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Closed Society: May 20, 2011

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Teachers of Arab kindergartens in Acco did not participate this year in the city’s Independence Day celebrations, honored by by Mayor Shimon Lankri. This is the first time that teachers do not take part in the ceremony. According to city council member Ahmad Audah, “You have to understand the Arab community. We can not participate in the joy nor sorrow of those who depress and dispossess us from our land. This is a human feeling. The parents had a major part in this decision. It is hard to ignore the difficult atmosphere in the Arab world against the State. Naturally, Nakba day was a factor.” Sources in City Hall said that “If the ceremony was deliberately boycotted, then we can’t keep silent about this. These city kindergartens are funded by the municipality.”

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May 20th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Military and Security Forces: May 11, 2011

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Military judge Maj. Sharon Keinan ordered to extend the detention of a 15 year old Palestinian of Bil’in by five more days, because hearings were not held at the Ofer base military court, during Memorial Day and Independence Day. The boy is suspected of throwing stones. At the beginning of the hearing the boy claimed that the soldiers assaulted him when he was arrested; “They kicked me, attacked me. There was a lot of blood. My head is also bruised. A military medic treated me.”

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May 11th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Closed Society: 6 May, 2011

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The Local Government Center followed up on the call of its chairman, Shlomo Bohbot, not to invite artists who did not serve in the IDF to perform in Independence Day celebrations; the follow-up indicated most of the local councils complied.

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May 6th, 2011 at 11:56 pm