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Sally Rooney Won't Allow a Hebrew Translation of Her Novel
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Sally Rooney Nixes a Hebrew Translation of Her Novel

Author's decision is due to her opinion on the Israel-Palestine conflict

(Newser) - Sally Rooney, an author who's been referred to as "the first great millennial novelist," is making her stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict crystal clear: The 30-year-old won't allow a Hebrew translation of her latest novel. Rooney rejected an offer from Israeli publisher Modan, which published her...

Prison Break Is First of Its Kind in Decades

Manhunt has been launched in Israel

(Newser) - For the first time in years, Palestinian prisoners have broken out of an Israeli jail. Six men escaped around 1am Monday, the New York Times reports. Five of them are Islamist militants, according to the prison service, while the sixth is said to be the former commander of another militant...

Olympian Refuses to Face Israeli Opponent

Fethi Nourine bowed out rather than face Tohar Butbu

(Newser) - An Algerian athlete is being sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after refusing to face an Israeli opponent. Fethi Nourine bowed out of men's judo 73K division late Thursday and told Algerian television that his support for the Palestinian people precludes him from facing Tohar Butbul. Per Reuters , Nourine...

Ben & Jerry's Announces Withdrawal From West Bank

Company says its ice cream won't be sold in 'Occupied Palestinian Territory'

(Newser) - An announcement from Ben & Jerry's on Monday got a very frosty reception in Israel. The Vermont-based company said in a statement that it will no longer allow its ice cream to be sold in the "Occupied Palestinian Territory"—the West Bank and east Jerusalem—because the...

After Incendiary Balloons Launched, Israel Breaks Ceasefire

The balloons, in turn, were launched from Gaza in response to an Israeli march

(Newser) - Israeli aircraft carried out a series of airstrikes at militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, the first such raids since a shaky cease-fire ended the war with Hamas last month, the AP reports. The airstrikes targeted facilities used by Hamas militants for meetings to plan attacks, the Israeli...

Blinken Says US Will Reopen Jerusalem Consulate

Secretary of State makes first official visit to the region

(Newser) - Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday announced plans to reopen a key diplomatic outreach office to the Palestinians and pledged nearly $40 million in new aid—reversing key policies of the Trump administration as he moved to bolster the embattled Palestinian government in the West Bank. On his first...

US Shoots Down UN Statement Condemning Violence in Gaza

The only country on the Security Council to do so

(Newser) - The UN Security Council was considering a statement condemning the violence in Gaza, which has left hundreds of Palestinians dead including dozens of women and children, and calling for a ceasefire—but the US blocked it Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to Al Jazeera , that's the third...

It's 'Worst Fighting Since the 2014 Gaza War'
Fears Rise of a
4th War Between
Israel, Hamas
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Fears Rise of a 4th War Between Israel, Hamas

The airstrikes continued Wednesday

(Newser) - If you're wondering what exactly is happening between Israelis and Palestinians , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sums it up plainly: "We are in the midst of a significant operation." The AP describes it as the "worst fighting since the 2014 Gaza war," with CNN describing...

Unusual Heat Wave Sets Off Chaotic Chain Reaction

Wildfires, mass evacuations, and detonating land mines in the Middle East

(Newser) - Wildfires around the Middle East triggered by a heat wave hitting the region have killed two people, forced thousands of people to leave their homes, and detonated land mines along the Lebanon-Israel border, state media and officials said Saturday. The areas hit by the heat wave are Syria, Lebanon, Israel,...

'We’re Here This Afternoon to Change the Course of History'

President Trump presides over signing of historic pacts by Israel, UAE, Bahrain

(Newser) - Declaring “the dawn of a new Middle East,” President Trump on Tuesday presided over the signing of historic diplomatic pacts between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations that he hopes will lead to a new order in the Mideast and cast him as a peacemaker at the height...

Child: 'Balloons!' Child #2: 'That's a Bomb!'

Israel grapples with militant tactic of sending balloons over the border

(Newser) - Merav Hania recalls the day her daughter stopped enjoying kindergarten—when balloons floated into her playground in Israel, the Washington Post reports. "Balloons!" the girl cried. But another child stopped her: "That's a bomb!" Sure enough, Emma huddled with other students inside as a police...

Bloomberg 'Just Went There' With Trump

And there's other political chatter on Sunday

(Newser) - In Politico 's words, "Mike Bloomberg's campaign just went there." Facing a wave of attacks from President Trump, the Democratic candidate fired back Sunday with "pathological liar"—not an unusual retort for Dems—then dared to engage in a game of personal insults. "...

Officials: Trump's Peace Plan Calls for Palestinian State
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Mideast Peace Plan
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Here Is What's in Trump's Mideast Peace Plan

It calls for Palestinian state, settlement freeze

(Newser) - President Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan Tuesday, calling for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem. He declared it a "win-win" opportunity for both Israel and the Palestinians. The plan ends speculation as to whether his administration, in...

Jeopardy! Producers: Bethlehem Question Shouldn't Have Aired

They say wrong version of game show was sent to TV stations

(Newser) - Producers of the game show Jeopardy! have apologized for a clue that waded into political hot water involving Israeli control of the West Bank, saying an incorrect version of the show was sent to television stations, the AP reports. A game shown last Friday asked contestants to identify the location...

'Original' Jesus Relic Arrives in Bethlehem

The pope returns it, 1,400 years later

(Newser) - A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope, the AP reports. Sheathed in an ornate case, the...

Pompeo Announces Big Reversal on Israel Policy

US will no longer view West Bank settlements as violations of international law

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the US is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood. Pompeo repudiated a 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements...

Trump Has Harsh Words for Jews Who Vote Democrat
Trump Unloads on Jews
Who Vote Democrat
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Trump Unloads on Jews Who Vote Democrat

The president says it might be a case of 'disloyalty'

(Newser) - Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the president...

US Unveils $50B Palestinian Plan That Palestine Rejects

The Trump administration says this will make peace possible

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated but still unreleased "deal of the century" Middle East peace plan, the AP reports. The scheme, which calls for a mix of public and private...

Netanyahu Makes Stunning Vow on Settlements

Israel's prime minister offers dramatic policy shift

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Saturday to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if re-elected, a dramatic policy shift apparently aimed at rallying his nationalist base in the final stretch of the tight race, the AP reports. Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms...

US Closes Jerusalem Consulate, Angers Palestinians

It served as de facto embassy to Palestinians

(Newser) - The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the US Embassy to Israel. For decades, the consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Now, that outreach will be handled by...

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