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  • Israel renews admin detention of Palestinian prisoners advocate

    Hasan Safadi, who was accused of affiliation with a proscribed organization and visiting an enemy state, will remain imprisoned without charge for another six months. Israeli military authorities extended the administrative detention of Palestinian prisoners’ rights activist Hasan Safadi on Thursday. [tmwinpost] Hasan Safadi, a journalist who works as media coordinator for Addameer, an NGO that supports Palestinian prisoners in both Israeli and Palestinian prisons, was supposed to be released from administrative detention on June 10. The authorities decided his detention would be extended for another six months, until December 8, 2017. Administrative detention is a procedure that Israel uses to…

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  • Israel and Hamas need each other — now more than ever

    The fact that Israel has no desire to destroy Hamas and re-occupy Gaza means the next round of fighting will end much like the previous ones: a 'strategic tie' with enormous human suffering in both Israel and the Strip. By Doron Matza It is impossible to understand what is happening in the Gaza Strip without understanding the following paradox: the relationship between Israel and Hamas appears as a "zero-sum game," yet both sides cooperate with one another. [tmwinpost] For over a decade, Israel and Hamas have maintained a relationship of both confrontation and reconciliation. From the Israeli point of view, Hamas' presence in Gaza…

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  • Unpacking anti-Arab racism in Israel

    A new law aiming to silence the Muslim call to prayer is just one manifestation of efforts to erase Palestinian culture and identity. But language and heritage aren't so easy to disappear. There is a building on Michelangelo Street in Jaffa, near where I used to live, which for a while featured the sentiment “We have no other country” graffitied in both Arabic and Hebrew, side by side. One day, the Arabic was painted over, presumably by the municipality, leaving only the Hebrew. Almost immediately, someone restored the Arabic. It was painted over again. This pattern continued until a friend publicly asked the municipality why…

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  • IDF opens investigation after Palestinian teen killed by flare

    Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announces that the military prosecutor is looking into the killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian teen in Gaza, after soldiers shot a flare directly at his face. Israel’s military prosecutor is investigating the killing of a Palestinian teenager in the Gaza Strip after IDF soldiers shot a flare at his face, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman recently announced. Footage of the incident, which occurred on September 9, shows that the 15-year-old was not posing a threat to the soldiers at the time he was killed.  [tmwinpost] The teen, Abdel-Rahman al-Dabbagh, was killed during a demonstration of around 100…

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  • Turning Gaza's humanitarian disaster into Israel's bargaining chip

    If Defense Minister Liberman, along the entire political and military echelon, know the extent to which Gaza's residents are suffering, why do they insist on using that suffering as a bargaining chip? By Rachel Beitarie Something strange happened in the middle of last week: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman decided to give an interview to the Palestinian daily, Al-Quds, in which he spoke about the solutions to the challenges facing the Gaza Strip. In short, he proposed rehabilitating the Strip, which would include the building of a port, an airport, and industrial zones. All this in exchange for full demilitarization. [tmwinpost] "If Hamas…

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  • Nearly half of Israeli Jews support extrajudicial killings, poll finds

    One in five self-described 'leftists' support the actions of Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier on trial for shooting a disarmed Palestinian attacker in the head. Nearly half of Jewish Israelis support the extrajudicial killing of Palestinian attackers who no longer pose a threat, according to a poll released by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) on Wednesday. [tmwinpost] Forty-seven (47) percent of Jewish respondents said they agree that “any Palestinian who carries out an attack should be killed on the spot, even if he does not pose a threat.” In a poll from October 2015, 53 percent of Jewish respondents gave the same…

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  • A once-in-a-decade show trial

    The military trial of Elor Azaria is part of a purification ritual, one that takes place every 10 years, as if everything in between is just fine. By Hagai El-Ad Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman was quoted last month as saying that, “we can’t reach a situation in which a soldier has to ask for a lawyer before he heads out on a mission.” His words resonated, as usual, portraying the Israeli political leadership as the defenders of soldiers against those who wish to do them harm — you know, all those jurists with no combat experience who persecute soldiers for…

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  • By flexing his muscles, Liberman gives Gaza's radicals a boost

    This week's air strikes allowed Defense Minister Liberman to demonstrate to the Israeli public that not even the smallest violation of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will be tolerated. The Israeli air raids on Gaza overnight Sunday were the largest in scope and impact since the 2014 war. This was enough to set tongues wagging about the imminence of another full-blown war — an event that has punctuated Israel’s blockade of Gaza with depressing regularity, every two or three years since 2006. Yet it was clear almost immediately that the strikes were not of the kind intended to shore up an escalation.…

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  • For Israel's military gov't, PR trumps freedom of information

    When Israel's military government needs to provide Palestinians with crucial information about the rules that affect their lives, money and Arabic-speaking staff are apparently in short supply. When it comes to PR, resources are seemingly on tap. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman this week announced his new "carrot and stick" plan for Palestinians living in the West Bank, which roughly works out as: if you behave, we will give your towns and communities economic benefits; if you don't, there will be more demolitions, more arrests, more raids, more canceled permits. Within Liberman's plan is a proposal for an Arabic-language news website to…

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  • Keep Israel's militarism away from asylum seeker children

    Contrary to what some activists claim, Defense Minister Liberman's decision to forbid soldiers from volunteering with children of asylum seekers is a good one. By Dror Mizrachi Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman caused controversy this week when he acquiesced to requests by activists in south Tel Aviv and ordered the IDF chief of staff to stop soldiers from volunteering with asylum seeker children. The anger against Liberman was justified: volunteer work is a positive thing, especially when it is for the benefit of the weakest segments of society. But the question that needs to be asked is how, from the get go,…

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  • Israel's government wants Facebook to do its dirty work

    Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan wants Facebook to help run his police state, the army punishes an entire village for the actions of one person, and the interior minister thinks revoking citizenship is the solution to violence. Three comments on collective punishment. By Noam Rotem 1. Facebook at the Shin Bet's disposal In an interview with Channel 2's Meet the Press, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that the blood of victims of Palestinian violence "is on Facebook's hands." That's it. We found the newest culprit responsible for the security situation in Israel and Palestine. Forget the fact that over…

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  • Palestinian prisoner placed in admin. detention — after serving 15 years

    Bilal Kayed was supposed to be released from Israeli prison after serving a nearly 15-year sentence. Instead, he was placed under indefinite detention without charges or trial. Photos and text by Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills.org Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed was meant to be released from Israeli prison on Monday after serving 14.5 years. Instead Israeli military authorities decided to put him in administrative detention for a period of six months, which means he will be held indefinitely without charge or trial. [tmwinpost] On Tuesday dozens of Palestinians took part in a solidarity protest in the West Bank city of Nablus. Kayed's detention came as a…

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  • Liberman's first task: End Gaza's suffering

    If Liberman truly wants to keep Israelis safe, he will to do whatever he can to ensure that Gaza's residents can lead normal lives. By Noam Rabinovich What will Avigdor Liberman’s first week as defense minister look like? One might imagine he would begin by introducing himself to the staff, getting acquainted with the office, making some coffee (or tea, to each their own) and going over some emails. Then, one might assume and hope, he will get down to the business of security and managing the occupation. After all, the defense minister’s job description includes ensuring the well-being of…

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