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Louis CK on SNL: Finally, Too Much?

The comic actor makes light of child molestation, racism

(Newser) - Louis CK gave a predictably polite, sensitive monologue yesterday on the closing night of SNL's 40th season—making light of racism, child molestation, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. "Child molesters are very tenacious people," CNN quotes him as saying. "From their point of view, it must be... More »

Vatican Recognizes Palestine; Israel 'Disappointed'

Official diplomatic recognition days ahead of Abbas visit

(Newser) - The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized today, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects. The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition... More »

Palestinians Join International Criminal Court

Move expected to put more pressure on Israel

(Newser) - The Palestinian Authority has become a member of the International Criminal Court and is marking the momentous occasion with a low-key ceremony at the court's headquarters. Palestinians signed the court's founding treaty in January and it came into force today, an event welcomed by activists who see it... More »

Netanyahu Backpedals on Two-State Comments

After election win, Israeli leader says he still supports the idea

(Newser) - With polls showing him in trouble on the eve of Israel's election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disavowed his support for a two-state solution with Palestinians and immediately reversed his political fortunes. With his victory less than two days old, he has already backtracked, reports the Jerusalem Post . “I... More »

Netanyahu: If I Win, No Palestinian State

Israeli Prime Minister draws line on eve of snap election

(Newser) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it plain today on the eve of a snap election in Israel: If he wins, there will be no Palestinian state, the New York Times reports. "I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands, is giving... More »

9 Stabbed on Tel Aviv Bus

Palestinian suspect shot, arrested

(Newser) - A Palestinian man stabbed nine people, wounding some of them seriously, on a bus in central Tel Aviv today before he was chased down, shot, and arrested, Israeli police say. A police spokesman says four people were seriously hurt and another five sustained lighter wounds in what he describes as... 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 »

Hamas Terror Plot Foiled: Israel

Kidnappings, car bombings, attacks on stadium and railways said to be planned

(Newser) - Car bombings, kidnappings, and attacks on railway stations and Jerusalem's Teddy soccer stadium were just some of the items on Hamas' checklist, according to Israeli officials who today say they foiled a major West Bank terror plot by the group, the AP reports. The Shin Bet security service confirms... More »

3 Americans Killed in Israel Synagogue Rampage

Brit is dead, too; Israel will respond harshly, Netanyahu says

(Newser) - Two Palestinians armed with knives, axes, and guns stormed a Jerusalem synagogue today, killing four people before dying in a shootout with police, officials say. The dead included three dual US-Israeli citizens and one British-Israeli citizen, all of them rabbis, reports CNN . Israeli police called the incident a terrorist attack... More »

Sweden Nods to Palestinian State

And Israel is fuming about it

(Newser) - Sweden's new left-leaning government today recognized a Palestinian state—a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem. As expected , the EU member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus,... More »

US Infant Dies in Israel 'Terror Attack'

Israeli police: Hamas member plowed into crowd at train station

(Newser) - A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem yesterday, killing a 3-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police are calling a terror attack. The girl and her parents, who were injured in the attack, were US... More »

Sweden Will Recognize Palestinian State

New prime minister says it's the only path that leads to peace

(Newser) - Sweden's new prime minister said today that his government will recognize a Palestinian state. In a declaration listing his government's priorities, Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven told lawmakers that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be resolved only through a two-state solution requiring "mutual recognition" and a will from... More »

Israel: We Shot Dead Hamas Agent Who Killed 3 Teens

And another suspect wounded, military says

(Newser) - Israel says one of the Palestinian men responsible for kidnapping and murdering three Israeli teens has been killed, and another suspect seriously wounded. Both were Hamas operatives, the Israeli military said today, adding that they opened fire on security forces, which fired back, killing one and injuring the other. Hundreds... More »

US Jury: Arab Bank Must Compensate Terror Victims

Jordan-based bank found liable for Hamas attacks

(Newser) - From now on, "when a bank opens its doors to terrorists, they're going to be held accountable," a lawyer said after a landmark US verdict against a Middle Eastern bank yesterday. A federal jury in New York found Arab Bank—Jordan's biggest lender—liable for 24... More »

Israeli Military: Protesting Vets Face 'Sharp' Discipline

Spokesperson decries actions of Unit 8200 vets

(Newser) - The 43 veterans of an elite Israeli intelligence unit who are refusing to serve, in protest of past treatment of Palestinians , are in hot water. They're being criticized by officials on both the right and the left, as well as hundreds of their colleagues, and the Israeli military yesterday... More »

Elite Israeli Vets Refuse to Serve Over Treatment of Palestinians

43 members of intelligence unit write open letter

(Newser) - The Israeli military has a new problem related to Palestinians, but this one comes from within its own ranks. Forty-three vets of a secretive intelligence unit have written an open letter to their superiors refusing to take part in any further action against Palestinians because of what they see as... 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 »

Hamas: We Reached Open-Ended Ceasefire

Israel declines comment; Egypt to make announcement later today

(Newser) - Officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main groups fighting in Gaza, said today they have reached a deal with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Ziad Nakhala, a senior official in Islamic Jihad, said the... More »

Israeli Airstrike Destroys Apartment Tower in Gaza

At least 22 are injured after 12-story collapse

(Newser) - Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City today, collapsing the building and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. Israel has launched some 5,000 airstrikes against Gaza in nearly seven weeks of fighting with Hamas, but... More »

Hamas Executes 18 Accused Spies

Move follows deaths of 3 commanders in Israeli airstrikes

(Newser) - Hamas has executed as many as 18 Palestinians suspected of spying for Israel after airstrikes killed three top commanders in Gaza yesterday, the BBC and the Los Angeles Times report. A Gaza radio station first reported that 11 were executed at an abandoned police station; two of those were women,... More »

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