17 | 08 | 2018

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 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).

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