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  • Israel's extremists aren't as fringe as you think

    If a video of religious youth stabbing a photo of a murdered Palestinian infant isn't enough to convince mainstream Israel that there is a problem, what will? Celebrants at a Jerusalem wedding for a couple from Israel's radical right were filmed dancing and singing as they brandished a photo of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18 month-old Palestinian baby who was killed in a July arson attack on his family home in the West Bank village of Duma. In the video, which was recorded on a cell phone, a dancing wedding guest impales a photo of the baby on a knife. His…

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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…

  • The Israeli army's default position: Supporting the outlaws

    The IDF clarifies that instead of removing an illegal outpost, it prefers to defend it – and Palestinian farmers pay the price. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz In January 2001, as most of us were busy with the events of the Second Intifada, several outlaws built the Tapuach Ma'arav outpost in the West Bank. The outpost is about two kilometers away from the settlement of Kfar Tapuach, famous mostly because it was created by the supporters of Rabbi Meir Kahane, and also provided refuge (Hebrew) for the murderer Eden Nathan-Zada, who in 2005 killed four Israeli Palestinians in…

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  • Israeli MK incites violence against leftists, Palestinians

    It is reassuring to know that in Israel everyone can have their voice heard. Thus, an Israeli anti-war demonstration held last Thursday was countered by a rally supporting the military operation in Gaza by Israeli forces. But there should be a limit on free speech, especially when some of those voices are calling for violence against others. In developed societies, incitement to violence is a punishable offense. Israel's standards should be no different. During Thursday's rally, right-wing Israeli member of Knesset Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) is seen encouraging the chanting crowd with phrases like, "leftist traitors," and "leftists out." He then…

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  • Africans attacked in Tel Aviv protest; MKs: 'infiltrators' are cancer

    Coalition MKs incited the crowd against the refugees and asylum seekers during a protest in south Tel Aviv, which was followed by attacks on African immigrants and confrontations with police. A Likud MK called for the prosecution of Israelis giving shelter to Africans. More than 1,000 Israelis protested this evening (Wednesday) against the African refugees and asylum seekers who have settled in South Tel Aviv in recent years. According to eyewitnesses' reports, the crowd grew angry and ultimately violent, following speeches from Knesset members, including members of the government coalition. It was one of the most violent protests Tel Aviv…

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  • 'Price tag' attack burns Jaffa restaurant Sunday night

    In what is being seen as the next in a series of "price tag" assaults by Jews on Palestinian citizens of Israel, the well-known Abu el-Abed Restaurant in Jaffa was partially burned and vandalized Sunday night Israeli media reported this morning an arson and vandalism attack on a well-known restaurant in Jaffa, just a few blocks from where I live. The Abu el-Abed Restaurant, a family business on Jaffa's busy Yefet Street, has been around since 1949 and is packed on weekends by customers, many of them Jewish Israelis. The restaurant is well-known by residents of the neighborhood both Arab and Jewish, and…

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  • The social protest and the inescapable Arab-Jewish conflict

    As events at the Rothschild tent camp have recently demonstrated, whether the J14 movement likes it or not, it is forced to engage with the Palestinian issue By Noam Sheizaf and Mairav Zonszein | originally published on Dissent Magazine What started as a protest about housing prices in Tel Aviv nearly a month ago has morphed into a far-reaching and diverse movement calling for changes in the socioeconomic structure of nearly every aspect of life in Israel, from education and welfare to LGBT and freelancer rights. Yet, although Arab Israelis are taking a part in the protests and author Odeh…

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  • Does J14 allow space for criticism? "Everyone here is on drugs"

    Interesting e-mail from an American-born Israeli friend, regarding the inability to voice criticism of the J14 movement in certain circles: I am in solidarity with the protests - this is the first time that I have felt as though I must say that I am in solidarity with something in this place - and yet I have been repeatedly told that I am "bitter," "do not belong in Israeli society," "need to say a good word about the protests in public," "want to see Israelis fail," and once even told that I am a self-hating Jew with no place in…

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  • Images: violent clashes in Umm el-Fahm

    Israeli police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse Arabs who were protesting against a rally by ultranationalist Kahane supporters in the Israeli-Arab town of Umm el-Fahm on Wednesday, October 27th. 1,500 policeman, some of them undercover, escorted the rightwing Jews into Umm el-Fahm. --------------------------------------------------- All photos were taken by by Oren Ziv/activestills. They are posted here with the photographer's permission. Read more from +972 Magazine's contributors on the reception committee bill. Ami Kaufman, Every Jewish community needs its nigger. Jerry Haber, Israel's Arab problem. Yossi Gurvitz, The Qa'adan curse.

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