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Israel presses on with settlement plans despite US criticism

Israel presses on with settlement plans despite US criticism

ISRAELI Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich pledged to continue expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank, defying international pressure on Israel to stop building on land Palestinians see as the core of a future independent state. Late on Tuesday, Smotrich announced the approval of a new settlement called Mishmar Yehuda, in Gush Etzion, a cluster of Jewish settlements located south of Jerusalem, and said work would continue on authorizing further settlements. "We will continue the momentum of settlement throughout the country," he said in a statement. The move comes just days after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington considered…
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Palestinians defiant and angry after Israel’s Jenin raid

Palestinians defiant and angry after Israel’s Jenin raid

PALESTINIAN militant fighters paraded in Jenin and angry crowds confronted senior Palestinian Authority officials, accusing them of weakness, after one of the largest Israeli military operations in the occupied West Bank in years. The two-day operation, which the Israeli military said targeted infrastructure and weapons depots of militant factions in the Jenin refugee camp, left a trail of wrecked streets and burned-out cars and sparked fury across the Arab world. At least 12 Palestinians, most confirmed as militant fighters, were killed and around 100 wounded in an incursion that began with late-night drone strikes, followed by a sweep involving more than 1,000 Israeli troops.…
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Rockets fired from Gaza after Palestinian hunger striker dies in Israeli custody

Rockets fired from Gaza after Palestinian hunger striker dies in Israeli custody

PALESTINIAN armed groups fired salvoes of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel after an Islamic Jihad leader died in Israeli custody following an 87-day hunger strike, the first such death in more than three decades. Khader Adnan, who was awaiting trial, was found unconscious in his cell and taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead after efforts to revive him, Israel's Prisons Service said. Hundreds of people took to the streets in blockaded Gaza and the occupied West Bank to rally in support of Adnan and mourn his death, which Palestinian leaders described as an assassination. In Gaza,…
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Israeli minister says “no such thing” as Palestinian people

Israeli minister says “no such thing” as Palestinian people

AN Israeli minister with responsibility for the administration of the occupied West Bank drew condemnation after he said there was no Palestinian history or culture and no such thing as a Palestinian people. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who triggered global outrage earlier this month when he called for a Palestinian town to be "erased", made the remarks on Sunday in a conference speech during a visit to France. "Is there a Palestinian history or culture? There is none," he can be heard saying in footage of the speech shared widely on social media. "There is no such thing as a…
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