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  • A lifetime achievement award for normalizing settlements

    David Be'eri won the state's highest award for doing what decades ago would have seemed impossible: inspiring the Israeli people to identify with the settler enterprise. By Yonathan Mizrachi Following last week’s announcement that David Be’eri, the founder of the settler organization Elad, had won the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement, some who closely monitor Israel’s settlement enterprise wondered why a person whose activity is limited to a single neighborhood in East Jerusalem was selected? Why not, say, Ze’ev Hever (Zambish), the figure most closely identified with the settler movement, whose work encompasses the entire West Bank? [tmwinpost] Be’eri, whose mission…

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  • Naftali Bennett's vision: Equality through Jewish supremacy

    Behind all the pretty words, Bennett's speech at the Israel Prize ceremony reveals exactly what he's after: a Jewish nationalist theocracy.  By Gil Gertel During last Thursday's annual Israel Prize ceremony, Education Minister Naftali Bennett gave a speech laying out his vision. He called for the establishment of a national, Jewish state, and in order to justify his outlook he used a history that doesn't even exist in the bible, scorned diaspora Jews, and promised equality for all through Jewish supremacy. "This is the only way," he summarized his speech in support of Jewish theocracy, to the applause of those…

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  • WATCH: Israel Prize winner on why he's giving prize money to Ta'ayush

    Prof. David Shulman won Israel's most prestigious prize. He's giving the prize money to one of Israel's most dedicated — and persecuted — activist groups. Here's why. I often get comments, specifically from family members, that I never write anything positive about Israel. So here is something positive. Prof. David Shulman, Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who just received the Israel Prize in Religious Studies for his work on Indian languages and culture, decided to donate his prize money (NIS 75,000, or about $20,000) to Ta'ayush, the group of Israeli activists who engage in non-violent…

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  • The prestigious award that only goes to Ashkenazi men

    While the prime minister's attempt to intervene in the selection committee for the Israel Prize is clearly anti-democratic, so is the fact that the vast majority of its recipients look exactly the same. The uproar over Prime Minister Netanyahu's meddling in the nominations of three would-be judges for the prestigious Israel Prize selection committee caused many good people to pull out their calculators. They wanted to prove, incontrovertibly, that the prize, which according to its website, "has until now been awarded to a wide range of citizens, to men and women, religious and secular, young and old, veterans and new immigrants,…

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  • Netanyahu is losing it

    From his growing conflict with the White House to frantic attacks on the media, there's something off with Israel's prime minister. Election season is a time when politicians say things they generally don't mean, make promises they generally won't keep and kiss babies they generally wouldn't otherwise kiss. But if you have been tuned into the Israeli election cycle, you'll notice that one politician in particular has shunned the campaign beat typical of most would-be Israeli leaders. In fact, if you've been paying attention, you'd have noticed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is officially losing it. The downward spiral began…

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