Palestinian official says U.S. will never present Middle East peace plan

By Ali Sawafta JERICHO, West Bank, Sept 15 : The United States will not present its long-awaited plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace any time soon and is instead trying to unilaterally change the terms of reference for any future proposal, a senior Palestinian official said on Saturday. Echoing deep scepticism among the Palestinians, Arab countries and […]

Israel demolishes family home of Palestinian attacker

By Ali Sawafta KAUBER, West Bank, Aug 28 : The Israeli military on Tuesday demolished the family home of a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank who killed an Israeli in a Jewish settlement a month ago and was shot dead in the attack. Footage distributed by the military showed an armoured bulldozer tearing […]

Chair of UN probe of Gaza violence quits less than month into job

By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM/GENEVA Aug 23 : Former war crimes prosecutor David Crane, an American who was named only last month to lead a U.N. investigation into violence in Gaza this year, has resigned, the United Nations said. The U.N. said in a statement dated Aug. 22 that Crane had informed the Human Rights Council […]

Israeli army orders criminal probe into killing of two Palestinian teens in Gaza

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, Aug 21 : Israel’s military said on Tuesday it would launch a criminal investigation into two incidents in which its troops shot and killed Palestinian teenagers taking part in protests along the Gaza border. The inquiry into the deaths of Abed Nabi, 18, on March 30, and 15-year-old Othman Helles on […]

U.N. chief suggests options for improved Palestinian protection

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Aug 18 : The protection of Palestinian civilians could be improved by the deployment of U.N.-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, a beefed-up U.N. civilian presence or expanded U.N. assistance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a report on Friday. The United Nations General Assembly requested the report in a resolution […]

Israel finds no cause for criminal charges in deadly Gaza war raid

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Aug 15 : Israel will not conduct a criminal investigation into a deadly raid in Rafah during the 2014 Gaza war, the military’s judicial arm said on Wednesday after a “comprehensive examination” of events, prompting condemnation from the Palestinian group Hamas. Israel launched its raid after Hamas militants, emerging from a […]