Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls for UN-led peace conference early next year

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convene an international conference early next year to launch “a genuine peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians. Abbas urged Guterres to work with the Middle East Quartet of mediators – the United States, Russia, the European Union and the U.N.… Read More Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls for UN-led peace conference early next year

Israel launches retaliatory airstrikes in Gaza following rocket attacks

Militants in Gaza launched rockets into Israel and Israeli aircraft hit targets in the Palestinian enclave in an explosive backdrop to the signing of pacts for formal ties between Israel and two Gulf Arab countries. The Israeli military said it launched about 10 air strikes in Hamas Islamist-run Gaza early on Wednesday and that 15… Read More Israel launches retaliatory airstrikes in Gaza following rocket attacks

Two injured as Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel

Palestinian militants fired rockets from Gaza into Israel on Tuesday, the Israeli military said, at same time as Israel and two Gulf Arab states signed normalisation agreements at the White House in Washington. Warning sirens sounded in the coastal cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump… Read More Two injured as Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel

Israel halts fuel shipments to Gaza in response to torching of frontier farmlands

Israel said on Thursday it would stop shipments of fuel into Gaza in response to Palestinians in the enclave launching incendiary balloons that have torched tracts of farmland on the Israeli frontier. Palestinians in Islamist Hamas-ruled Gaza have launched dozens of helium balloons laden with incendiary material in recent days to pressure Israel to ease… Read More Israel halts fuel shipments to Gaza in response to torching of frontier farmlands

Protests erupt over Israeli police killing of autistic Palestinian man

The killing of an autistic Palestinian by Israeli police has sparked protests by both Palestinians and Israelis, drawing comparisons with the death of African-American George Floyd in the United States. Iyad al-Halaq, 32, was on his way to volunteer at a special needs school in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 30 when police chased him… Read More Protests erupt over Israeli police killing of autistic Palestinian man

Thousands of Israelis protest against West Bank annexation plan

Several thousand Israelis demonstrated on Saturday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to extend sovereignty over parts of the occupied West Bank, de-facto annexation of land that the Palestinians seek for a state. Protesting in face masks and keeping their distance from each other under coronavirus restrictions, they gathered under the banner “No to annexation,… Read More Thousands of Israelis protest against West Bank annexation plan

Israeli police fatally shoot unarmed Palestinian man in Jerusalem

Israeli police officers fatally shot a Palestinian they suspected was carrying a weapon in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday, a police spokesman said, but the man was later found to have been unarmed, Israeli media reported. “Police units on patrol there spotted a suspect with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol. They called… Read More Israeli police fatally shoot unarmed Palestinian man in Jerusalem

Israeli court convicts Jewish settler of murder for 2015 Palestine arson attack

An Israeli court found a Jewish settler guilty of racially motivated murder on Monday in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian couple and their baby in the occupied West Bank. Amiram Ben-Uliel chose the Dawabsheh family home and another dwelling in Duma village on the assumption they were inhabited and, before firebombing them,… Read More Israeli court convicts Jewish settler of murder for 2015 Palestine arson attack