Family of Ethiopian-Israeli man held by Hamas receives video of his crossing into Gaza

(JTA) – The family of an Ethiopian-Israeli man held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip after he voluntarily crossed the border fence was given a copy of video footage showing his crossing.

Avraham Abera Mengistu, 30, of Ashkelon, is believed to have voluntarily climbed over the security fence between Israel and Gaza in September 2014, and has not been heard from since. He is mentally ill, according to his family. [Read more…]

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Israel to reduce electricity supplied to Gaza at Abbas’ request

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s security cabinet agreed to reduce the amount of electricity Israel supplies to the Gaza Strip at the request of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas said he would reduce by 40 per cent how much money the PA pays Israel to supply the electricity, with a concurrent reduction in the amount of electricity delivered, Haaretz reported. He reportedly made the decision in order to put pressure on Hamas in Gaza. [Read more…]

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UN secretary-general calls for Palestinian state in statement marking 50th anniversary of Six-Day War

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to reporters at the U.N. headquarters in New York, Dec. 12, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to reporters at the U.N. headquarters in New York, Dec. 12, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York, Dec. 12, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (JTA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and called for the establishment of a Palestinian state in a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War.

The statement, issued Monday, said the war “resulted in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians.” [Read more…]

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British medical journal The Lancet publishes issue devoted to Israel

(JTA) – The British medical journal The Lancet published a special issue on Israel three years after publishing an open letter that accused Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza.

The special issue, titled “Health in Israel: Progress and Challenges in a Region of Conflict,” was unveiled Monday in Tel Aviv. It was guest edited by Dr. A. Mark Clarfield of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and also staffed by Orly Manor of the Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Services Research and Zaher Azzam of the Rambam Health Care Campus. [Read more…]

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