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  • Ahed Tamimi flips Zionist mythology on its head

    The story of David and Goliath is a central Zionist myth. The case of Ahed Tamimi shows that while Israel still thinks it's David, in reality, it's Goliath. By Gil Gertel After the images from Nabi Saleh surfaced earlier this week, Minister of Education Naftali quickly made himself judge, jury, and executioner, declaring that the two Palestinian girls “should spend their lives in prison.” But why? Young Israeli settlers routinely disrespect soldiers and flout the rule of law. And that’s exactly the point: Ahed Tamimi did what’s reserved for Israeli settlers alone. [tmwinpost] What, for Israelis, was most embarrassing about the…

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  • Israeli official threatens German activists: 'We know who you are'

    After an Israeli flag was burned at a Berlin protest, the head of international relations for Israel's Ministry of Intelligence Services says Germany's pro-Palestine activists must 'live in fear.' By Inna Michaeli In the Ministry of Intelligence Services there is one person responsible for international relations. That same person is also currently threatening the citizens of Germany. On December 15, Arye Sharuz Shalicar published a status on his personal Facebook page, in which he shared a report from the German newspaper Welt on Israeli security forces using live fire to disperse a protest on the outskirts of Ramallah. The protests in Palestine, against Trump's declaration…

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  • Rewriting the history of Hanukkah and intifadas

    In Hanukkah, we tell the story of a small, powerless people who, with religious zeal and courage, led a bloody guerrilla campaign against an occupying force and corrupt elite to assert control over the Temple Mount. By Yossi Bartal On Christmas Eve, Jews around the world began celebrating the eight-day Hanukkah festival. Family and friends will gather every evening before the hanukkiah, the nine-pronged candlestick, reciting a short prayer and lighting its candles. Each day, another candle is lit until the hanukkiah radiates in its full splendor on the last day. While the festival is very popular, it is, religiously…

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  • How an Israeli and a Palestinian ended up lighting Obama's menorah

    Just weeks after Jerusalem's Jewish-Arab school was attacked by arsonists, President Obama met with two students to light the Hanukkah menorah. Inbar Shaked Vardi talks about her whirlwind trip to Washington DC, and why she has decided to stay at the school despite the threat of violence. By Inbar Shaked Vardi It all started with a Hanukkah menorah. Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, asked the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School to prepare a Hanukkah menorah for a competition. The winning menorah would be lit by President Obama during the White House's ceremonial Hanukkah reception. The Jerusalem bilingual school's menorah was…

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  • Hanukkah uncensored, part 3: Everybody loves Jonathan

    The following is the third in a three-part special, giving you the real and complete story of Hanukkah, from the deep socio-political background to the fruition of the dream of an independent Jewish kingdom under the heroic Maccabees – 19 years after the death of the famous Yehudah, or Judah. These chapters are excerpted from “Jewcy Story: How the Jews blew redemption the last time around” by regular +972 contributor Rechavia (Rick) Berman. Read parts one and two.  We last left the Maccabean revolt with dashing guerrilla leader Yehudah (Judah) refusing to settle for religious autonomy and demanding political independence, bucking all…

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  • Hanukkah uncensored, part 2: The elephants kill and get killed

    The following is the second in a three-part special, giving you the real and complete story of Hanukkah, from the deep socio-political background to the fruition of the dream of an independent Jewish kingdom under the heroic Maccabees – 19 years after the death of the famous Yehudah, or Judah. These chapters are excerpted from “Jewcy Story: How the Jews blew redemption the last time around” by regular +972 contributor Rechavia (Rick) Berman. Read the first part here.  We continue with our political thriller in Jerusalem, occupied for a second time by Seleucid Greeks. We spoke of the bastardization of…

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  • Hanukkah uncensored, part 1: The Festival of Lights' darker truth

    The following is the first in a three-part special, giving you the real and complete story of Hanukkah, from the deep socio-political background to the fruition of the dream of an independent Jewish kingdom under the heroic Maccabees – 19 years after the death of the famous Yehudah, or Judah. These chapters are excerpted from “Jewcy Story: How the Jews blew redemption the last time around” by regular +972 contributor Rechavia (Rick) Berman. Chapter 1: Hanukkah The darker truth behind the Festival of Lights “Hanukkah, Hanukkah, such a lovely feast...” goes the popular holiday song. Well, the feast does indeed…

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