Israel had hoped to use the Eurovision Song Contest to bolster its international image. We were there to remind the world that there is no business as usual with an occupying state. By Tanya Rubinstein Contrary to the forecasts, Tel Aviv was not flooded by tens of thousands of European tourists last week, when Israel hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, as was repeatedly promised over the last year. City leaders hastened to reassure residents that the reason for the relatively small number of visitors had absolutely nothing to do with politics. Instead, they said, it was all economic considerations: Tel Aviv is…Read More... | 8 Comments
Israel might have the power to tell itself and the rest of the world a story of victimhood. In reality, it has been abusing two million besieged Gazans for over a decade. As the number of casualties on both sides of the Gaza border continues to climb, Israeli politicians are busy having their age-old argument: should we destroy Gaza? Erase it? Or should we send it back to the Stone Age? I propose we draw a different lesson from the horrific violence that, as of this time, has already taken the life of 16 Palestinians and four Israelis: we Israelis need to learn Arabic.…Read More... | 24 Comments
The demonstration in the heart of Tel Aviv was in solidarity with Palestinians taking part in the Great March of Return. By +972 Magazine Staff, Photos by Keren Manor/Activestills.org Hundreds of Israelis demonstrated in solidarity with Gaza protesters Saturday evening outside Israeli military headquarters in central Tel Aviv, marking Land Day and one year since the beginning of the Great March of Return protests. The protesters waved Palestinian flags and held signs in support of the Palestinian right of return while chanting against the 11-year blockade of the strip. The demonstration came hours after tens of thousands of Palestinians protested at several locations along the fence…Read More... | 1 Comment
The leader of Gaza's Great Return March holds a rare conversation with Israelis who refuse to serve in the army because of the occupation. 'Those who refuse to take part in the attacks on the demonstrators in Gaza — they stand on the right side of history.' By Edo Konrad and Oren Ziv It is difficult to imagine today, but meetings between Palestinian and Israeli activists used to be routine. The younger generation of Palestinian and Israelis, however, were born into a world of walls, fences, and segregation, where even a simple conversation can be complicated, and at times, impossible. [tmwinpost]…Read More... | 6 Comments
A group of Israeli parents mark International Day for the Rights of the Child by raising awareness of the conditions of Palestinian minors in Israeli custody. For the majority of Israelis, stories of mass arrests of Palestinians in the occupied territories are nothing new. And yet, the Israeli mainstream rarely hears about Palestinian children who are routinely rounded up from their beds in the middle of the night and taken into detention. That's why on Tuesday, which marked International Day for the Rights of the Child, a group of Israeli activists read testimonies by Palestinian minors arrested by Israeli security forces in…Read More... | 4 Comments
Thousands of Israelis attend the event, billed as the world's largest Arabic lesson, in protest of a new nationalist law that excludes Palestinian citizens of Israel from the national identity and demotes Arabic from its status as an official language. Thousands of Jewish and Palestinian Israelis took part in what was billed as the “biggest Arabic lesson in the world” in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square Monday evening, an event organized to protest Israel's new Jewish Nation-State Law, which stripped Arabic of its status as an official language in the country. [tmwinpost] The event, organized by a number of coexistence and peace…Read More... | 3 Comments
A discriminatory surrogacy law sparks mass protests by LGBTQ Israelis, tens of thousands of whom take part in a nationwide general strike. Some 80,000 fill Tel Aviv's Rabin Square. By +972 Magazine Staff The Israeli LGBTQ community staged a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest discrimination and inequality, sparked by a new law to ease surrogacy regulations that left male gay couples without the ability to use a surrogate to have a child. [tmwinpost] An estimated tens of thousands of members of the community joined the one-day strike to protest the law, tying the action to the broader discrimination many members…Read More...
In the middle of the night, left-wing activists hung 115 kites along Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv's central street — one for each Palestinian protester killed by Israeli forces during the Great Return March protests. Israeli activists hung 115 black kites along Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard overnight on Sunday, in remembrance of every Palestinian killed by the Israeli army in Gaza during the Great Return March. “We all witnessed what happened in Gaza over the past couple of weeks, says A., one of the organizers of the action. "There was a big escalation both in terms of what happened and the…Read More... | 4 Comments
Our trip back to Israel-Palestine, the first since my daughter’s birth, was also the first time our family would be separated. The Israeli border, the crossing to the place where her father and I met and fell in love, would be the first thing to come between us. I didn’t get a haircut in 2017 and it’s unlikely I’ll get one in 2018, either. Nobody touches my hair but Yossi and, unfortunately, Yossi’s salon is in Tel Aviv's Neve Tzedek neighborhood. Even though it’s bad for his business, whenever I do manage to get to Tel Aviv and see Yossi, he urges…Read More... | 6 Comments
As long as our recognition of racial supremacy begins and ends with enraged men beating up people of color, leftists, and anyone else they see as a target, we will never approach the reckoning needed to effect meaningful change — neither in Charlottesville nor in Tel Aviv. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Three years ago, on a broiling July night, a group of friends and I were sitting outside a cafe in an upscale Tel Aviv neighborhood, trying to ignore the “death to Arabs” chants coming from the square opposite us. It was the middle of the Gaza war, and we had just…Read More... | 3 Comments
Hundreds block central Tel Aviv street while calling on the government to recognize one of the most harrowing chapters in Israeli history. Over 500 people demonstrated Monday evening in central Tel Aviv, calling on the state to recognize its responsibility for the Yemenite children's affair, which took place in the years after the country was founded. Protesters blocked Kaplan Street, bringing traffic on one of Tel Aviv's central thoroughfares for over an hour. [tmwinpost] The demonstrators carried signs with photos of disappeared children and their family members, commemorating the affair that has haunted Israel since its early years. Between the…Read More...
Thousands of women demonstrate across Israel against gender violence and the police's unwillingness to fight it. Over 1,000 women and men demonstrated in Tel Aviv's Habima Square on Saturday night following the murder of four women by their family members over the past week. The protesters, who directed much of their anger at Israeli police's inability or unwillingness to bring the perpetrators to justice, chanted slogans such as "twenty women a year — where is the state?" "Bibi, Bibi, wake up — the blood of women is not cheap," and called for a "women's intifada." Fourteen women have been murdered…Read More... | 5 Comments
Hundreds gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to call for the release of Avera Mengistu, who has been missing in Gaza for 1,000 days. In nearby Petah Tikva, hundreds demonstrated against police brutality and threats to freedom of expression. Photos: Oren Ziv / Activestills (Tel Aviv), Orly Noy (Petah Tikva) Hundreds of people marched down Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard on Saturday evening in solidarity with Avera Mengistu, an Ethiopian-Israeli who entered Gaza in September 2014 and has been missing ever since. He is presumed to be in Hamas captivity. Marking 1,000 days since his disappearance, protesters wore t-shirts bearing his…Read More... | 2 Comments
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