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More than ten thousand Arab-Bedouin citizens of Israel living on and near land slated to become a phosphate mine in the Negev are to be evicted from their homes, with most of them being crammed into a new town to be developed nearby, the senior government policymaker for Arab-Bedouin affairs has told The Jerusalem Post.

Yair Maayan, head of the Authority for Development and Settlement of the Bedouin in the Negev, said the relocation was not primarily motivated by the mine. However, his disclosure of the resettlement does come just two weeks after plans, including one for developing a phosphate mine at Sde Barir, near Arad, were approved by the inter-ministerial cabinet for planning, building, land, and housing (Cabinet HaDiyur)

The United Nations has issued a warning that Palestinians in Area C are at risk of being transferred forcibly by Israel after its forces demolished two elementary school classrooms in the occupied West Bank Arab-Bedouin community of Abu an-Nuwar outside Jerusalem. The two modular classrooms were built last September with funds from the European Union.

At about 5:00 am on Sunday, February...

The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a preliminary report on Wednesday, January 31, identifying 206 companies around the world doing business in the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, settlements located there in violation of international law.

The long-delayed report was initially supposed to include the names of the companies...

A bill, “Basic Law: Israel – A democratic, multicultural and egalitarian state,” was proposed last week by Joint List MK Yousef Jabareen (Hadash) to serve as a response to the discriminatory Jewish nation-state bill. “Instead of dark ideas promoting a hierarchy in the status of citizens and ethnic superiority for Jews, I propose enlightened ideas of equal citizenship and...

Hadash MK Youssef Atawne of the Joint List plans to resign next week, in the framework of the Joint List rotation agreement, he said on Thursday, February 1, in a news conference held at the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) headquarters in Nazareth. Also participating in the press conference, with MK Atawne were CPI Secretary General Adel Amer, Hadash Secretary Mansour Dahamshe and former...

Police are investigating whether a fire that broke out on Wednesday evening, January 31, at the Tel Aviv headquarters of Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) was the result of arson.

A group of youth activists of the Young Communist League (Banki-Shabiba) had been working inside the building when they noticed the flames on the second floor of the three story building on Ahad...

A bill that would make it mandatory to display the Israeli flag at public events passed a first reading in the Knesset plenum early Tuesday, January 30, drawing the ire of opposition members who decried it as an “attempt to educate the Arab community.”

Twenty-five lawmakers supported the bill and 11 opposed it.The proposed legislation still has to be discussed by the...

A heated discussion erupted on Monday, January 29, during a meeting of a Knesset committee on the pending deportation of African refugees and asylum seekers from Israel. Speaking before the Internal Affairs and Environmental Protection Committee, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said that an unnamed country has agreed to receive African refugees who are to be forcefully deported from...

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...

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.

At various points during this time, only registered...

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...

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