Hiding the Occupation Doesn’t Make It Go Away

IDF soldiers in the West Bank (Wikimedia Commons)

by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man If an Israeli soldier beats a Palestinian and no one is there to catch it on video, did it really happen? That is the question a group of Israeli lawmakers seems determined to find out. A new… Continue Reading  

The Natalie Portman Affair

Natalie Portman (Mira (on the wall) via Flickr)

by Daniel Amir A familiar scene on the Internet and in countless homes in Israel takes place as follows. A non-Israeli resident (or Israeli ex-pat) will make a statement critical of Israel’s foreign or domestic policy. Israelis will inevitably respond:… Continue Reading  

Gaza: Don’t Look Away

Israel Defense Forces paratroopers operating in Gaza (IDF via Flickr).

by Mitchell Plitnick Writing in The Intercept, the noted pundit Mehdi Hasan angrily attacks the hypocrisy of US “liberal interventionists” who rail about the human rights violations of everyone, yet somehow fall silent when the victims of those abuses are… Continue Reading  

No Institution Is Safe from the Corrupting Power of Occupation

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by Noam Sheizaf Between the years 2013 and 2016, Israeli anti-occupation group Yesh Din tracked the police’s response to 289 cases of “ideological crimes” against Palestinians in the West Bank. In each of those cases, the Palestinians filed a complaint with the police;… Continue Reading  

Israel’s War of Attrition on Political Dissent

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by Edo Konrad The war of attrition against Israel’s human rights community took a dark turn last week. Hardly anyone noticed. According to reports, Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin is currently working on a new bill that would outlaw Israeli anti-occupation NGO… Continue Reading