19 | 09 | 2019

Rami Ayoub, 43, who owned an aluminum frame and glass business, was killed Tuesday, June 11, when he fell six stories from an office building in Haifa where he was installing windows. His was the 23rd work-related death in Israel this year.

Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the accident, which occurred on Tshernichovksy Street. Earlier on Tuesday, a 49-year-old worker fell from a height of four stories from a building on Haifa’s Allenby Street and was seriously injured.

Yet another petition, this one by Ashkenazi Jewish Israelis (i.e., those of European background) was filed last month with Israel’s Supreme Court in Jerusalem, in a bid to strike down the racist Nation-State Law enacted by the 20th Knesset in July of last year.

This new petition argues that the law discriminates against the non-Jewish – mainly Arab-Palestinian – citizens of Israel, as elaborated in a similar petition submitted by Adalah against the same law in August 2018. The new petition also supports the contention of some 60 Mizrahi Israelis (i.e., those of Eastern background) who argued in a second petition to the Supreme Court filed in January 2019 that the law discriminates against Jews of Arab extraction as it degrades Arabic from that of an official language of the state to one that has a “special status.”

Hadash lashed out at the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, on Saturday, June 8, after the New York Times published an interview with him in which he said that Israel has a right to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. “Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank,” Friedman told the New York Times.

During his campaign leading up to last April’s general elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to gradually annex all West Bank Jewish settlements; a move long supported by nearly all lawmakers in his alliance of right wing and religious parties, and said he hoped to do so with US support.

More than 2,600 persons have signed a petition launched by Americans for Peace Now (APN) against the Trump diplomatic initiative dubbed by the US president as the “Deal of the Century.”

According to the website of Americans for Peace Now, “Jared Kushner, appointed by his father-in-law President Donald Trump to come up with what Trump called the ‘Ultimate Deal’ for Israeli-Palestinian peace, has signaled that his ‘peace plan’ does not aim to achieve a two-state solution. Kushner recently indicated that because past attempts to achieve a two-state solution failed, his plan focuses on ‘new and different ways to reach peace.’ Kushner’s colleague, Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, said the plan is an effort to ‘think outside the box.'”

On June 1, 2018, an Israeli military sniper shot and killed, Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar, 20, during the weekly Great March of Return procession along the Gaza border. Razan wanted to show the world that “We Palestinians can achieve anything even without weapons.” The marksman who shot her undoubtedly had other ideas.

Gay Pride parades will we held during the coming weeks of the month of June in 12 cities across Israel.

Activists from Hadash, the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) and the Young Communist League will march with red flags and carry banners against discrimination, the occupation of the Palestinian territories and capitalist regime in the parades to be held in Jerusalem (June 6), Tel Aviv (June 14), and Haifa (June 28).

Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – the electoral front of the Communist Party of Israel) and three Arab parties are planning to reunite and run once again, like in 2015, as a single slate in the upcoming elections for the 22nd Knesset, scheduled for September 17.

Hadash, Ta’al, Ra’am, and Balad have already begun discussing a revival of the Joint List with the goal of recovering seats they lost in the April 9 election for the 21st Knesset, when they had divided into two separate slates. “We have drawn together as much as possible,” MK Ayman Odeh, who heads Hadash, told in a radio interview Thursday, May 30. “We hope that within a week we will decide how to run.”

A disciplinary body of the Israeli military last week sentenced a young Communist soldier and conscientious objector, Roman Levin, to 30 additional days in military prison for his refusal to continue serving in the army. Upon completing his current sentence, he will have served a total of 80 days behind bars.

Levin, 19, from the city of Bat Yam just south of Tel Aviv, immigrated to Israel with a few members of his family from the Ukraine when he was 3 years old. He initially believed his military service would contribute to society and fulfill his duties as a citizen.

Israel’s parliament voted early Thursday, May 30, to dissolve itself a mere month after it was sworn in. This unprecedented step came in the wake of far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to meet the midnight deadline to form a new government, triggering a second national election this year.

After a raucous 12-hour debate, lawmakers voted 74 to 45 in favor of the Likud-drafted bill to dissolve the 21st Knesset and hold new elections on September 17. Hadash-Ta’al supported the motion.

A construction crane collapsed on Sunday, May 19, at residential building site on Jabotinsky Boulevard in Yavne, killing four workers and injuring another four. This accident brings to 20 the number of deaths in construction sites since the beginning of the year, with 72 more workers having sustained serious or moderate injuries.

Towards evening on Sunday, dozens of members and labor activists from Hadash protested near the site of the accident, including MKs Aida Touma-Sliman and Ofer Cassif.

PGFTUIn a press statement issued Saturday evening, the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) condemned the anti-BDS resolution by the youth organization of the German United Sevices Union (ver.di) and its political attack on the activities of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against the Israeli occupation state. PGFTU equally condemned the association with the General Federation of Israeli Trade Unions’ (Histadrut) position regarding its dissatisfaction with the movement of the global boycott of Israel.

In its press statement, the Union stressed its firm positions stemming from the positions of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its legitimate institutions, including the National and Central Councils, and to abide by them and not to be excluded from them.

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