30 | 03 | 2020
  • Amid Corona Crisis, Settler Attacks Proliferate in Occupied West Bank

    Amidst the increasing Coronavirus crisis and the imposed isolation shutdowns, during the last week alone settlers have attacked Palestinians and their property in the Occupied West Bank on numerous occasions. On Saturday, March 28, for the second consecutive day, settlers attacked the village of Al-Tuwani, south of the city of Hebron in the West Bank, according to a local source. Fo’ad Amour, a local rights activist, told the Palestinian news agency Wafa that settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Havat Ma’on attacked the village, pelting stones at shepherds and other civilians in the full view of Israeli soldiers who did nothing to stop the attack.


  • On Land Day, we reaffirm our commitment to Palestinian self-determination

    As Palestinians mark Land Day, to protest Israel’s continuing theft of Palestinian land and the systematic discrimination against its Arab citizens and attacks on the Palestinian people, the chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Palestine, Manu Pineda (Izquierda Unida, Spain), has issued the following message of solidarity:

    “When Palestinians protested mass confiscations of their land in Galilee in 1976, which resulted in Israel killing six young people, they were calling for equality and recognition. Forty-four years later, they have received neither. There are currently more than 65 Israeli laws that discriminate against Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel, and Palestinian residents of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The recent approval of Israel’s Nation State Law came to cement this apartheid and the second-class status of Palestinians.


  • Coronavirus Restrictions Lead to a Rise in Domestic Violence in Israel

    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, authorities are expecting that increase to rise even more.

    Women’s organizations throughout the country reported a steep rise in reports of domestic abuse in 2019, with 13 women being murdered in acts of domestic violence during that twelve-month period.


  • WFTU denounces the crimes against Palestinian workers in Israel's labor market

    The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of its 100 million members who live and struggle in 132 countries around the globe, expresses its internationalist solidarity with our brothers and sisters Palestinian workers, who face the danger of COVID-19 Pandemic and the attacks against their lives and working rights by the State of Israel and employers.


  • Israel Confiscates Tents Allotted for Corona Clinic in Occupied W. Bank

    redglobeOfficials from Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank arrived at the Palestinian community of Khirbet Ibziq in the northern occupied Jordan Valley on Thursday, March 26, with a military jeep escort, a bulldozer and two flatbed trucks with cranes. They confiscated poles and sheeting that were meant to form eight tents, two for a field clinic, and four for emergency housing for residents evacuated from their homes, and two as makeshift mosques. The force also confiscated a tin shack in place for more than two years, as well as a power generator and sacks of sand and cement. Four pallets of cinder blocks intended for the tent floors were taken away and four others demolished.


  • Hadash MKs Blast Yuli Edelstein’s Resignation as War on Democracy

    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 bid to avoid an earlier court order compelling him to hold the vote in which he faced defeat.


  • Gantz U-turns, Heads for Far-Right Government with Foe, Netanyahu

    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 the backing of 74 MKs. Eighteen voted against, the Joint List (15 MKs) and Meretz (three lawmakers); and the rest, including Yesh Atid, a faction within Blue and White, did not participate.


  • Trade union coalition in Palestine warns of a social disaster for workers

    The trade union coalition in Palestine warned of the gravity of the situation that has afflicted our Palestinian workers in light of the current crisis since the beginning of this month.  Where the Palestinian workers have had very serious consequences and effects, as more than two hundred thousand workers inside the Israeli labor market were systematically disrupted and more than ten thousand Palestinian workers were prevented from going to work inside the illegal settlements, especially as the Israeli settlements became the headquarters of the corona disease except for the abandonment of the owners  Israelis work for thousands of unorganized workers, raising the unemployment rate in Palestine to more than 65% today.


  • Joint List to Lead 2 Committees in Knesset

    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


  • High Court Unequivocally Orders a Vote Today for Knesset Speakership

    Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled unanimously on Monday night, March 23 that the speaker of the Knesset, Yuli Edelstein, must hold a vote by today, Wednesday, March 25, to elect a successor. In a dramatic and historical ruling, the court accused Edelstein of undermining democracy with his refusal to convene the Knesset to select a new speaker. The unanimous decision by five justices was issued barely an hour after Edelstein had rebuffed the justices earlier non-binding stance that such a vote must be held.


  • Occupation under Pall of Corona: WB Violence, Disease Reaches Gaza

    In the two weeks between March 3 and 16, as the Palestinians were battling to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease in their vulnerable territory, Israel military forces killed one young Palestinian, injured 200 others, detained over than 100 people, demolished 16 homes and structures displacing 35 people, and bulldozed a vital road connecting remote Palestinian villages, according to a United Nations report.


  • A Million Israeli Workers Could be Unemployed by End of Pandemic

    The head of Israel’s Employment Service said on Friday, March 20, that the number of unemployed in Israel could reach one million if the corona virus pandemic causes layoffs to continue at the current pace. “If it continues at this rate, we will probably reach one million unemployed, a quarter of the workers in the economy,” Rami Grauer told the Ynet news site. “It appears that some 20% of those who are currently on unpaid leave will be unemployed at the end of the crisis.” Israel has seen a surge in unemployment applications in recent weeks as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the national economy and global capitalism.


  • Demonstrators Take to Protesting Outside Homes of Prominent MKs

    In efforts to awake Members of the Knesset from their “corona lethargy” manifesting itself by a dearth of public political activity following the increasingly stringent measures against social gatherings, pro-democracy protesters demonstrated outside the homes of Blue & White leader MK Benny Gantz, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein,  Likud MK Gideon Sa’ar and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Friday afternoon, March 20. In the words of one of the protestors, these citizens gathered outside the MKs residences “to remind them that they are not dish rags.” Other protesters said they demonstrated outside Gantz’s home “to remind him that he has a spine and balls.”


  • Demonstrators Protest Knesset Closure, Nine Arrested by Police

    redglobeHundreds of vehicles carrying demonstrators protesting against the closure of the Knesset made their way to Jerusalem on Thursday, March 19, and ran into police efforts to block and break up the convoy. Most of protesters later demonstrated outside the parliament and scuffled with police, leading to nine arrests.


  • 22 NGOs Demand Immediate Support for the Needy

    Twenty-two Israeli social organizations have written to interim Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Finance, Economy, Labor and Social Affairs Ministers and the Minister of Social Equality in the transition government, demanding the implementation of an economic emergency plan in cooperation with civil society organizations. In the letter they write: “Acts of charity by individuals do not diminish the state’s obligation to care for its residents, especially those with low incomes and few opportunities. The state can and should work with civil society at the geographical and social levels, addressing the various types of populations finding themselves in increasing distress.”


  • MK Odeh: Netanyahu Exploiting Coronavirus to Shut Down Knesset

    Joint List IsraelJoint List leader, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) on Tuesday, March 17, accused far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of exploiting the coronavirus epidemic as an excuse to shut down the Knesset. “The pro-Netanyahu bloc wishes to shut down the Knesset, saying that this is necessary because we have a COVID-19 situation,” he said. Odeh further accused Interior Minister Arye Deri of wanting to entirely vacate and shutter the Knesset building.


  • Entire Joint List Recommends that Gantz Form Minority Government

    Joint List IsraelAll 15 MKs of the Joint List recommended to President Reuven Rivlin that Blue & White leader Benny Gantz form the next government, during consultations on Sunday, March 15, at the President’s Residence. After the September elections, 10 of the 13 Joint List MKs recommended Gantz but the three MKs from Balad didn’t recommend anyone. This time, Balad joined the other three parties of the Joint List in recommending Gantz.


  • Coronavirus Offers No Respite from Israeli Army Violence in West Bank

    redglobeDespite the global coronavirus crisis, Israeli military violence against Palestinians continues as usual in the occupied West Bank resulting in scores of killed and injured. Last Friday, March 13, Israeli occupation forces wounded at least two Palestinians, including a journalist, during the weekly protest against Israeli settlements in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the northern West Bank, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

    Morad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village, told Wafathat Israeli soldiers attacked the protesters with rubber-coated bullets, wounding two, including Ja’far Shtayyeh, a photojournalist affiliated with the Agence France-Presse; 17 others also suffered from inhaling teargas fired by Israeli forces. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned the targeting of photojournalist Shtayyeh by Israeli soldiers, describing it as a product of an intentional campaign against Palestinian journalists by the Israeli government.


  • Opposition to Attempt Taking Control of Knesset Speakership

    Hopes of the Likud to form a “Zionist national emergency government” to perpetuate racist PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s hold on power appeared dampened on Friday, March 14, as the largest opposition party, Blue & White announced plans to replace the speaker of the Knesset from the Likud tomorrow (Monday, March 16).

    MK Benny Gantz’s Blue & White sent a letter to Knesset Speaker and former settler Yuli (Yoel) Edelstein (Likud) on Friday, requesting to hold a vote for a new speaker on Monday. Replacing Edelstein could enable Blue & White to push through legislation that would prevent Netanyahu from forming a government while under indictment.


  • Netanyahu, Gantz Discuss Possible Creation of Emergency Government

    The leaders of the Likud and Blue & White spoke by phone late Thursday, March 12, to discuss the possibility of setting up an emergency government, as they sought to put differences aside in order to effectively manage the coronavirus crisis sweeping the country and the globe, something that demands a functioning legislative body which Israel has been without for the past 15 months.

    Far-right premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday used a prime-time televised address from the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem to call on the centrist Blue & and White to form a unity government and temporarily put the country’s political deadlock out of the way until the end of the currently intensifying public health crisis.


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