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…)
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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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
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
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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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
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 →