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  • From Palestine to Ferguson: Reflections on shared grief and liberation

    Formerly incarcerated women of color perform the story of a Palestinian teen killed by Israeli police in October 2000. The act of Black-Palestine solidarity highlights shared trauma, but also concrete ways toward liberation. By Jen Marlowe and Je Naé Taylor On October 2, 2000, Aseel Asleh, a 17-year old Palestinian citizen of Israel, was shot and killed by Israeli police at a demonstration outside his village in northern Israel. On September 3, a staged reading of “There is a Field,” a documentary play of Aseel’s life and killing, was performed as part of the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival,…

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  • How Childish Gambino explains the problem with Israel’s Eurovision win

    Gambino's new music video illustrates why audiences should focus on the injustices unfolding in the background of artistic performances – especially those representing the state. In the music video for his new single “This is America,” the singer and rapper Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) dances in a warehouse while scenes of violence and chaos unfold around him. Among other messages, the video is a reflection of how art can be used to distract people's attention from the brutal realities faced by Black Americans and other people of color in the United States. Gun murders, police sirens, running youths, and other…

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  • Between Ramle and Me: Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates in Hebrew

    Three activists, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, an Ethiopian Israeli, and a veteran Mizrahi organizer discuss the applicability of Ta-Nehesi Coates's 'Between the World and Me' to their struggles in Israel. The killing of black men by police in the United States has, over much of the past half-decade, thrust the issue of American racism back into the media spotlight. High-profile shootings of young, unarmed African-American men, such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, were a sign that even the election of a black man to the highest office in the land could not eliminate what many view as an epidemic. [tmwinpost] Those…

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  • How the Israeli Right succeeds at making itself the victim

    From prostituting women to befriending anti-Semites, the Israeli Right has reached a level in which revealing its transgressions only evokes wonderment among its supporters. By Almog Behar We are in the historical stage of the ideological Right, in which every single detail, which would have previously embarrassed the right wing, now only strengthens it. The most recent example of this phenomenon is that of Ateret Cohanim, the settler organization that used prostitutes, front organizations, and threats of murder to buy Palestinian properties in East Jerusalem. The story, published by Haaretz's Nir Hasson, did not lead to condemnations by the Right. The majority of the ideological…

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  • An important lesson on privilege, courtesy of Peter Beinart

    In a recent article comparing Jewish anti-occupation activists IfNotNow with Black Lives Matter, the prominent Jewish American columnist creates divisions precisely where alliances are needed. By Tom Pessah The word privilege gets thrown around a lot in activist circles. People tend to interpret its use as an accusation, which it sometimes is. But reflection about privilege can also be a crucial tool for building social justice movements across different groups that enjoy unequal resources. [tmwinpost] Those of us carrying privilege around need not apologize for it, — you can’t blame yourself your social location. However, by taking responsibility for it…

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  • It's time for American Jewish institutions to embrace dissent

    In the age of Trump, American Jewish institutions need to include the majority of U.S. Jews who rejected his divisive rhetoric and give a platform to dissenting voices — whether they are speaking out against U.S. or Israeli government policy. By Ben Pakman The Jewish American people are entering what promises to be a tumultuous time under the Trump presidency. Our morals and resolve are being tested and, fairly or not, the rest of the world is observing us under a microscope. [tmwinpost] The most prominent American Jews — Trump cohorts like David Friedman (recently appointed as U.S. ambassador to Israel),…

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  • +972 Magazine's 20 most-read posts of 2016

    From Shimon Peres' dark side to Donald Trump at AIPAC to Airbnb in settlements, here are the most popular articles we published this past year.  By +972 Magazine Staff 20. Why I had to leave Israel's Foreign Ministry As a former Israeli ambassador, Ilan Baruch never expected just how badly the country’s situation would deteriorate, with the Netanyahu government pushing democracy to the brink and doing just about everything in its power to entrench occupation and inequality. So he left. Read his full article here. 19. Black Lives Matter should change 'genocide' language — proudly The Movement for Black Lives sparked a heated debate among…

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  • From Palestine to South Carolina, justice is scarce for victims of police violence

    The trials of two police officers in Israel-Palestine and the U.S. collapsed within hours of each other on Monday. Both cases prove how difficult it is to secure justice for Palestinian and African-American victims of state violence. On May 15, 2014, three Palestinian teenagers were shot by Israeli security forces with live ammunition as they attended a Nakba Day protest in the West Bank town of Beitunia. Nadim Nawara, 17, and Muhammed Abu al-Thahir, 16, were both killed. Fifteen-year-old Muhammed Azzeh survived, despite having been shot in the lung. Just under a year later, over 6,000 miles away, a police officer…

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  • Occupation denial is pushing me out of my Jewish community

    I can no longer remain silent as many in the Jewish establishment continue to support the occupation, publicly reject the Movement for Black Lives, and remain silent on Trump. By Jenn Pollan Four years ago on a 100 degree day, I sat on the porch of a home in Bethlehem while a Palestinian man named Samer pointed to the Israeli settlements that surrounded his home. As he spoke Samer fiddled with a small cross necklace I previously failed to noticed he was wearing. When he saw I was looking at the necklace, he paused and said with an almost alarming casualness: “This is…

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  • What Palestinian athletes can learn from Colin Kaepernick

    Palestinian athletes can learn a thing or two from the football star's refusal to stand during his country's national anthem. By Abed Abu Shehadeh One can say many things about American politics, but boring they are not. We are seeing this with the presidential race and the rise of the American Right, which views the world as a reality show where anything can be said — regardless of logic or factual basis — as long as it is stated in the most provocative and blatant manner. On the other hand we cannot ignore the Black Lives Matter movement, which challenges structural racism in the…

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  • Black Lives platform is a victory for transnational struggles

    Black American activists have delivered a powerful message to Palestinians and other oppressed communities around the world: you are not alone in your causes. Of all the discussions I ever had about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, undoubtedly the most engaging ones were with delegations of black Americans who visited the region to learn firsthand about Palestinians in the occupied territories, inside Israel, and in refugee camps. These groups – made up of community organizers, students, journalists, judges, and others – not only found commonalities with the experiences of Palestinians, but shared their own lessons of struggle against racism, state violence, and…

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  • Black Lives Matter should change 'genocide' language — proudly

    The movement can set a precedent by displaying commitment to self-criticism, accuracy, and partnership — values sorely needed in America right now. The policy platform released by the Movement for Black Lives represents an exciting milestone for a grassroots social movement. But like all first drafts, it gets some things wrong. If the movement is committed to the long haul, it will accept criticism from supportive observers as part of the process, and create a better, more inclusive product in the future. [tmwinpost] The MBL movement swept aside fears of clicktivism and slacktivism, in its remarkable evolution from the “Black Lives Matter”…

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  • The Black Lives Matter platform: How the Jewish community got distracted by one word

    While numerous major Jewish organizations and leaders have remained silent, many in the U.S. Jewish community have been thrown for a loop by black American solidarity with the Palestinian struggle, and the terminology that sometimes includes. The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 50 organizations representing black Americans, published a comprehensive platform this week that addresses the systemic racism, violence, oppression and discrimination faced by their communities. The document, which is not shy in declaring that not all of its needs can be addressed with policy, also includes six policy briefs — End the War on Black People, Reparations, Invest-Divest, Economic Justice, Community Control,…

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