25 | 06 | 2019
  • A prison parole board authorized on Wednesday, June 19, the immediate release of a woman who was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 for the murder of her abusive husband.

    The decision to release Dalal Daoud after serving 17 years in prison was supported by the State Attorney’s Office and the Committee for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

  • Hadash and religious officials in Nazareth demanded last week that the city cancel a planned visit to be held today and tomorrow, June 23-24, by a Nigerian pastor and televangelist, Temitope Balogun Joshua. The reactionary clerical figure plans to hold mass events on Mount Precipice, outside the southern edge of Nazareth, 2 km southwest of the modern city center.

  • Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – Communist Party of Israel) and three political parties representing the Arab-Palestinian national minority in Israel, Ta’al, Ra’am and Balad, have announced they will reunite for the upcoming Knesset elections.

    The four parties first united in the run for the 20th Knesset in 2015, in the wake of legislation initiated by the far-right to raise the electoral threshold for entering the Knesset to 3.25% (a minimum of 4 seats), which was aimed precisely against Arab representation in the Knesset, forming the Joint List which won 13 seats in the 120-member parliament to become the third largest political bloc.

  • Knesset members from Hadash vehemently attacked the appointment of the racist settler, MK Bezalel Smotrich, as interim Transportation Minister and member of the political-security cabinet in the interim Netanyahu government.

    Following the announcement of the appointment of the chair of the United Right bloc, along with that of MK Rabbi Rafi Peretz Habayit, the chairperson of HaBayit Hayehudi (The Jewish Home)  as Education Minister, Hadash voiced its fierce objection to both appointments.

  • Israel killed 13 Palestinian civilians who weren’t involved in hostilities or affiliated with militant groups in its latest military campaign in Gaza, according to a new report by B’Tselem released last week. Two of the casualties were children and three were women, one of whom was in an advanced stage of pregnancy. “These deaths are the foreseeable outcome of Israel’s unlawful, immoral policy of bombing homes in Gaza,” B’Tselem said.

    Based on B’Tselem’s investigation, from May 3 to May 6, Israel launched airstrikes and fired shells at more than 350 targets in Gaza, wounding 153 people. The rights group also found that none of the strikes “were preceded by any suitable warnings that might have given the inhabitants the opportunity to seek shelter or save their belongings.”

  • The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) called Friday, June 14, on all parties who have been invited to the Bahrain workshop initiated by the United States, to refrain from attending, as this framework aims at establishing the principle of “money for peace.”

    During a consultation meeting in Ramallah, the PLO Executive Committee announced that it has not delegated any party to negotiate on behalf of the Palestinian people. “Therefore,” it said, “the results of this workshop are null and void and will not create a right nor will they create an obligation.”

  • Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – Communist Party of Israel) Ta’al, Balad and Ra’am (United Arab List) – are expected to announce a joint campaign for Israel’s September 17 election within the next couple of weeks. Communist Party General Secretary Adel Amer told the Communist daily newspaper Al Ittihad that the intensive talks among the four established parties should conclude with an agreement for a resumed merger within 10 days to two weeks.

    The parties have speeded up their negotiations in recent days and held discussions on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (June 11 and 12), with the aim of wrapping up negotiations some time within in the second half of June.

  • The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement on June 15, 2019:

    India voted in favour of Israel at the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny a 'consultative' status to a Palestinian non-governmental organisation. This is a clear indication that the current regime headed by Mr. Narendra Modi is going against the national consensus in India supporting Palestine and it is trying to become closer to Israel government.

  • Rami Ayoub, 43, who owned an aluminum frame and glass business, was killed Tuesday, June 11, when he fell six stories from an office building in Haifa where he was installing windows. His was the 23rd work-related death in Israel this year.

    Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the accident, which occurred on Tshernichovksy Street. Earlier on Tuesday, a 49-year-old worker fell from a height of four stories from a building on Haifa’s Allenby Street and was seriously injured.

  • Yet another petition, this one by Ashkenazi Jewish Israelis (i.e., those of European background) was filed last month with Israel’s Supreme Court in Jerusalem, in a bid to strike down the racist Nation-State Law enacted by the 20th Knesset in July of last year.

    This new petition argues that the law discriminates against the non-Jewish – mainly Arab-Palestinian – citizens of Israel, as elaborated in a similar petition submitted by Adalah against the same law in August 2018. The new petition also supports the contention of some 60 Mizrahi Israelis (i.e., those of Eastern background) who argued in a second petition to the Supreme Court filed in January 2019 that the law discriminates against Jews of Arab extraction as it degrades Arabic from that of an official language of the state to one that has a “special status.”

  • Hadash lashed out at the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, on Saturday, June 8, after the New York Times published an interview with him in which he said that Israel has a right to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. “Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank,” Friedman told the New York Times.

    During his campaign leading up to last April’s general elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to gradually annex all West Bank Jewish settlements; a move long supported by nearly all lawmakers in his alliance of right wing and religious parties, and said he hoped to do so with US support.

  • More than 2,600 persons have signed a petition launched by Americans for Peace Now (APN) against the Trump diplomatic initiative dubbed by the US president as the “Deal of the Century.”

    According to the website of Americans for Peace Now, “Jared Kushner, appointed by his father-in-law President Donald Trump to come up with what Trump called the ‘Ultimate Deal’ for Israeli-Palestinian peace, has signaled that his ‘peace plan’ does not aim to achieve a two-state solution. Kushner recently indicated that because past attempts to achieve a two-state solution failed, his plan focuses on ‘new and different ways to reach peace.’ Kushner’s colleague, Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, said the plan is an effort to ‘think outside the box.'”

  • On June 1, 2018, an Israeli military sniper shot and killed, Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar, 20, during the weekly Great March of Return procession along the Gaza border. Razan wanted to show the world that “We Palestinians can achieve anything even without weapons.” The marksman who shot her undoubtedly had other ideas.

  • Gay Pride parades will we held during the coming weeks of the month of June in 12 cities across Israel.

    Activists from Hadash, the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) and the Young Communist League will march with red flags and carry banners against discrimination, the occupation of the Palestinian territories and capitalist regime in the parades to be held in Jerusalem (June 6), Tel Aviv (June 14), and Haifa (June 28).

  • Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – the electoral front of the Communist Party of Israel) and three Arab parties are planning to reunite and run once again, like in 2015, as a single slate in the upcoming elections for the 22nd Knesset, scheduled for September 17.

    Hadash, Ta’al, Ra’am, and Balad have already begun discussing a revival of the Joint List with the goal of recovering seats they lost in the April 9 election for the 21st Knesset, when they had divided into two separate slates. “We have drawn together as much as possible,” MK Ayman Odeh, who heads Hadash, told in a radio interview Thursday, May 30. “We hope that within a week we will decide how to run.”

  • A disciplinary body of the Israeli military last week sentenced a young Communist soldier and conscientious objector, Roman Levin, to 30 additional days in military prison for his refusal to continue serving in the army. Upon completing his current sentence, he will have served a total of 80 days behind bars.

    Levin, 19, from the city of Bat Yam just south of Tel Aviv, immigrated to Israel with a few members of his family from the Ukraine when he was 3 years old. He initially believed his military service would contribute to society and fulfill his duties as a citizen.

  • Israel’s parliament voted early Thursday, May 30, to dissolve itself a mere month after it was sworn in. This unprecedented step came in the wake of far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to meet the midnight deadline to form a new government, triggering a second national election this year.

    After a raucous 12-hour debate, lawmakers voted 74 to 45 in favor of the Likud-drafted bill to dissolve the 21st Knesset and hold new elections on September 17. Hadash-Ta’al supported the motion.

  • A construction crane collapsed on Sunday, May 19, at residential building site on Jabotinsky Boulevard in Yavne, killing four workers and injuring another four. This accident brings to 20 the number of deaths in construction sites since the beginning of the year, with 72 more workers having sustained serious or moderate injuries.

    Towards evening on Sunday, dozens of members and labor activists from Hadash protested near the site of the accident, including MKs Aida Touma-Sliman and Ofer Cassif.

  • PGFTUIn a press statement issued Saturday evening, the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) condemned the anti-BDS resolution by the youth organization of the German United Sevices Union (ver.di) and its political attack on the activities of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against the Israeli occupation state. PGFTU equally condemned the association with the General Federation of Israeli Trade Unions’ (Histadrut) position regarding its dissatisfaction with the movement of the global boycott of Israel.

    In its press statement, the Union stressed its firm positions stemming from the positions of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its legitimate institutions, including the National and Central Councils, and to abide by them and not to be excluded from them.

  • A fascist Israeli organization announced Tuesday, May 14, that it has launched a new website listing Israeli university professors and lecturers who are “anti-Zionist and Leftists” and inviting students to file complaints about teachers who “preach anti-Israel rhetoric.”

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