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Israel has blocked a visit to the Palestinian territories by a U.N. rights envoy

Israel has blocked a visit to the Palestinian territories by a U.N. rights envoy, an official said Monday, just ahead of the publication of a United Nations report on last year’s Gaza war. It was the second time Makarim Wibisono, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, had been barred entry. “We didn’t allow this ...

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UN criticised Israel over military operations that violate children’s rights

The United Nations on Monday left Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas off its blacklist of states and armed groups that violate children’s rights during conflicts, but criticised Israel over its 2014 military operations. UN special envoy for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, had included Israel’s army – known as the IDF – and Hamas in a draft of ...

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The Supreme Court struck down “born in Jerusalem” U.S. passport

The Supreme Court struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports in an important ruling that underscores the president’s authority in foreign affairs. The court ruled 6-3 that Congress overstepped its bounds when it approved the law in 2002. It would have forced the ...

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More women in Israel’s new Knesset than ever before

Israel’s newly elected Knesset is barely two months old, and for all the challenges it has faced — including international pressure for a two-state solution, a struggle to form a coalition, and a plan to segregate buses that brought widespread criticism — the legislative body is already enjoying one major success: There are more women in Knesset now than there have ever ...

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Former Israel PM Ehud Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for taking cash from an American businessman. He was also fined $25,700. Police said Olmert received the money from 1993 through 2006, during his tenure as Jerusalem’s mayor and while holding ministerial positions under former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He took over as prime minister in 2006 ...

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Israel’s prime minister: Racism in the country must be eliminated

Israel’s prime minister has said racism in the country must be eliminated, after protests by Ethiopian Israelis against alleged discrimination. Benjamin Netanyahu spoke after meeting Ethiopian Israeli community leaders and an Ethiopian Israeli soldier, whose beating by police has fuelled tensions. A protest by Ethiopian Israelis on Sunday ended in clashes with police. Israel’s president said the community’s grievances “revealed ...

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New Israel coalition near after negotiation breakthrough

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was closer to forming a new coalition Sunday after the head of the far-right Jewish Home party relinquished his demand for the foreign ministry, political sources said. Netanyahu, whose Likud party won a surprise victory in a March 17 election, has until May 6 to piece together a new government, after receiving a 14-day extension ...

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Iran and Israel cooperate to monitor a ban on nuclear bomb tests

Iran and Israel have been cooperating under the auspices of an international body set up to monitor a ban on nuclear bomb tests, its director said Monday. Negotiated in the 1990s, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty enjoys wide global support but must be ratified by eight more nuclear technology states – among them Israel and Iran, as well as ...

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Israel has cut back lumber shipments to the Gaza Strip

Israel has cut back lumber shipments to the Gaza Strip, Palestinian importers said Monday, adding to restrictions that could hamper housing reconstruction after last summer’s war. Israeli authorities overseeing the transfer of goods to the Hamas-run enclave were not immediately available to comment. Israel tightly controls the transfer of construction material to Gaza, saying Hamas could use it to rebuild military infrastructure. Palestinian ...

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White House warned Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories must end

The White House Monday bluntly warned Israel that its occupation of Palestinian territories must end, dismissing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges. In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Tel Aviv, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said “an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.” McDonough criticized Netanyahu’s pre-election pledge ...

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