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  • PHOTOS: How the state builds a road for West Bank settlers

    Israeli authorities continue to uproot Palestinian-owned olive trees in order to build a road for nearby settlers. Photos by Keren Manor / Activestills, text by Yael Marom Israeli authorities uprooted dozens of olive trees in order to build a settler road near the West Bank city of Qalqilya on Monday morning. The Israeli army declared the area a closed military zone after the landowners, along with a number of Israeli activists, arrived in the area to protest and try to nonviolently stop the uprooting. Three of the demonstrators were arrested. Israeli bulldozers accompanied by workers and private security personnel arrived at the…

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  • Court to decide fate of Palestinian villages in 'Firing Zone 918'

    Hundreds of Palestinians in the south Hebron hills are living under the fear of imminent displacement because the Israeli army says it wants to conduct live-fire drills on their village lands. Israel's High Court of Justice on Wednesday will hear the case of eight Palestinian villages fighting looming demolition and displacement by the Israeli army in an area the military has designated a live-fire zone. [tmwinpost] The area in question, Firing Zone 918, has become a flashpoint in ongoing Israeli attempts to push smaller, rural Palestinian communities off their land across the West Bank in the past several decades. The…

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  • Elor Azaria and the army of the periphery

    From the army’s perspective, Azaria’s guilty verdict ostensibly answers the critique that it is unable to deal with soldier violence against Palestinians — or that it doesn't want to. But there is one reason and one reason only that the lowly soldier was indicted to begin with. An Israeli military court handed down a guilty verdict Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of Elor Azaria, an IDF soldier who shot and killed an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in March of last year. The high-profile trial polarized the country, pitting Israel's political class against current and former army generals. Much of the IDF's top echelons decried Azaria for firing a…

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  • Kerry's parameters force Israel to take a hard look in the mirror

    John Kerry's speech this week clearly and rationally explained why the status quo will not enable Israel to maintain its Jewish and democratic character. Are Israelis paying attention? By Elie Podeh and Nimrod Goren Throughout 2016, analysts were wondering what – if at all – will be President Obama’s final move regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The options discussed included a presidential speech (like the Cairo speech in 2009), updating the Clinton parameters of 2000, and the advancement of a resolution at the UN Security Council. Eventually, all answers were somewhat right: UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was not initiated by the U.S., but…

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  • Undoing the myth of Israel's flagship settlements

    The settler movement likes to pretend its flagship settlement bloc, Gush Etzion, was built entirely on land purchased by Jews decades before Israel's founding. History says otherwise. By Dror Etkes During the years 1943-1948, four Jewish localities were established in the area located approximately six miles southwest of the heart of Bethlehem. On the eve of the 1948 War, there were several hundred residents, including children, living in these communities (Kfar Etzion – 1943, Masuot Yitzhak –1945, Ein Tzurim – 1946, Revadim – 1947). Prior to the establishment of these four localities, there had been three attempts to establish Jewish localities in…

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  • What Palestinians need from our Jewish allies

    We want to work with the Israeli Left to build a future based on equality and justice for all. But not at any cost. I was recently asked about what kind of conditions need to exist to for real Arab-Jewish partnership to exist in the Israeli Left. Opinionated, smart Palestinians (I try my best to be one of them) will do all they can to avoid this question. That makes sense, since any attempt to rise to the challenge is actually roundabout way of admitting that such partnership is possible. This takes the Arab, and the Jew for that matter, out of their comfort zone.…

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  • IDF sentences two conscientious objectors to month in prison

    Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi will serve 27 days in military prison for refusing to serve in the occupation. The Israeli military sentenced two Israeli conscientious objectors, Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze’evi, to 27 days in military prison on Monday for refusing to serve in the army due to their opposition to the occupation. [tmwinpost] The young women first declared their conscientious objection at the Israeli army’s Tel Hashomer induction base in mid-November, saying that they refuse to take part in the oppression of the Palestinian people. They were sentenced to 10 days in military prison at the time. At…

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  • What’s an illegal settlement?

    The Israeli government is working tirelessly to retroactively legalize over 100 illegal West Bank outposts. They'll probably get away with it. Is that such a bad thing? The biggest story in Israel this past week — bigger than Trump or Aleppo — was the impending eviction of the illegal settlement outpost of Amona, and parallel efforts by the Israeli government to save dozens of others from the same fate. What is an illegal settlement, you ask? Aren’t all settlements illegal under international law? Aren’t all Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land? The answer to the last two questions is yes, but the…

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  • Religious pluralism cannot be separated from the fight against occupation

    As the 50th anniversary of the occupation draws near, those who consider themselves to be on the left cannot hide behind the battles that keep us in our comfort zone. By Emily Hilton Confrontations erupted at the Western Wall last week between security forces and activists from Reform and Conservative movement, after the activists broke through security barriers with torah scrolls in their arms, defying the ultra-Orthodox authorities that run the holy site. [tmwinpost] The prayer rally was staged after the government failed to implement a resolution approved in January to create a pluralist prayer section at the southern end of the Western…

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  • Ending the occupation would undo Israeli identity as we know it

    Bringing an end to 50 years of military rule over the Palestinians will undoubtedly change the face of Israeli society as we know it. Let's welcome that change with open arms.  By Inna Michaeli The argument that opposing the occupation does not contradict a love for Israel has been heard over and over in the Israeli Left for years. This isn't just a matter of PR — it is the personal experience of many Israelis. [tmwinpost] The problem, however, is that it does not manage to convince the public at large. But what if the public has good reason not to be convinced? Take…

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  • Occupation denial is pushing me out of my Jewish community

    I can no longer remain silent as many in the Jewish establishment continue to support the occupation, publicly reject the Movement for Black Lives, and remain silent on Trump. By Jenn Pollan Four years ago on a 100 degree day, I sat on the porch of a home in Bethlehem while a Palestinian man named Samer pointed to the Israeli settlements that surrounded his home. As he spoke Samer fiddled with a small cross necklace I previously failed to noticed he was wearing. When he saw I was looking at the necklace, he paused and said with an almost alarming casualness: “This is…

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  • Israelis will pay the price for shunning Palestine's Shimon Peres

    One day Mahmoud Abbas, who suppresses his own people to protect Israelis, will also pass away. That's when the Palestinian pressure cooker will explode. Arabs and Jews in Israel, Palestine, and the Arab world at large, I promise you that next time Shimon Peres dies, Joint List head Ayman Odeh and the rest of the Joint List will attend the funeral. Okay? Next. But until then, let's shed some light on the man who actually attended the funeral, the man who will, sometime soon, pass away himself. Let's talk about Mahmoud Abbas, who came to pay his final respects, grieved with…

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  • Why Africa won't embrace Netanyahu

    No matter how many technological advancements or solutions to terrorism he offers, Netanyahu won't be able to convince African states to love Israel before the occupation comes to an end. By Ilan Baruch Spokespersons for the Israeli government have recently decided to define Israel's diplomatic ties with Africa as a strategic goal. During his visit to the continent in July, the Prime Minister's Office told the media that it hopes the African Union, based in Addis Ababa, will renew Israel's status as observer. Ethiopia's prime minister even went so far as to say that "Israel is working hard in many countries…

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