21 | 11 | 2018

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.

The Knesset plenum gave final approval on Monday, November 5, to the Bill to Amend the Prison Ordinance (No. 54 and Temporary Order), 2018, which extends the period of time during which authorities can grant prisoners early release for administrative reasons, following a High Court of Justice ruling that prisoners should be released due to overcrowding in jails. However, this extension will not apply to Palestinian prisoners.

The Histadrut, the major labor federation in Israel, called off a general strike planned for yesterday, Wednesday, November 7, after reaching a deal with the government to improve safety conditions for construction workers.

During the months of September and October of this year, the Israeli occupation forces blocked the entrances to three Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank: Kafr a-Dik, west of Salfit (for 11 days); ‘Azzun, east of Qalqiliyah (for 24 days); and al-Jalazun Refugee Camp, north of Ramallah (for 20 days).

A Palestinian father and his son were injured on Saturday, November 4, after they were attacked by extremist Israeli settlers in the Tell Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron city, in the southern West Bank, according to the Wafa Palestinian news agency.

Dozens of Jewish settlers from the illegal settlements of Ramat Yshai and Beit Hadassa attacked numerous homes in Tel Rumeida and on Shuhadaa Street in the city, terrorized their residents and pelted them with rocks.

Histadrut General Federation of Labor in Israel chairperson Avi Nissenkorn announced on Thursday that a general strike will take place on Wednesday, November 7, in response to governmental inaction over the increasing toll of construction site accidents in Israel.

The approval rate in September for an Israeli permit to leave Gaza for treatment abroad for those injured in the Great March of Return protests near the border fence with Israel was significantly lower than the overall approval rate.

Of the 18 wounded Gazans, only one was approved; one applicant’s request was denied; and the applications of the remaining 16 were delayed and are still pending. Or, in other words, only 5.5% of these applications were approved compared to 58% of the overall applications which were Okayed. These statistics are based on the latest monthly report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on health access for Palestinian patients in the occupied territories.

Tuesday’s municipal elections in Israel attracted an overall national turnout of 55%, some 10% higher than the local races five years ago, according to Interior Ministry figures released as the polls closed at 10pm. Turnout was higher than usual in cities across the country, because, for the first time ever, the municipal elections were declared a work holiday. The voting turnout rates in 2013 stood at a national average of 51.9%, with just 28.7% in Tel Aviv-Jaffa; 39.4% in Jerusalem, where Arab-Palestinians residents of occupied East Jerusalem boycott the vote; and 32.7% in Haifa.

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