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  • When racism and segregation are perceived as 'legitimate rights'

    Protests against Arab families moving into Jewish cities are a reminder that until everyone is free to choose where they want to live, the Israeli regime will remain segregationist and racist at its core. By Suhad Bishara Jewish residents of the northern Israeli city of Afula protested last week against the sale of a home to an Arab family and the possibility that the city would have a mixed Jewish-Arab population. I have no doubt that every person who believes in freedom and justice will view this protest as an expression of pro-segregation racism reminiscent of South African apartheid. [tmwinpost]…

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  • When a Palestinian, Muslim woman went on Israeli Big Brother

    Shams, a hijab-wearing, Palestinian woman went on the Israeli reality TV show to teach Jewish Israelis about her humanity. She was naive to think she'd succeed, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't support her.  It's hard with these Palestinians everywhere, even on Big Brother. I admit and confess, I know next to nothing about the reality show. When I was approached a few months ago in an attempt to interest me in participating in the show, I was amused and laughed at the very mention of the crazy idea. The network representative who tried to persuade me to come to…

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  • 'Police broke my knee, threatened my doctors,' Arab civil society leader tells court

    Seven require medical treatment for injuries sustained during their arrests or while in custody, including Jafar Farah, who says an officer broke his knee inside the police station. Police file criminal complaint against Arab MK Ayman Odeh for calling the officers who refused to let him visit a hospitalized protester 'losers'. By Oren Ziv, Yael Marom, and Meron Rapoport Israeli police arrested 21 people over the weekend at a protest in Haifa against the mass killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza days earlier. Most of the 300 protesters were Palestinian citizens of Israel, although two of those arrested were Jewish…

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  • Palestinian poet convicted of inciting terror in Facebook poem

    Dareen Tatour was arrested in 2015 and held in house arrest for nearly three years for publishing a poem on Facebook. On Thursday morning, an Israeli court convicted her of incitement to violence and support for a terrorist organization. By +972 Magazine Staff An Israeli court convicted poet Dareen Tatour, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, of incitement to violence and support for terrorism on Thursday. The conviction comes nearly three years after she was first arrested for publishing her poetry on social media. [tmwinpost] Tatour, 36, hails from the village of Reineh near Nazareth. She was arrested on October 15,…

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  • Even inside Israel, colonialism is far from over

    The attempt to bar Arabs from buying land in one of the wealthiest, more liberal towns in Israel is a disturbing reminder of Israel's colonial past — and present.  It keeps happening over and over again. A Jewish town somewhere in Israel finds a way to prevent Arab citizens from buying homes, using its swimming pools, or playing on its professional soccer team. The media reports about the discrimination, there is some public outrage, a few left-wing politicians issue condemnations — and yet nothing seems to change. [tmwinpost] The latest example came Sunday morning, when Haaretz reported that Sivan Yechieli,…

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  • What will Israeli politics after Netanyahu hold for the Palestinians?

    Disrupting Israel's insular political discourse will require fully activating the Palestinian leadership in Israel, grassroots and civil society organizations, and foreign governments and institutions. In August 2017, three thousand Israelis greeted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a rally in Tel Aviv organized by the Likud party. A few days earlier, media outlets reported that the Israeli police were close to recommending criminal indictments against Netanyahu regarding various corruption scandals after several of his close aides agreed to plea bargains in exchange for their cooperation with the authorities. [tmwinpost] Speaking to the crowd, Netanyahu accused the media and the political left…

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  • Netanyahu's downfall is nothing to celebrate

    Netanyahu needs to go, but progressives are mistaken if they think that the end of his rule will halt Israel's rightward march.  The myriad corruption scandals engulfing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have, on a near daily basis, been growing and spreading like cracks in a windshield. True or not, the question of if King Bibi’s reign is coming to an end feels like it has officially been supplanted by predictions about when the house of cards will come crashing down. [tmwinpost] Even more dizzying is how we are becoming privy to corruption, attempts to corrupt, and general malfeasance in nearly…

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  • Defying racist legislation: New bill seeks to turn Israel into a true democracy

    In the face of an onslaught of nationalist, anti-Arab laws, one lawmaker is proposing a simple alternative: transforming Israel into a state for all its citizens. A few years ago, my colleague Noam Sheizaf conducted a fascinating interview with the executive director of Adalah, Hassan Jabareen, in which the former raised the idea that the rise of nationalist and anti-democratic legislation was actually a response to the Palestinian-Israeli public taking its citizenship more seriously — both its rights and the obligations that that citizenship entails. Considering the conduct of the government, as well as that of the Arab public in Israel over…

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  • What secrets is Israel's state archive hiding from the public?

    Instead of exposing the past, the government archives are busy with hiding information from the public. The reasons: fear of exposing war crimes, upsetting the 'Arab public,' and harming Israel's image. By Noam Hofstadter Israeli Chief Archivist Dr. Yaakov Lozowick published a comprehensive report earlier this month on the state of publicly available material in the government archives. The report, which includes a detailed account of the ongoing work in the archives, was presented to the High Council of the Archives, the statutory body with limited advisory jurisdiction in archival matters. A final version of the report can be found…

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  • Support for two states drops below 50% among Jewish Israelis & Palestinians alike

    Given alternatives to a two-state solution, nearly 20 percent of Jewish Israelis said they would opt for a 'definitive war,' and nearly 40 percent of Palestinians said they support armed struggle. By Yael Marom For the first time in recent years, fewer than half of Jewish Israelis and Palestinians support a two-state solution, according to a public opinion poll published Thursday. One of the two populations maintained at least a small majority of support for two states in polls conducted over the past couple of years; the latest poll marked the first time both populations' support dropped below 50 percent.…

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  • Revealed: Shin Bet controlled Arab schools for decades

    Classified documents reveal how, for years, Israel's internal security service meddled in Arab society's education system, firing teachers deemed 'threats' and employing Shin Bet agents in the Education Ministry. It has long been known that the Shin Bet, Israel’s shadowy internal security service, has been involved in surveillance over the country’s Arab population. Since the very first days of the state, the service monitored Arab political organizations; surveiled nationalist or communist activity viewed as subversive; and enlisted collaborators to ensure maximum control with minimum effort. [tmwinpost] Following the 1948 War, the Israeli government granted citizenship to the Palestinians who remained in the…

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  • Between Ramle and Me: Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates in Hebrew

    Three activists, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, an Ethiopian Israeli, and a veteran Mizrahi organizer discuss the applicability of Ta-Nehesi Coates's 'Between the World and Me' to their struggles in Israel. The killing of black men by police in the United States has, over much of the past half-decade, thrust the issue of American racism back into the media spotlight. High-profile shootings of young, unarmed African-American men, such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, were a sign that even the election of a black man to the highest office in the land could not eliminate what many view as an epidemic. [tmwinpost] Those…

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