28 | 01 | 2020
  • In Another Terror Attack, Jewish Settlers Torch Beit Safafa Mosque

    redglobeSettlers desecrated and torched a mosque on Friday, January 24, in the village of Beit Safafa, southwest of Jerusalem. A group of Jewish settlers clandestinely entered the village before dawn, sprayed racist slogans on the walls of the Al-Badriya Mosque and then set fire to the building, partially damaging it.

    The Palestinian Ministry of Religious Affairs and Awqaf [plural of Waqf – an Islamic religious trust], in charge of managing mosques affairs, condemned the attack as a “heinous crime which is evidence of the brutality of the Israeli racist incitement machine towards Islamic and Christian holy sites in Palestine.”


  • CPI Rejects any Imperialistic Steps by US Violating International Law

    The Communist Party of Israel (CPI) unequivocally rejects the imminent US publishing of details of US President Donald Trump’s imperialistic Middle East plan, dubbed the “Deal of the Century,” prior to a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his challenger in the forthcoming election, MK Benny Gantz, to the White House on Monday, January 28. The CPI contends that publishing of the plan now would likely lead to the rapid reinstatement of military rule and occupation over the Palestinian people for generations.

    Following the announcement by Trump on Thursday, January 23, that he intends to release the details of his “Deal” before next Monday’s meeting with Netanyahu and Gantz, Israeli media reported that according to preliminary plans, Israel would claim sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and immediately annex of all but 15 illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, as well as the land linking them. Jerusalem would be declared the capital of Israel, while the creation of a “demilitarized Palestinian state” would be agreed upon at a later time.


  • UN Official: Israel’s Jordan Valley Annexation Would Be Devastating

    Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, expressed grave concern on Wednesday, January 22 regarding Israeli plans to annex the occupied Jordan Valley, stressing that such a step would have devastating effects on the region.

    “The annexation of some or all of Area C in the West Bank, if implemented, would deal a devastating blow to the potential of reviving Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, advancing regional peace, and the essence of the two-state solution,” said Mladenov in a tweet.


  • Hadash, CPI Reject Barring of Joint List MK Heba Yazbak from Election

    Likud MK Ophir Katz filed a request with the Knesset’s Central Elections Committee on Tuesday, January 21, to disqualify Balad MK Heba Yazbak (Joint List) from running in the March 2 general elections, just a day before the deadline for submitting such requests.

    Senior Blue & White lawmaker and former neo-liberal Ministry of Treasure, Yair Lapid, subsequently announced that his party would join the Likud and others in backing the petition to bar the Palestinian-Arab woman parliamentarian and citizen of Israel from running for the next Knesset.


  • 52 Communist & Workers’ Parties Denounce the US’s Criminal Attack

    comunistaThe undersigned Communist and Workers’ Parties, denounce the latest criminal military attack of the US, under Trump’s command, against the territory of a foreign country, specifically the international airport of Iraq, which resulted in scores of dead and wounded, among them officials of Iraq and an Iranian General. This constituted a flagrant violation of international law and the sovereignty of Iraq.


  • Education Head Stuns with Latest Homophobic and Racist Remarks

    Schools, teachers’ unions, social movements, LGTB organizations and mayors throughout the country reacted with shock after the Minister of Education, far-right and messianic Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) leader Rabbi Rafi Peretz, again publicly made racist and homophobic remarks.

    In an interview published in Yediot Aharonot last Friday, January 10, Peretz said a normative family is “with a man and a woman, and should be kept that way.” This remark was in response to a question about what he would do if one of his children were to “come out of the closet.” “Thank God my children grew up naturally and healthily,” Peretz told the newspaper. Last July, Peretz said he believed “conversion therapy” could succeed in “converting” homosexual people to be heterosexual and that he had given counseling on the matter.


  • 2019 Witnessed Largest Number of Fatal Work Accidents Since 1995

    In 2019, the number of persons killed in fatal work accidents in Israel, in all industries, rose by 56% compared the figures for 2017, according to a yearly report released by the Ministry for Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. In addition, more people died in work accidents in 2019 than in any year since 1995, according to a report published on last Tuesday, January 8, by the workers’ rights organization Kav LaOved (Workers’ Hotline).


  • MK Cassif: It is Israel’s Interest to Stop American Belligerence in Iran

    Leading Communist Party of Israel member MK Ofer Cassif (Hadash – Joint List) published the following op-ed in the Hebrew and English editions of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Thursday, January 9.

    On Friday January 3, I said that if American bullying costs the lives of Israelis, it will be because of US President Donald Trump and his friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. My words were immediately criticized, and it was even said that I identify with the enemy. In the face of the ignorance, the lies and the incitement, I have decided to explain.

    The Iranian regime is an evil, extremist and cruel regime. It is evil and cruel mainly to Iranian citizens. The Revolutionary Guards Quds Force of Qassem Soleimani, the emissary of Iranian spiritual leader Ali Khameini, really is responsible for killing and destruction. It was not in his name, not for his stake and not for his successors that my friends and I, confronting almost unanimous political agreement, said: No. This assassination is American belligerence, an injustice that will exact a price in blood.


  • Palestinian Foreign Ministry Blasts US Position on Occupied W. Bank

    The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned statements made last Wednesday, January 8, by US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in which he emphasized the right of Israeli presence in the occupied West Bank, which he referred to as “Judea and Samaria.”

    Speaking at the far-right Kohelet Forum Conference in Jerusalem, Friedman said, “Judea and Samaria – the name Judea says it all – is territory that historically had an important Jewish presence. As they say, it is the biblical heartland of Israel.” He also referred to the US declaration that Israeli settlements in the occupied territory are “not, per se, inconsistent with international law,” and opted to describe the West Bank issue as a population issue, stating that it is “certainly the most complicated of the issues because of the large indigenous Palestinian population.” “I thank God that President Trump had the courage and the wisdom to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv,” said Friedman.


  • Far-Right Minister Attacks Green Activists for Environmental Fight

    Far-right Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin launched an unprecedented attack on environmental activists on Tuesday, January 7, accusing them of being ignorant charlatans who are trying to mislead the public. Elkin was speaking at the Israel 2050 conference in Tel Aviv, which focused on anticipated environmental developments in the coming decades. Government ministries, gas companies and law firms sponsored it.

    Elkin, a leading member of the Likud, devoted his entire address to attacking environmental groups, stunning many of the conference participants and drawing angry responses from green organizations.


  • Israel Changed Boundaries of Gaza Fishing Zone 20 Times during 2019

    Since the beginning of 2019, Israel has shifted its demarcation of the maritime zone open to fishermen in the Gaza Strip 20 times. On nine of these occasions, Israel reduced the fishing zone; in four instances it banned Palestinian fishermen from accessing the sea altogether.


  • Anti-Occupation Activist Arrested for Ignoring Lawsuit Court Hearing

    Plainclothes policearrested prominent Israeli anti-occupation activist Jonathan Pollak at his workplace Monday morning, January 6, after he repeatedly refused to appear in court for a lawsuit filed against him by a far-right organization.

    Three officers arrived at the Haaretz newspaper building in south Tel Aviv, where Pollak works as a graphic designer, and took him into custody. Pollak later stated that around 15 officers were present during his interrogation at the police station where he was brought after being arrested.


  • The National Federation of Palestinian Workers (NUPW) was founded yesterday in Palestine

    The Founding Conference of a new Federation, the National Federation of Palestinian Workers, was held yesterday in Palestine, with the participation of workers’ representatives from all the governorates.

    The WFTU welcomes the National Federation of Palestinian Workers to its big internationalist family and confirms its support and solidarity with the struggles of the Palestinian People.


  • WAFA Report: 255 Acts of Violence against Journalists in OPT in 2019

    redglobeDuring 2019, Israeli military forces committed 255 acts of violence against journalists and media institutions working in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT). These figures appear in the annual report prepared by WAFA, the Palestine News and Information Agency, which the organization released on Sunday, January 5. The violations included the firing of live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets and teargas canisters against journalists, in addition to physical beatings and arrests.


  • Israel Places 6 Youths from Isawiya under British Mandate-Era Curfew

    Israel has placed six Palestinian youths from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiya under nighttime curfew for periods ranging from two to four months. To do so, Israel invoked a British Mandatory-era emergency act.

    The youths are Anwar Sami Obeid, Muhammad Elayyan Elayyan, Fayez Muhammad Mheisen, Muhammad Musa Mustafa, Adam Kayed Mahmoud and Mahmoud Ramadan Obeid. The six were released on December 24 after being arrested for “disrupting the public order,” and were given 72 hours to reply to police notification of the curfew order issued by the general prosecutor of the Israeli army.


  • Zionist Lawmakers Praise US for Killing Iranian General Soleimani

    The United States carried out a strike that killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, the Pentagon announced on Thursday, January 2. In Israel, Zionist lawmakers from across the political spectrum united Friday in praising the US strike that killed Soleimani — with the exception of Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI), which denounced the operation.


  • Far-Right Netanyahu Asks Knesset for Immunity from Prosecution

    Israel‘s far-right Prime Minister for the past decade, Benjamin Netanyahu, requested immunity from the Knesset late Wednesday night, January 1, for prosecution in three corruption cases in which he faces indictment on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu made the request in a nationally televised appearance four hours before a midnight deadline, defending his request as protection from what he termed are “trumped-up charges.”


  • Knesset Weighs Freeze on Racist Measure Targeting Arab Building

    Following an initiative by the Joint List, the Knesset’s Finance Committee debated on Monday, December 30, the possibility of placing a five-year freeze on a controversial amendment to the Building and Planning Law that stiffens penalties against “illegal construction.” Passed in 2017, this amendment is Known as the Kaminitz Law.

    A vote in favor placing a five-year freeze on implementation of the Kaminitz Law would be seen as a victory for the Joint List, whose supporters in Arab towns see themselves disproportionately targeted by it. The law’s opponents contend that it disproportionately impacts Arab-Palestinian citizens, where “illegal building” is common due to an egregious and intentional lack of government-granted permits to these communities. According to the Communist Party of Israel, “The racist Kaminitz Law fails to take into account the decades of systematic discrimination in state land planning and allocation against Arab-Palestinian national minority in Israel that has resulted in a severe housing crisis in Arab towns and villages.” A spokesperson for Hadash said on Monday, “We have wanted, want and will want to repeal this law.”


  • Poll Finds Narrow Majority against Granting Immunity to Netanyahu

    Most of the public does not support the idea of the Knesset granting far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution in the three corruption cases against him, a Channel 12 news poll televised Sunday night, December 28, found.


  • Hadash Lawmaker Blames Monsey Attack on Incitement by Trump

    Leading Communist Party of Israel member MK Ofer Cassif, (Hadash – Joint List) reacted to the anti-Semitic stabbing in Monsey, NY by blaming it on US President Donald Trump.

    On Saturday night, December 29, a man entered a Hassidic synagogue located in the Forshay neighborhood in Monsey in upstate New York where those present were celebrating the eighth and final night of Hanukkah. The assailant pulled out a machete and began to stab people wounding five, two of them critically.


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