After 17 years of war, Israel's leaders still fail to understand that no amount of military force will make Gaza disappear. By Avi Dabush I was born and raised in Ashkelon; now I live near Sderot. I still remember Gaza, just an arm’s length away. No matter how much military force Israel uses, Gaza is not going anywhere. Here are five things you can see five kilometers from the Gaza border that are impossible to see from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. [tmwinpost] We are losing. There’s no doubt that the Gazans are losing but what our leaders don’t see is that…Read More... | 8 Comments
Even the members of Netanyahu’s government acknowledge that what Israel is doing in Gaza is folly, yet there is no one to stop it. By Avi Dabush Let’s start with a quiz. Who said the following: “We are marching a march of foolishness when it comes to Gaza. The government has no policy or strategic decision-making. Each day moves from combat to crisis — humanitarian or military — and sometimes both together.” [tmwinpost] The answer, you see, is none other than senior minister and member of the security cabinet Yisrael Katz. His solution to Gaza's problems, by the way, is a…Read More...
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley came to Israel to see the conflict up close. It's a shame that when it came to Gaza, she only got one perspective. By Yoni Mendel "We are at the height of an important visit from UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in Israel. We are visiting the towns around Gaza. We both visited the terror tunnels. She saw how the cement we transfer to Gaza for rebuilding homes and building hospitals is used by Hamas to dig tunnels. She saw this with her own eyes. This is very important. [tmwinpost] She visited the…Read More... | 6 Comments
Israeli demonstrators gather in central Tel Aviv to support Tair Kaminer and Ayden Katri, two Israeli conscientious objectors who refuse to serve in the army because of its actions in the occupied territories. Dozens of Israelis demonstrated last Thursday in central Tel Aviv in support of two Israeli conscientious objectors, one of whom is currently serving time in military prison. The demonstration, which coincided with the Jewish holiday of Purim — when Jews typically celebrate by dressing in costume — was organized in support of Tair Kaminer, who has sat in prison for a total of 75 days and is…Read More...
After countless pleas to the Israeli government went unanswered, a group of Israelis who live along the Gaza border ask Ban Ki-moon to intervene and end the siege on their neighbors. A group of Israelis who live in the Gaza border region sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week imploring him “to use the power of your office to pressure the Israeli government into adoption of a humanitarian and moral plan that will give hope to peoples on both sides of the border.” [tmwinpost] Activists from the group Other Voice, which penned the letter to Ban, say…Read More... | 9 Comments
Tair Kaminer sentenced to 30 days in military prison. She has served a total of 45 days after refusing to enlist in the IDF due to her opposition to the occupation. Israeli conscientious objector Tair Kaminer was sentenced on Monday to another 30 days in military prison for refusing to enlist in the IDF. This is Kaminer's third sentence; she has sat a total of 45 days in jail. [tmwinpost] In early January, she informed the army that she would refuse to serve because of her opposition to the occupation, and was sentenced to 20 days in the women’s military…Read More... | 9 Comments
Tair Kaminer is expected to be sentenced to a month in military jail for refusing to enlist in the IDF. Kaminer: 'Military jail frightens me less than our society losing its humanity.' Approximately 40 demonstrators accompanied Israeli conscientious objector Tair Kaminer to the Tel Hashomer induction base on Sunday, where she is expected to be sentenced for her refusal to enlist in the Israeli army. [tmwinpost] The demonstrators held signs chanted against the occupation at the entrance to the base. Some of them organized a short performance, in which they wore IDF uniforms and pledged their loyalty to the state…Read More... | 1 Comment
Fear and pain flow in the streets, between Gaza and Sderot, between Hebron and Jerusalem, forcing us to think about providing enough compassion for one another so we can come to solutions to the violence. By Mijal Simonet Corech Once, Israeli academic Yael Berda and I came up with an expression: "politics of love." We never really got down it to its basics — we never needed to; somehow we both knew what we meant. According to this kind of politics, first and foremost, you feel sad when you hear that a man and a woman — parents of four children…Read More... | 1 Comment
Photos by Yotam Ronen, Anne Paq, Basel Yazouri, Oren Ziv, Faiz Abu Rmeleh, Ahmad al-Bazz, Keren Manor / Activestills.org From asylum seeker struggles to the assault on Gaza, women were on the front lines of some of the major struggles in Israel/Palestine. In honor of International Women’s Day, Activestills brings you the best photos of the women who pushed for justice between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.Read More... | 10 Comments
As they head into elections, Netanyahu, Livni, Herzog, Lapid and Yishai can agree on one thing: even after nine military operations in 14 years, the only solution to the conflict with Gaza is another war with Hamas. By Yonatan Mendel Election season is upon us, which means that the country's best copywriters and campaigners are likely gathering with elected officials in meeting rooms in order to come up with a concise and clear message for the citizens of Israel - one that will inspire them to vote for those very same elected officials, and the brighter future they promise. Politicians and…Read More... | 15 Comments
Liberals abroad seem to think that for Israel, Operation Protective Edge was a turning point -- a wake-up call telling this country that it couldn’t keep going on like this, from war to war to war with no chance for peace. +972 speaks to a number of powerful figures in Prime Minister Netanyahu's inner circle, past and present, to hear their vision of where Israel is headed following the latest Gaza war. On the first weekend after Operation Protective Edge ended in a cease-fire, I drove down to Sderot, the original rocket-plagued Gaza-border town and a stronghold of the ruling…Read More... | 29 Comments
The Great Flood Collective (Hamabul), a community organization that seeks to use art in dealing with social and political issues, did a comics workshop for kids in Sderot who spent most of the summer holiday in bomb shelters. "We feared that the poisonous atmosphere will be visible in the drawings," the activists wrote on Hamabul Facebook's page, "but what turned out was the opposite." This is a drawing by Ohad, 11 years old: Take another look - it's even smarter than you think. Related: How will Gaza's children carry their scars into adulthood? WATCH: Israelis from Sderot play Palestinians under the…Read More... | 23 Comments
This is the watchword in Israel today, no matter the price. Late last night (Monday), I was driving home from work and listening to the talk show hosted by Jojo Abutbul, who is sort of an old-time folk hero in this country – a Mizrahi Jew with down-to-earth wisdom. An Israeli common man. He speaks mainly to an older, Likud-oriented Mizrahi crowd, which is still very reflective of Israeli mainstream views, and is disproportionately represented in Sderot and some of the other towns near the Gaza border that have taken the brunt of Hamas’ rockets. Jojo Abutbul and his callers…Read More... | 41 Comments
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