Syria gripped by hostage drama, rocket strike

Deutsche Welle (Reuters, AP), January 28

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned the President Bashar al-Assad’s government against further rocket attacks on Wednesday as the focus remained on a Japanese hostage held in Syria by Islamic State (IS) extremists.

Israel evacuated its Mount Hermon ski resort on the Golan Heights on Tuesday after at least […]

Anchor Leaves CNN After Paris Tweets

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NYT – The veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy has left the network after a series of Twitter messages he wrote about the terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.

In the tweets, which were sent on the day of the attack, Mr. Clancy wrote about […]

Obama assures Netanyahu on Iran nuke deal

AFP, January 13

Washington DC – U.S. President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that America was committed to a “comprehensive” nuclear deal with Iran, and said that Palestinian ICC membership was not “constructive,” officials said.

“The United States is focused on reaching a comprehensive deal with Iran that prevents Iran from acquiring […]

Palestinians to press war-crimes case against Israel

AP, By Josef Federman & Mohammed Daraghmeh, December 31

Ramallah, West Bank – Turning up the pressure on Israel, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they are joining the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against the Jewish state — a risky, high-stakes move that brought threats of retaliation from Israel and criticism from the […]

Israel strikes near the Syrian capital: Syrian TV

Reuters, By Oliver Holmes, December 7

Beirut – Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon.

An Israeli army spokesman said he would not comment on the “foreign reports”.

Israel has struck Syria several times since […]

A New Intifada? Israel’s Arab Citizen Uprising Spreads

As the world focuses attention on confrontations in Jerusalem, violence is spreading among Israel’s Arab population in other parts of the country.

The Daily Beast, By Creede Newton, November 10

Haifa, Israel — Over the past few days, the north of Israel caught fire.

The whole region has been a tinderbox for weeks as Israelis […]

Why did Netanyahu respond to chickenshit with ‘grassy knoll’ remark?

Mondoweiss, By Annie Robbins, October 31

Wading through all the chickensh*t over the last few days Netanyahu’s “grassy knoll” comeback somehow missed out on all the action, but what the hoot guys? Where I come from that terminology only means one thing, as far as I know, that applies to the lexicon anywhere in America, […]

Sweden Gives Recognition to Palestinians

New York Times, By Isabel Kershner, October 30

Jerusalem — The Swedish government on Thursday officially recognized a state of Palestine, as the new prime minister, Stefan Lofven, ignored Israeli protests and followed through on a pledge he made at his inauguration this month.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry posted a message on Twitter on Thursday […]

$5.4 billion pledged to rebuild Gaza

Al Jazeera, October 12

A donor conference in Cairo to raise money for Gaza after this year’s war between Hamas and Israel ended with pledges of $5.4 billion, half of which will be “dedicated” to the reconstruction of the coastal enclave, Norway’s foreign minister said Sunday.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende offered the figure at […]

Israel Claims Nearly 1,000 Acres of West Bank Land Near Bethlehem

New York Times, By Isabel Kershner, August 31

Jerusalem — Israel on Sunday laid claim to nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land in a Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem — a step that could herald significant Israeli construction in the area — defying Palestinian demands for a halt in settlement expansion and challenging world […]

Congress backs $225M bill to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense

CBS/AP, August 1

Washington – Both the House and Senate on Friday rushed approved a $225 million bill to replenish Israel’s missile defense system.

The money will go to restocking Israel’s Iron Dome, which has been credited with shooting down dozens of incoming rockets fired by Palestinian militants over three and a half weeks of […]

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All

The New Yorker, By Katie Zavadski, July 25

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the […]

UN human rights chief: Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza

Despite Israeli lobbying, Palestinians have managed to call for a vote on Wednesday on severe condemnation of IDF operation in Gaza.

Ha’aretz, By Barak Ravid, July 23

The UN human rights chief said Wednesday during an emergency meeting that Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay […]

Gaza crisis: 13 Israeli soldiers, scores of Gazans killed

BBC, July 20

Israel and Gaza have both suffered their bloodiest day since the beginning of the current offensive.

Israel says that 13 of its soldiers died since Saturday night, the biggest one-day loss for its army in years.

At least 87 Gazans were reported killed on Sunday – 60 of them in the district […]

NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children

The Intercept, By Glenn Greenwald, July 17

Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to […]

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