12 | 11 | 2019
  • Likud Submits Racist Bill to Deny Hadash Leadership of Opposition

    The leading far-right Likud party of PM Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed a racist bill which would prevent Joint List Chairman MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) from becoming the head of the opposition if and when a unity government is eventually formed between the Likud and other rightwing parties and the Zionist center-left.

    Currently, the opposition leader receives regular diplomatic and security updates from the prime minister, as well as other privileges. Likud MK Shlomo Karhi, who spearheaded the racist bill, explained: “Despite the chance that a minority government will be formed [by Blue & White leader MK Benny Gantz] and the possibility that Ayman Odeh will be in the coalition [or support it from outside], we in the Likud are aiming to form a national unity government led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and we are making preparations towards that end.”

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  • Report Finds Police Botched Probe into Shooting of Hadash MK Odeh

    The Public Committee against Torture in Israel is appealing the investigation by Israel’s police force of its officers’ conduct during a home demolition in the unrecognized Arab-Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in January 2017, and requesting that the probe be reopened.

    According to Zu Haderech, the Hebrew-language Communist weekly, the appeal is based on a new independent report prepared by a forensic criminologist who found that police did not interrogate all officers who were carrying sponge-tipped bullets on site on the day of the incident, and failed to thoroughly review their own footage of the shooting of the chairman of the Joint List and Hadash, MK Ayman Odeh.

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  • Adalah to UN: Israel Continues to Violate Arab-Palestinian Rights

    Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, has submitted two reports to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination in preparation of the committee’s submitting its preliminary questions to the State of Israel in an upcoming session to be held in Geneva on 4-5 December 2019.

    In 1966 Israel signed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, or ICERD,  and ratified it in 1979. The December session is the UN committee’s periodic review of Israel’s compliance with the terms of the convention to which it is a signatory.

    One of the two reports, submitted independently by Adalah, is entitled Violations of the rights of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel; the second submitted jointly by Adalah and the Negev Coexistence Forum (NFC) is named Violations of the rights of Arab Bedouin citizens in the Naqab/Negev. The reports provide updated information and analyses on legal, political, and policy developments since the UN committee’s last review of Israel in 2012. The two reports highlight Israel’s failure to comply with the UN committee’s previous concluding observations and recommendations to reverse many of the state’s racially discriminatory practices.

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  • Report: Nakba Files Unlawfully Concealed in Israeli Archives

    A report published by the Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research reveals that for 17 years, the Director of Security of the Defense Establishment (DSDE), a Ministry of Defense division, has, without any legal authority to do so, ordered denying public access to individual documents and entire files in various official Israeli archives relating to the Nakba, the 1948-49 ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. The report, Silencing: DSDE’s Concealment of Documents in Archives, summarizes the findings of two years of research by Akevot Institute.

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  • COGAT Forced to Publish Criteria for Movement of People between Israel and Palestinian Territories

    Following a court petition submitted by the NGO Gisha – Legal Center for the Freedom of Movement, under the Freedom of Information Act, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has been compelled to publish the protocols and procedures governing its operations.

    Israel’s control over the movement of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory is codified in military legislation enforced by the Israeli army in the West Bank, and in civilian legislation applying to residents of the Gaza Strip. Pursuant to these laws, Israel has established procedures and protocols restricting the movement of both people and goods within the Palestinian territory. To travel, or to coordinate movement of goods, Palestinians must submit permit applications to Israeli authorities and receive their approval. Israel’s control over and restriction of Palestinians’ freedom of movement violates their fundamental rights to family life, health, education, religious worship, and more.

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  • Protests Continue against Police Neglect of Arab Community Crime

    This week will see the renewal of protests against police neglect of crime in the Arab community. At 5pm today, Tuesday, a protest will take place opposite police headquarters in Nazareth, one of a number of planned demonstrations that have been approved by the High Arab Monitoring Committee. Last week, several thousands of persons demonstrated in protests held throughout the country.

    The Monitoring Committee’s legal team also intends filing an official complaint against the state of Israel with the United Nations Human Rights Council and other international organizations, including the OECD.

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  • CPI Delegation Attends the 21st Int’l Meeting of Communist Parties

    A delegation from the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) participated in the 21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP) held last weekend in İzmir, Turkey, under the auspices of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). The IMCWP conference focused on proletarian internationalism.

    A working group of the IMCWP, composed of members from 25 Communist parties from around the world, held a meeting last June and decided that this year’s meeting will take place in Izmir, Turkey, under the joint auspices of the Turkish and Greek parties, and will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist International and the theme: “The fight for peace and socialism continues!”

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  • Palestinians Injured as Israeli Army Forces Quell Protest near Ramallah

    At least two Palestinians were shot and wounded by rubber-coated steel bullets and dozens of others suffered varying degrees of injury from the inhalation of tear gas on Thursday, October 17, as Israeli occupation forces violently quelled a peaceful demonstration in the town of Turmus Ayya, north of Ramallah in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a Wafa news agency correspondent reported.

    Palestinians left the village en masse and were met by Israeli soldiers, who fired teargas and rubber bullets in an effort to disperse the procession, said a spokeswoman for Yesh Din, Sharona Weiss, who attended the demonstration. Weiss said dozens of settlers arrived at the scene and began hurling stones at the Palestinians.

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  • Settlers Assault Palestinians, Israeli Peace Activists; Burn and Vandalize

    Masked men from the settlement of Yitzhar in the Occupied Palestinian Territories wielding metal rods and stones attacked volunteers from Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), a human rights organization based in Israel, while they were picking olives alongside Palestinian farmers in the West Bank village of Burin on Wednesday, October 16. According to a spokesperson for the organization, settlers set fire to the olive groves, causing a blaze that spread rapidly and burned for hours.

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  • “Palestine remains the cause for justice of our times”: in conversation with Manu Pineda

    Israel’s extrajudicial execution of nine human rights defenders attempting to break the illegal siege of Gaza in 2010 sealed Manu Pineda’s involvement in the movement for Palestinian liberation.

    Pineda, an MEP for Spain’s Izquierda Unida elected in the last European elections, was moved to join the efforts to break Israel’s blockade. But in 2011, at Israel’s behest, the Greek government impounded the 14-boat flotilla he was sailing in.

    Eventually making it to Gaza through Egypt, Pineda witnessed two large-scale Israeli military assaults on the tiny strip during the subsequent three years he was there.

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  • Hundreds Demonstrate in Ramle against Violence in Arab Towns

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in the central city of Ramle on Tuesday, October 15, to demonstrate against violence in the country’s Arab-Palestinian communities, calling for greater police enforcement to clamp down on crime. Since the beginning of the year, 75 members of these communities have been murdered.

    The protesters marched from the al-Omri Mosque to Ramle’s police station, holding aloft signs and chanting slogans against Israel’s law enforcement authorities and condemning what they say is the police’s inaction in addressing the spate of criminal violence within the Arab towns and villages in Israel. Joint List chair, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), told demonstrators that the community’s protest “will continue until quiet is returned to the streets and the crime organizations are defeated. If we don’t keep on counting arrests and demonstrations, we will have to keep on counting deaths and funerals.”

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  • Arrests, Violence and Raids on Homes: Summer 2019 in Isawiyah

    On July 23, B’Tselem first reported on the police harassment of residents of the Isawiyah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. The campaign, which began in June, included daily law enforcement and collective punishment raids, ostensibly in response to stone throwing. During one of the raids, 21-year-old neighborhood resident Muhammad ‘Abeid was killed. Although the harassment has abated somewhat since the beginning of the school year, it still continues at varying levels of intensity.

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  • CPI Condemns Turkey’s Latest US-Backed Military Invasion of Syria

    Following Turkey’s military invasion of Syria on Wednesday, October 9, the International Relations Committee of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI), released the following statement:

    “With the blessing of the US imperialism, Turkey has launched new military operations in northern Syria against the country’s people. This latest invasion is a blatant and flagrant violation of international law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. Turkey’s invasion comes at a time when a glimmer of hope had appeared for the termination of the long bloody war.

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  • Arab Masses March, Blocking Roads to Decry Deadly Crime Wave

    Thousands of Arab-Palestinians in Israel held protests on Friday, October 4, just a day after holding a general strike over the wave of deadly criminal violence unaddressed by police within the their communities.

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  • Thousands Protest in Arab Towns against Police Inaction in Fighting Widespread Gangland Violence

    The 13 members of the Knesset elected from the Joint List boycotted the inaugural swearing in of MKs to the 22nd Knesset held yesterday (Thursday, October 3) in Jerusalem. The lawmakers’ boycott came as part of Thursday’s general strike called for by the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel’s. Joint List leader MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) said: “Dozens of people murdered since the beginning of this year are not just victims of violent crime; they are victims of the apathy of the government and law enforcement authorities.” “It is not acceptable that we continue burying our children while the rest of the MKs take celebratory photos in the plenum,” Odeh added. “We will join our constituents in demonstrations across the country.”

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  • Joint List Urges Opening of Probe into Torture of Jailed Palestinian

    The Joint List sent a letter on Monday, September 30, to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit urging him to immediately open an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the hospitalization in critical condition of a Palestinian activist after he was interrogated by Israel’s security services. According to Arabic language Communist newspaper Al-Ittihad the letter sent by the Joint List to the AG contends that “The conduct of the security system, including the Shin Bet, in this case involved crossing a red line and breaking the law… There must be a thorough examination of the circumstances in this case, and a conclusion must be reached. Measures must be taken to limit torture and to prosecute those involved.”

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  • Seeking Netanyahu’s Ouster, Joint List Recommends Gantz for PM

    The Joint List recommended Kahol Lavan (Blue & White) leader Benny Gantz for prime minister on Sunday, September 22, seemingly paving the way for the centrist party to get the first crack at assembling a coalition.

    This decision marks the first time since 1992 that Hadash and Arab parties — separately or together — have recommended that the President of Israel (who is the authority who must make the decision) assign the task of forming and heading up a government assigned to a mainstream Zionist politician. In 1992, Hadash and the Arab Democratic Party supported the premiership of Labor Party leader Yitzhak Rabin, who had campaigned on a platform calling for peace with the Palestinians, but did not join the coalition.

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  • Hadash Leader Set to Head Parliamentary Opposition

    The Joint List is set to be the largest non-ruling bloc in parliament – and may possibly even lead the opposition – if a national unity government emerges from Tuesday’s election. The Joint List has presented its stronger showing on Tuesday’s rerun as a victory over what it described as an “unprecedented campaign of incitement against the Arab public” by PM Benjamin Netanyahu and right-wing parties.

    A surge in turnout gave the Joint List 13 of the Knesset’s 120 seats, making it the third-largest grouping behind Netanyahu’s far-right Likud party, with 31 seats, and Benny Gantz’s centrist and neoliberal Kahol-Lavan (Blue & White), with 33 MKs. That would make the Joint List the largest opposition grouping in parliament if a unity government takes shape, a realistic possibility even though Gantz has rebuffed Netanyahu’s initial invitation.

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  • CP-backed Joint List becomes the third in the Knesset

    According to the results of the general elections of September 17, the Joint List supported by the Communist Party of Israel received 10.62% of all valid ballots cast, giving it 13 seats in the 22nd Knesset, the same number it won four and a half years ago when it first ran for the 20th Knesset in March 2015, thereby making it once again the third largest bloc in Israel’s parliament.

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  • Joint List Repeats 2015 Electoral Success, Winning 13 Knesset Seats

    With all the votes counted from last Tuesday’s (September 17) general election, the Joint List received 10.62% of all valid ballots cast, giving it 13 seats in the 22nd Knesset, the same number it won four and a half years ago when it first ran for the 20th Knesset in March 2015, thereby making it once again the third largest bloc in Israel’s parliament.

    The 13 elected members of the Knesset from the Joint List are: Ayman Odeh (Hadash), Mtanes Shehadeh (Balad), Ahmad Tibi (Ta’al), Mansour Abbas (Ra’am), Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash), Walid Taha (Ra’am), Ofer Cassif (Hadash), Heba Yazbak (Balad), Osama Saadi (Ta’al), Yousef Jabareen (Hadash), Said al-Harumi (Ra’am), Jaber Asakala (Hadash) and Sami Abu Shehadeh (Balad).

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