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Israel warns of 'emergency' after detecting new virus strain

Nov. 26, 2021 08:52 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Friday that Israel is "on the threshold of an emergency situation” after authorities detected the country’s first case of a new coronavirus variant and barred travel to and from most African countries. The...

Rights group: Israel puts Jerusalem settlement plan on hold

Nov. 25, 2021 15:02 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities appear to have put plans to build a large Jewish settlement at an abandoned airport in east Jerusalem on hold, at least for now, a rights group said Thursday. Plans for the Atarot settlement called for building 9,000 housing units...

Israel plans large settlement at shuttered Jerusalem airport

Nov. 24, 2021 13:27 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is moving ahead with plans to build a massive Jewish settlement on the site of a long-abandoned airport that the Palestinians had hoped would one day service their future capital in east Jerusalem. It’s one of several settlement projects that...

UN nuclear watchdog chief presses for more access in Iran

Nov. 23, 2021 11:29 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of the United Nations' atomic watchdog met Tuesday with Iranian officials to press for greater access in the Islamic Republic ahead of diplomatic talks restarting over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers. Rafael Mariano Grossi...

Israel begins giving COVID shots to children age 5 to 11

Nov. 23, 2021 07:44 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Tuesday began administering the coronavirus vaccine to children age 5 to 11. The country recently emerged from a fourth COVID wave and daily infections have been relatively low for the last few weeks. But Health Ministry statistics show...

Back in power, Israel's Left finds its influence is limited

Nov. 23, 2021 03:40 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — After years in Israel’s political wilderness, small dovish parties that support Palestinian statehood are back in government. But they are finding their influence is limited, with coalition partners who support Jewish West Bank settlement showing little appetite...

British firm denies involvement in alleged Israeli abuses

Nov. 19, 2021 07:35 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A British heavy machinery company has denied allegations by an international rights group that it is complicit in alleged Israeli abuses in the occupied West Bank. Amnesty International says J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited's diggers and excavators have...

Israeli couple is home after weeklong detention in Turkey

Nov. 18, 2021 13:33 PM EST

MODIIN, Israel (AP) — An Israeli couple held by Turkey on suspicion of espionage returned home on Thursday after they were released from a weeklong detention. Mordi and Natalie Oknin arrived in central Israel where they were greeted by family and a crowd of reporters....

Palestinians say man killed by Israeli fire in West Bank

Nov. 16, 2021 14:08 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian man on Tuesday was shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said. The Palestinian Health Ministry said Saddam Hussein Beni Odeh, 26, was shot by Israeli soldiers at the entrance to Tammun, a...

Rights group: Settlers attack Palestinian farmers, 3 injured

Nov. 15, 2021 12:07 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in the occupied West Bank on Monday and injured three people, according to an Israeli human rights group, in what has become a near-daily occurrence in recent weeks. Yesh Din, an Israeli rights group, said...