19 | 06 | 2019
  • Israel killed 13 Palestinian civilians who weren’t involved in hostilities or affiliated with militant groups in its latest military campaign in Gaza, according to a new report by B’Tselem released last week. Two of the casualties were children and three were women, one of whom was in an advanced stage of pregnancy. “These deaths are the foreseeable outcome of Israel’s unlawful, immoral policy of bombing homes in Gaza,” B’Tselem said.

    Based on B’Tselem’s investigation, from May 3 to May 6, Israel launched airstrikes and fired shells at more than 350 targets in Gaza, wounding 153 people. The rights group also found that none of the strikes “were preceded by any suitable warnings that might have given the inhabitants the opportunity to seek shelter or save their belongings.”

  • 'The Tories and the ruling class interests they represent have one overriding objective - to prevent a left-led Labour government coming to office in a Britain unfettered by the pro-big business rules of the EU Single Market', Liz Payne told the Communist Party's executive committee at the weekend.

    'They know that this remains a possibility, which is why wide sections of the media are still trying so hard to discredit and break the Labour leadership', she explained. In particular, the Communist Party chairperson pointed out, the message is spread daily that Brexit is either impossible or catastrophic while Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable.

  • The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) called Friday, June 14, on all parties who have been invited to the Bahrain workshop initiated by the United States, to refrain from attending, as this framework aims at establishing the principle of “money for peace.”

    During a consultation meeting in Ramallah, the PLO Executive Committee announced that it has not delegated any party to negotiate on behalf of the Palestinian people. “Therefore,” it said, “the results of this workshop are null and void and will not create a right nor will they create an obligation.”

  • Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – Communist Party of Israel) Ta’al, Balad and Ra’am (United Arab List) – are expected to announce a joint campaign for Israel’s September 17 election within the next couple of weeks. Communist Party General Secretary Adel Amer told the Communist daily newspaper Al Ittihad that the intensive talks among the four established parties should conclude with an agreement for a resumed merger within 10 days to two weeks.

    The parties have speeded up their negotiations in recent days and held discussions on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (June 11 and 12), with the aim of wrapping up negotiations some time within in the second half of June.

  • The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement on June 15, 2019:

    India voted in favour of Israel at the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny a 'consultative' status to a Palestinian non-governmental organisation. This is a clear indication that the current regime headed by Mr. Narendra Modi is going against the national consensus in India supporting Palestine and it is trying to become closer to Israel government.

  • Dear Comrades:

    WORLD FEDERATION OF DEMOCRATIC YOUTH (WFDY)

    Receive an affectionate and combative greeting from the National Executive Committee of the Communist Youth of Venezuela (JCV) and all our militancy, before the realization of the international solidarity campaign “Imperialism: Hands off Venezuela!” To promote from the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) with the objective of denouncing the interference of imperialism in the affairs of the Venezuelan people.

  • Rami Ayoub, 43, who owned an aluminum frame and glass business, was killed Tuesday, June 11, when he fell six stories from an office building in Haifa where he was installing windows. His was the 23rd work-related death in Israel this year.

    Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the accident, which occurred on Tshernichovksy Street. Earlier on Tuesday, a 49-year-old worker fell from a height of four stories from a building on Haifa’s Allenby Street and was seriously injured.

  • Socialists in Ireland must ask themselves if the USI is genuinely an ally in our fight for the liberation of young people, or if it is just a bourgeois institution that can never deliver the needed material interests of young people in Ireland. I believe that rather than being a force for radical change in Ireland, the USI can and always will be a collection of ladder climbers and opportunists in the leadership, and aimless disenfranchised students at the bottom.

  • Communist parties, which took part in the scientific and practical conference in Moscow 1-2 June 2019, dedicated to the centenary of the Communist International, has kept their allegiance to Marxism and Leninism, a great revolutionary teaching; has  kept their attitude towards  Marxism-Leninism as a science; has kept its revolutionary and proletarian character.

    Our parties confirm, that internationalism is not only immanent to Marxism as to any real science, – internationalism is the main precondition and means of the Communist goal to be achieved. It is unambiguously and directly stated in the Communist Manifesto: “Proletarians of all countries, unite!”

  • Dear comrades in arms!

    Let me greet you on behalf of Russian Communist Workers Party on the land of Great October Socialist Revolution, the land where on initiative of Lenin there was created and developed Communist International was.

    Representatives of a number of communist parties from across the world have assembled today at our conference. These are the parties that have retained their allegiance to the great revolutionary teaching of Marxism-Leninism, that still treat Marxism as science and retain its revolutionary proletarian nature. We’ve met in order to commemorate the glorious centennial anniversary of Communist International creation. Still our task is not limited to just celebrating this anniversary, the more so that we actually have to celebrate this date under conditions of reaction. We’ve been in defense against advancing forces of Imperialism in most of countries. That’s why our task is to take lessons from the experience of our predecessors, to implement their experience under contemporary conditions of struggle.

  • Yet another petition, this one by Ashkenazi Jewish Israelis (i.e., those of European background) was filed last month with Israel’s Supreme Court in Jerusalem, in a bid to strike down the racist Nation-State Law enacted by the 20th Knesset in July of last year.

    This new petition argues that the law discriminates against the non-Jewish – mainly Arab-Palestinian – citizens of Israel, as elaborated in a similar petition submitted by Adalah against the same law in August 2018. The new petition also supports the contention of some 60 Mizrahi Israelis (i.e., those of Eastern background) who argued in a second petition to the Supreme Court filed in January 2019 that the law discriminates against Jews of Arab extraction as it degrades Arabic from that of an official language of the state to one that has a “special status.”

  • Hadash lashed out at the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, on Saturday, June 8, after the New York Times published an interview with him in which he said that Israel has a right to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. “Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank,” Friedman told the New York Times.

    During his campaign leading up to last April’s general elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to gradually annex all West Bank Jewish settlements; a move long supported by nearly all lawmakers in his alliance of right wing and religious parties, and said he hoped to do so with US support.

  • More than 2,600 persons have signed a petition launched by Americans for Peace Now (APN) against the Trump diplomatic initiative dubbed by the US president as the “Deal of the Century.”

    According to the website of Americans for Peace Now, “Jared Kushner, appointed by his father-in-law President Donald Trump to come up with what Trump called the ‘Ultimate Deal’ for Israeli-Palestinian peace, has signaled that his ‘peace plan’ does not aim to achieve a two-state solution. Kushner recently indicated that because past attempts to achieve a two-state solution failed, his plan focuses on ‘new and different ways to reach peace.’ Kushner’s colleague, Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, said the plan is an effort to ‘think outside the box.'”

  • Youthparticipation in unions in 2012 sat below 5% in Ireland (Vandaele,2013), with this fact being mirrored in numerous countries around theEU. There are numerous possible explanations for this fact, but inthis article I want to focus on one in particular.

    Whenthinking about it, it might seem at first that young people may nothave a good view of unions as a result of cultural and media biasesagainst them, but this doesn’t seem to be true. The Journal.ie heldthree separate polls on the Nurses and Midwives strike betweenDecember 2018, and January 2019, with all three resulting in approvalof over 75% in each, with Keune (2013), finding that in all countriessurveyed with the exception of Spain, young people almost alwaysviewed trade unions in a positive light.

  • For a decade now, thepeople of Ireland, North and South of the border have been crucifiedby a cabal of political parties wedded to the interests ofcapitalists. For a decade, cuts have been inflicted against the mostvulnerable in society in order to “balance the budget”. For adecade, trade unions have not been actively recruiting into theirunions from the waves of people joining the workforce. Trade Unionmembership has dramatically declined and with it so has the share ofwealth workers receive for their work. What does that mean?

  • On June 1, 2018, an Israeli military sniper shot and killed, Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar, 20, during the weekly Great March of Return procession along the Gaza border. Razan wanted to show the world that “We Palestinians can achieve anything even without weapons.” The marksman who shot her undoubtedly had other ideas.

  • The National Secretariat of Communist Party of India welcomes the proposal of Delhi Government to give free transport to all women in Metro and buses. This will help working women and girl students in particular. We further appeal to Delhi government to also consider giving free education or scholarships to girl students till PhD level. This will help in bridging the gender gap by opening up better opportunities for women in employment and encourage families to allow girls to pursue higher education.

  • Gay Pride parades will we held during the coming weeks of the month of June in 12 cities across Israel.

    Activists from Hadash, the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) and the Young Communist League will march with red flags and carry banners against discrimination, the occupation of the Palestinian territories and capitalist regime in the parades to be held in Jerusalem (June 6), Tel Aviv (June 14), and Haifa (June 28).

  • The Sudanese CP issued a statement on the vulnerability of the transition process of the Sudanese Revolution and declared its perspective regarding the transition process.

    The Political Bureau of the Sudanese CP issued a statement on June 1 regarding the political situation in Sudan following the overthrow of the Omar Al Bashir. The ongoing demonstrations of the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change (FDFC) are occasionally being attacked. On the other hand, the Transition Military Council (TMC) that took over the power is delaying the transition of power to the FDFC. Under these circumstances, the statement of the Sudanese CP clarifies the position of the Party regarding the transition process.

  • Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – the electoral front of the Communist Party of Israel) and three Arab parties are planning to reunite and run once again, like in 2015, as a single slate in the upcoming elections for the 22nd Knesset, scheduled for September 17.

    Hadash, Ta’al, Ra’am, and Balad have already begun discussing a revival of the Joint List with the goal of recovering seats they lost in the April 9 election for the 21st Knesset, when they had divided into two separate slates. “We have drawn together as much as possible,” MK Ayman Odeh, who heads Hadash, told in a radio interview Thursday, May 30. “We hope that within a week we will decide how to run.”

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