Seeking freedom for a rape victim who killed his attacker

By Naama Katiee (translated from Hebrew by Osnat Hadar) Criminal sanctions for rape in Israel amount to a few years in prison at best. Yonatan Heilo – an Ethiopian immigrant and rape victim who lives outside the Israeli consensus – decided to rescue himself in the most immediate and radical way from the no-man’s land […]

The ‘reasonable person’ standard and murdering one’s rapist

By Sharon Mayevski (Translated from Hebrew by Maya Naveh and Michelle Bubis) Yonatan Hailu was convicted of murdering his rapist, Yaron Eileen, and sentenced to 20 years in prison because his actions did not meet the “reasonable person” standard. Did the judges not only hear but really listen to his testimony? Did they take his […]

How (or how not) to fight rape culture?

By Naama Katiee (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishie) The way to fight a culture that allows sexual exploitation is by calling out the problematic sides of the people we love and admire. Just don’t ditch that logic when watching a Polanski film. In the heat of the Eyal Golan scandal, in which the famous […]

Fragmented testimonies: Shattering the rape taboo

By Michal Aviád (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) One after another, incident after incident, no two of which are alike, yet all linked by a painful silence, film director Michal Aviád shares the stories told to her by women after viewing her film ‘Invisible,’ and explains why it’s important to pass on these stories. […]