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An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald - a primary mascot of the McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain - has sparked protests by the country's Arab Christians.

Hundreds of Christians calling for the removal of the sculpture titled "McJesus" demonstrated at the museum, where the artwork has been put on display, in the northern city of Haifa last week.

The Israeli police said the rioters hurled a firebomb at the museum and threw stones that wounded three...

Acceding to a request from the Israel Police and Shin Bet security service, the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court agreed to release to house arrest four of the five Israeli suspects in the October murder of a Palestinian woman.

The Shin Bet as well as the lawyers representing the teens confirmed the ruling, which was made behind closed doors.

The Shin Bet has flatly denied claims of misconduct, saying its investigation is being closely monitored by the State Prosecutor’s Office...

Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian woman in the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday, according to Israeli media. 

Border guards shot the woman in the leg after she ignored their calls to stop at the Zatara checkpoint south of Nablus, media reports said. 

The Palestinian woman was arrested by Israeli soldiers. 

The Israeli military has yet to issue a statement on the shooting. 

The Palestinian Health Ministry, for its part, said the girl was slightly...

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) released a summary of data collected during 2018. Further breakdowns and statistics from previous years are available through the links below.

A total of 295 Palestinians were killed and over 29,000 were injured in 2018 by Israeli forces. This is the highest death toll in a single year since the Gaza conflict of 2014 and the highest number of injuries recorded...

Israel approved the construction of 1,451 new homes in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, and pushed forward plans to construct another 873 housing units for settlers, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

The decision was made by Israel's Supreme Planning Council in the Civil Administration, a body that governs Israeli-administered areas of the West Bank, plans and organises its settlements, and coordinates with the Palestinian Authority in security matters.

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Yair Netanyahu has said there will not be peace in the land of Israel until either all the Jews or all the Muslims leave — and he would prefer the latter.

PM’s son declares there will be no peace until one of the land’s two major religions departs, and he rather it wasn’t the Jews

Facebook has briefly blocked the page of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son, Yair, after he shared previously banned content calling for "all Muslims [to] leave" Israel.

In a...

Israeli occupation authorities have issued a decree barring the Palestinian Ministry of Health from importing vaccines, starting from the beginning of the year 2019, said Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Asaad Ramlawi.

In an interview with the official Voice of Palestine radio station, Dr. Ramlawi said that the Israeli decree has put the supply of vaccinations at risk; the Ministry of Health has resources for just two months of vaccine provision, after which there will be...

Extremist Jewish settlers have vandalized vehicles in a Palestinian town east of Tel Aviv, slashing the tires of parked cars and spraying racist graffiti on them.

Ma'an News Agency, quoting local sources, reported on Sunday that more than 30 cars in Kafr Kassem had been targeted by a group of settlers.

“We will take revenge,” and “Death to Arabs;” the words were spray-painted on the walls of the neighborhood.

Palestinians say acts of vandalism and theft occur mainly on...

Israeli forces have killed seven Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in an apparently botched undercover raid and ensuing firefight that has threatened to destroy a precarious, unofficial ceasefire.

In apparent response to the gunfight, more than a dozen rockets were launched from the Hamas-controlled enclave overnight, and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, cut short a visit to Paris, where he had been gathering with world leaders for a first world war commemoration.

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It's been a long time coming, but Israeli commuters are finally able to board double-decker high-speed trains on a new link from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

Construction has been plagued by engineering and planning challenges, and the last section of the line is still not open. The route has also angered some Palestinians, as part of the track runs in tunnels under the occupied West Bank.

Transport Minister Yisrael Katz hopes it will eventually whisk passengers from secular, liberal...

Israel’s Ambassador to Paris, Aliza Bin-Noun, has been at the centre of a “censorship” storm, reported Ynet, after lobbying a French television channel to pull a report on Palestinians shot by the Israeli army in the occupied Gaza Strip.

The item, “Gaza’s disabled teens”, was broadcast on France 2 and “discussed the stories of several young Palestinians who had lost their legs after being shot by IDF snipers and who spoke of their broken dreams" Ynet reported.

“One of the teens...

One Palestinian killed, eight injured in Israeli attacks, Hamas says it's an attempt to undermine truce.

According to Gaza's Health Ministry, Naji Ahmad al-Zaneen, 25, was killed in the attack in northern Gaza early on October 16.

Among the wounded are six children who were on their way to school in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza.

Palestinian sources said several rockets fired by Israeli warplanes targeted sites south of Gaza City, while another blast rocked the central...

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on October 16 called on his fellow ministers to approve a large-scale military campaign against the Hamas in Gaza in light of ongoing riots and violence along the Strip’s security fence.

“I’ve held a series of meetings with the head of the Southern Command, the head of the [Gaza] Division, the brigade commanders, the battalion commanders, also with soldiers. My impression is that they all have reached the understanding that the situation as it is...

A surprise celebrity wedding bridging Israel’s Jewish-Muslim divide drew mixed public reaction in a country where such inter-marriage is extremely rare.

Wednesday’s nuptials of Tsahi Halevi, an Arabic-fluent Jewish actor, and Lucy Aharish, a Muslim anchor on a top Hebrew news show, followed a four-year romance that, friends said, they had kept secret to avoid falling foul of cultural sensitivities.

But the marriage was rued by Arye Deri, an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who serves as...

In a groundbreaking case, Israel has detained an American graduate student at its international airport for the past week, accusing her of supporting a Palestinian-led boycott campaign against the Jewish state.

The case highlights Israel's concerns about the boycott movement and the great efforts it has made to stop it. 

The grassroots campaign has made significant inroads in recent years, particularly among university students and millennials.

Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-...