October 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama canceled a long-planned trip to attend economic and security summits in Southeast Asia because of the government shutdown, the White House said Thursday night, the latest casualty of the political impasse in Washington. The president was scheduled to leave Saturday for Indonesia and Brunei for a series of summits with other world leaders, diplomacy he has prioritized as part of his attempt to "pivot" economic and military resources to the western Pacific region.
August 21, 2013 |
GAZA CITY - The homemade YouTube video features four masked men in matching T-shirts, standing like soldiers as one reads a statement lambasting Hamas for killing civilians and calling for the overthrow of the Gaza Strip's Islamist government. They call their new Palestinian youth group Tamarod Gaza - using the Arabic word for "rebellion" - after the similarly named Egyptian protest movement that helped bring down Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and Hamas' mentor, the Muslim Brotherhood.
August 3, 2013
Re "Israelis and Palestinians to confront tough issues," July 31 It is disappointing that the United States continues to show unconditional support for Israel even when our ally violates international law and ignores U.N. resolutions condemning its behavior. From 1972 to 2011, the United States has issued the only vetoes to 42 U.N. Security Council resolutions condemning Israel's behavior, most of which were related to the occupied territories. These negotiations would be unnecessary if Israel would respect U.N. resolutions and the International Court of Justice concerning settlements, borders, the right of return, the separation barrier with much of the West Bank and the status of Jerusalem.
July 25, 2013 |
GAZA CITY -- Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip shut down two Arab media offices Thursday, accusing them of spreading falsehoods about the Palestinian territory's increasingly rocky relationship with the new military-led Egyptian government. In a statement, Hamas said it had shuttered the Gaza bureaus of the Dubai-based pan-Arab news channel Al Arabiya and the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency. Hamas officials said the closures were temporary "until the proper legal measures are taken.
July 10, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian man who disappeared while visiting Egypt is being held in an Israeli jail on suspicion of security offenses, an Israeli court disclosed Wednesday. The court in the southern city of Beersheva partially lifted a gag order, allowing Israeli media to report that Wael Abu Rida, a 35-year-old former policeman from the Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis, was taken into Israeli custody June 21. He was brought before a judge Wednesday and remanded in custody for a further eight days.
July 5, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Gunmen in the restive Sinai Peninsula killed one Egyptian soldier and wounded two others in an attack in the border city of Rafah near the Gaza Strip, Egyptian media reported Friday. It was unclear whether the attack was motivated by the military coup this week against President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party. The Sinai has long been plagued by violence and insecurity. Islamist groups, some with links to the Gaza Strip, frequently use the region as a launching pad for attacks against Israel, and fears are rising that Morsi's ouster will trigger a flare-up in violence.