17 | 07 | 2019
  • Israel’s Education Minister Defends “Gay Conversion Therapy”

    Education Minister and far-right religious leader from The Jewish Home (HaBayit HaYehudi) political party, Rabbi Rafi Peretz, ignited a firestorm of protest Saturday night, July 13, when he told a Channel 12 television interviewer that he believes the obscurantist practice of “gay conversion therapy” – trying to change a gay individual’s sexual orientation – is effective. Peretz said that he himself has participated in providing such “treatment” to gay individuals in the past.

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  • MK Jabareen: Netanyahu Is the Real Winner in the US-Iran Conflict

    On Sunday, July 7, far-right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Britain, France and Germany to impose severe sanctions on Tehran after the Iran announced that it is about to exceed its uranium enrichment limit set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal. Netanyahu shockingly likened Iran’s move to Nazi Germany’s occupation of the Rhineland in 1936.

    This was just the latest in a long line of the warmongering rhetoric from the Israeli Prime Minister, who has been stoking tensions with Tehran since he came into power in 2009. During his campaign at the time, he said he would do “everything necessary” to stop Iranian scientists developing a nuclear weapon.

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  • Anti-Occupation Activist Assaulted near his Workplace in Tel Aviv

    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.

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  • Settlers Spray-Paint Racist Graffiti outside Student Dorms in Tel Aviv

    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.

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  • Haaretz: Israel Systematically Hiding Evidence of the Nakba

    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.

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  • Israel Returns First Seized Boat to Gaza Fisherman; 64 More to Follow

    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.

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  • Arkia Airlines Plans to Unilaterally Lay Off Nearly 40% of Its Workers

    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.

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  • Settlements Can’t Exist Without the Support of Extremist US Capitalists

    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.

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  • Off-Duty Police Officer Shoots and Kills 18-Year-Old Ethiopian-Israeli

    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).

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  • Israel Continues Blocking Transfer of Fuel to Gaza’s Sole Power Plant

    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.

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  • Upper Nazareth Changes Its Name

    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.

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  • Communist & Worker Parties on the Dangers of US War against Iran

    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.

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  • Palestinians Take to the Streets to Protest Today’s Bahrain Workshop

    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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  • After Protests, Woman Who Killed Abusive Husband Gets Early Parole

    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.

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  • Hadash Demanded Cancellation of Televangelist’s Visit to Nazareth

    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.

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  • Hadash and Arab Parties Reunite for Upcoming General Elections

    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.

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  • Hadash Blasts Netanyahu Naming of Smotrich & Co. to Government

    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.

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  • B’Tselem: Civilians Deliberately Targeted in Latest Gaza Attacks

    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.”

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  • PLO Calls Upon Invited Parties to Boycott US’s Bahrain Workshop

    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.”

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  • Hadash & Arab Parties Preparing to Announce Joint Knesset Campaign

    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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