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  • The Israeli media has kept us in the dark for 50 years

    Since 1967, the Israeli media has hid the ugly, everyday reality in the occupied territories. But even if they really knew, would Israelis still choose to end 50 years of military rule over the Palestinians? By Yizhar Be'er According to the democratic-liberal-utopian model, let us assume for a moment that every citizens has access to all the information about the reality that surrounds us. In this world, Israelis would know everything about what is being done in their names in the territories occupied in 1967. And what would happen then? [tmwinpost] Over the past few months I have been producing a radiophonic project…

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  • Israeli peaceniks release racist video to 'save Jerusalem'

    A new video portrays a 'nightmare scenario' in which Jerusalem residents elect a Palestinian mayor. One would think a group that calls itself "Save Jewish Jerusalem" would hail from the right side of the political spectrum. But when it comes to maintaining Israel's demographic dominance, it seems there isn't much of a difference between the Right and Left. The initiative, which seeks to maintain control over Jerusalem through further disenfranchising its Palestinian residents, released a racist video on Wednesday, portraying a scenario set in 2020 in which an Arab is elected mayor of the city, after its Palestinian residents (nearly…

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  • [WATCH] Street Talk: Is Jerusalem divided or united?

    Forty-eight years since Israel conquered East Jerusalem and declared the city unified, Social TV took to the streets of Tel Aviv to ask regular folks what they think. You might be surprised by what they had to say. Read more: Jerusalem Day brings tensions in divided city to the fore How Jerusalem makes Palestinians disappear Fighting occupation must not blind us from remembering the Nakba

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  • Most Jewish Israelis oppose Palestinian state, new poll shows

    No poll is perfect, but this one happens to be an accurate reflection of the Israeli government's policies, much of its rhetoric, and the reality on the ground. A large majority of Jewish Israeli citizens (74 percent) oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 borders, according to a new poll conducted by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a right-wing think tank. The organization also found that 76 percent oppose a Palestinian state if it means dividing Jerusalem. The poll surveyed 505 Jewish Israelis, dividing them along their personal political orientation. Three hundred and four identified themselves as right wing,…

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  • 47 years of occupation: Every photo tells a story

    Marking 47 years of the Israeli occupation since 1967, we asked Activestills photographers to choose one photograph from their archive and write about it.  Oren Ziv Going every week to the protests in West Bank village of Bil'in, I knew most of the people who were attending the demonstrations. One of them was Bassem Abu Rahme, also known as "Fill." At every protest he would go to the front and try to talk to the soldiers in Hebrew. On the day I took his photo, some of the protesters managed to cross the first gate of the separation barrier and  march between…

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  • A rights-based discourse is the best way to fight dispossession

    A solution to the ongoing displacement of Palestinians cannot be based on fruitless negotiations, but rather on the full implementation of international law. By Amjad Alqasis By the end of 2013, an estimated 7.4 million (66 percent) of the global Palestinian population of 11.2 million was made up of forcibly displaced persons. This week we mark 66 years since the Nakba, the most central part of the story of how Palestinians became refugees. However, we can point to five distinct periods of forced displacement that transformed the Palestinians into the largest, longest-standing unresolved refugee case in the world today. That…

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  • WATCH: 'Canada Park' built on destroyed Palestinian villages

    Israel's 'Ayalon Canada Park,' in the West Bank but abutting the Green Line, is full of cyclists and hikers enjoying the scenery and weather on any given Saturday. A visit to the park shows that few of the Israelis enjoying the trails and picnic sites know the story of the three Palestinian villages that were demolished in 1967, on whose land the park is located. Related: PHOTOS: Palestinians return to village destroyed in 1948 Nakba At conference, Palestinians and Israelis turn 'return' into reality 

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  • After 46 years of occupation, land confiscation renders Israeli law obsolete

    Since Israel occupied the West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem in 1967, it has continued to engage in legal acrobatics to confiscate Palestinian homes and land. In doing so, the state is actively erasing its internationally recognized border - the Green Line. One thing has become abundantly clear about Israeli policy when it comes to land: first it acts, only later giving its legal stamp of approval. This is essentially how the state was first established and built itself up, and is the story of how all settlements are born to this day in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Make your…

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  • Key Hamas leader accepts 1967 borders, embraces pragmatism

    An interview with a key Hamas figure in al-Monitor published Friday explores a pragmatic potential and a shift in tactics for the movement. ‘Pragmatic’ is certainly the word interviewer Shlomi Eldar, one of Israel’s top television reporters covering Palestinian affairs, wants readers to remember. His subject is Dr. Ghazi Hamad, currently Deputy Foreign Minister of the Hamas leadership in Gaza, heads the “pragmatic wing” of Hamas and the interview is all about the changes of policy, external relations, and possibly even ideology. Three specific points are worth noting, two internal and one related to Israel: First, in the context of…

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  • A divided Palestinian neighborhood, torn in two by an Israeli highway

    Beit Safafa is a Palestinian neighborhood just south of West Jerusalem, inside annexed and occupied East Jerusalem, all within the boundaries of Israel's vast Jerusalem municipality. It is situated between the Green Line to its northern perimeter, and the Israeli settlement of Gilo on its southern perimeter. (To find Beit Safafa on Ir Amim's map below, move your eyes directly down from "West Jerusalem" and you will see it, just below the Green Line.) Until 1967, Beit Safafa was divided between Israeli-controlled West Jerusalem and the Jordanian-controlled West Bank. Train tracks ran through it along the 1949 Armistice Lines. When Israel occupied East…

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  • How to gauge the effectiveness of protest: A response to Roee Ruttenberg

    Until we find a way of measuring the efficacy of one form of protest or another, surely we must encourage all forms and enable all those who desire change to express their desire in the way they think will be most effective. By Yonatan Preminger Roee Ruttenberg’s recent post criticized the way a group of “pro-Palestinian” activists in Berlin disrupted a concert by the Israeli choral group Gevatron. The gist of his article is that the protesters were childish attention-seekers, and that this form of protest is ineffective. This piece raises a thorny question: how are we to gauge the…

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  • Panel appointed by Netanyahu concludes: There is no occupation

    The Israeli right celebration of the legal opinion that there is no occupation - written by the Supreme Court Justice that opposed the disengagement - is evidence that public debate has clearly reached a delusional moment. A panel formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has concluded that Israel is entitled to settle the West Bank with Jews. The committee, headed by former Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy, claims that Israel's control over the West Bank cannot be seen as "occupation" since no country has recognized sovereignty over the territory. Therefore, the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prevents the transfer of a civilian population…

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  • Podcast: +972 bloggers explore Israeli walls and borders

    +972 bloggers and journalists discuss where Israel starts and stops. In his journey The Round Trip, Yuval Ben-Ami set out to explore the State of Israel’s first border – the 1949 armistice lines, also known as the 1967 borders. Haggai Matar, on the other hand, is presently investigating a newer frontier, the one created by Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank.   Listen to them discuss the geographical, political and moral implications of a land with shifting limits, in +972's third podcast.     +972 Podcast - Haggai and Yuval discuss Israel's borders by 972mag View both projects in full: The…

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