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  • Traveling the world as a Palestinian on an Israeli passport

    When I traveled to Morocco last year, I was escorted from the airport by security — for my protection, because of my Israeli passport — and greeted with 'Shabbat Shalom.' When I told the airport official 'thank you, but I am not Jewish,' he responded, 'it does not matter.' By Anwar Mhajne At home, we speak Arabic intermixed with Hebrew. We deal with Israeli law, Israeli institutions, and can participate in the Israeli political system. But we are always conscious of our Palestinian heritage. Everything becomes more difficult whenever I cross borders. The in-betweeness of my identity is lost. To…

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  • When Israel planned 'fantasy' tours to Arab villages under martial law

    New documents reveal how Israel's leaders prepared to celebrate the country's 10-year anniversary: by bringing tourists to participate in orientalist 'fantasy' tours to Arab villages, then under military rule. If you’re a young Jewish person, chances are you or someone you know has gone on a Birthright trip. If you have gone on Birthright, chances are that as part of the program’s attempt to provide an “authentic” and pluralistic “Israel experience” you spent the night in a Bedouin tent and posed on a camel in the Negev Desert. In short, young Jews are sold a fantasy. [tmwinpost] That fantasy did not…

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  • No institution is safe from the corrupting power of occupation

    The persecution of Breaking the Silence's spokesperson is further proof that the state's investigative bodies are not only deeply politicized, they are simply uninterested in doing their job. Between the years 2013 and 2016, Israeli anti-occupation group Yesh Din tracked the police's response to 289 cases of "ideological crimes" against Palestinians in the West Bank. In each of those cases, the Palestinians filed a complaint with the police; some of them included photographic material, video, and testimonies provided by Israeli civilians or soldiers. And yet, only 20 cases led to indictments. In no less than 183 of them, the police were unable to locate the…

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  • For Palestinian citizens, Israel was and remains a Shin Bet state

    Israel's military rule over its Palestinian citizens may have ended in 1966, but the long arm of the Shin Bet and the police continues to meddle in our private affairs. I know from personal experience. By Yaser Abu Areesha "What did you do?!" yelled my mother, God rest her soul, with a mix of fear and anger. I was 23 years old and the year was 2009. She called close to midnight as I made my way toward my home in Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood, following a long day of work. I tried to calm her down and understand what she wanted.…

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  • A once-in-a-decade show trial

    The military trial of Elor Azaria is part of a purification ritual, one that takes place every 10 years, as if everything in between is just fine. By Hagai El-Ad Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman was quoted last month as saying that, “we can’t reach a situation in which a soldier has to ask for a lawyer before he heads out on a mission.” His words resonated, as usual, portraying the Israeli political leadership as the defenders of soldiers against those who wish to do them harm — you know, all those jurists with no combat experience who persecute soldiers for…

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  • Stop fantasizing about a coup in Israel

    As the images of the attempted coup in Turkey flooded the media, some in the Israeli Left began fantasizing about our own version of a military takeover. Along with millions of others across the world, I closely followed the coup attempt in Turkey over the past weekend. Rather than being glued to the television, we stayed up until the early hours of the morning looking at Facebook Live feeds from the streets of Istanbul and Ankara. [tmwinpost] No less fascinating was the response to the coup attempt among many of my Facebook friends. Coups, it turns out, are an exciting…

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  • The only way to ensure Palestinian lives matter

    The IDF's decision not to charge Abed Fatah al-Sharif’s killer with murder should not surprise anybody — it is entirely consistent with the impunity Israeli security personnel have enjoyed for decades when it comes to killing Palestinians. The Israeli army’s Military Advocate General on Thursday announced that it will not seek murder charges against a soldier who was videotaped executing Abed Fatah al-Sharif, an incapacitated, wounded Palestinian man suspected of stabbing a soldier in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron last week. (The soldier’s identity is widely known but cannot be published here due to a court-imposed gag order.)…

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  • Time to break the silence: An open letter to American Jews

    The American Jewish establishment, from the Federations to synagogues, must take a look in the mirror and decide whether this is the Israel it identifies with. If it isn't, it should speak up. Urgently.  Dear American Jewish community, I should start off with a full disclosure: I am only tangentially a part of you. I have been living in Israel for the past five years, and before that I was an Israeli-American living in the Bay Area (with a brief stint in Los Angeles), where us Israelis viewed ourselves as a semi-autonomous cultural group. For the most part, we were not…

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  • Hebron's Palestinians need hope, not military rule

    Nearly 50 years after the occupation of Hebron, Israel still hasn't figured out how to stop Palestinian violence. If you have been attuned to the internal Israeli conversation over the past few days, you'll have noticed that the drums of war are beating once again. In a piece published Friday, Haaretz's military and defense expert Amos Harel describes a growing rift among Israel's leadership surrounding the recent violence that has, for the most part, moved from Jerusalem to the West Bank — and specifically the area surrounding Hebron. [tmwinpost] Following a sharp increase in lethal attacks against Israeli soldiers and…

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  • The 'new Zionism' is turning Negev Bedouin into a myth

    As the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran prepares to be replaced by a Jewish town with a near-identical name, its residents are offering solutions based on real co-existence.  By Ariel Dloomy In July 2007 I witnessed one of the saddest events of my life. Hundreds of security force personnel descended upon the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in order to evict the residents and demolish their homes. The police removed cradles together with the infants while bulldozers razed the homes and uprooted olive trees from the yards. Dozens of Jewish youth hired by the demolition contractor loaded residents’ personal belongings…

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  • Fighting occupation must not blind us from remembering the Nakba

    A solution to the problem of the occupation will be worthless if we do not gain the courage to take apart the human food chain that has become entrenched in this land since 1948. On Sunday night, I spoke at the annual protest march — this time in Jerusalem, rather than Tel Aviv where it is usually held — calling for an end to the occupation of the East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. However, despite the protests' emphasis on the occupation that began in 1967, I spoke at length about the need to shift our focus…

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  • Judge: Equality in the West Bank, just not for Palestinians

    A Jerusalem judge acquits an Israeli man who broke through an West Bank checkpoint into Palestinian-controlled territory, ruling that it’s unacceptable for an Israeli citizen to be discriminated against by virtue of his religion. (Arab — but not Jewish — citizens of Israel are allowed to enter 'Area A'.) But the ruling means nothing for the vast majority of West Bank residents who face discrimination on a day-to-day basis. By Hagai El-Ad In a refreshingly bold statement, an Israeli court recently seems to have firmly upheld the core values of justice and equality: the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ruled a few…

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  • Negev Bedouin are now demolishing their own homes out of despair

    After losing a lengthy legal battle against the state, residents of the unrecognized Bedouin village Sawa decided that demolishing their own homes is preferable to seeing the authorities do it. By Michal Rotem On Tuesday of last week, the residents of Sawa, an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev Desert, used their own money to rent a bulldozer that would destroy seven of their own homes. For hours, one could hear the sounds of pounding hammers and a bulldozer driving back and forth, its blade full of pieces of what moments ago was someone's home. The residents of Sawa decided…

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