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Israel Arrests 13 on Suspicion of Arson Over Mass Wildfires

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, Nov 25 – Israeli police arrested 13 people on Friday on suspicion of arson, authorities said, after massive wildfires tore through central and northern Israel, a conflagration that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded as “terrorism”. Firefighters kept battling the flames in wooded hills around Jerusalem and in northern areas on Friday,

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Palestinian Assailant Kills Two People in Jerusalem, Then Shot Dead

JERUSALEM, Oct 9 – A Palestinian assailant, firing from a car, killed a pedestrian and a police officer in Jerusalem on Sunday before being shot dead by Israeli police, police and medical officials said. The incident, near Israeli national police headquarters, began when shots were fired from a vehicle at people waiting at a tram

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The Week in History: 28th September – 4th October

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  October 2, 1187: Siege of Jerusalem After ruling Jerusalem for 88 years, the Crusaders, led by Balian of Ibelin, surrendered the city to General Saladin Al Ayubi, following a siege that extended from September 20 to October 2. Prior to the siege,

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In Crime-Ridden Israeli Arab City, Police Seek New Approach

By Sleiman Jad UMM AL-FAHM, Israel, Aug 25 – On the rundown streets of Umm Al Fahm, an Israeli-Arab city of 50,000, locals in smoky cafes are reluctant to speak. Violent crime at the hands of drug gangs is rife here. Reprisals are common. Israeli Jews rarely set foot in the city. “The gangs are

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Healthcare in Gaza: The Waiting Game

The lives of Gaza patients hinge on Israel’s whims BY Maher Abukhater Sabreen Abu Sultan, 32, turns over in her hospital bed, howling in pain. She had two head surgeries in the past three months to remove a tumor that was blocking her vision. As she twists and turns in her bed, her mother, Khitam, 61,

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Where is Palestine?

Google: a bug wiped some names! BY Ben White Google was at the center of a storm recently, after a group of Palestinian journalists claimed that the tech giant had removed ‘Palestine’ from its map. As the statement was picked up and circulated, the hashtag #PalestineIsHere went viral on Twitter, and international media outlets covered the

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Palestinian Carrying Explosives Arrested at Jerusalem Rail Station

JERUSALEM, July 17  – A Palestinian man carrying pipe bombs and knives in his bag was arrested at a light railway station in Jerusalem during the morning rush hour on Sunday, Israeli police said. “The plan was apparently to attack the light railway,” Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevi said in a statement. An armed station

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Palestinian Kills Teen In Israeli Settlement, Then Shot Dead

JERUSALEM, June 30 – A Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl inside her home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, before guards shot him dead, the military and hospital officials said. A member of the response team that killed the assailant was also wounded in the incident, said an official

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In Jerusalem’s Cramped Old City, Christians Feel the Squeeze

By Jad Sleiman JERUSALEM, June 21 – When hundreds of Jewish nationalists marched through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City this month, waving banners and chanting songs in what has become an annual ritual, it wasn’t only Muslims watching warily. Christians were, too. Religious tension is nothing new in a city that has been

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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Bystander After Israeli Cars Attacked

JERUSALEM, June 21 – Israeli troops mistakenly killed a Palestinian bystander on Tuesday while responding with gunfire to a petrol bomb and rock attack on Israeli vehicles in the occupied West Bank, the military said. An earlier statement from the military had identified the Palestinian as an assailant. The mayor of his village said he

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