18 | 02 | 2019
  • A Palestinian teenager, Hassan Nofal, 17, died on Tuesday, February 12, of the wounds he sustained when he was shot by Israeli forces last Friday, February 8, during the Great March of Return protests along the borderline area to the east of al-Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, medical sources at the Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir el-Balah said. The youth was from the al-Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

  • On his 15th birthday, November 16, 2014, Palestinian high school student Attiya Nabaheen had just returned home from school and was in the front yard of his family’s home in the Gaza Strip, when Israeli military forces shot him. Attiya was not armed and was not involved in any violence.

    As a result of the shooting, Attiya was permanently paralyzed and is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. In November 2018, Israel’s Beersheba District Court rejected a case filed by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel – and the Gaza-based Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights on behalf of the Nabaheen family against the Israeli military for the shooting and crippling of their son. According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, the court ruled that the state is not liable for damages because Palestinians in Gaza are not entitled to seek compensation from Israel as they live within an “enemy entity.”

  • Two young Palestinians were killed and 17 others were wounded by Israeli army gunfire on Friday, February 8, in the course of the weekly Great March of Return protests along the Gaza border with Israel.  The events were reported by the three Palestinian Arabic dailies in their main front-page story on Saturday, February 9. Al-Ayyam wrote how Hamza Muhammad Rashdi Ishteiwi, 17, was killed in cold blood Israeli sniper fire that hit him in the neck. The second fatality was 14-year-old Hassan Iyad Shalabi who was hit by a live round to the chest.

  • According to a new poll released by the Israel Democracy Institute, some 52% of the Israeli public (49.5% of the Jews and 66% of the Arabs who participated in the survey) believes that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should resign if Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit recommends that he be indicted for any of the alleged legal improprieties for which he has been under investigation.

  • Last weekend saw the launching of the new Website of Al-Ittihad – the only Arabic-language daily newspaper in Israel, owned and managed by the the Communist Party of Israel. Al-Ittihad (The Union) was established in Haifa in 1944 during the British Mandatory Period over Palestine. The newspaper is the oldest Arab media outlet in Israel and is considered the most important.

  • Israeli authorities shot and killed three Palestinians and demolished 20 Palestinian-owned buildings in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem between January 15 and 28, according to the latest report issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory.

    The report by OCHA indicates that three Palestinians, including a minor, were shot and killed by Israeli forces in three separate incidents in the West Bank. This brings the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank since the beginning of December 2018 to a total of 11.

  • The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, commented on Saturday, Febuary 2, responded to the joint statement issued by the Foreign Ministers of Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey following Israel’s decision not to renew the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH).

  • Six members of the Arab community in Israel have been murdered since the beginning of 2019, but so far the police have made only a single arrest.

    This year’s first murder occurred on January 13 in Umm al-Fahm. Saher Khaled Mahmud, 20, was riding his motorcycle on his way home when he was shot dead in what is believed to have been a case of mistaken identity. In the wake of Mahmud’s death for the past three weeks hundreds of Umm al-Fahm residents have blocked route 65 to protest the violence and rampant crime in the Arab community which, they claim, is largely ignored by the police.

  • MK Ayman Odeh was reelected Friday, February 1, as the Chairman of Hadash’s parliamentary faction, part of the Joint List political alliance, towards the April 9 general elections for Israel’s Knesset. The Front’s council met in the northern city of Shfaram to confirm Odeh’s election, after the two other candidates for the position – Jafar Farah, head of the Mossawa Center and a political activist, and Dr. Shukri Awawdeh, deputy mayor of Nazareth Illit – dropped out of the race. Hadash (Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – Communist Party of Israel), is the only Jewish-Arab and socialist political movement in Israel.

  • Thousands of Israelis protested against racism, police brutality and rampant discrimination towards the Ethiopian-Israeli community in a demonstration held in Tel Aviv Wednesday evening, January 30. The protest was called amidst mounting anger after a police officer shot and killed Yehuda Biadga, a 24-year-old resident of Bat Yam, on January 18.

  • Israel’s far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has joined the United States, Canada, and some countries of Latin America and Europe in recognizing the new pro-imperialist leadership in Venezuela. Netanyahu released in a short statement that he is siding with opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim leader over socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

  • The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects assisting refugees in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on January 31st following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians. The decision has been confirmed by Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group.

  • Joint List lawmakers plan to commandeer far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim in the last election that Arabs were heading to the polls “in droves” to encourage voters in April’s election.

  • The media office of the Palestinian CP condemned the decision of the "Zionist entity" to close the schools of UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in Jerusalem.

    The Palestinian CP considered this step as "a serious escalation by the state entity of Israel" against the rights of the Palestinian people. The statement expressed that this decision is an attempt by this state "to write off the right of the Palestinian people to return and to Judaize the city of Jerusalem"

  • The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exercise of the presidency of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM), participated on Tuesday in the first quarterly debate of the Security Council of the United Nations (UN), on the “Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”, in which it reiterated its solidarity with the Palestinian people and renewed its commitment to continue coordinating international efforts to promote a just, lasting, comprehensive and peaceful solution to the Palestine Question.

  • Hundreds of Israeli peace activists, among them members of Hadash, marched from central West Jerusalem to Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, on Friday, January 18, in solidarity with the families there who Israeli authorities want to evict.

  • Attempts to delegitimize humanitarian and human rights organizations operating in the occupied Palestinian territories, particularly non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have been on the rise in recent years and are being advanced by Israeli governmental and right-wing civil society groups, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory said in a report published on Wednesday, January 16.

  • The Arab Druze community in Israel launched a campaign to amend the Nation-State law in a rally held on Monday, January 14, calling for the legislation to be amended to eliminate its discriminatory nature. The renewed campaign began with Druze activists leading a procession in Rosh al-Ayn, in the center of the country, on Monday, to outside the home of Benny Gantz, former Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli military and leader of the Israel Resilience Party.

  • Last weekend, Hadash (the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, the electoral front headed by the Communist Party of Israel) launched its campaign for the upcoming April 9th general elections for the 21st Knesset. Preparatory meetings were held last week in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Nazareth.

  • Israel opened a new “Apartheid Road” on Wednesday, January 9, separating Palestinians and settlers in the occupied West Bank.  After a delay of years, Route 4370 in the Jerusalem area has been completed and made accessible to traffic. The road connects the settlement of Geva Binyamin to Route 1, the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, and is the first link in the establishment of the Eastern Ring Road on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Its opening represents yet another step in the progress of the E1 project to link the urban settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim with Jerusalem from the east.

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