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  • Gazans invite Israeli activists over for tea

    As Israeli soldiers shot at Palestinian demonstrators, Gazan and Israeli activists join each other — on two sides of the fence — for tea, a symbolic act of longing for a day without barriers and aggression. By Dalit Baum Last Friday at dusk, I shared a picnic blanket with dear friends, on a country hill, near a beautiful orchard, sipping tea in porcelain cups, mixed with tears and tear gas. [tmwinpost] In front of us, we watched how thousands of Palestinian demonstrators marched, as they have done every Friday for over four months now, trying to reach the fence that separates…

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  • Iraqis want their Jewish neighbors back

    Months after a Shiite cleric who won the parliamentary elections in Iraq said Jews "are welcome," an online poll on the matter suggests that Iraqis are ready to discuss the right of return – more than Israelis are. By Meron Rapoport “Iraq’s Jews: 70 years after their expulsion, they seek to return to Iraq and become citizens again. Are you in favor or against their return, and granting them citizenship? This was the question posed last Friday by Al-Khuwwa al-Nathifa (“The Clean Brotherhood”), one of the most popular Facebook pages in Iraq, which has more than 1.7 million followers. More than 62,000…

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  • How one of Palestine's preeminent journalists lost hope for peace

    Nasser Laham, the editor-in-chief of Palestine's biggest independent media outlet, used to be an ardent supporter Abbas and the peace process. But after decades of failed attempts, something inside him changed. Today he believes Palestinians must stop talking about peace. 'We'll wait a thousand years, the Israelis will be defeated. What's the hurry?' By Meron Rapoport You won’t find a Palestinian journalist who understands Israel and the Israelis like Nasser Laham. He took advantage of the Hebrew he learned while serving time in prison to become the most prominent commentator on Israeli affairs in the Palestinian media, hosting a popular daily television show that…

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  • Lessons from my Palestinian mother about Jerusalem — and resistance

    For 70 years, Israel has tried to erase Palestinian history. And for 70 years, Palestinians have resisted erasure. My mother helped me understand how.  In her expansive history of Jerusalem, British author Karen Armstrong describes a peculiar pastime of Moshe Dayan, the Israeli general who, in 1967, captured the city's eastern half. Dayan, it turns out, was "the most famous of Israel's amateur archaeologists," an avid practitioner with "a quasi-religious passion" for unearthing fragments of Jerusalem's Jewish past. This "patriotic archaeology" was more than hobby, though. Dayan saw in it a way to inspire allegiance, among Jewish Israelis, to the…

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  • Israeli soliders open fire on Gaza protesters seventh week in a row

    One Palestinian killed and dozens evacuated to Gaza hospitals after Israeli snipers open fire on the Great Return March for the seventh consecutive week. By +972 Magazine Staff [This post will be updated as events unfold.] Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at Palestinian protesters on the border with Gaza for the seventh consecutive week. Part of the 45-day Great Return March, which began on March 30, the demonstrations are set to culminate on May 15, Nakba. [tmwinpost] At least 15,000 Palestinians took part in Friday's protests in several locations along the Gaza-Israel border fence. Israeli soldiers killed one…

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  • Palestinian refugees are demanding to be heard. Will we listen?

    70 years later, Palestinian refugees are no longer waiting for peace talks to determine their fate. In Gaza, they are actively reclaiming their place at the table. On a warm spring day in late April 1956, Moshe Dayan, then the IDF chief of staff and Israel's eminent war hero, delivered an address that would become a central part of Israel's national ethos. Dayan had arrived at Kibbutz Nahal Oz to eulogize Roi Rotberg, a kibbutz security guard who was ambushed by an Egyptian police officer and a Palestinian farmer, and then abducted into the Gaza Strip where he was brutally murdered. The chief of staff…

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  • Are Israeli Jews beginning to accept the right of return?

    A number of new surveys shows that at least a fifth of Israel's Jewish citizens are open to the idea of Palestinian refugees returning to their homes. So how do we reconcile this with the violence being meted out to Palestinians on the Gaza border? By Eléonore Bronstein and Eitan Bronstein Aparicio What is it about Gaza’s “Great Return March” that so threatens Israelis? What is it that Israelis are so actively preventing? The Gaza fence symbolizes the essence of the Jewish state, which was founded through the dispossession of the Palestinians, expelling the majority of them beyond its borders. Walls and fences…

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  • PHOTOS: Life inside Gaza's Return March protest camp

    This is what happens at the protest camp when the IDF isn't shooting — and when the world isn't looking. Photos by Mohammed Zaanoun (Activestills.org), text by Mohammed Zaanoun and +972 Magazine Staff On Fridays, the Gaza tent encampment near the Israeli border fence is a deadly zone. Israel snipers have opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators for two consecutive weeks, killing more than 30 people and wounding over 1,000. But during the middle of the week, the protest camp, part of the Great Return March, is something entirely different — a peaceful, colorful staging ground for a range different activities that draws entire…

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  • Photos: Tens of thousands march on Gaza border, Israeli troops open fire

    At least 12 Palestinians are killed and 1,100 wounded as Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian protesters gathering at the Gaza-Israel border fence to mark the beginning of 'The Great Return March,' a 45-day-long series of events and protests planned to culminate on May 15 — Nakba Day. Despite using deadly force against the demonstrators Israeli army did not report a single casualty among its troops. Photos by Mohammed Zaanoun, Oren Ziv (Activestills), and +972 Magazine Text by +972 Magazine Staff Tens of thousands of Palestinians protested at the Gaza-Israel border fence on Friday, marking the beginning of the "Great Return March,"…

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  • Looted from Beirut 35 years ago, now on display in Tel Aviv

    ‘Looted and Hidden’ digs through the archive of films taken by the Israeli army in 1982, and shines light on more property stolen by Israel: the history of Palestinian cinema. Rare images from the archive of Palestinian films and photographs, documenting decades of Palestinian history from before 1948 and after the Nakba, are finally seeing the light of day in a new film by Rona Sela — curator, researcher of visual history and culture, and lecturer at Tel Aviv University. Nearly all of the images from the archive were confiscated when the Israeli army raided the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s offices…

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  • Yes, the right of return is feasible. Here's how

    Seventy years after the violent displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, it is time to undo the injustice and to enable whoever desires to return as equal citizens to do so, while respecting the rights and identities of all who live in Israel-Palestine. By Tom Pessah (translated by Yoni Molad) For millions of Palestinians worldwide, the right of return is a fundamental issue — the most important precondition for resolving the conflict. However, in Israel the matter is raised haphazardly and is not really dealt with seriously. Haokets recently published a series of important documents culled from the state archives, which show how the property…

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  • Meet the Palestinian youth planning their return

    A group of young Palestinian citizens from the northern city of Umm al-Fahm, descendants of families displaced in 1948 of their villages, meets every week to discuss identity, national oppression, and the Nakba. As part of the 'Odna' project — return in Arabic — the teenagers focus on planning of the return of the Palestinian refugees.

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