Looking back on the past year, Ir Amim’s Aviv Tatarsky feels proudest of his and his colleagues’ involvement in connecting Israeli activists to East Jerusalem Palestinians and supporting them to act side by side against oppression. Continue reading
As a researcher and analyst in the advocacy department of Ir Amim, Aviv Tatarsky keeps the organization updated on Israeli actions in East Jerusalem – both settler initiatives and actions by the authorities such as home demolitions and evictions – so the staff can work to prevent them.
This means spending a good amount of time in the eastern part of the city, including on the Temple Mount, where he works to understand one group of his adversaries, the Temple Mount activists. They want to see the rebuilding of the Third Temple and Aviv says they are getting stronger and enjoy government support. Continue reading
“The most important thing Israelis can do is to not accept the oppression.”
Aviv Tatarsky is a nonviolent warrior. A veteran martial arts instructor, he fights with all his might for a better, more peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians. But he won’t lift a finger against an opponent – even to defend himself. His daily meditation practice gives him the strength to keep going in the face of overwhelming odds. Continue reading