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Netanyahu branded a racist by American presiential hopeful

An Israeli cabinet minister condemned U.S. Democratic Party presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Tuesday for describing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government as racist over its treatment of Palestinians. While enjoying unprecedentedly strong backing from the Republican administration of President Donald Trump, some Israelis have been fretting about whether this comes …

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Ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Valleys Supported by the American Administration

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said in his latest weekly report , that the Israeli Government continues the ethnic cleansing and Judaization policy in the occupied Jerusalem, so violating the International Law, International Humanitarian Law and the International Legitimacy’s resolutions. It was learnt that the Israeli …

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Egypt-Israel gas-dipsute near resolution

Israel’s energy minister said on Sunday that an arbitration case with Egypt over a defunct natural gas deal could be solved in the coming months, but that the issue was not holding back cooperation in the sector. In 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce ordered Egypt to pay state-owned Israel …

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Syrian air defence intercept Israeli planes

Israeli planes targeted a military position near the province of Hama in Syria on Saturday, but Syrian air defenses intercepted and downed some of the rockets, Syrian state television said on Saturday. Citing military sources, SANA news agency and Syrian state television said that Israeli aircraft had targeted “one of …

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Israelis shoot dead young man in Gaza

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager taking part in protests along the Gaza border on Friday, Palestinian health officials said, the first fatality since Gazans marked the one-year anniversary of the weekly demonstrations in March. The Israeli military said about 7,400 Palestinians massed along the frontier, some throwing rocks, …

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Israeli spaceship crashes on moon

Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashed onto the moon on Thursday after a series of technical failures during its final descent, shattering hopes of a historic controlled landing on the lunar surface. The unmanned robotic lander suffered periodic engine and communications failures during the landing sequence, which lasted around 21 minutes, the …

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Netanyahu pledges to annex settlements if relected

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term in office, a last-minute pre-election promise likely to enrage Palestinians and the Arab world. In an interview with Israeli Channel 12 News three days ahead of …

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Palestinian killed in West Bank by Israelis

A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces on Tuesday during clashes with troops in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said. The Israeli military said troops opened fire after Palestinians threw rocks and explosives at them during an operation southeast of the city of Ramallah. The Palestinian …

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US Administration gives Israel green light to annex area ( C ) to Israeli sovereignty

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said in his latest weekly report that the successive Israeli governments continue to confiscate more and more Palestinian lands through displacing their owners, uprooting their trees, and destroying their homes, amid Netanyahu’s pledges to settler leaders to intensify settlement activities and …

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Petrobras heading towards Israeli gas tender

Israel’s energy minister said on Sunday that Brazilian state-run oil firm Petrobras will take part in a tender to explore for oil and gas off Israel’s shore. “It was agreed that Petrobras … will take part in a process of oil and gas exploration in Israel,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz …

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Land Day protests launched in Gaza in mass

Thousands of Palestinians rallied at the Gaza-Israel border on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of a surge of protests, facing off against Israeli forces massed across the frontier. Troops fired tear gas across the border and the Israeli military said some of the estimated 20,000 demonstrators threw rocks, grenades …

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Gaza patrols keep Israelis up at night

Hurling pipe bombs and setting off firecrackers, “Night Disturbance Units” have become a new phenomenon on the Gaza-Israel border in the run-up to the first anniversary of deadly border protests. Organizers say the intention of the night-time events is to fray the nerves of Israeli military lookouts and to lower …

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Student protests erupt in West Bank

About 150 Palestinian students threw firebombs and rocks at Israeli soldiers who responded with tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday after an Israeli raid on their university. Also on Wednesday, a 17-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops during clashes with stone-throwers …

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Syria says Israeli strike on Aleppo non-essential

The Syrian military said Israel on Wednesday launched raids on an industrial zone in the northern city of Aleppo, causing damage only to materials, while opposition sources said the strikes hit Iranian ammunitions stores and a military airport used by Tehran’s forces. “The Israeli aggression targeted some positions in Sheikh …

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Golan, Will the journey of peace come to a dead end?

By Areej Zaher*   14th December 1981 was a grievous day for Syria, when the Israeli Knesset declared Israel law, judicial and administrative sovereignty over the Syrian occupied Golan, although it was rejected by the UN council and the international community. The General Assembly of the UN backed Syria’s legitimate …

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Gaza enjoys tentative peace following missile strikes

Schools reopened in southern Israel and traffic clogged Gaza’s streets on Wednesday in signs of a pullback from the most serious escalation of cross-border fighting in months. But while violence eased amid Egyptian mediation, Israeli forces and Palestinian militants were on hair-trigger footing, with rocket attacks from Gaza and Israeli …

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Other Gulf states condemn Trump move

Four Gulf Arab states on Tuesday rejected a U.S. decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, with Riyadh warning the move would hurt the peace process and affect regional stability. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait – all regional allies of Washington that host American troops – criticized …

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Israelis pound Gaza in respnse to missile attack

Israel launched air strikes in the Gaza Strip and deployed extra troops to the border on Monday, promising a strong response to the longest-range Palestinian rocket attack to cause casualties in years. Seven Israelis were wounded near Tel Aviv by the morning rocket attack. The Gaza health ministry said two …

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UN firm on Syrian identity of Golan

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “clear that the status of Golan has not changed,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. “The U.N.’s policy on Golan is reflected in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and …

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Arab League condemns Trump decsion on Golan

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, saying on Monday the decision does not change the area’s status, according to a statement published by Egypt’s state news agency MENA. His comments came after Trump signed a proclamation officially …

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Netanyahu plans to libel his political rivals

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday he would sue two of his main political rivals for libel, claiming that they labeled him a traitor over a graft scandal involving a German submarine deal. In a video published on his Facebook page, Netanyahu said he instructed his attorneys to …

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Gaza artist uses conflict as raw material for works

One year on from the start of Gaza’s border protests, the weekly clashes with Israeli soldiers have become part of the texture of life in the Palestinian enclave, providing inspiration and even raw materials for local artists. Diorama artist Majdi Abu Taqeya spends hours creating three-dimensional miniature replicas of the …

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