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Protests grip Iran as rights group says 19 children killed

Protests ignited by the death of a young woman in police custody continued across Iran on Sunday in defiance of a crackdown by the authorities, as a human rights group said at least 185 people, including children, had been killed in demonstrations.
Anti-government protests that began on Sept. 17 at the funeral of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in her…

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Biden administration expands penalties for complying with Arab League boycott of Israel

The Biden administration will enhance penalties for compliance with the decades-old Arab League boycott of Israel, at a moment when some longtime participants have opted out and others are doubling down.

Matthew Axelrod, the assistant commerce secretary for export enforcement, told the American Jewish Committee on Thursday that those complying…

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Zelensky: Russia used Iran-made drones, missiles in deadly strikes on several cities

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday that Russia used missiles and Iran-made drones to target civilians and Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in a series of deadly strikes.

A barrage of lethal blasts rocked several Ukrainian cities Monday morning, including central Kyiv where at least eight were killed, shattering months of relative…

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Manhunt continues for East Jerusalem shooter who killed soldier at checkpoint

A manhunt for the suspected gunman who shot and killed a Border Police officer at an East Jerusalem checkpoint on Saturday was still underway Monday morning as the shooter continued to evade capture by Israeli security forces who were searching for him in and around the Shuafat refugee camp.

Sgt. Noa Lazar, 18, a member of the Military Police’s…

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IDF soldier dies of wounds following Jerusalem attack

A female Israeli soldier died of her wounds following a shooting attack on Saturday night at the Shuafat checkpoint in eastern Jerusalem.

The Israel Defense Forces idenitified her on Sunday morning as 18-year old Sgt. Noa Lazar, a member of the Military Police’s Erez battalion who was raised in Bat Hefer.

Lazar, a corporal, was posthumously…

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This Could Be How Turkey Attacks Greece in 2023

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is no fool. He understands the deep trouble in which he finds himself. His interest rate gamble failed; Turkey is nearly bankrupt. Inflation approaches 100 percent and Turkey’s currency is in freefall. Turks are unhappy. Meanwhile, elections loom. For years, such elections did not matter. Turkey’s opposition…

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Gantz puts IDF on alert in north as Lebanese maritime border talks falter

Defense Minister Benny Gantz ordered Israeli troops on alert in the country’s north on Thursday amid setbacks in the effort to reach a maritime border deal with Lebanon.

Gantz held a situational assessment with IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi and other security officials after Israel said it would not accept Lebanon’s proposed amendments to a…

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In landmark ruling, Spanish top court says Israel boycotts are always discriminatory

Over the past several years, dozens of Spanish courts have rejected Israel boycotts by nonprofits, municipalities and other groups. Now, the country’s top court has ruled that the movement to boycott Israel represents “discrimination” that “infringes on basic rights.”

Separately, the Spanish parliament on Wednesday passed legislation that bars…

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Houthis renew threats to UAE, Saudi Arabia and Israel

A senior Houthi official warned that the group continues to threaten Saudi Arabia and the UAE and that it can reach “far beyond” those countries, a hint that it is planning attacks on the US forces in the region and Israel.

Mohammed al-Atifi, who styles himself the Major General and Minister of Defense of the group, made the comments recently…

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Israelis rally in Jerusalem in solidarity with Iranian women protesters

Some 100 Israelis gathered in Jerusalem’s Independence Park on Thursday afternoon to rally in solidarity with the Iranian women who have been leading anti-government protests for weeks.

“There was something about hearing that a young woman was taken off the street because she wasn’t dressed the way someone wanted her to be dressed,” said…

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US airborne operation kills one in government-controlled area of Syria

A US airborne operation involving multiple helicopters left one person dead in a government-controlled area of Syria’s northeast, Syrian state TV reported Thursday.

It is the first such operation in regime-controlled areas, the Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights said.

“US occupation forces carried out a landing operation using…

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Nablus governor advises gunmen to surrender to Palestinian security forces

The Palestinian Authority has offered members of the Lions’ Den to hand themselves over to the Palestinian security forces and dismantle their armed group, which has been responsible for a spate of shooting attacks on IDF soldiers and Jewish settlers in the Nablus area.

In return, the PA would try to convince Israel to stop pursuing the gunmen….

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Iranian Police Deploy at Universities as Unrest Over Mahsa Amini’s Death Churns On

Iranian security forces deployed at universities in several cities on Wednesday, witnesses said, stepping up efforts to quell more than two weeks of protests ignited by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of morality police.

The nationwide unrest sparked by her death has spiraled into the biggest challenge to Iran’s clerical…

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Lapid rejects Lebanese ‘amendments’ to maritime border deal

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has rejected proposed changes by the Lebanese government to a maritime border and gas extraction agreement, a senior Israeli political source said on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Beirut’s deputy parliament speaker sent U.S. officials “amendments” to the draft accord, prompting a U.S. official to tell Israeli media the…

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More than ever: A responsibility to amplify Iranian voices – opinion

Anyone with Internet access is watching the protests erupting in Iran over the murder of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Iran’s morality police apprehended Mahsa for improperly wearing her hijab and took her to a re-education center. Police claimed that Mahsa had a heart attack, fell on the floor and died after two days in a coma. However, eyewitnesses…

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Anti-Israel Protest Staged at University of Michigan During Jewish New Year Observance

Students at the University of Michigan last Thursday erected an “apartheid wall” on campus and led an anti-Israel protest in front of it.

Organized by Students for Allied Freedom and Equality (SAFE), the demonstration coincided with observance of the Jewish New Year.

“It is an apartheid wall and actively contributes to the systems of…

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U.S. national Baquer Namazi, 85, leaves Iran after more than 6 years in “illegal” detention

An 85-year-old Iranian-American held by Iran over internationally criticized spying charges left the country Wednesday for Oman, officials said, after increasing pressure to free him amid his struggles with poor health. His 51-year-old son, however, remains in Iran, currently on furlough from prison.

Baquer Namazi is the first American to be…

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Iron Beam, Israel’s laser air defense system, could be ready in 2-3 years

For years, the joke in defense circles has been that directed energy systems — more commonly known as lasers — are the technology of the future, and always will be. But following a series of successful live-fire tests of its new Iron Beam capability, Israel is moving forward in hopes of putting that joke to rest, potentially within two years time….