Thursday, 21. February 2019

“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.

A Channel 10 News poll broadcast on Thursday night, October 25, found that, if elections for the 21st Knesset were held today, the Likud party headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would win 30 seats, but would win just 25 seats if it were to be led by former minister Gideon Sa’ar. The Likud has 30 seats in the current Knesset.

On July 19, 2018, the Israeli parliament passed a basic law defining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish People.

This law is concentration and culmination of Israeli right and extra-right politics. On a dozen points:

The Prohibition of Solicitation of Prostitution Services Bill passed its first reading in the Knesset plenum on Monday, October 22, by a vote of 39-0. Under the terms of the bill, first-time offending Johns would be fined NIS 1,500, with the penalty increasing to NIS 3,000 for those who repeat the offense within three years. Courts would be empowered to raise the fines to a maximum of NIS 75,300.

The unions of junior academic staff at public colleges announced a strike on Sunday morning, October 21, in an effort to improve their members’ employment conditions. The colleges on strike include Sapir College, Kinneret College, Ruppin Academic Center, the Kibbutzim College, the Holon Institute of Technology, Achva Academic College, the Tel Hai Academic College and the Ashkelon Academic College.

The forced evacuation of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied Palestinian West Bank will be delayed until further notice, Israel announced on Saturday night, October 20. Far-right Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman slammed the security cabinet’s decision and emphasized it was made “despite strong objections.” Security forces have said in recent days that they are ready to evacuate the village and are waiting for instructions to do so.

Racist election posters put up by the far-right religious HaBayit HaYehudi (Jewish Home) party in Ramla, a mixed Jewish-Arab city in the center of the country, were removed on Wednesday, October 16, after most of them were vandalized.

Only a handful of the 40 advertisements that went up around town the day before remained intact, Zion Cohen, director of the Zohar Outdoor Advertising Company, told Haaretz.

Chairman of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, MK Aida Touma-Suleiman (Hadash ‒ Joint List), sent on Tuesday, October 16,  an urgent letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which she lists the names of the women who were murdered this year. “Every name is an entire world, a woman full of hopes and dreams, with a family, parents and children whose lives were destroyed,” she wrote.

The far-right Israeli government approved on Sunday, October 14, allocating some 22 million shekels ($6.1 million) in government funding to expand the Jewish settlement inside the Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron. Israel’s Civil Administration for the occupied West Bank had already approved the new construction, which will be carried out at the site of a former Israeli army base. The green-light given by the cabinet this week enables the work to proceed on the new Jewish neighborhood, which is slated to include 31 housing units as well as kindergartens and public spaces.

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