05 | 12 | 2019
  • Israel’s newly installed far-right defense minister, MK Naftali Bennett, announced on Sunday, December 1, his approval for the planning of a new settlement in the flashpoint Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron. The decision was quickly praised by the right and condemned by Hadash, Israeli peace movements and Palestinians.

    The settlement in Hebron is now made up of several enclaves located deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank. The roughly 800 Jewish settlers there live under heavy military guard amid some 215,000 Palestinians. It has been the scene of numerous stabbings and other violent incidents between Palestinians and Israelis in recent years.

  • Palestinian Peoples PartyIn 1977, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On that day in 1947, the UNGA adopted Resolution 181 calling for the partition of Palestine. Towards the commemoration of the 72 years since the adoption of that resolution, the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) jointly initiated the following statement reaffirming their mutual commitment, and that of the other signatory Communist and People’s parties, to uphold the rights of the Palestinian people.

    On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (29th of November), the undersigned Communist and Workers parties affirm that the key to peace and stability in the Middle East is the end of the Israeli occupation, and the implementation of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the resolution of the refugee issue in accordance with UN Resolution 194.

  • “Communism is the youth of the world!”“So come brothers and sisters
    For the struggle carries on
    The Internationale
    Unites the world in song”

    A century ago, over these days (20-26 November, 1919), 29 representatives from 13 countries were illegally gathering in Berlin, representing 219.000 members of Youth Organizations. It was the founding congress of the Young Communist International (YCI), which operated for 24 years as a section of the Communist International (CI) (which had been founded on March 1919) and under its guidance.

  • Thirteen Israeli notables published an open letter on Friday, November 15, saying they welcomed the European Court of Justice’s ruling earlier this same week that settlement products need to be labeled as such, but said the move is insufficient and the European Union must ban the import of settlement goods altogether.

    “Israeli settlements are the leading cause of human rights violations against Palestinians, and settlement expansion is destroying the possibility of a two-state solution. By banning goods that originate in Israeli settlements, Europe would help support the differentiation between Israel per se and settlements in the occupied territories,” reads the letter that was published in the British newspaper The Guardian.

  • The Israeli Communist Party and the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (Hadash) condemn US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on Monday, November 18, that Israel’s settlements in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 do not contravene international law.

    This statement plainly reaffirms the US administration’s unequivocal support for the policy of the Netanyahu government and the right-wing settlement project to the detriment of the right of self-determination for the Palestinian people, for the recognition of a “united Jerusalem,” for the elimination of the refugee issue, and for the erasure of the Green Line, all within the framework of the “Deal of the Century” and with the complicity of the Arab regimes.

  • In Bolivia, since the general elections of 20 October, violent riots and demonstrations have been taking place, in which officials and activists allied with Morales and his MAS political party were beaten and their houses, plus government property, were burned. Despite his electoral victory by securing more than 40% of the electorate's vote and recording a 10% margin between him and his nearest challenger, on November 10, Evo Morales announced that he was stepping down from his position to calm down the political climate in the country. Following the example of Juan Guaidó in Venezuela, the arch-conservative Jeanine Añez declared herself "transitional president" in La Paz, too. The USA and Brazil immediately recognized her, and thus also the breach of the constitution. As developments rapidly evolved into another US-backed coup d'état, Communist Parties raised their voice to condemn the imperialist intervention and to express their solidarity with the people of Bolivia.

  • The American foreign minister, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announced on Monday, November 18, that the US is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

    Pompeo renounced a 1978 State Department legal opinion, known as the Hansell Memorandum, that held that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.” “Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced the cause of peace,” Pompeo said. “The hard truth is that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.”

  • Omar Haitham al-Badawi, 22, was shot and mortally wounded by Israeli security forces as he approached a fire with a towel, intending to extinguish it last Monday, November 11, in the Al-‘Arrub refugee camp, 15 km south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.

  • 'Labour is beginning to gain ground in the General Election as its economic and social policies chime with the needs and aspirations of the mass of the people', the Communist Party declared on Wednesday evening (November 13).

    But CP London district secretary Steve Johnson warned that Britain's ruling class and its supposedly 'liberal' intelligentsia will pull out all the stops to prevent Jeremy Corbyn entering Ten Downing Street.

    'The forces of reaction understand that Labour's left-wing leadership and its policies represent a threat to the wealth, power and privilege of the super-rich elite and their system', he told the CP political committee. People have had enough of austerity, insecurity and privatisation and want substantial new investment in public services, productive industry and decently paid jobs.

  • Peace and Communist activists and two Knesset members from the Joint List participated in a protest demonstration organized by Hadash in Central Tel Aviv Tuesday evening, November 12, near the headquarters of the Likud in the heart of the city.

    The protest was called after Israel conducted a targeted assassination of a senior Islamic Jihad official in Gaza early Tuesday morning, an attack that predictably ignited escalated military violence.

    The demonstrators called for a halt to the violence on both sides, but emphasized Israel’s role in the bloodshed as a result of its 52-year-long occupation of the Palestinian territories and its 12-year-long blockade of Gaza.

  • Thousands of students demonstrated massively and with militancy in many cities of Greece on November 4th, under the central slogan “A school that educates us and does not exhaust us”! They demanded a contemporary school that corresponds in today’s needs and that, according to students themselves,  is not a school-examination center, for which the parents will have to pay extracurricular courses and the students will get nervous about getting a place in University.

    Many schools in Attiki are full of cracks after the last earthquake and others are situated in landfills. Many schools face an important lack of teachers and infrastructures, while the examination system is unfair and exhausting, because it forces more and more students from a very young age to very expensive extracurricular courses in order to cope with the whole situation. Students’ mobilizations target the continuous degradation of free public school and the class barriers that are set in the rights of the children of the working class and the popular strata.

  • 100 student unions from around the country and thousands of students, who during the recent time period gave a battle in the general assemblies of their student unions against those forces that in fact defend the government policy, made one more mass and dynamic mobilisation on Thursday, the 31st of October. They denounced that way the policy of the government of New Democracy that follows the steps of SYRIZA regarding the anti-educational policy.

     The most important of their demands are extraordinary state funds to be provided to satisfy the imperative needs of the institutions, the annual funding for education in the new state budget to be increased, an immediate solution to be found on the issue of the students’ accommodation and all the transfers of students to institutions of other cities to be accepted. At the same time they declare: “Not even a thought for deleting students from institutions”, “The ND government should not dare to bring the bill it is preparing”, “The laws on the University asylum and the Colleges-Universities equation should remain only on paper”.

  • Hadash Lawmakers accused far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of authorizing the assassination of an Islamic Jihad leader, Baha Abu al-Ata, in Gaza on Tuesday, November 12, for political advantage but, in most cases, were met by sharp criticism for their remarks from other opposition MKs.

    One exception, however, was Labor MK Omer Bar-Lev who accused Netanyahu of deciding to kill the Islamic Jihad leader this week in order to make it impossible for Benny Gantz to include the Joint List in his coalition negotiations. “This action could have been taken last week or last month,” Bar-Lev told Reshet Bet radio. “The only reason Netanyahu waited until now was to make it harder for Gantz to form a government.”

  • In response to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage's decision not to stand candidates against sitting Tory MPs, Communist Party general secretary issued the following statement today (Monday, November 11):

    "It is entirely in keeping with Nigel Farage's right-wing political history that he wants the Tories to win the General Election. But his decision also exposes the vulnerability of Labour's move towards an anti-Brexit position, having dropped its pledge to honour the EU referendum result and adopted a second referendum instead. Only a Labour government with its left and progressive policies will end austerity and privatisation, although it would quickly discover that EU rules on competition, state aid, public procurement, the corporate right of establishment and the free movement of capital will be used in attempts to sabotage Labour's programme".

  • The leading far-right Likud party of PM Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed a racist bill which would prevent Joint List Chairman MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) from becoming the head of the opposition if and when a unity government is eventually formed between the Likud and other rightwing parties and the Zionist center-left.

    Currently, the opposition leader receives regular diplomatic and security updates from the prime minister, as well as other privileges. Likud MK Shlomo Karhi, who spearheaded the racist bill, explained: “Despite the chance that a minority government will be formed [by Blue & White leader MK Benny Gantz] and the possibility that Ayman Odeh will be in the coalition [or support it from outside], we in the Likud are aiming to form a national unity government led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and we are making preparations towards that end.”

  • The Communist Party reaffirms its commitment of September 23 to work for the election of a left-led Labour government in the forthcoming General Election. This is the only attainable outcome that would serve the interests of the working class and peoples of Britain. Thus we are calling for a clear-cut victory for Labour led by Jeremy Corbyn and for its left and progressive policies.

    After nine years of Tory rule, assisted for the first five by their LibDem collaborators, the working class and people generally are desperate for an end to austerity, privatisation, militarism and imperialist war. They need what only Labour is proposing in this General Election and could deliver in office - policies to promote full employment; public ownership of key industries and utilities; a reinvigorated strategy for regional economic development; a more progressive tax system and a major redistribution of wealth and power in favour of working people and their families. We welcome Labour's commitment to a massive public sector housebuilding programme; renationalisation of the railways and other privatised industries and services; large-scale investment in public services; a 'Green New Deal' for environmental security including a universal home insulation programme; new rights for workers and unions, including the revival of sectoral collective bargaining; comprehensive social care for the elderly; and substantial increases in pensions and social benefits.

  • The Public Committee against Torture in Israel is appealing the investigation by Israel’s police force of its officers’ conduct during a home demolition in the unrecognized Arab-Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in January 2017, and requesting that the probe be reopened.

    According to Zu Haderech, the Hebrew-language Communist weekly, the appeal is based on a new independent report prepared by a forensic criminologist who found that police did not interrogate all officers who were carrying sponge-tipped bullets on site on the day of the incident, and failed to thoroughly review their own footage of the shooting of the chairman of the Joint List and Hadash, MK Ayman Odeh.

  • The following is the Editorial of “Tareeq Al-Shaab” (People’s Path), the daily newspaper of the Iraqi Communist Party, published on 31 October 2019:

    The glorious OctoberUprisinghas notlimited its slogans and demands to replacing this or that person, nor did it make the enormous sacrificesso thatthe same mechanismsenforcedsince 2003, andwhichhaveproved to be a terrible failure at all levels,would remain in place.

    The ongoing popular national uprising has created a new reality. The balance offorcesis no longer subject only to the results of the 2018 elections andcannotignore the newbig realities imposed by the rising masses.

  • Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, has submitted two reports to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination in preparation of the committee’s submitting its preliminary questions to the State of Israel in an upcoming session to be held in Geneva on 4-5 December 2019.

    In 1966 Israel signed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, or ICERD,  and ratified it in 1979. The December session is the UN committee’s periodic review of Israel’s compliance with the terms of the convention to which it is a signatory.

    One of the two reports, submitted independently by Adalah, is entitled Violations of the rights of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel; the second submitted jointly by Adalah and the Negev Coexistence Forum (NFC) is named Violations of the rights of Arab Bedouin citizens in the Naqab/Negev. The reports provide updated information and analyses on legal, political, and policy developments since the UN committee’s last review of Israel in 2012. The two reports highlight Israel’s failure to comply with the UN committee’s previous concluding observations and recommendations to reverse many of the state’s racially discriminatory practices.

  • ICP interviewed Rudha Al-Dhahir, member of the CC of the Iraqi CP, who explained the Party's demand for the resignation of the government.

    ICP, 28 October 2019

    A statement issued by the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party on 23 October called for the resignation of the Iraqi government regarding the bloody repression of the demonstrations since October 1st. "The last hope that the government and its institutions would bear the political and criminal responsibility for the killing and wounding of thousands of unarmed innocent people has completely dissipated, just as the hopes for the government to complete its program, on the basis of which it had won the confidence of the parliament a year ago, were dashed" said the statement.

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