Israel-Hamas war

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Harvard Speaker Veers Off-Script at Commencement

As the 'Harvard Crimson' reports more than 1K exited commencement in protest

(Newser) - As degrees were handed out to 9,262 Harvard graduates on Thursday, more than 1,000 people exited the commencement while chanting "Free, Free Palestine" and "Let them walk," the Harvard Crimson reports. The latter was in reference to 13 Harvard seniors who were told on...

Families of Israeli Hostages Share Disturbing Video

Footage shows female soldiers being abducted by Hamas

(Newser) - In an effort to increase pressure on Israel, the families of hostages taken by Hamas during its October 7 attacks on the country have released disturbing video of some of the abductions. The footage was recorded via bodycam worn by Hamas captors and was previously released by Hamas. The Hostages...

Nations Supporting Palestinian State Grow by 3

Israel recalls ambassadors after announcement from Ireland, Spain, and Norway

(Newser) - Another three countries say they will officially recognize a Palestinian state amid outrage over Israel's war in Gaza. Ireland, Norway, and Spain announced Wednesday that they would formally recognize the Palestinian state on May 28. Israel immediately recalled its ambassadors to Oslo and Dublin in response to what it...

UN Agency: Aid From New Gaza Route Was Looted

World Food Program says US pier project may fail if alternate routes can't be used

(Newser) - The UN World Food Program said Tuesday the new US pier project for delivering aid to Gaza may fail unless Israel starts ensuring the conditions humanitarian groups need to operate safely. The operation was halted for at least two days after crowds looted aid trucks coming from the port and...

Israel Gets Into Scuffle With the AP, Shuts Down Live Video

Says news org is violating foreign media law by giving images to Al Jazeera, confiscates equipment

(Newser) - Israeli officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to the AP in southern Israel on Tuesday, accusing the news organization of violating a new media law by providing images to Al Jazeera. The Qatari satellite channel is among thousands of clients that receive live video feeds from the AP...

Amal Clooney Advised ICC on Warrants for Netanyahu, Hamas

She says her panel's decision on warrants was unanimous

(Newser) - Amal Clooney was among the legal experts who advised the International Criminal Court to seek arrest warrants for three Hamas leaders, as well as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. Clooney, a prominent human rights lawyer who's been married to actor George Clooney for...

Biden: Move Against Netanyahu 'Outrageous'

President slams request by International Criminal Court's top prosecutor for arrest warrant

(Newser) - President Biden has been walking the line between supporting Israel and criticizing its Gaza attack , but on Monday he came down firmly on Benjamin Netanyahu's side. Biden called the decision by the top prosecutor at the International Criminal Court to seek an arrest warrant for the Israeli leader "...

ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu, Hamas Leaders

Karim Khan says he's seeking arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Israel defense chief, Hamas leaders

(Newser) - The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday he's seeking arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in connection with their actions during the seven-month war. Karim Khan said that he believes Netanyahu, his defense minister Yoav Gallant, and three Hamas...

Israel Recovers Bodies of 3 Hostages in Gaza
In Gaza, Israel Recovers
Body of Another Hostage

In Gaza, Israel Recovers Body of Another Hostage

Ron Benjamin, 53, headed off for a bike ride with friends on Oct. 7

(Newser) - The body of another hostage has been recovered in Gaza, the Israeli military announced. A spokesman said that Ron Benjamin, 53, was abducted by Hamas on the morning of Oct. 7 and killed the same day, per the Times of Israel , and that his body was then held hostage in...

Gantz Gives Netanyahu Ultimatum Over War

Rival says he'll leave emergency government unless there's a clear plan in place soon

(Newser) - A member of Israel's senior leadership announced Saturday that he'll resign unless Benjamin Netanyahu settles on a plan with his Cabinet for the future of the war against Hamas. "If you choose the path of zealots, dragging the country into the abyss, we will be forced to...

US Military Says Gaza Pier Is Complete

Floating pier is part of complicated aid delivery project

(Newser) - The US military finished installing a floating pier for the Gaza Strip on Thursday, with officials poised to begin ferrying badly needed humanitarian aid into the enclave besieged over seven months of intense fighting in the Israel-Hamas war. The military's Central Command stressed that none of its forces entered...

Families of Israeli Soldiers: Rafah Is a 'Death Trap'
Families of Israeli Soldiers:
Rafah Is a 'Death Trap'

Families of Israeli Soldiers: Rafah Is a 'Death Trap'

Israel looks poised to launch full-scale offensive despite lack of support

(Newser) - Israel continues to face pressure to call off its offensive into Rafah, the southern Gaza city host to one million sheltering Palestinians—now from the parents of more than 900 of its own soldiers.
  • 'Deadly trap': With forewarned "forces on the other side actively preparing to strike,"

Confusion Surfaces Over Gaza Death Toll

It appears to stem from a difference in deaths and bodies identified

(Newser) - In data published by the UN May 6 , Palestinian casualties during the Israel-Hamas war were reported to be 34,735, more than 14,500 of those children and more than 9,500 of them women. Two days later, the UN published data with very different numbers: 4,959 women and...

Israeli Troops Push Farther Into Rafah Despite Outcry

Blinken delivers harsher criticism of Gaza offensive

(Newser) - The exodus of Palestinians from Gaza's last refuge accelerated Sunday as Israeli forces pushed deeper into the southern city of Rafah. Israel also pounded the territory's devastated north, where some Hamas militants have regrouped in areas the military said it had cleared months ago, the AP reports. Rafah...

Netanyahu: 'We Have No Other Choice' on Rafah

In sit-down with Dr. Phil, PM says Israel 'will do what we have to do to protect our country'

(Newser) - After President Biden warned earlier this week that the US would halt weapons shipments to Israel if it carried out a ground invasion into the Gaza city of Rafah, Benjamin Netanyahu said he wouldn't be deterred in his mission, noting, "If we have to stand alone, we will...

US: Israel May Have Broken International Law

Nothing found calls for stopping arms shipments, State Department says

(Newser) - The State Department told Congress on Friday that although it hasn't found violations that would merit withholding military aid from Israel, it is "reasonable to assess" that the US ally's offensive in Gaza has used US weapons in breaking international law. At the same time, the Biden...

UN Vote on Palestine Seen as a Rebuke to US

Members overwhelmingly back granting full membership to Palestine

(Newser) - The UN General Assembly voted by a wide margin on Friday to grant new "rights and privileges" to Palestine and called on the Security Council to favorably reconsider its request to become the 194th member of the United Nations. The 193-member world body approved the resolution by a vote...

Netanyahu Responds Defiantly to Biden's Warning

Israel 'will stand alone' if necessary, he says

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu is responding with defiance to a warning from President Biden about an expected invasion of Rafah. After Biden said the US would halt the shipment of offensive weapons to Israel should it go ahead with the ground invasion, Netanyahu issued a video message :
  • "If we have to stand

Irish University Meets Demands, Praises Protesters

Protesters agree to take down encampment after Trinity College Dublin agrees to meet key demands

(Newser) - In contrast to events at many campuses on the other side of the Atlantic, students at Ireland's oldest university agreed to take down an anti-Gaza war encampment after negotiations that Trinity College Dublin officials described as "very productive and very fruitful." After five days of peaceful protest,...

Biden Issues 'Most Direct' Warning Yet to Israel

If Israel goes into Rafah, 'I'm not supplying the weapons,' president says

(Newser) - Following Monday's news of a "shot across the bow" by the US when it—for the first known time since the start of the Israel-Hamas war—paused an arms transfer to Israel, comes a big line from President Biden. "I made it clear that if they go...

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