+972 Magazine’s 20 most-read posts of 2017

From the Palestinian director shattering taboos in her own society, to a journey away from Zionism, to Richard Gere likening Hebron to Jim Crow, here are the most popular articles we published this past year. 

By +972 Magazine Staff

20. Looted from Beirut 35 years ago, now on display in Tel Aviv

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A still from the film ‘Looted and Hidden.’
A still from the film ‘Looted and Hidden.’

19. Two killed in Bedouin village slated to be demolished, replaced with Jewish town

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Thousands hold a funeral for Yacoub Abu al-Qi’an in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran. Abu al-Qi’an was shot dead by police as security forces demolished homes in the village, January 24, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)
Thousands hold a funeral for Yacoub Abu al-Qi’an in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran. Abu al-Qi’an was shot dead by police as security forces demolished homes in the village, January 24, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

18. The Palestinian director bringing her generation to the big screen

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Palestinian director Maysaloun Hamoud. (Yariv Fein)
Palestinian director Maysaloun Hamoud. (Yariv Fein)

17. Is Sheldon Adelson behind Trump’s decision on Jerusalem?

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Casino mogul and Trump mega-donor Sheldon Adelson with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, June 28, 2017. (Ben Dori/Flash90)
Casino mogul and Trump mega-donor Sheldon Adelson with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, June 28, 2017. (Ben Dori/Flash90)

16. Guess which of these human rights Israel guarantees to Palestinians

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Participants in the 2016 Palestine Marathon run along Israel’s concrete separation wall, Bethlehem, West Bank, April 1, 2016. (Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills.org)
Participants in the 2016 Palestine Marathon run along Israel’s concrete separation wall, Bethlehem, West Bank, April 1, 2016. (Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

15. The annexation of Palestine could be closer than you think

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An Israeli soldier tries to prevent a photograph being taken of construction on the separation wall, Bethlehem, January 7, 2006. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
An Israeli soldier tries to prevent a photograph being taken of construction on the separation wall, Bethlehem, January 7, 2006. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

14. Ahed Tamimi flips Zionist mythology on its head

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Ahed Tamimi faces down a soldier in Nabi Saleh. (Haim Shwarczenberg)
Ahed Tamimi faces down a soldier in Nabi Saleh. (Haim Shwarczenberg)

13. Army arrests Palestinian teen for hurting soldiers’ masculinity

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Nariman Tamimi (left), Bassem Tamimi (center), and Ahed Tamimi seen in their home in Nabi Saleh, February 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
Nariman Tamimi (left), Bassem Tamimi (center), and Ahed Tamimi seen in their home in Nabi Saleh, February 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

12. My sister is refusing to join the IDF — and I couldn’t be prouder

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Israeli conscientious objector Atalya Ben-Abba. (Yona Benstein)
Israeli conscientious objector Atalya Ben-Abba. (Yona Benstein)

11. WATCH: Jewish Defense League activists beat Palestinian-American at AIPAC

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Members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) beat a 55-year-old Palestinian man outside the AIPAC convention in Washington D.C., March 26, 2017. (Screenshot)
Members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) beat a 55-year-old Palestinian man outside the AIPAC convention in Washington D.C., March 26, 2017. (Screenshot)

10.Before Zionism: The shared life of Jews and Palestinians

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Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, toward the end of the Ottoman Empire’s control over Palestine.
Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, toward the end of the Ottoman Empire’s control over Palestine.

9. The Palestinian guide to dealing with racist compliments from Israelis

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8. Supreme Court rules against exposing Israel’s role in Bosnian genocide

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A mass grave in Bosnia. (ICTY)
A mass grave in Bosnia. (ICTY)

7. Senior Israeli gov’t minister warns Palestinians of ‘third Nakba’

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Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Tzai Hanegbi, a close ally of Prime Minister Netanyahu, cropped, December 28, 2016. (Ohad Zwigenberg/Pool/Flash90)
Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Tzai Hanegbi, a close ally of Prime Minister Netanyahu, cropped, December 28, 2016. (Ohad Zwigenberg/Pool/Flash90)

6. Netanyahu’s son just published an anti-Semitic cartoon on Facebook

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The anti-Semitic cartoon published on Yair Netanyahu’s Facebook.
The anti-Semitic cartoon published on Yair Netanyahu’s Facebook.

5. Thousands of Israeli, Palestinian women ‘wage peace’ in the desert

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Israeli and Palestinian women from ‘Women Wage Peace’ march near the Dead Sea in the West Bank to demand their leaders do more for peace, October 8, 2017. (Flash90)
Israeli and Palestinian women from ‘Women Wage Peace’ march near the Dead Sea in the West Bank to demand their leaders do more for peace, October 8, 2017. (Flash90)

4. A Palestinian’s first-class seat next to Naftali Bennett

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Minister of Education Nafatli Bennett speaks during an Education Ministry award ceremony of the education in Jerusalem, September 25, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Minister of Education Nafatli Bennett speaks during an Education Ministry award ceremony of the education in Jerusalem, September 25, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

3. How the world missed a week of Palestinian civil disobedience

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Palestinians hold a mass evening prayer adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City, July 23, 2017. (Activestills.org)
Palestinians hold a mass evening prayer adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City, July 23, 2017. (Activestills.org)

2. Richard Gere on segregation in Hebron: It’s exactly like the Old South

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Screenshot of Richard Gere touring the West Bank city of Hebron with Breaking the Silence, March 2017.
Screenshot of Richard Gere touring the West Bank city of Hebron with Breaking the Silence, March 2017.

1. Nabi Saleh is where I lost my Zionism

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Israeli border policemen arrest Nariman Tamimi during the weekly protest against the Israeli occupation, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, June 28, 2013. (Oren Ziv/ Actviestills.org)
Israeli border policemen arrest Nariman Tamimi during the weekly protest against the Israeli occupation, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, June 28, 2013. (Oren Ziv/ Actviestills.org)