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A Knesset committee held a spirited debate on Tuesday, May 22, about whether the Police Investigations Department (PID) is letting officers off the hook too soon when accusations of brutality arise, especially from Ethiopians, Arab-Palestinians and other minorities. The debate was held as part of Equality Day for members of the Ethiopian Israeli community held in the Knesset by initiative of MK Dov Khenin (Hadash – Joint List).

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee was discussing a bill that would mandate the PID take more time and probe more deeply before closing cases in which police have been accused of beating or unjustifiably attacking members of such groups.

Various groups have claimed the PID runs a...

An urgent meeting of the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality of the Knesset was held on Tuesday, May 22, in the wake of homicides involving women in recent months, in particular following the murder of two sisters in Jaffa last week.

At the start of the meeting, committee Chairwoman MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash – Joint List) said: “Since the beginning of this year...

The Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department (PID) interrogated on Tuesday, May 22, the officer who injured Arab civil rights activist Jafar Farah after a demonstration last week in Haifa against Israel’s deadly policy in the Gaza Strip. The officer was questioned under caution – as someone who might be charged with a crime. The officer, a patrol cop, denied...

Israel’s far-right Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman, has renewed his attack on the leader of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), accusing him of being part of a “fifth column.” On Monday, Lieberman opened Yisrael Beiteinu’s Knesset faction meeting by speaking about the demonstrations which were deadly repressed by Israel along the border of the Gaza Strip last...

The continuous aggression and brutality being waged against the Palestinians in Gaza during the past seven weeks has resulted in the killing by Israeli army snipers of more than 100 Palestinians, including children, and the severe wounding of thousands of others who are liable to become handicapped if they survive. The hospitals in Gaza Strip are in great distress and are crying out for both...

At a demonstration held on Tuesday, May 15, in the northern Arab city of Umm al-Faham, which was organized by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, the head of the Joint List Knesset faction, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), said: “The Arab population in Israel, along with Jewish democratic forces, is fighting against the slaughter in Gaza. We call for a peace agreement based on the 1967...

Omar Abu Fool, 30, died on Tuesday, May 15, of the wounds he sustained during unrestrained Israeli fire against Gazans protesting near the border fence the previous day, according to sources at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza where he had been hospitalized. Abu Fool was the 60th fatality of the brutal Israeli massacre along the Gaza border in which another 2,400 were wounded.

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At least 52 Palestinians were killed on Monday, May 14, in the Gaza Strip and more than 2,400 others were wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters assembled at five points along the border fence with Israel.

Monday’s demonstrations, held in the context of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, were the latest in seven weeks of protests calling...

The Workers Party of Ireland condemns today’s murderous attacks on Palestinian civilians by the Israeli state. At present, sources suggest that at least 55 Palestinians have been killed and 2,400 wounded by Israeli forces, on what has been described as the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 attacks on Gaza.

Today’s events, which have taken place on the occasion of the...

Hundreds of Israelis marched through downtown Jerusalem Saturday night, May 12, to protest against the politically volatile moves of the United States next week that will increase tensions with the Palestinians and the Arab World.  The protesters marched from King George Street downtown to the Old City’s Jaffa Gate. Along the way, they chanted slogans: “We oppose an escalation...

Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at Palestinian protesters along the border with Gaza on Friday, May 11, this for the seventh consecutive week. Friday’s protests were part of the 45-day “Great March Return,” which began on March 30, and which are set to culminate on May 15, Nakba Day.

At least 15,000 Palestinians took part in Friday’s protests at...

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