Israel steps up offensive in Gaza as diplomacy kicks off

Jul 10, 2014

Israel steps up offensive in Gaza as diplomacy kicks off

With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got under way. Egypt, which has mediated before between Israel ...

Clashes break out during Palestinian funeral

Jul 5, 2014

Clashes break out during Palestinian funeral

Israeli police clashed with rock-throwing Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem on Friday as thousands mourned at the funeral for an Arab teen who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack. Palestinian militants, meanwhile, fired rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza ...

Palestinian teen killed in possible revenge attack

Jul 2, 2014

Palestinian teen killed in possible revenge attack

The discovery of a body in a Jerusalem forest on Wednesday raised suspicions that a missing Palestinian youth had been killed by Israelis avenging the deaths of three abducted Jewish teens. Rock-throwing Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces in Jerusalem after the news, but no ...

Bodies of missing Israeli teens found in West Bank

Jul 1, 2014

Bodies of missing Israeli teens found in West Bank

The Israeli military found the bodies of three missing teenagers on Monday, just over two weeks after they were abducted in the West Bank — a grim discovery that ended a frantic search that led to Israel’s largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory ...

U.S. Mideast envoy Indyk quits after peace deal bid

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Mideast envoy Indyk quits after peace deal bid

U.S. special Mideast envoy Martin Indyk is resigning after nearly a year of unsuccessful efforts to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Obama administration officials said Friday. The officials said Indyk’s departure, and his return to his previous job at The Brookings Institution think tank, ...

World Heritage status may protect Palestinian village

Jun 22, 2014

World Heritage status may protect Palestinian village

The United Nations cultural agency on Friday listed the Palestinian village of Battir as a World Heritage site in danger, raising hopes among residents that this will protect their community against Israel’s West Bank separation barrier. Battir, located just south of Jerusalem in the ...

Jun 21, 2014

Pro-Israel firms lose Presbyterian funds

The nearly 1.9 million member Presbyterian Church USA voted Friday after a contentious debate to divest from three companies that provide supplies to Israeli forces and settlers in the occupied West Bank. The 310-303 vote at the influential Protestant denomination’s meeting in Detroit means ...

Gun battle flares as Israeli soldiers seek missing teens

Jun 20, 2014

Gun battle flares as Israeli soldiers seek missing teens

Israeli forces traded gunfire with Palestinians on Thursday, the military said, in the fiercest street battles in the occupied West Bank since the search began for three Israeli teenagers missing for a week. Hospital officials said three Palestinians suffered bullet wounds in the overnight ...

Jun 6, 2014

U.S. could spare Israel a bad outcome

by William Pfaff

Until Washington stops its nonmilitary aid to Israel, ends its complicity in Israel's continuing illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and instead supports full Palestinian membership in the U.N., the Jewish state will remain locked into self-destruction.