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  • A year since the Duma murders: Navigating justice and pain

    A year after losing his parents and baby brother, six-year-old Ahmad Dawabshe returns to Duma for the first time. At court hearings for the accused murderers, settler youths taunt the remaining family members. A journey through an unimaginably painful year. “I know you spent a lot of time with the Dawabshe family in the hospital,” said the activist who called me last week. “I need your help.” It’s been a long time since I visited them, I told her. Sunday marks one year since the tragic arson attack, and the images started flashing through my head: how I found myself heading…

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  • Israel's extremists aren't as fringe as you think

    If a video of religious youth stabbing a photo of a murdered Palestinian infant isn't enough to convince mainstream Israel that there is a problem, what will? Celebrants at a Jerusalem wedding for a couple from Israel's radical right were filmed dancing and singing as they brandished a photo of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18 month-old Palestinian baby who was killed in a July arson attack on his family home in the West Bank village of Duma. In the video, which was recorded on a cell phone, a dancing wedding guest impales a photo of the baby on a knife. His…

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  • Settlers protest alleged torture of Jewish teens in Tel Aviv

    Israel's security service, the Shin Bet, has been using torture against suspects in the arson-murder of an entire Palestinian family, their attorneys and friends allege. Approximately 15 far-right settlers gathered in front of Israel's national theater in central Tel Aviv Wednesday afternoon to stage a theatrical protest against Israeli authorities' alleged use of terror against Jewish minors. [tmwinpost] The group repeatedly blindfolded one of the protesters, placed him down on a metal bed frame and mock tortured him — while he screamed and flailed — until he ultimately confessed to some unknown crime. Lawyers for suspects in the Duma arson, in…

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  • Settlers confront IDF soldiers, and 'price tag' finally makes news

    Clashes between settlers and Israeli forces left several border policemen hospitalized Tuesday morning. While the mainstream media was quick to condemn the settlers' behavior, it missed the bigger story. We have been asking here for some time why the so-called "price tag" attacks don’t get the media attention they deserve. For those unfamiliar with the term, price tag attacks refer to attacks by radical settler groups – “hilltop youth” and others, mostly from the settlement outposts – on Palestinians and their property, including: beatings, arson, graffiti on mosques, and most frequently – the destruction of olive trees. The name “price…

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  • WATCH Hilltop youth: “Burn down Al-Aqsa Mosque? Of course!”

    The hilttop youth, those wacky young settlers, have been in the news quite a bit of late - the number of price tag actions is on a constant rise. Yet, we rarely get to see who these “kids” really are. Last week, Channel 2 gave us a rare glimpse into the minds of some of the hilltop youth leaders. I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to bring it to you. This translation goes out to my homies in AIPAC, and to the national religious rabbis of the world. Without you, these racists would not be possible. They live in the…

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  • Settler movement changing the rules of the game

    By Kobi Skolnick As the Israeli government prepares for the anticipated Palestinian bid for recognition as a state in the UN General Assembly this month, Israeli settlers in the West Bank have plans of their own: while some want to find common ground with Palestinians living there, others are looking to confront them head on, highlighting how the many lines of division that cut across Israeli society According to a Wafa news agency report, last week, one of the founders of the Gush Emunim settlement movement and leading rabbis in the West Bank, Rabbi Menachem Froman, expressed his support for…

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  • The social protest and the inescapable Arab-Jewish conflict

    As events at the Rothschild tent camp have recently demonstrated, whether the J14 movement likes it or not, it is forced to engage with the Palestinian issue By Noam Sheizaf and Mairav Zonszein | originally published on Dissent Magazine What started as a protest about housing prices in Tel Aviv nearly a month ago has morphed into a far-reaching and diverse movement calling for changes in the socioeconomic structure of nearly every aspect of life in Israel, from education and welfare to LGBT and freelancer rights. Yet, although Arab Israelis are taking a part in the protests and author Odeh…

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