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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In Pictures: Israeli police attack Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah

Israeli police used stun grenades and sprayed skunk water on Palestinians in the tense occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. There had been clashes between Jewish settlers and Palestinians earlier in the evening, with Israeli media reporting that chairs and stones had been thrown between the sides. The Palestine Red Crescent said 20 Palestinians […]

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Violations against children in conflict ‘alarmingly high’: UN

Grave violations against children in conflict remain “alarmingly high”, with the coronavirus pandemic increasing their vulnerability to abduction, recruitment and sexual violence, a new United Nations report has found. In its annual Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) report (PDF), released on Monday, the UN said at least 19,379 children affected by war in 2020 were […]

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Palestine’s forgotten oil and gas resources

After Israel’s latest military operation, and the ensuing massive devastation in Gaza, the international community has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to help with the reconstruction of the Strip. However, a lasting end to conflict between Israel and Palestine will not be possible without long-term investment in Palestine’s economic and human development, running into […]

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Israeli foreign minister to undertake first visit to UAE

Yair Lapid will inaugurate the country’s embassy in Abu Dhabi during his June 29-30 visit, says the foreign ministry. Israel’s newly appointed foreign minister Yair Lapid will head to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next week for the first-ever visit by a top Israeli diplomat to the Gulf emirate, which comes after the normalisation of […]

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