U.S. Funding Cut Reignites Debate on Palestinian Refugee Agency

U.S. Funding Cut Reignites Debate on Palestinian Refugee Agency

“We’re reaching out to official donors, obviously, but also to the Arab world, to untraditional donors in emerging markets and to individuals, in the hope that we can rapidly upscale the amounts they give to us,” said Chris Gunness, the...
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NBA website changes Palestine definition after Israeli minister’s letter

NBA website changes Palestine definition after Israeli minister’s letter

Israel’s far-right sports and culture minister has taken credit for the US National Basketball Association’s decision to remove the description “occupied” from its depiction of Palestine on its website, despite the fact that the phrase describes the in...
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An Israeli Chef Looks to the Landscape

An Israeli Chef Looks to the Landscape

He also spent summers as a child at his father’s orchard in the Negev in southern Israel. At the almond harvest, he watched Druse farm workers and their families making mansaf, a baked dish of lamb, yogurt and rice or...
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Israel’s Getting a New Wall, This One With a Twist

Israel’s Getting a New Wall, This One With a Twist

Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir, the commander of the military’s Southern Command, told reporters this week that it would be completed within about two years. In the meantime, the Israeli military is working to ensure that the project does not prompt...
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Iran Bans Two Soccer Stars for Playing Against Israelis

Iran Bans Two Soccer Stars for Playing Against Israelis

Last year, the Iranian Olympian Alireza Khojasteh withdrew from the judo competition at the Rio Games, citing “personal reasons. It is widely thought that he did so to avoid the possibility of facing an Israeli opponent. It took Iranian officials...
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Israel May Change Mosque Security Amid Palestinian Outrage

Israel May Change Mosque Security Amid Palestinian Outrage

The system of tight security cooperation is unpopular with many Palestinians. But it has helped anchor the authority’s control in parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and Israeli officials say the program has helped thwart many terrorist attacks. “Thin...
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Israeli Aid Gives an Unexpected ‘Glimmer of Hope’ for Syrians

Israeli Aid Gives an Unexpected ‘Glimmer of Hope’ for Syrians

“The aid creates a positive awareness of Israel on the Syrian side,” said Col. Barak Hiram, the commanding officer of Israel’s 474 Golan Brigade, adding that it could lay the “first seeds” of some form of future agreement. Most of...
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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke responds as Ken Loach criticises Israel gig

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke responds as Ken Loach criticises Israel gig

Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke has responded to criticism by film director Ken Loach over the band’s upcoming performance in Tel Aviv. Loach wrote in a comment piece in the Independent: “[Radiohead’s] stubborn refusal to engage with the many critic...
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Israel Faces Uproar Abroad as Netanyahu Yields to Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Israel Faces Uproar Abroad as Netanyahu Yields to Ultra-Orthodox Jews

The furor over the Western Wall agreement boils down to a refusal by Israel’s Orthodox religious authorities to grant any recognition to Reform and Conservative Judaism. The main prayer space at the Western Wall, known in Hebrew as the Kotel,...
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