21 | 04 | 2019

B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories – reports that the gradual ethnic cleansing of occupied East Jerusalem continues as Israel is relentlessly taking measures to remove more and more Palestinian families residing in the city from their homes and hand the buildings over to Jewish settlers.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 97 million workers in 130 countries throughout the world, extends its internationalist solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, who have begun a hunger strike of indefinite duration, even by refraining from drinking water.

The Palestinian prisoners demand from the Israel Prison Services (IPS) the removal of all jamming devices, the right to be visited by their families, the installation of public phones in the prisons, the end of the solitary confinement of prisoners (including 5 children), the end of assaults and the improvement of medical service, among others.

The day before last Land Day, Friday March 29, a protest was held in Jadeidi-Makr, a merged Arab-Palestinian local council east of Acre in the north of the country. The protest was against the intention of Israeli authorities to approve a development plan which is expected to dramatically increase the number of residents of Jadeidi-Makr from 20,000 to 100,000 and to found a new municipality to be named Givat Tantour. The protest was organized by the High Follow-Up Committee and the town’s local council.

A special, government-appointed task force dubbed the “Zandberg Committee” submitted its final report to the office of the Prime Minister in February of this year. The report is designed to provide the government with tools for retroactively authorizing (implementing “regularization”) for scores of Israeli outposts and neighborhoods built illegally over the years of occupation in the West Bank without official government approval.

The results of the election for the 21st Knesset, held on April 9, with a clear victory for the bloc of the right, mark a watershed in the increased threat of a fascist option for the State of Israel. At the same time, the founding of the Blue and White political alliance and its electoral success (35 seats in the Knesset, equal to that of the Likud) are proof that the ruling class in Israel is divided. A number of heads of the defense establishment, both past and present, together with sectors among the wealthy, believe that Benjamin Netanyahu, has gone too far in his racist ways.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) said on Wednesday, April 10, that he is following the results of Israel’s parliamentary elections, which took place on Tuesday. Abbas spoke at the opening of a new oncology department at the Istishari Hospital near the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

The corrupt, far-right Benjamin Netanyahu secured a unprecedented fifth term as Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday morning, April 10, after more than 99% of the votes from the previous day’s general election gave the right-wing and clerical bloc a 10-seat lead over the center, left and Arab parties.

On the Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings before the Tuesday, April 9, general elections, mailboxes belonging to residents of Tel Aviv were stuffed with new a campaign flyer from Hadash-Ta’al that reads, “Your neighbor is an Arab,” to remind Israel’s majority Jewish population that more than one fifth of their fellow citizens are Arabs.

The Palestinian People's Party announced its decision to participate in the new Palestinian government putting forward a memorandum including social and political issues.

According to the official website of the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP), the Secretary-General of the People's Party, Bassam Al-Salhi, said in a press statement last Wednesday, that the PPP selected Comrade Abu-Jaysh as PPP’s candidate for the ministry in the government. Regarding the ministerial position to be occupied by Abu Jaysh, Salehi said that the special arrangements for the formation of the government would be completed with the Prime Minister in accordance with the agreement made during the dialogue of government formation.

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