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drive-by planet: Israeli soldiers testify: powerful new Breaking the Silence videos featuring female ex-soldiers

I’ve posted before about the work of a remarkable site called Breaking the Silence. It features candid video testimonials by former Israeli soldiers about the experience of being the uniformed enforcers of occupation and state control. The site has released a series of new testimonials by females who served in the Israeli military and I’ve chosen to post one that features testimony by a former soldier named Gil Hillel.

Hillel offers no solutions but simply states what the exercise of military power does to a human being…  those who as Hillel describes it are made into ‘violent, aggressive creatures. (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Mor Ostrovski’s offensive Instagram image: what it says about the IDF ‘culture of impunity’

Top: Instagram ‘sniper’ image Below: Mor Ostrovski and weapons

A photo posted on the personal Instagram account of Israeli soldier, Mor Ostrovski, showing rifle crosshairs trained on the head of what appears to be a Palestinian youth has sparked outrage and criticism.

Ostrovski’s twisted visual isn’t exactly unusual. That Palestinian life is cheap in the eyes of some IDF soldiers comes across also in t’shirts. In an earlier post I discussed incredibly offensive anti-Palestinian t’shirt graphics, one of which depicted crosshairs trained on the stomach of a pregnant Palestinian woman along with the line “1 shot kills 2.”

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Art Threat: Stevie Wonder to perform at Israeli military fundraiser

Muscial icon Stevie Wonder will perform for a fundraiser to support the Israeli military, who recently ended their week-long bombing campaign of Gaza that killed 160 Palestinians and injured one thousand more, mostly civilians. According to Israeli news website Ynetnews, Wonder will appear at an annual gala hosted by the Friends of the Israel Defense [...] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Stevie Wonder to perform at Israeli military fundraiser

drive-by planet: Israeli attack on Gaza: al-Jabari killing and airstrikes not just about rockets

Top: BBC worker Jihad Masharawi holds the body of his 11-month old son  Ahmad after an Israeli strike on the family home in Gaza City.  Bottom: Canadian protesters in Ottawa. When Israel launched Operation Cast Lead in 2008 it was short… . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Israeli attack on Gaza: al-Jabari killing and airstrikes not just about rockets

Drive-by Planet: Rachel Corrie: Israeli court ruling raises questions and spurs activism

On March 16, 2003, a 23-year old American activist named Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an IDF armored bulldozer in Rafah, southern Gaza. Along with fellow activists from the International Solidarity Movement, Corrie was engaged in a courageous effort to defend Palestinian homes slated for demolition.

In an Israeli court this week, a judge ruled that the the state bore no responsibility for Corrie’s death. Judge Oded Gershon said that Corrie “was accidentally killed in the framework of a ‘war-related activity’ … [and] the state bears no responsibility for the damages inflicted on the plaintiffs resulting

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Drive-by Planet: IDF assaults on Andreas Ias and others during Jordan Valley protest

Andreas Ias getting smashed in the face with an M-16

Prior to the brutal assault on 20-year old Danish activist, Andreas Ias, in the course of a protest bike ride in the Jordan Valley, Israel attempted to block dozens of international activists from entering the country. The overreaction might make you think that unarmed international activists are now the latest suspects posing an existential threat to Israel.

By contrast far-right Islamophobes – some with Nazi connections – such as Heinz Christian Strache have visited Israel without a problem. Geert Wilders was also a visitor. Right-wing crank Glenn Beck received rock

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Liz Trotta, why do you hate the IDF?

Liz Trotta, the shrill Fox News talking head who declared about women being raped in the US military, “What did they expect? These people are in close contact”, doubles down on her implied contention that US military men are rapists. Of course, Trotta is refusing to apologize for her insult to American male soldiers and blames “angry feminists” for her un-American words.

But Liz, what of

A. Picazo: The Crisis In Gaza — An International Tipping Point

If, and as long as between the Jordan and the sea, there is only one political entity, named Israel, it will end up being either non-Jewish or non-democratic… If the Palestinians vote in elections, it is a binational state, and if they don’t, it is an apartheid state. – Ehud Barak This sentiment expressed by … Continue reading →