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  • With their cultural center bombed, Gaza's artists are now picking up the pieces

    By Amjad Yaghi For the past 15 years, famed Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin has headed dozens of theater productions at Al-Meshal Cultural Center. Among them were classics such as Anton Chekov’s “The Bear,” while others focused on children’s rights, women’s rights, and the right to education. All that came to a halt last Thursday, when the Israeli Air Force bombed Al-Meshal, one of the Gaza Strip's most important cultural facilities. They claim that the building — which comprises of two theaters, three large halls, and a department serving the Egyptian community living in the Strip — was being used by Hamas’ internal…

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  • Tens of thousands of Palestinians and Jews protest Nation-State Law

    Palestinian citizens of Israel, joined by their Jewish Israeli supporters, demonstrated against the Jewish Nation-State Law in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.  Over 30,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel and their supporters demonstrated in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square Saturday evening against the Jewish Nation-State Law. The protest, organized by the umbrella organization of Palestinian citizens in Israel, was one of several actions taken against the law, including petitions to the High Court of Justice as well as smaller demonstrations across the country. Saturday’s protest came a week after tens of thousands of Druze citizens came out to Rabin Square to protest the same law.…

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  • Israel's family separation law

    Netanyahu reveals one of the motivations behind the 'Jewish Nation-State Law': to stop Palestinians from 'exploiting' family unification procedures to join their families in Israel. Many people have been asking what harm Israel’s “Jewish Nation-State Law” actually causes — what rights it infringes on, and how it changes the current situation in Israel, in which Jews are already a privileged class. I myself, wrote just last week that the law’s power lies more in its declarations than its legal ramifications. I stand corrected. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on Sunday exactly how the law harms an untold number of non-Jewish…

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  • Israel arrests six Palestinian journalists for 'incitement'

    Dozens of Palestinian journalists protest to demand the release of 21 of their colleagues currently imprisoned by Israel.  By Oren Persico Israeli security forces arrested six Palestinian journalists across the occupied territories over the past several days for alleged incitement. [tmwinpost] Four of the journalists — Alaa Rimawi, Mohamed Hamdan, Qoteiba Hamdan, and Hosni Angas — work for the Hamas-linked Al Quds television station. They were arrested on July 30th. Mohamed Hamdan, was detained in an Israeli prison for several days last February after filming a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners, while Rimawi, Al Quds’ bureau chief, was previously imprisoned…

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  • Tens of thousands of Druze protest for equality in Tel Aviv

    Demonstrators filled Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest the Jewish Nation-State Law and demand full equality. Will that be enough to pressure Netanyahu to backtrack? By Meron Rapoport Could it be that the "Israeli state" was born in Tel Aviv's central square Saturday night? Perhaps it's a bit early to say, but if there was one sentence that kept repeating itself at the Druze mass protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law, it was that "this law excludes us from Israeliness." That's what the anger was about, that was the affront. The Knesset last month passed a Basic Law,…

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  • Tasers to the face: How the Israeli Navy seized latest Gaza flotilla

    Activists describe violence and threats by Israeli naval commandos in international waters. Right-wing organization attempts to take ownership of the boat. The Israeli Navy seized a fishing boat attempting to break the siege on Gaza Sunday. According to activists on board, naval commandos tasered the boat’s first officer in his face, punched another crew member in the face, and threatened the life of the captain. There were 22 participants and crew members aboard “Al Awda,” “The Return” in Arabic. The Norwegian boat was one of several ships this summer attempting to break the siege and bring aid to Gaza, an…

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  • 20,000 take part in largest ever Jerusalem Pride March

    Under heavy security, 20,000 members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters march in Jerusalem, three years after a religious extremist stabbed 15-year-old Shira Banki during the parade. Photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Tens of thousands of members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters took part in the largest ever Jerusalem Pride March on Thursday. The event, which began in the afternoon in Jerusalem's Liberty Bell Park and ended in Independence Park, took place under heavy police security, three years after the stabbing of 15-year-0ld Shira Banki at the hands of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man during the march. A number of leading LGBTQ activists took…

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  • 'It is easy to be a terrorist, it's much harder to pursue peace'

    Eight months after she was sent to prison for filming her daughter slap an IDF soldier, Nariman Tamimi speaks about her time behind bars, the case for international pressure on Israel, and the way her family is treated by the Israeli media. 'They know that Ahed is not a terrorist. If we wanted to be terrorists, we would be the exact opposite of who we are.' By Oren Ziv A day after Ahed and Nariman Tamimi’s release from prison on Sunday, media outlets, friends, and activists continued to flood the family in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Despite a decision…

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  • 'World's largest Arabic lesson': A rebuke to the Jewish Nation-State law

    Thousands of Israelis attend the event, billed as the world's largest Arabic lesson, in protest of a new nationalist law that excludes Palestinian citizens of Israel from the national identity and demotes Arabic from its status as an official language. Thousands of Jewish and Palestinian Israelis took part in what was billed as the “biggest Arabic lesson in the world” in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square Monday evening, an event organized to protest Israel's new Jewish Nation-State Law, which stripped Arabic of its status as an official language in the country. [tmwinpost] The event, organized by a number of coexistence and peace…

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  • Palestinian poet sentenced to five months in prison

    Dareen Tatour was convicted of incitement to violence and support for terrorism in her poetry. She has spent the last two years under house arrest. By Oren Ziv An Israeli court sentenced Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour to five months in prison Tuesday for incitement to terrorism and violence over poems she published on her personal Facebook page. She will enter prison on August 8th and will serve for less than two months with credit for time served. [tmwinpost] “This is a court of the occupation,” Tatour said following her sentencing at Nazareth Magistrate's Court. “This is a racist state, and the…

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