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  • Talk of Golan annexation leaves out those expelled from it

    President Trump's recognition of Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights has been widely celebrated by Israelis. But do those same Israelis know of the hundreds of thousands of people expelled from the territory during the 1967 war? By Tom Pessah The vast majority of Israelis are still unaware that over 130,000 residents of the Golan Heights were expelled from their villages, towns, and cities during the 1967 war. In fact, over the past decades, the territory has become a “consensus” issue among most Israelis, with many seeing no reason to return it. So while President Trump stunned the world last week by recognizing Israel's annexation…

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  • How one law exposes what Israel has always tried to hide

    From the moment it was established, Israel granted its Jewish citizens privileges at the expense of Palestinians. The 'nation-state bill' reveals the choice Israelis have to make about the future of their country. Years ago, American journalist Ted Koppel hosted a fascinating televised debate between Rabbi Meir Kahane, the far-right anti-Arab leader, and Ehud Olmert, then a fresh-faced Knesset member from the Likud party. As the Israeli parliament is set to approve the Nation-State Law, which would enshrine discrimination against non-Jews in Israel, it is worth going back and paying close attention to the debate. [tmwinpost] Kahane laid out his political vision without qualms. “Israelis,…

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  • Senior Israeli gov’t minister warns Palestinians of ‘third Nakba’

    Tzachi Hanegbi, a close ally of Netanyahu, threatens Palestinians with ethnic cleansing in response to the latest round of violence. A senior minister in the Israeli government and a close ally of Prime Minister Netanyahu warned the Palestinian people over the weekend of mass expulsion and ethnic cleansing if they don’t put an end to the current round of violence. [tmwinpost] "Remember 1948” and “remember 1967,” Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi wrote in a statement posted to Facebook on Saturday, responding to the murder of three Israeli civilians inside their home in the West Bank settlement of Halamish the night before.…

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  • Mapping the Palestinian villages erased and replaced with Jewish towns

    A new map seeks to provide new information on the Palestinian cities, towns, and villages that were erased and replaced since the inception of the Zionist movement. By Tom Pessah Immigrants coming to Israel are unlikely to know the name “Mlabes,” but Israelis are more acquainted with it. After all, it is the name of a local newspaper, a young singer, a shawarma joint, and a chapter of the Israeli Scouts. [tmwinpost] But all these have one thing in common: they are associated with the city of Petah Tikvah, northeast of Tel Aviv. According to the Petah Tikvah City Archive's website, Mlabes was the…

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  • Syrian blood is worth no less than Palestinian blood

    It is time to boycott all Palestinian leaders in Israel who support Assad's war crimes or do not publicly take a stand against them. By Marzuq Al-Halabi There is not much left to say about Aleppo. But there is still much left to say about the campaign of destruction of the city. The disaster befalling the city has many faces, some of them reach me, in my office, especially as the descendent of a family who lived in Kufr Rum, one of the small villages surrounding the city. Every aspect of the destruction deserves its own comment: 1. According to reports coming…

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  • With one viral video, Netanyahu rewrote Israeli history

    By accusing Palestinians of attempting to 'ethnically cleanse' Jews, Netanyahu is not only distorting history, he is actively delegitimizing both the Palestinians and the Israeli Left. By Na’aman Hirschfeld “Ethnic cleansing is the forced removal of ethnic or religious groups from a particular territory with the intent of making it ethnically or religiously homogeneous. That’s the generally accepted definition of the phrase, and there are no differences of opinion on that.” These words were written by Moshe Arens in an op-ed published in Haaretz last month. Arens went on to ask: “So why did Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent use of that phrase cause…

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  • Police evict Palestinian family in East Jerusalem

    Settler organization Ateret Cohanim has been gradually kicking out every single member of the Kirsh family from their homes since 2010. By Yael Marom Israeli police evicted a Palestinian family from their home in Jerusalem's Old City earlier this week, at the height of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The nine-member Kirsh family, which includes children and a pregnant woman, has been living in the same home since the 1930s. [tmwinpost] Their home was transferred over to Ateret Cohanim — a settler organization known for taking over Palestinian assets in the Old City and turning them over to Jewish families…

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  • The ethnic cleansing of al-Sindiyana

    True reconciliation can only begin once we acknowledge past injustices. And there's a lot to own up to. By Noam Rotem When Prime Minister Netanyahu released a video blaming Palestinians for wanting to commit ethnic cleansing against Israeli settlers last week, he may have touched on a topic that hits a little too close to home: Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948 — the Nakba. [tmwinpost] One of the villages that was erased during that ethnic cleansing was al-Sindiyana, a lively village that stood on a hilltop on the southern edge of the Carmel Mountain. Proof of its existence goes back to…

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  • Turning settlers into victims

    Netanyahu accuses two-state supporters of advocating ethnic cleansing. But state-sanctioned ethnic cleansing and human rights violations are what enabled the Jewish settlers to occupy Palestinian lands in the first place. By Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon Just a few weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that he cares about the rights and lives of Palestinians in Gaza more than the Palestinian leadership does, he posted a new video message on his Facebook wall, arguing that any future dismantlement of Jewish settlements in the West Bank would amount to “ethnic cleansing.” He went on to intimate that insofar as the U.S.…

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  • Netanyahu is right: Settlements aren't the biggest obstacle to peace

    The prime minister published a video accusing the Palestinians — and the world — of ethnic cleansing for opposing Israeli settlements. Not so fast. Almost as if for sport, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu released an English video on Friday. It is just two minutes long but packed with chatter-rich material: the Palestinians are guilty of ethnic cleansing. The world is complicit. Nobody stands up for the Jewish victims of this crime except for Netanyahu. Therefore, settlements are no obstacle to peace. [tmwinpost] These are grave charges. Why describe Netanyahu’s video as a game? It’s not his smirking self-righteousness. Rather, the clip…

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  • Ethnic cleansing poll a dangerous sign for Israel

    The vast majority of Jewish Israelis don't want to give up their privilege. But nobody has the right to 'democratically' deny rights to another. The most shocking piece of information to come out of a Pew Research Center survey of Israeli society published Tuesday is that nearly half of Jews in the country say they support the ethnic cleansing of Arabs. Forty-eight percent of Jewish respondents agreed/strongly agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” Digging deeper into the data, however, that glimpse into the collective political mindset of half of Israel’s Jewish population becomes less and less surprising.…

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  • How are we going to look back on this moment in a hundred years?

    It is often difficult to view the Palestinian struggle as an attempt to protect land, livelihood, and life. But the faster we do so, the faster we may be able to prevent more innocent blood from being spilled. History, after all, may not end up being so kind to us. As an American, Israelis often tell me I have no right to criticize Israel's treatment of Palestinians. "Look at what the U.S. did to the Indianim," I hear more often than you might think. And justifiably so: the sheer scope of the U.S. government's decimation of Native Americans feels, frankly, impossible to wrap my…

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  • A most moral occupation: Keeping the prisoners in line

    Does Israel have the right to turn millions of the people under its control into prisoners simply because it is afraid of what might happen once they are released? The UNHRC report on Gaza and testimonies published by local watchdog group "Breaking the Silence" have sparked yet another round of debate over the IDF's moral standards, or lack thereof. These debates have become yet another way for Israeli society — and at times, the international community — to talk about the occupation without actually discussing it. My heart goes out to the people at Breaking the Silence, since I have a feeling…

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