Friday, 22. March 2019
  • Israel Imposes 4-Day Closure on West Bank & Gaza Strip for Purim

    Israeli authorities announced, on Tuesday, March 19, that a security closure will be imposed on the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip for a period of four days bracketing the Jewish festival of Purim (Thursday and Friday of this week). The four-day closure, to be imposed only on Palestinians from the territories, but not on Israelis traveling to an from these areas, started at midnight local time between Tuesday and Wednesday and will end at midnight between Saturday and Sunday).

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  • On the interest of Greek companies to construct the Israeli metro line inside the occupied Palestinian territories and Jerusalem

    The World Federation of Trade Unions, on the behalf of its 95 million members in 130 countries on the five continents, is strongly opposing the fact that Greek private and public companies have expressed their interest in constructing and expanding the Israeli metro/tram Green Line, inside the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem.

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  • Barred Communist Candidate: Right-Wing Trying to Eliminate Jewish-Arab Cooperation

    Communist candidate Dr. Ofer Cassif, today said he believes the decision to ban him from participating in the upcoming general election is fueled by the right-wing’s desire to eliminate Jewish-Arab cooperation.

    Speaking to Middle East Monitor, Cassif said the Central Elections Committee deliberately targeted him in its decision to ban him from contesting the upcoming election on April 9 because of the potential for Jewish-Arab cooperation that his candidacy represents. “Of course the main victims of the right-wing’s policy are the Palestinian citizens of Israel,” he explains, “but civil society, the media, the courts and academia are also coming under attack by the fanatic right-wing.”

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  • Adalah: Election Committee’s Decisions to Bar Cassif & Balad-Ta’al are McCarthyist Persecution

    “Israel’s Central Elections Committee is a political body that operates in overt contradiction of the law and court rulings in order to humiliate Arab candidates,” said Atty. Hassan Jabareen, general director of Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

    Jabareen was responding to the committee’s disqualification last Wednesday, March 6, of leading Communist activist, Dr. Ofer Cassif, from the Hadash-Ta’al list, as wells as its barring the entire National Democratic Assembly (Balad) – United Arab List (Ra’am) from running in the April 9 parliamentary elections in Israel.

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  • Polls: Netanyahu Can Be Defeated; Hadash-Ta’al to Be 3rd Largest List

    A week after the Attorney General’s decision to indict far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, several surveys conducted by the Israeli media indicate a reversal in the neck and neck race between the blocs, with 61 seats now predicted for the center and left, as opposed to 59 for the right.

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  • Hadash Candidate Disqualified from Running for the 21st Knesset

    The Knesset’s Central Election Committee voted on Wednesday, March 6, to disqualify from participating in the upcoming April 9 general elections the combined Arab slate of Balad-United Arab List. While the committee approved the participation of the Hadash-Ta’al ticket in the elections, it did however decide to bar one candidate from this alliance from running, leading Communist activist Dr. Ofer Cassif who was positioned in the fifth place for this list. In doing so the committee rejected the opinion of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit who opposed disqualifying any of the lists or candidates submitted by the various political parties last month.

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  • Hadash Sponsoring Events in Haifa and Tel Aviv for Int’l Women’s Day

    On Friday, March 8, a march will be held in Haifa to commemorate and express solidarity with International Women’s Day. The march and rally afterwards are being sponsored by The Democratic Women’s Movement of Israel (Tandi) and Hadash – The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality. In the invitation to the public issued by the sponsors, they write that the event will be “spearheaded by the brave women who dare to stand up to injustice and against discrimination and who demand respect, recognition and equality for women.” Participating in the rally will be Lamis Faraj (Tandi), MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash), the head for the Knesset’s Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, feminist activist Dror Sadot, Adel Amer, Secretary General of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI); author Lilach Weber, and others.

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  • AG Rejects Petitions to Bar Hadash and Arab Parties from Elections

    Israel’s attorney general rejected on Tuesday, March 5, three petitions aimed at disqualifying political parties from running in the April elections. Two petitions had been submitted to bar Hadash and Arab parties from contending in the race and one sought to bar far-right racists from joining a right wing merger.

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  • Army Jails Communist Soldier after He Refused to Continue to Serve

    An Israeli military court sentenced 19-year-old soldier Roman Levin to 30 days in prison last Tuesday, February 26, for refusing to continue to serve in the army because of his opposition to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. At the conclusion of his hearing, Levin was taken to Military Prison 6 near Atlit where he is currently incarcerated.

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  • Israel Releases Palestinian Leftist MP after 20 Months without Trial

    A prominent Palestinian leftist lawmaker who was imprisoned in Israel without trial was released on Thursday, February 28, after serving 20 months in administrative detention. Khalida Jarrar, a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was arrested on July 2, 2017 and was the 11th member of the Palestinian parliament serving time in prison, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.

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  • Racist Lieberman Petitions to Disqualify Hadash Candidate

    Far-right Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Lieberman has petitioned the Central Elections Committee to ban Hadash candidate Dr. Ofer Cassif from running in the upcoming election. Lieberman argued that “whoever claims that Israel shouldn’t be a Jewish state; who incites against IDF soldiers and says hurting them is not terrorism; and who thinks that Jews who ascend the Temple Mount are a cancer that must be eliminated, cannot sit in the Knesset. He belongs in the parliament in Gaza or Ramallah.”

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  • Israeli Forces Seize Palestinian Governor of Occupied E. Jerusalem

    Israeli forces detained the Palestinian Governor of occupied East Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, on Wednesday morning, February 27, after raiding his home in the village of Silwan just south of the Old City. Israeli intelligence and special forces raided Ghaith’s home and transferred him to the Russian compound police center in West Jerusalem.

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  • Supreme Court Hears Petition against Phosphate Mine in Negev

    The Israeli Supreme Court began on Wednesday, February 27, its deliberations into a joint petition submitted by the municipality of Arad, the Arab-Bedouin residents of the village of Al-Fura’a, and human and environmental rights organizations against a planned phosphate mine in the Negev desert in southern Israel.

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  • 25 Years to Hebron Massacre: Daily Violence vs. Palestinians Persists

    Monday of this week, February 25, marked 25 years since the American-Israeli racist settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire on worshipers in the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, killing 29 Palestinian Moslem worshippers and wounding over 100 others. While the massacre was widely condemned at the time by many within Israel and the international community, undoubtedly due to its magnitude, grievous attacks against Palestinians in Hebron are still a daily occurrence a quarter of a century after the heinous 1994 terrorist act by the Brooklyn-born Jewish medical doctor. This is because a culture of impunity, nurtured the by gross inaction of the Israeli occupation forces and courts, enables settlers to frequently commit acts of violence against Palestinians and their property, with virtually no chance of ever being held responsible.

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  • Development Agencies to Israel: Transfer Violates International Law

    The Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA), a coalition consisting of more than 80 international organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory, has said that the transfer of a population, whether by force or not, violates international law, including the international humanitarian law.

    AIDA’s remark was in reaction to Israeli government plans to evict the Palestinian Sabbagh family from its home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem in order to turn it over to Jewish settlers who claim ownership of the Sabbagh home.

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  • CPI Demands the Release of Detained Communist and Opposition Leaders in Sudan

    The Communist Party of Israel (CPI) has issued a statement demanding the release of the Communist and opposition leaders detained by the Sudanese government. On Thursday of last week, February 21, security forces of the dictatorial regime in Sudan arrested 25 opposition leaders and activists as they prepared to join a protest march to the presidential palace in Khartoum to call for the dictator Omar al-Bashir to step down. Among the detainees is Mohamed Mokhtar al-Khatib, the Secretary of the Sudanese Communist Party.

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  • Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Teen along Gaza Border

    At least one Palestinian minor was killed and 41 others were injured, three of them seriously, by live ammunition or rubber-coated bullets on Friday, February 22, when Israeli forces attacked the weekly Great March of Return protests along Gaza-Israel border, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

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  • Hadash and Ta’al Join Forces towards April General Elections

    The Socialist Arab-Jewish Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (Hadash) reached an agreement on Thursday night, February 21, with veteran MK Ahmad Tibi’s Arab Movement for Renewal party (Ta’al) to run on a joint ticket in this coming April’s parliamentary elections for the 21st Knesset.

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  • Hadash Slams Netanyahu for Promoting Racist Kahanists

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal on Wednesday, February 20, with the Jewish Home party to grant the settlers’ national-religious party a pair of ministerial posts after the April elections in exchange for its merging with the racist Otzma Yehudit.

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  • CPI to US: Stop Interference and Aggression against Venezuela

    The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI), Adel Amer, met last weekend in Ramallah with the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the State of Palestine, Maher Taha, and firmly condemned the escalation of interference and blackmail by the US against Venezuela.

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