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  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    6 hours ago

    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...

  • Hamas claims to have built new terror tunnel to Israel

    1 day ago

    Hamas claims to have built a new terror tunnel to be used in the next conflict against Israel.

    A video of the tunnel was screened Sunday on Iranian television, according to reports. A masked terrorist filmed in the tunnel said it measures 2 miles long and is made of concrete. The...

  • Israel, Palestinians say to investigate Gaza warcrime accusations

    1 day ago

    Israel and the Palestinians promised on Monday to investigate alleged war crimes committed by their forces during the 2014 Gaza war, amid growing calls for an end to impunity on both sides.

    During an often virulent three-hour debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council, boycotted by...

  • Gaza militants fire rocket into Israel

    1 week ago

    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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  • Owning up to truths: The UNHRC and its report

    1 week ago

    The report on last summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas by a committee representing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) elicited the usual response from the Israel government – even before its formal release on Monday!  Prime Minister Netanyahu declared that the...

  • 6 comments on the U.N. report and the Gaza war

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    There are two main ways to read the United Nations Human Rights Council report on Israel, Hamas and the 2014 Gaza war — a report in which Israel is blamed for possible war crimes.

    One way is to deny it the merit of being read. That is to say, to read it without ever admitting to...

  • Israel disputes U.N. report finding it may have committed Gaza war crimes

    1 week ago

    Israel disputed on Monday the findings of a U.N. report that it may have committed war crimes in the 2014 Gaza conflict, saying its forces acted "according to the highest international standards".

    There was no immediate comment from Hamas, the dominant Palestinian movement in the...

  • U.N. report: Israel, Palestinians may have committed war crimes in Gaza

    1 week ago

    U.N. investigators said on Monday that Israel and Palestinian militant groups committed grave abuses of international humanitarian law during the 2014 Gaza conflict that may amount to war crimes.

    They called on all sides to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC),...

  • Palestinian unity government resigns

    2 weeks ago

    The Palestinian unity government between Hamas and Fatah has resigned and the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister has been asked to form a new government.

    Resignation letters were given to P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday, the French news agency AFP...

  • Fatah official: Palestinian unity government on verge of collapse

    2 weeks ago

    The Palestinians’ unity government forged last year between Hamas and Fatah will dissolve within the next 24 hours, a senior Palestinian official said.

    “The government will resign in the next 24 hours because this one is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to...

  • Israel issues its own Gaza report, pre-empting U.N. inquiry

    2 weeks ago

    Israel issued a report on Sunday arguing its 2014 Gaza offensive was lawful, a move aimed at pre-empting the release of findings of a U.N. war crimes investigation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scorned as a waste of time.

    The 277-page report, which cited Israel's...

  • IDF closes one war crimes probe, opens three new ones

    3 weeks ago

     Israeli military prosecutors closed a probe into the death of four children in Gaza last year and opened three new ones — including an alleged revenge shelling.

    The Israel Defense Forces’ announcement Thursday on the closure of the probe said the children’s deaths on a Gaza...

  • Hamas gains in popularity in Gaza, West Bank since war with Israel

    3 weeks ago

    The Islamist Hamas movement that dominates Gaza has gained in popularity among all Palestinians since last year's war with Israel, but most feel the devastation caused by the conflict outweighs its achievements, a new poll shows.

    Pollster Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Centre...

  • U.N. leaves Israel, Hamas off blacklist of children’s rights abusers

    3 weeks ago

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon omitted Israel and Hamas from a blacklist of states and armed groups that violate children’s rights during conflict.

    The final list was sent to the U.N. Security Council on Monday, according to reports.

    Ban had final say on the...

  • Israel hits Gaza targets in retaliation for rocket attack

    June 4, 2015 | 8:52 am

    Israel retaliated on Thursday for rockets fired at it from Gaza with bombing raids against three militant training camps, and a radical group sympathetic with Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on Israel.

    Witnesses and medics said the predawn attacks on two...

  • More Gaza rockets, more Gaza fears

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 4, 2015 | 4:06 am

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    More rockets were fired tonight from Gaza at Israel, for the second time within a few days. Israel responded as you'd expect it would in such a situation. Gaza is a problem that was not solved last year, when Israel and Hamas had an extensive round of violence, and will not be...

  • Rockets fired from Gaza at southern Israel

    June 3, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    Three rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, police said on Wednesday, after warning sirens were heard in Israeli towns near the border.

    There were no casualties, police said. No militant groups in Gaza issued any claims of responsibility.

    A week ago Gaza militants launched...

  • Palestinian NGO denies Hamas ties, threatens Israel with lawsuit

    June 2, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    The British-based Palestinian Return Center on Tuesday threatened Israel's U.N. mission with legal action after the Jewish state accused it of having ties to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, an allegation the group said was false.

    The Israeli accusations came after a United...

  • Israel says U.N. grants Hamas-linked group NGO status

    June 1, 2015 | 2:38 pm

    Israel on Monday accused a U.N. committee that oversees non-governmental organizations of granting U.N accreditation to an association that it said promotes "anti-Israel propaganda in Europe" and is linked to the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

    Israel's mission to the United...

  • Israel, Palestinians pull back after Gaza exchange of fire

    May 27, 2015 | 8:32 am

    Israel and Palestinian militants appeared to be pulling back on Wednesday from further hostilities after Israel responded with air strikes to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.

    No casualties were reported on either side of the border, and Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon...

  • 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...

  • Bahamas to get ethical hacking and cyber security training, in wake of cyber attacks

    By Dennis Adonis

    May 16, 2015 | 11:10 am

    Nassau, The Bahamas; - As the Caribbean archipelago state of the Bahamas battles an attack on its technological infrastructure, a team of cyber security experts have offered to better prepare the country to protect itself against acts of cyber-terrorism by training a Bahamian task...

  • Hamas says Islamic State has no foothold in Gaza

    May 14, 2015 | 8:57 am

    Islamic State sympathizers in the Gaza Strip are making their presence felt on social media, but the enclave's Hamas rulers said on Thursday the group has no real foothold in the Palestinian territory.

    Statements signed "Supporters of the Islamic State" have appeared recently on...

  • 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...

  • Tribute outshines controversy at UCLA Heschel conference

    By Jared Sichel

    May 5, 2015 | 5:03 pm

    During the two weeks leading up to a major conference at UCLA to honor the late rabbi and civil rights leader Abraham Joshua Heschel, controversy swirled around one of the event’s two keynote speakers — Cornel West — an outspoken academic who severely criticized Israel during its...

  • Hamas imposed taxes create new hardships for Palestinians in Gaza

    May 5, 2015 | 9:05 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The Islamist Hamas, which controls the densely populated Gaza Strip, has added another burden to the lives of residents of Gaza with the introduction of new import taxes on items considered non-essential. The announcement has...

  • Jimmy Carter: Hamas leader favors peace, Netanyahu not committed to 2 states

    May 4, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Hamas leader Khaled Meshal is in favor of the peace process with Israel and that Hamas is not a terrorist organization.

    Carter also told Israel Channel 2 on Saturday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not in favor of a...

  • UCLA Jewish Studies head stands behind keynote invitation to Cornel West for Heschel conference

    By Jared Sichel

    April 21, 2015 | 7:16 pm

    Amidst objections from some leading Jewish voices at UCLA to an invitation to Cornel West—an author, academic and an outspoken critic of Israel—to serve as the keynote speaker at an upcoming UCLA conference to honor the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Todd Presner, director of...

  • Hamas maneuvers among regional powers

    April 6, 2015 | 11:20 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Hamas is attempting to maneuver between rival regional powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Hamas is siding with Iran against the US on negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, but with Saudi Arabia against Iran on the Shi’ite Houthi...

  • Report: Iran helping Hamas rebuild terror tunnels

    April 6, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Iran has sent tens of millions of dollars to Hamas to help rebuild the Gaza tunnels destroyed by Israel during last summer’s conflict, the Telegraph reported.

    Iran also is funding new missiles to replenish the supply used to attack Israel before and during Israel’s Operation...

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