Wednesday, 21. November 2018

The Airbnb.com home-rental company has announced that it will be removing its listings located in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The corporation said in a press release that it had completed a reexamination of its policy, which had previously allowed such listings since “people-to-people travel has considerable value and we want to help bring people together.”

However, after consulting with various authorities, the company decided to drop roughly 200 listings in the settlements. “We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians,” Airbnb said.

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which will be marked next Sunday, November 25, three demonstrations will take place in Israel: in Haifa on Thursday the 22nd, in Jerusalem on Saturday the 24th, and in Tel Aviv on Sunday the 25th.

In addition, the Chairwoman of the Knesset’s Parliamentary Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women and Gender Equality, Hadash MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), initiated a special event that was held in the Knesset yesterday, November 19 and another that will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, the 21st around the problem of violence against women.

DSA condemns the heaviest Israeli airstrikes in Gaza since 2014, which have killed at least six people and destroyed scores of buildings, including the TV station Al-Aqsa TV. These most recent attacks are part of an escalation of violence that began when a team of Israeli commandos killed seven Hamas members, including a commander, in a clandestine raid in the southern city of Khan Younis on Sunday.

The delegation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in the exercise of the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), intervened in the consideration of Item 55 of the Agenda on the “Report of the Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices that affect the human rights of the Palestinian People and other Arab inhabitants of the occupied territories”, developed on Tuesday in the framework of the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine calls in an urgent action for the friends of Palestine, movements for justice and liberation and the Palestinian and Arab communities everywhere in the world to stand with Gaza under attack at this critical moment. We issue this call in honor and mourning for our two heroic comrades, Mohammed al-Tatari and Mohammed Odeh, martyred today by Zionist occupation forces who attacked them as they fought for the freedom of their land, Palestine, and all of its people.

This murder at the hands of the colonial forces comes after an attack yesterday, in which Zionist forces sought to invade the Gaza Strip in an undercover operation to kidnap or assassinate leaders of the Palestinian resistance. They killed 7 Palestinians who died fighting to defend their land – but the Palestinian resistance did not let them get away with their crime. The resistance has held fast, fighting heroically against one of the most heavily armed powers in the world and striking powerful blows against the assassins and murderers.

The Knesset plenum gave final approval on Monday, November 5, to the Bill to Amend the Prison Ordinance (No. 54 and Temporary Order), 2018, which extends the period of time during which authorities can grant prisoners early release for administrative reasons, following a High Court of Justice ruling that prisoners should be released due to overcrowding in jails. However, this extension will not apply to Palestinian prisoners.

Palestinian brothers and sisters,

The leadership of the World Federation of Trade Unions, who met this week, extends to the heroic Palestinian People and to the Palestinian workers a true, comradely salute. The solidarity of WFTU, our proletarian Internationalism to the struggle of the Palestinian People is based on principles and on values which no one can stop.

The Histadrut, the major labor federation in Israel, called off a general strike planned for yesterday, Wednesday, November 7, after reaching a deal with the government to improve safety conditions for construction workers.

During the months of September and October of this year, the Israeli occupation forces blocked the entrances to three Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank: Kafr a-Dik, west of Salfit (for 11 days); ‘Azzun, east of Qalqiliyah (for 24 days); and al-Jalazun Refugee Camp, north of Ramallah (for 20 days).

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