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  • Living in the constant shadow of settler violence

    A recent surge in hate crimes against Palestinians in the West Bank has drawn the attention of both local and international media. But the violence is just one part of the settlement system that is pushing Palestinians to abandon their land. In the hills of the northern West Bank, nightfall brings back an old fear. For the past two months, Palestinians living in a group of villages near Nablus have woken up to slashed tires, burned out cars, a mosque set ablaze, and racist graffiti scrawled on their property. [tmwinpost] The hate crimes, once commonly referred to as “price tag attacks,” are…

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  • Israel's biggest paper ignores anti-Semitism of senior Trump advisor

    News of white supremacist Stephen Bannon's appointment to a top job in the next White House has been roiling much of the Jewish press and anti-hate groups, including the ADL. Israel's most-read newspaper, 'Israel Hayom,' decided its readers don't need to know. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis will have no idea that a bonafide anti-Semite is going to be the next U.S. president's left-hand man. President-elect Donald Trump announced on Sunday he will be appointing Stephen K. Bannon, a white nationalist anti-Semite and one of the faces of the pro-Trump alt-right movement, as the new White House chief strategist. But you wouldn't know…

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  • What U.S. Jews must do to fight anti-Muslim bigotry

    I'm proud of American Jews mobilizing to fight Islamophobia. But to fully fight hate, U.S. Jews must confront the role pro-Israel organizations continue to play in spreading anti-Muslim bigotry. By David Harris-Gershon Anti-Muslim rhetoric coming from American lawmakers and presidential candidates reached a fevered pitch earlier this month when, standing before a cheering crowd aboard the USS Yorktown in South Carolina, Donald Trump called for a "total and complete" ban on Muslims entering the United States. This call came on the heels of Trump and Ben Carson calling for mosques to be monitored, Senator Marco Rubio suggesting that places where Muslim-Americans…

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  • ‘Price tag’ settler argues in court that revenge isn’t a crime

    You would think that sentencing a group of Israelis for setting fire to a Palestinian cafe is a positive development. But a closer look shows that the culture of minimizing the seriousness of price tag attacks is alive and strong.  Were people's lives and livelihoods not at stake, it would have been an almost sublime piece of parody. During the trial of four teenage Israeli settlers who set fire to a Palestinian-owned cafe in the West Bank town of Dura, which concluded on Monday, the defendants' attorneys - as reported by Ynet - brought forth the claim that because the arson was…

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  • PHOTOS: W. Bank mosque, Qurans set on fire in suspected hate crime

    'This is a direct continuation of Israeli policy at Al Aqsa [Mosque],' one resident of Al Mughayir says. New data shows that since establishment of a special police unit to tackle settler attacks, the number of failed investigations has actually increased. Text by Oren Ziv and Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org A mosque in the West Bank village of Al Mughayir was set on fire and severely damaged in a suspected hate crime early Wednesday morning. The first floor of the mosque was completely engulfed but the flames also reached the second floor. A large number of Qurans were burned…

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  • 'Suspects in brutal beating of two Palestinians tied to anti-miscegenation group'

    Ten Jewish Israelis are suspected of severely beating two Palestinian men from Jerusalem in a wartime hate crime. Police believe some of the suspects are tied to right-wing anti-Arab group Lehava, Walla reports. Several Jewish Israeli suspects in the brutal attack of two Palestinians from East Jerusalem on July 25th are connected to anti-miscegenation, anti-Arab group Lehava, according to a report by Walla! News on Monday. In what Walla! describes as a "near lynch," a group of about 10 Jewish Israelis from the East Jerusalem settlement of Neve Yaakov assaulted Amir Shwiki and Samer Mahfouz of Beit Hanina with bats and iron rods…

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  • 'Price tag' attacks: It's not about the graffiti

    In an attempt to downplay the severity of nationalist crimes by Israeli citizens, the media refers to the offenses as 'graffiti.' Here are the facts – and it’s not just graffiti. By Yossi Gurvitz for Yesh Din In recent weeks the “Hilltop Youth,” Israeli citizens in general, and their lobby in the Knesset and the media have been experiencing a sense of crisis. The events surrounding Yitzhar and the comments by a resident of the settlement justifying attacks on soldiers have put them on the defensive. In their responses in online comments and in sympathetic articles, they have presented the argument that “Price…

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  • 'Don’t you even dare to think about a Jewess': An assault on tolerance education

    Anti-miscegenation stickers plastered all over a mixed school are simply another manifestation of the state’s incessant attempt to police the borders of the dominant ethnic group so as to guarantee its purity. By Neve Gordon and Catherine Rottenberg This article was first published in The Nation on June 6, 2014. They came at night. When the principal arrived in the morning to open the school, there were scores of stickers covering the outside walls, the main entrance and the surrounding fence. The stickers, like the school’s motto, were bilingual, in Hebrew and in Arabic. In Hebrew they read, “Don’t you even…

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  • When Israel's military aggression against Palestinians becomes civilian aggression

    Violence against Palestinians is no longer reserved for Israeli soldiers or settlers, who still justify their actions with “security.” The young Israelis who have been attacking Palestinians, unprovoked, on the streets of Western, educated, democratic Israel, have no such excuse. In the last week or so, the number of images of Palestinians laying in hospital beds or being carried away in coffins that has appeared in my news cycle is astonishing. It is not necessarily that there are more incidents of violence (it's certainly plausible though I have not seen any statistical reports yet), but the media is certainly giving…

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  • A ray of musical light in a sea of dark news - a personal note

    It seems like in the world of Israeli news that I am immersed in on a daily basis, not a day goes by without something tragic happening.  Whether it is another case of self-immolation; or a Palestinian abused or shot dead by Border Police; or violent hate crimes against African asylum seekers; or a deceitful and opportunistic political move by a member of Knesset, etc. The list unfortunately goes on and on. And this is just Israel and Palestine. When things are so shitty, and the situation seems so bleak, and the heat and humidity are pounding down, and it feels like there is no…

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