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  • West Bank land grab undermines two-state advocacy

    13 hours ago

    The dust has barely settled from this summer’s disastrous outbreak of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and already the Israeli government has announced the expropriation of nearly 4,000 dunams (approximately 1,000 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

    ...
  • U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

    17 hours ago

    The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday.

    Serry told the U.N. Security Council...

  • Study: Jewish settlements receive higher share of state funds

    1 week ago

    Jewish settlements in the West Bank and on the Golan Heights received a higher share of state funds than other communities, according to a new report.

    Arab towns receive the second highest amount of state funds per capita followed by development towns, according to the report by...

  • The media’s tragic obsession with Israel

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    Who pays the highest price for the media’s obsession with Israel? Hint: It’s not Israel. It’s the millions of victims who are ignored while the media chases what former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman calls its “hostile obsession with Jews.” 

    Why this obsession?

    In his...

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  • Abbas: Hamas unity pact is off if gov’t doesn’t allow unity gov’t to run Gaza

    1 week ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would break his government’s unity agreement with Hamas if Hamas does not allow the unity government to operate in Gaza.

    “We won’t accept a partnership with them if the situation continues like this in Gaza where there is a...

  • Statement of Principles: Ve-ahavta le-re`acha kamocha: Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

    2 weeks ago

    1)    We, members of the Los Angeles Jewish community, write to express our anguish and sorrow over the loss of life and scale of destruction in the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza.   We condemn Hamas’ war-time tactics, especially its disregard for the residents of Israel,...

  • Israel plans 283 more homes in West Bank settlement of Elkana

    2 weeks ago

    The Israel Land Authority published a tender for constructing 283 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Elkana.

    The announcement Thursday, advancing an expansion the Israeli government first approved in 2012, comes after international criticism, including from the United...

  • What really happened in the battle of Khuzaa, Gaza?

    By Simone Wilson

    2 weeks ago

    No neighborhood along the eastern half of the Gaza strip — the half closest to Israel — emerged unscathed from the recent 50-day war in Gaza, which left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead.

    But in Khuzaa, a middle-class farming town of around 10,000 in southern Gaza that pushes up...

  • Gaza war leaves Israeli border villages seething with anger

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    2 weeks ago

    Israelis living on the Gaza border have warily returned home after fleeing mortar and rocket fire during a seven-week war but they are angry with the government and fear it is just a matter of time before their villages are targeted again.

    An open-ended ceasefire nine days ago...

  • Where is Obama on Hamas?

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    I can understand why President Barack Obama would be reluctant to blindly support Israel at times when Israel’s neighbors have major grievances against the Jewish state. It serves no one’s interest for America to appear overly biased toward Israel. Better to appear fair and...

  • Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

    2 weeks ago

    In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left.

    He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and suggested a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Reports emerged that Netanyahu had met...

  • Obama administration calls on Israel to reverse land appropriation

    2 weeks ago

    The Obama administration formally called on Israel to reverse its appropriation of West Bank land for settlement building, saying it was counterproductive to peace efforts.

    “We are deeply concerned about the declaration of a large area as ‘state land’ to be used for expanded...

  • Palestinian driver killed attempting to run West Bank checkpoint

    2 weeks ago

    A Palestinian driver was killed as he tried to run over Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint.

    Another Palestinian in the minivan and an Israeli civilian also were injured in the Tuesday afternoon incident.

    The driver was seriously wounded when an Israeli soldier opened...

  • Hamas popularity surges as Palestinian rivalry flares

    2 weeks ago

    Militant group Hamas would sweep Palestinian elections if they were held today after its support soared during seven weeks of war with Israel in Gaza, an opinion poll published on Tuesday found.

    The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research said the poll showed Islamists...

  • End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace

    2 weeks ago

    A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five months ago.

    With conflicts raging in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria – and the future of...

  • Hamas leader says Gaza only a ‘milestone to reaching our objective’

    3 weeks ago

    Hamas will not cease its resistance against Israel until all its demands are met, the group's overall leader Khaled Meshaal said on Thursday, adding that the latest conflict over Gaza was only "a milestone to reaching our objective."

    Speaking at a news conference in Doha, where...

  • Israeli toddler riding in car hurt in West Bank rock throwing

    3 weeks ago

    An Israeli toddler traveling in a car in the West Bank was injured by rocks thrown by masked Palestinians.

    Dozens of Palestinians threw “rocks and heavy furniture” at passing Israeli cars at the Yitzhar Junction in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces...

  • Why didn’t Gazans use the IDF field hospital?

    By Simone Wilson

    3 weeks ago

    For those few Gaza hospitals not bombed or evacuated during the Gaza war, the influx of wounded and dead made for a hellish 24/7 chaos in their halls, as well as growing refugee camps on their perimeters. At the height of fighting in late July and early August, doctors and...

  • A hate incident

    3 weeks ago

    This past Friday night, instead of having my usual guests for a festive Friday night dinner in my home, I had three compassionate Los Angeles Police Department officers standing in my kitchen explaining the difference between a “hate crime” and a “hate incident.” My family was the...

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

    3 weeks ago

    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,...

  • The news summer from hell and the end of optimism

    By Marty Kaplan

    3 weeks ago

    By this point in the summer, a sane person could reasonably conclude that the world is going nuts.  Spiraling out of control, descending into darkness, making optimism a delusional last recourse – that kind of feeling. 

    “What fresh hell is this?” – the question Dorothy Parker...

  • Colleges truncate programs in Israel, West Bank due to conflict

    August 22, 2014 | 11:40 am

    Several colleges have pulled students out early from summer study abroad programs in Israel and the West Bank due to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

    Other programs have continued because their students live in Jerusalem and the Palestinian city of Ramallah, which are far...

  • Gaza experiencing severe water shortage

    August 21, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Gaza residents are suffering from a severe water shortage as a result of the ongoing conflict there.

    Damage to wells and Gaza’s energy infrastructure has disrupted the pumping and distribution of water, cutting the coastal strip’s water supply by half, according to Haaretz.

    In...

  • Hamas admits it kidnapped Israeli teens [VIDEO]

    August 20, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    A senior Hamas official has acknowledged that the organization’s military wing was behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.

    In a video posted by Israeli media, Hamas spokesman Salach Al-Aruri told a conference organized by the World Association of...

  • Palestinians call report of thwarted Hamas plot ‘doubtful’

    August 19, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Palestinian officials reacting to Israeli media reports of a thwarted Hamas plot to ignite a third Intifada (Palestinian uprising) as cover for a take-over of the West Bank and the overthrow of Palestinian Authority President...

  • Missiles over Jerusalem experienced by Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    August 19, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    24 hours ago, almost everyone in Cairo, Jerusalem and Ramallah thought they had a deal for a long-time truce in Gaza. Just before midnight on Aug. 20, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, experienced up close and personal what a promise from Hamas means....

  • Barrage of rockets strikes Israel as bomb shelters ordered open

    August 19, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    Hamas claimed responsibility for a barrage of rockets fired on southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv.

    More than two dozen rockets were fired fr0m the Gaza Strip between the hours of 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Two rockets landed in an empty area in the greater Tel...

  • Israel-Gaza cease-fire extended 24 hours as progress made on long-term truce

    August 18, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian officials reportedly have confirmed that the Gaza cease-fire will be extended by 24 hours.

    The extension of the current five-day cease-fire, which is set to expire at midnight Monday, will allow the sides to continue to discuss a long-term truce.

    The...

  • Shin Bet: Hamas West Bank operation aimed to topple P.A., start third intifada

    August 18, 2014 | 11:02 am

    Hamas planned to start a third intifada and seize control of the West Bank from Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, the Shin Bet security service said.

    On Monday, the Shin Bet said it arrested 93 Hamas operatives in the West Bank in May and June who were planning a...

  • 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...

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