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  • Why I didn't join the protests against gender violence in Israel

    'My identity as a woman is not detached from my identity as a Palestinian, so I can only rally behind a movement that calls to free women from all systems of oppression.' By Maryam Hawari I first encountered Alice Miller v. Minister of Defense in my first year of law school. In 1994, Miller took the Israeli army to the High Court of Justice in a sex discrimination case, challenging its policy banning women from combat roles. The court found the ban to be unconstitutional, and the case was a significant development for gender equity in the Israeli army. Jewish…

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  • Tens of thousands of women hold mass protests against gender violence in Israel

    Women across the country take part in a general strike to protest the government's inaction over gender violence. Twenty-four women have been murdered since the beginning of the year. By +972 Magazine Staff Tens of thousands of women in Israel participated in a general strike across the country on Tuesday, declaring a "state of emergency" to protest the government's inaction toward violence against women. The strike, which included demonstrations, direct actions, and vigils for women who have been murdered, took place in cities such as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, in universities across Israel, as well as in Palestinian cities and villages. The day's…

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  • 'Gender violence pushed Jewish, Palestinian women into a corner — together'

    Women across Israel were set to strike to protest the government's inaction toward gender violence. Samah Salaime, a prominent feminist activist, speaks about building solidarity between Jewish and Palestinian women and why this moment feels so urgent. Tens of thousands of women in Israel were expected to participate in a general strike and demonstrations across the country on Tuesday, protesting the government's inaction toward gender-based violence, spurred by the recent murders of two teenage girls. [tmwinpost] Over 50 Jewish and Arab feminist organizations, comprising the Red Flag Coalition, declared a national "state of emergency" and organized the protests. Demonstrations are set to take place in dozens of locations…

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  • Palestinian women lead latest march on Israel-Gaza border

    This was the first time since the start of the Great Return demonstrations, during which Israeli snipers have killed well over 100 and wounded thousands, that the march was led by women. By Meron Rapoport Thousands of Palestinian women took part in march on the border fence separating the Gaza Strip and Israel on Tuesday, in one of the largest such demonstrations to take place since the Great Return March began on March 30. It was also the first time since the start of the Great Return demonstrations, during which Israeli snipers have killed well over 100 and wounded thousands, that…

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  • IDF to Palestinian women: Don't go to protests, your place is at home

    The same army that boasts of its progressive attitude toward women changes its tone completely when addressing an Arabic-speaking crowd. "A woman's femininity lays in her grace, her weapon is her wit. Where are these in the personality of this terrorist?" The above text was written in Arabic by Maj. Avichay Adraee, the IDF spokesperson for the Arabic media, attached to an image published on Facebook Thursday of a Palestinian woman holding up a slingshot during a demonstration. The post, most likely part of the army's attempts to limit participation in the mass protests as part of the "Gaza Return March," continued as follows: "The good woman is…

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  • The quiet feminist revolution in Arab society in Israel

    Despite the hardships, Arab women are making gains in the Israeli legal establishment, local politics, academia, and even in the Islamic Movement.  I watched as Hollywood stars collectively came out of the feminist closet during the Academy Awards this week. They spoke with pride about the recent #MeToo campaign, and demanded more respect and more funds for films made by women about women. But why envy the women of Hollywood? There's enough work to do back home. This past week we also learned that the Israel Prize Committee could not find a single woman who was worthy of receiving the…

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  • Women speak out against harassment in Gaza

    'I didn’t know what to do. He kept insisting, so I felt that I had to answer him to make him stop, I told him that I’m married and have three kids but he didn’t believe me.' A report about the women no longer willing to stay silent and the difficulties they face. By Mohammed Moussa Writer’s note: Some women passengers quoted in this story asked that their last names be withheld to protect their privacy. GAZA CITY – The growing number of women speaking out against sexual assault and harassment at the hands of powerful men seems to have…

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  • Wonder Women: The Arab feminist revolution on Facebook

    Thousands of Arab women on Facebook are sharing, with heart-wrenching honesty, stories of female heroism that don’t always make headlines. Is a new Arab feminism emerging? And what about the new Arab man? A week ago one of my Facebook friends added me to a group for Arab women. Oh no, I thought. Not another group. But, as usual, I couldn't resist the feminist urge and went in to take a look. I found stories of working Arab women of all ages from all over Israel: Muslim, Druze, and Christian, religious and less so, married and single; short, emotional stories…

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  • How can women 'wage peace' without talking about occupation?

    A recent rally organized by ‘Women Wage Peace’ may have looked momentous, yet it ignored 50 years of military occupation, all while recycling the same old tropes about the role of women in violent conflicts. I arrived early and with many reservations to the rally organized by “Women Wage Peace” in Jerusalem’s Independence Park this past week. It was the culmination of a two-week “Journey to Peace,” in which thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women marched through Israel and the West Bank to demand a peaceful resolution to the conflict. I had been following the group since it was formed after the 2014 Gaza…

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  • Thousands of Israeli, Palestinian women 'wage peace' in the desert

    The march by Israeli and Palestinian women, demanding that both peoples' leaders do more for peace, was set to culminate with a protest outside Netanyahu's residence. By +972 Magazine Staff Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women marched through the West Bank along the Dead Sea on Sunday, part of more than two weeks of a “Journey to Peace” by an organization called Women Wage Peace. The march, which was held under the banner, “We’re not stopping without an agreement,” was meant to culminate with a protest outside the Israeli Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem later Sunday evening. Smaller events have…

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  • How Bedouin women were exploited to 'Judaize' the Negev at NY Fashion Week

    An organization that settles Jews in the Negev, and with a central role in the story of displacement at Umm al-Hiran, enlists a famous Israeli designer to team up with Bedouin women for a NY Fashion Week fundraiser. The problem — nobody told the Bedouin women what they were up to. Israeli designer Aviad Arik Herman, who made headlines earlier this year for designing Culture Minister Miri Regev’s famous “united Jerusalem” dress, entered into a blossoming “partnership” with Bedouin women culminating with a dress on display at New York Fashion Week this week, according to an article in Hebrew-language news site…

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  • Israeli society isn't yet ready for a woman in a hijab

    I am a strong, independent and successful woman. Yet Israeli society is unwilling to understand that wearing a hijab is my choice. By Seren Khateb Shahbari Two years ago I decided to start wearing a hijab. I had a feeling that this is what I wanted at this stage of life. The spiritual need pushed me there. I was convinced, despite the social and political reality we live in. I knew that this would be a decision that would change many aspects of my life, affecting my work, my job, my ability to be accepted to an internship, and especially on…

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  • The Palestinian women's uprising that electrified Jerusalem

    Religious Palestinian women are taking in active role in the protests at the Temple Mount, shattering stereotypes of Muslim women as docile and subservient.  By Elhanan Miller In the struggle of the Palestinian religious factions against Israel, the place of women has been missing from the battle. As opposed to Fatah and the left-wing factions, in which women often take an active role, religious Palestinian women are often left behind the scenes. The events of the last few weeks teach us, however, that the struggle over al-Aqsa is an exception. [tmwinpost] In September 2015, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon declared the…

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