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  • 'Our Boys' exposes the Mizrahi-Palestinian fault line

    'Our Boys' shows that Mizrahi racism has transformed into a real and deadly threat. As the younger generation of Mizrahim, we must accept accountability for and develop a new understanding of Mizrahi-Palestinian relations. By Moran Habaz As someone who grew up in Jerusalem and experienced its bloodied streets as a teenager during the Second Intifada, HBO’s “Our Boys” shook my world. It made me reflect not only on that awful time in 2014, but also on the city’s very specific internal makeup. The series manages to capture Jerusalem’s explosive tensions, revealing both the divisions and connections along national, generational and ethnic lines, showing how a…

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  • How Israeli doctors enable the Shin Bet's torture industry

    From approving brutal interrogation techniques to writing false medical reports, doctors in Israel have taken an active role in the torture of Palestinian prisoners. By Ruchama Marton If the Shin Bet runs a school for its agents and interrogators, the curriculum most certainly includes a class on how to tell a lie. The texts taught, it seems, do not change with the years. In 1993, responding to accusations that the Shin Bet brutally tortured Palestinian detainee Hassan Zubeidi, then Commander of the IDF Northern Command Yossi Peled told Israeli journalist Gabi Nitzan that “there is no torture in Israel. I served for…

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  • Permission denied: Gaza children struggle to get medical care

    With severe medicine shortages and an overstretched health care system in Gaza, children in need of medical treatments can only find them outside the strip. Yet Israel's convoluted, arbitrary permit process leaves them waiting in pain, often missing life-saving care. By Jen Marlowe GAZA — Noha Saleh called me at seven in the morning on March 18 from Erez, the only crossing point from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Her 12-year-old son, Mohamed, had a surgical appointment in Jerusalem later that day to re-attach severed nerves in his leg. Seven became 8:00 and then 9:00, and still there was no word from the Israeli…

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  • After 3 years, accusations against Gaza World Vision head remain unproven

    Mohammed Halabi, arrested in 2016 by Israel on accusations of diverting charity funds to Hamas, is still behind bars. Dozens of court hearings later, the state has yet to present evidence against him. By Antony Loewenstein “I’ve never heard of any case like this in Israel before,” says Maher Hanna. “Even in the [nuclear whistle-blower] Mordechai Vanunu case, his lawyer had more access to their client than I do.” Hanna is the attorney representing Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Halabi, a World Vision manager born in a Gaza refugee camp who three years ago was accused by Israel of funneling around $43 million from the Christian…

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  • 'The entire world knows the settlers have declared war on us'

    In the occupied West Bank, Palestinians living near extremist settlements have been seeing a drastic increase in violence. Israeli authorities refuse to take responsibility, while the villagers are left to fend for themselves. By Rami Younis and Oren Ziv This past year was, by all accounts, a difficult one for Palestinians living near settlements in the West Bank. According to data provided by the Palestinian Authority’s Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee, 2018 saw 614 settler attacks against Palestinians, ranging from property damage to stone throwing and lethal assault. This constitutes an increase of 217 percent compared to the previous year; 2017 saw 284 incidents of assault, while…

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  • Top court gives Israel even broader powers to use torture

    Nearly 20 years after it banned torture, Israel's High Court is finding new ways to justify using physical force in the interrogation of security suspects. Israel’s High Court of Justice last week ruled that Israeli authorities’ torture of a Hamas suspect was not illegal and that the Shin Bet interrogators do not need to be prosecuted. The ruling also broadened and effectively removed the strict limitations imposed by a landmark decision by the same court nearly two decades ago, which carved out a “ticking bomb” exception to the prohibition on torture. [tmwinpost] “The ruling shows that in the eyes of the High Court,…

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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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