21 | 08 | 2019

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.

Back in December, Israel’s far-right government allocated approximately 1,200 dunams (300 acres) for the planning of a new neighborhood that would expand the settlement of Efrat towards Bethlehem, in the occupied Palestinian territories, an area considered particularly sensitive for political reasons. The new neighborhood is expected to enlarge the built-up area in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc up to the southern outskirts of Bethlehem, in a manner that would surround the Palestinian city with settlements.

B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories – reports that the gradual ethnic cleansing of occupied East Jerusalem continues as Israel is relentlessly taking measures to remove more and more Palestinian families residing in the city from their homes and hand the buildings over to Jewish settlers.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 97 million workers in 130 countries throughout the world, extends its internationalist solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, who have begun a hunger strike of indefinite duration, even by refraining from drinking water.

The Palestinian prisoners demand from the Israel Prison Services (IPS) the removal of all jamming devices, the right to be visited by their families, the installation of public phones in the prisons, the end of the solitary confinement of prisoners (including 5 children), the end of assaults and the improvement of medical service, among others.

The day before last Land Day, Friday March 29, a protest was held in Jadeidi-Makr, a merged Arab-Palestinian local council east of Acre in the north of the country. The protest was against the intention of Israeli authorities to approve a development plan which is expected to dramatically increase the number of residents of Jadeidi-Makr from 20,000 to 100,000 and to found a new municipality to be named Givat Tantour. The protest was organized by the High Follow-Up Committee and the town’s local council.

The results of the election for the 21st Knesset, held on April 9, with a clear victory for the bloc of the right, mark a watershed in the increased threat of a fascist option for the State of Israel. At the same time, the founding of the Blue and White political alliance and its electoral success (35 seats in the Knesset, equal to that of the Likud) are proof that the ruling class in Israel is divided. A number of heads of the defense establishment, both past and present, together with sectors among the wealthy, believe that Benjamin Netanyahu, has gone too far in his racist ways.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) said on Wednesday, April 10, that he is following the results of Israel’s parliamentary elections, which took place on Tuesday. Abbas spoke at the opening of a new oncology department at the Istishari Hospital near the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

The corrupt, far-right Benjamin Netanyahu secured a unprecedented fifth term as Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday morning, April 10, after more than 99% of the votes from the previous day’s general election gave the right-wing and clerical bloc a 10-seat lead over the center, left and Arab parties.

On the Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings before the Tuesday, April 9, general elections, mailboxes belonging to residents of Tel Aviv were stuffed with new a campaign flyer from Hadash-Ta’al that reads, “Your neighbor is an Arab,” to remind Israel’s majority Jewish population that more than one fifth of their fellow citizens are Arabs.

The last polls to be released before the general elections next Tuesday, April 9, were published yesterday, Friday, April 5. Taken together, of three major polls, two predict that the Likud will receive the largest plurality of votes, while a third shows that the Blue and White party will garner the greatest support from those members of the public who will cast ballots.

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