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Netanyahu-Boehner vs. Herzog-Livni

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu recently appeared in this campaign video in which he is depicted as the only adult in a room of misbehaving children– all of whom happen to represent the Likud’s former coalition partners.
The Central Election Committee has banned the ad for violating a rule against using children in campaign ads. But [...]

Many Arabs cheer Israeli attack on Hezbollah in Syria

Abdulrahman al-Rashed writes at al-Arabiya:
Many have cheered for the sudden Israeli strike which on Sunday killed six Hezbollah members and a general in the Iranian revolutionary guards who, for some reason, were secretly present in Syria’s Quneitra.
The cheering expresses anger and indignation and many expressed frankly those feelings via social networking websites and we’ve even [...]

London seminar for trade union supporters of Israel

Guest post by Eric Lee
We Believe in Israel, along with Trade Union Friends of Israel, is hosting a special seminar in London on Sunday 25 January 2015 from 11.15am to 5.30pm.
This is aimed at trade union members who support Israel, with the objective being to help you network with each other, to give you the [...]

Why are these a**holes smiling? reports:
The Shin Bet and police arrested three radical right-wing activists for their role in a suspected hate-crime attack on a Jerusalem school in which both Jews and Arabs study, it was cleared for publication Thursday.

Reading about the mother of one of them may give you some idea.

We need the Abraham Fund now more than ever

This is a guest post by Stephen Hoffman
As a Zionist I have always believed in the ideals outlined in Israel’s declaration of Independence – that Israel should be a Jewish and democratic state, with the rights of minorities protected and discrimination against them outlawed both in law and practice.  Due to this I am a [...]

Israel heads for elections

Less than two years after the last elections, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has fired Finance Minister Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni of Hatnua from his Cabinet and announced plans to dissolve the Knesset and call for new elections to “receive a clear mandate from the people to lead Israel.”
He [...]

Yasser Arafat: an open letter to the Guardian

This is a guest post by Stephen Hoffman
Dear Sir,
I read with incredulity your recent three page spread dedicated to Yasser Arafat. This wasn’t a three page piece of investigative journalism that the Guardian claims to be all about, but a piece of propaganda that sounded like it had been read out to the [...]

Rachel Shabi’s Mizrahi Post-Zionism: a critique, by Lyn Julius

This is cross-post from Fathom by Lyn Julius
In the 1930s, Jews from Palestine smuggled date palms out of Iraq and planted them in what became Israel. Supposedly, they never bore fruit as delicious as the original, magnificent, Iraqi dates. As with the dates, so with the people, if we are to believe Rachel Shabi. For [...]

Power to the Workers in Israel

If there is any hope for the Israeli Left, it does not lie with the likes of Peace Now, as well-meaning as they are. It lies with Israelis like Aliza Yadey, a 63-year-old self-described “poor” and “rightwing” day-care provider living in a crumbling apartment block outside of Tel Aviv– a labor organizer for a union [...]

“May I have this dance, please?”

Guest post by Jurek Molnar

“Only the devil has got no music.”
(Hildegard von Bingen)
“Shyness is nice and
Shyness can stop you
From doing all the things in life
You’d like to…”
(The Smiths, Ask)
In her book The Harem Within, Moroccan author, sociologist and Muslim feminist Fatimah Mernissi tells us about her childhood in a harem, where she was born and [...]