Today, many young Arab citizens of Israel are no longer afraid of being proud of their Palestinian identity. Yet there is a general sense that the establishment is trying to prevent them from defining their own identity. What happens when Arabs who take pride in their people want to ‘make it’ into the mainstream? The third and final part in a series on Palestinian identity in Israel. Watch parts one and two.Read More... | 4 Comments
Is there room in the Israeli public conversation for a Jewish radio program host to express a sense of identification with a Bedouin citizen of Israel? Israel's Army Radio fired a program host on Wednesday afternoon after she expressed empathy for a Bedouin man who was shot and killed during what police said was an attempted terrorist attack on them just hours earlier. [tmwinpost] Khen Elmaleh was dismissed by Army Radio Commander Yaron Deckel after publishing a Facebook status sympathetic to a Bedouin driver whose car struck and killed 34-year-old police officer Erez Levy. "I would also run over a police officer if I…Read More... | 2 Comments
By now it is clear to all that the fires that erupted in Israel late last year were not the result of nationalistic arson. So why does the Education Ministry claim otherwise? By John Brown* This past November, Israel's Education Ministry published a booklet on the fires that erupted in Israel late last year. The booklet, issue 143 of the Al Seder Hayom (Hebrew for "The Daily Agenda") magazine, claimed that the fires "began as a result of negligence, and spread to many areas as a result of nationalistically-motivated arson […] the deliberate arsons once again raise issues surrounding the maintaining the delicate relations…Read More... | 1 Comment
Hundreds of Palestinian citizens demonstrate against the demolition of homes in the Arab town of Qalansuwa earlier this week. In a week during which the Israeli media focused mostly on itself and Benjamin Netanyahu's latest corruption scandal, we in the Arab community focused on our homes, and our basic right to live on this land. This past week the government destroyed 11 homes in the town of Qalansuwa, striking a blow against a fifth of the population. The prime minister shared a Facebook post titled "Our forces destroyed Arab homes," unleashing the venom of his followers, hungry for revenge and driven…Read More...
Israel's military rule over its Palestinian citizens may have ended in 1966, but the long arm of the Shin Bet and the police continues to meddle in our private affairs. I know from personal experience. By Yaser Abu Areesha "What did you do?!" yelled my mother, God rest her soul, with a mix of fear and anger. I was 23 years old and the year was 2009. She called close to midnight as I made my way toward my home in Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood, following a long day of work. I tried to calm her down and understand what she wanted.…Read More... | 5 Comments
Anas Abudaabes was arrested last week for publishing a satirical Facebook post criticizing Arabs who celebrated the wildfires raging across Israel. Three separate judges claimed he was inciting to violence. By John Brown* The Be'er Sheva District Court rejected an appeal on the detention of Bedouin journalist Anas Abudaabes on Sunday, after he was arrested last week over a Facebook post. The police, which claimed the post incited people to commit arson in the wake of the current wildfires blazing across Israel, decided to release Abudaabes from detention under restrictive bail conditions. [tmwinpost] Despite the stated reasons for his arrest, Abudaabes'…Read More... | 6 Comments
Moti Yogev's 'muezzin law' is yet another step toward creating a public atmosphere that could lead to expelling Arabs from Israel. By Abed Abu Shehadeh As it does every year, the sounds of the muezzin reached the Knesset this past week. Last time it was Yisrael Beiteinu's Anastasia Michaeli who brought the "muezzin law" before the Knesset; this time it was MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home). The dangerous bill, which was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, leaves little room for the imagination: "Houses of worship will be forbidden from using loudspeakers to call the worshippers to prayer or to transmit religious,…Read More... | 40 Comments
Despite the racism and violence, Palestinian citizens must not despair. Instead they should nonviolently challenge the majority as part of a discussion on rights, democratic values, and opposition to the occupation. By Marzuq Al-Halabi Although there exists a multitude of Palestinian political parties and movements in Israel, there are three main currents among them that cross boundaries, find expression in different organizations and lifestyles, and crop up in day-to-day practice and discussions. However, the borders between these currents have hardened as a result of internal social, local and national developments. [tmwinpost] The central current tries creatively and with all its might to reconcile its Israeliness with…Read More... | 8 Comments
Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour has been in Israeli custody for over a year — all for publishing a poem against the occupation. On October 11, 2015, Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was arrested by Israeli police during a night raid on her home in the village Al-Reineh, near Nazareth. On November 2, 2015, an Israeli court indicted her for incitement to violence. At the center of the indictment was a poem Tatour wrote in protest of the killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, Hadeel al-Shalamon, and members of the Dawabshe family in Duma. The indictment cites the full translation of the song, which…Read More... | 3 Comments
Police violence in Israel is nowhere near the scale and severity of that in the United States or the occupied territories – but they do share key elements that achieve the same purpose. By Amjad Iraqi The transnational solidarity movement between Palestinians and Black, indigenous, and other minority Americans has made significant strides in promoting the struggle of Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But in its focus on challenging Israel’s military regime as an institution of oppression, the movement – like many other outsiders – has sometimes overlooked another oppressive institution that operates inside Israel itself: the…Read More...
By urging Israel's Palestinians to take a more active role in civil society, Netanyahu erases an entire history that existed in this land before Zionism. It is not entirely clear what drove Prime Minister Netanyahu to use this moment and release a video directed at Israel's Arab citizens. It clocks in at just over three minutes, and I must admit that I couldn't get through the whole thing. Maybe if it were broadcasted on FaceTime. Maybe. [tmwinpost] But the minute and a half that I did watch were enough to see the depth of the man's cynicism and deceptiveness, and even that…Read More... | 6 Comments
Sixty thousand Arab youths in Israel are defined as 'idle,' neither working nor studying, a precursor to a life of unemployment and violence. It's time for the state to take drastic steps to ensure they too have a future. By Makbula Nassar Sixty-thousand young Arabs between the 18-22 are defined by the state as "idle" — those who do not work or study. But the term is deceiving: there is nothing idle about these young people; in fact, the term is probably better suited to the local authorities who do nothing to ameliorate their situation. Forty percent of people in…Read More... | 1 Comment
Until the Israeli LGBTQ community truly begins caring about Palestinian oppression, Palestinian queers will have to keep checking our identity at the door. Fady Khoury (translated by Tal Haran) This past March I took part in a panel as part of Washington D.C.'s Independent Film Festival, where Jake Weisfeld's new documentary, "Oriented," was screened. The film, which was also screened this week as part of Tel Aviv's LGBTQ film festival, TLVFest, tells the story of three gay Palestinian men living in Tel Aviv. I assume that plenty has and will be said about the movie itself, but the point I wanted to…Read More... | 11 Comments
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