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  • How the rising power of the Arab electorate is thwarting Netanyahu

    The prime minister didn't reckon with the rising power of the Arab electorate. For the first time, he's seeing his anti-Arab incitement stymied by old-fashioned realpolitik. By Meron Rapoport Netanyahu probably did not really believe he would be allowed to pass into law a bill permitting camera surveillance in polling stations on Election Day — not with Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit's objection on record and the High Court all-but certain to strike it down. The surprise is that the government-supported bill never made it past committee to a first vote in the Knesset. [tmwinpost] Netanyahu’s new campaign tactic is to claim that Palestinian citizens are “stealing”…

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  • Behind Netanyahu's scorched earth campaign against Israel's media

    Just one week out from the second national elections in six months, Prime Minister Netanyahu's relationship with the Israeli media seems to be at an all-time low. But are his ferocious attacks on the press all they seem? In the final stretches of Israel’s second election campaign in six months, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tried-and-tested tactic of attacking the media has once again been dominating the headlines. The prime minister has long had an adversarial relationship with the national press, but he appears to have stepped up the vitriol in recent weeks. At the end of August, in a Facebook live…

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  • How Israel helped whitewash Indonesia's anti-leftist massacres

    To advance its political, economic, and security goals, Israeli intelligence helped whitewash the murder of half a million members of the Indonesian Communist Party and other leftist groups in the 1960s. By Eitay Mack In October 1965, the Indonesian government launched a massive purge of left-wing and communist parties in the country. Over the following six months, at least half a million members of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and related leftist parties were murdered, while more than one million citizens were imprisoned without trial. Many of those who were jailed were brutally tortured, held in inhumane conditions, or sentenced to hard labor. Some of…

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  • Meretz is the last Jewish anti-occupation party. But for how long?

    As Israel's center-left and centrist parties have dropped the topic of the occupation over the years, Meretz has remained the sole Jewish party to emphasize ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But can it continue to hold out amidst running mate Ehud Barak's talk of annexation?  By Meron Rapoport Meretz has seen its fair share of criticism over the years — too white, too left-wing, too Zionist, too Tel Aviv-centric, too occupation-oriented, too elitist. But there is one thing you can’t take from it: Meretz's party platform has always clearly called for an end to the occupation and the establishment of a…

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  • What Israeli media gets wrong about Palestinian voters

    As long as journalists don't challenge the mainstream segregationist narrative in Israeli society, they will have negligible impact on Arab voter turnout, says Palestinian sociologist Dr. Maha Karkabi Sabah. By Oren Persico For consumers of Israeli media, there are essentially two separate election campaigns taking place right now, says Dr. Maha Karkabi Sabah, a researcher in the sociology of gender. The first campaign is the central one, and the second, concerning the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, exists somewhere on the margins. [tmwinpost] The problem with how Israeli media covers the Arab community, especially during elections, is twofold, explains Karkabi…

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  • If voters won't get rid of Netanyahu, will the elites do it for them?

    The same political system that Netanyahu thinks he has mastered could now bring about his demise. If it was up to the Israeli public alone, Benjamin Netanyahu might well continue as prime minister when the vote on Sept. 17 is over. Polls so far show almost no change in voting patterns for the ideological party blocs from April, when the right wing parties won a majority of seats, as they have for the last decade. The opposition parties of the center, left and Arab parties continue to hold a minority. [tmwinpost] But an outright win for Netanyahu looks increasingly unlikely. A…

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  • How to tell the stories of the siege when you cannot enter Gaza

    In a new podcast, I hoped to capture the impacts of the Gaza blockade that are mostly invisible to the outside world. There was just one problem: I can’t go there. By Lital Firestone When I first dreamed up the idea of doing a podcast about Gaza, I hoped to use the medium to get answers to my burning questions about life in the strip. I had seen Gaza covered in the news: military operations, billowing black smoke surrounding Gaza’s borders, and death counts of gunned-down protestors. But I wanted to understand what was happening through the eyes — or mouths, as…

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  • To avoid settlers, the Israeli army escorts these Palestinian schoolchildren

    For the past 15 years, soldiers have escorted the children of A-Tuba in the South Hebron Hills to their school in order to protect them from settler violence. This is what their daily journey looks like. By Yuval Abraham Issa is on his way to his first day of first grade. His head bops up and down from behind his SpongeBob SquarePants backpack, which is a few sizes too large for him. We walk along a rocky path near the village of A-Tuba in the West Bank’s South Hebron Hills. “I’m 25,” he says when I ask him how old…

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  • Why HBO's 'Our Boys' is a victory for Israeli hasbara

    By calling to boycott HBO's 'Our Boys,' Prime Minister Netanyahu misses the fact that the series ends up erasing the occupation's greatest iniquities while supporting the dominant Israeli narrative. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked controversy in both Israel and across the world late last week when he published a post on his official Facebook page denouncing HBO's widely-praised series, "Our Boys," as anti-Semitic. The prime minister called on Israelis to boycott the Israeli media company Keshet, which partnered with HBO on the series, and whose subsidiary news company has been publishing exclusive materials from the pending criminal investigations against Netanyahu. [tmwinpost] Netanyahu…

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  • PODCAST: Has international law failed Palestinians?

    Palestinian legal scholar Noura Erakat proposes a different, inclusive vision that guarantees justice and dignity for all oppressed groups in Israel and Palestine. Listen here: iTunes/Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify Israel has been able to leverage international law to its advantage much better than the Palestinians, says Noura Erakat, Palestinian legal scholar, human rights activist and author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine, on the latest episode of The +972 Podcast. In the book, Eraka proposes understanding it as another tool used to promote a political agenda. "The law is politics," says Erakat. To explain what she means, she gives…

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  • For Jerusalem police, even directing traffic is a form of terrorism

    One of East Jerusalem's most prominent political activists was arrested for supporting terrorism — while trying to solve a traffic jam in his own neighborhood. Israeli police arrested a well-known Palestinian activist in East Jerusalem earlier this week, accusing him of encouraging drivers to run over Israeli officers while he directed traffic in his neighborhood. [tmwinpost] Muhammad Abu Hummus, one of the most prominent activists in Issawiya who has been documenting the daily police incursions into the neighborhood over the last several months, was arrested on Sunday after uploading a video of himself guiding a Palestinian driver through a traffic jam. Abu…

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  • A farewell from +972 Magazine's editor-in-chief

    A reflection and goodbye from Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, +972 Magazine's outgoing editor-in-chief. When I began working at +972 Magazine nearly seven years ago, I was the organization’s first full-time employee. It was the eve of the 2013 Israeli elections, and looking back all these years later, things felt very different. True, Netanyahu had already been prime minister for a few years but Ehud Barak was his main partner and Tzipi Livni would join him a few weeks later. The world was just learning who Naftali Bennett was. The Kerry peace process hadn’t yet spectacularly imploded — it hadn’t even begun. The…

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  • In Hebron, Tlaib and Omar would have seen Israel's apartheid city

    Had Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar been allowed to visit Hebron, they would have seen Israel's official policy of discrimination and segregation for the city's 215,000 Palestinian residents. By Avner Gvaryahu Outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron lies a beautiful leafy garden. In it stands a large stone with the names of the donors – Chicago Friends of Hebron. Even if U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib had not been barred from visiting the occupied territories earlier this month, Breaking the Silence, an Israeli organization comprised of former IDF soldiers working to expose the realities of military occupation,…

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