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  • Palestinian Foreign Ministry Blasts US Position on Occupied W. Bank

    The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned statements made last Wednesday, January 8, by US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in which he emphasized the right of Israeli presence in the occupied West Bank, which he referred to as “Judea and Samaria.”

    Speaking at the far-right Kohelet Forum Conference in Jerusalem, Friedman said, “Judea and Samaria – the name Judea says it all – is territory that historically had an important Jewish presence. As they say, it is the biblical heartland of Israel.” He also referred to the US declaration that Israeli settlements in the occupied territory are “not, per se, inconsistent with international law,” and opted to describe the West Bank issue as a population issue, stating that it is “certainly the most complicated of the issues because of the large indigenous Palestinian population.” “I thank God that President Trump had the courage and the wisdom to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv,” said Friedman.

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  • Far-Right Minister Attacks Green Activists for Environmental Fight

    Far-right Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin launched an unprecedented attack on environmental activists on Tuesday, January 7, accusing them of being ignorant charlatans who are trying to mislead the public. Elkin was speaking at the Israel 2050 conference in Tel Aviv, which focused on anticipated environmental developments in the coming decades. Government ministries, gas companies and law firms sponsored it.

    Elkin, a leading member of the Likud, devoted his entire address to attacking environmental groups, stunning many of the conference participants and drawing angry responses from green organizations.

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  • Israel Changed Boundaries of Gaza Fishing Zone 20 Times during 2019

    Since the beginning of 2019, Israel has shifted its demarcation of the maritime zone open to fishermen in the Gaza Strip 20 times. On nine of these occasions, Israel reduced the fishing zone; in four instances it banned Palestinian fishermen from accessing the sea altogether.

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  • Anti-Occupation Activist Arrested for Ignoring Lawsuit Court Hearing

    Plainclothes policearrested prominent Israeli anti-occupation activist Jonathan Pollak at his workplace Monday morning, January 6, after he repeatedly refused to appear in court for a lawsuit filed against him by a far-right organization.

    Three officers arrived at the Haaretz newspaper building in south Tel Aviv, where Pollak works as a graphic designer, and took him into custody. Pollak later stated that around 15 officers were present during his interrogation at the police station where he was brought after being arrested.

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  • The National Federation of Palestinian Workers (NUPW) was founded yesterday in Palestine

    The Founding Conference of a new Federation, the National Federation of Palestinian Workers, was held yesterday in Palestine, with the participation of workers’ representatives from all the governorates.

    The WFTU welcomes the National Federation of Palestinian Workers to its big internationalist family and confirms its support and solidarity with the struggles of the Palestinian People.

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  • WAFA Report: 255 Acts of Violence against Journalists in OPT in 2019

    redglobeDuring 2019, Israeli military forces committed 255 acts of violence against journalists and media institutions working in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT). These figures appear in the annual report prepared by WAFA, the Palestine News and Information Agency, which the organization released on Sunday, January 5. The violations included the firing of live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets and teargas canisters against journalists, in addition to physical beatings and arrests.

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  • Israel Places 6 Youths from Isawiya under British Mandate-Era Curfew

    Israel has placed six Palestinian youths from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiya under nighttime curfew for periods ranging from two to four months. To do so, Israel invoked a British Mandatory-era emergency act.

    The youths are Anwar Sami Obeid, Muhammad Elayyan Elayyan, Fayez Muhammad Mheisen, Muhammad Musa Mustafa, Adam Kayed Mahmoud and Mahmoud Ramadan Obeid. The six were released on December 24 after being arrested for “disrupting the public order,” and were given 72 hours to reply to police notification of the curfew order issued by the general prosecutor of the Israeli army.

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  • Zionist Lawmakers Praise US for Killing Iranian General Soleimani

    The United States carried out a strike that killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, the Pentagon announced on Thursday, January 2. In Israel, Zionist lawmakers from across the political spectrum united Friday in praising the US strike that killed Soleimani — with the exception of Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI), which denounced the operation.

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  • Far-Right Netanyahu Asks Knesset for Immunity from Prosecution

    Israel‘s far-right Prime Minister for the past decade, Benjamin Netanyahu, requested immunity from the Knesset late Wednesday night, January 1, for prosecution in three corruption cases in which he faces indictment on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu made the request in a nationally televised appearance four hours before a midnight deadline, defending his request as protection from what he termed are “trumped-up charges.”

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  • Knesset Weighs Freeze on Racist Measure Targeting Arab Building

    Following an initiative by the Joint List, the Knesset’s Finance Committee debated on Monday, December 30, the possibility of placing a five-year freeze on a controversial amendment to the Building and Planning Law that stiffens penalties against “illegal construction.” Passed in 2017, this amendment is Known as the Kaminitz Law.

    A vote in favor placing a five-year freeze on implementation of the Kaminitz Law would be seen as a victory for the Joint List, whose supporters in Arab towns see themselves disproportionately targeted by it. The law’s opponents contend that it disproportionately impacts Arab-Palestinian citizens, where “illegal building” is common due to an egregious and intentional lack of government-granted permits to these communities. According to the Communist Party of Israel, “The racist Kaminitz Law fails to take into account the decades of systematic discrimination in state land planning and allocation against Arab-Palestinian national minority in Israel that has resulted in a severe housing crisis in Arab towns and villages.” A spokesperson for Hadash said on Monday, “We have wanted, want and will want to repeal this law.”

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  • Poll Finds Narrow Majority against Granting Immunity to Netanyahu

    Most of the public does not support the idea of the Knesset granting far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution in the three corruption cases against him, a Channel 12 news poll televised Sunday night, December 28, found.

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  • Hadash Lawmaker Blames Monsey Attack on Incitement by Trump

    Leading Communist Party of Israel member MK Ofer Cassif, (Hadash – Joint List) reacted to the anti-Semitic stabbing in Monsey, NY by blaming it on US President Donald Trump.

    On Saturday night, December 29, a man entered a Hassidic synagogue located in the Forshay neighborhood in Monsey in upstate New York where those present were celebrating the eighth and final night of Hanukkah. The assailant pulled out a machete and began to stab people wounding five, two of them critically.

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  • Israel’s Police Rampage in Issawiya Continues; 4 Palestinians Detained

    Israeli occupation forces assaulted and detained four Palestinian civilians Friday, December 27, in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya, according to residents. Police forces physically assaulted the four, beating them up at the entrance to the neighborhood, before arresting them.

    Isawiya, located adjacent to Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus and Hadassah-University Medical Center, is home to an estimated 22,000 Palestinians. According to residents and activists, police have entered the neighborhood nearly every night since June 12 and have deliberately wreaked havoc to intimidate the residents. In the six months of unrest in Issawiya excessive police brutality and indiscriminate, unjustified daily raids by Israeli forces have left residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood exhausted – and there is no end in sight.

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  • The Butcher Of The Palestinians Is Not Welcome In Greece

    PAME condemns to Greek workers ND’s policy of tightening ties with the murderer-state of Israel. The New Year comes, with the Mitsotakis’ Government inviting in Greece the butcher of the Palestinians, the Prime Minister of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is coming on January 2 to sign the East Med pipeline.

    For the profits of the big energy monopolies that have bloodshed the whole of the Middle East, the ND government continues its “friendship” policy with the state of Israel that is killing the Palestinian people daily, stealing Palestinian land with settlements, killing and imprisoning even small children.

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  • Hadash Retains Same Candidate Slate for Upcoming March Election

    Joint List chair MK Ayman Odeh was reelected Saturday, December 28, as the Chairman of Hadash’s parliamentary faction, part of the Joint List political alliance, towards the March 2 general elections for Israel’s 23rd Knesset, the third election to be held since April 9, 2109. The Hadash council met in the northern city of Shefa-‘Amr (Shfaram).

    Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – Communist Party of Irsael) announced it would maintain the same slate as the last time around. The first six elected candidates of Hadash in the Joint List coalition are: MKs Ayman Odeh, Aida Touma-Sliman, Ofer Cassif, Yousef Jabareen, Jaber Asakla and former MK Youssef Atawne.

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  • After Primary Victory, Netanyahu Vows to Get US to Back Annexation

    In a speech on Friday morning, December 27, far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his “final and sweeping” victory in the Likud primary on Thursday, thanking US President Donald Trump and vowing to bring US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over its West Bank settlements — a move tantamount to annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories.

    Addressing supporters a day after he easily defeated main challenger Gideon Sa’ar with over 70% of the vote for party leader, Netanyahu touted his close relationship with Trump, thanking the leader of US imperialism for his “historic decisions” since coming to power: recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; transferring the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear agreement; recognizing Israel sovereignty in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights; and shifting US policy to one no longer viewing the establishment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal.

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  • 9,000 Palestinians Displaced in Decade of Netanyahu’s Government

    Israeli authorities demolished over 6,000 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem between 2010 and 2019, during the tenure of the governments headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. More than 9,000 Palestinians were displaced as a result.

    The figures, collected by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Occupied Palestinian Territory, show the scale of Israel’s demolition regime beyond the Green Line. The vast majority of the destruction (79%) took place in Area C of the West Bank, over which the Israeli army has full control. Roughly 2% of demolitions took place in Areas A and B of the West Bank, which are putatively under full and partial Palestinian Authority control, respectively.

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  • US, UK & Aussie Capitalists Donate to Netanyahu and Sa’ar Campaigns

    Far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his challenger in today’s (December 26) internal Likud election for the party leadership, MK Gideon Sa’ar, each received hundreds of thousands of shekels in campaign contributions from American, British millionaires, the State Comptroller’s Office website revealed on Sunday, December 22.

    The Knesset passed a law last year preventing Knesset candidates from raising money from private donations and instead providing public funds for primaries. However, the law does not apply to races for the leadership of a party.

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  • MK Cassif on ICC Announcement: Israelis Have to Look Squarely at Crimes Committed in Their Name

    Since the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced there’s reasonable basis to probe Israel for war crimes against Palestinians, Israeli media and officials have been quick to spread false conclusions and arouse a deep political debate.

    In light of Bensouda’s statement, Likud MK Gideon Sa’ar stated on Sunday, December 22, that “a few days ago, I stated in [the Arab-Bedouin village of] Khan Al Ahmar that no reason has been given for why the evacuation of the village has been delayed. Today we discovered the reason: the Israeli government is afraid of the Hague.”

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  • Public Event in Tel Aviv: 100 Years since Founding of Communist Party

    100 years ago, in 1919, several dozen delegates gathered in Tel Aviv to form a Communist Party in Palestine, then under British military occupation.

    Next Tuesday evening, December 24, the Tel Aviv branch of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) will be holding a public event to commemorate that historic founding of the party. The event will take place at Hagada Hasmalit (The Left Bank) Alternative Cultural Center (70 Ahad Ha’am Street, Tel Aviv) at 20:00.

    “100 Years to the Communist Party, featuring Tamar Gozansky, Muhammad Barakeh and Adam Eli – Past, Present, Musical Selections, and Bits of Historical Documentation.”

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