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  • U.N. watchdog urges Israel to probe possible Gaza war crimes

    2 days ago

    Israel should investigate all alleged violations committed by its forces during three recent wars in Gaza and ensure military commanders are brought to justice for any crimes, a U.N. human rights watchdog said on Thursday.

    A panel of independent experts urged Israel to halt ...

  • Netanyahu fumes at ‘chickenshit’ slur

    3 days ago

    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...

  • New guidelines prevent Palestinian workers from riding Israeli buses

    4 days ago

    New guidelines issued by Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon will prevent Palestinian workers from riding on Israeli public transportation in the West Bank.

    Under the new guidelines announced Sunday, all Palestinian workers must return to the West Bank through one crossing, the...

  • Netanyahu to expedite plans for 1,000 new settler homes

    5 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will expedite planning for some 1,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem, a government official said on Monday, in a bid to placate a restive coalition ally without further aggravating a dispute with Washington.

    The ultranationalist Jewish...

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  • Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli forces at West Bank protest

    1 week ago

    A Palestinian teen was shot dead during clashes between Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Friday, medics and residents said.

    Orwah Hammad, 14, was shot in the head in the village of Silwad, north of the Palestinian seat of government in...

  • The West Bank and Gaza: Give economics a chance

    1 week ago

    In the wake of this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas, it is evident that neither party achieved its military or political objectives. And while a cease-fire is currently in place, fundamental steps to resolve the conflict aren’t on the agenda. Given a history of costly and...

  • Should Israel stay or withdraw from the West Bank?

    By Uri Dromi

    2 weeks ago

    Originally published in The Miami Herald

    Sixty years ago the Algerians revolted against the French who had ruled them for more than 120 years. On November 1, 1954, the National Liberation Front (FLN), the leading Algerian underground, issued a proclamation calling upon the French...

  • Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces in West Bank, medics say

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian boy in a village in the West Bank on Thursday, local medics and residents told Reuters.

    Bahaa Badr, 13, was shot in the chest as Israeli forces entered Beit Liqya near the dividing line with Israel and were pelted with stones by local...

  • The fourth Gaza War: 5 predictions

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    Now that the international donor conference on behalf of Gaza has wrapped up in Cairo, it is time to make predictions about the next Gaza War.

    1. First, let’s try to guess when it will begin. The first Gaza War ran from December 2008 to January 2009, lasting three weeks. The...

  • Palestinian mosque in West Bank torched in suspected arson

    3 weeks ago

    A mosque was set alight in a suspected arson attack in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday and the name of an Israeli vigilante group called "price tag" was found scribbled on an outside wall, Palestinian officials and witnesses said.

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemned the...

  • UK lawmakers pass symbolic motion to recognize Palestine as a state

    3 weeks ago

    British lawmakers voted in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state on Monday in a move that will not alter the government's stance on the issue, but that carries symbolic value for Palestinians in their pursuit of statehood.

    Lawmakers in Britain's lower house of parliament...

  • Israel imposes Yom Kippur closure of West Bank

    October 2, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    The West Bank was closed by the Israeli military ahead of Yom Kippur.

    Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ordered the closure, which begins at 11:59 p.m. Thursday and will remain in effect until the same time on Saturday.

    Palestinians needing humanitarian assistance will be able to...

  • Mahmoud Abbas: Winning abroad but losing at home

    October 1, 2014 | 10:14 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Palestinians say that when it comes to diplomacy abroad, nobody can challenge the 80-year-old Mahmoud Abbas. But when it comes to tending to matters in the Palestinian territories, he doesn’t do so well.

    In his speech on Sept....

  • Focusing on ISIS in U.N. speech, Obama virtually ignores Iran

    September 24, 2014 | 10:29 am

    President Barack Obama devoted the bulk of his U.N. speech to the fight against violent Islamic extremism and hardly mentioned Iran’s nuclear program.

    In his U.N. General Assembly speech last year, Obama spent a lot of time talking about Tehran’s nuclear pursuit, describing it as...

  • Israeli teens’ suspected abductors killed in firefight with IDF

    September 23, 2014 | 9:55 am

    The two Palestinian men suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teens were killed in a firefight with Israeli troops during an operation to apprehend them.

    Marwan Kawasme and Omar Abu Aysha were killed early Tuesday morning in Hebron, where Israeli troops had surrounded...

  • Israel, Palestinians to pick up cease-fire talks in Cairo

    September 21, 2014 | 11:19 am

    Indirect cease-fire negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will resume this week in Cairo.

    The talks on Tuesday will be held through Egyptian negotiators who will shuttle between the two sides, according to reports.

    The negotiation of truce terms was part of the Aug....

  • West Bank land grab undermines two-state advocacy

    September 16, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    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

    September 16, 2014 | 10:05 am

    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

    September 9, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    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

    September 8, 2014 | 5:08 pm

    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...

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

    September 7, 2014 | 11:14 am

    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

    September 5, 2014 | 4:11 pm

    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

    September 5, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    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

    September 4, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    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

    September 4, 2014 | 9:41 am

    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

    September 2, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    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?

    September 2, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    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

    September 2, 2014 | 11:44 am

    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

    September 2, 2014 | 11:39 am

    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

    September 2, 2014 | 10:19 am

    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...

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