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  • How to deal with modern anti-Semitism? The Jewish Left is leading the way

    For too long, the Right has claimed a monopoly on fighting antisemitism, especially when it relates to Israel. It's been a fraught year for the American Jewish Left. Anti-Semitism continues to be stoked by the president and his inner and outer circles; the institutional Jewish community is openly courting anti-Semites; and verbal and legislative assaults from the Israeli and American right on 'traitorous' Jewish anti-occupation and BDS advocates continue to rack up. Meanwhile, Congress recently hosted a debate about anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses, largely geared toward making criticism of Israel a part of Title VI's definition of anti-Semitism. [tmwinpost] Moreover, a number…

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  • Pandering to the Right is a losing strategy for Labor

    Israel's Labor Party must decide what it stands for before the next round of elections. Without a true vision for the country, there’s really no reason it should win. Avi Gabbay, the new head of Israel’s Labor Party, appears to be plotting a master strategy for winning elections, with laser-razor precision. A largely unknown candidate, he is certainly aware that his first headlines will set voters’ image of him for years. His statements from the last few weeks leave little doubt about the first thing he wants them to know: I am no leftist. First, he said Israel can have…

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  • Palestinian rights make a rare appearance in Congress

    A first-of-its-kind bill introduced this week focusing on the rights of Palestinian children could pave the way for greater transparency and accountability in America's dealings with Israel.    Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill requiring the U.S. Secretary of State to certify that funds bound for Israel "do not support military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children." The proposed legislation, put forward by Minnesota Representative Betty McCollum, had ten co-sponsors when it was announced. [tmwinpost] Although that number may seem small, especially when measured against the 268 current co-sponsors of the so-called Israel Anti-Boycott Act, the "Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act"…

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  • Israeli army to evict 300 Palestinians from Jordan Valley

    So far this year, the IDF has demolished 349 structures, displacing 542 people and 302 children. Israeli human rights NGO B'Tselem warned in August that the expulsions would constitute a war crime. By +972 Magazine Staff The Israeli army ordered the eviction of 300 Palestinians from their homes in the northern Jordan Valley area of the occupied West Bank earlier this month. The residents of Ein al-Hilweh and Umm Jamal, who mostly make their living herding sheep, camels, and cows, have lived in the area for decades. The IDF and its Civil Administration, Amira Hass reported in Haaretz, is taking similar…

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  • The kibbutz that sells riot control weapons to war criminals

    For decades, Kibbutz Beit Alfa has sold riot control vehicles to despotic regimes such as Pinochet's Chile and Nkunrunziza's Burundi. By Eitay Mack (translated from Hebrew by Ofer Neiman) Hundreds of ultra-orthodox demonstrators blocked the entrance to Jerusalem last week to protest the arrest of yeshiva students deemed ‘deserters’ by the IDF because they refused to be drafted into the IDF. Israeli police sent in special riot control vehicles that sprayed colored water on the demonstrators. The footage of phosphorescent blue water splattered on the black-and-white-clad Haredi protesters appeared across Israeli media, mostly due to the colorful contrast. These riot control vehicles,…

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  • A room of our own: Building a new anti-racist space in Jerusalem

    As Jerusalem grows more hostile toward anything remotely left wing, Israeli and Palestinian activists are looking to create a new space for activists to meet, plan, and struggle to change the face of the city. By Sahar Vardi I was 14 years old when I walked into a small room packed with books in a Tel Aviv alleyway, to hear a lecture about human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution in Israel. It was a subject I knew nothing about, but my youth movement counselor told me about the event, so I went. The truth is I remember very little…

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  • Conscientious objector freed after 150 days in IDF prison

    Ofir Averbukh only went public with his refusal to serve in the IDF after 130 days in jail. 'Despite the difficulties, I am proud of my decision to stand for my principles.' By +972 Magazine Staff After serving 150 days in military prison, the Israeli army released conscientious objector Ofir Averbukh late last week. Averbukh, 18, from Moshav Tzofit, identifies as a pacifist but the army repeatedly refused to recognize him as such. This past week, he was discharged by an IDF medical officer. [tmwinpost] Following his release, Averbukh, who opposes the Israeli army's conduct in the occupied territories, said he is…

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  • Rights groups demand IDF allow rescue teams into Gaza tunnel

    The Israeli army is preventing search and rescue teams from entering the Gaza buffer zone to retrieve the bodies of Palestinian militants. Rights groups: 'There is no way to justify the severe and intolerable harm to the lives and dignity of the trapped individuals.' By +972 Magazine Staff Rights groups are demanding that the Israeli military allow search and rescue teams access to an Israeli-imposed no-mans-land along the Gaza border to rescue Palestinian militants trapped in a tunnel destroyed by Israel earlier this week. Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and the Gaza-based Al Mezan Center…

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  • The question Israel still hasn't answered about Rabin's murder

    There is nothing wrong with inviting those who resisted Rabin’s policies to speak at the rally in his memory. But they need to answer one fundamental question first. By Tomer Persico Every murder is terrible in its own way, but political murder is uniquely terrible. Political murder—for example, the assassination of an elected leader—erodes the legitimacy of democratic rule and aims to replace the authority of the people with a different authority: that of an ideology or theology belonging to an individual or particular group. [tmwinpost] The murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is significant not only because of the…

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