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  • The end of Israel's 'enlightened' occupation

    A decision to apply Israel's higher education law to the West Bank exposes as a ruse Israel's claims that it administers the occupied Palestinian territories according to international law. By Michal Luft For years, Israel nurtured its image as an enlightened occupier in the Palestinian territories. It not only insisted on portraying itself to the world as an occupying power that rules over the territories according to the laws of belligerent occupation, it also prided itself on how it administered those territories. That job was given to the IDF's regional commander, who was portrayed as someone whose job requires him to work in an…

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  • Court okays Citizenship Law, legalizing discrimination of Arabs

    According to the 2003 law, Arab citizens of Israel who marry Palestinians will have to emigrate in order to live with their spouses. Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi famously said that "Israel is indeed a Jewish-democratic state: it is democratic for Jews and Jewish for all the rest." This rings truer than ever after Israel's High Court of Justice rejected yesterday (again) the petitions against the Citizenship Law, one of the first measures to make racial discrimination against the Arab minority not just common practice, but part of Israel's legal codex. The High Court rejected the petitions against the Citizenship Law…

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