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  • 'UNRWA shouldn't be held hostage to politics'

    As the U.S. slashes the Palestinian refugee agency's budget, Netanyahu is urging it be abolished altogether. Some believe that shuttering UNRWA would somehow make the Palestinian refugee problem extinct. 'Not true,' says the agency's director in Washington. The Trump administration announced this week that it had cut by more than half its contribution to the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestinian refugees. [tmwinpost] The agency provides life-saving assistance to 80 percent of the population in Gaza, food assistance for over a million Palestinians throughout the region, and schools for over half a million children. Trump's announcement of the funding cuts…

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  • Military court: Ahed Tamimi and her mom to remain in prison

    Bassem Tamimi: 'I don't trust this court, I don't trust this legal system, all of which is built to punish the Palestinians.' By Oren Ziv An Israeli military appeals court on Wednesday denied bail to Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian girl who was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier at the entrance to her home, and her mother Nariman, ordering them held in prison until the conclusion of their respective trials. [tmwinpost] Tamimi is charged with five counts of assaulting security forces, as well as with incitement. Her mother is accused of incitement via social media. Military Judge Haim Baliti rejected most of the…

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  • Refugees hold 'slave auction' outside Knesset to protest deportation

    Israel plans to begin deporting tens of thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers within weeks. Activists hope the action will raise awareness of what awaits them. By Oren Ziv A group of Eritrean asylum seekers and Israeli refugee advocates staged a mock slave auction outside the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, while a conference on government plans to begin mass deportations of asylum seekers took place inside Wednesday morning. [tmwinpost] Around 10 asylum seekers stood on make-shift auction blocks made of milk crates, while an auctioneer called out, “get your slaves, slaves for half price,” over a megaphone. A single member…

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  • Between determination and despair: Meet the refugees fighting deportation

    The Israeli government has begun the first stages in its planned deportation of African asylum seekers. Refugee activists and advocates are preparing to fight it.  By Joshua Leifer The start of the new year marked the first stages of the Israeli government's plan to deport the roughly 40,000 asylum seekers, most from Eritrea and Sudan, currently living in Israel. The government announced in early January that asylum seekers have three months to leave the country; those who remain in Israel after the three months will face a choice: deportation or prison. [tmwinpost] The Population and Immigration Authority also announced that it was recruiting additional inspectors…

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  • Hundreds protest in Nabi Saleh to demand freedom for Tamimi women

    Israeli forces try to prevent demonstrators from reaching the village, and fire barrages of tear gas at demonstrators. Roughly 300 people — Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals — marched in the West Bank village on Nabi Saleh on Saturday to demand that Israel free the Tamimi family women, 16-year-old Ahed and her mother, Nariman, as well as other members of the popular resistance committees who have been arrested over the past several weeks. [tmwinpost] In addition to the residents of Nabi Saleh, the demonstrators included Joint List head MK Ayman Odeh; Palestinian Legislative Council member Mustafa Barghouti; Mohammad Barakeh, chairman of…

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  • +972 Writer Mya Guarnieri Jaradat's book short-listed for the Wingate Prize

    Guarnieri Jaradat's book, The Unchosen, is deeply reported look into the lives of asylum seekers and migrant workers in Israel. +972 Magazine congratulates writer Mya Guarnieri Jaradat on her book, The Unchosen: The Lives of Israel’s New Others, being short-listed for the 2018 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize. The Unchosen was short-listed alongside The Dark Circle by Linda Grant, The Mighty Frank by Michael Frank, Small Pieces: A Book of Lamentations by Joanne Limburg, Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem by George Prochnik, and The Holocaust by Laurence Rees. According to the Wingate Foundation, the award is…

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  • WATCH: Settlers throw stones at Palestinian homes in revenge attacks

    Dozens of Israeli settlers throw stones at Palestinian cars and houses following the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach near the illegal settlement outpost of Havat Gilad.  By Joshua Leifer Israeli settlers carried out a string of revenge attacks targeting Palestinian civilians following the killing of Rabbi Raziel Shevach in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday. Shevach, 35 and a father of six, was shot to death at a traffic junction near the illegal settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, where he lived. [tmwinpost] At the Yitzhar and Shilo junctions in the northern West Bank, settlers threw rocks at Palestinian cars on the evening…

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  • 'There is no justice in Israel — it’s always postponed'

    The Nawara family expected to hear the sentence of the Israeli soldier who killed their son, Nadeem. Instead, they were forced to sit quietly while the soldier's lawyer argued that it was not his client but Nadeem who was guilty of a crime.  By Joshua Leifer The hearing began poorly. Siam Nawara was on the stand, testifying in what was supposed to be the sentencing of the Israeli soldier who killed his son. The midday sun sliced through the wooden slats on the Jerusalem courtroom windows and illuminated the drab, white room. Clanging carts and cars could be heard from Salah a-Din Street…

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  • Why has Israel banned Jewish leftists but not members of Nazi-linked groups?

    Israel has banned leaders and key activists from Jewish Voice for Peace, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, among other groups that support BDS, from entering the country. So why doesn't it extend the same restrictions to members of Nazi-affiliated groups? Israel’s latest step in its self-described “offensive” against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is to include Jewish Voice for Peace, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and the American Friends Service Committee on a list of organizations whose leading members are banned from entering the country. Although the law barring boycott advocates was passed in March last year, the blacklisted…

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  • In Be'er Sheva, coexistence is 'political,' and can get you evicted

    The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Quality has been a fixture in the city of Be'er Sheva for decades. Now, following pressure from far-right activists, the city is evicting it. By Yehudit Keshet The city of Be’er Sheva is trying to evict the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, the only place where Jews and Arabs can meet to work together and promote equality and understanding, following a concerted effort by far-right extremists. [tmwinpost] The Forum has been operating out of a Jewish-Arab community center, located in a renovated bomb shelter, since 1996 — all under one condition: that it…

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