29 | 02 | 2020

On January 2, 2020, the Trump Administration recklessly escalated its war on Iran by the drone assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, Commander of Iran Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. The assassination, ordered directly by President Trump, is a lawless action against an official of a sovereign state — Iran — with which the US is not officially at war. It occurred on the territory of yet another sovereign state — Iraq — with which the US is not officially at war.

This reckless act is bound to lead to Iranian retaliation and possibly to an all-out war in the region. It is clear that we are no longer on the “brink of war with Iran,” but the war has actually begun.

The decision by Donald Trump and the Pentagon to launch...

Following an initiative by the Joint List, the Knesset’s Finance Committee debated on Monday, December 30, the possibility of placing a five-year freeze on a controversial amendment to the Building and Planning Law that stiffens penalties against “illegal construction.” Passed in 2017, this amendment is Known as the Kaminitz Law.

A vote in favor placing a five-year freeze on implementation...

Most of the public does not support the idea of the Knesset granting far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution in the three corruption cases against him, a Channel 12 news poll televised Sunday night, December 28, found.

Netanyahu has said he will announce this week whether he will seek parliamentary immunity from prosecution. The survey found that just 33%

Israeli occupation forces assaulted and detained four Palestinian civilians Friday, December 27, in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya, according to residents. Police forces physically assaulted the four, beating them up at the entrance to the neighborhood, before arresting them.

Isawiya, located adjacent to Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus and...

Moscow noted with grave concern the exchange of strikes between the military-political group Hezbollah and the US military units deployed in Iraq.

According to reports, on December 27, the air base near Kirkuk used by the US military was hit with missiles, as a result of which a civilian specialist was killed and several servicemen were wounded.

On December 29, the United States conducted...

The Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party issued the following statement on 29 December 2019, condemning the US strikes on Iraq: 

The US military strikes that targeted positions of the Popular Mobilization Units and the resulting large number of casualties is an attack on Iraq’s national sovereignty and a blatant violation of it, which is rejected and condemned.

It also indicates...

Joint List chair MK Ayman Odeh was reelected Saturday, December 28, as the Chairman of Hadash’s parliamentary faction, part of the Joint List political alliance, towards the March 2 general elections for Israel’s 23rd Knesset, the third election to be held since April 9, 2109. The Hadash council met in the northern city of Shefa-‘Amr (Shfaram).

Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality...

In a speech on Friday morning, December 27, far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his “final and sweeping” victory in the Likud primary on Thursday, thanking US President Donald Trump and vowing to bring US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over its West Bank settlements — a move tantamount to annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories.

Addressing supporters a day after he...

Israeli authorities demolished over 6,000 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem between 2010 and 2019, during the tenure of the governments headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. More than 9,000 Palestinians were displaced as a result.

The figures, collected by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Occupied Palestinian Territory, show the scale of...

Far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his challenger in today’s (December 26) internal Likud election for the party leadership, MK Gideon Sa’ar, each received hundreds of thousands of shekels in campaign contributions from American, British millionaires, the State Comptroller’s Office website revealed on Sunday, December 22.

The Knesset passed a law last year preventing Knesset...

Since the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced there’s reasonable basis to probe Israel for war crimes against Palestinians, Israeli media and officials have been quick to spread false conclusions and arouse a deep political debate.

In light of Bensouda’s statement, Likud MK Gideon Sa’ar stated on Sunday, December 22, that “a few days ago, I stated in...

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