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2 Israelis hurt in Jerusalem fire bomb attack

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say two people were hurt when a fire bomb was thrown at a passing car in Jerusalem.

  • China to restrict drone, supercomputer exports
    China to restrict drone, supercomputer exports 4 hours ago

    China will restrict the export of drones and supercomputers from Aug. 15 to help protect national security out of fears such equipment could fall into the hands of militant groups, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday. While its technology lags behind the United States and Israel, the biggest vendors of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), China is attracting a growing list of foreign buyers including Nigeria, Pakistan and Egypt. Beijing has previously had limited success exporting manned military aircraft but is hoping to do better with UAVs because they are cheaper and easier to manufacture. More »

  • Russian FM meets Hamas chief, invites him to Moscow - official
    Russian FM meets Hamas chief, invites him to Moscow - official 4 hours ago

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Qatar on Monday and invited him to visit Moscow, a Hamas official said, extending a diplomatic welcome to the Palestinian group shunned by the West. Meshaal, who is based in Doha, last travelled to Moscow in 2010, four years after his first official visit to the Russian capital. In a statement released in Gaza, the Hamas official said a delegation led by Meshaal briefed Lavrov on conditions in the Gaza Strip, which the Islamist movement rules, in the aftermath of last summer's war with Israel. More »

  • Israel ex-security chiefs urge Netanyahu to accept Iran deal
    Israel ex-security chiefs urge Netanyahu to accept Iran deal 4 hours ago

    Many Israeli ex-generals and former security chiefs have signed a petition urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, which he strongly opposes. More »

  • Insight - Breaking taboo, Jerusalem Palestinians seek Israeli citizenship
    Insight - Breaking taboo, Jerusalem Palestinians seek Israeli citizenship 5 hours ago

    By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - "I declare I will be a loyal citizen of the state of Israel," reads the oath that must be sworn by all naturalised Israeli citizens. Increasingly, they are words being uttered by Palestinians. In East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed, a move not recognised internationally, issues of Palestinian identity are layered with complexity. More »

  • Israel To Hold Jewish Militants Without Trial
    Israel To Hold Jewish Militants Without Trial 6 hours ago

    Israel is to begin detaining Jewish citizens without trial in the hope of catching the culprits behind an arson attack which killed a Palestinian child. No-one has claimed responsibility for the blaze which tore through a home in the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank on Friday, seriously injuring the child's parents and brother. The attack caused an international outcry and with no arrests made, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to counter what he called "terrorism" by "criminals in our nation". More »

  • Israel-British project makes Hebrew texts available online 6 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — One of the oldest surviving Hebrew manuscripts, a bible dating back more than 1,000 years, will soon be available online in a joint project with The British Library in London, the National Library of Israel said Monday. More »

  • Israel says allows harsher interrogations of Jewish militant suspects
    Israel says allows harsher interrogations of Jewish militant suspects 7 hours ago

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will allow harsher interrogations of suspected Jewish militants, and possibly let security services violently shake detainees, following a deadly West Bank arson attack blamed on ultra-nationalists, a minister said on Monday. The announcement came a day after the government said it would start detaining citizens suspected of political violence against Palestinians without trial, another practice previously reserved for Palestinian suspects. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet came under growing pressure to crack down on violent far-right Jewish groups after arsonists killed a Palestinian toddler and severely injured his parents and brother on Friday. More »

  • Camtek posts 2Q profit 7 hours ago

    The Migdal ha'Emek, Israel-based company said it had profit of 2 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions and stock option expense, came to 3 cents per share. The ... More »

  • UN agency for Palestinians says school closures loom 7 hours ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The UN agency helping Palestinian refugees says a $101 million funding gap could keep 500,000 Palestinian students out of school this fall. More »

  • Perion Network posts 2Q profit 8 hours ago

    The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company said it had net income of 12 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 13 cents per share. The digital media company posted revenue of $48.6 ... More »

  • Israel's Nice Systems sells video surveillance unit for $100 million 9 hours ago

    By Steven Scheer JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli software provider Nice Systems is selling its video surveillance technologies unit to private equity firm Battery Ventures for up to $100 million, its second divestment in three months as it focuses more on its analytics business. Nice, whose analytical software enables companies to spot fraud and fend off security threats, will receive $85 million in cash and as much as $15 million based on future performance, it said on Monday. Nice Chief Executive Barak Eilam told Reuters the deal completes a strategic plan started a year ago to "divest less synergetic and less profitable companies." In May, Nice sold its cyber and intelligence division to Israeli defense electronic firm Elbit Systems for up to $158 million. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East
    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East 9 hours ago

    In the Middle East this past week, attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories threatened to ignite widespread violence in the region. More »

  • Israel, Palestine, Jordan unite to save revered river
    Israel, Palestine, Jordan unite to save revered river 9 hours ago

    The river, believed to be the site of Jesus' baptism, has been suffering from pollution over time. More »

  • Israel's culpability in settler violence
    Israel's culpability in settler violence 10 hours ago

    Curbing settler violence would necessitate the full and total dismantling of the Israeli colonial project. More »

  • Has Israeli society failed to confront its intolerance?
    Has Israeli society failed to confront its intolerance? 10 hours ago

    Murder of Palestinian baby and stabbing spree at Jerusalem Gay Pride parade renews debate about settlement expansion. More »

  • Netanyahu vows to go after 'fanatic' Israeli attackers
    Netanyahu vows to go after 'fanatic' Israeli attackers 11 hours ago

    Prime minister pledges "zero tolerance" against attacks on Palestinians but critics says root cause must be addressed. More »

  • Israel approves jailing Jewish militants without trial to resolve lethal ar …
    Israel approves jailing Jewish militants without trial to resolve lethal ar … 11 hours ago

    (This August 2 story has been corrected in paragraph 10 to change number of Palestinians held in detention to 391 as of May) By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's security cabinet approved on Sunday the detention of citizens suspected of waging violence against Palestinians without trial in a crackdown aimed at capturing the perpetrators of a lethal West Bank arson attack blamed on Jewish militants. The extension to Israelis of so-called "administrative detention", a practice commonly applied to Palestinian militant suspects and condemned internationally, laid bare authorities' frustration at failing to curb Jewish ultra-nationalist attacks. Friday's torching of a Palestinian home killed a toddler and seriously injured his parents and brother, causing an outcry abroad and vows by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to crack down on what he deemed "terrorism" by "criminals in our nation". More »

  • Girl stabbed at Israeli Gay Pride march dies
    Girl stabbed at Israeli Gay Pride march dies 21 hours ago

    Teenager had been in critical condition since attack by suspected Ultra-Orthodox Jew at Thursday's event in Jerusalem. More »

  • Yemen Houthi boss tells men to fight on, dismisses loss of Aden
    Yemen Houthi boss tells men to fight on, dismisses loss of Aden 22 hours ago

    The leader of Yemen's Houthis urged his militia on Sunday to fight on against Yemen's Gulf Arab-backed government, dismissing its recapture of Aden last month as a 'limited' achievement made possible by Ramadan. In a speech live on television apparently aimed at shoring up the morale of his men, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi accused his foes of resorting to alliances with both the Islamic State militant group and Israel in their assault on the southern port city. Houthi said Aden's fall occurred only because some Houthis and allied fighters had returned home to be with their families at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. More »

  • Israeli premier vows 'zero tolerance' for Jewish extremists
    Israeli premier vows 'zero tolerance' for Jewish extremists Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's security cabinet approved new measures Sunday against Israelis who attack Palestinians, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government will have "zero tolerance" for Jewish extremists. More »

  • Teen stabbed at Gay Pride march dies as pressure mounts on Israel
    Teen stabbed at Gay Pride march dies as pressure mounts on Israel Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    A teenager stabbed at a Gay Pride march died of her injuries Sunday as the attack and a firebombing that killed a Palestinian child put pressure on Israel to crack down on Jewish extremists. More »

  • Israel to detain Jewish militant suspects without trial - officials
    Israel to detain Jewish militant suspects without trial - officials Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel intends to detain without trial citizens suspected of political violence against Palestinians, government officials said on Sunday following a lethal West Bank arson attack blamed on Jewish militants. The extension to Israelis of so-called "administration detention", a practise commonly applied to Palestinian militant suspects and condemned internationally, laid bare authorities' frustration at failing to curb Jewish ultra-nationalist attacks. Friday's torching of a Palestinian home killed a toddler and seriously hurt his parents and brother, causing an outcry abroad and vows by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to crack down on what he deemed "terrorism" by "criminals in our nation". More »

  • Teenager Dies After Israel Gay Pride Stabbing
    Teenager Dies After Israel Gay Pride Stabbing Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    A 16-year-old girl has died after being stabbed by a homophobic extremist during a gay pride parade in Jerusalem. Hadar Elboim of Hadassah, a spokesman for the hospital where Shira died, said her organs would now be donated to help others. Her attacker was later identified as Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who had only been released from prison three weeks earlier and had spoken out against the parade after regaining his freedom. More »

  • Rival Palestinian clubs set for 'historic' clash
    Rival Palestinian clubs set for 'historic' clash Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Palestinian football fans are gearing up for an "historic" clash with the West Bank-based Al-Ahli and Gaza's Shejaya set to play each other for the first time in 15 years. More »

  • Girl wounded in attack on Jerusalem gay pride parade dies
    Girl wounded in attack on Jerusalem gay pride parade dies Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A teenage girl seriously wounded after an anti-gay extremist stabbed her and several others in last week's attack on Jerusalem's gay pride parade died Sunday, a hospital official. More »

  • Israeli teen dies of injuries from stabbing at Gay Pride parade Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    An Israeli teenager died on Sunday of stab wounds sustained when an ultra-Orthodox man with a knife attacked a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem three days ago, police said. High school student Shira Banki, 16, was one of six people wounded in the assault. "We won't permit the terrible murderer to challenge the basic values on which Israeli society is built." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement after sending his condolences to the family. More »

  • Why Israel is suddenly owning up to its terrorism
    Why Israel is suddenly owning up to its terrorism Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    By calling Friday's arson attack a terrorist act, the Israelis are hoping to avoid the full force of international law. More »

  • Attacks spark calls for Israeli crackdown on Jewish extremists
    Attacks spark calls for Israeli crackdown on Jewish extremists Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Israel faced mounting pressure on Sunday to crack down on Jewish extremists after a firebombing that killed a Palestinian child and the stabbing of six Gay Pride marchers drew widespread outrage. More »

  • Clashes erupt at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque after toddler death
    Clashes erupt at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque after toddler death Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Clashes broke out on Sunday at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites, two days after a Palestinian toddler was burned alive in a firebombing by suspected Jewish extremists. More »

  • Israelis protest hate crimes in wake of baby's death
    Israelis protest hate crimes in wake of baby's death Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Thousands attend rallies in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem after occupied West Bank arson attack and Gay Pride march stabbings. More »

  • Thousands rally across Israel following gay pride stabbing attack
    Thousands rally across Israel following gay pride stabbing attack Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Thousands of Israelis attended demonstrations across the country on Saturday, two days after an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed six people at Jerusalem's gay pride parade, leaving one teenager in critical condition. Large rallies were held in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and other smaller events elsewhere throughout the country where numerous speakers warned of dire consequences for Israeli society unless authorities take firmer action to root out homophobia. In a pre-recorded video address intended for the demonstrators, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the attack was aimed "at all our children." "What happened in Jerusalem goes against the spirit of (the Jewish) people... In every society there are extreme, murderous elements and regrettably it is true even among us but society and the state is judged by how the mainstream and the leadership acts ... we will continue to lead our country against hatred and homophobia," Netanyahu said. More »

  • Palestinian youth dies after West Bank clash with Israeli troops Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    A Palestinian youth died on Saturday at a West Bank hospital following a clash with Israeli troops near Ramallah, Palestinian hospital officials said. The confrontation was one of three in a matter of hours on Friday in which Palestinians died in Israeli-Palestinian violence, making it one of the tensest days in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip in recent months. Israeli soldiers fired at the Palestinian after he threw a fire-bomb at them, the military said. More »

  • Israelis rally after hate crimes by Jews
    Israelis rally after hate crimes by Jews Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Thousands of Israelis rallied Saturday night in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem against "incitement and violence," following attacks by Jewish extremists targeting Palestinians and homosexuals. More »

  • Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda
    Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry departed for the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran. He will not visit Israel, America's foremost Mideast ally and the primary foreign opponent of the Iran agreement. More »

  • Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death
    Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    DUMA, West Bank (AP) — Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing lawlessness of extremist Jewish settlers that Israel is either unable or unwilling to contain. More »