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  • 'Sodastream workers allege being threatened over unionizing attempts'

    According to a lawsuit filed by Israel's largest labor union, Sodastream workers who tried to organize reported being harassed by the company's management. Sodastream denies the allegations. Israel's major worker's federation filed a NIS 15 million lawsuit against Sodastream this past month, claiming that the company attempted to disrupt workers' attempts to organize. The story hit the Israeli press on Friday after news website Davar Rishon publishing a string of testimonies from the case. [tmwinpost] According to the 15 million-shekel suit, filed by the Histadrut — Israel’s organization of trade unions — Sodastream workers who tried to unionize were harassed, and the testimonies…

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  • The man on the heels of Israel's settlement enterprise

    “The story of the occupation is here for everyone to see,” Dror Etkes mutters, half smiling, as we stand on a hilltop in the West Bank settlement of Haresha. "The problem is very few people are willing to see it.” The view from Haresha, one of several settlements that comprise the “Talmonim bloc,” approximately 10 kilometers northwest of Ramallah, is spellbinding in both its beauty and scope. Looking west, the foreground is littered with rows of Jewish settlements dotting the arid hills. Beyond them is a row of Palestinian villages — Ras Karkar, Ein Ayub, and Deir Ammar — lined…

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  • The Israeli Left must show up to protest 50 years of occupation

    After 50 years of a racist military regime, it's time for the Israeli Left to go out and protest en masse — and, in the face of such an urgent task, to overlook our differences. Things can sometimes be very simple. Read, for example, the following invitation to the anti-occupation protest taking place in Tel Aviv this Saturday night: We will take to the streets en masse to protest against the absence of hope from the right-wing government, against the occupation, against violence and racism. This extremist group in the coalition, drunk on power, cannot be allowed to continue running…

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  • WATCH: Israeli forces dismantle West Bank protest camp

    Soldiers dismantle a protest camp built by Palestinians, Israelis, and diaspora Jews in the south Hebron Hills — less than 48 hours after it was built. Video by Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills.org Dozens of Israeli soldiers dismantled on Saturday night a protest camp in the West Bank village of Sarura, which was established by Palestinians, Israelis, and diaspora Jewish activists a day earlier. At the time of the dismantling, around 80 people were there, roughly 60 American Jews and 20 Palestinians. [tmwinpost] The camp, called "Sumud: Freedom Camp," was built in the south Hebron Hills on the former site of Sarura, whose residents were expelled…

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  • Palestinians, Israelis and diaspora Jews build West Bank protest camp

    Hundreds of activists, organized by a coalition of Palestinian, Israeli and American Jewish groups, built an encampment in Surara, from where Palestinians had been expelled in the 1990s. By +972 Magazine staff Around 300 Palestinians, Israelis and diaspora Jewish activists staged a direct action in the village of Sarura in the south Hebron hills of the West Bank on Friday, building a protest camp on land from which Palestinians were evicted in the 1990s. The event was also intended to mark 50 years of occupation. The event was organized by a coalition of groups, including the Center for Jewish Nonviolence,…

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  • The destructive potential of Israel's nation-state bill

    The newest version of the nation-state bill, which effectively pulls Israel's apartheid regime out of the closet, could potentially lead to massive violence against its weakest population. By Marzuq Al-Halabi The "nation-state bill," which was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, is no different from the day-to-day political discourse taking place in Israel these over the last years. By revoking Arabic as an official language of the state, and maintaining that “the right to realize self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people," the bill enshrines the ideas, desires, ideology, and actions of Israel's political leaders…

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  • IDF radio commander: Don't call it the West Bank

    Yaron Deckel, who heads the third most popular radio station in Israel, orders his staff to refrain from using the term, saying it has been 'adopted by the Palestinians and the Left.' The commander of Israel's Army Radio has ordered his staff to refrain from using the term "West Bank" while on air. [tmwinpost] Yaron Deckel, who has served as the station commander since February 2012, sent a directive to his staff in which he said the decision was made since "West Bank" has been "adopted by Palestinians and the Left," instead ordering them to use the word "territories" ("shtachim") to…

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  • Guess which of these human rights Israel guarantees to Palestinians

    The right to equality? The right to free movement in and out of the country? How about the right to freedom from arbitrary arrest and exile? Or the right to marriage and family? By Fady Khoury Everyone on Facebook is playing a game where they post nine concerts they’ve been to and one they haven’t. The idea is your friends have to guess which band you haven’t seen. [tmwinpost] I want to play too, but I've been to only two concerts in my life, both of which were Mashrou' Leila's. So I thought of a different way to play. Here…

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  • Israeli troops shoot Palestinian activist in head with 'less lethal' bullet

    The veteran activist, known for leading non-violent popular protests in the West Bank village of Ni'lin, was shot with a 'sponge-tipped' bullet, causing a head injury. Police later shackled him to his hospital bed. Israel Border Police officers shot Muhammed Amira in the head with a sponge-tipped bullet at close range during a weekly protest against the separation wall on Friday, activists and the man's attorney said. Amira, also known as Abu Nasser, is a well known figure who has been leading unarmed popular protests against Israel's separation wall in his village of Ni'lin since 2007, when the protests began. Amira, 47, is a…

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  • The endgame lurking behind Netanyahu's new settlement policy

    Netanyahu's new settlement policy doesn't just pave the way for massive construction in the West Bank — it also, with the blessing of a right-wing U.S. president, risks freezing Palestinians out of the diplomatic process entirely. By Mitchell Plitnick On March 30, the Israeli government announced that it had approved the first new settlement in 20 years. The new settlement is part of the government’s compensation package to the settlers of the recently evacuated outpost named Amona. The Israeli courts had ordered the demolition of this illegally built settlement for the first-time way back in 2006. This February, Amona was…

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  • The most satisfied group between the river and the sea

    A new poll shows that among Israeli settlers, a striking 74 percent say that conditions in Israel these days are good or very good. The same cannot be said for their Palestinian neighbors. Late Thursday night, the Israeli security cabinet voted unanimously to approve the establishment of a new West Bank settlement to be populated mainly by former residents of Amona, an illegal Israeli outpost ordered dismantled by the High Court of Justice. The cabinet’s decision effectively means that Amona was not truly dismantled, but rather put on hiatus before being reestablished about 20 kilometers away. [tmwinpost] In the same meeting,…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinian village protests 17 years of military closure

    The main entrance to the West Bank village of Qalqas has been closed since the Second Intifada. The residents are having none of it. Photos and text: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org Some 250 Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Qalqas, south of Hebron, protested on Friday against the Israeli military's closure of their village’s main entrance, which has been in place since the Second Intifada — which started 17 years ago. Before the protest, the demonstrators held the Muslim Friday noon prayer beside the large rocks and cinder blocks placed by the Israeli army at the entrance to the village. Children held signs,…

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  • Stop blaming sick Palestinians for Israel's healthcare problems

    The attempt to blame ill Palestinians for the deficiencies of Israel's healthcare system distracts from the fact that there is only one sovereign responsible for the state of medical care in the occupied territories. By Ran Goldstein A recent Israeli media investigation made headlines over the last few weeks after concluding that Israelis in the country's periphery are losing out as a result of Israel's providing medical treatment to Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But these conclusions are manipulative. [tmwinpost] Let’s begin with what should be self-evident under international humanitarian law: Israel, as the entity that oversees the conditions that impact health in…

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