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  • PHOTOS: Who is and isn't allowed into Jerusalem on Ramadan

    Tens of thousands of Palestinians crossed through Israeli checkpoints Friday morning to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Photos and text by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank crossed through Qalandiya checkpoint on their way to Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday to mark the first Friday of Ramadan. This year, the Israeli authorities allowed entry to women and girls of all ages, as well as men over 40 and boys under the age of 11. According to various sources, restrictions were eased due to pressure by the Trump administration. Additionally, small groups of teenagers — who are barred from crossing the checkpoint…

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  • Stop calling it 'Jewish terror'

    Let's stop calling those who have bombed, shot, or burned Palestinians 'Jewish.' Let's call them what they really are: Israeli. By Yonatan Englender Israel is a country that is quick to appropriate every phenomenon or activity that takes place within it, from the success of its tech entrepreneurs (in whom the state did not invest even a single shekel) to the successes of its athletes (for whom the state did not provide even the most basic conditions for adequate practice). Even environmental disasters and car crashes are quickly turned into national events. [tmwinpost] Therefore, it is a bit strange that we refrain from referring…

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  • Breaking the silence: I tried to commit suicide in the IDF

    Seven years have passed since that day I tried to jump. Seven years in which I hardly told anyone this story. But now it is time to speak out — for myself and for all the others who were forgotten or silenced by the system. By Sapir Sluzker-Amran I tried to commit suicide in the army. One day during training, a few weeks after I was enlisted, I climbed the railing of the third or fourth story of building on my base, and stood with one foot out in the air, while my hand held on to the rail. Soldiers…

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  • Conscientious objector jailed by Israeli army for third time

    Atalya Ben-Abba, 19, has already spent 50 days in prison for refusing to serve in the IDF, and has now been sentenced to a further 30 days. Conscientious objector Atalya Ben-Abba, 19, was on Tuesday sentenced to a third stint in prison after reporting to the Tel Hashomer military induction base and refusing to enlist in the IDF. Ben-Abba will spend 30 days in jail, on top of the 50 days she has already served following her previous two refusals. [tmwinpost] On the previous two occasions, Ben-Abba was sentenced along with fellow draft refusers Tamar Ze’evi and Tamar Alon, both…

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  • Israeli troops shoot Palestinian activist in head with 'less lethal' bullet

    The veteran activist, known for leading non-violent popular protests in the West Bank village of Ni'lin, was shot with a 'sponge-tipped' bullet, causing a head injury. Police later shackled him to his hospital bed. Israel Border Police officers shot Muhammed Amira in the head with a sponge-tipped bullet at close range during a weekly protest against the separation wall on Friday, activists and the man's attorney said. Amira, also known as Abu Nasser, is a well known figure who has been leading unarmed popular protests against Israel's separation wall in his village of Ni'lin since 2007, when the protests began. Amira, 47, is a…

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  • An open letter to a future Israeli soldier

    I honestly believe you want the best for this country, but if you care about the Israeli society, there are other ways to make a difference. Joining the IDF only perpetuates the status quo — one that is bad for Israel and much worse for Palestinians. By Ido Liven Congratulations. You are 18 years old today. We don’t know each other but your birthday is especially important to me. Let me explain. When you were born, I joined the IDF. I shouldn’t have. [tmwinpost] Don’t get me wrong — it was a truly life changing experience. I met some of my best friends…

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  • A prison sentence that tells the true story of the occupation

    An 18-month prison sentence for Elor Azaria, who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian attacker last year, is a reminder that the occupation has no place for law and justice. There was something about the Elor Azaria trial that felt scripted. I only spent three days in court last year, watching Azaria testify, but while there I spoke with many other journalists who had been there for the entire trial. Oddly, despite the in-depth interrogation of every detail, everyone with whom I spoke felt the same way — that the trial's outcome felt predetermined. In an article I wrote for…

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  • WATCH: Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinian for filming them

    Soldiers arrest a Palestinian man before shooting his brother in the knee with a rubber bullet. Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestinian volunteer with an Israeli human rights organization before shooting his brother in the knee with a rubber bullet earlier this month. [tmwinpost] The incident took place on February 10 in the West Bank village of Adameh near Nablus as Israeli soldiers guarding the settlement of Yitzhar and its illegal satellite outposts fired tear gas at local Palestinian youths who were reportedly taking a walk nearby. When Ahmad Ziyada, a Palestinian volunteer with Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem and a…

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  • I was IDF property for three years — today I'm traumatized

    Every time I hear about another Druze who refuses to go to the army, I think about how he won't have to suffer. He will avoid the trauma of becoming the human property of the IDF. By Fayez Abu Hayeh "Soldier, straighten up!" It was 2 a.m., I was lying on the ground, my backpack under me. The commander yelled: "Soldier, straighten up!" and I, an exhausted soldier, didn't understand. All I wanted was a place to escape to, a framework that would take me in. Today I understand that I was the IDF's property, like every Druze, like everyone who serves in this…

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  • WATCH: Conscientious objector on why she refuses to join the IDF

    Atalya Ben-Abba, 19, recently refused to join the Israeli army on moral grounds and, like others before her, was sentenced to jail. Here, she talks about her reasons for conscientious objection. Read more: My sister is refusing to join the IDF — and I couldn't be prouder Israeli army jails two conscientious objectors for fourth time Israeli conscientious objector released from military prison after 160 days

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  • New Israeli campaign pushes racism in guise of two-state solution

    Former top generals and commanders in Israel have launched a new campaign that pushes for unilateral separation from Palestinians. But their messaging reminds us just how racist the notion of a Palestinian 'demographic threat' really is. A new campaign in Israel by a group of former top military and security officials warns that Palestinians will soon be the majority in the country. It is billed as a centrist, pragmatist approach to enhance Israel's security in lieu of a peace process, which it may be — but it is also blatantly racist. [tmwinpost] Launched Sunday to coincide with the Paris Peace summit that…

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  • The problem with Israel's heroism addiction

    The flip side of Israel’s need for heroes created in uniform, weapon in hand, is the urge to preserve the ideals associated with them and to shield them from criticism — the ramifications of which have become disturbingly clear in the case of Elor Azaria. “A nation without heroes is a house without doors.” So says the grotesque, dictatorial general in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “Autumn of the Patriarch,” after affording equal posthumous honors to several army officers who die in quick succession, no matter whether they were killed in a tragic accident or as a result of their own depraved activities. [tmwinpost]…

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  • Why did the Israeli army conduct anthrax experiments on its soldiers?

    Ten years after it ended, most of the details of a secret trial that tested anthrax vaccines on Israeli soldiers remain unknown. Who was really behind the experiments, and were they even needed at all? By Ran Goldstein A hit TV show, “Taagad,” recently came to the end of its run in Israel. Set in an army medical center, it became a cult hit, to the extent that every currently serving soldier could quote its dialogue. But aside from its popularity, the show also reawakened one of the most serious affairs to have arisen in Israel over the last few decades — an…

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