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  • Jewish activists arrested for protesting New York pro-Israel parade

    New York's annual, lavishly-funded Celebrate Israel parade was interrupted by scores of American Jewish activists, several of whom were arrested in the process. Seven Jewish protesters were arrested in New York on Sunday afternoon as over 100 activists disrupted the annual Celebrate Israel parade. The event, which sees thousands of participants march down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue accompanied by elected officials such as Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, has received nearly $800,000 in funding from the Israeli government over the last seven years. [tmwinpost] The counter-demonstrations were held by Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow, who blocked the progress of…

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  • The Jewish-Arab love story that threatened Israel's national identity

    'All the Rivers,' the latest book by Dorit Rabinyan, generated international headlines when it was banned from Israel's high school curriculum for depicting a Jewish-Arab romance. On the occasion of its publication in English, +972 Magazine speaks with the author about the ban and its fallout, and about traversing boundaries. In December 2015, Israel’s Education Ministry banned Dorit Rabinyan’s third novel, “All the Rivers,” from the high school literature curriculum on the grounds that it encouraged assimilation via the tale of a Jewish-Arab romance. If that was the reason, the ministry need not have bothered: The autobiographically-inspired relationship between a young…

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  • Jewish Iran deal supporters booted from New York town hall meeting

    When a group of New York activists stood silently in support of the Iran deal at a meeting in Brooklyn, they were accused of being 'Arabs' and wishing to send Jews off to the 'gas chambers.' By +972 Magazine Staff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttee67RghDI&feature=youtu.be Four Jewish activists were booed and shown the door when they expressed their support for the Iran deal at a town hall style meeting with Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries in Brooklyn Tuesday night. Sitting in the back section of the Flatbush Jewish Center, the group stood up during the question-and-answer portion of the meeting and silently hoisted signs, reading,…

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  • ‘Pallywood’: A particularly ugly ethnic slur

    And a very popular one among right-wing Israelis and Diaspora Jews. I've been writing for years against the "Pallywood" theory – the right-wing notion that videos showing Palestinians getting killed by Israelis are really elaborate fakes meant to blacken Israel's name. Yet it's only this morning I realized that the term "Pallywood," which was coined by Boston University Prof. Richard Landes, is an ethnic slur, and a particularly ugly one. It not only mangles the name of an entire people, it does so in the most contemptuous context – it links the name Palestinian with the telling of lies, and…

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  • Formula 1 promo de-Arabizes Jerusalem skyline

    Q: If you're the Jerusalem mayor, how do you market your city to tourists? A: Erase all the non-Jewish landmarks. By Eldad Brin Take a second to look at the new logo for the second annual Jerusalem Formula 1 Road Show: Let's put aside the fact that the promotional logo, which was printed and put up in the thousands across the city using the municipal tax money of its residents, and which seeks to promote an event for the good of those very residents, does not include a caption in the mother tongue of 40 percent of them. But we won't…

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  • America can give the Middle East more than money and arms: Inspiration

    New York City is at its spiffiest these days, so much so that sometimes when visiting, especially during these fresh days of spring, I have flashes of being in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. A hopeless nostalgic, the Technicolor contrast to the lurking, brooding grime of the city I grew up in sometimes tugs at me. But such nostalgia is so last decade and cliché to boot. Now I look behind the illusory romanticism of the New York left behind. I recall the fear that reigned in public spaces, the desperation to avoid eye contact in the vain hope that this would…

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  • Where were the Palestinian voices at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine?

    The Russell Tribunal is meant to expose and provide accountability for human rights abuses committed by Israel against Palestinians. But in privileging 'expert' voices over those of the victims, does it actually reinforce dominant power structures? By Elisha Baskin The fourth and final session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine took place this past weekend in New York City. The tribunal is an “international people’s tribunal created in response to the international community’s inaction regarding Israel’s recognized violations of international law.” Its stated goal is to address the complacency and responsibility of the United States, the United Nations and other…

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