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  • Not just toxic masculinity: Militarism also feeds gender-based violence

    In a society dominated by male hierarchies, violence is not only a pervasive symptom but a defining feature — especially for Palestinian women.  The Israeli media has been awash with reports over the past week about the case of a dozen Israeli male teenagers, some minors, accused of gang-raping a 19-year-old female British tourist in the Cyprus resort town of Ayia Napa. The victim told local police the youths pinned her down while some of them filmed the rape on their mobile phones. [tmwinpost] The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel blasted Israeli media for their coverage of the…

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  • Seeking freedom for a rape victim who killed his attacker

    Criminal sanctions for rape in Israel amount to a few years in prison at best. Yonatan Heilo – an Ethiopian immigrant and rape victim who lives outside the Israeli consensus – will now spend most of his adult life behind bars. He deserves our moral support despite the court's blind eye. By Naama Katiee (translated from Hebrew by Osnat Hadar) Most sexual assaults are perpetrated by men. Most of the victims are women. When the victims are not women, they are usually children or disadvantaged people. In 2010 Yonatan Heilo, a 23-year-old Israeli man of Ethiopian descent with no criminal record, killed Yaron…

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  • How (or how not) to fight rape culture

    The way to fight a culture that allows sexual exploitation is by calling out the problematic sides of the people we love and admire. Just don’t ditch that logic when watching a Polanski film. Naama Katiee (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishie) In the heat of the Eyal Golan scandal, in which the famous Mizrahi singer was accused of sleeping with teenage girls, somebody finally came up and said it loud and clear, with no apologizing or beating around the bush: in a comment to his own Facebook status, which concluded with the decisive statement, “the Arsim stole my country…

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  • Fragmented testimonies: Shattering the rape taboo

    One after another, incident after incident, no two of which are alike, yet all linked by a painful silence, film director Michál Aviád shares the stories told to her by women after viewing her film ‘Invisible,' and explains why it’s important to pass on these stories. By Michal Aviad (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) The premiere screening of Invisible took place in 2011 as part of the Panorama section at the Berlin International Film Festival. Invisible is about two women, Lily (Ronìt Elkabetz) and Nira (Evgenya Dodina), who discover they were both raped by the same serial rapist 20…

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