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  • There are no safe spaces for Palestinians in Israel

    What should have been a regular day at Tel Aviv University turned into a depressing reminder that when you're Palestinian, you are automatically suspect in the eyes of the authorities. By Yaser Abu Areesha I never thought I’d find myself, one sunny afternoon, pressed against a police car on the grounds of Tel Aviv University, where I study and work, with a police officer clutching my hands tightly behind my back. I wasn’t in that situation because I’d taken part in a demonstration, but because I’d refused a demand from the university’s security staff to produce my ID while on…

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  • Israel's president calls BDS a 'strategic threat'

    The resources and attention Israel's government is investing in fighting BDS indicates that the Palestinian-led boycott movement is making serious inroads. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin held an “emergency" meeting Thursday with the heads of Israel’s universities and colleges to discuss the academic boycott, which he described as a "strategic threat." Israeli institutions and officials have begun addressing the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement more seriously and investing more resources into fighting it in recent months and years. [tmwinpost] New Israeli minister of strategic affairs and public diplomacy, Gilad Erdan, reportedly conditioned his entry into the government on the allocation…

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  • Israeli universities becoming Hasbara mills

    Two universities, Tel Aviv and Haifa, now offer programs in Hasbara. Both feature Neal Lazarus, the man behind the fake "gay flotilla" video. Two Israeli universities, Haifa University and Tel Aviv University, now offer programs in Hasbara. The Haifa course is meant for Israeli students, the Tel Aviv one for foreign students. Both are supported by Israeli ministries: the Haifa one by the Ministry of Propaganda and Diaspora (Ministry of Hasbara, in Hebrew) and the Tel Aviv program by the Foreign Ministry. The Haifa program is public and can be viewed here (Hebrew.) It has also been covered by the Canadian…

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