One of the foundational myths of the State of Israel is that regardless of one's ethnic or socio-economic background, recruitment into the army was the way to create social mobility that would place everyone on an equal playing field. Today, minority groups such as Ethiopian, Bedouin and Druze continue trying to integrate into society through military service. But it turns out that exclusion in Israeli society is more powerful than the military ethos, leaving many minorities asking why they should die for a state that excludes them from its culture, economy and educational system. Related: Poverty in the IDF: Thousands…Read More... | 2 Comments
The West Bank Palestinian village of Urif is no stranger to incursions and attacks by Israelis - both military and civilian. Most of the time, however, the two come separately. A series of videos released by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem on Wednesday show what appear to be masked Israeli settlers entering the Nablus area village and throwing stones on Monday. According to B'Tselem witnesses, they threw the stones toward a Palestinian school, all while being escorted by Israeli soldiers. The following video is a compilation of four sequential video clips. They can be viewed separately here: 1, 2, 3,…Read More... | 5 Comments
Earlier this month, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the preparation of and support for a new ‘NGO law.’ The law would impose a 45 percent tax on donations to NGOs calling for a boycott of Israel, the prosecution IDF soldiers, that deny Israel’s state symbols. The NGO law is the latest of some 30 anti-democratic laws that have been put forth under Netanyahu’s last two terms. http://youtu.be/0AHhnIwyfA0 Related: Right-wing parties revive attack on left-wing NGOs Foreign influence, transparency problems of NGO MonitorRead More... | 6 Comments
Beginning with the 1948 war and continuing with the the illegal annexation of land to Jerusalem, the canton-like divisions created in the Oslo Accords and now with the separation barrier, Israel has, piece by piece, chipped away at al-Walaja's village lands for 65 years. This is the story of how it happened. By Julie Land and Alison Morgan Related: A letter from al-Walaja: Wars, walls and now roads The Wall, 10 years on / part 7: A village turned prison Supreme Court ruling turns village into open-air prison Julie Land is an artist and sociologist from Krakow, Poland. She runs a…Read More...
Israel's 'Ayalon Canada Park,' in the West Bank but abutting the Green Line, is full of cyclists and hikers enjoying the scenery and weather on any given Saturday. A visit to the park shows that few of the Israelis enjoying the trails and picnic sites know the story of the three Palestinian villages that were demolished in 1967, on whose land the park is located. http://youtu.be/sKMP-eQEBls Related: PHOTOS: Palestinians return to village destroyed in 1948 Nakba At conference, Palestinians and Israelis turn 'return' into realityRead More... | 16 Comments
How can it be that settlements have a constant supply of fresh, clean water, while adjacent Palestinian villages suffer from severe droughts? In the Jordan Valley, settlement agriculture remains prosperous, while critically undercutting water and land resources belonging to the Palestinian villages. Many of these villages exist on just 40% of the World Health Organization's recommended minimum for water consumption, while in some Bedouin communities, that number falls to 20%. And yet, Israeli settlements continue to farm water-intensive species and use advanced technology to draw water that would otherwise go to Palestinian villages.Read More... | 1 Comment
A video shot in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar last Wednesday shows an IDF officer shooting a tear gas canister directly at a volunteer videographer from human rights organization B'Tselem. The images were captured during a protest in the small town, north of Hebron. Stones were thrown at an army vehicle; soldiers shot tear gas in the general direction of the stone throwers. B'Tselem photographer Muhmmad Awad was standing near the soldiers and documenting the event when an officer aimed and shot shot a tear gas canister directly at him. Awad suffered light injuries. Here is a video…Read More... | 3 Comments
Adalah attorney witnesses the child being beaten inside police car, says the 14-year-old minor is accused of holding - and not throwing - a stone. Protests against the Prawer Plan, especially the central protest in the southern town of Hura, made it to top headlines on all Israel media sites last night, showing mostly the violent end of what began as peaceful protests. What wasn't reported was the violent arrest of a minor, a 14-year-old Bedouin child, who can be seen in the photo below being dragged with a gun pointed at him, and in the video below (released by…Read More... | 10 Comments
As an Israeli who was born and raised in the United States, few things were more important to me than formulating an Israeli identity. It was a strange complex, which, at its core, always strived to be "the most Israeli" possible (and always more Israeli than those who surrounded me). In our expat community, Israeliness was demonstrated in all sorts of way - there was (and still is) an Israeli scouts chapter, Israeli Remembrance Day and Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies, lectures on Israeli culture and history and a plethora of Zionist organizations that worked tirelessly to bring us a culture…Read More... | 1 Comment
Israeli singer and actor Arik Einstein died last night at 74. More than any other in the previous two decades, the moment of his death resembled that of Rabin’s – the face of the TV anchorman, the reactions of my friends (this time on social media), the people gathering in front of Tel Aviv City Hall. I was listening to a pop show on the radio when the music stopped; Einstein’s version of “Hachnisini” by Israeli national poet Haim Nachman Bialik was played, and we all knew. In the hours that followed, some crowned Einstein the "Israeli Sinatra." This is…Read More... | 2 Comments
On Saturday morning a handful of Israeli Ta'ayush activists accompanied the Awad and Jabarin families to their farmlands, located where the illegal outpost Mitzpeh Yair now stands. Upon their arrival, Israeli soldiers were already waiting for them with a closed military zone order. The 20-30 Palestinian residents, many of whom were children, were already spread out over the area when settlers who had arrived at the scene began attacking them. According to a Ta'ayush activist named Maria who was there, around 10 settlers attacked the Palestinians and the Israelis. They stole her camera and smashed it to pieces. When she screamed out…Read More... | 3 Comments
Some of the most revered musicians from the Arab world moved to Israel in the 1950s and 60s, where they became manual laborers and their art was lost within a generation. Now, with the advent of YouTube, their masterpieces are getting a new lease on life and new generations of Arab youth have come to appreciate their genius. Part one of a musical journey beginning in Israel’s Mizrahi neighborhoods of the 1950s and leading up to the Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf. By Shoshana Gabay (translated by Benno Karkabe, Noa Bar and Orna Meir-Stacey) The birth of the Internet awakens our slumbering…Read More... | 8 Comments
Hours before the weekly protest against the occupation in the West Bank village of Qaddum last Friday, Israeli soldiers detained four Palestinian children aged five to nine for allegedly rolling burning tires. Under Israeli military law, the age of criminal culpability is 12. The soldiers reportedly threw stun grenades at and handcuffed the small children, raising the question: is there no other way to disperse a group of small children? +972 special coverage: 'Children Under Occupation' http://youtu.be/Wkuphd3f4-k Related: Data shows worsening situation for children in Israeli military detention WATCH: IDF detains 5-year-old Palestinian in Hebron, blindfolds and handcuffs fatherRead More... | 12 Comments
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Meet the Israeli women who have been protesting the occupation for 26 years, by @activestills: http://t.co/6gqhfVUalz http://t.co/0FxAc5rYn4
50,000 Palestinians in Jerusalem have gone without water for the last 4 days, by @MairavZ http://t.co/wVo0X1GhXx
Take a look at @activestills' photos of the week! Below: house demolitions in #Bedouin village http://t.co/59laZqlEp2 http://t.co/K4uWQisQ4a