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  • Why Netanyahu is so threatened by Breaking the Silence

    What will the prime minister do on the day the Israeli public gets up and refuses to keep living by the sword? By Dotan Greenvald Breaking the Silence has classified information in its possession. The information is so confidential that its publication could pose a genuine threat. I hope you are sitting down, because I am about to disclose that information. Just don’t tell me later on that I went first and told the gentiles or anti-Semitic foreign governments. You are hearing it firsthand from me, a silence breaker: Israel is a country that controls the lives of millions of…

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  • Redistribution of wealth must begin with Israel's kibbutzim

    Instead of continuing to give benefits to Israel's richest sector, it is time to redivide the pie and give some of that wealth to the poorest citizens. By Sigal Harush Yehonatan In the span of just one week, two separate headlines managed to demonstrate the intolerable social and economic reality in Israel. The first was about a deal that will allow residents of kibbutzim and moshavim (Israel's communal settlements) to build third residential units on land originally slated for agriculture. This outrageous decision essentially hands over millions of shekels to these residents, as the deal allows them to purchase the…

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  • How Jerusalem makes Palestinians disappear

    While the exclusion of Palestinian cab drivers from a Jerusalem megaplex is illegal and immoral, it is just the tip of the iceberg in a city that constantly tries to erase Palestinian existence. “If she wants a Jewish driver, she’ll get a Jewish driver, I don’t understand what difference it makes.” This is how Merav Basher, the representative of Cinema City Jerusalem, responded to Thair Raga, a cab driver from East Jerusalem, when he confronted her about the megaplex's policy of ordering Jewish-only drivers for some of their workers. This policy has now come to light after an exclusive investigative…

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  • Israelis have turned away from compassion

    From asylum seekers to Palestinians to Holocaust survivors, the lack of compassion is appallingly evident in the way Israeli society treats the disadvantaged. In 1904, H.G. Wells published a short story entitled "The Country of the Blind." It tells of a mountaineer whose failed attempt to climb a summit in Ecuador leads him to slide down into a valley cut off from the rest the world. The inhabitants of the valley are descendants of settlers who fled the Spanish conquests and found themselves stuck there after an earthquake. They managed to build a functioning society, despite the fact that the…

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  • Poverty kills: Survival and struggle in 'the other Israel'

    No matter how much I look, I never seem to find any news items about those whom Israeli society sacrifices on a daily basis, slowly, until they turn to dust. By Yael Cohen-Rimer (translated by Yudit Ilani and Shaked Spier) She is somewhere outside, the 13-year-old girl who was sent by welfare services to step over the dried blood at the entrance to the building floor. This blood reminds her of her mother, who jumped out of the front window about a week ago. So far, no one from the welfare services has come to talk with the girl or…

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  • More female MKs doesn't mean a more feminist Knesset

    The fact that the 20th Knesset will have a record number of female MKs does not mean they will necessarily advance women's rights. Some of them, in fact, may end up doing just the opposite. By Samah Salaime Now that the winds have died down completely and I have finished writing all my commentary on the elections, I am returning to more familiar territory: feminism. Many men wanted to see me return to this modest niche; you know, to deal with issues that are proper for a woman. "What do you care about politics?" my good friend asked me. "You are…

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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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  • Fight Israeli poverty, not poverty statistics

    Poverty in Israel is not the result of low social security transfers, it's the result of low income. And the truth of the matter is that the issue of poverty is not high on the Israeli government’s list of priorities. By Dr. Shlomo Swirski and Attorney Noga Dagan-Buzaglo (translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishei) The Alaluf Committee to Fight Poverty was appointed by a government that does everything in its power to reduce labor costs in Israel for the benefit of corporate business, as well as the government itself, because it, too, is a big employer. In doing so the government…

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