Haketza’akata is launching a new project on another gender issue that is urgent in our region: hurtful and humiliating acts based on gender and national/ethnic origins. Be it a policeman, a soldier, a person with authority or just an ordinary citizen who conducted themselves improperly in the course of a political protest, a passerby who decided that since some woman is “one of those Other women” her body is free for the taking and merits threats, or a family that pushes you to have children so they can become cannon fodder and part of the struggle—this phenomenon exists, and it is frequently silenced. Use of gender- and sex-based threats as political and military practice is just as wrong as harassment on the high street, and under U.N. Resolution 1325 were recognized as meriting special treatment. Violation of the bodies, physical or emotional integrity, and the peaceful conduct of women and LGBT people is a serious offense, it is not permissible nor understandable, and it is done or permitted by all political parties, be it by action or be it by silence in the face of such action.
We are seeking Arab-Israeli and Palestinian partners in this feminist perception, to build a bilingual site which will collect reports and give voice to an ongoing silence, similarly to what we have done in Haketza’akata. Similarly to the latter site, the new site also intends not to be a platform for racism but rather, expose the double-bind of gender and the national dispute, which squeeze women from time to time, or as part of their everyday life.
Because we can, should, and must stop meeting oppression with silence.
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