Israel‘s far-right Prime Minister for the past decade, Benjamin Netanyahu, requested immunity from the Knesset late Wednesday night, January 1, for prosecution in three corruption cases in which he faces indictment on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu made the request in a nationally televised appearance four hours before a midnight deadline, defending his request as protection from what he termed are “trumped-up charges.”

The previous Saturday, December 28, Hadash MK Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List, tweeted a propos the anticipated request by Netanyahu, “I call on the entire public to seek immunity against the flu, not against an indictment of bribery.”

Members of Knesset, including the Prime...

Following an initiative by the Joint List, the Knesset’s Finance Committee debated on Monday, December 30, the possibility of placing a five-year freeze on a controversial amendment to the Building and Planning Law that stiffens penalties against “illegal construction.” Passed in 2017, this amendment is Known as the Kaminitz Law.

A vote in favor placing a five-year freeze on implementation...

Most of the public does not support the idea of the Knesset granting far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution in the three corruption cases against him, a Channel 12 news poll televised Sunday night, December 28, found.

Netanyahu has said he will announce this week whether he will seek parliamentary immunity from prosecution. The survey found that just 33%

Israeli occupation forces assaulted and detained four Palestinian civilians Friday, December 27, in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya, according to residents. Police forces physically assaulted the four, beating them up at the entrance to the neighborhood, before arresting them.

Isawiya, located adjacent to Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus and...

Joint List chair MK Ayman Odeh was reelected Saturday, December 28, as the Chairman of Hadash’s parliamentary faction, part of the Joint List political alliance, towards the March 2 general elections for Israel’s 23rd Knesset, the third election to be held since April 9, 2109. The Hadash council met in the northern city of Shefa-‘Amr (Shfaram).

Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality...

In a speech on Friday morning, December 27, far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his “final and sweeping” victory in the Likud primary on Thursday, thanking US President Donald Trump and vowing to bring US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over its West Bank settlements — a move tantamount to annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories.

Addressing supporters a day after he...

Israeli authorities demolished over 6,000 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem between 2010 and 2019, during the tenure of the governments headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. More than 9,000 Palestinians were displaced as a result.

The figures, collected by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Occupied Palestinian Territory, show the scale of...

Far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his challenger in today’s (December 26) internal Likud election for the party leadership, MK Gideon Sa’ar, each received hundreds of thousands of shekels in campaign contributions from American, British millionaires, the State Comptroller’s Office website revealed on Sunday, December 22.

The Knesset passed a law last year preventing Knesset...

Since the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced there’s reasonable basis to probe Israel for war crimes against Palestinians, Israeli media and officials have been quick to spread false conclusions and arouse a deep political debate.

In light of Bensouda’s statement, Likud MK Gideon Sa’ar stated on Sunday, December 22, that “a few days ago, I stated in...

100 years ago, in 1919, several dozen delegates gathered in Tel Aviv to form a Communist Party in Palestine, then under British military occupation.

Next Tuesday evening, December 24, the Tel Aviv branch of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) will be holding a public event to commemorate that historic founding of the party. The event will take place at Hagada Hasmalit (The Left Bank) Alternative...

A survey on the general public’s satisfaction with the primary care they receive from their family physician conducted by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) with the help of iPanel reveals significant gaps between Jews and Arabs.

The survey, which included 600 respondents across a geographically representative sample, shows significant gaps between the Jewish and Arab sectors with respect to...

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