Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed to an open-ended ceasefire on August 26 after seven weeks of fighting – an uneasy deal that halted the Protective Edge operation, with more than 2,200 killed.
Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed to an open-ended ceasefire on August 26 after seven weeks of fighting – an uneasy deal that halted the Protective Edge operation, with more than 2,200 killed.
The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) began their current operation against Hamas after three teens were kidnapped and killed. The military op has already claimed over 1,500 civilian lives in Gaza.
The Yesha Council plans to launch their own diplomatic initiative against any International Criminal Court war crimes suits, including sending a folder to The Hague explaining that the West Bank is not occupied and that Israel’s presence there is good for the Palestinians.
The document, which is likely to be sent out in the next few weeks was first published on the Hebrew news website Ynet.
The former president of Rabbis for Human Rights was violently assaulted by a far-right Israeli settler on Wednesday, April 7 near the illegal Maale Ahuvia outpost in the occupied Palestinian territories. Video footage of the brutal attack shows Rabbi Arik Ascherman conversing with a masked settler, then suddenly being attacked by another who repeatedly beats him with a long wooden club while, off-camera, cries of “No violence” are intoned.
According to Zo Haderech, Ascherman arrived at the scene after he had been contacted by local Palestinians.
7. April 2021
If the U.S. wins its appeal, Julian Assange will face prosecution under a severe espionage law with roots in the British Official Secrets Act that is part of a history of repression of press freedom, reports Joe Lauria.
„Today marks two full years that Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange has been incarcerated at Belmarsh prison,“ said Rebecca Vincent, director of international campaigns at Reporters Without Borders. „Shame on the U.S. and U.K. It’s time to free Assange.“
BERLIN — Germany’s government plans to ask lawmakers to grant it stronger powers in order to introduce a nationwide lockdown as the country is gripped by a third wave of the coronavirus.
The country’s approach has so far been to have the governors of Germany’s 16 states agree to any nationwide pandemic policies. But as calls from public health officials have grown stronger for a new nationwide lockdown in recent weeks, Chancellor Angela Merkel has had trouble gaining all of the governors’ support.
In Germany, politics is supposed to be dull. Everything about the system — its carefully calibrated federalism, support for the European Union and emphasis on coalitions and consensus — is calculated to keep public life as stable as possible. Under normal conditions it works well enough — even if it often puts outsiders to sleep.
But then came the pandemic.
Changing the law comes with considerable risk for Merkel: enshrining specific infection rates in legislation could require her government to put the law to endless ad-hoc parliamentary votes as the pandemic situation changes. A more permanent power-grab could in turn be blocked by the Bundesrat, the constitutional body through which the states participate in the legislative process.
Backing the idea of the Chancellor taking control of the situation, Norbert Roettgen, who was defeated by Mr Laschet, Prime Minister of North Rhine Westphalia, in the CDU leadership contest earlier this year, said: “At the beginning of the crisis, the decision-making in the Minister-President Conference was okay.
“But it has become dysfunctional in the meantime.
Beide Parolen spielen einem gelenkten Staat in die Hände, der sich weigert die Verfassung, (internationales) Recht und sogar die eigene ausführende Gesetzgebung einzuhalten, sondern stattdessen die Republik zugunsten der ihm vorgesetzten „Vereinigten Staaten“ endlich loswerden will. Weil ihm das so befohlen wurde.
The most extreme possibility being considered is a perimeter closure of the entire country to stop tourists taking trips abroad.
On Friday Merkel administration figures insisted her move was not about calling into question Germany’s postwar federal system, which gives state considerable political autonomy. But they said the decentralised system, which allowed quick and local responses on testing a year ago, had become an impediment now to coherent infection prevention.
A year into the pandemic – and despite a world-leading vaccine rollout that is de-risking Covid more and more by the day – we are moving glacially out of lockdown. What’s more, we are told that social distancing may be here to stay for a long while yet. Even worse, the introduction of domestic vaccine passports – the transformation of Britain into a ‘papers, please’ society – now seems inevitable.
Parliament hasn’t even been guaranteed a vote on them, as Boris, doughty liberal that he is, continues to rule by decree.
The fear that should now be nesting within the breast of every Israeli is of extreme moves by Netanyahu
Lawmaker Ofer Cassif, the sole Jewish member of the predominantly Arab Joint List faction, had his glasses broken and shirt torn, outlet N12 reported.
The out-of-ordinary incident occurred in a weekly rally of some hundreds of people who came to protest against the evacuation of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for Jewish residents, according to outlet Haaretz.
A statement issued by Buckingham Palace just after midday spoke of the Queen’s „deep sorrow“ following his death at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.
He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
Jake Hurfurt, head of research and investigations at Big Brother Watch, said:
“Netcompany’s chilling endorsement of segregated events and biosurveillance of our family members is a warning of the road Covid passes would lead us down.
“This contract shows that ministers misled Parliament and the public, claiming for months there were no plans for Covid passes and still claiming today that no decision has been made. This contract exposes the reality that work began on Covid certificates a long time ago.“
Democrats were more likely than Republicans to support a vaccine passport, while independent voters were evenly split on the issue.
Roughly 70 percent of Democratic voters said the government should create such a system, while 60 percents of Republican voters said the opposite.
For the prime minister, it’s all about him. Always. For him, Holocaust Remembrance Day is just another opportunity to make a political speech, a self-serving tirade. As a bonus encore, just to make things even more politicized, this year’s speech also included a warning to President Joe Biden on Iran.
Israel, Mr. Netanyahu declared, “will not be committed” to a new agreement with Iran, if such an agreement is reached as a result of renewed nuclear negotiations. In Mr. Netanyahu’s world, the year is always 1938, Iran is Nazi Germany, the world is intoxicated with appeasement and he is the improved reincarnation of Winston Churchill.
„At a time when we are moving forward, there are things that can take us backwards. The nuclear deal with Iran is on the table again,“ Netanyahu said.
„These type of deals with extremist regimes are worth nothing. To our good friends as well, I say, ‚the deal with Iran that poses an threatens our destruction will not obligate us.‘ There is only one thing that we will be committed to – deterring all those who wish to annihilate us from achieving their goal,“ the prime minister said.
– Study shows Britain’s cases, deaths and hospitalisations has fallen to levels as low as those seen last July
– Epidemiologist professor Tim Spector of King’s College says UK’s figures are among the lowest in Europe
– University College London modelling suggested UK could pass threshold for herd immunity next week
– Tory MPs said increasingly positive data should result in Boris Johnson speeding up exit from lockdown
“Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners,” a senior State Department official wrote in an emailed statement to CNBC.
“The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” said the spokesperson, Zhao Lijian. “The international community including the U.S. Olympic Committee will not accept it.”
Das US-Außenministerium will mit Verbündeten über einen möglichen Boykott der Olympischen Winterspiele 2022 in Peking sprechen. Auf die Nachfrage, ob sich die USA bereits in Gesprächen befinden, um einen gemeinsamen Boykott in Betracht zu ziehen oder zu planen, sagte Sprecher Ned Price auf einer Pressekonferenz gestern: „Das ist etwas, das wir sicherlich diskutieren wollen.“
The testimony of former Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua, who alleges that Benjamin Netanyahu sought favorable coverage in exchange for regulatory relief for Walla’s owners Bezeq, is set to continue in the third day of the prime minister’s trial, just 24 hours after President Reuven Rivlin reluctantly tasked him with forming a government.
Netanyahu to speak with right-wing and religious allies from Shas, UTJ and Religious Zionist party
Gideon Sa’ar promised Israel a ’new hope,‘ and termed replacing Netanyahu the most important national mission. But his hope lasted exactly two weeks
Indirekte Verhandlungen zur Rettung des Internationalen Atomabkommens von 2015 haben heute in Wien begonnen. Spitzendiplomaten und -diplomatinnen der sechs Vertragspartner – Iran, USA, Russland, China, Großbritannien, Frankreich und Deutschland – wollen in den nächsten Tagen und Wochen versuchen, zwischen dem Iran und den USA zu vermitteln.
“The restoration of JCPOA will not happen immediately. It will take some time. How long? Nobody knows,” he wrote. “The most important thing after today’s meeting of the Joint Commission is that practical work towards achieving this goal has started.”
They told him that Nir Hefetz, Netanyahu’s former media advisor, told them that an investigation had been opened and that „all of them needed to coordinate their stories.“
„They proposed that I say that I initiated everything, that it was for ideological reasons, that I didn’t want the site to be leftist,“ Yeshua said.
„They said that I needed to erase all of our correspondence,“ to which Yeshua objected, and said he told Elovitch that he was concerned that he would accidentally lose private photos. According to Yeshua, the two pressed him to delete the photos and said it critical that he did it.
“I know the position held by many, that the president should not give the role to a candidate that is facing criminal charges,” Rivlin added, noting that this was “not an easy decision.” The charges facing Israel’s longest-serving premier – including bribery, fraud and breach of trust – posed an extraordinary choice for the Rivlin over whether “morality” should be a factor in who should lead a government.
Angesichts des Korruptionsprozesses gegen den Regierungschef sei es keine leichte Entscheidung gewesen, ihn erneut mit der Regierungsbildung zu beauftragen, sagte Rivlin.
This only makes sense as a part of an incipient certification regime that would make public access to indoor events conditional on certain criteria.
Modelling by Imperial College London academics — involving ‚Professor Lockdown‘ Neil Ferguson — shows that coronavirus patients will take up around 5,000 beds during any future spike, far lower than the 30,000 occupied in January.
And thanks to the effects of vaccines far fewer of those patients will die, with daily deaths remaining below 100 even with cases above 50,000, according to the scenario that the scientists regard as most likely.
Netanyahu was recommended by 52 lawmakers, Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid was recommended by another 45 lawmakers, and Naftali Bennett was recommended by his party Yamina’s seven lawmakers
At the start of the session, the prosecution told Judge Rivka Friedman-Feldman that Yeshua complained before them he received threatening messages after his testimony on Monday, and that Israel Police were informed.
Friedman-Feldman told prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari that the defense should have been notified as well as the police. „We don’t want to create drama or an impression that we’re contacting the witness,“ Ben-Ari said, to which Friedman-Feldman replied that it could influence his testimony.
“The test for a leader is to take tough decisions in complex situations,” the centrist lawmaker said at the close of a long day of prime minister nominations by the Knesset’s (Israel Parliament) parties.
“We are committed to bringing about the change we promised to the people of Israel. To prevent a government led by a criminal suspect and dependent on racists and extremists,” Lapid stressed.
Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled on Sunday that the government repeatedly overstepped its authority it barred citizens from departing their homes more than one kilometer during multiple coronavirus lockdowns.
In the eight-to-one decision handed down on Sunday, the court specifically cited Israel’s second national lockdown last October, noting the government’s actions constituted a „disproportionate violation of the right to protest and were unconstitutional.“
This is the fifth time since becoming president in 2014, and the fourth time in the last two years, that Rivlin is forced to engage in this process.
“The entire proceeding against me was an abuse of the destructive power the prosecution holds,” Netanyahu said at a press conference. The prime minister referred to the hearing as a „charade,“ and went as far as accusing the state prosecution of an „attempted coup.“
„The prosecution opened this investigation against the law… and why did they do it? Because they’re on the hunt,“ Netanyahu claimed.
Der Premier soll regulatorische Gefälligkeiten von Behörden im Wert von rund 500 Millionen Dollar gewährt haben im Gegenzug für eine bessere Berichterstattung über Netanjahu und seine Frau Sara auf der konzerneigenen Website Walla.
The Covid passport is a revolting idea. Authoritarian. Discriminatory. Un-British. The PM will give us more details in a press conference today but it’s a mark of how far lockdown has warped our values that it’s already being hailed as a “freedom pass”. The public is all for it, of course: these are the people who call the cops when they see a queue outside a church. We’ve become so used to control that being permitted to do something that in ordinary times would be quite normal, like go to the theatre or attend a football match, is treated as a benign act of mercy by an all-loving state.
There are, though, some people who can’t take the vaccine or, like pregnant women, are advised against it.
Banning these people from concerts and football matches would be divisive and discriminatory. As we plan for the peace, we should be vigilant in defence of liberty, where the state has reached too far into our lives, we should kick it out. No government in future should have the power to tell you whether you can see your children or grandchildren, nor should it be able to force you to publish your medical records as a condition for living a normal life.
Boris Johnson wants domestic Covid passports in place by June 21 – but faces the prospect of an embarrassing Commons defeat after promising Tory rebels a vote on their introduction.
Michael Gove is said to have made the offer to furious backbenchers appalled at the idea of forcing Britons to prove their vaccination status to enter pubs and other social hubs.
Boris Johnson wants the scheme to be up and running for June 21, when the last social distancing measures are expected to be swept away.
The second group of witnesses are to testify in the so-called Case 1000 – the illicit gifts affair. First up will be businessman Arnon Milchan, who according to the indictment gave Netanyahu gifts valued at hundreds of thousands of shekels. The prosecution recently announced that it had moved up the testimony of the witnesses in this case, following a report in Haaretz that the prosecutors feared the prime minister could exert undue influence on Milchan.
According to Channel 13 news, Netanyahu phoned Milchan on consecutive days last year around May or June, apparently around the time of the Shavuot holiday, telling him how much he and his wife Sara love the Hollywood producer and his family.
The calls came after Netanyahu pressured Milchan to release lawyer Boaz Ben Tzur so he could instead represent the prime minister, the network said.
So far, Likud and the ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism have thrown their support behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kahol Lavan and Yesh Atid recommended the latter’s chairman, Yair Lapid, and Naftali Bennett’s Yamina, courted by both blocs, put forth its own chairman as their candidate.
After consultations with Yamina, Rivlin, who stressed his difficulty to see a clear path to a stable coalition, said he may pass on the mandate to form a coalition to the Knesset.
Vor Beginn der Zeugenbefragung sprach Liat Ben Ari heute im Bezirksgericht in Jerusalem von einem schwerwiegenden Korruptionsfall.
Netanjahu habe seine große Macht zu persönlichen Zwecken missbraucht und zentralen Medien im Land Vergünstigungen gewährt, unter anderem, um wiedergewählt zu werden.
Israels Premierminister steht wegen Machtmissbrauchs und Korruption vor Gericht, und doch wird eine Regierungsbildung ohne ihn schwer.
Yeshua, the first witness, is testifying on the claims that Walla gave favorable coverage to Netanyahu at the request of Walla owner Shaul Elovitch. The latter, who was the controlling shareholder of the telecommunications giant Bezeq, is accused of bribing the prime minister, which, according to the indictment against Netanyahu and Elovitch, he did in exchange for regulatory benefits the prime minister gave Bezeq when he was communications minister.
Lead prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari told judges that Netanyahu was involved in „a serious case of government corruption.“
News of the trial events comes as senior Tories among a cross-party group have declared they will oppose the use of vaccine certificates, with 72 MPs signing a pledge to oppose the “divisive and discriminatory” scheme. Some have described their use as the creation of “checkpoint Britain”. A government scientific adviser has also warned that they could give people a false sense of security.
The size of the rebellion could create problems for the government, should it conclude that legislation is needed to introduce Covid passports
The same document presented a grid of 14 options for increasing compliance which included “use media to increase sense of personal threat”, a tactic which was seen as having a “high” effectiveness though spill-over effects “could be negative”.
Some Sage participants now admit to feeling “embarrassed” by such advice.
One regular Sage attendee said: “The British people have been subjected to an unevaluated psychological experiment without being told that is what’s happening.
Mansour Abbas, the leader of the Islamist conservatives, has emerged as a coalition kingmaker
Psychologists have accused Downing Street of using ‚covert psychological strategies‘ to emphasise the threat from Covid-19 without contextualising the risks, the Telegraph reported.
It was said this created ‚a state of heightened anxiety‘, adding many people became ‚too frightened to attend hospital‘.
Experts fear Britons have been the subject of an experiment in the use of tactics which operate ‚below their level of awareness,‘ it was said.
New ICD-10 codes for COVID-19
– U07.1 COVID-19, virus identified
– U07.2 Clinically or epidemiologically diagnosed COVID-19
– Probable COVID-19
– Suspected COVID-19
Details of the updates to ICD-10 are available online at: https://www.who.int/classifications/icd/icd10updates/en/.
ICD-10 cause of death coding of COVID-19
Though “COVID-19” is the standard recommended terminology, certifiers may use a range of terms to describe COVID-19 as a cause of death. A list of potential terms can be found in the annex of this document. Although both categories, U07.1 (COVID-19, virus identified) and U07.2 (COVID-19, virus not identified) are suitable for cause of death coding, it is recognized that in many countries detail as to the laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 will NOT be reported on the death certificate. In the absence of this detail, it is recommended, for mortality purposes only, to code COVID-19 provisionally to U07.1 unless it is stated as “probable” or “suspected”.
Schon den zweiten Tag in Folge haben sich trotz strenger Corona-Auflagen Hunderte Menschen in einem Park in Brüssel versammelt. Aufgelöst wurde auch dieses Massentreffen durch die Polizei – mit Wasserwerfen und Tränengas.
US-Außenminister Antony Blinken teilte in Washington mit, Biden habe eine entsprechende Verfügung seines Amtsvorgängers Donald Trump rückgängig gemacht. Dadurch seien auch die von der Trump-Regierung verhängten Strafmaßnahmen gegen die Chefanklägerin des Gerichts, Fatou Bensouda, sowie ICC-Abteilungsleiter Phakiso Mochochoko, aufgehoben. Visarestriktionen für Mitarbeiter des Gerichtshofes seien ebenfalls gestrichen worden.
The move comes nearly one month after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced the decision to open a formal investigation into war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, which will examine both sides in the conflict
Just like the people caught in traffic jams during the intermediate days of the Pesach holiday, the political convoy is stuck on its way to forming a government. The infrastructure (i.e., the system) is to blame, and so are the drivers themselves.
They turned off Waze and knowingly headed into dead ends.
A face-to-face meeting between officials from the two countries over the nuclear agreement would be the first since late 2017, months before the Trump administration withdrew from the deal in May 2018.
Die Gespräche über die Rettung des Iran-Atomabkommens von 2015 und eine mögliche Rückkehr der USA sollen am Dienstag in Wien in eine neue Runde gehen. Dies teilten der Iran und die EU nach einer Videokonferenz der verbliebenen Vertragspartner Deutschland, Frankreich, Großbritannien, China, Russland und Iran mit. Nach Wien sollen auch US-Vertreter kommen.
The countries still party to the agreement after the US left — China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and Iran — said that the participants “emphasized their commitment to preserve the JCPOA and discussed modalities to ensure the return to its full and effective implementation,” according to a statement after their virtual meeting, referring to the acronym for the accord — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Freedom is not a reward for compliance. Freedom is not a gift to be meted out by the state according to the performance of its policies or public institutions. Freedom is innate in each of us, and our constitution. There is a common goal for the country to be healthy, safe and free – but we cannot arrive at freedom through compulsion.
There will be strong pushes for ever-inflating controls on individuals from industries that stand to profit, whether from the growing digital infrastructure those controls rely on, or the short-term boost in consumer ‘confidence’ – but the long-term impact on the economy, equality, social cohesion and the liberties that define our country cannot be under-estimated.
It would be an irrecoverable mistake to give in to these authoritarian impulses and allow our society to be divided. We urge the Government to bring the country together rather than drive groups apart – to protect citizens, prevent discrimination and safeguard our freedoms – to reject COVID-status certification.
– Unlikely alliance condemned vaccine passports as ‚divisive and discriminatory‘
– Members of coalition were organised by the pressure group Big Brother Watch
– Signed a pledge to oppose the idea if it is brought forward by ministers
– Signatories include Jeremy Corbyn, Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Esther McVey
Video by @RadioSavana
Belgium, Brussels: Belgian police using water cannon, horses, riot gear and drones to disperse a gathering of young people at a park in Brussels today.
Around 2,000 people showed up towards the end of a warm and sunny day to attend „La Boum“ (the party) in the Bois de la Cambre park, local police said, even though the organizers had revealed days earlier that their invitation on social media was a hoax. Local media put the number of people at about 5,000.
Hundreds of police, many in riot gear and some on horseback, broke up a knot of would-be revelers beside a lake in the park with back-up from water cannon trucks and tear gas.
Wie die Nachrichtenagentur Belga gestern Abend unter Berufung auf einen Polizeisprecher berichtete, wurden bei dem Einsatz in einem Park unweit des Stadtzentrums mindestens 26 Beamte verletzt. Wasserwerfer, berittene Polizisten und Polizeihunde kamen zum Einsatz.
Bei der Auflösung eines illegalen Massentreffens in Brüssel sind viele Polizisten verletzt worden. An dem Treffen hatten trotz Corona-Beschränkungen mehr als tausend Menschen teilgenommen. Wie die Nachrichtenagentur Belga am Abend unter Berufung auf einen Polizeisprecher berichtete, wurden bei dem Einsatz in einem Park unweit des Stadtzentrums mindestens 26 Beamte verletzt
Der Sicherheitsrat hatte lange um die gemeinsame Erklärung gerungen. Die ursprünglichen Fassungen des von Großbritannien eingereichten Textes enthielten indirekte Drohungen mit Sanktionen gegen die Militärjunta. Nach Angaben von Diplomaten wurde dies aber von China abgelehnt. Peking habe auch durchgesetzt, dass nicht von der „Tötung“ sondern vom „Tod“ von Hunderten Zivilisten die Rede ist.
The European Union has approached India in a bid to buy 10million doses of the AstraZeneca jab from its Serum Institute, as the bloc desperately scrambles to procure more vaccine supplies.
Britain has already blamed India’s export ban for delaying the shipment of five million doses to the UK and restricting the country’s vaccine drive to mainly administering second doses to the over-50s in April.
Two diplomatic sources said Britain, France and Germany had already held talks with Iran on Monday.
Borrell zufolge nehmen an den Gesprächen Vertreter aus den Ländern teil, die noch in dem Abkommen von 2015 geblieben sind – das sind außer dem Iran Deutschland, China, Frankreich, Russland und Großbritannien.
Die US-Regierung von Präsident Joe Biden hat klargestellt, dass sie das Westjordanland als von Israel „besetzt“ einstuft. US-Außenamtssprecher Ned Price sagte gestern (Ortszeit), im jährlichen Menschenrechtsbericht des Ministeriums werde der Begriff „Besetzung“ im „Kontext des derzeitigen Status des Westjordanlands“ genutzt. Das entspreche der „langjährigen Position früherer Regierungen beider Parteien“ in den USA.
The Biden administration on Wednesday clarified that it considers the West Bank to be occupied territory, but ducked a question as to whether it held that settlements were illegal.
„It is a historical fact that Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War,“ US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.
The anti-LGBT Noam party, which won a single Knesset seat as part of the Religious Zionism slate, announced on Thursday that it will back Netanyahu in his bid to form a new government as expected.
However, it is demanding in return that Israel cancel its official commitment to U.N. Resolution 1325, which obligates it „to include women in all decision-making bodies, especially those dealing with matters of security and peace and to take definitive action to protect women from violence and uphold international law with respect to the human rights of women and girls.“
Emmanuel Macron came under heavy fire on Thursday over his lockdown U-turn as opposition groups pledged to boycott a parliamentary vote on tougher restrictions saying they would not rubber-stamp the whims of “a monarch”.
Macron cited the so-called ‚Kent variant‘ as one of the main reasons for the lockdown, telling viewers: ‚This variant which was identified for the first time from our British neighbours at the end of last year and to a certain extent, of course, gave rise to an epidemic within the epidemic and that is greater than last spring.‘
It was just yesterday of course that Le Monde published a glowing article full of fawning quotes from Macron’s aides calling him ‚the president epidemiologist.‘
(08 October 2020)
Lord Neuberger linked the new powers to the coronavirus pandemic and suggested that if the government was seen to be ignoring the law, ordinary people might also decide to reject it,
„The government understandably expects people to obey the law: but I ask rhetorically, what moral authority does the government have expecting people to obey these draconian laws, if it itself is announcing that it intends to break its obligations under international law and intends to stop people going to court to enforce their rights against the government?“ he said.
Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) hat die CoV-Impfkampagne in Europa als „inakzeptabel langsam“ angeprangert. Die schleppende Verteilung der Vakzine in Europa führe zu einer „Verlängerung“ der Pandemie, beklagte WHO-Europa-Direktor Hans Kluge am Donnerstag.
Zwar sei die für den Sommer angekündigte Einführung „wohl unvermeidlich“, sagte der Regionaldirektor der WHO für Europa, Hans Kluge, der deutschen „Welt“, „aber es ist keine Empfehlung der WHO“.
Boris Johnson today said there is ‚definitely going to be a world in which international travel will use vaccine passports‘ as he faces a Labour and Tory revolt over them potentially being used domestically.
Sir Keir stressed that using Covid status certificates in the UK was a complex issue, adding that he would scrutinise government proposals before deciding whether to oppose them.
But he said: „My instinct is that, as the vaccine is rolled out, as the number of hospital admissions and deaths go down, there will be a British sense that we don’t actually want to go down this road.“
Boris was elected in December 2019 on the promise of reclaiming our freedoms from Brussels, that did not give him the mandate to permanently change how our society works. The State has more power now than at anytime since the Second World War and it’s hungry for more.
That 80 seat majority that Brexiteers gifted Boris is being used to ram ever more authoritarian diktats down our throat in the name of „protecting us“.
Where is the so-called libertarian Boris? The man with famously flexible principles has abandoned the core political philosophy that powered his rise – personal responsibility.
In the past, Rivlin has set about consulting with party leaders immediately. This time, for an unexplained reason, he will start the consultations only on Monday, just two days before the deadline. This despite the fact that the new Knesset has no fewer than 13 parties, the highest number during his presidency.
Could the timing have anything to do with the fact that Monday is also the day when Netanyahu is finally due back in court, for the first testimony from a witness for the prosecution in his criminal trial?
Die bei der Konferenz gesammelten Gelder sind unter anderem für Nahrungsmittel, medizinische Hilfen und Schulbildung vorgesehen. Sie sollen über Hilfsorganisationen direkt in das Bürgerkriegsland fließen oder Ländern in der Region zugute kommen, die viele Flüchtlinge aus Syrien aufgenommen haben.
Der russische Pharmakonzern R-Pharm will das Vakzin ab Juni oder Juli im bayrischen Illertissen produzieren.
The report cited sources close to Sa’ar as saying that the former rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Likud ranks is unlikely to team up with Lapid without Bennett.
Without Yamina chief onboard, Israel would be in for nothing but a „left-wing government,“ the sources told the outlet.
Die Möglichkeit einer absichtlichen Freisetzung von SARS-CoV-2 wurde nicht untersucht.
– German health officials banned use of AstraZeneca vaccine in under-60s
– Earlier Berlin’s Charite hospital banned AZ jabs for women under the age of 55
– It comes despite authoritative rulings by experts that the jab is safe and effective
– Canada yesterday banned AZ jab for under-55s over the blood clot concerns
Levy, the ministry’s director general, points to Europe’s potential ban on exporting the vaccine beyond the continent, particularly to countries such as Israel, where vaccination levels are high. If Israel signs the new contracts, it might be protected against such export bans. The ministry is also hastening Israel to sign contracts prior to the completion of clinical trials of the vaccine on children, before stiff international competition sets in.
Yes, the statesmanlike one with the good looks and down-to-earth air, who has been seen washing floors and making coffee over a bonfire, all with a faux-bashful smile. He’s the person who has repeatedly prevented the country from returning to a path of sanity. This time he has relocated to the New Hope party, under the leadership of a new sucker called Gideon Sa’ar. But the ploy is the same ploy. This time too, one of the greatest obstacles to forming a government of change is Hendel’s refusal to form a coalition supported by the legitimate representatives of Israel’s Arab citizens.
By the morning of March 23, officials at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases released a letter from its data and safety monitoring board that’s been examining the AstraZeneca trial, Andrew Joseph reports for STAT News. The letter stated that AstraZeneca had used outdated data to reach its efficacy number. The move was unprecedented; usually, monitoring boards keep their correspondence with companies private.
“We just felt we could not remain silent. Because if we did remain silent, we could be understandably accused of covering something up. And we definitely didn’t want to be in that position,” says Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID, to STAT News. “In my mind, it’s an unforced error by the company.”
One Tory MP told MailOnline the PM must bring forward the arbitrary dates in order to ‚maintain public confidence that we are getting our freedom as soon as possible‘. Steve Baker, of the Covid Recovery Group, called on No10 to ask SAGE to see whether the relaxation of restrictions could be safely brought forward.
The president’s comments came only hours after the C.D.C. director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, appeared to fight back tears as she pleaded with Americans to “hold on a little while longer” and continue following public health advice, like wearing masks and social distancing, to curb the virus’s spread.
Now, President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly working with federal agencies as well as private entities to create such a thing for Americans, the Washington Post and CNN found.
According to reports, the passport would come as a scannable code that users could easily bring up on their smartphone.
On Friday, an anonymous US official told Reuters that “who goes first” is “not the issue” when it comes to the United States and Iran reviving their 2015 nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA). This was a remarkable statement, because if it truly doesn’t matter who goes first, then it’s fair to ask why we’re now more than two months into the Biden administration and we still haven’t seen any progress toward patching up the agreement.
… The bad news is that Johnson’s “papers for pints” plan is essentially a national ID card by stealth, one that would link our identity to our Covid status – whether we’ve been vaccinated, had a recent negative test or have antibodies.
The UK has already toyed with national ID cards. It rejected them in 2010. As Theresa May, then home secretary, explained in 2010: “This isn’t just about cost savings, it’s actually about the principle, it’s about getting the balance right between national security and civil liberties, and that’s what the new coalition government is doing.”
Fakt ist, dass es derzeit eine solche Verpflichtung für Provider weder in den USA noch im EU-Raum gibt. Fakt ist weiters, dass der Europäische Gerichtshof – von der Vorratsdatenspeicherung angefangen – noch jede solche anlasslose Massenüberwachungsmaßnahme als grundrechtswidrig verworfen hat.
At least 114 people reported killed by security forces on Saturday during protests
Es ist unsicher wie gut und wie lange die Immunität wirkt. Außerdem bestehen ethische und datenschutzrechtliche Probleme. Jetzt hat sogar die WHO verkündet, dass sie solche Impfpässe ablehnt.
Den höchsten ethischen Stellenwert hat wohl das Recht auf körperliche Unversehrtheit und die Gleichbehandlung zwischen geimpften und nicht geimpften Menschen, die auch als Grundrechte in der EU Charta aufgeführt werden. Diese sind durch den Impfpass gefährdet, da die Wiedererlangung einzelner Grundrechte zumindest auf unbestimmte Zeit an eine Impfung gekoppelt werden soll. Damit wird die freie Entscheidung zur Impfung manipuliert und auch eine Art von Diskriminierung erzeugt.
Da der Impfpass digitalisiert werden soll, gibt es grundsätzlich die Möglichkeit, dass persönliche, medizinische Daten gestohlen werden. Außerdem erfahren nicht nur Dienstleister wie Reiseunternehmen den Impfstatus, sondern indirekt auch z.B. Arbeitgeber, wenn Mitarbeiter Flugreisen nicht antreten können.
Israelis protest the government’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign near HaBima Theater in Tel Aviv, Feb. 24, 2021.
#Israel is leading the world in #Covid-19 #vaccination rates. But, as the country reopens, it now faces a new problem and one likely to soon be encountered by governments across the world: How to balance the civil liberties of those or refuse the jab with the need to protect public health?
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: Moscow expects that the European Union’s plans to introduce vaccine passports won’t discriminate against Russian nationals.
Japan will issue digital health certificates to citizens who have been inoculated against coronavirus, joining China, the European Union and other countries that have embraced vaccine passports aimed at opening up overseas travel, Nikkei has learned.
The certificate can be managed on a mobile app and will be in line with international standards, allowing the carrier to present the proof of vaccination when boarding a plane or checking in to a hotel.
There’s no official timetable, but the “hope” is for it to be launched mid-May.
But without a sense of urgency, some are beginning to question the economic feasibility of creating vaccinated programs at all.
So long as we stay the course, President Biden says most Americans will have access to the vaccine by May
Such an arrangement, according to the Hebrew-language broadcaster, would possibly last for 12 months and followed by a new election.
But prospects for such a deal are being hampered by ideological and political differences, as well as a disagreement over who would serve as premier first, with Channel 12 reporting that Bennett is insisting he go first in the rotation.
Die „Belt and Road“-Initiative ist ein ehrgeiziges Projekt, das 2013 von Peking ins Leben gerufen wurde. Es erstreckt sich von Ostasien bis nach Europa, und die meisten der europäischen und NATO-Verbündeten Washingtons sind an dem Projekt beteiligt. Die Trump-Administration riet ihren Verbündeten davon ab, sich an dem Projekt zu beteiligen, hatte damit aber keinen großen Erfolg.
China brought in 3.42 million tonnes of U.S. oil in the two-month period, versus zero from a year earlier.
UK prime minister Boris Johnson has sent an envoy to India to secure millions of doses of the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine.
Lord Eddie Lister, the PM’s Conservative peer, and international adviser David Quarrey, met with India’s foreign secretary Harsh Shringla in New Delhi on Monday.
The following are ways Netanyahu and Likud can draw Knesset members from other parties to reach 61 MKs and form a new government.
Der Bundesnachrichtendienst darf jetzt Internet-Anbieter hacken und fast unbegrenzt abhören. Bundestag und Bundesrat haben das neue BND-Gesetz beschlossen. Vor ein paar Jahren waren solche Geheimdienst-Befugnisse ein Skandal.
Der Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) erhält breite Befugnis zum Hacken ausländischer Vermittlungsanlagen, Telekommunikationsinfrastruktur und der IT-Systeme von Internet-Providern. Dies hat der Bundestag am Donnerstag im Rahmen der Reform des BND-Gesetzes beschlossen.
Es war die Zahl 20, die in fast allen Debatten-Beiträgen auftauchte: Seit fast 20 Jahren ist die Bundeswehr nun im Einsatz am Hindukusch, 20 Mal hat der Bundestag über diesen Einsatz abgestimmt. Eine Zahl, die für die einen als Zeichen dient, dass man schon viel zu lange in Afghanistan sei – und den anderen als Mahnung, jetzt auf keinen Fall das mühsam Aufgebaute durch einen überstürzten Abzug zu gefährden.
In their decision on Thursday, the judges sided with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who earlier laid out conflict of interest rules regarding Netanyahu’s situation. Mandelblit insisted that the PM must be prevented from appointing officials who would have the power to influence the probe against him.
After splitting the opposition, Netanyahu made sure to keep his bloc whole, forcing the three splinter far-right parties National Union, neo-Kahanist Jewish Power and homophobic Noam to unite in the joint Religious Zionism list. This time, he ensured that not one right-wing vote would be squandered.
The prime minister’s full remarks, which first appeared in the Sun newspaper, were reported to be: „The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends.“
Wales Office Minister David TC Davies, who attended the meeting, said Mr Johnson „made it absolutely clear it was a joke – a reference to the film Wall Street“.
Britain negotiated a better contract to secure vaccine supplies with AstraZeneca that trumps the EU’s agreement with the company, the health secretary has said.
EU leaders will today discuss European Commission proposals for export bans if there are new supply shortages this spring amid a dispute over who gets a stock of four million doses made by AstraZeneca’s Dutch factory.
Mit Blick auf den Streit zwischen der EU und AstraZeneca über gekürzte Liefermengen sagte Hancock der „Financial Times“: „Unser Vertrag übertrumpft deren. Das nennt sich Vertragsrecht und ist eindeutig.“ Die EU habe einen Vertrag, der lediglich „beste Bemühungen“ seitens des Impfstoffherstellers zusichere, London habe sich hingegen Exklusivität zusichern lassen.
Nun, wir sind jetzt über ein Jahr in dieser Sache, die freie Welt liegt in Schutt und Asche, und praktisch alles, was von diesen angeblichen Weltklasse-Experten empfohlen wurde, hat zu völligem Chaos und Verwüstung geführt.
In turn, Likud party members have begun talks with Mansour Abbas, leader of the Islamist party Ra’am and likely kingmaker in Israel’s March 23 election, who has not ruled out supporting a Netanyahu-led government.
According to online outlet Walla, citing Likud party officials, Abbas is not in favor of passing laws aimed at targeting individuals, but their position is not yet finalized.
This entails replacing the Knesset Speaker, taking over the chairmanship of the House Committee and the chairmanship of the Finance Committee and the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees as well, Maariv reported.
Liberman further stressed in discussions the need to advance immediately legislation that will prevent an indicted individual to contend for the premiership.
“A right-wing policy is one thing,” the officials were quoted as saying. “But expressions against Muslims and Arabs by Members of Knesset [Israel Parliament] that are a part of [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government will harm and sabotage the normalization between Israel and Arab countries.”
In an exclusive interview with The Grayzone, Col. Douglas Macgregor, a former senior advisor to the acting secretary of defense, revealed that President Donald Trump shocked the US military only days after the election last November by signing a presidential order calling for the withdrawal of all remaining US troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.
As Macgregor explained to The Grayzone, the order to withdraw was met with intense pressure from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Gen. Mark M. Milley, which caused the president to capitulate. Trump agreed to withdraw only half of the 5,000 remaining troops in the country. Neither Trump’s order nor the pressure from the JCS chairman was reported by the national media at the time.
What will our foreign policy mean for American workers and their families?
What do we need to do around the world to make us stronger here at home?
And what do we need to do at home to make us stronger in the world?
The answers to these questions aren’t the same as they were in 2017 or 2009. Yes, many of us serving in the Biden administration also proudly served President Obama – including President Biden. And we did a great deal of good work to restore America’s leadership in the world; to achieve hard-won diplomatic breakthroughs, like the deal that stopped Iran from producing a nuclear weapon; and to bring the world together to tackle climate change. Our foreign policy fit the moment, as any good strategy should.
The Islamist United Arab List party, headed by Mansour Abbas, and Naftali Bennett’s Yamina have not yet declared their support for either bloc.
Der nationale Sicherheitsrat gebrauchte zwar bereits die Bezeichnung Raketen, noch ist aber unklar, ob es sich tatsächlich um ballistische Raketen handelte. Deren Abschuss ist Nordkorea gemäß Resolutionen des Weltsicherheitsrats verboten.
Die Sorgen aber werden nicht kleiner – die #Taliban drohen mit einem „großen Krieg“.
Likud bleibt zwar mit 30 Mandaten die stärkste politische Kraft, aber selbst mit seinem ultrarechten Rivalen Naftali Bennett von der Jamina-Partei käme sein Lager nur auf 59 von 120 Mandaten. Die arabische Partei Ra’am schafft die 3,25-Prozent-Hürde und ist nun Zünglein an der Waage.
Ra’am erhält fünf Mandate.
Official final results are not expected before Friday. But the partial tallies suggested that both Mr. Netanyahu’s alliance and its opponents would need the support of a small, Islamist Arab party, Raam, to form a majority coalition.
Military spokesperson says 77% of eligible voters had cast their vote, while the voter turnout in the general public stood at only 67.2%;
(7 hours ago)
It seems that the breakup of the Joint List persuaded Arab citizens to vote with their feet and stay home
In the final days before the election, the Religious Zionist Party, headed by Bezalel Smotrich was viewed as being in danger of falling below the electoral threshold of four Knesset seats.
While some Likud members of Knesset see a potential in the Arab party Ra’am, that managed to reach the threshold, others cannot fathom such cooperation.
United Arab List leader Mansour Abbas said Wednesday that he is not „obligated to any bloc or any candidate,“ after the Islamist party surpassed the electoral threshold, with almost 90 percent of the vote counted in Israel’s unprecedented fourth election in under two years.
The PM is appealing to other leaders in a bid to resolve the crisis without a clash, and he spoke with continental heavyweights Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron last night to try and persuade them to soften their stance. He has also sent Lord Lister, a government ally, to India to ease tensions over the delay to a batch of five million UK-bound doses of the same vaccine.
As paradoxical and perplexing as it may sound, Netanyahu, avowed enemy of Hamas, is seen by the rulers of Gaza as the best of the worst, the lesser evil in Israel’s elections this week. Indeed, in mid-February 2019, ahead of what was to become a series of four elections, a majority of leaders attending Hamas‘ Shura Council, its consultative cabinet, favored Netanyahu over all others.
With just three days before Israel’s fourth election in two years tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23, the weekly protests against far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued last Saturday night, March 20, in city squares, at major intersections, and along highway overpasses throughout the country. The protests were organized under the slogans “Go vote,” “Replace the government,” and “Bring about change.”
Police try to enforce a curfew in Miami Beach after crowds linger, leading to a stampede.
The city has now extended the restrictions for at least 3 weeks.
Miami Beach police are taking drastic measures to impose a new curfew as spring breakers overwhelmed the city …
Wegen eines starken Andrangs von feiernden Besuchern inmitten der Corona-Pandemie haben die Behörden in Miami Beach im US-Bundesstaat Florida Ausgangssperren verhängt. Daraufhin kam es zu Straßenschlachten und mehr als 1000 Festnahmen.
First, the parties.
The agreement is between the European Commission, acting on behalf of European Union member states, and AstraZeneca AB, incorporated in Sweden.
That this is the AstraZeneca entity that is party to the agreement may be significant, for (all other things being equal) only that entity will be bound by obligations on AstraZeneca in the agreement – and not any other AstraZeneca entity.
Ms von der Leyen said Brussels had the right to ban the export of vaccines to the UK. But according to a UK Government official, such a move would be illegal.
The source told the Daily Mail: “The reality is our contract with AstraZeneca is rock-solid and better than the EU’s.
“And we’re only getting what we helped to develop and paid for.”
Meanwhile, a leading epidemiologist has predicted that people may need to wear face coverings and socially distance for several years before a return to normality.
Mary Ramsay, the head of immunisation at Public Health England, said basic measures could be in place until other countries successfully roll-out jabs.
She said people „have got used to those lower-level restrictions now, and people can live with them, and the economy can still go on with those less severe restrictions in place“.
The United Kingdom (UK) will have to slow its Covid-19 vaccine rollout in April due to a supply crunch caused by a delay in a shipment of millions of AstraZeneca vaccines from the Serum Institute of India.
The grotesque behaviour of EU governments and leaders over the Oxford vaccine has gone beyond all limits of reason and civilised action.
First, they attacked its usefulness. Then they cast doubts on its safety. Now they seek to grab hold of supplies, and so slow down its distribution in one of the few countries that has welcomed and used it widely and effectively.
Von der Leyen said Anglo-Swedish pharma giant AstraZeneca had delivered only 30 percent of the 90 million vaccine doses it had promised for the first quarter of the year.
The company has blamed production delays at its EU plants, but European officials are furious that AstraZeneca has been able to deliver its United Kingdom contract while falling short on the continent.
But the 180 million doses expected in the second quarter are now also in jeopardy, since half of these doses were planned to be sourced from the global supply chain.
The Serum Institute of India (SII) has told Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Morocco that further supplies of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be delayed because of surging demand at home and work on capacity expansion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Europaweit sind bei Corona-Demonstrationen Tausende Menschen auf die Straße gegangen. Viele Regierungen hatten die Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung der Pandemie angesichts einer dritten Infektionswelle zuletzt noch einmal verschärft – zum Unmut vieler Bürger.
Protests continue for 39th week in a row as March 23 vote nears
Over 20,000 people are gathered at Paris Square, near the prime minister’s official residence, for the central protest. It is the largest anti-Netanyahu protest since the weekly demonstrations began last July. The event’s organizers say that there are about 50,000 people at the site.
Earlier, thousands of demonstrators marched to the square from the Knesset building with police approval, chanting „Come on Bibi, go“ and „The main thing is not to fear at all,“ and carrying large Israeli flags.
The Dolphin 2-class are the largest submarines to have been built in Germany since World War II. The Dolphin class boats are the most expensive single vehicles in the Israel Defense Forces.
Each Dolphin-class submarine is capable of carrying a combined total of up to 16 torpedoes and Popeye Turbo submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs). The cruise missiles have a range of at least 1,500 km (930 mi) and are widely believed to be equipped with a 200 kiloton nuclear warhead containing up to 6 kilograms (13 lb) of plutonium.
In the last 20 years, Israel has spent billions on submarines ordered from Germany, with a political agreement having been reached on three additional vessels. The big question, though, is: Why so many? Why does Israel want so many more submarines than are, according to experts, necessary for the defense of the country?
The naval attacks had not been reported before Thursday.
Derzeit prüft der Oberste Gerichtshof in Jerusalem, ob neue Untersuchungen eingeleitet werden müssen. Dafür liegen ihm unter anderem mehr als ein Dutzend Aussagen hochrangiger Zeugen vor. Darunter die des früheren Premierministers Ehud Barak, des Ex-Verteidigungsministers Mosche Jaalon, der ehemaligen Chefs des Geheimdienstes Mossad und von Generälen und Generalstabschefs. Eingesammelt und dem Gerichtshof vorgelegt hat sie die israelische Nichtregierungsorganisation „Movement for Quality Government in Israel“. WDR, NDR und „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ (SZ) konnten sie einsehen.
Our investigative department got hold of new evidence concerning the Submarines Affair (our efforts continue – the department still investigates the affair in full energy). In our petition to the High Court of Justice we requested the judges to order the following:
1. Criminal investigation of Netanyahu’s Steel Shares Affair. 2. Criminal investigation against Netanyahu in the Submarines Affair. 3. Establishing a State Inquiry Committee in order to finally investigate this severe affair.
Victory for the pro-Netanyahu bloc might make him unstoppable, but the opposition’s impulse to depose the ruler could lead to some short-term pragmatism
BORIS Johnson has reassured Brits that the AstraZeneca jab is safe and effective – as he calmed nerves about the country’s vaccine rollout.
– Matt Hancock under fire for raising hopes of huge ramp up in vaccines only for supplies setback to emerge
– Serum Institute of India has been told it must hand jabs to its own citizens before exporting vaccine stocks
– One batch of five million doses of the AstraZeneca jab bound for the UK has been delayed by a month
. Confusingly Boris Johnson insisted Indian government has not blocked any exports, as he prepares to visit
All the leading Israel election polls in one place: Here are the parties projected to enter Knesset, ahead of the March 23 vote
Election Overdose podcast, episode 12, five days to go: Did Bibi’s handling of COVID-19 help or harm his electoral prospects ■ How the center-left opposition failed so miserably ■ Plus: Polls galore and last-minute surprises
Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.
Gestern präsentierte die deutsche EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen zusammen mit Justizkommissar Didier Reynders ihre Pläne für „Digitale Grüne Zertifikate“. Zu deren Ausstellung werden die 27 EU-Mitgliedsländer ihrem Willen nach durch eine Verordnung verpflichtet. Ihrem Entwurf dazu sollen das EU-Parlament und die Mitgliedsländerregierungsvertreter im EU-Rat bis spätestens 1. Juni zustimmen.
Channel 4 News presenter Matt Frei asked: „Is this all very political and does Ursula von der Leyen, as a German politician and member of Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU, is she now under pressure?
„Especially after the results of the regional elections on Sunday that she has to come out and take the gloves off.
„Is that what this is? Is it political?“
Ms Trillet-Lenoir replied: „I wouldn’t say so. I would say it’s a complicated explanation.
BBC’s Katya Adler insisted that Italy felt under pressure to suspend the rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. While speaking on Newscast, she said despite its own advisors saying not to suspend the use of the vaccine, the Italian Government decided to plough ahead with the temporary ban. She claimed this was due to mounting pressure from their citizens with concerns due to bigger European nations Germany and France suspending the vaccine.
Germany, Italy, France and Spain joined the ranks of European countries that have temporarily halted use of the Covid-19 shot made by AstraZeneca PLC over blood-clot concerns, dealing another blow to the continent’s sluggish vaccination rollout and threatening the credibility of the vaccine itself.
„Ist die Regierung in die Falle ihrer europäischen Partner getappt, insbesondere Deutschland, das am Montag beschlossen hat, den Impfstoff auszusetzen?“, fragt Le Monde.
Die Zeitung Libération geht noch weiter: Macron habe sich von der Bundesregierung unter Handlungszwang gesetzt gesehen. Mit seiner Pressekonferenz habe Gesundheitsminister Jens Spahn (CDU) den französischen Präsidenten kurz vor dessen geplanten Presseauftritt an der Seite des spanischen Ministerpräsidenten Pedro Sánchez unter Druck gesetzt:
Hintergrund war ein Skandal um zu Unrecht zurückgeforderte Kinderbeihilfen. Das hatte Tausende Familien in finanzielle Nöte getrieben.
Die Führung der VVD in Prognosen und Exit-Polls kam trotz des Skandals nicht überraschend. Politikwissenschaftler und -wissenschafterinnen waren davon ausgegangen, dass die Pandemie die Wählerschaft nicht zu einem Wechsel veranlassen würde.
“This is where we need the intervention of the international community,” Rivlin insisted – “not in the field of international law, which is being cynically exploited for political means in order to weaken the State of Israel.”
The move came after President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin would „pay a price“ for Moscow’s interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. In an interview with ABC News, Biden was also asked if he thought Putin is a killer.
„I do,“ Biden responded.
MK Ahmad Tibi, head of the Ta’al faction within the predominantly Arab Joint List, noted a positive change in opposition chief Yair Lapid’s stance on key matters for the alliance, but said the party will be thoughtful with its recommendations after the upcoming vote.
„There is progress in Yair Lapid’s policy toward Joint List and the Arab population,“ the veteran lawmaker told i24NEWS in an interview, adding that the Joint List must learn from its decision to recommend Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz for the premiership.
Nachman Shai, a former lawmaker and number eight on the Labor party’s list of candidates, made the announcement after the left-wing Meretz party made a similar proclamation earlier on Monday.
“We will recommend Yair Lapid… we think he can lead a coalition,” Shai told the Hebrew-language broadcaster. “For us, [Lapid] is the head of the bloc.”
In a damning verdict, the judges noted that „Israel is the only democratic country in the world where the right of citizens to enter their country has been so sweepingly restricted.“
On the figure of 3,000, the judges stated that this was set by the government before they had gathered data on the number of nationals who were stuck abroad, and ordered any future restrictions to be based on updated and comprehensive facts.
Yarom was shackled and taken into custody on suspicion of disturbing public order and interfering with a police officer in the line of duty. He was released three hours later subject to restrictions. The arrest was carried out even though there were no legal restrictions on protesting in the area and despite the fact that a policeman on the scene permitted protesters to stand there.
„Wir teilen die Sorge um die Sicherheit Israels und wir teilen das Ziel, die Entwicklung und den Erwerb von nuklearen Waffen durch den Iran auszuschließen“, so Van der Bellen.
Der Bundespräsident plädierte gleichzeitig für einen „Weg zurück an den Verhandlungstisch“. Er verwies in diesem Zusammenhang darauf, dass im Gegensatz zu Österreich Israel dem Wiener Iran-Atomabkommen von 2015 skeptisch gegenübersteht.
Von Wien aus reist er nach Paris weiter, wo er am Donnerstag Frankreichs Präsident Emmanuel Macron trifft.
Im Mittelpunkt von Rivlins Europa-Tournee steht laut israelischen Medienberichten der Iran-Atomdeal sowie die jüngst angekündigten Ermittlungen des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs (IStGH) zu Kriegsverbrechen in den Palästinensergebieten. Rivlin wird auf der Reise vom israelischen Generalstabschef Aviv Kohavi begleitet.
The Communist Party of Israel established in this land in the year 1919, when Palestine was under the rule of the British Mandate. At that time, a group of comrades established the Workers‘ Socialist Party, which in turn became the Palestinian Communist Party. In 1948, after the founding of the state of Israel, the party changed its name into the Communist Party of Israel. Throughout its history the comrades of the CPI, Jews and Arabs alike, have and continue to work for peace, equality, democracy, the rights of workers and women, and for the establishment of a socialist society.
The Communist Party created for and acts as a force of deep social transformation, a force whose goal is the establishment of a different society. In the beginning of the third millennia,this change is desperately needed: The late capitalism is a regime characterized by deep and structural contradictions, injustices, the destruction of the ecosystem on a global level, the erosionof workers‘ accomplishments, and a global order centered on American imperialism. The globalization of the ruleof capital cannot solve the social crisis; it is its main cause.
Israel is both a Jewish and democratic state, and as such, must act to make sure all its citizens enjoy equal rights under the law. Israel’s minorities include the Arab population (both Christian and Muslim), Bedouins (with their unique set of challenges), Druze, and Circassians. Each population must be listened to and helped individually.
Israel’s success as a nation, both financially and socially, goes hand in hand with the prosperity of its non-Jewish population. It relies heavily on the government’s ability to offer every citizen full rights and opportunities.
קביעת שכר מינימום בגובה של 60% מהשכר הממוצע במשק. הגדלת קצבאות הילדים ב-40%, ובכך החזרתן לרמתן הריאלית ב-2003. השוואה של קצבאות הנכות וקצבאות הזקנה לשכר המינימום. תכנית דיור חברתי, שתיתן מענה הולם לצרכי הדיור של השכבות השונות, ותכלול מגוון של פתרונות דיור. ועוד..
אם אין מרצ לביבי יש 61. אם אין מרצ הוא מקים ממשלה עם בן גביר והכהניסטים.
אסור לאבד את מרצ.
כך תשכנעו עוד 3 חברים שחייבים להצביע מרצ!
מחקרים הוכיחו שהדרך הכי אפקטיבית לגרום למישהו להצביע היא פשוט לפנות לאנשים שאתם מכירים באופן אישי ולשכנע אותם. זה יותר טוב מכל סרטון בפייסבוק או מכל שלט חוצות. אם כל מי שמצביע מרצ ישכנע עוד שלושה חברים או קרובי משפחה שמתלבטים, מרצ תעבור בבטחה, ולביבי לא יהיו 61.
זה בידיים שלכם! הרשמו עכשיו ואנחנו נעזור לכם להפוך קול אחד ל-3 קולות
While immigrants from the former Soviet Union are often viewed as a valuable political bloc and targeted directly by election campaigns in Israel, olim from English-speaking countries are generally regarded as much more politically diverse and so receive significantly less attention.