News from Israel

09.20.13

Joe Biden to Give Keynote Address at JStreet Conference

"We hope...that the law will be enforced and the Israelis staying there will be removed and the Palestinian owners can return safely to their lands."
--Yesh Din Israeli human rights organization comments on the return of private Palestinian land to their owners after 35 years since the establishment of Homesh settlement.

  • Israel forces raid former settlement near Nablus - Five military vehicles raided area of land near Nablus which was formally the site of Homesh settlement, and remained there for over three hours, the day after the AG announced the land wold return to Palestinian farmers. Palestinians say that armed Jewish settlers have been trickling back to try and reestablish a permanent presence there. (Maan and JPost)

  • Israel Police launch investigation into death of illegal Palestinian worker in Tel Aviv - According to witnesses, a contractor apparently left a wounded 54-year-old Palestinian worker, and father of six, for dead on a Tel Aviv Street. (Haaretz+)

  • Defense ministry accuses treasury of creating NIS 4.5 billion hole in budget - Officials say they agreed to a NIS 3 billion slash in military funding, but not a NIS 7.5 billion cut. (Haaretz+)

  • J Street at the corner of Pennsylvania Ave: Biden as keynote speaker - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will speak at J Street conference in Washington on Sept. 30, the same day Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. Martin Indyk will also address conference. (Israel Hayom)

  • Gaza fighter injured in border clashes with Israeli troops - Several Israeli military vehicles and infantry troops crossed into a border area in north Gaza, clashing with fighters stationed in the area. (Maan)

  • Ya'alon delays removal of forces from border towns - Defense minister decides to put off lifting of security arrangements in 22 communities following conversation with Kibbutz Movement official. (Ynet)

  • 2 Jerusalem teens surrender to Israeli police, sentenced to 1.5 years in jail - The 14 and 15-year-olds were convicted of playing a lookout role when an Israeli settler was stabbed at Damascus gate years earlier. Their families noted that the two teens were under house arrest since last year, were barred from their homes and prevented from going to school. (Maan)

  • Israeli dance troupe performs on Kippur - German Jews outraged after learning that Mayumana held show in Berlin on Jewish holy day. 'Israeli dancers who chose to fast didn't perform,' group's spokesman responds. (Ynet)

  • Egypt sentences 5 Palestinian fishermen to year in jail - An Egyptian military court sentenced five Palestinian fishermen on Wednesday for one year in jail for breaching territorial water off the Rafah coast. (Maan)

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