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Israel targets Islamic Jihad leader, sending message to Iran

Nov. 12, 2019 3:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it stepped up its battle against Iran and its proxies across the region. The death of Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife as they...

Court says EU states must label Israeli settlement products

Nov. 12, 2019 10:31 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision that was welcomed by rights groups but sparked anger in Israel. The European Court of Justice said that when products come from an Israeli...

France reopens contested Jewish tomb in east Jerusalem

Nov. 8, 2019 1:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — French authorities reopened one of Jerusalem's most magnificent ancient tombs to the public for the first time in over a decade, despite a dispute over access to the archaeological-cum-holy site in the city's volatile eastern half. After several aborted attempts, the French Consulate...

Israeli high court greenlights rights activist's expulsion

Nov. 5, 2019 1:29 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the expulsion of the local director of Human Rights Watch, rejecting an appeal against a lower court's decision and sparking fierce criticism by rights groups that the ruling would harm freedom of expression and their work in the...

Israel agrees to free 2 Jordanians held without charges

Nov. 4, 2019 12:43 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Israel and Jordan announced Monday they have agreed to release two Jordanians held by Israel without charges for over two months, including one woman suffering serious health problems after going on a monthlong hunger strike. The joint announcements marked a breakthrough in a case that...

EU condemns new burst of Israeli settlement approvals

Nov. 4, 2019 9:12 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The European Union on Monday criticized Israel's approval of plans to build over 2,000 new homes in West Bank settlements. In a statement, the EU reiterated its longstanding position that all settlement activity on occupied land is illegal. "It erodes the viability of the two-state...

In fading ritual, WWII rescuer reunites with Jews she saved

Nov. 3, 2019 12:11 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — One by one, the 40 descendants of a group of Israeli siblings leaned down and hugged the elderly Greek woman to whom they owe their very existence, as she sat in her wheelchair and wiped away tears streaking down her wrinkled face. Clutching the hands of those she hid, fed and protected as...

Israel may charge policewoman who shot Palestinian in back

Nov. 3, 2019 10:46 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Justice Ministry said on Sunday it will soon decide whether to file charges against a former policewoman who allegedly shot an unarmed Palestinian man in the back with a sponge-tipped bullet, following possible new video evidence. The case has drawn new attention to frequent but...

Intimate Freud letter up for sale reveals his softer side

Oct. 31, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A handwritten letter by Sigmund Freud, which shows a rare sentimental side to the 20th-century thinker as well as insight into the life of a prominent Jewish refugee amid the advance of the Nazis, is set to go on sale in Jerusalem. The letter, written in German and dated June 21, 1938, was...

Biden's communion denial highlights faith-politics conflict

Oct. 29, 2019 11:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest's denial of communion to Joe Biden in South Carolina on Sunday illustrates the fine line presidential candidates must walk as they talk about their faiths: balancing religious values with a campaign that asks them to choose a side in polarizing moral debates....