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  • 'When the constitution becomes racist, it’s difficult to define what racism is’

    One year ago, Israel passed a constitutional amendment declaring that Israel belongs only to its Jewish citizens. The head of Israel’s premier Palestinian rights group discusses what has changed in Israeli courts, but also overseas. ‘The debate soon will be whether Israel is apartheid.’ In the year since the Israeli parliament passed the Jewish Nation-State Law, the equivalent of a constitutional amendment that declares Israel to be the exclusive nation-state of the Jewish people and demotes the status of Arabic, not a whole lot has changed. [tmwinpost] That can mostly be explained by how new the law still is, and the…

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  • Jerusalem orders kindergartens not to let 'minorities' visit

    The municipality's security department sends instructions to kindergartens in the city ordering that foreigners and 'minorities,' a euphemism for Arabs, not be allowed onto their grounds. Anti-racism group demands the city retract the orders. Public kindergartens in Jerusalem were ordered by the city’s Emergency and Security Division not to allow “foreigners” and “minorities” into educational facilities in a document laying out security instructions distributed to kindergartens recently. [tmwinpost] Under a section titled “Entry of Visitors,” the document reads: “Do not allow the entry of foreigners into the kindergarten grounds — as a rule entry is not permitted for minorities, in any…

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  • A new framework for viewing Israel's regime in the West Bank

    The existing frameworks we have for addressing Israel's rule over the Palestinians are flawed and becoming less relevant. Comparing it to other regimes that share one of its prominent characteristics, institutionalized discrimination, can create space for new ideas. By Yariv Mohar In the 51 years since Israel seized control of the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians, Israelis, and the international community have come up with various frameworks for understanding and trying to resolve the situation. While the international community still prefers to think about Israel’s military control as a form of temporary occupation, more and more people have begun framing…

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  • Tens of thousands of Druze protest for equality in Tel Aviv

    Demonstrators filled Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest the Jewish Nation-State Law and demand full equality. Will that be enough to pressure Netanyahu to backtrack? By Meron Rapoport Could it be that the "Israeli state" was born in Tel Aviv's central square Saturday night? Perhaps it's a bit early to say, but if there was one sentence that kept repeating itself at the Druze mass protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law, it was that "this law excludes us from Israeliness." That's what the anger was about, that was the affront. The Knesset last month passed a Basic Law,…

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  • I don't need a law to remind me of my inequality

    I do not need the Jewish Nation-State Law to remind me that I am not equal to my Jewish friends. And yet, I was born here, I grew up here, this is my homeland. I have no intention of going anywhere. By Yasmeen Abu Fraiha Write it down, I am an Arab woman Born to this land I am Palestinian My parents are Palestinian And my ancestors are Palestinian My mother and her family were expelled from their home in 1967, when she was only eight, so that the army could use it as a military outpost. My grandmother was beaten by…

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  • A state that belongs to only some of its citizens

    According to the proposed 'Jewish Nation-State Law,' Israel does not belong to Israeli citizens, more than 20 percent of whom are not Jewish. Instead, it is the state of the Jewish people, roughly half of whom are not even Israeli. There is a form on the Israeli Interior Ministry’s website, where one can order duplicate and translated copies of a birth certificate. On that form is a drop-down menu, above which it is written: “Nationality.” [tmwinpost] In that drop-down menu you will find a list of nationalities which — if one were to attempt to deduce from it how Israel…

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  • Boycotting these Israeli companies won't get you on any blacklists

    Israelis from across the political spectrum are calling to boycott of two major companies for discriminatory practices against women and Ethiopians. But what about that one boycott Israelis will simply not abide? Israelis, despite their vociferous claims to the contrary, do not fear the power of boycott. In fact, for many Israelis, boycotting companies that profit off discrimination and racism is an essential part of mobilizing against injustice and fighting for democracy. The past week has provided two salutary examples. [tmwinpost] On Monday, the CEO of NICE Systems, one of Israel’s largest software companies, announced his company would boycott El Al after a…

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  • When racism and segregation are perceived as 'legitimate rights'

    Protests against Arab families moving into Jewish cities are a reminder that until everyone is free to choose where they want to live, the Israeli regime will remain segregationist and racist at its core. By Suhad Bishara Jewish residents of the northern Israeli city of Afula protested last week against the sale of a home to an Arab family and the possibility that the city would have a mixed Jewish-Arab population. I have no doubt that every person who believes in freedom and justice will view this protest as an expression of pro-segregation racism reminiscent of South African apartheid. [tmwinpost]…

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  • The most radical thing you can say in Israel

    The Knesset won't even allow this law to be discussed, let alone voted on, because it proposes making Israel a 'state of all its citizens.' Why is that so threatening? The presidium of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, decided on Monday that a proposed law seeking to define Israel as “a state of all its citizens” is so far outside the acceptable political discourse that it cannot even be submitted to the legislature for debate. [tmwinpost] The bill — a proposed Basic Law, the closest thing Israel has to constitutional amendments in a country without a constitution — sought to enshrine…

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  • An end to 'apartheid polls' in Israeli media?

    Jews-only polls on matters relevant to the entire Israeli public and polls that present Jews-only polls as representing the views of the entire Israeli public constitute discrimination against the country's Arab population, Israeli Press Council's Ethics Court rules. By Oren Persico Excluding Israel’s Arab population from public opinion polls on matters of politics and policy is ethically unacceptable, according to a ruling by an appeals tribunal of the Israeli Press Council’s Ethics Court earlier this month. The ruling overturned an earlier decision that said publishing Jews-only public opinion polls on matters relevant to the entire Israeli public was ethically acceptable.…

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  • Jerusalem by the numbers: Poverty, demolitions, and exile

    As nationalist Israelis celebrate the 'unification' of the city, when Israeli troops occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, a look at the data shows a far bleaker picture of life for Jerusalem's Palestinian residents. The following is a collection of facts, figures, and statistics about Jerusalem compiled and published on the occasion of “Jerusalem Day.” Nationalist Israelis mark Jerusalem Day on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the conquest of East Jerusalem and the Old City in 1967. The celebrations include the “march of the flags,” where flag-bearing Jewish revelers march through the Palestinian neighborhoods of the Old City, chanting racist, violent…

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  • Anti-Mizrahi discrimination was official Israeli policy

    The Israeli government has kept documents detailing systematic racism against Jews from the Middle East and North Africa sealed for 70 years. This week the Knesset rejected a proposal to open the state archives. To correct the historical injustice, the public needs to know the truth. By Mossi Raz In nearly every conversation about the arrival and absoprtion of Jewish immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa, the same claim arises—while mistakes were made, it wasn’t because of an explicit policy. If only this claim were true. [tmwinpost] The '50s were difficult years. Israel was a young country, surrounded by enemies and…

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  • Want to end Israel's military regime? Stop calling it an 'occupation'

    Israel's control over the West Bank has long ago morphed into a regime based on ethnic discrimination and segregation. Let's start calling it like it is. By Yariv Mohar Recently we have been seeing the resurgence of a right-wing discourse that opposes both the annexationist far-right and the left. Instead of supporting far-reaching solutions, these rightists believe that the status quo in the West Bank is preferable and must be kept up for as long as possible. In any case, say the supporters of the status quo, we have not faced any significant international pressure against Israel; thus we can continue with…

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