Sep 11, 2014

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

Human Rights Watch accused Israel of committing war crimes by attacking three U.N.-run schools in the Gaza Strip in fighting in July and August, killing Palestinian civilians who had sheltered there. The New York-based group issued a report on Thursday that it described as ...

Can Palestine win the peace?

Sep 9, 2014

Can Palestine win the peace?

by Daoud Kuttab

The tremendous sympathy and support Palestinians received from international observers because of the high price they paid during their 51-day war with Israel will be useless if the leaders of Hamas and Fatah fail to maintain a united front.

U.S. urges Israel to reverse plan to seize West Bank land

Sep 2, 2014

U.S. urges Israel to reverse plan to seize West Bank land

The United States urged Israel on Monday to reverse its latest plan to seize Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area of the occupied West Bank. “This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve, and construction tender they issue, is ...

Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: army

Sep 1, 2014

Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: army

Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the U.N.-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau. Air defenses “successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that breached Israel airspace above the border ...

Aug 31, 2014

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict. Other U.N. peacekeepers were able to flee from ...

Aug 31, 2014

Man charged with attacking British MP on London street

A man has been charged with a religiously motivated “assault by beating” on British MP George Galloway, police said on Saturday. Galloway, who recently declared the northern English city he represents an “Israel-free zone,” was attacked on a west London street on Friday night. ...

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

Aug 30, 2014

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel. The assessment by Shelter Cluster, chaired by the Norwegian Refugee Council with the ...

Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel, monitors report

Aug 28, 2014

Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel, monitors report

Al-Qaida’s Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday. The fighters, who have vowed to “liberate” the area, ...

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

Aug 27, 2014

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. Hamas declared victory and bursts of ...