Violence in Arab towns has reached disproportionate rates. This includes a wide-range of delinquency and criminal activities,…

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  • Asylum seekers in Israel are scared. I am scared for them

    For years, Israel's right-wing government has fomented hatred against African asylum seekers. Now it plans to deport them, while the world turns a blind eye. By Leah Platkin As a social worker working with African asylum seekers in south Tel Aviv, I have seen my fair share of racism and hostility from Israeli politicians and local residents who blame them for the myriad problems in their neighborhoods. South Tel Aviv has always been a rough area, however, long neglected by the municipality. Walking through its neighborhoods, you see piles of trash, junkies, homeless people living in the parks, and a stench…

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  • Why has Israel banned Jewish leftists but not members of Nazi-linked groups?

    Israel has banned leaders and key activists from Jewish Voice for Peace, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, among other groups that support BDS, from entering the country. So why doesn't it extend the same restrictions to members of Nazi-affiliated groups? Israel’s latest step in its self-described “offensive” against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is to include Jewish Voice for Peace, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and the American Friends Service Committee on a list of organizations whose leading members are banned from entering the country. Although the law barring boycott advocates was passed in March last year, the blacklisted…

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  • In Be'er Sheva, coexistence is 'political,' and can get you evicted

    The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Quality has been a fixture in the city of Be'er Sheva for decades. Now, following pressure from far-right activists, the city is evicting it. By Yehudit Keshet The city of Be’er Sheva is trying to evict the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, the only place where Jews and Arabs can meet to work together and promote equality and understanding, following a concerted effort by far-right extremists. [tmwinpost] The Forum has been operating out of a Jewish-Arab community center, located in a renovated bomb shelter, since 1996 — all under one condition: that it…

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  • Bannon: Adelson drove Jerusalem embassy move

    An excerpt from a new book on the Trump presidency confirms: the right-wing billionaire and Netanyahu backer has been a driving force behind the administration's foreign policy decisions. By Eli Clifton Candidate Donald Trump claimed that he wouldn’t be beholden to campaign donors and slammed his Republican primary opponents as puppets of their wealthy patrons. “Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!” Trump tweeted in October 2015. But an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s upcoming book Fire and Fury quotes Steve Bannon, who served as CEO of the Trump…

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  • Ahed Tamimi's lawyer: Her case is making people see the occupation again

    Gaby Lasky, the human rights attorney representing Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman, talks to +972 about what it means for a Palestinian to be put on trial in the occupier's military courts, and some of the dangerous precedents being set. By Joshua Leifer The video of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi confronting two Israeli soldiers outside of her home in the village of Nabi Saleh has become ubiquitous, broadcast across every media platform for weeks. So have the pictures of Ahed, handcuffed and surrounded by guards in court. Posters of Ahed have even appeared on bus stops in London. What those images…

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