The furor surrounding Breaking the Silence and the reflexive defense of the IDF both miss the fundamental point that any institution with violence at its core is inherently ethically compromised, and ultimately, an army is trained to fight. A raw nerve has been touched in Israel over the last few weeks. Far right-wing group Im Tirzu publicly accused Breaking the Silence members of being foreign "implants," and public outrage was directed against President Rivlin for appearing at the same conference as the anti-occupation group of IDF veterans. The result is that Breaking the Silence is being portrayed as an enemy…Read More... | 4 Comments
The medical establishment in Israel has come under fierce attack for abiding by the fundamental ethic of treating the most seriously wounded first — no matter who they are and what they have done. With the current escalation in violence throughout Israel-Palestine showing no signs of abating, the issue of medical ethics has found itself at the center of public debate in Israel. The small storm erupted following a recent decision by the Israel Medical Association to implement the internationally accepted standard of medical neutrality at the scene of a terror attacks, a standard that mandates the non-discriminatory treatment of the sick…Read More... | 4 Comments
Israel's prime minister defies staffers and lawmakers, pledging to host the Republican presidential contender. Trump, the Islamophobe, says he plans to visit what might be the most religiously sensitive site on earth. Just how worried should we be? While local leaders in the United States are declaring Donald Trump persona non grata, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is gearing up to host the xenophobic presidential candidate later this month. Trump’s racist outbursts and policies have focused on Muslims in recent days and weeks, something one might think the Israeli prime minister would be sensitive about, considering that 20 percent of…Read More... | 65 Comments
The leader of a popular Jewish supremacist group circulates a new video that puts CCTV footage of stabbing attack to bouncy electronic music and violent, disturbing lyrics. Benzi Gopstein, the head of Lehava, posted a video on his Facebook page Monday glorifying the killing of Palestinians. Lehava is a popular Jewish supremacist group dedicated to preventing Arab-Jewish relations, which is also accused of regular incitement and racism against Palestinians — both online and on the streets of Jerusalem. (Click here for the original posting on Facebook) The video itself is CCTV footage of an incident in Jerusalem on Monday in which two Palestinian…Read More... | 8 Comments
They tell us that terror and violence must be met with force, and if that doesn’t work — then even more force. But the military occupation of Hebron has not achieved security for either its Jewish or Palestinian residents. By Yehuda Shaul Over the past few weeks we have not only borne witness to a wave of attacks in Jerusalem and throughout Israel, we have also seen a string of violent incidents in and around Hebron. Commentators are already talking about a new flashpoint of violence. I know Hebron pretty well. As a soldier and commander I served in the…Read More... | 8 Comments
Both Israelis and Palestinians need to start thinking far beyond what their leaders are offering them. Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas will never make peace. They will never succeed at stopping the violence, and they will never see eye to eye on anything other than the incompatibility of their respective visions. Don’t get me wrong: both men want peace. Even Benjamin Netanyahu, despite everything you’ve heard, is not a bloodthirsty warmonger who dreams of keeping an entire population under military rule in perpetuity. No. He is a master politician whose worldview dictates that the Jewish people will never be safe…Read More...
There is something about the way that Israelis and Palestinians are discussing the violent events of recent weeks that suggests a new, particularly worrying dissonance between the two societies. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always included a full-fledged war of narratives. From biblical and historical land claims, to the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem, to who started the 1967 war, to whether it’s a security fence or an apartheid wall, common ground is often nowhere to be found. And yet, there is something about the way that Israelis and Palestinians are discussing the violent events of recent weeks that suggests…Read More...
The relative quiet on the ground in recent years, enforced by the Palestinian Authority on Israel’s behalf, led Israelis to believe they can enjoy peace and prosperity without ending the occupation. Thirteen years passed between the First Intifada, which broke out in December 1987, and the start of the second in October 2000. Both intifadas lasted for roughly five years. It has been 15 years since the start of the Second Intifada, and 10 years since it ended. [tmwinpost] If history and experience teach us anything, the timeframe is exactly right for the arrival of a new generation of young…Read More... | 75 Comments
The only thing that can stop the killing, that can turn desperate people from violence, that can stop the creation of new orphans, is hope. Unfortunately, it's nowhere to be found. The most tragic part about the violence that strikes civilians in Israel and Palestine is that it is largely preventable. That is not to say that the victims are in any way to blame for their own murders — of course not. But political violence is a direct result of the political conflict, of the occupation, incitement on both sides, and an utter lack of vision being offered to both…Read More... | 34 Comments
Two recent incidents in Hebron illustrate the dangerous and wrongful manipulation of violence against civilians to advance political ideology. The Left is guilty too — and it must change. Masked settlers in Hebron attacked a Palestinian man who was being detained by the Israeli army on Saturday. When a soldier tried to stop them, the Israeli settlers turned on him as well, before discharging pepper spray at the Palestinian. Last Thursday in Hebron, five young ultra-Orthodox American yeshiva students driving towards the adjacent settlement of Kiryat Arba took a wrong turn into the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabel Johar. A gang of…Read More... | 11 Comments
Abdullah Iyad Ghanayim, 22, was shot in the lower back during clashes before the jeep flipped on top of him and left him dead. A Palestinian man was killed on Sunday when Israeli soldiers struck him with their jeep during clashes in Kafr Malik, a village near Ramallah. Palestinian officials stated that the incident took place when local residents threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, and that the victim, 22-year-old Abdullah Iyad Ghanayim, was shot in the lower back during clashes before the jeep lost control and flipped on top of him. According to the Israeli military, Ghanayim had just thrown a firebomb…Read More... | 11 Comments
Israeli police, it seems, have finally learned not to use the infuriating term 'honor killings' to describe the murder of Arab women. Unfortunately, their replacement is far worse. The good news is that the police arrested suspects in the murder of Bisan Abu Ghanem, and that authorities have apparently learned not to stop calling such murders "honor killings." The bad news is that the new explanation for women's murder is worse yet: their “independent conduct.” Please insert the new phrase into your lexicon: "murdered on grounds of her independent conduct." This new excuse for murdering women proudly joins others in…Read More... | 21 Comments
Netanyahu, Bennett and Lieberman all promised Israelis quiet and prosperity without having to end the occupation. This is what we got instead. Following this morning’s horrifying terror attack, it's not so difficult to imagine how Naftali Bennett, Avigdor Liberman or Benjamin Netanyahu might describe the current government if they weren’t its leaders. You can almost see them showing up at the scene of the attack and screaming into the microphones denouncing the “wicked government,” recalling every last pogrom in Jewish history. But no dice. Netanyahu has been prime minister for five years now and Liberman and the settlers, his partners…Read More... | 64 Comments
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