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European Nations Weigh In on West Bank Violence

Six countries appeal to both sides to not do anything to endanger peace talks

(Newser) - European countries denounced recent deadly attacks in the occupied West Bank by Palestinian militants on Saturday, while also pressuring Israel. "We urge the Israeli government to reverse its recent decision to advance the construction of more than 7,000 settlement building units across the occupied West Bank and to...

After Rampage, Help Comes From a Surprise Source

Israeli crowdfunding campaign raises money for Palestinian town

(Newser) - An Israeli-led crowdfunding campaign has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Palestinian residents of a West Bank town that was set ablaze by radical Jewish settlers, the organizer of the drive said Thursday. Some 12,000 Israelis have donated nearly 1.7 million shekels—$465,000—since the campaign...

US: Israeli Official's Words 'Repugnant' and 'Disgusting'

Finance chief Bezalel Smotrich said Palestinian town of Hawara should be 'erased'

(Newser) - A far-right government official in Israel has drawn the condemnation of the US for his inflammatory comments about a Palestinian town now at the center of tensions. "I think the village of Hawara needs to be erased," said Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich during an on-stage interview Wednesday. He...

Violence Flares in West Bank, Leaving 3 Israelis Dead

Palestinian man shoots driver a day after slayings spark rampage

(Newser) - A Palestinian gunman on Monday shot and killed an Israeli motorist in the occupied West Bank, the latest bloodshed in a fresh wave of fighting that showed no signs of slowing. The killing occurred a day after two Israelis were killed by a Palestinian gunman in the northern West Bank,...

Israeli Raid on West Bank Kills 11 Palestinians

Rockets were fired from Gaza after deadly raid

(Newser) - Palestinian militants in Gaza launched rockets at southern Israel and Israeli aircraft struck targets in the coastal enclave early Thursday after a gun battle with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank killed 10 Palestinians. An 11th person died from tear gas inhalation. Among those killed in Wednesday's raid...

Escalation Fears Rise After Israel Strikes Gaza

Rockets were fired from Gaza after 9 Palestinians died in West Bank raid

(Newser) - Israel’s defense minister signaled Friday that the military would stop its airstrikes if Palestinian militant groups halted rocket attacks, a day after the deadliest Israeli raid in decades raised the prospect of a major flare-up in fighting. After a limited exchange of Palestinian rockets and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza...

Amid Rush Hour in Jerusalem, 2 Giant Blasts

Teen killed, 18 hurt after bomb attacks at 2 Israeli bus stations

(Newser) - Two blasts went off near bus stops in Jerusalem at the height of morning rush hour on Wednesday, killing a Canadian-Israeli teenager and injuring at least 18, in what police said were suspected attacks by Palestinians. The first explosion occurred near a typically crowded bus stop on the edge of...

Palestinian Leader Causes Outrage With '50 Holocausts' Remark

He made comparison during news conference in Berlin

(Newser) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outraged Germans—and Israelis—Tuesday night by referring to the massacres of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces as "Holocausts." Abbas, speaking at a joint press conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, made the remark when a German journalist asked if he planned...

Americans Wounded in Jerusalem Shooting

Palestinian gunman injured 8 people in all

(Newser) - A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus near Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday, wounding eight in an attack that came a week after violence flared up between Israel and militants in Gaza, police and medics said. The US Ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, tweeted that American citizens were...

Palestinian Hunger Striker Has Refused Food for 160 Days

Egypt is seeking release of Khalil Awawdeh as part of Gaza ceasefire deal

(Newser) - A Palestinian hunger striker who his family says has refused food for the past 160 days and is wasting away in an Israeli jailhouse infirmary has suddenly been thrust into the center of efforts to firm up a Gaza ceasefire. Khalil Awawdeh is in the spotlight because the Islamic Jihad...

Ceasefire Between Israel, Palestinians After Days of Violence in Gaza

After 3 days of the worst fighting since last year

(Newser) - A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect late Sunday in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis, the AP reports. The flare-up was the worst fighting between Israel and Gaza militant...

Israel, Militants Edge Closer to War as Airstrikes Intensify

Israeli bomb kills another Islamic Jihad commander, as militants retaliate with missiles

(Newser) - Israel said Sunday that it killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in a crowded Gaza refugee camp, the second such targeted attack since it launched its high-stakes military offensive against the militant group before the weekend. The Iran-backed militant group has fired hundreds of rockets at Israel in response, and...

US: Shot From Israeli Lines Probably Killed Journalist

Bullet was so damaged that forensic experts say they can't be certain

(Newser) - Update: The gunshot that killed a journalist in the occupied West Bank probably came from an Israeli military position, the US State Department said Monday, but the bullet was so damaged that forensic experts can't be sure. Although they couldn't positively match the bullet to a gun, the...

Israel Begins Investigation of Police Actions at Funeral

Officers beat mourners during procession for Al Jazeera journalist

(Newser) - Update: Israeli police announced Saturday they're investigating the actions of officers during a journalist's funeral that became violent. International criticism of the officers, who attacked pallbearers trying to reach a church in Jerusalem, has been widespread since the confrontation Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. President Biden is...

Al Jazeera, Israel Clash Over Death of Reporter

Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, a US citizen, was killed during Israeli raid in West Bank

(Newser) - A female journalist for Al Jazeera was shot and killed while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early Wednesday. The broadcaster and a reporter who was wounded in the incident blamed Israeli forces, while Israel claimed there was evidence the two were hit by...

Palestinians, Police Clash Again at Holy Site

Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City has been the site of confrontations

(Newser) - Israeli police on Sunday entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City to secure the way for Jewish visitors to the flashpoint holy site, fueling clashes that left 17 Palestinians wounded, said Palestinian medical workers. The unrest happened two days after clashes with Palestinians at the same site....

Israel Faces a 'New Wave of Terror'

Gunman kills 5, including a police officer, in 3rd attack in a week

(Newser) - "We are dealing with a new wave of terror," Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday after a gunman on a motorcycle killed five people with an assault rifle in a suburb of Tel Aviv. Police said they shot and killed the shooter—identified as Diaa Hamarsheh, a...

Father: Israel Has Held Teen Son a Year Without Charges

17-year-old Palestinian with neuromuscular disorder is under 'administrative detention'

(Newser) - Israel is considering whether to extend the detention of a 17-year-old Palestinian boy with a rare neuromuscular disorder who has been held without charge for nearly a year in what authorities refer to as administrative detention, his father said Monday. The use of administrative detention has galvanized demonstrations across the...

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Sally Rooney Nixes a Hebrew Translation of Her Novel

Author's decision is due to her opinion on the Israel-Palestine conflict

(Newser) - Sally Rooney, an author who's been referred to as "the first great millennial novelist," is making her stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict crystal clear: The 30-year-old won't allow a Hebrew translation of her latest novel. Rooney rejected an offer from Israeli publisher Modan, which published her...

Israeli Troops Open Fire on Palestinian Protesters

24 demonstrators and an Israeli police officer are wounded

(Newser) - Israeli gunfire on Saturday wounded 24 Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head, health officials said. An Israeli police officer was critically wounded by Palestinian gunfire during the clashes along Gaza's border with Israel, the AP reports. The violence erupted after hundreds of Palestinians took...

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