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  • South Tel Aviv stories: Some children lead paperless lives

    Angie Robles, a 52-year-old migrant worker from the Philippines, recently caught her 15-year-old grandson M. smoking. While it seems like a normal act of teenage rebellion—and a small one at that—Robles says it was a sign that her grandson has lost all hope. When Robles confronted M. about his smoking, she explained to him that she felt it was a step down the wrong path. His answer, according to Robles: “What future will I have with this situation, with the deportation?” Robles left Laguna, a province next to Manila, in 1987 for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Her sister…

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  • Romney visit: Hitting the 'Palestinian punching bag' again

    Over the years, Israeli politicians have used various disparaging remarks to describe Palestinians. During this U.S. election, it looks like American politicians have adopted the same tactic, as recently shown during Mitt Romney's visit to Israel. By Amer Zahr Look, as a Palestinian, I’m used to hearing racist epithets thrown my way.  I’ve heard Abba Eban say that Palestinians “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”  I’ve heard Menachem Begin call us “beasts.”  Ehud Barak called us “crocodiles.”  Ariel Sharon once said he would “kill as many Arabs as necessary.”  Benjamin Netanyahu labels us a “demographic threat.”  Famously, Golda…

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  • Can J14 turn the tables for the progressive cause within Israel?

    The revolutionary social struggle taking place in Israel today is nearing a critical juncture: either it crumbles under the boot of "security needs" and racial segregation, or breaks free from all previous dogmas and reboots our political system. Perhaps it is due time to say these words out loud: friends, partners, comrades – we on the left have been fighting for a lost cause. For ages now we've been fighting against occupation, apartheid, Zionist racism and the likes, with very little to show for it. In recent decades, Israel's rule over the Palestinian Occupied Territories has become ever-more sophisticated, more…

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  • Deconstructing Netanyahu's speech: No reason for applause

    None of the promises of democracy Prime Minister Netanyahu mentioned is fulfilled in the occupied territories By Hagai El-Ad "This path [to liberty] is not paved by elections alone. It is paved when governments permit protests in town squares, when limits are placed on the powers of rulers, when judges are beholden to laws and not men, and when human rights cannot be crushed by tribal loyalties or mob rule." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before a joint meeting of Congress, May 24, 2011 The focus in Netanyahu's speech on the – truly – "epic battle now unfolding in…

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  • Caliphate this: taking 'My brother's kippa' to a new level

    By Avigdor Charlemagne (aka Aaron Dover)* After decades of oppression, injustice and the numerous false dawns of the "peace process", it may be time for Palestinians to consider the wisdom of that old adage "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" I hardly need tell +972 Magazine readers that to a greater or lesser extent, depending largely on location of residence, Palestinians suffer a variety of discriminatory laws based up their not-Jewish and related not-Israeli citizen status. Israeli citizen status is denied to most non-Israelis who are not deemed Jewish, with exceptions of course depending on circumstances. But certainly this…

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