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  • Are IDF intelligence vets helping Uganda hunt down LGBTs?

    An investigative report reveals that an Israeli company is involved in supplying spyware to the Ugandan government, which is being used for the persecution of LGBT activists in the country.  By Tanya Rubinstein In Uganda today, homosexual relations are illegal. Ugandan legislators are trying to make LGBT activities illegal, including LGBT organizations themselves. Activists are persecuted, the media "outs" LGBTs, and there are reports of widespread violence against members of the community. [tmwinpost] A recent investigative report by Buzzfeed's Sheera Frenkel revealed that the Israeli company NICE Systems, along with the Italian company Hacking Team, were involved in supplying spyware to…

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  • Why I won't be participating in Tel Aviv's Pride Parade

    Israeli security forces exploit Palestinians’ sexual orientation to blackmail them into becoming collaborators. The Israeli LGBT mainstream's silence about this persecution exposes a moral lapse. By Fady Khoury This weekend, LGBT Israelis will take to the streets of Tel Aviv as part of the yearly Pride Parade, this year under the banner, “gender equality and support for the transgender community.” People from all over the world will throng to the streets of Tel Aviv, adorned with rainbow flags and Israeli flags, all in order to take part in the days-long party. It is a massive tourist attraction and the pride and…

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  • Why did we forget about Herzog's anti-Arab campaign?

    While commentators will be talking about Netanyahu's anti-Arab race-baiting for a long time, his opponent's anti-Arab campaign tactics never stirred up too much controversy.  There were many reasons why Benjamin Netanyahu galloped to victory in last week's election. His opponent, Isaac Herzog, was viewed by many as disconnected, elitist and lacking an alternative vision for the future of the country. However, it was Netanyahu's campaign blitz, which came after polls revealed he was trailing his opponent by four seats, that truly won him the election. [tmwinpost] Netanyahu pulled out all the stops, from driving a stake through the two-state solution…

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  • IDF commander dismisses Unit 8200 refuseniks

    'These operations, and not our letter, are what make military service political.' The 43 reservist soldiers who refused to serve in the IDF respond to their dismissal.  The commander of the IDF’s highly prestigious 8200 intelligence unit dismissed all 43 reservist soldiers who previously declared their refusal to serve in a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu last September. The letter, which caused a great deal of controversy, cited Israel's military rule over the Palestinian people in the occupied territories as a policy of choice, rather than of self-defense, which violates basic human rights. In a letter addressed to the reservists, the commander…

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  • All Israelis are implicated in the occupation

    Rather than an army secret, the systems supporting the occupation include such normal institutions as taxation, infrastructure projects, the education system and, of course, army service. The debate over refuseniks from IDF intelligence unit 8200 unleashed acrimonious debates all week. While I have already observed some of them, here are a few more that stand out. Carolina Landsmann has one of the most powerful opinion pieces I’ve read in a long time, in Haaretz. It may yet appear in English, but for now the excerpts here are my translation. Like one former member of Unit 8200 who spoke to me,…

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  • Against spy revelations, Israel doth protest too much

    The nation’s establishment has called the whistle-blowers of Unit 8200 every bad name, but it has no answer to their charge that information deliberately gathered on innocent Palestinians is used to blackmail them into collaborating. The 43 refuseniks in Unit 8200, Israel’s legendary high-tech snoops, are this week’s Gideon Levys, this week’s Haneen Zoabis – the focus of patriotic hatred in the land. “Baseless slander” is what Netanyahu called their letter, published Friday in Yedioth Ahronoth, in which they declared they would no longer spy for the occupation. Aside from being called traitors, the 43 reservists have been called cowards,…

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