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  • Mixed city holds Israel's first ever Jewish-Arab pride event

    Thursday's event is the first pride event ever to include a speech by an Arab MK. 'We cannot demand respect while disparaging the other. It is impossible to fight for my equality and not for that of others,' MK Issawi Frej told the crowd. Over 150 members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters took part in a joint Jewish-Arab pride event in the mixed city of Lod on Thursday. The event, the first of its kind in Israel, took place outside city hall, and follows a mass protest by LGBTQ Israelis earlier this week for equality and against discrimination. [tmwinpost] “There are those who…

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  • Palestinian citizen attacked in suspected hate crime

    Amad Abu Sharah was walking home from morning prayers when he was allegedly jumped by a group of men with sticks. (See update below) Amad Abu Sharah, a Palestinian citizen and activist from Lydd (Lod in Hebrew), was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning at the entrance to his house on his way back from morning prayers at a nearby mosque. Activists in Lydd are planning to hold a meeting Sunday in light of the growing tensions between the settlers from the "Garin Torani" (a core group of national-religious Jews who often move into poor, mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhoods…

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  • Demolishing Arab women's homes is the easy way out

    What are Arab citizens expected to do when the city only builds for Jews, and why do single mothers almost always pay the price? (Translated from Hebrew by Eppie Bat Ilan) On the surface, it was just another illegal dwelling demolished in the city of Lyd ("Lod" in Hebrew). The image of a violence, crime-ridden city combined with that of too many law-breaking Arabs is particularly blinding for both the media and social activists. After all, we are simply talking about a municipality attempting to get its zoning matters straight, that's all. But let me invite you to take a closer…

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  • Home demolitions: A reminder that the Nakba never ended

    The destruction of Hanaa' al-Naqib's home in Lydd this week is a reminder that Israel's dispossession of Palestinians didn't end in 1948 — it has simply taken on new forms. We could hear the wailing all the way from the entrance to the besieged neighborhood. It was a heartbreaking sound. We quietly make our way between the bushes, over the fence and past the train tracks, so as not to be detected. When it comes to the police, using words like "the media" or "photographers" doesn't really grant you access. We make it to the yard of one of the…

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  • Jews, Arabs work to resist racist municipal election campaign

    In the face of a nationalistic mayoral campaign by the local Likud chapter, a group of Jews and Arabs in Karmiel choose to focus on eliminating gaps, building public housing and creating a city where everyone can live together as equals. By Dov Caller and Alan Traister “If the Arabs keep coming, Jews will leave and we will even end up with an Arab mayor. The attempt to elect representatives of the Arab community to the city council shows that Karmiel is on the way to becoming a mixed city. Karmiel of 2013 is fighting for its life as a…

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  • A matter of choice: Why optimism is integral to anti-occupation activism

    Often times pessimism is caused by choosing to remain a spectator, and pretending to remain powerless instead of taking responsibility and deciding to act according to what one believes. But what does this mean, and how do you do it? By Tom Pessah In a recent +972 post, Noam Sheizaf wrote that “there is something extremely grotesque – for lack of a better word – in hearing Israelis (or Zionists) explaining that the effort to end the occupation is simply not working, or beginning to seem pointless. Israelis are in power. They can end the occupation with a simple decision.…

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