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  • WATCH: Palestinians 'Dare to Dream' as Eurovision event in Israel nears

    This year's Eurovision slogan is 'Dare to Dream.' Activestills asked Palestinians what their dreams are. Israel will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest this year, with some 200 million people expected to watch from around the world. The event, which will take place from May 14 to May 18 in Tel Aviv, falls around Nakba Day, during which Palestinians remember the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled and fled, and over 500 villages that were destroyed, in the 1948 war. [tmwinpost] In a play on the competition's slogan for this year, "Dare to Dream," Activestills asked Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank…

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  • What happens when you call a right-winger a 'fascist' in Israel

    A known right-wing activist tried to sue left-wing academic Anat Matar for calling him an 'arch-fascist' on Facebook. It blew up in his face. A prominent right-wing activist published a statement last week acknowledging that he shouldn’t file lawsuits to resolve political arguments, as part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit he filed. Left-wing activist Anat Matar, whom he sued for calling him an “arch-fascist” in a 2017 Facebook post, agreed to publish a statement expanding on all the reasons why she labeled him a fascist in the first place. [tmwinpost] (Full Disclosure: Anat Matar is the mother of…

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  • Netanyahu wants you to think Israeli-Palestinian mourning is seditious

    The prime minister pulls out all the stops in his failed attempt at preventing the annual Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony from taking place. Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to have lied to Israel's highest court this week in an attempt to shut down and delegitimize one of Israel-Palestine’s only successful fora for shattering the exclusive nature of national mourning. [tmwinpost] For the past 14 years, Israelis and Palestinians who have lost family members to the conflict have come together on Israel’s Memorial Day to hold an alternative, joint ceremony. The ceremony marks the deaths of both Israelis as well as Palestinians who have been killed over the years. Israeli…

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  • Start of Ramadan marred by bombing, poverty in Gaza

    Markets remained empty and many worshipers stayed away from mosques during the first few days of the Muslim holy month due to a violent escalation with Israel that left 27 Palestinians and four Israelis dead. By Amjad Yaghi GAZA CITY — The foot traffic in Gaza's markets was scarce already in the days leading up to the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. The Gaza Strip is seeing its worst economic crisis in 10 years, and Gazans are struggling to celebrate Ramadan, especially after two days of intense Israeli airstrikes that left 27 dead and over 150 wounded across the strip and…

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  • Israeli army arrests 17 activists, two journalists in South Hebron Hills

    Hundreds of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists partnered together to repair a central access road in the South Hebron Hills. Israeli soldiers then declared the area a closed military zone, forcibly dispersing volunteers. By Arianna Skibell The Israeli army assaulted and forcibly arrested 17 people Friday after a group of more than 125 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists tried to repair a road in the West Bank. The road serves as the most direct access point for a small cluster of Palestinian villages that sit in the valley between two hilltop settlements in the South Hebron Hills. [tmwinpost] Among those arrested were three Palestinian…

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  • How Israel helped prop up Rwanda's Hutu regime before the genocide

    Israel refuses to come clean about its links with the murderous Hutu regime that carried out the genocide in Rwanda 25 years ago. But Foreign Ministry documents show that Israel was aware of the massacres against the Tutsi minority way back in the 1960s — and turned a blind eye. By Eitay Mack On April 6, 1994, hours after a surface-to-air missile shot down a plane carrying the dictators of Rwanda and Burundi, the ruling Hutu regime of Rwanda began carrying out a well-planned genocide against the Tutsi minority. In 100 days, 800,000 Tutsis were murdered, as were moderate Hutus who opposed the mass…

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  • Druze draft refuser sent to Israeli military prison, put in solitary

    Druze-Arab men, unlike other Arab citizens of Israel, are subject to the same mandatory conscription as Jewish Israelis. Kamal Zidan is refusing because of his Palestinian identity. Kamal Zidan, an Arab-Druze citizen of Israel, presented himself at the Israeli army’s Tel HaShomer induction based last Sunday and declared that he refuses to be conscripted into the IDF. Zidan, whose refusal is based on his Palestinian identity, was sentenced on the spot to five days in military prison by an administrative tribunal. Unlike Muslim and Christian Arab citizens of Israel, Druze men are subject to mandatory military conscription just like Jewish Israelis.…

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  • Israel bars hundreds of Palestinian Christians from traveling on Easter

    In an unprecedented decision, Israeli authorities are denying hundreds of Palestinian Christians the right to travel to Jerusalem for the holiday, while barring all movement between the West Bank and Gaza. Thousands of Christian pilgrims from all over the world are expected to travel to Jerusalem for Easter celebrations. For Christian Palestinians who live no more than hours away from the holy city, however, holiday plans are determined by the whims of the Israeli army. This year, in an unprecedented decision, the army is denying movement for hundreds of Palestinians and barring all movement between the West Bank and Gaza. [tmwinpost] The Israeli…

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  • PODCAST: What just happened? A post-election debrief

    Post-election Israel looks a lot like pre-election Israel, but a lot of progressives now have some painful questions to ask themselves. Lisa Goldman joins the podcast to talk about what comes next. Listen here: iTunes/Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify Subscribe here: iTunes/Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify A week after Netanyahu easily won another election, things don’t look all that different in Israel-Palestine. But one thing has changed: all those who told themselves Israel was seeking a two-state solution this entire time now have some difficult and painful questions to ask themselves. Our guest this week, +972 Magazine co-founder and contributing editor Lisa Goldman, doesn’t think most…

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  • Jerusalem orders kindergartens not to let 'minorities' visit

    The municipality's security department sends instructions to kindergartens in the city ordering that foreigners and 'minorities,' a euphemism for Arabs, not be allowed onto their grounds. Anti-racism group demands the city retract the orders. Public kindergartens in Jerusalem were ordered by the city’s Emergency and Security Division not to allow “foreigners” and “minorities” into educational facilities in a document laying out security instructions distributed to kindergartens recently. [tmwinpost] Under a section titled “Entry of Visitors,” the document reads: “Do not allow the entry of foreigners into the kindergarten grounds — as a rule entry is not permitted for minorities, in any…

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