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  • Reports: Senior Hamas official defects to Israel, Gaza hit with airstrike

    2 weeks ago

    A senior Hamas officer from Gaza reportedly has defected to Israel.

    Bassam Mahmoud Baraka, who is believed to have extensive knowledge of Hamas’ underground tunnel networks, has been missing for several days and may have fled to Israel, Haaretz reported Tuesday, citing several...

  • NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

    May 27, 2016 | 11:48 am

    The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories.

    The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza” in the article published Wednesday about the Bernie Sanders-led push to change the Democratic...

  • Israeli troops near Gaza come under mortar fire, 2 rockets fired into Israel

    May 5, 2016 | 9:14 am

    Israeli troops stationed on the border with Gaza came under mortar fire Thursday as two rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel.

    The afternoon attack, the sixth in three days, came shortly after the Israel Defense Forces said it had discovered a Hamas-dug terror tunnel...

  • Israel bombs Gaza targets in retaliation for Hamas shelling

    May 4, 2016 | 1:35 pm

    Israel bombed five targets in Gaza after Hamas fired more than five mortar rounds into Israel in a 24-hour period — an escalation attributed to Israel’s intensified efforts to detect and destroy Hamas’ underground tunnels leading toward and across its border.

    Israel Air Force...

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  • In Gaza, hand surgery gets remote assistance from Beirut

    May 4, 2016 | 11:43 am

    At a hospital in northern Gaza, a young patient is being prepared for hand surgery as one of the doctors leading the operation watches on – from nearly 200 miles away in Beirut.

    In the Lebanese capital Doctor Ghassan Abu Sitta is guiding colleagues at Gaza's Al-Awda hospital via...

  • Israeli troops come under mortar fire from Gaza

    May 4, 2016 | 8:18 am

    Israeli troops came under mortar fire from Gaza while performing engineering work near the border fence.

    The Israel Defense Forces responded to the Wednesday morning attack by shelling Hamas-run military posts in Gaza, the IDF said.

    No Israeli soldiers were injured in the...

  • Attempt to smuggle rocket-manufacturing material into Gaza thwarted

    May 3, 2016 | 9:09 am

    A shipment of 40 tons of salt set to cross into Gaza was discovered to contain four tons of hidden ammonium chloride, which is used to produce long-range rockets.

    The shipment was inspected at the Nitzana Crossing, which is used to transfer goods among Egypt, Israel and the...

  • Israel to reopen second crossing for trucks into Gaza

    May 2, 2016 | 1:53 pm

    Israel plans to reopen a second border point for commercial traffic into the Gaza Strip, an official said on Monday, a step in gradually easing the blockade imposed on the Palestinian enclave since 2007.

    The decision to allow trucks through the Erez terminal, on Gaza's...

  • Sanders: Netanyahu is ‘wrong on occasion’

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 18, 2016 | 9:28 am

    Bernie Sanders is not backing down on his claim that Israel used ‘disproportionate’ force against Hamas in the 2014 Gaza war.

    “You cannot ignore the needs of the Palestinian people,” Sanders said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday. “I think in the...

  • Gaza terror tunnel into Israel discovered

    April 18, 2016 | 8:26 am

    A Hamas-built tunnel from Gaza into Israel aimed at executing terror attacks has been discovered, the Israel Defense Forces said Monday.

    The tunnel is the first to be found since Operation Protective Edge, the summer 2014 Gaza War, according to the IDF, which worked in...

  • Sanders doubles down on Israel criticism

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 15, 2016 | 10:51 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders doubled down on his comments regarding Israel’s military campaign against Hamas in the 2014 war in Gaza during the Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn, NY, on Thursday. 

    “I do believe that Israel was subjected to terrorist...

  • The Malicious Anti-Israel Lie Told by Jews.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 14, 2016 | 6:22 pm

    “Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic!”

    That is a great lie.  It’s told by Jews.  It hurts Jews.  It damages Israel.

    It’s a lie because it’s meant to silence those who speak against anti-Israel rhetoric.

    It’s a lie because it’s propagated by those who are the enemies of...

  • Jewish groups blast Sanders over Israel stance

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 11, 2016 | 10:58 am

    Bernie Sanders didn’t help himself with the Jewish community in New York – a strong constituency in next week’s primary – as he doubled down on his criticism of Israel’s 2014 military action in Gaza.

    “Was Israel’s response disproportionate? I think it was,” Sanders said during an...

  • Navigating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Airbnb

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 6, 2016 | 12:17 pm

    The first decision an adventurous traveler faces when seeking an Airbnb property in the West Bank is what to type in the search box: “West Bank”? “Judea and Samaria”? “Israel”? “Palestine”? The blinking cursor symbolizes the confusion and controversy surrounding the...

  • Starving animals up for sale at Gaza zoo

    March 7, 2016 | 11:43 am

    A Gaza zoo owner is putting the last of his starving animals up for sale.

    Mohammad Oweida once hosted family and school outings at his zoo in Khan Younis in the southern part of the Palestinian territory. But war and economic hardship intervened to turn the venture into what is...

  • Hamas blames Israel after operative killed in Gaza tunnel collapse

    March 3, 2016 | 1:33 pm

    Another tunnel under Gaza has collapsed, killing a Hamas operative digging it, and the terrorist group’s military wing is blaming Israel.

    The tunnel collapse Thursday in southern Gaza killed Muhammad Musa al Astal of Khan Younis, the Times of Israel reported. Days earlier, a...

  • Why the world turns a blind eye to the battle between Hamas and the PA

    March 2, 2016 | 2:15 pm

    Civil servants in Gaza have gone on strike. For a change, this strike has nothing to do with Israel. On the contrary, 50,000 Gazan workers are striking against Hamas.

    In Gaza, striking involves more than parading with placards and not going to work. In Gaza, strikes and protests...

  • Londoner who traveled to Gaza on aid convoy is ISIS executioner

    February 8, 2016 | 8:14 am

    A British national who traveled to the Middle East on a Gaza aid flotilla with anti-Israel lawmaker George Galloway has been identified as a member of an Islamic State execution cell that once was led by the notorious “Jihadi John.”

    The cell member has been identified as Alexanda...

  • Israelis near Gaza fear Hamas is tunneling beneath them

    February 1, 2016 | 10:56 am

    Nissim Hakmon and his neighbors say they hear banging and clattering at night. They are convinced it can only mean one thing: Hamas is tunneling under their homes from Gaza and will one day emerge, guns blazing, to attack or kidnap them.

    The Israeli government says its...

  • Hamas announces its ‘heroes’ are digging new tunnels and ‘experimenting with rockets’

    January 29, 2016 | 11:36 am

    Palestinian “heroes” are digging tunnels to be used in future attacks on Israel, Hamas’ senior political leader said.

    At a funeral in Gaza City Friday for seven Hamas operatives killed when rain and flooding caused a tunnel they were working on to collapse, Ismail Haniyeh said...

  • 8 Hamas members missing in Gaza tunnel collapse

    January 27, 2016 | 1:24 pm

    Eight members of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas have not been accounted for since an underground tunnel collapsed in Gaza.

    Rain and flooding caused the collapse of the tunnel, located near Jabaliya in northern Gaza, on Wednesday, various media outlets reported.

    “The...

  • Two Palestinians reported killed in riots near Gaza-Israel border

    January 15, 2016 | 9:50 am

    Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians during riots near the fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel, Palestinian officials said.

    The incident occurred Friday afternoon during clashes near al-Breij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, medical sources told Maan...

  • Israeli airstrikes hit terror cell on Gaza border, killing 1

    January 13, 2016 | 10:13 am

    Israeli airstrikes hit a Palestinian “terrorist cell” on the border with Gaza, killing one, the Israel Defense Forces said.

    In a statement, an IDF spokesman said the cell was planting a bomb Wednesday near the border fence and planned to detonate it when an IDF patrol came by. The IDF said the action was a joint operation of the Air Force and the Shin Bet security service, which gathered intelligence on the imminent attack.

    The Palestinian Maan news agency reported that along with the one death, three others were injured in the strike.

  • Poll: Two-thirds of Palestinians support stabbings, reject two-state solution

    December 14, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    A growing majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza support an armed uprising against Israel, reject a two-state solution and want Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resign.

    According to a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey...

  • Mike Huckabee: Israelis were ‘marched at gunpoint’ out of Gaza

    December 7, 2015 | 11:41 am

    Israelis should never have to go through again what they went through as they were “marched at gunpoint” out of their homes in Gush Katif during the disengagement in 2005, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday.

    Addressing some 35 members of the Jewish...

  • Israeli broadcaster says Palestinians bust West Bank bomber cell

    December 1, 2015 | 10:52 am

    Israel's national broadcaster on Tuesday said Palestinian authorities had prevented a bomb attack on Israeli troops in the West Bank, a report suggesting the strength of security ties despite public feuding over a two-month wave of unrest.

    Israel Radio said six Islamic Jihad...

  • A plea for Syrian refugees: ‘never again’

    November 24, 2015 | 7:09 pm

    Having spent a career helping women and civil society activists in the most challenging places on Earth, we thought we had seen the worst man could do. Helping society rebound in the killing fields in Cambodia; documenting Saddam’s genocide in northern Iraq; helping resolve...

  • Wave of violence spells trouble for Israel’s ‘Mr. Security’

    October 19, 2015 | 11:13 am

    The sound of a fist banging on a table came through sharp and clear as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his anger captured on a leaked audio tape, berated his own party members for not having his back in confronting a Palestinian wave of attacks.

    "I expect support from each and...

  • Netanyahu: Israel will settle accounts with murderers

    October 13, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to implement new measures to bring quiet to Israeli cities amid a wave of terror attacks.

    “Israel will come to settle accounts with the murderers and those who want to kill, and anyone who helps them. Not only won’t they have any...

  • Third intifada? The Palestinian violence is Israel’s new normal

    October 13, 2015 | 11:58 am

    Israelis have become accustomed to dismal news in the past few weeks – mornings and evenings punctuated by stabbings, car attacks and rock throwing.

    The cycle of random violence has left dozens of Israelis and Palestinians dead, and many fearing the worst: The start of a third...

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