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Netanyahu vows in 'battle for Jerusalem'

Netanyahu vows in 'battle for Jerusalem'

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to win a "battle for Jerusalem" after a deadly attack on a synagogue. Two Palestinians killed four rabbis in West Jerusalem before being shot dead. A policeman later died of his wounds. Netanyahu vowed to "settle the score with every terrorist" saying that those "who want to uproot us...

Israel demolishes East Jerusalem home after synagogue attack

Israel demolishes East Jerusalem home after synagogue attack

Israeli troops have destroyed the home of a Palestinian man who killed a woman and a baby by ramming a car into a Jerusalem tram stop last month. The demolition came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to win a "battle for Jerusalem", following a deadly attack on a synagogue. Tuesday's synagogue attack left...

'4 Israelis killed' in Jerusalem synagogue attack

'4 Israelis killed' in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Military wing of Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine says it carried out Jerusalem synagogue attack http://t.co/tABGdyngHF — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) November 18, 2014 At least four Israelis have been killed and eight injured as two men armed with a pistol, knives and axes attacked a West Jerusalem synagogue, police say. The attackers - Palestinians...

Israel eases Jerusalem mosque restrictions

Israel eased restrictions at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque yesterday after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced agreement on steps to reduce tensions at the flashpoint compound. The site, which is holy to Jews as well as Muslims, has been the focus of months of unrest in annexed Arab east Jerusalem, that has spread to the occupied West Bank and Arab communities across Israel, raising fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Palestinians have been infuriated by a far-right Jewish campaign for...

Israelis killed in knife attacks

Israelis killed in knife attacks

An Israeli soldier and a woman were stabbed to death by Palestinians in Tel Aviv and the occupied West Bank on Monday, extending a surge in violence fuelled by strife over access to Jerusalem's holiest site. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to crush "terror being directed at all parts of the country" - remarks...

EU urges two-state capital in Jerusalem

Europe's top diplomatcalled for a Palestinian state sharing Jerusalem as its capital with Israel as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas' Fatah movement yesterday cancelled this week's Gaza ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death due to security concerns. "I think Jerusalem can be and should be the capital of two states," the new EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. The status of Jerusalem is a sensitive issue that has blocked...

UN rebukes Israel over Jerusalem settlements

UN rebukes Israel over Jerusalem settlements

Israel has faced strong criticism at the UN Security Council over plans to build homes in occupied East Jerusalem. UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman said that the settlements would raise "grave doubts" about Israel's plans for durable peace with Palestinians. The meeting came a day after the Israeli PM's office ordered plans for over 1,000...

Jewish activist wounded in Jerusalem

Jewish activist wounded in Jerusalem

A spokesman for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has described the closure of a disputed Jerusalem holy site as a "declaration of war". The move came amid tension after the shooting of a Jewish activist. Israel's PM called for calm, saying  Abbas was responsible for escalating tensions. Yehuda Glick, a campaigner for greater Jewish prayer rights...

Clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa ahead of Jewish holiday

Clashes broke out at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound yesterday as Palestinians protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint holy site ahead of a religious feast, Israeli police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said dozens of Palestinian youths had began throwing stones and firing flares at police once Jewish visitors ascended to the compound on the eve of the week-long holiday for Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles. Police warded off the rioters to Al-Aqsa mosque, from where they threw stones and petrol bombs...

Truce collapses in six minutes

Truce collapses in six minutes

A Gaza ceasefire collapsed in just six minutes yesterday morning after an Israeli F16 jet destroyed a house in a beach-side refugee camp, killing an eight-year-old girl and wounding dozens. Witnesses and several journalists based at a nearby hotel, reported hearing the whistle of a missile fired from an F16 warplane before it crashed into a three-story house wedged between two tall buildings inside the beachfront Shati refugee camp. An AFP correspondent said the strike hit at 0706 GMT - just six minutes into the ceasefire. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was checking the refugee camp attack and said four rockets had been fired from Gaza since the truce started...

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