2017-05-11

No Probe of Rabbi Who Called Jews to Avoid Christmas Tree

Israel’s state prosecutor will not open an investigation against a university rabbi for telling students to avoid the student union in a campus building because it had the “pagan” symbol of a Christmas tree inside. Rabbi Elad Dokow, of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, made the remarks last December. “The Christmas tree is a religious…

"Equality" in Hebrew and Arabic, Hadash demonstrators in Tel Aviv, February 2017

Hadash Condemns Nation-State Bill as a “Declaration of War” against Israel’s Arab Citizens

Joint List chairman MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) sharply condemned proposed legislation that will define Israel as a Jewish nation-state, calling the Sunday, May 7 decision by ministers to support the so-called Jewish State bill a “declaration of war” against Israel’s Arab citizens. “Discrimination has received an official seal of approval. The danger of this law…

Israeli doctor participating in a demonstration organized by Physicians for Human Rights in Jerusalem: "I practice medicine, not torture."

Cabinet Weighs Importing Foreign MDs to Force-Feed Hunger Strikers

Israel’s far-right government is considering importing foreign doctors to force-feed Palestinian hunger strikers if Israeli doctors continue to refuse taking part in the practice. The Israel Medical Association has advised its physician members not to participate in any force-feeding, deeming the practice inhumane. Israel’s Channel 2 reported Thursday, May 5, that the government intends to…

Activists from Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel demonstrate in solidarity with the hunger striking Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday evening, May 3, opposite the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv.

B’Tselem: Israel Must Comply with Striking Palestinian Prisoners’ Demands for Improved Conditions

The hunger strike launched by more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners and detainees on April 17 is a non-violent protest focusing on several valid, basic demands for improved prison conditions. Because the Palestinian inmates are held in facilities in Israel, in contravention of international law, Israel imposes severe restrictions on family visits, and many relatives…