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cpisraelUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Israel next week for a brief visit amid the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, a trip that is expected to focus on far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to annex portions of the occupied West Bank, the State Department announced on Friday, May 8.

Pompeo will make the lightning trip to Jerusalem to meet with Netanyahu and his new coalition partner Benny Gantz on Wednesday, May 13. The State Department formally announced the trip more than a week after plans for it first surfaced and a day after Israeli media reported it. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement: “The US commitment to Israel has never been stronger than under President Trump’s...

Thousands of workers, unemployed, self-employed and small business owners took part in demonstrations throughout the country Saturday night, May 2, against the economic and social policy of the far-right government, while demanding support in the wake of the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday night, rallies were held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba...

From the front-page of the special May Day edition of the Communist Hebrew weekly Zu Haderech. The slogans read: “Corona is a virus. Capitalism is the epidemic. On May Day we demand 100% of our wages!”From the front-page of the special May Day edition of the Communist Hebrew weekly Zu Haderech. The slogans read: “Corona is a virus. Capitalism is the epidemic. On May Day we demand 100% of our wages!”Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, May Day events commemorating this year’s International Workers’ Solidarity Day will take place tomorrow, Friday May 1, with a number of rallies and demonstrations across Israel, including in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Acre, Kufr Yassif in the Western Galilee, and other locales.

Activists from Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality), the Communist...

Joint List IsraelIn a blow to the far-right government, Israel’s High Court of Justice handed down a ruling on Sunday evening, April 26, that the state must pass legislation if it wants to continue the surveillance of citizens and others possibly infected with COVID-19 by its internal Security Agency (“Shin Bet”).

In their decision, the justices ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to...

Thousands gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square Saturday night, April 25, for the latest “Black Flag” demonstration to protest the erosion of Israeli democracy under far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership. Speakers detailed for the audience how the new coalition deal threatens to trample Israel’s quasi-constitutional Basic Laws and destroys the authority of the Knesset. At...

Far-right governmental ministers are reportedly pushing to limit the size of protests as part of restrictions ostensibly aimed at containing the coronavirus. Until now, protests have been one of the few public activities allowed under Israel’s strict lockdown rules. The most prominent of these protests have been political in nature directed against far-right and corrupt Prime Minister Benjamin...

Joint List IsraelThe High Court of Justice struck down on Thursday, April 23, the 2017 “Deposit Law” requiring employers to deduct 20% from the salaries of refugees and asylum seekers and deposit these funds in a special personalized account that they can only access if and when they leave the country. The justices deemed the law illegal and said that, while providing economic incentives is a legitimate...

redglobeNurses and doctors are furious that they are losing money from paychecks if they encounter the coronavirus in the line of duty and end up having to self-quarantine. Thousands of health professionals saw a decrease in their latest salary payments, because time spent in compulsory quarantine after coming into contact with an infected person was treated as sick days, which are accounted at a reduced...

Thousands of “Black Flag” protestors, among them Hadash and Communist Party of Israel activists, gathered on Sunday evening, April 19, in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to demonstrate against the far-right government. The anti-Netanyahu protest was the most political in nature of the several led by grassroots movement over the past month since COVID-19 restrictions have been in place. Several...

Residents of four Arab villages in the Galilee in northern Israel were instructed by the Ministry of Health to stay at home due to a spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the area, the Communist daily Al-Ittihad reported on Thursday, April 16. Police and volunteers were called to the area in an attempt to contain the spread of the infection and mitigate the conditions...

The far-right Israeli government is holding up approval of a bill intended to benefit asylum seekers during the coronavirus crisis by allowing them to withdraw a portion of their monies on deposit with the state.

It is estimated that more than half the estimated 36,000 asylum seekers in Israel have lost their jobs during the coronavirus crisis and they have almost no financial safety net for...

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