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The Knesset granted overwhelming initial approval on Monday, March 5, to proposed legislation allowing Israel to deduct money from various taxes it collects for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to punish it for “supporting terrorism.”

Fifty-two lawmakers voted for the bill, which openly violates a 1994 interim agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

 

Only 10 refused to greenlight this distortion of the interim agreement regulating economic ties between Israel and the PA under which Israel commits itself to collect taxes for the Palestinians (e.g., customs import duties and income tax deducted from the pay of Palestinians working in Israel) and transfer these revenues to the PA.

Hadash Knesset member...

The Knesset passed a law Wednesday, March 7, allowing the Minister of the Interior to revoke the permanent residency status of Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem who “engage in terror or other anti-Israel activities.” Furthermore, under this law, the state can deport anyone whose permanent residency status has been withdrawn.

Specifically, the government-sponsored law...

Two days before International Women’s Day, March 8, the government’s far-right Minister of Science and Technology, Ofir Akunis, sparked a controversy in the Knesset when he told women parliamentarians that if “you continue to whine, you will never become leaders.” “You want to mark Women’s Day, and that’s fine,” Akunis said in remarks during a...

Another mass rally against the deportation of African refugees and asylum seekers will be held in Tel Aviv, this time in Rabin Square, on Saturday night, March 24, under the slogan “Israel is stopping the deportation!”

According to organizers, “This is a struggle for our values, for the State of Israel.

Throughout Israel and across the society we already know, the...

Israeli military occupation authorities renewed on Monday, February 26, the administrative detention of Palestinian-French human rights defender Salah Hamouri for an additional four months

Hamouri, who works with the prisoners’ rights group Addameer has been held by Israel since its military forces detained him last August.

 

Under administrative detention, a holdover from...

The Ministry of Culture has denied funding to an Arabic-language theater in Haifa that in 2015 staged a play about an Arab-Palestinian convicted of murdering an Israeli soldier.

In a document submitted to the Supreme Court, the ministry’s Support Committee wrote that the al-Midan theater did not meet the criteria demanded of all theaters and therefore was not entitled to receive NIS 1.1...

A Knesset committee meeting that had been scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, to vote on a controversial bill that would enshrine Israel as “the national home of the Jewish people” in a new Basic Law was postponed indefinitely after coalition members failed to agree on the bill’s wording.

The aim had been for the committee to vote on a version of the proposal that could be...

The Palestinians living in Susya in the occupied West Bank should appeal to the United Nations and the US administration to save their village from demolition by the Israel military, Joint List MK Dov Khenin said during a solidarity visit to the area on Sunday, February 18, along with the head of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh.

The villagers who gathered to meet with the two parliamentarians...

More than 20,000 Israelis gathered alongside African refugees in Tel Aviv, last night (Saturday, February 24) to protest the government’s plans to deport asylum seekers and to indefinitely imprison those who refuse to leave the country. The protest took place in south Tel Aviv, where most of the city’s asylum seekers reside.

A number of those slated for deportation addressed the...

Samah Abd al-Muamen Abdallah, an 18-year-old Palestinian from the village of Ammuriya, was shot and killed in November 2015 on her way home from Nablus, where she was training as a cosmetician. As Abdallah and her family approached Huwwara checkpoint in their car, Samah, who was sitting in the backseat with her siblings, was struck in the head by a bullet fired by a soldier that penetrated the...

A mass rally will be held tomorrow, Saturday February 24, against the deportation of African refugees and asylum seekers under the banner: “We must stop the deportation; we must rebuild South Tel Aviv.” The rally will commence at 20:00, at the intersection of HaAliyah and Levinsky Streets and will work its way up the latter.

Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel have called...

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