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Netanyahu again falls short, as he and Gantz appear deadlocked in Israeli election

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Israelis went back to the polls for a second time in six months in a combative snap election between incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is seeking his fifth term in office and already serving a record 13 years, and former general Benny Gantz. The first exit polls show there is no clear winner in sight.

Palestinians are facing climate dystopia under Israeli apartheid

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A Palestinian poultry farmer inspects dead chickens at his farm in the central Gaza Strip, June 04, 2014. Gaza's agricultural sector suffered devastating losses during a heat wave that hit Gaza Strip.

In the world’s only settler-colonial apartheid state forcible transfer and climate adaptation denial are the name of the game. In a region where climate futures promise to be especially dystopic the ensuing crisis will either accentuate inequity and conflict, or prompt solutions for once and for all for everyone’s benefit.

The final push – can the Arab vote swing Israel’s election?

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Leader of the Joint List Ayman Odeh and leader of the Balad party Mtanes Shehadeh meet constituents around the Palestinian neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas in Haifa. (Photo: Miriam Deprez)

With only two days to go, the Joint List was campaigning for a last push to unseat Netanyahu is Israel’s snap election. “It’s simple,” Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List told Mondoweiss. If 65 percent of Palestinian citizens of Israel vote on Tuesday, “we will bring down Netanyahu.” 

As Israeli elections near, the right wing is polling ever stronger

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Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara wave as Netanyahu speaks following the announcement of exit polls in Israel's parliamentary election at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Today is the last day Israeli election polls may be published before the vote, and the latests gives Likud a substantial lead over Gantz’s Blue and White party. This suggests Benjamin Netanyahu may be in a good position to form a new right-wing government.

‘We have the most to lose, but no right to vote’: Palestinians under threat of annexation speak out on the upcoming Israeli elections

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An Israeli army jeep crisscrosses the Jordan Valley, on daily patrol in the area. (Photo: Antony Loewenstein)

With the topic of this year’s Israeli election focused heavily on annexation, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in Area C — the more than 60% of the West Bank under full Israeli control — are hanging in the balance. Mondoweiss spoke to three Palestinians living in areas of the West Bank– in close proximity to settlements, Area C, and the Jordan Valley — that would likely be the first ones affected if Netanyahu sees his plans through.

Opposing Netanyahu, liberal Zionist group says: ‘Say Yes to Separation’ of Palestinians and Jews

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Netanyahu calls for annexing Jordan Valley and Jewish West Bank settlements, Sept. 10, 2019.

Netanyahu’s plan to annex large portions of the West Bank is a dire threat to US liberal Zionists and their dream of two states. But in condemning Netanyahu, one liberal group called for “separation” of Palestinians and Jews, clearly an affront to American progressives. While 10 other liberal Zionist orgs avoided the terms ‘Zionism’ and ‘Jewish state’ altogether– because they are now dirty words on the left.

Netanyahu fails to pass ‘racist’ bill that would have allowed for cameras at polling stations on election day

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Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to install cameras at Israeli voting stations failed on Monday after a parliamentary committee voted down his party’s proposed bill, which rights groups warned was aimed at lowering Palestinian turnout in next week’s elections. Palestinian MK Ayman Odeh took to Twitter on Monday to celebrate the failure, saying “Netanyahu is fighting a battle against Arab society, the judiciary, and the entire democratic space.”

Following Netanyahu’s lead, Israel’s troll army promotes new Netflix series starring Sacha Baron Cohen and takes aim at HBO’s ‘Our Boys’

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Act.IL is a worldwide pro-Israel campaign funded by the country’s government which sends thousands of trolls on missions to promote Israel and denounce pro-Palestinian stories on social media. Currently the app is pushing a Netflix miniseries based on the life an Israeli spy who did espionage work in Syria, while seeking to hurt the HBO series “Our Boys.”

In one of its ‘most extreme’ rulings, Israeli Supreme Court says state has right to withhold bodies of slain Palestinians

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The Israeli Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Israeli government can withhold the bodies of 13 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and use their bodies as bargaining chips in future negotiations with Palestinian political factions. It is estimated that Israel is withholding the bodies of more than 300 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since 1967, as part of a policy that rights groups says violates international law.

Adapting to climate change under ‘water apartheid’

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On the edge of downtown Jerusalem, among the ruins of the Palestinian village Lifta, Israeli Jews enjoy natural spring waters that once were central to the life of the village

Climate change is a human rights issue. Nowhere is this clearer than in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), where land and natural resources required for climate adaptation are controlled by Israel, and systematically denied to Palestinians. Of all these resources, none are more vital than water.

Amnesty International: Palestinian lawmakers in Israel face systemic discrimination

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Haneen Zoabi in Knesset

In a new report, Amnesty International details how Palestinian members of Knesset face systemic discrimination: “Despite being democratically elected like their Jewish Israeli counterparts, Israeli Arabic MKs are the target of deep-rooted discrimination and undue restrictions that hamstring their ability to speak out in defence of the rights of the Israeli Arabic people,” the report says.