Wednesday, 16. January 2019

Israel opened a new “Apartheid Road” on Wednesday, January 9, separating Palestinians and settlers in the occupied West Bank.  After a delay of years, Route 4370 in the Jerusalem area has been completed and made accessible to traffic. The road connects the settlement of Geva Binyamin to Route 1, the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, and is the first link in the establishment of the Eastern Ring Road on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Its opening represents yet another step in the progress of the E1 project to link the urban settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim with Jerusalem from the east.

MK Ahmad Tibi announced Tuesday, January 8, that he is withdrawing his single-MK-party Ta’al (Arab Movement for Renewal) from the Joint List ahead of the April 9 election, and that his party will be running independently. It is unclear whether Tibi’s party can pass the electoral threshold of 3.25 percent on its own.

“I request the Knesset House Committee’s approval to withdraw Ta’al from the Joint List,” Tibi wrote in a statement ahead of a meeting of the committee scheduled for Wednesday, January 9. In that meeting the committee members approved Tibi’s request.

At least 30 Afghans lost their lives and 7 get injured due to the collapse of a tunnel of a gold mine in northern Afghanistan. During the collapse, 50 people were in the mine.

Poverty, hunger, and impoverishment force the people to recourse to dangerous, for their lives, works in order to survive. The 30 Afghans added to the endless list of the people who died trying to create a better future for them and their families.

Over 50 prominent Israeli Jews of Mizrahi (Eastern) origin filed a petition with the Supreme Court last week demanding it strike down the racist Nation-State Law, claiming that it discriminates against both Jewish Mizrahi and Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel. When the Court holds its first session to discuss the several petitions that have been submitted against the law on January 28, a mass Arab-Jewish demonstration will be held in Jerusalem.

In Ramallah and Gaza City, five left-wing Palestinian factions have announced the formation of a united front named the Palestinian Democratic Alliance. The alliance was formed with the culmination of meetings between the constituent organizations that commenced in August 2016.

According to last Friday’s weekend edition of Al-Ittihad, the daily newspaper of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI), the alliance was formed to serve as a political body capable of putting an end to both the Palestinian division and the political dominance of the two main political movements, Fatah and Hamas.

Hadash lawmaker Dov Khenin (Joint List), announced Tuesday, December 2, that he will not be running for the Knesset in April 9’s general elections.

Khenin make the announcement at a press conference in the Knesset after having previously informed the heads of Communist Party of Israel (CPI) of his intention to leave the Knesset after 12 years as a legislator. MK Khenin is a long-time member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the CPI.

Joint List leader MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) vowed to increase his electoral alliance’s power in the next Knesset. In a speech before the parliamentary plenum on Wednesday, December 26, before the vote on the law to dissolve the 20th Knesset, Odeh said: “This was a racist and divisive government… When the Joint List increases its power, we will have the numbers to topple this racist, extremist right-wing government.”

The preeminent Israeli author Amos Oz died on Friday, December 28, after a short battle with cancer. He was 79.

At the age of 69, Sheikh Sayeh Abu-Madi’am, a prominent figure in the Arab-Bedouin’s struggle with the state over the control of land in the Negev, entered Ma’asiyahu prison in Ramle on Tuesday, December 25, accompanied by a convoy of cars and hundreds of people, among them: Joint List Chairman, MK Ayman Odeh, MK Dov Khenin (Hadash – Joint List) and Hadash activists.

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