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  • The Syrian refugees Israelis prefer to forget

    As opposed to Palestinian refugees, the fate of the Syrians expelled from the Golan Heights by Israel in 1967 was covered up and hidden from public awareness. Even today, most Israelis believe the area was largely empty of Syrians, and anyone who may have been there fled voluntarily. By Irit Gal Among the Syrian refugees fleeing their burning country to the European countries that were kind enough to open their gates, there are those who belong to a second generation of refugees. The first fled in 1967 when the Syrian Golan Heights were conquered by the Israeli army. In contrast to the refugees in the West Bank and…

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  • No more waiting: LGBTQ Israelis must take the rights they deserve

    The Israeli government doesn't believe LGBTQ Israelis should be able to adopt children, yet continues to tell the world what a wonderful place Israel for the queer community. By Yael Marom The past few days have been a stark reminder of just how the Israeli government views the LGBTQ community. The Welfare Ministry's statement calling LGBTQ families "irregulars," who should not be allowed to adopt children, is just the latest in a number of legislative moves and court decisions that go directly against LGBTQ rights. As the annual Jerusalem pride march approaches, the queer community in Israel can clearly see the…

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  • In Israel's 'eternal capital,' anti-Palestinian discrimination is built-in

    A closer look at Jerusalem's new construction plans are a testament to the fact that Israel cannot continue lording over hundreds of thousands of Palestinians without infringing on their basic rights. By Aviv Tatarsky After a considerably long lull, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat have rebooted their plan to build beyond the Green Line in the city. These days, the government is working to build 2,000 housing units in East Jerusalem — and that's only the beginning. Israeli building in the territories occupied in 1967 is usually tied to Israel's attempt to thwart all attempts to make East…

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  • My village is under threat. I'm not giving up hope

    The residents of Umm al-Khair have been robbed of humanity and justice. We have the right to live without the constant threat of demolition, to have enough clean water, and to live without fear. By Awdah al-Hathalean My name is Awdah Mohammed al-Hathalean. I'm 23 years old and I live in Umm al-Khair, a village in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. My story is bittersweet. When I was seven months old, I fell into a fire in my home, and my father was not able to move fast enough to rescue me because of his disability. After that I had…

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  • The redundancy of Israel's 'Jewish Nation-State Law'

    The Israeli government is pushing a law that would force judges to prioritize Israel’s Jewish character over democratic principles. But that has always been the case. The “Jewish Nation-State Law,” which is currently making its way through the Knesset as a proposed Basic Law – the closest thing Israel has to a constitutional amendment – would require the High Court to prioritize Israel’s Jewish nature over democratic principles in its rulings, according to Haaretz. [tmwinpost] The bill asserts that the justices of the highest court in the land must interpret Israeli law with the understanding that the right to self-determination in Israel…

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  • When Gaza has no power, we all swim in sewage

    As Netanyahu drinks water from a new Israeli mobile desalination technology with the visiting Indian prime minister, Israel's actual desalination plant, planted firmly next to Gaza, stares down the consequences of Israel's disastrous policies: raw sewage flowing its way. By Hagai El-Ad Last week, the prime ministers of Israel and India posed for a relaxed photo-op together, wading into the Mediterranean Sea on an Israeli beach. The fun day, complete with a demonstration of a new desalination device attached to an ATV, was apparently so idyllic that Netanyahu later enthused on Twitter: "There's nothing like going to the beach with…

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  • 'Gaza will be unlivable next year, not 2020 as the UN says'

    +972 Magazine talks to Khalil Shaheen, a Gaza resident and expert on the impact of Israeli, Palestinian Authority, and Hamas policies in the besieged coastal strip, to get a picture of what life is like in Gaza, and why it's probably going to get unfathomably worse. Things have gotten acutely worse in the Gaza Strip over the past month, since Israel and the Palestinian Authority cut the besieged strip's already inadequate supply of power. But an entire generation of Gazans have grown up without ever experiencing electricity that is available around the clock. Crisis is nothing new. [tmwinpost] In addition…

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  • Soros, Bannon, and the anti-Semitism of Israel's prime minister

    Instead of defending George Soros from Hungary's anti-Semitism, he has taken a page out of the alt-right playbook. His bottom line? Some Jews just aren't worth protecting. Benjamin Netanyahu is the self-appointed protector of world Jewry. And as such, he views his role not only as prime minister of Israel, but as the spokesperson for Jews across the world. On Saturday, Netanyahu played that role when the Israeli government called on the Hungarian government to halt an ad campaign against Hungarian-born Jewish-American financier George Soros, claiming it was fueling anti-Semitism across the country. Just a day later, however, Netanyahu ordered the Foreign Ministry to…

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  • There's nothing anti-Semitic about UNESCO's Hebron vote

    Israel's leaders are essentially trying to convince the world that anyone who recognizes Palestine is anti-Semitic. UNESCO's resolution to recognize the Tomb of the Patriarchs/Ibrahimi Tomb and Hebron's Old City as Palestinian World Heritage Sites brought on, as expected, knee-jerk cries of anti-Semitism by Israeli politicians. And it wasn't just the right wingers. Even Labor's Merav Michaeli, known for her dovish views, called the resolution "insane." [tmwinpost] I wonder how many of these politicians bothered reading the resolution before they ran to Twitter to trash it. As opposed to what Israel is attempting to portray, UNESCO does not comment on…

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  • What would happen if Palestinian refugees could return?

    One of the biggest remaining gaps between the Israeli and Palestinian positions has always been the fate of Palestinian refugees, millions of whom live in refugee camps across the region. So what happens when regular Palestinians and Israelis get together to talk about the fate of the refugees — in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square?

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