Questions for Seder Night

Rabbi Ismail used to say: Anyone who doesn’t say these words on the night of closure has not fulfilled his obligations. These words are: robbery, siege and bitter herbs...

Ashkenazi Jews Are to Blame for Israel’s Ethnic Rift

Ashkenazi Zionism has always known how to foment trouble, in order to continue holding the reins of power...

Two states for two languages

Excluding a fifth of Israel’s citizens from their political calculations is not worthy of being called the left."

Jewish and degenerate

Racism and chauvinism, regardless of which side they come from, destroy every bit of gray matter in the human brain...

The Crimes Of The Regime And Of The Opposition

What is happening now in the Syrian arena, and has been happening for months, is the best proof of the ruin and desolation [that afflict] this land...

Israeli Arabs, don't give the Jewish State your vote

The Jews' election

The Arab MKs merely serve as a fig leaf that covers Israel's systematic racism. Arab citizens, boycott the elections.

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Israeli Arabs, don't give the Jewish State your vote

Turning Jerusalem into Tehran

 
The racist downpours that have fallen on Israel lately are only the first rains of a long winter of racism, one that will flood Israel for years to come. 


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Netanyahu is turning Jerusalem into the new Tehran

Rights and responsibilities of Israel's Arab citizens

The Israeli Arab leadership’s positions on belonging to the state and its institutions are full of contradictions, and the time has come to resolve them.

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Rights and responsibilities of Israel's Arab citizens


Police clash with protesters in the Arab town of Kafr Kana, November 11, 2014. (Photo by Gil Eliyahu)

B. Michael || The right to resist oppression and tyranny

 
Once upon a time, a time we knew better days, had loftier values, and even had more enlightened elected officials.

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The right to resist oppression and tyranny

Apartheid city

New Arab city will perpetuate inequality
We should oppose the construction of a new Arab city on principle. From here it’s a short distance to pushing Arab citizens out of so-called 'Jewish' cities.


Salman Masalha || Apartheid city

The international occupation of Palestine

 The world is a partner:
The time has come to call a spade a spade: The occupation in Palestine isn’t just Israeli – it’s a Western occupation.

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The international occupation of Palestine

Vivian Eden || Fading faces in the rain


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Fading faces in the rain
 
Of ink and identity: The late Samih al-Qasim on the ephemeral nature of the printed word as it encounters the elements.

For the glory of the Middle East

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For the glory of the Middle East


People love to worry about the sociocultural fabric. But as it turns out, concern over this fabric – on the part of both the government and the public – goes in one direction and relates to one ethnicity.

Homeland Hymn

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Homeland Hymn

On the mountain that kisses a star, the winds
flail and wail. This is not a wind that blew in
from the west, it is a wind that sighs:
Who lifts up his eyes on high
to the bereft land, which God has left
to its own devices, filthy with hate, imprisoned
in plaints and the flame of the sword?

Arab, speak Arabic

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Arab, speak Arabic

Israel's Arab MKs can look to Jabotinsky for inspiration about how to achieve real equality between Arabic and Hebrew.

Looking only backwards

This entire region is comprised of artificial states that have never managed to create cross-tribal or cross-ethnic national unity, and have always been ruled in the shadow of the bloody, torn past.


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Looking only backwards: 
Nothing new in the Middle East

Israeli apartheid exposed at the airport

Despite new x-ray machines, the brutal treatment of Arab citizens at Ben-Gurion Airport continues in keeping with Zionist ideology.

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Israeli apartheid exposed at the airport

It’s time for the Palestinians to reshuffle the deck

The Palestinian Authority could either dissolve itself and shoot for a one-state solution, or immediately call new elections and get rid of the corrupt old guard.

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It’s time for the Palestinians to reshuffle the deck

Why the Arabs' test grades are lower

Were I a fan of conspiracy theories, I would accuse Bill Gates of purposely trying to trip up the Arab test takers.

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Why the Arabs' test grades are lower

The whole tragedy in a nutshell


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The whole tragedy in a nutshell

Ever since the two peoples, the Jews and the Palestinians, met in conflict on this small land they have been constantly plagued by the attempt to clarify the meaning of the concept “homeland.”  It seems that this term is one of the most explosive in the discourse of both sides.

Two states for two languages

Arabic state, Hebrew state -
Discard the false visions of a binational state:

M. Abbas with B. Netanyahu (photo: AP)
The time has come to speak to the point. Both the Jews and the Arabs aren’t going anywhere. And in the absence of partition, the conflict will not be solved.

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Two states for two languages

Yahya Hassan || Childhood


Yahya Hassan || Childhood

Five children lined up and a father with a club
Weeping and a pool of piss
In turn we stretch out our hands
For the sake of predictability
The sound when blows rain down

Morani Kornberg-Weiss || Dear Darwish

What happens when a young Israeli-American poet 'speaks' with the late Mahmoud Darwish.

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This conversation could never happen in real life

Vivian Eden || The truth about immigration

“Rest” exemplifies this. It deals with a common issue in Hebrew poetry: a conflict between a “here” and a “there”, which goes back at least as far as the rivers of Babylon in Psalm 137.

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The truth about immigration

Why PISA leans away from the Arabs

Why is there such a large gap in the digital reading scores between Arabic and Hebrew speakers?


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Why PISA leans away from the Arabs

The father, the son and the holy ghost



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The father, the son and the holy ghost


The nation marches on its hopes


“Every soldier,” as Napoleon said,” carries a general’s baton in his rucksack.” However, if you put weaponry into the hands of a fool, he is liable to think that the weaponry solves every problem he encounters.

Answering Bibi and Libi

The answer to Netanyahu and Lieberman needs to come in the establishment of a social democratic front of the Israeli left. The ball is sitting in the court of the two Israeli parties Meretz and Hadash.

Salman Masalha || Answering Bibi and Libi