19 | 09 | 2019

Anti-occupation activist Jonathan Pollak was attacked in Tel Aviv on Sunday, July 7, and suffered cuts on his arms and face. Pollak is one of the founders of Anarchists against the Wall, an organization that is openly against the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

“I left my workplace for lunch and saw two people following me,” he told journalists, “I thought they were police, as there is a standing order to arrest me.” The men called him a “fucking leftist,” shoved him to the ground and began hitting him. At one point, one of them pulled a knife and began cutting him. “They got stressed at this point and ran away,” he said.

Students affiliated with Hadash who study at Tel Aviv University in Ramat Aviv reported over the weekend that settlers belonging to a “Price Tag” group spray-painted racist graffiti outside student dormitories at the university.

The Hadash students’ organization told journalists that settlers broke into the surroundings of the dormitories and spray-painted racist, hate and anti-Arab graffiti on walls.

In an article published in its weekend magazine section on Friday, July 5, the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz revealed that since the start of the last decade, Defense Ministry teams have been scouring archives throughout Israel and removing “sensitive” historic documents. However, among the documents being transferred to secret vaults are not just papers relating to Israel’s nuclear project or to the country’s foreign relations. They also include  hundreds of documents that have been illegally requisitioned and hidden away as part of a systematic effort to conceal evidence of the Nakba.

Following a prolonged legal battle led by three human rights organizations, Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, and the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Israel returned on July 1 a boat to a Gaza fisherman after seizing and holding it without legal authority for three years.

As part of the legal proceedings, the state also notified the Supreme Court two weeks ago that it will return another 65 boats and fishing vessels seized from Gaza fishermen within the next four months.

Following reports that Arkia Airlines is planning to lay off 250 out of its 650 employees after the closure of Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov Airport, the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) has declared a labor dispute with the carrier.

“Even though the employment security of Arkia’s workers is ensured by a collective agreement signed by the parties in 2013, with specific mention of the possibility that activity at Sde Dov might be terminated, the company is planning to unilaterally fire hundreds of workers without consulting their representatives, as required,” a spokesperson for the Histadrut said.

An Associated Press (AP) investigation released on Monday, July 1, reveals that the Jewish American Falic family, owners of the chain of more than 180 Duty Free Americas (DFA) shops in the United States and Latin America, funds a generous racist philanthropic empire in Israel that runs through the corridors of power and stretches deep into the occupied West Bank.

The report details how the Falic’s have donated at least $5.6 million to settler organizations in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem over the past decade, funding synagogues, schools and social services as well as far-right and racist causes considered extreme even in Israel.

An off-duty police officer shot and killed a young Ethiopian-Israeli, Salomon Teka, 18, in Kiryat Haim north of Haifa on Sunday evening, June 30. The young man’s death was confirmed at Rambam Hospital in Haifa after he was taken there in critical condition by paramedics.

A large number of police from the Nesher area and a coastal district arrived at the scene of the shooting and began an investigation into the incident. They determined that an off-duty officer had been in a nearby playground with his wife and his three children when he saw a fight taking place nearby. The police also established that the off-duty officer’s pistol had been fired. However, they refrained from giving details about the incident for more than two hours, except for issuing a laconic notice, inasmuch as a policeman was involved in the shooting. The latter was arrested on Monday morning, July 1, and is to be interrogated by the Police Investigation Unit (PID).

Israel announced on Tuesday, June 25, its decision to immediately begin halting the transfer of fuel used to operate the sole power plant in the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tweeted that fuel supply to the power plant in Gaza would be stopped “following the launching of incendiary balloons from Gaza towards Israel…until further notice.”

In response to Tuesday’s announcement, the Palestinian Energy Authority and the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company said that the fuel then currently available in the power plant’s storage tanks was only sufficient for operating the plant’s turbines until Tuesday evening, after which the plant would be forced to cease operations.

Jewish and Arab residents of Upper Nazareth (“Nazareth Illit,” in Hebrew) last week voted to change the name of the northern city, in a move the mayor said was designed to put an end to widespread confusion with the neighboring Arab city of Nazareth. The deputy mayor of Upper Nazareth, Dr. Shawki Awauda (Hadash), said it was “time to give the city an independent identity, and put an end to the chronic confusion” between the city and its neighbor, historic Nazareth.

Nine communist and worker parties from the Middle East have issued the following joint statement expressing their concern about the recent developments in the Persian Gulf, which pose significant threats to world peace. The parties signing the statement were: AKEL (Cyprus), Tudeh Party of Iran, Communist Party of Kurdistan-Iraq, Communist Party of Israel, Jordanian Communist Party, Lebanese Communist Party, Palestinian Communist Party, Syrian Communist Party (Unified) and Communist Party of Turkey.

The most recent actions and pronouncements by the US administration clearly indicate that it intends to deploy every tool at its disposal to coerce the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) to submit to its hegemonic designs in the region.

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have been taking to the streets to protest the imperialist “Deal of the Century” and the Bahrain workshop, starting today, sponsored by the Trump administration, which they absolutely reject and view as a plot to annihilate the Palestinian cause.

Dozens of Palestinian activists held the first demonstration on Saturday, June 15, marching through he city center of Ramallah. Protesters held aloft Palestinian flags and placards condemning the US administration and the involvement of Arab countries — especially Bahrain — for hosting the workshop.

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