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  • 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 »

  • Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service said on Thursday that it has detained a young Israeli Arab journalist for traveling to Lebanon, which Israel considers an enemy country. 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's 'ethnic cleansing' of Jaffa city
    Israel's 'ethnic cleansing' of Jaffa city Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The city's Palestinian population is forced to live in neglected homes, or to move out. More »

  • Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site
    Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday, firing tear gas to disperse a protest by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials said. More »

  • Dozens of Palestinians wounded in Al-Aqsa clashes
    Dozens of Palestinians wounded in Al-Aqsa clashes Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli police that erupted Wednesday when Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound was opened to Jewish visitors, an AFP correspondent said. 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 »

  • Meeting of Israeli, Palestinian peace negotiators postponed Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the session had been rescheduled for Thursday at the request of the United States. An Israeli official confirmed the meeting had been delayed but declined to say who asked for the postponement or when teams would reconvene to try to breathe new life into the U.S.-driven peace process. The killing on Monday of an off-duty police officer and the wounding of his wife in a shooting attack on their car in the West Bank as they drove to a Passover holiday dinner struck an emotional chord in Israel. It drew calls from members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet to postpone the peace talks, at least until after 47-year-old Baruch Mizrahi's funeral on Wednesday. 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 »

  • Three Hamas members killed in Gaza blasts
    Three Hamas members killed in Gaza blasts Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Interior Ministry launches investigation after explosions reportedly kill three members of the Hamas armed wing. More »

  • Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?
    Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed? Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the U.N. censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed Israel's behavior as ungrateful, in light of Washington's unshakable support for Jerusalem in the UN, in the Kremlin and in the Russian media Israel's action was seen as an expression of support for Moscow, or at the very least a lack of opposition to the invasion of Ukraine. More »

  • Israeli police enter holy site to disperse riot Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have stormed a Jerusalem holy site to disperse a riot. 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 »

  • Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting
    Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday. More »

  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Wednesday, U.S. says
    Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Wednesday, U.S. says Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. The two sides will meet despite Israeli anger at the killing of an off-duty Israeli policeman in the occupied West Bank on Monday on the eve of the Passover Jewish holiday. "They're going to be meeting again tomorrow," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "The parties are working on determining if there's a path to extend the negotiations for a period of months past April 29th." Asked about the killing, Psaki urged both sides "to exercise restraint and avoid any actions that would raise tensions." The peace talks appeared on the verge of collapse this month when Israel refused to carry out a promised prisoner release and the Palestinians signed on to 15 international conventions. 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 »

  • Missouri proposal would open office in Israel Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Missouri lawmakers want the state to open an economic development office in Israel. More »

  • Israel irked by diplomat's tacit Nazi remark Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. ambassador on Monday denounced a U.N. agency head for tacitly comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany and has demanded her suspension. More »

  • Israel irked by UN's tacit Nazi/Israel remark Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's ambassador is calling on the United Nations chief to suspend a U.N. agency head for tacitly comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany. More »