An African asylum seeker holding matzah and an alternative Passover Haggadah outside the Holot detention center (Photo: Ziv Oren)

Hundreds of refugees and Israeli activists hold Passover Seder outside prison

Israeli activists and African asylum seekers held an alternative Passover Seder event Friday outside the Holot detention center in the Negev desert, where 1,800 African migrants are currently being held. Hundreds of African asylum seekers from the detention center attended the event, during which activists highlighted the connection between the story of the Jewish exodus from…

Omar Saad during the anti-draft rally in Nazareth (Photo: Young Communist League of Israel)

Rally in Nazareth against IDF conscription

Groups opposed to the drafting of Arab and Jewish youth into the Israel Defense Forces, including the Young Communist League of Israel, staged a protest rally in Nazareth on Saturday in which male and female teens marched into Spring Square in the center of town dressed in military attire and carrying toy rifles. The protesters…

A demonstration in Jerusalem against the controversial pilot phosphate mining project outside Arad (Photo: NoBarir)

Khenin: The government must prove that it prefers the health of citizens over the profits of phosphate tycoons

Following a thorough consultation with an American environmental health expert, Health Minister Yael German is opposing a plan for a controversial pilot phosphate mining project outside Arad. MK Dov Khenin (Hadash) applauded German’s decision to oppose the construction of the pilot phosphate mine. “The ball is now in the court of Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar,”…

A demonstration in Beer-Sheva against nutritional insecurity and the neo-liberal social policy of the Netanyahu government (Photo: Social activists)

Food insecurity affects 900,000 Israelis

A new State Comptroller report found the government lacking in its efforts to ensure that Israelis are able to maintain a basic nutritional diet, and that by relying on charity organizations, the state was not fulfilling its duty to the public. The Nutritional Insecurity report, published on Monday, calculated that there are some 900,000 Israelis…

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem. December 2013 (Photo: Al Ittihad)

Analysis: No pity for the disappointed diplomat

The United States is Israel’s indispensable ally. Before, during and after the end of the so-called peace talks, Israel enjoyed and will continue to enjoy massive generous strategic, economic, and political support from the US administration. But the rules of the special relationship between Israel and the US are such that the settler-right in Israel…