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  • 01.04.2015

     [The Times of Israel]

    Likud MK lies to lefty NGO in attempt to discredit it

    Posing as IDF reservist, Oren Hazan gives false testimony to Breaking The Silence group on rights abuses by IDF in Gaza
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  • 30.03.2015


    ​‘IDF use dogs as weapon to terrify Palestinians’

    As the Israeli occupation continues and soldiers are told to make their presence felt and terrify Palestinians in the West bank, violence and abuse of innocent people is going to take place, Achiya Schatz from Breaking the Silence, told RT.
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  • 23.03.2015

     [The Jewish Daily FORWARD]

    Want To Fight the Occupation After Bibi's Victory? Here's How.

    In the United States, Jews who seek an end to the occupation have tended towards various types of activism. At J Street, the discourse is political. At Jewish Voice for Peace, it’s international. This has left the grassroots nonviolent direct action...
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  • 15.03.2015


    The only issue that matters in Israel's elections

    I grew up in a settlement. I met more Palestinians that the average Israeli. But it was only during my military service in the West Bank that I realized our 47-year rule over the occupied territories must come to an end.
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  • 12.03.2015



    “On one occasion we trashed the house of a Palestinian we thought was a ‘terrorist’ and he and his wife were roughed up and taken out into the street,” recalled Schatz. “We later found out we had the wrong guy. The guy we wanted was living two...
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  • 26.02.2015


    Prisoners in our own homes: A look at life in occupied Hebron

    Twenty-one years have passed since Baruch Goldstein entered Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs and massacred dozens of Muslim worshippers. Since then, Palestinians in the city have been placed under a harsh regime of separation and movement restriction....
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  • 07.02.2015

     [The Leftern Wall]


    On Friday, February 6th, around 70 Israelis went on a tour of the South Hebron Hills, led by the indispensable Breaking the Silence and Ta’ayush, and sparked by the rad group of Jerusalem activists who’ve been organizing actions together since the...
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  • 04.02.2015


    Israel's president went to Hebron for all the wrong reasons

    Instead of ignoring the Palestinian stores and homes whose doors the army welded shut, instead of ignoring the racist graffiti and segregation, President Rivlin had an opportunity to look occupation in the eyes. He didn’t.
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  • 03.02.2015


    Normalizing the occupation? Israeli President visits Hebron

    Yehuda Shaul, an activist at Breaking the Silence – Israeli soldiers talk about the occupied territories, tells host Yael Wissner-Levy that despite the important steps Rivlin has taken in the name of coexistence, this visit shows he is trying to normalize...
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  • 02.02.2015

     [The Times of Israel]

    Settlers, protesters scuffle as president makes rare Hebron visit

    Rivlin calls for national unity while inaugurating new museum in memory of 1929 massacre victims in flashpoint West Bank city.
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  • 14.01.2015


    Why do the settlers want to shut us up?

    I saw Israeli citizens living like masters alongside Palestinians living under foreign rule that I helped maintain. Today, when my comrades and I fulfill our civic duty by trying to hold a public debate based on knowledge, Erlich prefers that we keep...
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  • 17.12.2014


    Holiness does not live here any more

    Impressions from a visit to Hebron: a shuttered town where extremist Jews and Palestinians live in mutual hate
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  • 26.11.2014

     [The Jewish Week]

    Note To Adelson: An Occupying Regime Is Neither Democratic, Nor Jewish

    While democracy is not an imperative feature of Israel for Adelson, Judaism is. To understand his vision of the Jewish state’s character, there is no need to activate one’s imagination or search in far away places. It is enough to visit Hebron.
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  • 03.11.2014

     [Turn Right at Cyprus]


    The moral convictions of the BTS activists is admirable. The organisation does not take a particular stance on the conflict’s resolution – there are both those who support two-states and one-state – yet those who work there are resolute about the...
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  • 01.11.2014

     [The Washington Post]

    In West Bank, Israeli troops still escort Palestinian children to school

    A decade later, a dozen Palestinian children trudge up the rocky hilltop here flanked by Israeli troops in full body armor. The soldiers are escorting them past a Jewish settlement harboring teens and adults who have attacked the youngsters with sticks...
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  • 23.10.2014


    ‘IDF don’t see Palestinian people as people, children as children’

    The order is very clear - if you need to arrest him or detain him, then you do it. If he is 10-years old you would also do it. After a while you stop looking at people as people, you stop looking at children as children, former IDF soldier Nadav Bigelman,...
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  • 06.10.2014

     [Open Democracy]

    H2: the experience of a generation

    Palestinians whose houses are on the a-Shahuda are prevented from leaving home by their front doors and must exit by climbing through their roofs and down the back of the building. There was a time when Hebron was undivided.
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  • 08.09.2014

     [The New York Times]

    A War of Choice in Gaza

    The only certainty now is that this will happen again unless the situation in Gaza changes. That in turn necessitates Palestinian unity and renunciation of violence. It also hinges on a change in the Israeli calculus that settlement extension, a divided...
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  • 07.09.2014

     [All These Days]

    The Work.

    A group of, mostly Israeli, volunteers spent the day helping to clean up the yard, which is their only pathway home.
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  • 04.09.2014


    How can you protest against Ferguson yet ignore the Israeli occupation?

    American Jews have historically been on the right side of the struggle for civil rights, but when it comes to Israeli atrocities, some go mum.
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  • 03.09.2014


    Proud to be a 'traitor'

    I, as an enthusiastic supporter of these organizations, who was born and raised in Israel, fought in the army (and was even severely wounded), and served in the Israeli diplomatic service for three decades, now find myself designated a "traitor,"
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