Israeli Ethiopians and leftist activists protest against police violence and racism in central Tel Aviv, June 22, 2015. Protesters blocked roads near Rabin square. Police violently arrested at least 15 activists.

Coalition Defeats Two Proposals to Investigate Discrimination against Ethiopians

Two proposals to create a parliamentary commission of inquiry to examine allegations of discrimination, racism, and violence against Israel’s Ethiopian community were defeated by a coalition plurality in a session of the Knesset on Wednesday, June 24. This despite continuing protests which first erupted nearly two months ago after a video surfaced documenting a violent…

Thousands of Israelis flooded the streets on Saturday night, June 27, to oppose the gas deal approved by the cabinet

Billionaire Adelson to Netanyahu: “Streamline Gas Industry Regulations”; Thousands Protest against Deal in Tel Aviv

Four activists were detained on Saturday night, June 27, after scuffles with police in Tel Aviv during mass protests against the impending gas deal between the government and a US-Israeli energy conglomerate. Thousands of Israelis flooded the streets to oppose a deal approved by the cabinet on Thursday which would see the US company Noble…

Palestinian worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem protest, calling for the release of prisoners during the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, Friday, June 19, 2015; among the prisoners whose release is demanded, Khader Adnan pictured in the foreground poster.

Palestinian Hunger Striker Khader Adnan’s Health Rapidly Worsens after 50 Days without Food

Palestinian administrative detainee Khader Adnan’s health deteriorated significantly Friday, June 26, as he reached the 50th day of his current hunger strike. According to Attorney Jawad Bulus, who is the only person aside from members of the Israel Prison Service (IPS) to have access to Adnan’s hospital room, the political prisoner’s health is deteriorating from…

Israeli activist Reut Mor on board a 2012 flotilla to Gaza. Mor was detained by the “Shin Bet,” Israel’s General Security Service, upon her return from a vacation in Greece earlier this week.

Shin Bet Detains Hadash Spokeswoman to Glean Intelligence on Gaza-Bound Flotilla

Israel’s “Shin Bet” (General Security Service) detained Reut Mor, a peace activist and spokeswoman for Hadash during the 2015 election campaign for the Knesset, at Ben-Gurion Airport earlier this week upon her return from vacation in Greece. Mor’s detention was apparently an attempt to glean information about Israelis planning to join the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla…

Last December’s oil spill in the Arava Desert

Civil Lawsuit Being Considered against EAPC Following Ecological Damage to Arava

Environmental Protection Ministry officials said on Tuesday, June 23, that they are considering opening a civil lawsuit in addition to the existing criminal investigation against the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) as a result of the firm’s December oil spill in the Arava Desert. Environmental activists gathered at the Knesset to discuss the aftermath of the…

A Palestinian child within a kite in front of the destroyed Al-Nada towers in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, August 4, 2014. The towers had had 90 flats

MK Touma-Sliman on UN’s 2014 Gaza Conflict Report: Submit Allegations of War Crimes to ICC

The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza conflict has gathered substantial information pointing to the possible commission of war crimes by both Israel and Palestinian armed groups. “The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come,” Justice Mary McGowan Davis, chair of…

Extreme-right Yisrael Beitinu chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman as satirized in the television program “Eretz Nehederet”

Lieberman Bill Would Deny Campaign Funding for Hadash Because of Its Support for Boycotting Settlement Products

Chairman of the extreme-right Yisrael Beitinu party, MK Avigdor Lieberman, introduced on Thursday, June 18, a bill to deny all government funding for any party or Knesset member who calls for a boycott, or through their actions encourage a boycott of Israel or Israeli goods from the occupied territories. The legislation, introduced as an amendment…

A WFTU delegation headed by the WFTU General Secretary George Mavrikos with members of the General Union of Palestinian Workers in Athens and PAME as they attempt to deliver at the Israeli embassy in Athens an official resolution of the WFTU supporting the recognition of the Independence of the State of Palestinian within the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Israel Arrests and Illegally Deports WFTU Activist

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) has denounced the illegal and undemocratic acts of airport security officials in Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport against Alexandra Liberi, a Greek journalist, who was travelling legally with all necessary documents to her destination in Palestine. Liberi was arrested on Saturday, June 13, while en route as part…