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Jo Roberts on Jewish trauma, the Nakba, and the olive tree

Mondoweiss, January 10, 2015

 

Since the state’s inception, Palestinian Israelis have very much been second-class citizens (just one example: while 15% of Jewish Israelis live under the poverty line, for the Palestinian Israeli community that figure is over 50%). Until 1966, Palestinian Israelis were held under martial law, their communities isolated from Jewish Israelis and from each other. Education during that time was minimal. This left a huge scar, both in terms of economic development and political organizing. Even after martial law had ended, Arab areas received very little funding. One man told me of growing up on a street in Jaffa that ran with open sewage, not realizing until he first visited Jewish neighborhoods in his early twenties that this was not a normal state of affairs. For many years, a number of Palestinians Arab villages were “unrecognized,” which meant no provision of municipal services: no water, sewage, electricity, roads, or schools. Community leaders faced a grueling, decades-long battle to change that, and while all the villages outside the Negev have now formally been recognized, they still face huge bureaucratic hurdles to any new development. (Thirty-five Bedouin villages in the Negev are still unrecognized, and are harried by the government: the village of al Araqib has been demolished and rebuilt 79 times.)

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On Charlie Hebdo

Jacobin, January 2015

 

During the “Troubles,” one of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s most infamous acts was to send the Special Air Service to shoot three unarmed Irish Republican Army members in Gibraltar.

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European Jewish group slams Netanyahu's call for French Jews to immigrate to Israel

Haaretz, Jan. 11, 2015

Campaign, launched after Paris attacks, 'severely weakens and damages the Jewish communities that have the right to live securely wherever they are,' EJA director says.

 

 A man holds a sign reading 'I am Jewish' on January 10, 2015, during a demonstration called by the Jewish Students' Union of France. Photo by AFP
A man holds a sign reading 'I am Jewish' on January 10, 2015, during a demonstration called by the Jewish Students' Union of France. Photo by AFP

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One Student's Epic Tweets Call Out the Biggest Hypocrites Marching for Free Speech In Paris

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[Reporters Without Borders] said Sunday that it was "appalled by the presence of leaders from countries where journalists and bloggers are systematically persecuted such as Egypt (which is ranked 159th out of 180 countries in RWB's press freedom index), Russia (148th), Turkey (154th) and United Arab Emirates (118th)."

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France as a model for human rights and freedom of expression? You must be kidding

Haaretz, 14.01.15

 

If this really is a culture war, it is not being waged between murderous Islam and liberal democracy, but between murderous Islam and greedy capitalism, which is every bit as murderous.

 

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The story repeats itself [...]. It is called “Françafrique”: a predatory relationship between the Élysée Palace and countries that possess unparalleled wealth in the form of natural resources – resources that transformed France into a thriving modern country while leaving millions of Africans to suffer unimaginable poverty and horrible disease, and abandoning millions of others to the hands of rapists, torturers, mutilators and murderers who often worked for the puppet regimes established by the “former” colonial masters. [...]

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