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Heads of churches say Israeli government is demanding they pay property tax, upsetting status quo

Jun. 23, 2024 16:34 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Leaders of major churches have accused Israeli authorities of launching a “coordinated attack” on the Christian presence in the Holy Land by initiating tax proceedings against them. While Israeli officials have tried to dismiss the disagreement as a routine...

Netanyahu again claims the US is withholding arms shipments, days after Washington denies it

Jun. 23, 2024 12:50 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that there had been a “dramatic drop” in U.S. weapons deliveries for Israel's war effort in Gaza, doubling down on a claim that the Biden administration has denied and underscoring the growing strains...

Democrats wrestle with whether to attend Netanyahu's address to Congress as many plan to boycott

Jun. 23, 2024 09:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the U.S. Congress, nearly 60 Democrats skipped his speech nine years ago, calling it a slap in the face to then-President Barack Obama as he negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran. With Netanyahu...

Thousands of Iran-backed fighters offer to join Hezbollah in its fight against Israel

Jun. 23, 2024 01:15 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of fighters from Iran-backed groups in the Middle East are ready to come to Lebanon to join with the militant Hezbollah group in its battle with Israel if the simmering conflict escalates into a full-blown war, officials with Iran-backed factions and analysts say. ...

At least 39 people killed in Israeli strikes across northern Gaza, officials say

Jun. 22, 2024 18:42 PM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — At least 39 people were killed by Israeli strikes across northern Gaza on Saturday, as rescue workers scrambled to find survivors beneath the rubble, according to Palestinian and hospital officials. Fadel Naem, director of the al-Ahli Hospital in...

Israeli strikes on tent camps near Rafah kill at least 25 and wound 50, Gaza health officials say

Jun. 21, 2024 23:42 PM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces shelled tent camps for displaced Palestinians outside Gaza's southern city of Rafah on Friday, killing at least 25 people and wounding another 50, according to the territory's health officials and emergency workers. This was the...

The Latest | Gaza's Health Ministry says 25 killed, 50 wounded in Israeli strikes on tent camps

Jun. 21, 2024 18:01 PM EDT

At least 25 people were killed and another 50 wounded in attacks on tents for displaced Palestinians sheltering in southern Gaza, according to the territory’s Heath Ministry and emergency workers. Witnesses whose relatives died in one of the bombardments near a Red Cross field...

As France reels from alleged rape of a Jewish girl, antisemitism comes to fore in election campaign

Jun. 21, 2024 07:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The alleged rape of a 12-year-old Jewish girl in a suspected antisemitic attack has sent shockwaves throughout France and thrust concerns about antisemitism to the forefront of campaigning for the country’s legislative elections. The anti-immigration National Rally...

Israel's pledge to guard an aid route into Gaza falls flat as lawlessness blocks distribution

Jun. 20, 2024 21:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday that it was establishing a new safe corridor to deliver aid into southern Gaza. But days later, this self-declared “tactical pause” has brought little relief to desperate Palestinians. The United Nations and international aid...

The Latest | US-built pier in Gaza unloads aid again after weather setback, official says

Jun. 20, 2024 18:10 PM EDT

The U.S.-built pier in Gaza was unloading humanitarian aid again Thursday after being removed for a second time last week because of rough seas, the U.S. military said. The floating pier was anchored back on Gaza’s shoreline Wednesday after facing a number of setbacks. Aid groups...