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  • Yes, the right of return is feasible. Here's how

    Seventy years after the violent displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, it is time to undo the injustice and to allow whoever desires to return as equal citizens to do so, while respecting the rights and identities of all who live in Israel-Palestine. By Tom Pessah (translated by Yoni Molad) For millions of Palestinians worldwide, the right of return is a fundamental issue — the most important precondition for resolving the conflict. However, in Israel the matter is raised haphazardly and is not really dealt with seriously. Haokets recently published a series of important documents culled from the state archives, which show how…

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  • For Arab citizens, 'Jewish and democratic' means demographic war

    While much of the world justly focuses on land theft in the occupied territories, we must not forget that Israel uses the pretense of 'Jewish and democratic' to actively dispossess its own Arab citizens. Israeli citizens who may be feeling doubtful about the efficiency of their country's institutions should take a hard look at the Jewish Agency's Settlement Division. [tmwinpost] According to Haaretz, the division has set forth a new plan to establish Jewish towns adjacent to Arab communities in the Negev Desert and the Galilee, in such a way that would hamper the development of the latter. The Settlement Division,…

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  • Thousands return to destroyed Palestinian villages in Israel

    The March of Return, which coincides with Israeli Independence Day, calls for the right of return for Palestinians who were expelled from or fled the land in 1948.  Approximately 10,000 people of all ages — mostly Palestinian citizens of Israel — took part in the 18th annual March of Return Thursday, on the land where the destroyed Palestinian village of Hadatha once stood. Setting out under an ominous sky, the demonstrators walked across the lands of the former village, wearing keffiyehs, waving flags and singing. The looming tempest eventually broke, but the march continued unabated. [tmwinpost] The March of Return, which…

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  • Finding my family in Yarmouk — then losing them again

    Six decades after the Nakba forced us into different corners of the world, social networks allowed us to reconnect with our families and villages. In Yarmouk, I found the people I should have grown up around—the ones who looked like me and my immediate family. And then war broke out in Syria, Facebook went dark and people disappeared, once again.  Those who do not have family members in Syria's refugee camps can watch the atrocities taking place on the news from far away, as if it were all just one big Hollywood horror movie: one that causes deep anguish for…

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  • Every day is Land Day, on both sides of the Green Line

    The word 'occupation' evokes the West Bank, but the policies of land expropriation and Judaization were perfected inside Israel long before they were used on Palestinians in the occupied territories. In 2005, Amnon Raz-Karkotzkin, a professor of Jewish history at Ben-Gurion University known to his friends and associates simply as Nono, published a seminal article titled "There is No God, But He Promised Us the Land." The article, published in Hebrew in Mitaam, an Israeli journal devoted to literature and radical political thought, captured perfectly the spirit of the Zionists who founded the State of Israel. While Judaism may have…

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  • The Israel-Palestine Lorde Diaries, chapter 7: Bus jammin'

    Ironically, it's a break from music-making and partner-searching that produces a first duet, and with a very special musician, too. Read the previous chapters of The Israel-Palestine Lorde Diaries here. On the fifth morning of the tour, after having breakfast at the group's Jerusalem hotel, I climbed aboard the bus and found that we had a young guest. It was Husam's 12-year-old daughter, Mayar. He explained that school is still out for the winter holidays. He thought it would be nice to take her to the Israel Museum with us. At first I was amazed to see Mayar on this side…

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  • The Beaten Path: The unholy hierarchies of Nazareth (part 4)

    If the heart of Nazareth is sacred, its outskirts are very much the opposite. If anything, they provide a perfect example of a system that stubbornly preserves a hierarchy of communities: Arabs below, Jews on top. The third stop on the reconstructed tourist trail. There is a painting by an Italian master, the great Pierro della Francesca, called "Madonna del Parto." Two angels hold up the folds of a tent in which Mary stands. She is pregnant, wearing a blue gown with a crack in it, just where her belly pokes out the furthest, allowing for a white undergarment to show through.…

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  • Contradicting its own ruling, Israel’s Supreme Court legalizes segregated communities

    The Israeli Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed various petitions against the Admissions Committees Law, which allows admissions committees in hundreds of communities in Israel to reject housing applicants based on their “social suitability.” March 8, 2000 marked a unique moment in Israeli history. In a major decision, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that the town of Katzir, which was established on state land by the Jewish Agency, could not deny the right of the Arab Ka’adan family to live in the town simply on the basis that they were not Jewish. This was the first time that Palestinian citizens of Israel successfully challenged the…

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  • PHOTOS: Nakba commemorations from Gaza to the Galilee

    Photos by: Ahmad Al-Bazz, Mustafa Bader, Keren Manor, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Yotam Ronen, Omar Sameer, and Oren Ziv Palestinians from Nablus to the Gaza Strip Israel/Palestine marked Nakba Day, to commemorate the events of 1948. Nakba, Arabic for "catastrophe," is the term given to the forced displacement of some 750,000 Palestinian refugees from 500 communities by Zionist forces before, during and after the 1948 War. The commemoration began last week on Israel's Independence Day, when Palestinian citizens of Israel held an annual "march of return" to the destroyed village of Lubye near the Sea of Galilee. Most of the former residents…

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  • Under siege: One Bedouin family’s struggle to live in Israel

    In its refusal to make compromises on zoning restrictions for an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Galilee, Israel demonstrates that its preferred demographic balance is higher on the list of state priorities than the protection of the welfare of its citizens. By Paul Karolyi In the early 1950s, a Bedouin Arab named Atif Mohammad Sawa’ed (Abu Walid) bought a parcel of land from the Shafa ‘Amr municipality, 25 kilometers east of Haifa, hoping to build a home for his new wife and his family. The land he bought in Umm al-Sahali lies on a hilltop, no more than two kilometers…

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  • From factories to farms, labor union champions rights of Palestinians in Israel

    'There have been no institutions, no organizations for Palestinian workers within Israel to defend their rights.' A young labor union is resisting exploitation and defending the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel, with a focus on the rights of women workers. By Alon Aviram NAZARETH - Security cameras and a heavy metal door secure the otherwise inconspicuous apartment. This is the office of the Arab Workers Union in Israel (AWU). Photographs of local demonstrations and flags of international trade unions drape the interior walls. Wehbe Badarneh, 43, from the village of Arabah, is the general secretary of the trade union.…

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  • Photo essay: Galilee Bedouin face house demolitions

      Houses of the Bedouin family of Khawalid threatened to be demolished by the Israeli administration, October 27, 2012. Seen in the distance, the houses of the Bedouin village of Khawalid, which was recognized as a permanent village in 1992. (photo: SG/Activestills.org)The little piece of land that the Khawaled family lives in is located east to Yagor-Somech road on one side, and just down from the "Israel Trail" on the other. Many travelers knew the family's hospitality when they literally passed through their back yard traveling that trail on a Saturday morning. The Bedouin tribe of Khawaled, which Ali's family…

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  • Rick's Weekly Wrap: The boy is back in town

    Welcome, one and all, to the Weekend Holyland Wrap. No, you cannot take your haz-mat suits off. There's still Schalit Fever in the air. And smoke. And keep those helmets on. They'll be needed too. This here is the extreme tour version. | Raging Rechavia “Rick” Berman gives you the week’s top stories as they ought to be told. A weekly feature on +972 By Rechavia “Rick” Berman So "the boy*" is back in town. By now, if you read this most excellent and informative website I have the privilege to share space on, you have heard all about Bibi…

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