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Elizabeth Tsurkov

An activist and blogger from Israel, recent graduate of the Hebrew University. Passionate about human rights and pro-coexistence.

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Latest posts by Elizabeth Tsurkov

8 July 2014

Israelis React to Renewed Conflict with Gaza

"Everyone says that firing on civilians in a war crime, and no one sees civilians on the other side," tweets Leftist Israeli blogger Noam.

24 July 2013

Sudanese Refugee Detained for Owning a Bicycle in Israel

Darfuri asylum-seeker and actor, Babaker (Babi) Ibrahim was arrested by Israeli police for not having a receipt for his bicycle, which was thus presumed to be stolen. His detention without...

9 June 2013

Israeli Social Justice Protesters Met with Violence by Jerusalem Police

A protest organized by three groups affiliated with the Israeli social justice movement (#j14) was held in Jerusalem on Saturday night (June 8). The protesters demanded a reversal of the...

27 March 2013

The Pros and Cons of Drafting Israel's Ultra-Orthodox

The Israeli public largely objects to the current policy of allowing ultra-orthodox Jewish youth to avoid army service, but the rule has long been upheld thanks to political power play....

26 February 2013

A Futile Gagging Order for the ‘Prisoner X’ Scandal

For a whole day, Israeli media were forbidden from reporting on the Prisoner X story, even as it was making headlines worldwide and Israelis disseminated the news in social media and blogs.

19 December 2012

Israel Media Ratings War Spills into Conflict Coverage

The financial troubles of Israeli news media is affecting the diversity and independence of reporters, who are less willing to challenge the wishes of editors or managers who answer to...

26 November 2012

Israelis React to Barak's Retirement from Politics

Israel's Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, who previously served as Israel's Prime Minister (1999-2001) and IDF Chief of Staff (1991-1995), made a surprise announcement in a press conference today, saying...

22 November 2012

Israeli Media Criticized for Coverage of Gaza Conflict

The latest round of fighting between Israel and Gaza militants was covered around the clock in Israel. Media outlets largely adopted the government's narrative and justifications for the offensive. Leftist...

15 November 2012

Israel: “Ashdod Feels like a War Zone”

After a cease fire was negotiated and rocket fire from Gaza had almost stopped, IDF drones assassinated Hamas military chief, Ahmad al-Jabari. Gaza militants responded by launching a barrage of...

11 November 2012

More Camps to Accommodate Detained Asylum Seekers in Israel

In June 2012 Israel began implementing the amendment to the Anti-Infiltration Law according to which all asylum seekers who cross the Israel-Egypt border are automatically jailed for a minimum period...

9 November 2012

Israeli Netizens Celebrate Romney's Defeat

Israeli netizens closely followed the elections in the United States, many of them staying up until the early morning hours to find out who of the candidates crossed the 270...

26 October 2012

Israel: The Unification of Right-Wing Parties Gives Birth to Bibirman

Israelis took to Facebook and Twitter to react to the announcement that the two largest right-wing parties in Israel will run on a joint ballot in the upcoming January 2013...

17 July 2012

Israelis React to Self-Immolation at Social Justice Protest

Oמ Saturday evening (July 14), 56-year-old Moshe Silman attended the Aviv social justice protest, which marked a year since the beginning of the #J14 protest movement. Since the self-immolation, the...

10 July 2012

Israel: Netizens Respond with Ridicule to No Occupation Report

Israel's netizens react with satire to a recently released report that claims Israel is not an occupying power in the West Bank. Image caption reads: "Listen, I'm gonna take off...

6 July 2012

Israel: Defense Budget Vs. Social Justice

One of the major results of the social justice protests in Israel has been a renewed debate about the budgetary priorities of the state. The social justice movement (also known...

21 May 2012

Israel: Increase in Racism Against African Asylum Seekers

In the past few weeks two cases of rape of Jewish women by Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers have been reported in the Israeli media, prompting a new wave of...

9 May 2012

Israel: Mofaz Derided for Joining Unity Government

Israel's biggest news story of recent months happened in the early hours of May 8: the head of the opposition, Shaul Mofaz, agreed to join Benjamin Netanyahu's government, thus postponing...

2 May 2012

Israel: Sharp Criticism of Israel's Leadership by Ex-Security Chief

Yuval Diskin, the former chief of Israel's internal security agency, Shin Bet, caused a firestorm in Israel at the end of April, when he was recorded speaking against the Israeli...

8 April 2012

Israel: Tweeting the Passover Seder

The Jewish holiday of Passover began on the night of Friday April 6, and millions of Israelis gathered for the Seder, the traditional ritual feast. The Seder is infamous as...

13 November 2011

Israel: Fury Over Legislation That Would Limit NGO Foreign Funding

The Israeli Twittersphere reacted strongly to the decision of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the Knesset, approving two bills that would heavily tax foreign donations of human rights non-governmental...

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