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  • Ryanair to start flights to Israeli resort of Eilat
    Ryanair to start flights to Israeli resort of Eilat 3 hours ago

    By Steven Scheer TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Ryanair will launch flights to Israel this winter, saying the Red Sea resort city of Eilat has potential to compete for Europeans looking for an alternative to the Canary Islands. Starting in November, the Irish low-cost carrier will offer six weekly flights to Ovda Airport north of Eilat from Budapest, Krakow in Poland and Kaunas in Lithuania. David O'Brien, Ryanair's chief commercial officer, told a news conference on Tuesday the November-March flights should bring about 40,000 passengers and $20 million into Eilat. More »

  • Growing up Gazan: Tales of a Palestinian teen
    Growing up Gazan: Tales of a Palestinian teen 3 hours ago

    Despite surviving three wars, 17-year-old Farah Baker wants to remain in Gaza to fight for Palestinians' rights. More »

  • Ryanair to begin offering low-cost flights to Israel 5 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Europe's low-cost airline Ryanair says it will start its first cheap flights in and out of Israel in November. More »

  • Palestinians connect to Jerusalem holy shrine with 'selfies'
    Palestinians connect to Jerusalem holy shrine with 'selfies' 5 hours ago

    By Sinan Abu Meizer JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinians young and old have jumped on a trend for taking "selfies" at Al Aqsa, the 8th century Muslim shrine in Jerusalem, both as a personal memento and for relatives prevented from visiting the ancient compound. While selfies are hardly new, Palestinians have embraced the phenomenon during the holy month of Ramadan as a way of showing their presence at Islam's third holiest site. "We took it as a memory, because maybe we won't be able to come again next Ramadan," said Shorouq, a young woman from the occupied West Bank snapping pictures with her friend Shahira, both dressed in brightly coloured headscarves in the sunshine. More »

  • Ryanair to start flying to Israel
    Ryanair to start flying to Israel 6 hours ago

    Low cost carrier Ryanair will now fly to Israel More »

  • Report: Gaza health sector critically ill after war
    Report: Gaza health sector critically ill after war 6 hours ago

    Gaza's health services were repeatedly targeted during 50-day war in 2014, according to Palestinian rights groups. More »

  • Gaza Strip: Blitzed, caged and broken, Palestinians' nightmarish existence …
    Gaza Strip: Blitzed, caged and broken, Palestinians' nightmarish existence … 7 hours ago

    On the Israeli side, 66 soldiers and six civilians lost their lives in Hamas attacks. One year after the military operation, many people living in the ruins of Gaza fear another conflict, but are unable to leave the coastal enclave. Around 1.8 million people remain trapped in the tiny strip due to an eight-year blockade imposed by both Israel and Egypt. More »

  • Clinton says she opposes boycott effort against Israel 18 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says in a letter to American Jewish organizations that she opposes a grassroots protest movement promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel over policies involving the Palestinian territories. More »

  • Correction: Palestinians-Rainbow Flag story
    Correction: Palestinians-Rainbow Flag story 22 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — In a story June 30 about Palestinian protesters whitewashing a gay pride rainbow flag, The Associated Press reported erroneously that homosexual acts are banned by law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. While homosexuality is largely taboo in Palestinian society, there are no laws specifically banning homosexual acts. More »

  • 'Europe without Greece? Joke,' says Greek foreign minister
    'Europe without Greece? Joke,' says Greek foreign minister 22 hours ago

    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias speaks during a joint meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on July 6, 2015 More »

  • Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State 22 hours ago

    Israel's Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State. The six, residents of the Bedouin Negev desert town of Hura in southern Israel, were charged with various offences and three were alleged to have planned joining Islamic State militants in Syria, a statement from Shin Bet said. "The investigation uncovered that the suspects met secretly to discuss and promote Islamic State's ideology," Shin Bet said. More »

  • Israel arrests 6 Bedouin for supporting Islamic State group 23 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Shin Bet security agency says it has arrested six Bedouin for establishing a cell supportive of the Islamic State group. More »

  • Israel says 6 Bedouins arrested for supporting IS
    Israel says 6 Bedouins arrested for supporting IS Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Israel has arrested six Bedouin Arabs, including four teachers, for allegedly supporting the extremist Islamic State group, the domestic security service said Monday. More »

  • Israel rows back Judaism conversion reform
    Israel rows back Judaism conversion reform Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Israeli ministers on Sunday struck down a bill that would have cancelled the monopoly the ultra-Orthodox chief rabbinate holds over conversions in the Jewish state. More »

  • Gaza children 'emotionally shattered' one year after conflict Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The majority of children living in areas of Gaza hardest-hit during last year's conflict are showing signs of severe emotional distress and trauma, including frequent bed wetting and nightmares, a global children's charity said on Monday. A ceasefire last August ended 50 days of fighting between Gaza militants and Israel, in which health officials said more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed. Israel put the number of its dead at 67 soldiers and six civilians. More »

  • Questions Over 7/7 Bomber's Trip To Israel
    Questions Over 7/7 Bomber's Trip To Israel Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The inquests into the 2005 London bombings, presented at the time as the conclusive and final judgement on the attacks, did not examine a potentially crucial part of the lead bomber's back-story, a Sky News investigation has found. The timing of an unexplained visit to Israel in early 2003 by lead 7/7 bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan was not addressed in any of the parliamentary or judicial investigations into the London attacks, despite the fact it occurred just weeks before two British men - with apparent connections to Khan - carried out a deadly suicide mission in Tel Aviv. The chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee has told Sky News he will write to the Home Secretary seeking an explanation, and has raised the question of whether "further steps" could still be necessary. More »

  • For some Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a pragmatic 'Israelification&# … Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Suha, a young Palestinian lawyer, grew up in East Jerusalem and got her degree in the West Bank, then took a crash course in Hebrew to pass the Israeli bar. Now she is planning to take a step that was once considered taboo among Palestinians living under Israeli rule in the passionately contested holy city: take an oath of loyalty to Israel in order to become a citizen. Recommended: How much do you know about the Palestinians? More »

  • Israeli police officer in rabbi bribery case kills himself Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a senior officer whom a celebrity rabbi with a following in the United States tried to bribe has taken his own life amid what police denounced as a witch hunt. More »

  • Teen's death highlights Israel abuse of West Bank youth
    Teen's death highlights Israel abuse of West Bank youth Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The death of a teen, shot by an Israeli army officer, underscores the police violence Palestinian youth are facing. More »

  • The Gaza Strip: the site of three wars in six years
    The Gaza Strip: the site of three wars in six years Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The Gaza Strip was devastated by war with Israel a year ago this week, the third in six years, and the slow pace of reconstruction has frustrated residents. More »

  • Google's Waze to start carpooling pilot program in Israel
    Google's Waze to start carpooling pilot program in Israel Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Google-owned online mapping company Waze is launching a carpooling pilot program in Israel where commuters pay fellow drivers a small fee for a ride to and from work. The new application, called RideWith, will use Waze's navigation system to learn the routes drivers most frequently take to work and match them up with people looking for a ride in the same direction. Google bought Israel-based Waze, which uses satellite signals from members' smartphones to offer real-time traffic information, for about $1 billion two years ago. More »

  • Google's Waze to start carpooling pilot programme in Israel Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Google-owned online mapping company Waze is launching a carpooling pilot programme in Israel where commuters pay fellow drivers a small fee for a ride to and from work. The new application, called RideWith, will use Waze's navigation system to learn the routes drivers most frequently take to work and match them up with people looking for a ride in the same direction. Google bought Israel-based Waze, which uses satellite signals from members' smartphones to offer real-time traffic information, for about $1 billion two years ago. More »

  • How to counter Israel's hasbara campaign
    How to counter Israel's hasbara campaign Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The Palestinian reality does not welcome any serious media effort to counter Israel's hasbara campaign. More »

  • Desperate Gazans resort to makeshift homes year after war
    Desperate Gazans resort to makeshift homes year after war Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Fouad Abu Asser and his family have returned to their neighbourhood amid the rubble of the Gaza Strip -- but something resembling a shed is what they now call home. More »

  • An overview of the 2014 Gaza war
    An overview of the 2014 Gaza war Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    One year ago, a new war erupted between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the third in six years. More »

  • Pair of lions kept as pets by Gaza family arrive in Jordan
    Pair of lions kept as pets by Gaza family arrive in Jordan Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two young lions that had been kept as pets in a Gaza refugee camp traveled Sunday to Jordan where their final destination will be a wildlife sanctuary. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: History buffs re-enact Holy Land crusader battle
    AP PHOTOS: History buffs re-enact Holy Land crusader battle Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    KARNEI HITTIN, Israel (AP) — The year is 1187 and the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem is beginning to collapse. At the Battle of Hattin, sword-wielding soldiers on horseback chant in Arabic, looking to behead their Christian targets. More »

  • Lion cubs relocated from impoverished Gaza to Jordan
    Lion cubs relocated from impoverished Gaza to Jordan Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Two lions cubs were on Sunday taken from a Gaza Strip refugee camp to Jordan, their former owner said, after their maintenance became too great a financial burden. More »

  • Israeli Cabinet reverses bill easing conversion to Judaism Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Cabinet has reversed an initiative aimed at easing the conversion process to Judaism in Israel. More »

  • Greek foreign minister in Israel amid economic crisis
    Greek foreign minister in Israel amid economic crisis Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias arrived in Israel for a three-day visit on Sunday, as his country voted in a referendum that could decide the country's financial future. More »

  • Little hope in Gaza ruins a year after devastating war
    Little hope in Gaza ruins a year after devastating war Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    In the ruins of what used to be his home, Gaza Strip resident Rabah Abu Shanab reflects on what used to be -- and what little hope remains. More »

  • Shelters, sirens part of life for Israelis near Gaza
    Shelters, sirens part of life for Israelis near Gaza Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Children scramble down a narrow corridor between giant concrete walls as if it were a real-life maze -- but the stark addition to their Israeli nursery has nothing to do with playtime. More »

  • Greek foreign minister visits Israel amid crisis at home Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is welcoming the Greek foreign minister for a three-day visit as his country faces a financial crisis at home, with Greeks voting on a referendum about their country's future. More »

  • Hamas reopens offices of Gaza's only mobile phone firm
    Hamas reopens offices of Gaza's only mobile phone firm Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Hamas authorities on Sunday reopened the offices of the Gaza Strip's only mobile telephone company, five days after closing them on accusations of tax-dodging. More »

  • Hamas reopens office of Gaza's only mobile phone provider
    Hamas reopens office of Gaza's only mobile phone provider Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip reopened the offices of the territory's only mobile phone provider on Sunday, five days after he ordered them closed over alleged non-payment of taxes. Jawwal is a subsidiary of the Palestine Telecommunications Co. (PalTel), the largest listed company in the Palestinian territories. Executives at PalTel had rejected the attorney general's accusations, saying all relevant taxes had been paid to the Palestinian Authority in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where the company is registered and based. More »