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  • Welcome to Netanyahu's fortress state

    The detention and interrogation of high-profile figures such as Peter Beinart and Reza Aslan at Israeli entry points is forcing liberal American Jews to reckon with what Israel is becoming. Over the last month, the Israeli and international media reported several incidents involving Shin Bet agents at ports of entry to Israel detaining prominent Jewish Americans for lengthy, aggressive questioning about their political views. [tmwinpost] Meyer Koplow, chair of Brandeis University's Board of Trustees and a prominent donor to Israeli causes, was detained before his flight out of Ben Gurion Airport and questioned because security agents found in his suitcase a brochure about Palestine. Moriel Rothman-Zecher, an Israeli citizen who lives in…

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  • In Israel, American Jews can kiss their privilege goodbye

    The recent harassment of left-wing American Jews by the Shin Bet is a sign that their privilege may no longer be enough to protect them. American Jews have good reason to be afraid. Recent interrogations, harassment, and deportation of left-wing Jewish American activists over their political beliefs and activities have ushered in a new political moment in the relationship between Israel and diaspora Jewish communities. [tmwinpost] No longer is Jewish identity enough to protect American activists from the reach of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency. Jewish privilege is no longer enough to guarantee entry into the Jewish state should…

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  • Torture ruling unites right and left, but leaves justice by the wayside

    Both left and right-wingers hailed a decision by an Israeli court to throw out parts of confessions provided by two Israelis suspected of a murdering a Palestinian family because they were obtained through torture. The shared satisfaction across political camps is rare. It is also flawed and worrying. Both left-wing and right-wing voices lauded an Israeli court on Tuesday for throwing out parts of the confessions provided by two Israeli Jews suspected of a lethal terror attack against a Palestinian family, because they were obtained through torture. In the middle of the night in August 2015, attackers set fire to the Dawabshe…

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  • 'I am an Islamophobe,' boasts ex-director of Israel's press office

    The man who once had sole authority to decide whether or not a journalist could work in Israel announces that he is an Islamophobe, thinks 'Arabs lie.' Daniel Seaman, the former director of Israel's Government Press Office, said Thursday during a panel discussion on i24 News, the Israel-based satellite news station, that he is an Islamophobe. Sitting on a three-person panel with Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy and Ruthie Blum of the far-right think tank The Gatestone Institute, Seaman told "Spin Room" anchor and former +972 contributor Ami Kaufman, "The Arabs lie." In response to Kaufman's incredulous, "All Arabs?" Seaman responds, without missing a beat: "It's part of their…

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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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  • Shin Bet: Lose your job if your kid throws stones

    Israel's security service publishes notices in the Palestinian village of Beit Omar threatening to revoke work permits from families whose children are suspected of stone throwing. By Yael Marom Residents of the Palestinian village Beit Omar in the West Bank discovered last week that the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, had posted threatening notices on their homes and businesses. The notices, published in Arabic and signed by a Shin Bet agent known as "Captain Amar," threaten to revoke work permits from families whose children are suspected of throwing stones. Tamar Goldschmidt translated the notices into Hebrew: Hello all, As you know, a large…

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  • Palestinian cars torched in 'price tag' attack in northern Israel

    Two cars were set on fire and the words 'price tag' spray painted on a house in 'Ara, a Palestinian village in northern Israel. By Yael Marom Residents of ‘Ara, a Palestinian village in northern Israel, awoke on Wednesday morning to find that two of their cars had been set on fire and the words “price tag” spray-painted in Hebrew on the wall of one of their homes. Police arrived on the scene of the incident and have opened an investigation, although there are currently — as expected — no suspects. [tmwinpost] The graffiti on the wall in ‘Ara also said “regards…

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  • The cultural terrorism of Miri Regev

    By threatening the livelihood of Palestinian theater workers, Regev is committing cultural terrorism: she is putting people's livelihoods at risk — people whose only sin is holding different political principles. In an interview Monday morning, Culture Minister Miri Regev revealed her true intentions to Army Radio host Razi Barkai: she wishes to shut down Haifa's Al-Midan, the only Arabic theater in Israel that receives state funding, if it does not fall in line. [tmwinpost] Here's how we got here. The Ministry of Culture and Sport froze Al-Midan's budget in mid-2015 after it had planned to run a performance of "A Parallel Time," based…

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  • Will we ever know the truth about World Vision and Hamas?

    Australia says it found no evidence that its World Vision funds were diverted to Hamas, as Israel alleges. But can the Israeli legal process be trusted? The Australian foreign ministry has not found any evidence that the Gaza head of a major humanitarian organization funneled Australian funds to Hamas, Australia’s ABC news reported Wednesday. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) conducted an investigation after Israel arrested a, Muhammed el-Halabi, the Palestinian head of World Vision’s Gaza office, and accused him of siphoning millions designated for humanitarian relief in Gaza to Hamas. [tmwinpost] Israeli authorities held el-Halabi for 50…

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  • Shin Bet detains Arab activists — to stop them from attending funeral

    Three well-known Bedouin activists were detained and interrogated on the way to the funeral of Yacoub Abu al-Qi'an, who was killed by police last week. Attorney Gaby Lasky: 'This has all the marks of a police state.' Israeli police and the security authorities continue to persecute the Arab residents of the Negev. On Tuesday, the Shin Bet detained three well-known Palestinian activists from the area as they were making their way to the funeral of Yacoub Abu al-Qi'an, a resident of the Bedouin village Umm el-Hiran who was shot and killed by police last week. [tmwinpost] The three were detained…

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  • New Israeli campaign pushes racism in guise of two-state solution

    Former top generals and commanders in Israel have launched a new campaign that pushes for unilateral separation from Palestinians. But their messaging reminds us just how racist the notion of a Palestinian 'demographic threat' really is. A new campaign in Israel by a group of former top military and security officials warns that Palestinians will soon be the majority in the country. It is billed as a centrist, pragmatist approach to enhance Israel's security in lieu of a peace process, which it may be — but it is also blatantly racist. [tmwinpost] Launched Sunday to coincide with the Paris Peace summit that…

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  • For Palestinian citizens, Israel was and remains a Shin Bet state

    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.…

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  • Israel deems comatose Gaza man a security threat

    Abed al-Karim Abu Haloub has been in a coma in Gaza for over 40 days, requiring treatment in the West Bank. Israel repeatedly refused to allow him to leave. Israeli authorities repeatedly refused to allow a Palestinian man from the Gaza Strip to receive medical treatment in the West Bank, denying his travel permit on security grounds, despite the fact that he has been in a coma for over a month. [tmwinpost] Physicians for Human Rights—Israel (PHR) attempted to intervene on the Abed al-Karim Abu Haloub's behalf, twice appealing the decision to reject his permit request to no avail. The fact that…

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