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German Jewish group applauds museum director's resignation

Jun. 15, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Central Council of Jews is welcoming the resignation of the director of Berlin's Jewish Museum amid accusations he promoted views critical of Israel. Council President Andreas Schuster told dpa news agency Saturday Peter Schaefer's resignation was appropriate, especially at a time...

Today in History

Jun. 15, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 15, the 166th day of 2019. There are 199 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 15, 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan (sy-PAN') during World War II. B-29 Superfortresses carried out their first raids on Japan. On this...

Virginia man home again as deportation fight continues

Jun. 14, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia man whose deportation to Israel was reversed last week is home again. Immigration attorney Patrick Taurel says Abdelhaleem Ashqar was home in Alexandria on Friday following his release from a detention center in Bowling Green, Virginia. The 60-year-old recently...

Gazans protest along volatile frontier with Israel

Jun. 14, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thosusands of Palestinians held protests along the volatile Gaza-Israel frontier Friday, after a night of Israeli airstrikes in retaliation for a rocket that hit a building in southern Israel. The flare-up, which came after Israel this week closed Gaza's offshore waters to...

Director of Berlin's Jewish Museum quits following criticism

Jun. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The director of Berlin's Jewish Museum is stepping down following strong criticism of the museum's leadership by Germany's Jewish community. A statement Friday said director Peter Schaefer was resigning to prevent further damage to the museum. There was no immediate word on a long-term...

Pride parade kicks off in Tel Aviv with partyers, protesters

Jun. 14, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The largest gay pride parade in the Middle East drew hundreds of thousands of revelers and demonstrators from all over to the streets of Tel Aviv on Friday. Drag queens and rainbow-clad marchers streamed through the coastal city, posing for selfies and beating drums. Shirtless men...

Israeli warplanes strike in east Gaza after rocket hits town

Jun. 13, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck a militant site in the east Gaza Strip early Friday, Palestinian witnesses said, after a rocket launched from Gaza hit a building in southern Israel, escalating tensions along the border just weeks after a cease-fire. There was no immediate comment from the...

Arab League: Israel-Palestinian peace must have 2 states

Jun. 13, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the Arab League is warning against any peace plan that ignores a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit also warns against any proposal that creates an alternative economic track that perpetuates Israel's occupation of...

Ford opens Israel tech lab in move toward driverless cars

Jun. 13, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ford has opened a research center in Israel, joining a legion of major automakers racing to develop new technologies for the world of driverless cars. Chairman William Ford met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday as part of his visit, where he called Israel "ground zero" for...

Israeli court upholds Orthodox church land sales to settlers

Jun. 13, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court has ruled against the Greek Orthodox Church in a long-running legal battle over the sale of three properties in predominantly Palestinian parts of Jerusalem's Old City to a Jewish settler group. The ruling handed down on Monday was part of a protracted dispute over...