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One thousand protesters, mainly children, staged a solidarity rally in central Tel Aviv on Friday, March 16, with African refugees and asylum seekers who are slated to be deported by the far-right government in the coming weeks to Uganda or Rwanda.

The demonstration “Children and Youth against Deportation”—began at Habima Square from where the children made their way to Sderot Chen and convened in Rabin Square. At the end of the march, the famous Israeli musician, Aviv Geffen performed at together with a band from the Bialik Rogozin High School in south Tel Aviv where many of the children of refugees and asylum seekers learn.

The Joint List has rejected the government’s proposed general state budget for 2019. During a plenum debate in the Knesset Communist MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash – Joint List) argued that the budget prepared by the government is designed to reinforce the occupation, intensify settlement construction, deepen discrimination and prejudice against the state’s Arab citizens, and widen the gaps in the distribution of public resources.

According to the updated data of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Israel is the fifth largest arms supplier in the world with $1.26 billion of sales last year, following the US, Russia, France and Germany. India is by far Israel’s largest weapons market, having bought $715 million worth of weaponry in 2017, down slightly from the $767 million that it bought in 2016.

This represents a whopping 650% increase in arms sales by Israel to India over the last decade.

A special joint meeting of the Knesset’s House Committee and its Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved on Tuesday, March 13, a version of a bill for the first of three readings before the country’s legislature that would enshrine Israel as “the national home of the Jewish people” as a new Basic Law having constitutional status: “Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People.

” In the approved version to be sent to the Knesset for a vote, the word “democracy” does not appear. The bill also includes a clause allowing the establishment of residential communities exclusively for Jews.

The Knesset Ethics Committee reprimanded two cabinet ministers on Monday, March 12, for branding lawmakers from the Joint List “terrorists” and “traitors.” The committee also acknowledged that the Joint List MKs had breached protocol when they disrupted US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech to the Knesset on January 22. MKs from the Joint List held up signs reading “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine” during Pence’s speech to the Knesset.

Revolutionary Communist Party (PRC) from France published its International Bulletin releasing two statements denouncing Israel State for repressions  against Palestine and the military interventions in Syria.

The PRC, underlined the clear objectives of the Israel State of colonizing the Palestine and denounces "its harsh and murderous repression against all those who defy it."  The statement of PRC  blamed the Israeli state of having no respect to legal rights by, pointing the prisoned the minors, like Ahed Tamini and reminding Salah Amouri, a French Palestinian , case who was held without trial for five months.

Last week, the Knesset passed new legislation which empowers the Israeli Minister of Interior to revoke the permanent residency status of persons allegedly involved in “terrorism, treason or espionage.”

In response to the passage of the new Israeli law, the European Union issued a statement last weekend expressing its grave concern, parts of which are reproduced below:

“The European Union rejects terrorism in all its forms, and the crimes set out in this legislation are very serious. However, the new law could make the residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a protected population under International Humanitarian Law, even more precarious than it already is today. The new law could be used to further compromise the Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem, which would further undermine the prospects of a two-state solution.”

Over 700 women, both asylum seekers and long-term residents of south Tel Aviv, gathered Friday morning, March 9, for a solidarity march through the city’s southern neighborhoods, calling for the government to stop the planned deportation of asylum seekers from the country. The women marched from the Achoti (“My Sister”) center, until they reached Levinsky Park, while chanting slogans such as “Residents and refugees refuse to be enemies,” and “No to deportation, yes to rehabilitation.” Among the marchers: Hadash, Communist Party of Israel and Standing Together movement activists.

Israeli lawmakers have passed a controversial bill allowing its police to indefinitely hold the corpses of alleged Palestinian terrorists. The act was passed late Wednesday, March 7, by a vote of 48 to 10, a Knesset statement said. It applies only to Israel within the Green Line and occupied and unilaterally annexed East Jerusalem, where the police have authority, and not to the occupied West Bank, which is under military rule and where such a policy is already in effect (see photo caption).

The Knesset granted overwhelming initial approval on Monday, March 5, to proposed legislation allowing Israel to deduct money from various taxes it collects for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to punish it for “supporting terrorism.”

Fifty-two lawmakers voted for the bill, which openly violates a 1994 interim agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Knesset passed a law Wednesday, March 7, allowing the Minister of the Interior to revoke the permanent residency status of Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem who “engage in terror or other anti-Israel activities.” Furthermore, under this law, the state can deport anyone whose permanent residency status has been withdrawn.

Specifically, the government-sponsored law defines three situations in which the Minister of the Interior can revoke the permanent residency status of a Palestinian living in occupied East Jerusalem: “If the status was granted under false pretenses, if the resident endangered public safety or security, or if he/she betrays the State of Israel.”

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