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Netanyahu at UN: no occupation, and Hamas equals ISIS

Netanyahu's UN speech embedded Israel's summer attack on Gaza within the global war against ISIS and “Islamist terror”. These images draw attention away from Israel's ongoing occupation and contradict Israeli military perceptions of the Gaza attack and reported progress in Hamas-Israel talks.

Video testimony: Tariq Abu Khdeir, mother Suha speak

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Two Israelis jailed for refusing army service

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ACT! Join AIC field seminar Gaza: What's Next 14-19 October

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ACT! Volunteer with Jordan Valley's besieged communities

The Jordan Valley needs your help. The Jordan Valley Solidarity (JVS) Campaign, a network of Palesti...
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Jerusalem

Video testimony: Tariq Abu Khdeir, mother Suha speak...

Testimony from Palestinian-American teen Tariq Abu Khdeir, who was severely beaten by Israeli police, and his mother Suha.

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Video testimony: Tariq Abu Khdeir, mother Suha speak

Hebron

PHOTOS: Protest halts Israeli archaeological dig in Hebron...

Activists succeeded in temporarily halting Israel's archeological dig in Hebron's Tel Rumeida. As in other occupied Palestinian territory, such as Eas...

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PHOTOS: Protest halts Israeli archaeological dig in Hebron

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Elections Committee bars MK Zoabi from elections

Created on 19 December 2012

By a vote of 19 to 9 with one abstention, Israel's Central Elections Committee Wednesday disqualified Member of Knesset (MK) Hanin Zoabi from running for Knesset in the January 2013 elections. MK Zoabi, a member of the National Democratic Assembly (NDA), was disqualified primarily for her presence on the May 2010 Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla, in which nine Turkish activists were killed and dozens wounded by Israeli commandos. 

 

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 MK Zoabi was disqualified from running in the January 2013 elections by the Knesset's Central Elections Committee

 

Israeli analysts believe that the decision to disqualify MK Zoabi will be overturned by Israel's high court.

 

The committee further decided Wednesday not to disqualify the political parties National Democratic Assembly and Ra'am-Ta'al, both of which were disqualified by the committee prior to the 2009 elections; these disqualifications were subsequently overturned in court.

 

Six petitions were submitted to the elections committee to disqualify NDA, including by MK Danny Danon (Likud) and MK Michael Ben-Ari of the new Strong Israel party.

 

Speaking before the committee, MK Ben-Ari said his main motivation for demanding Zoabi's disqualification was to ensure that "our kids will be able to live in a normal Jewish state, not one in which 30 Zoabis serve in the Knesset." Fellow Strong Israel party member, MK Aryeh Eldad, told the commitee that “I am a doctor and believe in preventive medicine. You don’t have to wait for people to be caught spying or committing treason before barring them from running.”

 

Prior to the vote, NDA leader MK Jamal Zahalkha said that if Zoabi were prevented from running in the 22 January elections, his faction would boycott the elections and would also call on the Palestinian public within Israel to boycott. This, Zahalkha warned, "could create the most acute crisis of confidence ever between Arab citizens and the state."

 

Zahalka said that "our problem is not that we are terrorists, but rather that we are democrats in an environment that does not believe in democracy." "We are tired of apologizing for demanding full equality for all Israeli citizens," Zahalka added, "We're tired of sitting in the dock for being patriotic Palestinians."

 

Director of the Coalition against Racism, Nidal Othman, responded that this decision "is fuelled by political considerations of the committee members and deepens the distrust of many within the Arab public of Israeli democracy."