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Israeli journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery dies at 94

Aug. 20, 2018 5:27 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Uri Avnery, a trailblazing Israeli journalist and peace activist and one of the first to openly advocate for a Palestinian state, died Monday at the age of 94. Avnery passed away at a Tel Aviv hospital after suffering a stroke. For decades, he was a symbol of the Israeli peace camp, easily...

Sentence doubled for Israeli policeman who shot Palestinian

Aug. 19, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court has doubled the sentence of a former border policeman who was convicted in the death of a stone-throwing Palestinian teenager in 2014. The court on Sunday upheld a state appeal for a longer sentence, extending Ben Deri's imprisonment from nine months to 18 months....

Bolton meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss Iran

Aug. 19, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton has met with Israel's prime minister in Jerusalem to discuss Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office issued a statement Sunday saying the premier looked forward to discussing ways to roll back what he described as...

Palestinians say 2 killed by Israel fire at Gaza border

Aug. 17, 2018 2:16 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 injured at a protest along the Gaza border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday. The protesters threw rocks and firebombs from behind clouds of black smoke of burning...

Palestinian-American candidate is source of West Bank pride

Aug. 8, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

BEIT OUR AL-FOQA, West Bank (AP) — The Michigan primary victory of Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who is expected to become the first Muslim woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, triggered an outpouring of joy in her ancestral village on Wednesday. Relatives in Beit Our al-Foqa, where Tlaib's mother...

Palestinians slam reported US plan to weaken refugee agency

Aug. 5, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians have denounced reported U.S. attempts to undercut a U.N. agency that serves several million Palestinian refugees and their descendants. The U.S.-based Foreign Policy magazine has reported that Jared Kushner, Mideast adviser to President Donald Trump, called in an...

White House Mideast team staffing up for peace plan rollout

Aug. 3, 2018 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Trump administration is staffing up a Middle East policy team at the White House in anticipation of unveiling its long awaited but largely mysterious Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. The National Security Council last week began approaching other agencies seeking...

Trump staffs up Mideast team for peace plan rollout

Aug. 2, 2018 8:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Trump administration is staffing up a Middle East policy team at the White House in anticipation of unveiling its long awaited but largely mysterious Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. The National Security Council last week began approaching other agencies seeking...

Thousands march in Jerusalem Gay Pride amid surrogacy uproar

Aug. 2, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Over 15,000 people marched in the Gay Pride Parade through Jerusalem on Thursday, partying in the shadow of a recently passed surrogacy law that excludes homosexual fathers and outraged the gay community. Waving rainbow flags emblazed with the Star of David and blasting music, throngs of...

Israelis tickled by Sacha Baron Cohen's grotesque caricature

Aug. 2, 2018 6:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again. After tapping into his familiarity with Israel and his fluency in Hebrew to shape previous eccentric personas such as Borat and Bruno, the Jewish comedian has created his most stereotypical Israeli character yet — a grotesque, faux counterterrorism...