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  • Trump and Netanyahu: A shared art of exploiting terrorism

    Trump is using the same framework for understanding terrorism to justify his Muslim ban and immigration policy that Netanyahu and Israel have exploited to justify half a century of occupation. By Naomi Dann Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit with President Trump at the White House this week. It will be a true meeting of minds. Both leaders are bombastic and rely on false claims, fear-mongering, and stereotypes to pursue discriminatory, racist, and violent policies. [tmwinpost] The parallels would be comical if they weren’t so harmful. Just last week, Trump asserted, based on no evidence, that people were bussed…

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  • Netanyahu’s wall isn’t about immigration — it’s about race

    Netanyahu's recent boast that he has stopped all illegal immigration to Israel isn't quite true: his southern border wall is only aimed at preventing black people from entering Israel irregularly. By Asaf Calderon The United States is on fire. After two weeks in office, President Donald Trump has already managed to sign a series of Executive Orders that have sparked massive protests. Chief among them are the new ban on immigration into the U.S. from Muslim-majority countries and the order to begin construction of the long-promised “giant wall” on the border with Mexico. While thousands of Americans flooded to protest at…

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  • Emigration as a political act

    The Israeli government has guaranteed the non-viability of a two-state solution and apartheid has already arrived. I will not sacrifice my children’s future for a hopeless struggle. By Na’aman Hirschfeld The immigration of young Israelis to Berlin is troubling “because it is precisely these young women and men who are needed in Israel,” explains veteran left-wing activist Uri Avnery in a recent Haaretz oped (Hebrew). “It is precisely those who are energetic, full of initiative and seekers of freedom, who are needed to save the state from the hands of Netanyahu and his associates.” [tmwinpost] “The common excuse [for emigration] is…

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  • What we left behind in Egypt: Mizrahi thoughts on Israel

    Even when they had reached the borders of the Promised Land, after 40 years in the desert, all the Children of Israel wanted was to go back to Egypt. In Erez Biton's poem, the immigrant from Algeria and his son fail to build a home in Israel. Independence Day is also the tale of the rift in our identity, created by immigrating here. By Mati Shemoelof "And the children of Israel said unto them: ‘Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh-pots, when we did eat bread…

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  • Netanyahu's xenophobia: Bad in America, bad in Israel

    We know what he thinks of Arabs. Read what he thinks of Mexican-Americans. Of all the reasons Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu puts forth for why Israel needs a "Jewish nation-state" law, the most bizarre one is this: “There are those – including those who deny our national rights – who would like to establish autonomy in the Galilee and the Negev.” Yeah, and there are those who would like to colonize Mars, and they will probably get there long before anybody establishes Arab autonomy in the Galilee and Negev. This is another of Netanyahu’s endless supply of Arab scarecrows: we…

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  • The Russians came, the Russians stayed: A response to Uri Avnery

    In a recent article, seasoned veteran of the Zionist Left Uri Avnery claimed that the influx of Russian-speaking immigrants to Israel, living in self-imposed ghettos, is what pushed the country to the right politically. Lia Tarachansky counters that the Russian-speaking community never 'mingled' with other Israelis because it was never invited to do so, and that Avnery is ignoring the many contributions the immigrants made to the country. By Lia Tarachansky I was born in Kiev into a shifting, uncertain reality. While I was only learning to read, my parents split, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor blew up and the Soviet Union collapsed. I…

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  • WATCH: Attempts to redefine Jewish-Arab refugees

    For several months now, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has been promoting an initiative calling for the recognition of Jews from Arab countries as refugees. Is this historical justice, or just another attempt to achieve a political goal through the cynical use of immigrants from Arab countries? Israel Social TV is an independent media NGO working to promote social change, human rights, social justice and equality, and to mobilize its viewers towards activism.

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  • WATCH: Immigrants from former USSR struggle to survive in retirement

    Due to bureaucratic failures, many immigrants from the former Soviet Union are not getting the pensions they accrued while working in their home countries, and thus are forced to continue working and saving in order to grow old with dignity. A significant percentage of immigrant pensioners live below the poverty line. When forced to choose between buying food or medicine, life becomes a day-to-day struggle for survival. Israel Social TV is an independent media NGO working to promote social change, human rights, social justice and equality, and to mobilize its viewers towards activism.

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  • A week in photos: November 1-6

    Protests in Nabi Saleh, Ma'asara and Kfer Qaddum; Beit Arabiya is demolished; arrest raid on remaining South Sudanese refugess in Israel; and more. Activestills images tell the stories of the week.                    

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  • Photos: African mother and daughter arrested at Tel Aviv kindergarten

    On Sunday morning, inspectors from the Oz immigration unit arrested a mother moments after she brought her daughter to the kindergarten in the Hatikva neighborhood in Tel Aviv. The inspectors then arrested the daughter in the kindergarten. Neither of them had the option of going home to fetch their belongings or to say goodbye to friends and family. Few details are known about this arrest. However, several Israeli refugees and immigrant rights organizations are trying to get more information on where are they being held.    

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  • Racial profiling on Tel Aviv beaches: A shared U.S.-Israeli value?

    Inspectors in Tel Aviv once responsible for keeping beaches clean can now stop people they suspect of illegally residing in Israel. Like Arizona's notorious S.B.1070 law, this could result in gross violations of the rights of both Israeli citizens and immigrants. Is this what politicians mean by "shared values?" By Paul Karolyi Politicians take every opportunity to tell us that the United States and Israel share values. It is those common ideals that bind us together in a “special relationship.” Rarely do they get specific about what those values are. Recent immigration reform laws passed in the United States and…

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  • The earth belongs to the famished

    By Professor Minna Rozen Over the last 600 years, the Caucasian race has succeeded in prolonging its life expectancy and improving its quality of life. As opposed to prevailing myths in western society, it did not manage to do so just by using technological and scientific advances, but rather through the exploitation of Asia, Africa and South America’s wealth and resources. The white man took over large areas in these continents, robbing its natural resources and trafficking its inhabitants. And while this population of white people enjoys a surplus of food and other products for consumption, a larger living space,…

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