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, […]

Israel shoots down Syria drone; Netanyahu meets Putin

By Dan Williams and Gleb Stolyarov JERUSALEM/MOSCOW, July 11 : Israel shot down a Syrian drone that penetrated its airspace on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, highlighting an escalation of volatility near the frontier which Netanyahu discussed in Moscow with Damascus’s biggest ally. “A drone penetrated from Syria’s territory to Israel’s territory several hours […]

Yad Vashem centre criticises Israeli-Polish statement on Holocaust law

By Jeffrey Heller Jerusalem, July 5 : Israel’s main Holocaust memorial criticised as historically inaccurate today a joint statement by the Israeli and Polish prime ministers aimed at ending a dispute over Holocaust legislation in Poland. The Jerusalem-based centre, Yad Vashem, challenged in particular the validity of the leaders’ assertion that the Polish underground and […]

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in Gaza border protests – Gaza medics

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Jun 29 : Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians, one of them a 14-year-old boy, and wounded 415 others with live fire and tear gas during protests along the Gaza border on Friday, Gaza health officials said. Gaza medical officials said the boy, Yasser Abu Al-Naja and Mohammad Al-Hamayda, 24, […]

US-Israeli teen convicted in Israel for bomb threats during Trump’s rise

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, June 28 : An Israeli-American teenager was found guilty in Israel on Thursday of making about 2,000 hoax bomb threats against Jewish and other institutions in the United States and elsewhere during Donald Trump’s rise to the U.S. presidency in 2016 and 2017. The incidents stoked allegations by some American critics […]