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CNN Pundit Used Phrase 'River to the Sea.' Now He's Canned

Marc Lamont Hill's contract nixed after controversial comments at the UN

(Newser) - A pundit who appears regularly on CNN made remarks at the United Nations Wednesday that apparently caused him to lose his gig at the network. "Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN," was the curt notice from a CNN rep to Mediaite , which first reported... More »

After Botched Israeli Raid, a 'Serious Escalation'

Gaza militants fired off dozens of rockets, leaving one man dead, at least 20 injured

(Newser) - Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel early Tuesday, killing a man in a strike on a residential building, and warning they'd escalate their attacks if Israel continues bombing targets in the Gaza Strip. The cross-border attacks, which were triggered by a botched Israeli undercover raid into... More »

After Gaza Rocket Exchange, Israel Makes a Threat

Threats to Iranian forces add a new dimension to the conflict

(Newser) - Palestinian militants ceased rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and relative calm prevailed Saturday afternoon after a night-long exchange of fire that prompted Israeli threats against Iranian forces in Syria, the AP reports. The Islamic Jihad group, a militant faction operating in the Hamas-ruled Gaza but that has close ties... More »

US Student Stuck in Limbo in Israel

Lara Alqasem denied entry Oct. 2 for alleged support of Israel boycott

(Newser) - An American student detained in Israel for 10 days will have to wait a bit longer to learn her fate. A judge on Thursday delayed ruling on the case of 22-year-old Lara Alqasem, a Florida resident of Palestinian origin, per ABC News . Granted the proper visa in the US, Alqasem... More »

Trump Team Sought Israeli Firm's Help to Defeat 'Bear'

Mueller looks into Rick Gates' outreach to intel company Psy-Group to wage online attacks

(Newser) - Robert Mueller is looking into the Trump campaign's discussions with an Israeli intelligence firm to go after opponents in the 2016 election campaign, reports the New York Times . Specifically, campaign official Rick Gates asked a company called Psy-Group—made up mostly of former Israeli intelligence agents—for proposals on... More »

Israel Claims Iran Has 'Secret Nuclear Warehouse'

'What Iran hides, Israel will find'

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Thursday of keeping a "secret atomic warehouse" just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Hours later, Iran dismissed the allegation. Holding up a poster-board map of an... More »

Trump Shares His Preference: 'I Like the 2-State Solution'

President wades into Middle East politics at the UN

(Newser) - President Trump waded into thorny Middle East politics while at the United Nations on Wednesday, endorsing the two-state solution to bring an end to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, while poised to denounce the dangers posed by Iran. Trump, a day after being greeted with laughter by... More »

Moscow Blames Israel After Missile Brings Down Plane

15 killed after Il-20 caught in Syria crossfire

(Newser) - A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean early Tuesday, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian defense ministry says. The ministry blames Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern... More »

Roseanne Barr: I Might Be Moving to Israel for Good

The devout Jew says she's going there to study and possibly to live

(Newser) - Roseanne Barr may be killed off in the reboot of her ABC sitcom, and the controversial comedian says she won't be tuning in. Instead, TMZ reports she's decided to be in Israel for the fall premiere of the newly re-named The Conners. Barr, whose eponymous series was canceled... More »

Lana Del Rey Cancels Show in Israel Amid Pressure

Palestinian group urges a boycott of all Israeli events

(Newser) - Singer Lana Del Rey has canceled her planned performance at an Israeli music festival after pressure from Palestinian boycott activists, per the AP . In a Twitter message late Friday, Del Rey said that "it's important to me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and treat all my... More »

Palestinians Are Sorting Through 8 Years of Mail

Israel has apparently withheld delivery since 2010

(Newser) - Palestinian postal workers in the West Bank are sifting through eight years' worth of undelivered mail held by Israel, the AP reports. In recent days the Palestinian postal staff in Jericho has been sorting through tons of undelivered mail in a room packed with letters, boxes, and even a wheelchair.... More »

Israel Launches Scores of Airstrikes on Gaza

Army says 150 rockets, mortars fired at Israel

(Newser) - Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into Thursday morning. At least three Palestinians died—a pregnant woman, her 1-year-old daughter, and a Hamas militant, according to... More »

After Scientist's Murder, an International Accusation

Syria points the finger at Israel's Mossad in wake of Aziz Asbar's assassination

(Newser) - A preeminent rocket scientist is dead, and Syria says Israel is to blame. The Washington Post describes Aziz Asbar as a research director at Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center, and intelligence officials have drawn a line between that center and Syria's chemical weapons program, though Asbar's... More »

American Student Disappears After Israel Swim

TeNiya Jones was caught in rip current

(Newser) - An American student has been missing since Saturday night, when she went for a late-night swim in the Mediterranean Sea off Tel Aviv, Israel. Two fellow students who were with 19-year-old TeNiya Elnora Jones say they managed to make it back to shore after being caught in a rip current,... More »

Israel Just Shot Down a Syrian Fighter Jet

But Damascus says it was never in Israeli airspace

(Newser) - Israel angered Syria over the weekend when it coordinated the evacuation of members of the White Helmets civil defense group from the latter country. On Tuesday, things got even dicier, with Israel's military announcing that it shot down a Syrian jet that had crossed about a mile into Israeli... More »

Subjects of Oscar-Winning Documentary Now on the Run

Members of 'White Helmets' rescue group evacuated from Syria; hundreds still trapped

(Newser) - A mass evacuation in Syria over the weekend has called renewed attention to a group known as the White Helmets that operates in the country. Some basics:
  • The group: Formally known as the Syrian Civil Defense, the White Helmets is a largely volunteer network of Syrians who venture out after
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In Unprecedented Move, Israel Evacuates White Helmets

Syria's vaunted rescuers pulled from Golan Heights frontier in 'exceptional humanitarian gesture'

(Newser) - The Israeli military evacuated hundreds of members of the White Helmets, a Syrian volunteer organization, from the volatile frontier area on the Golan Heights and transported them to Jordan, reports the AP . It was the first such Israeli intervention in Syria's lengthy civil war, now in its eighth year.... More »

Israel Passes Controversial 'Jewish Nation' Law

Arabs say they are being sidelined

(Newser) - Israel's parliament approved a controversial piece of legislation on Thursday that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people but which critics warn sidelines minorities. The government says the bill, which passed the Knesset by a 62-55 vote, will merely enshrine into law Israel's existing character.... More »

Her Spy Husband Was Executed by Syria. 50 Years Later, a Gift

Eli Cohen's wristwatch has been recovered by Israel's Mossad intelligence agency

(Newser) - A "special Mossad operation" has turned up what Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu calls "a memento from a great fighter": the wristwatch worn by spy Eli Cohen, hanged in Damascus in 1965 after years of infiltrating Syria's upper political, military, and business echelons and spilling secrets to Israel,... More »

Sara Netanyahu Accused of $100K Fraud Over Meals

Leader's wife accused of ordering pricey food, falsely claiming no cook was on premises

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a corruption scandal , and now his wife is officially in hot water of her own. It's all about her apparent fondness for expensive meals. Authorities on Thursday indicted Sara Netanyahu on fraud charges over $100,000 in gourmet meals she and a staffer ordered to... More »

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