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  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    June 30, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

    The video statement, issued from...

  • Israel intercepts flotilla vessel attempting to break blockade of Gaza

    June 29, 2015 | 11:25 am

    The Israeli Navy intercepted an activist ship in the waters off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

    Commandos from the Shayetet 13 naval special forces unit boarded the Marianne of Gothenburg early Monday morning and began sailing the ship, which was trying to breach Israel’s maritime...

  • Flotilla to break Gaza blockade leaves last port

    June 25, 2015 | 11:31 am

    A flotilla of boats planning to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip left a Greek port.

    The five Freedom Flotilla III boats, which left Crete on Thursday, are scheduled to arrive near the Gaza coast in three days.

    The boats are carrying solar panels and medical...

  • Gaza militants fire rocket into Israel

    June 23, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    Militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket at Israel on Tuesday which landed in open ground near a community close to the Palestinian enclave and Israel hit back at the launching site, the Israeli army said.

    There were no injuries or damage after the rocket fell near the...

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  • U.N. report cites Israel crimes against children, no consensus on listing

    June 5, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    U.N. agencies in Israel and the Palestinian territories reported an alarming number of child victims in last year's war in the Gaza Strip but were split on whether Israel should be put on a list of violators of children's rights, a U.N. document said.

    The 22-page confidential...

  • Amnesty International: Hamas committed war crimes against Gaza civilians

    May 26, 2015 | 6:06 pm

    Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday that Islamist Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip during last year's war with Israel.

    A ceasefire last August ended 50 days of fighting between Gaza militants and Israel in which health...

  • Israeli general sees common interests with Hamas

    May 12, 2015 | 11:09 am

    Israel and Hamas share common interests, and the Palestinian Islamists must stay in power in the Gaza Strip to prevent the enclave descending into chaos, an Israeli general was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

    Major-General Sami Turgeman, who as commander of Israel's forces outside...

  • Israel imports Gaza produce for first time in nearly eight years

    March 12, 2015 | 11:23 am

    Israel imported fruits and vegetables from the Gaza Strip for the first time in nearly eight years.

    In an apparent easing of the long-term economic blockade, the first truckloads of tomatoes and eggplants crossed the border on Thursday.

    Before the Hamas takeover of Gaza eight...

  • Three Israelis charged with smuggling goods to Gaza

    March 2, 2015 | 8:41 am

    Three Israelis were charged with smuggling goods to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    The men were charged on Monday in the Beersheba District Court with contacting a foreign agent, aiding a terror group in its war against Israel, facilitating the transfer of illegal goods to terror...

  • Israeli intel unit drops soldiers who refused to spy on Palestinians

    January 26, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Israel's top military electronic surveillance unit expelled dozens of veterans on Monday for refusing to spy on Palestinians living in the West Bank, Army Radio said.

    The commander of Unit 8200, named as Brigadier-General "A," barred the 43 reserve soldiers who wrote to Prime...

  • Hamas commander killed; IDF soldier seriously injured in clash near Gaza border

    December 24, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Israeli forces shot dead a member of Hamas's armed wing after a firefight erupted along the border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and an Israeli soldier was wounded, Gaza hospital officials and the Israeli army said.

    The military said in a statement that a routine patrol on the...

  • Palestinian activist calls to reform UNRWA

    December 15, 2014 | 4:50 pm

    Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist, has launched a crusade against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), tasked with providing “assistance and protection” for five million Palestinian refugees around the world. In Palestinian refugee camps in the West...

  • Israel allows transit of Gaza produce to West Bank

    November 6, 2014 | 9:32 am

    Israel on Thursday allowed Palestinian farmers to ship produce from the blockaded Gaza Strip to the West Bank, via Israeli territory, for the first time since 2007.

    Israeli authorities said such shipments, which they halted after Hamas Islamists seized the Gaza Strip seven years...

  • Netanyahu fumes at ‘chickenshit’ slur

    October 29, 2014 | 10:05 am

    An anonymous U.S. official's reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" drew a sharp response on Wednesday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration.

    The American broadside, in an interview in The Atlantic...

  • At least three drugs smugglers killed in attack along Egypt border

    October 22, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    At least three attackers in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, probably drugs smugglers, were killed after they opened fire on Israeli soldiers across the border on Wednesday and wounded two, the Israeli military said.

    The attackers fired guns and an anti-tank missile at the Israelis and...

  • Mahmoud Abbas will visit Gaza in coming weeks

    October 13, 2014 | 5:30 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A Palestinian official close to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told The Media Line that security preparations are underway for the president to visit the Gaza Strip in the next few weeks: the first time since...

  • No let-up in Gaza war, Israel moves to protect its economy

    August 25, 2014 | 11:30 am

    Israeli air strikes killed at least nine Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and militants kept up cross-border rocket fire on Monday as Israel moved to cushion its economy against the effects of a war now in its seventh week.

    Egypt pressed on with efforts to broker a durable truce,...

  • Palestinians view Meshaal’s role during war as ‘positive’

    August 18, 2014 | 9:37 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Despite talk of popular pique at Khaled Meshaal because of his accumulated wealth and impetuous goading of Israel from the safe distance of 1,200 miles while the Gaza Strip suffered carnage and devastation, the Hamas...

  • Islamic Jihad: Cease-fire agreement on Gaza expected next week

    August 15, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    A spokesperson for the Islamic Jihad in Gaza said a cease-fire agreement will be signed with Israel next week, though Israeli officials have not confirmed this.

    Yousef al-Hasayneh told the Ma’an news agency Friday that his group “expects a complete truce agreement to be signed...

  • Deep underground, Mohammed Deif shapes Hamas war with Israel

    August 14, 2014 | 9:53 am

    Israeli assassination attempts may have left him badly hurt and driven him deep underground, but Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas' armed wing in the Gaza Strip, has emerged as a mastermind of the war with Israel.

    As chief strategist behind a network of tunnels under...

  • Cease-fire reportedly extended

    August 13, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    The Israeli and Palestinian delegations reportedly agreed to extend their cease-fire for at least three days, according to several news reports.

    Meanwhile, three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Wednesday night starting two hours before the...

  • Hamas spokesman denies any rockets fired from Gaza at Israel

    August 13, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    A Hamas spokesman denied on Wednesday any rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel, after the Israeli military and police reported a rocket launched from the territory had landed in southern Israel.

    Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Hamas "denies there was any rocket fire...

  • Israel says no white phosphorous fired in Gaza this time

    August 12, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    Israel fired almost five times more artillery shells into Gaza during the last month of fighting than in the 2008-2009 war there but did not use controversial white phosphorous this time around, an Israeli general said on Tuesday.

    Criticized by human rights groups after the...

  • After Gaza: The trail of destruction and its costs

    August 11, 2014 | 10:49 am

    With news of the latest cease-fire between Israel and Gaza just announced (on Sunday), residents on both sides will now seek to return to their routines.  Most Israelis thankfully no longer have to dash to the bomb shelter.  Meanwhile, the families of the 64 fallen soldiers and...

  • Livni: Fanatics in Gaza, Iraq need dealing with

    August 8, 2014 | 9:50 am

    Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said the world must respond to jihadists in Gaza and Iraq.

    Livni made the statement in a Facebook post on Friday morning. Her post came as Israeli jets struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire and hours after President Barack...

  • Israeli minister urges Germany and EU to send inspectors to Gaza

    August 7, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has urged Germany to help find a solution to the conflict in Gaza and send inspectors to Gaza's borders along with other European Union countries.

    Mediators were working on Thursday to extend a truce between Israel and the Palestinians...

  • French, Indian TV show Hamas rocket launches in civilian areas

    August 6, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    French and Indian TV stations broadcast footage showing Hamas rocket launching facilities in a civilian area.

    The French TV station, France 24, showed a rocket launching pad located about 100 yards from a United Nations building flying the blue U.N. flag. A hotel housing...

  • Why Israel must negotiate with Hamas

    August 6, 2014 | 9:48 am

    The following article appeared in the Italian and Israeli press, and is offered here for the first time in English.  Its author is the distinguished Novelist, Alef Bet Yehoshua, well known as well for his advocacy of peace initiatives and his argument that Israel constitutes a kind...

  • 2014 Israel – Gaza Conflict: Twitter Sentiment Analysis by MasterMineDS

    August 6, 2014 | 8:54 am

    Digital War

    Israel under war 2014 [Publisher's Note: This article arrived yesterday August 5, 2014, but is being published on August 6, 2014]

    Today at 8AM a cease fire has been declared in operation Protective Edge. The public discussion over the operation, however, will stay with us for a long...

  • Google pulls ‘Bomb Gaza’ game from app store after backlash

    August 4, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    A mobile game that simulates Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and invites users to "drop bombs and avoid killing civilians" has been pulled from Google Inc's app store, a company spokesman said on Monday after a public backlash.

    "Bomb Gaza," developed by PlayFTW and still...

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