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Palestinian teenager was shot and killed by Israeli officer

Col Israel Shomer, an Israeli army officer, fired at Mohammed Kasbeh, a 17-year-old Palestinian after the teenager threw a stone at his vehicle in the West Bank. The Israeli military said that Col Shomer felt his life was in danger at the time. However, the video released by an Israeli human rights group B’Tselem appears to show that the teenager was running away after ...

Ehud Olmert has been sent to prison for 8months

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for taking cash from an American businessman. He was also fined $25,700. Police said Olmert received the money from 1993 through 2006, during his tenure as Jerusalem’s mayor and while holding ministerial positions under former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He took over as prime minister in 2006 ...

Israel hits Gaza after Palestinian rocket attack:

­ The Israeli air force struck a militant target in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, the military said, hours after Palestinians fired a rocket into southern Israel. “In response to this attack, the Israel Defense Forces struck the launcher from which the rocket was fired at Israel earlier,” an army statement said. “A hit was confirmed.” The rocket fired earlier ...

Israel arrests Druze suspects in ‘lynching’

Israel arrests Druze suspects in ‘lynching’ ­  Israel arrested nine Druze Wednesday over two attacks, one of them fatal, on ambulances bringing casualties from Syria’s civil war to Israeli hospitals, security sources said Wednesday. Monday’s attacks in northern Israel and the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights drew strong censure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government is trying to prevent a spillover ...

Israel and Palestine may have committed grave abuses of international humanitarian law in Gaza

U.N. investigators said on Monday that Israel and Palestinian militant groups committed grave abuses of international humanitarian law during the 2014 Gaza conflict that may amount to war crimes. They called on all sides to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has opened a separate preliminary investigation. The Palestinian Authority is expected to make its first formal submission ...

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has rebuffed international dictate of Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sharply rebuffed what he described as an international attempt to dictate the terms of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal ahead of talks with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who was visiting the region to advance a French-led initiative. With peace talks stalled for more than a year, France has been sounding out the possibility of ...

France warns of explosion if no Mideast peace

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned Sunday of an “explosion” in the absence of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, after Paris said it would propose a U.N. resolution to set a framework for negotiations. The Palestinians have welcomed the initiative, hoping the international community will assume a greater role in resolving the conflict after more than two decades of failed U.S.-led peace ...

Israel has blocked a visit to the Palestinian territories by a U.N. rights envoy

Israel has blocked a visit to the Palestinian territories by a U.N. rights envoy, an official said Monday, just ahead of the publication of a United Nations report on last year’s Gaza war. It was the second time Makarim Wibisono, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, had been barred entry. “We didn’t allow this ...

UN criticised Israel over military operations that violate children’s rights

The United Nations on Monday left Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas off its blacklist of states and armed groups that violate children’s rights during conflicts, but criticised Israel over its 2014 military operations. UN special envoy for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, had included Israel’s army – known as the IDF – and Hamas in a draft of ...

The Supreme Court struck down “born in Jerusalem” U.S. passport

The Supreme Court struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports in an important ruling that underscores the president’s authority in foreign affairs. The court ruled 6-3 that Congress overstepped its bounds when it approved the law in 2002. It would have forced the ...