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Christian pilgrims march through Jerusalem for Good Friday

Apr. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims and clergy members marched through the ancient stone alleys of Jerusalem's Old City, retracing Jesus' path to crucifixion in observation of Good Friday. The faithful carried wooden crosses high on their shoulders and sang hymns to mark one of Christianity's...

Israeli police detain Jewish suspects with sacrificial goats

Apr. 18, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they detained four suspects involved in an attempt to smuggle two baby goats into Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site for a ritual sacrifice. Police said on Thursday that two Jewish minors intended "to cause provocations" by sacrificing the goats ahead of Passover. Two...

Long-lost Kafka works could emerge after messy legal battle

Apr. 17, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A long-hidden trove of unpublished works by Franz Kafka could soon be revealed following a decade-long battle over his literary estate that has drawn comparisons to some of his surreal tales. A district court in Zurich upheld Israeli verdicts in the case last week, ruling that several safe...

AP interview: Palestinian PM accuses US of 'financial war'

Apr. 17, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The new Palestinian prime minister on Tuesday accused the United States of declaring "financial war" on his people and said an American peace plan purported to be in the works will be "born dead." In his first interview with international media since taking office over the...

AP interview: Palestinian PM accuses US of 'financial war'

Apr. 16, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The new Palestinian prime minister on Tuesday accused the United States of declaring "financial war" on his people and said an American peace plan purported to be in the works will be "born dead." In his first interview with the international media since taking office over the...

Israel court orders expulsion of Human Rights Watch director

Apr. 16, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Tuesday upheld a deportation order against Human Rights Watch's local director and gave him two weeks to leave the country. The Jerusalem District Court rejected an appeal by Omar Shakir to remain in the country, saying that his activities against Israel's West Bank...

Thousands of pilgrims mark Palm Sunday in Jerusalem

Apr. 14, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims took part in Palm Sunday celebrations in Jerusalem at the start of the Holy Week. Worshippers carried palm fronds and olive branches and marched from the top of the Mount of Olives to the Old City of Jerusalem. Israeli police say an estimated 15,000 people...

Israel's election exposes its deep political divisions

Apr. 10, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apparent election victory has deepened the divisions in an already-divided country. Bolstered by his base of religious and working-class voters, Netanyahu can be expected to press ahead with a hard-line agenda that will likely eliminate the last hopes of...

Israeli PM Netanyahu poised for 5th term as rival concedes

Apr. 10, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main rival conceded defeat Wednesday, promising to wage a robust battle from the opposition after the ruling Likud party and its nationalist allies won a solid majority in parliamentary elections. Netanyahu appeared poised for a historic fifth term as...

The Latest: Gantz's party concedes defeat in Israel election

Apr. 10, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the outcome of Israeli elections (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's Blue and White party leaders are conceding defeat in Israel's election, saying they will work against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the opposition. Yair Lapid, the party's No. 2 figure,...