Abbas delays Palestinian elections; Hamas slams ‘coup’

President Mahmoud Abbas announced early Friday that the first Palestinian elections in 15 years will be delayed, citing a dispute with Israel to call off a vote in which his fractured Fatah party was expected to suffer another embarrassing defeat to the Hamas militant group. Hamas slammed the move as a “coup.” But the indefiniteContinue reading “Abbas delays Palestinian elections; Hamas slams ‘coup’”

‘Grave abuses’: Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of apartheid

Human Rights Watch has accused Israel of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians as a report finds the country has crossed a vital threshold and is privileging one group of people at the expense of another and carrying out inhumane acts. Both apartheid and persecution are deemed crimes against humanity under international law. Human Rights WatchContinue reading “‘Grave abuses’: Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of apartheid”

Palestinians cheer as Israeli barriers come down after Jerusalem Ramadan clashes

Palestinians gathered in celebration outside Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate on Sunday night after barriers put up by Israeli police were removed, allowing them access to a square that became the focus of nightly Ramadan clashes. Thousands filled the East Jerusalem plaza late on Sunday, somewaving Palestinian flags, after police permitted them access to the tiered entranceContinue reading “Palestinians cheer as Israeli barriers come down after Jerusalem Ramadan clashes”

Violent clashes in Jerusalem after Israeli far-right march

At least 105 Palestinians wounded in clashes in occupied East Jerusalem that ensued after the march by far-right Israelis. More than 100 Palestinians and 20 Israeli police have been wounded in overnight violent clashes that ensued after far-right Israelis marched in the occupied East Jerusalem chanting “death to Arabs”. The Palestinian Red Crescent said itContinue reading “Violent clashes in Jerusalem after Israeli far-right march”

Israel destroys Irish aid to Palestinian village community

Tents, solar panels and herd shelters smashed as Ireland and EU urged to evolve policy The labels read “Humanitarian support to Palestinians at risk of forcible transfer in the West Bank” and they lie in the rubble of a destroyed community that is home to over 60 people, more than half of them children. TheContinue reading “Israel destroys Irish aid to Palestinian village community”

Israel to Brief Hundreds of Defense Officials, Fearing They May Be Arrested After ICC Ruling

Israel had prepared a confidential list of past and present officials who might be wanted by the international court, in the wake of decision on possible war crimes Officials say several member states have agreed to warn Israel of any plan to arrest Israelis Hundreds of senior Israeli security officials, past and present, are expectedContinue reading “Israel to Brief Hundreds of Defense Officials, Fearing They May Be Arrested After ICC Ruling”

ICC Clears Way for War Crimes Probe of Israeli Actions

The International Criminal Court said Friday that its jurisdiction extends to territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, clearing the way for its chief prosecutor to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions. The decision was welcomed by the Palestinians and decried by Israel’s prime minister, who accused the court ofContinue reading “ICC Clears Way for War Crimes Probe of Israeli Actions”

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