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Israel’s unemployment rate reached 26.1% after 6,693 new job seekers registered with the state’s Employment Service on Monday, April 13, a daily increase of nearly a thousand more new applicants for unemployment benefits compared to the 5,713 workers who reported themselves out of work on Tuesday, April 7, the last working day before the Passover holiday. These latest figures bring the current total number of registered unemployed in Israel to 1,085,461.

At the start of March, when social distancing orders affecting places of work were first issued, the rate of unemployment in Israel was below 4%. Since then more than 935,000 Israelis have registered for unemployment benefits, the vast majority of them after having being placed on...

Joint List IsraelThe public in Israel must wear face masks out of doors beginning today, Sunday, April 12, under new Health Ministry directives approved by the government last Tuesday. Drastic shortages in laboratory materials necessary for testing for COVID-19 led the far-right government to require citizens to wear face masks when leaving home, even though the World Health Organization has questioned the...

Israel’s annexation of all Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as well as the territory it designates as the Jordan Valley (about 30% of the West Bank) will move forward as early as July, according to the coalition agreement that was completed between far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience party on Monday night, April 6. Under the...

Activists from Peace Now and the Black Flag movement conducted separate protests outside the home of Israel Resilience party head Benny Gantz on Friday, April 3, calling on him to block efforts by the far-right Netanyahu government he’s slated to join to annex all Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

The demonstrations were held despite Health...

With 70 percent of Labor and Social Services Ministry’s building safety inspectors sent home to isolation, tens of thousands of construction workers, mostly Palestinians from the occupied territories, continue to work at construction sites with no reduction in workload and without a supervisory body ensuring compliance with Health Ministry regulations.

Even under normal conditions, Israel...

Following protests from Arab lawmakers and other public figures, a mobile clinic for testing for the highly contagious coronavirus began its rounds in the Arab town of Arara in the Northern Triangle region on Monday, March 30, to complement facilities in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba.

Hadash MK Jaber Asakla (Joint List), had said there was concern that the pandemic was being...

redglobeHundreds of demonstrators belonging to the “Black Flag” movement drove on Saturday, March 28, to the homes of several MKs from Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience party to protest his unanticipated decision Thursday, March 26, to join a far-right “unity government” under racist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A unity deal between the racist Likud and Israel Resilience is currently in its...

frauenpowerWith more and more citizens of Israel forced to stay at home with their families 24/7, there has been a dramatic and worrying rise in the number of reported cases of domestic violence. During February, there was a 5% increase in the number of reported cases of domestic abuse compared to the same month last year. For March, when the regulations restricting the leaving of the home were introduced...

Joint List IsraelThe High Court of Justice ordered the Knesset to hold a vote on choosing a new speaker on Thursday, March 26, giving a temporary authorization to veteran Labor leader MK Amir Peretz to lead the session. The decision from the court, issued after midnight Wednesday, came after Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right Likud party, resigned in a...

After a dramatic U-turn, Blue & White party chairman, MK Benny Gantz was elected Knesset speaker Thursday evening, March 26, as part of an emerging unity deal, leading to the breakup of his centrist alliance to enter a far-right government with his longtime foe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Receiving the full support of the right-wing bloc, Gantz was elected to the speaker’s post with...

Joint List IsraelAfter right-wing members of the Knesset walked out of an overnight vote on the formation the crucial parliamentary Arrangements Committee, on Monday, March 24, center and left MKs pushed ahead with the creation of special oversight bodies, including one to monitor the handling of the COVID-19 crisis

Blue & White lawmaker Avi Nissenkorn will head up the Knesset’s Arrangements...

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