Struggle in Israel, The Growing Anti-Netanyahu Protests w/ Atalya Ben-Abba and Amitai Ben-Abba

In this episode, we’re speak with two  Israeli activists and refuseniks  Amitai Ben- Abba (@amitaibenabba) and  Atalya Ben-Abba about the current uprising happening against the  Netanyahu government and the movement  refusing service in the Israeli  army in protest of the occupation.

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The  anti-Netanyahu movement, or the  “Balfour struggle,” as it’s known in  Israel, has been out in the  streets across the country and in front of  “Crime Minister” Benjamin  Netanyahu’s homes for months. The Israeli left  has not only begun to  see large numbers of people joining them and increased police violence  against protestors, but also a convergence of  anti-austerity movements,  the anti-occupation movement and people fed up  with the government’s  corruption and bungling of the COVID-19 crisis.    We also talk with  Atalya and Amitai about the film “Objector”  (@objectorfilm) which  documents Atalya’s decision to refuse service in  the Israeli army, the  “refusenik” movement of young Israelis resisting  military service and  their family’s transformation as a result.

Atalya Ben-Abba is an Israeli  conscientious objector who sat in prison  for 110 days in 2017 for  refusing to serve in the Israeli army. After  volunteering to do civil  service for two years at a shelter for homeless  youth, she now studies  Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy at the  Hebrew University of  Jerusalem and continues to be active in various  activist groups in  Israel/Palestine.

Amitai Ben-Abba is a writer, filmmaker,  and activist now based in Oakland, CA. Amitai is the writer and producer  of the full-length documentary Objector about Atalya’s refusal and  their family’s transformation as a result of her decision. Amitai’s  poetry, fiction, and essays received awards and appeared in publications  such as CounterPunch, Haaretz, The Independent, and Witness Magazine.  Amitai holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, where they  attended as a Fellow in Writing and Community Engagement.

Objector (@ObjectorFilm) premiered at  IDFA in 2019 (where it was a Top 5 Audience Favorite) and won awards at  major film festivals, including Best International Documentary at the  Hot Springs Festival and Best Interfaith Film at St. Louis International  Film Festival. And you can learn more about the film “Objector” here:



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