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  • No, there is nothing 'Israeli' about Jordan's gold medal olympian

    A number of Israeli websites preferred to forget the fact that Palestinian-Jordanian olympian Ahmad Abu Ghosh's family comes from a village conquered by Zionist forces in 1948. How much nonsense can go into a single news item? The answer is, unfortunately, a lot. Nothing has angered me recently quite like an article published by the news site Virtual Jerusalem with the following headline: "Palestinian with Israeli Roots Wins Jordan's First-Ever Olympic Medal." That Palestinian olympian is Ahmad Abu Ghosh, 20, who was born in the Al-Nasser refugee camp to a Palestinian family from the village of Abu Ghosh (which according to…

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  • By flexing his muscles, Liberman gives Gaza's radicals a boost

    This week's air strikes allowed Defense Minister Liberman to demonstrate to the Israeli public that not even the smallest violation of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will be tolerated. The Israeli air raids on Gaza overnight Sunday were the largest in scope and impact since the 2014 war. This was enough to set tongues wagging about the imminence of another full-blown war — an event that has punctuated Israel’s blockade of Gaza with depressing regularity, every two or three years since 2006. Yet it was clear almost immediately that the strikes were not of the kind intended to shore up an escalation.…

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  • For Israel's military gov't, PR trumps freedom of information

    When Israel's military government needs to provide Palestinians with crucial information about the rules that affect their lives, money and Arabic-speaking staff are apparently in short supply. When it comes to PR, resources are seemingly on tap. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman this week announced his new "carrot and stick" plan for Palestinians living in the West Bank, which roughly works out as: if you behave, we will give your towns and communities economic benefits; if you don't, there will be more demolitions, more arrests, more raids, more canceled permits. Within Liberman's plan is a proposal for an Arabic-language news website to…

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  • The night that rekindled my faith in two states

    They said the two-state solution is no longer relevant, that we cannot evacuate settlements, that there is 'no partner for peace.' Then I heard Iyad speak to a group of Israelis in a Tel Aviv bar. By Yael Burstein Neither of us could hide our excitement as he stood up to speak before a crowd of over 120 young Israelis in a Tel Aviv bar. While in his childhood Iyad Othmani was forced to wait for hours at checkpoints, while soldiers made sure over and over again that he could cross to go to school, on this night — he was…

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  • How an IDF general whitewashed the killing of three innocent Palestinians

    Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan was trying to support a soldier charged with killing an unarmed Palestinian. Instead, he ended up confessing to a crime that could have severe repercussions at The Hague. By Yael Marom and John Brown* Late last week, Channel 2 news reported that three senior reserve officers — Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan, Brig. Gen. Shmuel Zakai, and Gen. Dan Biton — will testify for the defense of Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who is on trial for shooting and killing a Palestinian who stabbed an IDF soldier in Hebron, though he was already immobilized.  Zakai had previously posted on…

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  • Palestinian journalist ordered to spend three months in admin. detention

    The Supreme Court upheld the army's request to extend Omar Nazzal's remand by three months only, instead of four. The judges did not specify why he posed a security threat, and how he would cease to in three months' time. Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal, who was detained in April while trying to leave the West Bank en route to an international conference, will spend at least another three months in administrative detention, the Israel Defense Forces ruled on Friday. Since his arrest at Allenby Bridge border crossing, Nazzal has been in administrative detention with no charges, a formal indictment or a…

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  • 'Anti-Semitizing' pro-Palestinian activism comes at a price

    It is tempting to label pro-Palestinian activists as anti-Semitic, because it delegitimizes even their most legitimate claims. But this increasingly common reflex has adverse effects that greatly outweigh its short-term benefit. By Tom Pessah Things you can see from here, can’t be seen from there, says a famous Israeli song. This is what I feel about pro-Palestinian activism: having been closely involved in pro-Palestine activism as an Israeli student in an American university, I now understand why it is often portrayed in the media as anti-Jewish. In 2012, the San Francisco-based Arab Cultural and Community Center approached the government of…

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  • Creating a radical Hebrew culture — in the diaspora

    Israeli artists and authors abroad are beginning to create an alternative Hebrew culture that challenges norms and national borders. Israeli politicians, on the other hand, aren't so pleased. By Mati Shemoelof Over the past few years we have been witnessing the growth of an alternative Hebrew culture, both independent and diverse, outside of Israel. Just recently two Hebrew-language publications have been published in Berlin: the bi-lingual magazine "Aviv," edited by Hano Hanostein and Itamar Gov, and "Mikan V'Eilach," dedicated to diasporic Hebrew and edited by Tal Hever-Chybowski. They join the relatively older magazine "Shpitz," edited by Tal Alon, and a number of institutions…

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  • Keep Israel's militarism away from asylum seeker children

    Contrary to what some activists claim, Defense Minister Liberman's decision to forbid soldiers from volunteering with children of asylum seekers is a good one. By Dror Mizrachi Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman caused controversy this week when he acquiesced to requests by activists in south Tel Aviv and ordered the IDF chief of staff to stop soldiers from volunteering with asylum seeker children. The anger against Liberman was justified: volunteer work is a positive thing, especially when it is for the benefit of the weakest segments of society. But the question that needs to be asked is how, from the get go,…

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  • Catch him if you can: How a hasbara impostor fooled the Israeli Right

    Thousands of Israelis fell in love with Wilhelm T. Roth, an Austrian aristocrat, strategic consultant and high-flying pro-Israel advocate, only to realize that he was in fact a 30-year-old small-time right-wing politico. It's not him, it's them: His fanciful stories of EU decision-makers warming to the Israeli narrative were just what they wanted to hear. By Gilad Halpern For just over a year, in 2013-2014, I was the editor of a radio program called Journeys that was dedicated to hearing the stories of people who have journeyed to Israel and, for whatever reason, now call it home. My role, among other things,…

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