16 | 09 | 2019
  • Palestine: It is imperative to break the wall of silence!

    It is with concern that the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) is following the path that the European Union (EU) has been treading in order to create conditions to criminalise solidarity with the Palestinian cause, while turning a blind eye on the illegalities and crimes of the Israeli regime against the Palestinian people.

    Examples of this are the assimilation, denunciation and condemnation of Israeli policy, anti-Semitism (EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, and subsequent decisions by several member states); legislation against the international “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement” (Germany and France); the ban on participating in any political activities or events, enacted against the Palestinian writer and activist Kahled Barakat (Germany); the threat of a residence ban against Charlotte Kates, coordinator of the International Network for Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners (Germany); the charge against Ángeles Maestro Martín and two other women of collaboration with a terrorist organisation for raising funds for the reconstruction of what the Israeli forces had destroyed in the Gaza Strip in 2014 (Spain).

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  • Netanyahu Vows, If Re-Elected, to Annex Land in Occupied W. Bank

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday night, September 10, he will extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea in the occupied Palestinian West Bank if reelected.

    Speaking to the press a week before the election, Netanyahu also said that the Trump administration’s peace plan, which he said would be released days after the election, will provide an “historic opportunity” for annexing the West Bank and other areas.

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  • Russian MFA press release on the Palestinian-Israeli settlement

    Moscow has taken note of the Arab countries’ highly negative reaction to the statement made by Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu regarding his intention to extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley.

    We share concerns over these Israeli plans, the implementation of which can lead to a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region and undermine hopes for a long awaited peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours.

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  • The WFTU condemns the statement of the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu about annexation of the Jordan Valley from Israel

    The World Federation of Trade Unions, gathering in its ranks 100 million workers in 132 countries around the globe, strongly condemns the announcement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has promised to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he wins the general election next Tuesday September 17th.

    The Jordan Valley is a region of strategic importance while it represents 30% of the occupied West Bank and such statements show the escalation of Israeli authoritarianism against the Palestinian People in view of the elections.

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  • Hadash MKs: Camera Bill Defeat, Beginning of End for Netanyahu

    The racist bill promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party to place cameras in polling stations was defeated in committee yesterday, Monday, September 9. The controversial bill failed to gain a majority in the Knesset Regulatory committee, leaving the Likud-proposed legislation without an immediate path to become law before the September 17 election. The committee voted down a motion to shorten the usual legislative process so that the bill would not have to wait the standard 45 days before being brought before the Knesset plenum for debate and three votes.

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  • MK Odeh: Gantz Doesn’t Want the Joint List in Any Possible Coalition

    Joint List Chairman, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), attacked far-right Prime Minister Netanyahu and Kahol-Lavan (Blue & White) Chairman Benny Gantz on Friday, September 6, for their racist attitude towards the Joint List, the political representation of the vast majority of Arab citizens of Israel.

    Odeh commented on the remark he floated during an interview with Yidioth Ahronoth, published on August 23, about the possibility of the Joint List joining a coalition headed by Blue & White: “I see that Netanyahu doesn’t want Arabs in the Knesset; Gantz doesn’t want Arabs in the coalition.” Odeh addressed the opposition expressed by Gantz to the idea, saying that, like Netanyahu, Gantz is “looking for an Arab who doesn’t have a national identity; a pro-Zionist Arab – as a fig leaf.”

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  • Elections Committee Chair: “Likud Cameras at Polls will Cause Chaos”

    The head of the Central Election Committee, Justice Hanan Melcer, said in a radio interview he gave on Thursday, September 5, that he strongly opposes the far-right Likud party’s bill to allow cameras in and around polling stations during the upcoming elections. On Wednesday, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud that their bill to legislate the deployment of cameras in polls around the country is legally problematic and cited Melcer’s earlier opinions on the matter, saying it would cause chaos and prevent some people from turning up at the polls.

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  • Netanyahu Says He will Extend Sovereignty to All OPT Settlements

    Far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Sunday, September 1, to extend “Jewish sovereignty” to all settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) — a move tantamount to annexation — seeking to shore up right-wing support some two weeks ahead of the September 17 Knesset elections. Speaking to elementary school students in the West Bank settlement of Elkana on the first day of the school year, Netanyahu was echoing a pledge he made days before the previous national vote in April. The premier said that no more settlements would be evacuated, as happened in 2005 when the entire Israeli civilian presence in the Gaza Strip was removed.

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  • Poll Predicts Joint List Will Be 3rd Largest Knesset Bloc after Election

    A poll released by Kan News on Sunday evening, September 1, found that if the Knesset elections were held then, the third largest parliamentary block in Israel’s Knesset would be the Joint List with 11 seats. Ahead of it would be the far-right Likud with 32 seats in the 22nd Knesset, making it the party with the most representatives, and Kahol-Lavan (Blue & White) which would trail the Likud by a single seat with 31 MKs.

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  • Netanyahu Deliberately Leading Israel to War

    Hadash MK Ofer Cassif placed responsibility for the escalation of violence between Israel and Hezbollah on Sunday, September 1, at the doorstep of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling him “the serial criminal from Balfour Street.”

    Cassif said “Netanyahu and his servants are responsible” for the recent clash, adding they mean to “occupy the seat of power with blood and to ensure the criminal [Netanyahu] will escape prison.”

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  • Hadash: Schools & Parents Should Resist Teaching “Nation-State” Law

    As children all over Israel headed back to school on Sunday, September 1, it’s expected that they will immediately start to feel the effects of the appointment of far-right and religious fanatic Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) leader and Yamina (To the Right) Knesset candidate Rafi Peretz as education minister.

    In the high school grades, students will be taught the wording of the racist “State-Nation” law and debate “what it means to be a Jewish state.” Peretz contends that it’s very important to teach our historical rights as a sovereign state, as articulated in the law.”

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  • Deal Reached to Avert Teachers’ Strike at Start of the School Year

    Negotiations between the Finance Ministry and the Israel Teachers’ Union (ITU) resulted in an agreement on Friday, August 30, which averts a strike at elementary schools that was set to begin today, Sunday, September 1, the first day of the new school year. ITU General-Secretary Yaffa Ben-David said the agreement was “an unprecedented achievement for the teachers of the country.”

    On Thursday night, 2,000 teachers demonstrated outside the Tel Aviv Museum, in an attempt to pressure the Education and Finance ministries to accede to their demands, most of which focus on pensions, the proposed reforms for special education, and conditions for teachers who work at multiple schools. Among the demonstrators were Hadash MKs Ofer Cassif and Youssef Jabareen and Hadash activists in the ITU.

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  • Poll: 78% of Arab Voters Support the Joint List Entering a Coalition

    A public opinion poll conducted last Saturday, August 24, revealed that 78% of Arab voters in Israel support the Joint List’s entering a coalition after the September 17 elections.

    The poll, conducted by the Statnet Research Institute, a research and survey institute specializing in the Arab sector,included 160 subjects from all Arab-Palestinian communities in Israel: Muslims, Christians and Druze of a variety ages. In response to the question “Do you support or oppose the Joint List entering a coalition?,” 53% said they would support the Joint List entering a moderate-left government; 14% said they would support the Joint list joining a blocking majority; and 11% said they would enter any government coalition.

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  • Supreme Court Bans Two Kahanists from Running in General Elections

    Israel’s Supreme Court banned on Sunday, August 25, a pair of senior members of the extreme-right and racist Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party from running in the general elections to be held on September 17.

    Justices also threw out a petition submitted by the Likud and Otzma Yehudit demanding that the high court rescind the decision of the Knesset’s Central Elections Committee (CEC) earlier this month to reject a petition disqualifying the Joint List from running in the elections.

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  • Conscientious Objector Freed from Prison, while Another Is Sentenced

    Maya Brand-Feigenbaum, 18, from Kiryat Tivon near Haifa, first declared her refusal to be conscripted into the Israeli army on July 14 and was subsequently sentenced to two prison terms, during which she spent at total of 27 days behind bars. After appearing before the Conscience Committee earlier this week, she was granted an exemption from military service.

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  • MK Odeh: If There’s a Unity Gov’t, I’ll Be 1st Arab to Lead Opposition

    Joint List chair, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), was interviewed by Israel’s Reshet Bet (Network B) radio on Sunday, August 25, to discuss scenarios towards and just after the September 17 general elections. Odeh told his audience that Kahol-Lavan (Blue & White) chairman MK Benny Gantz is apparently aiming to form a unity government with the Likud and far-right parties after the elections. If this happens, Odeh predicted that, leading a projected bloc of 11 to 13 seats in the Kneset, he will emerge as the first Arab head of the Knesset opposition parties.

    “Gantz is neither politically or intellectually ripe,” Odeh said, adding that if Gantz “had Rabin’s courage – I would have had the courage to join a blocking bloc.”

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  • Hadash Condemns PM’s Silence on Trump’s Anti-Semitic Statement

    Hadash attacked far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, August 21, for refusing to condemn US President Donald Trump’s comments that Jews who vote for the Democratic Party show “great disloyalty.”

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  • Zionist Blue & White Rejects Joint List Participation in Any Coalition

    The main Zionist opposition party, Kahol Lavan (Blue & White), said Thursday, August 22, that the Joint List is not a likely candidate to join a coalition they hope to lead after the September 17 elections. Blue & White MK Asaf Zamir told that “there is no possibility for cooperation with Odeh’s list.”

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  • Likud & Kahanists Appeal to High Court to Disqualify the Joint List

    Israel’s leading governmental party, the Likud headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the virulently racist Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) submitted an appeal to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, August 20, demanding that it rescind last week’s decision by the Knesset’s Central Elections Committee (CEC) which rejected a petition to disqualify the Joint List from running in next month’s general elections.

    The appellants to the Supreme Court argue that the representatives of the Joint List should be disqualified for incitement to “racism,” support for a terrorist organization, and the denial of Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.

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  • MK Odeh to Former Prime Minister Barak: “Get Off the Public Stage”

    Hadash lawmaker Ayman Odeh, the chair of the Joint List, called on Saturday, August 17, for former Prime Minister Ehud Barak to withdraw from the Knesset race. This comes after a tweet by Barak, in which he wrote: “Arden, Petah Tikva is not Umm al-Hiran; citizens are allowed to demonstrate.”

    Odeh condemned Barak, who is number 10 on the Democratic Union slate, for a post, he wrote on Facebook in which he called on Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan not to stifle escalating protests against Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit in Petah Tikva.

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