Each year Israel’s prime minister invites high profile international journalists to a cocktail party. But when Arab journalists and their friends showed up for this year’s gala they weren’t exactly welcomed with margaritas. Instead, they were forced to take off their bras or strip.
Israel touts itself as the bastion of democracy in the Middle East, a mainstay against the dictatorships and monarchies that characterize the region. But there have been some incredibly worrying signs over the last two years in the erosion of freedoms of expression in Israel. One local feminist peace organization is calling on the UN to do something about it.
Israel inflicted incredible damage to local civilian infrastructure in the 2006 Lebanon war – bombing bridges, schools, clinics, power stations and the airport and creating the region’s largest ever oil spill. What is the Lebanese Defense Minister doing to protect his country’s civilians and national infrastructure? Giving advice to Israel.
The Strauss Group, a food and beverage multinational, has spent three decades openly supporting elite Israeli army units accused of committing severe human rights abuses against Palestinians. But after activists raised the red flag last month, the company quietly tried to hide any evidence of their military relationships.
San Francisco Voice For Israel’s mission is “to stand up to anti-Israel speech wherever it may surface… in the time-honored tradition of peaceful protest.” Last night the group’s activists experimented with a quite different time-honored tradition: pepper spraying peace activists. Call on the police to arrest those responsible.
In their hasty construction of a high-speed train line, Israel seems to have forgotten that between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is a not-so-minor barrier: Palestine. Israeli and Palestinian activists are calling on people all over the world to pressure foreign companies involved in the rail project to pull out.
JERUSALEM – Aida Rishek has spent years worrying if Israeli authorities would come to suddenly evict her and her seven children from their home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. As Jewish settlers have…