15 | 12 | 2018
  • Demonstrations were held on Wednesday, December 12, in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Sakhnin, Acre, Beer-Sheva and other locations throughout Israel following the brutal murder of yet another women, the 25th victim of femicide this year.

    Thirty-year-old Eman Ahmad Awad was found stabbed and in critical condition in her home in the northern town of Acre on Tuesday, December 11. Paramedics who arrived at the scene fought to resuscitate Awad before declaring her dead. Police have opened an investigation into the incident.

  • Haifa council member-elect Raja Zaatry, who has been the target of far-right government pressures to block his appointment as deputy mayor for weeks, withdrew his candidacy on Wednesday, December 12. In a press conference held in the northern city, Zaatry told those assembled that he has no intention of apologizing for his views, but said Hadash had decided to appoint a fellow city council member, Shahira Shalbi, as deputy mayor in his stead.

    Following Zaatry’s announcement Shalabi said: “I respect Haifa’s residents; a city has remained sane, one that opposes incitement and racism. The Israeli public wants us. I am pleased to be Kalish-Rotem’s partner.” According to the coalition agreement, Shalabi is to serve as a deputy mayor during the second half of the new mayor’s term. Rabbi Dov Haiyun (Meretz) will serve the first half of the term.

  • Likud MK Yoav Kisch has sent a letter to Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri asking him to reject the request authorizing a salary for new Deputy Haifa Mayor Raja Zaatry (Hadash). Kisch’s letter comes as the far-right racist backlash to Zaatry’s appointment continues to gain momentum. Zaatry, is the head of the Haifa branch of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI).

  • Israeli occupation forces demolished on Wednesday, December 5, an elementary school in al-Simiya area, north of the southern West Bank town of al-Sumo’, and south of the city of Hebron, a local activist told the Wafa Palestinian news agency. Mohannad al-Masalma, PR coordinator for the West Bank area south of Hebron, said that an Israeli bulldozer demolished the “al-Tahadi 13” (Challenge 13) school with no prior notice and, before its destruction began, the immediate vicinity was declared a closed military area.

  • In a meeting with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis was introduced on Monday, December 3, to the leader of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), who also held talks with Left parties while in Rome.

    MK Odeh told the leader of the Roman Catholic Church: “I bring with me a present: two rocks from the villages of Ikrit and Biram.” In 1948, Israeli soldiers uprooted from their homes the residents of Ikrit and Biram, two predominantly Christian villages in northern Galilee, “until the security situation makes possible their return.” In 1951, Israel’s High Court ruled that the villagers should be allowed to return “so long as no emergency decree” against this is issued. The government hastened to issue such a decree against the Ikrit evacuees, and two months later, the Israeli army blew up the houses in that village. In 1953, it similarly demolished the houses of Biram. Only the churches of the two villages were left standing. Two years later, the lands of Ikrit and Biram – 16,000 and 12,000 dunams respectively – were expropriated by the Israeli regime.

  • Tens of thousands of women and men, Jews and Arabs participated in a general strike across Israel on Tuesday evening, December 4, declaring a “state of emergency” to protest the far-right government’s inaction towards violence against women.

    The strike, which included demonstrations, direct actions, and vigils for women who have been murdered, took place in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, in universities across Israel, as well as in Arab cities and villages. The day’s events culminated in a mass rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

  • Communist Party of Israel leading activist, MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash – Joint List) head of Knesset Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women, has called upon the public in Israel to join today’s (Tuesday, December 4) nation-wide women’s strike to protest violence against women, in particular after a recent upsurge that included the murders of two teenage girls last week.

  • Protests will be held next week during the visit to Israel by Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on December 11-12. The neo-facist Salvini, who leads the far-right Northern League, is known for his racist positions on immigration and his opposition to accepting asylum requests. Salvini also stirred protests when he vowed to take actions to expel all the Roma people living in Italy.

  • The Hadash fraction in the Histadrut has called upon the labor federation to join a strike supported by dozens of women’s groups for next Tuesday, December 4, to protest the social plague of violence against women. The Chairwoman of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality MK, Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash – Joint List), has also called upon the public in Israel to join the nationwide protest.

  • A mass demonstration will be held today, Friday, November 30, in the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Lod (al-Ludd in Arabic) in the center of the country after governmental authorities demolished a three-story building owned by Arab-Palestinians during the course of this week, leaving the families living there homeless.

  • The WFTU is taking part in the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in Vienna, Austria on November 29th. The WFTU is represented by Petros Petrou member of the WFTU Working Youth Committee in this meeting.

    Below his speech:

    Dear colleagues,
    Brothers and Sisters,

    Allow me to convey to you the warmest greetings and International solidarity on behalf of 95 million workers in 130 countries in the five continents who struggle through the lines of the World Federation of Trade Unions for the right of every people to decide freely and democratically on their present and the future. In this Framework, following our fundamental principles which are the guidelines of our class family since 1945, we defend and struggle for the non-negotiable right of the heroic people of Palestine to live in its free and independent state in conditions of peace and prosperity.

  • 29 November is a historic date in the struggles of the Palestinian people. Following a decision by the UN General Assembly in 1977 this day was established as an International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people.
    For decades, the Palestinian people have been fighting for its right to an independent sovereign state.

  • The Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality unanimously approved on Monday, November 26, the second and final readings of a bill that will permit adult victims of sexual assault to agree to reveal their identities without permission from a court.

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he will chair a new ministerial committee on combating domestic violence, even though his government failed to budget funds for such a plan proposed by an earlier task force. Netanyahu’s announcement drew criticism from Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash), who heads the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality. The Communist MK accused him of ignoring the growing phenomenon for years and pointed out that the very government he heads recently voted against a proposal to establish a parliamentary commission of inquiry on violence against women.

  • On the occasion of the International day of Solidarity with the People of Palestine, on November 29th, the WFTU, representing 95 million workers in 130 countries in the five continents, reiterates its stable internationalist support and solidarity with the heroic Palestinian People.

  • Despite weeks of extensive public protest over violence against women, the far-right coalition brought down on Wednesday, November 21, an opposition-sponsored bill proposed by Chairwoman of the Knesset’s Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, Hadash MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), to combat the phenomenon.

  • The government’s plan to fight domestic violence has yet to receive a budget despite promises when the plan was approved a year ago to earmark to it 250 million shekels ($67 million) over a five year period.  Due to the delay in funding, the Knesset Research and Information Center has stated that it is impossible to gauge how much of the plan will be implemented in the coming years. The center gathered data on behalf of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality.

  • The Airbnb.com home-rental company has announced that it will be removing its listings located in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The corporation said in a press release that it had completed a reexamination of its policy, which had previously allowed such listings since “people-to-people travel has considerable value and we want to help bring people together.”

    However, after consulting with various authorities, the company decided to drop roughly 200 listings in the settlements. “We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians,” Airbnb said.

  • In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which will be marked next Sunday, November 25, three demonstrations will take place in Israel: in Haifa on Thursday the 22nd, in Jerusalem on Saturday the 24th, and in Tel Aviv on Sunday the 25th.

    In addition, the Chairwoman of the Knesset’s Parliamentary Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women and Gender Equality, Hadash MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), initiated a special event that was held in the Knesset yesterday, November 19 and another that will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, the 21st around the problem of violence against women.

  • DSA condemns the heaviest Israeli airstrikes in Gaza since 2014, which have killed at least six people and destroyed scores of buildings, including the TV station Al-Aqsa TV. These most recent attacks are part of an escalation of violence that began when a team of Israeli commandos killed seven Hamas members, including a commander, in a clandestine raid in the southern city of Khan Younis on Sunday.

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