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  • Israel Collectively Punishing W.B. Palestinians by Cutting Electricity

    Tens of thousands of Palestinian West Bank households, medical centers, businesses, banks and educational facilities in Ramallah were without electrical power for three full hours on Sunday, December 15, after the Israeli Electricity Company (IEC), in a step supported by the Israeli’s government, cut power to main power supply points served by the Palestinian-owned Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO).

    The IEC step came to pressure JDECO to pay an outstanding debt for electricity bought to be used in JDECO’s concession areas that include, in addition to Ramallah, the occupied part of Jerusalem, the biblical city of Bethlehem, and the ancient city of Jericho.

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  • Survey Reveals Gaps in Primary Health Care Between Jews & Arabs

    A survey on the general public’s satisfaction with the primary care they receive from their family physician conducted by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) with the help of iPanel reveals significant gaps between Jews and Arabs.

    The survey, which included 600 respondents across a geographically representative sample, shows significant gaps between the Jewish and Arab sectors with respect to multiple parameters: elapsed time before an appointment can be made, wait time at the clinics themselves, clinic accessibility by public transportation, and clear differences in the attention, time and patience physicians give their patients.

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  • Home, Car of Mayor of Sakhnin Damaged in Attack by Hoodlums

    Shots were fired on Friday, December 13, at the home of the mayor of Sakhnin, an Arab city in the Galilee, Dr. Safuat Abu Riya, and his car was torched.

    At the time of the attack, Abu Riya (a member of Hadash) was abroad. While fortunately no casualties were reported, in addition to his burned vehicle there was property damage to his home. Police have arrested two suspects, aged 22 and 23, residents of the city.

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  • Israel Won’t Let Gazan Christians Travel to West Bank for Christmas

    Israel will not allow any Palestinian Christian residents of the Gaza Strip to visit the West Bank or East Jerusalem for Christmas, the military liaison to the Palestinians has announced, purportedly “for security reasons.”

    Israel will issue permits for residents of the Palestinian coastal enclave to travel abroad during the upcoming Christian festival, but not to Israel or the West Bank, a spokeswoman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said, according to Al-Ittihad, the daily Communist newspaper.

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  • New Poll Shows Gantz Increasing Lead; Joint List Winning 14 Seats

    Israel’s Blue & White centrist party led by MK Benny Gantz is increasing its lead over far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, according to a pre-election poll released Friday, December 13, by Israel Hayom, the free newspaper published by the American Republican and pro-Netanyahu billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

    If the elections for the 23rd Knesset — scheduled for March 2 — were held today, the Israel Hayom poll said, Blue & White, led by MK Gantz, would win 37 parliamentary seats, up from 33 in the 22nd Knesset, while Likud would drop from its current 32 to 31 MKs.

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  • Third Israeli Election in 11 months; Joint List Aiming to Win 15 Seats

    Israelis will return to the ballot box for the third consecutive national election in 11 months on March 2 after its top politicians failed yet again to build a governing coalition, in the latest twist in a sprawling and unprecedented crisis that has left the country in political limbo for a year. According the law, the Knesset was automatically dispersed at midnight on Wednesday, December 11, but lawmakers continued debating until early Thursday on the date of the vote.

    Last month, far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted for bribery, breach of trust and fraud in three corruption cases, which could damage his bid to stay in office after the next elections. In a video posted online only hours before the 22nd Knesset was dispersed, an unabashed Netanyahu continued with his demagogic incitement against Israel’s Arab population, saying that the main opposition party, Blue & White, “tried to do everything to establish a minority government with the supporters of terror [Joint List MKs] Ayman Odeh and Ahmed Tibi, and they failed at that.”

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  • Over 160 Vehicles Vandalized in Racist “Price Tag” Attack in Jr’slm

    Yet another hate-crime “Price Tag” attack took place in East Jerusalem’s Palestinian Shu’afat neighborhood early Monday morning, December 9. At the scene, Arab residents found more than 160 damaged vehicles, including racist graffiti spray-painted by far-right assailants on cars as well as on homes in the area. Hate-inspired slogans included: “Arabs=enemies,” “No place for enemies in our land.” and “When Jews get stabbed do not remain silent.”

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  • Bolivia’s Illegal Coup Government to Seek Military Aid from Israel

    Bolivia’s interim government wants military Israel to help local authorities fight “terrorism” in the Latin-American country, the interior minister told Reuters on Friday, December 6, alleging plots by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other leftists to destabilize the coup government. Without providing details, Arturo Murillo said Bolivian police “were investigating radical leftists, allegedly linked to Maduro, who had instigated deadly unrest” in the country after President Evo Morales was forced by the army to leave the country last month.

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  • Poll: Joint List Would Remain 3rd Largest Faction in the 23rd Knesset

    A new poll shows far-right that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rivals gaining ground on him as he faces corruption charges and the prospect of leading the country to a third election in less than a year, having failed twice to secure a ruling coalition.

    The poll published on Friday night, December 6, by Channel 12 News finds that 52% of the public said they believed Netanyahu should not continue to serve as prime minister while facing indictment charges. Among right-wing voters, only 34% believe Netanyahu should step down, while 57% say that, for them, the charges are not an issue.

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  • Israeli Police Detain Palestine TV Crew, Seize Equipment in E. Jr’slm

    Israeli police officers detained a news crew from Palestine TV and seized their equipment on Friday morning, December 6, in the latest attack against Palestinian media outlets in occupied East Jerusalem.

    Nader Bibars, a producer with Palestine TV, said that Israeli police officers broke onto the scene during the live broadcast of “Good Morning Jerusalem” on the Mount of Olives, and detained the show’s producer, Dana Abu Shamsiya, cameraman Ameer Abed-Rabbu, and former security prisoner Mohammad al-Abbasi, who was being hosted on the show. The officers seized the crew’s video and broadcasting equipment.

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  • Knesset Approves Motion to Stop Deporting Migrant Workers’ Kids

    The Knesset approved on Wednesday, December 4, the first reading of a proposal to stop the arrest and deportation of Israel-born children of migrant workers. The proposal, which was submitted by MKs Ofer Cassif (Hadash – Joint List), Miki Haimovich (Blue & White), and Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), passed its first reading almost unanimously with 14 votes for, and one against.

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  • Saturday Night: Demonstration to End the Police Brutality in Isawiya

    For almost half a year, the Palestinian residents of Isawiya in occupied East Jerusalem have endured daily violence at the hands of the Israeli Police. Large forces of Israel Border Police and Special Police Patrol Unit reconnoiter Isawiya day and night, in an organized, systematic campaign to turn the neighborhood on Mount Scopus into a warzone.

    In the streets, schools, and stores, the residents, including large numbers of children, are exposed to intense violence, sound grenades, teargas, roadblocks, and hundreds of arbitrary arrests, the vast majority of which end without indictment. Even in their homes, residents are not safe from violent nightly raids.

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  • Far-Right Defense Minister Green-Lights New Settlement in Hebron

    Israel’s newly installed far-right defense minister, MK Naftali Bennett, announced on Sunday, December 1, his approval for the planning of a new settlement in the flashpoint Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron. The decision was quickly praised by the right and condemned by Hadash, Israeli peace movements and Palestinians.

    The settlement in Hebron is now made up of several enclaves located deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank. The roughly 800 Jewish settlers there live under heavy military guard amid some 215,000 Palestinians. It has been the scene of numerous stabbings and other violent incidents between Palestinians and Israelis in recent years.

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  • 21 Communist & People’s Parties Sign Joint PPP-CPI Statement of Solidarity with Palestinian People

    Palestinian Peoples PartyIn 1977, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On that day in 1947, the UNGA adopted Resolution 181 calling for the partition of Palestine. Towards the commemoration of the 72 years since the adoption of that resolution, the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) jointly initiated the following statement reaffirming their mutual commitment, and that of the other signatory Communist and People’s parties, to uphold the rights of the Palestinian people.

    On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (29th of November), the undersigned Communist and Workers parties affirm that the key to peace and stability in the Middle East is the end of the Israeli occupation, and the implementation of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the resolution of the refugee issue in accordance with UN Resolution 194.

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  • Israeli Public Figures Call on EU to Ban Import of Settlement Goods

    Thirteen Israeli notables published an open letter on Friday, November 15, saying they welcomed the European Court of Justice’s ruling earlier this same week that settlement products need to be labeled as such, but said the move is insufficient and the European Union must ban the import of settlement goods altogether.

    “Israeli settlements are the leading cause of human rights violations against Palestinians, and settlement expansion is destroying the possibility of a two-state solution. By banning goods that originate in Israeli settlements, Europe would help support the differentiation between Israel per se and settlements in the occupied territories,” reads the letter that was published in the British newspaper The Guardian.

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  • CPI & Hadash after US Statement: The Settlements are a War Crime

    The Israeli Communist Party and the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (Hadash) condemn US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on Monday, November 18, that Israel’s settlements in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 do not contravene international law.

    This statement plainly reaffirms the US administration’s unequivocal support for the policy of the Netanyahu government and the right-wing settlement project to the detriment of the right of self-determination for the Palestinian people, for the recognition of a “united Jerusalem,” for the elimination of the refugee issue, and for the erasure of the Green Line, all within the framework of the “Deal of the Century” and with the complicity of the Arab regimes.

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  • No FM Will Change the Fact: The Settlements Were Built on Occupied Palestinian Land

    The American foreign minister, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announced on Monday, November 18, that the US is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

    Pompeo renounced a 1978 State Department legal opinion, known as the Hansell Memorandum, that held that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.” “Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced the cause of peace,” Pompeo said. “The hard truth is that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.”

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  • Palestinian Dies from Israeli Bullet after He Sought to Extinguish Blaze

    Omar Haitham al-Badawi, 22, was shot and mortally wounded by Israeli security forces as he approached a fire with a towel, intending to extinguish it last Monday, November 11, in the Al-‘Arrub refugee camp, 15 km south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.

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  • With the Gaza Escalation, Hadash Activists Protest in Central Tel Aviv

    Peace and Communist activists and two Knesset members from the Joint List participated in a protest demonstration organized by Hadash in Central Tel Aviv Tuesday evening, November 12, near the headquarters of the Likud in the heart of the city.

    The protest was called after Israel conducted a targeted assassination of a senior Islamic Jihad official in Gaza early Tuesday morning, an attack that predictably ignited escalated military violence.

    The demonstrators called for a halt to the violence on both sides, but emphasized Israel’s role in the bloodshed as a result of its 52-year-long occupation of the Palestinian territories and its 12-year-long blockade of Gaza.

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  • Hadash MKs Slam Assassination of Islamic Jihad Leader, Accuse PM of Politically-Motivated Bloodletting

    Hadash Lawmakers accused far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of authorizing the assassination of an Islamic Jihad leader, Baha Abu al-Ata, in Gaza on Tuesday, November 12, for political advantage but, in most cases, were met by sharp criticism for their remarks from other opposition MKs.

    One exception, however, was Labor MK Omer Bar-Lev who accused Netanyahu of deciding to kill the Islamic Jihad leader this week in order to make it impossible for Benny Gantz to include the Joint List in his coalition negotiations. “This action could have been taken last week or last month,” Bar-Lev told Reshet Bet radio. “The only reason Netanyahu waited until now was to make it harder for Gantz to form a government.”

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