December 19, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Two Palestinians were killed in separate clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank early Thursday, Palestinian sources and the Israeli military reported. According to an Israeli army statement , Israeli forces were carrying out a "preplanned" operation in the town of Qalqiliya to apprehend a militant cell responsible for recent shootings. After being fired at, soldiers returned fire that resulted in the death of a Palestinian man, army officials said. The Palestinian news agency Maan identified the man as Samir Abd al-Rahman Yassin, a 28-year-old member of the Palestinian security forces.
December 19, 2013 |
The American Studies Assn. recently passed a resolution that "endorses and … honor[s] the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. " The action was taken, the group explained, because "there is no effective or substantive academic freedom for Palestinian students and scholars under conditions of Israeli occupation," and because "Israeli institutions of higher learning are a party to Israeli state policies that violate human rights and negatively impact the working conditions of Palestinian scholars and students.
December 17, 2013 |
JERUSALEM-- About 150 African migrants Tuesday protested Israel's policy of detaining people illegally in the country, saying they are refugees seeking freedom and human rights. The protesters outside parliament had made their way to Jerusalem after leaving a new detention center in southern Israel over the weekend. They described their act as a "walk for freedom and humanity" and held placards reading, "We are refugees, not criminals. " Israeli law allows authorities to detain African migrants without trial for a year before moving them to what is known as an open detention facility in a remote area called Holot.
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December 16, 2013 |
A group representing nearly 5,000 U.S. educators has voted to back an academic boycott of Israeli colleges and universities to protest that country's treatment of Palestinians. The American Studies Assn. announced Monday that the results of an online vote - in which about one-quarter of its members participated - overwhelmingly supported the effort intended to draw attention to the effect of Israeli laws on Palestinian academics and students. "People who truly believe in academic freedom would realize protesting the blatant and systemic denial of academic freedom to Palestinians, which is coupled with material deprivation of a staggering scale, far outweighs concerns we in the West might have about our own rather privileged academic freedoms," David Palumbo-Liu, a Stanford University professor, said in a statement.
December 15, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli soldier was killed Sunday evening by shots fired over the border from Lebanon, the Israeli military reported. According to the statement , a sniper with the Lebanese military fired shots at a vehicle driving along the Israeli-Lebanese border, killing the Israeli soldier. The Israeli army fired at a Lebanese military post in retaliation, Israeli media reported early Monday. The Israeli military lodged a complaint with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon , or UNIFIL, of the "outrageous breach of Israel's sovereignty" and has stepped up preparedness along the border, military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in the statement.
December 12, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry returned to the Middle East on Thursday for a round of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a continuing effort to help reach a peace deal by spring. Kerry met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday and was expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. The peace negotiations, which resumed during the summer with a May goal for a deal, have seen both sides entrenched in their positions.
December 2, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a 25-minute audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday, the first meeting between the two leaders. Netanyahu presented the pontiff with a Spanish translation of "The Origins of the Inquisition," a book written by the Israeli leader's late father, Ben-Zion Netanyahu , an acclaimed historian known widely for his research on the topic. "To his Holiness Pope Franciscus, a great shepherd of our common heritage," Netanyahu inscribed on the inside cover.
November 30, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Thousands of Arab citizens of Israel and Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank demonstrated Saturday against an Israeli government plan that in some cases would relocate Bedouins from traditional lands in the Negev desert to urban communities. Some of the gatherings turned violent, with 28 protesters arrested and at least 15 police officers injured, one of them stabbed. Police fired stun grenades, tear gas and skunk water to disperse demonstrators.
November 28, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- The Haifa district court sentenced seven Arab Israelis to jail terms of up to two years for taking part in the slaying of a Jewish militant just after he killed a group of bus riders. As jail terms of eight to 24 months were issued Thursday , hundreds of Arab citizens demonstrated outside the Haifa courthouse, protesting perceived discrimination and calling the case a political trial. After the proceedings, which saw the court suspend one defendant's eight-month sentence, demonstrators threw rocks and clashed with police.