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  • A more sensible two-state vision for Israel and Palestine

    Political separation doesn't necessitate geographic and demographic separation. By Said Zeedani Just a few weeks into the al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000, I was enticed by and attracted to a unique idea for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which continues to entice me 18 years later. The contours of the idea — acceptance of the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, living next to each other in peace and security, on the basis of the June 4, 1967 borders  — remain valid provided the three following conditions are met: Separation between the two states would be – or should be – political in…

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  • Under Trump, Arab support for U.S. hits lowest point in years

    Polling in 11 Arab countries finds that only 12 percent of people in the Arab world have a positive view of U.S. foreign policy. Nearly 90 percent say they would oppose their country recognizing Israel diplomatically. By Derek Davison A year and a half into his presidency, Donald Trump’s two biggest beneficiaries in the Middle East have been Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. To Netanyahu, Trump has been a revelation—a U.S. president willing to dispense with even the slightest pretense of support for the Palestinian people. For MbS, Trump has been far…

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  • Birthright walk-offs get a taste of settler violence in Hebron

    Eight Birthright participants who walked off of their trip earlier this week to learn about the occupation were on a tour with Breaking the Silence when settlers began harassing them, culminating with paint thrown on their guide's head. If the settlers of Hebron were trying to show a group of Birthright participants who had walked off their trip earlier this week that their views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are skewed, it's safe to say that they failed miserably. Halfway through a tour of occupied Hebron that the eight Birthright participants were taking with Israeli anti-occupation group Breaking the Silence on…

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  • How to fight the demolition of a West Bank school? Start the year early

    For years the Israeli government has tried to destroy Khan al-Ahmar's eco-friendly school, along with the rest of the tiny West Bank hamlet. So the Palestinian Authority cut short the summer break and started the school year early. The students didn't seem to mind. By Oren Ziv Dozens of schoolchildren welcomed the new school year in the West Bank hamlet of Khan al-Ahmar Monday morning, a month and a half before it officially starts, in an attempt to stop the impending demolition of the entire village. [tmwinpost] Ever since Israel announced its intention to destroy Khan al-Ahmar and evict its residents, the village's eco-school, which…

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  • The changing relationship between Palestinians on either side of the wall

    Despite physical separation and internal divisions, Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line are once again talking about the future of their struggle, and the role that Palestinian citizens of Israel can play. Out of sight from most of the Israeli public, yet under the close watch of the government, an internal debate has been raging within Palestinian society about the devastating effects of the physical separation and internal divisions plaguing Palestinians. [tmwinpost] Two recent protests, one in Haifa in solidarity with Gaza and another in Ramallah against the Palestinian Authority's role in the siege — in which Palestinian citizens of Israel also…

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  • A state that belongs to only some of its citizens

    According to the proposed 'Jewish Nation-State Law,' Israel does not belong to Israeli citizens, more than 20 percent of whom are not Jewish. Instead, it is the state of the Jewish people, roughly half of whom are not even Israeli. There is a form on the Israeli Interior Ministry’s website, where one can order duplicate and translated copies of a birth certificate. On that form is a drop-down menu, above which it is written: “Nationality.” [tmwinpost] In that drop-down menu you will find a list of nationalities which — if one were to attempt to deduce from it how Israel…

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  • The road from Qaddum to Nablus: Seven years of protests

    For the past seven years, the Palestinian residents of Qaddum have been protesting the Israeli army's closure of their main access road to Nablus, the nearest West Bank city. Why was the road closed and how does it affect the residents? A visit to the village of Qaddum, and the neighboring settlement of Kedumim.  

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  • How one law exposes what Israel has always tried to hide

    From the moment it was established, Israel granted its Jewish citizens privileges at the expense of Palestinians. The 'nation-state bill' reveals the choice Israelis have to make about the future of their country. Years ago, American journalist Ted Koppel hosted a fascinating televised debate between Rabbi Meir Kahane, the far-right anti-Arab leader, and Ehud Olmert, then a fresh-faced Knesset member from the Likud party. As the Israeli parliament is set to approve the Nation-State Law, which would enshrine discrimination against non-Jews in Israel, it is worth going back and paying close attention to the debate. [tmwinpost] Kahane laid out his political vision without qualms. “Israelis,…

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  • Irish senate passes sanctions on Israeli settlements

    The law, which still needs to go through the lower house and be signed by the president, would criminalize the import and sale of goods and services that originate in settlements in occupied territories, targeting Israeli settlements but also other occupations worldwide. The vote had been shelved earlier this year after objections by Israel. The Irish Senate passed a bill on Wednesday to prohibit trade with illegal settlements in occupied territories, including those in the West Bank. In contrast to policies and legislation that differentiate Israeli settlements and excludes them from trade agreements, the Irish bill could be construed as actual…

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  • The West Bank villages under threat no one is talking about

    While the media focused on Khan al-Ahmar's nonviolent struggle against its destruction, Israeli authorities demolished 12 structures in a nearby Bedouin community, laying the groundwork for further evictions.  Israel is fighting a war of attrition against the Bedouin villages east of Jerusalem. And yet, despite the looming threat of wholesale demolition and eviction, the villagers can finally breathe easy, after the High Court of Justice night froze the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar until July 16. This, of course, is far from a victory; ever since the same court gave the green light to the demolition in May, the villagers have been counting the days until their expulsion. [tmwinpost]…

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  • The Gaza siege isn't about security. It's collective punishment, pure and simple

    Israel shut down Gaza's ability to conduct trade because of flaming balloons and kites that Palestinians have been floating over the border. There is no security justification, just collective punishment. Israeli authorities often claim that the siege on Gaza is about security. Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups must not be allowed to import weapons or materials to build weapons, they say. It is a necessary measure. It’s about security. That is partly true, sometimes. That is, except when it’s not. [tmwinpost] The Israeli political leadership announced this week that it is cshutting down Gaza’s only commercial connection to the…

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  • As Israel prepares to demolish Bedouin school, activists lay out backpacks for each student

    As Israeli authorities prepare to demolish Khan al-Ahmar's school, a group of activists lay backpacks outside Israel's Supreme Court — one for each student who may soon find himself without a place to learn.  A group of Israeli and foreign Jewish activists laid 174 backpacks outside Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem on Tuesday morning as a protest against the impending demolition of the entire village of Khan al-Ahmar, including its school. Each backpack, say the activists, was meant to represent a student who studies at the "tire school" and will be left without a place to learn. [tmwinpost] The action,…

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  • The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar is more than just a war crime

    While the imminent destruction of Khan al-Ahmar is an utmost humanitarian concern and quite possibly a war crime, many are overlooking the strategic importance of this tiny hamlet for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The residents of Khan al-Ahmar have spent the past several weeks waiting for Israeli bulldozers to arrive to demolish their entire village and forcibly displace all 170 people who live there, a move that human rights organizations and some European governments say would constitute a war crime. [tmwinpost] But while the humanitarian situation and legality of the demolition and displacement are of great concern, much of the media coverage…

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