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  • Tasers to the face: How the Israeli Navy seized latest Gaza flotilla

    Activists describe violence and threats by Israeli naval commandos in international waters. Right-wing organization attempts to take ownership of the boat. The Israeli Navy seized a fishing boat attempting to break the siege on Gaza Sunday. According to activists on board, naval commandos tasered the boat’s first officer in his face, punched another crew member in the face, and threatened the life of the captain. There were 22 participants and crew members aboard “Al Awda,” “The Return” in Arabic. The Norwegian boat was one of several ships this summer attempting to break the siege and bring aid to Gaza, an…

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  • Gaza's women are being besieged on all sides

    Between an endless siege that chokes the economy and a traditional society facing increased gender violence, Gaza's women have few options for survival. By Reem Amer and Tanya Rubinstein Over the past few weeks the Israeli media has focused much of its time on the all-female flotilla to Gaza, which was stopped by the Israeli army on the way from Sicily to the Strip. As was made clear by the recent Channel 2 report, the women aboard the flotilla are working to raise global awareness over the situation in Gaza, and are trying to make a change. But what the media tends to miss in its…

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  • The Israeli gov’t must stop threatening to defund media outlets

    +972 Magazine stands in solidarity with our colleagues at Israel Social TV, who are being targeted for political reasons by two government ministries. Israel's Communications Ministry appears to have its crosshairs on “Israel Social TV,” one of a very small number of independent media outlets providing on-the-ground coverage of social and political struggles in Israel and Palestine. [tmwinpost] Communications Ministry Director-General Shlomo Filber said he plans to cut public funding to Social TV, accusing it of "subverting the foundations of the state, and providing a platform for the delegitimization of IDF soldiers." Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel…

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  • Why I'm not on my way to Gaza (the IDF had nothing to do with it)

    Technical problems kept myself and almost 20 other women off the latest Gaza flotilla. Despite my disappointment, I wish these inspirational women nothing but a safe journey. "If everything goes according to plan, on Monday, September 26 an all-woman flotilla will set sail for Gaza. If everything goes according to plan, I will be on that flotilla." That is what I wrote before leaving for Messina, Sicily to join the eighth Gaza flotilla last week. My doubts were apparently well founded, since everything did not go according to plan. In fact my doubts began even before leaving Israel. At that point we had already learned that one…

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  • Why I'll be on the Gaza flotilla this Jewish New Year

    In the days before Rosh Hashana, days of introspection and forgiveness, I am reminded that by virtue of my identity as an Israeli citizen I am responsible for the disaster and tragedy befalling the people of Gaza. Introspection begins with opening one’s eyes and recognizing one’s sins, and only then trying to repair them. There is no more Jewish act than that. If everything goes according to plan, on Monday, September 26 an all-woman flotilla will set sail for Gaza. If everything goes according to plan, I will be on that flotilla. Naturally, the decision to join the flotilla was preceded by…

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  • Seven days on the Women’s flotilla to Gaza

    Join reporter Yudit Ilany as she spends a week with the Women’s Flotilla to Gaza, while it makes port calls in southern Europe, and ultimately attempts to break Israel's blockade on Gaza. For eight years now, international activists have attempted to symbolically break Israel’s decade-long blockade on the Gaza Strip. In 2008, the Israeli Navy let two sets of boats through. Two years later, Israeli commandos killed 10 activists on the ‘Mavi Marmara.’ Every year since, activists have attempted new flotillas, all of which have been stopped by Israel. This year, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition is sending a ‘Women’s Boat to…

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  • WATCH: Jewish American explains why she’s on latest flotilla to Gaza

    For eight years now, international activists have attempted to symbolically break Israel’s decade-long blockade on the Gaza Strip. In 2008, the Israeli Navy let two sets of boats through. Two years later, Israeli commandos killed 10 activists on the 'Mavi Marmara.' Every year since, activists have attempted new flotillas, all of which have been stopped by Israel. This year, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition is sending a ‘Women’s Boat to Gaza,’ a flotilla of two boats named ‘Amal-Hope’ and ‘Zaytouna-Oliva.’ We spoke to one of the participants before the flotilla left its first port in Barcelona this week. More on the Gaza…

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  • Israel's national scapegoat

    Since members of Israel's parliament can't take out their anger about the Turkey reconciliation deal on Netanyahu, they go for the easiest target around — Haneen Zoabi. For all nine years of my childhood in Iran, I never personally encountered anti-Semitism. We lived in a mixed neighborhood, I studied at a Jewish high school along with non-Jews, and I cannot remember even a single instance where I was insulted or attacked for being Jewish. [tmwinpost] From time to time I would hear stories from older family members about quarrels with the neighborhood hooligans who would harass them for being Jewish.…

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  • Israel must apologize to its citizens for lying about Gaza flotilla

    Now that Israel has signed a reconciliation agreement with Turkey over the Gaza flotilla incident, it must apologize to its own citizens for its lies and distortions. Five takeaways. By Yael Marom 1. A Shayetet 13 combat soldier who was among those to raid the Mavi Marmara in May 2010 gave an interview to Ma'ariv Online on Sunday, in the run-up to the reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey, in which he said the following: "We were sent to stop the terror flotilla, that was the mission. How can we pay compensation to terrorists who tried to murder us?" [tmwinpost]…

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  • The only real danger of Gaza flotillas

    Activists on the Freedom Flotilla must understand that the blockade on Gaza is constantly evolving, and that the tactics of yesteryear may no longer be relevant. Putting the spotlight on humanitarian supplies allows Israel to divert attention from the worst parts of the blockade. By Itamar Sha'altiel The truth is that after five years it’s getting a little old. Israeli naval commandos once again take over a boat to Gaza, and again, it happens without any fuss. The Israeli defense minister once again claims that there is no blockade on Gaza, and once again the prime minister tells the activists…

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  • Netanyahu to Gaza flotilla: Did you mean to sail to Syria?

    Netanyahu publishes letter to flotilla participants in which he states there is no blockade, while at the same time declaring that Israel will prevent them from reaching Gaza.  UPDATE 7:27 A.M.: The IDF intercepted the Marianne ship early morning Monday and and began towing it to the Ashdod Port. No violence or injuries reported. The "Freedom Flotilla III" is due to approach the Gaza coastline in a matter of hours, sometime overnight Sunday. Its declared mission is to non-violently challenge Israel's nine-year blockade of the Strip by bringing in medical equipment and other humanitarian aid. It is not expected to…

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  • How I ended up being questioned by the Shin Bet

    An Israeli activist on how she was detained and summoned for a 'chat' with Israel's internal security service which, among other things, wanted to know her thoughts on Zionism — all because she participated in a Gaza flotilla three years ago. By Reut Mor Heading home to Israel this past Sunday from vacation on the beautiful Green island of Aegina, my partner and I thought we would go home, relax and upload a few photos to Facebook. I did not expect our the end of our vacation to turn into three days of detentions, interrogations and run-ins with Israel’s security…

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  • The Knesset v. Zoabi: Israeli Arab MK's politics put on trial

    The High Court spent most of Tuesday's hearing questioning Zoabi’s politics rather than deliberating whether the Knesset had the right to suspend her in the first place. Israel's High Court of Justice held a discussion Tuesday morning over Knesset member Haneen Zoabi's (Balad) petition to overrule a decision to suspend her from parliamentary debates for six months. The decision was put into effect by the Knesset Ethics Committee on July 29 and is due to expire at the end of January 2015. Tuesday's session ended without a decision, but justices said one would be made in the coming days. The suspension…

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