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#Israel Palestine

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The government should reject the bill to boycott Israeli goods produced in the West Bank Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The government should be brave and stand on the right side of history with the Occupied Territories Bill Israel Palestine

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.

From TheJournal.ie Palestinian mother-of-eight dies after West Bank stone throwing 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.

From TheJournal.ie Palestinian Authority invites Dublin's Lord Mayor to attend conference on Jerusalem 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.

From TheJournal.ie Israeli army kill stone-throwing Palestinian teen in the West Bank Conflict

Israeli army kill stone-throwing Palestinian teen in the West Bank

Around 20 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank since June.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I deeply hope that Dáil Éireann will vote to recognise Palestine Peace Process

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.

From The42 Stuart Byrne column: €18k fine for Dundalk is extreme but a punishment was merited 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.

From TheJournal.ie Women and children among injured as Israel launches "Operation Protective Edge" Rocket Exchange

Women and children among injured as Israel launches "Operation Protective Edge"

There were more than 50 airstrikes early today.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: As a former Israeli soldier, I had to speak out about the injustices I participated in Middle East This post contains images

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: I'm supporting a boycott of Israeli academic institutions – here's why Israel Palestine

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.

From TheJournal.ie Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks 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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Israel throws the spotlight on Gaza by refusing to facilitate passage for EU delegates Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie Remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ready to be exhumed Yasser Arafat

Remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ready to be exhumed

The exhumation is part of a renewed investigation into his death.

From TheJournal.ie Palestinian leader violates taboo on refugees 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.

From TheJournal.ie Hunger strike prisoner deported to Gaza Strip 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.

From TheJournal.ie US criticised over failure to condemn settlement construction in Palestine 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.

From TheJournal.ie Netanyahu appeals for peace on Arab TV Middle East This post contains videos

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.

From TheJournal.ie Palestinians get Arab League boost for UN drive Middle East

Palestinians get Arab League boost for UN drive

The Palestinian authorities plan to seek full membership at the United Nations this autumn.

From TheJournal.ie Israel hopes to expel activists within 72 hours Israel

Israel hopes to expel activists within 72 hours

The timetable will depend on foreign airlines’ ability to fly the activists home.

From TheJournal.ie Israeli PM Netanyahu's son directed abuse at Muslims on Facebook 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…

From TheJournal.ie Death toll from Golan border violence rises to 20 as Syrian police stop protesters 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.

From TheJournal.ie Fourteen people now dead as Israel opens fire on Syrian protesters along border 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.

From TheJournal.ie Palestine agrees to Middle East peace talks in France - but will the USA and Israel be there? 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.

From TheJournal.ie Little hope of Middle East resolution as Netanyahu rejects Obama's 'unrealistic' view of region 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.

From TheJournal.ie Death toll rises to 'at least 12' after Israeli military clashes with Arab protesters 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.

From TheJournal.ie Five reported dead after Israeli troops clash with Arab protesters 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.

From TheJournal.ie Palestinian teen dies of gunshot wound after east Jerusalem clash

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.

From TheJournal.ie France demands: Peace talks soon or a Palestinian state 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.

From TheJournal.ie Palestinian factions agree to reconciliation deal 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.”

From TheJournal.ie Israel rejects Palestinian government with Hamas

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.

From TheJournal.ie Israel approves housing expansion in east Jerusalem 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.

From TheJournal.ie EU shelves recognition of Palestinian state Palestine

EU shelves recognition of Palestinian state

EU foreign ministers have said they will recognise Palestine when it is “appropriate”.

From TheJournal.ie US abandons demand for Israeli settlement freeze Middle East

US abandons demand for Israeli settlement freeze

The United States says it will no longer attempt to convince Israel to ban construction in the West Bank.

From TheJournal.ie A Palestinian state could rise within a year: Obama Palestine This post contains videos

A Palestinian state could rise within a year: Obama

Obama said he hopes to welcome a new member to the UN next year – an independent Palestinian state.

From TheJournal.ie Clashes break out in Jerusalem after settler guard kills Palestinian Israel Palestine This post contains images

Clashes break out in Jerusalem after settler guard kills Palestinian

Israelis and Palestinians are hurt after clashes break out during a funeral procession in east Jerusalem.

From TheJournal.ie Isreali deaths overshadow peace talks Israel Palestine

Isreali deaths overshadow peace talks

First direct talks between Israel and Palestine in over 18 months open in Washington.

A GUNMAN HAS SHOT four Israelis dead in a drive-by shooting outside a Jewish settlement town in the West Bank. The Israeli Defence Forces says that two men and two women, one of whom was pregnant, were killed in “one of the worst terror attacks” in many years. Israeli officials said Palestinian gunmen were responsible. Direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials are due to re-commence tomorrow in Washington.

From TheJournal.ie Israeli actors boycott West Bank settlement West Bank Boycott

Israeli actors boycott West Bank settlement

57 Israeli actors and playwrights have refused to perform on the contested land of the West Bank.

DIRECT TALKS between Israel and Palestine are marked to resume next month, on 2 September.

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have agreed to place a one-year deadline on the talks.

Who will be present?

Barack Obama will reportedly be present at the talks, which are reportedly going to be held in Washington.

Envoy to the Middle East, and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair is also invited to attend.

The Egyptian and Jordanian premiers have been invited to attend the talks.

Hopes for the talks

The Arab League has agreed to endorse the talks provided that particular “measures and conditions” are met. Netanyahu has said that he is happy to attend talks without preconditions.

According to the Guardian, issues that will be discussed during the talks will include:

  • The possible borders of a Palestinian state
  • The division of Jerusalem
  • Israeli demands for a demilitarised Palestine
  • The right of return for refugees

However, there are doubts about how much the talks will achieve.

Daniel Levy, a former Israeli negotiator, told Al Jazeera:

I don’t think there’s any common Israeli and Palestinian ground as yet. There will be deep scepticism pretty much everywhere … I think we’re going to hear something rather vague, something open to more than one interpretation.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has said that “nothing has been achieved” to warrant direct talks with Israel, and that Palestinians should focus on repairing the relationship between national movements Hamas and Fatah.

Settlements

Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank could prove to be a sticking point for Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister imposed a 10 month construction freeze in in West Bank last month, however these did not include East Jerusalem.

The Israeli liberal group Peace Now have reported that building on at least 600 housing units have started during the freeze, and at least 492 theses are in direct violation of the law of the freeze.

Netanyahu may find himself under pressure to extend the construction freeze past the 26 September deadline by Obama. However, by doing so he would risk the collapse of his coalition government.

Indirect talk had been considered last March, but Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas pulled out over the issue of settlements.

The last direct talks between Israel and Palestine ended a year and a half ago, after Israel launched a three week strike on the Gaza Strip.

ISRAELI SECURITY FORCES surrounded the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv last night where a man was believed to be holding hostages.

Authorities in Israel confirmed there was a hostage situation, however later it emerged that the would-be hostage had been shot by embassy security and detained.

The Palestinian man, thought to be mentally ill, was armed with a knife and a toy gun:

A statement released by the Turkish foreign ministry said:

[He] began shouting about wanting an asylum and attempted to take the deputy consul hostage before being overpowered by the embassy’s staff.

Israeli forces said great confusion surrounded the shooting at the embassy, and reported that a man had been killed near the embassy but it was unclear if this was the same man who was detained by the Turks.

News reports in Israel have identified the man as Palestinian Nadim Injaz, and suggest he is the same as was involved in an incident at the British embassy in August 2006.

The man entered the embassy and threatened to kill himself if he was not offered asylum, but was overpowered by special forces after hours of negotiations.

He claimed to be in danger from Israeli and Palestinian authorities.

Tensions

Relations between Israel and Turkey have been tense since nine Turkish men were killed during the aid flotilla raid on 31 May.

The ship was among a group attempting to breach Israel’s barricade of Gaza to provide aid.

Turkish officials insisted on accompanying Nadim Injaz to hospital in Tel Aviv today.

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