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PA Forces Begin Deployment near Jerusalem
18 Apr 2015 - Palestinian police officers, for the first time, have taken on duties in three designated West Bank areas just outside Jerusalem, sources said Thursday. ...
Israeli Court Rules in Favor of East Jerusalem 'Absentee' Property Law
18 Apr 2015 - The Israeli Supreme Court has approved the application of a law allowing the Israeli state to seize property in East Jerusalem whose owners live in the West Bank or Gaza, in a move slammed by Palestinian officials. ...
Israel Closes Hizma Village over Alleged Stone-throwing Incident
18 Apr 2015 - The Palestinian village of Hizma lies northeast of Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank. About 7,000 people live in Hizma, most of whose land is defined as Area C, under full Israeli control. ...
Israel to Transfer PA Tax Funds
18 Apr 2015 - The Israeli government will transfer withheld PA tax funds, in full, on Sunday or Monday, senior Palestinian government officials have announced. ...
Two Palestinians Kidnapped In Hebron
18 Apr 2015 - Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Saturday at dawn, two Palestinians, and summoned three others for interrogation, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. ...
Israeli Navy Opens Fire On Fishing Boats In Gaza
18 Apr 2015 - Israeli Navy ships opened fire, on Saturday morning, on a number of Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, causing damage but no injuries. ...
Qassam Fighter Killed In Gaza
18 Apr 2015 - The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, has reported that one of its fighters was killed, Saturday, during training in Gaza. ...
3 Palestinians Injured as Israeli Forces Open Fire in Gaza
17 Apr 2015 - Israeli forces shot and injured three Palestinians east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Friday. ...
9 Citizens Kidnapped by Israeli Forces Across West Bank
17 Apr 2015 - Israeli forces kidnapped, in the night, nine Palestinian citizens from different parts of the occupied West Bank and delivered summonses to four citizens of Jenin. ...
Ashrawi on Palestinian Prisoners Day
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  Ha'aretz Diplomacy & Defense
 
Putin warns Israel: Don't send deadly weapons to Ukraine
Russian president's warning comes week after he lifted ban on delivery of S-300 missile defense systems to Iran.
Mideast is every intelligence analyst’s worst nightmare
As conflicts in the region spill over into neighboring countries, Western experts are having a tough time keeping up with the dizzying pace of events.
Israel, Palestinian Authority reach compromise over frozen tax revenue
In end to crisis, Palestinians agree to sums withheld from tax revenues to offset debts to Israel Electric Company; the two sides will continue discussing future payment obligations.
Biden to attend Israeli Independence Day event in Washington
Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, announces the vice president's attendance on Twitter.
Lapid: Call for labeling of West Bank goods a 'stain on the EU'
Ex-finance minister says there is no difference between goods produced inside or outside the Green Line. Lieberman sarcastically suggests EU put yellow stars on settlement products.
Palestinians clash with IDF during Prisoners Day demonstrations
More than 6,000 Palestinians currently in Israeli jails, including some 450 serving indeterminate sentences under administrative detention provisions.
Cyber spies hacked Israeli army networks, security researchers say
The hackers managed to breach IDF networks by sending trick emails to various military addresses, experts say; IDF says it has no knowledge of the alleged hacking.
Netanyahu promised to swiftly form a government. Then Israeli politics happened
As coalition talks seem destined to be extended, Netanyahu is still dithering between signing with Bennett and Lieberman, or turning to Herzog in a unity bid. Meanwhile, Shas, UTJ and Kulanu are waiting in the wings.
Number of fatalities in all Israel's battles stands at 23,320
Memorial Day for Israel's fallen will begin at 8 P.M. next Tuesday with a one-minute siren throughout the country.
Legitimizing the anti-boycott bill harms Israeli democracy
Calls for a boycott can be annoying and objectionable, but the High Court has failed to protect freedom of expression in areas where it is particularly important.
Israeli army closes off West Bank village after stone-throwing incidents
Security forces closed all roads entering and exiting Hizmeh, and placed sign encouraging people to inform on others'; IDF says not 'adopting policy of collective punishment.'
Another Palestinian loses eye to police sponge bullet
The use by police of a new, supposedly non-lethal, weapon has resulted in a string of serious eye injuries among youths and children in the Jerusalem area.
Mossad trying to take on diplomatic-security issues, claims Foreign Ministry chief
In letter to Avigdor Lieberman, FM director general Nissim Ben-Sheetrit says ‘multiplicity’ of agencies is causing chaos, and that diplomatic power must be centralized at Foreign Ministry.
European FMs urge policy chief: Label West Bank settlement products
Sixteen out of 28 foreign ministers - including France and Britain - sign letter saying that Europeans must not be 'misled by false information,' and must be aware if the origin of goods is from over the Green Line.
Foreign Ministry director general: Israel may pay a heavy price for crisis with U.S.
Coordination with the U.S. is crucial to Israel's ability to cope with Palestinian UN bid and rearming of Hezbollah, top official says.
  Palestinian Center for Human Rights
 
PCHR Follows up with Deep Concern Death of Detainee in the Military Intelligence Service Prison in Hebron
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
  International Solidarity Movement
 
House-demolition scheduled for Wadi al-Joz - Families call for support
4/18/2015 - International Solidarity Movement - April 18, 2015 - Team Al Khalil, East Jerusalem, Occupied Palestine - The Amro and Tohta families in the occupied East Jerusalem Wadi al-Joz neighbourhood are calling for international presence on Sunday, April 19. The Tohta family received a demolition-order for their house and...
Israeli forces shot five in Kafr Qaddum
4/18/2015 - International Solidarity Movement - April 18, 2015 - Huwwara Team, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine - This week's Friday demonstration in Kafr Qaddum followed the same violent pattern as the previous ones during the past weeks. The Israeli occupation forces began their shooting before the demonstration even started. Soldiers and border...
  Aljazeera
 
Fighting in Iraq's Ramadi displaces thousands
04/19/2015 - Tents, food and other aid sent to residents fleeing capital of Anbar province as ISIL fighters gain new territory.
Zuma faces pressure to end violence in South Africa
04/19/2015 - South African president heckled as he calls for calm, as deadly attacks continue against foreign nationals.
Iraqi Christians race to save artefacts
04/19/2015 - Thousands of Christianity's oldest artefacts and manuscripts under threat from ISIL's advance.
Afghan leader blames ISIL for deadly Jalalabad bombings
04/19/2015 - President Ashraf Ghani says group linked to ISIL claimed responsibility for suicide attacks that killed 35 people.
Iran's Rouhani criticises Saudis over Yemen strikes
04/19/2015 - Iran's president says its regional rival will see "sooner or later" the response for its air strikes against Houthis.
Australian police charge teen over Anzac Day plot
04/18/2015 - Planned attack allegedly targeted police on holiday commemorating centenary of WWI Gallipoli landings.
Pope Francis asks world to help Italy with migrants
04/18/2015 - Francis says Italy needs "much broader involvement" as it struggles to cope with influx of thousands of people.
South African immigrants: Stealing jobs or scapegoats?
04/18/2015 - Resentment grows against foreign workers blamed for taking government jobs and committing crimes.
  Daily Star
 
Iran Guard rejects inspection of military sites
19 Apr 2015 A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard says inspectors would be barred from military sites under any nuclear agreement with world powers
Blast outside UN refugee agency HQ in Gaza
19 Apr 2015 An explosive device was detonated outside the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza City overnight, without causing any injuries, UN and Palestinian security sources say
Two ships run aground in Suez Canal, delaying traffic
18 Apr 2015 A container ship ran aground in Egypt's Suez Canal in dense mist on Saturday morning, the canal authority said, delaying traffic through a vital global trade route for several hours.
US military option 'old habit that dies hard': Iran FM
18 Apr 2015 Iran's foreign minister dismissed Saturday the threat of a US military strike against Tehran's nuclear sites, describing such warnings as an "old habit that dies hard" given ongoing diplomacy.
  YNet News
 
Afghan president arrives in Iran for first official visit
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1200 workers block entrance to blade factories in north
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Northern Cypriots vote for new president to oversee peace talks
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US, China top dumping of electronic waste; little recycled
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Report: FBI acknowledges flawed testimony from unit
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US alienation leading to Israeli-Chinese renaissance
18 Apr 2015 - Analysis: Relationship between Jerusalem and Beijing is blooming due to China's growing self-confidence, its understanding that battle against Israel is no longer a uniting factor in the Muslim world, and its desire to maintain close ties with a regional power whose crisis with Washington is deepening. ....
Police chief: Palestinian driver deliberately killed Israeli
18 Apr 2015 - Danino says investigation concluded Khaled Kotina committed a 'horrible attack' which claimed the life of Shalom Yohai Cherki. ....
The settlers' military informant
18 Apr 2015 - Corporal Elad Selah allegedly read 15,000 classified documents, gathering the information the Shin Bet had on his friends from Bat Ayin and warning them of impending arrests. ....
Gazans build bottle boat
18 Apr 2015 - Five Palestinians from coastal strip scrap together a 13-foot vessel out of some 1,000 green plastic bottles. ....
Tel Aviv light rail works expected to begin in the summer
18 Apr 2015 - Target date for the first line connecting Bat Yam and Petah Tikva is in 2021, but the Transportation Ministry had yet to rearrange bus routes in the area, delaying the beginning of construction. ....
Netanyahu must wake up to the new reality
18 Apr 2015 - Analysis: With an American president who is losing patience with the insults hurled at him, a failed Israeli attempt at reshaping the Iranian nuclear agreement and a looming UN resolution on the Palestinians, it's time for a reboot of international policy. ....
Grandson of Righteous Among the Nations now saves children in Israel
18 Apr 2015 - Coss Weber's grandparents saved a Jewish couple during Holocaust, a decision his grandfather paid for with his life; Koss moved to Israel 26 years ago and works as one of best physiotherapists in his field. ....
Can Hillary secure US Jewish vote?
17 Apr 2015 - Analysis: Clinton's possible weakness among the Jewish community is her close relationship with Obama, in light of his rift with Netanyahu. In order to stress her commitment to Israel, she will likely visit the Jewish state this year and make statements which will be music to Israeli ears. ....
Holocaust descendants in US sue France's railway over 'genocide'
17 Apr 2015 - Class-action suit seeks compensation for seized property and 'war crimes' while cooperating with deportation of French Jews. ....
Inside the diary of SS officer known as gas chamber 'mastermind'
17 Apr 2015 - Walter Rauff, a high-ranking Nazi colonel in Tunisia, kept a detailed diary which sheds light into the meticulous planning against Jews and the approaching Allied Forces. ....
A message to Israel's left
17 Apr 2015 - Op-ed: Aligning with the global left and going to Washington to join in with the anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist sentiment is not the way to combat the right. ....
  Misc
 
Beyond Compromise: “Our future is in our hands”
Palestine Monitor 19 Apr 2015 - June 26, 2012- Earlier this month, a new website titled Beyond Compromise was launched amidst much fanfare in the Palestinian blogosphere...
Susiya fighting for survival
Palestine Monitor 19 Apr 2015 - June 25, 2012-Five hundred people marched in Susiya, South Hebron on Friday to protest the planned demolition of 45 structures in the village. The peaceful march was violently stopped by ....
16 killed in Gaza in a week of Israeli bombardment
Palestine Monitor 19 Apr 2015 - June 25, 2012-On Monday morning June 18 a group of unknown armed men crossed the Sinai desert from the Egyptain border and killed an Israeli civilian....
Jenin Diaries: Burried Jewels, But Where?
Palestine Monitor 19 Apr 2015 - June 26, 2012- Koufrdan is a small village located a few kilometers west of the Palestinian city of Jenin. Its wells provide the main source of water for Palestinian farmers in the area due to its large amount of groundwater. It is the only village in...
Israeli Authorities Breach Last Month’s Prisoner Agreement
Palestine Monitor 19 Apr 2015 - June 24, 2012- After undergoing 71 days without food, Palestinian prisoner Hasan Safadi is back on hunger strike protesting the renewal of his administrative detention, a breach of the....
UK archbishop visits Egyptian leaders
BBC 19 Apr 2015 - Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby travels to Egypt for a "visit of condolence" following the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya earlier this year.
VIDEO: Saudis to pay for Yemen aid
BBC 18 Apr 2015 - Saudi Arabia pledges to provide all $274m dollars requested by the United Nations to help those affected by the current conflict in Yemen.
Kristol frets that opponents of Iran deal walked into Obama’s ‘trap,’ and Rubio says he’ll demand Iran recognize ‘Israel’s right to exist’ as
Mondoweiss 18 Apr 2015 - President Obama appears to have won another round in the high-stakes domestic battle that is the Iran deal. The Bob Corker-Ben Cardin bill that passed Senate Foreign Relations the other day giving Congress the ability to review the deal once it’s cut seemed like a victory...
‘Everything Hillary Clinton will do will always be for Israel’ — Saban warns the Republicans
Mondoweiss 18 Apr 2015 - There’s more pressure on Obama over the Iran deal. The Hill reports that Israel’s Channel One interviewed Haim Saban about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the presidency and that he hinted that she is against the Iran deal. Then came the big question:  What is her position on...
Guilford College Hillel in North Carolina changes its name under legal threat in order to host civil rights veterans
Mondoweiss 18 Apr 2015 - The Hillel at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, a Quaker school, has changed its name in order to host a touring group of civil rights veterans. It was under a legal threat. Civil rights veterans banned in the south! Shades of the 60s. You’d think...
Remembering Bassem Abu Rahme
Mondoweiss 18 Apr 2015 - Subhiya Abu Rahme, 60, propped up on her elbows to recount her son’s last morning before he was killed by the Israeli army. Six years ago on April 17, 2009, Bassem Abu Rahme, 30, was shot in the chest with a tear gas canister in his...
Saudis meet Yemen aid call
BBC 18 Apr 2015 - Saudi Arabia, which is leading an air campaign against rebels in Yemen, has pledged the $274m (£183m; €255m) in aid to the country called for by the UN.
Breaking: Senior IDF Officer Sacked for Media Leaks Identified
Tikun Olam 18 Apr 2015 - Bibiton article quoting Lt. Col. Eitan Ben Gad (anonymously) There are Israeli reports that the new IDF chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkrot, has sacked a senior officer  (Hebrew) for repeatedly leaking sensitive military information over a long period of time to the media.  I can’t say...
Obama appeal to Gulf states on Libya
BBC 17 Apr 2015 - President Obama says Gulf nations should use their "influence" to help resolve the instability in Libya, warning that military action is not enough.
Where on Earth is Umm al Qaiwain?
BBC 17 Apr 2015 - The United Arab Emirates you've probably never heard of
On Palestinian Prisoner Day stand in solidarity for the freedom of all indigenous peoples
Mondoweiss 17 Apr 2015 - Almost one month before the 67th anniversary of the Nakba, or the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, Palestinians are also remembering the prisoners and the overwhelming incarceration rates that they face by the State of Israel. Today, April 17, is Palestinian Prisoner day. Setting aside the complex architecture of...
  Misc2
 
From Gaza to Sderot, Trauma Marks The Past — And The Present
The Forward Leonard Fein 19 Apr 2015 -
ISIS Aimed at Ideals When They Destroyed Jonah's Tomb
The Forward Leonard Fein 19 Apr 2015 -
Dani Danon Is Such a Threat to Israel Even Bibi Fired Him
The Forward Leonard Fein 19 Apr 2015 -
When We Stop To Really See Each Other
The Forward Leonard Fein 19 Apr 2015 -
Are Jews Now Safe and Free From Being Haunted?
The Forward Leonard Fein 19 Apr 2015 -
Israel Agrees To Transfer Tax Cash to Palestinians
The Foward Breaking News 18 Apr 2015 - Israel said on Saturday it would transfer $470 million of withheld tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority following talks between a senior Israeli military officer and Palestinian officials. Click here for the rest of the article...
Alfred Taubman, Mall Mogul and Philanthropist, Dies at 91
The Foward Breaking News 18 Apr 2015 - Billionaire mall developer and prominent philanthropist A. Alfred Taubman, who launched the mall business Taubman Centers Inc in 1950, died on Friday of a heart attack, his son said. He was 91. Click here for the rest of the article...
Norman Braman, the Money Man Behind Marco Rubio's Campaign
The Foward Breaking News 17 Apr 2015 - Less than a week after announcing his 2016 campaign for president, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn’t need to worry about money. Click here for the rest of the article...
President Obama Agrees To Sign 'Reasonable' Compromise With Congress on Iran
The Foward Breaking News 17 Apr 2015 - President Barack Obama said on Friday he does not see proposed legislation in Congress derailing negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program, calling the bill allowing Congress to review any deal a “reasonable compromise” that he planned to sign. Click here for the rest of the...
France Pledges $107M to Anti-Semitism Fight
The Foward Breaking News 17 Apr 2015 - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged to finance a $107 million plan to fight racism and anti-Semitism. Click here for the rest of the article...
Israel Mocks Europe Labels for Settlement Products as 'Yellow Star'
The Foward Breaking News 17 Apr 2015 - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman suggested stamping settlement goods with yellow stars to condemn demands for special labeling in Europe. Click here for the rest of the article...
At 50, Israel Museum Looks to Local Artists
The Forward New 18 Apr 2015 - The Israel Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year by facing up to a longstanding challenge: Its relationship with the Israeli art world. Click here for the rest of the article...
Germany Seeks Compensation for $57M Holocaust Fraud
The Forward New 17 Apr 2015 - Germany is for the first time seeking compensation for the $57 million lost to fraud at the Claims Conference. But the Holocaust agency says it isn’t giving a dime of survivors’ cash. Click here for the rest of the article...
Tunisia: Tunisia and Saudi Arabia for Rigorous Measures to Eradicate Hot Beds of Tension in Arab World
allAfrica.com 17 Apr 2015 - [Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis -Meeting, Thursday in Tunis, Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche and Saudi Arabia's ambassador in Tunis Khaled Ben M'saed Al-Ankari pointed out the seriousness of the situation in the region and its negative fall-out on security in the Arab World.
Africa: Saudi Arabia Is Middle East and Africa's Largest Telecoms, Enterprise IT Market
allAfrica.com 17 Apr 2015 - [CIO] Although total mobile and fixed services revenues declined in 2014, the Saudi Arabian telecoms and enterprise IT market remains the largest in the Middle East and Africa region (MEA), with ample opportunities for technology start-ups, finds new report by Pyramid Research.
Tanzania: Tanzanians Living in Yemen to Flee
allAfrica.com 17 Apr 2015 - [Daily News] THE Government has embarked on plans to repatriate Tanzanians living in Yemen as competing forces battle for control of the country.
Arab American-led initiative promotes Nile River cooperation
Arab American Institute 17 Apr 2015 - By Eve Soliman Winter Intern, 2015 On Monday, March 23rd the leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan signed a preliminary agreement approving Ethiopia�s hydroelectric project and provide the framework principles for building the dam that would impact the entire region. The construction of Ethiopia�s Grand Renaissance...
20 businesses across South Africa join G4S boycott
Global BDS 17 Apr 2015 - Over 20 South African businesses have terminated their contracts with G4S Security over its involvement in Israeli prisons and human rights abuses. The SA businesses terminated their contracts, totalling more than R7 million ($500,000) per year, after approached by representatives of the human rights and Palestine...
  Ma'an News
 
Israeli court rules 'absentee' property law applies in East Jerusalem
4/18/2015 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Supreme Court has approved the application of a law allowing the Israeli state to seize property in East Jerusalem whose owners live in the West Bank or Gaza, in a move slammed by Palestinian officials. A...
Israeli court brings 12 charges against MP Khalida Jerrar
4/18/2015 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court has brought 12 charges against Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jerrar in connection to her membership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, an international rights group said. Having been detained and interrogated since...
PA police, security services arrest 12 wanted Palestinians in Hebron
4/18/2015 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority police and security services arrested 12 wanted Palestinians Saturday in areas in southwestern Hebron, including some that have been wanted for the PA for years. Director of the Hebron police department, Muhammad Taym, told Ma'...
Egyptian army: 69 tunnels on Gazan border destroyed since March
4/18/2015 - CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian army has destroyed 69 tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip since Mar. 28, an Egyptian army spokesman said Saturday. Spokesman Muhammad Samir said that Egyptian border forces stationed in the Egyptian side of Rafah...
Qassam fighter killed in accident
4/18/2015 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, said Saturday that a fighter was killed while on duty. The brigades said in a statement that Nafeth Said al-Mughni from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip...
Youth injured after allegedly attempting to stab Israeli policeman
4/18/2015 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian youth suspected of theft was shot and injured in the foot by the Israeli police claiming he attempted to stab a policeman west of Jerusalem Friday night, Israeli media reported. The Walla Hebrew-language website said that...
Israeli police: Palestinian driver deliberately killed Israeli
4/18/2015 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A Palestinian driver deliberately rammed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop this week and killed an Israeli man, Israeli police chief Yohanan Danino said on Saturday. Following an investigation into Wednesday's incident, Danino ruled out initial suggestions...
Minister: Israel to transfer PA tax funds
4/18/2015 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli government will transfer withheld PA tax funds in full on Sunday or Monday, senior Palestinian government officials have announced. In a statement released late Friday, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Israel had pledged at a meeting...
Explosive device blows up near cabinet's HQ in Gaza City
4/18/2015 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An explosive device blew up near the Palestinian cabinet's headquarters in western Gaza City late Friday, said witnesses. The explosion was heard near the old home ofPresident Mahmoud Abbas, which was turned into the cabinet...
Palestinian prisoners languish in Mideast stalemate
4/18/2015 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Hadi al-Fakhri was 26 the first time he hugged his father, one of thousands of Palestinians serving time in Israeli prisons for alleged militant activity in the occupied West Bank. A decade later, more than 30 years into a life...
Gaza sailors have a lot of bottle
4/18/2015 - GAZA CITY (AFP) -- With little to do and nowhere to go, five Palestinians stuck in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip came up with a plan: make a boat out of recycled plastic bottles. The tiny coastal enclave, home to 1. 8 million people...
UN: Thousands flee fighting in Iraq's Ramadi
4/18/2015 - BAGHDAD (AFP) -- Thousands of civilians have fled escalating fighting between pro-government forces and militants in the Iraqi city of Ramadi over the past week, the United Nations said on Friday. The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said 4,250...
Syrian doctors ask Russia to help unblock medical aid
4/18/2015 - UNITED STATES (AFP) -- Two Syrian doctors urged Russian diplomats at the United Nations on Friday to put pressure on President Bashar Assad to allow life-saving medical supplies into a besieged city near Damascus. The meeting came a day after the UN Security...
Rouhani says Iran's military strategy purely defensive
4/18/2015 - TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iran's military is purely for defense and should not be seen as a threat in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday amid rising tension with Saudi Arabia. With a Saudi-led air campaign against Houthi rebels in...
IS claims responsibility for deadly Afghan bombing
4/18/2015 - KABUL (AFP) -- The Islamic State (IS) group claimed to have carried out a deadly suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan Saturday that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, in what, if verified, would be...
Saudi vows to cover UN aid call for Yemen, keeps up air raids
4/18/2015 - SANAA (AFP) - Saudi Arabia pledged Saturday to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the UN for conflict-torn Yemen, which has also been the target of Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels. The United Nations says hundreds of people...
Iran presents Yemen peace plan to UN
4/18/2015 - Sanaa (AFP) - Iran presented a four-point peace plan for Yemen to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, demanding international action to end the "senseless" Saudi-led air campaign against rebels backed by Tehran. Saudi Arabia, for its part, responded swiftly to a UN aid appeal...
At least 27 dead in fighting in Yemen's Taez
4/18/2015 - ADEN (AFP) - At least 27 people were killed in the Yemeni city of Taez in clashes between loyalist forces and rebels as well as Saudi-led coalition air raids, medical sources said Saturday. Residents said the city in southwest Yemen was rocked by...
  The Guardian
 
The 20 photographs of the week
18 Apr 2015 - Shipwrecked immigrants arrive in Europe, xenophobic violence in South Africa, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp – the best...
Yarmouk shows up the treatment of Palestinians across the Arab world | Letters
17 Apr 2015 - I wish to stress the sheer despair experienced by Palestinians trapped in the hellhole of Yarmouk, in Syria, abandoned by the world at large (...
Teju Cole: Slow violence, cold violence – Teju Cole on East Jerusalem
17 Apr 2015 - Why the viciousness of modern Israeli law directed against Palestinians must be taken as seriously as the cruelties of war Not all violence is...
  Ha'aretz National News
 
Israel Police have six state’s witnesses in Yisrael Beiteinu graft case
Ha'aretz - 19 Apr 2015
Likud near coalition deal with centrist Kulanu and ultra-Orthodox parties
Ha'aretz - 19 Apr 2015
World War II defense system discovered near Haifa Port
Ha'aretz - 18 Apr 2015
Daybreaker party wakes up the Israeli city that never sleeps
Ha'aretz - 18 Apr 2015
Israeli town council cancels Jehovah’s Witnesses event
Ha'aretz - 18 Apr 2015
The man who believes there's never been a better time to be Jewish
Ha'aretz - 18 Apr 2015
Herzog insists he won't join Netanyahu's government
Ha'aretz - 18 Apr 2015
No progress reported as Netanyahu meets with Bennett, Lieberman
Ha'aretz - 17 Apr 2015
Israeli army turns to non-profits to help needy soldiers
Ha'aretz - 17 Apr 2015
  Palestinian Information Center
 
Al-Rantisi: A profound memory in the Palestinians’ hearts (report)
18 Apr 2015 - April 17, 2015, commemorates the 11th anniversary of the assassination of Abdel Aziz Al-Rantisi, an eminent leader and co-founder of Hamas Movement.
Al-Qassam pledges to release Palestinian prisoners
18 Apr 2015 - Abu Obaida, the spokesman of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas Movement, said addressing the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoner Day “We will not let you down”.
Abbas and Islamic Jihad demand the release of prisoners
18 Apr 2015 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the IOA to release the Palestinian prisoners whereas the Islamic Jihad in Palestine called on Palestinian factions to work on their release.
Mishaal: No exchange deal before ex-detainees’ release
18 Apr 2015 - Head of Hamas political bureau Khaled Mishaal stated that his group refuses any future prisoner swap deal with Israel before the release of the ex-prisoners.
Arrests reported in Occupied Jerusalem, al-Khalil
18 Apr 2015 - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) rounded up four Palestinians in Occupied Jerusalem and al-Khalil.
Settlers of Leshem level lands west Salfit
18 Apr 2015 - Settlers from Leshem settlement to the west of Salfit leveled Palestinian lands and stole its fertile soil, eyewitnesses revealed on Saturday.
Israel plans to construct 56 new settlement units in OJ
18 Apr 2015 - Israeli weekly newspaper Kol Hair disclosed on Saturday a new Israeli housing plan to be implemented in Occupied Jerusalem.
Int’l conference in Italy to discuss prisoners’ issue
18 Apr 2015 - Marking the Palestinian Prisoner Day, Italian human rights institutions have organized on Friday an international conference to shed light on the issue of Palestinian prisoners.
UNRWA launches cry to help Yarmouk camp
18 Apr 2015 - UNRWA declared its urgent need for “an immediate injection of US$ 30 million to provide life-sustaining assistance to the 18,000 civilians from Yarmouk."
A paralyzed captive dies slowly in Israeli jail (report)
18 Apr 2015 - In spite of the critical health condition of the captive Mansour Muqidi, he is suffering from deliberate medical neglect like all other Palestinian sick prisoners in the Israeli jails.
Injured citizen among two detainees in West Bank rallies
18 Apr 2015 - The IOF detained a Palestinian young man after being shot and injured during the weekly march of Kafer Qaddum town to the north of the West Bank, Palestinian activists reported.
Salah: We will rebuild all what was demolished by Israel
18 Apr 2015 - Hundreds of Palestinians in the Green Line have offered Friday prayers in Dahmesh village to the south of 1948 occupied territories in solidarity with its residents.
Aqsa preacher slams Israeli displacement policy
18 Apr 2015 - Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Ikreme Sabri slammed the Israeli Housing Minister’s statements in which he called for an end to the Islamic Waqf restoration works in the Dome of the Rock.
Three Gazans shot, injured by IOF in Khan Younis
17 Apr 2015 - Three Palestinian citizens sustained wounds afternoon Friday after they were shot by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) east of Gaza’s Khan Younis city.
Jordan: We will continue projects at Al Aqsa mosque
17 Apr 2015 - The Jordanian government is still carrying out the construction and restoration projects at the Al Aqsa Mosque, which come in implementation of the Hashemite custodianship of the holy mosque, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sabah Al Rafie said on Friday.
Day in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners
17 Apr 2015 - The Palestinian National Council, the highest authority of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) decided in 1974 to declare April 17 a day of solidarity with all detainees.
Prisoner’s father dies shortly after his release
17 Apr 2015 - The father of prisoner Anwar Hareb died Thursday evening only a few moments after his son was released from an Israeli jail.
Three Palestinians kidnapped by IOF in West Bank
17 Apr 2015 - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Friday three Palestinians during a campaign in different areas of the West Bank.
Israeli jailers suppress prisoners in Ofer jail
17 Apr 2015 - An Israeli prison unit stormed late Thursday Palestinian prisoners’ rooms in Ofer jail.
Appeal to provide detainees and ex-detainees with medical care
17 Apr 2015 - A human rights group has called on the Palestinian institutions to patronize the rights of the Palestinian prisoners, especially those with medical conditions, and ensure their access to appropriate medical treatment.
  IRIN
 
Prison or poverty: Impossible choice for Israel deportees
JERUSALEM/KAMPALA 16 April 2015 (IRIN) - For Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers facing deportation from Israel’s Holot detention centre, the future is bleak. Those who have gone before describe a hand-to-mouth existence in Uganda or no freedom of movement in Rwanda. >
  New York Times
 
Sale of U.S. Arms Fuels the Wars of Arab States
18 Apr 2015 - A de facto alliance in the region against Iran has opened the way to more sales to Arab states, and raised fears of an arms race.
Israel and Palestinians Reach Tax Deal
18 Apr 2015 - Resolving a monthslong dispute, Israel will release $470 million in taxes collected on behalf of the Palestinians, after deductions for Palestinian debts.
Her Majesty’s Jihadists
17 Apr 2015 - More British Muslims have joined Islamist militant groups than serve in the country’s armed forces. How to understand the pull of jihad.
Obama Urges ‘Creative’ Talks to Bridge Divide With Iran on Sanctions
17 Apr 2015 - Iranian leaders have insisted in recent days that the sanctions be lifted as soon as a written accord is signed, a position that the country’s foreign minister reinforced on Friday.
U.N. Calls on Western Nations to Shelter Syrian Refugees
17 Apr 2015 - Not since the wave of people fleeing war in Vietnam have the world’s industrialized countries been under such intense pressure to share the burden of taking in refugees, experts say.
Open Source: Under Bombardment in Yemen, Civilians Voice Terror and Despair Online
17 Apr 2015 - As the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen entered a fourth week, civilians shared anguished, close-up views of life during wartime on social networks.
Yemeni Army Tries to Safeguard Oil Fields as Qaeda Fighters Advance
17 Apr 2015 - With no abatement to the fighting in Yemen, the United Nations and other aid agencies said the humanitarian crisis there was worsening.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Warns of Unlimited Atomic Fuel Enrichment if Talks on Final Agreement Fail
17 Apr 2015 - The language was unusually blunt about the consequences of Western powers choosing “the path of confrontation.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Denounces E.U. Proposal to Label Settlement Products
17 Apr 2015 - More than a dozen European foreign ministers want products made in Israeli settlements to be labeled differently from those made in Israel.
Humanitarian Crisis Grows as Iraqis Flee ISIS Threat
17 Apr 2015 - Shiite militias have been mostly absent from the campaign to retake Anbar Province, the Sunni heartland, from Islamic State fighters.
Top Saddam Hussein Aide Reported Killed in Northern Iraq
17 Apr 2015 - The aide, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, an ally of the Islamic State, was the highest-ranking deputy to Mr. Hussein not caught in the American invasion.
N.Y.U. Labor Guidelines Failed to Protect 10,000 Workers in Abu Dhabi, Report Says
16 Apr 2015 - The report, by an international investigative firm, said some subcontractors employed at the university’s Abu Dhabi campus were exempted from N.Y.U. guidelines based on decisions by local contractors.
Trial of Karma al-Khayat, Lebanese Journalist, Begins in Hague Tribunal
16 Apr 2015 - The journalist faces charges for publishing confidential information from an investigation into the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister.
Iraqi Premier Softens Tone About Saudis
16 Apr 2015 - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq on a trip to Washington stepped back from earlier remarks about Saudi airstrikes in Yemen and expressed concern that fighting there could fan sectarian tensions.
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Ringo Starr among 2015 inductees into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
19 Apr 2015 -
Northern Cypriots vote for new president to oversee peace talks
19 Apr 2015 -
Yemen rejects Iranian peace plan, calls it 'political maneuver' to dominate region
19 Apr 2015 - The Iranian plan calls for an immediate ceasefire and end of all foreign military attacks, humanitarian assistance, a resumption of broad national dialogue and "establishment of an inclusive national unity government."
UN: No evidence that building material sent to Gaza being used for military purposes
19 Apr 2015 -
Gilboa/Galil staring at relegation after humbling loss to Ashdod
19 Apr 2015 - Team to finish season in last place will be demoted to the National League.
Israeli swimmers qualify for Rio Olympics
19 Apr 2015 -
Likud to hold marathon talks to draft coalition deals
18 Apr 2015 - Herzog adamant he’ll head opposition.
Shatilov comes up short in Europeans floor final
18 Apr 2015 - The 28-year-old Israeli had scaled the podium in each of his previous five appearances at the European Championships.
Fight for survival continues to heat up
18 Apr 2015 - Hap Petah Tikva, Acre and Hap Haifa all tied for last place while FIFA boosts Ashdod’s hopes.
Politics: Tourism Minister Uzi Landau leaves with principles intact
18 Apr 2015 - Tourism Minister Uzi Landau tells the ‘Post’ in a parting interview how he never gave in and why he admires Netanyahu for standing up before Congress and saying what he believes.
Rivlin to receive ‘Senior Citizens’ card
18 Apr 2015 - The late MK Uri Orbach thought that it would be appropriate for the No. 1 citizen to receive a Senior Citizen’s Card to indicate that the State of Israel has reached that milestone age.
Israel Electric to partially exercise option to buy more Tamar gas
18 Apr 2015 - “We are now in an era of expanding competition in electricity generation,” says IEC chairman.
Rand Paul: US often creates greater instability when it gets involved in chaotic places
18 Apr 2015 -
Paul, Graham clash on foreign policy on US campaign trail
18 Apr 2015 - Foreign policy could be an advantage for whichever Republican candidate goes on to face Hillary Clinton or another Democrat in the November 2016 election.
Security and Defense: Taking a more proactive approach on the battlefield
18 Apr 2015 - With an influx of precision-guided weapons and its own radar and drone capabilities, the artillery corps is ready for a more independent role.
Twin explosions go off in Gaza, one near UNRWA headquarters
18 Apr 2015 - No injuries were reported and it was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.
Rock-throwing teens arrested after short foot chase with police
18 Apr 2015 -
Small explosive device goes off near UNRWA headquarters in Gaza
18 Apr 2015 -
20-year-old man shot, critically wounded in central Israel
18 Apr 2015 -
Abbas meets with MK Ayman Odeh, calls on Arab countries to allow visits by Israeli Arabs
18 Apr 2015 - Joint List members to visit Qatar.
Netanyahu pays homage to fallen brother as Israel prepares to honor war dead
18 Apr 2015 - Yoni Netanyahu was killed by terrorists who had hijacked an Air France jet and flown it to Entebbe in 1976.
*Autoimmunity plays major role in triggering narcolepsy process*
18 Apr 2015 - The exact cause of the condition, which affects about one in 3,000 people, has long eluded scientists.
*The digital danger and how to avoid it*
18 Apr 2015 - An eye-opening volume on how gadgets have transformed family life and children’s behavior – is required reading.
1965 and all that jazz
18 Apr 2015 - Miron’s Israel Museum exhibition offers visitors a dose of nostalgia in its display of ‘60s era artifacts
Celebrity singer quizzed by police for allegedly beating wife
18 Apr 2015 -
Watch: Iran holds annual Army Day parade
18 Apr 2015 - The parade was held at the country's late leader Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini's mausoleum and was attended by President Hassan Rouhani as he reviewed the armed forces.
Putin warns Israel against selling arms to Ukraine
18 Apr 2015 -
Military: US, allies target Islamic State with 20 air strikes in Iraq, Syria
18 Apr 2015 -
Israeli military court charges Palestinian lawmaker Jerrar with 12 counts
18 Apr 2015 - Charges against Khalida Jerrar include supporting terrorism and being a member of an illegal organization.
'Iranian anti-aircraft missiles pose challenge, but not insurmountable'
18 Apr 2015 - Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad’s comments were reported on the website of Israel Radio.
'New Iranian anti-aircraft missiles pose challenge, but not insurmountable'
18 Apr 2015 -
Israeli media magnate Saban hints Clinton opposes Iran nuclear deal
18 Apr 2015 - In an interview with Channel One, the Israeli-American media tycoon suggested he has intimate knowledge of the Democratic candidate's real stance on the Iran nuclear deal.
Islamist group claims attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Mali
18 Apr 2015 -
Australia's top diplomat discuses ISIS, asylum seekers with Iranian FM in Tehran
18 Apr 2015 - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop raised concerns about the ongoing violence in Iraq and Syria, Iranian asylum seekers seeking refuge in Australia.
Zionist Union chief Herzog vows: 'We'll unseat Netanyahu from opposition'
18 Apr 2015 -
Russian president Putin says he is ready to work with United States
18 Apr 2015 -
Police: Jerusalem car incident that killed one pedestrian, injured another, was a terror attack
18 Apr 2015 - Police chief confirms suspicions that car incident intentional attack of terror induced by nationalistic motives.
Herzog: Our place is in the opposition
18 Apr 2015 -
Hariri accuses Nasrallah of misleading public, sectarian incitement
18 Apr 2015 - Nasrallah's Friday speech to supporters exposes hatred against Saudi Arabia and its leadership, Hariri says.
China's Xi urges Yemen resolution in call with Saudi king
18 Apr 2015 -
Israel releases frozen PA tax funds for March and April
18 Apr 2015 - According to sources in Jerusalem, 1.851 billion NIS to be transferred this week; agreement reached through dialog between COGAT and PA officials.
Frozen tax fund agreement reached: Israel to transfer over NIS 1 billion to PA
18 Apr 2015 -
Phelps fails to qualify for 400m freestyle final
18 Apr 2015 -
Obama urges Gulf nations to help with chaos in Libya
18 Apr 2015 - US President says Gulf nations should be more cooperative, influential over factions inside Libya.
'Isis' among names removed from UN list of hurricane names
18 Apr 2015 - Names considered inappropriate knocked off official list of hurricane names on rotation every six years.
Turkish Airlines CEO suggests pilots wed to avoid Germanwings-like crashes
18 Apr 2015 - Turkish CEO "absolutely encourages" marriage amongst pilots to prevent depression, impulsive acts mid-flight similar to the plane-crash suicide induced by a Germanwings' pilot last month.
Explosion kills 22 in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad
18 Apr 2015 -
Senior Iranian officials call ISIS 'American proteges,' warn of imminent Saudi demise
18 Apr 2015 - Addressing worshipers in Tehran, Iranian leaders decried Saudi Arabia's "blood bath" in Yemen and warned the US of deceitful behavior in negotiations over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
California gas pipeline explosion, fire injure up to 15 people
17 Apr 2015 -
Missouri drops charges against officer indicted in shooting of man
17 Apr 2015 -
Tunisian official: 12,000 militants blocked from joining jihadist groups abroad
17 Apr 2015 - According to Tunisian authorities, the small North African state has been the origin-point of 2,000-3,000 foreign fighters who have joined the ranks of jihadist groups.
'Bennett, Liberman join forces in coalition talks with Netanyahu'
17 Apr 2015 - The two nationalist politicians were vocal critics of Netanyahu’s handling of Operation Protective Edge.
University of Kentucky student fatally shot near campus
17 Apr 2015 -
Gunfights and roadblocks rock Mexican city on US border
17 Apr 2015 -
Teenagers planned Australian terror attack for ANZAC centenary
17 Apr 2015 -
French PM calls hatred of Jews 'insufferable', pledges 107 mil Euro against anti-Semitism
17 Apr 2015 - French leaders had taken a more hardline tone regarding the vulnerability of their Jewish population. Valls had been outspoken in particular, telling Jewish citizens that "France without Jews is not France."
Behind the lines: Islamic State comes to Damascus
17 Apr 2015 - Amid a series of setbacks for the regime, the Yarmuk events mark a new phase in the Syrian war
Former Saddam aide reportedly killed in 'major victory and strike against' Islamic State
17 Apr 2015 - The mere sight of Douri, a wiry man with a red mustache who often wore a military beret, terrified Iraqis who endured what was known as the Republic of Fear.
Obama says will sign bill allowing Congress to review Iran deal
17 Apr 2015 - Since the White House said on Tuesday that Obama would sign the bill, it has sought to reassure anxious negotiating partners.
'No lifting of sanctions until Iran abides by nuclear deal,' Baker says
17 Apr 2015 - Baker added that any threat to keep the sanctions in place can only be effective if it is Iran that is perceived as the obstructionist party that refused the deal.
Prosecutors deny report of Ashkenazi’s imminent indictment
17 Apr 2015 - Channel 1 reported that investigators have compiled evidence that is likely to serve as the basis for an indictment against Gabi Ashkenazi, two others.
Liberman likens EU to Nazis in light of reported plan to label settlement products
17 Apr 2015 - As part of their initial decrees against the Jews, the Nazis forced them to wear yellow stars.
WATCH: Palestinian boy steals Israeli flag in Jerusalem neighborhood
17 Apr 2015 - The footage was acquired and disseminated by the right-wing news agency Tazpit.
'US-Saudi aggression in Yemen will fail just like Israel did in Lebanon,' Nasrallah says
17 Apr 2015 - The Hezbollah leader’s fiery address came just hours after Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh said he would not leave the country.
'Arab hackers believed to have breached Israeli military networks'
17 Apr 2015 - The affair shows how the Middle East continues to be a hotbed for cyber espionage.
'Lebanon prepares to receive massive shipments of French weapons'
17 Apr 2015 - The agreement calls for France to provide Lebanon with warplanes and cruisers. Lebanon is also due to receive armored vehicles, seven helicopters, and light aircraft.
For first time in weeks, Netanyahu, Bennett meet for coalition talks
17 Apr 2015 - Netanyahu is also meeting Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman as part of ongoing coalition negotiations.
UN launches $275 million appeal for Yemen
17 Apr 2015 - The fighting had destroyed, damaged or disrupted at least five hospitals, 15 schools, Yemen's three main airports, two bridges, two factories and four mosques.
IDF officer discharged for leaking security information
17 Apr 2015 - The security breach lead to the cancellation of his promotion and his removal from office
Arab world: Egypt’s dangerous stalemate
17 Apr 2015 - Despite his all-out effort to defeat Islamic terrorism and insurgency, President Sisi has yet to achieve the results needed to prevent the country slipping back into anarchy and chaos.
Senior Hamas official calls to abduct Israelis
17 Apr 2015 - "Our men, our women, our children all envision kidnapping your soldiers and settlers, wherever they are."
 

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