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Israeli Supreme Court judge says she got threatening letter

Jun. 15, 2020 6:21 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli Supreme Court judge complained to police that she had received a threatening letter, the court said Monday. Israeli media reported she was given a security team for protection. The court administration did not disclose further details but noted that the threatening letter sent...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, Rana, mother of Eyad Hallaq, arranges his room in their home in East Jerusalem's Wadi Joz. Early Saturday, Hallaq, a 32-year-old Palestinian with severe autism, was chased by Israeli border police forces into a nook in Jerusalem's Old City and fatally shot as he cowered next to a garbage bin after apparently being mistaken as an attacker. He was just a few meters from his beloved Elwyn El Quds school. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Killing of Palestinian man with autism draws Floyd parallel

Jun. 4, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Eyad Hallaq liked to watch cartoons. He loved dressing up and wearing cologne. He even dreamed of getting married. But his favorite activity was walking to school, where he volunteered in the kitchen, preparing meals for his fellow special-needs students. Early on Saturday, the 32-year-old...

Rana, mother of Iyad Halak, 32, holds his photo at their home in East Jerusalem's Wadi Joz, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian near Jerusalem's Old City who they had suspected was carrying a weapon but turned out to be unarmed. A relative said Halak was mentally disabled and was heading to a nearby school for people with special needs. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli forces kill unarmed autistic Palestinian man

May. 31, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police shot dead an unarmed autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday after saying they suspected he was carrying a weapon. The shooting drew broad condemnations and revived complaints alleging excessive force by Israeli security forces. On social media, some...

POOL - In this Sunday, May 24, 2020 photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompanied by members of his Likud Party in masks delivers a statement before entering the district court in Jerusalem. Netanyahu's fulminating tirade against Israel's legal system on the steps of a Jerusalem courthouse managed to even overshadow the opening of his historic corruption trial. Surrounded by loyal deputies, and with hundreds of impassioned supporters cheering him outside and echoing his charges, Netanyahu's onslaught capped a years-long campaign that has bitterly divided the country and raised fears of irreparably tearing apart the delicate fabric of Israeli society. (AP Photo/Yonatan Sindel/Pool Photo via AP)

A stunning tirade highlights Israeli divide over Netanyahu

May. 27, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — He named names of police investigators and prosecutors. He accused them of using “Soviet style” extortion to turn witnesses against him. He even claimed that elderly Holocaust survivors were on his side, sympathizing with his plight. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask in line with public health restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, looks at his lawyer inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court, Sunday, May 24, 2020.  He is the country’s first sitting prime minister ever to go on trial, facing charges of fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of corruption cases stemming from ties to wealthy friends. (Ronen Zvulun/ Pool Photo via AP)

Israel's Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins

May. 24, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — To the sounds of his impassioned supporters chanting outside, a defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strode into a Jerusalem courtroom Sunday to face corruption charges in a long-awaited trial that has overshadowed three inconclusive elections and deeply divided the country....

Israel's opposition leader Yair Lapid poses for a photo at his office in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

AP Interview: Opposition leader says PM embarrassing Israel

May. 21, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s new opposition leader said Thursday that Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming corruption trial is “embarrassing” the country and that he believes the only reason the long-time prime minister is still in office is because lawmakers never imagined a...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, wears a protective face mask, as he makes his way to attend the swearing in ceremony of his new government, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Netanyahu is finally swearing in his new government after three deadlocked and divisive elections, a year and a half of political paralysis and another three-day delay because of political infighting in his Likud party over coveted Cabinet posts. (Alex Kolomiensky/Yedioth Ahronoth/Pool via AP)

Israel finally swears in government after 3 elections

May. 17, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — After three deadlocked and divisive elections, a year and a half of political paralysis and another three-day delay because of political infighting in his Likud party, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally swore in his new government on Sunday. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, passed...