03 | 04 | 2020

Following protests from Arab lawmakers and other public figures, a mobile clinic for testing for the highly contagious coronavirus began its rounds in the Arab town of Arara in the Northern Triangle region on Monday, March 30, to complement facilities in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba.

Hadash MK Jaber Asakla (Joint List), had said there was concern that the pandemic was being under-diagnosed among Arabs citizens in Israel since “fewer tests were being conducted” among this part of the population. Similarly, Joint List head, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), had been calling for the last two weeks for mobile testing in the Arab community.

As of Monday only 54 confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed among Arab citizens of Israel...

redglobeHundreds of demonstrators belonging to the “Black Flag” movement drove on Saturday, March 28, to the homes of several MKs from Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience party to protest his unanticipated decision Thursday, March 26, to join a far-right “unity government” under racist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A unity deal between the racist Likud and Israel Resilience is currently in its...

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...

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...

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...

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

Blue & White lawmaker Avi Nissenkorn will head up the Knesset’s Arrangements...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Police stopped the convoy near Latrun about 25 kilometers from Jerusalem...

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...

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