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The Israeli authorities are deliberately keeping Jerusalem's iconic Dome of the Rock Mosque in darkness, the Jordan-run Authority for Islamic Endowments (Awqaf) said in a Monday statement.

"The Israeli occupation authorities aren't allowing the necessary equipment into the mosque compound, so we can't fix the power outage," the statement read.

The Israeli police, it added, were actively hindering Jordanian initiatives aimed at preserving the Islamic identity of Jerusalem's Al-...

The second week of 2018 is not yet over and already Israeli occupation forces have killed three Palestinian children.

Fourteen Palestinian boys and girls under the age of 18 were killed by soldiers and police in all of 2017.

Two children were shot and killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Thursday. A third child was seriously injured.

Amir Abd al-Hamid Abu Musaad, 15, died immediately after being hit in the chest with a live bullet during a...

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has drawn the ire of some fans after news broke that during his trip to Israel he visited a paramilitary training facility in a West Bank settlement.

Seinfeld spent about 10 days in the country with his family last week, which included two stand-up shows at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv on December 30.

One stop during his time here, it was revealed on Sunday, was at Caliber 3, a counter-terrorism and security training academy in Efrat, in Gush...

Israel Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, the head of the National Union faction of the Bayit Yehudi party, said Wednesday that the time has come for Israel to expel the families of Palestinians who murder Israelis and to alter the current reality in Judea and Samaria in which Palestinians who kill Israelis walk away from their attacks “clean.”

“The security establishment understands what needs to be done, how much needs to be done, why it needs to be done. We don’t need to debate the...

 

Israel is set to inform thousands of Africans who entered the country illegally that they have three months to leave or face indefinite imprisonment.

The decision, opposed by rights groups, follows months of speculation over the future of both the migrants and the Holot detention facility in the Negev desert, which the government says it intends to close.

There has been often heated debate about the presence of around 40,000 African migrants in...

The number of civilians sentenced to death in Egypt's military courts leapt from 60 in 2016 to at least 112 in 2017, according to two independent rights groups.

Human rights advocates say the alarming numbers recorded by the Egyptian Coordination for Rights & Freedoms and the Initiative for Personal Rights are shocking -- but the stories behind them are even more harrowing.

What happened to four families from the northern city of Kafr el-Sheikh is a case in point. After...

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...

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...

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,”...

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...

Israel's defence minister called Palestinian-Israeli lawmakers "war criminals" a day after he urged a boycott of Palestinian citizens of Israel living near the scene of clashes over the US president's Jerusalem declaration. Avigdor Lieberman was speaking in a televised parliamentary debate on a motion of no confidence in the right-wing government filed by the mainly Palestinian Arab Joint List alliance on Monday.

Presenting the motion, Joint List lawmaker Hanin Zoabi said Prime...