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  • Who gets to vote in Israel’s version of democracy

    Israel is about to hold elections, but not everyone living under Israeli rule gets to vote. A breakdown of who has rights and who doesn't. On April 9, 2019, Israel will hold general elections. Israelis will head to the polls to choose their elected leaders and representatives. If they are unhappy with the way things are going, like citizens of democracies around the world, their votes will help shape the ideological and political direction of the government and the institutions it controls. [tmwinpost] In a vacuum, that sounds like fairly standard democratic practice. But there is nothing standard about Israel’s…

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  • Mahmoud Abbas and the veneer of democracy

    Abbas' decision to dissolve the parliament and hold elections within half a year is an attempt to present a friendlier, more democratic face to Palestinians in the West Bank, many of whom lost faith in their leader long ago. By Menachem Klein Mahmoud Abbas’ decision last week to dissolve the Palestinian parliament and hold elections within half a year are meant to give the Palestinian president a veneer of democracy and the rule of law. Abbas’ decision appears to be a response to a ruling handed down by the Palestinian Constitutional Court, yet it is clear to all that the decision to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative…

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  • New videos contradict IDF claims about West Bank killing

    Footage from four separate cameras appears to show Israeli soldiers were not in any danger when they shot a mentally challenged Palestinian man in the back of the head in Tulkarm last week. By +972 Magazine Staff CCTV footage of Israeli soldiers shooting a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Tulkarm last week appears to contradict the army's claims about the killing. [tmwinpost] The footage, taken from four separate cameras, appears to show that, unlike the army's claims, no clashes were taking place at the time of the shooting, no crowd control measures were used, and that the soldiers were…

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  • Airbnb's decision isn't about the Jews — it's about the occupation

    The attacks on the vacation rental company for its decision to pull all listings from West Bank settlements miss one thing: Airbnb does not support boycotting Israel. By Frima (Merphie) Bubis On Monday evening, American hospitality company Airbnb announced it would be pulling its listings from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The announcement came just a few days before Human Rights Watch and Israeli settlement monitoring organization Kerem Navot were set to publish a major report about Airbnb listings in the West Bank — some of them on private Palestinian property in some of the most violent outposts in the West Bank.…

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  • Two years after +972 investigation, Airbnb to pull listings in West Bank settlements

    Two years after +972 exposed Airbnb's operations in West Bank settlements, the company has announced it will be pulling all settlement listings from its site. By Edo Konrad and Yael Marom Airbnb announced that it would pull listings from settlements in the occupied West Bank on Monday evening. The decision comes two years after +972 and Local Call revealed that the San Francisco-based vacation rentals company included apartments, cottages, and caravans located on West Bank hilltops, while making no mention of the fact that they are in settlements on occupied land. [tmwinpost] All Israeli settlements are considered illegal under international law. Among the vacation…

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  • As a journalist, I learned not to believe anything the Israeli army says

    In March 1987, Oren Cohen, then a reporter in the occupied territories, received a tip about a female Palestinian detainee who had been tortured and had a miscarriage in prison. Authorities denied she even existed, until Cohen exposed their lies. Today, he says, no one would even care. By Meron Rapoport The film industry loves the press. The investigative journalist, the lone wolf who receives a call late at night from an unknown source speaking in a hoarse voice: "Wait for me at the corner of a dark street, I'll be wearing sunglasses, I have something to tell you." That's when the intrepid journalist sets out to expose the…

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  • ICC prosecutor warns: Demolishing Khan al-Ahmar a 'war crime'

    Fatou Bensouda says she won't 'hesitate to take appropriate action,' should the West Bank village be demolished. British Prime Minister Theresa May says demolition will be a 'major blow to two-state solution.' Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda issued a stern warning to Israel officials on Wednesday, saying she will not "hesitate to take any appropriate action" should they demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar and forcibly transfer its residents. [tmwinpost] Bensouda's warning comes as Israeli authorities ramp up their attempts to destroy the village and remove its residents, who have lived in Khan al-Ahmar for over 40 years.…

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  • Everything you need to know about Khan al-Ahmar

    Israeli authorities are set to demolish and forcibly displace the entire Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar any day now. Here is what you need to know about the village, and why rights groups and world leaders are describing Israel's plans as a war crime. By +972 Magazine Staff For nearly a decade, the community of Khan al-Ahmar has been fighting the Israeli government's attempts to evacuate its village, located just east of Jerusalem, and move its residents to a garbage dump in East Jerusalem. Now, after a green light from Israel's High Court of Justice, the hamlet is under imminent threat of demolition.…

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  • PHOTOS: Israeli bulldozers demolish homes in West Bank villages

    Israeli bulldozers demolished nine Palestinian structures in the West Bank villages of Al-Hadidiya and Al-Jiftlik late last week. By Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills.org Israeli bulldozers demolished nine Palestinian structures in two communities in the Jordan Valley last Thursday. The structures belong to three Palestinian families who live in Area C in the West Bank village of Al-Hadidiya in the northern Jordan Valley and the town of Al-Jiftlik in the central West Bank. Palestinian communities living in Area C are under full Israeli military control. The residents were previously notified by the Israeli authorities that their structures lack the necessary building permits, which are often…

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  • The Israeli activists helping protect the Palestinian olive harvest

    For the past decade and a half, dozens of left-wing Israeli activists have come together to accompany Palestinians to their groves during the olive harvest. Despite recurring settler violence, the situation has improved over the years. It had become like the opening ceremony of the olive harvest season: last Wednesday, Israeli settlers uprooted 40 olive trees in Turmusaya, a small Palestinian village north of Ramallah. Palestinian farmers face settler violence throughout the year, but it is during the olive harvest that the attacks increase dramatically. [tmwinpost] For the past 16 years, a group of left-wing organizations have banded together to try and stop the attacks.…

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  • Despite high hopes, Merkel calls village's demolition an 'Israeli decision'

    The residents of Khan al-Ahmar had hoped the German chancellor would demand Netanyahu back down from the imminent demolition of their hamlet. Instead, she called the matter an 'Israeli decision.'  By Oren Ziv Ever since Israel’s High Court of Justice gave its final stamp of approval to the demolition of the village of Khan al-Ahmar last month, residents and solidarity activists have been hoping that international pressure, especially from Europe, would delay or prevent the demolition. The activists have directed their efforts toward convincing members of the EU Parliament to openly oppose the move. They also hoped that the threat of…

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  • The occupation wears Prada: Meet the new face of 'economic peace'

    When Israeli shoe designer Gal Shukroon decided to start a project bringing together Palestinian and Jewish women to make shoes, the Israeli army couldn't resist and used it for its own PR purposes. By Meron Rapoport The Israeli military published a video earlier this week featuring Tel Aviv shoe designer Gal Shukroon, who recently launched a new line of shoes, made in a Hebron factory, and inspired by Palestinian embroidery. The goal of the project, according to Shukroon, is to bring love “instead of hate.” Once Palestinian women can earn a respectable livelihood, she says “terrorism comes less into the home.” [tmwinpost]…

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  • What Netanyahu's idea of peace looks like

    Although he may publicly reiterate his support for a two-state solution, Netanyahu's vision for a future Palestinian state is one that would lack nearly all sovereignty.  U.S. President Donald Trump said that he favors two states as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, during a press conference alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on Wednesday. [tmwinpost] In response to Trump's comments, which signaled a change from his previous stance, according to which he would back whichever solution Israelis and Palestinians support, Netanyahu told reporters that “Everyone defines the term ‘state’ differently. I am willing for the Palestinians to…

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