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Israel’s parliament, or Knesset, voted in favour of a bill that would allow the country’s prime minister to declare war in ‘extreme situations’, the Haaretz daily reported.

The prime minister will only need the defense minister’s approval, it said.

The report did not say how many lawmakers voted in favor of the bill.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the request earlier in the day. The joint committee of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Constitution...

In response to petition filed by human rights groups, IDF says its directives 'comply with Israeli and international law'

The Israeli army refused to disclose the rules of engagement applying to the protests at the Gaza border, in response to a petition submitted to the High Court of Justice on April 15 by four human rights organizations.

In a statement, the state said the rules of engagement in the area are classified, adding that if asked by the court to present them it would...

Israeli troops fatally shot two Palestinians who infiltrated the country from Gaza and in a separate incident killed another Palestinian who tried to breach the border on April 29, the military said.

Another Palestinian was detained in the latter incident, and two more were caught trying to cross the border in a third case, the military said.

The Gaza border has been tense in recent weeks, with the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza urging mass Palestinian protests...

A Qatari national was subjected to extensive torture during 13 years of detention in the U.S., a London-based advocacy group claimed on April 25.

The allegations of systematic torture by the FBI and Defense Department on Ali (Saleh Kahlal) al-Marri were published by the CAGE group in a report years in the making.

“The experience of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, by all international standards of law, constituted torture, and as a result, all those involved in his solitary...

Palestinian Ahmad Abu Hussein, 24, dies of wounds after being shot in the abdomen during protest on April 13.

Ahmad Abu Hussein, a Palestinian journalist shot by Israeli forces while covering a mass demonstration along the Gaza border earlier this month, has died of his wounds, according to Palestinian officials.

The 24-year-old, who was shot in the abdomen during a protest near Jebaliya on April 13, is the second Palestinian journalist to have been killed by Israeli soldiers...

Disturbing footage from the West Bank published by an Israeli human rights group shows IDF soldiers discussing how to improve land shots on unarmed Palestinian protesters and cheering as they hit them with rubber bullets. 

The video shows three Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers standing on a road that leads to a Palestinian settlement and firing at a group of Palestinians, who gathered meters away. The soldiers are also seen routinely discussing the best ways to fire at people. ...

Israeli army soldiers and policemen have demolished the house of a Palestinian, who is being held in custody over his alleged role in the fatal shooting of a rabbi in January.

Ahmad Jamal al-Qumbaa’s father told the Palestinian Wafa news agency that Israeli forces had blown up his son’s residence using dynamite in the West Bank city of Jenin early on April 24.

The Israeli forces, accompanied by explosive experts a bulldozer, carried out the demolition that also damaged four...

At least 20 people including the bride were killed when an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, health officials have said.

The dead were mostly women and children gathered in a tent set up for the wedding in the Bani Qayis district, according to Khaled al-Nadhri, the leading health official in the north-western Hajjah province.

Hospital chief Mohammed al-Sawmali said the groom and 45 other wounded people were brought to the local al-...

Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager famed for slapping an Israeli soldier on camera, should have been shot, at least in the knee, deputy Knesset speaker Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) wrote on Twitter April 21.

“In my opinion, she should have gotten a bullet, at least in the kneecap,” he wrote. “That would have put her under house arrest for the rest of her life.”

He was responding to journalist Yinon Magal, who had reposted the footage of Tamimi slapping the soldier...

Thousands of Arab Israelis rallied near the northern city of Haifa in a protest on the 70th anniversary of Israeli statehood, seen by Palestinians as a catastrophe, or Nakba in Arabic. 

Under the slogan “Your Independence Day is the day of our Nakba,” they gathered in the town of Atlit, about 12 kilometres (seven miles) south of Haifa.

Palestinians say the 174 residents of an Arab village at the site were forced out by Israel in the war that accompanied its foundation in 1948,...

Three Belgian companies are being prosecuted for exporting chemicals to Syria, one of which could be used in the production of sarin gas.

The firms say they acted with the seeming consent of Belgian customs between 2014 and 2016, but were subsequently alleged to have failed to apply for the permits that would protect them from falling foul of a current global ban on the exports.

According to a UK research group, Bellingcat, and a German non-profit organisation, Syrian Archive,...

The parents of terminally ill Alfie Evans have lost a legal fight to move their son to a hospital in Italy.

Tom Evans and Kate James had hoped to persuade appeal court judges that their 23-month-old son Alfie should receive life-support treatment abroad.

However, the family have lost their latest court battle, with judges Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan dismissing their appeal.

During the hearing in London, Paul Diamond, a lawyer...

Israel prevented a French mayor from entering the country due to his support of Palestinian.

Leclerc Patrice, the mayor of the Paris suburb of Gennevilliers, was blocked from entering Israel from Jordan, said a statement from the Interior Ministry.

Officials said the decision was taken after Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan deemed Patrice a BDS supporter.  

The Communist Party of France politician arrived at the Allenby Crossing in the West Bank together...

Three years after far-right activist Baruch Marzel was charged with assaulting a Palestinian, the court case stalledpartly because he didn't show up for hearings.

Three years after far-right activist Baruch Marzel was charged with assaulting a Palestinian, the court case has stalled in part because Marzel has simply not shown up for hearings.

On February 16, 2015 the Israel Police filed an indictment against Marzel for attacking Palestinian Issa Amru in Amru’s home in Hebron....

Thousands of Palestinians converged along the Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel for the third Friday of ongoing protests against Israel’s decades-long occupation.

Protesters waved Palestinian flags -- and others set fire to Israeli ones -- while chanting pro-resistance slogans along the border fence.

The rallies began on Mar. 30, when tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered at different points along the border to demand that they be allowed to return to their homes in...