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10.04.2021 - 11:05 [ Spiked ]

Boris Johnson: bumbling authoritarian

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.

08.04.2021 - 19:02 [ Big Brother Watch ]

The Telegraph – Covid pass could be used by grandparents to screen birthday party guests

(03.04.2021)

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.“

05.04.2021 - 23:10 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: High Court rules movement ban during virus lockdown ‚unconstitutional‘

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.“

05.04.2021 - 15:14 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Covid passports are authoritarian, illogical, vile

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.

05.04.2021 - 15:10 [ Graham Brady / Telegraph.co.uk ]

Vaccine passports show the state is reaching too far into our lives

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.

05.04.2021 - 15:07 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris ‚wants vaccine passports up and running by JUNE 21‘ but could fail to get legislation past Parliament as he ‚promises Tory rebels they WILL get a vote‘ and Labour says scheme is like using ‚a sledgehammer to crack a nut‘

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.

04.04.2021 - 12:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson to give go-ahead for trials of Covid passports

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

02.04.2021 - 12:00 [ Big Brother Watch ]

ACCESS DENIED – The Case against a two-tier Britain under covid certification

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.

02.04.2021 - 11:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

FORTY rebel Tories including six ex-Cabinet ministers join forces with opposition MPs in bid to block ‚divisive and discriminatory‘ vaccine passports

– 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

02.04.2021 - 11:13 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Campaigners start legal action over Covid ban stopping care home residents aged over-65 from taking trips to see family and friends during pandemic

Legal action has begun against the government challenging guidance stopping care home residents taking journeys from their homes.

Pressure group John’s Campaign has started the proceedings in a pre-action letter sent to the Department of Health and Social Care.

The group – which is made up of both care home residents and their families – say that the ban on over-65s going on trips from the homes is unlawful.

01.04.2021 - 17:09 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Ally’s Demand in Coalition Talks: Scrap Israel’s Commitment to Women’s Equality

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.“

27.03.2021 - 15:30 [ Matthew Dresch, Journalist @DailyMirror / Twitter ]

Police assaulted me at the Bristol protest even though I told them I was from the press. I was respectfully observing what was happening and posed no threat to any of the officers. I have muted the latter part of the video to spare you all the pain of hearing my shrill voice.

27.03.2021 - 15:28 [ theGuardian.com ]

Police under fire for ‚assault‘ of journalist at Bristol protest

Police have come under fire for their treatment of a reporter at demonstrations in Bristol on Friday night, during violent clashes between officers and protesters.

Daily Mirror journalist Matthew Dresch shared video footage that appeared to show police pushing him and hitting him with a baton as he shouted that he was a member of the press.

27.03.2021 - 14:34 [ Independent.co.uk ]

No holidaymakers arrested at airports in England despite Priti Patel’s coronavirus crackdown

On 27 January, the home secretary said going on holiday was “not a valid reason” to leave home during England’s coronavirus lockdown and added: “Anyone who does not have a valid reason for travel will be directed to return home or they will face a fine.”

The Home Office claimed that police could arrest people who remained intent on going on holiday after being stopped at an airport, saying: “Holiday travel is not allowed and police can fine anyone trying to do so, direct them to go home and, if necessary, use powers of arrest.”

27.03.2021 - 14:31 [ BBC ]

Kill the Bill: Violent protest ‚disgraceful‘, says prime minister

Home Secretary Priti Patel also criticised the disorder and the „violence being directed towards the police“.

„I’m in no doubt the silent, law-abiding majority will be appalled by the actions of this criminal minority,“ she said.

„Despite repeated warnings to disperse, it’s clear these thugs were only intent on causing trouble.

27.03.2021 - 14:12 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

‚Kill the bill‘: hundreds take part in Bristol protest

A crowd of people gathered in Bristol on Friday evening for a third ‚kill the bill‘ demonstration within a week.
Protesters met at two parks, Castle Park and College Green, and marched through the city centre and along Park Street towards Bristol University’s buildings
Hundreds sit down outside Bristol police station in ‚kill the bill‘ protest

27.03.2021 - 14:00 [ Express.co.uk ]

What’s the point of a BRILLIANT vaccine if we remain prisoners in our homes? JUDY FINNIGAN

I’m getting very tired of various scientific oddbods turning up on the news and telling us our future. This is invariably gloomy, speculating about how new variants will not allow us to have holidays abroad this summer.

The latest – unbelievably – is Professor Neil Ferguson, who was so publicly caught flouting his own lockdown advice last year by inviting his mistress over for a spot of nooky.

Shamed for a bit, he’s now back on his high horse, saying summer holidays are not for the rest of us.

26.03.2021 - 12:00 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid laws are extended until SEPTEMBER: Boris sees off Tory rebellion as MPs vote 484 to 76 to KEEP draconian measures in place – despite deaths falling 33% in a week and hospitalisations plummeting

– Boris Johnson and the Government today won a crunch vote on extending coronavirus powers to September
– But the PM suffered a considerable Tory rebellion as 35 of his MPs voted against and a further 20 abstained
– Emergency powers will now be kept in place to September despite lockdown being due to end on June 21
– Rebels questioned need for ’significant draconian powers‘ after life is supposed to be back to normal

25.03.2021 - 19:18 [ RT.com ]

Israel’s High Court bars Netanyahu from appointing top law enforcement & justice officials as it could affect his corruption trial

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.

22.03.2021 - 08:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson is urged to lift Covid lockdown a month early as MPs warn we risk ’squandering the advantages‘ of vaccines rollout by delaying moves to reopen economy

Britain risks ‘squandering the advantages of our vaccination programme’ by moving too slowly to lift the lockdown, Conservative MPs warned yesterday.

Amid signs of a gathering rebellion, a string of MPs said they were ready to vote against the Government this week when it seeks to extend Covid laws to the end of September.

22.03.2021 - 08:42 [ ITV.com ]

Three arrested after hundreds turned out to protest in Newcastle

The nationwide campaign for women’s safety follows the death of Sarah Everard. The 33-year-old marketing executive went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat in London on 3 March.

People are also protesting against the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill. It would change how protests are policed and making some aspects of the Coronavirus Act permanent.

It comes as the UK remains in a national lockdown, which bans gatherings

22.03.2021 - 08:10 [ The Tab Bristol / Facebook ]

Bristol Bridewell police station under siege

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22.03.2021 - 07:46 [ BBC ]

What is the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and how will it change protests?

(16.03.2021)

It will also become a crime to fail to follow restrictions the protesters „ought“ to have known about, even if they have not received a direct order from an officer.

At present, police need to prove protesters knew they had been told to move on, before they can be said to have broken the law.

The proposed law includes an offence of „intentionally or recklessly causing public nuisance“.

22.03.2021 - 07:45 [ Martin Booth / Twitter ]

Police lines have been pushed back almost to the door of the station

22.03.2021 - 07:40 [ DailyStar.co.uk ]

Bristol police station ‚under siege‘ as ‚Kill the Bill‘ rioters set fire to van

The event was dubbed „Kill the Bill“, in reference to the attempts to stop the Government’s proposed law which would give police and the Home Secretary increased powers to stop protests.

The Bill also makes a special new law to protect monuments and statues, in the wake of the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston, with the crime of damaging them punishable by up to ten years in prison.

21.03.2021 - 19:04 [ Jerry Hicks / Twitter ]

Bristol this afternoon #PoliceCrackdownBill #PoliceCrimeSentencingCourtsBill #KillTheBill #Bristol

21.03.2021 - 18:57 [ Express.co.uk ]

Bristol protests: Huge crowds gather despite lockdown rules – fury at Policing Bill

Demonstrators began gathering at Bristol’s College Green around 2pm before marching through the city.

According to Bristol Live police initially encouraged them to disperse but moved to the crowd’s edges as numbers increased.

Protestors waved ‘Kill The Bill’ placards whilst a small number had black and red anarchist flags.

19.03.2021 - 23:34 [ Movement for Quality Government in Israel ]

We petitioned the High Court of Justice in demand of a full investigation regarding the Submarines Affair

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.

19.03.2021 - 23:10 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu 2021: Israel’s Most Radical Government Ever Would Bring Fascism Within Reach

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

17.03.2021 - 20:54 [ Haaretz ]

Top Court Strikes Down COVID Restrictions on Citizens‘ Entry and Departure From Israel

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.

16.03.2021 - 12:10 [ BBC ]

What is the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and how will it change protests?

It will also become a crime to fail to follow restrictions the protesters „ought“ to have known about, even if they have not received a direct order from an officer.

At present, police need to prove protesters knew they had been told to move on, before they can be said to have broken the law.

The proposed law includes an offence of „intentionally or recklessly causing public nuisance“.

16.03.2021 - 12:08 [ theGuardian.com ]

Civil liberties groups call police plans for demos an ‚assault‘ on right to protest

Among other things, the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill will give Priti Patel powers to create laws to define “serious disruption” to communities and organisations, which police can then rely on to impose conditions on protests.

The HMICFRS report, ordered by Patel following Extinction Rebellion (XR) and Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, outlines a “need to develop” covert intelligence gathering methods and an expectation of increased use of facial recognition technology, despite a court of appeal ruling last year that its use in south Wales breached privacy rights and broke equalities law.

14.03.2021 - 13:38 [ Haaretz ]

Leaked Voter Info and Illegal Electioneering: Inside Netanyahu’s Election Day App

The Elector app provides parties access to the huge database of eligible voters – 6.5 million Israelis. This in and of itself is still legal; every party is also permitted to augment the data to help their voter turnout efforts.

06.03.2021 - 08:01 [ Haaretz ]

Thousands Protest Police Brutality in Israeli Arab Community Despite Police Warning

„We’re here to protest police violence and also to call on the police to act against criminal gangs in our communities. We don’t have a violent message, we just want to live safely in our towns,“ Mahamid said.

Residents of nearby towns also joined the protests, as well as a number of Jewish Israelis and representatives from the Ra’am and Meretz political parties.

01.03.2021 - 08:59 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Cyber Czar Wants Access to Private Firms‘ Computers, Content

Igal Una, who heads the cyber directorate, is promoting the legislation and has the support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The background to the legislative push is the string of cyberattacks against Israeli companies during the past year.

25.02.2021 - 08:07 [ New York Times ]

As Israel Reopens, ‘Whoever Does Not Get Vaccinated Will Be Left Behind’

(18.02.2021)

New government and business initiatives are moving in the direction of a two-tier system for the vaccinated and unvaccinated, raising legal, moral and ethical questions.

24.02.2021 - 13:04 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Live: Knesset Passes Law Allowing Disclosing Identities of Unvaccinated to Authorities

The Knesset approved in a third and final vote a law allowing disclosing personal details of Israelis who have not been vaccinated.

The information will be given to local authorities, the Education Ministry and officials in the Welfare Ministr

23.02.2021 - 11:19 [ Reuters ]

Israeli studies find Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine reduces transmission

(19.02.2021)

Findings of the pre-published study, not yet peer-reviewed, but based on a national database that is one of the world’s most advanced, were first reported by the Israeli news site Ynet late on Thursday and were obtained by Reuters on Friday.

Pfizer declined to comment and the Israeli Health Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

23.02.2021 - 11:15 [ theGuardian.com ]

Covid: vaccinated Israelis to enjoy bars and hotels with ‘green pass’

(19.02.2021)

Israel is preparing itself to be split in half from next week, with the government creating a new privileged tier in society: the vaccinated.

23.02.2021 - 10:43 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Reopens, With More COVID Rules Relaxed: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Green Pass venues include houses of worship, cultural events, gyms, hotels and swimming pools. To enter, those eligible to do so will be required to present valid ID and a so-called Green Pass, vaccination certificate, or official document stating they had the virus and recovered, as relevant.

23.02.2021 - 10:10 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

We surrendered our freedom to lockdown – the state must never hold such control over our lives again

We know that the trajectory of the virus has been indistinguishable between North Dakota (with masks and distancing in restaurants) and South Dakota (without restrictions). We know that California, which locked down and closed schools, seems to have fared worse than Florida, which did not. We can see that the picture in Belgium with its hard lockdowns has now converged with that in Sweden which famously took a voluntary approach. Similarly, the ‘second wave’ trajectory in Japan is remarkably similar to that of the UK.

I know, I know, fascinating stuff…. but let’s leave all that for the public inquiry.

23.02.2021 - 10:03 [ theSun.co.uk ]

DEADLY DATA: Plan to lift lockdown by Easter ‘was canned after Sage scientists warned it would cause 91,000 more deaths

Models predicted it would lead to nearly 60,000 Covid patients in hospital by June, compared to last month’s high of 39,000.

Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance spoke of his support for the gradual approach taken by PM Boris Johnson, saying: „The sooner you open up everything, the higher the risk of a bigger resurgence.

„The slower you do it, the better.“

23.02.2021 - 06:05 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid cases are UP for first time in SIX WEEKS with 10,641 new infections while deaths tumble to 178 in lowest toll since December 13 – and Britain dishes out just 150,000 vaccines in worst performance since inoculation drive started

– Department of Health figures show infections are 9 per cent up on last Monday, when 9,765 were declared
– But laboratory-confirmed coronavirus fatalities have dropped by almost a quarter, from 230 last Monday
– Britain dished out 150,000 vaccines yesterday, in worst daily toll since roll-out began to speed up last month

23.02.2021 - 06:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris, Whitty and Vallance dismiss Tory and business fury at ultra-cautious lockdown ‚roadmap‘ saying the country wants ‚certainty not urgency‘ – with shops, salons and drinks outside from April 12 but no foreign travel before mid-MAY or hugs until June

Social distancing rules will stay in force until June 21 at the minimum, with a government review to decide their future after that. The decision means that grandparents face months of waiting before they can hug their grandchildren – even though millions have already been vaccinated.

23.02.2021 - 05:36 [ Haaretz ]

5 U.S. Billionaires Who Are Potential Witnesses at Netanyahu’s Corruption Trial

(04.12.2019)

Several prominent U.S. billionaires are on the list of over 300 people who could potentially be called as witnesses at Prime Minister Benjamin’s Netanyahu’s upcoming corruption trial.

23.02.2021 - 05:02 [ Haaretz ]

Court Will Hear Witnesses in Netanyahu’s Trial Only After Israeli Election

The opening of the premier’s trial last May followed years of investigations, deliberations and legal proceedings that eventually took place during the course of three election campaigns, capped by a last-minute delay due to the coronavirus.

23.02.2021 - 04:57 [ i24news.tv ]

Next stage of Netanyahu’s corruption trial postponed until after elections

The court rejected a demand from the prime minister’s lawyers to dismiss the indictment by reason of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s failure to formally file a written request for the probe of Netanyahu.

However, the court did condemn Mandelblit for the oversight, saying it was a „defect“ in the legal procedures.

„This is a matter of procedural defect which doesn’t concern the root of the matter,“ the court stated, as cited by Hamodia.

20.02.2021 - 14:06 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis‘ Distrust in State Institutions Is Turning Into an Existential Threat

A year after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the three-fold crisis plaguing Israeli society threatens the basic contract between the state and its citizenry, and has led to a lack of trust in government leaders and institutions and an ‚unparalleled degree of polarization‘.

15.02.2021 - 10:52 [ .i24news.tv ]

Israel advances bill to compel unvaccinated workers to test for COVID-19 every two days

Israel’s Health Ministry is formulating a legislation that will provide workplaces that receive customers the legal framework to compel employees who refuse to vaccinate against COVID-19 to test for the disease every two days, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Monday, according to outlet Ynet.

15.02.2021 - 10:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Labels Unvaccinated Israelis as the New Enemy

Netanyahu has tied his fate in the election to COVID vaccinations, and suspicion arises that his proposals are influenced by personal considerations. Meanwhile, disclosing names of Israelis who have yet to get vaccinated paves way for severe infringement of privacy.

15.02.2021 - 06:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Ministers must never again be free to impose crippling restrictions without proper scrutiny

Drawing on the Civil Contingencies Act, measures would also need Parliamentary approval before coming into effect (unless too urgent – in which case validity would be provisional) and they would expire after no more than 30 days unless renewed, so that in the event of another pandemic, restrictions could not be imposed for months on end without proper scrutiny.

18.01.2021 - 12:56 [ Express.co.uk ]

Boris on the brink as Tories turn on PM over lockdown end date – rebellion ready to erupt

Last week Steve Baker, the deputy chair of the Tory backbench Covid Recovery Group (CRG), wrote to MPs calling on them to write to the Government chief whip and make clear an exit strategy was needed.

He told them „inevitably the Prime Minister’s leadership will be on the table“ unless Mr Johnson outlined the return to freedom.

17.01.2021 - 15:56 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Travellers rush in to the UK to beat Covid crackdown beginning at 4am tomorrow with quarantine hotels and facial-recognition technology under consideration to ensure new arrivals are properly isolating

Officials have been told to prepare to use facial-recognition and GPS technology in order to ensure people stay in isolation when they arrive in the country.

Passengers are being asked to complete online passenger locator forms to tell officials where they are staying after arriving in the UK.

But MPs have heard just one in 10 of the forms are checked by Border Force, while police officers told to visit addresses for potential breaches of quarantine simply walk away if no one answers – with no follow up investigation.

17.01.2021 - 11:27 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tory rebels demand Boris Johnson publish a ‚clear road map‘ to begin easing the national lockdown from March 8 and warn there ‚cannot be any more excuses‘

– Tory MPs have urged Boris Johnson to publish draft lockdown exit plan this week
– They said that the gradual easing of draconian curbs must start from March 8
– The Covid Recovery Group warned the PM ‚there cannot be any more excuses‘

17.01.2021 - 11:04 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Making Progress in Bid to Cancel His Corruption Trial

A year ago, Netanyahu waived his parliamentary immunity after he realized that in the Knesset elected in September 2019, he had no chance of receiving immunity. But the prime minister’s lawyers recently claimed in court that he never waived his right to parliamentary immunity, saying that the Knesset’s immunity proceedings were flawed.

04.01.2021 - 17:59 [ Wikispooks.com ]

Document:Senior spy appointed to lead UK’s joint biosecurity centre

(05.06.2020)

Clare Gardiner, head of cyber resilience and strategy at the UK National Cyber Security Centre — a branch of signals intelligence agency GCHQ — will become the centre’s first director-general, responsible for advising ministers on the “alert level” for the virus; which is similar to assessing the terror threat.

Ms Gardiner’s role at the NCSC involves advising businesses and public organisations on how to improve their cyber defences, and she will return to this post after her secondment at the centre. But her research background in epidemiology and medical statistics make her well-suited to the role, according to one person familiar with her appointment.

She will report to Dido Harding, who is in charge of the NHS test and trace service.

The decision to put a security official in charge is likely to cause consternation among public health experts, who have questioned whether the template of a terror analysis centre is appropriate for managing a viral pandemic,

04.01.2021 - 17:48 [ Nick Eardley / Twitter ]

NEW: Sources have told the BBC the Covid threat level – decided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, which includes the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers – is being moved up to 5, the highest level. This is different from tiers

28.12.2020 - 12:00 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s High Court Judges Are Playing Dumb About the Nation-state Law

Amit knows very well that the principle of equality wasn’t omitted from the law by accident, nor is it just a coincidence that it’s impossible to find a Knesset majority for passing a Basic Law on Equality. He knows that discrimination against Arabs in Israel isn’t just a by-product of the nation-state law but its main purpose – that discrimination is the essence of the law: enshrining Jewish superiority and Arab inferiority.

So why did Amit fake intimacy with Jabareen and inquire about his feelings as if he were a guidance counselor rather than a Supreme Court justice, and as if the only change that had occurred was in the lawyer’s emotions rather than Israel’s Basic Laws?

28.12.2020 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

This Incredible Story Proves Netanyahu Has No Limits

The High Court, its president, Esther Hayut, the prosecution, Mendelblit, all have been subjected to brutal, ugly attacks. There’s no reason to envy them. But if there’s one thing they understand from their own life experience: Silence and capitulation is no way to stop a serial attacker.

22.12.2020 - 23:53 [ Haaretz ]

Nation-state Law Essentially Establishes Apartheid Regime

If the High Court does not examine the Jewish nation-state law according to norms external to the Israeli system and in accordance with criteria derived from consensual universal and international norms and values, it will justify the existence of a regime of constitutionally-mandated segregation for every ethnic dominating group trying to grant itself exclusive supremacy in any country, not only the Jewish people in Israel.

22.12.2020 - 23:44 [ Ben Reiff / Twitter ]

Arab MK Yousef Jabareen presented a petition at the Supreme Court today against the Nation-State Bill, on behalf of the Joint List and the NGO Adalah. Upon leaving he was harassed by Likud supporters chanting “death to terrorists”. They are the face of this racist law.

18.12.2020 - 08:45 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Attorney-General to High Court: Don’t overturn unity gov’t

It was unclear whether the High Court could ever strike down a quasi-constitutional basic law, he said. In any event, if it were possible, it would need to be a far more extreme law, implying something criminal or actively undermining democracy, he added.

Furthermore, Mandelblit rejected the notion that the coalition was abusing or ignoring the will of the voter by forming coalitions they had vowed not to form.

11.12.2020 - 14:15 [ Times of Israel ]

Israel said considering restrictions on those who refuse COVID vaccine

Under the proposal being considered, those who refuse to be inoculated will only be allowed to fly, attend certain events, dine at restaurants or frequent cultural venues by providing a recent negative result from a coronavirus test, according to Channel 12 news, which quoted unnamed senior officials.

Health officials were also reportedly considering barring medical personnel who refuse vaccination from working in coronavirus wards or intensive care units.

27.10.2020 - 07:06 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption calls coronavirus curbs tyrannical and a ‚breathtaking‘ infringement of democratic rights

He is to say the methods used by ministers will undo the unity of society and will lead to long-term authoritarian government.

Lord Sumption will say that ministers avoided Parliament through the Public Health Act which let them introduce lockdowns and other measures without the same level of scrutiny by the House of Commons or Lords.

Giving the Cambridge Freshfields annual law lecture, he will accuse the Government of ‚tendentiously‘ presenting guidance as if it was law – such as the two-metre social distancing rule.

12.10.2020 - 11:38 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Travel latest news: British hospitality to launch legal action over expected lockdown restrictions

Following the announcement of a new three-tier lockdown system, which will see areas with higher Covid rates imposed with harsher measures, the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) is leading a revolt against new rules that could see thousands of bars and restaurants ordered to close.

Two of the country’s biggest brewers and pub operators, Joseph Holt and JW Lees, are also involved in the challenge, alongside a further 10 hospitality businesses and organisations.

12.10.2020 - 11:30 [ theSun.co.uk ]

BED TO WORSE: New 3-tier lockdown rules: Boris Johnson to ban overnight stays and non-essential travel in Covid hotspots

OVERNIGHT stays will be forbidden in northern virus hotspots for four weeks, Boris Johnson will announce today.

As well as the bed ban, residents can only leave the highest risk regions for essential travel such as work, education or health reasons, and must return that day.

05.10.2020 - 11:42 [ Carolina Landsmann / Haaretz ]

Fascism Is Dead, Long Live Dictatorship

It’s important for me to be precise, because I know the mechanisms of thought enforcement in my political camp, which will want to turn my words into support for Netanyahu. I firmly oppose the lockdown, but the fact that Israel is enforcing it by using the army doesn’t make the paratroopers’ presence at checkpoints proof that “the dictatorship is already here.” Certainly no more than the curfew in Spain and the soldiers patrolling the streets there were proof of Franco’s return.

04.10.2020 - 08:10 [ Ben Reiff / Twitter ]

Earlier this week Netanyahu extended the lockdown regulations to include a ban on protesting further than 1km from home. While stifling the regular demonstrations at Balfour and other epicentres, protestors responded by demonstrating at every street corner across the country.

30.09.2020 - 23:20 [ Haaretz ]

A Body Blow to Democracy

It’s important to be precise: In practice, this legislation does not limit demonstrations, it bans them. The proposed restrictions are so draconian that they amount to a prohibition. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting, in the most cynical fashion, to exploit the coronavirus and the restrictions needed to fight its spread in order to undermine fundamental democratic rights and to suppress the dissent against him and his incorrigible government.

30.09.2020 - 23:16 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Israel Live: Netanyahu Says Exit Strategy May Take Six Months to a Year

Netanyahu says lockdown won’t be lifted in a month ■ Knesset passes law limiting protests

30.09.2020 - 23:14 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel AG says Netanyahu may need to be suspended as PM over ‚conflict of interest‘

The AG did not specify how such a possibility may unfold or when a decision from his office would be made.

“It’s not math. I’m not rushing to anything, and I’m trying to be very considered and very calm.”

Mandelblit continued by stressing that the prime minister was not “doing me a favor” by agreeing to sign a binding conflict-of-interest deal as part of the arrangements for him to remain in office while on trial.

30.09.2020 - 23:07 [ The Jerusalem Post / Twitter ]

The High Court of Justice has given little help to the #protest movement against Prime Minister Benjamin #Netanyahu, slow-walking their petition to strike down new corona-era limits on demonstrations. @jeremybob1 reports.

30.09.2020 - 23:05 [ Times of Israel ]

High Court says it won’t block a coronavirus law limiting protests, for now

Justice Neal Hendel has given the government a week — until October 7 — to respond to the Movement for Quality Government’s petition, according to an update by the plaintiffs on their Twitter account.

30.09.2020 - 22:46 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Didn’t Just Limit Demos. It Neutered the Right to Protest

The right to protest, the beating heart of freedom of political expression, is the cornerstone of democracy. It’s even more so during a health crisis

23.09.2020 - 03:40 [ Spiked ]

We need to take back control from the government

Covid authoritarianism is out of control. It’s time the people pushed back.

23.09.2020 - 03:31 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Army could be used to help police enforce coronavirus laws, warns Boris Johnson

Today’s fresh plan includes:

– A 10pm curfew for all pubs across England – and they will be made to offer table service by law.
– There will be a significant cap on the number of guests allowed at weddings.
– But businesses and schools will be able to stay open as No10 attempts to stave off a second lockdown.
– A dramatic increase in enforcement measures to make sure people are obeying the Rule of Six.
– More fines could be slapped on those flouting the rules with on-the-spot closures for venues that fail to follow the rules.
– Facemasks will be made compulsory for staff in hospitality and close contact places – and taxis too

……….

01.09.2020 - 09:31 [ Haaretz ]

Resigning Budget Chief Is Latest Victim of Netanyahu’s Advancing Revolution Against Democracy

And third, Benjamin Netanyahu has utilized the paralysis and confusion he has imposed on Israel’s body politic over the past two years to dismantle the checks and balances that stand in the way of his efforts to avoid criminal trial. It is one of many battles in the total war that Netanyahu is waging against the very foundations of Israeli democracy, which, in his distress and incessant self-victimization, he has come to despise.

31.07.2020 - 17:03 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Has Been Leading a Cold Civil War for Years. Now It’s Threatening to Burst Into Flames

The victimization and persecution that are imprinted and growing inside of him release Netanyahu from guilt feelings, pangs of conscience or even a shred of a feeling of responsibility. He sees himself as fighting a constant war of survival and defense against the stated and clandestine groups who are conspiring to bring him down or eliminate him. This is why he will never understand that he is the person directly and centrally responsible for the violent and bloody street battles that we saw this week, which could deteriorate into murder in seconds.

31.07.2020 - 15:17 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Has Launched the Decisive Part of His Plan: To Set the Country on Fire

We’ve almost forgotten how all this started. When he was indicted, I wrote that to keep his trial from going forward, including the testimony of state witnesses that is expected to spell his political end, he wouldn’t hesitate “to burn down the clubhouse.” Literally.

Now the testimony phase of his case is approaching. In another five months, the first of those three state witnesses will take the stand. What can stop it? A civil war, for example. A siege of the Jerusalem District Court, for example.

21.07.2020 - 21:23 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Approves ‚Restrained‘ Bill on Digital Tracking in Coronavirus Fight

The Shin Bet would now be allowed to track people for the coming three weeks, beginning Tuesday. The law will remain in effect until January 2021.

The law also requires the Health Ministry to respond within 24 hours to appeals by people sent into quarantine based on the Shin Bet’s data, following public criticism of its accuracy.

18.07.2020 - 13:32 [ Haaretz ]

Government Seeks Power to Keep Israelis in Locked-down Areas From Protests

The legislation, titled “Special Powers for Dealing with the Novel Coronavirus,” would essentially give the government the power to decide whether to let people living in restricted areas attend mass demonstrations, such as those that took place this week in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square and outside the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

“Under the proposed wording, the government won’t have an obligation to let people leave a restricted area to attend demonstrations,” a source familiar with the bill explained.

14.07.2020 - 14:10 [ BBC ]

Gough Whitlam: Queen not told in advance of Australia PM’s sacking, letters show

However, they also reveal Sir John – an Australian who was a judge before becoming governor-general – had discussed with Buckingham Palace whether he had the constitutional authority to dismiss Mr Whitlam.

Australia is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen as head of state. Before the dismissal, many Australians had little idea her representative had such power.

08.07.2020 - 19:46 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Votes Down Probe of Judges as Gantz-Netanyahu Crisis Brew

The Knesset on Wednesday voted against forming a commission of inquiry that will probe conflicts of interest of Supreme Court justices.

Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party said it would back the initiative by far-right lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich of the Yamina faction to establish such a commission.

Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party called the move „a declaration of war on democracy.

07.07.2020 - 13:17 [ Haaretz ]

Summer’s End Scenario: Netanyahu Usurps Democracy and Assumes Absolute Rule

At the end of summer 2020, Israeli democracy died in broad daylight.

07.07.2020 - 13:14 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Passes Bill Allowing Gov’t to Bypass Parliament on COVID-19 Regulations

The bill allows the executive branch to sidestep Knesset committees, which the government says cause delays in implementing its decisions. It has been debated by the Knesset and has passed a first vote on Monday night with the support of 47 MKs, while 34 opposed it. It was then approved in its second and third votes, with with 29 lawmakers voting in favor and 24 against.

01.07.2020 - 10:02 [ Haaretz ]

‚Israel Has Been Seized by a Crime Organization‘: Meet the Activists Leading the Charge Against Netanyahu’s Rule

Some are veteran protesters, some are newcomers, but all of them agree that the younger generation – that they say takes no interest in politics – must be enlisted to bring about change

25.06.2020 - 08:45 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Gives Initial Approval for Comprehensive Digital Tracking by Security Service in Coronavirus Fight

Ministers Gabi Ashkenazi, Avi Nissenkorn, Amir Peretz and Izhar Shay opposed resuming the tracking, which was stopped on the order of the High Court of Justice, before the process of finding a civilian alternative is exhausted. Ashkenazi said he didn’t think the current level of new cases justified the resumption of this surveillance. Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman warned that codifying the surveillance in law could expose his organization’s technology and work methods. Netanyahu said in response that “the enemy is already familiar” with the system in question.

22.06.2020 - 08:36 [ Haaretz ]

Unstoppable, Indestructible, Endless Bibi

Since 1999 Netanyahu has managed to exhaust an entire political camp. His battles with the old elites was first and foremost a war of attrition. The noise that this compressor emits is only getting louder. It seems as if we haven’t been able to sleep properly for 20 years – it hasn’t given us a moment’s peace. This isn’t a compressor. This is a force of nature.

Another 10 years of Netanyahu in power is starting to look like a fairly realistic scenario.

21.06.2020 - 10:21 [ Haaretz ]

Black Lives Matter in Israel? Sounds Like Science Fiction

Population and immigration department inspectors are bored and frustrated after the end of an eventful season of hunting humans. Instead of nighttime arrests and kidnappings, they currently bully asylum seekers to their hearts’ content at the registry office where they seek to extend their permits, which they are entitled to receive automatically.

The photographs shown last week on Channel 13’s Hamakor program couldn’t leave any viewer indifferent. They showed criminal, sadistic, mean bullying of weaker people on the part of low-level clerks, kings for a moment dishing out lowly racist treatment.

16.06.2020 - 13:27 [ Haaretz ]

It’s Only a Matter of Time Until a Journalist Is Jailed

Opponents of the lockdown were systematically silenced on establishment media, and silenced on social media by social censorship, as opposed to technological censorship: The lynch. The lynch isn’t an algorithm; it’s a common tool of social punishment the purpose of which is to shame, persecute, make miserable and blacken the names of those who express opinions that oppose what one’s homogenous newsfeed is willing to stand for.

15.06.2020 - 06:10 [ Haaretz ]

Annexation Could Be Netanyahu’s Prelude to Dismantling Israeli Democracy

The proposed West Bank land grab is so patently unhinged it sparks suspicions of more ambitious and sinister designs

09.06.2020 - 08:47 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Leftists, Apologizing for Your Beliefs Won’t Spare You. Get Off the Defensive

Even if you say “Jewish left” instead of “Israeli left” because it sounds more patriotic, they’ll always have another loyalty test on the way. Because groveling, stammering and apologizing for what you believe in won’t spare you.

The right is ready to go on television, on radio, online, wherever necessary, to defend an apartheid plan, to defend billions being spent at a time of deep recession and to defend a corrupt prime minister. They’re ready to defend the most galling things, and you’re not ready to defend the truth? Try it sometime. Believe me, it’s easier.

09.06.2020 - 06:02 [ Haaretz ]

The Israeli Government Seeks Continuous Coronavirus Emergency

But the fact that the bill authorizes the government to promulgate emergency regulations that critically undermine basic rights (freedom of movement, freedom to demonstrate, the right to privacy, freedom of occupation and more), and to extend them repeatedly, make these rights a dead letter, the “emergency” situation routine and the temporary permanent.

08.06.2020 - 00:06 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Left’s Show of Strength Highlights Weakness of Anti-annexation Protest

One can argue about whether the disparate 100-year history of confrontation and occupation between Israelis and Palestinians totally negates parallels to white America’s 400 years of African American subjugation and discrimination. But one glaring gap is undeniable: The majority of U.S. public opinion now acknowledges the legitimacy of black grievances, while the majority of Israelis ‒ including most of the Jewish center-left ‒ continues to view Palestinians, at least those beyond the former Green Line, as a mortal enemy bent on their country’s destruction

03.06.2020 - 15:55 [ Haaretz ]

Blue and White Is My Race

The nation-state law is the constitutional cornerstone of apartheid. And naturally, Hauser’s arguments also tie into the intent to annex parts of the West Bank in the framework of U.S. President Donald Trump’s peace plan: Israel intends to expand its violations of its residents’ equal rights on an ethnic/racial basis.

It’s turning out much sooner than expected that when parts of Kahol Lavan joined the right-wing government, their merger was an expression of a deep ideological partnership.

01.06.2020 - 09:08 [ Haaretz ]

The Government vs. the Public

Under cover of the fight against the coronavirus and fears of a threatened “second wave,” the Netanyahu-Gantz government is trying to appropriate draconian legislative powers that will deal a mortal blow to human rights. The cabinet is advancing a bill to give itself special authorities as a replacement for existing emergency regulations that are due to expire. This bill would undermine not just fundamental rights, but also the principle of the separation of powers and the basic rules of democracy.

23.05.2020 - 11:07 [ Haaretz ]

After Losing Hope for Change, Top Left-wing Activists and Scholars Leave Israel Behind

They founded anti-occupation movements and fought for the soul of Israeli society, but ultimately decided to emigrate. The new exiles tell Haaretz how they were harassed and silenced, until they had almost no choice but to leave

21.05.2020 - 08:03 [ Haaretz ]

Spying on Citizens Permanently

Under cover of the public fear of the spread of the pandemic and the fear that there will be additional waves, the government wants to enlarge its tool box and expand its freedom of action.

We must not cooperate with that. It represents an upsetting of the balance between the power of the regime and citizens’ rights.

14.05.2020 - 18:47 [ Haaretz ]

Here Lies the High Court of Justice, of Blessed Memory

They well knew that over the years, Netanyahu has repeatedly proven that he has used the seat of prime minister as a pickaxe with which to dig a tunnel to escape prosecution. They know that for years he has exploited his position to discredit, lie, deceive, incite and mock the legal and judicial authorities, to evade the arm of the law; that for at least a year and a half he has been threatening that same tribunal from which he now sought permission to return to his seat, so that from there he could continue to crush that same tribunal.

He asked for it, and he got it.

It’s as if some suicidal spirit had seized the court.

09.05.2020 - 06:48 [ Haaretz ]

The High Court Allowed Israel’s Most Demented Government Ever. Now It Will Get Uglier

The swearing-in will take longer than usual, both due to the emergency regulations and the surfeit of ministers, some of whom won’t have any idea what they’ll be doing in the cabinet. If the event could have a soundtrack it would probably be a requiem – a mass for the democratic rules of the game that somehow survived here for 72 years.

Eleven High Court justices unanimously legitimized the strangest, most warped governing coalition ever engineered in a political laboratory. We’ll never know if the gun pointed at their heads – the threat of a fourth election – affected their judgment.

07.05.2020 - 14:45 [ i24News.tv ]

Israel Parliament votes to approve Netanyahu-Gantz unity government

The Knesset (Israel Parliament) also passed a raft of legislative changes to the country’s semi-constitutional Basic Laws, paving the way for a government to be established after more than a year of political deadlock.

06.05.2020 - 15:51 [ i24News.tv ]

Likud, Blue and White agree to revise unity deal after Supreme Court condemnation

The parties also decided that emergency orders instated to fight the coronavirus pandemic would not extend beyond six months.

The bill known as the „Norwegian law,“ which allows any Member of Knesset (Israel Parliament) appointed to a ministerial post to temporarily resign from the legislative chamber, will reportedly be dropped.

06.05.2020 - 15:15 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is Above the Law

Every day that passes provides more proof of the twisted state of Israeli democracy, in which a defendant under criminal indictment leads the government and is a candidate to form the next one.

05.05.2020 - 14:03 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Gatekeepers Have Become Enablers of a Dangerous Coronavirus Policy

The moment Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his plan to use “technological methods from the war on terror” to track coronavirus patients, it was clear that it would be impossible to take this candy away from the government’s eager hands. The term “dangerous precedent” was coined for just such situations, in which a tool created for extreme situations slowly makes its way into daily life.

04.05.2020 - 11:05 [ Israeli Elections Live Results ]

The law as currently written does not explicitly say whether or not an indicted MK can form a government, and the High Court is being asked to extrapolate. But nothing stops these >70 MKs from amending Israel’s Basic Laws to explicitly approve him if the ruling is unfavorable.

04.05.2020 - 11:00 [ i24news.tv ]

High Court adjourns first session on lawfulness of Netanyahu’s next gov’t

According to The Times of Israel, Chief Justice Esther Hayut signaled during the proceedings that the court will neither stand in the way of Netanyahu forming a government nor of the coalition deal moving forward.

25.04.2020 - 21:02 [ Ehud Barak / Haaretz ]

Netanyahu-Gantz Deal Might Mean Ordinary Israelis Must Save the Day

Nothing of the like has been seen before – not in Israel or in any other advanced democracy. This political agreement, fundamentally corrupt and rotten, emasculates the Knesset under cover of the coronavirus, undermines the foundations of our system of government and subordinates the Supreme Court to the government.

The obvious reason for its existence is neither the coronavirus nor the crisis, but immunity for the criminal defendant, Benjamin Netanyahu, in any situation and at any price.

17.04.2020 - 11:43 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu: Masses Will Take to the Streets if Court Ousts Me

“Let there be no doubt, the High Court will take the opportunity to oust me,” Netanyahu himself says in these conversations. He warns that if the court prevents him from being prime minister, or if a law is enacted banning him from running for the post in the future, a civil rebellion will erupt. “Masses will take to the streets,” he predicts. “There will be a call to boycott the election.”

17.04.2020 - 11:30 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Is Heading for a Shin Bet Police State

The pattern is familiar and dangerous: Start with ostensibly minimal means for a limited time, then expand the means and duration until they become permanent. Now it’s the fight against the coronavirus, tomorrow it will be the fight against crime – and finally the fight against the government’s opponents. History is paved with examples of emergency measures becoming routine.

08.04.2020 - 20:14 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

High Court upholds lockdown of Bnei Brak as legal

„It is not our place to interfere with the government’s decision,“ the Court concluded.

08.04.2020 - 15:58 [ Haaretz ]

Passover Curfew Begins as Israel Coronavirus Cases Top 9,400

(today)

The Health Ministry sent a letter on Wednesday to hospitals, calling on them to reduce their use of anesthesia, due to a global shortage of anesthetics coupled with the use of many anesthetics to treat coronavirus patients. (…)

1:35 P.M. Bnei Brak hospital says it cannot accept more patients requiring ventilators

The Ma’ayanei HaYeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak says it can no longer accept patients who require ventilators because of a shortage in monitoring devices required to operate them.

08.04.2020 - 15:54 [ thejc.com ]

Israel seals off Charedi-majority Bnei Brak entirely to contain virus outbreak

(03.04.2020)

Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, told Reuters: “Bnei Brak is on lockdown, as of this morning, and police will prevent any movements in or out of the city.

“People are only allowed in or out for medical reasons or medical support.”

06.04.2020 - 10:59 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Dozens of ultra-Orthodox communities expected to go into full lockdown soon

The Israeli government is expected to declare full lockdowns of numerous ultra-Orthodox communities across the country and West Bank to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus.

A Knesset (Israeli Parliament) ministerial committee was formed late on Sunday to oversee the decision that is expected to affect at least eight cities that and more than a dozen neighborhoods.

06.04.2020 - 10:30 [ Haaretz ]

‘There Will Be a Revolt’: Life Under Lockdown in Israel’s Haredi Coronavirus Hot Spot

“Since yesterday I’m trying to find someone to help get Passover food to four elderly couples that I’ve been taking care of for three weeks, and there’s no one to turn to,” said a city resident. “I tried everyone I know, and I know a lot of people. There’s no response from the municipality, all those getting paid by the city don’t want to deal with me. The police send me to the municipality, and from there they send me to the Home Front Command, which sends me back to the municipality.”

31.03.2020 - 14:59 [ Washington Post ]

Benny Gantz just sold out Israel’s perilously ill democracy

A criminal defendant will stay prime minister. Netanyahu has been rewarded, not punished, for his misuse of power in recent days. The exclusion of the Arab minority continues. And more than a million Israelis who voted for Blue and White have received a brutal lesson in political cynicism.

In all of this, Gantz is now Netanyahu’s partner.

31.03.2020 - 14:57 [ CNBC.com ]

Israel heads for unity government as Netanyahu rival Gantz puts coronavirus over politics

„The coronavirus pandemic appears to be accomplishing something that three elections couldn’t — it’s forcing Israel’s deeply divided leaders to put the health and safety of the nation ahead of their own political fortunes,“ Israeli-American political analyst and author Joel Rosenberg told CNBC over the weekend.

29.03.2020 - 10:03 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Gantz to support law keeping Netanyahu minister despite indictments

Israel Resilience party leader Benny Gantz will reportedly support a new law allowing incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to serve in the government despite multiple indictments against him, according to Hebrew media.

Current Israeli Parliament (Knesset) legislation bars elected officials from serving as government ministers while being charged with a crime.

29.03.2020 - 09:59 [ i24news.tv ]

‚Black flag‘ protesters decry ‚corrupt‘ unity deal near Gantz’s home

The activists say they use the black flag, pinning them to the back of vehicles, to symbolize the danger a prime minister under indictment poses to Israeli democracy, according to The Times.

Netanyahu was indicted last year on three charges following a years-long corruption investigation, including breach of public trust, bribery, and fraud.

29.03.2020 - 09:19 [ New York Times ]

Armed Israeli Troops to Help Enforce Coronavirus Lockdown

(27.03.2020)

Israel will deploy armed troops to support police on street patrols in enforcing a lockdown against the coronavirus epidemic, the military said on Friday.

About 500 troops will join police squads from Sunday to help „in patrolling, isolating and securing certain areas, blocking routes and additional similar assignments“, the military said in a statement.

23.03.2020 - 11:55 [ Alec Pollard / Twitter ]

Lawmakers arrive at first session of Israeli #Knesset greeted by protesters demanding to replace speakers of the parliament @YuliEdelstein . @Likud_Party say if he is replaced they will scuttle unity government .

23.03.2020 - 10:49 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Crisis Accelerates Israel’s Slide Into Erdogan-style Authoritarianism

Monday is an important test for Israeli democracy. The Knesset is due to resume its deliberations amidst the political crisis and the spread of the coronavirus.

If the Knesset chairman Yuri Edelstein, backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political hatchetmen from Likud, continue with their delay tactics to prevent the legislative branch performing its duty, Israel will win the dubious title of the only „parliamentary democracy“ to fail to recognize the results of its last democratic general election and to be governed by an inoperative parliament.

22.03.2020 - 13:15 [ Washington Post ]

With a pandemic as cover, Netanyahu is carrying out a coup in Israel

(19.03.2020)

Under the cover of a pandemic, he is transforming himself from lame-duck prime minister to unelected strongman. He and his henchmen have shut down parliament, enacted extreme “security” measures without legislative oversight and shelved the courts just as Netanyahu was about to go on trial for corruption.

I don’t use the word “coup” lightly. But any weaker description of Netanyahu’s assault on Israeli democracy is a refusal to absorb and report the truth.

22.03.2020 - 10:48 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Speaker Edelstein and His Puppet Master Netanyahu, Free Israel’s Parliament

Since a majority of Knesset members – 61 out of 120 – oppose the government, Edelstein was dispatched to block the activity of the legislature and prevent it from voting in a new speaker. It is inconceivable that a temporary speaker would use his authority to set the agenda in order to prevent the selection of a permanent speaker. It is parliamentary bullying, and it must stop immediately.

19.03.2020 - 21:57 [ Haaretz ]

Raise the Black Flag at Home. Stand Up to the Tyrant Netanyahu

For years and years, we wondered when the occupation would come home.

It happened this week.

As the settlers once said in a different context: Yesha Zeh Kan – Judea, Samaria and Gaza are here.

One set of laws for the tyrant’s allies. Another set of laws for everyone else. Innocent civilians hounded. Their persecutor – never held accountable.

Raise the black flag. Stand up to the tyrant.

This is the fitting flag for this new Israel.

19.03.2020 - 21:53 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is Using Coronavirus to Hold Onto Power

Panic over the coronavirus, justified as it may be, mustn’t blind the public from seeing how the temporary prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and members of his party are exploiting the crisis to hold onto power. Through their management of the coronavirus crisis, Netanyahu and his government are neutralizing the justice system and quarantining the legislature.

19.03.2020 - 21:50 [ Haaretz ]

‚Total Suspension of Individual Freedom‘: Inside Israel’s Secret Coronavirus Debate

These special means include gathering data about a person’s location via their cellphone and additional technological information using secret tools, and cross-referencing all of the data.

The process identifies all of the contacts coronavirus patients have had and the places they were, whether they are aware of it or not.

19.03.2020 - 15:06 [ Noa Landau נעה לנדאו / Twitter ]

Israeli police tries to stop thousands of cars raising black flags on their way to Jerusalem, to protest anti-democratic measures in midst of #Covid_19 outbreak, such as closure of Knesset. When asked ‘why’, this policeman said ‘because!’

19.03.2020 - 15:04 [ Haaretz ]

Police Arrest Protesters Against ‚Assault on Democracy‘ at Knesset

Protesters said they were angry at anti-democratic measures being taken to fight the coronavirus outbreak, such as this week’s decision to use cyber measures to track the location of people diagnosed with the virus as well as suspected coronavirus patients, in addition to strict restrictions to achieve social distancing, such as barring thousands of people from leaving their homes.

Further, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein dispersed parliament on Wednesday, deepening the paralyzation of Israel’s legislative body, which critics have seen as an attack on the checks and balances within Israel’s democratic institutions.

18.03.2020 - 19:48 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Coronavirus Coup: Israelis’ Basic Rights Are Now on Life Support

We are about to let the government gain absolute control over our lives – and thus know who we are, where we have been, when and with whom and who we speak to and when – without any form of consent or restriction.

06.03.2020 - 07:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Palestinian voters are the new power brokers in Israel, much to Netanyahu’s chagrin

Will the Blue and White opposition abandon this racist logic of a “Jewish majority”, and form an alliance with the Joint List in order to oust Netanyahu? This remains to be seen. The stakes could not be higher, not only for Netanyahu personally, but for Israel’s future: whether it will continue its slide towards a “democracy” for Jews only, or instead choose a path that could lead to meaningful equal citizenship and democracy.

03.01.2020 - 15:53 [ Haaretz ]

Will the Knesset Speaker Be Loyal to the Country or to the Man Holding It Hostage?

As Knesset Speaker, Yuli Edelstein has the authority to block the Knesset Arrangements Committee from meeting, thereby blocking the convening of the House Committee and preventing it from discussing the immunity request.

This is Edelstein’s most important test as an elected official: Will he be faithful to his position as Knesset speaker, or will he be faithful to the man who has decided to hold the country hostage?

03.01.2020 - 10:53 [ Haaretz ]

Requesting Immunity, Master Manipulator Netanyahu Gave One of the Worst Performances of His Life

By requesting immunity Netanyahu hopes to postpone all of this until after the March 2 election. But he knows from all the incessant polling he has carried out that this is a hard sell, even among his right-wing base. In recent days, he tried to float his “immunity is a cornerstone of democracy” canard, but it didn’t fly.

01.01.2020 - 22:52 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Announces He Is Requesting Immunity From Prosecution in Three Criminal Cases

According to Israeli law, the Knesset House Committee is to discuss his request and should it be approved, the request will need to pass a vote by the Knesset plenum.

However, since the House Committee has not been appointed since the April general election, and is not expected to be assembled before the upcoming March election, the discussion will only take place in several months. Until the committee makes a decision, an indictment against Netanyahu can’t be handed officially to the court.

01.01.2020 - 12:12 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu expected to seek immunity as Wednesday deadline looms

Israel’s incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s deadline to formally request immunity from Knesset (Israeli parliament) Speaker Yuli Edelstein expires Wednesday night.

It is expected that Netanyahu will opt for protection from prosecution in three corruption cases against him, Hebrew media reported.

01.01.2020 - 12:05 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s High Court delays ruling on whether Netanyahu can be PM

Heading a three-judge panel, High Court of Justice President Esther Hayut said there were no legal impediments holding Netanyahu back from seeking reelection, ruling that the question is not ripe for a decision before he is actually tasked with leading a government.

31.12.2019 - 10:32 [ Haaretz ]

High Court Petition to Block Netanyahu’s PM Bid Over Corruption Indictment Irrelevant Before Election, Justices Say

The hearing on the metter is held by Supreme Court President Esther Hayut, Deputy President Hanan Melcer and Justice Uzi Vogelman.

Hayut stressed that there isn’t any legal impediment barring Netanyahu from running in the March election, while Vogelman said it’s unprecedented to rule on an issue before an authority was given – in this case the mandate to form a government.

31.12.2019 - 10:22 [ Ynet ]

High Court debates whether indicted Netanyahu can form government

Hayut says three-justice panel must first decide whether the court should even debate the issue, echoing instruction from AG; hearing comes after petition by 67 members of academic and high-tech worlds objecting to allowing a Knesset member battling criminal charges to be tasked with putting together a coalition

29.12.2019 - 15:49 [ Jewish Community ‏/ Twitter ]

A-G refuses to tell High Court his view on PM eligibility – again: On Sunday, the High Court set a hearing for December 31 for Mandelblit to argue before it along with other parties about whether Netanyahu can form a government.

(26.12.2019)

https://t.co/2opJERA3xe JPost

29.12.2019 - 11:47 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu to ask Israeli parliament for immunity this week: report

Channel 12 reported earlier this month that Israel’s longest-serving premier will request immunity by the end of December.

28.12.2019 - 17:36 [ Ben-Dror Yemini / Ynetnews.com ]

High Court’s Netanyahu verdict may pose danger to democracy

if I may, I would like to apply pressure on the judges from the other end of the spectrum. Not from the side of Netanyahu’s devotees, but from the side of those who are devoted to an impartial process, the rule of law and the continued peaceful existence of our democracy.

Please, do not involve yourself in this matter. Looking out at the world through the windows of the halls of justice can obscure the bigger picture sometimes. Caring only for your close compatriots and friends could be dangerous.

28.12.2019 - 17:24 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General and Other Cowards in the Face of Netanyahu

We’re in this situation because of the cowards – people like Mendelblit, who had no problem accepting a role as a gatekeeper without growing the requisite backbone. We’re here because for months after the recommendations by the police and the prosecution, the attorney general continued to drag his feet.

And after deciding to file indictments, he didn’t intervene as Netanyahu dragged us into yet another election while using all the power of his status to vilify the legal system that the attorney general is supposed to defend.

20.12.2019 - 02:38 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Supreme Court freezes nomination of interim state prosecutor

The Movement for Quality Government in Israel filed Wednesday a petition to Israel’s Supreme Court against the recent appointment of an interim state prosecutor, after which the court ordered to freeze the nomination, Hebrew media reported.

Justice Minister Amir Ohana announced Tuesday his decision to appoint Orly Ben Ari-Ginsberg for the position after the former state prosecutor Shai Nitzan ended his six-year term.

12.11.2019 - 18:32 [ Times of Israel ]

It’s almost unthinkable, but how would a minority government work?

(17.10.2019)

In principle, the candidate whom the president grants the right to form a government does not need a majority of 61 to do so. All that is really needed is a situation in which more hands vote in favor of the government than oppose it.

24.10.2019 - 05:54 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

‚The prime minister is not above the law, but neither is he below it,‘ senior #Netanyahu lawyer says as he enters the closed-door corruption hearing

(02.10.2019)

05.10.2019 - 10:04 [ Economist.com ]

Binyamin Netanyahu’s last chance to avoid indictment

Even if he is indicted, Mr Netanyahu intends to stay on as prime minister. The law does not require him to step down until a final conviction.

04.10.2019 - 13:59 [ Haaretz ]

Uncompromising Investigation Into Shin Bet Torture Allegations Is Needed

This explanation was meant to provide grounds for a claim of necessity, which is a fundamental condition for permitting the use of “special means” – that is, torture – while still staying within the limits imposed by the High Court of Justice on interrogations of this type.

It’s still impossible to know whether this essential condition, necessity, actually existed. But even if it did, serious questions arise from this case regarding the interpretation that has been given to the possibility of using torture.

25.09.2019 - 17:42 [ New York Times ]

How the U.K. Supreme Court’s Rebuke to Boris Johnson Remakes British Law

Not only did the court declare the prime minister’s action unlawful, it also declared the order itself, which Queen Elizabeth II issued at Mr. Johnson’s request, “unlawful, void, and of no effect.” The request, said the court’s president, Baroness Brenda Hale, might as well have been a “blank sheet of paper.”

Stephen Tierney, a professor of constitutional theory at Edinburgh University, said it was “astonishing” that the court had ruled decisively that it “can review something as fundamental as that, done by Her Majesty, as unlawful.”

25.09.2019 - 17:35 [ Parliament.uk ]

The Supreme Court 2009

The last hearings and judgments in the House of Lords took place on 30 July and the new Supreme Court opened on 1 October 2009.

The Supreme Court comprises of 12 judges, known as „Justices of the Supreme Court“, they include a President and Deputy President, appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the Judicial Appointments Commission.

The first members of the Supreme Court were the existing 12 Law Lords (Lords of Appeal in Ordinary) who now sit in the new Court which occupies the former Middlesex Guildhall, opposite the Houses of Parliament.

25.09.2019 - 17:26 [ Spectator ]

The Supreme Court’s decision is a constitutional outrage

What that means is that prorogation can be limited by statute and the courts would enforce that statute. I doubt anyone disputes that. What it does not mean, yet what has happened, is that in the absence of such a statute, the ‘Supreme’ Court can step in and invent one. So lawyers and judges have, step by step, decided to give themselves more and more power.

No one expected them to do what they did today. No one expected it to be unanimous – which perhaps hurts the most.

24.09.2019 - 12:43 [ theGuardian.com ]

Jeremy Corbyn says Boris Johnson should ‚consider his position‘ as he demands recall of parliament

At the Labour conference Jeremy Corbyn has taken to the stage.

He says the supreme court judgment demonstrates Boris Johnson’s contempt for parliament.

He says he will write to the Speaker demanding an urgent recall of parliament.

He says a Labour government would want to be held to account. It would not bypass democracy.

And he says Boris Johnson should “in the historic words, consider his position”.

That means he thinks Johnson should resign.

24.09.2019 - 12:30 [ Daily Mail ]

Supreme Court unanimously rules Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was ‚UNLAWFUL, void and of no effect‘ and overturns the move leaving the PM’s plans in tatters

– The Supreme Court handed down landmark judgment at 10.30am today
– Justices asked to decide whether Boris Johnson gave unlawful advice to Queen
– Judges had 4 options including forcing MPs to return to Parliament this week
– Lady Hale revealed all 11 unanimously agreed to nuclear option of recalling MPs
– PM won’t resign and says MPs have had years to discuss direction of Brexit

24.09.2019 - 12:27 [ ITV.com ]

Supreme Court rules Boris Johnson’s advice to Queen to suspend Parliament was unlawful

Announcing the result, Lady Hale said: „The court is bound to conclude, therefore, that the decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.“

16.09.2019 - 08:49 [ Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין / Twitter ]

This is a big deal and a big win for Netanyahu – and a vehemently anti-Democratic act, affirming Israeli disenfranchisement of Palestinian citizens. It shows the Right has permeated every institution in the country, and that legality has no meaning.

16.09.2019 - 08:45 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Central election committee rules „Zazim“ initiative illegal

The injunction came after the Likud party submitted a petition arguing that Zazim, which is heavily funded by the US-based New Israel Fund, an organization that has butted heads with the Likud party before, was violating election laws with its initiative.
In 2017 the V15 law was passed in order to prevent foreign funded non-party political organizations from interfering with the elections.

07.09.2019 - 09:25 [ Spiked ]

From ‘Stop the Coup’ to ‘Stop the Election’

We thought Remoaners could sink no lower. We were wrong.

07.09.2019 - 09:20 [ Haaretz ]

Casting Doubt on Election’s Integrity, Netanyahu Commits the Worst ‚Terror Attack on Democracy‘

Netanyahu has been in favor, since his earliest days as a politician over three decades ago, of a presidential system of governance – without insisting on a constitution to check and balance the president’s power, however. He sees the Israeli parliament as an unnecessary nuisance. In recent years, he has described every perfectly legal and legitimate attempt to replace him as a “coup.” As far as he’s concerned, the only purpose of an election is to confirm his personal mandate to rule.

29.08.2019 - 18:05 [ NewStatesman ]

The Brexit crisis shows why the UK finally needs a written constitution

The debate over constitutionality is fascinating and important. But it is also absurd because we have no written constitution. Instead, we have a hodgepodge of procedural rules, ancient customs, conventions, norms, and the Queen’s obscure power-not-power. We have airy principles. But, ultimately, our “unwritten” constitution means that in times of crisis, such as now, anyone can choose a principle to justify their arguments.

28.08.2019 - 16:31 [ BBC ]

Prorogation: How can the government suspend Parliament?

MPs do not vote to prorogue – it’s a power that rests with the Queen, done on the advice of the prime minister.

28.08.2019 - 16:25 [ Spiked ]

A battle of two evils

Proroguing parliament to force through Brexit is wrong. But using parliament to stop Brexit is far worse.

28.08.2019 - 16:21 [ theSun.co.uk ]

The Queen agrees to let Boris Johnson shut down Parliament and thwart Corbyn’s anti-Brexit plot

THE Queen has approved Boris Johnson’s bombshell request to suspend Parliament and stop Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to block No Deal Brexit.

Her Majesty met with the Privy Council today at Balmoral and an order was greenlit to prorogue Parliament from any date between September 9 to October 14.

18.08.2019 - 16:21 [ Omer Katz / Twitter ]

In summary: ? #Netanyahu’s regime must fall for the sake of Jews and Palestinians alike. ?Netanyahu is merely a symptom of a bigger problem, the Israeli occupation which is undemocratic by nature.Its practices leak into Israel & make it look more like the West Bank than Berlin.

18.08.2019 - 16:02 [ the_drow / instagram ]

Now in Petach Tikva: A thousand people are protesting police brutality and unlawful arrest of anti-corruption activists. Protests in Petch Tikva, where the AG Mendelblit lives occur weekly. Yesterday, activists were arrested for walking down the street.

18.08.2019 - 15:59 [ אתון עיוור‏ / Twitter ]

@nytimesworld Please do a follow up on this story. Israeli police arrest people with no charges, trying to bully people from not protesting ( legally) in front of Attorney General of Israel, Dr. Mandelblit’s home. Apparently by his influence. Brutal arrest of older people.

18.08.2019 - 15:45 [ Times of Israel ]

Four arrested, 3 detained during anti-corruption protests near AG’s home

Anti-corruption activists have been holding regular protests near Mandelblit’s home for years, demanding he indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the corruption cases into his affairs.

18.08.2019 - 15:27 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General Is Allowing the Gender-segregation Tsunami to Sweep Over

In recent years, gender segregation and discrimination against women have been expanding into various aspects of public life. This is seen on army bases where women are marginalized; on academic campuses where female “modesty supervisors” check the length of skirts; in the civil service, which has cadet courses for men only; in funeral ceremonies, where women cannot mourn or stand with their families; in signposts forbidding women to walk on certain sidewalks, while men police their clothing, applying ever harsher modesty rules, occasionally with curses and spitting. Bus drivers refuse to let on a female passenger in shorts, or don’t allow women to board, claiming there’s “room for men only.”

This is merely a partial list. The struggle for woman’s place in public – and for Israeli society – is in full force.

18.08.2019 - 15:12 [ Haaretz ]

In Netanyahu’s Israel, Democracy Is Dying in Broad Daylight

(13.08.2019)

Ominous pre-election right-wing purges inspired by Trump’s brazenness have been met with apathy and impotence on the center-left

10.08.2019 - 08:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Buckingham Palace and Downing Street plan to keep the Queen out of looming constitutional crisis over Brexit

The conversation was prompted by growing speculation that politicians will try to force the Queen to get involved if Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, loses a no-confidence vote early next month.

07.08.2019 - 18:16 [ Haaretz ]

UN Slams Israel’s ‚Effective Annexation‘ of West Bank After 2,000 Settlement Units Approved

Israel’s Civil Administration approved the proposed plans this week and construction is currently pending. Among units approved include 537 in Alon Shvut, 18 in Ma’aleh Adumim, 66 in Efrat and 96 in Kiryat Netafim.

03.08.2019 - 17:42 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Likud Plans to Spend $570,000 to Spy Again on Arab Polling Stations

Now, according to a report broadcast by Channel 13 news, the Likud plans to double its budget for a repeat campaign, spending two million shekels (approximately $570,000) to install cameras in Arab polling stations. The campaign will once again be headed up by Kaizler Inbar, and will be accompanied by increased police presence to monitor Arab voters.

Israel’s Central Election Committee – which oversees the state’s election process – will reportedly meet later this week to discuss the Likud’s program. The Channel 13 news report told how the Likud party plans to ask Supreme Court Judge Hanan Melcer, head of the elections committee, to “detail in writing what their poll watchers can and cannot do with the surveillance cameras”.

03.08.2019 - 17:38 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Likud doubles budget for program placing hidden cameras in Arab polling stations

The operation is set to be run again by the Kaizler-Inbar communications firm, the source said. Kaizler-Inbar organized the April effort by recruiting activists mainly from national religious seminaries across the country and boasted in a Facebook post shortly after the vote of “success” in bringing turnout among Arabs to below 50 percent, its lowest level in decades.

23.07.2019 - 18:22 [ Ben Rhodes / Twitter ]

Imagine having your home destroyed just because of who you are, and that being the point.

23.07.2019 - 18:19 [ i24NEWS English /Youtube ]

Trio of Families Forced from Homes in West Bank

„What is painfully happening here is the biggest and most dangerous demolition operation outside of war operations,“ Walid Asaf, the Palestinian minister in charge of monitoring Israeli settlements, said in a video from the site.

„This operation aims to cut off Jerusalem from Bethlehem (in the southern West Bank),“ he added.

Residents fear another 100 buildings in the area in a similar situation could be at risk in the near future.

23.07.2019 - 17:36 [ Haaretz ]

These Children Are Israeli

The population authority plans this summer to deport dozens of female foreign workers, most of them Filipinas, along with their Israeli-born children – a total of around 100 people – even though the women came to Israel lawfully to work, and even though most of the children, who were born and raised in Israel, speak only Hebrew. The deportation is essentially a punishment for daring to give birth or be born in Israel.

23.07.2019 - 17:29 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

Israel Begins Deporting Children of Filipino Workers

Most of the migrant workers are mothers, some of whom gave birth to children while working in Israel as social workers, taking care of the elderly and others with special needs.

However, since Israel law only gives citizenship to children born in Israel to Israeli citizens, many of the Filipino children who have been raised and feel at home in the Jewish state are illegal residents.

22.07.2019 - 14:37 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Begins Demolition of 70 Homes in Palestinian-controlled East Jerusalem Neighborhood

(today)

Forces deploy at dawn days after top court approves order to evict Wadi Hummus residents, in a move activists are concerned sets a precedent to affect thousands

22.07.2019 - 14:34 [ MondoWeiss.net ]

Israeli plan to raze East Jerusalem homes may be first step towards mass demolitions across the West Bank

(17.07.2019)

In less than 24 hours, 42-year-old Ismail Obeidiya, his wife Nida, and their six kids, could be made homeless. It’s a terrifying reality that Obeidiya is struggling to grapple with, his unease and frustration more palpable with every word.

“We fought so long and so hard, for years, to try to save our home. But in the end, the Israeli courts, the ‘High Court of Justice’ as they say, could not offer us any justice,” Obeidiya told Mondoweiss from the front yard of his home.

The Obeidiyas’ home is one of 10 buildings slated for an unprecedented mass demolition by Israeli authorities in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir.

While Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem are commonplace, typically under the pretext that the homes were built without Israeli-issued permits, the homes in question stand on ‘Area A’ and ‘Area B’ land under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA), as designated by the Oslo Accords.

22.07.2019 - 14:29 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israel Supreme Court backs demolition of 13 buildings under PA control

(18.06.2019)

Israel’s Supreme Court yesterday gave the green light for the state to demolish 13 apartment blocks built in “Area A” of the occupied West Bank, but which now lie inside the route of the illegal Separation Wall.

According to Haaretz, Palestinians say that the ruling “sets a precedent that will enable the demolition of thousands of buildings in the West Bank”.

22.07.2019 - 07:41 [ Haaretz ]

On Eve of Existential Election, Israel’s Center-left Is on the Verge of Implosion

The final deadline for Israel’s political parties to submit their lists of Knesset candidates for the September 17 election is in ten days. Center-left voters and their leaders depict the election as crucial, vital and even existential. Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection, they claim, could spell the end of Israel’s liberal democracy, as we’ve known it.

Nonetheless, as the clock nears midnight, the center-left is on the brink of implosion.

21.07.2019 - 17:39 [ Haaretz ]

Labor Could Join Netanyahu’s Coalition if Prime Minister Not Indicted, Chairman Says

The general election will take place on September 17, and Netanyahu’s pre-indictment hearing is set for October 2 and 3.

Peretz also characterized his joining forces last week with Orli Levi-Abekasis, chairwoman of the Gesher party, as “a chance to win,” otherwise Labor would suffer “sure defeat.”

23.06.2019 - 20:37 [ Algemeiner.com ]

Sources: Likud and Blue and White Parties Discussing Canceling Elections, Forming Unity Government

Netanyahu and Blue and White party co-chairman Benny Gantz are reportedly not personally involved in any negotiations over a unity government.

Blue and White issued a statement reacting to the report, saying, “There is only one option for cancelling the elections: Netanyahu steps down to deal with his legal issues and Blue and White will lead a wide government.”

17.06.2019 - 06:01 [ Haaretz ]

Yair Lapid Says Coalition With Netanyahu, Lieberman Is the Right Thing for Israel

Yair Lapid, the co-chair of opposition party Kahol Lavan, said on Sunday that he believes a unity government headed by his outfit is the „right thing for Israel.“

Lapid said he would agree to form a coalition with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to comments made by former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Saturday.

10.06.2019 - 14:20 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu must inform court today if he will attend indictment hearing

If Netanyahu refuses to confirm his attendance by today’s deadline, then the hearing will be canceled and a summary decision would be made that could lead to his indictment within days or weeks.

07.06.2019 - 16:17 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

EXCL Dominic Raab branded a ‚dictator‘ by Tory rival over Parliament shut-down row

Dominic Raab has been branded a „dictator“ as his rivals for the Tory leadership condemned his refusal to rule out shutting down Parliament in order to deliver a no-deal Brexit.

07.06.2019 - 16:09 [ Evening Standard ]

Brexit news latest: The Queen ‚could reject a new PM’s demands to suspend Parliament over no-deal‘

The Queen may reject a Brexiteer Prime Minister’s demand to suspend Parliament to ram through a crash-out from the EU, a Whitehall grandee said today.

Lord Armstrong, who was Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet secretary, said the monarch could decide to consult Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Speaker John Bercow and Lord Speaker Lord Fowler if she believed the Government was asking her to prorogue Parliament to neuter its “rights or duties”.

06.06.2019 - 19:57 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Appoints Justice Minister Who Supports Immunity From Indictment for Prime Minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Likud lawmaker Amir Ohana as justice minister on Wednesday. Political sources told Haaretz that Ohana was appointed because unlike other Likud members, he supports changes that would grant immunity from indictment to acting prime ministers, as Netanyahu is facing possible indictment in three cases of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.

05.06.2019 - 06:04 [ Haaretz ]

Democracy in Netanyahu’s Israel Under Greater Threat Than in Trump’s America, Warns Lawfare Editor

Wittes attributes this dramatic possibility to Israel’s anomalous constitutional regime, which he characterizes as “super-weird.”

Asked to elaborate, he explains in a follow-up email that, beyond the fact that Israel lacks a written constitution (which is not in itself unique), it also has “the combination, on the one hand, of a system of parliamentary supremacy, and, on the other hand, a highly aggressive court that asserts broad authority of judicial review.” Ironically, however, anything the High Court does can be reversed by the legislature, “given that the court’s authority itself is a creature of the Knesset.”

05.06.2019 - 06:00 [ Times of Israel ]

Lapid says Netanyahu turning Israel into Iran by agreeing to gender segregation

TV report uncovers draft agreement between Likud and ultra-Orthodox parties to change law barring discriminatory separation between men and women in public

04.06.2019 - 18:39 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu, Suspect in Three Corruption Cases, Is Now Israel’s Justice Minister

Israeli law does not prohibit an outgoing prime minister from appointing or dismissing ministers before an election nor does it require Knesset approval if the appointee is already a Knesset member.

02.06.2019 - 14:37 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Soldiers Cuffed, Blindfolded and Detained Left-wing Activists Without Cause, Authority

The three were released without being questioned and without being informed whether they were suspected of anything. Israeli soldiers are not authorized to arrest Israeli civilians in the West Bank, but are entitled to detain them until the police arrive. The three said they never came in contact with the police.

The activists were members of the left-wing organizations Combatants for Peace and the Jordan Valley Coalition.

01.06.2019 - 16:45 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Snap Election Is a Makeup Exam for Democracy

A moment before democracy was burned on the stake, Israel received a second chance. We must take full advantage of it.

30.05.2019 - 12:56 [ Haaretz ]

Even Netanyahu Knows It’s Over

Netanyahu may win the new election but it will be too late to push through the High Court override and the immunity from prosecution: Who will sign a coalition agreement with someone on his political deathbed?

30.05.2019 - 11:50 [ theSun.co.uk ]

John Bercow’s bloated ego used to be written off as just tiresome but it’s serious

WON’T somebody rid us of this troublesome Speaker?

29.05.2019 - 18:09 [ Telegraph ]

Isolated and vilified, Speaker John Bercow is clinging on to get the Brexit he wants

John Bercow may not be Brexiteers‘ favourite as Speaker as the House of Commons, but he has sought to live up to the spirit of Brexit by constantly letting the expected deadline for his departure slip.

29.05.2019 - 17:59 [ ITV.com ]

John Bercow vows to stay on as Commons Speaker beyond summer

Mr Bercow had reportedly told friends he was planning to stand down in the summer, having spent 10 years in the post.

29.05.2019 - 04:54 [ theSun.co.uk ]

REMAIN IN THE CHAIR: Remainer John Bercow vows to stay on as Speaker past July as he threatens to block No Deal Brexit

REMAINER John Bercow has vowed to stay on as speaker of the House of Commons past July after threatening to block a No Deal Brexit.

The move risks sparking a fresh rift with Eurosceptic Tories, who have accused him of using his supposedly neutral role in Parliament to try to keep Britain in the EU.

26.05.2019 - 06:19 [ Fay G ‏/ Twitter ]

The greatest fear of the fascist right wing – a united front of the left, centre-left and the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Ayman Odeh’s speech couldn’t have been better.

26.05.2019 - 05:59 [ Rabbi Jill Jacobs ‏/ Twitter ]

Kudos to the Israeli activists & political leaders who are building a Jewish-Arab coalition that is fighting for Israeli democracy. MK Ayman Odeh’s speech at tonight’s demonstration was one important step.

26.05.2019 - 05:49 [ Haaretz ]

Tens of Thousands of Israelis Protest Netanyahu’s Immunity Bills in Opposition’s First Rally

Kahol Lavan, Labor and Meretz organized the protest, but the Arab parties were not invited. Several hours before the protest and following public pressure, Gantz invited Arab Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh, the chairman of Hadash, to speak.

26.05.2019 - 05:38 [ Global News / Youtube ]

Israelis protest moves to grant Netanyahu immunity, limit Supreme Court

Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in the central city of Tel Aviv Saturday, protesting proposed legislation granting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution on a series of corruption charges.

The protesters outside the city’s Museum of Art also called for protecting Israel’s democratic identity against government overreach.

25.05.2019 - 19:13 [ Guy Elster / Twitter ]

#Israel – a big rally is planned this evening in Tel Aviv against PM #Netanyahu’s moves to weaken the supreme court for saving himself from persecution. In an important move, the leader of the biggest Arabic party will also speak