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  • A day of 'law enforcement': Upheaval, banishment and persecution

    In the past 48 hours Israeli police have raided the renewed Palestinian villages of Iqrit and al-Araqib, banished Al-Araqib residents from their homes and tried to shut down a Tel Aviv café that serves as a hub for activists and the municipal opposition. Just two weeks ago the displaced Palestinian community of Iqrit celebrated the first anniversary since its return to old village lands in northern Israel. During their annual summer camp the village youth posted signs directing visitors to Iqrit from the nearby highway, and alongside Jewish youth from New Profile's Alternative Summer Camp, planted a small herb garden.…

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  • WATCH: Border Police target progressive Tel Aviv cafe in late-night raid (updated)

    Scroll down for updates. Two women at Albi, a café in south Tel Aviv that is popular with queer and progressive activist communities, were arrested in a violent police raid early Tuesday morning. A massive police force raided the café at around 1 a.m., after municipal inspectors claimed it was open past legal hours of operation. In fact, the café was closed. The two women - one of whom is the owner of the café - work there, and were tidying up and taking care of the cash register. Dozens of Border Police officers with several police cars filled the…

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