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Israeli fire kills 2 in Gaza after blast wounds soldiers

Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian teenagers in the Gaza Strip, medical sources said Sunday, as tensions rose after an apparent bomb attack that wounded several Israeli soldiers on the enclave’s border. The Saturday explosion and ensuing Israeli air strikes marked one of the most serious escalations in the Hamas-ruled territory since the Islamist movement…

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Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit West Bank

Ramallah, Palestinian Territories: Narendra Modi on Saturday became the first Indian prime minister to visit the occupied West Bank where he held talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas as part of a Middle East tour. The visit, which came weeks after Modi hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was seen as an Indian effort to…

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U.S. won’t pay $45 million pledged for Palestinian food aid for now

WASHINGTON: The United States will not provide $45 million in food aid for Palestinians that it pledged last month as part of the West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal led by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, reported Reuters. The State Department had said on Tuesday that Washington would…

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Khawaja Asif sees India, Israel developing anti-Muslim nexus

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif says India and Israel have anti-Islam nexus, which is evident from their occupation of Muslim territories. In an interview with a private channel, he said India has occupied the territory of Kashmir, while Israel is occupying a vast area of Palestine. The foreign minister said Pakistan never accepted Israel, and…

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Senior Hamas figure critical after shooting accident

Gaza City: A senior figure in Palestinian Islamist group Hamas was hospitalised in critical condition Tuesday after suffering a gunshot wound to the head in what officials said was an accident. Imad al-Alami, a founding member of Hamas and former member of its highest political body, was wounded while “inspecting his personal weapon in his…

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Jerry Seinfeld invites ire after visit to military camp that trains Israelis how to kill Palestinians

NEWS DESK: US comedian Jerry Seinfeld visited a military camp in West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel, which trains Israelis how to kill Palestinians. After pictures of his visit surfaced on social media, a number of people called him out for his support to a Zionist regime that violates human rights. Check out…

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Arab League to lobby U.N. to recognize Palestinian state

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi speaks during his joint news conference with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Amman, Jordan January 6, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed AMMAN: Arab states will soon embark on a diplomatic drive to persuade the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory captured…

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Singapore bans film focused on indicted Palestinian teen activist

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi (R) enters a military courtroom escorted by Israeli Prison Service personnel at Ofer Prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad SINGAPORE: Singapore has banned a film festival from screening a documentary later this week that features a teenage Palestinian female activist whose arrest last month…

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Israel orders African refugees to leave country within three months or face prison

NEWS DESK: The Israeli government has ordered thousands of African refugees and migrants to leave the country within three months or face prison, reported The Independent with additional input from agencies. The Population and Immigration Authority called this week on those from Sudan and Eritrea to leave “to their country or to a third country”,…

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Brave Palestinian girl turns 16

 The little girl of Palestine, Ahad, who showed fist to Israeli soldier, has turned 16. She still has the same mannerism. The 16-year brave soul has been indicted today. Know more in this report.

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Palestinians condemn Israeli move to assert control over West Bank

Likud party members vote during a Likud Central Committee meeting in Airport City, Israel December 31, 2017 REUTERS/Amir Cohen NEWS DESK: Palestinian groups have condemned a resolution by Israel’s Likud party calling for the state to annex parts of the West Bank, reported The Independent. At a meeting of the party’s central committee on Sunday,…

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Israel indicts Palestinian teenage girl who punched soldier: army

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi (R) enters a military courtroom escorted by Israeli Prison Service personnel at Ofer Prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad OFER PRISON, West Bank: Israel indicted a 16-year-old Palestinian girl on Monday on charges including assault for punching an Israeli soldier in the face two…

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Netanyahu’s party calls for de-facto annexation of Israeli settlements

LOD, Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party unanimously urged legislators in a non-binding resolution on Sunday to effectively annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, land that Palestinians want for a future state, reported Reuters. By enacting civilian law over settlements, the move could streamline procedures for their construction and expansion. That land…

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Israel’s foreign ministry receives backlash over ‘racist’ cartoon

The cartoon, which depicts Israel as a futuristic city with flying cars and the Arab world as a stubborn man on a mule, was criticized as “racist” by many on social media. PHOTO: TWITTER ACCOUNT OF ISRAEL’S FOREIGN MINISTRY NEWS DESK: Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday published a cartoon in Arabic, urging upon readers that…

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Following Trump’s lead, Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala is to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, President Jimmy Morales said Sunday, following US President Donald Trump’s controversial lead on the holy city. After speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Morales wrote to Guatemalans on his Facebook page that “one of the most important topics was the return of…

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Abbas says Palestinians won’t accept US peace plan

PARIS: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that his people would “no longer accept” any peace plan proposed by the United States, following Washington’s decision to unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Trump administration has been preparing a plan in secret which is expected to be presented to the two sides in…

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Nikki Haley speech on UN vote: Here’s how Twitter responded

NEWS DESK: Over 120 countries defied President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the US to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. On the issue, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the 193-member General Assembly ahead of Thursday’s vote…

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Defying Trump, over 120 countries at U.N. condemn Jerusalem decision

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetos an Egyptian-drafted resolution regarding recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem, during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid UNITED NATIONS:…

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Israel’s Netanyahu calls U.N. “house of lies” before Jerusalem vote

TEL AVIV: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the United Nations as a “house of lies” ahead of a vote on Thursday on a draft resolution calling on the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “Israel totally rejects this vote, even before (the resolution‘s) approval,” Netanyahu said in a speech at…

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Erdogan urges world to resist US threat in Jerusalem vote

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called on UN member states not to be swayed by US leader Donald Trump’s threat to cut funding, during a key vote on a motion rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I am calling on the whole world: never sell your democratic will in return for…

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Israel arrests brave Palestinian girl known for confronting soldiers

BETHLEHEM: Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist, has been detained during a pre-dawn raid on her home by the Israeli army and border police in the occupied West Bank, reported Al Jazeera. Ahed’s mother, Nariman, was also arrested on Tuesday afternoon during a visit to Ahed at an Israeli police station. According to Ahed’s…

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