Israeli police estimate that there are hundreds of thousands of illegal guns among Palestinian citizens of Israel, a community suffering from under-policing and high levels of violence. Are the guns the problem? And what can be done about it? The Palestinian community in Israel has been experiencing an ongoing wave of violence for some years now. In the past week alone, seven people were killed in Kafr Qasim, Acre, Jaffa, and Lyd. The killings tend to rob Palestinians in Israel their sense of personal security, and guns have become so pervasive, that at times it feels like anyone could be…Read More... | 43 Comments
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'My identity as a woman is not detached from my identity as a Palestinian, so I can only rally behind a movement that calls to free women from all systems of oppression.' By Maryam Hawari I first encountered Alice Miller v. Minister of Defense in my first year of law school. In 1994, Miller took the Israeli army to the High Court of Justice in a sex discrimination case, challenging its policy banning women from combat roles. The court found the ban to be unconstitutional, and the case was a significant development for gender equity in the Israeli army. Jewish…Read More... | 4 Comments
Women across the country take part in a general strike to protest the government's inaction over gender violence. Twenty-four women have been murdered since the beginning of the year. By +972 Magazine Staff Tens of thousands of women in Israel participated in a general strike across the country on Tuesday, declaring a "state of emergency" to protest the government's inaction toward violence against women. The strike, which included demonstrations, direct actions, and vigils for women who have been murdered, took place in cities such as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, in universities across Israel, as well as in Palestinian cities and villages. The day's…Read More...
Women across Israel were set to strike to protest the government's inaction toward gender violence. Samah Salaime, a prominent feminist activist, speaks about building solidarity between Jewish and Palestinian women and why this moment feels so urgent. Tens of thousands of women in Israel were expected to participate in a general strike and demonstrations across the country on Tuesday, protesting the government's inaction toward gender-based violence, spurred by the recent murders of two teenage girls. [tmwinpost] Over 50 Jewish and Arab feminist organizations, comprising the Red Flag Coalition, declared a national "state of emergency" and organized the protests. Demonstrations are set to take place in dozens of locations…Read More... | 5 Comments
A proposed bill to increase the sentences for Arab men who kill women 'on the basis of family honor' is not a step forward for feminism, but a step back. The Justice Ministry recently presented a bill to the Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice committee that would define murder on the basis of “family honor” as “aggravated murder,” which requires a sentence of life imprisonment. At first glance, this might seem like a good change, but it’s not. [tmwinpost] For the last two decades, I have been fighting the excessive use of this term – murder on the basis of…Read More... | 3 Comments
Four women have been murdered since the beginning of the week, but if you look at our leaders' Facebook pages, you'll notice they are spending all their time attacking Palestinians and leftists. Fourteen women have been murdered in Israel since the beginning of 2017, four of them in the past week alone. Had the murderers been Arab and the murdered Jewish, it is likely that we would have already been in a state of emergency. Televised cabinet meetings would deal with the "wave of terror," special forces would be spread out across the country, and politicians would compete with one another…Read More... | 4 Comments
Another Arab woman was gunned down by a masked assailant. What are you, Arabs and Jews who respect the police and just want peace, planning to do about it? Another woman joins the list. This time it was Siham Azbarqa from Lod who was shot in her home on Monday and died from her wounds the following day. Once again it was a masked gunman with a silenced pistol who managed to take another life, leaving a city of 30,000 Arab citizens in total shock. Siham was murdered not far from where Dua'a Abu Sharkh was killed in front of her four children half…Read More... | 9 Comments
By Dahlia Scheindlin Ofek Buchris is a barrel-chested 48 year old with a heavy brow and war wounds. Until recently he was also a venerated general in the IDF. “A.” was a young female soldier under his command in the legendary Golani combat brigade. She accused him of sexual assault, rape, and sodomy between 2010 and 2012. She sent him a letter saying he had ruined her life and began psychological treatment. Meanwhile he was slated for a major promotion (other Golani commanders have gone on to become IDF chief of staff). In late February 2016, A. made a formal…Read More...
Sana al-Zana was murdered and buried in the desert late last year. The media didn't report it, the police did little to nothing, and the killer is still walking free. I recently discovered that us Arab women are a skillful bunch: it turns out that in Israel of 2016, an Arab woman can put an end to her life, bury herself in the middle of the desert, get rid of the evidence, return to her family as a lifeless body, and be buried once again — without anyone raising suspicions over the cause of death. Along the way she is…Read More... | 4 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...
Following a wave of violence against Arab women in Israel comes a revolutionary initiative that allows women and teenagers a safe space to share experiences of sexual violence. By Inna Michaeli A new initiative is providing Arab women and girls a safe space to share experiences of sexual assault and harassment. The website, Tusukteesh (Arabic for "don't remain silent"), was founded last week by Reem Jaramna, a volunteer at the Kayan Feminist Center and Khulud Khamis, an author, feminist activist and member of Isha L'Isha — Haifa Feminist Center. [tmwinpost] "The initiative started as a way to break the silence that…Read More...
The immediate solution to every threat or conflict in Israel is to give more weapons to civilians, which often end up killing innocents ad disproportionately affects women. By Tanya Rubinstein These days, and actually most of the time, violence in the streets is making headlines on a near-daily basis. The dangers of citizens arming themselves, of the growing militarization of our society, and the way these two intersect to create more violence — especially toward women — can hardly be found in our newspapers. [tmwinpost] Israeli society's sense of security greatly stems from both developing our weapons industry and the…Read More... | 2 Comments
Hundreds protested in the Arab city of Tira after a 39-year-old woman was murdered by her ex-husband. Arab MKs: The police must take responsibility for ignoring threats against her life. By Yael Marom Hundreds of Arab citizens of Israel, including members of Knesset, local leaders and activists demonstrated last Saturday in the northern Arab city of Tira following the murder of Suha Mansour, a resident of the city. [tmwinpost] On the evening of Thursday, November 5, Mansour's body was found in her car, after she was shot a number of times from close range. Mansour, a 39-year-old educator, social activist,…Read More...
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