For many of us, home is a place of safety. When our doors are closed, no one can enter our private space without our permission. Yet as night falls in the West Bank, Palestinians living under occupation are vulnerable to arbitrary invasion of their homes by Israeli security forces. A new report by three premier Israeli human rights organizations, A Life Exposed Military Invasions of Palestinian Homes in the West Bank, documents the pervasive practice of home invasions by Israeli security forces and the severe harm it causes to Palestinian families impacted by it. These groups and other allies in the field have succeeded in putting this issue on the public agenda in Israel through public events and campaigns. We are looking forward to continuing that work on this side of the ocean.
Join us for an interactive virtual program with the report’s authors as we examine the practice of home invasions, how it functions as part of a broader system of control over the Palestinian population living under occupation, and the severe harm it causes to those whom it impacts and on those who carry it out.
The virtual program will include special appearances by spoken word artist Yossi Tsabari and others, a central panel including report authors and executive directors: Ran Goldstein, Avner Gvaryahu and Ziv Stahl, and breakout rooms with a wide array of related topics and speakers including the psychological impact on families, fighting this practice in court, and the methodology of collecting testimonies when a home invasion has taken place.
Ran Goldstein is the Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI). Goldstein brings over a decade of leadership in Israel’s human rights community, Goldstein has led countless campaigns on behalf of human rights of the most vulnerable populations that live in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Previously, Goldstein served as head of communications for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation to Israel and the Occupied Territories and as a consultant to numerous Israeli human rights organizations such as Yesh Din, Bimkom, Breaking the Silence, Physicians for Human Rights Israel and others. Prior to this work, Goldstein was a journalist for several leading Israeli media outlets. He is founder and former board member of Akevot: Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research. Goldstein holds a master’s degree in political communication, and resides with his spouse and two sons in Herzliya, Israel. Twitter: @rangoldstein
Avner Gvaryahu is the Executive Director of Breaking the Silence. During his army service, he served in the special forces of the paratroopers brigade, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. A year after completing his service he joined Breaking the Silence as a researcher and tour guide and later served as the head of our Public Outreach Department. Gvaryahu completed a B.A. in social work at Tel Aviv University and an M.A. in Human Rights at Columbia University.
Ziv Stahl is the director of the Research Department at Yesh Din: Volunteers for Human Rights and a board member at Zazim – Community Action and at Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research. She holds an MA in political science from Tel Aviv University.
Mourad Jadallah has worked to strengthen Palestinian rights for nearly 20 years through legal research, field research, and advocacy with organizations such as UNESCO, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, B’Tselem, and Yesh Din. A native of Jerusalem, Mourad received his B.A. from Mohammad the Fifth University (Rabat) and an MA in in geopolitics from the University of Toulouse and in humanitarian action from the University of Geneva.
Ruth Kedar is a founder and active volunteer with Yesh Din: Volunteers for Human Rights. Born in Jerusalem, Kedar has worked as a translator and interpreter, as well as head of public relations and fundraising for the Israel Tennis Center (1982-96). Ruth joined Machsom Watch in 2001, and in 2005 was a founding member of Yesh Din, serving for six years on its steering committee. She continues to frequent the field as an active volunteer. Kedar is a mother of four, grandmother to 10, and has one great-granddaughter.
Ghada Majadli is the director of the occupied Palestinian territories department at Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI). As a Palestinian woman living in Israel, Ghada was exposed at an early age to struggles at the interesection of gender and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her work within the Palestinian and the Israeli civil society has focused on advancing women rights and empowering disadvantaged groups through research, policy change and international advocacy. She has created partnerships with Israeli and Palestinian feminist and human rights organizations to advocate for the right to health and proper medical care for residents of the occupied Palestinian territories. Ghada holds a master’s degree in human rights and transitional justice from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Tel Aviv University.
Benzi Sanders serves as Jewish Diaspora Coordinator for Breaking the Silence. Raised in a modern Orthodox community in New York, Sanders moved to Israel to join the IDF, where he served in the infantry special forces Sayeret Nahal between 2012-2015. Benzi studied middle eastern studies and philosophy at Bar Ilan University and has been active in the Meretz Party.
Michael Sfard is an attorney specializing in international human rights law who represents numerous Israeli human rights and peace groups (such as Yesh Din, Peace Now, Breaking the Silence and the Human Rights Defenders Fund) as well as Palestinian communities and Israeli and Palestinian activists. He regularly argues cases before Israel’s High Court of Justice. A native of Jerusalem, Sfard completed a law degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as a paramedic in the Nahal Brigade. As a reservist, he became a conscientious objector and spent three weeks in military prison due to his refusal to serve as a military escort for settlers in Hebron. Sfard won the Emil Greenzweig Human Rights Award in 2012, which is awarded by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel — New Israel Fund’s flagship grantee — to an individual or NGO that has made a unique contribution to the advancement of human rights in Israel. Photo credit: Nirith Ben Horin
Nadav Weiman is Deputy Director and Educational Training Officer for Breaking the Silence. During his army service, he served in a sniper’s team in the special forces of the Nahal brigade, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. Weiman joined Breaking the Silence as a testifier-activist in 2012 and later served as the coordinator of the testifier-activist program. In 2016 Weiman became Breaking the Silence’s Director of Education and from 2018-20, he served as the organization’s Advocacy Director. Nadav Weiman was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Weiman studied democratic education at Seminar Hakibbutzim College. He worked as a high school history and literature teacher and was the legal guardian and counselor for a home for underprivileged teens in Tel Aviv. Photo credit: Quique Kierszenbaum
Dr. Kim Yuval is a postdoctoral fellow at the Observing Minds lab in the University of Haifa. His research is focused on developing mental health intervention science for refugees and implementing it in different contexts. Clinically, Kim is leading workshops, ongoing personal and group supervision and counseling for different NGOs and INGOs on burnout, secondary trauma, and staff care.
Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) stands at the forefront of the struggle for human rights — the right to health in particular — in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Founded in 1988 by a group of Israeli physicians led by Dr. Ruchama Marton, PHRI works to promote a just society where the right to health is granted equally to all people under Israel’s responsibility.
Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights is an Israeli organization registered as a non-profit in Israel. Yesh Din is subject to Israeli law and is served by a volunteer corps and by a professional staff, lawyers and human rights experts. Yesh Din was established in 2005 and has since worked to protect the human rights of Palestinians living under Israeli armed forces’ occupation. We view the occupation as a main source of the violation of human rights and therefore seek to end it.
Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran soldiers who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life. Our work aims to bring an end to the occupation.
ABOUT NIF: The New Israel Fund is the leading organization advancing and defending democracy in Israel. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided over $300 million to more than 900 organizations since our inception in 1979. Learn more about NIF on our website at www.nif.org.