Hamas denounces Israel ‘blackmail and arm-twisting’ over Gaza aid

Palestinian groups say they reject the idea of linking the reconstruction of Gaza to a prisoner exchange deal with Israel. Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip have warned Israel against delays in lifting restrictions imposed on the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave and impeding reconstruction after last month’s devastating attacks. The warning was issued on Tuesday after […]

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‘My Zionism’: Israel’s latest unsuccessful PR stunt

On June 1, Ashager Araro, an Israeli army reserve lieutenant of Ethiopian Jewish descent, released a video on Instagram captioned “My Zionism”. In the almost three-minute clip, Araro accuses those who consider Zionism to be an “imperialist idea”, of “actively” deleting “the history of Brown and Black Jews”. She claims that such a stance dismisses […]

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Aid to Palestinians promised by US blocked by Republican senator

A key United States senator is blocking $50m in economic assistance to the Palestinians, undercutting promises of help by Secretary of State Antony Blinken after Israel’s bombing of Gaza in May and delaying the much-needed reconstruction of water resources and roads. Last month, Republican Senator James Risch placed a hold on the funding, already approved […]

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Israeli forces target Palestinian demonstrators in East Jerusalem

At least 20 injured after Israeli police fire teas gas, rubber-coated bullets at Palestinians during brawl with settlers in Sheikh Jarrah. Israeli police used stun grenades and sprayed skunk water on Palestinians overnight in the flashpoint occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. There were clashes between Jewish settlers and Palestinians earlier Monday evening with […]

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Hamas-UN talks over Gaza’s humanitarian situation have ‘failed’

Hamas’s talks with the United Nations over the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip have failed, the group’s leader in the enclave said. “This was a bad meeting and it was completely negative,” Yahya Sinwar said on Monday. “The meeting with the UN delegation was thorough and they listened to us. But unfortunately, there are […]

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Israel allows limited Gaza exports, one month after truce

Israel has allowed a limited resumption of commercial exports from the besieged Gaza Strip in what it called a “conditional” measure, one month after a truce halted an 11-day offensive on the Strip. “Following a security evaluation, a decision has been made for the first time since the end of (the fighting) to enable … […]

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Gaza survivors face rebuilding – again – after Israel’s attack

Gaza City – Over the last 12 years Gaza residents have endured four deadly Israeli attacks and after the latest, many Palestinians are again forced to reconstruct their shattered homes. The 11-day Israeli onslaught in May destroyed 1,148 housing and commercial units and partially damaged 15,000 others, leaving more than 100,000 civilians displaced in United […]

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Israeli air raids target Gaza for second time since ceasefire

Israel targets a civil administration building, sites belonging to armed Palestinian groups and an agricultural field, sources say. Israeli fighter jets have launched a series of air raids on the Gaza Strip for the second time since a shaky ceasefire ended last month’s 11-day war. Palestinian sources on the ground said Israeli missiles on Thursday […]

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Israeli officer charged in killing of autistic Palestinian

Israeli prosecutors on Thursday charged a border police officer with reckless manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem’s Old City last year. The indictment came just over a year after the shooting of Eyad Hallaq. Hallaq’s family had previously criticised Israeli authorities’ investigation into his killing, and called for much […]

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Gaza recycles rubble as Israel upholds ban on construction goods

Gaza City – More than a month after Israel launched its deadly offensive on the Gaza Strip, residents are attempting to rebuild following the heavy destruction incurred by missiles and artillery shells. The 11-day offensive, which killed 256 Palestinians including 66 children, was marked by its intensity and the targeting of civilian structures. On the […]

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