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  • Israeli gov't is trying to defund +972 Magazine, report says

    Israel has been working to curtail critical voices in recent years, often by portraying them as foreign agents and seeking to dry up their funding. By +972 Magazine Staff Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report. The total contributions from the two foundations, Heinrich Böll Stiftung and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, comprise only 9 percent of +972’s overall 2018 budget as of September. In the past two years, 40 percent of our budget has come…

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  • IDF detains South Hebron Hills tour organizers, days after settler attack there

    Israeli soldiers detained senior members of Breaking the Silence and a human rights attorney in an attempt to block a tour of the South Hebron Hills, where settlers attacked six left-wing activists last week. By Orly Noy Breaking the Silence planned a tour in the South Hebron Hills on Friday, as a token of solidarity with the six Ta’ayush activists who were attacked there last week by settlers from the nearby illegal outpost of Mitzpe Yair. But before they could arrive to the tour location, several buses carrying hundreds of participants were stopped and delayed by military forces for over an hour.…

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  • A rotten system, not just rotten apples

    Settler violence against human rights activists is not the work of a few 'rotten apples,' but rather a government-backed strategy that could have dangerous consequences. We should be taking it deathly seriously. By Libby Lenkinski Over the last few weeks, the settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron have ramped up their harassment of Breaking the Silence activists who lead tours of the city for Israelis and internationals alike. Two weeks ago, settlers threw paint at tour leader Frima Bubis as she was guiding a group of Birthright walk-offs, and on Sunday a right-wing activist physically assaulted Breaking the Silence founder…

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  • Birthright walk-offs get a taste of settler violence in Hebron

    Eight Birthright participants who walked off of their trip earlier this week to learn about the occupation were on a tour with Breaking the Silence when settlers began harassing them, culminating with paint thrown on their guide's head. If the settlers of Hebron were trying to show a group of Birthright participants who had walked off their trip earlier this week that their views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are skewed, it's safe to say that they failed miserably. Halfway through a tour of occupied Hebron that the eight Birthright participants were taking with Israeli anti-occupation group Breaking the Silence on…

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  • Hiding the occupation doesn't make it go away

    A proposed law, said to be supported by Netanyahu's government, would criminalize videotaping Israeli soldiers doing the dirty work of the occupation. But hiding something from sight doesn't make it go away. Or does it? If an Israeli soldier beats a Palestinian and no one is there to catch it on video, did it really happen? That is the question a group of Israeli lawmakers seems determined to find out. A new bill, proposed by four members of Avigdor Liberman’s far-right Israel Beiteinu party, would make “videotaping, recording, or photographing Israeli soldiers carrying out their duty with the intention of…

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  • As a woman and ex-soldier, my struggle isn't just against occupation

    The boys club that excludes me for my criticism of Israel's occupation is the same boys club that ignores me because of my gender. By Frima (Merphie) Bubis Women who break the silence simultaneously struggle on two fronts of the same battle: the racism that drives the occupation, like the sexism that drives patriarchy, necessitate s a power imbalance that must be maintained and remain unchallenged. After all, it is forbidden to speak about the occupation, and everyone knows women are featherbrained, so they, too, are not worth listening to. [tmwinpost] As opposed to men who break the silence about…

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  • The Right doesn't want you to know about the violence of occupation

    What disturbs the Right is not the occupation, but those who attempt to expose the violence that maintaining military rule over a civilian population requires. By Frima (Merphie) Bubis “Thousands of videos won’t change the fact – Breaking the Silence is an organization that slanders IDF soldiers around the world and is based on the distortion of facts and lies.” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked made this Kafkaeqsue remark after video documentation contradicted the prosecutor’s version of events in the show trial of Breaking the Silence spokesperson Dean Issacharoff. This material, which revealed that the government had interrogated the wrong Palestinian in an…

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  • For Gaza youth, IDF testimonies feel more like confessions

    Palestinian youth respond to a play based on testimonies by Israeli soldiers, which portrays the brutality of the occupation from the point of view of the occupiers. By Pam Bailey The video above is a production called "It's What We Do: A Play About the Occupation.” Although it is a drama, the soldiers' reflections in the play are taken verbatim from actual testimonies of soldiers from Breaking the Silence, whose vivid memories continue to haunt them. [tmwinpost] The play’s target audience was Jewish Americans, but several Palestinians from Gaza, ‘We Are Not Numbers’ writers who have themselves been the "targets" of…

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  • As long as occupation exists, soldiers will continue to speak out

    We must make our voices heard sharply and clearly, so that every person who served in the occupied territories will know that speaking out is not merely an option — it is a moral duty. By Avner Gvaryahu Like many who served alongside me, I preferred to remain silent. I preferred to forget, not to speak about the Palestinian homes I broke into in the middle of the night, forgetting the violence I carried out at checkpoints and the passivity required of me when settlers freely broke the law. When I was released from the army, I preferred to repress those three years, to…

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  • Punished for stealing apples — not for shooting Palestinians

    Israeli society needs to believe in its righteous path to continue sending us to occupy a people in its name. That's why it will indict a commander who stole a few apples in Hebron, but won't do the same for a soldier who shoots a 15 year old in the head. By Avner Gvaryahu Here is a multiple-choice question that will test your understanding of the reality in Israel. Before you are four recent incidents that took place in the occupied territories. In which of these cases were soldiers put on trial? [tmwinpost] A. The arrest of a 16-year-old in Hebron…

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  • Some things should be broken, not fixed

    Our reflexive response tells us to fix the problems we see in Israel, but we must do precisely the opposite. After all, the problem is not with the current government — it goes far deeper. By Yuli Novak On the slopes of the mountains of northern Catalonia are giant homes that date back hundreds of years. Most of them are abandoned. They remain there because someone, long ago, had enough patience and faith to build something that would not be destroyed by time, war, or the elements. It's quite impressive — in fact, it's inspirational. [tmwinpost] There, on the mountains, I…

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  • WATCH: Israeli troops beat handcuffed Palestinian in Hebron

    Video shows shows soldiers dragging a young Palestinian man through the streets of Hebron, repeatedly kicking, slapping, and manhandling him. Updated below. A video released Sunday shows a large group of Israeli soldiers taking turns assaulting a Palestinian detainee in the West Bank city of Hebron, amid protests against Trump's recent declaration to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. [tmwinpost] The video, filmed last Friday by a resident of Hebron and released by Israeli anti-occupation group B'Tselem, shows the soldiers forcibly dragging a handcuffed a young Palestinian man through Wadi al-Tufah Street. He is repeatedly kicked, slapped, and manhandled by the soldiers, before…

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  • No institution is safe from the corrupting power of occupation

    The persecution of Breaking the Silence's spokesperson is further proof that the state's investigative bodies are not only deeply politicized, they are simply uninterested in doing their job. Between the years 2013 and 2016, Israeli anti-occupation group Yesh Din tracked the police's response to 289 cases of "ideological crimes" against Palestinians in the West Bank. In each of those cases, the Palestinians filed a complaint with the police; some of them included photographic material, video, and testimonies provided by Israeli civilians or soldiers. And yet, only 20 cases led to indictments. In no less than 183 of them, the police were unable to locate the…

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