Israel’s LGBT community protests for fathers’ surrogacy rights

By Rami Amichai TEL AVIV, July 22 : Tens of thousands of demonstrators from Israel’s LGBT community and their supporters gathered at a main Tel Aviv plaza on Sunday for the culmination of a day-long strike in protest at the exclusion of gay men from new surrogacy legislation. Earlier, demonstrators blocked the Ayalon freeway, a […]

Israeli fire kills three Palestinians during border protests-Gaza officials

By Nidal al-Mughrabi Gaza, July 20 : Israeli fire killed three Palestinians during protests in the Gaza Strip today, Palestinian health officials said. The Israeli military said its troops had come under fire from Gaza and that aircraft and tanks had fired at “military targets throughout the Gaza Strip”. Two of the Palestinian dead were […]

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, July 19 : Israel passed a law on Thursday to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, something members of the Arab minority called racist and verging on apartheid. The “nation-state” law, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions […]

Israeli lawmakers vote to ban some left-wing groups from schools

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, July 17 : Israel’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday that could see groups critical of government policies toward the Palestinians banned from entering Israeli schools and speaking with pupils. Critics of the law, which passed with 43 votes in favour and 24 against in the 120-seat Knesset, said it was […]

Gaza ceasefire largely holding after day-long flareup

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, July 15 : A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s dominant Hamas Islamists appeared largely to be holding on Sunday, ending the most intensive flare-up in violence around the Palestinian enclave since a 2014 war. In a day of fierce fighting on Saturday, Israel carried out dozens of air strikes in Gaza, […]