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Major U.S. church votes to divest from illegal Israeli occupation

Cleveland - A major US mainline Protestant church has overwhelmingly voted to sanction companies profiting from Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine.

Israeli dies in WBank shooting in latest Ramadan violence

Jerusalem - An Israeli wounded in a West Bank shooting overnight died Tuesday, and a Palestinian was shot by police after he ran at them shouting Allahu Akbar in the latest violence to mar Ramadan.

Fugitive rabbi can be extradited to Israel: Dutch supreme court

Den Haag - The Dutch Supreme Court on Tuesday authorised the extradition of the leader of a Jewish Hasidic sect wanted in Israel for alleged indecent assault of women and girls.

Israel approves extending security fence to Jordan border

Jerusalem - Israel has approved extending a security barrier to part of its eastern border with Jordan in a bid to keep out militants and illegal migrants, the prime minister's office said Monday.

Israel stops flotilla seeking to break Gaza blockade

Ashdod - The Israeli navy was escorting to port an activist vessel defying the nation's blockade of Gaza on Monday after taking it over without the deadly force that marred a similar attempt in 2010.

Palestinian hunger striker 'close to death': Lawyer

Jerusalem - A Palestinian prisoner held in an Israeli jail and on hunger strike for 53 days is in a critical condition and could die "at any moment", his lawyer said Saturday.

Activists set sail for Gaza aboard 'Freedom Flotilla'

Jerusalem - Activists set sail Friday for the Gaza Strip in a bid to break Israel's blockade of the Palestinian territory, a participant said, five years after a similar attempt ended in bloodshed.

Soap opera shines positive light on Egypt's Jews

Cairo - With scenes of religious coexistence and vintage elegance in a more cosmopolitan era, an Egyptian soap opera aims to dispel prejudice towards the country's long-vilified and nearly extinct Jewish community.

U.S. reps. demand end to 'cruel abuse' of Palestinian children

Washington - Nineteen sitting members of Congress have co-signed a letter urging the Obama administration to pressure Israel to end its 'systemic abuse' of Palestinian children.

Rebuilding of Gaza's destroyed homes set to begin

Gaza - The rebuilding of thousands of homes destroyed in last summer's Gaza war is to begin in the coming days, almost a year after the conflict began, the Palestinian housing minister said Wednesday.

Turkey in 'reconciliation' talks with Israel

Istanbul - Turkey on Wednesday said it was holding talks with Israel over a deal to reconcile the two former allies following a deadly Israeli commando raid on a Turkish aid vessel bound for Gaza.

Israel bars Jerusalem entry for 500 Gazans after rocket

Jerusalem - Israel said Wednesday it was revoking permits for 500 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to enter Jerusalem ahead of Friday prayers because of rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave.

Israel blasts 'biased' UN agency over Gaza war report

Jerusalem - Israel denounced the UN rights council Monday as biased after a United Nations report found that both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war.

War crimes likely by both sides in 2014 Gaza war: UN

Ginebra - Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering.

Israel PM rejects 'dictates' as French FM visits

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected "international dictates" as France's top diplomat visited, with Paris advocating a UN resolution laying out parameters for peace talks.

Palestinian shoots Israeli dead near West Bank settlement

Palestinian - A Palestinian opened fire on two Israeli men near a West Bank settlement on Friday, killing one and wounding the other, authorities said, in what appeared to be a lone-wolf attack.

Thousands pray at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa for Ramadan

Jerusalem - Tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers streamed through Jerusalem's Old City to one of Islam's most revered sites Friday as Israel eased restrictions for the fasting month of Ramadan.

Palestinian split widens as unity government quits

Ramallah - The Palestinian unity government resigned on Wednesday in a deepening rift with Gaza as the blockaded territory's de facto rulers Hamas held separate, indirect talks with Israel.

Palestinian split widens with government set to quit

Ramallah - The Palestinian unity government was said to be on the brink of resigning Wednesday in a deepening rift with Gaza as its de facto rulers Hamas hold separate, indirect talks with Israel.

Israel's Netanyahu says boycott efforts recall Nazi Germany

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a Palestinian-led campaign to boycott Israeli goods was reminiscent of Nazi Germany's campaign against Jews.

Israel blocks visit of UN human rights envoy

Jerusalem - Israel has blocked a visit to the Palestinian territories by a UN rights envoy, an official said Monday, just ahead of the publication of a United Nations report on last year's Gaza war.

Israeli probe defends 'lawful' Gaza war actions

Jerusalem - Israel on Sunday defended its conduct in the 2014 Gaza war as both "lawful" and "legitimate" in a detailed inter-ministerial report which was roundly rejected by the Palestinians.

Orange chairman tells Israel he will never back boycott

Jerusalem - The head of French telecoms giant Orange told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday his company had nothing to do with a campaign to boycott the Jewish state, despite Israeli allegations.

Israel denies spying on Iran talks hotels

Ginebra - Swiss and Austrian investigators have launched probes into alleged spying in hotels hosting delicate Iranian nuclear talks, with Israel denying Thursday its secret services were involved.

Orange chief in Israel in bid to calm boycott row

Jerusalem - The boss of French telecoms giant Orange flew in to Israel Thursday on a mission to soothe anger over a row sparked by plans to withdraw the brand from the Jewish state.

Study: Israeli-Palestine peace deal would generate billions

Right now, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is eating up all the headlines, but another deal could generate billions of dollars in growth too. A recent study found that the Israelis and Palestinians would both make billions from peace.

Orange CEO invited to Israel to resolve telecom row

Jerusalem - Israel is inviting the chairman of France's Orange to come and explain the group's plan to review its business ties with an Israeli telecoms firm, a government official said on Sunday.

Israel strikes Gaza after new rocket attacks

Jerusalem - The Israeli air force hit the Gaza Strip early Sunday for the second time in three days after new rocket fire from the territory hit southern Israel, the military said.

Israelis, Palestinians march for West Bank town set for demolition

Palestinian - Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians marched Friday in support of a West Bank village slated for demolition, a plan they said epitomises the Israeli occupation.

France 'opposed' to boycott of Israel, FM says amid Orange spat

Paris - France's foreign minister on Friday said Paris was "firmly opposed" to any boycott of Israel as a row rages over telecom group Orange's decision to withdraw its brand from the Jewish state.
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Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
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Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
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