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  • In Israel, even Palestinian journalists are guilty until proven innocent

    The suspension of a Palestinian journalist by the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation is a reminder that even the most liberal media outlets still view Arabs with suspicion. Samah Wattad, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and journalist who works for the newly-formed Israeli Broadcast Corporation (IBC), was suspended Thursday after she retweeted an article that expressed support for Basel al-Araj, a Palestinian activist who was killed by Israeli soldiers last week. [tmwinpost] The decision to suspend Wattad came after Prime Minister Netanyahu used the occasion to write a Facebook status that accused the IBC of supporting terrorists. Wattad was forced to backtrack and apologize,…

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  • New Israeli campaign pushes racism in guise of two-state solution

    Former top generals and commanders in Israel have launched a new campaign that pushes for unilateral separation from Palestinians. But their messaging reminds us just how racist the notion of a Palestinian 'demographic threat' really is. A new campaign in Israel by a group of former top military and security officials warns that Palestinians will soon be the majority in the country. It is billed as a centrist, pragmatist approach to enhance Israel's security in lieu of a peace process, which it may be — but it is also blatantly racist. [tmwinpost] Launched Sunday to coincide with the Paris Peace summit that…

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  • Why did we forget about Herzog's anti-Arab campaign?

    While commentators will be talking about Netanyahu's anti-Arab race-baiting for a long time, his opponent's anti-Arab campaign tactics never stirred up too much controversy.  There were many reasons why Benjamin Netanyahu galloped to victory in last week's election. His opponent, Isaac Herzog, was viewed by many as disconnected, elitist and lacking an alternative vision for the future of the country. However, it was Netanyahu's campaign blitz, which came after polls revealed he was trailing his opponent by four seats, that truly won him the election. [tmwinpost] Netanyahu pulled out all the stops, from driving a stake through the two-state solution…

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  • Behind election lurks Israel's ethnic divide

    The use of racially loaded code words at an anti-Netanyahu rally highlights the inter-Jewish racism that has plagued Israeli society and politics since day one. A look at the correlation between ethnic background and voting patterns. The anti-Netanyahu rally in Tel Aviv Saturday night was meant to be a high point of the campaign to oust Israel's prime minister in next week’s general elections — a last hoorah before a triumphant storming of the polls. But as such events go, it left a lot to be desired. The turnout was unimpressive, the speakers predictable, and the mood, attendees reported after the event,…

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  • ‘She just wants chocolate! What is she, an Arab?’

    Israeli social media is talking about one thing today: the video showing Israeli passengers cursing and threatening a flight attendant on their way to Varna, Bulgaria. The headlines are pretty much the same all over, and include the words: “Watch: The Ugly Israeli,” in reference to what Israelis see as the rude behavior they are notorious for worldwide. However, few (including mainstream media) paid attention to the little gem hidden in the video, a one-liner that epitomizes the casual racism so widespread in the Jewish state. The flight attendant refuses to sell chocolate to a passenger (apparently he was busy…

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  • To fight police violence, address their racism

    The killing of a young Bedouin man from Rahat and the death of another during the funeral have deepened the city's lack of faith in the authorities. Only anti-racism education for police and young people alike can stop the landslide. By Kher Albaz The Or Commission, which investigated the shooting deaths of 13 Arab demonstrators in October 2000, found serious flaws in the Israeli police's actions against Arab citizens. The atmosphere within the Israeli police, then and apparently now, can be summed up by one sentence from the committee’s recommendations: “The police must implemented an approach that views Israeli Arabs…

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  • This election, Liberman's racism is going mainstream

    Liberman launched his election campaign under the slogan 'Ariel to Israel, Umm al-Fahm to Palestine,' once again signaling his willingness to expel Palestinian citizens from the country. The only difference? This time around he is being flagged as a moderate. Every time Avigdor Liberman opens his mouth to speak, one can smell hate and fear-mongering. In a speech during his election campaign launch Thursday morning, Liberman went a step further in his racist and inciting speech against Israel's Arab citizens. While his Yisrael Beiteinu party is being investigated for a major corruption scandal, Liberman is pulling out his most powerful…

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  • Customer complains about Arab drivers, gets schooled by taxi app

    At a time when Uber is getting  all the headlines for all the wrong reasons, it is heartening to see another taxi app - GetTaxi,  aka Gett - attracting a very different kind of press. As we reported here last week, businesses across the country are responding to the latest escalation by turning out their Palestinian employees. Last week, a GetTaxi customer, Yael, complained that too many of the drivers who appear on her app when she orders a taxi are Arab. English translation of the exchange follows the screenshot: Yael: I’m a regular customer whose every ride is with Get Taxi. I…

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  • It's time for a real joint struggle

    Honesty is needed to wake Israelis from their delusions. Continuing to view Israel as a normal state will only prolong this bloody conflict and create yet more suffering for both sides. By Awad Abdelfattah Israel’s ruling elite continues to mislead Israeli society into believing that the Palestinians will one day submit to their enslavement. Israel’s colonization of the land and people is unceasing, suppressing and killing the indigenous Palestinian population in a quest for an illusionary individual and collective security. The recent onslaught on Gaza – the third major offensive in seven years – and the continuing escalation in official…

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  • WATCH: Racist college humor in the Israeli heartland

    Student Union members at a large college outside Tel Aviv make a grotesquely racist film, and they don't understand what they did wrong.    I wish I could say that the young Israelis who made this film and the "thousands" who immediately gave "positive reactions" to it were marginal in this society - that they were "hilltop youth" in the West Bank, or slum-dwellers growing up amid severe poverty, ignorance, violence and crime. But they're not. They're college students in their early twenties from the heart of the country, from the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon Lezion, outside…

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  • What Yair Lapid's anti-Zoabi comments reveal about Israeli politics

    It is not considered racist in Israel to discriminate against 20 percent of the population and the millions more living in the occupied West Bank. It is considered the self-determination of the Jewish people. The few words Yair Lapid said to the press the day after the election that made his Yesh Atid party the second largest in Israel, are still troubling me. Ami Kaufman mentioned it in his post, but I think it merits a bit more attention, since while we in Israel may be desensitized and no longer shocked, it really is quite disturbing. Those following news here…

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  • A sad commentary on the state of liberal Zionist discourse

    Recent work by authors Bernard Avishai and Gershom Gorenberg reflect the inability of liberal Zionist champions to engage in an honest debate about the core issues of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The noted liberal Zionist writer, Bernard Avishai, has a longish piece on the Palestinian Right of Return (RoR) in this month’s edition of Harper’s Magazine (no online version yet). Before I discuss its content, I believe it crucial to note one general aspect of this piece. We must ask ourselves why an openly Zionist thinker who happens to be a Canadian immigrant is writing about Palestinian right of return without…

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  • Israel policy myth #2: Separation between Jews and Arabs is not racist

    Racist attitudes against Arabs are widespread in Israel. Numerous official policies segregate and separate Jews from Palestinians, with a vastly discriminatory effect and intent. Justifications alluding to security needs, or alleging that separation is based on citizenship rather than ethnic origin, do not withstand close scrutiny. One of the most acrimonious controversies surrounding Israeli policy concerns the accusation that it has created a system of apartheid between Jews and Palestinian in territories under its control. The issue is so sensitive, that some activists have come to refer to the term as "the A-word". While bickering over nomenclature is, in my…

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