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+972 Magazine's 25 most-read posts of 2015

You, our readers, voted with your clicks. The following is a list of the most popular articles we published this past year. 

By +972 Magazine Staff

25. Photo exhibit challenges Zionism’s most popular myth

Using haunting aerial photographs of the Negev Desert, American artist Fazal Sheikh challenges the notion that the desert was an unpopulated, desolate land before the Zionists made it bloom. Read more here.

Desert Bloom

Photo from Fazal Sheikh’s ‘Desert Bloom’ exhibit.

24. The untold story of Israeli military exports to South Sudan

Since South Sudan’s independence, Israel has continuously sold it weapons, military training, homeland security and surveillance technology. The only problem? That aid is being used to commit war crimes and possible crimes against humanity. Read the full article here.

South Sudanese Soldiers. (Steve Evans/CC BY-SA 2.0)

South Sudanese Soldiers. (Steve Evans/CC BY-SA 2.0)

23. It’s time for a one-state solution

Is there any use convincing the Jewish public to support the two-state solution when over 500,000 settlers live beyond the Green Line? Yonatan Amir says granting full equality to all between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River is the only way forward.

The Separation Wall and the Sh'uafat Refugee Camp are seen following a snow storm, on February 20, 2015. Yotam Ronen / Activestills.org

The separation wall and Sh’uafat Refugee Camp following a snow storm, February 20, 2015. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

22. Israel still holds all the cards

The relative quiet on the ground in recent years, enforced by the Palestinian Authority on Israel’s behalf, has led Israelis to believe they can enjoy peace and prosperity without ending the occupation. But everything has a price, Noam Sheizaf writes.

Palestinian policemen block protesters during a demonstration against the visit of US President Barak Obama to the West Bank, Ramallah, March 21, 2013. (photo: Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

Palestinian policemen block protesters during a demonstration against the visit of President Barak Obama to the West Bank, Ramallah, March 21, 2013. (photo: Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

21. Palestinian baby burned to death in West Bank arson attack

Palestinians and Israelis woke up on the morning of July 31 to discover that unknown assailants had firebombed a home in the West Bank village of Duma, killing three members of the Dawabshe family, including 18-month-old Ali.

Relatives of Palestinian baby Ali Saad Dawabsha grieve after he was murdered in an arson attack on a Palestinian house, Duma, West Bank, July 31. 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Relatives of Palestinian baby Ali Sa’ad Dawabsha grieve after he was murdered in an arson attack on a Palestinian house in the West Bank village of Duma, West Bank, July 31. 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

20. Next head of ‘Civil Administration’: Palestinians are sub-human

“[Palestinians] are beasts, they are not human;” “A Jew always has a much higher soul than a gentile, even if he is a homosexual.” And this is coming from the guy in charge of Palestinian civilian affairs. Read more here.

Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan (Photo: Natisabu/CC)

Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan. (Photo: Natisabu/CC)

19. Meet the Israelis protesting against Christmas

Notorious racist organization Lehava staged a protest outside the Jerusalem YMCA’s tree-decorating ceremony, against “forced conversion,” and demanding that Christians “go back to Europe.” Orly Noy writes about Jerusalem’s fastest-growing fascist movement.

File photo of Lehava leader Benzi Gopstein with his supporters at a right-wing protest. (Photo by Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

File photo of Lehava leader Benzi Gopstein with his supporters at a right-wing protest. (Photo by Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

18. Jerusalem, in context

The current violence in Jerusalem has a political history and context. Attempts by pundits to attribute the violence to some kind of Palestinian pathology is a recipe for making things worse. Noam Sheizaf clears a few things up.

Israeli border policemen stop and check Palestinians going out of the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya, on October 15, 2015. Israel set up checkpoints in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of east Jerusalem and mobilised hundreds of soldiers as a collective punishment after recent attacks by Palestinians. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli Border Policemen stop and check Palestinians leaving the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, October 15, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

17. Israel preventing Gaza woman from attending her own wedding

According to the Israeli army, Palestinians from Gaza can attend a relative’s wedding — just not their own. Read the full story here.

Palestinian demonstrators hold a mock wedding during a nonviolent demonstration in the West Bank village Al-Ma'asara. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian demonstrators hold a mock wedding during a nonviolent demonstration in the West Bank village Al-Ma’asara, July 31, 2009. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

16. Palestinian hip hop group tackles patriarchy in new video

The most acclaimed hip hop group in the Middle East adds a female member and releases a new video that challenges Palestinian society. Rami Younis writes on the forces pushing for change from within.

Screenshot from DAM's new video, 'Who Are You?'

Screenshot from DAM’s new video, ‘Who Are You?’

15. Do Israelis have any idea how bad it is in Gaza?

Nearly two million Gazans are living in a state of poverty and shortages, with few options of leaving and even fewer options for work. Haggai Matar wonders whether Israelis even know any of this.

Elizabeth Tanboura stands with three of her daughters: Sundos, Malak, and Marwa (right), in front of their destroyed home in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, March 19, 2015. Elizabth's husband, Radad, and their children Ahmed (15) and Amna (13), were killed during an Israeli attack on August 25, 2014. Two other boys survived because they were not in the house at the time of the attack.

Elizabeth Tanboura stands with three of her daughters: Sundos, Malak, and Marwa (right), in front of their destroyed home in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, March 19, 2015. Elizabth’s husband, Radad, and their children Ahmed (15) and Amna (13), were killed during an Israeli attack on August 25, 2014. Two other boys survived because they were not in the house at the time of the attack. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

14. Israeli hotels warn Jewish guests that Arabs will also be there

Trying to book a hotel in Israel during the High Holidays? Worry not: some hotels will extend the courtesy of making sure you know that Arabs will also be vacationing there. Read more here.

Illustrative photo of tourists sunbathing at a hotel pool. (Photo by Benoit Daoust/Shutterstock.com)

Illustrative photo of tourists sunbathing at a hotel pool. (Photo by Benoit Daoust/Shutterstock.com)

13. Report details IDF ‘double tap’ bombings that hit first responders in Gaza

Using human shields, attacking medical teams and hospitals, shooting at civilians waving white flags. A report released earlier this year documented shocking testimonies of victims from Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man brings you the details.

Medics at the Al-Shifa hospital mourn their colleague targeted and killed in Shejaiya neighbourhood earlier today, Gaza Strip, July 20, 104. Spokesman of the Palestinian ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said rescue teams evacuated more than 80 dead bodies from destroyed houses in Shejaiya including 17 children, 14 women and 4 elderly people. More than 200 injured people were taken to al-Shifa Hospital. Death toll in the Gaza Strip accedes 392 with over 2650 wounded since the beginning of the Israeli offensive. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Medics at the Al-Shifa hospital mourn their colleague targeted and killed in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood, Gaza Strip, July 20, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

12. The man behind the BDS movement

As the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement grows, its co-founder, Omar Barghouti, has become a target for Israeli demonization. +972’s Rami Younis sat down with Barghouti for a rare discussion about BDS’s goals, its recent successes, and increasingly frequent accusations that the boycott movement constitutes anti-Semitism.

Illustrative photo of BDS Movement co-founder Omar Barghouti in Brussels, April 30, 2015. (Photo by intal.be / CC 2.0)

Illustrative photo of BDS Movement co-founder Omar Barghouti in Brussels, April 30, 2015. (Photo by intal.be / CC 2.0)

11. When people can’t believe their eyes, it’s usually ideology

In October we published a video of undercover Israeli soldiers restraining a Palestinian stone thrower and shooting him point blank in the leg. We were astonished by the number of people who looked at the evidence and refused to believe what they saw, even after the army confirmed what had happened. Lisa Goldman responds to the nonbelievers.

A member of Israel's Border Police assaults journalists and medics assembled October 30 near Al Bireh, West Bank (credit: Fadi Arouri)

A member of Israel’s Border Police assaults journalists and medics assembled October 30 near Al Bireh, West Bank. (credit: Fadi Arouri)

10. New Jewish network launches worldwide initiative against occupation

A new international network of Jewish groups and individuals committed to justice in Palestine call for an end to the killing and an end the occupation. Spanning 16 countries — from Brazil, to Australia, to Switzerland and South Africa — the group calls for a “global Jewish voice to challenge Israel’s destructive policies, in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.” Read Mairav Zonszein’s report.

Organizer Simone Zimmerman speaks to some 250 If Not Now, When activists at a Tisha B’Av action in New York City, where participants read the names of Israelis and Palestinians who died in this summer’s Gaza war. (Photo by Gili Getz)

Organizer Simone Zimmerman speaks to some 250 If Not Now, When activists at a Tisha B’Av action in New York City, where participants read the names of Israelis and Palestinians who died in this summer’s Gaza war. (Photo by Gili Getz)

9. The real reason Bibi wants French Jews to move to Israel

Following the attacks on Paris’ Hyper Cacher supermarket, Israeli Prime Minister called on France’s Jews to move to Israel en masse, thereby promoting a worldview in which there is no national conflict, no occupation and no Palestinian people. Orly Noy warns against Bibi’s dangerous manipulations.

World leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, march in Paris following the deadly terror attacks, January 11, 2015. (Photo by Haim Zach/GPO)

World leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, march in Paris following the deadly terror attacks, January 11, 2015. (Photo by Haim Zach/GPO)

8. Paris victim Yoav Hattab died a Tunisian patriot

After it was revealed that Jewish Tunisian citizen Yoav Hattab was one of the three people murdered in the Parisian kosher supermarket this past January, young Tunisians took to social media extol the tolerant atmosphere between Jews and Muslims in their home country. Read more here.

Yoav Hattab

Tunisian Jew Yoav Hattab, who was murdered by a Muslim fundamentalist in a kosher market in a Parisian suburb earlier this year.

7. When a soldier trying to arrest a minor becomes the victim

After a viral video emerged of a soldier violently attempting to arrest a Palestinian boy, the Israeli press went ahead and presented the official army version, omitting all accounts of the villagers who saw it all go down. Read more here.

An Israeli soldier holding Mohammed Tamimi, 12, in a headlock during a demonstration in Nabi Saleh, August 28, 2015. (Karam Saleem)

An Israeli soldier holding Mohammed Tamimi, 12, in a headlock during a demonstration in Nabi Saleh, August 28, 2015. (Karam Saleem)

6. The most anti-Semitic Israeli cartoon ever made?

A wealthy European named Herr Stürmer tosses shiny Euro coins to a hook-nosed character referred to only as “ze Jew.” Sounds like anti-Semitic propaganda? Here’s the thing: this video was produced by Israeli settlers. Dimi Reider is as shocked as you are.

Screenshot from the Samaria Settler's Council video. (YouTube)

Screenshot from the Samaria Settler’s Council video. (YouTube)

5. ISIS executes three asylum seekers deported by Israel

A gruesome video released by the Islamic State in April showed at least three Eritrean asylum seekers who lived in Israel and were deported being executed by militants in Libya. “It is difficult to believe that these things happen, even to people you don’t know. But when it happens to someone you do know, a relative who was promised a better life when he leaves, and this is what happens in the end — it’s unbelievable,” a relative of one of the murdered said. Haggai Matar reports.

T. photographed in Tel Aviv (R), and appearing in ISIS' execution video (L). (photo courtesy of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants)

T. photographed in Tel Aviv (R), and appearing in ISIS’ execution video (L). (photo courtesy of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants)

4. 50,000 Israelis show up at the wrong protest

This past March, some 50,000 people showed up at a rally demanding change: a change in government, a change in attitude toward the Palestinian issue, a change in the state’s approach to social issues. Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man imagines what would happen if only they marched on the Qalandia checkpoint demanding an end to the occupation.

Supporters of Labor and Tzipi Livni’s ‘Zionist Camp’ at a rally calling to oust Prime Minister Netanyahu, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, March 7, 2015. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Supporters of the ‘Zionist Union’ rally to oust Prime Minister Netanyahu, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, March 7, 2015. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

3. Jewish extremist tries to stab ‘rabbi for human rights’

A right-wing Jewish extremist attempted to stab president of Rabbis for Human Rights, Arik Asherman, during an olive harvest coordinated with the Israeli army. The attacker, who was later arrested, told Israel’s Channel 10: “If I kill one of them it’ll be over. But that isn’t legal.”

Screenshot of radical settler attempting to stab Rabbi Arik Ascherman.

2. WATCH: Israeli undercover agents shoot unarmed youth at point blank range

A video released Wednesday onto several social media accounts and published by several news outlets shows Israeli plainclothes undercover officers apparently shooting an unarmed Palestinian youth in the leg at point blank range, while other undercover officers hold him down. Read more here.

Screenshot of Israeli undercover soldier shooting a Palestinian in the leg at point blank range, October 7, 2015.

Screenshot of Israeli undercover soldier shooting a Palestinian in the leg at point blank range, October 7, 2015.

1. Israeli memes mock Netanyahu’s Hitler revisionism

Netanyahu (re)made history this year by claiming that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was actually the one responsible for convincing Hitler to exterminate European Jewry. Israelis and Palestinians decided he was not getting off easy. Check out our favorite memes here.

Mufti-Hitler meme. (John Brown)

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