So you think you can dance? Israel ethnic profiles Alvin Ailey’s African American Dancer By Omar Barghouti

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So you think you can dance? For Ailey dancer with Muslim name, rocky entrance in the Bosom of Abraham

Copyright 2008 Omar Barghouti

Dance Insider — September 12, 2008

JERUSALEM — Israeli security officers at Tel-Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport Tuesday forced an African-American member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — by far the best-known touring company in the United States — to perform twice for them in order to prove he was a dancer before letting him enter the country with the dance company, the dancer told the Associated Press. But even after he complied, one of the officers suggested that Abdur-Rahim Jackson change his name. Jackson felt humiliated and “deeply saddened,” according to an Ailey spokesperson, particularly because his Arab/Muslim sounding first name, given to him by his Muslim father, was the reason that he was the only member of his company subjected to this typical Israeli ethnic profiling.

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Stop the lying! By: B. Michael

[Here is an article that was published in Hebrew in Yedioth Aharonoth, Israel’s largest circulation newspaper. “Stop the Lying,” By B. Michel, Yedioth Aharonoth, September 5, 2008. To my knowledge It was not published in English on Yedioth Aharonoth’s English internet site YNews. B. Michael is one of Israel’s most respected journalists. It was translated by George Malent and published by the Israeli peace activist publication Occupation Magazine. Here is a quote from the article. “Everybody knows they all lie. And they all lie under oath. Because that’s the procedure.” If only the North American press would report what is written in the Israeli press. — Ed Corrigan]



Yedioth Aharonoth 5 September 2008 Translated from Hebrew by George Malentts, that buy with such casual indifference all the nonsense on offer from the army, the police and the ISA? Clearly they have all gone too far. In order to avoid confusion, we will place each under a separate heading.

Let us start with the army.

We will not once again delve into its systematic “deep lies”. Like the “Civil Administration”, which is nothing but a tyrannical military government with all that implies. Like the shady collaboration between the army and the “hilltop” thugs. Like the routine abuse by soldiers against passers-by, just for the sake of entertainment and relief of stress. Like the scandalous military policies that for year now have prevented any serious investigation into the killing of hundreds of innocent people by soldiers’ gunfire.

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