As part of our commitment to promoting freedom of information and fighting censorship, we recently added an important layer of encryption to our website. Here's why we did it, and what it means for you. Over the past year we at +972 Magazine have dedicated significant resources into expanding our journalistic focus on censorship, freedom of information, and online free speech issues in Israel and Palestine. [tmwinpost] We have covered attempts to impose military censorship on Israeli bloggers and social media users, the expanding use of gag orders, we've exposed the previously unknown scope of censorship in Israel, the arbitrary…Read More... | 5 Comments
In response to the recent wave of violence Israel's public security minister wants to put more guns in more (men's) hands and in more homes. The only guaranteed result, however, is that more women will be killed inside their own homes. By Rela Mazali Israel’s gun policy is changing as you read this. The country’s gun policy was already dubious at best, but now moving toward catastrophic. The catastrophe will play out over time in multiple “small” tragedies, wrecking multiple “small” lives. In hindsight, once they’ve occurred, all of them will have been predictable and preventable. But, preventable or not,…Read More...
Why do people continue to vote for parties that work against their interests and persistently disappoint? What are the voting patterns in the Israeli public? A street survey of voters and a conversation with sociologist Jessica Nevo. Related: What do you call a politician who promises more war? Don't call her the 'Russian candidate': Meet Ksenia Svetlova Why Mizrahim don't vote for the LeftRead More... | 2 Comments
Israel has no problem asserting an inviolable right to self-defense, while repeatedly denying the same right to Palestinians. The same state that decries Palestinian violence has no qualms meeting non-violent protests with fully armed aggression. By Nadia Naser-Najjab The ongoing conflict in Gaza has led international actors to reassert Israel’s right to self-defense. Any objection that these same actors have repeatedly failed to recognize, much less support, a Palestinian right to self-defense is routinely rejected upon the basis that it is not the international community’s role to take sides. Needless to say, in a context of open oppression and subjugation, this…Read More... | 16 Comments
We're pleased to introduce Col. Pinto, Commander of the IDF’s Binyamin Brigade, who holds a practical veto over decisions of the High Court of Justice. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Last month we reported that after a three-year sisyphean legal struggle, the IDF finally implemented a High Court of Justice order that Ali Shabana be allowed to access his land; and that the son of the owner, accompanied by a Yesh Din team, ploughed the land. All's well that ends well? Proof that a dim legal dawn finally breaks through the mist? Not quite. The settlers, as we reported,…Read More... | 4 Comments
Recent searches into the email accounts of passengers arriving in Israel raises the question of how far the state can go in its airport security checks. It is one thing to search files located on a person's computer , but quite another to go through a person's cyberspace history. By Jonathan Klinger News that the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) searches the email accounts of those who travel to Israel (first reported on by Mondoweiss) is quite disturbing. According to the report, several activists who crossed the border in to Israel were requested to open up their computers, connect to the internet and log in to…Read More... | 14 Comments
Somewhere along the way, security for Israeli Jews became utopia: it will never be achieved, but it exacts an infinite price of destruction for its own sake, on the road to nowhere. Isaiah Berlin's seminal critique of utopia holds that no matter how noble the idea at hand, the assumption that one truth can be universal and overriding denies the reality of conflicting, but equally vital, human truths. We may believe all humans agree on the right to life and physical security. But we also cherish other human rights and freedoms, and sometimes these are in conflict. Acknowledging and struggling…Read More... | 74 Comments
By: Liel Maghen and Aziz Abu Sarah It is a custom in Israel that people will forsake their social rights or economic demands in face of any security concerns and terror threats. The right wing in Israel had successfully presented security concerns as a justification to maintain the status quo on social issues. Thus, in the general public, the military budget cannot be questioned or even debated. Therefore, despite the new social movement claim to work on changing the priorities in Israel, they decided consciously to ignore the debate about security in order to keep the movement popular. Last week's…Read More...
A sound and slideshow by Eyal Warshavsky, with national anthem Hatikva as the crescendo, illustrates the powerful sense of a shared national cause emerging from the demonstration last Saturday night. What began as an outcry over high housing prices is taking on ever-larger dimensions, and Israelis of all stripes have rallied to the cause of economic injustice surrounding a range of issues. In the past, wars and security issues have always been the greatest unifying factor of Israeli identity, but there is a powerful bond forming around the protests that could perhaps even transcend left and right. At the 20,000-or…Read More... | 2 Comments
Israel responded to the "flytilla" with a wildly disproportionate deployment of police and extraordinary security checks. But Palestinian citizens of Israel are discriminated at the Ben Gurion Airport on an hourly basis - and are now able to racially profile themselves, using a specially provided form to warn the airport authorities of their arrival. In the see-saw of travel-craving and homesickness preceding any trip abroad, there's one moment when you can feel the balance finally shifting and you becoming glad to be leaving Israel: When you arrive in your car or taxi to the airport gates and a burly, submachine…Read More... | 42 Comments
When Netanyahu says the 1967 borders are "indefensible", this does not mean Israel must seek to avoid conceding too much West Bank land. It means Israel cannot make any concessions. Last week, in response to Obama's speech, Netanyahu argued that for Israel, the borders that existed before the 1967 occupation are "indefensible". He repeated the same point after their meeting yesterday. But what does it mean? At its core, the "indefensible" borders argument relates to Israel's small size, and the concentration of its population in a narrow strip along the Mediterranean coast, in great proximity to Palestinian areas of the…Read More... | 25 Comments
By Aziz Abu Sarah The recent Supreme Court rebuke of the Airport Authorities in Israel came as a shining light of hope. The treatment of Arabs at Ben Gurion Airport has caused many controversies over the last few years. For me, this is not something I simply read about in the newspaper -- being a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem and a frequent business flyer I regularly experience discrimination at Ben Gurion. This discrimination takes a variety of forms, from extra security checks and humiliating requests such as taking off undershirts and pants to invasive personal questions about my relationships that have…Read More... | 5 Comments
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