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  • Why are so many Israeli women subjected to sexual harassment?

    Reported incidents of sexual harassment, assault and rape by high-ranking Israeli officials are flooding their way into the media. Why is the violation of women's bodies and dignity so endemic in Israeli society? Several days ago a story broke in Israel that has been dominating the headlines ever since: a senior Israeli army officer has been suspended from his duties after coming under suspicion of having sexually assaulted a female soldier under his command. Ofek Buchris, whose name was originally under gag order, is suspected of five counts of assault, including rape. And as a high-ranking official in the most…

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  • 'Netanyahu at War': An engaging but deeply flawed documentary

    Twenty three men and three women tell the captivating story of Netanyahu’s rise to power, and how he ended up on a collision course with the leader of the free world. Yes, 23 men and three women. "Netanyahu at War," a PBS Frontline documentary about Benjamin Netanyahu's rise to power and the background to his now-infamous, ongoing feud with Barack Obama, opens with the controversy surrounding the Israeli prime minister's address to Congress last March, which one of his former advisors frames as a Churchillian attempt to warn the world about the dangers of a nuclear deal with Iran. "Netanyahu,"…

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  • Yair Lapid on Hillary handshake: 'I met my buddy's wife...'

    Israel's Mr. Liberal went to the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. and met this woman he's seen somewhere, a lawyer maybe? Bill's wife, you guys know Bill.  Yair Lapid, leader of the third largest party in the opposition (a far cry from his briefly held title of the great white hope of Israeli moderates, way back when in 2013), attended the Saban Forum at Brookings last night. As in the rest of his political career, Lapid's contribution to proceedings was somewhat difficult to place, but he didn't pass entirely unnoticed. At the end of the summit's third day, Lapid got…

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  • Misogynist ad campaign exposes hypocrisy within the left

    By Anonymous I was sexually assaulted by a left-wing activist last summer. The perpetrator was – and still is – a guy with all the right credentials: post-colonialist, post-Zionist, anti-capitalist, and so on. Most significantly, he considers himself a feminist. Until he assaulted me, we were friends. I had met him through my involvement in radical leftist organizations. After the assault, it took me three full days to fully comprehend what had happened and give it a name. I couldn't make sense of what had happened to me, particularly because I couldn't fathom how someone who could speak to me…

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  • Why isn't Lieberman capitalising on the women's rights issue?

    Avigdor Lieberman's party, Yisrael Beitenu, owes much of its clout to flying the secularist banner and opposing the growing religious influence over Israeli public life. So why aren't they standing up against gender segregation? Put simply, they now have much bigger fish to fry.  The subject of segregation between men and women in Israeli public spaces continues to dominate the news. Tanya Rosenblit, the student already dubbed the Israeli Rosa Parks for refusing to move to the back of a "kosher" bus, has met yesterday with Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and became the target of a smear campaign. Utra-Orthodox journalist and…

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  • IDF censors Defence Minister, Chief of Staff's sexist joke

    Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz shared a joke about female soldiers participating in a military exercise "to sing during break time," with Barak tipping Gantz about a ministry employee who can "sing without her uniform". The IDF then tried to block reports of the joke. Censorship and limitations on freedom of speech have spiked in Israel over the past year, but this appears to be a new record: The Defence Ministry and IDF Spokesman intervened to censor reports of a sexist joke shard by Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. The…

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  • No, a woman's voice is not "pubic" - the song must go on

    A recent protest from within the IDF against the sound of women singing made it all the way to the High Court. But the event is only one in a string of state-sanctioned assaults against women's rights, led by Israel's religious establishment, which likens women to their genitalia By Hila Benyovits-Hoffman | Translation: Dena Shunra Some six weeks ago, during a formal IDF officers’ training course event celebrating military heritage, nine cadets stood up and left the performance hall. The reason for their pointed exit was the participation of women among the military singers. The cadets felt they were prohibited from listening to them…

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  • "Sexy Israel" getting treatment for flotilla nightmares

    (Tlatest update on the role of the Information Ministry can be found here) I'm somewhat of a fool for excruciatingly bad Hasbara videos, but this one surely takes the cake: From this video, we learn "Israel" is massively paranoid, even somewhat hysterical, believing edited second-hand evidence from biased sources (IDF spokesman's video from the flotilla), suspicious of people trying to help her and storming out of treatment - so far so true. Apart from making rather poorly judged use of the experience of real women with real trauma, the July 1st video is also ridiculously sexist; beginning with the cheap…

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  • The war against women

    Crimes against women – such as domestic abuse, sexual assault and sexual harassment – are extraordinarily widespread. Statistics say that the majority of women, quite possibly the vast majority of them, fall victim to at least one of these crimes. Their prevalence is so high, that the cumulative effect can only be compared to the suffering of a population of a country engaged in total war. Except this war, the war against women, has been going on without a ceasefire since the dawn of time, has been directed at half of humanity at any given moment, and is completely one-sided.…

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  • Israeli "liberals" make light of sexual assault and assassinations by the IDF

    In one day, Israel's most liberal newspaper made light of sexual assault in the IDF, and the country's most liberal institution, the High Court of Justice, made light of its own rulings in regards to IDF assassinations Amos Harel, a senior Ha'aretz reporter, writes [Heb] about the aftermath of Yoav Galant's botched appointment to IDF Chief of Staff: Netanyahu and Barak emphasize that careful scrutiny will be required into the past conduct of the candidates [for IDF Chief Staff position]. Perhaps they cheated on high school exam, perhaps they scratched a neighboring car in the parking lot and did not…

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