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  • Can a play about the occupation find a home with American Jews?

    Famed Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol couldn't get Israeli theaters to produce his latest play, 'The Last Act.' So he took it to Boston, where American Jewish audiences are finding it no less difficult to digest. Sobol and Israeli-American director Guy Ben-Aharon discuss the backlash, the clampdown on criticism of Israel, and whether an American audience is more willing to engage with portrayals of the occupation. By Marcelo Svirsky Joshua Sobol is the most famous living Israeli playwrights. Known for controversial work that challenges the dominant narrative in the country, Sobol has written over 75 plays, which have been translated and performed in over 25…

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  • A bizarre end to the trial of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour

    By the time a verdict is handed down in her case, Dareen Tatour will have lost over two-and-a-half years of her life to prison and house arrest. By Yoav Haifawi Like a cartoon character who runs over a cliff but continues to run in the air, or Achilles who thought he could pass the tortoise easily, but each time he got close, the turtle moved a bit further away, so is the trial of Dareen Tatour, a poet who has been detained since October 2015 — defying gravity, looking like it will never end. After the last witness testified back in…

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  • Israel's sports minister posts video with genocidal chants by fans

    At the end of a Facebook video encouraging sportsmanlike conduct by fans from one of Israel's most notoriously racist soccer clubs, those surrounding Miri Regev break out into chants of 'burn your village,' directed at the opposing team — from an Arab city in Israel. It’s not every day that a senior government minister, who a week earlier was Israel’s acting prime minister for several days, publishes a video of herself smiling as she is embraced by people letting out genocidal chants. Then again, this is the same minister who a few years ago called African asylum seekers in Israel “a…

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  • When the Israeli Right and BDS activists agree

    Right-wingers like Miri Regev and BDS activists have come to the same conclusion: that after 50 years of occupation, it is impossible to separate the economy of the settlements from Israel's economy as a whole. The Israeli government is in the midst of an internal debate that mirrors a debate in left-wing and progressive circles worldwide: whether to boycott only the settlements or the Israeli economy as a whole. [tmwinpost] Just last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved yet another economic agreement with the European Union, wherein the Israeli government de-facto agrees to boycott Jewish settlements in the occupied territories…

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  • Court says Palestinian poet won't be released from house arrest

    Dareen Tatour, who was arrested and jailed for publishing a poem on Facebook, will remain under house arrest, preventing her from working or leading a normal life. By Yoav Haifawi The media calm in recent months could have fooled the casual reader into thinking that the trial of Dareen Tatour for her poetry has already ended. After all, how much can abuse can the poet face for one poem and two statuses on Facebook? [tmwinpost] The silence is misleading. More than two years and two months after her arrest in October 2015, Tatour’s trial drags on languidly in the Nazareth…

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  • How Arabic became a threat to 'social cohesion' in Israel

    The absurd arrest of a Palestinian worker who was mistranslated by the police is a reminder that Arabic has been turned into a tool to oppress the native population in this country. Israelis read Sunday morning that Israeli police had mistakenly arrested a Palestinian worker after relying on a Facebook translation of a post he had written a week earlier. The worker had uploaded a photo of himself standing next to a bulldozer with the caption, "good morning," which the police then misinterpreted to say, "attack them," leading to his arrest for incitement to violence. [tmwinpost] The incident exemplifies something about…

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  • Why is the Israeli Right so terrified of cultural expression?

    The Right holds near total power in Israel, so why is it so afraid of poetry and theater productions? Should a stranger come upon the public discussions happening in Israel over the past few years, he or she would be under the impression that the country is a global cultural powerhouse. From Al-Midan Theater, Jaffa's Arab Hebrew Theater, the Ophir Prize — Israel's version of the Oscars — to Palestinian poets Dareen Tatour and Mahmoud Darwish, the media and the public are in a frenzy over the face of Israeli culture. [tmwinpost] In light of these discussions, one gets the impression that culture…

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  • How David Grossman got drafted into the fight against BDS

    Culture Minister Miri Regev is ramping up her battle against cultural boycotts by enlisting luminaries such as David Grossman. It's time Israeli artists who believe in democracy to stand up and be brave. By Ari Remez The annual Israeli Theater Prize ceremony, held every year in the northern city of Acre, recently took place without a hitch. This, despite the fact that the Jewish Israeli mayor of the city backed a decision to censor a play by Israeli actor Einat Weitzman, and while the Arabic-speaking Al-Midan Theatre in Haifa remains closed. The artistic teams behind the winning works at the ceremony stood on stage alongside Minister of Culture…

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  • What does the future hold for non-Jews in the Jewish state?

    A new book about Israel's crusade against asylum seekers and undocumented workers strikes at an essential truth about the precarious status of non-Jews in a self-defined Jewish state. "The Unchosen: The Lives of Israel's New Others," Mya Guarnieri Jaradat, Pluto Press, 2017. In a small apartment in south Tel Aviv, a Filipina woman hides her Christmas tree in the hallway, away from the windows, fearing that were someone to spot it from outside she might be found out and wind up being deported. On the outskirts of a park in the same city, prospective employers size up a row of…

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  • 50 reasons to resist the occupation in its 50th year

    Fifty reasons to join a growing coalition united in creating a more just future in the region, in order to make the 50th year of the occupation its last. By Talia Krevsky and Isaac Kates Rose 1. January 1: The onset of the 50th year of violating the Fourth Geneva Convention through Israel’s military occupation over Palestinian territories, would have been enough. [tmwinpost] 2. January 3: Demolition of 49 structures by the IDF’s Civil Administration on land belonging to the village of Khirbet Tana, would have been enough. 3. January 3: Withholding 20 percent of asylum seekers’ salaries until they leave…

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  • The cultural terrorism of Miri Regev

    By threatening the livelihood of Palestinian theater workers, Regev is committing cultural terrorism: she is putting people's livelihoods at risk — people whose only sin is holding different political principles. In an interview Monday morning, Culture Minister Miri Regev revealed her true intentions to Army Radio host Razi Barkai: she wishes to shut down Haifa's Al-Midan, the only Arabic theater in Israel that receives state funding, if it does not fall in line. [tmwinpost] Here's how we got here. The Ministry of Culture and Sport froze Al-Midan's budget in mid-2015 after it had planned to run a performance of "A Parallel Time," based…

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  • Unpacking anti-Arab racism in Israel

    A new law aiming to silence the Muslim call to prayer is just one manifestation of efforts to erase Palestinian culture and identity. But language and heritage aren't so easy to disappear. There is a building on Michelangelo Street in Jaffa, near where I used to live, which for a while featured the sentiment “We have no other country” graffitied in both Arabic and Hebrew, side by side. One day, the Arabic was painted over, presumably by the municipality, leaving only the Hebrew. Almost immediately, someone restored the Arabic. It was painted over again. This pattern continued until a friend publicly asked the municipality why…

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  • Israelis post anti-Arab racism online every 46 seconds, study finds

    A new study shows that Israeli Jews publushed 675,000 racist posts on social media in 2016 — a dangerous increase from 2015, when only 280,000 such posts were published. Every 46 seconds an Israeli Jew publishes a racist or inciting comment against Arabs on Facebook and other social networks, a new study finds. According to the Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media (7amleh), which published its Index for Racism and Incitement on Social Media last week, 60,000 active Israeli social media users published at least one racist post against Arabs in 2016. [tmwinpost] According to the study there were over…

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