Author Archives: David Sheen

About David Sheen

David Sheen is a documentarian, journalist, and designer who lives in Dimona. His website is

Terrifying tweets of pre-Army Israeli teens

David Sheen shows a simple search of Twitter for the string ARAVIM, which means “Arabs” in Hebrew, produces a long list of messages by young Jewish Israelis calling to ethnically cleanse the country.

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Do Americans want to know that Israel is waging war on Africans?

Israel’s efforts to deport African refugees continues apace, and the only way to force the Israeli government to halt the process is garnering international support for their cause. Israeli journalist David Sheen is going on tour to educate and drum up global support for Africans in Israel.

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Once and Future Bride of the Sea: A historian discusses the history of Jaffa from the Nakba until today

Tel Aviv – Jaffa City Councillor Sami Abou Shehadeh discusses the history of Jaffa, pre- and post-Nakba.

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When racism isn’t a cause for shame

Public comments made by Israeli parliamentarians in the last 24 hours alone perfectly encapsulate the frightening lows that the country’s leaders have sunk to.

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Attack in Tel Aviv: ‘Jewish girls do not go out with Blacks!’

Tel Aviv continues to witness low-level anti-African attacks on a regular basis. David Sheen shares an account from Friday where two Jewish men attacked a group of friends out for the night because one person in the group was African. Incidents like this are so commonplace they rarely merit any mention in the media, but by North American standards, any one of these stories would be considered scandalous. Above, an African refugee watches an anti-refugee demonstration held by right-wing activists in south Tel Aviv on December 31, 2012.

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Why is Birthright organizing skateboarding and hip hopping-themed trips to Israel?

Birthright is venturing into new territory, launching skateboarding and hip hop-themed trips to Israel. What does this say about the values of the organized Jewish community and the way that it interprets the State of Israel?

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Israeli leader of movement to expel African asylum-seekers driven by fear of miscegenation

A leader of the movement to expel all non-Jewish African asylum-seekers from Israel reveals the real reason for much of the racism: opposition to inter-racial relationships.

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Is Occupy Wall Street anti-Semitic?

Are the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations anti-Jewish? That is what the Emergency Committee for Israel is claiming in a new video (below). The video features clips of Democratic politicians expressing sympathy for the OWS protesters, followed by clips of some … Continue reading

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USA, 1950? South Africa, 1980? No, Israel, 2011 – Racial segregation in Israeli schools

The fact that Palestinians are subjected to a siege in Gaza, an occupation in the West Bank, and systemic discrimination in Israel is rarely disputed. Those who oppose prejudice point to it as a source of embarrassment that must end … Continue reading

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From Tahrir to Tel Aviv there are only two sides of the barricades – the side of freedom and the side of control

The week that followed January 25, 2011, Day One of the Egyptian Intifada, saw two organized demonstrations in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv. Both protests included people of various ethnic identities, but were primarily made up of … Continue reading

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