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  • Building a new Mizrahi political home in Israeli politics

    Mizrahim, like much of the Jewish-Israeli public, are sinking into a kind of fortress nationalism. The key to change can be found in an alliance with the Palestinians. After effectively destroying the Israeli Labor Party by leading it to an unprecedented low in the last elections, chairman Avi Gabbay announced on Thursday that he is quitting politics. Kulanu leader, centrist politician Moshe Kahlon, came crawling on all fours to Prime Minister Netanyahu after he too crashed in the elections. Orly Levy, who broke away from Avigdor Liberman’s right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu to form the centrist Gesher party, didn’t even make it past the election…

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  • One Galilee pub shows that 'economic peace' is not enough

    At Samim Bishara's Kamun Pub in the northern town of Ma'alot-Tarshiha, Arabs and Jews can sit alongside each other to drink beer and eat pizza. But even in what might appear to be an oasis of coexistence, fundamental inequality is inescapable.  By Steven Davidson Tarshiha is technically one of the few mixed, Jewish-Arab villages in all of Israel. In 1963, the government merged the Arab village of Tarshiha with the Jewish town of Ma’alot to form the municipality of Ma’alot-Tarshiha. Samim Bishara, 42, grew up in Tarshiha but didn’t learn Hebrew until his early 30s. “When I was 16, police saw I…

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  • WATCH: The settlers' secret to coexistence in the West Bank

    Israeli settlers often claim the West Bank is a model of peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews. Avi traveled to the settlements to find out how things came to be so good. By +972 Magazine Staff Israeli settlers often boast that the West Bank is a model of peaceful coexistence. There is more to the West Bank than the checkpoints, they say. So what is the secret to coexistence? "Avi Does the Holy Land" is back for a second season, and in a new episode premiering exclusively on +972 Magazine, Avi travels to Gush Etzion in the "occupied" West Bank to speak…

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  • In Israel of 2018, bereavement is a 'lifetime achievement'

    Israel awarded its most prestigious prize to Miriam Peretz, whose two sons were killed in combat in Lebanon and Gaza. Here are three Palestinians who lost their children, but won't likely be recognized for their grief. By Orly Noy In the days of the Iran-Iraq War, before Iran sent out young — and often very young — men to the front, they would be handed a key to wear around their necks. The promise was that if and when they lose their lives out on the battlefield, the key would open the gates of heaven. [tmwinpost] I was reminded of this…

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  • It didn't have to be this way in East Jerusalem's Silwan

    The neighborhood of Batan al-Hawa is today the site of major friction and tensions between Palestinian residents, Jewish settlers and the massive security presence that accompanies them. But things weren’t always like this, and they don’t have to be. By Hussam Abed Try and imagine this: Jews move into a Palestinian village and are welcomed with open arms. They become part of the local economy, share in joyous occasions and sad ones, and together with their neighbors form a unique, rich human tapestry. The tensions are the same you’d find in any society: they are not shaped along the rigid…

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  • At Peace Holiday, normalcy is the best act of resistance

    A new holiday was established by the binational, bilingual school kids at Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam. We painted, cooked, built puppets and celebrated. Only the roar of aircraft on their way to Gaza brought a small reminder of reality. Please mark down May 7, 2016 as the first “Peace Holiday” - a new addition to the already crowded calendar of the binational, bilingual school of Wahat al-Salam – Neve Shalom. It is in the proximity of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Nakba Day, Independence Day, Land Day, Passover, Easter, Mimouna, Asraia and al-Miarg'. With grief and bereavement rituals, religious celebrations and festivals…

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  • What does 'coexistence' look like in a segregated city?

    'Coexistence' in one of Israel's major mixed cities means Palestinian citizens must forget who they are, where they were born, and whom they were born to. By Zohar Elmakias Two eighth grade girls from Ramle's Juwarish neighborhood stabbed a security guard at the central bus station last Thursday. Following the incident, I thought a lot of about Ramle. I was born and raised there, and many of my family members still live in the city. Ramle is, for better or for worse, the landscape of my childhood, the place I always go back to. As a child, I participated in various…

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  • 'But you don't look like an Arab'

    Years of failed coexistence projects between Jews and Palestinians, which were always intended to show Jews that we too are human beings, made me realize that enough is enough. By Muhammad Kabha Years of failed coexistence projects between Jews and Palestinians, which were always intended to show Jews that we too are human beings, brought me to the conclusion that enough is enough. On the day I first opened my eyes I met my dad’s Jewish friends. They were very nice. “Kiffi,” the blonde soldier who worked as a server in the wedding hall where my dad cooked, loved me.…

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  • The Israeli media's outsized influence on Jewish-Arab relations

    Though every fifth Israeli citizen is Arab, most Jewish Israelis only know of them and their political thoughts and identity through the Israeli media, and only two polar opposite stereotypes are portrayed in the Hebrew media: the apolitical ‘good Arab’ and the terrorism-supporting ‘bad Arab.’ By Edan Ring Despite the fact that every fifth Israeli citizen is an Arab, media coverage of the most significant minority in the State of Israel is for the most part sparse and one dimensional. Only a small percentage of the interviews and reports in the various media outlets deal with the Arab population, and even…

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  • Egyptian TV series shines light on the untold story of Arab Jews

    A controversial new television show gives us a glimpse into Jewish-Muslim relations before Israel's establishment, as well as a better understanding of those Jews who left Arab countries only to become Israel's Mizrahim. By Nadia Naser-Najjab A recent controversy over a new Egyptian television series has served to highlight one of the central tensions at the heart of Zionist thought. This controversy has arisen in relation to "Haret al-Yahud" ("The Jewish Quarter"), a love story which depicts a romantic relationship between a male Egyptian-Muslim army officer (Iyad Nassar) and a female Egyptian-Jewish character (Mena Shalaby). The series, which is being broadcast…

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  • Surviving the ups and downs: Israel's first Arab-Jewish school turns 30

    For three decades the school at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has taught our children how to grow and become adults with a cohesive national and human identity, without fear of the other. Today, however, the future looks as uncertain as ever. (Translated from Hebrew by Rivka Einy) Atop a small mountain in the Latrun area lies the village we chose to establish a small family. Located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the Arab-Jewish village goes by the name Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam. A few weeks ago, the village hosted an emotional and beautiful event to mark 30 years since the opening of the village school. All of…

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  • Why won't Israeli peace groups talk about the Nakba?

    It's 2015 and Israeli peace groups still refuse to talk about the mass dispossession of Palestinians in 1948, including those who became Israeli citizens. Tom Mehager says it is time for a real conversation about the right of return. By Tom Mehager Israeli non-profit organizations that strive for a society based on coexistence most often focus on the most pressing issues vis-a-vis Jewish-Arab relations: educating toward democratic values, mutual recognition and teaching the Arabic language; equal allocation of resources and land; integration into the workforce and strengthening economic investment in Arab towns and villages; proper representation in decision-making processes; legitimacy for…

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