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# Middle East

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2022
# Middle East
Oil tanker ‘hit by bomb-carrying drone’ off coast of Oman
The tanker is owned by an Israeli billionaire and suspicion has fallen on Iran.
# Lebanon
Israel and Lebanon strike 'historic' maritime border deal as Hezbollah call off threat of attack
The deal comes as Lebanon hopes to extract itself from what the World Bank calls one of the worst economic crises in modern world history.
# Middle East
US 'will not walk away' from Middle East: Biden to Arab leaders
Biden is looking to use the visit to the Middle East to discuss volatile oil prices and outline his vision for Washington’s role in the region.
# Middle East
Biden will use 'all' American power to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons
Israel is staunchly opposed to a nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers in 2015.
# Middle East
Joe Biden lands in Israel on first Middle East tour as US president
Biden will hold talks with Israeli leaders for two days before meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank.
# Middle East
Two Palestinians shot dead by Israelis in occupied West Bank
At least 18 Israelis have been killed in five attacks since March.
# Language
Taoiseach will not follow Amnesty International in using 'apartheid' in relation to Israel
Micheál Martin said using the term apartheid would not “add anything right now”.
Voices
Opinion: As millions in Afghanistan face starvation - the world must not look away
We watched in horror as the Taliban retook Kabul, but cannot turn our backs on Afghans, writes Rosamond Bennett.
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Voices
Opinion: I could face 15 years in prison if stopped by Israeli border patrol on my way home to Cork
Cork woman Dr Susan Power, a human rights lawyer, asks Simon Coveney to advocate for six NGOs designated as terrorist organisations by Israel.
# Simon Coveney
Simon Coveney to raise settlement and evictions during Israel-Palestine trip
The Minister for Foreign Affairs will meet with UN officials and civil society groups during four-day Middle East trip.
Voices
Opinion: As Irish schools reopen, consider children in Palestine who face horrendous hardship
Many Palestinian children will face violence at the hands of Israeli soldiers and settlers as they return to school.
Voices
Retired Colonel Dorcha Lee: Is there a role for international peacekeepers in Gaza?
Civilians who have survived the latest round of violence deserve better, writes Lee.
Voices
Larry Donnelly: US public opinion is slowly shifting against Israel
Our columnist looks at the might of US policy when it comes to Israel and asks if things are changing.
Voices
Mike Murphy: I witnessed first-hand the daily humiliation of Palestinians - we cannot remain silent
The broadcaster says Ireland’s words of support for Palestinians are welcome but must now be backed up by action.
Voices
A mother in Gaza: 'When we hear an explosion, I tell my daughter it's just loud, but not near. I know this could be a lie'
Rana Abdallah says the people of Gaza just want their children to live in peace.
Voices
Opinion: The story of Palestine - over a century of national struggle
Trinity adjunct professor Yaser Alashqar looks at the long struggle of the Palestinians in the shadow of Israel’s power.
# middle east violence
'Don't talk about us without us': Two activists - one Israeli and one Palestinian - share their perspective on the conflict
Activists Anna Garbar and Rawan Odeh speak to journalist Hannah McCarthy.
# Gaza
'Spats of hate': Israeli Ambassador and Alan Shatter criticise TDs during committee meeting
Ambassador Ophir Kariv labelled the contributions as “totally destructive”.
Voices
Opinion: Jerusalem expulsions are a microcosm of Israel’s apartheid – justice requires action
Chairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign Fatin Al Tamimi says international governments cannot ignore Israeli settlements any longer.
# Iraq
'I have heard voices of sorrow and loss': Pope Francis leaves Iraq after historic trip
During the first ever papal trip to Iraq, the Pope called for an end to violence and extremism.
# Middle East
Celtic insist controversial Dubai trip was approved by Scottish government
Neil Lennon and his Hoops squad flew out to the Middle East on Saturday for a warm-weather training camp.
Voices
Ireland at the UN Security Council is uniquely placed to take a stance on Hezbollah
Sir Ivor Roberts warns of the dangers of a stronger Hezbollah in Lebanon and urges Ireland and the EU to take a tougher stance against the group.
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.
# Middle East
Saudi Arabia makes move to abolish death penalty for minors
The decision follows another ordering judges to end the practice of flogging.
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.
# Middle East
Trump hosts rival Israeli leaders on the eve of unveiling 'historic' peace plan
There is scepticism over the plan’s chances of success in the Middle East.
# we go again
Irish striker Anthony Stokes' move to Iranian league leaders confirmed
Persepolis FC comes as the Dubliner’s fifth club since January 2018.
# Mahshahr
Passenger jet skids from runway on to street in Iran
No major injuries were reported after the plane apparently lost its landing gear.
# Not happy
USA international leaves Ajax training camp in Qatar over military tensions in Middle East
Sergino Dest says he doesn’t feel comfortable and has requested to leave.
# crisis
Varadkar: Irish government 'concerned for escalation of tensions in the Middle East'
Crowds, estimated to be in the millions, gathered for the funeral of Soleimani today.
# fire and fury
Iraqi parliament passes motion to expel US military from country following Qasem Soleimani killing
Pro-Iran factions have ramped up pressure on US forces in Iraq since Friday’s drone strike.
# qasem soleimani
Iran warns of 'severe revenge' after top general killed in US airstrike
The Pentagon described the operation as a “decisive defensive action”.
# Troops
Trump deploys hundreds of US soldiers to Middle East after embassy attack in Iraq
Thousands of soldiers may be deployed in the coming days.
# Duke of York
Prince Andrew cancels trip to Middle East amid backlash to BBC interview
The Duke of York was set to travel as part of his Pitch@Palace project for tech entrepreneurs.
# Explainer
Explainer: What were the Armenian massacres and why is it controversial to describe them as a 'genocide'?
Recognition of the killings as ‘genocide’ is the subject of a dispute between Turkey and Armenia.
# islamic state
Trump confirms ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in US military raid
Baghdadi ignited an explosive vest after being chased into a tunnel by US forces.
# flashpoint
Off-duty Israeli soldier found dead with stab wounds in occupied West Bank
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called it a “terrorist” attack and reinforcements have been sent.
# Veto
US Senate fails to block sale of $8.1 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia
Trump issued a trio of veteos to attempt to push through the sale.
# tensions
Iran 'permanently' closes diplomatic relations with US government after new sanctions are imposed
Sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader were brought in yesterday.
# Middle East
US launched 'cyber-attack' on Iran weapons systems in response to drone downing
The attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, according to the Washington Post.