Palestinians ask ICC to probe alleged Israeli human rights crimes

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on Tuesday submitted a request asking the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged human rights violations linked to Israeli settlement policies. The application goes further than a 2015 request for prosecutors to examine alleged crimes in the region and could fast-track the process to a full investigation.

Paraguay opens its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, second country to follow US lead

Monday, 21 May 2018

Paraguay opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, the second country to follow the United States in making the politically sensitive move from Tel Aviv. Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attended the inauguration ceremony. The United States relocated its embassy to Jerusalem a week ago, drawing Palestinian anger, and was followed by Guatemala on Wednesday. Cartes and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the inauguration of the new ...

Palestinian publicly sets himself on fire in Gaza

Monday, 21 May 2018

A 20-year-old Palestinian is in critical condition on Sunday after publicly setting himself on fire but his motives remain unclear with family believing he was despairing over Gaza’s dire living conditions and Hamas, the militant group that rules the territory, alleging personal problems. Suicide is strictly forbidden in Islam and cases are rare in conservative Gaza but dozens were reported last year. Several cases of self-immolation have also been reported in Gaza over the past years. ...

Two Palestinians wounded in Monday protests die: Gaza ministry

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Two Palestinians have died from their wounds after being shot on Monday by Israeli troops during protests in the Gaza Strip, the territory’s health ministry said on Saturday.The two men killed were 20-year-old Mohammed Mazen Alyan and 58-year-old Moein Abdel-Hamid Al-Saai, the Hamas-run ministry said in a statement.The ministry said Alyan was wounded east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp, while other medical sources reported Al-Saai was wounded to the east of Gaza City.The deaths bring to 61 ...

UN council mulls calling for Palestinian protection force

Friday, 18 May 2018

The United Nations Security Council will begin talks on Monday on a Kuwait-drafted resolution that condemns Israeli force against Palestinian civilians and calls for an “international protection mission” to be deployed to the occupied territories. The draft resolution, seen by Reuters on Friday, asks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report within 30 days of its adoption on “ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian ...

Israel builds ‘missile net’ on border to protect airport

Friday, 18 May 2018

Israel has built a unique “missile net” to defend a new airport, as part of a newly-completed segment of its eastern border barrier, a military official said Friday. The 34-kilometre fence runs along Israel’s border with Jordan, beginning near the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat and reaching the site of a new airport being constructed in the Timna Valley. The fence, 6 meters high, is part of a broader strategy by Israel to surround itself by barriers, including at its ...

Arab FMs seek probe into Israeli massacres of Palestinians

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Arab foreign ministers on Thursday called for an international probe into alleged crimes by Israeli forces against Palestinians following mass protests on the Gaza border that resulted in the killing of dozens of demonstrators. In a resolution adopted at the end of the extraordinary session of the Council of Arab Foreign Ministers at the headquarters of the Arab League, the ministers instructed the Arab League General Secretariat to act quickly to form an independent international commission ...

Lebanon’s tragedy: What separating from the system of Arab interests means

Friday, 18 May 2018

Lebanese parliamentary elections did not bring a positive change in the country and seem to show there is no path towards getting Lebanon out of the bottleneck. Political and economic suffocation continues to hold the state by the neck and to worsen the crises that pose an existential threat for the country that’s no longer attractive on the economic, political or media levels.  Elections provided no solutions  These elections have further highlighted the transformation in the ...

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Has Turkey violated UN sanctions by selling Israeli equipment to Iran?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Israeli political sources told local newspapers that Turkey sold Iran electronic equipment purchased by a Turkish company from an Israeli company based in West Jerusalem. This comes amid the diplomatic crisis that has plagued the Israeli-Turkish relations, where both countries have expulsed the respective ambassadors and exchanged insults. Also, United Nations is investigating whether Turkey shipped Israeli-made electronic equipment to Iran in violation of UN Security Council sanctions on Tehran ...

WATCH: Netanyahu does ‘chicken dance’ with Israeli Eurovision winner

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu couldn’t resist doing the “chicken dance” with Netta Barzilai when the Eurovision song contest winner visited the Israeli leader and his wife, Sara, in his official residence.“What fun to meet Netta Barzilai in Jerusalem!,” Netanyahu tweeted after the meeting on Wednesday. “We all love you. You brought great honour to our country.”A video clip he posted on Twitter showed a beaming Netanyahu flapping his arms with ...

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