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  • Palestinian baby burned to death, Israel searches for Jewish extremists

    12 hours ago

    After a Palestinian baby was burned to death in a West Bank arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a manhunt to track down the perpetrators.

    Netanyahu said in a statement that the arson Thursday night in the Palestinian West...

  • West Bank settlements hit by fires in suspected Palestinian revenge attacks

    13 hours ago

    Dozens of residents of a West Bank settlement were evacuated from their homes after inhaling smoke from a brush fire suspected of being set by Palestinians.

    Thirty residents of Beit Hagai, a settlement in the Hebron Hills, were treated for smoke inhalation Friday, the Jerusalem...

  • Jewish terror draws Netanyahu’s focus homeward

    14 hours ago

    Ahead of what may be the toughest diplomatic battle of his career, a final bid to kill the Iran nuclear deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suddenly found himself facing down a terrorist threat – apparently from Jews.

    The flow of Iran messaging from the Prime...

  • West Bank riots flare up after Palestinian baby’s funeral

    15 hours ago

    An Israeli policeman was lightly wounded in one of several riots and attacks by Palestinians following the funeral of a baby who died in a fire near Nablus allegedly started by Jewish extremists.

    The officer was wounded in eastern Jerusalem when he was hit by a stone hurled at...

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  • Illegal buildings in West Bank settlement razed, new construction approved

    3 days ago

    Two illegal buildings in a West Bank settlement were demolished amid violent protests, but the Israeli government authorized new housing for the Beit El community.

    The buildings were razed on Wednesday afternoon after Israel’s Supreme Court that morning upheld earlier rulings to...

  • Shepherds’ Beer taps Palestinian market

    4 days ago

    Brewed by brothers for friends” is the slogan of Shepherds Beer, the new hand-crafted local brew that was introduced to the Palestinian market recently. A family business based in Birzeit in the West Bank, the brand-new business is overseen by 27-year old Alaa Sayej, oldest of...

  • Forced removal of 200 Israeli settlers shakes Netanyahu gov’t

    4 days ago

    Some 200 young adult demonstrators were removed from two illegal apartment buildings slated for demolition in a West Bank Jewish settlement.

    Some 50 demonstrators were arrested, and the rest were dispersed using riot control measures early Tuesday morning in Beit El, which is...

  • Palestinian women stymied by suppressed employment opportunity

    5 days ago

    Despite having higher levels of education than their male counterparts, Palestinian women suffer from one of the lowest rates of female participation in the workforce in the world, according to a report by the Palestinian think tank Al-Shabaka.

    Less than one in five women...

  • Israeli brothers jailed for Jewish-Arab school arson

    1 week ago

    An Israeli court jailed two brothers from a far-right Jewish group on Wednesday for an arson attack on a Jerusalem school that had been a rare symbol of co-existence in the riven city.

    Shlomo and Nahman Twito were sentenced to 2 years and 2 and 1/2 years in prison respectively...

  • Israeli lawmakers approve tougher law against rock throwers

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli lawmakers voted to impose longer jail terms on people caught throwing rocks at civilian cars and roads.

    The Knesset passed the bill on its second and third readings on Monday night by a vote of 69 to 17.

    Under the new law, rock throwers can be sentenced to up to 20...

  • Inspired by Iran deal, EU seeks coalition to revive Mideast peace push

    2 weeks ago

    Inspired by Europe's role in a nuclear deal with Iran, the European Union wants to form a broader, U.N.-backed coalition to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Taking up a French proposal, EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to try to create an...

  • Netanyahu and Abbas speak for first time in 13 months

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the phone, marking the first time the two have spoken in over a year.

    Netanyahu phoned Abbas on Friday to wish him a happy Eid al-Fitr, Haaretz reported. Eid al-Fitr is the Muslim holiday that...

  • Holy to half of humanity – the polluted water of the Jordan River

    3 weeks ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    When US Naval officer William F. Lynch became the first Westerner to sail the lower Jordan River in 1847, he traversed the Sea of Galilee down the Jordan to the Dead Sea over current so strong that, according to his journal, he...

  • Israeli dies from wounds in West Bank shooting

    June 30, 2015 | 9:32 am

    One of four Israelis shot in the West Bank on Monday by a suspected Palestinian gunman has died of his wounds in hospital, officials said on Tuesday.

    The night-time attack on a road outside a Jewish settlement was not claimed by any Palestinian faction. Israeli officials said it...

  • Four Israelis wounded in suspected Palestinian West Bank shooting

    June 29, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    A gunman opened fire at a group of Israelis near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Monday, the Israeli military said, in a suspected Palestinian drive-by attack.

    A spokesman for Israel's ambulance service Magen David Adom said medics were treating four people in their...

  • Palestinian gunman killed after firing on IDF checkpoint

    June 26, 2015 | 8:55 am

    Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian gunman in the West Bank on Friday after he opened fire on them at a checkpoint, the Israeli military said.

    It was the third such violent incident in eight days.

    On Sunday a Palestinian stabbed and wounded an Israeli paramilitary...

  • 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...

  • Owning up to truths: The UNHRC and its report

    June 23, 2015 | 4:13 pm

    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...

  • Israeli killed, another wounded in West Bank shooting

    June 19, 2015 | 10:12 am

    An Israeli hiker was killed and another wounded in the West Bank on Friday in an attack apparently carried out by a Palestinian gunman, a hospital spokeswoman and security forces said.

    Police and the military said the attack took place near the Jewish settlement of Dolev in the...

  • Palestinian unity government resigns

    June 17, 2015 | 10:32 am

    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...

  • Using early Zionists’ script, Jewish volunteers aim to empower West Bank Palestinians

    June 16, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    They dig their fingers into the dirt, their knees bearing into the ground as they embed sprigs of thyme in identical rows. The sun beats down on the small plot, and the work can be tedious, but these volunteers — most of them American, most of them Jewish — plant with a purpose.

    ...
  • Fatah official: Palestinian unity government on verge of collapse

    June 16, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    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...

  • Palestinians given more Temple Mount access during Ramadan

    June 16, 2015 | 8:23 am

    Hundreds of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza will be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount on Fridays during Ramadan.

    Israel’s Defense Ministry made the announcement on Tuesday, a day ahead of the start of the Muslim holy month. The Palestinians will also be allowed to...

  • Ahava cosmetics company considering leaving the West Bank

    June 9, 2015 | 9:45 am

    The Ahava Dead Sea minerals cosmetics company, under pressure for operating in the West Bank, is considering opening a manufacturing plant inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders.

    The company, owned by Kibbutz Mitzpe Shalem, located about one mile from the Dead Sea in the eastern West...

  • World’s silent acquiescence of Palestinian Jew-hatred is helping to destroy any chance for peace

    June 8, 2015 | 4:47 pm

    There have been repeated calls for President Barack Obama and the leaders of the P5+1 to denounce the Ayatollah Khamenei’s genocidal threats against the Jewish state. No such public protest has been or is likely to be made in the frantic push leading up to the June 30th deadline...

  • China balking at sending workers to West Bank settlements — over safety concerns

    June 8, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    China is insisting that its citizens not work on Jewish settlements in the West Bank, but the objections are not based on politics.

    An unnamed Israeli official told the French news agency AFP that a deal to bring thousands of Chinese guest construction workers to Israel is...

  • EU diplomats protest Israel’s plan to demolish Palestinian town

    June 8, 2015 | 2:02 pm

    Diplomats from all 28 European member states’ Jerusalem consulate traveled to the Palestinian town of Susiya to protest Israel’s decision to demolish it.

    The delegation visited the town in the Hebron hills on Monday and urged Israel not to evict its 300 residents, saying that the...

  • Who won the Six-Day War?

    June 4, 2015 | 2:21 pm

    Forty-eight years ago, on June 5, 1967, I sat in a malben, a home for the elderly, on the border of Jerusalem, at 106 Chevron St. in Talpiot. How did I get there? After graduating college, I went to Israel to study in a yeshiva before entering rabbinical school. We studied Talmud...

  • Path to Israeli-Palestinian peace starts with meeting the neighbors

    June 3, 2015 | 3:03 pm

    Palestinian peace activist Ali Abu Awwad shared the stage with an Israeli settler on May 28 as part of his ongoing attempt to accomplish what some might consider the unbelievable. 

    “I couldn’t imagine that one day, I would be standing next to a settler, talking about any hope,”...

  • A Jewish settler at the checkpoint

    June 3, 2015 | 11:36 am

    Even at first glance, it is clear that Issa Abu Aram, the former head of operations for preventive security in the West Bank, is a founding member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, with a chiseled, worn, leathery face, rotting teeth and a no-nonsense manner.

    Abu Aram had...

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