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Israel’s parliament has ordered additional security for a lawmaker who launched a “racist” attack on families of jailed Palestinians. The Knesset Guard decided to assign extra protection for Oren Hazan, a lawmaker for Israel’s right-wing Likud party, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

On Monday, Hazan boarded a bus carrying Palestinian families from Gaza to Nafta prison to visit their jailed relatives and harassed them verbally, sparking an angry reaction. In coordination with the...

An Israeli member of parliament has verbally harassed Palestinian families hailing from the Gaza Strip on their journey to visit their imprisoned relatives in an Israeli prison, calling their sons "dogs" and "terrorists". Oren Hazan, a member of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, boarded a bus carrying the families of prisoners on Monday about to enter Nafha prison in Israel's south. Flanked by Israeli police and camera crews, Hazan, a rightwing politician, shouted at...

Israel’s parliament is set to vote on a draft bill that would impose the death penalty on Palestinians “involved in operations against Israeli targets”, the country’s defense minister said Monday. Speaking to an Israeli TV channel, Avigdor Lieberman said voting to advance legislation targeting convicted Palestinians of attacking Israeli civilians and soldiers would take place Wednesday. “The U.S. also has such legislation. Thus, it’s appropriate for Israel to follow such a powerful...

Guatemala says it plans to move the country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following a similar announcement from Donald Trump. Guatemala's president, Jimmy Morales, said the decision was taken after speaking to the Israeli PM. It was one of only nine nations to vote against a UN resolution effectively repudiating the US' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Jerusalem's status is a highly sensitive issue. Israel considers the whole of the city as its capital, while the...

Minister of Housing and Construction Yoav Galant has launched a campaign to promote the construction of 300,000 settlement units in East Jerusalem, according to Israeli media. Israeli Channel 10 said the planned construction was part of Israel's so-called "Greater Jerusalem" bill, which aims at annexing settlements built on lands sought by Palestinians for their future state. According to the channel, most of the planned homes will be built in areas beyond the Green Line, which refers to the...

​Theresa May’s most important ally in Government has been asked to leave his Cabinet job after a probe found he made “misleading” statements about pornography found on his Commons computer. Damian Green was forced out after an investigation exposed he had known for years that the explicit material had been discovered by police, something at odds with his public comments. The probe carried out by a senior Whitehall official also found claims from Conservative activist Kate Maltby that Mr...

The Saudi-led coalition is pushing Yemen towards an "apocalyptic situation", aid agencies warned on Wednesday, the 1,000th day since the beginning of a military intervention by Riyadh which has rained bombs on the country and starved its people amid conditions akin to a "medieval siege". Millions of Yemenis continue to be deprived of food, fuel, and medicine as Saudi Arabia maintains its blockade on the northern ports of Yemen. The blockade has further compounded the precarious situation...

The Israeli authorities today unveiled a new Jewish synagogue under the Al-Buraq Wall – known to Jews as the Western Wall – in occupied East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. “Following 12 years of construction, the new synagogue was opened on Monday evening,” the Heritage Foundation of the Western Wall, an Israeli governmental body, said in a statement. “The unique design of the prayer hall combines rare art and unique lighting, creating a wonderful contrast between ancient and modern,”...

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sent a letter to representatives of UN member-states, warning them against supporting a resolution rejecting President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The resolution, which expected to pass by sweeping majority, is slated for vote on Thursday.

"The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us," she wrote in a letter obtained by Haaretz. "Thank...

The 16-year-old Palestinian boy—whose photo of being dragged away blindfolded by dozens of Israeli soldiers has become a symbol of Jerusalem protests—is set to appear at an Israeli court Monday. Fawzi al-Juneidi was detained in the occupied West Bank's Hebron while going to buy supplies for his family, his uncle Rashad al-Juneidi said Monday. "He was badly beaten and detained by Israeli soldiers," Rashad said.

Fawsi's story is a familiar one among Palestinian families. At an early age...

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced on Sunday that bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces would not be returned to their families for burial, Quds Press reported. “It must be clear that the bodies of terrorists will not be returned,” Shaked told journalists yesterday, in reference to Palestinians killed at the hands of Israeli occupation forces. “There can be two tracks of going about it, as I said, either another discussion, which is the preferred route, or...

Israeli forces on Tuesday detained a 16-year-old Palestinian girl during an overnight raid in the occupied West Bank. Ahed al-Tamimi was taken into custody after Israeli forces raided her home in Nabi Saleh village in the northern West Bank, her father said. “A large Israeli force raided our house at dawn and arrested Ahed while she was sleeping in her bed,” Basem al-Tamimi told Anadolu Agency. "Israeli forces have beaten everyone at the house before searching it and confiscating all...

Another baby has died in Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta district, a health official said Friday. Nine-month-old Hussein Makdeh is only one of several babies to have recently died of malnutrition in the besieged district. A main opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has remained under siege by Syrian regime forces since late 2012. The ongoing blockade has left the district’s roughly 400,000 residents struggling with malnutrition and paralyzed local healthcare...

Police in Eustis, Florida have arrested a 93-year-old woman who refused to leave her retirement home after being evicted for falling behind with the rent. Bodycam footage shows Juanita Fitzgerald being dragged away by officers who were also trying to calm her down. The woman appears to be crying and shouting "ow" and "no". At the same time, an officer insists that he and his colleagues are not trying to hurt her. She is eventually put into a police car and driven away, having been arrested...

A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had "seriously failed" to protect children. The royal commission, Australia's highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse. The accusations covered churches, schools and sports clubs over decades.

Among more than 400 recommendations, the report calls on the Catholic Church to overhaul its celibacy rules. "Tens of thousands of children have...