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  • Opposition MKs: No Indiscriminate Deportation of Asylum Seekers

    A proposal has been submitted by opposition MKs Aida Touma-Suleiman (Hadash – Joint List), Eyal Ben Reuven (Zionist Union) and Michal Rozin (Meretz) regarding the state authorities’ handling of African asylum seekers, and rejecting the government’s plans to indiscriminately deport all such persons. The authors of the proposal note how recent publications indicate that the state has no “viable possibility of forcefully expelling asylum seekers, an option the prime minister had instructed to be examined.


  • MK Odeh on Baseless Polish Law: »The Holocaust Cannot Be Denied«

    On Friday, January 26, the Polish parliament approved a controversial law forbidding any mention of participation of the “Polish nation” in crimes committed during the Holocaust.

    The law also forbids use of the term “Polish death camp” to describe the compounds where Jews and others were murdered in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War. Anyone who violates the new law, including non-Polish citizens, will be liable to a fine or imprisonment of up to three years.


  • 7,000 Hizma Residents Collectively Punished by Restricted Access

    For more than a week, the Israeli military has been severely restricting access to and from the Palestinian village of Hizma in the West Bank, apparently in response to stone-throwing along a nearby road. Soldiers have been deployed at all entrances to the village, and physical roadblocks have been put in place barring vehicular access.


  • CPI Slams Conviction of Turkish Communist Leader Kemal Okuyan

    The Communist Party of Israel (CPI) has condemned and denounced as unacceptable the conviction of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), Kemal Okuyan, by the Turkish courts to 11 months and 20 days in prison on the pretext that, in an article he wrote, “he insulted the President of Turkey, Erdogan.


  • Bill Will Place Civilian Authority over Academic Institutions in OPT

    The Knesset Education, Sports and Culture Committee approved on Wednesday, January 24, the first reading of a bill that would grant the Council for Higher Education authority over higher “academic” institutions located in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The bill was initiated by committee chairman MK Ya’acov Margi (Shas) and MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (HaBayit HaYehudi).It passed by a vote of nine to five.


  • MK Khenin: Gov’t’s Deportation Plan Intends to Place People Who Seek Asylum Here in Mortal Peril

    The Rwandan government denied on Tuesday, January 23, the existence of a secret deal to receive African asylum-seekers forcibly deported from Israel. The far-right Israeli government informed Israel’s Supreme Court about the agreement with Rwanda in November, after the approval by the Knesset of an amendment to the Prevention of Infiltration Law, which stipulated that African refugees and asylum seekers will either be deported to Rwanda or imprisoned.


  • Holocaust Survivors against the Deportation of African Refugees

    Survivors of the Holocaust who live in Israel have joined calls against the deportation from the country of African asylum seekers. Speaking to the daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, some of these survivors have suggested that they bear a responsibility to emulate the behavior of the “Righteous among the Nations,” Gentiles who risked their lives to save Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War.


  • CPI Demands Freeing of Sudanese Communist Party Comrades, Now!

    The Communist Party of Israel (CPI) has issued a statement “condemning the arrest of Mokhtar al-Khatib and his courageous comrades, and denouncing the repression of the demonstrators in Sudan [and declaring] our full solidarity with the legitimate struggle of the Sudanese Communists and people to end tyranny and for freedom, dignity and social justice.”


  • Joint List MKs to Boycott Today’s Knesset Address by US VP Pence

    The 13 MKs of the Joint List will not attend the address to be delivered today (Monday, January 22) before the Knesset by US Vice President Mike Pence, faction Chairman Hadash MK Ayman Odeh announced Saturday on Twitter. In a tweet, Odeh called Pence dangerous because of his “messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region” and said his entire parliamentary bloc, which holds 13 seats in the Knesset, will shun Pence’s address.


  • 35 Prominent Israeli Authors to PM: Don’t Deport Asylum Seekers

    Thirty-five prominent Israeli authors sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, January 18, calling on him not to deport asylum-seekers. “We call on you to stop the deportation of asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan, men and women carrying horrific scars on their bodies and souls from their journey and from torture camps in Sinai, and children born in Israel who are asking of us only one thing: to live,” the letter said.


  • Higher Education Council Creates Sexual Harassment Watchdog Post

    For the first time, the Council for Higher Education (CHE) has appointed someone to be responsible for preventing sexual harassment, CHE representatives told the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women. Sigal Mordoch, an assistant to the deputy head of the CHE, will be in charge of dealing with issues relating to sexual harassment.


  • Army Plan to Militarize Two Areas in Occupied Palestinian E. Jerusalem

    The Israeli military is examining the possibility of assuming responsibility for repression in the Shuafat refugee camp and in Kafr Aqab, Palestinian areas that, according to Israeli law, are in the jurisdiction of the Municipality of Jerusalem but which have been physically cut off from the city since the construction of the separation barrier.


  • 2017 Saw a Further Tightening of Israel’s Closure of the Gaza Strip

    A new report by Gisha – The Legal Center for Freedom of Movement – entitled 2017: Tightening of the Closure, summarizes the measures imposed by Israel during the past year to further limit the movement of people to and from the Gaza Strip via the Erez Crossing. The report includes new or intensified measures, introduced with little or no justification cited, and, it appears, no consideration of the impact they would have on the lives of Gaza’s residents.


  • Post-Trump Declaration Dec. Toll: 10 Palestinian Dead, 408 Wounded

    In December 2017, between the 7th and 31st of the month, Israeli forces shot and killed 10 Palestinians and wounded another 408 during protests against US President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    Eight of the dead were unarmed Palestinians demonstrating near the Gaza perimeter fence, none of whom posed a mortal danger to the soldiers involved.


  • Thousands Protest in Central Tel- Aviv vs. Corrupt Right-Wing Gov’t

    For the seventh consecutive Saturday evening, thousands flooded Tel Aviv’s central Rothschild Boulevard on January 13 to protest against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government. Once again, Netanyahu opponents joined hands under the banner of the “March of Shame” and called for an end to the corruption of the right-wing government.


  • Nabi Saleh: Hundreds Demonstrate to Demand Freedom for Tamimis

    171220free ahed tamimiHundreds of Palestinians and Israelis marched in the occupied West Bank village on Nabi Saleh on Saturday, January 14, to demand that Israel free the Tamimi family women, 16-year-old Ahed and her mother Nariman, as well as other members of the popular resistance committees who have been arrested by Israeli soldiers over the past several weeks.


  • Activists to Israeli Pilots: Don’t Fly African Refugees to Their Deaths!

    Distressed by the far-right government’s decision to begin the massive deportations of Africans in March, MKs Dov Khenin (Hadash – Joint List), Michal Rozin (Meretz), and Eyal Ben-Reuven (Labor) announced a special emergency conference on refugees and asylum-seekers in the Knesset for next Wednesday, January 17.

    The conference will include civil-society organizations, academics, lawyers and experts in the field, along with asylum-seekers and refugees who will present their stories.


  • KKE questions prosecution of Tamimi at EP

    kke greeceCommunist Party of Greece (KKE) at the European Parliament (EP) denounced the provocative prosecution of 16 year-old Tamimi by Israeli authorities.

    ICP, 12 January, 2017

    The delegation of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) at the European Parliament denounced the provocative prosecution of the 16 year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi by the Israeli authorities and submitted a question to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.


  • Beer Sheva Seeks to Evict Negev Coexistence Forum from Its Center

    The city of Beer Sheva is attempting to evict the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality from its municipality-provided community center, “Multaka-Mifgash” (Encounter) following a concerted effort by far-right extremists. This is the only place where Jews and Arabs can meet in the southern city to work together to promote equality and understanding.


  • Open Letter to World Academic Community from Birzeit University

    We at Birzeit University call on the international academic community to protest the Israeli government’s deliberate harassment of international students and academics who travel to Palestine in order to study or work in Palestinian academic institutions.

    Birzeit students and lecturers demonstrate against the Israeli occupation (Photo: Brizeit University)

    The past few years have seen many international students and academics stopped, interrogated, and/or deported by Israeli security as they tried to enter Palestine through the entry points controlled by Israel.


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