Tuesday, 17. July 2018
  • Thousands of Protesters March in Tel Aviv against “Nation-State” Bill

    Seven thousand protesters marched through central Tel Aviv on Saturday night, July 14, to protest the controversial, government-sponsored “nation-state bill,” calling it racist and discriminatory. Under the banner “This is home for all of us,” public figures, MKs from Hadash and Meretz, and peace and social activists addressed the demonstration, in which participants marched from Rabin Square to Dizengoff Center. The bill is expected to be brought before the Knesset tonight (Monday) for a final vote.

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  • Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinian Youths, Wound 30 on Gaza Border

    A young Palestinian identified as Mohammad Nasser Shurrab, 20, from Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip, died on Saturday, July 14, of wounds sustained from Israeli army gunfire during protests the day before along the Gaza border with Israel, according to medical sources. The European Hospital in Khan Younis announced that Shurrab succumbed to critical wounds he sustained hours earlier during the protests east of Khan Younis.

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  • Congratulations to Palestinian solidarity activists

    CP IrelandThe Communist Party of Ireland welcomes the passing by the Seanad of the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill, introduced by the independent senator Frances Black. The vote of 25 in favour and 20 against is an important and significant first step in what will be a very tough battle to get it through the Dáil and make it the law of this state. The main opposition to the bill came from the Government party, Fine Gael.

    The bill, if it becomes law, would prohibit the importing of goods or services from illegal Zionist settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, which violate the Geneva Conventions.

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  • MK Khenin: “Nation State” Bill Would Enshrine Apartheid in Israel

    Far-right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s faced a challenge to his authoritarian power Tuesday, July 10, when President Reuven Rivlin, the attorney general’s office, and the Knesset’s legal adviser joined forces in opposing the PM’s flagship legislation, the racist Jewish Nation-State bill.

    Rivlin wrote a letter to MKs criticizing a section of the bill that declares “The state may allow a community, including members of one religion or of one nationality, to maintain a separate communal settlement.” According to Hadash MK Dov Khenin (Joint List), “this bill would enshrine apartheid.”

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  • Supreme Court Accepts Additional Petition by Khan al-Ahmar Lawyers

    Israeli’s Supreme Court issued a second temporary injunction on Monday evening, July 10, forbidding the state from carrying out plans to evacuate and demolish an occupied West Bank Arab-Bedouin village, days after initially postponing the plan. Monday’s ruling came in the wake of an urgent petition by a group of lawyers representing the community of Khan al-Ahmar near the large West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim and followed a similar one issued by the court last Thursday, July 6.

    In their initial plea to the court, the attorneys representing the residents of Khan al-Ahmar claimed that the Civil Administration refused to review a plan submitted by the villagers to legalize the village prior to ordering its demolition.

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  • Military Releases Objector to the Occupation after 100 days in Prison

    The Israeli military released from prison on Tuesday, July 3, occupation objector Ayelet Brachfeld after incarcerating her for four prison terms totaling 100 days. Brachfeld refused to be conscripted into compulsory military service due to her opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

    With her release the army’s conscientious objection committee granted Brachfeld an exemption from military service based on her claim of refusing conscription for reasons of conscience. This is in contrast to most other objectors to the occupation who have been imprisoned and who are ultimately excused from service for “serious misconduct,” “unsuitability,” or who are given psychological exemptions.

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  • Israeli Soldiers Kill 1 Palestinian, Injure 396 along Gaza Border

    One Palestinian was killed and at least 396 others were injured as Israeli shelling and snipers targeted protesters who gathered along Gaza-Israel border for the 15th consecutive weekly “Great March of Return” nonviolent demonstration on Friday, July 6, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

    Mohammad Jamal Abu Halima, 22, died of a chest wound from the shelling which targeted a crowd of protesters along the Gaza border east of Gaza City. Eight others were wounded in the blast that killed Abu Halima, who became the 136 Gazan to be killed by Israeli forces since the weekly protests began on March 30.

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  • NUM and SACP joint march to Eskom, BIBC and the Department of Labour

    The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Western Cape will jointly march to Eskom, Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC) and the Department of Labour. Eskom will receive the memorandum at the regional offices and management of both the BIBC and the Department of Labour will receive the memorandum at the BIBC building.

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  • High Court Temporarily Holds Up Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

    Israel’s High Court of Justice issued an injunction on Thursday night, July 5, temporarily holding up the planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank that has become the focus of Palestinian protests and international concern.

    The court injunction, issued a day after security forces sparked scuffles at the site by deploying bulldozers, gave the state until next Wednesday, July 11, to respond to the villagers’ contention that they had been unfairly denied building permits, said Ala’a Mahajna, the lawyer representing them.

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  • SACP warns on super profits made by private health care monopolies

    South African Communist Party underlines the findings of the Health Market Inquiry report, indicating to the need for a system of universal quality health care.

    The South African Communist Party (SACP) welcomed the provisional report of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) into the rising and astronomical costs of private health care - which `only a minority of South Africans can afford`. The findings of the report released on July 6th strongly supports the case for South Africa to move decisively forward to a system of universal quality health care through a National Health Insurance (NHI) programme.

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  • Israel Takes First Steps towards Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

    Palestinians protested in and around Khan al-Ahmar on Wednesday, July 4, as Israeli forces began preparations to destroy the Arab-Bedouin village in the Palestinian occupied West Bank, despite international calls not to go ahead with the plan. Residents and activists climbed onto bulldozers and waved Palestinian flags in a bid to stop the demolition. 

    The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 35 people were injured, four of whom were taken to  hospital. The Israeli rights group B’Tselem said nine people were arrested – five from the village and four others, including the organization’s head of field research.

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  • PCU Resolution on how to defeat the counteroffensive of imperialism

    The Communist Party of Uruguay issued a Resolution discussing recent imperialist provocations and the ways to consolidate the Frente Amplio in Uruguay.

    The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Uruguay (PCU) unanimously approved the Political Resolution discussed in CC meeting held on June 16 and 17. The CC session commemorated CC members César Brien and Omar González who had passed away after the last CC meeting in March. César Brien was the former General Secretary of PCU at Maldonado Department and had been imprissioned during the fascist regime. Omar González was a member of the Secretariat of PCU at Montevideo and member of the direction of the municipal workers union who died in a labour accident.

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  • Stormy Knesset Forum on Plight of Palestinian Children in Occupation

    A stormy debate took place in the Knesset on Monday, July 2, during a forum on the subject of Palestinian children under occupation, initiated by four anti-occupation MKs: Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh (Hadash), Dov Khenin (Hadash – Joint List), Michal Rozin (Meretz) and Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union).

    The meeting organized by the four MKs to highlight the plight of children in the Gaza Strip was so packed with lawmakers, journalists, activists and others that many had to line up outside the Knesset chamber in which it was held. Among those in attendance were diplomats from the EU, the Netherlands and the UK.

    Four right-wing Knesset members were forcibly ejected from the emotionally charged meeting. Far right and settler MK Oren Hazan (Likud), who in January was banned from plenum and committee deliberations for six months following a series of offensive statements against MKs, was allowed to attend but at one stage was removed after he yelled at moderator, MK Rozin, “Do you have a face that can look in the mirror while you are betraying the state?”

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  • CPI(M): Stop this mindless violence

    Communist Party of India (Marxist) calls upon the Central and state governments to cease the growing lawlessness and anarchy in Tripura.

    Following the death of a 11 year old student in West Tripura district of India on June 26, murderous attacks were unleashed by the RSS/BJP in the name of "child lifters". Attacks targeted some local Muslim hawkers as well as activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Later, the BJP state government blocked the internet and social media for 48 hours in order to suppress the information of the violent attacks reaching people.

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  • PCM on election results: Recomposition of the bourgeois hegemony

    Communist Party of Mexico (PCM) sees a recomposition of the bourgeois hegemony in Obrador's election for presidency.

    After Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared his victory in the federal elections in Mexico, the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Mexicoissued a declaration on July 4. Despite Obrador's demagogic discourse of "national unity" - which is supposed to transcend class antagonisms as an "inter-class" option - the PCM underlines that the power of the monopolies is assured by this result and that the bourgeois class dictatorship will continue.

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  • Knesset Ethics Committee Bars MK Jabareen from Attending Seminar

    The Knesset’s Ethics Committee rejected on Monday, July 2, a request made by Joint List MK Yousef Jabareen (Hadash) to allow him to travel abroad to participate next weekend in a seminar to be held in Lyon, France. The seminar organized by the Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS) is held annually with the participation of Israeli peace activists. According to far-right Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud), the “AFPS is anti-Israel organization which boycotts Israel and which appears on the Ministry of Strategic Affairs’ list of BDS-associated organizations.”

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  • President Abbas: United States Ineligible to Impose a Peace Deal

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) delivered a speech on Sunday, July 1, in the occupied West Bank district of Ramallah concerning the Palestinian cause. The speech, which was delivered before representatives of the African Union, was made on behalf of the Palestinian Minister for Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Maliki.

    The Palestinian Maan news agency reported that in his speech Abbas noted how, during the past two decades, the Palestinian National Authority (PA) has continuously worked on a solution to achieve peace in attempt to guarantee the realization of the most basic human rights of the Palestinian people which are daily being undermined by Israel.

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  • Knesset Forum on the Impact of the Occupation on Palestinian Children

    Under the leadership of Joint List Chairman, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), MK Dov Khenin (Hadash – Joint List), MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) and MK Ksenia Svetlova (Labor Party), a Knesset forum will be held today, Monday, July 2, about the impact of the Israeli occupation on the lives of Palestinian children in the West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.

    According to a report in Al Ittihad, the daily newspaper of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI), the forum will focus on various impacts of the occupation on the lives of Palestinian children: “poverty, restrictions on movement, lack of electricity, water and education, as well as child arrests, discriminatory laws that hinder family unification and the effects of the blockade on the Gaza Strip.”

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  • Israeli Forces Kill Two Palestinians and Wound 310 along Gaza Border

    Two Palestinians were killed and at least 310 others were injured, three of them seriously, on Friday, June 29, after they were shot with live ammunition by Israeli soldiers who continued to attack the ongoing Great March of Return protests along Gaza’s eastern border.

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  • Detention of Palestinian-French Lawyer Extended by 3 Months

    On Saturday, June 23, Palestinian-French lawyer Salah Hamouri attended a confirmation hearing in Jerusalem District Court where Israel’s administrative detention order against him was renewed for another three months.

    Hamouri, a human rights defender and field researcher with Addameer, which supports Palestinian political prisoners, was taken from his home in a raid by Israeli forces on August 23, 2017. He has since been held by Israel in administrative detention, a practice in which detainees are imprisoned indefinitely without charge or trial based on secret evidence.

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