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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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  • From the fringes, a new center will emerge (Mati Shemeolof)

    The following was translated from the original Hebrew by Dena Shunra. Lisa Goldman response to me in her piece, "Does Israel’s cultural life offer hope for its democracy?”, and raises important points about the discussion of the connection between the cultural and the political. She explains that Tel Aviv is a sort of a bubble. The avant-garde activity occurring in the metropolis reminds her of something: There is also a palpably feverish quality to the creativity in Tel Aviv. It reminds me of descriptions I’ve read of Weimar Berlin, which was also the artistic, scientific and financial capital of a…

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