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Author: Binny Zupnick

Binny is originally from New York but made Aliyah at the age of 14 to Jerusalem where he attended Yeshivat Chorev. Binny then skipped 12th grade to attend Machon Lev where he was able to start his degree in Software Engineering. Binny cut that short to study in Yeshivat Har Etzion where he was for one year. After his year in yeshiva, he entered the work force working in web development, then did the army, and now works in the cyber defense sector.
Unified but Unequal in Jerusalem ?>

Unified but Unequal in Jerusalem

A few months ago while writing about the occupation as a whole, I started researching East Jerusalem in all of its complexities. Most of what I found then I didn’t post, so in honor of Jerusalem Day, I’ve decided to share my findings. To start, East Jerusalem was conquered in 1967 during the Six Day War from Transjordan and (all but) formally annexed soon after. What does “all but formally annexed” mean? It means that Israel passed laws to extend…

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Cries of the Intifada Generation

I got off the bus shaking and distanced myself from it. I instinctively put the metal bus stop between me and the bus. If it blows up maybe I won’t die. I let myself breath when it finally pulled away. Legitimate fears? Or trauma-induced panic? I got on the bus two stops earlier. It was crowded, but I saw an open seat in the back next to a Middle Eastern looking man. He was sitting on the outside seat with…

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How Do We Protect Future Azarias?

In the throes of these past days of intense polarization here in Israel, I want to share something that surprisingly crosses the political spectrum; few celebrated the verdict of Elor Azaria. If so, what’s the partisan debate? Where do the right and left disagree? Many on the right make their disdain very clear, and are loudly and vocally supportive of Elor. This manifests itself in coming out against the military, the IDF legal system, and the IDF rules of engagement….

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My Trip to the Temple Mount

  Today was the day. For months I’ve been trying to make it up to the Temple Mount with little success, but I hoped it would go more smoothly this time.  Last time I tried going up, I prepared some things to say up there. Some quotes from both the Quran and the Tanakh about Moses and respecting holy places. This time, though, as I walked towards the Old City, I just tried mentally preparing myself. Was this a political visit? A religious…

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My Thanksgiving Love Letter

Thanksgiving has many aspects of sacrifice in it in its traditional story. One example is the self-sacrifice of the Pilgrims in search of a better place to live and raise their family. They put their lives on the line in an attempt to better the lives of themselves and their families. The Native-Americans, also, sacrificed in many ways in order to accept the newcomers. They sacrificed time and resources to give to these strangers.    For years, we Americans have used this (albeit…

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A simple declaration.

I am an Israeli citizen. I am an Israeli Patriot. I am a Zionist. I am religious. I am a feminist. I believe in equality, be it gender equality, racial equality, LGBTQ equality, and others. I love this country. Dearly. I love its people. I love its music. I love its mountains and I love its deserts. I love its buses and I love its beaches. I love its bars and I love its cafes. I love Tel Aviv and I love Jerusalem. I love…

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My Aliyahversary and Hamilton ?>

My Aliyahversary and Hamilton

Happy Aliyahversary, Binny! Thanks. It’s been 4 years since I’ve officially made aliyah, 6 years since I’ve been bothering my parents to let me become a citizen, 8 years since I moved here for the first time, and 22 years since I’ve been dreaming of Israel. Most things I dreamed of doing/accomplishing from the age of 16 have so far come true to some extent: Study in an Israeli University, learn in an Israeli Yeshiva, do high school here in Israel, work…

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Why I Call it An Occupation ?>

Why I Call it An Occupation

I sometimes mention in conversation “the occupation” and many people seem offended by this term, so I’d like to talk about it. Not to offend people but rather to clarify my meaning, define my terms, and through my explanation, answer some recurring objections I hear when I talk about it. I’m going to try to avoid talking legalities and theory as much as possible and stick more to real daily life. First I’d like to talk some history and this map…

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It’s Their Fault

I was standing in line to go up to The Temple Mount. Why not, right? I’d like to see what the fuss is all about. People have waged wars, spilled blood, and fought for decades for this hill. Do I wear my kippa? Not wear my kippa? I read the news weekly in Palestinian media of religious Jews “storming” The Temple Mount. Did I want to add to that? But screw that. The Temple Mount has a very clear Jewish connection…

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Transparency is Good. Right?

Israel recently  passed what’s colloquially called The NGO bill. Officially it’s called the “Transparency Requirements for Parties Supported by Foreign State Entities Bill 5766-2016”.   Great! I think transparency is really important. When you see an NGO that is pumping millions of dollars into Israel to advance a certain agenda the FIRST question you should ask is “what’s in it for them” and that’s often-times answered by who holds the wallet and thus power. That wallet is held “hostage” by…

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