Growing up, I found that the Conservative movement embraced nuanced approaches to Torah, yet that critical approach never extended to discussions of Israel. Questioning Zionism was verboten. By Eliana Fishman It was the summer before eighth grade at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, a Jewish summer camp affiliated with the Conservative Movement. I was 12 years old. Each camper was handed a copy of Mitchell Bard’s Myths and Facts, long considered a foundational hasbara textbook, and we were told that the author would be coming to speak to us. [tmwinpost] Most campers ignored the book and didn’t pay much attention to Bard’s…Read More... | 28 Comments
Amro, a Palestinian activist known for opposing settlements in the West Bank city of Hebron, was arrested by the Palestinian Authority for criticizing its recent arrests of journalists. Upon his release, Amro called on Mahmoud Abbas to revoke or revise a new law that's been used to target journalists and activists. By Oren Ziv/Activestills.org A Palestinian Authority court on Sunday released prominent activist Issa Amro on bail following his arrest last week for criticizing the PA's detention and intimidation of journalists. A host of international organizations and lawmakers had condemned the Palestinian Authority for arresting Amro and called for his…Read More... | 1 Comment
Human rights groups and foreign diplomats were kept out of the closed-door Palestinian court hearing. Members of U.S Congress demand that Abbas release Amro, an EU-declared human rights defender, who was arrested for criticizing the PA on social media. By Yael Marom The Palestinian District Court in Hebron on Thursday ordered that well-known human rights activist Issa Amro remain in jail for an additional four days. Amro, co-founder of Hebron-based anti-occupation group Youth Against Settlements, was arrested on Monday by the Palestinian Preventative Security Service, allegedly for criticizing the Palestinian government. He is being accused of sedition and incitement against…Read More... | 2 Comments
Settlers in Hebron use loudspeaker to disparage Islam and sexually harass a Palestinian woman in the middle of the night. The settlers of Hebron have never been known for their manners. This time, however, it seems that they have sunk to a new low — even by their standards. [tmwinpost] Last Thursday night, settlers from the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba approached the neighborhood of al-Hariqah and used a PA system to curse Islam as well as the local Palestinian population, in both Arabic and Hebrew. A Palestinian volunteer for Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem documented parts of the incident…Read More... | 6 Comments
The B’Tselem video shows a group of Israeli settlers and their dog, who decide to celebrate a festive Jewish holiday by intimidating and abusing a Palestinian man at a checkpoint. Instead of intervening, the Israeli troops on scene made the victim leave, telling him it is a place for Jews only. By Yael Marom There is no blood in this video, published here in English for the first time. There is no extraordinary physical violence. For a checkpoint in the occupied city of Hebron, it’s fairly routine — a few Israeli Border Police officers and a handful of settlers having a…Read More... | 12 Comments
Israel's leaders are essentially trying to convince the world that anyone who recognizes Palestine is anti-Semitic. UNESCO's resolution to recognize the Tomb of the Patriarchs/Ibrahimi Tomb and Hebron's Old City as Palestinian World Heritage Sites brought on, as expected, knee-jerk cries of anti-Semitism by Israeli politicians. And it wasn't just the right wingers. Even Labor's Merav Michaeli, known for her dovish views, called the resolution "insane." [tmwinpost] I wonder how many of these politicians bothered reading the resolution before they ran to Twitter to trash it. As opposed to what Israel is attempting to portray, UNESCO does not comment on…Read More... | 9 Comments
From a Palestinian point of view, Hebron's sanctity to the Jewish people does not negate the Palestinians' right to promote their political rights and sovereignty over the world heritage site. By Yonathan Mizrachi In recent years, every time UNESCO convenes to discuss world heritage sites, Israel-Palestine is in the limelight. Usually, tensions center around the Old City of Jerusalem, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Danger in 1982. Recently, however, the Israeli Foreign Ministry began a campaign against the Palestinian nomination of the city of Hebron as a World Heritage Site. Though Hebron is not Jerusalem, Israel's claims to…Read More... | 1 Comment
Israel's justice minister demanded an investigation of an anti-occupation activist after he admitted to beating a Palestinian during his army service. Now other former soldiers are stepping up to show solidarity. By Yael Marom Dozens of Israelis demonstrated outside Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked's home in north Tel Aviv Sunday night, after she called to investigate the spokesperson of anti-occupation group Breaking the Silence. [tmwinpost] Breaking the Silence Spokesperson Dean Issacharof was summoned for interrogation last week by Israeli police at the behest of Shaked, over a testimony he gave to the organization in which he admitted to beating a Palestinian man during his…Read More... | 8 Comments
The restrictions on movement between different neighborhoods of Hebron meant that a number of Palestinian activists, who were on their way to an iftar meal in Tel Rumeida, were compelled to break their fast sitting on the ground at a checkpoint instead. Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims across the world, is a time for family get-togethers, especially around the Iftar meal, which breaks the day-long fast every evening. Extended families gathering for a meal — what could be more trivial than that? Except if it happens in Hebron, where nothing is as trivial as it seems. [tmwinpost] Several members of…Read More...
A tour of Hebron covers the history of the city, from its former incarnation as a space shared by Jews and Arabs to the massacres in 1929 and 1994, and from the Oslo Accords to segregation. Read more: How the 1929 Hebron massacre invigorated the Zionist movement Special Coverage: The Goldstein massacre - 20 years of segregation in Hebron Richard Gere on segregation in Hebron: It's exactly like the Old SouthRead More... | 15 Comments
'It’s exactly what the Old South was in America. Blacks knew where they could go: they could drink from that fountain, they couldn’t go over there, they couldn’t eat in that place,' the American actor tells an Israeli TV station during a tour of the segregated West Bank city. Richard Gere visited the West Bank city of Hebron this week, guided by the Israeli anti-occupation group Breaking the Silence. Gere was in Israel to promote his new film "Norman," and was accompanied to Hebron by director Joseph Cedar, an Israeli, along with a crew from Channel 2 News. [tmwinpost] In…Read More... | 23 Comments
The main entrance to the West Bank village of Qalqas has been closed since the Second Intifada. The residents are having none of it. Photos and text: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org Some 250 Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Qalqas, south of Hebron, protested on Friday against the Israeli military's closure of their village’s main entrance, which has been in place since the Second Intifada — which started 17 years ago. Before the protest, the demonstrators held the Muslim Friday noon prayer beside the large rocks and cinder blocks placed by the Israeli army at the entrance to the village. Children held signs,…Read More...
Israeli soldiers fire volleys of tear gas to break up the protest, prevent the march from reaching the street Israel has forbidden Palestinians but not Jews from walking or driving down. Around 400 people marched through the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday to mark 23 years since the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) Massacre, and demanded the city’s Shuhada Street be re-opened to Palestinian residents, and to end the occupation. Shuhada Street has been segregated — closed to Palestinians but not Jews — for 16 years: Palestinian residents cannot walk out their front doors, and shops owned…Read More... | 8 Comments
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