Saturday, 19. January 2019
  • Hadash Launches Electoral Campaign for 21st Knesset

    Last weekend, Hadash (the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, the electoral front headed by the Communist Party of Israel) launched its campaign for the upcoming April 9th general elections for the 21st Knesset. Preparatory meetings were held last week in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Nazareth.

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  • Israel Opens New “Apartheid Road” Separating Palestinians and Settlers

    Israel opened a new “Apartheid Road” on Wednesday, January 9, separating Palestinians and settlers in the occupied West Bank.  After a delay of years, Route 4370 in the Jerusalem area has been completed and made accessible to traffic. The road connects the settlement of Geva Binyamin to Route 1, the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, and is the first link in the establishment of the Eastern Ring Road on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Its opening represents yet another step in the progress of the E1 project to link the urban settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim with Jerusalem from the east.

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  • MK Tibi’s Party Leaves Joint List

    MK Ahmad Tibi announced Tuesday, January 8, that he is withdrawing his single-MK-party Ta’al (Arab Movement for Renewal) from the Joint List ahead of the April 9 election, and that his party will be running independently. It is unclear whether Tibi’s party can pass the electoral threshold of 3.25 percent on its own.

    “I request the Knesset House Committee’s approval to withdraw Ta’al from the Joint List,” Tibi wrote in a statement ahead of a meeting of the committee scheduled for Wednesday, January 9. In that meeting the committee members approved Tibi’s request.

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  • Racist Nation-State Law likewise Discriminates against Mizrahi Jews

    Over 50 prominent Israeli Jews of Mizrahi (Eastern) origin filed a petition with the Supreme Court last week demanding it strike down the racist Nation-State Law, claiming that it discriminates against both Jewish Mizrahi and Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel. When the Court holds its first session to discuss the several petitions that have been submitted against the law on January 28, a mass Arab-Jewish demonstration will be held in Jerusalem.

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  • Palestinian Left-Wing Factions Forge New Democratic Alliance

    In Ramallah and Gaza City, five left-wing Palestinian factions have announced the formation of a united front named the Palestinian Democratic Alliance. The alliance was formed with the culmination of meetings between the constituent organizations that commenced in August 2016.

    According to last Friday’s weekend edition of Al-Ittihad, the daily newspaper of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI), the alliance was formed to serve as a political body capable of putting an end to both the Palestinian division and the political dominance of the two main political movements, Fatah and Hamas.

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  • MK Dov Khenin Announces He Won’t Run in Upcoming Elections

    Hadash lawmaker Dov Khenin (Joint List), announced Tuesday, December 2, that he will not be running for the Knesset in April 9’s general elections.

    Khenin make the announcement at a press conference in the Knesset after having previously informed the heads of Communist Party of Israel (CPI) of his intention to leave the Knesset after 12 years as a legislator. MK Khenin is a long-time member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the CPI.

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  • Joint List Leader on Next Elections: We Can Topple Racism, Netanyahu

    Joint List leader MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) vowed to increase his electoral alliance’s power in the next Knesset. In a speech before the parliamentary plenum on Wednesday, December 26, before the vote on the law to dissolve the 20th Knesset, Odeh said: “This was a racist and divisive government… When the Joint List increases its power, we will have the numbers to topple this racist, extremist right-wing government.”

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  • Amos Oz Supported Ending the Occupation

    The preeminent Israeli author Amos Oz died on Friday, December 28, after a short battle with cancer. He was 79.

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  • Hundreds of Supporters Gather as Bedouin Rights Leader Imprisoned

    At the age of 69, Sheikh Sayeh Abu-Madi’am, a prominent figure in the Arab-Bedouin’s struggle with the state over the control of land in the Negev, entered Ma’asiyahu prison in Ramle on Tuesday, December 25, accompanied by a convoy of cars and hundreds of people, among them: Joint List Chairman, MK Ayman Odeh, MK Dov Khenin (Hadash – Joint List) and Hadash activists.

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  • After 107 Days in Prison, Hillel Garmi Gets Military Exemption

    Following a cumulative 107 days of incarceration, Hillel Garmi,18, of Yodfat in the north of the country has been exempted from military service by the Israeli army’s “Conscience Committee.”

    Garmi, one of the initiators of the High School Students’ Letter against Occupation, was issued an exemption last week following completion of his seventh period of incarceration since he first refused to be inducted into the Israeli military in July 2018.

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  • Coalition Won’t Bring Racist Bills to Vote before End of 20th Knesset

    The coalition and opposition agreed on Monday night, December 24 that, in light of the coalition’s decision to bring forward the general elections to April 9, until the pending dissolution of the 20th Knesset, only laws agreed upon by both sides will be brought to a vote before the parliamentary plenum.

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  • Israel to Hold General Elections in April instead of November

    The heads of the political parties forming Israel’s ruling coalition announced on Sunday, December 23, that they have decided to bring forward the general elections for the 21st Knesset to April 9, instead of November 2019 as was originally scheduled, and that the current Knesset will be dissolved prior to the April elections, maybe even as early as the end of this week.

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  • Gaza: Four Dead from Last Friday’s Protests

    Four Palestinians have died from wounds incurred during last Friday’s weekly protests across the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip. According to the Ministry of Health, the Palestinian fatalities from the December 19 demonstrations included Ayman Munir Shbeir, 18, from Deir al-Balah, who died the next morning of wounds he sustained during the protests in eastern al-Breij.

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  • “Yellow Vests” Protest Rising Prices in Tel Aviv Demonstration

    Hundreds of Israelis took part in a “yellow vest” demonstration in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, December 22, to protest government approved increases in the cost of basic commodities and utilities in Israel along with the corruption of the far-right government.

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  • Netanyahu to Attend Inauguration of Brazil’s New Fascist President

    Far-right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he will be flying to Brazil towards the end of this coming week to attend the inauguration of the newly-elected fascist Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, set to take place on January 1. Speaking at a Likud faction meeting on Monday, December 17, Netanyahu called Brazil a “superpower,” and said his visit there will “revolutionize” Brazilian relations with Israel. Netanyahu congratulated Bolsonaro on his electoral victory in October.

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  • Communists and Hadash Call to Protest the High Cost of Living

    A mass demonstration will be held, tomorrow, Saturday night, December 22, opposite the governmental office complex near the Azrieli intersection in Tel Aviv, as other protests are being held throughout the country.

    As was the case in earlier protests held this month, the organizers have called on participants to wear fluorescent yellow safety vests, inspired by the mass protests in France. The Communist Party of Israel and Hadash have expressed their support for these protests and have called for the public to participate in the demonstrations against the high cost of living.

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  • Knesset Confirms Netanyahu as Defense Minister

    ’The Knesset approved far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s permanent appointment as Minister of Defense on Monday evening, December 17. Following a lengthy debate, 59 Knesset members voted for confirmation; 56 were against.

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  • Social Workers Strike Nationwide, Thousands Join Protest in Tel Aviv

    Thousands of social workers gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Monday, December 17, to protest their poor work conditions. In addition, around the country they paralyzed all social services in a strike to protest the violence social workers are frequently subjected to and their low wages.

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  • Int’l Fed of Journalists Condemns Israeli Raid on Wafa News Agency

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has backed condemnations by its affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), on a raid by the Israeli military on the offices of the Palestinian news agency Wafa, on 10 December. The IFJ and PJS are demanding the release of all Palestinian journalists jailed by Israel and an end to the persecution of Palestinian journalists.

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  • 4 Dead in 3 Separate Shootings in the Arab Secto

    Two parents, Gadoah and Amal Zabarka, were shot to death in their car as their six-year-old son sat in the back seat in Lod on Saturday night, December 15. Another man, Ali Abu Al-Rihan, was fatally shot in the same city hours later and a fourth victim to gunshot violence, Mahmoud Abu-Dayeh, was killed in a shooting in the town of Yafia, near Nazareth.

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