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  • Prominent anti-occupation activist assaulted in Tel Aviv

    Left-wing Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak attacked by two assailants outside his workplace in south Tel Aviv. The attackers reportedly yelled 'leftist asshole' as they beat him before one of them pulled out a knife and lightly wounded him. A prominent left-wing activist was physically assaulted by two unknown assailants as he left work in Tel Aviv on Sunday. The attackers reportedly yelled “leftist asshole” as they beat him before one of them pulled out a knife and lightly wounded him in the face and arms. [tmwinpost] Jonathan Pollak, who has long been active in the anti-occupation movement in Israel and the West Bank, was…

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  • Nabi Saleh is where I lost my Zionism

    By the time I began going to Nabi Saleh, I had spent about four years reporting on what I saw in the West Bank and Gaza, watching detachedly as my politics moved ever leftward. What I witnessed in that small West Bank village was the last straw. A short video of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapping an Israeli soldier has dominated the Israeli media for the past week, and received prominent coverage internationally as well. Ahed, a Palestinian girl from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, makes a big impression with her eye-catching mane of blonde hair, the fierce, intelligent…

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  • Seeing the forest of occupation through the trees of Nabi Saleh

    A recent episode of Israel's premier political talk show illustrates how so many Israelis are unable — or unwilling — to see the structural nature of the injustices borne of occupation. By Libby Lenkinski My husband is a psychotherapist – he spends his life thinking about people’s individual psyche and inner worlds. I am a social activist trained to analyze structures that empower or oppress. Many of our conversations involve searching to understand which force is behind people’s behavior in any given situation – the individual or the structural. Watching last week’s segment of liberal Israeli talk show “London et…

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  • WATCH: protesters clash with soldiers at Bil'in barrier

    Palestinian demonstrators and their supporters have clashed with Israeli soldiers at a weekly gathering in the village of Bil’in in the West Bank. It happened as the demonstrators approached a portion of the controversial separation barrier built by Israel. Soldiers fired back with tear gas after demonstrators drove a bulldozer into part of the barrier. ------------------ Read more on the context of the protest in Noam Sheizaf's report from in Bil'in here.

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  • The Atlantic has not heard of the joint struggle in the West Bank? (UPDATED)

    Something caught my eye when looking through photos on The Atlantic of the Nakba day demonstrations which engulfed the West Banks and Israel's border areas last Sunday. Image 16, reprinted below, carries the following caption: Two Palestinian men struggle after being overcome by tear gas fired during clashes with the Israeli police on May 15, 2011 at Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah, West Bank. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) Actually one of the men is an Israeli from Tel Aviv named Jonathan Pollak. I suppose The Atlantic was not aware that Israeli supporters joined the Nakba demonstrations throughout the West Bank on Sunday. Maybe the…

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  • The emergence of the new Israeli Left

    Joseph Dana and I have a cover story for The Nation this week on the Israeli activists who takes part in the unarmed protest in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. We discuss the history of the joint struggle, its political significance and the challenges lying ahead. Though we say it in the text several times, it's important to remember that this is a Palestinian struggle, and the Israelis who take part in it are neither its leaders nor its leading strategists. Jonathan Pollak, whom we interviewed just before he started serving his prison sentence, made sure we understand that:…

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  • Tel Aviv sees largest leftwing demonstration in years

    Thousands march to protest Knesset's decision to probe human rights organizations Tel Aviv - More than 10,000 people marched this evening in protest of recent anti-democratic and racist initiatives by the Israeli government. The march, which started in front of the Likud HQ in King George Street and ended at the Tel Aviv Museum Square, was one of the largest leftwing demonstrations in Israel in years. Despite the cold weather, attendance exceeded expectations, and many protesters were unable to enter the Museum Square itself. According to the demonstration's organizers, a last-minute effort was made to arrange additional buses for protesters…

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  • Jonathan Pollak's life partner: Israel may turn into one big prison

    The night that Jonathan Pollak was sentenced to three months in jail, I dreamed that I was thrown in jail too. That dream was probably partly a manifestation of the deep connection that all long-term couples feel; but it was also the expression of a growing feeling of apprehension regarding the future of all of us living in Israel. By Eilat Maoz Over the two years that I lived with Jonathan, we have shared many sleepless nights. There was the three-week criminal assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-9; then the killing of demonstrators in Bil’in and Nil’in; the…

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  • Israel's assault on political dissent in full swing

    What Adnan Gheith, Mohammad Abu Tir and Jonathan Pollack all have in common The case of Adnan Gheith is just one example of the systematic subjugation and repression suffered by those who dare to speak out and resist Israeli policies. Gheith, an activist against Israeli policies in Silwan's al-Bustan neighborhood, faces a four-month expulsion from his city without being charged with anything, on the grounds of an emergency defense regulation applied by the IDF's Home Front Command. Another recent example is the case of Mohammad Abu Tir (best known for his red beard) who had his Jerusalem residency (blue identity…

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  • Israeli activist to judge: "I won't ask for leniency or express remorse"

    Tel Aviv, 27 December 2010. On the day that marks the second anniversary of Israel's three-week war on Gaza, also known as Operation Cast Lead, an Israeli activist was sentenced to three months in jail for protesting Israel's military blockade and siege on the Palestinian territory. Jonathan Pollak, a political activist who is involved in the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC), participated in a Critical Mass bicycling event to protest Israel's blockade of Gaza, which was then more than three years old. The event took place on January 31, 2008. Police arrested Pollak at the demonstration, accusing him of incitement…

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  • Israeli activist sentenced to 3 months in prison for protesting Gaza blockade

    Of all the criminals involved with the 2008 Gaza war, an Israeli leftist will be going to jail for riding his bike against the war in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv Magistrates court judge Yitzhak Yitzhak convicted Israeli leftist Jonathan Pollak of illegal assembly for his participation in a January 2008 Critical Mass ride against the siege on Gaza and then sentenced him to three months imprisonment that will begin on January 11th, 2011. Pollak was the only one detained at the said protest, and was accused of doing nothing other than riding his bicycle in the same manner as the…

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  • The State of Israel vs. Jonathan Pollak

    The verdict in the case of Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, charged with illegal assembly for his participation in a January 2008 Critical Mass ride against the siege on Gaza, will be handed down on December 27, 2010 at 10:00 at the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court. If convicted, Pollak is expected to be sentenced to three to six months in prison. A conviction in this case will activate an older three month suspended sentence, imposed on Pollak in a previous trial for protesting the construction of the Separation Barrier. Tel Aviv Magistrates court judge Yitzhak Yitzhak could feasibly add an additional…

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