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Abbas rejects all tax revenues from Israel over terror payment deduction

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected all tax revenue payments transferred to the PA by Israel, in response to Jerusalem withholding over $138 million of the amount over Ramallah’s payouts to Palestinian attackers and their families.

The dramatic move means the PA is rejecting a large portion of its monthly income, which...

Hamas

World Council of Churches exposed as biased, anti-Israeli group – report

The World Council of Churches sent foreign nationals to pose as tourists to gather information about IDF operations and training in Jerusalem and Hebron, according to reports.

According to reports, the WCC-funded program was called the program the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel .  Working alongside Israeli human rights...

Jerusalem

Hungary to open office with ‘diplomatic status’ in Jerusalem

Hungary will open a trade office in Jerusalem that will have official “diplomatic status,” the country’s prime minister announced Tuesday during a short visit to Israel.

“I just informed the prime minister that the Hungarian government decided that we will open up a trade representation here, which will have a diplomatic status, so we will appear...

19 Palestinians arrested in fresh Temple Mount clashes

Palestinian worshipers clashed with Israeli police on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on Tuesday, trying to force their way into an area of the flash-point holy compound that has been closed for years. Police said 19 Palestinians were arrested.

The incident follows a similar confrontation on Monday in which Palestinians tried to break the gate that...

Hamas

Hamas official threatens border raid if Israel doesn’t keep to ceasefire deal

A senior Hamas official said on Tuesday that if Israel does not keep to the terms of a de facto ceasefire agreement it reached with the terror group, Palestinians will rush the Gaza Strip’s border with the Jewish state.

Fathi Hamad, a member of Hamas’s politburo who is known for his heated rhetoric, made the statement at a protest in the northern...

Vandals Desecrate 90 Jewish Graves in East France Ahead of Marches

Vandals have daubed swastikas and antisemitic slogans on around 90 graves in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, local officials said on Tuesday, shortly before planned marches nationwide against a rise in antisemitic attacks.

French President Emmanuel Macron visited the cemetery on Tuesday in the village of Quatzenheim, near the city...

As Israel cuts into PA tax base over terror payments, Ramallah threatens retreat

The Kerem Shalom crossing, Gaza’s most important entry point for commercial goods, was operating normally on Monday.

That may not seem like dramatic news, but given the circumstances, it was an unusual and unexpected development.

As of Sunday, the crossing’s Gazan side is run by officials unaffiliated with the Palestinian Authority — in other...

Ben-Gurion University unveils AI platform for predicting ALS progression

BGN Technologies, the tech transfer company of Beersheba’s Ben-Gurion University, has unveiled an artificial intelligence-based platform to monitor and predict the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The platform analyzes demographic and clinical data of ALS...

Hackers target U.S. government and companies, after withdrawal from nuclear deal

Iranian and Chinese hackers targeted businesses and government agencies in the United States following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and his trade conflicts with China, The New York Times reported on Monday.

Iran’s cyber influence campaign against the US “is not merely a reaction to US moves (real and imagined),...

Israeli Technology

‘The Israeli Flag Will Soon Fly on the Moon’ : Israel to Send First Spacecraft to the Moon

Israel – This Friday, Israel will send its first spacecraft to the moon, a feat President Rivlin calls "Zionism at its finest."

Israel's nonprofit SpaceIL organization has announced it will launch a spacecraft from Florida's Cape Canaveral on board a Falcon 9 rocket. It is scheduled to land on the moon on April 11.

The project is eight years in...

Farrakhan defends Omar’s antisemitic antics, attacks ‘wicked Jews’

Louis Farrakhan has blamed the “wicked Jews” for using him to try and break up the Women’s March.

The Nation of Islam leader made the comments on Sunday during the annual Saviours’ Day conference in Chicago.

“The most beautiful sight that I could lay eyes on when I saw, the day after Trump was elected, women from all over the world were...

Soldier injured in Gaza clashes identified as Yoadd Zaguri of Los Angeles

An Israeli soldier injured in clashes along the Gaza border was identified on Monday as Yoadd Zaguri, a lone soldier from Los Angeles.

Zaguri, an infantryman in the army’s Nahal Brigade, was moderately wounded Sunday after an improvised explosive device was thrown at troops during rioting in northern Gaza.

He was hospitalized at Ashkelon’s...

Palestinian Authority

Israel approves million dollar freeze to PA tax revenue to offset terrorist wages

Israel's security council approved a million dollar freeze on funds transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in a bid to offset terrorist's salaries, after months of bureaucratic wrangling culminated in the government's sizable to slash the West Bank-based body on Sunday.

The tax revenue cut amounts to approximately $138 million, which is...

Hamas

Hamas enlists female participation in border riots

New footage released over the weekend shows Hamas using its women as human shields.

In the short film, women work with the some 11,000 Gazans who rioted Friday along the Israel-Gaza border. The terrorists threw explosives and grenades at IDF soldiers, attempting to cut through the fence and directly attack troops.

 

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Nasrallah: Israel is aware Hezbollah can invade Galilee

Israel is aware of Hezbollah’s capability to invade the Galilee, the group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech on Saturday.

While Hezbollah’s military is much better equipped than in 2000, the “Zionist enemy does not trust its military," Nasrallah claimed.

Israel launched “Operation Northern Shield” in December last year to identify and...

Israeli Technology

With sights set on the moon, Israel to launch privately funded spacecraft Friday

Israel hopes to become the fourth country in the world to land a spacecraft on the moon, with the launch of the unmanned spacecraft Beresheet from Florida’s Cape Canaveral this Friday. If successful, the 160-kilogram (350 pounds without fuel), four-legged spacecraft will also be the smallest and cheapest spacecraft to land on the moon.

The $100...

New York City mayor calls BDS ‘unacceptable’ at anti-Semitic rally

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed on Thursday the importance of combatting anti-Semitism and slammed the Israel Boycot, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as an “unacceptable” affront to Israel’s right to exist.

"Maybe some people don't realize it, but when they support the BDS movement, they are affronting the right of Israel to...

Israel brings tourists to Entebbe for first time since legendary hostage rescue

For the first time since 1976’s hostage crisis and subsequent Israeli commando raid, an Israeli plane carrying tourists landed Thursday at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport.

Some 250 Israeli nationals came to the African country for a three-day visit, the East Africa Business Week website reported.

They flew in on a Boeing 777, operated by El Al’s...

Arab leaders play down Palestinian issue in leaked video

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office on Thursday released a video of a closed meeting in which senior Gulf Arab officials play down the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, defend Israel's right to defend itself, and describe Iran as the greatest threat to regional peace.

The video, bearing the insignia of Netanyahu's office, gave a...

Netanyahu: Israeli-Arab ties advance, but full peace unattainable now

Israel can advance normalized ties with the Arab world without resolving the Israeli-Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but won’t be able to fully make peace with those countries, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

He spoke with Israeli reporters on the sidelines of the US-led Warsaw summit, that gathered 60 countries, including from...