Friday, 16. November 2018

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine calls in an urgent action for the friends of Palestine, movements for justice and liberation and the Palestinian and Arab communities everywhere in the world to stand with Gaza under attack at this critical moment. We issue this call in honor and mourning for our two heroic comrades, Mohammed al-Tatari and Mohammed Odeh, martyred today by Zionist occupation forces who attacked them as they fought for the freedom of their land, Palestine, and all of its people.

This murder at the hands of the colonial forces comes after an attack yesterday, in which Zionist forces sought to invade the Gaza Strip in an undercover operation to kidnap or assassinate leaders of the Palestinian resistance. They killed 7 Palestinians who died fighting to defend their land – but the Palestinian resistance did not let them get away with their crime. The resistance has held fast, fighting heroically against one of the most heavily armed powers in the world and striking powerful blows against the assassins and murderers.

The Knesset plenum gave final approval on Monday, November 5, to the Bill to Amend the Prison Ordinance (No. 54 and Temporary Order), 2018, which extends the period of time during which authorities can grant prisoners early release for administrative reasons, following a High Court of Justice ruling that prisoners should be released due to overcrowding in jails. However, this extension will not apply to Palestinian prisoners.

Palestinian brothers and sisters,

The leadership of the World Federation of Trade Unions, who met this week, extends to the heroic Palestinian People and to the Palestinian workers a true, comradely salute. The solidarity of WFTU, our proletarian Internationalism to the struggle of the Palestinian People is based on principles and on values which no one can stop.

The Histadrut, the major labor federation in Israel, called off a general strike planned for yesterday, Wednesday, November 7, after reaching a deal with the government to improve safety conditions for construction workers.

During the months of September and October of this year, the Israeli occupation forces blocked the entrances to three Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank: Kafr a-Dik, west of Salfit (for 11 days); ‘Azzun, east of Qalqiliyah (for 24 days); and al-Jalazun Refugee Camp, north of Ramallah (for 20 days).

A Palestinian father and his son were injured on Saturday, November 4, after they were attacked by extremist Israeli settlers in the Tell Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron city, in the southern West Bank, according to the Wafa Palestinian news agency.

Dozens of Jewish settlers from the illegal settlements of Ramat Yshai and Beit Hadassa attacked numerous homes in Tel Rumeida and on Shuhadaa Street in the city, terrorized their residents and pelted them with rocks.

Histadrut General Federation of Labor in Israel chairperson Avi Nissenkorn announced on Thursday that a general strike will take place on Wednesday, November 7, in response to governmental inaction over the increasing toll of construction site accidents in Israel.

The approval rate in September for an Israeli permit to leave Gaza for treatment abroad for those injured in the Great March of Return protests near the border fence with Israel was significantly lower than the overall approval rate.

Of the 18 wounded Gazans, only one was approved; one applicant’s request was denied; and the applications of the remaining 16 were delayed and are still pending. Or, in other words, only 5.5% of these applications were approved compared to 58% of the overall applications which were Okayed. These statistics are based on the latest monthly report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on health access for Palestinian patients in the occupied territories.

Tuesday’s municipal elections in Israel attracted an overall national turnout of 55%, some 10% higher than the local races five years ago, according to Interior Ministry figures released as the polls closed at 10pm. Turnout was higher than usual in cities across the country, because, for the first time ever, the municipal elections were declared a work holiday. The voting turnout rates in 2013 stood at a national average of 51.9%, with just 28.7% in Tel Aviv-Jaffa; 39.4% in Jerusalem, where Arab-Palestinians residents of occupied East Jerusalem boycott the vote; and 32.7% in Haifa.

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