Over a month after this summer’s devastating Gaza war, small groups of Israelis are starting to reflect on what was and what will be. From a debate hosted by the youth wing of Israel’s ruling Likud party to a new group called Women Waging Peace and the Parents Circle forum of bereaved families, Social TV visits with those who are ready to start talking.
The demand for gender equality in Israel has led women to strive for integration into the ranks of the IDF command. For some the army is a stepping stone to senior civil positions after service. But does the integration of women in combat and commanding roles in the military promote a feminist agenda? And can gender equality in the IDF ever pose a real challenge to male hegemony in Israel?
Being a human rights activist can put you in risky situations, including the very real possibility of arrest. Amnesty International this summer released a new Android app to facilitate discreet, emergency assistance from your chosen contacts in the event of arrest. Social TV speaks with Amnesty’s Israel director about its ‘local’ uses.
For 14 years, the Israeli communities in the Gaza vicinity have dealt with regular rocket and mortar attacks. But not everyone shares the hardline views most often heard when news cameras show up. As ‘Operation Protective Edge’ began this past week, Social TV went to the area and found some different voices.
Live blog: Escalation in Gaza – July 2014
Why are there are no white flags in Gaza?
Dispatch from Gaza: You can never be emotionally ready
Why I object to this military campaign, even as missiles fall on my city
Following a series of high-profile protests that seemingly ended one iteration of the Prawer Plan, nobody — especially those who would be most affected — knows where the plan to displace tens of thousands of Bedouin Israelis stands today. Social TV visits two unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev, Al-Araqib and Alsira, to see how people live under the threat of displacement.
Corrie’s father expresses hope that the top justices ‘understand what it means to protect civilians,’ and that they reverse the trend of impunity for the IDF.
By Jeremy Elster
The Israeli Supreme Court this week heard an appeal on behalf of the family of Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an IDF bulldozer in 2003 outside Rafah, Gaza. At the time, she was non-violently protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes. Her parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, filed a civil suit against the State of Israel alleging wrongful death but faced a setback in August 2012 when the Haifa District Court ruled that the state was not responsible for her death and shifted the blame for the killing on to Rachel herself.
Walking out of the courtroom after the two-and-a-half-hour appeal, Attorney Hussein Abu Hussein, lawyer for the Corrie family, declared the August 2012 decision “a bad day for human rights” and warned that a repeat verdict would set a dangerous precedent against the protection of activists and undermine Israel’s democracy.
Craig Corrie, Rachel’s father, expressed some optimism that the panel of three justices appeared more receptive than those from Haifa. He then remarked, “I hope that the [Supreme Court] understands the issues. They understand what it means to protect civilians and how important that is. That they reverse the trend of the Israeli military having impunity for what they do. It has to be questioned. And I hope they do that.”
Now that the appeal has been heard, the family and supporters will have to wait until a decision is made.
Watch this interview with Craig and Cindy Corrie, Rachel’s parents:
Approximately 300 students marked Nakba Day on Sunday with a commemoration ceremony at Tel Aviv University. Palestinian students read testimonies of those who fled their homes or were expelled by Israeli forces during the 1948 War. A noisy counter-protest by students affiliated with nationalist group Im Tirzu took place opposite the ceremony.
For more +972 coverage from Nakba Day:
Who’s afraid of the right of return?
Two Palestinians killed in Nakba Day protest
Liberating Israeli Jews from the dark legacy of the Nakba
On Land Day in Jaffa, a demonstration was held in the city’s clock square, but the highlight was a lecture by Professor Ilan Pappe on what he and others term the ongoing Nakba and a ‘single democratic state’ solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Pappe’s full lecture can be watched here in Hebrew.
Three African asylum seekers were hired by a family in the Israeli city of Bat Yam; the municipality demanded that they stop working. When the asylum seekers demanded payment from the family for time worked, they were refused. Israel Social TV joined them with a camera when they demanded their pay.
A group of 50 Israeli high school seniors recently sent letters to the prime minister declaring that they will refuse to serve in the army on ideological grounds. But refusing to serve the occupation can be a privileged position, one that is not afforded to various groups of Israelis of certain socioeconomic and religious backgrounds.
Read more on Israel’s latest class of refusers:
Israeli teens tell Netanyahu: We will not take part in occupation
Omar Sa’ad, an 18-year-old Druze citizen of Israel, was sentenced a sixth, 20-day prison term last week for refusing to be drafted into the Israeli army as a conscientious objector.
Before his sixth sentencing, Sa’ad had already served 100 days in the Israeli army’s “Prison 6.”
Dozens of supporters gathered on a hillside overlooking the prison to show their support and solidarity with Sa’ad earlier this month. Members of a new group of Jewish refusers also joined the protest and described Sa’ad as a role model who gave them strength in their own struggle against military conscription.
The Knesset raised the election threshold earlier this month, which will have an adverse effect on the ability of most Arab parties to win seats in Israel’s parliament. What would happen if, in response, all of the Arab and non-Zionist parties unite and run on a joint list?
The sex industry in Israel generates nearly NIS 2 billion a year. Thousands of women find themselves trapped in a cycle of prostitution due to factors ranging from sexual abuse in childhood to severe social and economic circumstances. A new draft law that would take legal action against clients of prostitution services passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset recently. Social organizations are now trying to push for final passage.