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The U.S. called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss recent mortar attacks fired from Gaza into Israel, a call that comes amid ongoing violent clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli authorities along the contested Gaza Strip.

The American ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, blamed “Palestinian militants” for the barrages, which reportedly struck the yard of an empty kindergarten, among other areas, earlier Tuesday and wounded at least...

Palestinian militants on May 28, launched their heaviest mortar bomb barrage against Israel since a 2014 Gaza war and Israeli aircraft struck Islamic Jihad camps in the enclave in response.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from either side after more than 25 projectiles were launched from the Gaza Strip and the planes attacked three of the Iranian-backed armed group’s facilities.

The Israeli military said most of the projectiles fired from Gaza were shot down by...

Clashes broke out on May 28, in a West Bank refugee camp as Israeli forces sought a suspect in the killing of a soldier, with the Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah saying 13 people were lightly wounded. 

Residents of the al-Am'ari camp, located in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, threw stones at Israeli troops who are searching for the suspect. Israeli forces used riot dispersal measures in response.

The incident after Staff Sgt. Ronen Lubarsky, a 20-year-old...

State government agencies in Louisiana are being barred from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an executive order prohibiting such contracts and requiring his administration to put the ban in place quickly.

In a statement, the Democratic governor called Israel "America's closest ally in the Middle East and a beacon of democracy in the region." He describes boycotts of Israel, which are part of a movement protesting Israel's policies...

Syria is scheduled today to take over the presidency of the UN Conference on Disarmament.

The US has called on Russia to pressure Syria to stand down and not take the position. UN chief Antonio Guterres hopes that the Syrian appointment won’t have a negative affect.

Of course, there must be some twisted UN logic to appointing the country with the most recent experience in using chemical weapons on civilians to the forum that tries to ban their use in the first place.

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The Israeli government plans to build 3,900 new Jewish-only housing units in the occupied West Bank.  

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman tweeted that a plan to build 2,500 new West Bank settlement units would be proposed to Israel’s Higher Planning Council as construction begins on 1,400 units that have already been approved.  

Lieberman went on to assert that Jewish settlement expansion would continue in “Judea and Samaria”, a term used by settlers to describe the...

Regime forces shelled farmland in opposition-held parts of Syria’s Idlib and Hama provinces, local sources have said.

According to Anadolu Agency correspondents based in the area, regime forces in northern Hama fired artillery shells into farmland in opposition-held areas.

The attacks -- in which two civilians were reportedly killed -- were intended to reduce this season’s agricultural harvest and starve the civilian population.

Some sources said the shelling came after...

The Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson has been found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse during the 1970s in the Hunter region of New South Wales.

The magistrate Robert Stone handed down the verdict in Newcastle local court on Tuesday after a magistrate-only trial. Wilson faces a maximum two years in prison.

The prosecutor, Gareth Harrison, told the court the 67-year-old had to be jailed for what he had done to deter others from trying to protect the Catholic church from...

Doctors Without Borders has said that its medics “treated at least 100 Palestinian children during the protests on the Gaza Strip this week”.

According to director Jonathan Whittall, the children treated were seriously injured and will face lifelong difficulties as a result.

"Plenty of them are less than 15-years-old and the majority of them were shot with live ammunition, many of the children require amputation and will be disabled for the rest of their lives."

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An Israeli government minister has justified the killings in Gaza by Israeli occupation forces by calling Palestinians “Nazis”.

Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs,  Gilad Erdan, reacted to the rising death toll in Gaza by saying that the number of deaths “did not indicate anything” because Palestinian protestors were “terrorists” following the orders of a “Nazi” like organisation.

Erdan referred to Palestinians as “Nazis” during his Twitter outburst defending Israel’s...

The Trump administration on MAy 14 blocked a UN Security Council statement that was intended to call for an investigation of the events on the Israel-Gaza border.

The statement, circulated by Kuwait, was supposed to include an expression of rage and sorrow on behalf of the Security Council over the deaths of more than 50 Palestinians, who were shot dead by the IDF during protests near the border fence. However, the U.S. blocked it from being adopted and published.

The Kuwaiti...

Israeli gunfire wounded at least 28 Palestinians along the Gaza border on May 14, medics said, and protesters streamed to the frontier for the climax of a six-week demonstration as the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem.

Protests were expected to escalate during the day, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding, as loudspeakers on Gaza mosques urged Palestinians to join the so-called “Great March of Return”.

Israeli troops have killed 51 Palestinians since...

Hundreds of thousands of children in a province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo face imminent death from hunger, the UN children’s agency, Unicef, warned on May 11.

Without urgent humanitarian assistance, said the agency, child fatalities in the Kasai region – which erupted in violence in August 2016, and has forced 1 million people from their homes – could “skyrocket”.

According to Unicef, 770,000 children are malnourished, with 400,000 at risk of death. The agency has...

Israeli occupation forces on May 10 stole 20,000 shekels ($6,000) from two Palestinian houses in the West Bank city of Hebron, Quds Net News reported.

Sources reported that Israeli occupation forces raided the houses of the two brothers Abdul-Karim and Ahmed Abu-Rammouze taking the money from their homes.

This is not the first time that the Israeli occupation forces have stolen money and other items from Palestinians when they ransack their homes. Often authorities claim the...

Waed's father claims the arrest of his 21-year-old son is an attempt to exert more pressure on the Nabi Saleh family.

Israeli forces detained Waed Tamimi, the brother of imprisoned Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, during an overnight raid in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, the family told Middle East Eye on Thursday.

According to Waed’s father, Bassem Tamimi, a dozen soldiers raided the family’s home at around 5am on Thursday morning, surrounding the house before...