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G&R Episode 36: Struggle in Israel, The Growing Anti-Netanyahu Protests w/ Atalya Ben-Abba and Amitai Ben-Abba Green & Red: Podcasts for Scrappy Radicals

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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.  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: https://objectorfilm.com/ 



Learn more: 


‘No longer outcasts’: Anti-occupation activists find their place in Israeli protests: https://bit.ly/3lhnnEe  
My sister has just spent 110 days in Israeli prison for refusing to serve in the IDF – and I'm so proud:https://bit.ly/3aQ0a75 
A new novel about radical environmentalists in the Middle East, "The Sodomites": https://bit.ly/3hkIAdQ 



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This is a Green and Red Podcast production. "Green and Red Blues" by Moody. Editing by Isaac. Produced by Scott (@sparki1969) and Bob  (@bobbuzzanco).

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.  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: https://objectorfilm.com/ 



Learn more: 


‘No longer outcasts’: Anti-occupation activists find their place in Israeli protests: https://bit.ly/3lhnnEe  
My sister has just spent 110 days in Israeli prison for refusing to serve in the IDF – and I'm so proud:https://bit.ly/3aQ0a75 
A new novel about radical environmentalists in the Middle East, "The Sodomites": https://bit.ly/3hkIAdQ 



Watch us on YouTube! https://bit.ly/GreenAndRedOnYouTube 



Also, follow us on any of these social media channels:  


Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GreenRedPodcast   
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/PodcastGreenRed   
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenredpodcast/ 



Keep Green and Red independent! 


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Or make a one time donation here: https://bit.ly/DonateGandR 



This is a Green and Red Podcast production. "Green and Red Blues" by Moody. Editing by Isaac. Produced by Scott (@sparki1969) and Bob  (@bobbuzzanco).

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