Three Palestinians killed during weekly Gaza border clashes

(JTA) – More than 13,000 Palestinians rioted at the Gaza border with Israel as part of weekly protests that began some six months ago.

Three of the Palestinian demonstrators at the border on Friday were killed by Israeli army fire during the clashes, Haaretz reported citing the Gaza Health Ministry. One of those killed was reportedly a 12-year-old boy. The other two dead were both 21. [Read more…]

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Israel closes Erez crossing with Gaza after rioting Palestinians damage infrastructure

Palestinian rioters at the Erez Crossing between Gaza and Israel caused damage to its infrastucture, September 4. (IDF Twitter
Palestinian rioters at the Erez Crossing between Gaza and Israel caused damage to its infrastucture, September 4. (IDF Twitter

Palestinian rioters at the Erez Crossing between Gaza and Israel caused damage to its infrastucture, September 4, 2018. (IDF Twitter

(JTA) – Israel closed the only pedestrian crossing with Gaza after rioting Palestinians damaged infrastructure.

The Israeli military announced its closure on Wednesday morning, after clashes on Tuesday between hundreds of rioting Palestinians and Israeli soldiers left several Palestinians injured. Israeli troops responded to the violence, including rock throwing and vandalizing infrastructure. [Read more…]

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Trump administration looks set to end UNRWA funding altogether

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The United States appears set to cut off funding altogether to UNRWA, the United Nations agency that administers relief for Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

The United States has so far this year disbursed $60 million US to UNRWA. It sent $364 million US to UNRWA last year, by far the largest contribution of any entity and a third of the agency’s budget. [Read more…]

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Israeli commits to Gaza reconstruction in Hamas ceasefire deal

A picture taken on July 14, 2018 shows smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City in retaliation for Hamas rockets sent into southern Israel. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 14, 2018 shows smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City in retaliation for Hamas rockets sent into southern Israel. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

Smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City in retaliation for Hamas rockets sent into southern Israel, July 14, 2018. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel has committed to the reconstruction of Gaza and to discussing the possibility of airports and seaports in the Hamas-controlled coastal territory, Haaretz reported on Thursday.

Details have begun to emerge regarding these and other terms of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas. It’s implementation began Wednesday, closing out months of escalating tensions between the two sides. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu reprimands Corbyn for honouring terrorists; Corbyn then accuses Israel of killing ‘dozens of children’

British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the National Transport Design Centre in Coventry, England, Feb. 26, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)
British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the National Transport Design Centre in Coventry, England, Feb. 26, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the National Transport Design Centre in Coventry, England, Feb. 26, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

(JTA) – British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn issued a scathing critique of Israel after being publicly reprimanded by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his apparent participation in a commemoration ceremony in memory of members of the Black September terrorist organization who took part in the 1972 massacre of 11 Israelis during the Munich Olympics.

Pictures of the event, which seemed to show Corbyn laying a wreath near the terrorists’ graves in a Tunisian cemetery four years ago, were published in the Daily Mail last Friday and immediately led to a political firestorm. [Read more…]

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Israeli minister calls for eliminating ‘terrorists’ sending arson balloons from Gaza

Israeli firefighters extinguish a fire in a wheat field caused from kites flown by Palestinian protesters, near the border with the Gaza Strip, May 30, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli firefighters extinguish a fire in a wheat field caused from kites flown by Palestinian protesters, near the border with the Gaza Strip, May 30, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel should not have acted with restraint in the face of hundreds of kites and balloons carrying incendiary materials launched from Gaza, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday.

Bennett, the leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party, said Israel’s reluctance to go after those launching the kites, many of whom are children, allowed the problem to grow unacceptably large. [Read more…]

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