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This weekly email lists media highlights related to Israel's Arab citizens and Jewish-Arab relations.
For updates from the field on current events please the Task Force website.

         

Arab Party Merger

As Arab MKs unite, a new political landscape emerges - The Times of Israel - Areej Hazboun and Daniel Estrin – 1.28.15 “Communists, Palestinian nationalists and religious Muslims band together for the first time, in hopes of rallying Israel's largest minority and unseating Netanyahu.”

Arab Lawmakers Shake Up Israeli Politics With Historic Union – NY Times – AP – 1.27.15 “Israel's Arab political parties are banding together under one ticket for the first time ever ahead of national elections in March, hoping to boost turnout and help unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Analysis: Arab party unity deal will it last? - Jerusalem Post - Ariel Ben Solomon – 1.26.15 “Now that each party has guaranteed seats in the next Knesset, it can be expected that ideological and personal differences will break it apart.”

Petition to Block Joint Arab List from Knesset - Israel National News - Hezki Ezra and Tova Dvorin – 1.24.15 “Yisrael Beytenu to file petition against joint Arab party list on grounds of Balad MKs supporting known terror organizations.”

Op-Eds

Encountering Peace: The Peace Bridge - Jerusalem Post – Gershon Baskin – 1.28.15 “No one is deluded enough to believe that the Arab parties running on a single list means that there is real unity among them.”

Who said a union of Israel's Arab parties is such a good idea? – i24News – Nazir Mgally – 1.27.15 “The very idea that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the other Knesset members who raised the electoral threshold are the ones who have made us Arabs unite in a joint list for the Knesset in the coming March 17 elections is making me lose sleep.”

How the joint Arab slate challenges Israel's discriminatory politics - +972 Magazine – Amjad Iraqi – 1.26.15 “For the first time, the Knesset could have a sizable political bloc that is ’100 percent for equality, 100 percent against occupation.’”

The Arab parties united? Great, now it’s time to get to work - +972 Magazine - Samah Salaime Egbariya – 1.24.15 “You know that joke about how Arabs can’t agree about anything but the fact that they disagree about everything? Well, it is officially no longer relevant!

More Headlines

Educating Israel’s Periphery – The Jewish Week – Hannah Dreyfus – 1.28.15 “Haneen Abukaf, 16, an Israeli-Arab high school student in the Bedouin village of Um Batin in southern Israel, loves studying history and dreams of becoming a doctor.”

Israeli film fund closes Palestinian loophole: Creators must pledge to be 'Israeli' - Haaretz - Nirit Anderman – 1.27.15 “After local Arab filmmaker accepted large grant, then registered movie as ‘Palestinian’ at Venice Film Festival, country’s two big film foundations close loophole.”

Rivlin blasts attack against Druse guard who served in Presidents Residence - The Jerusalem Post - Greer Fay Cashman – 1.25.15 “Police detain Isawiya man carrying knife near head of state’s official home.”

Watch: Jewish Kindergarten Torched in Lod - Israel National News - Yoni Kempinski and Tova Dvorin – 1.25.15“Disgruntled Arab neighbors accused in kindergarten arson; locals praise 'miracle' that building survived.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Orders Party To Distribute Charlie Hebdo for Free – Forward – JTA – 1.25.15 “Liberman Blasts 'Capitulation to Terror’”

Steimatzky cancels in-store sale of Charlie Hebdo survivors issue after Arab objections - The Jerusalem Post - Ariel Ben Solomon – 1.24.15 “The head of the southern Islamic Movement’s United Arab List, Masud Ghnaim, warned in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the book store's action is "very dangerous."

Opinion

Death at Rahat and how to avert disaster - Times of Israel  - Kher Albaz – 1.28.15 “The Or Committee, which investigated the deaths of 13 Arab demonstrators in October 2000, found serious flaws in the actions by the Israeli police taken against Arab citizens.”

Lieberman, the 'champion of democracy', uses Charlie Hebdo to bash Muslims – Haaretz – Mira Awad – 1.27.15 “Yisrael Beiteinu is being dishonest in going to war over freedom of expression and the democratic right to buy a newspaper.”

Is Rahat the Ferguson of Israel? - JTA - Ben Sales – 1.27.15 “In an economically depressed town populated largely by a minority group, a young man is killed under disputed circumstances.”

 

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