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Video shows Israeli police beating lawmaker at protest

Apr. 09, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A video circulating online shows Israeli police punching a member of parliament and wrestling him to the ground at a protest against planned evictions in east Jerusalem on Friday. The video shows a scuffle between Israeli police and Ofer Cassif, the...

Israeli university heads defend free speech in prize dispute

Apr. 09, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Presidents of Israeli universities released a joint letter Friday criticizing the government's decision to withhold the country's most prestigious prize from a scholar over his political views, saying it “severely harms free speech and free thought.” ...

Judge on Michigan's top court works while overseas

Apr. 08, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan Supreme Court justice said Thursday that he has been overseas for three months, participating in an international program to improve society's perception of people with disabilities while pulling all-nighters to keep up with his work back home. ...

March of the Living honors medical workers battling COVID-19

Apr. 08, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Like so many mothers, Raul Artal’s insisted that her son was going to be a doctor. But there was a history — and heroism — behind her ambitions for him. A determined Jewish doctor in a concentration camp in 1943 delivered Artal in a barn, despite...

Israel rejects ICC probe, saying it lacks jurisdiction

Apr. 08, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday said it would formally reject the International Criminal Court's decision to launch a probe into potential war crimes against the Palestinians, denying that it has committed such crimes and saying the court lacks the jurisdiction to investigate. ...

Israeli academic won't receive prize after signing petition

Apr. 08, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's top court on Thursday upheld a Cabinet minister's decision to temporarily block a prominent academic from receiving the country's highest honor after he called on the EU to halt funding for an Israeli university located in the occupied West Bank. ...

Analysis: Attack on Iran ship off Yemen escalates shadow war

Apr. 08, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An attack this week on an Iranian cargo ship that is said to serve as a floating base for Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces off the coast of Yemen has escalated a yearslong shadow war in Mideast waters. The development comes just as world...

Holocaust survivors use social media to fight anti-Semitism

Apr. 08, 2021 07:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Alarmed by a rise in online anti-Semitism during the pandemic, coupled with studies indicating younger generations lack even basic knowledge of the Nazi genocide, Holocaust survivors are taking to social media to share their experiences of how hate speech paved the way for...

US resumes funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Apr. 08, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a resumption of U.S. assistance to the Palestinians, including to the U.N. agency that deals with Palestinian refugees, nearly all of which had been eliminated under President Donald Trump. The State...

Syria: Israeli strikes near capital Damascus wound 4 troops

Apr. 07, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Israel carried out a missile attack near the Syrian capital of Damascus and its southern suburbs early Thursday that wounded four soldiers, Syria’s state media said. State news agency, SANA, quoted an unidentified military official as saying that Syrian...