20 | 08 | 2018
  • A mother of seven was shot to death overnight Saturday, August 11, outside her home in the Negev Arab-Bedouin village of Abu Sulb. Police have opened an investigation but have yet to arrest a suspect in the murder of Nura Abu Sulb, 36. The victim’s husband, from whom she was separated, is currently serving a prison term after having been convicted in August 2017 for aggravated assault and battery against her. This was his second conviction for violence against his wife.

    Police said they are investigating various leads “including disapproval of Nura Abu Sulb’s lifestyle by some of the men in the community.” Social and feminist activist women held a demonstration on Monday, August 13, outside the regional police station to protest the failure of law enforcement authorities to protect women’s lives.

  • Hundreds of Palestinians residing in the besieged Gaza Strip marched Saturday, August 11, in the funeral processions of three Palestinians killed during the 20th consecutive Friday “Great March of Return.”

    Paramedic Abdullah Qatati, 22, and Ali al-Alul, 55, were killed by Israeli live fire during last Friday’s protests along the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip, while Ahmad Abu Luli, 40, succumbed on Saturday morning to wounds he sustained a day earlier. The three funeral processions set out from the Abu Youssef Najjar Hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

  • Tens of thousands of Arabs and Jews from around the country gathered last night, Saturday, August 11, in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square for the second large-scale protest in eight days against the recently passed racist Nation-State Law. The crowd marched from Rabin Square to the Tel Aviv Museum, carrying signs in Hebrew and Arabic calling for equality, the annulment of the law, and democracy. “No, no, the fascist [law] won’t pass,” they cried, as well as “Bibi, Bibi, resign, we don’t want you anymore!” and “We are all brothers,” “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies” also sounded through the mass of people.

  • Israel’s Arab-Palestinian national minority launched its legal struggle against the racist Nation-State Law on Tuesday, August 7, with the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, the National Committee of Arab Mayors and the Joint List demanding that it be annulled and Adalah ― The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights ― petitioning the Supreme Court to do so,  calling it a bid to advance “ethnic superiority by promoting racist policies.” On July 19, the Israeli Knesset voted 62 to 55 to approve the racist Nation-State Bill as a Basic Law that constitutionally enshrines Jewish supremacy and the identity of the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

  • The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Fernand de Varennes, has started official proceedings to investigate a complaint against Israel submitted by the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel regarding the racist “Nation-State” law. During its recent meetings, the Follow-Up Committee decided to take international action against the law which was passed by the Knesset on July 19. It has started scheduling meetings to be held in the United Nations and its international affiliated bodies, as well as meetings with the European Union and countries around the world.

  • Tens of thousands of people rallied on Saturday night, August 4, in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in a mass protest led by the Arab-Druze community in Israel against the recently-passed racist nation-state law. The day following the mass rally, members of Israel’s Druze community were still basking in its afterglow. Participants in the rally, including Druze community elders who have led other public battles in the past, say this was the largest demonstration the Druze community has ever organized, both in numbers and in terms of the forces leading the protest itself.

  • The assasination attempt of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro Moros was condemned by communist and workers' parties expressing their solidarity with the Venezuelan people. (updated)

    The Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV)issued a declaration expressing solidarity with President Maduro and with the military personnel wounded in the attack. The declaration by the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of PCV stated that the attack is part of the action being carried out by ultra-right sectors, ‘not belonging to any country, at the service of imperialism, which in the development of its recolonizing plan has unleashed wars of aggression and looting that have destroyed, devastated, divided and destroyed entire countries to maintain, recompose and strengthen its global hegemony.’ According to the declaration, the assassination attempt is a part of the ‘multifaceted onslaught of the imperialist powers and their regional and local partners to overthrow a government legitimately elected by the Venezuelan people, through actions and political, economic, social, military and media aggressions’.

  • The death of a Palestinian teen who succumbed to wounds inflicted by Israeli forces during last Friday’s protests along the Gaza border hit the front pages of three Arabic Palestinian dailies on Sunday, August 5..

    The three West Bank daily newspapers, Al-Hayat al-Jadida, Al-Quds and Al-Ayyam, wrote that Moath Ziad al-Sory, 15, from al-Nusseirat in the central Gaza Strip, was mortally wounded when hit in the abdomen by an Israeli round during the weekly border protests on Friday, August 3. The youth was moved to a city hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

  • “We want equality!” chanted 90,000 people at an unprecedented demonstration led by the Druze community in protest against the racist Nation-State Law at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, on Saturday night, August 4. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to cancel the protest in a meeting with Druze leaders.

    Key speaker at the gathering was Brig. Gen. (res.) Amal Assad, who in a Facebook post accused Netanyahu of turning Israel into an apartheid state, reportedly causing Netanyahu to abruptly cancel Thursday’s meeting with him and other Druze leaders. “I call for the government to abolish this law,” Assad said.
    Protests were also held in Arab towns across the country, including Sakhnin, Majd el-Kurum, Baka, Tira, Rahat, Jaljulya, Kufr Kana, and Wadi Ara where Jews and Arabs protested together, sponsored by High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel.

  • The Communist Party of Israel (CPI) and Hadash will hold tonight (Saturday, August 4) yet another demonstration against the “Nation-State” Law, this one outside the home of a senior member of the far-right coalition, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, at Hayarkon Street 45, Haifa beginning at 20:00.

  • The world renowned American linguist, political activist and writer Professor Noam Chomsky sent a letter to the emergency conference organized by the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) and Hadash which was held last Sunday, July 29, in Haifa against the racist “Nation-State Law.” More than 300 persons attended the conference held under the banner “Resist!” Among them were the Chairman of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash) and MK Mossi Raz (Meretz).

  • comunistaThe Communist and Worker Parties decisively condemn the crimes committed by Israeli army against Palestinian people in the occupied territories, especially in the Gaza Strip, that has caused a bloodbath, murdering in cold blood unarmed demonstrators, men, women, and children.

  • According to the daily Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Justice Ministry unit that investigates police misconduct has recommended that the files against the police officers involved in the January 2017 assault on Joint List Chairman, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) in the Arab-Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran be closed.

    The confrontation between the policemen and Odeh occurred following an incident on January 18, 2017, in which Arab-Bedouin school teacher Yacoub Mousa Abu al-Qee’an, 47, was fatally shot by police and policeman Erez Levy was killed when run down by the victim’s car which went out of control after the driver was mortally wounded. Odeh and others were trying to reach the scene of the shooting. In a video recorded by an Al Jazeera correspondent, a policeman is seen pepper-spraying Odeh. Policemen then fired sponge-tipped bullets at his group, one of which hit Odeh in the head. The MK was later treated in hospital.

  • iraqcp"The path and policy of running the country on the basis of sectarian-ethnic quotas must be abandoned, and a government of competent people, untainted by the quota system and corruption, must be formed, adopting a realistic program with a timetable for implementation. This is the message of the protestors who reject the corrupt and the failed, and are demanding services andjobs, and embarking along the path of real reform, leading to the establishment of a state based on the principle of citizenship and social justice. It is the cry of the hungry, the deprived and those aspiring to a better Iraq that long-suffering Iraqis deserve."

  • Following the disaster of  wildfires at which 91 people lost their lives in Greece, the CPs around the world issued messages of solidarity with the Greek people and the Communist Party of Greece-KKE. (TKP, PC Italy, PdA, WPI, NKPJ)

    Communist and Workers' Parties, all around the World released statements regarding the devastating fire disaster , expressing their solidarity with the Greek people and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).

    Communist Party of Turkey (TKP):

    "We call on all our friends and comrades to stand with the Greek people!

    In our neighbour country Greece, a wildfire has taken dozens of lives, hundreds of have been affected and wounded by the worst disaster in the last decade.

  • Thousands of Jews and Arabs took part in a mass Arabic-language class at the Habima Square in Tel Aviv on Monday evening, July 30, to protest against the racist Nation-State Law, which assigns the Arabic language a “special status” in Israel, demoting it from its previous status as an official one.

    During the event, a number of short lessons were given on Arabic phrases and words. Famous artists also sang Arabic and Hebrew songs. The head of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), was among the participants, repeating after the teacher basic Arabic phrases.

  • Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian teen activist, was released Sunday morning, July 29, from a prison in the center of Israel, nearly eight months after she slapped and hit Israeli soldiers outside her home in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank. Ahed was released from HaSharon Prison to a West Bank border crossing together with her mother, Nariman, who was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced along with her daughter.

  • Hundreds participated Sunday evening, July 29, in an emergency conference against the racist “Nation-State Law” which was convened in Haifa by the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) and Hadash, with the participation of the Chairman of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash) and MK Mossi Raz (Meretz). The conference was held under the banner “Resist!”

  • Three Palestinian demonstrators, including two teenagers, died of gunshot wounds they incurred from Israeli army fire Friday, July 27, during protests along the Israel-Gaza border. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, two of the fatalities, identified as Majdi al-Satri, 14, and Razi Abu Mustafa, 43, died on Friday; the third, Muamen Fathi al-Hims, 17, succumbed to his wounds Saturday morning.

  • The Communist Party of Israel (CPI) considers the “Basic Law: Israel – The Nation State of the Jewish People,” a serious fascist step aimed at undermining the right of self-determination for the Palestinian people, and eliminating the rights of the Palestinian refugees. This law also denies the national and basic rights of the Palestinian citizens of Israel and, in doing so it establishes a formal system of Apartheid in Israel.

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