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  • MK Jabareen Asks AG to Probe Incitement by Netanyahu and Katz

    Foreign Minister Israel Katz (Likud) lashed out at members of the Joint List on Sunday, March 8, calling them “terrorists in suits.” “We heard [Blue & White leader MK] Benny Gantz talking about forming a minority government with the support of the members of the Joint List,” Katz said in an interview with Kan public broadcasting radio. “They are terrorists in suits or supporters of terrorists in suits.” On Saturday night, March 7, far-right acting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said “[Blue & White leaders] Gantz, [Moshe] Bogie Yaalon, Gabi Askenazi, promised before the elections that they wouldn’t rely on the Joint List because they’re supporters of terror,” adding that now that’s exactly what they’re doing.

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  • Int’l Women’s Day – 43 Palestinian Women Are Held in Israeli Prisons

    Marking International Women’s Day, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) announced on Sunday, March 8, that there are currently 43 Palestinian women incarcerated in Israel for resisting the Israeli occupation of their land.

    The PPS said 27 of the women have been sentenced to various terms, the highest being 16 years for Shurouq Dwayat, from occupied East Jerusalem, and Shatilla Abu Ayyad, from inside Israel. From among the prisoners, 16 of the women are mothers, four are being held in administrative detention for varying periods without charge or trial and based on secret evidence, and eight were shot and wounded by soldiers before they were detained.

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  • International Women’s Day Event by Hadash, Last Night in Tel Aviv

    Last night, Saturday March 7, on the eve of today’s International Women’s Day, Hadash held a public event in south Tel Aviv “spearheaded by the brave women who were workers’ struggle leaders in the past year and dare to stand up to injustice and against discrimination and who demand respect, recognition and equality for women.”

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  • Ayman Odeh: We Could Back Gantz if He Stops Supporting Annexation & His Racist “Jewish Majority” Talk

    The Chairman of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), said Thursday, March 5, that Blue & White Chairman, MK Benny Gantz, would have to walk back comments in support of forming a “Jewish majority” coalition and annexing parts of the occupied West Bank for Odeh’s alliance to recommend that the centrist party leader be tapped to form the next government. “We will not surrender our role as a legitimate group in Israeli politics,” MK Odeh said.

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  • MK Ayman Odeh Asserts Elections Were a Huge Success for Joint List

    Joint List chairman MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) declared yesterday (Tuesday, March 3) that the alliance of Hadash, Balad, Ta’al and Ra’am had realized a “huge achievement” in Monday’s general elections for the Knesset after nearly-final results suggested it won 15 seats in the 120-seat parliament. The election results showed that more than 530,000 voter, Arabs and Jews, cast their ballots for the Joint List.

    “Brothers and sisters, you have created an historic day,” Odeh said. “From the first elections in 1949 until today, we [the Arab public in Israel] have not received this degree of support and this number of seats in the Knesset. Odeh maintained that the Joint alliance will “strengthen the left and the Jewish-Arab alternative.”

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  • Israel Election Results: Joint List Alliance Achieves Historic Gain

    Far-right Likud leader and acting Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appeared poised for an electoral victory Tuesday morning, March 3, though questions remained over whether he had enough support to form a coalition, as votes were still being counted following Monday’s general election, the third in the last 11 months.

    With some 90% of the ballots tallied, the Likud had 29% of the counted votes, equal to around 36 Knesset seats. Top rival MK Benny Gantz of Blue & White trailed with 26% of the votes, representing some 32 seats in the parliament which, if these results are final, would represent the relatively new faction’s worst showing in three tries. With 90% of ballots counted, the Joint List had garnered a record of 15 seats, up from the 13 it currently has.

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  • On Election Day, the Joint List Will Increase its Knesset Representation

    The citizens of Israel have another date today (Monday, March 2) with the ballot box in an unprecedented third general election in less than a year. The previous two rounds ended in deadlocks between far-right Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s right-wing/settler/religious bloc and a cluster of Zionist center parties led by challenger MK Benny Gantz. Neither of the two blocs were arithmetically able to form a majority ruling coalition.

    During last September’s round, the Joint List became the third-largest bloc in the Knesset, winning 13 seats out of 120. According to several latest polls, the Joint List, a coalition of Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – Communist Party of Israel) and three Arab parties (Ra’am, Balad and Ta’al) will gain at least one more seat this time around, raising its representation to 14 and possibly even 15 MKs. That would make it the largest opposition grouping in the Israeli parliament if a Zionist unity government were to be formed.

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  • Joint List Leader: “We Won’t Back Gantz for PM after the Election”

    Joint List leader, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) has said that his slate will not recommend MK Benny Gantz to form a government after next week’s election, as it largely did (with the exception of the four MKs from Balad) following last September’s election. Without Joint List support, it will be much more difficult for Gantz, chairman of Blue & White (Kahol-Lavan), to get the nod from President Reuven Rivlin to attempt forming a governing coalition in which he would be prime minister.

    Speaking at a campaign event in Haifa on Wednesday, February 26, Odeh said of Gantz, “He is a pale imitation of Netanyahu and people prefer the original.” He said his goal was for the Joint List to obtain 16 seats in the next Knesset and thereby prevent Netanyahu from forming a government.

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  • Joint List Leader: “We Won’t Back Gantz for PM after the Elections”

    Joint List leader, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) has said that his slate will not recommend MK Benny Gantz to form a government after next week’s election, as it largely did (with the exception of the four MKs from Balad) following last September’s election. Without Joint List support, it will be much more difficult for Gantz, chairman of Blue & White (Kahol-Lavan), to get the nod from President Reuven Rivlin to attempt forming a governing coalition in which he would be prime minister.

    Speaking at a campaign event in Haifa on Wednesday, February 26, Odeh said of Gantz, “He is a pale imitation of Netanyahu and people prefer the original.” He said his goal was for the Joint List to obtain 16 seats in the next Knesset and thereby prevent Netanyahu from forming a government.

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  • Hadash MK Calls for Voters to Beat Netanyahu by Voting for Joint List

    Hadash MK Youssef Jabareen has called for Arabs and democratic Jews in Israel to beat far-right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by voting for the Joint List, Arabi21 has reported. Jabareen called on these citizens to punish Israel’s longest serving prime minister by preventing him from continuing his reign in power.

    Speaking to Al-Arab TV, MK Jabareen said that the Arab-Palestinian community in Israel “has an opportunity to achieve a great victory” by enabling the Joint List to win as many as 16 seats in the 23rd Knesset. (The list currently has 13 MKs.)

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  • MK Touma-Sliman: “World’s ‘Most Moral Army’ Loots & Defiles Body”

    A macabre tug of war over the body of a Palestinian militant on the Gaza-Israel border, captured on video in broad daylight on Sunday, February 23, triggered a barrage of rocket fire from Gaza that was met by retaliatory Israeli airstrikes late Sunday. Israel’s use of heavy machinery to abscond with the corpse of a militant earlier in the day drew harsh criticism, even inside the country.

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  • Arab-Bedouin Teacher Shot by Police in 2017 Was Left to Die

    Newly released evidence from the investigation into a deadly incident on January 18,2017 in the Arab-Bedouin town of Umm al-Hiran allegedly shows that a local resident was unlawfully shot and then left to bleed to death, because police mistakenly accused him of committing a car-ramming attack.

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  • Two Palestinians Injured by Army Bulldozer Attack in Kafr Qaddum

    redglobeA video uploaded to Facebook on Friday, February 21, shows an Israeli army bulldozer driving at a high speed and pushing large boulders towards Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum.

    Two Palestinians were injured when Israeli forces attacked dozens of protesters taking part in the weekly anti-settlements protest in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Qalqilia, said Morad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village. During the protest, which deteriorated into violent clashes between Palestinians and occupation troops, an Israeli military bulldozer was videoed rapidly pushing large slabs of stone towards the protesters in the village, endangering their lives. A 9-year-old child identified as Mo’men Shtewi and a Palestine TV photojournalist, Mohammad Enaya, 28, were injured as a result. The child was treated at the scene while the photojournalist was transported to nearby Darwish Nazzal hospital for treatment, where his condition was described as moderate.

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  • Global Coalition of Jews Decries Trump’s Imperialist “Peace Plan”

    A diverse coalition of Jewish organizations and individuals from communities across the globe has signed a call against US President Donald Trump’s imperialist plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The signed call follows. 

    We share a commitment to the Jewish values of justice and peace which can only be fulfilled through a negotiated two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians. We share a commitment to Israel’s security and prosperity which can best be fulfilled through peace agreements with its neighbors.

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  • Masses of Left-Wing Jewish-Israeli Voters Swinging to the Joint List

    Increased numbers of left-wing Jewish Israelis are planning to vote for the Joint List in the upcoming Israeli election, Haaretz has reported. Many of these voters are casting off Zionist center leftist parties like Meretz and Labor in favor of the coalition of Hadash and the Arab parties. This swing may lead the Joint List to gain up to two seats in the Knesset in the March 2 general elections. According to several polls, the Joint List will gain at least one more seat this time around, raising its number of MKs to 14 and possibly even 15. That would make it the largest opposition grouping in the Israeli parliament if a Zionist “unity government” were to be formed.

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  • UN Releases List of Firms Profiting from Israel’s West Bank Occupation

    unoThe United Nations published on Wednesday, February 12, a much-delayed and contentious report listing 112 companies doing business with Israeli projects in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The UN Human Rights Council (OHCHR) earned praise from Israeli human rights groups and Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – Communist Party of Israel) for releasing its long-anticipated report detailing companies that participate in Israeli economic initiatives in the territories it has been occupying since the June 1967 war.

    Israel’s far-right Netanyahu government widely condemned the publication of the list, claiming that the move reflects the bias of the UN against Israel, and totally ignored the content of the OHCHR report.

    Of the 112 companies listed in the document, 18 are international enterprises  that conduct business operations in settlements across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem; among them are Airbnb, Booking.com, Alstom, Airbnb, Expedia, JCB, Opodo, TripAdvisor and Motorola Solutions.

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  • Israel Bans Export of Palestinian Agricultural Produce via Jordan

    In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s “Deal of Century” announcement on January 28, Israel has banned the export of Palestinian agricultural produce from the West Bank via Jordan. The estimated value of such exports amounts to $100 million annually.

    The majority of these exports are crops cultivated in the Jordan Valley region which Israel has announced its intention to annex, consistent with Trump’s recently unveiled “peace plan,” which has been utterly and vehemently rejected by the Palestinians.

    On Friday, February 7, Israeli military forces ordered the drivers of a number of Palestinian truckloads of agricultural produce, originating in the West Bank and on their way to the Kingdom of Jordan, to turn around.

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  • Supreme Court Upholds Candidacy of Joint List MK Heba Yazbak, 5-4

    Israel’s Supreme Court upheld, by a vote of 5 to 4, the candidacy of Joint List MK Heba Yazbak (Balad), on Sunday, February 9, overturning a January decision by the Knesset’s Central Elections Committee to bar her from running in the March 2 election over her alleged support of terror.

    Almost all of the Knesset’s Zionist lawmakers united behind the efforts to ban Yazbak, including the centrist Blue and White party and parts of Labor-Gesher-Meretz coalition.

    In the narrow 5-4 ruling, the top legal body said that while the posts publicized by Yazbak in Facebook “were inappropriate, there was not a critical mass of statements that justified disqualification.” Moreover, the court posited that a significant amount of time had elapsed since Yazbak’s most controversial post. Supreme Court President Esther Hayut was one of the four justices who supported retaining the ban against Yazbak.

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  • Syrian Druze Hold Strike against Greenwashing of Golan Occupation

    A general strike was held in the Golan Heights on Sunday, February 2, after the Israeli government approved plans on Thursday, January 30, for a commercial wind farm that would see at least 25 wind turbines built in the occupied Syrian territory. According to the Communist daily newspaper, Al-Ittihad, the government’s decision came less than a week after thousands of Golan Heights residents protested the project in Majdal Shams, marching with both red and Syrian flags.

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  • Ayman Odeh Condemns Jerusalem Shooting Attack by Arab from Haifa

    Hadash MK Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List bloc in the Knesset, denounced on Thursday, February 6, a shooting attack in Jerusalem’s Old City perpetrated a few hours earlier by an Arab citizen of Israel from Haifa. “We strongly condemn this shooting,” Odeh, said in a statement. “It is unacceptable for an Israeli citizen to use a weapon. The Arab citizens of the state have opted for a just civil and democratic struggle to end the occupation and to achieve peace and equality. We will not accept any other way.”

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