Hadash MK Abdallah Abu Ma'aruf (Joint List) during the Knesset Interior and Environmental Protection Committee meeting, Sunday April 2

Discriminatory Amendment to Planning & Building Law Approved

The Knesset Interior and Environmental Protection Committee approved in its second and third reading, on Sunday, April 2, an amendment to the Planning and Building Law that will make its enforcement more stringent and increase penalties for “illegal construction.” The amendment, sponsored by far-right lawmakers, calls for restricting the discretion of courts regarding the enforcement of…

Bulldozers demolish houses and agriculture structures in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al Hiran, Negev desert, Israel, January 18, 2017.

Odeh: Israel Bulldozes Democracy

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is expected to visit Washington this week to meet with President Trump, presumably to discuss the political philosophy they share: power through hate and fear. A government that bars refugees and Muslims from entering the United States has much in common with one that permits Israeli settlers to steal…

Thousands take part in the funeral of Yakoub Abu Al-Qian, who was killed on January 18, 2017 by Israeli police during the house demolition operation in Umm el-Hiram.

Minister Raises Fears of More House Demolitions after Deadly Action against Umm al-Hiran

A call by Construction Minister Yoav Galant to “concentrate” Arab-Bedouin citizens into “permitted areas” is raising fears of further demolition operations to follow the January 18 police action in Umm al-Hiran that destroyed 10 houses and left a policeman and an Arab-Bedouin teacher dead. Galant’s remarks Tuesday, January 31, came two weeks after a court-sanctioned…