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  • Social media giants feel the heat at Palestinian digital conference

    At the Palestine Digital Activism Forum, representatives from both Google and Facebook faced a crowd that demanded to know why the two companies cooperate with Israel's attempts at silencing Palestinians. Not long after the Arab Spring began, social media companies rushed to embrace the popular narrative that their platforms had the potential to change societies and reform institutions. If the revolts across the Middle East and North Africa were any indication, the revolutions of the 21st century would not be televised but livestreamed, tweeted, shared, and liked. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a letter to potential investors the week the…

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  • 50 things that have been around for less time than the occupation

    How much has the world changed since Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory began in 1967? The occupation, as we are all too well aware, is about to turn 50. It's difficult to grasp just how significant a period of time five decades is — especially when we're trying to imagine the durability of a state of affairs that was never supposed to be permanent. But one way we can try and conceive of just how long Israeli military rule has persisted is to look at how much the world has changed since 1967. So here, in ascending chronological order, are 50…

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  • COMIC: Google Glass for the Gaza gaze

    By Eli Valley Eli Valley is a writer and artist whose work has been published in New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Gawker, Saveur, Haaretz and elsewhere. He is currently finishing his first novel. Eli’s website is and he tweets at @elivalley. More from Eli Valley: What if Mahmoud was named Jonah? A Passover lesson: ‘And then we were free’ Why even god can't reach a two-state solution

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  • Racist ‘Kahane was right’ app now available on Google Play

    UPDATE: As of Monday morning (Israel time) Google Play has removed the app. Baruch Marzel, Jewish supremacist and former student of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, posted on Facebook last night (Saturday) that there is now an app on Google Play where you can read quotes from the rabbi. I couldn't believe it, so I went into Google Play and, voila, there it is. One of the screenshots shown is a quote where Kahane claims there is no such thing as a Palestinian people. Here is how Marzel is marketing the app: “New new! A daily Kahane also in a…

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  • 'Prisoner X': Censorship and gag orders in the age of new media

    The 'Prisoner X' affair was sensitive enough for Israel to use all of its censorship tools at once: the military censor, gag orders and the 'editors committee.' But was the effort by the Prime Minister's Office entirely about national security, or did it have to do with protecting those responsible for the mess? And what should the affair teach us about the ability to keep information from the public in this technological age? The affair known as the death of "Prisoner X" is becoming an interesting test case for the effect of new media on state secrets and the relations between…

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  • Google Street View to feature West Bank settlements

    Google Street View was launched in Israel last April, after a long battle with the Defense Ministry over the blurring of military facilities located in the Israeli cities. Lately, Google cars have been spotted in West Bank settlements as well. Here is a picture taken in Elkana, located in the western part of the Samarian hills near the Green Line: Does this mean that Google too believes that "facts on the ground" are irreversible? And will they be launching Street View for Palestinian towns, checkpoints etc.?

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  • Activists to use Google Streets car to protest occupation

    The interior ministry here has finally allowed Google to deploy it infamous periscoped buggy, so that even people far, far away can experience driving through Tel Aviv's streets one. inch. at. a. time - just like in real life. Bemused residents elsewhere in the world have already come up with various ways to protests this strange incursion: But Israeli activists have decided instead to use it to protest a considerably greater inconvenience - the occupation. A Facebook page was set up today calling on Israelis to track the progress of the street car with signs against Israel's control of the…

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