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  • WATCH: Jewish Defense League activists beat Palestinian-American at AIPAC

    Wearing shirts and carrying flags bearing insignia of the JDL, once declared a terrorist organization, the violent men and women also attacked left-wing Jewish activists. At least one was arrested. Members of the Jewish Defense League severely beat a 55-year old Palestinian American man and assaulted several American Jewish activists with IfNotNow outside the AIPAC Conference in Washington, D.C. Sunday, new video footage provided to +972 Magazine shows. Kamal Nayfeh, a father of four and an instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, was reportedly visiting his daughter Danya, a student at Georgetown University in Washington at the time. He…

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  • Trump's win poses a challenge we must respond to

    The nativist rabble-rousing and promises of expulsion and exclusion that carried Donald Trump to victory are worryingly similar to the resurgence of Meir Kahane's Kach movement in Israel. Neither can be ignored. On the eve of the U.S. presidential elections I stood opposite an alcove in Kraków’s High Synagogue, gazing into an empty socket in which a Torah scroll once stood. The synagogue — named for the fact that the prayer hall was installed on the first floor, in order to protect its Jewish congregants from the Christian gathering-places nearby — is no longer active, but evidence of its past remains: the circular window…

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  • Settler who attacked leftist rabbi: 'If I kill one it'll be over'

    The young settler charged with attacking Rabbi Arik Ascherman blames human rights advocates for causing tension in the West Bank: 'If I kill one of them it'll be over. But that isn't legal.' The Jewish extremist accused of attacking Rabbis for Human Rights president Arik Ascherman last month was charged in court two weeks ago with causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a knife and ammunition. The youth, 17 years old, is suspected of assaulting Ascherman near the settlement of Itamar as the rabbi was assisting Palestinians with their olive harvest. Israel's Channel 10 news conducted an interview with the suspect, himself…

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  • Israel admits right-wing violence works

    The highest court in the land delays the demolition of a synagogue built atop stolen Palestinian property, fearing retribution by right-wing extremists. Has terrorism officially won in Israel? The State of Israel just validated the very concept of "price tag" violence, which Israel officials have often described — but never legally defined — as terrorism. [tmwinpost] The state on Tuesday asked the High Court of Justice to delay the court ordered demolition of a West Bank synagogue built on stolen Palestinian land. The state's main argument in asking for the extension, which the court begrudgingly granted, went as follows: “Police believe that demolishing the…

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  • Coming attraction: Liberman the peacenik

    If a militant nationalist wants to get elected prime minister of Israel, he has to repeat the word 'peace' over and over.   Unlike a lot of other leftists in despair over Liberman's acquittal on Wednesday, I don't think it's a foregone conclusion he's going to succeed Netanyahu as prime minister. I agree that he may do it, it's definitely a possibility, but first he has a problem to overcome: as a candidate, he's scary to a lot of Israelis, maybe most Israelis, especially women. On the "Eretz Nehederet"  ("Wonderful Country") TV news satire, he's portrayed as a KGB liquidator.…

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  • The tragedy and threat of African refugees in Israel

    With at least 60,000 now in the country and 2,000 to 3,000 more coming every month, African refugees, for all the trauma they have been through, are unassimilable in this country. The first in a three-part series. On Friday, with the headlines screaming of Eritreans raping a 15-year-old Israeli girl,  I went with a photographer friend to the Hatikva neighborhood in South Tel Aviv to get a sense of how the Jewish residents were feeling toward the Africans, and vice versa. I was surprised to see no hatred on the faces of the Israelis nor fear on the faces of the Africans. Everyone looked calm, doing their Friday afternoon…

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  • On violence, soccer and occupation - how is Israel different?

    End the occupation and the militarism, which are conspicuous in the democratic world today but not in its history, and this could be a pretty cool place. I try not to go out of my way to write good things about Israel, but I also try not to go out of my way not to write good things about Israel, because, among other reasons, it's important to remember that for all the justified criticism and condemnation, there's something worth saving here. In that spirit, I want to take issue with a growing view that Israel is a violent society and becoming…

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  • Who framed pilot-turned-activist Yonathan Shapira?

    "A concerned citizen" and a radical rightwing MK claim to have found in trash bin an air force helmet and some secret documents belonging to Yonatan Shapira, a former IDF pilot and one of the most recognized anti-occupation activists Israeli news site Ynet is running today an exquisitely odd story, seemingly incriminating former Air Force pilot and prolific activist Yonathan Shapira. According to Ynet, a "concerned citizen" helping a friend repair a flat noticed a strange bundle in the trash bin. As a "reservist of 16 years" he was "shocked and appalled" to discover in the bundle a pilot's helmet, secret navigation documents…

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  • Glenn Beck meets former chair of terror organization

    One of the visitors on the Knesset's Committee discussion that hosted Glen Beck today was a settler named Baruch Marzel. Marzel, seen below meeting Beck, was the secretary of Rabbi Meir Kahane's Kach movement. After the assassination of Kahane, Marzel, a resident of Hebron, chaired the party. Kach and Kahane Chai (a faction of the party, formed after Kahane's death) were outlawed in Israel. Both groups are considered terrorist organizations by Canada, the European Union and the United States. See, for example, item 20 of the  State Department's current list of designated foreign terrorist 0rganizations. I am sure that Beck,…

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