Despite the hardships, Arab women are making gains in the Israeli legal establishment, local politics, academia, and even in the Islamic Movement. I watched as Hollywood stars collectively came out of the feminist closet during the Academy Awards this week. They spoke with pride about the recent #MeToo campaign, and demanded more respect and more funds for films made by women about women. But why envy the women of Hollywood? There's enough work to do back home. This past week we also learned that the Israel Prize Committee could not find a single woman who was worthy of receiving the…Read More...
I'm no supporter of Sheikh Raed Salah, but as Jewish Israelis we have an enormous responsibility to state loudly and clearly that which our privilege still permits us. That means opposing political persecution when we see it. Two years ago Israel outlawed one of the largest popular associations in the country, the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement. In the days that followed, authorities quickly moved to shut down dozens of affiliated charitable organizations, women’s organizations, media outlets, and educational and childcare programs. Hardly a word of protest was uttered by the Jewish population in Israel. [tmwinpost] Sheikh Raed Salah,…Read More... | 6 Comments
Thousands of Palestinians participated in the March of Return on Tuesday, gathering at the site of the destroyed village of Al-Kabri in the Galilee. Below is a translated transcript of the speech given by Anat Matar, a member of the Israeli Committee for Palestinian Prisoners, at the event. By Anat Matar I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to speak to you today. We’re said to be in an age in which the truth is unimportant. But the truth is unimportant only for those who have something to hide, who refuse to give up their power should the truth come…Read More... | 11 Comments
The majority of Israeli journalists simply copied the official police version of the deadly events in Umm el-Hiran last week, effectively painting 20 percent of Israeli citizens as terrorists. Kudos to the state: the Israeli media is now taking an active part in the government's incitement. [tmwinpost] Last week we were lucky enough to read news reports so ludicrous that they actually posed a danger to the average thinking mind. It was clear that aside from those who were present at Umm el-Hiran when Yaqub Abu Al-Qi'an was shot to death by police, no one actually knows what exactly happened. Thus, the majority of…Read More... | 2 Comments
After a year in which the government incited against Arab society and the media pandered to the Right's agenda, the attempt to expel Joint List MK Basel Ghattas points to a worrying future. By Abed Abu Shehada When the Knesset passed the so-called “expulsion law” last summer, widely seen as targeting Arab lawmakers, many believed it didn't matter, because no vote on expelling a member of the Knesset would reach the two-thirds majority (90 MKs) needed. They also said it was the media’s role to be objective and to cover the news reliably, so as not to become a tool in…Read More... | 2 Comments
Despite the racism and violence, Palestinian citizens must not despair. Instead they should nonviolently challenge the majority as part of a discussion on rights, democratic values, and opposition to the occupation. By Marzuq Al-Halabi Although there exists a multitude of Palestinian political parties and movements in Israel, there are three main currents among them that cross boundaries, find expression in different organizations and lifestyles, and crop up in day-to-day practice and discussions. However, the borders between these currents have hardened as a result of internal social, local and national developments. [tmwinpost] The central current tries creatively and with all its might to reconcile its Israeliness with…Read More... | 8 Comments
Balad isn't the first political party in Israel to be suspected of violating campaign finance laws. But it is the first one to have its members arrested in overnight, commando-style raids. There are two possible ways to describe the dramatic, highly-publicized arrest of dozens of activists and senior members of the Balad party earlier this week: "The police opened a wide spreads investigation against Balad over suspicions of fraudulently transferring millions of shekels to the party's coffers during the 2013 elections." [tmwinpost] Or: "In an overnight operation security focus raided the homes of dozens of Palestinians, arresting them for pro-Palestinian…Read More... | 9 Comments
The Israeli army shuts down the West Bank-based 'A-Sanabel,' claiming it incites against Israelis without so much as providing any evidence. Such is life under a military regime. The Israeli army shut down Palestinian radio station A-Sanabel in the early hours of Wednesday morning, arresting five of employees and confiscating equipment. According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, the station was closed "due to inciting broadcasts." However, the IDF Spokesperson could not provide examples or statistics on such incitement. [tmwinpost] According to Israeli news site Ynet, A-Sanabel openly supported "harming Israelis," praised violent attacks, backed campaigns for rebuilding demolished homes of Palestinian attackers, and…Read More...
They are journalists, educators, and physicians, who until very recently were dependent on the recently-outlawed Islamic Movement for their living. Now they leave behind a void that cannot be filled. An inside look at the women who play a critical role in Israel's Palestinian society. By Samah Salaime (translated from Hebrew by Tal Haran) The outlawing of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel received some attention from the Israeli media, before it vanished from the news cycle. When the movement did make headlines, however, it was portrayed as religious, militant, nationalistic and male-dominated. The truth is that…Read More... | 2 Comments
As incitement against the Israeli Left grows, it is no surprise so many people believed right-wing arsonists were behind the fire at the offices of Israel's oldest human rights organization. Preliminary investigations by Israeli Police and Israel Fire and Rescue Services indicated that the fire that erupted Sunday night in the Jerusalem offices of Israeli human rights group B'Tselem was not the result of arson. The police and fire department published detailed explanations on their findings, according to which the fire was a result of a short circuit in the office's acoustic ceiling. The fire reportedly burned the entire ceiling…Read More... | 2 Comments
Joint List head Ayman Odeh headed to the United States this week, prompting mixed reactions from Israel's Palestinian citizens. Odeh: 'I am here to tear the mask off of Netanyahu's lies.' Perhaps I am foolish and do not understand the ambush of the Palestinian people that awaits Joint List head Ayman Odeh when he visits Uncle Sam? Perhaps the decision by Foreign Policy Magazine to choose him as a "global challenger" is really just part of a plot to bring him down? To force Odeh to swear allegiance to the flag of the state of the Jewish people? This week…Read More... | 9 Comments
When members of the opposition are trying to outflank Netanyahu on the right, even the IDF seems like a saner alternative to Israeli politicians. By Yoni Mendel "A nation in uniform," "an army that has a state," "a democracy of army bases." In academic research of the critical kind, Israel is understood as a militaristic state. This, among other things, is what the sociologist Baruch Kimmerling meant when he said, "whether we want it or not — we are a clearly militaristic society, and this militarism is also a central principle around which Israeli society is organized." Uri Ben Eliezer…Read More... | 2 Comments
Using the Emergency Regulations to outlaw Palestinian political movements is a preview of what's coming. In June 1951, member of Knesset and future prime minister Menachem Begin participated in a meeting of the Knesset’s Constitutional, Law, and Justice Committee on whether Israel should adopt administrative detentions as a legitimate security practice. During the discussions, Begin gave a scathing criticism of the Emergency Regulations of 1945, the British law that permitted detentions without charges or trial during its colonial administration of Mandate Palestine: If we accept the Committee members’ definition of ‘emergency,’ then in all honesty, we would have to admit…Read More... | 11 Comments
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