• Police Recommendations in PM Corruption Cases to Be Presented

    The top echelons of the Israel Police are reportedly set to finalize their recommendations on whether criminal charges should be lodged against far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of two corruption probes.

    Police chiefs, including Commissioner Roni Alsheich, and the heads of the national police force’s Investigations Department will present their recommendations on “Case 1000” and “Case 2000” next week, Israeli TV news reported Tuesday, citing a police source.

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  • Police Recommendations for PM Corruption Cases to Be Presented

    The top echelons of the Israel Police are reportedly set to finalize their recommendations on whether criminal charges should be lodged against far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of two corruption probes.

    Police chiefs, including Commissioner Roni Alsheich, and the heads of the national police force’s Investigations Department will present their recommendations on “Case 1000” and “Case 2000” next week, Israeli TV news reported Tuesday, citing a police source.

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  • Thousands of Negev Arab-Bedouin to Be Uprooted for a New Mine

    More than ten thousand Arab-Bedouin citizens of Israel living on and near land slated to become a phosphate mine in the Negev are to be evicted from their homes, with most of them being crammed into a new town to be developed nearby, the senior government policymaker for Arab-Bedouin affairs has told The Jerusalem Post.

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  • Israel Demolishes Two Classrooms in West Bank Bedouin School

    The United Nations has issued a warning that Palestinians in Area C are at risk of being transferred forcibly by Israel after its forces demolished two elementary school classrooms in the occupied West Bank Arab-Bedouin community of Abu an-Nuwar outside Jerusalem. The two modular classrooms were built last September with funds from the European Union.

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  • Occupation & Profits: UN Report on 206 Companies in Settlements

    The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a preliminary report on Wednesday, January 31, identifying 206 companies around the world doing business in the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, settlements located there in violation of international law.

    The long-delayed report was initially supposed to include the names of the companies involved but, reportedly after intense pressure from the US and Israel, it only gives the number of companies from each of 21 countries, without specifying the companies by name.

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  • “Democratic Israel Bill” Response to “Jewish Nation-State” Proposal

    A bill, “Basic Law: Israel – A democratic, multicultural and egalitarian state,” was proposed last week by Joint List MK Yousef Jabareen (Hadash) to serve as a response to the discriminatory Jewish nation-state bill. “Instead of dark ideas promoting a hierarchy in the status of citizens and ethnic superiority for Jews, I propose enlightened ideas of equal citizenship and significant multiculturalism for all citizens,” Jabareen said.

    The far-right “Jewish nation-state bill”, which is strongly backed by the coalition and the government, would, if passed, be a Basic Law, with constitutional weight, that declares that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people. This latter proposal, which has passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset and which is being worked on in a legislative committee, includes many declarative elements about the Jewish homeland and reinforces many already existing laws as a Basic [Constitutional] Law, about the state flag, its national anthem and national symbol, the right of any Jew to immigrate to Israel, and other ethnically discriminatory issues.

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  • Hadash MK Atawne to Resign as Part of Joint List Rotation Deal

    Hadash MK Youssef Atawne of the Joint List plans to resign next week, in the framework of the Joint List rotation agreement, he said on Thursday, February 1, in a news conference held at the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) headquarters in Nazareth. Also participating in the press conference, with MK Atawne were CPI Secretary General Adel Amer, Hadash Secretary Mansour Dahamshe and former Nazareth mayor Ramez Jerayssi.

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  • Police Investigating Possible Arson at Tel Aviv HQ of Hadash/CPI

    Police are investigating whether a fire that broke out on Wednesday evening, January 31, at the Tel Aviv headquarters of Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) was the result of arson.

    A group of youth activists of the Young Communist League (Banki-Shabiba) had been working inside the building when they noticed the flames on the second floor of the three story building on Ahad Ha’am Street in Central Tel Aviv. They were able to evacuate the premises without any injuries, a party spokesperson said.

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  • Knesset Advances Bill Requiring Israeli Flag at Public Events

    A bill that would make it mandatory to display the Israeli flag at public events passed a first reading in the Knesset plenum early Tuesday, January 30, drawing the ire of opposition members who decried it as an “attempt to educate the Arab community.”

    Twenty-five lawmakers supported the bill and 11 opposed it.The proposed legislation still has to be discussed by the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee and then pass two more plenum votes to become law.

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  • Heated Debate in the Knesset on Deportation of African Refugees

    A heated discussion erupted on Monday, January 29, during a meeting of a Knesset committee on the pending deportation of African refugees and asylum seekers from Israel. Speaking before the Internal Affairs and Environmental Protection Committee, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said that an unnamed country has agreed to receive African refugees who are to be forcefully deported from Israel.

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  • Opposition MKs: No Indiscriminate Deportation of Asylum Seekers

    A proposal has been submitted by opposition MKs Aida Touma-Suleiman (Hadash – Joint List), Eyal Ben Reuven (Zionist Union) and Michal Rozin (Meretz) regarding the state authorities’ handling of African asylum seekers, and rejecting the government’s plans to indiscriminately deport all such persons. The authors of the proposal note how recent publications indicate that the state has no “viable possibility of forcefully expelling asylum seekers, an option the prime minister had instructed to be examined.

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  • MK Odeh on Baseless Polish Law: »The Holocaust Cannot Be Denied«

    On Friday, January 26, the Polish parliament approved a controversial law forbidding any mention of participation of the “Polish nation” in crimes committed during the Holocaust.

    The law also forbids use of the term “Polish death camp” to describe the compounds where Jews and others were murdered in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War. Anyone who violates the new law, including non-Polish citizens, will be liable to a fine or imprisonment of up to three years.

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  • 7,000 Hizma Residents Collectively Punished by Restricted Access

    For more than a week, the Israeli military has been severely restricting access to and from the Palestinian village of Hizma in the West Bank, apparently in response to stone-throwing along a nearby road. Soldiers have been deployed at all entrances to the village, and physical roadblocks have been put in place barring vehicular access.

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  • CPI Slams Conviction of Turkish Communist Leader Kemal Okuyan

    The Communist Party of Israel (CPI) has condemned and denounced as unacceptable the conviction of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), Kemal Okuyan, by the Turkish courts to 11 months and 20 days in prison on the pretext that, in an article he wrote, “he insulted the President of Turkey, Erdogan.

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  • Bill Will Place Civilian Authority over Academic Institutions in OPT

    The Knesset Education, Sports and Culture Committee approved on Wednesday, January 24, the first reading of a bill that would grant the Council for Higher Education authority over higher “academic” institutions located in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The bill was initiated by committee chairman MK Ya’acov Margi (Shas) and MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (HaBayit HaYehudi).It passed by a vote of nine to five.

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  • MK Khenin: Gov’t’s Deportation Plan Intends to Place People Who Seek Asylum Here in Mortal Peril

    The Rwandan government denied on Tuesday, January 23, the existence of a secret deal to receive African asylum-seekers forcibly deported from Israel. The far-right Israeli government informed Israel’s Supreme Court about the agreement with Rwanda in November, after the approval by the Knesset of an amendment to the Prevention of Infiltration Law, which stipulated that African refugees and asylum seekers will either be deported to Rwanda or imprisoned.

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  • Holocaust Survivors against the Deportation of African Refugees

    Survivors of the Holocaust who live in Israel have joined calls against the deportation from the country of African asylum seekers. Speaking to the daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, some of these survivors have suggested that they bear a responsibility to emulate the behavior of the “Righteous among the Nations,” Gentiles who risked their lives to save Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War.

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  • CPI Demands Freeing of Sudanese Communist Party Comrades, Now!

    The Communist Party of Israel (CPI) has issued a statement “condemning the arrest of Mokhtar al-Khatib and his courageous comrades, and denouncing the repression of the demonstrators in Sudan [and declaring] our full solidarity with the legitimate struggle of the Sudanese Communists and people to end tyranny and for freedom, dignity and social justice.”

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  • Joint List MKs to Boycott Today’s Knesset Address by US VP Pence

    The 13 MKs of the Joint List will not attend the address to be delivered today (Monday, January 22) before the Knesset by US Vice President Mike Pence, faction Chairman Hadash MK Ayman Odeh announced Saturday on Twitter. In a tweet, Odeh called Pence dangerous because of his “messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region” and said his entire parliamentary bloc, which holds 13 seats in the Knesset, will shun Pence’s address.

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  • 35 Prominent Israeli Authors to PM: Don’t Deport Asylum Seekers

    Thirty-five prominent Israeli authors sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, January 18, calling on him not to deport asylum-seekers. “We call on you to stop the deportation of asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan, men and women carrying horrific scars on their bodies and souls from their journey and from torture camps in Sinai, and children born in Israel who are asking of us only one thing: to live,” the letter said.

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