Monday, 19. November 2018

The Knesset plenum gave final approval on Monday, November 5, to the Bill to Amend the Prison Ordinance (No. 54 and Temporary Order), 2018, which extends the period of time during which authorities can grant prisoners early release for administrative reasons, following a High Court of Justice ruling that prisoners should be released due to overcrowding in jails. However, this extension will not apply to Palestinian prisoners.

The Histadrut, the major labor federation in Israel, called off a general strike planned for yesterday, Wednesday, November 7, after reaching a deal with the government to improve safety conditions for construction workers.

During the months of September and October of this year, the Israeli occupation forces blocked the entrances to three Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank: Kafr a-Dik, west of Salfit (for 11 days); ‘Azzun, east of Qalqiliyah (for 24 days); and al-Jalazun Refugee Camp, north of Ramallah (for 20 days).

A Palestinian father and his son were injured on Saturday, November 4, after they were attacked by extremist Israeli settlers in the Tell Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron city, in the southern West Bank, according to the Wafa Palestinian news agency.

Dozens of Jewish settlers from the illegal settlements of Ramat Yshai and Beit Hadassa attacked numerous homes in Tel Rumeida and on Shuhadaa Street in the city, terrorized their residents and pelted them with rocks.

Histadrut General Federation of Labor in Israel chairperson Avi Nissenkorn announced on Thursday that a general strike will take place on Wednesday, November 7, in response to governmental inaction over the increasing toll of construction site accidents in Israel.

The approval rate in September for an Israeli permit to leave Gaza for treatment abroad for those injured in the Great March of Return protests near the border fence with Israel was significantly lower than the overall approval rate.

Of the 18 wounded Gazans, only one was approved; one applicant’s request was denied; and the applications of the remaining 16 were delayed and are still pending. Or, in other words, only 5.5% of these applications were approved compared to 58% of the overall applications which were Okayed. These statistics are based on the latest monthly report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on health access for Palestinian patients in the occupied territories.

Tuesday’s municipal elections in Israel attracted an overall national turnout of 55%, some 10% higher than the local races five years ago, according to Interior Ministry figures released as the polls closed at 10pm. Turnout was higher than usual in cities across the country, because, for the first time ever, the municipal elections were declared a work holiday. The voting turnout rates in 2013 stood at a national average of 51.9%, with just 28.7% in Tel Aviv-Jaffa; 39.4% in Jerusalem, where Arab-Palestinians residents of occupied East Jerusalem boycott the vote; and 32.7% in Haifa.

The Histadrut Labor Federation is expected to soon call a nationwide strike due to the government’s inaction over construction site deaths. To date, 37 construction workers have died in workplace accidents in Israel since the beginning of this year. These statistics do not include two visitors to building sites who have also died during 2018.

“Here live enemies – Expel or kill!”

This slogan of incitement was graffitied by Jewish settlers in June 2018 on the walls of a home in the Palestinian village of ‘Urif, near the Israeli settlement of Yizhar.

This call for either transferring or exterminating the indigenous Arab population was spray-painted while the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din was in the process of preparing a new position paper.

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