21 | 08 | 2019

Police attacked Hadash lawmaker MK Ofer Cassif on Friday, August 16, for waving a Palestinian flag, during a protest in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem against the increased presence of settlers in the area. Cassif’s parliamentary aide was hit and detained by police.

Some 30 protesters, Israeli peace activists and residents of Sheikh Jarrah were attending the quiet protest. At one point police officers moved in to seize Palestinian flags from them. While the law does not prohibit demonstrating with a Palestinian flag, individual police officers are allowed to determine whether its presence could “disturb the peace.”

Residents of the West Bank Palestinian town of Yatma, 15km south of Nablus, reported on Tuesday, August 13, an apparent “price tag” hate crime in which in tires of several cars were punctured and the slogan “Jews don’t remain silent” followed by a Star of David was spray-painted on a building during the course of the previous night.

The Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din confirmed the residents’ account, saying the phrase was scrawled by settlers on a building near the entrance of the town. The defaced building serves as offices for the commercial mobile network operator Jawwal.

In honor of the one year anniversary of the infamous school bus bombing in Yemen in August of 2018, activists are organizing a vigil to honor the lives of the 40 children killed that day, as well as all Yemeni people who have lost their lives due to the Saudi-led war. The vigil will be held in the atrium of the Hart Senate Building at 11:30am, and will include a physical memorial for those killed in the bus bombing. The event sponsors, CODEPINK, STAND, Maryland Peace Action, Action Corps and Just Foreign Policy, call for an end to US logistical support and weapon sales for the Saudi war in Yemen.

Israeli police attacked tens of thousands of Palestinian Muslims on Sunday who were holding the morning prayers for the first day of Eid Al-Adha, one of the main Muslim holidays, at Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. At least 61 Muslim worshipers were injured in the clashes, according to the Red Crescent. At least four officers were also lightly-to-moderately wounded, Israeli police said.

Sunday marked both the start of Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday commemorating the end of the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, and the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av, when Jews mourn the destruction of the temples, First and Second, that once stood on the Temple Mount and other disasters in Jewish history.

The Joint List launched its campaign in Jaffa towards Israel’s general elections on September 17, with veteran Knesset Member (MK) Yousef Jabareen and prominent Jaffa activist Sami Abu Shehadeh addressing an audience in Jaffa on Tuesday evening, August 6. Jabareen and Abu Shehadeh respectively hold the tenth and thirteenth slots on the Joint List slate.

The Knesset’s Central Elections Committee (CEC) heard testimony on Thursday, August 8, against the clandestine surveillance operation staged by the Likud during the April 9 general parliamentary elections. On the day ballots were cast for the 21st Knesset, the leading party of the governing coalition, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, deployed some 1,350 polling-station hirelings equipped with hidden cameras to observe events inside polling stations in Arab towns.

Thousands rallied in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, August 6, to protest the deportation of Israel-born children of Filipino workers. Among the demonstrators were several activists of Hadash and the Young Communist League. Authorities this summer have been working to deport some 50 children of foreign workers born in Israel. The Interior Ministry maintains that the children are in the country “illegally because their mothers have overstayed their visas.”

The Arab-Palestinian LGBT community in Israel organized an unprecedented protest on Thursday, August 1, as approximately 200 demonstrators arrived at the German Colony in Haifa, a central area in the city, to protest violence targeting the LGBT community.

The protest was organized after a 17-year-old from the Arab city of Tamra was stabbed Friday afternoon, July 26, outside Tel Aviv’s Beit Dror shelter, after moving there to escape family pressure.

With only a month and a half to go until the September 17 general elections for Israel’s Knesset, all 32 parties that will be running submitted their list of candidates last Thursday, August 1, to the Central Elections Committee. The representatives of the Joint List, headed by Chairman MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), include members of Hadash and three Arab parties: Balad, Ta’al and Ra’am. In last April’s election, these parties ran as two separate lists, Hadash-Ta’al and Balad-Ra’am.

Odeh said, “We’ve overcome the divide-and-conquer policy and have come together. Four months ago we made a mistake, but we’ve learned our lesson… We are running together to represent the complete unity of the Arab population. We’ll fight for our people and for all weaker sectors of the Israeli society.”

Police are investigating a settler “price tag” hate crime in the Arab town of Jisr az-Zarqa, on the coast just north of Caesarea, after the tires of 21 cars were punctured on Wednesday night, July 30, and a house was sprayed with graffiti saying, “The hill in [the settlement of] Izhar [in the Occupied Palestinian Territories], we won’t forget and won’t forgive.”

A member of the local council, Mohammed Lufti, said that until recently, no such incidents had occurred in his community. However, he said, “It is a warning and a sign of things to come.”

A disciplinary body of the Israeli army sentenced 18-year-old conscientious objector Maya Brand-Feigenbaum to 20 days in military prison on Tuesday, July 30, because of her refusal to be conscripted.

This is the second time Brand-Feigenbaum, from the northern town of Kiryat Tiv’on, has been sentenced for refusing to serve since she her initial date of conscription, July 14. Upon completing her new sentence, she will have spent a total of 27 days behind bars.

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