khaled-abu-toameh

Sep 13 '16 / Geen categorie

Last Thursday, the Palestinian Supreme Court in Ramallah ruled that the Palestinian municipal elections, which were scheduled to take place on October 8, must be postponed ‘’indefinitely’’. A ruling that reflects infighting in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, deepening rift between Fatah and Islamic Hamas and rising instability in Palestinian cities. The highest Palestinian court sited “procedural problems in Gaza,” where Hamas is the ruling

In Brussels, KKL-JNF World Chairman, Danny Atar

May 17 '16 / Geen categorie

Israel’s largest green organisation joins efforts to ease the refugee crisis in Europe, will provide employment to thousand Syrian refugees by overseeing forest rehabilitation. In Brussels, KKL-JNF World Chairman, Danny Atar revealed that his organization has responded to a major European country’s address for help and will, at a first stage, provide professional management services to to a forest rehabilitation project. BRUSSELS (EJP)—In order to help alleviate

Cyber security

Jan 13 '16 / Geen categorie

The Financial Times online published a feature on Israel’s burgeoning cyber-security sector which says that it attracted 20 per cent of the industry’s global private investment last year, second only to the United States. Israel racked up cyber-security sales worth $3.5bn to $4bn last year and attracted about 20 per cent of global private-sector investment in the burgeoning industry — putting its companies second only to their US

The entrance to the synagogue where one victim tried to flee his attacker.

Nov 19 '15 / Geen categorie

Two Israelis have been killed and another wounded in a stabbing attack by a  Palestinian terrorist in south Tel Aviv on Thursday. Police said that the terrorist, a 36-year-old Palestinian from the village of Dura near Hebron. attempted to flee the scene, but was apprehended by civilians who subdued him until police forces arrived on the scene. The suspect was arrested and taken in for questioning. Police

State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner

Oct 7 '15 / Geen categorie

The US government has said that the apparently accidental bombing of an hospital run by medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Afghan city of Kunduz, which killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens more, was a “tragic incident,” but has refrained from condemning the attack as “the facts are still emerging” and it is still under investigation. During the daily State Department press

Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 30, 2015, in New York City.

Oct 1 '15 / Geen categorie

By Yossi Lempkowicz In his disappointing speech at the UN General Assembly, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas did not announce his resignation or the dismantlement of the Palestinian Authority, as many predicted he would do. Such a move would have been considered a real bombshell. Instead, he repeated his old threat to abandon signed accords with Israel, including the 1993 Oslo Accords,  “as long as Israel refuses

The road built by Hamas by the border fence

Aug 12 '15 / Geen categorie

Arrested Hamas operative reveals tunnel attack plot, Iranian aid Reports: Palestinian Authority strengthening ties with Iran Israeli police and Shin Bet security services arrested in July a Hamas operative who revealed a new tunnel attack plot and detailed Iranian aid to Hamas during his questioning. Ibrahim Adel Shehadeh Shaer, a 21-year-old resident of Rafah, who had significant knowledge of Hamas’ actions in Rafah and tunnel digging, told

An Egyptian soldier stands near the Egyptian national flag and the Israeli flag at the Taba crossing between Egypt and Israel.

Jul 2 '15 / Geen categorie

Israel closed its borders with Egypt and Gaza after an ISIS-affiliated group in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula carried out a series of sophisticated, coordinated attacks on Egyptian security personnel near Israel’s border, leaving at least 100 people dead. The closed border crossings include the Nitzana border crossing with Sinai and the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza. The attacks come two days after the assassination of Egypt’s prosecutor-general in

Jun 28 '15 / Geen categorie

52% of Germans would support their country imposing a sea blockade on a threatening neighbouring country, but only 30% support Israel’s right to do so. These findings, in a YouGov poll commissioned by Brussels leading pro-Israel advocacy group Europe Israel Public Affairs/Press association (EIPA) reveal an apparent double standard when it comes to national security concerns. The poll comes as another flotilla of European ships is seeking

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

Jun 23 '15 / Geen categorie

Israeli officials responded to the publication of a long-anticipated report from a commission appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) into Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas last summer. Israel launched the operation on July 8, 2014  after enduring daily rocket and tunnel attacks mounted from Gaza, as well as the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens by Hamas operatives. The conflict lasted

Smoke rises from shells fired from Israel over al-Wazzani area in southern Lebanon

May 14 '15 / Geen categorie

Article published on JPost. “It is a win-win situation for Hezbollah. If we attack them, we kill civilians. If we don’t attack because there are civilians, it is good for Hezbollah as well,” the official said. An Israeli official made unusually detailed allegations on Wednesday of secret Hezbollah guerrilla sites in Lebanese villages, driving home its warning that civilians there risk bearing the brunt of any future

Benjamin Netanyahu and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini

May 13 '15 / Geen categorie

Published on the website of Ynet. Op-ed: Israel and the European Union enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship in ground-breaking scientific research, and the EU delegation to Israel plays a key role. The slogan of Israel Science Day, held this year on May 12, is “Science is everywhere”. In scores of events throughout the country, the general public, especially young people, will be exposed to lectures and demonstrations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin

May 7 '15 / Geen categorie

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has informed President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday night that he had succeeded in forming a government with an hour and a half left before the midnight deadline to build a coalition. He made the announcement after his Likud party reached an agreement with the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party that will give the party the Education and Diaspora Affairs portfolios for its leader Naftali Bennett.

Elections

Mar 17 '15 / Geen categorie

5,883,365 registered Israeli voters had the chance to cast ballots Tuesday for the 20th Knesset, Israel’s 120-member parliament, an early election that has become a referendum on whether to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from Likud a third consecutive mandate or his rival Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog the opportunity to form the next government. Polls opened at 7am and will close at 10 pm (9

Israeli Elections 2015

Mar 12 '15 / Geen categorie

The Likud Founded: 1973 Current Seats: 18 Notable Members: Benjamin Netanyahu, Moshe Yaalon, Tzachi Hanegbi, Danny Danon Member of the outgoing coalition Background Israel’s ruling conservative party is headed by Prime Minister “Bibi” Netanyahu, who is running for his third consecutive term by appealing to his right-wing base on issues of security and national identity. Netanyahu initiated early elections in December 2014 with the hope that his “natural partners,”–the far right

Israeli elections

Feb 17 '15 / Geen categorie

Facts about the elections Israel is a parliamentary democracy with a single legislative chamber, the 120-seat Knesset. It is elected for a four-year term through a directly proportional system. Any Israeli citizen from the age of 18 is eligible to vote and each voter chooses one party list. Polls are open from 8am to 10pm. Municipal councils run the polling stations and the ballot boxes are taken to

Tarik Kafala, who runs BBC Arabic

Jan 28 '15 / Geen categorie

The BBC was branded ‘mad’ after one of its senior executives said the Charlie Hebdo killers should not be described as ‘terrorists’ as the term is too “loaded”. Tarik Kafala, the head of BBC Arabic, the largest of the BBC’s non-English language news services, said the term “terrorist” was seen as “value-laden” and should not be used to describe the actions of the men

A photo of Tim Willcox and his anti-Semitic comment is being widely circulated on Twitter

Jan 13 '15 / Geen categorie

BBC reporter Tim Willcox left campaigners against anti-Semitism unmoved with an apology for causing “unintentional” offense after he made an anti-Semitic comment on live television yesterday. Willcox told a Jewish interviewee, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, attending Sunday’s unity march in Paris that “many critics of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.” Willcox’s comment came in the

Snow falling in Jerusalem, January 7, 2015.

Jan 8 '15 / Geen categorie

Israel experienced widespread disruption due to a serious winter storm which struck the north of the country and the Jerusalem area particularly hard. Heavy rains and high winds also swept the country as the storm descended upon the country. Preparations for the storm had been made in advance by Israel’s authorities. There was widespread criticism last year after a severe winter storm effectively cut off Jerusalem