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  • Tel Aviv sees largest leftwing demonstration in years

    Thousands march to protest Knesset's decision to probe human rights organizations Tel Aviv - More than 10,000 people marched this evening in protest of recent anti-democratic and racist initiatives by the Israeli government. The march, which started in front of the Likud HQ in King George Street and ended at the Tel Aviv Museum Square, was one of the largest leftwing demonstrations in Israel in years. Despite the cold weather, attendance exceeded expectations, and many protesters were unable to enter the Museum Square itself. According to the demonstration's organizers, a last-minute effort was made to arrange additional buses for protesters…

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  • Jonathan Pollak's life partner: Israel may turn into one big prison

    The night that Jonathan Pollak was sentenced to three months in jail, I dreamed that I was thrown in jail too. That dream was probably partly a manifestation of the deep connection that all long-term couples feel; but it was also the expression of a growing feeling of apprehension regarding the future of all of us living in Israel. By Eilat Maoz Over the two years that I lived with Jonathan, we have shared many sleepless nights. There was the three-week criminal assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-9; then the killing of demonstrators in Bil’in and Nil’in; the…

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  • Israeli activist to judge: "I won't ask for leniency or express remorse"

    Tel Aviv, 27 December 2010. On the day that marks the second anniversary of Israel's three-week war on Gaza, also known as Operation Cast Lead, an Israeli activist was sentenced to three months in jail for protesting Israel's military blockade and siege on the Palestinian territory. Jonathan Pollak, a political activist who is involved in the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC), participated in a Critical Mass bicycling event to protest Israel's blockade of Gaza, which was then more than three years old. The event took place on January 31, 2008. Police arrested Pollak at the demonstration, accusing him of incitement…

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  • Israeli activist sentenced to 3 months in prison for protesting Gaza blockade

    Of all the criminals involved with the 2008 Gaza war, an Israeli leftist will be going to jail for riding his bike against the war in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv Magistrates court judge Yitzhak Yitzhak convicted Israeli leftist Jonathan Pollak of illegal assembly for his participation in a January 2008 Critical Mass ride against the siege on Gaza and then sentenced him to three months imprisonment that will begin on January 11th, 2011. Pollak was the only one detained at the said protest, and was accused of doing nothing other than riding his bicycle in the same manner as the…

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  • The State of Israel vs. Jonathan Pollak

    The verdict in the case of Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, charged with illegal assembly for his participation in a January 2008 Critical Mass ride against the siege on Gaza, will be handed down on December 27, 2010 at 10:00 at the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court. If convicted, Pollak is expected to be sentenced to three to six months in prison. A conviction in this case will activate an older three month suspended sentence, imposed on Pollak in a previous trial for protesting the construction of the Separation Barrier. Tel Aviv Magistrates court judge Yitzhak Yitzhak could feasibly add an additional…

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