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Palestinians at the scene of an Israeli attack in Rafah, Gaza, on May 27. Ali Jadallah/Anadolu/Getty ImagesQatar said Israel’s strike on a Rafah displacement camp could “hinder” ongoing negotiations aiming for the release of hostages and reaching a ceasefire in Gaza. Talks to resume: Negotiations between Israel and Hamas for a ceasefire-and-hostage-swap deal are set to resume in Cairo on Tuesday, according to an Egyptian official. Talks between Israel and Hamas have stalled for months, with both parties failing to reach an agreement over differences on key demands. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed strong opposition to the demands made by Hamas.
Persons: Ali Jadallah, Israel’s, ” Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu Organizations: Getty, Qatar, CNN, Hamas Locations: Rafah, Gaza, Anadolu, Qatari, Israel, Cairo
With international condemnation mounting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said on Monday that the killing of dozens of people a day earlier at a camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah was “a tragic accident,” but gave no sign of curbing the Israeli offensive in the southern Gaza city. The deadly fire that tore through the encampment on Sunday after an airstrike came at a particularly delicate time for Israel, just days after the International Court of Justice appeared to order the country’s military to halt its offensive in Rafah and as diplomats were aiming to restart negotiations for a cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas. The Israel military said that the target of the strike in Rafah on Sunday was a Hamas compound, and that “precise munitions” had been used to target a commander and another senior militant official there. But at least 45 people, including children, were killed by the blast and by the fires it set off, according to the Gaza health ministry. The ministry said that 249 people were wounded.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Organizations: International Court of, Hamas, Israel Locations: Rafah, Gaza, Israel, Hamas
Israeli airstrikes kill at least 35 in Rafah, Gaza authorities say
  + stars: | 2024-05-27 | by ( )   time to read: +8 min
Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz said the rockets fired from Rafah "prove that the (Israel Defense Forces) must operate in every place Hamas still operates from". Reshiq restated Hamas's demands, which include: "Ending the aggression completely and permanently, in all of Gaza Strip, not only Rafah". It follows an agreement between U.S. President Joe Biden and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Friday to temporarily send aid via the Kerem Shalom crossing, bypassing the Rafah crossing that has been blocked for weeks. Aid trucks had been piling up on the Egyptian side of the border since May 7, when Israel seized the Rafah crossing in Gaza. Today, trucks at the Rafah crossing were rerouted to the Kerem Shalom crossing, which sits at the junction of Gaza, Israel and Egypt.
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Top NewsAn Israeli airstrike on a makeshift tent camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah, Gaza, killed at least 35 people on Sunday night, the Gaza Health Ministry said. The Israeli military said the strike was aimed at a Hamas compound. In a statement, the Israeli military said it was looking into reports that “several civilians in the area were harmed” by the airstrike and a subsequent fire. “What kind of a tent will protect us from missiles and shrapnel?” he said. “There was darkness and no electricity.”Doctors Without Borders said more than 15 dead people and dozens of wounded in the Rafah strike were brought to a trauma stabilization center that it supports in Tal as Sultan.
Persons: Tal, Israel, , Benjamin Netanyahu, Bilal Al Sapti, Sapti, , Sultan, Dr, James Smith, Smith, I’ve, Patrick Kingsley, Johnatan Reiss, Iyad Abuheweila, Aaron Boxerman Organizations: Gaza Health Ministry, Palestine Red Crescent Society, The New York Times, International Court, Justice, Friday, United Nations Locations: Israeli, Rafah, Gaza, Palestine, Tal
A member of Egypt’s security forces has been killed during a shooting incident near the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip and an investigation is underway, an Egyptian army spokesman said on Monday, after the Israeli military reported a shooting incident on the border. Israeli troops took control of the Gaza side of the Rafah border crossing, the main conduit between the territory and Egypt, early this month. “Several hours ago, a shooting incident took place on the Egyptian border. The Israeli seizure of the Rafah crossing, in what Israel called a limited operation into Rafah, halted the flow of aid into the enclave through that portal. Since then, most people have fled Rafah to areas farther from the Egyptian border.
Persons: Gharib Abdel Hafez, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Organizations: Gaza Locations: Rafah, Gaza, Israel, Egypt
Opinion: Alito’s second red flag
  + stars: | 2024-05-26 | by ( Kirsi Goldynia | )   time to read: +18 min
This is not the first time Alito has found himself in hot water over displaying a controversial flag on his property. The upside-down flag, a signal of distress, was adopted by Trump supporters who believed the false claim that the election had been stolen. (Alito said his wife had raised the upside-down flag in response to a disagreement with a neighbor. The discovery also comes at a time when the Supreme Court will be making a decision about Trump’s claims of sweeping presidential immunity, his get-out-of-jail-free card for the federal cases he faces. “The notion that the Supreme Court can be trusted to be an arbiter above partisan politics has suffered major blows in recent years.
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CNN —The United Nations’ top court has ordered Israel to immediately halt its controversial military operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, further increasing international pressure on Israel over its war against Hamas. Israel began a limited ground offensive in Rafah on May 7, defying calls from the international community, including the United States, not to proceed. More than a million Palestinians were taking shelter there before Israel started its operation, but the court noted that around 800,000 have since been displaced. Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the Netherlands, Vusimuzi Madonsela, waits for judges to enter the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands on Friday. The development comes as Israel faces mounting international and domestic pressure to end the war in Gaza.
Persons: , Nawaf Salam, , Israel, Vusimuzi, Peter Dejong, International Law Gilad Noam, Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoav Gallant, Netanyahu, Biden, Joe Biden, ” Israel, Israel’s, Israel ‘, ” Yossi Mekelberg, Eliav, Neve Gordon, Gali, Amit Aisman, Gordon Organizations: CNN, United Nations ’, Hamas, International Court of Justice, Israel, Court of Justice, International Law, Criminal Court, ICC, Israel Defense Forces, ICJ, Health Ministry, North Africa, Chatham House, Tel Aviv University, Queen Mary University of London, Times Locations: Israel, Gaza, Rafah, “ Israel, United States, Egypt, South Africa, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, Netherlands, The Hague, Washington, Palestinian, East, London, Gali Baharav
Never before has the Jewish state come under such intense and sustained international pressure from multiple fronts for its policies towards the Palestinians. But the most significant of those may be the legal and diplomatic action taken against Israel this month. They have accused critics of antisemitism and vowed not to relent in the face of international pressure. Israel and the US maintain that a Palestinian state should only be established through a negotiated settlement. This week, Ireland, Spain and Norway announced plans to formally recognize a Palestinian state, saying they hope the move would prod other European nations to follow suit.
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The International Court of Justice on Friday ordered Israel to “immediately” halt its military offensive in the city of Rafah in southern Gaza, dealing another blow to the country as it faces increasing international isolation and a drumbeat of criticism over its conduct in the war. The court has few effective means of enforcing its order, and it stopped short of ordering a cease-fire in Gaza, with some of the court’s judges arguing that Israel could still conduct some military operations in Rafah under the terms of their decision. But the order added more pressure on the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has faced domestic and external calls to reach a cease-fire deal with Hamas that would lead to the release of hostages held in Gaza. “The court considers that, in conformity with obligations under the Genocide Convention, Israel must immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in the Rafah governorate, which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part,” the court’s president, Nawaf Salam, said in reading the 13-2 ruling.
Persons: Israel, , Benjamin Netanyahu, Nawaf Salam Organizations: Court, Justice, Friday, Hamas, Convention Locations: Rafah, Gaza, Israel
Another Israeli legal adviser, Tamar Kaplan Tourgeman, said that hundreds of trucks carrying humanitarian supplies had entered Kerem Shalom last week. The hearings are part of South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide, which it filed in December. In late January, the court ordered Israel to do more to prevent acts of genocide, but it stopped short of calling for a cease-fire. The main case, dealing with the accusation of genocide, is not expected to start until next year. The request must be approved by the court’s judges, but it further isolated Israel on the world stage.
Persons: Israel, Kerem Shalom, , Gilad Noam, Tamar Kaplan Tourgeman, Kerem, Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoav Gallant Organizations: International Court of Justice, United Nations ’, South, Kerem Shalom, International Court, Justice, Criminal Court Locations: The Hague, South Africa, Israel, Rafah, Gazan, Gaza, Kerem, Israeli, South
In a speech in Warsaw two years ago, President Biden declared that “the great battle for freedom” is one “between a rules-based order and one governed by brute force.”Now we’ll see whether he meant it. By a lopsided vote of 13 to 2, the International Court of Justice has ordered Israel to “immediately halt its military offensive” in Rafah and open border crossings for “unhindered provision” of humanitarian aid. But the court’s order, while binding, has no enforcement mechanism — which in practice means it is up to the United Nations Security Council and in particular Biden to enforce. But for seven months, Biden has allowed himself to be ignored and steamrolled by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the question now is whether the court ruling will help Biden find the gumption to pressure Israel to obey the decision. Biden’s leverage is obvious: He can suspend the provision of all offensive weapons to Israel as long as it defies international law, building on his pause in the transfer of large bombs.
Persons: Biden, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, Nancy Pelosi Organizations: International Court of Justice, United Nations Security Council, Democrats Locations: Warsaw, , Rafah, Gaza, Israel
The International Court of Justice ruled today that Israel must immediately halt its military offensive in the southern Gazan city of Rafah. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he would hold a meeting to discuss how to move forward. But right-wing politicians said Israel should not comply. Israeli officials have said that the push into Rafah is aimed at dismantling Hamas’s infrastructure. But several countries, including the U.S., have urged Israel to refrain from an offensive in the city out of concern for the vast number of displaced Palestinians who had been sheltering there.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu’s Organizations: Court of Justice Locations: Israel, Gazan, Rafah, Gaza, U.S
Israel-Hamas War and Gaza News: Latest Updates
  + stars: | 2024-05-23 | by ( Aaron Boxerman | )   time to read: +4 min
Family members first saw the footage a few weeks ago via the Israeli military, which formally handed them a copy on Tuesday night, according to the Hostages and Missing Families Forum, which represents families of hostages held captive in Gaza. But hopes for immediate progress appeared remote in the shadow of Israel’s ongoing military operation in Rafah, in southern Gaza, from which over 800,000 Palestinians have fled, according to the United Nations. Image A still image from a video released by the Israeli military showing Israeli soldiers, all young women, during their abduction amid the Hamas-led attack on Oct. 7. Credit... Israeli forces operating in northern Gaza retrieved the bodies of four Israelis abducted on Oct. 7, heightening fears for the remaining captives. “The video is a damning testament to the nation’s failure to bring home the hostages, who have been forsaken for 229 days,” the Hostages and Missing Families Forum said in a statement.
Persons: “ I’m, ” Eli Albag, Liri, they’ve, , Benjamin Netanyahu’s, , Israel Katz, Nahal Oz, heightening, Naama Levy, Agam Berger, Liri Albag, Karina Ariev, Daniela Gilboa, Yoav Gallant, Benny Gantz, Gantz, Yair Lapid, Dmitriy Khavin, Alexander Cardia, Riley Mellen Organizations: Israel’s, United Nations, Families, Reuters, The New York Times Locations: Gaza, , Rafah, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Palestinian, Nahal, Palestine, Israel
This week, Karim Khan, the top prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, requested arrest warrants for Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the country’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant. Patrick Kingsley, the Times’s bureau chief in Jerusalem, explains why this may set up a possible showdown between the court and Israel with its biggest ally, the United States.
Persons: Karim Khan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoav Gallant, Patrick Kingsley Organizations: Criminal Locations: Jerusalem, Israel, United States
The decision by Spain, Norway and Ireland to recognize an independent Palestinian state reflects growing exasperation with the Israel of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, even from traditional friends, and suggests that international pressure on him will grow. It does not, however, make it inevitable that other larger European states will follow suit. This year President Emmanuel Macron of France has said such recognition is “not a taboo,” a position reiterated by the French Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. “This decision must be useful, that is to say allow a decisive step forward on the political level,” Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné said in a statement about potential recognition. “France does not consider that the conditions have been met to date for this decision to have a real impact on this process.”
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Emmanuel Macron, David Cameron, Stéphane Séjourné, Organizations: French Foreign Ministry Locations: Spain, Norway, Ireland, Israel, France, Palestinian, Europe, United States, “ France
CNN —Families of seven female Israeli soldiers captured by Hamas during the October 7 attacks have released graphic footage of their abduction as they pile pressure on the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to secure their release. The video shows the women — all Israel Defense Forces (IDF) personnel — lined up against a wall, their hands bound. The footage was previously released by Hamas, according to the Hostages Families Forum. The campaigning group obtained it from the IDF, which had previously edited the video to exclude the most disturbing scenes. Efforts to reach a deal that would pause the war in Gaza and allow the release of hostages have repeatedly been dashed.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s, Netanyahu, ” Netanyahu, , Israel, , Benny Gantz, Gantz, Megidish, Noa Marciano, Albag, Karina Ariev, Agam Berger, Daniela Gilboa, Naama Levy —, Naama Levy, ” Ayelet Levy Shachar Organizations: CNN, Israel Defense Forces, Hostages, Hostage, Israel’s Nahal, Palestinian Ministry of Health, Hamas, Families, IDF, Locations: Gaza, Israel, The State, Cairo
Israel will not transfer much-needed funds to the Palestinian Authority in the wake of the decision by three European countries to recognize a Palestinian state, the country’s finance minister said on Wednesday, as its foreign minister denounced the European moves as giving “a gold medal to Hamas terrorists.”The decision by the finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, a far-right leader who opposes Palestinian sovereignty, threatened to push the Palestinian government into a deeper fiscal crisis. He said in a statement that he had informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would no longer send tax revenues to the authority, which administers parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank in close cooperation with Israel. Mr. Smotrich’s office signaled that the decision was at least partly a response to Spain, Norway and Ireland recognizing Palestinian statehood, and that the Palestinian leadership bore responsibility for campaigning for the move. “They are acting against Israel legally, diplomatically and for unilateral recognition,” said Eytan Fuld, a spokesman for Mr. Smotrich, referring to the authority. “When they act against the state of Israel, there must be a response.”
Persons: Bezalel Smotrich, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, , Eytan Fuld Organizations: Palestinian Authority, West Bank, Palestinian Locations: Israel, Palestinian, Spain, Norway, Ireland
The decision of Karim Khan, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, to publicly seek arrest warrants for the leaders of Hamas and Israel this week will be one of the most significant and contentious of his career. Khan accused three Hamas leaders of war crimes and crimes against humanity relating to the Oct. 7 attack on Israel and hostage taking. He also accused Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and its defense minister, Yoav Gallant, of war crimes and crimes against humanity during Israel’s military operation in Gaza, including the starvation of civilians. Khan didn’t have to announce the warrant applications publicly. He could have waited until they were granted, as with the warrant for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia last year — a process that can take weeks or months.
Persons: Karim Khan, Court’s, Khan, Israel’s, Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoav Gallant, , Khan didn’t, Vladimir V, Putin Locations: Israel, Gaza, United States, Russia
In Europe, long a vital source of support for Israel, the political center of gravity is moving away from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. And most European governments offered unequivocal support to the International Criminal Court this week, after it requested arrest warrants for Israel’s prime minister and defense minister, along with leaders of Hamas. Israel still has staunch allies within the European Union, especially Hungary and the Czech Republic, and key players like Germany, despite growing discomfort with Israel’s conduct, have not shown any inclination to alter their stance. The growing fissures within Europe mean that the consensus-driven European Union will not change its positions any time soon. But European countries face rising international and domestic pressure to take a firmer stand against Israel’s handling of the Palestinian territories, and particularly the devastating war in Gaza.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu’s Organizations: Israel, Palestinian, International, European Union Locations: Europe, Spain, Ireland, Norway, Israel, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Gaza
Spain, Norway and Ireland said on Wednesday that they would recognize an independent Palestinian state, a rebuke to Israel over its war in Gaza and its decades of occupation of Palestinian territories. More than 140 countries and the Holy See have recognized a Palestinian state, but most Western European countries and the United States have not. Israel strongly opposes international attempts to recognize a Palestinian state and maintains that Israel needs to negotiate directly with Palestinian leaders on a permanent solution. Mr. Netanyahu has said that establishing a Palestinian state would be an “existential danger” to Israel. Countries that are moving toward recognizing Palestinian statehood argue that doing so would preserve the possibility of a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.
Persons: ” Jonas Gahr, Spain’s, Pedro Sánchez, Benjamin Netanyahu, , Mr, Sanchez, Simon Harris of, Netanyahu, Israel, , Israel Katz, ” Ziad Abu Amr, Aaron Boxerman, Henrik Pryser Libell, Adam Rasgon, Victoria Kim Organizations: Palestinian, West Bank Locations: Spain, Norway, Ireland, Israel, Gaza, Oslo, Palestine, Palestinian, United States
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThe Middle East finds itself 'stuck between Israel and Iran,' author saysKim Ghattas, author of "Black Wave," says Arab states find themselves stuck between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei "clinging to power at the expense of their own countries."
Persons: Kim Ghattas, Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran's, Ayatollah Khamenei Organizations: Israel's Locations: Israel, Iran
The Benjamin Netanyahu-led country on Tuesday took the outrageous step of seizing a camera and other video equipment used by The Associated Press to broadcast a live feed of Gaza — a decision the country only reversed amid severe backlash from free press advocates and following a White House request. And on Tuesday, it used that same law to target the AP, ostensibly confiscating its equipment because it provided its video feed to Al Jazeera, one of its thousands of global clients. A screenshot taken from AP video showing a general view of northern Gaza as seen from Southern Israel, before it was seized by Israeli officials on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. While Israel bowed to pressure on Tuesday and returned the AP’s equipment, the government notably offered no public apology to the renowned wire service. As the AP noted after its equipment was returned Tuesday, the underlying issues are still unresolved.
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CNN —Europe has struggled over the Middle East for a very long time. The decision by Ireland, Spain and Norway to recognize a Palestinian state tells us more about the domestic politics of those countries than anything else. In Ireland, Spain and Norway, support for a Palestinian state chimes with the broader electorate and is unlikely to receive any political blowback. European countries simply do not have a huge amount of influence in this area. That isn’t to say Europeans didn’t care about the Middle East, specifically the Palestinian cause.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Israel – Organizations: CNN, Israel, European Union, European Commission, European, EU Locations: Europe, Ireland, Spain, Norway, Israel, Palestinian, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Palestine, Oslo, European Union
Spain, Norway and Ireland said on Wednesday that they would recognize an independent Palestinian state, delivering a diplomatic blow to Israel that showed the country’s growing isolation on the world stage more than seven months into its devastating military offensive in the Gaza Strip. In closely coordinated announcements, the leaders of the three countries said that Palestinian independence cannot wait for a negotiated peace deal with Israel’s right-wing government, which largely opposes a two-state solution, has been expanding settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and is continuing to bombard Gaza without either toppling Hamas or bringing home all its hostages. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has also frustrated world leaders — and two members of his war cabinet — with his refusal to establish a postwar plan to govern Gaza, where the health authorities say that more than 35,000 people have been killed. Simon Harris, the Irish prime minister, linked his government’s decision to Ireland’s quest for independence from Britain. “From our own history, we know what it means: Recognition is an act of powerful political and symbolic value,” he said at a news briefing.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, , Simon Harris, Organizations: West Bank Locations: Spain, Norway, Ireland, Israel, Gaza, Britain
An exterior view of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on December 6, 2022. Peter Dejong/AP/FileUS President Joe Biden slammed the International Criminal Court's efforts to seek arrest warrants on charges of war crimes for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his defense minister and three Hamas leaders. “It's clear Israel wants to do all it can to ensure civilian protection. Let me be clear, what’s happening is not genocide,” Biden said. France broke from its Western allies — including the US, UK and Italy — to express support for the ICC.
Persons: Peter Dejong, Joe Biden, Benjamin Netanyahu, , ” Biden, Karim Khan, Italy — Organizations: Criminal, US, Republican, ICC Locations: The Hague, Netherlands, Israel, France, Italy
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