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Linking military service and rights in Israel

Sahar Vardi is AFSC's Israel Program Director and has worked closely with youth who refuse to serve in Israel's military. Here, she explains the politics behind Israel's new "Draft-Dodgers Law."  Learn more about AFSC's Israel program here.

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Sahar at a protest in Tel Aviv in support of draft refusors.

Damned, Mad, Holy, Evil, Real: Living in Jerusalem

Note: Mati Gomis-Perez is the director of AFSC's office in east Jerusalem. Here she writes about what it's like to live there, especially now as the tension and violence has heightened in the aftermath of the Gaza bombardment and the confiscation of 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank. - Lucy

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In Ferguson, I am reminded of Palestine

Note: This guest post is by Bassem Masri, a Palestinian who has been very involved in the Ferguson protests and has documented the events with Live Stream. He was arrested this week and interrogated and writes in the post below powerfully about the ways that the police presence in Feruguson resembles the police presence in Palestine.

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Palestinians in solidarity with Ferguson

Palestinians in solidarity with Ferguson

Palestinians in solidarity with Ferguson

You just have to be human: Resisting apartheid & occupation

Note: Dalit Baum, AFSC’s Director of Economic Activism and an Israeli Jew, was one of the founders of Who Profits, an organization that researches companies that profit from the occupation of Palestinian territory. In this post she writes about the passbook system in South Africa and the ID system in Israel, both established to control, segregate, and limit movement.

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Caroline Hunter & Ken Williams

Caroline Hunter & Ken Williams

Caroline Hunter & Ken Williams

We tell stories: Countering the Israeli occupation

Note: Mati Gomis-Perez is AFSC's Country Representative for Israel and Palestine. Last week she went into Gaza after Operation Protective Edge and speaks about the impacts of the bombardment and occupation, and what's next. This is the most recent is a series of posts on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory by AFSC staff. You can read all of them here. - Lucy

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Destroyed building in Gaza

Destroyed Building in Gaza

Have I failed to acknowledge Palestinian violence?

Note: Mike Merryman-Lotze wishes to make clear that these are his personal views. This piece was originally published by Mondoweiss. - Lucy

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Beit Furik checkpoint Nablus Gaza solidarity

Beit Furik checkpoint Nablus Gaza solidarity

Beit Furik checkpoint Nablus Gaza solidarity

Grant us mercy: Testimonies from Gaza

Note: Here are three testimonies of people who are experiencing the current bombardment on Gaza. - Lucy

Testimony from Mrs. Naji H. Al Jamel, a social worker at the Union of Health Work Committees in Gaza, a few minutes before her house was shelled and destroyed in the Jabalia Refugee Camp

My husband and I were woken by our neighbors’ screaming. I was confused but knew that something had happened. I hurried with my husband to find out more. The neighbors told us that our house was going to be bombed. We had to leave immediately.

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Boy with bicycle in Gaza

Boy with bicycle in Gaza

While bombs fall on Gaza: Resisting militarism in Israel

Note: Sahar Vardi is the Coordinator of the Israel Program in AFSC's office in East Jerusalem. She is a refuser and has been working actively to oppose the occupation of Palestinian territory and the militarization of Israeli society for years. Her post below are her reflections about the context of Israeli culture and its focus on militarism as an obstacle to peace. She asks that the international community put pressure on the Israeli government to end the occupation and the human rights abuses of Palestinians. - Lucy

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Israeli artillery attack on Gaza

Israeli artillery attack on Gaza

I refuse: A young Israeli resists

Udi Segal, a 19 year old Israeli, refused his mandatory military service on July 28 and was sentenced to 20 days in prison. Especially now, as Israel's ongoing attack on Gaza has claimed the lives of over 1,000 people, Udi's refusal to serve in an occupying force is an important act of resistance.

Unforgettable days: Fleeing the destruction of Shuja’iyah

Note: I met Firas Ramalawi in May; he handled security for the AFSC staff delegation visit and was a bright, kind guide for us all.

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Gazans flee Shuja’iyah by Basel Yazouri

Gazans flee Shuja’iyah by Basel Yazouri

Gazans flee Shuja’iyah by Basel Yazouri

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