Ido Naveh says he will continue to stage non-violent protests outside Israel's desert detention camp until all the asylum seekers held within it are freed. By David Sheen Many Israelis may support their government's efforts to keep non-Jewish asylum seekers from Africa at bay and beyond the borders of the country. In recent weeks, however, one man has repeatedly provoked prison officials into detaining him, in order to protest the imprisonment of the Africans. Ido Naveh of Jerusalem has been detained at least three times in the last month for maintaining a non-violent vigil outside of Saharonim, Israel’s desert detention…Read More... | 4 Comments
One of the more difficult aspects of living in Israel over the last several years has been coming to terms with the layers of denial in which Jewish Israeli society wraps itself. The denial comes in many forms and covers some of the biggest issues facing the country: the occupation, discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel and Mizrahi Jews, sexism, homophobia and of course, the Nakba. I recently came across a video that, at least for me, clarifies just how deep the denial of the destruction of Palestinian existence prior to 1948 runs in Israeli society. The video shows the…Read More... | 16 Comments
Palestinian women citizens of Israel demonstrated against the police's failure to address domestic violence and violence against women earlier this month. At the start of the October a Palestinian woman and her two children were killed by an ex-husband in a murder-suicide. The woman had asked for police protection months before, but was denied. Following the murder, Palestinian women in the north of Israel stood up and said, "enough is enough. Women's blood is not worth any less than [men's]." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOPP_1OmywwRead More...
In late September, 500 academics from around the world sent a letter to the EU demanding not to dilute its new guidelines limiting cooperation and funding of Israeli institutions located or operating beyond the pre-1967 borders. Among them were a number of Israeli academics. Ishay Rosen-Zvi is one of the Israeli professors who signed the petition. "The only thing needed to end the occupation -- and it's amazing how simple it is -- is to stop funding it," he explained. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU6DHj_O6XA&feature=youtu.be Related: Despite outcry, EU guidelines on settlements will have little effect Why the EU shouldn't amend its new settlement…Read More... | 1 Comment
The Palestinian "right of return" is a phrase so powerful that it tends to offend Israelis as much as the word "nakba." Last month a rare forum for open discourse on the issue took place at a conference initiated by 'Zochrot.' How can a Palestinian return be planned for, what does transitional justice look like and what are Palestinian youth doing today to realize return? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFsfAIyelngRead More... | 1 Comment
Israeli singer Ehud Banai performed in the Israeli settlement of Susya in the south Hebron Hills last Sunday. Although public outcry against the performance led to the show's cancelation, the show eventually went on and got started, in the words of Israel's Channel 10 News, "on the right foot." Social TV was in the neighboring Palestinian village of Susya, with Palestinians as they protested against the performance. http://youtu.be/CZ2NRA2_TQ4 Related: 'Performing in my stolen home': An open letter to Ehud Banai WATCH: IDF bars Israelis from protesting settlement concertRead More... | 2 Comments
One activist captures what was almost a moving moment between a six-year-old Palestinian and a settler child in the occupied south Hebron Hills. Almost. In a video filmed by Amir Bitan, an Israeli Ta'ayush activist, Thamer Ibrahim Alayan, a 6-year-old Palestinian child from the Umm al Ara’is village in the South Hebron Hills is seen going up to shake the hand of a settler child from the illegal outpost of Mitzpeh Yair. Thamer is first seen being escorted away from the settlement by a Border Policeman, presumably to prevent a confrontation between the two. However, Thamer returns to the settler,…Read More... | 29 Comments
Fifteen Israelis tried to join Palestinians in the West Bank village Susya to protest a concert for Jews only in the adjacent settlement, but only seven were able to make it there. The IDF stopped them several times on the way, claiming there was a military order prohibiting their presence. The seven who managed to make it to the protest were surrounded by 100 soldiers and border policeman. Israeli singer Ehud Banai gave a concert Monday night to an exclusively Jewish crowd in the settlement of Susya in the south Hebron Hills, after initially canceling the gig due to left-wing protests.…Read More... | 4 Comments
Disruptions in Israeli water supplies often earns bold headlines in the Israeli media. But when Palestinian communities are cut off from the water supply for days or weeks on end, it doesn't make the news. And while the Israeli government often supplies Israeli settlements with an infrastructure that guarantees water access, Palestinians must store their water in large containers, due to frequent shortages. This is the story of Al-Ma'asara, a village near Bethlehem that sees its water supply cut off sporadically for extended periods of time, and the inability of the Palestinian Authority to do anything about it. .Read More... | 7 Comments
Clashes erupted Tuesday in Hebron, just days after an Israeli soldier was shot dead in the city. The clashes, which began as a small protest, slowly swelled into a full-scale confrontation, as hundreds of Palestinian youth threw rocks and molotov cocktails at rubber bullet-wielding soldiers. By Elias Nawawieh The confrontation began after the Israelis closed the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Ibrahimi Mosque) to Muslim worshippers, due to the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Palestinians began throwing rocks and molotov cocktails and created barriers on the street, at which point Israeli soldiers responded with sound grenades and rubber bullets. Approximately six youths…Read More... | 6 Comments
It seems there's no custom more characteristic of the Jewish holidays than the shopping fever. We don't always know where are money goes and for which purpose, but now it appears that now there is a solution. A new app called Buycott - a combination of the words "buy" and "boycott" - lets consumers learn about companies and corporations that manufacture the products by scanning the barcode on the packaging. Users can define their purchasing preferences such as supporting certain companies, buying Israeli produce, boycotting or avoiding products manufactured in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, or produced while exploiting…Read More... | 1 Comment
One of the more bizarre incidents of the year: two soldiers in Hebron entered a Palestinian wedding while on patrol - apparently they heard the sound of PSY's "Gangnam Style" from outside - and started dancing with the crowd, which seemed to enjoy the spectacle. After the inevitable Youtube clip surfaced, the entire patrol got suspended. An openly horrified report on Channel 2 stated that the wedding's guests were "from a known Hamas family," no less. Here's the video. What do you think? http://youtu.be/9boSJdZ8gFQRead More... | 50 Comments
Three Palestinians, including one man released in the Shalit prisoner exchange, were shot to death by IDF forces this morning in Qalandia refugee camp, near Ramallah. UPDATE: According to the latest reports, the former prisoner, Yusuf Khatib, was the target of the IDF arrest operation, and was not among those who died. The incident began when plainclothes soldiers who entered the camp to carry out arrests were exposed by local residents. According to reports in the Israeli media, after being attacked with stones and rocks, the soldiers used live ammunition to rescue themselves out of the refugee camp. Rubin al-Abed,…Read More... | 42 Comments
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