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Israeli Girl, 13, Stabbed to Death in Her Own Bed

Assailant was shot dead by guards in West Bank

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Israeli girl is dead after a Palestinian man entered her home and stabbed her in her bed, police say. Hallel Ariel's mother says the girl was "happy" and "sleeping calmly" in her bedroom in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in the West Bank when... More »

Israel Indicts Jewish Extremists in Toddler's Death

July firebombing killed 18-month-old, parents

(Newser) - Israel on Sunday indicted two Jewish extremists in a July arson attack on a Palestinian home that killed a toddler and his parents—a case that has been unsolved for months and helped fuel the current wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence. The long-awaited indictment follows months of investigations into a web... More »

Palestinians Set Fire to Joseph's Tomb

IDF spokesman calls it 'blatant violation of the basic value of freedom of worship'

(Newser) - A holy site in the West Bank often visited by Jewish pilgrims under the cover of darkness with the Israeli military protecting them was set on fire by Palestinians Thursday night. Though firefighters put out the blaze, the incident has only added fuel to the fire already burning between the... More »

Israel Arrests Suspected Jewish Extremists Without Charge

Crackdown in wake of deadly West Bank firebombing intensifies

(Newser) - Israel intensified its crackdown on Jewish extremists today, jailing two high-profile ultranationalist Israelis for six months without charge and arresting additional suspects in West Bank settlements. The crackdown comes after a deadly July 31 firebomb attack that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian boy and severely wounded his parents and brother. The... More »

Father of Toddler Killed in Firebombing Also Dies

Mother, brother still recuperating

(Newser) - The father of a Palestinian toddler killed in a firebomb attack last week in the West Bank has died of his wounds from the same incident. In addition to the deaths of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and his father Saed, the boy's 4-year-old brother and his mother remain seriously injured.... More »

Palestinian Toddler Killed in Blaze Blamed on Jewish Extremists

Assailants threw firebombs into West Bank homes

(Newser) - Firebombs exploded in two West Bank homes this morning, igniting a blaze that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian boy and severely wounded his 4-year-old brother and parents in what Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu quickly labeled "an act of terrorism in every respect," reports NBC News . Jewish settlers are suspected,... More »

Where Was Jesus Baptized? UNESCO Weighs In

Debate continues as UN group picks Jordan side over West Bank locale

(Newser) - Addressing a long-simmering debate about whether Jesus Christ was baptized on the eastern or western side of the Jordan River, UNESCO has made its final decision, and the winner is … Jordan, not the West Bank in Israel, the AP reports. Despite a lack of strong archaeological evidence, the UN... More »

Palestinians Blast Israel in Minister's Killing

Cabinet member Ziad Abu Ain involved in protest: reports

(Newser) - A Palestinian Cabinet member has died amid a West Bank protest, reports say. A leading Fatah figure tells the AP that Ziad Abu Ain was hit by a tear gas canister shot by Israeli troops, while Palestinian health officials say he was suffocated by the tear gas, the BBC reports.... More »

West Bank Land Seizure Is Israel's Biggest in Decades

Appropriation seen as revenge for murder of Israeli teens

(Newser) - In a move the US calls "counterproductive," Israel has made a huge land seizure in the West Bank and is expected to use it to expand Jewish settlements. The Israeli anti-settlement group Americans for Peace Now says the 990-acre seizure in an area called the Etzion bloc—one... More »

2 Killed as Violence Spreads to West Bank

Kerry calls for weeklong Gaza truce

(Newser) - The West Bank erupted in violence last night after one of the biggest protests in years ended in clashes between Israeli forces and people marching in solidarity with Gaza. At least two Palestinians were killed and 200 wounded as Israeli border forces used riot control measures and live ammunition against... More »

Revenge Killing? Teen Found Dead, Jerusalem Erupts

Body of Palestinian 17-year-old found in forest

(Newser) - Tensions boiled over in Jerusalem today after the body of a Palestinian teenager reported kidnapped an hour earlier was found in a forest in the city. The death of 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair is widely believed to be a revenge killing for the deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers in... More »

Israel Pounds Gaza After Teens Found Dead

Military blows up homes of kidnap suspects

(Newser) - After the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens were found near where they were last seen in the West bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that "Hamas will pay" —and within hours, Israeli jets and helicopters began dozens of airstrikes on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. There were at... More »

Israel Arrests 200 in Hunt for Missing Teens

Operation turns into huge Hamas crackdown

(Newser) - Israeli soldiers arrested 41 more Palestinians in the West Bank early today, the army says, expanding the already massive search for three Jewish seminary students who disappeared last week and taking the total number of Palestinians detained to more than 200. Israel has blamed Hamas for the apparent abductions, without... More »

US Citizen Among 3 Israeli Teens Feared Kidnapped

Boys went missing last night while hitchhiking in West Bank

(Newser) - Israeli forces are conducting an intense search in the West Bank for three male teenagers they think were kidnapped by Palestinian militants, reports the Jerusalem Post . One of the teens is a US citizen, but not much else is known about him. Two of the teens are age 16 and... More »

No. of Cops Guarding Pope This Weekend: 8K

That figure puts him even with President Obama

(Newser) - When President Obama last visited Israel, he was accompanied by a rather large police presence—about 8,000 officers. Pope Francis will get the same treatment in the country this weekend , NBC News reports. Already, "all sorts of extreme elements" are seeking to "create pressure and the impression... More »

Israeli Settlers Raid Own Nation's Army Outpost

Move to demolish illegal settlements angers residents

(Newser) - An Israeli army outpost in the West Bank was raided today—and it was Jewish settlers doing the raiding, while soldiers stood by and watched. The incident followed a violent confrontation between the soldiers and far-right settlers in Yitzhar. It began when border police demolished four illegal structures and seized... More »

John Kerry: Israel's Settlements Are 'Illegitimate'

Netanyahu says he's 'concerned'

(Newser) - John Kerry threw a rhetorical jab at Israel, rebuking it for its latest round of West Bank settlement construction, after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem today. "Let me emphasize that the position of the United States is that we consider now, and have always considered, the... More »

Israel OKs 1.2K New Settlement Homes

As peace talks are supposed to re-start in 3 days

(Newser) - Israel's housing minister has given final approval to construct nearly 1,200 apartments in Jewish settlements, just three days before Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are to resume in Jerusalem. Today's announcement said the new homes would be built in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, lands Israel... More »

Kerry's Peace Plan: $4B West Bank Boost

Private cash will drastically cut unemployment, he says

(Newser) - John Kerry has unveiled a plan to get Israeli-Palestinian peace talks moving—and the West Bank economy bustling—with a $4 billion injection of private sector funds. (The money wouldn't come from US taxpayers, but the State Department shed little light on the companies or kinds of investments involved.... More »

US-Born 'Jewish Terrorist' Gets Life Terms in Israel

Jack Tytell convicted of 2 Palestinian murders

(Newser) - An unapologetic Florida-born killer has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering two Palestinians and attempting to kill others, reports Sky News . Jack Tytell, 40, known as the "Jewish Terrorist" in the Israeli press, shot to death a taxi driver and later a shepherd at point-blank range after... More »

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