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  • Israeli politician says Israel is 'Fourth World' — for the stupidest reason imaginable

    Erel Margalit, a loud-mouthed Israeli member of Knesset from the Labor Party, drew the ire of the internet on Thursday with a Facebook post in which he described Israel as a Fourth World country. [tmwinpost] Margalit wasn’t referring to the fact that Israel has the highest child poverty rate among all OECD countries. He wasn’t referring to the fact that millions of people living under Israeli rule have no democratic rights. He wasn’t referring to the fact that Israeli police disproportionately arrest the country's own Arab citizens. Margalit wasn't referring to his country's refusal to process asylum claims of refugees…

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  • Israeli website: 77 must-do activities before Iran kills us all

    After the Iran deal, Israel’s days are surely numbered. So before the nuclear holocaust descends upon us, one Israeli website is suggesting you break out your bucket list and start checking things off. The result is funnier than you might think. Like many other societies embroiled in protracted violent conflict, Israel is known for a tasteless — yet often-times hilarious — ability to find humor in even the most mortal dangers. "The Iranian threat,” and the potential for assured destruction Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has assured us it brings, has proved to be an especially fruitful source of comedic relief. Then, on…

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  • On being murdered because some people can’t take a joke

    If anything, satire in our society runs the risk of being too safe, of making its targets appear less dangerous than they really are. In cutting them down to size, satire sometimes humanizes as much as it disparages. By Don Futterman This week 17 French citizens were murdered because some people literally can’t take a joke. Artists were martyred for mocking Islam and Islamic extremists, police lost their lives because they were charged with protecting those artists’ right to free speech, and Jews were slain because they were Jews. A joke, for or an instant, inverts the way we look…

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  • Bennett goes berserk in response to facts in German

    Jewish Home leader and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett could not stand it when European Parliament President Martin Schulz criticized Israeli policy earlier this week. But what ticked him off even more was that Schulz told “lies,” such as that Palestinians have less water than Israelis - and in German! Apparently, Mr. Bennett can’t bear to hear facts, let alone in the German language. But to make sure, I met with the minister in the Knesset for a quick interview to check this thesis, with the help of Google Translate. The following is the transcript of our (imaginary) meeting: Ami Kaufman: Mr.…

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  • Netanyahu at the UN: Enter the twilight zone

    To Israel's prime minister, 1.2 million of his own country's citizens do not exist. If that's not living in an alternate reality, then what is? By Amer Zahr It’s hard to describe what it felt like listening to Benjamin Netanyahu speak Tuesday at the United Nations. Many phrases came to mind: “alternative reality,” “parallel universe,” “clinical denial," and the list goes on. Then I remembered one of my favorite TV shows I used to watch as a kid: You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a…

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  • Israel drops democracy for membership in elite Mideast club

    There's an upside to the story: Israel's move away from democracy means a move toward the non-democratic regimes of the Middle East, and thus toward peace. The Israeli Knesset is in the midst of approving a number of controversial legislative initiatives. Some of the these aim to subject the Supreme Court to right-wing ideology; others aim at limiting the influence of civil rights and human rights organizations. The Knesset session that approved the first readings of these bill proposals included a hot and raging debate about them. The opposition accused the current government of waging a war against democracy in…

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  • Best J14 animation ever: "The Israel Machine"

    There have been many inspiring or funny J14 videos posted in recent weeks, but this one is by far the best, getting all the important issues--from militarism through the deportation of migrant workers and refugees to the Separation Wall--wrapped to one and a half minutes. Watch it with sound: The characters at the top of the machine, by order of appearance, are PM Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud), Foreign Minster Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Beitenu), Interior Minister Eli Yishay (Shas), Defense Minister Ehud Barak (ex-Labor) and Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima). The handles they are dancing on state their role. The caption on…

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