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UNESCO List Gets New Sites, Cries of Anti-Semitism Follow

Statement follows decision recognizing Palestinian site

(Newser) - The West Bank city of Hebron's Old Town, as well a religious site it houses, were added to the UNESCO list of world heritage in danger in a 12-3 decision in Poland on Friday, drawing praise from Palestinians and outrage from Israelis. Israel, which claims Hebron as the birthplace... More »

Trump's High-Stakes Israel Visit Has Amusing Start

His flight may have been first between Israel, Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - President Trump's visit to Israel started with an amusing moment Monday: After getting off Air Force One at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport and walking along a red carpet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump asked "What is the protocol?" and Netanyahu responded "I don't... More »

Israel: Videos Show Lead Hunger Striker Eating in His Cell

Palestinians say the videos are fake

(Newser) - Israel's Prison Service released footage on Sunday that it says shows the leader of a mass Palestinian hunger strike breaking his fast, a claim dismissed by the Palestinians as an attempt to undermine the open-ended strike, now in its 21st day. Assaf Librati, a spokesman for the prison service,... More »

Israel Approves First New Settlement in Decades

More of this won't 'advance peace,' White House says

(Newser) - Israel's government approved the first West Bank settlement in two decades Thursday, creating the first serious test for President Trump's new foray into Middle East peacemaking. The White House pointedly avoided any specific condemnation of the announcement, although it said that further settlement activity "does not help... More »

Hotel Offers 'Worst View' Outside, Banksy Inside

You can sleep under his artwork in West Bank Hotel

(Newser) - A Palestinian guest house packed with artwork of the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy unveiled itself Friday in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The nine-room establishment named "The Walled Off Hotel" will officially open on March 11, but reporters got an advance tour, per the AP . The hotel,... More »

Truck Plows Into Group of Israeli Soldiers; Kills 4

At least 15 injured in attack that shattered relative lull in violence

(Newser) - A truck rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers who were disembarking from a bus in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four people and wounding 15 others, Israeli police and rescue services said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the truck veered off course and rammed into the group in the Armon... More »

In Rare Case, Israeli Soldier Guilty in Death of Palestinian

Elor Azaria fatally shot assailant in March

(Newser) - An Israeli soldier was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, capping a nine-month saga that has deeply divided the country, reports the AP . The verdict, which marks an extremely rare instance of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal... More »

Kerry: Israel Needs to Hear 'Hard Truths'

Secretary of state lays out vision for Middle East peace one last time

(Newser) - John Kerry says the US is still Israel's friend—despite last week's surprising decision to allow a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements—but said Wednesday that sometimes "friends need to tell each other the hard truths," the New York Times reports. With just 23 days left... More »

Netanyahu Fumes Publicly at Obama Over UN Rebuke

'The Obama administration initiated it'

(Newser) - The Israeli government's furious reaction to the UN Security Council's adoption of a resolution opposing Jewish settlements in occupied territory underscores its fundamental and bitter dispute with the international community about the future of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, writes Josef Federman at AP . Prime Minister Benjamin... More »

Carter: Time for US to Recognize Palestine Is Now

America should grant diplomatic recognition to Palestine before Obama leaves WH: Jimmy Carter

(Newser) - Time is running out before the Oval Office changes hands, and in Jimmy Carter's mind, that leaves a limited window for one major thing on America's to-do list: helping Palestine receive UN membership by granting diplomatic recognition before President Obama leaves the White House. In his opinion piece... More »

Russia May Have Brokered Mideast 'Breakthrough'

Israel, Palestine have agreed 'in principle' to relaunch peace talks in Moscow

(Newser) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed "in principle" to meet in Moscow to relaunch Mideast peace talks after a two-plus-year hiatus, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced Thursday, though the AP reports that it's not clear when. "The most important thing is to... More »

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 Halts Ramadan Travel After Tel Aviv Attack

Hamas says more 'surprises' are on the way

(Newser) - Israel on Thursday suspended most special permits for Palestinians to visit Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as well as beefed up police patrols in Tel Aviv, after two Palestinians carried out a shooting in Tel Aviv Wednesday night that killed four Israelis. COGAT, an Israeli defense body,... More »

Soldier Shoots Wounded Palestinian, Sparks Uproar

But a second video may explain the shooting

(Newser) - Amateur video appearing to show an Israeli soldier killing an already wounded Palestinian attacker sparked uproar in Israel on Sunday, reflecting the deep divisions in the country following six months of violence, the AP reports. As the Israeli military pressed on with an investigation, nationalistic politicians accused the army of... More »

Palestinian Attacker Kills American Tourist in Israel

The tourist's wife was 'severely injured'

(Newser) - A 29-year-old American tourist in Israel was killed in a series of attacks that coincided with vice president Joe Biden's visit to the country on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reports. The man's wife was "severely injured." A Palestinian man armed with a knife stabbed multiple... More »

Netanyahu: A Palestinian, Not Hitler, Drove Holocaust

Israel's PM claims mufti gave Hitler idea to 'burn' Jews

(Newser) - Adding fuel to the ever-present Israeli-Palestinian flame, Benjamin Netanyahu is now accusing a Palestinian of "inspiring the Holocaust." While speaking to the World Zionist Congress about Palestinians' alleged use of holy sites to commit violent acts against Jews, the Israeli PM said Hitler wanted to expel rather than... More »

Why New Knife Attacks in Israel Are 'Personal'

'This latest wave of violence feels different,' writes columnist

(Newser) - "There is something deeply personal about using a knife to penetrate the flesh of another human being," Ronnie Olesker writes for Reuters . Despite decades of suicide bombings, war, vehicular assaults, and more that have left thousands dead in Israel and Palestine, Olesker argues there is something fundamentally different... More »

Israeli Cafe Gives 50% Off Hummus for Jews, Arabs Who Co-Dine

Israeli eatery hopes common bond of chickpeas will ease ongoing tensions

(Newser) - In a month marred by violence between Israelis and Palestinians, one little Israeli café is trying to give chickpeas a chance. The Hummus Bar in Kfar Vitkin is offering half-off hummus to tables of Jews and Arabs dining together, the Times of Israel reports. "With us we don't... More »

5 Wounded in Latest Israel Shooting

Gunfire erupts at bus station

(Newser) - Two Arab attackers opened fire in a bus station in southern Israel on Sunday, wounding five people, one critically, in one of the boldest attacks yet of a monthlong wave of violence. The attack came as Israel further tightened security around the country, highlighted by the construction of a barrier... More »

Israel Reports 3 More Stabbing Attacks

Authorities say Palestinians wielding knives were killed in all 3 instances

(Newser) - Israelis shot dead three Palestinians they said had attacked them with knives on Saturday, the latest in a month of violent confrontations. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said a 16-year-old Palestinian drew a knife on officers in Jerusalem when they stopped him to ask for identification after a bystander said he... More »

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