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# Israel

1st February 2023
# Apology
UK MP apologises for describing Israeli government as ‘fascist’
Kim Johnson also said she recognised the use of the term, ‘apartheid state’, was ‘insensitive’.
This week
29th January 2023 - 2nd February 2023
# Palestine
US secretary Blinken due in Jerusalem to discuss de-escalation of Israel-Palestinian bloodshed
Israel has sought to demolish the east Jerusalem family home of a Palestinian gunman as part of measures to punish the relatives of attackers.
# Jerusalem
Israel announces measures against 'families of terrorists' following attacks
Benjamin Netanyahu promised a “strong” and “swift” response to attacks carried out by two Palestinians from annexed east Jerusalem.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Israel
New gun attack in east Jerusalem after synagogue mass shooting
The two shootings marked another dramatic escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
# Israel
Gunman kills five near synagogue in east Jerusalem
The gunman was shot and reportedly killed in the incident in the Jewish neighbourhood of Neve Yaakov.
# Palestine
Explainer: Why has violence erupted in the West Bank?
A deep sense of frustration among Palestinians and Benjamin Netanyahu’s return to power are among the reasons.
# West Bank
10 Palestinians killed as Israel launches deadliest West Bank raid in years
The Palestinian officials also accused the forces of using tear gas inside a hospital children’s ward.
Last month
January 2023
# West Bank
Palestinian government condemns shooting of man by Israeli forces
The Israeli military said soldiers shot someone after a ‘violent confrontation’.
# Al Aqsa
UN Security Council to discuss Israeli minister's visit to Jerusalem holy site
Ben-Gvir’s visit has sparked a wave of international condemnation.
Israeli minister's visit to holy site sparks condemnation
The United States warned of steps which may harm the status quo.
Last year
# Israel
Israel swears in Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister of new far-right government
Netanyahu, 73, is fighting corruption allegations in court.
# West Bank
Palestinian girl found shot dead after Israeli raid, say Palestinian ministry
Israel’s army said it was ‘aware of reports regarding a killed Palestinian female’ and the incident ‘is under review’.
Al Jazeera submits the case of its slain journalist to the International Criminal Court
Palestinian-American Shireen Abu Akleh was shot while covering an Israel army raid in Jenin on 11 May.
# Palestine
Israel carries out air strikes on Gaza after rocket fired from Palestinian enclave
There was no immediate claim for the attack, the first in a month according to the army.
# Palestine-Israel
Israeli troops kill three Palestinians in West Bank clashes
Two brothers were killed by Israeli fire near Ramallah and another man was shot.
# Israel
One killed and 15 wounded in two bus station explosions in Jerusalem
The twin explosions struck half an hour apart in different areas of the city
# 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.
# Israel
Israeli PM Lapid concedes defeat to Netanyahu in election
‘The state of Israel comes before any political consideration,’ Yair Lapid said.
# Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu on cusp of Israeli election victory with far-right allies
With around 87 percent of the vote counted, initial results put former premier Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc ahead.
Benjamin Netanyahu poised to return as Israel's PM despite corruption charges
Projected election results showed a majority government was within reach for the veteran right-winger.
# Israel
Initial projection shows Benjamin Netanyahu's party finishes first in Israel vote
It’s the fifth election in less than four years.
# 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.
# Jerusalem
Australia reverses recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital
Jerusalem is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians, and most foreign governments avoid formally declaring it the capital of either state.
# West Bank
Palestinian doctor among two killed in Israeli West Bank raid
Crowds of mourners gathered for the separate funerals of the two men.
# New York
Occupied Territories Bill would not make any 'practical difference', says Taoiseach
The Taoiseach has said the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory is untenable.
# West Bank
Israel concedes IDF soldier likely killed journalist Shireen Abu Akleh
The Abu Akleh family said that Israel had ‘refused to take responsibility for the murder’.
# West Bank
Palestinian killed and 16 wounded in Israeli West Bank raid
The Israeli army said it entered Jenin overnight ‘to demolish the residence’ of the perpetrator of a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv.
# pegasus
CEO of Israeli Pegasus spyware firm to step down
A multinational investigation revealed Pegasus spyware had been sold to governments around the world and used against human rights activists, politicians, and others.
# Palestine
Ireland joins eight EU countries calling Israel raid on Palestinian NGOs 'unacceptable'
Seven organisations were raided on Thursday morning and had their doors welded closed and property confiscated.
# West Bank
Three Palestinians killed and dozens wounded as Israel mounts West Bank raid
Israel agreed to a truce with Palestinian militants in Gaza at the weekend.
# Palestine
Israel agrees to truce as Gaza death toll rises to 31, including six children
The health ministry also said that 265 people in Gaza have been wounded since Friday.
# Gaza
Coveney 'deeply concerned' about Gaza escalation and impact of strikes on civilians
Health authorities in Gaza said 12 people have been killed, including a five-year-old girl. Minister Simon Coveney has said he is “deeply concerned” about the escalation.
# Gaza
Five-year-old girl among dead as Israel kills senior militant in strikes on Gaza
It comes four days after Israel closed its two border crossings with Gaza and restricted the movement of Israeli civilians living near the frontier.
# bansky
Lost Banksy painting created in West Bank resurfaces in Tel Aviv gallery
The artwork sprayed on a concrete wall shows a rat with a slingshot.
# Palestine
US against opening probe on death of journalist and US citizen Shireen Abu Akleh
Israel initially said that Palestinian fire could have killed Abu Akleh, before backtracking.
# Nablus
Two Palestinians killed in Israeli West Bank raid
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported treating 19 wounded in Nablus, including 10 people hit by live fire.
# Joe Biden
Biden likens Palestinians to Irish Catholics on trip to Middle East
He was speaking at East Jerusalem Hospital.
# 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.
Ben & Jerry's sues Unilever to block distribution in Israeli settlements
In July last year, Ben & Jerry’s said it would no longer sell its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.