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UN: Palestinian children tortured, used as human shields by Israel

A United Nations human rights body accused Israeli forces on Thursday of mistreating Palestinian children, including by torturing those in custody …

Gaza's only power plant destroyed in Israel's most intense air strike yet

Flames and clouds of black smoke billowed over Gaza's only power plant on after it was destroyed during the most relentless and widespread Israeli bombardment of the current conflict. At least 100 people were killed on Tuesday, according to Gaza health officials.<p>"The power plant is finished," said …

Israel’s mixed message on the threat of Hamas’ rockets

Third, there is a marked difference between what Israeli leaders say in English to the world and what Israeli representatives say in Arabic to Arab audiences. In fact, the message in Arabic is quite the opposite of the one in English — something Israeli leaders and advocates used to relish in …

Pope Francis: 1 in 50 Clerics Is a Pedophile

One in 50 clerics is a pedophile, Pope Francis said in an interview published Sunday, in which he also hinted that the mandate of priestly celibacy may one day be lifted.<p>Francis condemned child sex abuse as a "leprosy" in the church and cited his aides as saying that "the level of pedophilia in the …

In Gaza there is scant time to flee the bombs, and ‘no place is safe’

RAFAH — Khader Khader had less than one minute to evacuate his home.<p>At 7 a.m. on Friday, the 55-year-old was sleeping under the staircase with his five children when he heard his neighbor scream, "Dr. Khader, evacuate! They are going to bomb my house!"<p>At that moment, Khader's 7-year-old son, …

Israeli police clampdown on protests in Arab towns

Clashes broke out in a number of Arab Israeli towns on Saturday evening in the aftermath of the revenge killing of an Arab boy by Jewish settlers …

Tunis condemns ‘inhumane’ Israeli acts against Palestinians

The Tunisian foreign ministry denounced on Friday “inhumane” acts carried out by Israel against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem …

Israel

Hamas official denies regional efforts to reach truce with Israel

Senior Hamas official in Lebanon Osama Hamdan denied on Friday any effort exerted to reach a truce between his movement and Israel regarding the …

Lieberman criticises Netanyahu’s effort to reach ceasefire with Gaza

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman slammed on Friday a potential ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Israeli newspaper <i>Yedioth Ahronoth</i> …

US ‘profoundly troubled’ by beating of American boy

The US State Department has called for a swift investigation of the severe beating of an American teenager in Israeli custody. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki …

African migrants protest treatment in Israel

About 1,000 African migrants have marched out of an Israeli detention center, protesting what they have called their mistreatment at the hands of Israeli authorities.<p>The migrants are currently camped out at Israel's border with Egypt after the Israeli army prevented them from crossing into Egypt, …

Israel launches airstrikes in Gaza after rockets fired

The Israeli military carried out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Sunday, saying the strikes were in retaliation for six rockets from Gaza that struck Israel the previous evening.<p>Two of the rockets from the Hamas-ruled territory hit a factory in the southern town of Sderot, setting it ablaze.<p>Israel’s …

Israeli foreign minister seeks to criminalise Arab citizens

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has criticised Israeli Arab demonstrators who took to the streets in solidarity with Palestinians under …

Israel escalates arbitrary measures against Palestinians

The Israeli occupation forces have escalated arbitrary measures including night raids, arbitrary arrests and travel bans against the Palestinians in …

30% of Gazans without daily income in Ramadan

Around 30 percent of the residents of the Gaza Strip are left without a daily income during the fasting month of Ramadan, a new survey showed on …

Is search for missing Israeli settlers just a smokescreen?

Two weeks ago, three Israeli settler youths went missing while hitch-hiking in the occupied West Bank. Israel has officially blamed Hamas, …

Striking Gaza health workers throw down the gauntlet to Abbas

In a heated press conference outside Gaza’s Shifa Hospital on Thursday, striking Gaza health sector workers rejected any and all attempts by the …

Lieberman: ‘Israel can offer support for moderate Arab states fighting extremists’

Israel is willing to help moderate Arab states face the threat of Islamist extremists, the country’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, during …

Bir Zeit University celebrates graduates and remembers those it has lost

Over the two weeks, more than 550 Palestinians have been arrested according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society amidst the heaviest Israeli …

Hamas: Israeli announcement of names of kidnappers an attempt to cover its failure

Hamas has described Israel’s announcement of the names of some of those it accuses of kidnapping the three settlers in Hebron as “an attempt to cover …

Israel killed 104 Palestinian prisoners in last two decades

Prisoner support and human rights organisation, Addameer, has said that the Israeli occupation has killed 104 Palestinian prisoners since 1991, when …

Middle East

Israeli attacks kill two Palestinians and wound six others

Two Palestinian citizens were killed on Friday afternoon when an Israeli aircraft targeted a civilian vehicle in the west of the Gaza Strip, …

Israel

UN provides a platform to manipulate Israeli violence into a legitimate necessity

As the settler-colonial state intensified its outburst of violence under the guise of Operation Brother’s Keeper, the Palestinian leadership issued a …

Shame on their statements

This time, the statements were not made out of jealousy or spite, but were part of a process of systematic misguidance in order to force people’s …

Many Palestinian prisoners end hunger strike following deal

Scores of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons ended their weeks-long hunger strike following an agreement with the Israeli prison authorities, a …

Abbas names head of Palestinian unity government

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday appointed current Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to be prime minister of the new unity government, in line with last month's agreement between Fatah and Hamas to name a technocratic government of national reconciliation.<p>“I hereby appoint Mr. …

Israel suspends soldier after Palestinian teens killed at Nakba protest

Despite the suspension, Israel denies that any of its soldiers fired live ammunition and has not accepted responsibility for the killings.<p>After the initial report of the soldier’s suspension, Israeli media clarified that the punitive measure was taken because he was a non-combat soldier not …

Israeli forces storm Palestinian newspaper offices in Ramallah

Israeli forces stormed the offices of <i>Al Ayyam</i> newspaper in Ramallah and confiscated the “<i>Palestine</i>“, “<i>Al Risalah</i>” and “<i>Al Istiqlal</i>” newspapers. The …