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Israeli soldiers make sexual threats to Palestinian women in videos from occupation

Israeli soldiers make sexual threats to Palestinian women in videos from occupation

ARMY, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, PALESTINE, WOMEN
SCREENSHOT OF B’TSELEM VIDEO OF ISRAELI SOLDIER TAUNTING PALESTINIANS WITH HIS MIDDLE FINGERS INOCCUPIED HEBRON, MAY 13, 2021. In January, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem charged Israel with maintaining an “apartheid… regime of “Jewish supremacy” from the river to the sea. Now the organization has released two videos from the occupied territories that document this reality in chilling ways– as they show Israeli occupiers, some in uniform, abusing Palestinians in sexually degrading terms during the recent Gaza war. Published July 12, the videos capture the racist, homophobic, and misogynist abuse of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers. Both videos were shot by Palestinians in occupied Hebron on May 13, during the Muslim holiday of ‘Eid al-Fitr. (And B’Tsel...
White House official: Netanyahu is damaging US-Israel relations

White House official: Netanyahu is damaging US-Israel relations

INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, RELATIONS, USA
Former PM's criticisms of current administration make Democratic Party less sympathetic to Israel, official says. Netanyahu with Pres. Biden Statements made recently by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are being felt as insults by the current American administration and the Democratic Party, a senior official close to the White House told Israel Hayom. Netanyahu expressed his views regarding the policies of the Biden administration vis-a-vis Iran in an article that was published in Israel Hayom last Wednesday, and he has made several speeches expressing similar sentiments in the Knesset recently. According to the official, "President Biden is taking a clear stance that expresses America's sense of obligation to Israel and to Israel's security, and is also promoting thi...
Heavily explosion hits Israel’s Ashdod reactor facility

Heavily explosion hits Israel’s Ashdod reactor facility

ACCIDENT, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East
An explosion has been reported at the Israeli regime’s Ashdod reactor facility in the south of the occupied territories, with reports not providing details on the cause of the blast or the number of possible casualties. https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1414942802471964681 An explosion has been reported at the Israeli regime’s Ashdod reactor facility in the south of the occupied territories, with reports not providing details on the cause of the blast or the number of possible casualties. The blast was reported by the Israeli journalist Edy Cohen, who posted a video on his Twitter account on Tuesday and said the explosion had taken place at the Ashdod reactor facility in southern Israel.     عاجل انفجار في مفاعل اشدود جنوب اسرائيل pic.twitter.com/nPwJIksh...
Israel expands Gaza fishing zone again, relaxes cross-border trade

Israel expands Gaza fishing zone again, relaxes cross-border trade

GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, PALESTINE
Israel has once more extended the fishing zone along the coast of the Gaza Strip - from 9 nautical miles (about 17 kilometres) to 12 nautical miles (about 22 kilometres) - and said it would allow more imports into the Palestinian territory. The decisions were taken "in light of the recent security calm" that has held since a bloody 11-day war in May between the Israelis and the Hamas militant group, which rules Gaza. Thirteen were killed in Israel and 255 in Gaza, according to official figures from both sides. Egypt eventually brokered a ceasefire that took effect on May 21. Negotiations for a longer-term calm and prisoner exchange continue in Cairo, according to media reports. COGAT, a branch of Israel's Defence Ministry, also said on Monday that the import of medical equ...
Egypt, Israel hold talks on Palestinian-Israeli peace process

Egypt, Israel hold talks on Palestinian-Israeli peace process

Egypt, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, PALESTINE, RELATIONS
Comprehensive, fair peace talks should begin between Palestine and Israel, says Egyptian foreign minister Egypt’s foreign minister and his Israeli counterpart discussed the Palestinian-Israeli peace process Sunday in the Belgian capital Brussels. During their meeting, Sameh Shoukry told Yair Lapid that the current difficulties between Palestinians and Israelis should be resolved and comprehensive and fair peace talks should begin, according to a statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. In an earlier statement, the ministry said that Shoukry went to Brussels to deliver a letter from President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to the European Council. No information was given on its content, however. It added that the Egyptian minister would hold talks with the foreign ministers of ...
Iran: Israel is behind attack on atomic facility

Iran: Israel is behind attack on atomic facility

ATTACK, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, Israel, Middle East
Iran blames Israel for drone attack on Iranian facility used to manufacture uranium centrifuges. The Iranian government has accused Israel of carrying out the drone attack on an Iranian nuclear facility last month. Ali Rabiei, a spokesman for the Iranian government, said Tuesday afternoon that Israel was behind the June 23rd drone attack on an Atomic Energy Organization of Iran building in the city of Karaj. “The Zionist regime carried out this action in order to signal that it is capable of stopping Iran and to say that there is no need to speak with Iran, but every time we’ve been attacked, our strength has only increased,” Rabiei said. The facility, which is used to manufacture uranium centrifuges, was targeted by an unmanned aircraft during the attack, which Iran initi...
Israel’s New $300m Boeing 767 Air Force One Is Facing Opposition

Israel’s New $300m Boeing 767 Air Force One Is Facing Opposition

GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Transport, TRAVEL
Israel’s new VIP transport could be sold before it even enters service. The modified Boeing 767-338ER has been with the Israeli Air Force for four years and was taken on to the transport Israeli Prime Minister and the President of the State of Israel. However, it has faced significant opposition from certain officials. Could this head of state aircraft be abandoned before serving its role? Photo: LLHZ2805 via Wikimedia Commons A costly program The “Wing of Zion” conducted its first flight after conversion on November 3rd, 2019. Holding registration 4X-ISR, it is yet to enter service and has been under scrutiny for the high costs, leading to overruns. The original budget for the acquisition, modification, and upgrading of the Israeli “Air Force One” was ₪393 million ($11...
Israel looks to renew law that keeps out Palestinian spouses

Israel looks to renew law that keeps out Palestinian spouses

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, UN Human RiGHTS, WOMEN
Benny Gantz, centrist Blue and White leader, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's partner in his new unity government, speaks during a swearing in ceremony of the new government, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem May 17, 2020. Israel’s parliament is set to vote Monday on whether to renew a temporary law first enacted in 2003 that bars Arab citizens of Israel from extending citizenship or even residency to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Critics, including many left-wing and Arab lawmakers, say it’s a racist measure aimed at restricting the growth of Israel’s Arab minority, while supporters say it’s needed for security purposes and to preserve Israel’s Jewish character. The law creates an array of difficulties for Palestinian families that ...
Israel bombs Hamas site in Gaza over fire balloons

Israel bombs Hamas site in Gaza over fire balloons

CRIME, CRISIS, GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, PALESTINE, WAR
Israel, at a local police precinct in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP) Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas confirmed one of its sites had been struck. Israel’s military said it had hit a Hamas weapons manufacturing site. There were no reports of casualties.  Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave, Israel’s military said on Friday. Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas confirmed one of its sites had been struck. Israel’s military said it had hit a Hamas weapons manufacturing site. There were no reports of casualties. Since a May 21 ceasefire ended 11 days of Israel-Hamas fighting, Palestinians in Gaza have sporadically launched balloons laden with incendiary material across the bord...
Israel launches fresh strikes on besieged Gaza Strip

Israel launches fresh strikes on besieged Gaza Strip

Asia, GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, TERROR, WAR
Israel hit Islamist militant sites in Gaza with air strikes on Friday in retaliation for incendiary balloon launches from the Palestinian enclave, in the latest unrest since a ceasefire ended May's conflict. Security sources with Hamas, the Islamist group that runs Israeli-blockaded Gaza, said the strikes hit training sites. There were no injuries reported.  A statement from Israel's army said: "In response to the arson balloons fired towards Israeli territory today, (military) fighter jets struck... a weapons manufacturing site belonging to the Hamas terror organisation." On Thursday, Israel's fire service said that incendiary balloon launches from Gaza had sparked four minor fires in the southern Eshkol region, on the Gaza border.  The blazes were "small a...
Israel to provide 1 million Covid vaccines to Palestinian Authority

Israel to provide 1 million Covid vaccines to Palestinian Authority

Asia, COVID-19, HEALTH, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, VACCINE
Israel will give about one million soon-to-expire doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to the Palestinian Authority, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office said on Friday. In a joint statement with the health and defence ministries, Mr Bennett's office said the PA in exchange had agreed to give Israel a reciprocal number of Pfizer doses from one of its Covax shipments that is expected to arrive later this year. Covax is a World Health Organisation initiative to supply vaccines to countries without enough resources to vaccinate their populations. Palestine is among the beneficiaries of about six million doses the US has earmarked for Middle Eastern countries as part of the Covax programme. Israel's announcement came days after Mr Bennett took office as head of ...
Israel bombards Gaza for second night following incendiary balloon launches

Israel bombards Gaza for second night following incendiary balloon launches

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, WAR, WORLD
Israeli army says it retaliated after incendiary balloons launched from Gaza started fires in Israel General view of Gaza City, on 18 June 2021 (AFP) Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip overnight on Thursday after incendiary balloons were launched from the territory into Israel, according to the Israeli army and AFP journalists. Following a first wave of fire balloons which sparked blazes in Israel on Tuesday, the army launched a series of attack on the besieged enclave in the early hours of Wednesday. As Palestinians continued to launch balloons, a second round of air strikes hit the strip overnight Thursday to Friday. So far the number of casualties, if any, is unclear. The fighting threatens a fragile ceasefire established between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers that came ...
Tensions high after Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas sites in Gaza

Tensions high after Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas sites in Gaza

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, WORLD
Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas targets in Gaza early Wednesday morning, with the military saying this was in response to incendiary balloons crossing over from Hamas-controlled territory into Israel. There have been no reports of any casualties. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the Hamas compounds were used by members planning attacks, and the militant group is "responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip, and will bear the consequences for its actions." Additionally, the Israeli military is "prepared for any scenario, including a resumption of hostilities." Last month, Israel and Hamas reached a cease-fire agreement after nearly two weeks of violence between both sides left more than 240 people in Gaza and 12 people in Israel dead. Tuesday's conflic...
Bennett sworn in as prime minister, unseating Netanyahu after 12 years in power

Bennett sworn in as prime minister, unseating Netanyahu after 12 years in power

Asia, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, WORLD
Government approved 60-59; Yamina head heckled throughout his Knesset speech; Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid becomes alternate PM; Netanyahu derides new PM and vows: ‘We’ll be back soon’ In a history-making vote, Israel’s 36th government was sworn in at the Knesset on Sunday, installing Yamina chair Naftali Bennett as prime minister and ousting Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years of consecutive rule as premier. MKs voted by a wafer-thin 60-59 in favor of the new government, made up of right-wing, left-wing, centrist, and Islamist parties that came together to oust Netanyahu and end two years of political deadlock. One MK, Ra’am’s Saeed al-Harumi, abstained from the vote. Three MKs from the predominantly Arab Joint List — Ayman Odeh, Ahmad Tibi and Osama Saadi — stayed out of the chambe...
Biden congratulates PM Bennett in phone call as US embraces new government

Biden congratulates PM Bennett in phone call as US embraces new government

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, USA, WORLD
US leader says he looks ‘forward to working’ with premier ‘to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations;’ FM Lapid invited to Washington US President Joe Biden congratulated new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Sunday night on being sworn in as the head of a new government coalition, issuing a statement and immediately following it up with a phone call. “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet,” Biden said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.” US Secretary of State Blin...
New government starts process of taking power after 12 years of Netanyahu

New government starts process of taking power after 12 years of Netanyahu

Asia, GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, WORLD
Cabinet to convene at Rivlin’s residence for festive photo; outgoing PM will brief successor but skip traditional toast; Sa’ar concedes challenge in holding new coalition together Illustrative: Then-education minister Naftali Bennett and President Reuven Rivlin at a ceremony announcing the winners of the Wolf Foundation award, at the president residence in Jerusalem, on January 16, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) Israel’s new government will meet President Reuven Rivlin for a festive photo on Monday as it begins the process of taking power following 12 years of rule by Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud. The traditional group photo will be one of the last major acts as president for Rivlin, who ends his term on July 9. While the traditional photo at the President’s Residence signifie...
Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

Asia, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, WORLD
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on after a special session of the Knesset whereby Israeli lawmakers elected a new president, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun Benjamin Netanyahu says he is victim of a ‘deep state’ conspiracy, and speaks in apocalyptic terms about Israel without his leadership. In what appear to be the final days of his historic 12-year rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not leaving the political stage quietly. The longtime leader is accusing his opponents of betraying their voters, and some have needed special security protection. Netanyahu said he is the victim of a “deep state” conspiracy. He speaks in apocalyptic terms when talking about the country without his leadership. ...
Demolishing Palestinian homes for an Israeli religious theme park

Demolishing Palestinian homes for an Israeli religious theme park

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, Israel, JUDAISM, PALESTINE, POWER, Religion, WORLD
More than 100 buildings housing about 1,500 people in the al-Bustan area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem face demolition. Silwan, Occupied East Jerusalem – Nearly 120 Palestinian families face the destruction of their homes to make way for an Israeli religious theme park where the Israelis believe King David had a garden in biblical times. About 1,500 people living in more than 100 buildings in the al-Bustan area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem are under threat. On Monday, Jerusalem Municipality inspectors, accompanied by Israeli forces, delivered notices to demolish at least 13 of those homes and structures within 21 days, after an Israeli court ruled earlier they had been constructed without building permits. “Stating that the orders were delivered is somewhat ...

Hamas military delegation in Egypt to negotiate Israel prisoner swap: report

BORDER CROSSING, CRIME, CRISIS, Egypt, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel
A military delegation from Hamas is visiting Egypt for indirect talks with Israeli negotiators over an exchange of prisoners, sources have told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service. A military delegation from Hamas is in Cairo to negotiate a prisoner exchange with Israel, Egyptian sources have told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service. The head of Hamas's political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, arrived in Cairo on Wednesday for talks with the rival Palestinian Fatah movement amid reports that an Israeli security delegation was also present in the Egyptian capital. Sources said that the Hamas military delegation is headed by Marwan Issa, the chief of staff of the Izzedin Al-Qassam Brigades, the movement's armed wing. They added that Issa’s delegation would negotiate indirectl...

Israeli shutdown of health organisation will have ‘catastrophic’ consequences on Palestinians: Amnesty

Asia, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, World Health Organization
FILE PHOTO: A woman receives a vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a temporary Clalit Healthcare Maintenance Organization (HMO) centre, in Herzliya, Israel February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo Amnesty International said the closure of the UHWC office in Ramallah will impact badly on Palestinian communities who rely on their services. The Israeli army's decision to shut down a Palestinian Union of Health Workers Committee (UHWC) office in Ramallah will have catastrophic consequences on the health needs of Palestinians, warned Amnesty International Wednesday. Israeli authorities raided the UHWC headquarters located in Ramallah, occupied West Bank, Wednesday morning, according to a statement released by Amnesty International. Soldiers broke down t...
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