Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Israeli military says its aircraft have struck two Hamas militant sites in southern Gaza in response to rocket fire toward Israel.
No one was harmed in Thursday's airstrikes or in the rocket attacks that preceded them.
Gaza militants have carried out only sporadic rocket fire toward Israel since the end of a 50-day war in 2014. The military says nine rockets have struck Israel so far in 2016, a steep drop off from previous periods.
Israel typically responds to the attacks with pinpoint reprisals against Hamas installations that cause no casualties in order to prevent a further escalation.
Recent rocket fire has often been carried out by Salafi groups who oppose Gaza's Hamas rulers. Nonetheless, Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for any attacks coming from territory it controls.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Benjamin Netanyahu strikes new coalition deal, far-right leader to be defence minister
Monday, May 23, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Moshe Yaalon, Israel defence minister, resigns from Netanyahu cabinet
Friday, May 20, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
International Airport, 29 April-2 May 2016
09 May 2016
Last week, participants from 13 different countries arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport for a planned meeting in Beit Jala of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Working Group on Climate Change encountered a level of aggression and intimidation from the Israeli authorities unprecedented in the WCC's experience.
Several participants - both WCC staff and representatives of member churches and ecumenical partners - were detained in prison-like conditions for up to three days, before being deported to their countries of origin. Others were ultimately admitted to Israel after exceptionally long and confrontational interrogation. All reported aggressive, accusatory and abusive questioning, threats and intimidation above and beyond what the WCC is prepared to consider tolerable.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
U.S. acknowledges Israel's unlawful killings, excessive force, torture, discrimination against Palestinians
Summary of lengthy U.S. State Department report detailing human rights violations in Israel & occupied territories
A new report by the U.S. State Department thoroughly details how the Israeli government discriminates against Palestinians in almost every aspect of society.
The U.S. also confirms that Israeli government forces are responsible for unlawful killings and the use of excessive force and torture against Palestinians.
In 2015, Israeli forces killed 149 Palestinians, roughly half (72) of whom were not attempting to attack Israelis.Some of those killed or injured were children.
The Israel Defense Forces, or IDF, often attacked medical teams and facilities and denied medical evacuations, the report notes.
It also cites human rights organization that "found overwhelming and repeated evidence that Israeli forces committed grave violations against children amounting to war crimes," including "direct targeting of children by Israeli drone-fired missiles and attacks on schools."
If CBC did not publish this report in full, it is proof positive that its number one mission is to protect Israel, and misinform Canadians on Palestine.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Israeli government ministers accuse army general of 'cheapening' the Holocaust during speech
Maj-Gen. Yair Golan's remarks perceived as comparing Israel to Nazi Germany
But this year, emotions have been heightened and divisions deepened by a debate among Israelis over whether a soldier was justified in shooting and killing a Palestinian assailant who was wounded and lying on the ground, in an incident in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron in March
After launching airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza, Israel discovers new cross-border tunnel
Fighting in recent days has been among the most serious violence between Gaza and Israel since 2014 war
Gaza's health ministry reported a woman was killed in Israeli shelling that came in response to mortar fire by militants Thursday night. The fighting in recent days has been among some of the most serious violence between Gaza and Israel since a 50-day summer war in 2014.
The Hamas operative captured in April after crossing into Israel was identified as 29-year-old Mahmoud Atuna. The military said he detailed "Hamas' construction methods, and how Hamas utilized private homes and public institutions to hide the tunnels."
Earlier in the day, the military said it had hit "terrorist infrastructure sites" belonging to Hamas. The Gaza Health Ministry said three children and a 65-year-old Palestinian suffered light-to-moderate injuries in an airstrike that hit a metal workshop in Gaza City.
The workshop's owner, Hassan Hassanin, said his well-digging truck — which he described as the only one in Gaza that can reach a depth of 37 metres — was hit.
The latest escalation comes amid a months-long wave of violence that has seen near-daily attacks by Palestinians, mostly stabbings, which have killed 28 Israelis and two Americans. Some 193 Palestinians have been killed, most said by Israel to have been attackers. The rest were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.