Syria Reports Israel Air Raid On Military Post Near Damascus
BEIRUT: Syria’s military said Israel has carried out an air raid that hit a military post on the outskirts of the capital of Damascus early Wednesday, causing material damage. It was the second Israeli attack to target areas near the capital in four days. The earlier attack on Saturday... Read more
Renovation of Christianity’s Holiest Site Nears Completion
CHICAGO: Palestinian Christian Said Khoury was praying at the iconic Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem when drops of water trickled on his head from the roof above. Maybe it was a signal from God, or just a coincidence as the rains battered the Christian town that day in... Read more
UN Says Israel Move Designating Palestinian Groups as ‘Terrorist Organizations’ Unjustified
GENEVA: Israel’s designation of six leading Palestinian civil society groups as outlawed “terrorist organizations” is an unjustified attack, the UN human rights chief said Tuesday. The Jewish state said its move last week was due to their alleged financing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. It... Read more
Israel Envoy To Brief US Over Ban On Palestinian Groups
TEL AVIV: Israel is sending an envoy to Washington amid a deepening rift with the Biden administration over six outlawed Palestinian rights groups, a Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday. Israel last week designated the prominent Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organizations, sparking international criticism and repeated assertions by... Read more
Israel Designates Six Palestinian Civil Society Groups As Terrorists
TEL AVIV: Israel on Friday designated six Palestinian civil society groups as terrorist organizations and accused them of funnelling donor aid to militants. The charge was rejected by human rights watchdogs who said the move will stifle monitoring of potential abuses. The designations authorize Israeli authorities to close the... Read more
Lebanon’s Hezbollah Warns Israel Against Drilling in Disputed Maritime Border Area
BEIRUT: The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Friday warned Israel against drilling for oil and gas in the disputed maritime border area between the two countries until the issue is resolved, and said the Iran-backed group would take action if it did so. “If the enemy thinks they can... Read more
Israel Violates International Law ‘Because it Can,’ UN Security Council Told
NEW YORK: Israel pursues policies in violation of international law and of UN resolutions “Because it can — no tangible cost or consequence is attached,” the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday. Daniel Levy, president of US/Middle East Project, told council members of the need to address what he... Read more
Shooting in Syria Could Mark New Phase in Israeli Campaign
JERUSALEM: The death of a former Syrian Druze lawmaker, allegedly by Israeli sniper fire, could mark a new phase in what Israel calls its war against Iranian entrenchment in neighboring Syria. Syria’s state-run news agency said that Midhat Saleh was fatally shot Saturday in Ein el-Tinneh, a village along... Read more
Israel PM Urges UN to Hold Iran to Account For Nuclear Moves
TEL AVIV: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called Tuesday on the United Nations Security Council to take action against Iran over its escalating nuclear program. Bennett spoke at a conference in Jerusalem, where he suggested that Iran’s conduct is every nation’s problem, and subject to global accountability. After talks... Read more
Israel Signs Deal to Double Water Supply to Jordan
JERUSALEM: Israel formally agreed Tuesday to double the amount of freshwater it provides to neighbor Jordan, one of the world’s most water-deficient countries. The agreement is proof that “we want good neighborly relations,” said Karine Elharrar, Israel’s minister of infrastructure, energy and water resources. Elharrar traveled to Jordan for... Read more