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Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting an issue fraught with Middle East politics, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear for the second…

  • Gaza militants fire missile, rockets at Israel 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Militants from the Gaza Strip fired a missile at Israeli troops patrolling the border and several rockets into the country's south on Monday, the last day of the Passover holiday, the military said. No injuries were reported. More »

  • A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank
    A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank 2 hours 53 minutes ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the military system is higher and the penalties stiffer. Here are some statistics about juvenile arrests between 2008 and 2013 from Israel's national police force: More »

  • Gaza rockets hit south Israel, army strikes back - officials 2 hours 55 minutes ago

    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 »

  • Hamas and Fatah to discuss reconciliation
    Hamas and Fatah to discuss reconciliation 3 hours ago

    Fatah representatives due in Gaza Strip for talks in move to end 2007 schism following Hamas' poll victory in Gaza. More »

  • In Pictures: Palestinians celebrate Easter
    In Pictures: Palestinians celebrate Easter 3 hours ago

    Barred from accessing Jerusalem, Palestinian-Christians marked Easter holiday with a joyous parade in Ramallah. More »

  • Palestinians meet in Gaza for reconciliation talks 3 hours ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A senior Hamas leader based in Egypt is in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah. More »

  • Palestinians fire rockets from Gaza into Israel
    Palestinians fire rockets from Gaza into Israel 3 hours ago

    Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired seven rockets into Israel on Monday but caused no casualties, the army said. More »

  • Gaza rocket salvo hits southern Israel - army 5 hours ago

    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 »

  • Fight brews between Israeli settlers and army
    Fight brews between Israeli settlers and army 7 hours ago

    Looming vote in Yitzhar on whether residents can use violence against their own army exposes critical debate in Israel. More »

  • Top Palestinian cleric says Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa; Israel … 17 hours ago

    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 19 hours ago

    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 »

  • Sixteen arrested after clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa
    Sixteen arrested after clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa 22 hours ago

    Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians Sunday as they clashed with demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, a sensitive holy site that is frequently the scene of tensions. More »

  • AP Top News at 8:11 a.m. EDT Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal led Mass at the Holy Sepulcher church in Jerusalem on Sunday. The site is where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. More »

  • Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land
    Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. More »

  • Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police entered the compound of Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks at them on Sunday, as thousands of tourists packed the Old City for the Easter and Passover holidays. More »

  • Palestinian Christians 'kept from holy sites'
    Palestinian Christians 'kept from holy sites' Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    As Christians mark Easter, minority says Israeli police are restricting free access to their holy sites in Jerusalem. More »

  • Israel 'blocks' UN envoy from Easter service
    Israel 'blocks' UN envoy from Easter service Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Israel dismisses Robert Serry's accusation of blocking him from ceremony in Jerusalem church as "micro-incident". More »

  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem
    Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites. More »

  • Christians mark Holy Fire rite on eve of Easter
    Christians mark Holy Fire rite on eve of Easter Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Thousands of Christian pilgrims thronged the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City Saturday amid tight security to celebrate the Holy Fire ceremony on the eve of Easter. More »

  • EU urges Israel to reverse West Bank moves
    EU urges Israel to reverse West Bank moves Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton calls on Israel to reverse recent actions, such as announcing new settlements. More »

  • Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land
    Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City. More »

  • Christians mark Good Friday in Jerusalem
    Christians mark Good Friday in Jerusalem Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Local Christian Arabs and pilgrims from around the world made their way down the cobbled Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem Friday, where Jesus is believed to have walked to his crucifixion. More »

  • Iran says will firmly deter any attacks as military displays might
    Iran says will firmly deter any attacks as military displays might Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported on Friday. Chanting "God is Greatest", troops paraded missiles carriers, some bearing banners saying "Death to America" and "Death to Israel", armoured personnel carriers and unmanned surveillance aircraft as well as small submarines with men wearing aqua-lungs alongside. Unlike hardline predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani did not use his speech to lash out at the United States and Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognise. "We don't attack any country and don't want war but we will firmly confront any aggression against Iran," he said, as helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead and parachutists landed in the parade area in the south of the capital near the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. More »

  • Vandals leave anti-Arab graffiti on Israel mosque
    Vandals leave anti-Arab graffiti on Israel mosque Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Vandals left anti-Arab graffiti on a mosque in northern Israel overnight and damaged a door of the building, Israeli police said Friday. More »

  • Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Police say vandals have damaged a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists. More »

  • Israel frees jailed Palestinian journalist
    Israel frees jailed Palestinian journalist Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Majd Kayyal remains under house arrest, and could face a maximum four-year prison term for visiting "an enemy state". More »

  • Palestinians hit the right notes in Gaza
    Palestinians hit the right notes in Gaza Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Music school helps relieve tensions in conflict-torn Gaza Strip, but access to instruments remains a challenge. More »

  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators seek to rescue troubled talks
    Israeli, Palestinian negotiators seek to rescue troubled talks Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met on Thursday in Jerusalem to seek a way to prevent troubled peace talks from collapsing ahead of an April 29 deadline. Two Israeli sources speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed that officials from both sides were meeting in Jerusalem, declining to provide further detail. The talks had been postponed from Wednesday when emotions ran high in Israel as a funeral was held for an off-duty police officer gunned down while driving his family to a settlement in the West Bank for a Passover holiday meal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinian Authority of engaging in anti-Israeli incitement which led to the attack, for which no Palestinian group has claimed responsibility. More »

  • Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return
    Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world. 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 »

  • 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 »

  • PLO: Israel using prisoners as 'blackmail'
    PLO: Israel using prisoners as 'blackmail' Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Peace talks have stalled after Israel refused to release Palestinian prisoners and PLO signed international agreements. More »

  • Freedom Denied: Palestinians decry detention
    Freedom Denied: Palestinians decry detention Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Israel has detained an estimated 800,000 Palestinians in the occupied territories since 1967. 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 »