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Israel plans new east Jerusalem settlement – watchdog

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Peace Now says the plan 'also includes the demolition of dozens of Palestinian residential units that were built in the area without permits throughout the years'

CONTROVERSIAL. A picture taken on December 13, 2017, shows the Israeli and US flags placed on the roof of an Israeli settlement building in East Jerusalem and Jerusalem's Old City with the Dome of the Rock mosque in the center. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israeli strikes kill 23 Syrian, foreign fighters in Syria

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:58 PM

The reported Israeli strikes come as government forces press a blistering offensive against Syria's last major rebel bastion, in the Idlib region in the northwest

ISRAELI STRIKES. This image grab taken from a video released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency on February 6, 2020, shows an explosion following an Israeli air strike on an undisclosed location in Syria. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA

Israelis celebrate, Palestinians rail against U.S. settlement move

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:09 PM

The decision is the latest in a series of pro-Israeli moves by Donald Trump's administration

ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on November 19, 2019 from the Palestinian village of Kifl Hares shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Revava. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

In new pro-Israel shift, U.S. no longer calls settlements illegal

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:24 AM

US State secretary Mike Pompeo tells reporters, the US has concluded that 'the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law'

Israeli soldiers stand guard next to the site where the body of an Israeli soldier was found with multiple stabs near the settlement of Migdal Oz in the occupied West Bank on August 8, 2019. - An Israeli soldier's body was found with multiple stab wounds near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "terrorist" attack. The incident sparked a manhunt by security forces and risked boosting Israeli-Palestinian tensions weeks ahead of September 17 Israeli polls. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Israel ‘tries to hide’ arms sales to the Philippines – report

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:25 PM

While the Philippines is increasingly becoming a lucrative market for Israeli equipment, Israeli human rights advocates say they do not want Israel-made weapons to be used in 'mass executions of civilians living in slums'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after they deliver their joint statements following the signing of agreements between both countries at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bloody weekend for crime-plagued Israeli Arab towns

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Israeli police probe 4 shooting deaths within 24 hours in Arab Israeli towns following elections in the country

ISRAEL. An Arabic-language election banner displaying a slogan reading: 'one million Arab votes, our unity is our strength,' is pictured in the Israeli city of Nazareth, on September 18, 2019. The Joint List coalition of Arab Israeli parties reportedly won 12 seats in Israel's parliamentary elections. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Germany says 2 states 'only solution' to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Jun 09, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Heiko Maas reaffirms his country's support for a two-state solution ahead of a long-awaited United States peace plan

PROTEST. A Palestinian demonstrator, wearing the traditional checkered keffiyeh, sets makeshift US, Israeli and British flags during a protest in Gaza City on January 29, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed / AFP

Palestinians confirm will not attend U.S.-led meeting in Bahrain

May 23, 2019 - 7:25 AM

'This is a collective Palestinian position, from President Mahmud Abbas and the PLO Executive Committee to all Palestinian political movements and factions, national figures, private sector and civil society'

A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli troops during a demonstration near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, on May 10, 2019.  Said KHATIB / AFP

Turkey denounces Israel's decision over Hebron monitoring

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Turkey has observers in the Norway-led team tasked with promoting security for Palestinians in Hebron, which is holy to both Muslims and Jews and has been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

CONFLICT. A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Abbas rejects 'biased' U.S. as sole Mideast mediator

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas says Donald Trump has forfeited his right to be regarded as a neutral broker

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

UN chief proposes options to protect Palestinians

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians is necessary for the proposals to work, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Palestinian protesters gather as tear gas canisters are launched by Israeli forces during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip, east of Gaza city on August 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

UN chief urges Israel, Palestinians to avoid 'devastating conflict'

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:28 AM

The recent violence in Gaza marks the most serious escalation between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

Israeli planes hit 25 targets in response to Gaza rocket fire – army

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The fresh hostilities come with tensions high in Gaza after mass protests and clashes broke out along the border on March 30. At least 132 Palestinians have been killed. There have been no Israeli fatalities.

AIRSTRIKE.An explosion is seen at Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip after an airstrike by Israeli forces on June 20, 2018. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Ex-TNT import Glen Rice Jr. cut from Israeli league, punching incident apparently the last straw

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:50 PM

'Glen started to lose it a long time ago.'

HOT HEADED. Glen Rice Jr punching Guy Pnini is the last straw after his other misdemeanors, including threatening fans and slamming the ball whenever he doesn’t get favorable calls. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Israeli jets target Gaza position after 'infiltration attempt'

Apr 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) The Israeli strike comes a day after suspects crossed the northern Gaza border fence, leaving 'explosive devices' that were found by the army

TENT PROTEST. Palestinians gather at the site of a tent protest on April 8, 2018, on the Israel-Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

U.S. to open Jerusalem embassy in May for Israel's 70th anniversary

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel's capital and say the embassy move could destroy a two-state solution to the decades-old Middle East conflict

PROTEST. A Palestinian demonstrator, wearing the traditional checkered keffiyeh, sets makeshift US, Israeli and British flags during a protest in Gaza City on January 29, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed / AFP

Israel pledges law giving gays equal adoption rights

Sep 17, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The move comes after Association of Israeli Gay Fathers petitioned the supreme court demanding that the law which currently names a 'man and wife' as eligible adoptive parents, be changed

Israel seeks to silence broadcaster Al Jazeera for 'incitement'

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:51 PM

UPDATED The Israeli communications ministry says it would demand the revocation of the credentials of Al Jazeera journalists and cut the channel s cable and satellite connections

An employee of the Qatar based news network and TV channel Al-Jazeera is seen at the channel's Jerusalem office on July 31, 2017. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

How PH reaps fruits of Quezon's kindness to Jews

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:11 AM

Visa free entry to Israel is one of the ways that the Jewish people have repaid the moral conviction of former Philippine president Manuel L Quezon

SENTIMENTAL TIES. Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau says the Philippines and Israel have a 'very sentimental' relationship dating back to the 1930s. Screen grab from Rappler Talk

Rappler Talk: Israel Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau on PH-Israel relations

Jul 20, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Rappler talks to the Israeli Ambassador amid the shifting power dynamics in the Middle East

Human rights not discussed in ASEAN lawmakers' anti-drug meeting

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:55 PM

AIPA Secretary General Isra Sunthornvut says there was no room to criticize the controversial Philippine war against drugs

NO HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS. AIPA Secretary-General Isra Sunthornvut and Philippine Representatives Raneo Abu, Robert Ace Barbers, and Edgar Sarmiento face the media on July 6. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

FOTO: Serunya peringatan Isra Miraj Presiden Jokowi di Pesantren Purwakarta

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:19 PM

“Ya kalau di wilayah apalagi di pondok pesantren perayaan Isra Miraj ini lebih ramai Kalau di Istana serius dan formal ”

ISRA MIRAJ. Presiden Jokowi saat menghadiri perayaan Isra Miraj di Pondok Pesantren Al-Hikamus Salafiyah, Selasa, 25 April. Foto oleh Agung Fatma Putra/Rappler

Ketika Ahok berkoko dan mengucapkan selamat hari Isra Mi'raj

Apr 24, 2017 - 5:38 PM

“Bagi saya ini adalah pengingat untuk selalu berkomunikasi dengan Tuhan

Kenduri Apam, jamuan sebelum Isra Miraj di Aceh

Apr 24, 2017 - 11:31 AM

Tradisi Kenduri Apam sudah berlangsung sejak zaman Kesultanan Aceh Darussalam berawal dari kematian seorang sufi di Mekkah

APAM. Seorang warga Aceh, Sakdiah Ibrahim, memasak apam untuk persiapan menyambut Isra Miraj, Sabtu, 22 April. Foto oleh Habil Razali/Rappler

Berita hari ini: Sabtu, 8 April 2017

Apr 08, 2017 - 11:06 PM

Perkembangan berita terbaru yang perlu Anda ketahui

HAKIM MK. Guru Besar Tata Hukum Negara dari Universitas Andalas, Salsi Isra dipilih oleh Presiden Joko "Jokowi" Widodo sebagai Hakim Mahkamah Konstitusi menggantikan Patrialis Akbar. Foto oleh ANTARA

Trump invites Palestinian leader Abbas to White House 'soon'

Mar 10, 2017 - 8:26 PM

UPDATED Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas spokesman says US President Donald Trump stressed his commitment to a peace process that would lead to a real peace between Palestinians and Israelis

CALLING. President-elect Donald Trump will call Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the afternoon. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Amar'e Stoudemire apologizes for gay comment

Mar 03, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Stoudemire says his comments were meant to be taken as jokes even after saying there s always a truth within a joke

FOOT IN MOUTH. Amar'e Stoudemire, seen during his time with the Miami Heat, drew condemnation from gay former NBA players over his comments about playing with a gay teammate. File photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Amar’e Stoudemire says he would avoid a gay teammate

Mar 02, 2017 - 3:31 PM

I m going to shower across the street said the former NBA star about what he d do if he had a gay teammate

TRUTH IN JOKES. Amar'e Stoudemire, who was once fined by the NBA for tweeting a homophobic slur to a fan, has drawn condemnation from openly gay basketball players John Amaechi and Jason Collins. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Israel to deny Human Rights Watch visas over 'bias'

Feb 24, 2017 - 12:15 PM

UPDATED Why should we give working visas to people whose only purpose is to besmirch us and to attack us? says Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon

A picture taken on February 21, 2017, from the Palestinian village al-Dayrat in the southern West Bank, shows in the background the Israeli settlement of Karmel. / AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER

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White House says new Israeli settlements 'may not be helpful'

Feb 03, 2017 - 8:43 AM

The statement is a break from Donald Trump s previously full throated defense of Israeli settlement building

SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on October 2, 2016 shows a general view of an Israeli building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

4 dead as Palestinian plows truck into Israeli soldiers

Jan 08, 2017 - 11:00 PM

3rd UPDATE The attack takes place after hundreds of soldiers arrive at a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Israeli security forces and emergency personnel gather at the site of a vehicle-ramming attack in Jerusalem on January 8, 2017. A truck ploughed into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem in what police said was a "possible terrorist attack" in which at least four were killed and a number of people injured. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA

Netanyahu calls in US envoy in fallout over UN vote

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:39 AM

Their meeting comes after Israel earlier Sunday December 25 called in 10 representatives of 14 other states that voted for the resolution

Questions and answers on Israeli settlements

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:26 PM

The UN Security Council has recently passed a landmark resolution condemning Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank

SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on October 2, 2016 shows a general view of an Israeli building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Egypt agrees to UN Israel vote delay in call with Trump

Dec 23, 2016 - 3:10 PM

UPDATED The Egyptian turnaround surprises many but follows repeated expressions of admiration for Trump from Sisi

UN Security Council postpones vote on Israeli settlements – diplomats

Dec 22, 2016 - 11:41 PM

Egypt requests the delay to allow time for consultations on a resolution that will demand Israel to halt its settlement activities in the Palestinian territories and east Jerusalem

Israeli settlers accept outpost relocation deal

Dec 18, 2016 - 11:20 PM

The settlers who live at Amona Outpost in the northern West Bank approve a revised proposal from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Young Israeli settlers gather around a fire in the settlement outpost of Amona, which was established in 1997 and built on private Palestinian land, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on December 18, 2016.  Hundreds of supporters of Israel's settler movement arrived at the outpost, where some 40 families live, to protest against the Israeli high court order to demolish the place by December 25 because it was built on private Palestinian land. / AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ

Israeli scientists say they can block melanoma spread

Aug 24, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Researchers from Tel Aviv University develop substances that may prevent the spread of melanoma the most aggressive of all skin cancers

THE ROAD TO A CURE. Doctor Antonella Tosti, dermatologist at the University of Miami School of Medicine, uses an Iphone as a dermatoscope as she examines Michael Casa Nova,12, for symptoms of skin cancer due to sun exposure. File photo by Joe Raedle/AFP

Egypt foreign minister meets Israel PM in rare visit

Jul 10, 2016 - 4:49 PM

3rd UPDATE Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry says Egypt remains ready to help resolve the decades old Israeli Palestinian conflict

epa05418414 Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during a joint brief statement to the media at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Israel, 10 July 2016. Shoukry arrived in Israel to discuss an Egyptian initiative to resume the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. EPA/ABIR SULTAN

Israel's bid to become gas exporter takes a hit for now

Mar 29, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Analysts say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can still salvage the deal for a gas field in the Mediterranean

epa05160482 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks to one of his unidentified defense lawyers (R) at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Israel, 14 February 2016. Netanyahu defended Israel's right to exploit vast natural gas preserves in the Mediterranean Sea. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER/POOL

Palestinian stabs Israeli soldier in West Bank, is shot dead – police

Mar 19, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The police say the teenager died after being chased and shot dead Since October 198 Palestinians have died most after carrying out knife gun or car ramming attacks

Netanyahu plays down rift with US ahead of Biden visit

Mar 06, 2016 - 8:45 PM

There are those who have predicted the collapse of these relations It is not so says the Israeli Prime Minister

epa05197288 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Israel, 06 March 2016. EPA/ABIR SULTAN / POOL

Lost Israel troops stray into camp, sparking bloody clashes

Mar 01, 2016 - 4:32 PM

UPDATED Two Israeli soldiers mistakenly end up at the Qalandiya refugee camp while using navigation app Waze

A picture taken on February 29, 2016 in the West Bank city of Beit Jala shows a general view of the West Bank biblical city of Bethlehem (R) separated from Jerusalem by the Israeli controversial separation barrier. / AFP / THOMAS COEX

Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Olmert to begin prison term

Feb 14, 2016 - 8:51 PM

The 70 year old Ehud Olmert will be placed in a prison facility that is no stranger to VIPs

epa05082872 Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks to the press in the Supreme Court after the court reduced his sentence from six years to 18 months in prison in the Holyland corruption case in Jerusalem, 29 January 2015. Ehud Olmert will become the first former Israeli prime minister to go to jail after Israel's Supreme Court upheld one count of bribe-taking in a appeal ruling. The court in Jerusalem acquitted Olmert of one major count of bribe-taking when he served as mayor of the city between 1993 and 2003, Israel Radio reported. But it upheld a conviction for a lesser count and dramatically reduced a prison sentence handed to Olmert in May 2014 by Tel Aviv's District Court from six years to 18 months. EPA/DEBBIE HILL/POOL

Israel PM approves 300 settler homes in occupied West Bank

Jul 30, 2015 - 10:00 AM

A senior Palestine Liberation Organization official denounces the plans to build new homes as war crimes and accuses Israel of sabotaging peace efforts

Israeli military bulldozers demolish the so-called Dreinoff buildings under an Israeli High Court ruling, in the settlement of Beit El, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on July 29, 2015. Abbas Momani/AFP

Israeli drone crashes in Lebanon for 2nd time in 3 weeks

Jul 11, 2015 - 3:21 PM

An Israeli military spokesman refuses to comment on the reports

Police fire stun grenades at Tel Aviv rally by Ethiopian Israelis

May 04, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Sunday s protest comes 3 days after a stormy demonstration in Jerusalem sparked by footage showing two policemen beating a uniformed Israeli soldier of Ethiopian origin

MARCH FOR RIGHTS. Israelis members of the Ethiopian community protest against racism and what they say is excessive aggression by Israeli police, in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 3, 2015. Daniel Bar On/EPA

Iran cannot be trusted, Netanyahu warns

Apr 12, 2015 - 5:01 PM

According to the Israeli prime minister the nuclear deal framework gives the leading terrorist state in the world a certain path to nuclear bomb

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a statement to the media about the negotiations with Iran, at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Israel, 01 April 2015. Photo by Debbie Hill, Pool/EPA