Friday, 22. June 2018

The latest guidelines for conscription of ultra-Orthodox Israelis, presented by far-right Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, has reignited debate on the issue of compulsory military service.

But while Zionist politicians are divided over the existing law and compromise proposals, Knesset members from four disparate parties have joined forces to promote legislation ending military conscription altogether. Knesset member Dov Khenin (Hadash – Joint List), Menachem Moses of the ultra-Orthodox Yahadut HaTorah party and his coalition partner from the Likud, Yehuda Glick, have joined forces with secular Mossi Raz and Issawi Frej from Meretz to end the country’s compulsory military service.

Israeli police raided the Ambassador Hotel in East Jerusalem on Monday night, June 18, and broke up an event attended by many Palestinian officials and intellectuals and other distinguished public guests including the deputy governor of East Jerusalem Abdullah Siyam, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah, representatives Russian Embassy, and graduates of the universities of the Soviet Union and Russia. Among those attending was chairman of the Joint List MK Ayman Odeh.

Israel’s far-right government and coalition is advancing an anti-democratic law that would ban the photographing or videoing of soldiers “carrying out their duties” in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Despite reservations by Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, who considers the legislation problematic from a constitutional point of view, on Sunday, June 17, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the bill, but demanded significant changes in its wording and further discussion in the committee before it is brought to the Knesset plenum for a preliminary vote next Wednesday.

Israeli military authorities extended the administrative detention of Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar on Thursday, June 14, for a third six month period, just two weeks before she was to be released from military prison. Since being detained by Israeli forces that raided her family home in the central West Bank city of al-Bireh on July 2, 2017, Jarrar has been held in administrative detention with no charges being made against her and with no trial. Her arrest last July came only a year after Jarrar’s release from a previous term of administrative detention.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision last week to allow the expulsion of the Jahalin people from their village in the occupied Palestinian territories, Khan Al Ahmar’s future is in danger. On Monday evening, June 18, activists and experts will be holding a meeting in West Jerusalem with to learn more about the evacuation and resisting it. The meeting is being organized by Imbala and will take place at 20:00 at 3 Yanai Street.

Togod Omer Adam of Sudan and Takalit Rishahi from Eritrea became the first African refugees admitted to the Histadrut Labor Federation as full members, after an agreement was reached on Wednesday, June 13, between the organization and representatives of refugees and activists from Hadash. Thirty mainly Sudanese refugees, whose application to join the Histadrut had previously been stonewalled by the labor federation, organized together with Hadash and other pro-refugee activists to force the mega-union to heed its own regulations, according to which anyone working in Israel is entitled to become a member.

Dozens of residents of the northern city of Afula demonstrated on Wednesday afternoon, June 13, against the sale of a house to an Arab family. Protesters waved Israeli flags and carried racist signs condemning the sale and the homeowners who sold their home to Arabs, one of which read: “Traitors against the Jews will get no rest.”

Over 300 elected officials, legal scholars, academics, artists, faith leaders, and activists from around the world and Israel have published an open letter voicing opposition to Israel’s plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinians living in farming-shepherding communities in the West Bank. The letter focuses on Khan al-Ahmar in particular, a community under imminent threat of demolition and forcible transfer.

Mass demonstrations along Israel’s perimeter fence with the Gaza Strip took place on Friday, June 8, for the eleventh consecutive week, as part of the “Great March of Return.” Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, and injured 618 demonstrators, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Gaza. 254 of the injuries were transferred to hospitals, including 117 wounded by live ammunition, according to the MoH. Eight of the wounded are in critical condition. One Israeli soldier was also reportedly slightly injured.

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