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  • Following pressure, Israeli university cuts short exhibit on home demolitions

    Ben Gurion University cuts short an art exhibition on home demolitions against the Negev Bedouin following pressure by the Student Association.  By Maya Avis If you were to enter Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva earlier this week, you should have been able to see an exhibition on how Bedouin in the Negev contend with home demolitions. But due to alleged security concerns, the exhibition was disrupted and partly cancelled. [tmwinpost] The exhibition, entitled "Demolition Order," organized by the Braya Gallery student group, collects paintings and photographs that reflect on “the situation created by the demolition of houses and the implications for…

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  • WATCH: Israeli troops taking away 7 and 8-year-old Palestinian boys

    Video shows armed Israeli forces attempting to drag the children into their jeeps in a West Bank refugee camp. Israeli Border Police officers were filmed dragging very young Palestinian children into their jeep in a West Bank refugee camp on Tuesday. The footage, provided by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem and shot by one of its volunteers in Bethlehem, shows the officers detaining the three boys, aged seven and eight. [tmwinpost] According to the Israeli human rights organization, the children were playing at the time near their home in Aida Refugee Camp in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.…

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  • The new 'choice' for asylum seekers: Deportation or prison

    Israel finally plans to close its desert detention facility for African asylum seekers. Refugee advocates worry it could be the start of something even worse. By Joshua Leifer During a midnight vote on Monday, the Knesset passed a bill that will enable the government to detain asylum seekers indefinitely or deport them to an unspecified country in Africa. The law passed by a margin of 71 to 41. [tmwinpost] The consequences of the law will stem not only from what appears in the text of the bill itself, but also what doesn’t: there is nothing in the bill that mentions…

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  • Tens of thousands of Israelis hit the streets, and it has nothing to do with Trump

    Anti-corruption protests against Netanyahu are growing, and have already notched a win or two. And while the occupation couldn't be further from the agenda, the movement could serve as a new rallying point for resistance to the authoritarian right. The world’s attention may have been focused on Trump’s shift of policy on Jerusalem and the violence that broke out in its wake in recent days, but the tens of thousands of Israelis who shut down central Tel Aviv Saturday night were there to protest something entirely different. [tmwinpost] For the second week in a row, masses of demonstrators — numbers rarely…

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  • WATCH: Israeli troops beat handcuffed Palestinian in Hebron

    Video shows shows soldiers dragging a young Palestinian man through the streets of Hebron, repeatedly kicking, slapping, and manhandling him. Updated below. A video released Sunday shows a large group of Israeli soldiers taking turns assaulting a Palestinian detainee in the West Bank city of Hebron, amid protests against Trump's recent declaration to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. [tmwinpost] The video, filmed last Friday by a resident of Hebron and released by Israeli anti-occupation group B'Tselem, shows the soldiers forcibly dragging a handcuffed a young Palestinian man through Wadi al-Tufah Street. He is repeatedly kicked, slapped, and manhandled by the soldiers, before…

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  • Protests against Trump declaration met with violence across Palestine

    Thousands protest President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Israeli forces kill at least one and critically wound another. Hundreds more are wounded by live fire, rubber bullets, and tear gas. By +972 Magazine Israeli forces killed at least one Palestinian and wounded hundreds of others in clashes across the occupied territories on Friday. There were no reports of Israeli injuries at the time of writing. Mahmoud Al-Masri, 30, was killed in clashes on the border area of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip during a demonstration in response to President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.…

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  • Conflating Zionism and Judaism leaves Jewish students exposed

    'Israelism' has replaced traditional Jewish identity, making it difficult for Jewish students to distinguish between divergent political views and attacks on their identities. By Yakov M. Rabkin It is no secret that young Jews often find it difficult to separate Zionism from the Jewish identity as it has been taught to them. Their identity is often centered on political support for the State of Israel, and they see advocacy for Israel — a special course in the curriculum of many private Jewish schools — as a key part of being Jewish. Leaving the protective bubble of Jewish day schools for…

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  • East Jerusalem activists respond to Trump’s declaration

    Palestinian activists from across East Jerusalem react to Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Will it lead to tangible change? Will there be an uprising? What should the Palestinian leadership do? By Michael Salisbury-Corech, Alma Biblash, and Yael Marom Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiating the move of the American embassy was received with cheers and applause by the Israeli leadership and with threats and calls for protests by the Palestinian leadership. Absent were the voices of the residents of East Jerusalem—hundreds of thousands of people treated as political pawns,…

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  • Explained: What Trump's Jerusalem declaration will and won't do

    Jerusalem expert, activist, and attorney Daniel Seidemann talks to +972 about the short- and long-term ramifications of Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem, from prospects of violence to the void left behind as Washington disqualifies itself as broker in the Israel-Palestine political process. By Joshua Leifer Daniel Seidemann is a leading expert on the politics of Jerusalem, an attorney, and founder of Terrestrial Jerusalem, an Israeli NGO that tracks Israeli policies and settlement growth in the city. He served in an informal advisory capacity to the final status negotiations about Jerusalem in 2000-2001, under Prime Minister Ehud Barak. [tmwinpost] I met Seidemann…

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  • PHOTOS: How the two Jerusalems marked Trump's embassy speech

    While Israeli West Jerusalem celebrates, Palestinian East Jerusalem protests — with lights. Photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Text by +972 Magazine Staff In the minutes leading up to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announcing his intention to move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv, authorities in East and West Jerusalem used light in starkly different ways to mark the occasion. The Jerusalem Municipality projected American and Israeli flags onto the walls of the Old City, which Israel occupied in the 1967 Six-Day War. Inside those walls, at Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Jordanian…

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