Monday, 19. March 2018

One thousand protesters, mainly children, staged a solidarity rally in central Tel Aviv on Friday, March 16, with African refugees and asylum seekers who are slated to be deported by the far-right government in the coming weeks to Uganda or Rwanda.

The demonstration “Children and Youth against Deportation”—began at Habima Square from where the children made their way to Sderot Chen and convened in Rabin Square. At the end of the march, the famous Israeli musician, Aviv Geffen performed at together with a band from the Bialik Rogozin High School in south Tel Aviv where many of the children of refugees and asylum seekers learn.

The Joint List has rejected the government’s proposed general state budget for 2019. During a plenum debate in the Knesset Communist MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash – Joint List) argued that the budget prepared by the government is designed to reinforce the occupation, intensify settlement construction, deepen discrimination and prejudice against the state’s Arab citizens, and widen the gaps in the distribution of public resources.

According to the updated data of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Israel is the fifth largest arms supplier in the world with $1.26 billion of sales last year, following the US, Russia, France and Germany. India is by far Israel’s largest weapons market, having bought $715 million worth of weaponry in 2017, down slightly from the $767 million that it bought in 2016.

This represents a whopping 650% increase in arms sales by Israel to India over the last decade.

40 Communist Youth Organisations released a joint call for solidarity with Palestinian people, on March 12.

In respect to the Israeli Apartheid Week, 40 Communist Youth Organisations from all around the world issued a joint call for common action and solidarity with Palestinian people. The joint call condemns the ongoing crimes of US-NATO-Israel against Palestinian people and welcomes "the thousands of Palestinian youth who fight courageously against the barbarity of the Israeli state for something obvious, their right to live in their home country without foreign oppressors."

A special joint meeting of the Knesset’s House Committee and its Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved on Tuesday, March 13, a version of a bill for the first of three readings before the country’s legislature that would enshrine Israel as “the national home of the Jewish people” as a new Basic Law having constitutional status: “Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People.

” In the approved version to be sent to the Knesset for a vote, the word “democracy” does not appear. The bill also includes a clause allowing the establishment of residential communities exclusively for Jews.

The Knesset Ethics Committee reprimanded two cabinet ministers on Monday, March 12, for branding lawmakers from the Joint List “terrorists” and “traitors.” The committee also acknowledged that the Joint List MKs had breached protocol when they disrupted US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech to the Knesset on January 22. MKs from the Joint List held up signs reading “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine” during Pence’s speech to the Knesset.

Revolutionary Communist Party (PRC) from France published its International Bulletin releasing two statements denouncing Israel State for repressions  against Palestine and the military interventions in Syria.

The PRC, underlined the clear objectives of the Israel State of colonizing the Palestine and denounces "its harsh and murderous repression against all those who defy it."  The statement of PRC  blamed the Israeli state of having no respect to legal rights by, pointing the prisoned the minors, like Ahed Tamini and reminding Salah Amouri, a French Palestinian , case who was held without trial for five months.

Last week, the Knesset passed new legislation which empowers the Israeli Minister of Interior to revoke the permanent residency status of persons allegedly involved in “terrorism, treason or espionage.”

In response to the passage of the new Israeli law, the European Union issued a statement last weekend expressing its grave concern, parts of which are reproduced below:

“The European Union rejects terrorism in all its forms, and the crimes set out in this legislation are very serious. However, the new law could make the residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a protected population under International Humanitarian Law, even more precarious than it already is today. The new law could be used to further compromise the Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem, which would further undermine the prospects of a two-state solution.”

comunistaWe denounce to the young people, to the peoples of the entire world, the ongoing crime of US-NATO-Israel against the Palestinian people. The US decision to declare Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel” and to relocate there their embassy from Tel Aviv, as well as the EU’s unchanging stance, which equates the “perpetrator” with the “victim”, paves the way for a new imperialist crime.

This provocative action by the US government is not a casual act, but it is part of the general intervention plans of the US in the region of Middle East aiming to secure their interests. The aim is to cancel the solution of the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as capital, for what the Palestinian people have struggled and shed their blood for so many years. In that way, intervention is taking place, and developments in favour of USA and its allies are being prepared concerning the in the uncertain situation that is formed in the Middle East, especially after the defeat of the “Islamic State” in Syria, while taking into account the context of fierce competition that takes place in the region.

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