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  • Tens of thousands of Druze protest for equality in Tel Aviv

    Demonstrators filled Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest the Jewish Nation-State Law and demand full equality. Will that be enough to pressure Netanyahu to backtrack? By Meron Rapoport Could it be that the "Israeli state" was born in Tel Aviv's central square Saturday night? Perhaps it's a bit early to say, but if there was one sentence that kept repeating itself at the Druze mass protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law, it was that "this law excludes us from Israeliness." That's what the anger was about, that was the affront. The Knesset last month passed a Basic Law,…

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  • I don't need a law to remind me of my inequality

    I do not need the Jewish Nation-State Law to remind me that I am not equal to my Jewish friends. And yet, I was born here, I grew up here, this is my homeland. I have no intention of going anywhere. By Yasmeen Abu Fraiha Write it down, I am an Arab woman Born to this land I am Palestinian My parents are Palestinian And my ancestors are Palestinian My mother and her family were expelled from their home in 1967, when she was only eight, so that the army could use it as a military outpost. My grandmother was beaten by…

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  • Arabic was an official language in Israel for 70 years, 2 months, and 5 days

    You can look at the new Jewish Nation-State Law from two angles: the message it sends to Jews, and the message it sends to Palestinians — you don't belong here. Arabic was an official language of the State of Israel for 70 years, two months, and five days. As of July 19, 2018, it is no longer. [tmwinpost] There is no practical reason for the change, and, in fact, the “Jewish Nation-State Law,” which abolished Arabic as an official language, basically guarantees that Arabic will retain all the benefits of being an official language despite being stripped of the title.…

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  • Israel's nation-state bill threatens the mother tongue of Mizrahi Jews

    The Israeli government's attempts, via the nation-state bill, to erase the Arabic language from this country not only threatens Palestinians, it also undermines Mizrahi identity. But their attempt is doomed to fail. By Netta Amar-Shiff When my grandmother, Sa'ida, came to Israel, she worked at Kfar Hadasim Youth Village as a house mother, and needed to undergo a quick process of Hebraization so as to communicate with hundreds of new immigrant children. Although they had much in common, there remained a gulf between them, the most prominent of which was their mother tongues. Hebrew served as a bridge for both the children…

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  • The Palestinian who won't give up on the power of nonviolence

    At the end of 2000, as the Second Intifada was beginning to spread throughout the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli Professor Meir Amor sat down to speak with Dr. Mubarak Awad, a Palestinian expert on nonviolent resistance. Fifteen years later, the two met once again to talk about nonviolence, growing religious fundamentalism, gender equality, Palestinian refugees and Jews from Arab countries. This interview will be published in Peace Magazine in January 2015. By Meir Amor * * * Meir Amor: About 15 years ago you and I had a discussion published in Peace Magazine. The editors think it's a good opportunity…

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  • I Don't Know Arabic, but I do. And yet don't

    Watching an Arabic movie every Friday throughout my childhood. Nearly 30 years would pass before I discover that my grandmother and Farid al-Atrash were friends. I have no idea, it goes under my radar. And yet they are there, the words. By Tamar Kaplansky (Translated from Hebrew by Orna Meir-Stacey) I don’t know Arabic. My mother grew up in Alexandria, my father still has a Palestinian identity card. Both my grandmothers spoke Arabic – one with a K’ of Egypt, which is A’ (and this is why ba’lawa is called ba’lawa and nothing else), and one local, Galilean, Arabic. But…

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