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Criticism is good for Israel

ISRAEL'S relentless settlement-building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank has reached a tipping point. Realising that the creeping annexation of the occupied territories will make the two-state solution impossible, European nations are belatedly beginning to recognise Palestinian statehood en masse. The status quo, favoured by the politically powerful right-wing Israeli settlers, is the one-state solution. It is not pretty. More than 50 discriminatory laws restrict the rights of the 20% of Israel's citizens who are Arab. According to one...

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European Parliament backs recognition

The European Parliament overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a Palestinian state "in principle" yesterday, following a series of votes on the issue in EU nations that have enraged Israel. Lawmakers approved the motion by 498 votes to 88 with 111 abstentions, although it was a watered down version of an original motion which had urged EU member states to recognise a Palestinian state unconditionally. The motion said the parliament "supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution,...

Palestinians become observers at ICC meeting

Palestinians become observers at ICC meeting

The Palestinians on Monday officially became observers at the summit meeting of the 122 countries that are members of the International Criminal Court, a move they say is a step toward joining the world's permanent war crimes tribunal. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to seek membership in the ICC in order to press...

6 prisoners released from Guantanamo 5yr after being declared innocent

6 prisoners released from Guantanamo 5yr after being declared innocent

Six men held without charge for more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay have been released and sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees. Announced by the Pentagon on Sunday morning, it is the largest single prisoner release from the controversial military facility since 2009, reports a UK-based daily, The Independent. All of the...

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...

Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of 'genocide'

Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of 'genocide'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of carrying out a "war of genocide" in Gaza in his speech at the UN General Assembly. Abbas said Israeli "war crimes" in Gaza should be punished, but stopped short of saying he would take the issue to the International Criminal Court. His speech brought strong condemnation...

Israel PM vows response to boy's death

Israel PM vows response to boy's death

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said military operations will "intensify" after an Israeli boy was killed by fire from Gaza. The four-year-old died in a mortar attack on a southern Israeli village near the Gaza border. Meanwhile Israeli air strikes have continued, killing at least four people on Friday, Palestinian officials say. More than 2,090...

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel's deadly airstrikes against top Hamas leaders. Two of those killed were women, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which called for an immediate halt...

Gaza begins tense 5-day truce

Gaza begins tense 5-day truce

Israel and the Palestinians have begun a fresh five-day ceasefire in Gaza, agreed at the end of a three-day truce. As the ceasefire was announced, Israel launched air strikes in response to alleged rocket fire from Gaza. There were no more reports of violence overnight, and the two sides were expected to continue indirect talks...

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