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Attorney: US Banking Aids Suicide Bombers

Gary Osen's lawsuit against the Arab Bank is making headway

(Newser) - A civil lawsuit is inching forward against the Jordan-based Arab Bank for allegedly facilitating payments to the families of suicide bombers—but there's also a US connection to the scheme, writes Adam Penenberg at Pando Daily . New York attorney Gary Osen, who filed the suit 10 years ago, says... More »

Palestine: No Peace Talks After Fatal West Bank Clash

Israeli soldiers killed 3 Palestinians outside Jerusalem

(Newser) - A Palestinian official says planned peace talks with the Israelis scheduled for today have been called off following a deadly clash in the West Bank, in which Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians during clashes outside Jerusalem. The official says the Palestinians decided to postpone today's meeting to protest the... More »

Israel Approves New West Bank Settlement

Green light for construction comes after UN recognition of Palestine

(Newser) - Israel approved the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, drawing swift criticism from the Palestinians a day after their successful UN recognition bid. The Palestinians strongly condemned the announcement and repeated their refusal to start peace negotiations while building continued. With... More »

Israel: We've Arrested Tel Aviv Bus Bomber

Army spokesperson says he's an Israeli Arab who belongs to Hamas

(Newser) - Israel's army spokeswoman says an Israeli Arab who is a member of Hamas has been arrested for yesterday's bus bombing in Tel Aviv. The bombing injured 27 people near Israel's military headquarters and threatened to scuttle efforts to broker a ceasefire to end fighting between Israel and... More »

West Bank Protests Show Support for Hamas, Not Abbas

34 killed in Gaza; Israel considers latest ceasefire offer

(Newser) - Daily demonstrations in the West Bank show increasing support for Hamas and appear to undermine the more moderate power of the Palestinian Authority, the New York Times reports. "Strike a blow on Tel Aviv!" declared a pop song playing from stores during a protest today. "Don’t... More »

Israel Getting 'Free Pass'

But media fail to see the truth: Richard Falk

(Newser) - As violence rages between Israel and Gaza, Western media are being profoundly unfair to Palestinians, writes Richard Falk in al-Jazeera . As evidence, he offers up this New York Times front page headline: "Rockets Target Jerusalem; Israel Girds for Gaza Invasion." That and other depictions portray Hamas as the... More »

23 Children Killed in Israel-Gaza Violence

Turkish PM calls Israel 'a terrorist state'

(Newser) - Violence between Israel and Gaza continued for a sixth day today, with more children dead as Israel continues to target homes of suspected militants . NBC News reports that 23 children have now been killed in Gaza; at least 95 people have been killed there in total. Turkey's prime minister... More »

Israeli Airstrike Kills 10 Civilians in Gaza City

Including 4 small children, medical officials say

(Newser) - An Israeli missile flattened a two-story house in a residential neighborhood of Gaza City today, killing at least 10 civilians, medical officials say, as Israel expanded its targets of its offensive to target homes of wanted militants. The attack, the single deadliest incident of the five-day-old Israeli operation, was likely... More »

Obama: Israel Has Right to Fire Back at Gaza

As Netanyahu warns of possible 'expansion' in Gaza assault

(Newser) - President Obama, who started a three-day Asia tour today , took time at a news conference in Bangkok today to address the Israel-Gaza conflict, the AP reports. "No country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down" on its people, he said, and Israel does have the right to defend itself... More »

Hezbollah: That Was Our Drone Over Israel

Group's leader says parts came from Iran

(Newser) - Hezbollah confirmed today what many Mideast observers already guessed: It sent up the spy drone over Israel that was shot down last weekend, and it got help in doing so from Iran, reports the BBC . The unmanned craft may have been destroyed by Israeli jets, but Hezbollah's leader boasted... More »

US Activist's Death in Israel Ruled 'Accidental'

Rachel Corrie's mom calls it 'a bad day for human rights'

(Newser) - Craig and Cindy Corrie were in Israel today to hear the verdict in the death of their daughter, Rachel, and a civil court ruled that it was accidental. Cindy Corrie called it "a bad day for human rights, for humanity, for the rule of law, and also for the... More »

Israel Busts 3 Kids in Attack on Palestinian Taxi

Youths all aged 12, 13

(Newser) - Israeli authorities yesterday arrested three children, all just 12 to 13 years old, who are suspected of fire-bombing a Palestinian taxi on Aug. 16. A Palestinian family was inside, including two children, and the taxi burst into flames and then flipped. Six people were injured, two of them seriously, the... More »

Israelis a 'Tumor' That Must Be Wiped Out: Ahmadinejad

'The nations of the region will soon finish off the usurper Zionists'

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered why Israel gets twitchy at the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, get a load of what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a group of anti-Israel protesters today. "The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumor," the Iranian president said, according to the AFP... More »

Islamists Kill 15 Egyptians on Israeli Border

Israel strikes back with aerial assault

(Newser) - Islamists gunned down at least 15 Egyptian police officers and stole an army tank today in an attack on a Sinai police station close to the Israeli border, Reuters reports. Israeli aircraft responded by destroying a vehicle used by the attackers; another of their vehicles exploded at the North Sinai... More »

18 Palestinians Dead in Israeli Strikes

Israel keeps schools closed as citizens huddle in bomb shelters

(Newser) - Gaza and Israel continued to exchange rocket attacks for air strikes this weekend, leaving 18 Palestinians dead, four Israelis wounded, and world leaders weighing in on the latest round of Middle East violence, the Guardian reports. On the Israeli side, schools were kept closed and thousands of civilians spent hours... More »

Israel's Gaza Strike Sets Off New Violence

Palestinians retaliate with nearly 100 rockets

(Newser) - Israel's killing of a militant commander in the Gaza Strip yesterday has led to renewed violence along the border. Palestinians have fired nearly 100 rockets into Israel, wounding at least one civilian seriously, while Israeli airstrikes have killed 14 militants, reports AP . Palestinians said 20 civilians have been injured.... More »

Israel to Free Bombers, Killers in Soldier Swap

Jerusalem releases names of first prisoners to be freed

(Newser) - The founders of Hamas' militant wing. The organizer of a Jerusalem bombing that killed 15. A woman who lured a lovelorn Israeli teen to a Palestinian city to be murdered. All will be released in Israel's planned swap of Palestinian political prisoners for a single kidnapped Israeli solder, the... More »

Israel OKs 1,100 More Homes in East Jerusalem

Palestine condemns move

(Newser) - In a move sure to ratchet up Israeli-Palestinian tension even further, Israel gave the OK today to construct 1,100 new housing units in east Jerusalem. Israel’s Interior Ministry says construction can begin after 60 days, a period that is mandatory for comments from the public but largely a... More »

Gaza Militants OK Israel Cease-Fire

Egypt brokers deal to stop escalating violence

(Newser) - Gaza militants agreed to a cease-fire with Israel to stop spiking violence, a Hamas official said today, after a deadly attack across the Egyptian border on Israeli vehicles set off a three-day round of rapidly escalating Israeli airstrikes and rocket barrages from Gaza. The sudden flareup also threatened Israel-Egypt relations,... More »

Egypt Yanks Ambassador to Israel

Situation deteriorating rapidly after

(Newser) - Egypt today recalled its ambassador from Israel to protest the deaths of at least three Egyptian troops killed in a shootout between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants who had launched a deadly attack on Israel from Egyptian soil. The decision sharply escalated tensions between the neighboring countries, whose landmark 1979... More »

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