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    Netanyahu: Israel has the right to prevent weapons from falling into the wrong hands in Syria

    The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the BBC that Israel has the right to prevent weapons from falling into the wrong hands in Syria. Netanyahu added that if the terrorists seized anti-aircraft weapons, they would “change the rules of the game” in the region. Israel said that...
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    Haniyeh heads to Qatar to discuss reconciliation and the reconstruction of Gaza

    The Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has left the Gaza Strip for the State of Qatar to meet with Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Taher al-Nunu, a spokesman for the government, said to alresalah.net on Thursday that two important issues will be discussed during Haniyeh’s visit: “the first is...
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    After a series of failures, Mossad campaign to recruit new agents

    Yediot Aharonot newspaper said today that Israel’s national intelligence service Mossad has launched an extensive recruitment campaign on the Internet that urges Israelis “to join its ranks.” The campaign comes in the wake of the scandal of prisoner X, Ben Zygier, who was Jewish, of Australian origin; the media...
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    Palestinian-Jordanian crossing open for trade for the first time

    Chief of General Committee for Crossings and Borders, Nazmi Mohana, announced on Thursday that Al-Karama Crossing connecting Jordan with the West Bank will open on Friday for the first time for commercial purposes. “This is the first time the crossing is going to be used for commerce,” Mohana said...
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    Islamists in Jordan reject foreign forces in the Kingdom

    On Friday, the Islamists in Jordan “firmly” rejected the presence of any foreign forces in the Kingdom. Meanwhile, American forces are heading to Amman to potentially intervene and secure the chemical weapons store in Syria. Jordan’s Islamic Action Front Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan,...
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    Islamists in Jordan reject foreign forces in the Kingdom

    On Friday, the Islamists in Jordan “firmly” rejected the presence of any foreign forces in the Kingdom. Meanwhile, American forces are heading to Amman to potentially intervene and secure the chemical weapons store in Syria. Jordan’s Islamic Action Front Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan,...
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    The West is working on prolonging the occupation

    Maariv newspaper reported on its website that it has obtained an unusual letter written to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, Catherine Ashton, in which a number of European politicians demand radical change in the political process between Israel...
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    Tunisian Al-Nahda criticises media defamation campaign against Qatar

    On Thursday The Islamic Al-Nahda Movement criticised the media campaign in Tunis targeting Qatar and Qatari officials. Al-Nahda said in a statement: “The sister country Qatar and its officials are being attacked by mass media supported by political parties and media people who have disregarded all ethics of criticism.”...
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    Jordanian source: Washington will deploy “Patriot” on the border with Syria

    At a time when Syrian President Bashar al-Al-Assad warned his southern neighbour, Jordan, about the repercussions of allowing “terrorists” to infiltrate Syria, he has also expressed his hope that Jordanian politicians “be more aware of what is going on,” because “the fire will not stop at the borders of...
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    Russian newspaper: Israelis infect prisoners before their release

    The Israeli prison service gives Palestinian prisoners prostatitis-infected injections before they are released, Russian newspaper Pravda revealed on Friday. Pravda reported former female prisoner Rania al-Saqqa saying that prisoners suffer from “serious and chronic diseases like bladder cancer and liver disorders,” likely caused by the unknown injections prisoners receive...
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    Airlines strike in protest against Israeli-European Union open skies agreement

    At five o’clock on Sunday morning, Israeli airlines El Al, Erkia and Asrauar went on strike in protest against the open skies agreement that was signed with the European Union. This agreement aims to increase competition between flights to and from the country. During the night there was discontent...
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    Hamas denounces US effort to set back Erdogan’s visit to Gaza

    The Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine – Hamas – denounced on Sunday the American call on Turkish Prime Minister Recpep Tayyip Erdogan to postpone his visit to the Gaza Strip. “This is clear evidence of the American involvement in reinforcing the siege on Gaza,” Hamas spokesman Sami abu-Zuhri said....
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    Israel to use Jordan’s airspace to monitor and attack Syria’s chemical weapons

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II has decided to allow Israel to use its airspace to monitor the situation in Syria and attack the country’s chemical weapons facilities, French newspaper Le Figaro published on its website on Monday.   The newspaper said that the King took this decision during US President...
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    Egypt arrests a Sinai-based spy network working for Israel

    The Egyptian security forces in northern Sinai have arrested a spy network working for Israel that includes Egyptians and Palestinians. The main suspect had been monitored for a period of 4 months, during which he moved frequently between Cairo and North Sinai. His phone conversations, which he conducted with...
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    Netanyahu aide: Boston attack is good for Israel

    A senior aide to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has voiced expectations that the Boston Marathon attacks will strengthen American support for Israel, Israeli newspaper Haaretz said on Monday. Ron Dermer, the political advisor to Netanyahu, said that this was the case following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In a...
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    Israeli settlers torch 10 Palestinian cars

    On Tuesday morning Israeli settlers blazed ten Palestinian cars in Dier Jareer neighbourhood in the east of the West Bank city of Ramallah. Local sources said that Israeli settlers attacked the area, blazed cars and caused much damage to Palestinian properties. This caused a state of fear among the...
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    80% of Israelis support settlement expansion in the West Bank

    On Monday The Times of Israel newspaper published the results of a poll conducted by Ariel University, revealing “the overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews support Israel extending its sovereignty over some or all of the West Bank, either unilaterally or as part of an agreement.” The poll also found...
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    Israel to release Samer Al-Issawi in December

    After a long hearing session which took place in an Israeli hospital on Monday, the Palestinian prisoner Samer al-Issawi has agreed to bring an end to his hunger strike in exchange for his release in December 2013. Al-Issawi is currently suffering from grave deterioration in his health as a...
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    Hagel: Israel does not need US approval to strike Iran

    The London-based Al Hayah newspaper reported from Jerusalem on April 22 that during his first statement upon arrival in Israel, US Defence Minister, Chuck Hagel, announced that his country’s arms deal with Israel was a “very clear signal” to Tehran that the military option is still open and has...
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    Israeli forces uproots Palestinian trees in West Bank

    Israeli occupation forces uprooted on Tuesday hundreds of olive and almond trees in Un-Neer neighbourhood in the West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian media reported. Palestinian citizen, Nasser Nawaja’a, told Al-Quds newspaper that Israeli military bulldozers damaged a wide area of Palestinian farms and razed around 300 hundred trees...
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    Israel limits Palestinians to less than 10 per cent of Jerusalem

    On Monday Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds reported that two Israeli human rights organisations filed a petition to the Central Israeli Court in Jerusalem against the Israeli structural map Jerusalem 2000. Citizen’s Rights and Bemakom organisations have said that they are repealing against the map, as it is illegal on the...
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    Haniyyeh denies frosty relations with Egypt

    Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza and deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau, Ismail Haniyyeh, has dismissed allegations of tensions in the relations between Hamas and Egypt, Qatar’s Al-Sharq newspaper reported today. Haniyyeh said that he had even met senior Egyptian intelligence officials and discussed Palestinian internal reconciliation, including new...
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    US intervenes with Jordan and PA not to condemn Israel in UNESCO meeting

    Israeli radio said on Wednesday that Israel has reached an agreement with Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to cancel draft resolutions against it planned to be discussed in a UNESCO meeting today. The agreement, the radio said, was mediated and brokered by the USA. In return, Israel is...
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    Israeli spy in Egyptian jail accuses Tel Aviv of neglecting him

    The Israeli spy detained in Egypt, Oda al-Tarabeen, has announced he is going on hunger strike in protest against his country’s negligence of his plight, Israel radio said on Wednesday. Al-Tarabeen, who is serving a 15-year sentence, accused Israel of breaching its promise to release him. In a letter submitted to...
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    Bahrain: US State Department’s report on human rights is not objective

    The Bahraini Foreign Ministry expressed its disapproval of the report issued by the US State Department on Friday April 19 2013 regarding human rights in Bahrain. It believes the report lacks objectivity and neutrality, and neglects the progress Bahrain has made in protecting and promoting human rights, particularly in...
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    Haniyeh: Erdogan’s visit to Gaza indicates the end of American hegemony

    Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh considered the determination of Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Gaza as evidence of the expiration of American authority. In a brief statement from Doha, a copy of which was received by the Palestinian Information Centre, Haniyeh said: “We welcome the visit...
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    Israeli gunships fire at Palestinian fishing boats

    At dawn on Wednesday, Israeli gunships fired live ammunition at Palestinian fishermen fishing along the Gaza shores, witnesses have said. Witnesses reported seeing thick fire in the sky in the direction Palestinian fishermen fishing within the three nautical miles radius permitted by Israel. No causalities have been reported. In...
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    Israeli army combat units only half the size they were 30 years ago

    In a national security studies conference held in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, the head of the Israeli army’s Planning Division, General Nimrod Sheffer, revealed that Israeli army combat units are now no more than half the size they were 30 years ago. According to Sheffer, enlistment rates have decreased,...
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    Abbas is disappointed with Kerry’s futile effort to revive peace process

    A Palestinian senior official close to the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has said that Abbas and members of the Palestinian leadership are disappointed with the futility of US secretary of state John Kerry’s efforts to revive peace talks, The Times of Israel said on Wednesday. The reason, reported Avi...
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    Agreements signed to expand five cities in Gaza

    The Minister of Local Governance in Gaza, Engineer Mohammed Al-Farra, announced the signing of five agreements to expand a number of cities in the Gaza Strip during his visit to Morocco. Al-Farra, along with a number of parliamentarians and members of the municipality, visited Morocco last week to discuss...
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    Palestine issue features high on agenda of Doha Interfaith Dialogue

    The Palestinian issue has been present in the past nine Interfaith Dialogue Conferences hosted annually in Qatar, but was only really highlighted in the 10th conference held from April 23rd-25th. The main focus of the conference, which emphasises peace and dispute settlement, was the chance to discuss the Palestinian...
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    Hamas: An-Najah’s election results confirm the failure of dual arrests

    The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas described the victory of its students’ arm (Islamic Bloc) at An-Najah National University in Nablus by 33 seats against 43 seats for the Fatah movement as a “great triumph.” A spokesman for the movement, Fawzi Barhoum, said in a written statement that this ratio...
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    108 years in prison for Palestinian who threw stones at a settlers’ car

    A Military court in Ofer prison has sentenced the prisoner Wael Arja, from the town of Halhul near Hebron, to life imprisonment twice in addition to another 58 years after being convicted on charges of killing a settler and his son. The website of the newspaper Yediot Ahronot, which...
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    Saleh: the volume of trade exchange between Egypt and Saudi Arabia rises to $ 5 billion

    Engineer Hatem Saleh, Egyptian Minister of Commerce and Industry, confirmed that there is political will in both Egypt and Saudi Arabia to push the development of relations between the two countries in various fields and at all levels. There is also political determination to respond to the will of...
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    Israeli Attorney General allows investigators to check tourists’ e-mails

    Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein agreed on Wednesday to have the e-mail of tourists visiting Israel to be checked by the Israeli Shin Bet; otherwise they will be banned from entering the country, Israeli newspaper Haaretz said. Weinstein’s agreement came as a response to a petition filed by the...
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    Egyptian presidency: Ministerial reshuffle will not replace Qandeel

    The Egyptian presidency said on Wednesday evening that it received all nominations from the different Egyptian parties for the prospective ministerial reshuffle. It asserted that the current Prime Minister Hisham Qandeel will stay in office. Egyptian presidency spokesman Ihab Fahmi said: “Qandeel is going to stay in his position...
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    Iraqi forces kill 43 Iraqis and destroy six mosques

    Iraqi forces affiliated with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have killed around 43 Iraqis and destroyed a number of mosques in Solaiman Beek village in Saladdin Governorate. Iraqi sources said: “Forces and militias of Al-Maliki forcefully attacked the village because of fierce clashes with the inhabitants. The total number...
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    Gaza Interior Minister makes official visit to Ankara to discuss cooperation

    Palestinian Interior Minister in Gaza, Fathi Hammad, arrived in Istanbul on Wednesday in an official visit to the Turkish Interior Ministry. The purpose of Hammad’s visit was primarily to ask for assistance in improving the work of the police and security services in Gaza, Al-Quds Al-Arabi said. Hamad’s visit...
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    Al-Khatib calls on Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from Syria

    In a letter directed to the General Secretary of Hezbollah – Lebanese Shi’ite Hassan Nasrallah – on Wednesday, Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Mouaz Al-Khatib urged Nasrallah to withdraw all of his fighters from Syria to ensure that what is happening in the country does not turn into a factional...
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    Syrian government demands Brahimi sever ties with Arab League in order to cooperate

    On Wednesday evening the Syrian government hinted it will not cooperate with the United Nations peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, unless he severs ties with the Arab League. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted a statement made by the Foreign Ministry that, “Syria will cooperate with Brahimi and will...
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    Israeli forces uproot more than 700 olive trees

    On Thursday evening Israeli occupation forces uprooted more than 700 olive trees in Al-Arroub neighbourhood to the south of the West Bank city of Jenin. A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Najat abu-Baker, confirmed that Israeli occupation forces uprooted the seven-year-old olive trees from the Palestinian farms near...
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    Amnesty International calls for immediate release of academic in Israeli jail

    Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of the Palestinian administrative prisoner, Ahmed Qatamesh, considering him a “prisoner of conscience,” who was jailed for expressing his opinion. The Israeli occupation intelligence, Shabak, accuse Qatamesh of being a senior activist who affiliates to the Popular Front for the Liberation...
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    Israeli forces detain 11 Palestinians including a disabled former prisoner

    On Tuesday, forces of the Israeli occupation raided several Palestinian cities and neighbourhoods in the Occupied West Bank detaining 11 Palestinian citizens, including a disabled former prisoner. Sources from Hebron told MEMO that a large contingent of Israeli forces raided the city of Hebron and broke into the house...
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    Israel re-arrests prisoners released in exchange deal

    By arresting Amre abu-Haniyyah, 21, the number of re-arrested former Palestinian prisoners released by the Palestinian-Israeli prisoner swap agreed last October, has reached 15, a specialist researcher said on Tuesday. The director of the Palestinian Prisoners Centre for Studies (PPCS), Reyad al-Ashqar, said: “The Israeli occupation re-arrests released prisoners...
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    Israel attempts to distract attention away from Palestinian prisoner uprising

    Forces of the Israeli Occupation stationed along the obsolete border line between the Gaza Strip and the territories occupied in 1967 continues to shoot Palestinian citizens, particularly farmers, violating the articles of the cease fire agreement struck between Palestinian resistance factions and Israel in late November, 2012. The truce...
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    Detentions continue in West Bank as medical treatment is condemned

    Israel’s occupation forces have detained at least 19 more Palestinians in the occupied West Bank during night raids in the territory. The arrests took place as the standard of medical treatment in Israeli prisons was condemned by campaigners for prisoners’ rights. Israeli troops swept into Aida Refugee Camp near...
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    Palestinian minors receive prison sentences for throwing stones

    An Israeli military court has given prison sentences to two Palestinian minors from the occupied West Bank after finding them guilty of “throwing stones” at Israeli soldiers. Waleed Shoqeer, aged 16, was given a two-year sentence, while his co-defendant and cousin Khalil Shoqeer, 17, was sent to prison for...
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    Israel to hand PA 700 firearms ahead of Obama visit

    The Israeli government has announced plans to hand the Palestinian Authority (PA) 700 firearms ahead of US President, Barack Obama’s upcoming visit, Israeli Radio said on Wednesday. The firearms are to be handed over to the PA in a bid to enhance its control over cities in the West...
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    Israeli security forces spray ‘Skunk’ at Palestinian homes

    Israeli forces have sprayed Palestinian homes in the village of Nabi Saleh with ‘Skunk’* as a punishment for organising weekly protests against the Apartheid Wall built on occupied West Bank land. Human rights watchdog B’Tselem published a video showing Israel’s armoured tanker trucks fitted with “water cannons” which spray...
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    Australian government admits Prisoner ‘X’ worked for the Israeli government

    For the very first time, on Wednesday the Australian government admitted that the Australian citizen who was detained in Israel, Ben Zygier – also known as Prisoner ‘X’ – worked for the Israeli government. In a statement reported by the official news agency (AAP), the Australian Foreign Minister, Senator...