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  • Helen Thomas interviewer: Media whitewashes late journalist’s anti-Semitism

    July 30, 2013 | 9:23 am

    On June 1, 2010, the day after the Gaza flotilla incident in which nine Turkish militants were killed after attacking Israeli soldiers aboard the Mavi Marmara, famed reporter Helen Thomas didn’t hide her opinions about Israel in a briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert...

  • International court to look into Israel’s 2010 Gaza flotilla raid

    May 16, 2013 | 10:31 am

    The International Criminal Court prosecutor said she would open a preliminary examination into the 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, which left nine Turkish activists dead.

    The prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in a statement Tuesday that she was obliged to open a...

  • December 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2012 | 1:28 am

    In-depth

    Don’t Mess Up U.S.-Iran Sanctions

    Writing in Bloomberg, Lee Hamilton, Thomas Pickering and Anthony Zinni argue the case for caution in imposing even greater sanctions on Iran.

    Our leaders must weigh the easy and appealing course of ever-greater sanctions as a way...

  • Israelis concerned about international isolation

    December 10, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Israel is no stranger to international condemnation. Although the Israeli people, who are often characterized as “resilient” and “tough,” normally earn that appellation in the context of returning to normal life following some horrific event, some explain their impermeable...

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  • Alice Walker gets a celebrity pass

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 4, 2012 | 9:44 am

    There’s a debate going on about Alice Walker’s true motivation behind ‎her decision not to let an Israeli publisher translate her book into ‎Hebrew. ‎

    Her logic is quite lopsided:‎

    I grew up under American apartheid and this was far worse. ‎Indeed, many South Africans who...

  • June 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 15, 2012 | 4:35 am

    Noteworthy

    What do Israelis think about the US? ‎

    A new poll by the Anti-Defamation League and the Begin Sadat Center at Bar Ilan University ‎asks Israelis about a range of issues, including US-Israel ties, Obama and Romney. ‎

    Israelis view President Obama with increasing...

  • June 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 13, 2012 | 4:05 am

    Noteworthy

    Russia Sets Out Tough Terms for ‎Resolving Syria’s Civil War

    Moscow wants Iran in on any Syria talks, ‎and is taking advantage of the turmoil to ‎advance its own agenda, writes Tony ‎Karon in Time. ‎

    Moscow is pressing its own ideas on how to deal with...

  • Israel government, security services websites down in suspected cyber-attack [VIDEO]

    November 6, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Several Israeli government websites crashed on Sunday in what appeared to be a cyber-attack by hackers. The websites of the IDF, Mossad and the Shin Bet security services were among the sites that went down, as well as several government portals and ministries.

    The apparent attack...

  • Erdogan: Turkish warships will escort aid vessels to Gaza

    September 8, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    Turkey said on Thursday it would escort aid ships to Gaza and would not allow a repetition of last year’s Israeli raid that killed nine Turks, setting the stage for a potential naval confrontation with its former ally.

    Raising the stakes in Turkey’s row with Israel over its refusal...

  • Single flotilla ship bound for Gaza

    July 17, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    One ship from a flotilla that aimed to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip has managed to set sail.

    The French-flagged Dignity al-Karama left Greek territorial waters on Saturday evening, according to Haaretz reporter Amira Hass, who is one of 10 participants aboard the ship. It had been anchored in Crete for nearly a week waiting to be joined by other members of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

    The ship should reach Gaza territorial waters by Monday, The Associated Press reported, citing another activist on board the ship.

  • Peres thanks Greek president for stopping flotilla

    July 11, 2011 | 8:04 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres thanked his Greek counterpart for his country’s help in stopping a flotilla bound for Gaza.

    Peres hosted Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Monday in Jerusalem for a reception and a working meeting.

    “I genuinely thank you for fulfilling the...

  • ‘Flytilla’ protesters stopped at European airports

    July 8, 2011 | 8:53 am

    The first wave of Palestinian protesters who hoped to fly into Ben Gurion International Airport were mostly prevented from boarding planes in European airports.

    Hundreds of protesters were due to fly in this weekend for solidarity meetings with Palestinians in the West Bank. The...

  • One flotilla ship headed for Gaza, second turned back

    July 5, 2011 | 7:55 am

    A small ship bound for Gaza eluded the Greek Coast Guard, while a second was intercepted and returned to port.

    A small French boat with eight protesters on board left Greek waters Tuesday, the first vessel as part of a Gaza-bound flotilla attempting to break the Israeli naval...

  • Greek coast guard seizes Canadian ship bound for Gaza

    July 4, 2011 | 9:42 am

    The Canadian ship “Tahrir”, participating in the flotilla to Gaza, attempted to depart Monday from the Greek port of Piraeus, but was intercepted by the Greek coast guard shortly after departure.

    The Greek coast guard boarded the Canadian ship after the Greek authorities had banned...

  • Groups concerned about potential for flotilla violence

    June 29, 2011 | 12:12 pm

    J Street and Americans for Peace Now are expressing concerns about the possibility of violence between Israel and the latest Gaza flotilla.

    In separate statements, the two liberal groups said the flotilla, which is scheduled to reach the Gaza Strip this week, is a provocation for...

  • Activists, Israeli Navy prepare for flotilla bound for Gaza

    June 28, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Israel’s Navy is preparing to intercept the pro-Palestinian flotilla due to set sail for the Gaza Strip from Mediterranean ports later this week.

    Commandos from the Israeli Navy’s elite Shayetet 13 unit have spent weeks preparing to stop the flotilla from reaching Gaza, including...

  • Reps urge Clinton to protect U.S. citizens on Gaza flotilla

    June 27, 2011 | 5:53 pm

    Six Democratic lawmakers urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ensure the safety of the American citizens who join the Gaza flotilla.

    U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), William Clay (D-Mo.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.) and...

  • Israel drops threats to journalists who participate in Gaza flotilla

    June 27, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israeli authorities to formulate a special procedure for journalists who are arrested on board the Gaza flotilla.

    The order Monday came a day after the head of Israel’s Government Press Office threatened to deny entry to the country for ten...

  • Halt Gaza flotilla, Israel’s Security Cabinet orders military

    June 27, 2011 | 11:14 am

    Israel’s Security Cabinet ordered the Israel Defense Forces to prevent the upcoming flotilla to Gaza from reaching the coastal strip.

    The inner cabinet, which is made up of senior members, on Monday also directed the Foreign Ministry to continue its diplomatic efforts to stop the...

  • Israel threatens journalists who participate in Gaza flotilla

    June 27, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Journalists who participate in the flotilla to Gaza could face sanctions, including a ban from Israel for 10 years.

    The head of Israel’s Government Press Office threatened the ban in a letter sent Sunday to Israel-based foreign journalists.

    “As the Director of the Government Press...

  • Greece attempting to thwart Gaza flotilla

    June 23, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    The Greek government is trying to stop its citizens from joining an international flotilla that will try to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    Greece, which has growing ties with Israel, said in a statement from its Foreign Ministry that while it is against the...

  • Gaza blockade legal, Israeli commission finds

    January 24, 2011 | 9:31 am

    The Israeli commission of inquiry into the Israeli Navy’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla found that the naval blockade of Gaza does not break international law.

    The Turkel Commission also found that Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense on board the Mavi Marmara, which...

  • Netanyahu: Israel will not apologize to Turkey

    December 28, 2010 | 9:54 am

    Israel will not apologize to Turkey for the interception of and loss of life on board a Gaza-bound ship.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview on national television Monday night that Israel would express regret, however.

    “We need to understand that they want an...