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  • WATCH: Israel's Eurovision winner gets anti-occupation makeover

    A new video parodying Netta Barzilai's 'Toy,' which won this year's Eurovision contest, criticizes Israelis for celebrating in Tel Aviv as Palestinians just an hour away are being killed by IDF snipers. Last week three major events occurred in Israel and Palestine. Israel gunned down 60 demonstrators in Gaza as the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem was inaugurated, while tens of thousands of Israelis packed into Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to celebrate singer Netta Barzilai's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest. Barzilai had just returned from Lisbon, where she won the annual song competition with her song "Toy," a pop take down of macho culture, replete…

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  • Want to end the occupation? Start talking to settlers and Mizrahim

    The very people the Left categorically rejects — Mizrahim and settlers — are exactly whom they need to make peace. By Avi Dabush Three weeks ago, I attended the Peace Now rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, standing among the “peace camp” and meeting many people whom I love and value. They are committed, devoted, and get out of the house to actually protest and work toward peace. [tmwinpost] As I was listening to the speeches, I thought of a poem by Roy Hasan that ends in the line “They’ll never make peace, because if there’ll be peace, all the…

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  • The Israeli Left can learn a thing or two from American Jews

    Where was the Israeli Left when the army tore down a joint Palestinian-Jewish protest camp, or when the police broke the arm of a Jewish American activist in Jerusalem? By Amitai Ben-Abba Freedom Camp in Sarura, South Hebron Hills. On May 29, large army and Border Police forces raided the little that was left in Sarura after the previous raid the week before. They confiscated mattresses, a generator cable, a car belonging to Fadel Aamer (one of the landowners), two tents, food, and water bottles. They also detained three Palestinian activists, one of them Aamer's son, confiscated their phones and destroyed their…

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  • Hundreds march in Tel Aviv against growing right-wing incitement

    Demonstrators took the streets of central Tel Aviv to show their support for Israeli human rights organizations under attack by right-wing incitement over the past weeks. Breaking the Silence executive director: 'We were born into the occupation, we can be the ones to end it.' Photos by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Over a thousand Israelis marched Saturday night in Tel Aviv to demonstrate against incitement and occupation, and in support of Israeli human rights organizations, peace, equality, and social justice. The protest was organized by the group "Omdim Beyachad" (Standing Together) in response to the recent incitement by far-right group…

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  • Israelis hold solidarity vigil with Paris terror victims

    Roughly 2000 Israelis held an impromptu vigil Saturday night for the victims of the Paris terror attacks, in which at least 128 people were killed in seven different incidents. The Tel Aviv Municipality lit up the city hall building in Rabin Square with the French flag. Landmarks around the world were also lit up with the French flag on Saturday. Photos by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org  

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  • Tens of thousands mark 20 years since Rabin murder in Tel Aviv

    For 19 years Israelis have been gathering in the spot where the prime minister, who championed the peace process, was gunned down. Today, many are questioning what his legacy really is. Text by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Tens of thousands of Israeli marked 20 years since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin Saturday night in the Tel Aviv square where he was murdered, which now bears his name. Memorial rallies have been held in Rabin Square every year for the past 19 year, although participation has shrunk in recent years, reflecting waning confidence in the peace…

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  • WATCH: The largest animal rights protest in Israel's history

    Over 15,000 animal rights activists marched through the streets of Tel Aviv earlier this month to raise awareness over animal abuse in Israel. The rally, which ended in Rabin Square, was attended by several high-profile speakers who spoke to the crowd about the cruelty of animal testing and the meat industry.

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  • Seven Nights 7: The Pub Crawl

    'So we're going out, and here's the deal: we'll only drink in places where people were murdered due to inter-group hatred.' The seventh and final installment. For other nights click here. One April night in 2003, my cousin Yaron decided he needed a bass player. He was growing as a local blues musician and figured that some accompaniment would do no harm. He told his girlfriend, Shir, that he's popping over to Mike's Place, a blues bar on Tel Aviv's promenade, and left. He returned shortly afterwards, covered in blood and in a state of shock. While the band played at…

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  • Why the Arabs are coming to Tel Aviv

    It used to be that when Israel demolished Arab homes there would be a spontaneous strike and reactionary protest in some of the Arab cities. But there is a new political force leading Palestinian citizens of Israel, and this time, the protest is coming to Tel Aviv. The average Israeli does not understand the dramatic changes taking place in their own back yard — in Arab society. Snippets of  information about Arab society’s agenda — house demolitions, a march here, a protest there — appear in the Hebrew media every once in a while, sparingly. The way that the Arabs relate to the…

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  • Behind election lurks Israel's ethnic divide

    The use of racially loaded code words at an anti-Netanyahu rally highlights the inter-Jewish racism that has plagued Israeli society and politics since day one. A look at the correlation between ethnic background and voting patterns. The anti-Netanyahu rally in Tel Aviv Saturday night was meant to be a high point of the campaign to oust Israel's prime minister in next week’s general elections — a last hoorah before a triumphant storming of the polls. But as such events go, it left a lot to be desired. The turnout was unimpressive, the speakers predictable, and the mood, attendees reported after the event,…

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  • 50,000 Israelis show up at the wrong protest

    Imagine what would happen if tens of thousands of Israelis marched on the Qalandia checkpoint demanding that the occupation end immediately. Some 50,000 people showed up on Saturday at a rally demanding change: a change in government, a change in attitude toward the Palestinian issue, a change in the state’s approach to social issues. The main theme in most of the speeches at Saturday night’s rally in Rabin Square was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lack of strategic vision on the Palestinian issue, and the need to reach an agreement to end the occupation and the conflict. Two former senior security…

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  • Rabin memorial makes clear Israel's peace camp stuck in the 90s

    Nearly 20 years after Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, the Israeli peace camp is still talking about annexation and separation. At the opening of Saturday night's rally marking 19 years since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, a video of the slain prime minister's final speech was aired on giant screens, alongside shots of the protesters from that same night in November 1995. At the end of the segment, the screens showed an aerial view of last night's actual protest. Were the protest not significantly smaller than the one in 1995, it would have been difficult to tell the two apart. The opening…

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  • 'Unprecedented' violence stalks anti-war demos across Israel

    The recent demonstrations in Tel Aviv and Haifa against the Gaza war have largely failed to reach the global media. And while the end of the bloodshed still seems far from sight, there is a different, violent confrontation being held inside Israel – one that targets Arab citizens and left-wing activists on the internet, and uses physical violence against anti-war demonstrators. By Omer Raz Tel Aviv, July 13 The second weekend of Operation Protective Edge saw the first bout of physical violence at Habima Square - the cultural heart of Tel Aviv. At around 8 p.m. a crowd of several…

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