18 | 01 | 2020

Schools, teachers’ unions, social movements, LGTB organizations and mayors throughout the country reacted with shock after the Minister of Education, far-right and messianic Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) leader Rabbi Rafi Peretz, again publicly made racist and homophobic remarks.

In an interview published in Yediot Aharonot last Friday, January 10, Peretz said a normative family is “with a man and a woman, and should be kept that way.” This remark was in response to a question about what he would do if one of his children were to “come out of the closet.” “Thank God my children grew up naturally and healthily,” Peretz told the newspaper. Last July, Peretz said he believed “conversion therapy” could succeed in “converting” homosexual people...

In 2019, the number of persons killed in fatal work accidents in Israel, in all industries, rose by 56% compared the figures for 2017, according to a yearly report released by the Ministry for Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. In addition, more people died in work accidents in 2019 than in any year since 1995, according to a report published on last Tuesday, January 8, by the...

The assassination on Friday 3 January 2020 in Baghdad, Iraq of Qasem Soleimani, the Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) extra-territorial Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, Head of Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah, together with several other Iranian, Iraqi, and Lebanese nationals, on the order of US President, Donald Trump, is a clear violation of both Iraqi national...

Leading Communist Party of Israel member MK Ofer Cassif (Hadash – Joint List) published the following op-ed in the Hebrew and English editions of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Thursday, January 9.

On Friday January 3, I said that if American bullying costs the lives of Israelis, it will be because of US President Donald Trump and his friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. My words were...

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned statements made last Wednesday, January 8, by US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in which he emphasized the right of Israeli presence in the occupied West Bank, which he referred to as “Judea and Samaria.”

Speaking at the far-right Kohelet Forum Conference in Jerusalem, Friedman said, “Judea and Samaria – the name...

Far-right Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin launched an unprecedented attack on environmental activists on Tuesday, January 7, accusing them of being ignorant charlatans who are trying to mislead the public. Elkin was speaking at the Israel 2050 conference in Tel Aviv, which focused on anticipated environmental developments in the coming decades. Government ministries, gas...

The Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party issued the following statement on 8th January 2019:

Once again, the sovereignty of our country is subjected to a new violation and our Iraqi citizens are being terrified, as Iran launched a missile attack early this morning on bases in Ain Al-Assad in Anbar and Harir in Erbil.

This Iranian bombing operation, as well as the events that preceded...

Since the beginning of 2019, Israel has shifted its demarcation of the maritime zone open to fishermen in the Gaza Strip 20 times. On nine of these occasions, Israel reduced the fishing zone; in four instances it banned Palestinian fishermen from accessing the sea altogether.

On December 24, Israel reversed its decision from five days earlier, December 19, to reduce the “fishing zone” it...

The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, signed on Wednesday the Book of Condolences for the murder of General Qasem Soleimani, at the headquarters of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Caracas and told the Iranian ambassador to Venezuela, Hojjatolla Soltani, the desire for peace to be imposed in the Middle East.

“Today we express our solidarity to the people...

Plainclothes police arrested prominent Israeli anti-occupation activist Jonathan Pollak at his workplace Monday morning, January 6, after he repeatedly refused to appear in court for a lawsuit filed against him by a far-right organization.

Three officers arrived at the Haaretz newspaper building in south Tel Aviv, where Pollak works as a graphic designer, and took him into custody. Pollak...

US President Donald Trump’s reckless order to assassinate Qasem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s notorious Revolutionary Guard, poses an imminent threat to world peace. In its response, the Iranian regime has announced that it will reverse crucial parts of the Iran nuclear agreement and retaliate against the USA.

Reaction inside Iran has strengthened the regime’s grip on the country despite the...

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