22 | 08 | 2019

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.”

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.

The Foreign Ministry of the Palestinian Authority (PA) called Saturday, May 12, for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest, to remove shots of Jerusalem from the videos promoting this week’s competition, as the true venue of the international song contest is Tel Aviv. In letters it wrote to the EBU, the PA accused Israel of “propaganda” leading up to the two semi-finals to be held today, Tuesday, and on Thursday, and the finals scheduled to take place on Saturday night, May 18. Tel Aviv was picked to host the 2019 event following the victory of Israeli singer Netta Barzilai last year.

Some 10,000 Israelis and dozens of Palestinians marked Memorial Day in joint ceremonies in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Kibbutz Harduf in the Galilee on Tuesday night, May 7. The largest such event, in Tel Aviv, was criticized by far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week. “There is no place for a memorial ceremony likening the blood of our people and that of terrorists,” Netanyahu, who is also defense minister, said in a post on his Twitter account. “That is why I refused to allow entry to [Palestinian] participants, and I think the High Court should not have intervened in that decision of mine.”

Every year on May 9th, the anniversary of the Nazi Germany’s surrender to the Soviet Union in 1945, the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) marks the defeat of the Nazi forces at the hands of the Red Army. This year, the annual commemoration of this historic event will be held by communists and Hadash activists on Saturday, May 11, in the Red Army Forest near Jerusalem.

A ceasefire between Israel and armed Palestinian groups in Gaza went into effect yesterday (Monday, May 6) at 4:30 a.m., ending two days of intense fighting. Beginning on Saturday, Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups fired rockets from Gaza at communities within Israel, and Israel once again dropped bombs on the Gaza Strip. The violence has already taken a toll in human life in both Gaza and Israel: 23 Palestinians and 4 Israelis were killed as a result of the bombardments on each side of the border. Scores of others were wounded.

A protest demonstration against Israel’s siege of the Gaza Strip will be held in Tel Aviv on the eve of 2019’s Eurovision Song Contest. The competition is scheduled to take place at Tel Aviv’s municipal convention center with two semi-finals on May 14th and 16th, and the finals on May 18th. The demonstration will be held Tuesday evening, May 14, starting at 7 pm, at the Habima Square in Central Tel Aviv.

Thousands of Arabs and Jews gathered in Nazareth on Saturday morning, April 27, to take part in the city’s annual May Day march organized by Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI). While keeping with the tradition of commemorating International Workers’ Day, the demonstrators also marched against the occupation as well as Israel’s repression of Palestinians in Gaza and the racist and neo-liberal social and economic policies of Netanyahu’s far-right government. Together the participants called for justice, peace, and workers’ rights.

Hadash has demanded that the head of the Central Elections Committee, Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melcer, the Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, and the acting chief of Israel Police Motti Cohen, open a criminal investigation against the governing far-right Likud party over illegal activities it organized and conducted during the voting for the 21st Knesset earlier this month.

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