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Stop the offensive against the Arab population!

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Statement of the Israeli Communist Forum (4/1/2013)

This is a Right Wing Government – Politically and Economically Alike

On March 18 a new Israeli government was established, headed by the outgoing Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. It is politically a right-wing, hawkish government, and economically it can be described as an anti-social government. The composition of the new government coalition is different from that in the outgoing government – which does not mean that the new government has anything new or positive to offer.

This government is evidently incapable of promoting any peace process, and it might indeed be heading towards new military ventures.  Extreme right-wing elements gained control of key political and economic positions in this new government. In the Socio-economic sphere, it is well known that in the coming months harsh economic measures, unprecedented in scope, are about to be imposed on the citizens of Israel. The burden of the economic crisis and the budget deficit is to fall primarily on the low-income strata in society, through substantial cuts in social allocations and welfare budgets. Also most those who are part of what is defined as "The Middle Class" will suffer greatly from these severe cuts - even though one of the new parties in the government coalition, led by the new Finance Minister Yair Lapid, had made elections pledges to care primarily for the interests of this class. At the same time, the government will continue spending more and more billions of dollars on military budgets and on settlements in the Occupied Territories. The large corporations and tycoons will continue to enjoy a variety of benefits. As was recently disclosed, some giant business conglomerates pay only single-digit percentages in tax over the huge profits they accumulated in recent years.

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Statement of the Israeli Communist Forum (1/11/2013)

Strengthen Hadash (DFPE) in the 19th Knesset elections!

The 19th general elections will be held shortly after additional criminal military offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza Strip. As part of the elections campaign threats are heard to "amend" the failure of last military operation by anew war which will be held short time after the elections and will include a ground invasion and reoccupation of Gaza. Such new war might lead to greater bloodshed than ever, and not only in the Palestinian side of the border. Until recently hysteric campaign was instigated concerning the "Iranian Threat". Although lately this campaign is mitigated, a "new-old" right-wing government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, might ignite the flames again, and by it bring a disaster for Israel and the entire region.

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ICF and DFPE

The Israeli Communist Forum welcomes the decision of the Hadash institutions to add Israeli Communist Forum as a part of the Front. The decision was published on the official site of Hadash http://www.aljabha.org/index.asp?i=73168 and Maki's daily Alethihad on 12.14.2011.

The Israeli Communist Forum advocated this step for a long time, and in the last half year accelerated negotiations took place, concerning this issue. In this process an active part was played by Hadash Chairman, MP Mokhammad Baraka, Chairman of the Communist Forum, Makhmoud Makhameed, MP Afu Agbaria, a member of the Chamber of Maki and Hadash, and other leaders of the DFPE, CPI and ICF. We are convinced that this step will contribute a lot to Hadash both in the coming elections and in the difficult political campaigns which are expected afterwards (we will elaborate on this issue after the election).

Statement of the Israeli Communist Forum (September 1st, 2012)

Stop the War Madness!

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are  rushing towards a new war in our region - a military offensive against Iran. They persist in this, in spite of a very widespread opposition to their policies in the political arena, in major parts of the media, in public opinion, and even in a large part of the past and present holders of senior positions in the various branches of the military establishment.

It should be noted, however, that some of the above mentioned dissidents are not consistent and absolute opponents of all warlike moves, but are only opposed to starting hostilities at this specific present time or under the specific present circumstances.

Embarking on a new war might cause heavy damage, also to Israel itself. An Israeli military attack on Iran might set off a conflagration throughout the region, and bring about unprecedented disastrous results - whose impact might be felt also far beyond the region. Therefore, such a war should be ruled out categorically and resolutely, as a matter of principle.

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The largest Social Protest in the History of the Country

On 3.9.2011 450,000 people demonstrated in Tel Aviv (300,000) and in many other localities across the country, as part of the biggest social protest in Israeli history.

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This demonstration was a new record in a chain of protests after the mass demonstrations on 6.8.2011 in which 280,000 people demonstrated in Tel Aviv and dozens of thousands more in other localities across the country, as part of the biggest social protest in Israeli history till that day. That demonstration was a new stage in a chain of protests, starting from setting up a protest encampment on Rothschild Boulevard in beginning of July, by a group of young people from Tel Aviv (initiated by Daphne Leaf), who protested against the high cost of housing for the young people as well for the whole population. At the beginning there were only a few tents in Rothschild Boulevard, but gradually the number of tents went up and now they are covering almost all Rothschild Boulevard. Many hundreds of tents were established later all over the country. Protest against the housing shortage has become a general protest against the whole ruling social-economic policies. Many social groups joined the protest. In addition to establishing tents series of various protests started. The most conspicuous of them were the mass demonstrations in Tel Aviv, the third of which was with the huge number of 280,000 participants. On 13.8 demonstrations and rallies took place in dozens of communities across the country.

These days the protest organizers are formulating a document with concrete requirements from the government. It should be noted that the desire to keep the scope of the broad mass protest movement, lead some of its organizers to avoid what is termed "political statements", although the reason for the housing shortage and other economic hardships is a political policy of distinct leaders the political establishment of Israel, who act for the interests of the tycoons of the country at the expense of the middle and poor strata of the population. Ultimately, only a political change in policy, including diverting funds from the huge budget of military expenditures, (used to keep the occupation and the settlements) towards the budget for health, education and welfare, can bring significant change in the socio-economic conditions and reduce substantially the high cost of living prevailing in the country.

The Israeli Communist Forum, September 2011


May Day Demonstration
in Tel-aviv 2011

On Friday, 29.5, May Day demonstration was held in Tel-Aviv with the participation of dozens of political and social organizations. A prominent role was played by members of Hadash (DFPE) who also were the main initiators and organizers of the demonstration. The demonstration ended in a rally at Meir Garden in Tel-Aviv Center. (A mass May Day demonstration was held also on Saturday, 30.4, in Nazareth, and others demonstrations took place in Be'er Sheva, Jerusalem, Sderot and other communities.)

Participants in the demonstration in Tel Aviv protested against the socio-economic policy of the government, which enriches the Tycoons and at the same time impoverishes the working class and the poor people. They sharply criticized the new price rises of fuel and of basic goods, and the government's unwillingness to comply with the justified demands of the various groups of workers, who were struggling (and held strikes, and some continue to struggle) recently and demanded to increase their poor wages and working conditions, including doctors and social workers. They called to broaden the struggle for fundamental change of government's policy, which repeatedly cutting the welfare, health and education budgets, and making the achievement of housing a mission which is impossible for the vast majority of the population in Israel.

Statement of the Israeli Communist Forum (April 6th, 2011)

No to Imperialist Intervention!

The Israeli Communist forum resolutely condemns the military attacks of USA, France, England and their allies on Libya. The pretext for the new war acts is "protecting human rights" and "defending civilian population" in Libya. In fact it is another imperialist war. Its aim is taking control over the oil and other natural resources of Libya and its strategic areas. In the days when air bombardments and missiles shooting over Libya started, tens of demonstrators where shot dead in Yemen and Bahrain, but no military act was carried against these countries, because those are strategic partners of US and its allies. In the same days when the attack on Libya was launched, there were published new incidents in which many civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan were killed by military forces of US and Its allies. Their interventions have never given any defence for any civil population anywhere. Moreover, they just led to killing of civilians and destroying of Infrastructures, and by that inflicted heavy damage upon the population in the areas which were attacked.

Special enthusiasm to initiate and participate in the new war against Libya was expressed by French President, Nikolas Sarkozy, that from his part using the war in order to improve his position in coming elections campaign to the state Presidency. It is worth noting that senior ministers in Sarkozy`s administration supported many years and till last days of his rule, the ousted president of Tunis, Ben Ali. Also we like to pay attention to the fact that personalities who are now responsible on behalf of Sarkozy to contacts and cooperation with part of the forces which are fighting the regime in Libya are same personalities who two years ago expressed the most enthusiastic support in the massive bombardments of the Israeli army un Gaza, which caused the death of many civilians.


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Protest against the attack on Libya in front of the U.S embassy in Tel-Aviv (7.4.2011)

Statement of the Israeli Communist Forum (25/2/2011)

American Veto and Developments in the Region

The Israeli Communist Forum condemns America's veto of the proposed Security Council resolution censuring the settlements in the Occupied Territories (February 18, 2011) which was supported by all of the fourteen other members of the Security Council, and also had the support of almost all members of the UN. In doing so, the Obama government again has shown that fundamentally it is continuing with the same policy as those of former presidents. That vote constitutes support for the policies of the extremist rightwing Israeli government of Netanyahu, Barak, and Lieberman, which thwarts any chance of true renewal of the political negotiations and is liable to ignite a renewal of war in the region. The impressive popular uprisings that have occurred in our region recently, especially in Egypt, present a convenient excuse for an additional increase in Israel's military budgets along with blocking any attempt at political or socio-economic struggle against government policies, with the argument that such a struggle is out of place "in light of the new dangers the current developments have raised."

In recent times the anti-democratic trend in Israel has intensified, and some expression of this is to be found in a chain of proposed blatantly anti-democratic legislation. One of the most conspicuous is the proposal to set up a parliamentary committee to investigate sources of funding of leftwing organizations. This unprecedented McCarthy`s style proposal is intended primarily to deter organizations that expose and criticize war crimes and the activity of all the organizations struggling against the Occupation and the crimes committed in its name. Additional anti-democratic laws are: Declaration of Loyalty Bill, Nakba Bill, Prohibition of Incitement Bill, Financing by Foreign National Entity Bill, Revocation of Citizenship of Persons Convicted of Espionage or Terrorism Bill, and Prohibition of Boycott Bill according to which "anyone who initiates, promotes, or publicizes material that may serve as a basis on which boycott may be imposed" will be compelled to compensate whoever is harmed economically by the boycott (and non-citizens will be prohibited entry to Israel or undertaking business dealings inside its boundaries for ten years). All these in addition to laws intended to harm the Arab population in Israel and to exclude its representatives from participation in the political arena in Israel.


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Statement of the Israeli Communist Forum (1/9/2010)

No more house demolitions!
Stop the offensive against the Arab population!

The Israeli Communist Forum condemns the systematic and cruel demolition of houses in the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib. These homes were brutally destroyed again and again in recent months, after being rebuilt by its residents. The demolitions leave hundreds of villagers homeless, including many children, denying them the most elementary living conditions.

This brutal destruction of houses is part of al campaign waged against the Arab population in the Negev and its so-called "unrecognized villages", itself part of an overall offensive against the Arab population in Israel, in all its parts - in the Negev, the Galilee, the Triangle and the mixed cities. Recently we witnessed house demolitions at Umm al Fahem and other localities in the Wadi Ara region, as well as increased harassment of the Arab populations in Jaffa and in Ramle-Lod area.

Increasingly, we hear calls for "transferring" parts of the Arab population in Israel, particularly in the Triangle, so as to overcome the so-called "demographic threat".

At the same time, there is an ongoing campaign aimed at excluding from the political arena the Arab population's representatives. There is an increasing incitement against Arab MKs, one of whose new highlights is the campaign against MK Hanin Zuabi (Balad) and the Knesset's decision to revoke some of her parliamentary privileges. We condemn this campaign and demand that all such Knesset resolutions be overturned.

We call for an end to the politically-motivated judicial process conducted against the Hadash Chair MK Muhammad Barake, and to all other judicial acts against the Arab elected representatives.

We call for unity of action, both among the Arab population and among the Jewish supporters of democracy, peace and equality, so as to effectively confront these and other manifestations of fascism and racism schemes.

 90th Anniversary of the October Revolution

November 7 this year marks the 90th anniversary of the October Revolution, which marked a new historical stage in annals of humankind. For the first time in history the workers and peasants got the chance to control their country for an extensive historical period. The means of production, natural resources and land, much of which had belonged to landowners or to local and international capitalists, were all placed at the disposal of all citizens, to be used for their welfare.

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Denounce War Crimes and not Those Who Expose Them!
Statement of the Israeli Communist Forum (11/2009)


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 No to Lebanon War III (+ Syria War)
Statement of the Israeli Communist Forum (20/9/2007)


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 Stop the Policy of War and Brute Force!
Statement of the Israeli Communist Forum (21/10/2006)


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