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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 »

Strike Kills Hamas Leader's Wife, Son

Israel suspends Cairo talks

(Newser) - An Israeli airstrike has killed the wife and young son of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif, the group says, per the Wall Street Journal . Hamas says Israel was targeting Deif himself, though it's not clear whether he was killed in the strike, the BBC notes. Deif, who has allegedly... More »

Ceasefire Over: Israel Strikes Again After Rocket Fire

Attacks come hours before ceasefire's planned end

(Newser) - The temporary Gaza ceasefire was broken today when three rockets landed in Israel, its military says, per the AP ; the reported attack prompted new Israeli airstrikes within minutes. The rockets landed in fields near Beersheba, southern Israel; no one was hurt, officials say. An Israeli official says the military's... More »

Nazi Resister Returns Medal to Israel Over Gaza Bombs

Dutch resident saved Jewish boy from Nazis, but lost kin in Gaza airstrikes

(Newser) - In World War II, a Dutch man risked his life and saved a Jewish boy from the Nazis—a feat that earned Henk Zanoli Israel's prestigious Righteous Among the Nations medal after the war. This week, the 91-year-old gave it back, reports Haaretz . The reason? An Israeli airstrike killed... More »

Gaza Blast Kills at Least 5, Including AP Journo

Palestinian translator, Gaza police also killed during bomb disarming

(Newser) - At least five people are dead after Gaza police tried to disarm a leftover bomb in Beit Lahiya this morning, reports the AP . Among the mortally wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health via the the New York Times : a Palestinian translator, three Gaza police officers, and 35-year-old AP... More »

Israel, Palestinians OK New 72-Hour Ceasefire

Egyptian deal gets thumbs up from negotiators in Cairo

(Newser) - Palestinian negotiators in Cairo today accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new, three-day ceasefire, and Israel approved the deal hours later in a decision that aims to clear the way for renewed negotiations on a long-term truce arrangement in the Gaza Strip. Egypt brokered a similar truce last week. But... More »

New Israeli Airstrikes Kill Senior Hamas Leader

But shelling is reportedly less intense after international criticism

(Newser) - Israeli airstrikes struck more than 20 targets today in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior Hamas member, as militant rocket fire continued following the collapse of a three-day truce. Hamas officials said Israel airstrikes hit houses, mosques, its warehouses, and training sites. Three bodies were found under the ruins... More »

Rockets Fly Again as Gaza Truce Expires

Israel resumes strikes

(Newser) - Gaza militants renewed rocket fire on Israel today after a three-day truce expired and negotiations in Cairo on a new border deal for the coastal strip hit a deadlock. The Israeli military says at least 10 rockets were fired at Israel after the temporary truce expired at 8am. One rocket... More »

Gaza Ceasefire Begins; Israel Troops Withdraw

Next step: talks on lasting truce

(Newser) - Just before an Egypt-brokered ceasefire took hold in Gaza this morning, both sides exchanged fire. Several hours into the truce, however, things have been calm, the Washington Post reports, while the Guardian sees a chance at a "definitive end" to the latest conflict. Israel says it has withdrawn all... More »

Israel: Guilty of War Crimes?

Manal Tellawi makes the case, but others say Hamas is to blame

(Newser) - Israel's attack on Gaza—which has reportedly killed more than 1,500 civilians—was indeed a war crime that flagrantly violated rules of international law, writes Manal Tellawi at Salon . Three of his main arguments:
  • While Article 51 of the UN Charter allows for self-defense, Israel can't make
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Israel Accepts Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal

Palestine had already accepted the plan

(Newser) - A senior Israeli official says the Israeli government has accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal to end a month-long war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The official says a preliminary 72-hour truce will begin in the morning. An Israeli delegation will head to Egypt for talks meant to work... More »

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