23 | 05 | 2019

A construction crane collapsed on Sunday, May 19, at residential building site on Jabotinsky Boulevard in Yavne, killing four workers and injuring another four. This accident brings to 20 the number of deaths in construction sites since the beginning of the year, with 72 more workers having sustained serious or moderate injuries.

Towards evening on Sunday, dozens of members and labor activists from Hadash protested near the site of the accident, including MKs Aida Touma-Sliman and Ofer Cassif.

PGFTUIn a press statement issued Saturday evening, the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) condemned the anti-BDS resolution by the youth organization of the German United Sevices Union (ver.di) and its political attack on the activities of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against the Israeli occupation state. PGFTU equally condemned the association with the General Federation of Israeli Trade Unions’ (Histadrut) position regarding its dissatisfaction with the movement of the global boycott of Israel.

In its press statement, the Union stressed its firm positions stemming from the positions of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its legitimate institutions, including the National and Central Councils, and to abide by them and not to be excluded from them.

A fascist Israeli organization announced Tuesday, May 14, that it has launched a new website listing Israeli university professors and lecturers who are “anti-Zionist and Leftists” and inviting students to file complaints about teachers who “preach anti-Israel rhetoric.”

Hadash MK Yousef Jabareen lashed out at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision, announced on Sunday, May 12, to name a new town in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights for US President Donald Trump.

In response to Netanyahu’s announcement, Jabareen tweeted , “It’s fitting for US President Trump to have a settlement named after him that’s illegal and contravenes international law. Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights is spitting in the world’s face. Transferring Israeli citizens to the Golan is a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. A war crime named after Trump.”

Seventy-one years of the catastrophe of Palestine and the wound did not heal. The Nakba continues. We live to this day, massacres, assassinations, arrests, destruction of houses, bulldozing of orchards, building settlements, erecting the Apartheid Wall, severing the walls, and oppression. The Israeli occupier could break the will of the Palestinian people and uproot it from its land. No displacement, have praised the Palestinians for the struggle for the return of the liberated land.

Seventy-one years ago as if it were forever. More than five million Palestinians in the Diaspora hold the identity of asylum. It is the major Nakba committed by the colonial countries and carried by the entire world and the regimes of shame, disgrace, betrayal, conspiracy, humiliation, agreements of normalization and surrender.

The National Union of Musicians Greece, member of PAME and WFTU salutes the mobilization of the people in the fields of literature and arts, of Greece and worldwide, who oppose the laundering attempt of the butcher- state of Israel, via the event of Eurovision Song Contest.

The utilization of the event of Eurovision for the laundering of the state of Israel does not come in contrast with the values of Eurovision, nor with those of the EU, on the contrary this situation reveals exactly the nature of the values they both serve. Eurovision, as an institution explicitly promotes a bogus “common European cultural identity”, as well as the “ideals and values” of the European Union.

Hundreds of Israeli and Palestinians marched through central Tel Aviv, Tuesday evening, May 14, with the opening of the Eurovision Song Contest being held in that city. The marchers called for an end to Israel’s siege against Gaza and commemorated a year since Israeli troops shot dead more than sixty Palestinians and wounded thousands more on a single day along the Israel-Gaza border as part of the Great Return March.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki called the US-proposed “peace plan” (aka Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century”) a Palestinian surrender, as the US Special Envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, lashed out at the United Nation’s “anti-Israel bias” while urging support for the Trump administration’s “vision,” on Thursday, May 9

Greenblatt, who was speaking before a meeting of the UN Security Council initiated by temporary member states Indonesia, Kuwait, and South Africa said it was “surprising and unfair” that the council meeting was organized to condemn Israel’s behavior when the latter “was not even invited to speak at this session.” He called the council’s “obsessive” focus on Israeli settlements a “farce,” saying that the purportedly illegal Israeli settlements are not keeping Israelis and the Palestinians from negotiating peace.

The interventionist policy that confronts the world through the mechanisms of aggression is entering a phase of decadence and fragility, according to the Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, the system of domination of the empires collapses allowing the free and sovereign peoples advance in their independence.

These statements were offered by the Venezuelan diplomat during a floral offering that took place outside the National Pantheon where the bust of the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, was unveiled, a day commemorating the Al Nakba, a catastrophe that meant the usurpation of Palestine and the military occupation by the Israeli army troops that generated oppression, war crimes violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people.

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