This week: commemorations of Land Day across Israel and the West Bank, solidarity marches in the South Hebron Hills, clashes ensue after a prisoner's death, an Israeli draft refuser, and South Africans march for justice.Read More... | 1 Comment
After deciding to visit a few wildcat Jewish settlements in the West Bank, I felt anxious. Will they recognize us for the Tel Aviv leftists that we are? Will they become enraged at our questions? Might we face violence? Arriving at the settlement gate, however, I am struck by just how much the place resembles the kibbutz I lived on just a few years ago. But by the end of our journey, it becomes clear that we are not welcome. By Edo Konrad The first and only time I had ever spoken to an ideological settler was during the summer…Read More... | 30 Comments
The attack against Palestinians in Qusra yesterday was not a 'clash,' it was a pogrom – and, as usual, it took place under the aegis of the IDF. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz A group of settlers coming from the direction of one of the most notorious outposts, Esh Kodesh, raided the Palestinian village of Qusra yesterday (Saturday). Some six Palestinians were wounded. The Israeli media reported a "clash" in the village. There wasn't one. A clash is what happens when two sides of more-or-less equal strength face off with one another. What took place in Qusra is much…Read More... | 11 Comments
In the second post of my three-part series about media and publishing, I examine some misconceptions about the Israeli-Palestinian 'conflict,' and the ways in which the media feeds into a binary that leaves non-Jews and non-Palestinians out of the spotlight. When my agent and I shopped my book about Israel’s migrant workers and African refugees around, we got a lot of those “We love it but it’s not right for us” and “This is an important book that needs to be published. But there’s no audience for this” kind of responses. But perhaps the most common response was, “Where are…Read More... | 19 Comments
Six or seven years ago, I was sitting in Tel Aviv's Cafe Ginzburg with a man I admire deeply. Mikhael Manekin was then, along with Yehuda Shaul, one of heads of Breaking the Silence. BTS was still a budding organization at the time, made up entirely of Israeli soldiers who participated in the occupation and sought to document and inform of its atrocities. The organization was expanding its activities. Manekin came to Tel Aviv to brainstorm on organizing tours for Israelis and foreigners in Hebron. "I would like to bring authors there," he told me. "I feel that authors have…Read More... | 2 Comments
Last week I posted videos taken by the spokesperson of B'Tselem, Sarit Michaeli, showing a confrontation between settlers and Palestinians near the village of Urif, in the Nablus region. You can see in the videos settlers setting fire to a Palestinian olive grove, and hear gunshots. A third clip shows a wounded Palestinian being evacuated from the area (see the report and watch the videos here). At the time, Michaeli told me that local Palestinians also said that the wounded man was beaten - after he was shot - by the settlers. There was no footage backing this claim. Tonight…Read More... | 19 Comments
Staying on the move in Israel and the Palestinian territories through a month of trial. And today: from the family home to Hamas valley. Saturday begins with a visit to my folks. They live in an outlaying eastern suburb of Tel Aviv named Ganei Tikva. From their 13th floor window a huge chunk of central Israel can be viewed: from Tel Aviv's rich-only towers to the troubled region of Bil'in across the Green Line. In the middle of the tableau is the airport, our way to escape from all this, and also our gate of return. And we do return,…Read More... | 7 Comments
Police report the assailant already admitted he planned the terror attack According to initial reports from the police, at about 1:40AM Monday morning, a young Palestinian man from Nablus, West Bank, carried out a terror attack when he car-jacked a taxi cab and used it to run over several border police manning a checkpoint next to a nightclub in south Tel Aviv (two blocks away from my home), where thousands had reportedly gathered for a big end of summer bash. He then got out of the car and began stabbing people waiting to enter the club, while shouting "Allah HuAkbar" ("God is…Read More... | 39 Comments
Friday: Israeli media reported earlier today that a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager was shot in the head by settlers in the village of Hirbat Safa, near the settlement of Bat Ayin and the town of Beit Umar. He was taken to a Hebron hospital, where hospital officials recently said that he is brain dead. Palestinians reported that two groups of setters approached the village at 800 this morning. The settlers were heavily armed and confrontations began as the settlers entered the village. Settlers then opened fire on the Palestinians hitting tow of them. The setters told media they were on a…Read More... | 5 Comments
This morning, in the northern West Bank village of Ein Abbus, settlers attacked villagers, set fire to a car and spray painted multiple walls with graffiti “we will never forget”. At approximately 630 this morning, dozens of settlers entered the village and set fire to one car. Settlers then began to vandalize Palestinian property and spray paint graffiti on walls throughout the village. Army soldiers and police arrived on the scene but did not force the settlers out of the village. Only after the settlers were exhausted from their rampage, did the army escort them from the scene. The village…Read More...
As the summer comes to an end with waves of religious holidays in Israel and Palestine, fall is beginning with military raids and pockets of violence towards Palestinians throughout the West Bank. The leading Israeli newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, is reporting that a small clash broke out between settlers and Palestinians in village of Iraq Burin this afternoon as settlers attempted to pick olives from Palestinian olive grooves. The Israeli military responded to the settler violence with repression of the Palestinians in the form of tear gas and sound bombs. The Israeli army continued its campaign of repression of non-violent protest in Bil’in…Read More...
Actor Ashton Kutcher, another one of Hollywood's Kabbalah casualties, had come to visit Israel as a guest of the Kabbalah Center in Tel Aviv. On Saturday night Kutcher even partied in the birthday party of the Center's founder, Rabbi Shraga Berg. Yesterday, Kutcher took his spiritual trip one step too far: he went with his Israeli hosts to visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and the so-called "Joshua's Grave" in a Palestinian village called Kafel-Hareth, near Nablus. At the grave, he was greeted by Colonel Avi Gil, commander of the Ephraim Brigade, who presented him with the brigade's…Read More...
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Report: 40,000 Bedouin will be evicted from homes under Prawer Plan http://t.co/DL9O7dop2z by @nsheizaf
Palestinian popular committees announce a new kind of weekly protest http://t.co/LwzOFIHwmW by @Ha_Matar