19 | 09 | 2019

A prison parole board authorized on Wednesday, June 19, the immediate release of a woman who was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 for the murder of her abusive husband.

The decision to release Dalal Daoud after serving 17 years in prison was supported by the State Attorney’s Office and the Committee for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

The Communist Party of Britain has warned that the danger of a military strike against Iran and a new war in the Middle East has not disappeared. In a statement issued today (Sunday, June 23), General Secretary Robert Griffiths said:

'The US and British military build-up in the region is real and escalating, replicating what happened before the disastrous bombing and invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Until President Trump aborted the mission on Thursday night, the US military was about to launch air strikes to kill - by its own admission - at least 150 Iranian citizens, in retaliation for the loss of an unmanned US drone that was almost certainly violating Iranian airspace.

Hadash and religious officials in Nazareth demanded last week that the city cancel a planned visit to be held today and tomorrow, June 23-24, by a Nigerian pastor and televangelist, Temitope Balogun Joshua. The reactionary clerical figure plans to hold mass events on Mount Precipice, outside the southern edge of Nazareth, 2 km southwest of the modern city center.

Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – Communist Party of Israel) and three political parties representing the Arab-Palestinian national minority in Israel, Ta’al, Ra’am and Balad, have announced they will reunite for the upcoming Knesset elections.

The four parties first united in the run for the 20th Knesset in 2015, in the wake of legislation initiated by the far-right to raise the electoral threshold for entering the Knesset to 3.25% (a minimum of 4 seats), which was aimed precisely against Arab representation in the Knesset, forming the Joint List which won 13 seats in the 120-member parliament to become the third largest political bloc.

Knesset members from Hadash vehemently attacked the appointment of the racist settler, MK Bezalel Smotrich, as interim Transportation Minister and member of the political-security cabinet in the interim Netanyahu government.

Following the announcement of the appointment of the chair of the United Right bloc, along with that of MK Rabbi Rafi Peretz Habayit, the chairperson of HaBayit Hayehudi (The Jewish Home)  as Education Minister, Hadash voiced its fierce objection to both appointments.

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Iranian military shot down a U.S. drone. Iran. The U.S. and Iran each dispute where the drone was  — Iranian or international airspace but it does not matter — this does not give authorization for war.

We are on the brink of another catastrophic war. Things are escalating very fast and a U.S. retaliatory strike on Iran can happen at any moment.

CODEPINK calls on the U.S. government to de escalate, not retaliate.

Joint statement on the recent developments in the Persian Gulf.

The Communist and Workers' Parties listed at the end expressed their grave concern about the recent developments in the Persian Gulf which pose significant threats to world peace. The Parties recall the decision of the Trump administration in May 2018 to take the USA out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) agreement with Iran. They strongly condemn the US administration and its hawkish representatives such as Mike Pompeo and John Bolton for initiating the rising tension and threats of military action on Iran, as well as the use of economic sanctions as a means of starving the people of Iran into submission. According to the statement, these actions are having a disastrous impact upon the continuing struggle of the Iranian people for peace, sovereignty and social justice, as well as for human and democratic rights.

The Communist and Workers' Parties listed below issued the following joint statement for solidarity with the working people of Syria and their vanguard communist parties.

"For the past eight years, the people of Syria have defended their motherland, decisively and heroically. They have manifested a remarkable and honourable resistance, that hasn’t ceased for one moment in these years, despite the unmeasurable suffering they have been dragged into. It has already had its place in the great history of humanity. 

Israel killed 13 Palestinian civilians who weren’t involved in hostilities or affiliated with militant groups in its latest military campaign in Gaza, according to a new report by B’Tselem released last week. Two of the casualties were children and three were women, one of whom was in an advanced stage of pregnancy. “These deaths are the foreseeable outcome of Israel’s unlawful, immoral policy of bombing homes in Gaza,” B’Tselem said.

Based on B’Tselem’s investigation, from May 3 to May 6, Israel launched airstrikes and fired shells at more than 350 targets in Gaza, wounding 153 people. The rights group also found that none of the strikes “were preceded by any suitable warnings that might have given the inhabitants the opportunity to seek shelter or save their belongings.”

The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) called Friday, June 14, on all parties who have been invited to the Bahrain workshop initiated by the United States, to refrain from attending, as this framework aims at establishing the principle of “money for peace.”

During a consultation meeting in Ramallah, the PLO Executive Committee announced that it has not delegated any party to negotiate on behalf of the Palestinian people. “Therefore,” it said, “the results of this workshop are null and void and will not create a right nor will they create an obligation.”

Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – Communist Party of Israel) Ta’al, Balad and Ra’am (United Arab List) – are expected to announce a joint campaign for Israel’s September 17 election within the next couple of weeks. Communist Party General Secretary Adel Amer told the Communist daily newspaper Al Ittihad that the intensive talks among the four established parties should conclude with an agreement for a resumed merger within 10 days to two weeks.

The parties have speeded up their negotiations in recent days and held discussions on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (June 11 and 12), with the aim of wrapping up negotiations some time within in the second half of June.

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