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  • Palestinian rockets killed more Gazans in 2014 war: Amnesty
    Palestinian rockets killed more Gazans in 2014 war: Amnesty 15 hours ago

    Amnesty International said Thursday Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel. More »

  • Amnesty Accuses Palestinians Of War Crimes
    Amnesty Accuses Palestinians Of War Crimes 21 hours ago

    Amnesty International has accused Palestinian armed groups of carrying out "war crimes" during last summer's 50-day conflict in Gaza. The report entitled Unlawful And Deadly condemned militants, including the armed wing of Hamas, for using "inherently indiscriminate" rockets and mortars to "kill or injure civilians". "In launching these attacks, they displayed a flagrant disregard for international humanitarian law and for the consequences of their violations on civilians in both Israel and the Gaza Strip," said Amnesty International’s Middle East Director Philip Luther. "The devastating impact of Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians during the conflict is undeniable, but violations by one side in a conflict can never justify violations by their opponents", he added. More »

  • UN says Palestinian death toll highest since 1967
    UN says Palestinian death toll highest since 1967 23 hours ago

    The long-running conflict with Israel claimed the lives of more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any year since 1967, the United Nations said Thursday, in a damning report on the humanitarian situation. More »

  • Abbas holds all the cards for confronting Netanyahu
    Abbas holds all the cards for confronting Netanyahu Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has more powers than ever to pursue a diplomatic offensive against Israel that is likely to accelerate with the re-election of his old adversary Benjamin Netanyahu. More »

  • How Zayn Malik went from The X Factor to superstardom
    How Zayn Malik went from The X Factor to superstardom Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Zayn Malik was discovered after he auditioned for The X Factor in 2010. More »

  • Turkey unveils Great Synagogue as Jewish population fades
    Turkey unveils Great Synagogue as Jewish population fades Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Ayla Jean Yackley EDIRNE, Turkey (Reuters) - When the domes of Edirne's abandoned Great Synagogue caved in, Rifat Mitrani, the town's last Jew, knew it spelled the end of nearly two millennia of Jewish heritage in this Turkish town. As a boy, Mitrani studied Hebrew in the synagogue's gardens and, in the 1970s, dispatched its Torah to Istanbul after the community shrank to just three families. It happens slowly, becoming the last one," said Mitrani, 65,whose family fled here more than 500 years ago. Now a five-year, $2.5 million (1.67 million pounds) government project has restored the synagogue's lead-clad domes and resplendent interior ahead of its Thursday re-opening, the first temple to open in Turkey in two generations, but one without worshippers. More »

  • Palestinian PM pleads unity in war-battered Gaza
    Palestinian PM pleads unity in war-battered Gaza Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah urged rival factions to set aside their differences, even as protesters gave him a cool reception in war-battered Gaza on Wednesday. More »

  • EU urges quick restart to Israeli-Palestinian talks
    EU urges quick restart to Israeli-Palestinian talks Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union urged Israelis and Palestinians on Wednesday to quickly restart peace talks that collapsed last year, as the bloc's new foreign policy chief seeks to reinvigorate European involvement in the negotiations. Israel should make "every effort to ensure an early resumption of the Middle East peace process," the EU said in a series of annual reports assessing progress on democracy and human rights in countries close to the 28-nation bloc. A separate report urged the Palestinian Authority to pursue "positive steps" to restart peace talks. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, who took on her position in November, wants to more closely involve Arab states in the work of the Middle East Quartet, which comprises the United States, United Nations, the EU and Russia. More »

  • Israel jails Gaza Hamas fighter for 15 years
    Israel jails Gaza Hamas fighter for 15 years Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    An Israeli court on Tuesday jailed for 15-and-a-half years a Palestinian caught fighting in Gaza during last summer's 50-day war between Israel and Hamas. More »

  • Two soldiers, policeman killed in Egypt Sinai attacks
    Two soldiers, policeman killed in Egypt Sinai attacks Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    A roadside bomb killed two Egyptian soldiers Tuesday in an armoured vehicle in the restive Sinai hours before gunmen shot dead a policeman, security and medical officials said. More »

  • Powerful photos by Heidi Levine, winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in …
    Powerful photos by Heidi Levine, winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in … Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Freelance photographer Heidi Levine has been named as the first winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) created the award to honour the courage and dedication of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed while reporting in Afghanistan in 2014. Levine is an American photojournalist who has made a career of working in conflict and war-torn areas. She has also worked in Afghanistan, Georgia and India. More »

  • US, Israel snub UN rights council session on Gaza war
    US, Israel snub UN rights council session on Gaza war Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    US and Israeli envoys refused to attend a UN Human Rights Council special session Monday on the situation in the Palestinian territories in the aftermath of the 2014 Gaza conflict. More »

  • Netanyahu tells Israel's Arabs he 'regrets' election-day rallying …
    Netanyahu tells Israel's Arabs he 'regrets' election-day rallying … Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he regretted offending Israel's Arabs during a rallying call on election day last week that his critics had denounced as racist. In a video clip posted on his Facebook page, Netanyahu told representatives of Israel's Arab community: "I know that the things I said a few days ago offended Israel's Arabs. I had no intention for this to happen, I regret this." Fearing his voters would stay home, Netanyahu, who won a surprise election victory last Tuesday and is set to head a new government, accused left-wing organisations of bussing Arab-Israelis to the polls "in droves" to vote against him. Speaking to the group of Israeli Arabs at his official residence in Jerusalem on Monday, Netanyahu said: "I consider myself as prime minister of each one of you, of all Israel's citizens, regardless of religion, race or gender." While he got a warm reception from those present, his comments were rejected by Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint Arab List, which secured 13 seats at last week's election to become the third largest force in parliament. More »

  • EU joins Arab states in seeking access for U.N. rights envoy to Gaza Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The European Union (EU) joined Palestinian and Arab delegations on Monday in calling on Israel to allow a U.N. human rights investigator to visit Gaza, while the United States and Israel snubbed the debate. Israel has not cooperated with special rapporteur Makarim Wibisono, who presented his first report to the Human Rights Council based on interviews with people in Amman and Cairo, or witnesses on video calls in Gaza. His report urged Israel to investigate the killing of more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians, one third of them children, during the 2014 Gaza war. More »

  • Real Madrid coaches Palestinian children in West Bank
    Real Madrid coaches Palestinian children in West Bank Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Hundreds of Palestinian children on Monday attended a football training session given by Spanish giants Real Madrid in the West Bank, as part of a charitable project organised through the UN. More »

  • Israel says arrests W.Bank Hamas cell planning attacks
    Israel says arrests W.Bank Hamas cell planning attacks Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Israel's Shin Bet internal security service said Sunday it has arrested six members of a Hamas cell with explosive materials they planned to use in attacks inside the Jewish state. More »

  • Netanyahu row casts doubt on Obama pledge to 'have Israel's back …
    Netanyahu row casts doubt on Obama pledge to 'have Israel's back … Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama, who once famously said he would “always have Israel’s back,” may be rethinking that promise as aides begin weighing options in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. Following Obama’s warning that the United States would “reassess” its relationship with Israel, the administration is not only reconsidering the diplomatic cover it has long given Israel at the United Nations but is also looking at a range of other possibilities to put pressure on its historically close ally, U.S. officials said. Those could include becoming less active in protecting Israel in international forums and finding new ways to reinforce the message of U.S. opposition to Jewish settlement expansion. As internal discussions proceeded on Friday, the White House appeared in no rush to lower the temperature in the worst U.S.-Israeli crisis in decades, sparked by Netanyahu’s campaign declaration that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch. More »

  • A conversation with Robert Fisk
    A conversation with Robert Fisk Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The world-renowned war correspondent was in Ireland this week. He spoke to TheJournal.ie about matters Irish and international, and why Vladimir Putin is his dream interviewee. More »

  • Israel army launches Gaza school shelling probe
    Israel army launches Gaza school shelling probe Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The Israeli army has launched an investigation into the shelling of a UN school in the Gaza Strip while dismissing several other allegations of misconduct during a bloody war last July-August. More »

  • Lion cubs turn into stars of Gaza family
    Lion cubs turn into stars of Gaza family Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Two lion cubs have become star members of a family living in a Gaza refugee camp as a result of the weak economy in the war-battered Palestinian territory. More »

  • Obama tells Netanyahu U.S. to 'reassess' policy on Israel, Mideast  …
    Obama tells Netanyahu U.S. to 'reassess' policy on Israel, Mideast  … Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that Washington would "reassess" its options on U.S.-Israel relations and Middle East diplomacy after the Israeli prime minister took a position against Palestinian statehood during his re-election campaign, a White House official said. Obama’s telephone call to Netanyahu followed a television interview in which the Israeli leader backed away from his pre-election declaration that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch, an about-face apparently aimed at quelling U.S. criticism triggered by his comments. The White House, unmoved by Netanyahu’s effort to backtrack, delivered a fresh rebuke against him on Thursday and signalled that Washington may reconsider its decades-old policy of shielding close ally Israel from international pressure at the United Nations. More »

  • Obama says US to 're-assess' options after Netanyahu win
    Obama says US to 're-assess' options after Netanyahu win Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu that Washington will "re-assess" its policies after the prime minister's election win called into question crucial US diplomatic cover for Israel at the UN. More »