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  • Forget Al Jazeera — Bibi should halt his own government's incitement

    Netanyahu is calling to shut down Al Jazeera's Jerusalem bureau, accusing the station of incitement to violence amid tensions over the Temple Mount. Has he heard what his own ministers have been saying recently? Palestinian incitement has long been Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scapegoat for the lack of progress in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For him, Palestinian calls to violence — not the settlement enterprise or 50 years of military dictatorship — is what prevents peace. Netanyahu regularly uses this rhetorical tactic to undermine an already impotent Palestinian Authority whenever it is politically convenient. In recent years, the prime minister has also used claims of incitement…

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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on the first floor, in order to protect its Jewish congregants from the Christian gathering-places nearby — is no longer active, but evidence of its past remains: the circular window…

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  • The metamorphosis of a Jewish supremacist

    David Mizrahi, once a vocal anti-Arab hatemonger, makes amends in a heartfelt Facebook post, and begins preaching tolerance and acceptance. In the current climate in Jerusalem, that is a brave and commendable thing to do. David Mizrahi was once a prominent member of La Familia, a notorious Jewish supremacist chapter of the Beitar Jerusalem fan club. Three years ago, he famously refused to shake hands with professional Arab footballer Mohammed Ghadir. But on Sunday, he published the following on Facebook: Three years ago I arrived at Mohammed Ghadir's home, accompanied by a Channel 2 TV crew. You can still see the footage on…

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  • Israel's ethnic purity police presents: Anti-assimilation for men

    In its ongoing efforts to save every Jewish soul, anti-assimilation group Yad L'Achim has broadened its offerings and is now extending its marriage-wrecking service to Jewish men in relationships with non-Jewish women.  Israeli anti-miscegenation group Yad L'Achim took a step towards equality last week when it announced via its website that it had rolled out its anti-assimilation "rescue" service to Jewish men in relationships with non-Jewish women. A more established counterpart to Lehava's goon squads, Yad L'Achim is also known for harassing Messianic Jews as part of its anti-assimilation efforts. [tmwinpost] Like Lehava, Yad L'Achim has traditionally focused on preventing relationships…

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  • Jewish extremists deface Jerusalem abbey with anti-Christian graffiti

    Jerusalem's Dormition Abbey has been vandalized for the second time in two years, with violent and threatening graffiti scrawled across its exterior. The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on Christians in Israel. The Dormition Abbey near the Old City of Jerusalem was vandalized overnight on Sunday, with numerous threatening and violent messages and images scrawled on its walls and in nearby Christian cemeteries. [tmwinpost] According to a press release from the abbey, the graffiti was found shortly after midnight Sunday morning and followed "loud chanting and music by Jewish right-wing radicals," an almost-weekly occurrence in the…

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  • The uncomfortable context of Israel's book ban

    The decision to prevent high schools from teaching a Jewish-Palestinian love story might sound like an innocent attempt at promoting Jewish continuity. In fact, it's the sound of Israel's extreme right going mainstream. Israel's Education Ministry announced Wednesday that it would ban Israeli high schools from teaching a novel about a love affair between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man. [tmwinpost] The decision was made despite the fact that the book, Dorit Rabinyan's "Gader Haya," was recommended for use in advanced literature classes by numerous bodies — including a professional committee of academics and educators — at the request…

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  • WATCH: How the far-right glorifies killing of Palestinians

    The leader of a popular Jewish supremacist group circulates a new video that puts CCTV footage of stabbing attack to bouncy electronic music and violent, disturbing lyrics. Benzi Gopstein, the head of Lehava, posted a video on his Facebook page Monday glorifying the killing of Palestinians. Lehava is a popular Jewish supremacist group dedicated to preventing Arab-Jewish relations, which is also accused of regular incitement and racism against Palestinians — both online and on the streets of Jerusalem. (Click here for the original posting on Facebook) The video itself is CCTV footage of an incident in Jerusalem on Monday in which two Palestinian…

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  • The right-wing group trying to keep downtown Jerusalem Arab-free

    They roam the streets looking for either mixed Jewish-Palestinian couples or lone Arabs, protest at mixed weddings, and hand out racist leaflets. Their leaders are militant and well-organized, exploiting disaffected youth to do the dirty work. An inside look at the far-right group, Lehava, and the Jerusalem activists who are trying to put an end to its violence. By Ossnat Sharon Outside of Jerusalem, we often hear of Lehava demonstrating at a mixed Jewish-Palestinian wedding, or perhaps the LGBT pride parade. But ultimately, a protest of this sort by a handful of extremists isn’t very harmful. The truly destructive dimension…

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  • Pride parade stabber found fit to stand trial

    Yishai Shlissel, the ultra-Orthodox man arrested for attacking marchers at Jerusalem's Pride Parade for the second time, has been declared mentally fit to stand trial — again. Yishai Shlissel, the ultra-Orthodox man accused of murdering a teenage girl and injuring five other people in a stabbing attack at the Jerusalem pride parade last month, was declared mentally fit to stand trial on Wednesday. Jerusalem police were expected to charge Shlissel with murder and several counts of attempted murder. Shlissel has refused legal representation, saying that he does not recognize the court because it does not follow the rules of Torah. [tmwinpost] This is the…

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  • Who will pay the price for the Jerusalem Pride stabbing?

    After today's stabbing, it is unthinkable that life will go on as usual. Especially when the people who fuel hate and incitement still roam the city. By Yael Marom In Jerusalem, everything has gone back to normal. The streets are full of people and cars, apathetic toward the crime that took place here just a few hours ago, when six people were stabbed during the annual pride parade. Instead of going out into the streets, instead of demanding that Benzi Gopstein, the head of the racist "Lehava" organization who protested against today's parade and called it an "abomination," instead of…

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  • How does Israel's media fight sexual harassment? With racism

    An Israeli news site runs a piece about Palestinian men sexually assaulting Israeli women at the beach, begging the question: why is this particular story newsworthy when stories about Jewish men assaulting Jewish women rarely are? Israeli news site Walla! ran an article [Hebrew] on Friday with the following headline: "Palestinians who come to Tel Aviv's beaches cannot resist the women." The article describes how Palestinian men from the West Bank take advantage of their entry permits—which are granted with greater ease during the month of Ramadan in order to allow worshippers access to Jerusalem—to enjoy the beaches of Tel Aviv.…

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  • A night of violence in West Jerusalem

    For years now young Palestinian men have found themselves the targets of groups of Jewish youths roaming the streets of West Jerusalem on weekend nights. As warm weather returns, so are the attacks. One such attack raises the question: who are the police protecting? By Aviv Tatarsky (Translated by Ofer Neiman) Thursday night, Zion Square, West Jerusalem. Summer is officially here, and the area that was quite empty during the winter is bustling with thousands of people enjoying a night out. Among them are some Palestinians who have come to partake in “Israelization” — or, at least, that's how some…

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  • No parity between Zoabi's democracy and Kahane's racism

    By simply discussing the disqualification of MK Haneen Zoabi and Baruch Marzel from the upcoming elections, the extreme right has already claimed another victory.   The double-hearing held in the Supreme Court on Tuesday under an extended panel headed by Justice Naor, to discuss the disqualification of MK Haneen Zoabi and Baruch Marzel, respectively, was one of the more depressing displays of the absurdity we call "Israeli democracy." The constant worshiping of "balance" in the name of some imagined national sanity brought Zoabi – who represented the only party that calls for full equality in Israel – to the same…

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