This issue covers the period 10-13 December 2017. Israeli social media networks were preoccupied with two important topics: Israeli Defence Minister’s racist statements and the Supermarkets Bill.

 This week, Israeli Minister of Defence Avigdor Lieberman renewed incitement against the Arab public in the country. Lieberman called for boycotting residents of Wadi Ara and Umm al-Fahm in the Northern Triangle on grounds of participating in protests against US President Donald Trump’s decision on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli occupying state.

On Tuesday morning, the Knesset approved in a first reading the Supermarkets Bill with a majority vote of 59 MKs to 54 against. It is worth noting that the government coalition found it difficult to secure the required majority in order to pass the bill.

According to the bill, the Minister of Interior can reverse municipal regulations which he endorses in the future. These regulations relate to opening convenience stores on Saturdays.

The bill preoccupied the Israeli social networks since it affects Israel’s secularism, which a large segment of society attempts to protect against religious coercion.

Sunday, October 17, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.