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  • Israel’s arms exports: A decade of war and new markets

    As Europe stops relying on Israel for arms exports, the Jewish state is looking for new markets, forging alliances with right-wing authoritarians who will likely use those weapons against their own citizens. By Ryan Wentz and Sahar Vardi Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez was supposed to light a torch during Israel’s 70th Independence Day ceremony next week. But on April 9th, citing fear of protests in Israel against his inclusion, Hernandez cancelled his appearance. Indeed, there is a history of anti-Hernandez protests in Honduras and abroad; massive protests erupted following reports of corruption in the balloting in the country's elections in December,…

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  • Persecuted Turkish academics get a rare solidarity visit from Israel

    Turkey has put dozens of academics on trial for terrorism charges — for signing a petition supporting peace with Kurdish citizens. A group of dissident Israeli academics traveled to Istanbul to attend their trials. It’s not uncommon to run into a political protest in Istanbul. What you probably won’t find every day is a group of Israelis invited to Turkey to join a demonstration outside one of Istanbul’s main criminal courts, particularly after nearly a decade of frayed relations between the two countries. [tmwinpost] The Israelis, four members of a group called “Academia for Equality," were there in a show…

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  • In Netanyahu's eyes, Trump can do no wrong

    Netanyahu loves Donald Trump as president so much that he is willing to overlook anything — even tacit support for white supremacists. By Mitchell Plitnick “This is bonkers. Israel’s government says don’t overreact to neo-Nazis in the U.S. because it could hurt relations with Trump. Totally insane.” So said Dr. Brian Klaas, a Fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics on Twitter. Klaas has frequently tweeted his criticisms of U.S. President Donald Trump, but has only occasionally commented on Israel, though he clearly has a background in the subject. [tmwinpost] Klaas was moved to tweet this comment by…

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  • Stop fantasizing about a coup in Israel

    As the images of the attempted coup in Turkey flooded the media, some in the Israeli Left began fantasizing about our own version of a military takeover. Along with millions of others across the world, I closely followed the coup attempt in Turkey over the past weekend. Rather than being glued to the television, we stayed up until the early hours of the morning looking at Facebook Live feeds from the streets of Istanbul and Ankara. [tmwinpost] No less fascinating was the response to the coup attempt among many of my Facebook friends. Coups, it turns out, are an exciting…

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  • Netanyahu and Erdogan need each other more than ever

    It's no coincidence that a deal to normalize relations between Turkey and Israel was announced on the same day that Netanyahu pushed a natural gas deal through the Knesset. As usual, the Palestinians are the biggest losers — oh yeah, and the Greeks. Two years ago, when a major-but-ultimately-premature breakthrough in the frozen relations between Israel and Turkey was announced, I wrote a short and silly post explaining the development through the lyrics of Wu-Tang Clan mainstay Method Man: “Cash rules everything around me.” [tmwinpost] The Turkish energy minister declared at the time that his country was the only suitable…

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  • Pro-Kurdish leader: 'We extend our hand to the Palestinian people'

    Despite President Erdoğan’s control over the Turkish media and political persecution of minorities, the pro-Kurdish 'Peoples' Democratic Party' has managed to become the third largest party in the country's parliament. Günay Kubilay, one of its highest-ranking members speaks to +972's Hebrew-language sister site, Local Call, about incitement and violence, Turkey's disintegrating democracy, and the link between the Kurdish and Palestinian struggles. By Avi Blecherman (translated by Danielle Alma Ravitzky and Saar Yahalom) I arrived at the headquarters of the Peoples' Democratic Party in Ankara after a short taxi ride. “You'll see how it’s hard to miss the small and somewhat hidden street you're…

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  • For the IDF, marriage isn't a 'humanitarian need'

    What kind of future is Israel offering Palestinian women when they can't even obtain permits to leave the country in search of a better life? Amira Hass published an article in Haaretz last week about the Israel government rejecting a request by a young woman from Gaza to travel to Turkey in order to get married and live there. The young woman turned to Israel's District Coordination and Liaison Office through the Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee for permission to exit through the Erez Crossing into the West Bank. From there should would first travel to Jordan before taking off for…

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  • Israeli petition to European lawmakers: Recognize Palestine

    Prominent Israelis call on European parliamentarians to formally recognize a Palestinian state. But what kind of impact can European votes have when the real power broker in Israel-Palestine relations is still the U.S.? Nearly 700 prominent Israelis, including former ambassadors, academics, IDF officers, top playwrights and poets, winners of the Israel Prize and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman have signed a letter appealing to the parliaments of various European countries to recognize Palestine in upcoming votes. We the undersigned, Citizens of Israel who wish it to be a safe and thriving country, are worried by the continued political stalemate and by…

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  • The Kurds must not be abandoned again, this time to ISIS

    If there are any people on earth who deserve the world’s protection from slaughter, it is the Kurds. Despite the stereotype of Mizrahi Jews in Israel resenting Arabs because of the way they were treated in the old country, there are plenty of Mizrahim who have good memories of their relations with their former Muslim neighbors. However, there is no Mizrahi community in Israel that feels a kinship with their Muslim former countrymen like the Kurdish Jews do. Today ISIS appears to be on the verge of slaughtering the people in the town of Kobani, the heart of a Syrian…

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  • Photos of the week: Ceasefire begins and ends

    This week: Palestinian and Israeli protests across the political, ethnic and religious spectrum; homes and property damaged and destroyed in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel; aid for those suffering; and a wedding under protest. Related: Wedding crashers: Do anti-miscegenation protesters hate or love Judaism? 10,000 protest in Tel Aviv for a just peace, end to occupation PHOTOS: Israeli forces kill Palestinian and bulldoze his family house

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  • What Turkish arrest warrants could mean for reconciliation efforts

    Turkish court issues arrest warrants for four retired Israeli generals who were in senior command positions during the deadly raid on the Mavi Marmara in 2010. Does this spell the end of reconciliation efforts between the two countries? A Turkish court has issued arrest warrants for four retired Israeli generals over the killing of 10 Turkish citizens aboard the Mavi Marmara four years ago this week. The decision appears to be a reversal of the same court’s refusal to issue international arrest warrants late last year. The court also asked INTERPOL to issue a Red Notice, which would put the…

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  • Turkey must fulfill its pledge to Israel

    Netanyahu publicly placed his reputation and his country’s pride on the line in order to appease Obama and improve relations with Turkey; by ignoring its already agreed upon terms, Erdogan will make the Israeli people less likely to support another far-reaching agreement. By Aaron Magid At the end of a much-anticipated trip to Israel in March, US President Barak Obama achieved a major diplomatic breakthrough. Following years of tension between Turkey and Israel -- two key American allies in the region -- Obama orchestrated a reconciliation agreement between the two sides, which promised to reduce animosity. Although Israeli Prime Minister…

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  • At summer camp, Syrian child refugees recall a lost homeland

    SYRIA-TURKEY BORDER - Last week, my colleagues and I started a summer camp for hundreds of Syrian child refugees on the Syrian-Turkish border. While pundits and self-proclaimed "experts" are debating what to do in Syria, or whether the US should strike or not, we decided to act rather than talk. After all, over a 100,000 people have been killed and millions have been left displaced. Whether the US bombs Assad or not is not in my control, but being active to help those in need is. For the past few weeks we started fundraising for educational camps for Syrian children,…

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