One of the attackers in Anatot was identified as Yossi Ben Arush, a police investigator residing in the settlement. Police: If someone complains, Internal Affairs will investigate An unusually violent incident took place during the last weekend in the settlement of Anatot, when large groups of settlers attacked Palestinian and Israeli peace activists on two occasions. The violence was well-documented by the activists. The first attack happened during the day, the latter at night, when the activists returned to the settlement to protest. During the second attack this person was prominent: In a strange attempt to move the blame away…Read More... | 5 Comments
After the police ineptitude and harassment experienced today, it is clear that in certain situations, Palestinians are simply guilty until proven innocent Last week my tour company, MEJDI, received a tour group from Washington DC. The group members are all part of the same Jewish congregation, and are here on a trip lead by their rabbi, who was inspired by our narratives-based approach to tourism. This morning we took the tour group to the Mount of Olives for a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, and spoke to them about the political and religious narratives of the city. While…Read More... | 78 Comments
Last week, my colleagues Joseph Dana and Mairav Zonszein reported about the harsh treatment some of protesters got from the hand of the police following the previous social justice rally in Tel Aviv. While I don't ignore the importance of such incidents, they might make one miss the essence of the tent protest. Unlike in Syria or Libya, where dictators slaughter their own citizens by the hundreds, it was never oppression that held the social order in Israel together, as far as the Jewish society was concerned. It was indoctrination - a dominant ideology, to use a term preferred by…Read More... | 3 Comments
Dozens of thousands of Israeli gathered to protest soaring housing prices in Tel Aviv yesterday, in what was the biggest political rally the city have seen in years, and one of the largest demonstrations over social issues in Israel ever. After midnight, several hundred protesters blocked main roads in Tel Aviv, resulting in clashes with police. 43 were arrested, 11 face charges of “illegal gathering” Video by Israel PutermamRead More... | 2 Comments
By +972 reporters | photos: Oren Ziv and Keren Manor/Activestills Dozens of thousands of Israeli gathered to protest soaring housing prices in Tel Aviv yesterday, in what was the biggest political rally the city have seen in years, and one of the largest demonstrations over social issues in Israel ever. After midnight, several hundred protesters blocked main roads in Tel Aviv, resulting in clashes with police. 43 were arrested, 11 face charges of "illegal gathering" Read more about the social unrest in Israel and the recent "tent protest": After huge rally, social justice protesters block central streets Tel Aviv /…Read More... | 4 Comments
Journalist Larry Derfner came to Tel Aviv airport to cover the arrival of international activists. Once in the reception hall, a small Israeli mob turned on him. In a matter of seconds, he found himself in a police van by Larry Derfner Anybody who believes the platitude that the people want peace, it’s just the leaders who want war, should have been at Ben-Gurion Airport today. It’s a good thing those Free Palestine activists got arrested; otherwise, the little mob that formed spontaneously would have punched them up pretty good. Only minutes after I got to the Arrivals hall, a…Read More... | 69 Comments
More than 100 'Welcome to Palestine' activists reportedly barred from entering Israel and will spend the weekend in detention facilities, while hundreds others banned from boarding flights; on Friday, bystanders jeer, assault Israeli activists as police look on. Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv - On one of the busiest travel days of the week, Ben Gurion International Airport just outside of Tel Aviv was in a state of near chaos this afternoon. Hordes of tourists mixed with hundreds of police officers and journalists in the grand arrival terminal as Israel prepared for the landing of hundreds of pro-Palestinian tourists attempting…Read More... | 45 Comments
As police brutality against leftist demonstrators intensifies, right-wingers call on them to "go to Syria." Why don't the right-wingers emigrate instead? Over the weekend, Israeli police publicly displayed for the first time a favorite method of torture among cops: the use of electric shocks against demonstrators. As can be seen in this clip (from 1:35 onwards), the demonstrator are sitting on the ground and refraining from violence against the cops, and yet a cops shocks one of them anyway. Stun guns and shocks are intended to replace lethal weapons in order to allow police to subdue violent people without causing them serious…Read More... | 27 Comments
The text is simple and quite short, and it merits being quoted in full: “The Netanya Magistrate’s Court has decided to extend by 24 hours the detention of three Palestinians, without holding a hearing about their alleged crimes. The reason for the absence of such a hearing is that the suspects speak only Arabic, and could not communicate with the public defender appointed for them.” The abstract form of this masterpiece of news briefs deserves a few words of attention. Reporter Ra’anan Ben Zur successfully conveys the fully Kafkaesque nature of the situation in two little sentences. We have three…Read More... | 2 Comments
A reporter for one of Israel's largest news sites is being interrogated under caution - for reporting news unpleasant to a certain colonel's ears. In the early summer, Walla!News reporter Josh Breiner published an ordinary enough report: West Bank settlers upset with the local military commander, Colonel Itzik Bar, have printed out pamphlets denouncing him as Bad for Jews and an Enemy of Samaria. Breiner approached the IDF spokesman, who condemned the pamphlets. So far, so normal. But a month ago, Breiner was summoned to the Judea and Samaria District police station, where he was interrogated under caution, on suspicion of “insulting…Read More...
Visually, the protest yesterday veered from the Italian cinema Through the violent The contextual And the chique: But the overwhelming sensation - despite the tension and the occasional violent flare-up - was that of an almost good-natured surrealism. After trying to clear the road - using, I should note, only hands* - no clubs, hoses or horses, though few people were hurt and a few horses were brought it for the show- the policemen give up, and actually block a segment of the street for us; partly out of fear of being blamed for any harm that might come the…Read More...
By Eyal Clyne | Translation: Dana Shunra This week, a policeman shot and killed a suspect. The deceased was suspected of harassment, of resisting arrest and of simply being too obsessive. There are those who also say he was suspected of an attempted vehicular assault, and he discovered that these were capital crimes. The late suspect was lucky not to be an Arab. As a Jew, the circumstances of his death are at the very least questioned. It also turns out that the suspect may have been obsessive, but the policeman also demonstrated some obsessiveness of his own. Rather than…Read More... | 1 Comment
Israeli police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse Arabs who were protesting against a rally by ultranationalist Kahane supporters in the Israeli-Arab town of Umm el-Fahm on Wednesday, October 27th. 1,500 policeman, some of them undercover, escorted the rightwing Jews into Umm el-Fahm. --------------------------------------------------- All photos were taken by by Oren Ziv/activestills. They are posted here with the photographer's permission. Read more from +972 Magazine's contributors on the reception committee bill. Ami Kaufman, Every Jewish community needs its nigger. Jerry Haber, Israel's Arab problem. Yossi Gurvitz, The Qa'adan curse.Read More... | 6 Comments
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