Conflict With Israel

May 25, 2014

This is the first time that the Pope has visited the Holy Land (Jack Guez/AFP)
09:44 GMT

Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for peace on a pilgrimage on Sunday to Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, urging an intensified effort to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

An emergency response worker checks the bodies of two victims of a shooting at a Jewish Museum in Brussels, on May 24, 2014. Three people were killed and one badly injured in a shoot-out today near the Jewish Museum in Brussels city centre, Belga news agency said, quoting firefighters' emergency services. (AFP PHOTO / STRINGER)
07:38 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the shooting and killing of four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday, saying "This act of murder is the result of constant incitement against Jews and their state. Slander and lies against the State of Israel continue to be heard on European soil even as the crimes against humanity and acts of murder being perpetrated in our region are systematically ignored".

Police forensic experts search for evidence on the scene of a shooting near the Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24, 2014. Three people were killed and one badly injured when a gunman attacked the Jewish Museum in the centre of Brussels on Saturday, authorities said, expressing "shock" at an apparent anti-Semitic act. (AFP PHOTO / BELGA PHOTO / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK)
06:27 GMT

Israeli media reported on Sunday morning that a Tel Aviv couple in their 50's, who were on vacation in Brussels, were among the victims.

May 24, 2014

A Jerusalem church was graffitied with "Price tag, King David is for the Jews, Jesus is garbage" earlier in May (File/AFP)
09:36 GMT

Jewish hardliners in Israel vandalized a church in Beersheba ahead of Pope Francis's visit to the holy land in yet another "price tag" attack against Palestinian Christians.

May 22, 2014

The pope is set to visit the Holy Land from May 24-26 (Ahmed Gharabli/AFP)
07:23 GMT

Israeli police issued a statement Wednesday confirming that Tel Aviv has decided to place young Jewish extremists under house arrrest during Pope Francis' visit to Jerusalem this weekend.

May 21, 2014

Nadeem Nawara aged 17 and Mohammad Salameh, 16, were fatally shot while they were walking in the street (File/AFP)
16:25 GMT

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman dismissed international calls for Israel to investigate the killing of two innocent Palestinians after a video went viral of the incident.

Oscar Fernandez-Taranco says a probe is needed as the two Palestinian teens were unarmed and posed zero threat to Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

The U.N. has called for a probe into the killing of two unarmed Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank.

May 20, 2014

Marwan Barghouthi will go on hunger strike along with some 120 Palestinian prisoners in protest to Israel's harsh rules of detention without charge (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Jailed leaders Marwan Barghouthi and Ahmad Saadat announced that along with 120 fellow prisoners, they will go on hunger strike on Wednesday in solidarity with Palestinians currently being held under administrative detention.

Lebanese officials say Israel has violated UN Council Resolution 1701. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

Lebanon is filing complaints with the U.N. over Israel's violation of its sovereignty.

“They [displaced Palestinians] are, they remain, refugees. Their descendants remain refugees,” James Lindsay, a lawyer and former general counsel to UNRWA from 2000 to 2007, said. (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT

Israeli envoy Ron Prosor publicly blasted the UN Palestinian agency on Monday, arguing that it "fuels false promises" when it comes to the right of return of the Palestinian people.

Tzipi Livni recently came under fire for meeting with Mahmoud Abbas. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni defended her decision to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

May 19, 2014

The Knesset speaker must announce the date of presidential elections at least three weeks before the race. (AFP/File)
12:40 GMT

The Israeli presidential elections will be held on June 10.

May 18, 2014

The Israeli Defense Force frequently clashes with Palestinians. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Israeli Defense Forces shot and wounded two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Livni faced harsh criticism from Israeli politicians over her meeting with Abbas. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni recently met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said she was only representing herself and not Israel.

May 17, 2014

Christian groups in Palestine have also asked Patriarch Beshara Rai to cancel his trip (File/AFP)
09:37 GMT

Hezbollah criticized Lebanon's Maronite leader Patriarch Beshara Rai over his intention to visit occupied Jerusalem, saying it would have "negative consequences".