+972 Magazine » Video http://972mag.com Independent commentary and news from Israel & Palestine Sun, 01 May 2016 14:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 WATCH: Ethiopian-Israeli mothers join protests against police brutality http://972mag.com/watch-ethiopian-israeli-mothers-join-protests-against-police-brutality/118856/ http://972mag.com/watch-ethiopian-israeli-mothers-join-protests-against-police-brutality/118856/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:27:59 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=118856 Israelis of Ethiopian descent have taken to the streets several times over the past year to demand an end to police discrimination and brutality against their community. Now, a group of mothers is leading a new movement against the violence and discrimination police use against their sons.

Read more:
A long time coming: Why Ethiopian-Israelis are protesting
Ethiopian-Israelis’ protest against police violence is met with police violence

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WATCH: Is BDS a feminist movement? http://972mag.com/watch-is-bds-a-feminist-movement/118825/ http://972mag.com/watch-is-bds-a-feminist-movement/118825/#comments Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:45:31 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=118825 Nonviolent tools of resistance tend to be more accessible to women, and the leaders of revolutionary struggles often become the political leaders of tomorrow. Can the Palestinian call for BDS be a feminist movement? Can it be a tool for the empowerment of women? ‘Woman to Woman’ sets out to answer those questions and more.

Read more:
In Israel, BDS is winning
The right to boycott is non-negotiable
The American Jews prying open the conversation on the occupation

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A new era of anti-occupation Judaism http://972mag.com/a-new-era-of-anti-occupation-judaism/118705/ http://972mag.com/a-new-era-of-anti-occupation-judaism/118705/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:37:22 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=118705 American Jews have long overwhelmingly supported an end to the occupation, but increasingly, we are building an organized critical mass who are also willing to push our institutions and politicians in the same direction. IfNotNow takes its Passover message of liberation to Hillel and AIPAC.

By Leanne Gale

Members of IfNotNow hold a Liberation Seder in front of Hillel’s headquarters in Washington D.C., April 19, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

Members of IfNotNow hold a Liberation Seder in front of Hillel’s headquarters in Washington D.C., April 19, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

We gathered early in the morning, before the work day began. By the time I arrived at our meeting place, there were leaders milling about in neon vests to assist with logistics. There were megaphones. There were posters. I remarked to a friend, “This feels like trip day at my Jewish summer camp, but a bit edgier.”

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We had come together as IfNotNow, a movement working to end American Jewish communal support for the Israeli occupation. Our action was the first in a week-long series of actions under the banner of Dayenu! No Liberation with Occupation. Because this Passover, when Jews gather around the country to reflect on the meaning of liberation in our tradition, we are not prepared to allow the American Jewish community to ignore our oppression of the Palestinian people. Not with the occupation about to turn 50.

The plan was to march to Hillel International — a Jewish institution complicit in perpetuating the occupation and stifling student dissent — and set up a seder table in front of its doors. We would then observe a Passover Liberation Seder affirming the liberation of the Jewish and Palestinian people. With the doors blocked, Hillel International would not be able to continue business as usual until we had completed our ritual. Just as the occupation disrupts the daily lives of Palestinians, so too would we disrupt the daily activities of Hillel International.

We did. And my God, was that seder beautiful.

Members of IfNotNow hold a Liberation Seder in front of Hillel’s headquarters in Washington D.C., April 19, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

Members of IfNotNow hold a Liberation Seder in front of Hillel’s headquarters in Washington D.C., April 19, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

As a Jewish anti-occupation activist, it can be easy to feel alone in this political climate. Last week, my friend and visionary anti-occupation activist Simone Zimmerman was suspended from her position as Jewish Outreach Coordinator at the Bernie Sanders campaign following intense pressure from right-wing Jewish establishment leaders. And just yesterday, hundreds of Jewish Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv to rally behind an Israeli soldier who shot and killed an already subdued Palestinian attacker in Hebron. Reportedly, many wore “Kahane Lives” paraphernalia and chanted “death to Arabs.” One sign read, “Kill Them All.”

The author, Leanne Gale, at the Liberation Seder in Washington D.C.

The author, Leanne Gale, at the Liberation Seder in Washington D.C.

But today I did not feel alone. I stood in the crowd with fellow Solomon Schechter Jewish Day school alumni; fellow North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) alumni; fellow Hillel alumni; fellow J Street U alumni; fellow Tikkun Leil Shabbat minyan participants in D.C.; a fellow New Israel Fund — Shatil social justice fellow; colleagues, friends, loved ones.

We began the seder with the Shehecheyanu, the Jewish blessing for auspicious beginnings. When I hear the Shehecheyanu, I cannot help but to hear it in my father’s voice. I grew up listening to him in his capacity as Rabbi Gale, chanting the blessing at weddings, holiday celebrations, and bnai mitzvah. I burst into a smile as we blessed our auspicious gathering of Jews united for freedom and dignity for all.

We sang Lo Yisa Goy  a passage from Isaiah popular in many Jewish communities. It translates, “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, and neither shall they learn war anymore.” For the first time in years, I was able to sing the song loudly and freely without wondering whether those around me cared about the Israeli occupation at all. I knew I was surrounded by a Jewish community that did care, urgently.

And we crafted our own version of the Dayenu, the Passover recitation of thanks for liberation from Egypt and the many other gifts bestowed upon the Jewish people. Rather than chanting, “It would have been enough,” we chanted, “We should have said enough:”

When Hillel, which is supposed to be a home for Jewish students, silenced our voices, we should have said enough.

When our Hebrew schools showed us only one side of the story and then demanded our unwavering support for Israel and its abusive policies, we should have said enough.

When we were told the strength and safety of our community depended on the subjugation of another, we should have said enough.

When we saw the words “Death to Arabs” written on the walls of buildings, we should have said enough.

When settlers took over Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, we should have said enough.

The moment East Jerusalem came up, I thought back to my former colleagues at Ir Amim (“City of Nations” or ”City of Peoples”) who work every day for a more equitable and sustainable Jerusalem.  I thought back to my friend Anwar, a young Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem who Skyped with me earlier this year on flickering Internet as Israeli Border Police raided her village. I thought of my role model, Ahmad Sub Laban, who has spent the past year working against the clock to protect his family from eviction by settlers in the Old City of Jerusalem. Here, in this American-Jewish space, these individuals were finally welcome.

It dawned on me that IfNotNow, and the young Jews making it happen, herald a new era of American Judaism. For too long, our Judaism has been poisoned by Israeli military occupation and American Jewish complicity in the oppression of the Palestinian people. When I walk into synagogue, my body wants to fall into the relaxed familiarity of Kabbalat Shabbat but the moment is tainted knowing that the congregation is silent on the occupation. When I sing the Psalm, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” all I can think about is Israeli Border Police spraying skunk water on Palestinian homes and schools in A-Tur, and how lonely it feels to think about that in a mainstream Jewish space. And when I join my community to fast in repentance for our sins on Yom Kippur, I cannot help but to feel utterly enmeshed in a silent web of hypocrisy as the day passes without one mention of the Palestinian people.

Members of IfNotNow hold a Liberation Seder in front of Hillel’s headquarters in Washington D.C., April 19, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

Members of IfNotNow hold a Liberation Seder in front of Hillel’s headquarters in Washington D.C., April 19, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

But young American Jews who love our tradition and decry the injustice of occupation are coming of age. And we are creating a Judaism together that does not force us to empty our prayers of meaning.

I feel in my bones like the times are finally changing. We are creating an actualized, morally consistent Judaism, and we are taking it to its next logical step. American Jews have long overwhelmingly supported an end to the occupation, but increasingly, we are building an organized critical mass who are also willing to push our institutions and politicians to make it happen. We may have been a silent majority in the past, but our silence has not served us, or the Palestinians. So we are finding the courage, and community, to get louder.

IfNotNow is growing, with chapters popping up in Jewish communities across the country. Just in D.C. alone, IfNotNow is leading training sessions every month, coordinating actions, and organizing with passionate intensity. And on the same day as the IfNotNow D.C. Liberation Seder, six IfNotNow leaders in Boston were arrested while holding a Liberation Seder in the lobby of the local AIPAC office. That’s not to mention the exponential growth of Jewish Voice for Peace, the student-led organizing of Open Hillel, or the incredible work of J Street U to demand transparency for Jewish institutional funding across the Green Line. As IfNotNow folks like to say, “We are the generation that will end American Jewish support for the occupation.”

Raw footage of Boston's #LiberationSeder

Footage of the arrests at the #LiberationSeder inside Boston's AIPAC office yesterday. AIPAC chose to arrest young Jews trying to take leadership in the community rather than publicly stand for freedom and dignity for all.

Posted by If Not Now on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On Passover, it is traditional to ask, “Why is this night different than every other night?” This Passover, hundreds of young Jews across the country are taking to the streets to demand liberation from the Mitzrayim, the narrowness, of occupation, for Jews and Palestinians alike. We are turning our prayers in protest, the way the Prophets intended. We are turning our Passover songs into cries for justice.

That feels pretty different to me. It feels like a new era.

Leanne Gale s a Jewish anti-occupation activist based in Washington D.C.

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WATCH: Arab women speak out over labor exploitation http://972mag.com/watch-arab-women-speak-out-over-labor-exploitation/118529/ http://972mag.com/watch-arab-women-speak-out-over-labor-exploitation/118529/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:16:15 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=118529 Four years ago, the State of Israel introduced a plan to increase the percentage of working Arab women in order to lift them out of poverty. But did that plan actually work?

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VIDEO: Israeli soldier executes unarmed, wounded Palestinian attacker http://972mag.com/video-israeli-soldier-executes-wounded-palestinian-in-hebron/118093/ http://972mag.com/video-israeli-soldier-executes-wounded-palestinian-in-hebron/118093/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:43:43 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=118093 Maybe even worse than the murder itself is the fact that no one in the vicinity seems at all moved by it.

WARNING: This post contains a highly graphic video and images.

An IDF soldier is seen seconds before shooting a wounded Palestinian man in the head. (Screenshot/B’Tselem)

An IDF soldier is seen seconds before shooting a wounded Palestinian man in the head. (Screenshot/B’Tselem)

An IDF soldier was filmed shooting a Palestinian in the head at close range in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of occupied Hebron Thursday, after he and another Palestinian reportedly stabbed a different soldier, lightly wounding him.

Most Israeli media outlets initially went with the usual headline, “Soldier stabbed, assailants killed.” A few hours later, however, video of the incident was released showing that the Palestinian man was already shot and lying on the ground wounded, presenting absolutely no threat to anyone at the time he was shot in the head, murdered.

The video was captured by local Palestinian resident Emad abu-Shamsiyah and distributed by B’Tselem.

Minutes earlier, before the start of the video, the two young Palestinian men, Abed al Fatah a-Sharif and Ramzi al-Qasrawi, reportedly stabbed a soldier in the Hebron neighborhood. They were shot in the aftermath of the stabbing.

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In the video, which begins only after the stabbing already took place, an Israeli soldier can be seen shooting the injured Sharif in the head as he lies on the ground. The soldier is facing the camera with Sharif in between.

In a separate video we have deemed too graphic to upload, a prominent settler from Hebron can be heard telling soldiers, “this dog is still alive.”

No one in the vicinity seems bothered or surprised at all by the shooting — neither the soldiers nor a couple of police officers present nor the medical teams seen treating the wounded soldier. They completely ignore the two wounded Palestinians (al-Qasrawi is lying several feet behind a-Sharif, and can be seen at the end of the video). This total apathy reflects not only the regularity of such incidents of stabbings and responsive shootings, but also the culture of impunity in which IDF soldiers feel free to shoot and kill Palestinians against the IDF’s own rules of engagement.

The Israeli military immediately sought to distance itself from the murder. Israeli security forces have been accused by Palestinians and others of unnecessarily killing Palestinian stabbing suspects since the latest wave of violence began. Israel has consistently denied the practice, although senior ministers have in recent years given what many interpreted as a green light to killing suspected terrorists.

In October 2015, video footage show Fadi Alloun, a young Palestinian man from East Jerusalem, being shot and killed by police officers despite not appearing to pose an immediate threat. In November, two Palestinian girls were shot after stabbing an elderly man with scissors. In response to that incident, IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizencot said he doesn’t want Israeli soldiers to “empty a [rifle] magazine into a girl with scissors.”

The IDF Spokesperson issued the following statement: ”An initial investigation shows that this is a severe incident that contradicts the IDF’s ethical code and what is expected from the IDF’s soldiers and commanders. A military police investigation has been opened following the findings of the initial investigation that was carried out by the commanders. The soldier has been suspended from his position until the culmination of the investigation.”

Update: Military police arrested the soldier, and high ranking officers ordered that all other soldiers who were in the vicinity at the time of the shooting should also be investigated.

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WATCH: Living in the looming shadow of expulsion http://972mag.com/watch-living-in-the-looming-shadow-of-expulsion/118047/ http://972mag.com/watch-living-in-the-looming-shadow-of-expulsion/118047/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:15:09 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=118047 ‘Firing Zone 918′ in the south Hebron hills is home to around 1,300 Palestinians, most of whom live in caves or shacks and make their living from agriculture and shepherding. Since 1999, the residents have been living under threat of demolition, dispossession, and eviction after the IDF has declared their land a fire zone. On Wednesday, residents of one village will head to the High Court of Justice to appeal the decision to expel them from their homes.

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WATCH: Israel is imprisoning a Palestinian clown without trial http://972mag.com/watch-israel-is-imprisoning-a-palestinian-clown-without-trial/117898/ http://972mag.com/watch-israel-is-imprisoning-a-palestinian-clown-without-trial/117898/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:38:27 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=117898 Israeli security forces have been imprisoning a Palestinian clown without charge or trial for months. Mohammed Abu Sakha is known for working with special needs children in the West Bank, and runs the Palestinian Circus School. Last week, a group of Israeli clowns staged a protest outside the prison where he’s being held. Read more about Abu Sakha here.

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Hundreds demand integrated, bilingual education in Jaffa http://972mag.com/hundreds-demand-integrated-bilingual-education-in-jaffa/117817/ http://972mag.com/hundreds-demand-integrated-bilingual-education-in-jaffa/117817/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:44:33 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=117817 Parents say that the city is not offering a satisfactory option for bilingual and integrated education of Jewish and Arab children in the mixed city.

Jewish and Arab children at a protest demanding bilingual, integrated Jewish-Arab education in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, March 11, 2016. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Jewish and Arab children at a protest demanding bilingual, integrated Jewish-Arab education in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, March 11, 2016. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Hundreds of Jewish and Arab parents and children from Jaffa protested in central Tel Aviv Friday morning to demand that the city provide them with an option to study in an integrated, bilingual school that treats both languages, cultures and the three monotheistic religions equally.

The parents claim that the arrangement being offered to them by the city is not actually equal and does not satisfy their needs.

There are only seven integrated, bilingual schools in all of Israel.

The protest, which took place in the main square outside Israel’s national theater, “Habima,” included activities for children, dance and musical performances, and speeches from local Jaffa activists.

Children and parents at a protest demanding bilingual, integrated Jewish-Arab education in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, March 11, 2016. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Children and parents at a protest demanding bilingual, integrated Jewish-Arab education in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, March 11, 2016. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Watch the following video from Social TV for more on the story:

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WATCH: Palestinians, Israelis march to mark Int’l Women’s Day http://972mag.com/watch-palestinians-israelis-march-to-mark-internationl-womens-day/117705/ http://972mag.com/watch-palestinians-israelis-march-to-mark-internationl-womens-day/117705/#comments Sun, 06 Mar 2016 15:59:27 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=117705 Hundreds mark International Women’s Day with a joint Israeli-Palestinian protest outside the ‘tunnels checkpoint’ in the West Bank. ‘Our children pay the price of the conflict, and we want to protect them.’

Photos and video by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org

Over 500 Israelis and Palestinians took part in march to mark International Women’s Day and to call for an end to the occupation and violence last Friday.

Israeli and Palestinian demonstrators, including Joint List MK Dov Khenin, take part in a march against the occupation, Beit Jala, West Bank, March 4, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli and Palestinian demonstrators, including Joint List MK Dov Khenin, take part in a march against the occupation, Beit Jala, West Bank, March 4, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The march began at the Husan junction on Route 60 — the southern West Bank’s main north-south artery that connects Jerusalem, Beit Jala, the Gush Etzion settlements, and Hebron — and ended the “tunnels checkpoint,” where a small demonstration was held.

An Israeli yells at Israeli and Palestinian demonstrators during a protest march in the West Bank, March 4, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

An Israeli yells at Israeli and Palestinian demonstrators during a protest march in the West Bank, March 4, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The demonstrators chanted slogans against gender violence in Israel and Palestine, as well as against home demolitions and for a two-state solutions. At one point they released hundreds of balloons over the separation wall.

This was the fourth — and largest — joint demonstration at the tunnel’s checkpoint in the last few months, organized by “Standing Together,” which includes anti-occupation groups such as “Combatants for Peace” and others. As opposed to previous demonstrations, Israeli police and soldiers accompanied the marchers and no arrests were made.

A Palestinian woman takes part in a joint Israeli-Palestinian march marking International Women's Day, March 4, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian woman takes part in a joint Israeli-Palestinian march marking International Women’s Day, March 4, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

“We keep growing from time to time, and soon we will need to use a new PA system so that everyone can hear us,” joked Yael Admi, Chairperson of the the Parents Circle Families Forum.

A week after Israel’s defense minister and police commissioner described Palestinian bereavement as fundamentally different from — and inferior to — Israeli bereavement, members of the Parents Circle Families Forum asked to emphasize the similarities between the two, and the desire to prevent more deaths.

Israeli and Palestinian demonstrators take part in a march against the occupation, Beit Jala, West Bank, March 4, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli and Palestinian demonstrators take part in a march against the occupation, Beit Jala, West Bank, March 4, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Among the speakers at the demonstration were Basma al-Afendi from Dheisha refugee camp, a nurse and member of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions, who drew a connection between workers’ struggles, women’s struggles and an end to the occupation. “Women are made to stand at checkpoints for three hours every day on their way to work in Jerusalem — this is a heavy price to pay for one’s income,” she said. “But now I see you here, and I remember the good days of the ‘peace camp,’ and I hope that through similar protests we will see change.”

Palestinian and Israeli demonstrators release hundreds of balloons marking International Women's Day during a protest march against the occupation, Beit Jala, West Bank, March 4, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian and Israeli demonstrators release hundreds of balloons marking International Women’s Day during a protest march against the occupation, Beit Jala, West Bank, March 4, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

“Women in Palestine are the leaders of the struggle for equality and independence,” added Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP). “Our children pay the price of the conflict, and we want to protect them. Our message is that justice is necessary for Palestine, and security is necessary for Israel. We can’t have one without the other.”

This article was first published in Hebrew on Local Call. Read it here.

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WATCH: Palestinians, Israelis protest settler privileges in Hebron http://972mag.com/watch-palestinians-israelis-protest-settler-privileges-in-hebron/117598/ http://972mag.com/watch-palestinians-israelis-protest-settler-privileges-in-hebron/117598/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2016 12:44:46 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=117598 Days after an Israeli settler murdered 29 Muslim worshippers in 1992, the Israeli army put the city of Hebron on lockdown, closing off some of its main thoroughfare — Shuhada Street — to Palestinian traffic. Twenty-two years later, some parts of Hebron are still off limits to its Palestinian residents. Every year, Palestinian and Israeli activists demonstrate to commemorate the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, and call on the Israeli army to open Shuhada Street. 

For more on Hebron’s Shuhada Street:
WATCH: Hebron’s Shuhada Street: Authorized entry only
PHOTOS: Israeli police arrest 12 left-wing activists at Hebron demo
Prisoners in our own homes: A look at life in occupied Hebron

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