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Israel threatens to punish journalists who cover Gaza flotilla

Israeli officials have threatened to punish activists who plan to set sail from Greece to Gaza, with the aim of breaking the Israeli embargo on the Palestinian territory. Journalists, the Israeli officials say, will also be punished if they choose to cover the activists’ mission, the Christian Science Monitor reported.…

US denounces ‘irresponsible’ plans to break Israel blockade

The United States warned Friday that a pro-Palestinian aid flotilla would be taking “irresponsible and provocative actions” if it carries out plans to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. The flotilla seeks to mark the anniversary last month of an Israeli commando raid that killed nine Turkish activists aboard a…

Protester who heckled Netanyahu in Congress allegedly beaten, arrested at hospital

CODEPINK activist Rae Abileah was arrested at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C. after heckling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the anti-war group. The 28-year-old Jewish American woman was allegedly tackled by members of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) during Netanyahu’s speech to Congress after…

Israel ‘to invest $1 bn’ in Iron Dome missile system

JERUSALEM — Israel plans to invest $1 billion in the development and production of batteries for its Iron Dome rocket interception system, a top Israeli defence official said in an interview published Monday. Defence Ministry director-general Major General Udi Shani told the daily Haaretz newspaper that five countries have already…

Fatah, Hamas agree to form interim government, hold vote

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement and its bitter rival, the Islamist Hamas, struck a deal on Wednesday to form an interim unity government and fix a date for general election, both sides said. The deal, which took many officials by surprise because of profound Fatah-Hamas divisions…

Leaked cables: US helped Israel contain UN Gaza war probe

WASHINGTON — The United States worked behind the scenes to help Israel contain UN probes into possible war crimes committed during the 2008-2009 Gaza war, Foreign Policy reported Tuesday. The online foreign affairs magazine cited exclusive WikiLeaks cables detailing moves by the US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice to…

U.N. officials defend report critical of Israel’s Gaza assault

Responding to an Israeli call for retraction, the principal researchers behind the United Nations’ Goldstone Report — which was highly critical of the Israeli military’s actions during the major assault on Gaza in 2008-2009 — insisted that no details have come to light that would contradict their findings. Though critical…

Palestinians to West: We’re ready for statehood

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The Palestinians are ready for statehood, according to a report to be presented to major aid donor countries in Brussels this week by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He will present facts and figures to show how hisPalestinian Authority has used hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign assistance over the past…

Israel, Palestinians float Gaza ceasefire plan

JERUSALEM – Israeli and Palestinian officials floated a ceasefire on Sunday to end an upsurge of violence in Gaza, as Israel warned of a still stronger response if rocket fire from the coastal strip continues. Speaking shortly after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the southern city of Ashkelon,…

Israel demands retraction of UN Gaza report

JERUSALEM — Israel demanded on Sunday that the United Nations bin a report critical of its deadly 2008-2009 offensive on Gaza after the author said he had been wrong to say it had targeted civilians. South African judge Richard Goldstone had faced down enormous criticism in Israel at the time…

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