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03 Jan

Early Knesset Elections Campaign Meets with Settler Councils

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to Avichai Mandelblit (R) during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem November 16, 2014. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool/File Photo In its weekly report about Israeli settlement activities in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, the National Bureau for the Defense of Land stated that, following the […]

25 Dec

PCHR Strongly Condemns Israeli Knesset’s Approval of First Preliminary Reading of Bill to Expel Families of Palestinians Involved in Attacks

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR): On Wednesday, 19 December 2018, the Israeli Knesset approved the first preliminary reading of a bill to expel families of Palestinians involved in attacks to other areas in the West Bank. Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) denounces in the strongest terms the approval of […]

20 Nov

Knesset Approves Colonialist Constructions In Silwan

The Israeli Knesset approved, Monday, the construction of residential units for colonialist settlers, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, in the area that Israel has termed “The City of David National Park.” Media sources said 63 Knesset members approved the plan, while 41 others […]

08 Nov

Knesset Members, Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Heavily armed Israeli forces escorted an Israeli Knesset member, Shuli Mualem, as she entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, on Thursday. Head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment, Firas al-Dibs, said that MK Mualem stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque […]

21 Aug

Israeli Government: Knesset Can Make Laws Everywhere in the World, Violate Sovereignty of Foreign States

The Israeli government has declared that “the Knesset [is permitted] to legislate laws everywhere in the world” and that it is authorized “to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries via legislation that would be applied to events occurring in their territories,” in legal materials it recently submitted to the Israeli […]

17 Jul

Israeli Knesset Passes “Breaking The Silence” Bill

The Israeli Knesset approved, on Monday night, the “Breaking The Silence” bill, granting the Minister of Education the power to prevent peace activists from the organization “Breaking the Silence” from entering schools, or to talking to students about their organization. The approved bill passed with 43 Knesset members voting in […]

28 Jun

Knesset Bill to Deduct PA Funds Approved

The Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved a bill, on Wednesday, to deduct funds transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Israeli Ynet news outlet reported, according to Ma’an, that the deduction would be equal to the amount of funds the PA gives to the families of killed Palestinians. […]

31 May

Ashrawi: Knesset Bill a Blow to the Judicial System

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Wednesday, said that the Israeli Knesset bill limiting Palestinian access to Israel’s High Court of Justice is an assault on Israel’s judiciary and Palestinian rights. “This bill is a direct blow to the judicial system and constitutes an attempt at depriving Palestinians […]

15 Mar

Zoabi Excluded from Knesset

The Ethics Committee of the Israeli parliament of the Knesset decided to exclude Arab MK Haneen Zoabi from the Knesset for a week, after she described the Israeli soldiers as “murderers”. Zoabi said, according to Al Ray, that her description of Israeli soldiers is a kind of freedom of expression […]

03 Jan

Extra-Judicial Executions Never Stopped: New Attempts Before Israeli Knesset to Legitimize Killing of Palestinians

The Israeli Knesset intends to vote on Wednesday, 03 January 2018, to amend the Penal Code in order to legalize the use of death penalty against those involved in murders while carrying out “terrorist operations”. The bill was presented before the Knesset on 30 October 2017 by three Israeli extremist […]

27 Dec

Oren Hazan’s Assault is A Stigma to him, to Israeli Knesset and to Israeli Forces

On Monday, 25 December 2017, a group of extremists led by Oren Hazan, Member of Israeli Knesset of the Right-Wing Likud Party, boarded a bus coming from the Gaza Strip and carrying Palestinian prisoners’ families. The families were on their way to visit their sons in Ramon Prison. Videos published […]

22 Dec

Knesset Head to Push Bill Promoting Arabs as Second Class Citizens

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tasked Head of the Israeli Knesset, David Amsalem, to promote the nationality bill, which considers Arabs as second-class citizens. On Wednesday, Amsalem replaced MK David Bitan, who stepped down from the position, amid a corruption investigation against him. “The first mission of the coalition chairman, MK Amsalem, […]

21 Jul

Israeli Bill to Annex Jerusalem Passes Knesset Reading

View of Jerusalem’s Old City district,  seen on April 14, 2014. (AFP/Thomas Coex/File) A bill claiming to be about stopping divisions of Jerusalem by requiring a two-third majority in Israel’s parliament in order to do so, passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset, on Wednesday. The bill, titled “Basic Law: […]

08 Jun

Report: Israeli Planning 67,000 New West Bank Housing Units, Knesset Calls for Total Annexation

Israeli news site Yedioth Ahronoth (Ynet) has published a report on housing unit construction plans made by the West Bank Israeli Settlement Council in order to solve the housing crisis in the Gush Dan settlement bloc. The plans, which were made in agreement with Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant, were presented […]

12 May

Knesset Approves Prelim Reading of ‘Jewish State’ Bill

The Israeli Knesset approved, on Wednesday, a preliminary reading of bill that considers Israel to be a “Jewish” state and considers the whole of Jerusalem as its capital. The reading was approved, according to Days of Palestine, with 48 parliament members voting in favor and 41 voting against, in a tumultuous session […]

14 Feb

Revised Version of ‘Azan Bill’ Approved by Knesset

A revised version of the controversial ‘Muezzin Bill’, which imposes further restrictions on the Muslim call to prayer, traditionally known as the Azan, in Israel and occupied Jerusalem, was approved for vote in the Knesset by Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation, on Sunday afternoon. A draft of the bill, which […]

12 Feb

Knesset Approves Bill Muffling Muslim Call to Prayer

The Israeli Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation, Sunday, gave approval for a new draft of the muezzin bill prohibiting mosques from using loudspeakers for the ‘Azan’, or call to prayer, labeling it noise pollution. The draft bill must be voted on at the Knesset, in three readings, in order to […]

07 Feb

PCHR Strongly Condemns Israeli Knesset’s Approval of “Regularization Bill”

PCHR Strongly Condemns Israeli Knesset’s Approval of “Regulation Bill” and Calls upon International Community to Stop Immediately Treating Israel as State Above Law. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Israeli Knesset’s approval of the “Settlement Regulation Bill”, which allows the theft of Palestinian privately owned lands […]

30 Jan

Knesset to Pass Bill “Legalizing” Settlements, New Sanctions for Palestinians Building without Permits

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset is expected to pass a bill legalizing settlements built on private Palestinian private lands, in its second and third reading. This issue was activated again by direct orders of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Al Ray reports that, according to Haaretz Israeli daily, the bill […]

24 Jan

Palestinians Protest Policies of Occupation in Front of Knesset

Hundreds of Palestinians respond to house demolitions, extrajudicial executions, and the confiscation of Palestinian corpuses with peaceful protest. On Monday, hundreds of Palestinians gathered outside of the Israeli parliament, also known as the Knesset. Protestors outside held signs reading, “This is the Naqab, This is Umm al-Hiran.” Other signs, written […]

28 Dec

Knesset Member Ghattas Released, Placed Under House Arrest

The Israeli Central Court released, Tuesday, Arab Member of Knesset (MK) Bassel Ghattas, after ordering him under strictly-monitored house arrest for ten days, in the town of ar-Rama, in the Galilee, for the ‘crime’ of visiting Palestinian prisoners.   The Israeli prosecutor’s office demanded the court to hold Ghattas under house […]

22 Dec

Knesset Committee Strips Prisoners of Right to Meet with MKs

December 22, 2016 5:31 PM IMEMC News & Agencies News Report 0

Special session of the Knesset to vote Thursday over whether to strip Basel Ghattas of parliamentary immunity. Member of Knesset (MK) Basel Ghattas, a member of the National Democratic Assembly (NDA), is under the watch of Israeli police for allegedly smuggling cell phones to Palestinian “security prisoners.” Police confronted Ghattas […]

10 Dec

Knesset Approves Plans for 770 Housing Units

The Local Committee for Planning and Building for the Israeli occupation municipality in Jerusalem approved, on Wednesday evening, a plan to build 770 housing units in the Gilo neighborhood, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem. Haaretz Israeli newspaper reported, according to Al Ray, that the committee also approved a new […]

18 Nov

Knesset Advances Bill to Legalize Vigilante Confiscation of Palestinian Land

A bill to retroactively legalize Israeli settlements advances in the Knesset. Israeli defense minister begs: wait for Donald Trump presidency. The so-called formalization bill, which would retroactively legalize illegal settlements built on privately owned Palestinian land, passed its first reading on Wednesday afternoon, Haaretz reports. In essence, the bill rewards […]

09 Nov

Knesset Authorizes Bill to Ban BDS Supporters from Israel

A bill preventing supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering Israel was authorized on Monday,  for its first reading in the Israeli parliament, according to Israeli media. Ma’an News Agency reports that, according to the Jerusalem Post, the interior committee of the  Israeli parliament (Knesset) approved […]

02 Aug

Knesset Rebukes Zoabi

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset rebuked Palestinian MK Hanin Zoabi  over her remarks about Israeli soldiers who participated in the Mavi Maramra attack, in which she described them as murderers. The committee of behavior at the Knesset said that Zoabi’s remarks were “extreme, provokable and untrue,” according to Al Ray […]

12 Jul

Knesset Approves Controversial NGO Law

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset has approved a controversial law forcing NGOs to declare the funds they receive from foreign state entities, with opposition saying the legislation will lead to the growth of “fascism.” The law was approved with 57 votes to 48 on Tuesday, according to Press TV/Al […]

30 Jun

Zoabi: Netanyahu Requests Expulsion of MK from Knesset (VIDEO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Wednesday, spoke with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit regarding the possible expulsion of Arab MK Hanin Zoabi from the Knesset. Netanyahu’s demand came following Zoabi’s condemnation of the continued Israeli crimes against Palestinians and calls for lifting Gaza siege. “With her actions and lies she […]

14 Jun

Knesset: Racist “Emergency Provision” on Family Unification Law Extended for 13th Year

The Israeli Parliament of the Knesset voted, on Monday evening, to re-extend Israel’s “Citizenship and Entry into Israel” provision, which prohibits Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip from automatically obtaining legal status in Israel or annexed East Jerusalem by way of family unions.   The law […]

30 Mar

Knesset Approves First Reading of MK Suspension Bill

The Israeli Knesset approved the suspension of lawmakers accused of backing ‘terrorism’, a bill which seems to target Arab MPs, while PM Netanyahu has ordered Palestinian bodies held by the military not to be returned.Fifty-nine lawmakers voted for the bill, widely seen to be targeting the Arab-led bloc after three […]

18 Feb

The Ethnic Cleansing of the Knesset

On February 8th, the Knesset Ethics Committee suspended three Joint List Members of Knesset (MK) for several months. The committee suspended the MKs for visiting Palestinian families that were mourning a relative killed by Israeli forces but had yet to receive their bodies for burial from the Israeli authorities.The MKs’ […]

12 Nov

ISIS – Israeli Style, In Knesset Too

November 12, 2015 11:31 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli attacks, Opinion/Analysis, Palestine 0

New photos recently emerged, and were also published by Israeli TV Channel 2, of Israeli soldiers — mostly masked — expressing their support to the “Lehava” Israeli terrorist organization, largely ignored by western corporate media agencies, especially in the United States, while explicitly calling for the killing of Palestinians. They […]

03 Nov

Knesset Approves 3-year Minimum Jail Sentence for Throwing Stones

November 3, 2015 11:25 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The Israeli Knesset approved, by second and third reading, minimum prison terms for stone-throwing attacks against vehicles or pedestrians.In a vote of 51 to 17, lawmakers approved a series of amendments to Israel’s Criminal Law, raising the minimum prison sentence for stone-throwing to three years. The law also strips parents […]

01 Aug

Israeli Knesset Approves Amendment Allowing Force-feeding of Prisoners on Hunger Strike

August 1, 2015 9:06 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

Israel Legalizes Torture against Palestinian Prisoners; On Thursday, 30 July 2015, the Israeli Knesset passed in the second and third readings an amendment to the so-called ‘Law to Prevent Harm of Hunger Strike’ allowing force-feeding of prisoners.This step came in challenge of all international warnings to Israel to prevent passing […]

22 Jul

Stone Throwing Bill Passes in Knesset

Israeli Knesset passed, on Monday evening, a bill allowing Palestinian youth caught throwing stones to be held up to 20 years in prison.The bill stipulates that youth who throw stones at Israeli vehicles can be sent to prison for up to 10 years, even without having to prove harmful intent […]

13 Jul

Knesset Postpones Vote on Execution of Palestinian Prisoners

July 13, 2015 12:52 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Sunday, gave instructions to his ministers to vote against the bill which allows execution of Palestinian prisoners, saying that he opposed it. The order came during Netanyahu’s meeting with the Likud party ministers. According to the Hebrew broadcast, the bill might be discussed three months […]

12 Jul

Israeli Knesset brings back bill to forcibly transfer Palestinian Bedouins

The Israeli Knesset (Parliament) announced that on Sunday July 12th, they will bring back a bill to forcibly remove 40,000 Palestinian Bedouins from their homes in the Negev desert in southern Israel.The bill had been tabled in 2013 after widespread international condemnation of the forced transfer plan. According to Article […]

09 Jul

Knesset Votes to Force Feed Hunger Strikers

Israeli politicians have voted to continue work on a bill to allow hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners to be force-fed. Those who oppose it have argued that this is meant to silence convicts through torture similar to the force-feeding in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.On Mondy night, the vote at the Knesset […]

24 Jun

Knesset Debate: Lawmaker to Join Gaza Flotilla

June 24, 2015 12:59 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

The Knesset is currently holding a ‘heated debate’ on whether or not to rescind the diplomatic immunity of MK Basel Ghattas of the Joint List party, after he announced on Monday his intention to join the international Freedom Flotilla in its attempt to break the Israeli siege of Gaza.Ghattas has […]

09 Dec

Israeli Knesset to Vote on Dissolution December 12th

December 9, 2014 4:34 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Knesset is expected to vote on Monday, the 12th of December, 2014, on dissolving itself and officially setting March 17 as the date for the next general election.According to Haaretz, the meeting is expected to take place at 4 p.m., and will convene for the second and third readings […]

03 Dec

Netanyahu To Dissolve Knesset

December 3, 2014 4:01 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his current government became incapable of running the country’s affairs, and that he intends to dissolve the Knesset, to arrange new general elections as soon as possible.His statements came in a press conference he held, on Tuesday evening, hours after he fired Finance Minister […]

24 Nov

Knesset Approves $5.2m for East Jerusalem ‘Settlement Security’

The Israeli Knesset Finance Committee recently approved an additional 20 million NIS (roughly $5.2 million) for funding security in settlements built in occupied East Jerusalem.Estimations made by Israeli Finance Ministry place the cost of protecting each settler in these Palestinian neighborhoods amounts to approximately 30,000 shekels per year, according to […]

16 Oct

Fanatic MK Calls For Firing Arab MK Tibi From Knesset

October 16, 2014 11:36 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Member of Knesset (MK) Miri Regev of the Likud Party of Benjamin Netanyahu called for firing Arab (MK) Dr. Ahmad Tibi from the Knesset, and to strip him from his privileges. Regev said that MK Tibi, of the Arab Movement for Change, flew to London “to convince British legislators […]

24 Sep

Knesset to Fight High Court After Asylum Ruling

September 24, 2014 11:47 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Prominent Knesset members propose curbing the powers of Israel’s High Court following Monday’s ruling that upended official policy concerning asylum seekers by ruling legislation illegal.23 September 2014 | Alternative Information Center | Sergio Yahni The court ruled, in the wake of a petition filed by six human rights groups, that […]

23 Sep

Knesset Passes New Bill Preventing Pardon for Palestinian Prisoners

September 23, 2014 2:15 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Israeli Parliament of the Knesset passed, on Monday, a bill which prohibits the grant of pardon or the ease of sentence for Palestinian prisoners by reducing it, in case of a political deal or prisoner exchange.According to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency, the bill restricts the powers given […]

24 Jun

Knesset Postpones Vote on Force-feeding

The Israeli Knesset has postponed voting on a bill facilitating the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners, in its second and third reading, as some political parties have objected. Meanwhile, Israeli Prison Services (IPS) has imposed a string of punitive measures against Palestinian detainees, following a cabinet decision to worsen their conditions.Israeli […]

11 Jun

Hunger Strike: Knesset Member Proposes No-Confidence Vote Against Israeli Government

Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, Masoud Ghanim, has proposed a no-confidence motion against the Israeli government. Concerned about the critical health situation of Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners, Ghanim proposed the no-confidence vote on behalf of Arab parliamentary groups today, WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency reports. Ghnaim stated to the […]

28 May

Knesset Draft Bill: NGOs Receiving Foreign Funds = ‘Foreign Agents’

A new draft bill initiated by the Jewish Home and Likud Beitenu members of the Knesset aims to define non-governmental organizations or Israeli individuals who receive funding from foreign countries as ‘foreign agents’.27 May 2014 | Alternative Information Center (AIC) | Beit Sahour Under the bill, contributions from foreign countries […]

20 Mar

WCC Expresses Concern over Knesset Law

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit expressed ‘grave concern’ about a law recently passed by the Israeli Knesset, on February 24, which defines the status of Palestinian Arab Christians in the state of Israel, said a statement issued on Tuesday. Top officials of the Catholic […]

19 Mar

Knesset to Approve Extension of Law Prohibiting Palestinian Reunification

It is expected that the Israeli Knesset will approve, on Wednesday, the extension of a law which prohibits Palestinian families from reunification for another year.Haaretz daily newspaper said that this law prohibits Palestinian reunification, claiming that it constitutes a security risk. The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, which is […]

11 Mar

Knesset Opposition to Boycott Parliament This Week

Israeli opposition parties in the Knesset announced, Sunday, that they will not be taking part in discussions and will vote on three contentious bills which the government is attempting to pass this week: the governability bill, the Ultra-Orthodox Jews draft bill and the peace-process referendum bill.The Alternative Information Center reports […]

20 Feb

Knesset Bill to Deprive 1948 Prisoners of Insurance

Israeli Knesset passed, on Wednesday, in its first reading, a bill to deprive Palestinian prisoners from 1948 territories of national insurance benefits, upon their release from Israeli jails, amidst increased violations in the month of January.“We can’t imagine the Israeli government to release those prisoners and allocate cash allowances for […]

17 Dec

Prawer Plan Resurfaces In Knesset

[December 16, 2013] The Prawer Plan may not be shelved after all, reports +972. Just four days after the co-author of the Prawer law, Benny Begin, announced the halting of the bill which would see the internal displacement of some 40,000 Bedouin in the Negev, the former Israeli army general […]

18 Dec

Knesset Head: “Jerusalem Not Part of Negotiations”

December 18, 2012 5:14 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli Settlement, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Head of the Israeli Knesset, Reuven Rivlin, of the Likud Party of Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that settlement construction in Jerusalem will continue, and claimed that Israel will never give-up control over occupied East Jerusalem under any peace agreement with the Palestinians.He claimed that Israel’s construction and control over the E1 […]

16 Oct

Knesset Disbands, Israel Spears For Elections

October 16, 2012 2:53 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israel has officially started its new season for the 12th Knesset elections after 100 Members of Knesset (MK), out of 120, voted for early elections, and set January of 2013 as the official date for the new elections.The Knesset held a 3-hour session that included speeches by Israeli Prime Minister, […]

01 Aug

Palestinian Member of the Israeli Knesset to Speak in Ireland

August 1, 2012 5:55 PM IMEMC News Feature, Human rights, International 0

Palestinian citizen of Israel Haneen Zoabi, who was elected to the Israeli Knesset in 2009, will embark on a speaking tour of Ireland next week according to a press release from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC).The Palestine News Network (PNN) reported that Zoabi is the first Palestinian woman in […]

12 Jul

Hackers Penetrate Knesset Website

July 12, 2012 2:48 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

A group of hackers calling themselves “Pirates Of Gaza, the Winds of Victory”, managed Thursday to hack the official webpage of the Israeli Knesset, and replaced its front page with information about Israeli leaders. The group demanded that Israel halt its settlement activities in the West Bank, in addition to […]

16 May

Finance Committee of the Knesset Ratifies Allocation of NIS 44 million Support Settlements

The Palestinian News Network has reported that the Finance Committee of the Knesset approved on Tuesday the allocation of NIS 44 million to support settlements in the West Bank, and agreed to cut NIS 17 million from support for settlement outposts. Israeli Newspaper ‘Yedioth Ahronoth’ reported online on Tuesday evening […]

09 May

Knesset To Discuss Formal Accession of Kadima to Government Coalition

May 9, 2012 1:57 PM Regina Qumsieh Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Palestinian News Network reported that the Knesset will be discussing today the agreement of the Kadima opposition party to join the Likud-led governent Coalition.The President of the Israeli Knesset, Reuven Rivlin, has indicated that he fears that recent political developments will prejudice the role of the Knesset because of […]

18 Jan

Knesset Committee Removes Dr. Tibi For One Week

January 18, 2012 3:44 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The so-called “Ethics Committee” of the Israeli Knesset decided to remove member of Knesset (MK) Dr. Ahmad Tibi, from participating in Knesset sessions for one week, for strongly denouncing Mk Anastasia Michaeli of the “Israel Our Home” fundamentalist Party, and for writing a poem directly attacking her.It is worth mentioning […]

31 Aug

Head of Knesset: Zionism is a Policyof Settlement

August 31, 2011 11:35 PM George Rishmawi Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Reuven Rivlin, head of the Israeli Knesset said on Wednesday that all ‘the land of Israel’ belongs to the Jewish people and peace will never prevail until the Palestinians accept to live together with the Jews on this land.Rivlin’s statement came during his visit to the illegal settlement of Itamar […]

04 Aug

Knesset Report Does Not Predict Violence in September

A report to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee indicates that intelligence officials do not expect Palestinian violence in September. It predicts peaceful protests, but recommends activating reserves as a precaution according to sources at Ynet.The report, which was presented to the Knesset committee on Wednesday, claims that Palestinians […]

04 Aug

Israeli Knesset considers bill to end ‘democratic’ element of Israeli state

August 4, 2011 7:39 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

A new law currently under consideration by the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) recognizes the inherent contradiction in Israel’s self-definition as both a ‘democratic’ and Jewish state, and calls on the government to favor Jewish law and traditions over democracy.Forty legislators have sponsored the bill, including the majority of Knesset members from […]

04 Aug

Knesset Committee: “Palestinian UN Bid Would Harm Israel Internationally”

August 4, 2011 10:37 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The Foreign Affairs and Security Committee of the Israeli Knesset stated that the Palestinian UN bid to seek international recognition of an independent state this coming September, will worsen Israel’s stance in the international arena, and could lead to “ongoing escalation”.The Committee will publish its report on the issue later […]

28 Jul

Knesset Grants Fundamentalist Settlement Groups Admin “National Gardens” Rights

On Wednesday, The Israeli Knesset approved in Preliminary Reading a law that allows “nonprofit” and nongovernmental fundamentalist Israeli settler groups, especially the El Ad group, administrative power to run the so-called “National Gardens in David’s City”, in Silwan Palestinian neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem. El Ad is a fundamentalist extremist […]

19 Jul

Israeli Knesset member stripped of rights for participating in 2010 flotilla

July 19, 2011 6:28 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Palestinian-Israeli Member of the Knesset (Parliament) Hanin Zoabi has been stripped of her rights as a Parliamentarian, and will be prevented from addressing the Knesset and participating in votes until the end of the current legislative session.A ruling made by the Ethics Committee of the Knesset on Monday stripped Zoabi […]

13 Jul

Knesset Set To Vote On Law Allowing Probing Of Israeli Leftist Groups

Just one day after the controversial Boycott Bill was passed by the Israeli Knesset the Yisrael Beiteinu faction has announced its intention to table a vote on a law setting up commissions of inquiry into left wing group’s activity in Israel, according to YNet.Following the passing of a law that […]

12 Jul

Knesset Set To Vote On Boycott Bill

The Israeli Knesset is Monday set to vote on a bill that will make illegal the boycott of Israeli goods, including Israeli settlement goods, in the state of Israel. The “Boycott Bill” is due to undergo a second and third vote Monday which would see it passed into law.The Knesset […]

29 Jun

‘Hacktivist’ Group To Target Israeli Knesset

The decentralised hacker group ‘Anonomous’ have declared the next target of their Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDOS) to be the Israeli Knesset. The group, which are an anonymous collection of decentralised Internet hackers, have announced July 28th as the date for their planned attack on the Israeli Knesset web […]

06 Jan

Knesset to Vote on Proposal to Investigate Organizations Critical of Israeli Military

January 6, 2011 1:43 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The Knesset will vote on Wednesday on a proposal initiated by Yisrael Beiteinu to establish a committee of inquiry into groups that are critical of human rights violations committed by the Israeli military.According to Haaretz, the proposal has the backing of a majority in the Knesset, including Likud, Shas, Habayit […]

01 Jan

Knesset Approves NIS 2 billion to Settlements in the New Year’s Budget

January 1, 2011 3:19 AM IMEMC News Israeli Settlement, News Report, West Bank 0

The Israeli Knesset approved its 2011-2012 budget on Wednesday, which includes two billion shekels (approx. US$ 564 million) to settlements construction, services and security, Israeli daily Haaretz reported. According to the budget, in 2011, 200 new housing units will be marketed in the settlement of Maaleh Adumim, west Jerusalem, and […]

16 Dec

Knesset Members Call for Execution of Former MK Bishara

December 16, 2010 3:44 AM IMEMC News Human rights, Israel, News Report 0

Several Israeli Knesset members have demanded the assassination of the ex-Arab MK Bishara after listing him as ‘terrorist’, Quds Press reported on Wednesday. The Knesset members made the call during approval of the first reading of the ‘Azmi Bishara Bill’ which stipulates stripping Dr. Bishara of payment of parliamentary pension. […]

13 Dec

Knesset Approves New Law Preventing Detainees From Meeting Lawyers For Six Month

December 13, 2010 11:21 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The Legal Committee of the Israeli Knesset decided on Monday to approve a new draft submitted by the Israeli Interior Minister, Yitzhak Aharanovitch, in which he demanded that Palestinian detainees, imprisoned on nationalistic/political grounds, should not be allowed to meet their lawyers up to six months after their arrest, the […]

23 Nov

Israeli Knesset Passes Referendum Bill

November 23, 2010 9:21 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

With a majority of 65 votes in favor and 33 opposing, the Israeli Knesset passed the Referendum Bill in the second and third readings, thus requiring a public majority referendum vote and the votes of 60 members of Knesset (MK’s) in order to approve any withdrawal from occupied Jerusalem and […]

06 Aug

Police Attacks Residents, Arab Members of Knesset, in the Negev

August 6, 2010 1:07 AM Saed Bannoura Human rights, Israel, News Report 0

Salem Abu Mdeighim, field researcher of the Adalah center, stated that a large Israeli police force attacked on Wednesday the residents of al-Araqeeb village in the Negev, and demolished their homes for the second time this week. The police also attacked the researcher of Adalah along with dozens of residents […]

14 Jul

Knesset Revokes Privileges of Arab MK Over Participation In Gaza Flotilla

July 14, 2010 1:06 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The Israeli Knesset held a vote that led to revoking the parliamentary privileges of Arab Member of Knesset, Hanin Zoabi, as a punishment for her participation in the Freedom Flotilla that was heading to Gaza to deliver humanitarian supplies. 34 members of Knesset voted for stripping the Arab MK of […]

10 Jun

New Knesset Bill To Demand Sending P.A Money To Settlements

June 10, 2010 2:01 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

25 fundamentalist members of Israeli Knesset submitted a bill proposing that the Knesset transfer money allocated to the Palestinian Authority to Jewish settlements, to punish the Palestinians for their boycott campaign.The Knesset members said that this bill is meant to compensate Jewish settlers hurt by the Palestinian boycott and divestment […]

07 Jun

Knesset Revokes Privileges of MK Zo’by for Flotilla Participation

June 7, 2010 8:40 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

The Israeli Knesset house committee decided to revoke three key parliamentarian privileges of MK Zo’by for being part of the Freedom Flotilla that was carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. The decision was passed by a majority of seven to one, with MK Ilan Gilon of Meretz opposing. One is the […]

24 Mar

Three Fundamentalist Knesset Members To Tour the Al Aqsa Mosque

March 24, 2010 12:21 PM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Three Israeli Knesset members of the National Union fundamentalist party stated that they intend to tour the yards of the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Wednesday. The three, Uri Ariel, Michael Ben-Ari, and Arieh Eldad, said that the motive of this tour is to protest the cancellation of “festivities […]

23 Feb

Knesset Approves Bill To “Compensate Jewish Refugees”

February 23, 2010 6:51 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, News Report, Refugees/Immigration 0

The Israeli Knesset debated and passed a new bill on Monday evening to ensure compensations are paid to Jews who are “refugees” from Iran and other Arab states as part of any future peace deal. OSCAILTIMAGE(attachments/feb2010/knesset.jpg 300 0) Knesset The Israeli Knesset debated and passed a new bill on Monday […]

21 Jul

Brown address the Israeli Knesset (Parliament)

In the first ever Knesset address by a British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown on Monday hailed Israel’s successes in the 60 years since its establishment as the manifestation of ‘boundless capacity of mind and spirit.’ Brown pledged in his speech to stand by Israel and condemn threats against the country […]

21 Jul

Brown se dirige al Knesset (Parlamento) Israelí

July 21, 2008 10:14 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report 0

En la primera alocución que nunca hubiera dirigido un Primer Ministro Británico al Knesset, Gordon Brown felicitó el lunes los éxitos de Israel en los 60 años desde su establecimiento, como la manifestación de la “capacidad ilimitada de mente y espíritu.” Brown prometió en su discurso apoyar a Israel y […]

18 Jul

Miembro del Knesset Árabe: “La policía trata a los árabes como enemigos del Estado”

July 18, 2008 2:55 AM Saed Bannoura News Report 0

Talab Al Sane’, miembro Árabe del Knesset (Parlamento) Israelí, y presidente del Bloque Árabe Unido, presentó al Knesset, el caso de Sabri AL Jirjawi, un residente Árabe del pueblo de Wadi Al Ni’am en el Negev que fue matado por policías Israelíes. Al Sane’ alegó que Al Jirjawi fue matado […]

01 Jul

Knesset approves law barring withdrawals without referendum

July 1, 2008 12:13 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

On Monday evening the Israeli Knesset approved by preliminary reading a new law barring any withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories without a referendum or an approval; by a minimum of two thirds Knesset majority. The law passed by a margin of 65 members of the Knesset to […]

01 Jul

El Knesset aprueba la ley para impedir la retirada de los asentamientos sin referéndum

July 1, 2008 12:13 PM Saed Bannoura News Report 0

El lunes por la noche el Knesset o Parlamento israelí aprobó la lectura preliminar de una nueva ley que impedirá la retirada de los territorios palestinos y árabes ocupados sin un referéndum o una aprobación por una mayoría mínima de dos tercios del Knesset.La ley fue aprobada por un margen […]

24 Jun

Diputados árabes del Knesset critican duramente las declaraciones de Livni

June 24, 2008 3:13 PM Saed Bannoura News Report 0

Los miembros árabes del Knesset israelí, Wasel Taha y Jamal Zahalka, rechazaron la declaración de la Ministra de Asuntos Exteriores, Tzipi Livni, quien afirmó en la Universidad de Tel Aviv que los árabes en Israel pueden permanecer en el país, pero deben reconocerlo como el Hogar Nacional de pueblo judío. […]

05 Jun

El miembro Árabe del Knesset pide mejoras en las condiciones de detenidas Palestinas

June 5, 2008 6:01 AM Saed Bannoura News Report 0

El miembro Árabe del Knesset (Parlamento Israelí), Mohammad Baraka, mandó el miércoles una carta el Ministro de Seguridad Interna Israelí, Avian Dichter, pidiéndole que mejore las condiciones de vida de las presas políticas Palestinas encarceladas por Israel en las instalaciones carcelarias de Ha-Sharon.La carta de Baraka es consecuencia de haber […]

17 May

Knesset members: “Bush more Zionist than Olmert”

After the US President, George W. Bush, gave a speech at the Israeli Knesset on Thursday, several right wing members of Knesset said that “Bush seems to be more Zionist the Olmert”, and that “it is better to have Bush as a PM instead of Olmert”.Some of the Knesset members […]

17 May

Miembros del Knesset: ‘Bush más sionista que Olmert’

May 17, 2008 7:12 AM Saed Bannoura News Report 0

Después de que el Presidente de los EE.UU, George W. Bush, pronunciase un discurso en el Knesset israelí el jueves, varios miembros del ala derecha de la Knesset dijeron que ‘Bush parece ser más sionista que Olmert’ y que ‘es mejor tener a Bush como Primer Ministro en lugar de […]

08 Mar

MK Lieberman holds Arab members of Knesset responsible for the recent attack in Jerusalem

On Friday, Member of Knesset Avigdor Lieberman, a leader in the extremist Yisrael Beiteinu party, stated that Arab members of Knesset were to blame for the recent attack on a religious school in Jerusalem. MK Lieberman is known for his extreme views including advocating the forced expulsion of ethnic Arabs […]

14 Feb

Israeli Knesset to discuss the demolishing of 246 homes in Al Teera

February 14, 2008 11:04 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The Israeli Knesset discussed on Wednesday demolishing orders which were issued against 246 houses in Al Teera Arab town within the Israeli boundaries. The deliberations were made after Sheikh Abbas Zakkour, from the Arab United Bloc, filed a proposal to discuss this issue at the Knesset session.At the end of […]

23 Apr

Dr. Azmi Bishara resigns from Knesset, Police close his office

April 23, 2007 4:06 PM George Rishmawi Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Arab Member of Knesset Dr. Azmi Bishara submitted his resignation to the Israeli Embassy in Cairo- Egypt on Sunday. Israel closes his office in Jerusalem and his successor Sa’eed Naffa’ takes over.Arab Member of Knesset Dr. Azmi Bishara submitted his resignation to the Israeli Embassy in Cairo- Egypt on Sunday. […]

21 Mar

Israeli Knesset to extend law baring family unifications

March 21, 2007 10:26 AM Saed Bannoura Human rights, Israel, News Report 0

An Israeli online daily reported on Wednesday at dawn that the Knesset is expected to vote on Wednesday on the extension of a controversial citizenship law. The law would bar family unification for Palestinians married to Israeli citizens, and Israeli residents married to citizens of what was described as “enemy […]

21 Feb

Israel holds a Knesset session on captured soldiers

February 21, 2007 5:44 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Six months after the United Nations issued it resolution number 1701 calling for the release of the captured Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah and Palestinian fighters, Israel officially adopted the resolution after realizing that there is no other way to release the captives. Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, told the families […]

01 Feb

40 members of Knesset sign petition calling for impeachment of Katsav

February 1, 2007 5:36 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

A petition calling for the removal of President Moshe Katsav from office was submitted to the Knesset House Committee on Wednesday. The petition was signed by 40 Knesset members.The petition requests the Knesset House Committee to discuss and recommend removing Katsav from office due to his conducts that “rendered him […]

17 Jan

Several members of Knesset call on Olmert to resign

January 17, 2007 3:05 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli sources reported that several Knesset members from different parties called on the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, to resign or suspend his position after the state prosecution ordered police to open a criminal probe into Olmert’s involvement in the state's sale of a controlling interest in Bank Leumi. Israeli […]

11 Jan

Israeli Knesset approves preliminary proposal to revoke citizenship of `unpatriotic` Israelis

January 11, 2007 2:42 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The general assembly of the Israeli Knesset approved in preliminary reading on Wednesday a proposal of a new Israeli law that authorizes the Israeli district court to withdraw citizenship from any Israeli who is proven to be not loyal to Israel”.  The acts of “disloyalty” include visiting an “enemy state” […]

28 Nov

Knesset Foreign and Security Committee criticizes ceasefire

November 28, 2006 10:37 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli Army Chief of Staff, Dan Halutz, criticized during a meeting to the Knesset Foreign and Security Committee the decision making process that led to the declaration of ceasefire with the Palestinians, and claimed that the army was partly involved in the decision. Meanwhile, Israel’s Defense Minister, Amir Peretz, warned […]

20 Sep

Following visit to Syria, two Arab legislators banned from Knesset

September 20, 2006 6:17 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli Knesset “Ethics Committee “ decided to ban Arab members of Knesset Jamal Zahalka and Ibrahim Sarsour  from the Knesset for three days over a trip they made to Syria about two weeks ago, Israeli sources reported. Zahalka, member of the National Democratic Assembly, arrived at the International Investigations Unit […]

14 Sep

Arab members of Knesset arrived in Lebanon

September 14, 2006 8:53 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Arab Lawmakers at the Israeli Knesset arrived on Thursday in Lebanon for a two-day visit that will include a meeting with the Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora on Friday. Three Arab members of Knesset conducted a visit to Syria before heading to Lebanon. Israeli online daily Haaretz reported that the […]