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    Olmert to Netanyahu: ‘We’ve declared war on the American government’

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has attacked current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his candid criticism of the recent US-brokered deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. Speaking at a conference held at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Olmert boldly asserted that: “We’ve declared war on...
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    Israeli forces detain Palestinian protesters in Al-Naqab

    Israeli occupation forces carried out detention campaigns on Monday morning in the villages of Al-Sayed and Hora in the Al-Naqab, or Negev, the 48 Arabs news website reported. The website noted that the detention campaigns targeted activists and Palestinian citizens who took part in anti-Prawer Plan protests held on...
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    Amnesty calls for an end to the power crisis in Gaza

    On 1 November, Gaza’s only power plant, which normally provides around 30 per cent of the Gaza Strip’s electricity supply, ran out of fuel. For the past month, Gaza’s 1.7 million residents have been living with no electricity for 16 hours a day. Since the power plant shut down,...
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    A new Prawer Plan for Galilee

    Just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed his intention to proceed with the Prawer Plan and the displacement of Arabs from their villages in the Negev, his government settlement wing linked to Histadrut (Israel’s federation of trades unions) has started to develop new plans to Judaise the Galilee....
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    Leaders of Shas and Labour forge an alliance to topple Netanyahu’s government

    Israel’s Labour and Shas parties have agreed to work together in the Knesset to help topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, according to Israeli newspaper Maariv. The new alliance was reached during a meeting between Shas Party chairman Aryeh Deri and the Labour Party’s new head Isaac Herzog. “The...
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    International activists launch sea flotilla to break siege of Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE IMAGES About 200 Palestinian and foreign activists launched a protest flotilla in the Gaza Sea on Monday, sending a message to the world about the continuing Israeli siege of Gaza. The Intifada Youth Coalition along with international activists, dozens of them from Europe, organised the action in solidarity...
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    Syrian regime blocks aid to besieged areas

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) has today reported that the Syrian government is blocking deliveries of humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of civilians in the besieged areas of the country. Through phone interviews with activists and residents from south Damascus, Moadamiya, and Eastern Ghouta, HRW confirmed that for months,...
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    Israeli and Syrian forces exchange fire in the occupied Golan Heights

    Israel’s Channel 10 radio has reported that Israeli troops exchanged fire on Sunday morning with Syrian forces near the Kuneitra Border Crossing, pointing out that the clash took place after gunfire from the Syrian side was directed across the border into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The station added that...
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    Occupation forces arrest child at Qalandiya checkpoint

    Israeli occupation forces arrested on Monday Mohammed Ali, only eight years old, at the Qalandiya checkpoint, south of Ramallah. The Israeli soldiers claimed that the child was throwing stones at them. The child’s uncle denied the charges, insisting that Mohammed did not throw any stones and stressing that he...
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    Israel steps up rhetoric against Obama administration

    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stepped up his rhetoric in a media campaign against US President Barack Obama and his administration over the interim Geneva deal with Iran. Media sources yesterday quoted several high ranking Israeli officials who accused Washington of evading a confrontation with Iran while seeking...
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    Five Arab countries among top ten most corrupted states in 2013

    According to the Corruption Perceptions Index of Transparency International, five Arab countries rank among the top ten most corrupted states around the world in 2013. Transparency International, a UK-based organisation that campaigns against corruption, annually measures the corruption levels of 177 countries around the world at all levels. In...
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    Dismissed Fatah leader tells US officials the peace process is a failure

    Palestinian parliamentarian and former Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan, who is currently living in Abu-Dhabi, has candidly expressed his pessimism to senior US officials in regards to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, according to the Arabic newspaper Today’s Opinion. During a meeting held in an Arab capital, Dahlan angrily addressed US...
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    Israel Defence Minister approves construction of 3,000 housing units in the West Bank

    Israeli human rights organisation Peace Now has revealed that Israel’s Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon approved building 3,000 new housing units in the West Bank during the first four months of his term. According to a report in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper on Tuesday, the Peace Now data reveals that Ya’alon...
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    Brahimi hopes establishment of new Syrian republic

    UN and Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi expressed on Monday his support to the establishment of a new Syrian republic, where Syrian people would “decide its nature.” Speaking to the Swiss general TV, RTS, he said: “In my humble opinion, this situation has to lead to a...
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    Israel destroys more houses and wells in the Jordan Valley

    Israeli bulldozers have demolished several Palestinian-owned homes and agricultural facilities in the northern Jordan Valley. Eyewitnesses said that the Israelis have knocked down houses and tents in the Bokayaa area and destroyed several wells used by the residents to collect water near the villages of Aqaba and Tayaseer, to...
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    One Palestinian killed and several arrested in Syria

    The Action Group for Palestinian Refugees in Syria said on Tuesday that a refugee has been killed and several more arrested during clashes between regime and opposition forces. Malik Al-Haj-Ali from Khan Al-Sheikh Refugee Camp was killed on Monday evening. A statement from the group said that government forces...
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    UAE mediation in Dammaj fails

    Several Yemeni sources reported that UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed has discussed during his recent visit to Iran on November 28 the Yemeni crisis in Dammaj area; northern Sanaa during which the Iranian officials asked the Minister to help resolve the ongoing crisis between Salafists fighters backed by...
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    Israel to build a new settlement near Ramallah

    The residents of the village of Al-Mazra’a al Qibliya, near Ramallah, look set to lose their land as Israeli bulldozers have started to clear the way for yet another illegal settlement. Abdullah Ladadwa, the head of the village municipality, told Reuters on Monday, “In 2007, Israel confiscated hundreds of...
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    Palestinian journalist detained at a secret prison in the UAE

    A Palestinian journalist is being held incommunicado at an unknown location by state security officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Mahmoud Abdulhadi, 55, was arrested by plain-clothed state security officers at his home in Dubai on October 28th at around 8pm. Police officers seized his phone, laptop and...
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    Report finds Israel one of the most corrupt among OECD countries

    Transparency International, a UK-based organisation that campaigns against corruption, has ranked Israel at the lower end of the developed countries in terms of corruption. Out of the 34 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Israel ranked 23rd. According to Israel’s Maariv newspaper, the report found...
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    Syrian opposition forces rescue nuns

    A group of Syrian and Lebanese nuns were recently evacuated from a convent in Maaloula, located to the northeast of Damascus. Opposition forces say that the nuns were rescued, whereas the Syrian regime and others are claiming that they were kidnapped. However, the mother superior of a neighbouring convent...
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    Palestinian Authority in West Bank targets strikers

    The Palestinian Authority’s Ministerial Council in Ramallah has taken several measures against a strike by members of the Teachers’ Union, which started on Sunday. The union is calling for better financial status and no more government negligence of the education sector. On Tuesday, the Palestinian Supreme Court decreed that...
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    Gaza youth win UNRWA-EU photography competition

    EXCLUSIVE IMAGES Two young people from Gaza have won the first prizes in the photography and film categories of a competition run jointly by the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the European Union. Photographs and short films submitted reflected the lives of Palestinian...
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    Israeli occupation’s violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque on the rise

    So-called Temple organisations in Israel have filed a demand to the Israeli ministerial council to employ a rabbi in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to place a Jewish Menorah on top of the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa Foundation has revealed. The Foundation described how Israeli extremists are also...
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    Israel to complete security fence with Egypt

    Israel’s Channel 2 television reported on Tuesday evening that Israel has now completed 230 kilometres out of the planned 245 kilometres of razor wire fence that stretches from Rafah city on the Mediterranean to Israel’s Red Sea port in Eilat. According to the news channel, Israel needs another year...
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    Qatari company sues Jordan’s Social Security Investment Funds

    Jordan’s Royal Committee for Enhancing the National Integrity System held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss a lawsuit filed by Qatari firm Al-Musabalah Doha Capital against Jordan’s Social Security Investment Funds (SSIF), demanding the latter pay a $93 million fine for failing to implement an alleged agreement signed by...
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    Palestinian journalist’s mock proposal to President Abbas

    Iman Haridi, a Palestinian journalist from Ramallah in the West Bank, surprised her readers when she published an open letter on her Facebook account to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, asking for his hand in marriage. Iman said that her letter aims to highlight the suffering of ordinary Palestinians...
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    Al-Zahar demands for Palestinian factions to unite to confront the negotiations

    The head of the political committee of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Mahmoud Al-Zahar, has demanded for the various Palestinian factions to form a strong and organised front in face of the ongoing negotiations, which he described as “futile”. Al-Zahar’s call came during a hearing that was held by the...
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    Human rights organisations demand for Israel to stop demolishing homes in the West Bank

    36 human rights organisations demanded on Wednesday for Israel to put an end to the demolition of Palestinian homes in the areas under its control in the West Bank. The organisations, in a joint statement, said: “Since the resumption of the peace process in July, Israel has destroyed 207...
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    Qatar describes political efforts in Syria as an ‘immoral waiting game’

    Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah accused Bashar al-Assad’s regime of committing “systematic crimes” against people in Syria. Al-Attiyah also blamed the international community for not putting an immediate end to the daily “atrocities” which are being committed against Syrians saying that Assad ” has lost any interest...
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    Saudi Arabia expels 100,000 illegal Ethiopian workers

    Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday that it has repatriated more than 100,000 citizens after Saudi Arabia decided to expel all illegal workers several months ago. According to the ministry’s data, another 50,000 Ethiopians are expected to return to the country soon. “The number is increasing,” the ministry spokesperson...
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    Ashrawi: Israel will stand trial before international courts very soon

    A member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Dr Hanan Ashrawi, has warned that since Israel is sending a clear message to the US and the rest of the world that settlements are its response to the peace efforts, the US and the international community have...
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    Israeli official rules out any Palestinian presence in Jordan Valley

    Deputy Israeli Defence Minister Danny Danon ruled out the possibility of a Palestinian presence in the occupied Jordan Valley, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. Danon, who is a member of the Likud party, was speaking to Israeli radio when he affirmed his extremist view that there will never be...
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    Chechnya sets up security unit to fight Syria’s extremists

    Chechnya’s President Ramzan Kadyrov said that his country has established a special security unit to deal with ‘Islamic extremists’ on the North Caucasus republic’s territory, and abroad, if the need arises. Russia’s RIA Novosti news reported Kadyrov as saying that the move comes in response to several online videos...
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    Khanfar: Saudi Arabia should reconcile with Arabs and ally with Turkey to face Iran

    Former head of the Al-Jazeera News Network Waddah Khanfar has argued that it would be wise for Saudi Arabia to quickly reconcile with its Arab neighbours, especially regarding Egypt, in order to form a united Arab front to deal with Iran. Regarding Egypt, he said that the Kingdom should...
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    Bennett: Any agreement with the PA is useless as long as Hamas is not part of it

    Israel’s Minister of Economy, Naftali Bennett, who heads the Bayit Yehudi party, said that there was no point in reaching any agreement with the Palestinian Authority as long as Hamas “are not partners in that agreement” and thus “not obligated to follow it.” Bennet wrote on his Facebook page...
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    Abbas pays tribute to Mandela

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has paid tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela who passed away on Thursday. “He was,” said Mr Abbas, “the bravest and most important man who stood with the Palestinian people and supported their cause.” The world mourns a leader, he added. “President Mandela...
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    Israel’s right wing joins opposition to undermine the Prawer Plan

    Two of the most powerful right-wing parties in Israel, Yisrael Beytenu and Jewish Home, have agreed to “torpedo” the Prawer Plan, which aims to expel tens of thousands of Palestinians from their homes in the Naqab, or Negev. According to the Israeli news website Arutz Sheva, both parties charge...
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    Former Knesset chairman recognises Israel’s nuclear arsenal, calls for honest discussion

    Israel’s former Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg openly recognised that Israel possesses nuclear weapons during a conference in Haifa on Thursday that convened to discuss a Middle East free of nuclear weapons. According to Israel’s Maariv newspaper, Burg did not attribute the claims to foreign sources like Israeli officials usually...
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    Hamas pays tribute to Mandela

    The Islamic Resistance Movement; Hamas has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela saying he was one of the most important symbols of freedom in the world. A member of Hamas political bureau; Mousa Abu Marzouk said “Mandela was one of the main supporters of the Palestinian cause and his case...
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    Hamas has turned into an enemy for Fatah instead of Israel, says senior official

    A senior Hamas official has claimed that the Islamic movement has turned into an enemy as far as Fatah is concerned, instead of Israel. Dr Mousa Abu Marzouk, criticised Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf, without naming him, saying that he has made Hamas his main enemy rather than the Zionist...
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    After Kerry’s hopes, Israeli minister downplays chances of peace deal

    On Friday Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman ruled out that Palestinians and Israelis will reach any peace agreement and said both sides are at a “dead end.” Speaking at the SABAN Centre for Middle East Policy in Washington, Lieberman did not see a “chance to achieve a comprehensive agreement.”...
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    Israel increase settlements expansion budget 10 fold

    Israel’s Channel 10 has released a government’s confidential document on Saturday evening which reveals that the Israeli settlements expansion budget has risen dramatically in recent months from 58 million shekels in August to 614 million shekels in December. The channel said the document confirmed that Israel’s Finance Minister; Yair...
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    Israeli settlers spray racist slogans on mosque

    Israeli settlers have, on Sunday, sprayed racist slogans outside the walls of a mosque in Baqa Al Gharbiyeh town in Israel. Local residents told reporters the settlers sprayed racist and offensive slogans on the mosque’s wall calling the Prophet Muhammad a pig and Arabs terrorists. The settlers also attacked...
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    Gaza antiquities and heritage show reflects Palestinian history

    EXCLUSIVE IMAGES The University College of Applied Sciences in the Gaza Strip has opened an exhibition of Palestinian antiquities and heritage, including embroidery and pottery as well as famous dishes. Put together in partnership with the Palestinian Government, the exhibition includes some items which date back thousands of years;...
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    Gaza antiquities and heritage show reflects Palestinian history

    EXCLUSIVE IMAGES The University College of Applied Sciences in the Gaza Strip has opened an exhibition of Palestinian antiquities and heritage, including embroidery and pottery as well as famous dishes. Put together in partnership with the Palestinian Government, the exhibition includes some items which date back thousands of years;...
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    Israel, Jordan and PA to sign Red Sea–Dead Sea Canal agreement

    Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are scheduled to sign an agreement on Monday to build a pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea. The project will be launched during a ceremony at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington DC. A senior reporter for...
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    Israeli authorities raze 40 olive trees in occupied West Bank

    Israeli occupation authorities uprooted 40 olive trees from Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank on Monday morning. Witnesses reported that Israeli bulldozers razed the trees to clear the way for a new street that will service an Israeli settlement in the West Bank city of Beit Jala. The...
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    Female Palestinian detainees suffer diseases in Israel’s Hasharon prison

    Ahrar Centre for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights in the Palestinian territories has said that most of the female Palestinian prisoners detained in the Hasharon Israeli prison are suffering from various diseases and are in need of treatment. Fouad Khuffash, the centre’s director, explained in a statement on Monday...
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    Prominent Israeli politician praises General Al-Sisi for tightening siege on Gaza

    The chairman of Israel’s Labour Party, Isaac Herzog, has praised Egypt’s Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for pressuring the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas by imposing a stricter siege on the Gaza Strip, where the movement rules. Herzog said that Al-Sisi’s attitude helps to “lay the groundwork for a...