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  • Ari Shavit's non-apology

    Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit apologizes for sexually assaulting an American journalist. Well, kind of. Eight days after American journalist Danielle Berrin published allegations of sexual assault against an Israeli journalist who she refused to name, Haaretz columnist and author Ari Shavit identified himself on Thursday and issued an apology "from the bottom of his heart for this misunderstanding." Those eight days were filled with speculation that the "dark eyed" and "black haired" author of a highly popular book in the American Jewish community was in fact Shavit. In the Israeli media, there was far more talk about uncovering his identity than about…

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  • Why are so many Israeli women subjected to sexual harassment?

    Reported incidents of sexual harassment, assault and rape by high-ranking Israeli officials are flooding their way into the media. Why is the violation of women's bodies and dignity so endemic in Israeli society? Several days ago a story broke in Israel that has been dominating the headlines ever since: a senior Israeli army officer has been suspended from his duties after coming under suspicion of having sexually assaulted a female soldier under his command. Ofek Buchris, whose name was originally under gag order, is suspected of five counts of assault, including rape. And as a high-ranking official in the most…

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  • Arab women are breaking the silence over sexual violence

    Following a wave of violence against Arab women in Israel comes a revolutionary initiative that allows women and teenagers a safe space to share experiences of sexual violence. By Inna Michaeli A new initiative is providing Arab women and girls a safe space to share experiences of sexual assault and harassment. The website, Tusukteesh (Arabic for "don't remain silent"), was founded last week by Reem Jaramna, a volunteer at the Kayan Feminist Center and Khulud Khamis, an author, feminist activist and member of Isha L'Isha — Haifa Feminist Center. [tmwinpost] "The initiative started as a way to break the silence that…

  • I won't apologize for being a Palestinian feminist

    When a prominent Muslim leader starts blaming women's organizations for corrupting Arab society, it is time to say loudly and clearly: we cannot wait for the occupation to end to deal with women's issues. I am neither a criminal nor a terrorist. Yes sir, I'll admit it: I founded a women's organization, and I wish to be judged severely for my actions. I want, once and for all, to hang the dirty laundry for all to see and be tried in a court of law. I recently came across a speech given by Sheikh Kamal Khatib, the secretary-general of the northern…

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  • How does Israel's media fight sexual harassment? With racism

    An Israeli news site runs a piece about Palestinian men sexually assaulting Israeli women at the beach, begging the question: why is this particular story newsworthy when stories about Jewish men assaulting Jewish women rarely are? Israeli news site Walla! ran an article [Hebrew] on Friday with the following headline: "Palestinians who come to Tel Aviv's beaches cannot resist the women." The article describes how Palestinian men from the West Bank take advantage of their entry permits—which are granted with greater ease during the month of Ramadan in order to allow worshippers access to Jerusalem—to enjoy the beaches of Tel Aviv.…

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  • The 'reasonable person' standard and murdering one's rapist

    Yonatan Hailu was convicted of murdering his rapist, Yaron Eileen, and sentenced to 20 years in prison because his actions did not meet the "reasonable person" standard. Did the judges not only hear but really listen to his testimony? Did they take his trauma into account? Did they understand that his soul was murdered, over and over, by being raped twice? By Sharon Mayevski (Translated from Hebrew by Maya Naveh and Michelle Bubis) The Lod District Court sentenced Yonatan Hailu – a 24-year-old man convicted of murdering Yaron Eileen in Netanya in 2010 – to 20 years in prison. Hailu…

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  • Interior minister exploits rape by Eritrean for anti-immigrant campaign

    Prepare yourselves. Last May, when it was last announced that an Eritrean citizen raped an Israeli woman, Interior Minister Eli Yishai responded by placing thousands of asylum seekers, among them children, rape and torture victims and the elderly in administrative detention, all in accordance with Israel’s Prevention of Infiltration Law. In the wake of the horrifying rape that took place near Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station, one can only guess what will happen next. Yishai began publishing libelous remarks on his personal Facebook page, while Shas’ shelved hate-filled campaign against foreigners [Hebrew] coincidentally appeared in Yedioth Ahronoth and on Ynet’s homepage,…

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  • Facebook won't remove photo of woman 'begging to be raped'

    You may have heard about the massive cyber-war against the Reddit group "Creepshot", which featured users sharing surreptitiously taken pictures of women's cleavages, upskirts etc. The war hit the headlines when one of the thread's contributors was revealed to be a school teacher taking pictures of his own students in class. It seems now that some of its denizens have found a new home - Facebook. Yesterday, a Facebook page titled "Creepshots" posted a photo of a woman in a short skirt with the caption "begging to be raped": Although almost all 45 comments (at time of writing) were negative…

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  • Misogynist ad campaign exposes hypocrisy within the left

    By Anonymous I was sexually assaulted by a left-wing activist last summer. The perpetrator was – and still is – a guy with all the right credentials: post-colonialist, post-Zionist, anti-capitalist, and so on. Most significantly, he considers himself a feminist. Until he assaulted me, we were friends. I had met him through my involvement in radical leftist organizations. After the assault, it took me three full days to fully comprehend what had happened and give it a name. I couldn't make sense of what had happened to me, particularly because I couldn't fathom how someone who could speak to me…

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  • The war against women

    Crimes against women – such as domestic abuse, sexual assault and sexual harassment – are extraordinarily widespread. Statistics say that the majority of women, quite possibly the vast majority of them, fall victim to at least one of these crimes. Their prevalence is so high, that the cumulative effect can only be compared to the suffering of a population of a country engaged in total war. Except this war, the war against women, has been going on without a ceasefire since the dawn of time, has been directed at half of humanity at any given moment, and is completely one-sided.…

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  • Israeli "liberals" make light of sexual assault and assassinations by the IDF

    In one day, Israel's most liberal newspaper made light of sexual assault in the IDF, and the country's most liberal institution, the High Court of Justice, made light of its own rulings in regards to IDF assassinations Amos Harel, a senior Ha'aretz reporter, writes [Heb] about the aftermath of Yoav Galant's botched appointment to IDF Chief of Staff: Netanyahu and Barak emphasize that careful scrutiny will be required into the past conduct of the candidates [for IDF Chief Staff position]. Perhaps they cheated on high school exam, perhaps they scratched a neighboring car in the parking lot and did not…

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