After lengthy legal battle, six families of Givat Amal lose their homes. Photos by: Shiraz Grinbaum, Keren Manor/Activestills.org, Text by Edo Konrad Police evicted six families from the Givat Amal neighborhood in northern Tel Aviv Thursday morning, after they lost a lengthy court battle for their rights to the land. Residents and community activists gathered in the neighborhood in an attempt to trying to stop the eviction. The residents, who the state placed in the working-class neighborhood soon after its founding in the 1950s, have been leading a struggle to recognize their rights to the property, which were sold to an…Read More... | 5 Comments
In honor of International Women’s Day, Activestills brings you the best photos of the activist women who push for justice and a better life for all those between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Photo by: Ahmad al-Bazz, Shiraz Grinbaum, Keren Manor, Tali Mayer, Anne Paq, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Read more: Meet the Israeli women who have stood up to the occupation for 26 years Women behind the lens: Palestinians filming the occupationRead More... | 8 Comments
The choice between entrusting the right of people to a house either to the hands of a violent government or to capitalists is futile and dispiriting. But is it possible to free ourselves of this stranglehold? A conversation with Sebastian Schipper about a new possibility for public housing (and what it is like to pay rent to yourself). Tomer Gardi and Sebastian Schipper (translated from Hebrew by Orna Meir-Stacey) The following interview stems from a difficulty that I have been feeling for a while in the struggle for public housing. Put simply: on the one hand, through the struggle we…Read More...
Needy families in municipal housing are being left with no options. Most of the families being kicked out of their homes are current or former municipal employees. (Click the text box on the bottom right of the video to activate subtitles.) The Gefen neighborhood, also known as Geulim Housing Project, is a number of two-story buildings built by the municipality of Ramat Gan during the 1940s to house needy families. For decades the project was used as a home for families entitled to municipal housing solutions, mainly: single mothers, pensioners and disabled individuals who can not afford high rates of rent…Read More... | 4 Comments
This week: A pattern of Israeli arrest raids resulting in the death of Palestinians continues, as do housing problems in Tel Aviv, resistance against the separation wall, and settlement construction in occupied Palestinian territory.Read More... | 3 Comments
In his attempt to tackle the housing crisis that is largely responsible for his rise to power, Finance Minister Lapid fails to address affordable and public housing, and is setting himself up for a battle with environmental groups. By Jesse Fox Late last month, Finance Minister Yair Lapid made a dramatic announcement: Israel’s government, he said, would encourage construction of some 150,000 long-term rental apartments over the next decade. “We have a national emergency,” he explained, “which threatens an entire generation of young people, who fear they will never have an apartment.” The announcement came after the first meeting of…Read More... | 1 Comment
This week: Palestinians erect a new West Bank protest village, show solidarity with hunger striking prisoners and demonstrate against the occupation, while a 61-year-old Israeli woman is evicted from her home and Eritrean asylum seekers call for an end to the dictatorial regime in their home country.Read More... | 1 Comment
Na'amat, a veteran organization purporting to advocate on behalf of women in Israel, recently hauled a community-based group to court. The group's crime? Occupying an abandoned building to provide housing for families in need. A closer look at the incident reveals a group in the service of the Ashkenazi hegemony, promoting paternalistic notions of 'help' while contributing to the oppression of Palestinians and Mizrahi Jews. By Inna Michaeli and Yasmeen Daher On one page of the NA’AMAT-USA website, the word “help” appears at least eight times. A recent event involving the Zionist women’s organization reveals the limitations of “help” when…Read More... | 13 Comments
Behind the rhetorical condemnations of women's exclusion, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz are at least partially responsible for women's exclusion. Discrimination and marginalization of women in the public sphere has been fermenting for years as a direct result of Israeli policies - or lack thereof. By Gil Gan Mor Israel's political leaders are concerned – and justifiably so – with the recent incidents of exclusion and humiliation of women in the name of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. For example the incident of a women who refused to move after Haredi passengers demanded that she sit at the back…Read More... | 1 Comment
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