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An American Jewish woman was temporarily detained at Israel’s Ben-Gurion airport on September 12 and initially denied entry, on the basis that she had previously visited Palestinians facing home demolitions in the occupied West Bank, reported Haaretz.

Julie Shayna Weinberg-Connors, 23, who arrived on a flight from the United States in order to start studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, was finally “informed that she could enter Israel on condition that she...

Israel's Supreme Court cleared the way for the demolition of a Bedouin village in the West Bank, rejecting a final appeal in a case that has drawn heavy international criticism and become a rallying cry for the Palestinians.

In its decision, the court rejected an appeal to block the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar. It said that a stay would expire in a week, and the encampment could then be legally torn down. There was no date immediately announced for the demolition.

The fate of...

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced that he intends to expel the UNRWA organization from Jerusalem and replace the services it provides with those of the municipality

Since 1965, the organization has been responsible for about 30,000 residents in the Shuafat refugee camp and provides them with municipal services as well as caring for their education and welfare.

Speaking at a Hadashot conference, Barkat said that "UNRWA is a foreign and unnecessary entity that has failed...

Around 300 Palestinian minor who are being held by the Israeli occupation were unable to attend the first day of school yesterday, Safa News Agency reported.

Reporting the director of, Safa said that

Some 1.3 million Palestinian students began the new school yesterday however a number of children were deprived of that right, Director of  the Palestinian Prisoners Centre for Studies Raafat Hamadaouna said.

“The Israeli occupation committed crimes against the Palestinian...

African migrants in Israel have been detained, threatened with deportation and faced hostility from lawmakers and residents. Since last year, they face another burden: a de facto 20 percent salary cut that has driven them further into poverty.

Israel's roughly 35,000 African migrants and the groups that support them say the recent law — in which Israel withholds the money from their paychecks every month and returns it only if they leave the country — is yet another attempt by an anti...

The Palestinian minister of Awqaf and religious affairs has condemned Israel’s closure of the Ibrahim Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron for Jewish holidays.  

“Israeli authorities have ordered the closure of the Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims on Aug. 8 and 9,” Yousef Adeis said in a statement on Wednesday.  

He called on UNESCO and human rights groups to stand up to their obligations to protect the heritage, culture and civilization of the Palestinian people.  

The...

The founder of an Jewish-American organisation that campaigns for Palestinian rights was detained for three hours on Aug. 5 evening at the crossing between Egypt and Israel.

Simone Zimmerman, a Jewish-American activist, was held by Israeli security services at the Taba crossing in northern Sinai for at least three hours on Sunday evening.

Zimmerman, who currently resides in Israel, said on Twitter that she had been asked what places she had visited in the West Bank and what she...

Israeli naval forces seized a Swedish-flagged ship carrying much-needed aid that was headed for the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Freedom for Gaza vessel, which had 12 people and medical equipment onboard, was intercepted late on Aug. 3 and taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod, the Israeli military said in a statement.

The ship was part of a four-vessel Freedom Flotilla Coalition that left from Denmark in May with the aim of breaking the crushing 12-year Gaza blockade imposed by ...

Israeli officials inaugurated a Jewish heritage center on Aug. 1 in a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem, escalating an already fierce legal battle between local residents and Jewish settlers who also claim the land.

Amid high security, senior Israeli ministers and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a staunch supporter of Israel, attended the ceremony on a narrow, trash-strewn street in the Silwan neighborhood, a recent flash point for tensions between Israelis and...

Tens of thousands of people were on the radar of right-wing extremist groups in Germany, a parliamentary question revealed. The lists were found during raids, arrests and investigations into prominent far-right attacks.

Right-wing extremist groups in Germany have gathered more than 25,000 people's contact details in so-called "enemy lists," German media outlet RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reported on Monday.

The information was disclosed by the German government in...

Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was sentenced to five months in prison on July 31 by the Nazareth District court.

Tatour, an Israeli citizen, was convicted in May of incitement to violence and supporting terrorist organizations, based on her social media posts.

Following the sentencing, Tatour said she was not surprised.

"I expected prison and that's what happened. I didn't expect justice. The prosecution was political to begin with because I'm Palestinian, because it's...

A Turkish tourist said that Israeli police treated them like fugitives at Tel Aviv airport and their dream was to visit Jerusalem.

Israel has denied entry to a group of Turkish tourists planning to visit the city of Jerusalem, claiming that the group "forged" their visas.

Mustafa Bickioglu, a representative of the Turkey-based Sila Tour company, told Andalou Agency that 72 Turkish citizens were stopped and barred entry at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday.

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Israeli authorities are deporting two Italian artists who drew a portrait of a Palestinian girl on a separation wall near the town of Bethlehem, the press service of the Israeli police said.

The artists were arrested in the West Bank by Israel on July 28.

"As a result of the investigation carried out by the border police, the case of the Italians was transferred to the migration authority, where the decision was made at the hearings to void their authorization of stay in Israel...

Israeli bulldozers demolished a kindergarten and a women's center in the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin community east of Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank, on July 25.

Local sources,said that the demolition was carried out as part of Israel's plan to eliminate Bedouin communities, the largest of which is the Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community, for the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants condemned the demolition of...

Israel's parliament on Thursday adopted a law defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it will lead to blatant discrimination against its Palestinian citizens.

The legislation, adopted by 62 votes to 55, makes Hebrew the country's national language and defines the establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national interest.

The bill also strips Arabic of its designation as an official language, downgrading it to a "special status...