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# Israel Palestine

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# Demolition
Israel demolishes family home of Palestinian-American blamed for West Bank killing
Muntasser Shalaby was arrested two days after the death of a student in a shooting that wounded two others.
Israel seeks renewal of controversial family unification ban against Arab citizens
The ban blocks Arab residents and citizens extending rights to Palestinian spouses in the West Bank and Gaza.
# Flare Up
Israel strikes in Gaza in first attack since May fighting
Isreal said the attack was in retaliation for incendiary balloons launched from the territory.
# United Nations
UN human rights body orders probe of 'systematic' abuses in Israel, Palestinian areas
The resolution will spur an unprecedented level of scrutiny on abuses and their “root causes” in the decades-long conflict.
# Israel Palestine
Biden to restore $235m in US aid to Palestinians, reversing Trump
The Palestinian leadership hoped that the aid would mark the start of a concerted effort by Biden to pressure Israel.
Voices
Opinion: There really is no excuse for a new Government not to pass the Occupied Territories Bill
Duncan Casey argues that the Bill, which would prohibit the import of goods from the West Bank, should no longer be delayed.
Voices
Opinion: A vote for change in Ireland, a welcome vote for Palestinians
Palestinians are heartened by the stance of most Irish parties on the occupied territories, writes Mona Sabella.
# letters from america
Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US
Fine Gael voted against the Bill, which passed second stage in the Dáil this year.
# Israel Palestine
'This will be tricky': Diplomacy at RTÉ after public urged broadcaster to boycott Eurovison 2019
Last June, Israeli media queried why Ireland had yet to confirm its participation in Eurovision 2019.
Voices
Opinion: The government should reject the bill to boycott Israeli goods produced in the West Bank
‘The clear line between supporting Palestinians and becoming anti-Israeli is a thin one and unfortunately, one that is being crossed all too often,’ writes Israeli Ambassador, Ophir Kariv.
Voices
Opinion: The government should be brave and stand on the right side of history with the Occupied Territories Bill
If Ireland is committed to peace between Israel and Palestine then we must show it and pass this legislation, writes Niall Collins.
# Aisha Mohammed Rabi
Palestinian mother-of-eight dies after West Bank stone throwing
She died in hospital from a head injury she sustained in the stone-throwing.
# Israel Palestine
Palestinian Authority invites Dublin's Lord Mayor to attend conference on Jerusalem
The Ardmhéara will attend a conference on the status of the City of Jerusalem at the invitation of the Palestinian Authority.
# Conflict
Israeli army kill stone-throwing Palestinian teen in the West Bank
Around 20 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank since June.
Voices
Opinion: I deeply hope that Dáil Éireann will vote to recognise Palestine
Former Israeli ambassador Ilan Baruch writes that only through a two state solution will freedom, security and equality for both Israelis and Palestinians come to pass.
# Politics
Stuart Byrne column: €18k fine for Dundalk is extreme but a punishment was merited
The Lilywhites were sanctioned by the European governing body over the weekend.
# rocket exchange
Women and children among injured as Israel launches "Operation Protective Edge"
There were more than 50 airstrikes early today.
Voices
Opinion: As a former Israeli soldier, I had to speak out about the injustices I participated in
After serving as an IDF combat soldier and commander, Yehuda Sahul questioned the morality of the military action in the West Bank.
Voices
Column: I'm supporting a boycott of Israeli academic institutions – here's why
The boycott is aimed at institutions and does not mean Irish academics can’t work with Israeli individuals, writes Harry Browne.
# Peace Talks
Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks
The 26 inmates had served 19 to 28 years for killing Israeli civilians or soldiers.
Voices
Column: Israel throws the spotlight on Gaza by refusing to facilitate passage for EU delegates
A refusal to admit EU delegates to Gaza brings fresh opportunity for scrutinising policies, actions and facts on the ground that adversely affect the people living there, writes Gary Spedding.
# Yasser Arafat
Remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ready to be exhumed
The exhumation is part of a renewed investigation into his death.
# Israel Palestine
Palestinian leader violates taboo on refugees
Mahmoud Abbas has publicly suggested his people may have to relinquish claims to ancestral homes in Israel.
# Israel
Hunger strike prisoner deported to Gaza Strip
Palestinian woman Hana Shalabi was on hunger strike for 43 days to protest against Israel’s policy of “administrative detention”. She must remain in the Gaza Strip for three years.
# Middle East
US criticised over failure to condemn settlement construction in Palestine
Diplomats have condemned the lack of progress toward a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
# Middle East
Netanyahu appeals for peace on Arab TV
Israel’s Prime Minister has promised “the beginning of a new era” during an interview with Arabic media – the first of its kind.
# Middle East
Palestinians get Arab League boost for UN drive
The Palestinian authorities plan to seek full membership at the United Nations this autumn.
# Israel
Israel hopes to expel activists within 72 hours
The timetable will depend on foreign airlines’ ability to fly the activists home.
# Not clever
Israeli PM Netanyahu's son directed abuse at Muslims on Facebook
Yair Netanyahu is a spokesman for the military and it is not the first time Israeli Defence Forces have misused the site…
# Golan Heights
Death toll from Golan border violence rises to 20 as Syrian police stop protesters
Syrian police are today stopping pro-Palestinian protesters from reaching the border a day after Israeli troops opened fire on protesters, reportedly killing 20.
# Golan Heights
Fourteen people now dead as Israel opens fire on Syrian protesters along border
Local doctors confirmed the death toll as Israeli soldiers opened fire on protesters who stormed the border into the Golan Heights which Israeli seized from Syria in 1967.
# Peace Talks
Palestine agrees to Middle East peace talks in France - but will the USA and Israel be there?
Israel has not replied to the French invitation as hopes of a Palestinian state being recognised by the United Nations appear to be floundering.
# Israel Palestine
Little hope of Middle East resolution as Netanyahu rejects Obama's 'unrealistic' view of region
Having begun the week looking at ways in which to move things forward in the Middle East, Barack Obama appears to have done little to appease either Israel or Palestine.
# Israel Palestine
Death toll rises to 'at least 12' after Israeli military clashes with Arab protesters
Clashes along three border posts came as Palestinians marked the “nakba,” or “catastrophe,” the term they use to describe the uprooting they suffered at the time of Israel’s founding on May 15, 1948.
# Israel Palestine
Five reported dead after Israeli troops clash with Arab protesters
Dozens more were wounded as Palestinians commemorated their mass displacement during the war surrounding Israel’s establishment three generations ago.
Palestinian teen dies of gunshot wound after east Jerusalem clash
The teenager died after street clashes in troubled east Jerusalem – raising fears of more bloodshed this weekend when Palestinians take part in an annual day of mourning to mark the anniversary of the founding of Israel.
# Israel Palestine
France demands: Peace talks soon or a Palestinian state
France has dealt a blow to Israel’s hopes to isolate incoming Palestinian unity government by threatening to support a unilateral declaration of Palestinian independence if peace talks do not begin by September.
# Palestine
Palestinian factions agree to reconciliation deal
Fifteen Palestinian factions have agreed to a reconciliation deal, which aims to end a four-year rift between the two major Palestinian political movements, Hamas and Fatah. Israel has called the deal a “hard blow to the peace process.”
Israel rejects Palestinian government with Hamas
Israeli leaders have today rejected a unity deal between Hamas and Fatah – insisting they will not enter any negotiations with a Palestinian government that includes the Islamic militant group.
# Jerusalem
Israel approves housing expansion in east Jerusalem
Newly approved Jewish settlement expansion in bitterly contested east Jerusalem has raised further fears for the deadlocked peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.