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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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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