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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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  • Hadash MK Assaulted by Police at Occupied East Jerusalem Protest

    Police attacked Hadash lawmaker MK Ofer Cassif on Friday, August 16, for waving a Palestinian flag, during a protest in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem against the increased presence of settlers in the area. Cassif’s parliamentary aide was hit and detained by police.

    Some 30 protesters, Israeli peace activists and residents of Sheikh Jarrah were attending the quiet protest. At one point police officers moved in to seize Palestinian flags from them. While the law does not prohibit demonstrating with a Palestinian flag, individual police officers are allowed to determine whether its presence could “disturb the peace.”

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  • Hate Crime: “Jews Don’t Remain Silent” Scrawled in W. Bank Town

    Residents of the West Bank Palestinian town of Yatma, 15km south of Nablus, reported on Tuesday, August 13, an apparent “price tag” hate crime in which in tires of several cars were punctured and the slogan “Jews don’t remain silent” followed by a Star of David was spray-painted on a building during the course of the previous night.

    The Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din confirmed the residents’ account, saying the phrase was scrawled by settlers on a building near the entrance of the town. The defaced building serves as offices for the commercial mobile network operator Jawwal.

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  • Complaint Filed Against AIPAC with the Office of Congressional Ethics

    A group of 41Democratic members of Congress have just returned from a trip to Israel with the American-Israel Education Foundation (AIEF)the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)—and Republican members are currently in Israel on the same trip. In light of these trips, the peace group CODEPINK has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, insisting that the intertwined relationship between the lobby group AIPAC and the educational group AIEF is in violation of theHonest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA). 

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  • Erdan and Netanyahu are Responsible for Sunday’s Provocation at Al-Aqsa

    Israeli police attacked tens of thousands of Palestinian Muslims on Sunday who were holding the morning prayers for the first day of Eid Al-Adha, one of the main Muslim holidays, at Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. At least 61 Muslim worshipers were injured in the clashes, according to the Red Crescent. At least four officers were also lightly-to-moderately wounded, Israeli police said.

    Sunday marked both the start of Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday commemorating the end of the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, and the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av, when Jews mourn the destruction of the temples, First and Second, that once stood on the Temple Mount and other disasters in Jewish history.

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  • Reps from Hadash & Balad Launch Joint List Election Drive in Jaffa

    The Joint List launched its campaign in Jaffa towards Israel’s general elections on September 17, with veteran Knesset Member (MK) Yousef Jabareen and prominent Jaffa activist Sami Abu Shehadeh addressing an audience in Jaffa on Tuesday evening, August 6. Jabareen and Abu Shehadeh respectively hold the tenth and thirteenth slots on the Joint List slate.

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  • Hadash Testifies against Likud Cameras at Arab Polling Stations

    The Knesset’s Central Elections Committee (CEC) heard testimony on Thursday, August 8, against the clandestine surveillance operation staged by the Likud during the April 9 general parliamentary elections. On the day ballots were cast for the 21st Knesset, the leading party of the governing coalition, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, deployed some 1,350 polling-station hirelings equipped with hidden cameras to observe events inside polling stations in Arab towns.

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  • Thousands Protest Plans to Deport Filipino Workers’ Israel-Born Kids

    Thousands rallied in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, August 6, to protest the deportation of Israel-born children of Filipino workers. Among the demonstrators were several activists of Hadash and the Young Communist League. Authorities this summer have been working to deport some 50 children of foreign workers born in Israel. The Interior Ministry maintains that the children are in the country “illegally because their mothers have overstayed their visas.”

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  • Arab-Palestinian LGBT Community in Israel Holds Its First Protest against Homophobic Violence

    The Arab-Palestinian LGBT community in Israel organized an unprecedented protest on Thursday, August 1, as approximately 200 demonstrators arrived at the German Colony in Haifa, a central area in the city, to protest violence targeting the LGBT community.

    The protest was organized after a 17-year-old from the Arab city of Tamra was stabbed Friday afternoon, July 26, outside Tel Aviv’s Beit Dror shelter, after moving there to escape family pressure.

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  • Joint List Leader Ayman Odeh: “We’re Not in Anyone’s Pocket”

    With only a month and a half to go until the September 17 general elections for Israel’s Knesset, all 32 parties that will be running submitted their list of candidates last Thursday, August 1, to the Central Elections Committee. The representatives of the Joint List, headed by Chairman MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), include members of Hadash and three Arab parties: Balad, Ta’al and Ra’am. In last April’s election, these parties ran as two separate lists, Hadash-Ta’al and Balad-Ra’am.

    Odeh said, “We’ve overcome the divide-and-conquer policy and have come together. Four months ago we made a mistake, but we’ve learned our lesson… We are running together to represent the complete unity of the Arab population. We’ll fight for our people and for all weaker sectors of the Israeli society.”

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  • More Hate Crimes against Arabs

    Police are investigating a settler “price tag” hate crime in the Arab town of Jisr az-Zarqa, on the coast just north of Caesarea, after the tires of 21 cars were punctured on Wednesday night, July 30, and a house was sprayed with graffiti saying, “The hill in [the settlement of] Izhar [in the Occupied Palestinian Territories], we won’t forget and won’t forgive.”

    A member of the local council, Mohammed Lufti, said that until recently, no such incidents had occurred in his community. However, he said, “It is a warning and a sign of things to come.”

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  • Conscientious Objector to Serve another 20 Days in Military Prison

    A disciplinary body of the Israeli army sentenced 18-year-old conscientious objector Maya Brand-Feigenbaum to 20 days in military prison on Tuesday, July 30, because of her refusal to be conscripted.

    This is the second time Brand-Feigenbaum, from the northern town of Kiryat Tiv’on, has been sentenced for refusing to serve since she her initial date of conscription, July 14. Upon completing her new sentence, she will have spent a total of 27 days behind bars.

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  • Comment by the Information and Press Department on discussion of the Middle East agenda by the UN Security Council

    Moscow has noted with great concern the persisting tensions when it comes to the Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which became hostage to Washington’s one-sided approaches as confirmed once again by the recent discussion of the Middle East agenda by the UN Security Council. On July 25, the United States blocked the approval of a draft press statement, proposed by Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa, condemning the demolition of Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem. Under international law, Israel’s actions in the occupied Palestinian territories were illegal.

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  • Hadash, Ta’al and Ra’am to Run as a Renewed Joint List in Election

    Hadash and two Arab parties, Ta’al and Ra’am, announced on Saturday, July 27, that they are reforming the Joint List in a bid to increase turnout among Arabs voters in Israel’s September election. The three parties said they would be running together and that they await the decision of Balad in the next few days whether it will also participate in the union.

    Speaking at a press conference, Hadash MK and the leader of the new Joint List, Ayman Odeh, said the alliance is imperative. “These elections are a second chance for us to reunite in the face of hatred… in the face of racism, in the face of incitement,” he said. “We are back, united and strong.”  He said the new Joint List would seek to bring down the far-right and racist government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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  • Ehud Barak Apologizes for Deaths of Protestors in October 2000

    Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak apologized on Tuesday, July 23, for the killing of 12 Arab-Palestinians citizens of Israel by security forces in October 2000, during a wave of protests that began following a controversial visit by then-opposition leader Ariel Sharon to the Al-Aqsa Compound (Temple Mount). Twelve Arab-Palestinian citizens and a Palestinian resident of Gaza were killed by Israeli forces in three days of clashes (October 1-3, 2000) in Arab communities in the north of the country in the immediate wake of Sharon’s provocative visit.

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