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Palestinian minister dies at protest

Palestinian minister dies at protest

A Palestinian minister has died after a confrontation with Israeli troops at a protest in the West Bank. Palestinian medics told the BBC Ziad Abu Ein died from complications related to exposure to tear gas during the incident near the village of Turmusaya. But several witnesses said the minister had been hit and shoved by...

French MPs vote for recognising Palestine

French lawmakers voted yesterday in favour of recognising Palestine as a state, sparking an immediate angry reaction from Israel which said such "unilateral measures" would harm efforts towards Middle East peace. Following hot on the heels of similar votes in Britain and Spain, French MPs voted 339 to 151 in favour of a motion urging the government to recognise the state of Palestine as a way of achieving a "definitive resolution of the conflict." The vote -- which is non-binding on...

'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...

Sweden recognises Palestinian state

Sweden yesterday officially recognised the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so, in a move hailed as "historic" by Palestinians but denounced by Israel. "Today the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine," Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem wrote in the mass-circulation Dagens Nyheter daily, less than a month after Sweden's new government announced the plans to make the controversial move. "It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination," she...

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...

New policy could ban Palestinians from riding buses with Israelis

New policy could ban Palestinians from riding buses with Israelis

As if taking inspiration from 1950s America or apartheid South Africa, Israel’s defence minister is reportedly set to introduce a new policy that will effectively ban Palestinians from travelling on the same buses as Israelis, reports The Independent. Moshe Ya’alon will only allow Palestinians who work in Israeli cities to pass back into the...

Recognising Palestine

IN his recent meeting with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was “committed to the vision of peace for two states for two peoples.” That sounds nice. But if he'd been pressed, Netanyahu might have admitted that the two states he had in mind were Israel and the United States, not Israel and Palestine. After all, Netanyahu has done everything possible to demonstrate that he's not interested in negotiating a two-state solution with Palestinian representatives. The...

Diplomatic defeat for Hamas after victory

Diplomatic defeat for Hamas after victory

When the guns in and around Gaza fell silent a month ago, Hamas, the radical Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the enclave, boasted of having won its 50-day war with Israel. But now, after the victory marches, Hamas is being forced to stage a tactical retreat, if not yet a surrender, in the...

2 suspects in abduction of Israeli teens killed

2 suspects in abduction of Israeli teens killed

Israeli forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the fatal abduction of three Israeli teens in June, one of the incidents that ultimately sparked the Gaza war this summer, an Israeli military spokesman said. IDF Chief of Staff: "We promised the families that we would find...

Hamas caused prolonged war: Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas caused prolonged war: Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll. Abbas told Palestine TV in remarks broadcast Friday that "it was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses (damaged or destroyed)." Israel and Hamas militants fought for 50...

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