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Israel arrests 13 on suspicion of arson over mass wildfires

By Maayan Lubell for Reuters | Israeli police arrested 13 people on Friday on suspicion of arson, authorities said, after massive wildfires tore through central and northern Israel, a conflagration that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded as “terrorism”. Firefighters kept battling the flames in wooded hills around Jerusalem and in …

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Bank of Ireland’s closure of Palestine Solidarity accounts

The Levant News – Sir, – We are shocked and appalled by Bank of Ireland’s unilateral closure of the accounts of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), a volunteer-run group advocating for Palestinian human rights as enshrined in international law, and a legally constituted, fully audited, transparent organisation. Despite the …

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Israeli forces kill Palestinian woman in West Bank

The Levant News — Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian woman who Israeli police claimed that she had advanced towards them with a knife in her hand at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. A police spokesman said the woman was shot after ignoring orders …

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Israeli minister interviewed for Saudi website

THE LEVANT NEWS — Israeli Minister Ze’ev Elkin talks with Saudi Arabian news website “Elaph” about the shared threat from Iran. When asked whether there would be negotiations between Israel and Arab countries, he replied: ‘Those countries will decide if they want relations.’ An Israeli minister gave a rare interview …

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Israeli Minister Calls For An Independent Kurdistan

THE LEVANT NEWS — Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked called for the formation of an independent Kurdistan, and urged an enhanced policy of cooperation between Israel and the Kurdish people. ‘The Kurds are an ancient, democratic, peace-loving people that have never attacked any country. It’s time to help them. We …

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ISRAELI RESEARCHERS DESIGN ROBOT LOCUSTS

THE LEVANT NEWS — Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University have designed a small robot inspired by locusts—those of Passover and 10 Plagues fame—that could play an important role in conducting automated surveillance and emergency response. “The locust being a large insect that has wonderful jumping performance had offered itself …

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Hezbollah Holds Massive Funeral for ٍٍSamir Kuntar

Hezbollah held on Monday a massive funeral for the Dean of the Liberated detainees in Israeli prisons martyr Samir Kuntar who embraced martyrdom in the Israeli air raid on Syria’s city of Jaramana, in the southern suburb of Beirut. The head of Hezbollah Executive Council, Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, led the …

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Lebanese condemn deadly Israeli raid

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanon Political leaders and parties Sunday condemned an Israeli air raid on a residential building in Syria that killed a former Lebanese prisoner who was released as part of a 2008 swap deal between Israel and Hezbollah. Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television channel said Samir Kuntar was …

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UNRWA fires Palestinian aid workers over incitement claims

The Levant News –The Times of Israel’s Daily reported that several employees of the UN’s aid agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) have been disciplined, including “suspension and loss of pay,” over expressions of sympathy for attacks against Israelis. The UN Watch organization, which first raised the concerns about United Nations …

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Netanyahu: ‘Palestinians Killed The Dinosaurs’

The Levant News — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed today that Palestinians were responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper this morning, the hardline conservative leader was asked to defend his recent comments which claimed Palestinians were responsible for the Holocaust. “Well …

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Israeli jets strike Gaza after rocket fire pinned on Hamas

The Levant News — Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes on targets in Gaza overnight in retaliation to rocket fire directed at Israeli territory earlier in the day. Although an ISIS-affiliated group claimed responsibility for the attack, Israel holds Hamas responsible. Witnesses reported at least four airstrikes in the Gaza strip early Monday, …

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Palestinian photographer says shot during West Bank demo

The Levant News — A Palestinian photographer said he was shot in the leg Friday as he covered a demonstration in the occupied West Bank suppressed by Israeli troops. Independent cameraman Ahmed Talaat, speaking to AFP by telephone as he was being evacuated by ambulance, said he had been shot in …

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Israel arrests 6 in Siemens bribe affair

Associated Press- Israel’s securities regulator said Tuesday that authorities have arrested six current and former executives from Israel’s electric company on suspicion of accepting $20 million in bribes from German engineering firm Siemens AG. The Israel Securities Authority alleges Siemens and its Israeli subsidiary bribed the Israel Electric Corp. executives …

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