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The Knesset granted late on Monday, April 30, far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greater authority to take Israel to war, at a time when tensions between Israel and Iran are reaching new heights. Netanyahu can now, “in “extreme situations,” launch a war with only the approval of the defense minister, currently hardliner Avigdor Lieberman. Previously the prime minister would need the approval of the entire Israeli cabinet in order to declare war.

The news of the Israeli parliament’s decision emerged following a 20-minute hyped presentation in which Netanyahu accused Iran of continuing to pursue its nuclear weapons program in contravention of the 2015 nuclear deal. To substantiate the seriousness of the...

Some 3,000 people turned out Saturday night, April 28, for a demonstration, in central Tel Aviv, against the plans of the far-right government to pass legislation that would limit the Supreme Court’s authority to strike down legislation on constitutional grounds. The demonstrators, who congregated outside the HaBima national theater, held aloft signs with slogans including “Bibi get...

Thousands of Arabs and Jews, gathered in Nazareth on Saturday morning, April 28, to take part in the city’s annual May Day march organized by Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI). While keeping with the tradition of commemorating International Workers’ Day, the demonstrators also marched against the occupation as well as Israel’s repression of Palestinians in Gaza and...

Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds more were wounded on Friday, April 27, in a fifth round of weekly protests along the Gaza Strip border fence with Israel. Gaza’s Health Ministry announced Saturday that 15-year-old Azzam Oweida, who was hit in the head by a gas canister fired by the Israeli Army during Friday’s protest, died on Saturday from his wounds.

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Anti-occupation conscientious objector Matan Helman has been exempted from service in the Israeli army and was released from prison on Thursday, April 26, after six stints behind bars adding up to a total of 110 days. The official reason given by military authorities for his release from compulsory service: “Bad and grave behavior.”

Helman had served six sentences in Military...

Commemorations for this year’s May Day, the International Workers’ Solidarity day, will take place with several rallies and meetings across Israel, including in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Beer-Sheva, Kufr Yassif in the Western Galilee, as well as in various others locations.

Activists from Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality), the Communist Party of Israel...

Two cars were torched and a stone fence was sprayed with graffiti reading “Jews, let’s win” overnight Tuesday, April 24, in the northern Arab village of Iksal. Joint List Chairman, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) said this latest racist attack was a serious matter and claimed that “determined police action is necessary to end hate crimes towards Arab citizens of Israel and...

Organizations involved in the struggle to stop the deportation of African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel celebrated on Tuesday, April 24, after the government announced that its plan to do so will not be carried out. Far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to renege on plans to deport tens of thousands of Africans living in Israel after he failed to find any third country...

Since 30 March 2018, Palestinians in Gaza have protested every Friday along the fence with Israel, with thousands to tens of thousands in attendance. Throughout the rest of the week, smaller protests have been held in the same locations, attended by scores to hundreds of protestors.

During the Friday protests, some of the demonstrators who approached the fence threw stones at Israeli soldiers...

Hadash Knesset member Yousef Jabareen (Joint List) filed a petition with the Supreme Court on Sunday against a decision by the Knesset Ethics Committee barring him from traveling to the United States for a lecture tour at the invitation of and funded by the organization Jewish Voice for Peace. The group appears on the “blacklist” of organizations that support the BDS (Boycott...

Palestinians commemorate the Nakba (or “Catastrophe”) when approximately 750,000 of them fled or were driven out of their homes by Zionist military forces between 1947 and 1949, during the course of which the founding of the State of Israel was declared by the leaders of the Jewish Yishuv in Palestine. Last Thursday, April 19, over 20,000 Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel gathered...

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