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Ilana Hammerman

  • Israeli activists replace threatening military signs with messages of peace and resistance

    Using creative, colorful tools and supported by Palestinians from a number of villages, a group of Israeli women is trying to break the army's campaign of fear and segregation. For several years now, all roads branching off of major Israeli-controlled West Bank highways and taking drivers towards Palestinian villages and cities, have been dominated by the presence of red trilingual warning signs. The signs threaten Israelis that the roads lead to Palestinian Authority controlled areas. Driving on them should thus be considered both a violation of the law, which officially forbids Israelis from entering "Area A" (although this law is…

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  • This absurd act of rebellion: why did we publicly violate the law

    Poet Klil Zisapel was one of twelve Israeli women that took a group of Palestinian women and children on a fun outing to Tel Aviv, knowingly violating the Entry into Israel Act. In an interview to +972mag Klil explains her own reasons for taking part in this initiative, and shares some of the experiences of that special day An unusual ad appeared in the Haaretz daily a month or so ago: it held the story of twelve Israeli women about how they took a group of Palestinian women and children on a fun outing in Tel Aviv; by doing so…

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  • 12 Israeli women defy army orders, take Palestinians to Tel Aviv

    Until the Oslo years, Palestinians enjoyed freedom of movement throughout Israel. But since the mid 90's, only those with special permits from the IDF can cross the Greed Line west – to work, for a visit of friends or family members, or for medical treatment. The blockade policy has become much harder on Palestinians since the separation barrier was constructed. Very few travel permits are issued, and as a result, many young Palestinians never leave their home town and the surrounding villages. In fact, many never left the territories in their life, and the only Israelis they ever met were…

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