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  • After Ramadan, back to your regularly scheduled occupation

    During the month of Ramadan, Palestinians were more freely able to pass between the West Bank and Jerusalem. Now it's back to the old rules of military occupation. Text by Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org The final Friday of Ramadan was also the final day in which Israel temporarily "relaxed" its restrictions on Palestinian movement in the West Bank. Throughout the past month, which Muslims mark as the holiest time of the year, Israel allowed women of all ages, men over 40, and children under 12 to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers without special entry permits. Palestinians were also granted permission…

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  • Mexico used Israeli software to spy on journalists, activists

    A New York Times investigation reveals how the Mexican government used software developed by an Israeli company to hack the phones of anti-corruption lawyers and activists in Mexico. By Edan Ring An Israeli cyber and spyware company, NSO, is in the headlines again over its software being used to hack the phones of anti-corruption lawyers and activists in Mexico. Nonetheless, it has been considered a source of “Israeli pride.” Established by veterans of the IDF’s main intelligence unit and run out of Herzliya, NSO’s spying and eavesdropping software – and above all its Pegasus spyware — have earned it global name recognition. Last…

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  • WATCH: Hundreds of Israelis protest government corruption

    At the beginning of June, hundreds of Israelis gathered in Petah Tikva to protest against the slow progress on investigations into government corruption, particularly the scandals surrounding Netanyahu, as well as against threats to freedom of expression. Read more: Civil society groups join forces to protect freedom of speech Netanyahu scandal exposes corruption in the Israeli press

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  • 10 must-read articles for World Refugee Day

    A selection of articles and stories about asylum seekers and refugees in Israel on the occasion of World Refugee Day. (Full disclosure, I couldn't include just 10) It has been more than a decade since refugees from Darfur first began making the dangerous journey across the Sinai desert in order to seek asylum in Israel. Since those early years, Israeli society and successive Israeli governments have become increasingly hostile toward the asylum seekers from Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere who sought safety and dignity in the country. On the occasion of World Refugee Day, here is a selection of articles about…

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  • Israelis release paper lanterns in solidarity with blacked-out Gaza

    As the Israeli government begins implementing a decision to reduce the already insufficient electricity supply in Gaza, to just three hours a day, activists just across the border send a little symbolic light their way. By Eli Bitan After Israel announced that it had begun reducing the already insufficient electricity supply to Gaza on Monday, dozens of Israeli activists released 150 paper lanterns at Ashkelon beach, just north of the Strip, in solidarity with the residents of the besieged territory. Among the activists were Israeli residents who live in the towns surrounding Gaza, who joined the action to protest the potential humanitarian…

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  • Humanitarian crisis looms as Israel cuts Gaza's electricity

    The decision comes less than a week after Israel acceded to Mahmoud Abbas' demand to cut Gaza's power supply. The Israeli government announced Monday morning that it had begun cutting the electricity to the Gaza Strip, fulfilling a request by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. [tmwinpost] The Palestinian Authority informed Israel in April that it would cease paying for electricity supplies to the Strip. Israel supplies the coastal enclave with about 30 percent of its electricity at a cost of around 40 million shekels per month, which it deducts from the taxes of the Palestinian Authority. Abbas hopes that the cuts would place enough pressure on…

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  • Overcoming bigotry, Be'er Sheva to hold first pride march

    A year after the Be'er Sheva march was cancelled following threats by extremists, the LGBTQ community in the city wins its greatest victory to date. By Daniel Beller A year after it was cancelled by the municipality, the southern city of Be'er Sheva will hold its first ever pride parade this coming Thursday. Last year's cancellation came after organizers were forced to march on side streets and in a closed-off area, following pressure by the religious community in the city, and after the police claimed they had received concrete intelligence that extremists were planning on attacking the marchers. [tmwinpost] This year, after months-long…

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  • PHOTOS: Hundreds block Tel Aviv traffic to protest gender violence

    Thousands of women demonstrate across Israel against gender violence and the police's unwillingness to fight it. Over 1,000 women and men demonstrated in Tel Aviv's Habima Square on Saturday night following the murder of four women by their family members over the past week. The protesters, who directed much of their anger at Israeli police's inability or unwillingness to bring the perpetrators to justice, chanted slogans such as "twenty women a year — where is the state?" "Bibi, Bibi, wake up — the blood of women is not cheap," and called for a "women's intifada." Fourteen women have been murdered…

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  • WATCH: Ethiopian-Israelis take struggle to the corridors of power

    Two years have passed since Ethiopian-Israelis took the streets to protest police brutality and widespread inequality. Now they are bringing their struggle to the Knesset, which recently marked a 'Day for Equality for Ethiopian Immigrants.' Members of Knesset, government officials, and social activists joined together to discuss discrimination in housing, budget allocation, higher education, and more. But will be enough to bring about the necessary change?

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  • Extremist rabbi indicted for incitement against Palestinians

    The indictment, which was approved by Israel's attorney general, was the result of a years-long petition demanding the state take action. Israel's quasi-constitution has no explicit protection of free speech. A extremist Israeli settler rabbi who has published articles and books on the permissibility of killing non-Jews was indicted for incitement to violence on Tuesday, years after penning his most notorious work, “Torat Halmelech.” [tmwinpost] The indictment of Rabbi Yosef Elitzur was the result of a petition filed two years ago by the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), and Tag Meir, demanding that the state take criminal action against him.…

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