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  • Israel rejects Abbas conditions for extending talks
    Israel rejects Abbas conditions for extending talks 14 hours ago

    Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday that he would extend faltering peace talks with Israel only if it agreed to conditions, including a settlement freeze, which it promptly rejected. More »

  • Exiled Hamas official in Gaza to meet PLO rivals
    Exiled Hamas official in Gaza to meet PLO rivals Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A senior Cairo-based Hamas official crossed Monday from Egypt into the Gaza Strip ahead of a new attempt to reconcile the militant Islamist movement and its Palestine Liberation Organisation rivals. More »

  • U.S. Supreme Court to review Jerusalem birthplace law
    U.S. Supreme Court to review Jerusalem birthplace law Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem - the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians - to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports. The case concerns a long-standing U.S. foreign policy that the president - and not Congress - has sole authority to state who controls Jerusalem. Seeking to remain neutral on the hotly contested issue, the U.S. State Department allows passports to name Jerusalem as a place of birth, but no country name is included. The State Department, which issues passports and reports to the president, has declined to enforce the law passed by Congress in 2002, saying it violated the separation of executive and legislative powers laid out in the U.S. Constitution. More »

  • Gaza rocket fire draws Israeli retaliation
    Gaza rocket fire draws Israeli retaliation Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired seven rockets into Israel on Monday, causing no casualties but drawing retaliatory fire from the Israeli military. More »

  • Gaza rockets hit south Israel, army strikes back - officials
    Gaza rockets hit south Israel, army strikes back - officials Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Seven rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday, drawing retaliatory air strikes from the Israeli army, officials said, the first cross-border clash in several weeks. Israel's army said its strikes hit two training camps run by Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza. Medical sources there said two Hamas militants were lightly wounded. Hamas has largely maintained a truce with Israel since a brief war in late 2012, but it has sometimes struggled to rein in smaller armed Islamist factions hostile to the Israel. More »

  • Gaza rocket salvo hits southern Israel - army Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Five rockets fired from the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday morning, wounding no one, the Israeli army said. But residents of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza said an Israeli helicopter opened fire there, though it was not clear what it was targeting. Two of the projectiles exploded in the southern Israeli border community of Sderot in a road and an open area, Israeli police said. The Hamas Palestinian militant group which controls Gaza has largely maintained a truce with Israel since late 2012, but it has sometimes struggled to rein in smaller armed factions. More »

  • Top Palestinian cleric says Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa; Israel … Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    The most senior Islamic cleric in Jerusalem said on Sunday Israeli police hurled stun grenades into al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site, to quell the latest in a string of Palestinian protests at the politically sensitive holy site. Israeli police denied the allegation, saying officers threw the non-lethal devices, which emit a loud noise, on a plaza outside the mosque after protesters threw rocks and firecrackers at them. The demonstrators, who have confronted police for the past four days in a bid to stop Israeli and foreign visitors from entering the holy compound, then retreated into al-Aqsa, a police spokesman said. Tensions at the site run high during Jewish holidays - Jews are now celebrating Passover - when Palestinians are on alert against any attempt by Jews to pray on the compound in defiance of a de facto Israeli government ban on such worship. More »

  • Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel
    Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Palestinian negotiators have warned they may pass responsiblity for their territory back to occupying power Israel if peace talks remain stalled, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday. More »

  • Israelis, Palestinians hold separate talks with US envoy
    Israelis, Palestinians hold separate talks with US envoy Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met separately Friday with US peace envoy Martin Indyk, a Palestinian source said, a day after five hours of three-way talks failed to bring agreement. More »

  • 'No breakthrough' in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
    'No breakthrough' in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meeting US envoy Martin Indyk to try to find a way to extend faltering peace talks have failed to reach agreement, a Palestinian source told AFP. More »

  • Libya plans 'smart cards' to cut fuel subsidies that boost smugglin … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Julia Payne TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya plans to limit the costly subsidies its citizens enjoy when buying motor fuel - much of which is smuggled into Tunisia for resale at higher prices - by introducing a "smart card" system like one newly implemented in neighbouring Egypt. The weak interim government has been reluctant to cut the subsidies, introduced by former leader Muammar Gaddafi to discourage opposition, as it is still struggling to impose authority in a country awash with arms. "The extra rise is due to an increase of smuggling, mainly to Tunisia...The rise in the number of cars does not justify this 15 percent increase," Lamin said. Egypt and Algeria have also been losing more subsidised fuel to smugglers. More »

  • Bill Gates Criticised for Investment in G4S' Israel Torture Prisons
    Bill Gates Criticised for Investment in G4S' Israel Torture Prisons Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Bill Gates' philanthropic body, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been accused of complicity in the torture of Palestinian prisoners through its investment in British security company G4S. G4S provides security services and equipment at Israeli prisons where allegations of child torture, forced confessions, overcrowding and medical neglect have been raised. The foundation, the largest in the world, last year purchased £110m ($172m) worth of shares in G4S, something that human rights charities, such as Addameer Prisoner Support, claim contradicted the foundation's belief that "every life has equal value".  A petition from the Addameer charity claims that "the Gates Foundation is legitimising and profiting from Israel's use of torture, mass incarceration and arbitrary arrest to discourage Palestinians from opposing Israel's apartheid policies". More »

  • Arab Israeli journalist arrested after Lebanon visit
    Arab Israeli journalist arrested after Lebanon visit Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    An Arab Israeli journalist has been arrested after making a visit to Lebanon, his mother said Thursday, on suspicion he could have joined a "hostile organisation". More »

  • Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter
    Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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 Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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 Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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 Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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 »