Palestinian women hold framed photos of imprisoned relatives during a rally commemorating the Palestinian prisoners, Ramallah, West Bank, April 17, 2013. April 17th marks Palestinian Prisoners Day (Photo: Activestills)

Israeli & Palestinian joint statement on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day

Today, on 17 April 2014, Palestinians around the world commemorate Prisoners’ Day in solidarity with thousands of Palestinian prisoners and detainees held in Israeli prisons. To mark this important day in Palestinian society, four human rights organizations: Adalah, Al Mezan, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel; are issuing this…

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,”…