Not only is the competition a patriarchal relic of the past, the venue for this year's pageant is a stark reminder of the Israeli occupation.
This crisis presents the chance for the government to accelerate the undoing of the country’s corruption and apartheid inheritance — otherwise risk its survival.
Like Trump supporters, the US’s blind loyalty to Israel is sustained by an alternate reality and selective rendition of facts.
“Nothing could have adequately prepared me for what I encountered on the ground: Israeli apartheid.”
Many believe anti-Semitism is weaponised by Israel to silence its critics. But that shouldn’t make the Palestinian solidarity movement blind to anti-Semitism when it rears its head, say progressive Jewish voices.
Hundreds of Palestinian students from the occupied West Bank have been jailed for their non-violent political activism.
The country’s fault lines have become more visible as Palestinian citizens of Israel have mobilised in the face of historic dispossession and discrimination.
The mass arrests have nothing to do with criminality and everything to do with dishing out retribution.
Israel has instituted laws and rules that treat Palestinians as second-rate subjects while Jewish citizens enjoy the full gamut of human rights.
The winners are quite clearly Hamas and Netanyahu but the Palestinian cause, and the discourse around it, also scored a major victory.
The partisan gap on Israel-Palestine is consistent with the broader values gap that has widened between Democrats and Republicans over the past two decades.
Israel not only controls the cycle of destruction, but ironically, also holds the keys to reconstruction.
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