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  • A new activism, a new politics, a new generation of Palestinians in Israel

    To most Jewish Israelis they don’t have names or faces — they are at worst rioters and stone-throwers waving Palestinian flags; at best they are a discriminated-against minority. Their new activism is partly the result of generational divides and new technologies that have connected them to the rest of the Arab world that had been shut off since the birth of the State of Israel. In part it is the result of recent Israeli attacks against their relatives in the West Bank and Gaza, discriminatory police violence and a long history of political repression. No small number of factors has…

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  • Veteran Jewish-Israeli reporter: I was never detained for visiting 'enemy states'

    Unlike Palestinian citizen of Israel Majd Kayyal, veteran Israeli journalist Itai Anghel says he's never been arrested -- or even warned -- over his numerous reporting trips to 'enemy states,' although he violated the same laws in doing so. By Einat Fishbain / 'The Hottest Place in Hell' (Translated from Hebrew by Dimi Reider) “I wasn’t even planning to go into Syria,” says veteran TV correspondent Itai Anghel, who last year became the first Israeli correspondent to report openly from the devastating civil war. “Our assumption was that this would be too dangerous. We went to interview Syrian rebels in Turkey, right on…

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  • Unafraid: The new generation of Palestinian activists in Israel

    For decades, Palestinian citizens of Israel lived in fear of the internal security services. But the new generation of political activists are simply not that impressed by Shin Bet intimidation anymore.  By Ala Hlehel / 'The Hottest Place in Hell' (Translated from Hebrew by Dimi Reider) When I was in my second year of university and my father found out I became politically active, he was terrified. “The Shin Bet will snatch you in the middle of the night and throw you out to Lebanon!” he told me. The generation of my parents, who came of age in the shadow…

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  • ‘The Shin Bet was very nice, and therein lies their racism’

    Majd Kayyal, the Palestinian journalist from Haifa who Israel detained incommunicado when he returned from Lebanon, speaks to +972 about what it's like visiting Beirut as a Palestinian, his Shin Bet interrogation and why Israel wants to deter Palestinian citizens of Israel from visiting the Arab world. Text by Rami Younis Photos by Shiraz Grinbaum/Activestills.org He just sat there. I’d look at him occasionally, taking little sips from his cold beer, looking very peaceful, almost aloof from all the phones and commotion of activists around him. He’d give a piece of advice or share a joke with whoever was beside…

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  • How one Palestinian citizen challenged Israel's 'enemy state' policy

    Majd Kayyal's right to travel and participate in a conference in Beirut is far more important than his right to fulfill his role as a journalist. That right belongs to him as a human being, an Arab and a Palestinian who has absorbed the cultural richness of Lebanon's capital. By Salah Mohsen The release of Majd Kayyal, journalist and web editor at Adalah, after five days of detention and complete isolation from the outside world - without the right to meet with an attorney or have his case heard due to a sweeping gag order - proves that his detention…

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  • Selective prosecution: In Israel, not all citizens are created equal

    What does it say about a democracy when a law is enforced selectively in order to further a political or personal vendetta against a private citizen? In Israel there is something called the Prevention of Infiltration Law, which prohibits citizens from traveling to a list of so-called "enemy states." The law is little known and almost never enforced. In fact, it is common and widely accepted practice for Israeli businesspeople and journalists with additional citizenship to travel to “enemy” countries using their alternate passports. Some journalists, like Channel 2's Itay Anghel, are famous for having used alternate passports to report…

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  • Israel's double standard on cross-border loyalties

    The arrest of journalist Majd Kayyal is a troubling example of Israel's fear of ties between its own Arab population and the Palestinian Authority, while claiming the right to have similar ties with Jews around the world. The main segment in the Shin Bet's (Israeli Security Agency) official comment on the detention of journalist and activist Majd Kayyal for nearly five days, without the possibility of meeting his lawyers and under a strict gag order, reads as follows: In his interrogation it became clear that [Kayyal] left for Lebanon in order to attend a convention of the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir,…

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  • Palestinian-Israeli journalist on bail after incommunicado arrest

    Majd Kayyal, 23, a journalist from Haifa who also works as editor for civil rights center Adalah, is out on bail  after  days of solitary confinement and interrogation since his arrest on Saturday night. The gag order on the case was lifted hours earlier, after activists in Israel and abroad ignored the ban.  Update: The Haifa District Court on Thursday morning released Majd Kayyal, a 23-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel and a journalist from Haifa, who was arrested as he was traveling home from Beirut last Saturday night. Police prosecutors who originally applied for an extended remand earlier this week said…

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