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Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony to Be Held This Evening

Communist Party of Israel This year’s joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony, co-hosted by Combatants for Peace and the Parents Circle – Families Forum, will be held as a virtual event today, Tuesday, April 13 at 20:30 (8:30pm) Jerusalem time. The virtual event provides an alternative to the official commemoration services held during Israel’s Memorial Day, commencing this evening at 20:00, which justifies the political status quo, and asserts militarized nationalism and a narrow, one-sided narrative. In doing so, the joint event provides a unique opportunity for Israelis and Palestinians to both…

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Settler Brutally Assaults Rabbi Defending Palestinian Bedouin

Communist Party of Israel The former president of Rabbis for Human Rights was violently assaulted by a far-right Israeli settler on Wednesday, April 7 near the illegal Maale Ahuvia outpost in the occupied Palestinian territories. Video footage of the brutal attack shows Rabbi Arik Ascherman conversing with a masked settler, then suddenly being attacked by another who repeatedly beats him with a long wooden club while, off-camera, cries of “No violence” are intoned. According to Zo Haderech, Ascherman arrived at the scene after he had been contacted by local Palestinians. He…

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Hadash MK Ofer Cassif Beaten by Police in Occupied East Jerusalem

Communist Party of Israel Joint List MK Ofer Cassif (Hadash) was brutally attacked by police in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied east Jerusalem on Friday, April 10, according to a report in the Zo Haderech website. Cassif was in the neighborhood to protest in solidarity with its Palestinians residents facing eviction from their homes when police violence broke out. The police were fully aware that Cassif is a member of the Knesset but brutally assaulted him despite the legal prohibition of doing so to an MK bearing parliamentarian immunity which…

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HCJ Affirms Denial of Israel Prize to Anti-Occupation Communist

Communist Party of Israel Israel’s High Court of Justice (HCJ) upheld on Thursday, April 8, the decision of far-right Education Minister’s Yoav Galant to block the granting of this year’s Israel Prize in mathematics and computer science to Professor Oded Goldreich. Galant nixed the prominent academic’s nomination because of the latter’s long and consistent political opposition to the occupation, his support for the BDS movement, and most recently his signing of a petition to the EU calling on it to halt research funding for an Israeli university located in the Ariel…

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Smotrich Threatens to Banish Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi, Other Arabs

Communist Party of Israel Racist MK Bezalel Smotrich, a settler in the Palestinian occupied territories who leads the far-right Religious Zionism alliance in the Knesset, warned on Wednesday, April 7, only hours before the start of Holocaust Remembrance Day, that he would “make sure” that prominent Joint List lawmaker MK Ahmad Tibi (Ta’al), and other Muslims would not remain in Israel if they didn’t recognize that the “land [of Israel] belongs to the Jews.” Tibi responded by calling Smotrich a racist in German. MK Ahmad Tibi voting in Taybe, March 23,…

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Hadash, Balad MKs Vow to End the Occupation & Fight for Democracy

Communist Party of Israel The swearing in of the 120 members of the 24th Knesset took place Tuesday afternoon, April 6, amidst the looming threat of yet a fifth election, just hours after President Reuven Rivlin mandated far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to attempt to form the next governing coalition. However, when the swearing in ceremony began, four of the Joint List MKs, Ayman Odeh, Aida Touma-Sliman and Ofer Cassif, all from Hadash, along with Balad’s Sami Abu Shahadeh, declared their commitment to struggle against racism, the occupation and for democracy…

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Joint List Refrains from Endorsing Any Candidate for Prime Minister

Communist Party of Israel Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin began his consultations with Knesset party leaders on Monday morning, April 5, towards deciding upon whom he’ll task the forming of the next government following Israel’s March 23 election, the fourth in two years. During the course of the day, hundreds of opponents to Israel’s far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demonstrated outside the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem amidst heavy police presence. Anti-Netanyahu protesters have held weekly demonstrations for months, calling on him to resign. The Joint List delegation consisting of MKs Ayman Odeh (Hadash,…

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500 Academicians: EU Legitimizing Israel’s Illegal W. Bank Settlements

Communist Party of Israel Over 500 academicians from 20 countries (in Europe, Latin-America, the US and Israel) last week published an open letter condemning Horizon 2020, the EU’s most recent science programme, for granting research funds to Israeli scholars working at Ariel University in the Occupied Palestinian Territories . The signatories to the letter entitled “Ariel University and Horizon 2020 – The EU is legitimizing Israel’s illegal settlements” demand that the EU desist from providing such research grants to academicians from Ariel University. In the letter, the signatories “note with…

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Settlers Beat, Stone and Hospitalize Palestinian Farmer in West Bank

Communist Party of Israel Jewish settlers from the Israeli outpost of Esh Kodesh (Sacred Fire), built in the year 2000 on lands confiscated from the Palestinians villages of Jalud and Qusra in the occupied territories, were recorded beating, stoning, and injuring a Palestinian farmer on Saturday, April 3. In a video released by the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din on Saturday evening hours after the attack, masked men are seen striking the man with a stick and then hurling stones at him. Masked Jewish settlers assault a Palestinian farmer with…

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Anti-Netanyahu Protests Return to Streets for First Time since Election

Communist Party of Israel Dozens of anti-Netanyahu protesters from a number of organizations gathered on Friday, April 2, outside the homes of party heads Naftali Bennett, Gideon Sa’ar, Ayman Odeh and Benny Gantz calling on them not to form a government with far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The anti-Netanyahu protest groups also announced that they will be continuing to protest against Netanyahu until he leaves office, specifically returning to the streets over the April 2-3 weekend for the first time since the March 23 elections. MK Ayman Odeh met with protesters outside his…

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