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  • Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter
    Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    Thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza rallied Thursday in solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners, as peace talks near collapse after the Jewish state refused to free long-serving inmates. More »

  • Cut off from the world, Gazans consumed by poverty
    Cut off from the world, Gazans consumed by poverty 7 hours ago

    By Noah Browning and Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Life has never seemed so grim for the Mustafas, a family of seven cramped into a shabby two-room hovel in Gaza's Jabalya refugee camp. Seven years into an Israeli blockade and ten months into a crippling Egyptian one, Gaza's economic growth has evaporated and unemployment soared to almost 40 percent by the end of 2013. Opposition to the Hamas militant group which runs the Gaza Strip has led its neighbours to quarantine the enclave, shutting residents out of the struggling Mideast peace process and leaving them with plenty of parties to blame. Living on U.N. handouts of rice, flour, canned meat and sunflower oil, with limited access to proper health care or clean water, families like the Mustafas - seemingly permanent refugees from ancestral lands now part of Israel - have no money, no jobs and no hope. More »

  • Jews pray in Jerusalem after Old City clashes
    Jews pray in Jerusalem after Old City clashes 7 hours ago

    Thousands of Jews prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday, after a series of clashes at the adjacent flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound. More »

  • Israel, Palestinians to hold peace talks with US envoy
    Israel, Palestinians to hold peace talks with US envoy 12 hours ago

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to hold a meeting Thursday with US envoy Martin Indyk, in a bid to find a way to extend their faltering peace talks. More »

  • Israel, Palestinian peace meet postponed after killing
    Israel, Palestinian peace meet postponed after killing Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed, an official said, after a fatal shooting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on Palestinian leaders. More »

  • Gaza blast 'kills three Palestinians'
    Gaza blast 'kills three Palestinians' Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    An explosion in the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians and wounded five on Wednesday, a medical official said, but the reason for the blast was unclear. More »

  • Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site
    Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Israeli riot police entered one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive religious compounds on Wednesday to disperse rock-throwing Palestinians opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. The confrontation erupted after Israeli police tried to escort some 20 visitors onto the plaza revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Israeli police in riot gear pushed onto the plaza and used stun grenades to disperse the demonstrators, but did not enter al Aqsa itself. Tensions at the site run high during Jewish holidays - Jews are now celebrating Passover - when Palestinians oppose having Jews try to pray on the compound. More »

  • Israel PM blames Palestinian leaders after Hebron killing
    Israel PM blames Palestinian leaders after Hebron killing Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pinned blame on the Palestinian leadership after a deadly attack on an Israeli police officer near the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron. More »

  • Haifa University Opens Course to Promote Jewish State
    Haifa University Opens Course to Promote Jewish State Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Haifa University has launched the first academic course aimed specifically at fighting the so-called delegitimisation of Israel on the internet. The Ambassadors Online programme under the Department of Multi-Disciplinary Studies will prepare students in protecting the name and image of the Jewish state' on the world wide web. The course was initially offered as an extracurricular activity but has been full-time academic course status and counts towards a degree. "This programme aims at training students, who are interested in investigating, studying and asking what it is that motivates the new anti-Semitism and delegitimisation of Israel, as can be seen among other things in the Apartheid Week, which is an expression of pure anti-Semitism," said Prof Eli Avraram, the program's instructor. More »

  • Israeli killed in West Bank shooting
    Israeli killed in West Bank shooting Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    An Israeli was killed and two others wounded in a shooting near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Monday, the army said. More »

  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators meet Wednesday with US envoy
    Israeli, Palestinian negotiators meet Wednesday with US envoy Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to meet again Wednesday with US mediator Martin Indyk in a bid to try and save the peace process from crumbling, a Palestinian official said. More »

  • Gaza cops trade bullets for laser-tech in training
    Gaza cops trade bullets for laser-tech in training Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Security forces in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip are using technology to practice shooting on laser simulators, saving money spent on ammunition in the cash-strapped Palestinian territory. More »

  • Israeli gas holds promise of better ties with neighbours
    Israeli gas holds promise of better ties with neighbours Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Oleg Vukmanovic and Ron Bousso MILAN/LONDON (Reuters) - Israel's drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies Egypt and Turkey, but could deprive Europe of a precious alternative to Russian gas. Israel has in recent months already signed energy deals with Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, though relations with the Palestinians are at a low ebb, and now needs to expand its export horizons to cash in on its huge energy discoveries. If all goes well, the latest developments could see first pipelines being laid between Israel and Turkey as soon as 2015, and gas cooperation between Israel and Egypt is also emerging, which would allow export access to Asia's major markets. A growing population and soaring demand have left Egypt's own liquefied natural gas export (LNG) plants in need of new supply, as domestic shortages eat into seaborne exports through the Suez Canal to the world's most lucrative market in Asia. More »

  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators meet on crisis-hit peace talks
    Israeli, Palestinian negotiators meet on crisis-hit peace talks Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met on Sunday in a fresh bid to save their teetering US-brokered peace talks, a Palestinian official said. More »

  • Israel appropriates land in West Bank: newspaper Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has carried out a new land appropriation in the occupied West Bank, the Haaretz daily said on Sunday, in a move that could complicate efforts to extend troubled peace talks with the Palestinians. Haaretz said the Defence Ministry declared nearly 250 acres (100 hectares) of territory in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc just south of Jerusalem "state land". The land appropriation, the left-leaning newspaper said, was the largest in years and could eventually lead to the expansion of several settlements and authorisation of a settler outpost built without Israeli government permission in 2001. The measure, which falls short of annexing the land to Israel, is based on an Israeli interpretation of an Ottoman-era law that allowed the confiscation of tracts that had not been planted or cultivated for several years in a row. More »

  • Jailed Palestinian militant starts, ends, hunger strike
    Jailed Palestinian militant starts, ends, hunger strike Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    A Palestinian militant jailed for life in an Israeli prison started a hunger strike against his solitary confinement Sunday then stopped when his demands were met, a prisoner support group said. More »

  • Egypt troops kill top Sinai militant: army
    Egypt troops kill top Sinai militant: army Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Egyptian troops on Friday killed a prominent militant in the restive Sinai Peninsula where Islamist fighters have increasingly targeted security forces since last year's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi. More »

  • Israel imposes economic sanctions against Palestinians
    Israel imposes economic sanctions against Palestinians Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    By Crispian Balmer JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians on Thursday in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate U.S. efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline. An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Jewish state would deduct debt payments from tax transfers which the Palestinian Authority routinely receives, and limit the self-rule government's bank deposits in Israel. On Wednesday, Israel said it was limiting its contacts with Palestinian officials, citing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's signing of U.N. human rights conventions last week. Israel viewed that move as an attempt by the Palestinians to assume the trappings of statehood outside the framework of the U.S.-backed negotiations. More »

  • Israel sanctions Palestinians in new blow to peace talks
    Israel sanctions Palestinians in new blow to peace talks Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Israeli and Palestinian officials held fresh US-mediated talks Thursday, but the crisis-hit peace process was dealt a new blow as Israel unveiled sanctions against the Palestinians. More »

  • Firebrand Arab-Israeli cleric in trouble with law again
    Firebrand Arab-Israeli cleric in trouble with law again Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    An Israeli court Thursday found Islamic cleric Sheikh Raed Salah guilty of obstructing the work of police when they quizzed and searched his wife, the firebrand's latest run-in with the law. More »

  • Troubled Mideast peace effort compounds U.S. policy woes in region
    Troubled Mideast peace effort compounds U.S. policy woes in region Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    By Matt Spetalnick and William Maclean WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in September, U.S. President Barack Obama declared the pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace one of the two main U.S. foreign policy priorities for his second term. Fast-forward to today, the Obama administration faces a stark choice: expend more energy on a faltering peace process or absorb the hit to an already-troubled record in the Middle East and walk away from negotiations. Secretary of State John Kerry, who met Obama on Tuesday for a "reality check," says he hopes both sides will work with U.S. mediators to "find a way back." But as optimism fades, many inside and outside the Middle East warn now is not the time for a U.S. diplomatic failure in the region. More »

  • Israel: Ex-IDF Black Hebrews Called Sudanese and Told to Leave Country by P …
    Israel: Ex-IDF Black Hebrews Called Sudanese and Told to Leave Country by P … Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Black Hebrews at a birthday party says they were racially abused and assaulted by Israeli police who accused them of being illegal immigrants from Sudan. The party-goers from Dimona, some who had even served in the IDF, were in the middle of the celebrations when police arrived in response to noise complaints. One officer approached James Christmas, the father of the birthday girl, and began to push him before saying: "Get out of here you Sudanese, what are you doing in this country? The officer then shouted into a microphone, said Christmas, leaving the contingent of Black Hebrews shocked before confiscating the party's sound equipment. More »