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  • The IDF's new 'Visit Palestine' campaign refuses to say Palestine

    The Israeli army's new tourism campaign wants you to visit Palestine — just don't call it that. The Israeli military launched a truly bizarre rendition of a Visit Palestine tourism campaign over the weekend. Except the army couldn’t bring itself to say Palestine, the West Bank, or even mention that Palestinians live there. The video was published on the Facebook page of the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Israeli military government that oversees the occupation of the Palestinian territories. The video mentions sites like Wadi Qelt, the Mar Saba Monastery and Nabi Musa, sites in the…

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  • From the West Bank to NYC: Challenge Dani Dayan wherever he goes

    Now that settler leader Dani Dayan has been appointed as Israel's consul general in New York, will Jewish leaders wake up and realize that the Israeli government supports indefinite occupation over freedom for all? By Yonah Lieberman In 1963, Bull Connor became an international symbol of racism and white supremacy. A year earlier, as commissioner of public safety in Birmingham, Alabama, he shut down all of the city’s 67 parks and eight public pools, rather than desegregating them as ordered by the court. He soared to notoriety when, the following year, he oversaw legions of police officers as they blasted…

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  • Survey: Israeli Jews tolerate settlements, status quo

    A new survey released by Ariel-which-is-now-known-as-a-University, shows, remarkably, that the majority of Israeli Jews inside the Green Line are still basically wedded to settlements and barely register that they pose a problem. -A 52 percent absolute majority agrees that settlements are “a true Zionist act,” twice as many those who disagree (26 percent). The remainder, roughly one-fifth, were in-between. Disclaimer: if I had been asked, I might also have agreed that West Bank settlement is a Zionist act, according to what Zionism has become in recent decades (some would say, always was). I don’t think either settlements or what Zionism…

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  • Google Street View to feature West Bank settlements

    Google Street View was launched in Israel last April, after a long battle with the Defense Ministry over the blurring of military facilities located in the Israeli cities. Lately, Google cars have been spotted in West Bank settlements as well. Here is a picture taken in Elkana, located in the western part of the Samarian hills near the Green Line: Does this mean that Google too believes that "facts on the ground" are irreversible? And will they be launching Street View for Palestinian towns, checkpoints etc.?

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  • Israel Police claims unable to enforce law on West Bank settlers

    The head of Israel Police's West Bank division claims that he is incapable of indicting settlers in the West Bank. His reason? The location.  The IDF issued temporary eviction orders on Thursday to 12 Jewish residents of the West Bank accused of planning attacks against Palestinians and the IDF.  The eviction orders range from anywhere between three and nine months. It is not clear where these people will reside during their eviction period and whether they are permitted to be in other parts of the West Bank or if they must be on the other side of the Green Line. No…

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  • Army Radio instructed to call West Bank by biblical 'Judea and Samaria'

    According to a report in Israel National News, the commander of Israel Army Radio, the national radio station in Israel operated by the Israel Defense Forces, has determined that all the station's reporters should refer to the West Bank as "Judea and Samaria."  The report states the decision was made as a result of complaints made by Israel Media Watch that the radio station's referral to the area as the "West Bank" gives the impression to listeners that the territory does not in fact belong to Israel. Israel Army Radio is a popular mainstream station in Israel listened to by…

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  • Breaking the Silence marketing tours to Birthrighters

    Breaking the Silence -- the organization of former IDF soldiers who talk about their experiences serving in the Occupied Territories in an effort to expose the everyday reality of Israeli control of the West Bank -- is now marketing its tours of the West Bank to participants of the Birthright-Israel trip while here in Israel. Anyone who extends their stay in Israel beyond the free 10-day trip is offered a free tour to Hebron and the South Hebron Hills that allow an "unmediated encounter with the reality of military occupation." Below is a video of Breaking the Silence volunteers walking…

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