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  • The Israeli gov't is arguing that annexation is good for Palestinians

    In a High Court case over a law to legalize Israeli settlements built on stolen, privately owned Palestinian land, the attorney hired to represent the government (because the attorney general refused to do so) argues that Palestinians, and not just settlers, would actually benefit. Israel's High Court of Justice heard arguments on Sunday against the "Formalization Law," which would retroactively legalize settlements built illegally on private Palestinian land. Sunday’s hearing was remarkable, and not only because of the law’s potential consequences. After all, it’s not every day that attorneys Michael Sfard and Hassan Jabareen, two of the country’s most prominent…

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  • The most radical thing you can say in Israel

    The Knesset won't even allow this law to be discussed, let alone voted on, because it proposes making Israel a 'state of all its citizens.' Why is that so threatening? The presidium of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, decided on Monday that a proposed law seeking to define Israel as “a state of all its citizens” is so far outside the acceptable political discourse that it cannot even be submitted to the legislature for debate. [tmwinpost] The bill — a proposed Basic Law, the closest thing Israel has to constitutional amendments in a country without a constitution — sought to enshrine…

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  • The well-oiled legal machine that enables IDF violence

    The majority of complaints by Palestinians about violence by Israeli soldiers go nowhere, and when they do, it can take over a year for the military prosecution to decide whether to even open an investigation. In his latest article, my colleague Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man described the way in which Israel’s civilian and military court system is used as a fig leaf to prevent the International Criminal Court from investigating Israeli crimes in the occupied territories. The idea is simple: as long as the local legal systems effectively fulfill their role, the ICC has no mandate to intervene. [tmwinpost] Meanwhile, Deputy Defense Minister Eli…

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  • How Gaza's Return March can elevate the one-state movement

    The Great Return March has the potential to lend its momentum to grassroots and popular struggles beyond Gaza's fence, in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and inside Israel. By Awad Abdel Fattah It is still premature to predict the fate of the Great March of Return, which is the brainchild of primarily young activists who managed, with great success, to involve the entire political spectrum in the Gaza Strip in an unarmed civil resistance. The march is being viewed by many as a remarkable and exceptional development that, if sustained, could open a new horizon politically and strategically for the Palestinians…

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  • Gaza is here — and it's not going anywhere

    After 17 years of war, Israel's leaders still fail to understand that no amount of military force will make Gaza disappear.  By Avi Dabush I was born and raised in Ashkelon; now I live near Sderot. I still remember Gaza, just an arm’s length away. No matter how much military force Israel uses, Gaza is not going anywhere. Here are five things you can see five kilometers from the Gaza border that are impossible to see from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. [tmwinpost] We are losing. There’s no doubt that the Gazans are losing but what our leaders don’t see is that…

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  • The persecution of Ezra Nawi

    The fabrication of criminal cases against activists, particularly anti-occupation activists, has become an almost routine tool. Every one of us could find themselves the target of a similar right-wing campaign. Two years ago, Israeli officials, right-wing activists, and the media put veteran left-wing activist Ezra Nawi in their crosshairs. After an investigative television show partnered with an extreme right-wing organization to target Nawi with a hidden-camera hit piece, Nawi was arrested at Ben Gurion Airport while trying to leave the country. Photos of him being led in handcuffs were published on the front page of every major publication. [tmwinpost] He…

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  • Israel’s High Court just made an ICC investigation more likely

    The court’s rejection of a lawsuit challenging the shooting of protesters in Gaza is a reminder that the Israeli legal system simply isn’t set up to investigate the policy makers and policies that result in alleged war crimes.  Israel’s High Court of Justice may have just inadvertently increased the possibility that senior Israeli officials might themselves show up on the docket of the International Criminal Court one day. [tmwinpost] Last Thursday night, the court rejected a legal challenge that sought to strike down the Israeli army’s policy of shooting unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip. Six Israeli and Palestinian human…

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  • With its new embassy in Jerusalem, Bibi will ignore Paraguay's Nazi past

    At the opening ceremony of Paraguay's new embassy in Jerusalem, Netanyahu spoke about common values such as democracy, tolerance, and coexistence. He failed to mention the fact that Paraguay gave asylum to Nazi war criminals. By Eitay Mack Taking a cue from the Trump administration, Paraguay was the third country to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last week. Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and outgoing Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes spoke at the ceremony to inaugurate the new embassy, in which they both delivered speeches rife with embarrassing historical distortions. [tmwinpost] During his speech, Cartes said that “our friendship is…

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  • The British Jewish community won't silence our solidarity with Gaza

    Young British Jews are facing a torrent of hatred from their own community for expressing solidarity with Gaza. And yet, more British Jews are struggling to see the values they hold reflected in the Israeli government. By Rob Abrams A group of mostly young British Jews took a large step forward in shifting the British Jewish community’s debate on Israel and the occupation this past week. Around 50 British Jews, shocked by the scale of death in Gaza, after Israeli snipers shot dead 60 Palestinians in a single day, gathered in Parliament Square in central London to name the dead…

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  • Beyond American hegemony and a liberal international order

    With Trump's departure from the Iran deal, many are mourning the 'rules based international order.' But Trump is not the problem: the world has changed, and the idea that the U.S. dominates the world by dint of power, values, wisdom, even God’s decisions is a myth. By Gordon Adams America’s place in the world is experiencing an historic turning point. All the mumbo-jumbo about being the “exceptional” and “indispensable” nation, the natural “leader” of something called the “West,” the guarantor of some kind of international system of “rules” is finally being cast into the dustbin of history. [tmwinpost] This moment…

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  • U.S. Embassy celebrations: A who's who of the Israeli arms trade

    Only around 30 countries took part in the Israeli Foreign Ministry's gala celebrating the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem last week. Not coincidentally, Israel's ties with most of them are based on arms sales used to carry out gross human rights violations.  By Eitay Mack [Correction added below.] Immediately following the end of the 1967 War, the State of Israel began a massive diplomatic campaign aimed at convincing countries around the world to oppose resolutions in international forums demanding the Jewish state unilaterally withdraw from the occupied territories. Israel attempted to buy the votes of murderous dictatorships and military juntas in exchange for weapons and…

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  • The case against dismantling the Iran deal: A view from Israel

    All those arguing that the deal wasn't working or that it wasn't 'good enough' are misrepresenting the facts. Here's how they're doing it and why they're wrong. By Shemuel Meir Making good on his ultimatum, the American President trumpeted  America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) earlier this month. This was the opening salvo in a drive to crush the deal that has blocked Iran's path to nuclear weapons. The U.S. abandoned an agreement to which it was a signatory without as much as a single breach on Iran's part. Netanyahu rushed to hail Trump's "bold decision," considering this…

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  • In Haifa, a display of Palestinian grassroots power

    The combined efforts of Palestinians in using their bodies, cameras, and voices to support detained protesters made it impossible for the police to hide the severity of their actions. The release of 19 Palestinian citizens of Israel on Monday, who had been arrested since Friday, after police violently dispersed a demonstration in Haifa against last week's mass killings in Gaza, is a fleeting speck in the context of recent events in the conflict. As the detained activists have emphasized, their experiences are nothing compared to what Palestinians are subjected to in the blockaded Strip. But after weeks of tragic news,…

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