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Makbula Nassar

  • Palestinian citizens of Israel won't be bullied into silence any longer

    A recent campaign against Palestinian journalist Makbula Nasser, who was attacked on the front page of Israel's most-read newspaper, was meant to strike fear in the hearts of Palestinian citizens of Israel — the fear of speaking out. That may have worked with previous generations. Do you remember the neighborhood bully? The scary one who would hit anyone who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? Do you also remember what best characterized that bully? An ingenious lack of sophistication that you could see his next move coming from a mile away. [tmwinpost] Earlier this week,…

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  • When political persecution hits close to home

    +972 Magazine strongly condemns the silencing of and political assault against Palestinian journalist Makbula Nassar by Israel's most-read newspaper and a senior government minister. By +972 Magazine Israel Hayom, the free daily widely viewed as Prime Minister Netanyahu's mouthpiece, reached new heights of McCarthyism when it targeted journalist Makbula Nassar, a blogger for Local Call and frequent +972 Magazine contributor, above the fold on its front page Wednesday. According to the newspaper, Nassar, who was recently appointed the National Road Safety Authority's head of Arabic-language public relations, was accused of being an "active member of anti-Zionist and pro-Palestinian organizations." [tmwinpost] The…

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  • The gruesome murder of five Arab boys refuses to disappear — 55 years on

    Beaten, tortured, and shot to death: this is the story of five Arab boys who met a gruesome fate at the hands of Israel's security forces in September 1961. Ben Gurion's government refused to tell the truth of what really happened. By Makbula Nassar Last week marked 60 years since the Kafr Qasim massacre. Although the event is seared into our collective consciousness, it was not the only horrendous crime committed by Israeli security forces against innocent Arab citizens during the dark days of the military government, which lasted from 1949 until 1966. September marked 55 years since the mysterious deaths of George…

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  • Top Israeli minister shuts down TV station for Palestinian citizens

    Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan orders Musawa, a Ramallah-based television station catering to Israel's Arab citizens, to be shut down for violating Israeli sovereignty.  By Makbula Nassar For the second time in a year, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has ordered the closure of a Palestinian media outlet. The satellite station in question, Musawa, was originally launched in March 2015 under the name "Palestine 48," is broadcasted through the Egyptian satellite company "Nile-Sat," and receives its funding from the Palestinian Authority. Its broadcasts are based in Ramallah and are catered for Arab citizens of Israel. Today most of its content is…

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  • Israel cannot afford to abandon its Arab youth

    Sixty thousand Arab youths in Israel are defined as 'idle,' neither working nor studying, a precursor to a life of unemployment and violence. It's time for the state to take drastic steps to ensure they too have a future. By Makbula Nassar Sixty-thousand young Arabs between the 18-22 are defined by the state as "idle" — those who do not work or study. But the term is deceiving: there is nothing idle about these young people; in fact, the term is probably better suited to the local authorities who do nothing to ameliorate their situation. Forty percent of people in…

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  • When Israel recruits Palestinian informants, Arab society pays the price

    With every wave of political tension, Israel recruits new Palestinian informants en masse. They are resettled in Arab cities, where their presence prompts violence rates to surge. In fact, many will be murdered before even 'making it.' By Makbula Nassar (translated by Gila Norich) Aouni, who owns the neighborhood grocery in Haifa, wants me to talk on my radio show about the collaborators roaming free and unfettered through the streets of the city. But he wants to be featured anonymously, much like the pseudonym Aouni, which I have assigned him here. “I’ll send you everything in writing,” he says. “Why?”…

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