(GAZA STRIP) LATEST: At least 181 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 52 children and 31 women, with 1,225 wounded. Eight Israelis have been killed, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier as airstrikes continues on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.16: airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 26 people Sunday, medics said, making it the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting broke out between Israel and the territory’s militant Hamas rulers nearly a week ago:

Israeli strikes kill 26, topple buildings in Gaza City: An additional 50 people were wounded from the attack: Israel appears to have stepped up strikes in recent days to inflict as much damage as possible on Hamas as international mediators try to broker a cease-fire. But targeting the group’s leaders could hinder those efforts. A U.S. diplomat is in the region to try to de-escalate tensions, and the U.N. Security Council is set to meet Sunday: : 25: mins ago

Israeli tanks pound Gaza as violence escalates
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The Gaza Health Ministry said 10 women and eight children were among those killed, with another 50 people wounded in the attack. A rescuer could be seen shouting into a hole in the rubble. “Can you hear me?” he called out. “Are you OK?” Minutes later, first responders managed to pull a survivor out and carried him off on an orange stretcher.

Earlier, the Israeli military said it destroyed the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, Yahiyeh Sinwar, in a separate strike in the southern town of Khan Younis. It was the third such attack in the last two days on the homes of senior Hamas leaders, who have gone underground.

The latest outbreak of violence began in east Jerusalem earlier this month, when Palestinians protested attempts by settlers to forcibly evict a number of Palestinian families from their homes and Israeli police measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque, a frequent flashpoint located on a mount in the Old City revered by Muslims and Jews. Hamas fired rockets toward Jerusalem late Monday, triggering the Israeli assault on Gaza.

Palestinian rescuers pull the body of a woman from under the rubble of a destroyed residential building following deadly Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City that flattened three buildings and killed at least 26 people, in Gaza City, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The turmoil has also spilled over elsewhere, fueling protests in the occupied West Bank and stoking violence within Israel between its Jewish and Arab citizens, with clashes and vigilante attacks on people and property.

At least 181 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 52 children and 31 women, with 1,225 wounded. Eight Israelis have been killed, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.

The military said Sunday it struck Sinwar’s home and that of his brother Muhammad, another senior Hamas member. On Saturday it destroyed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a senior figure in Hamas’ political branch.

Hamas’ upper echelon has gone into hiding in Gaza, and it is unlikely any were at home at the time of the strikes. Hamas’ top leader, Ismail Haniyeh, divides his time between Turkey and Qatar, both of which provide political support to the group.

Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant group have acknowledged 20 fighters killed since the fighting broke out Monday. Israel says the real number is far higher and has released the names and photos of two dozen alleged operatives it says were “eliminated.”

An Egyptian diplomat said Israel’s targeting of Hamas political leaders would complicate cease-fire efforts. The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door negotiations, said Cairo is working to broker an end to the fighting. A U.S. diplomat has also been dispatched to the region and the U.N. Security Council is set to meet Sunday.

The Egyptian diplomat said the destruction of Hamas’ rocket capabilities would require a ground invasion that would “inflame the whole region.” Egypt, which made peace with Israel decades ago, has threatened to “suspend” cooperation in various fields, the official said, without elaborating.

Hamas and other militant groups have fired some 2,900 rockets into Israel. The military said 450 of the rockets had fallen short or misfired, while Israeli air defenses intercepted 1,150.

Workers clear the rubble of a building that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on Saturday, that housed The Associated Press, broadcaster Al-Jazeera and other media outlets, in Gaza City, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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The interception rate appeared to have significantly dropped since the start of the conflict, when Israel said 90% were intercepted. The military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Israel has meanwhile carried out hundreds of airstrikes across impoverished Gaza, which is home to more than 2 million Palestinians and has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade since Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007.

Israel has leveled a number of Gaza City’s tallest office and residential buildings, alleging they contain Hamas military infrastructure. On Saturday, Israel bombed the 12-story al-Jalaa Building, where the office of The Associated Press was located. The building also housed the TV network Al-Jazeera and other media outlets, along with several floors of apartments.

“The campaign will continue as long as it is required,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. He alleged that Hamas military intelligence was operating inside the building.

Israel routinely cites a Hamas presence as a reason for targeting certain locations in airstrikes, including residential buildings. The military also has accused the militant group of using journalists as human shields, but provided no evidence to back up the claims.

The AP has operated from the building for 15 years, including through three previous wars between Israel and Hamas. During those conflicts as well as the current one, the news agency’s cameras from its top floor office and roof terrace offered 24-hour live shots as militants’ rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city and its surroundings.

“We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement. “This is something we actively check to the best of our ability. We would never knowingly put our journalists at risk.”

In the afternoon, the military called the building’s owner and warned a strike would come within an hour. AP staffers and other occupants evacuated safely. Soon after, three missiles hit the building and destroyed it, bringing it crashing down in a giant cloud of dust.

“The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today,” Pruitt said. “We are shocked and horrified.”

He said the AP was seeking information from the Israeli government and was engaged with the U.S. State Department to learn more.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken later spoke by phone with Pruitt, offering his support for independent journalists and media organizations, and the White House said it had communicated directly with Israel to urge safety for journalists.

The Biden administration has affirmed its support for Israel while working to de-escalate the crisis. U.S. diplomat Hady Amr is in the region as part of efforts to broker a truce.

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(GAZA STRIP) New Reality Dawns: Up until Monday, the mood was festive, despite the #coronavirus #pandemic, as the end of Ramadan drew nearer then all hell hit the residents #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.16: We were cleaning our houses, buying new clothes for the small ones for the Eid. But things have changed, ” says Mariam Sersawi on the phone from Gaza on the eve of the three-day feast of Eid al-Fitr:

Gaza and Israel residents struggle through a new reality: Hostilities broke out between Hamas and Israel less only days ago. Swift escalations have since left civilians on both sides trying to come to terms with the maddening unpredictability. Tania Krämer reports from Israel.

A Palestinian boy pulls a cart carrying his brother and their belongings as they flee their home
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Mariam is a 25-year-old content writer living in Shejaieh, a neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. Neither she nor others predicted what was yet to come later in the day. The beginning of this new conflict and the quick and wide scale destruction reminded her of the devastation her neighborhood saw during the war of 2014. “I am panicked. The sound of bombing is terrible. It’s constant bombing,” she says, fighting back tears as she speaks. “I am exhausted.”

Days later, people shed their disbelief as they realized that this has turned into a fierce and very serious conflict. As hostilities intensified, ordinary Gazans took to social media to describe how intense Israel’s air bombardments were and how dreadful they felt.

Old memories, new fears

According to the Israeli army, 160 fighter jets were in the air during Thursday night to strike the coastal enclave. To Gazans, the three previous wars and several shorter military escalations are deeply engrained in their memory. Now, they quickly had to again adapt their skills to hunker down at home and only venture out to get some basic food items quickly. Gaza has no shelters or air raid sirens. Two million people live in the blockaded territory which is ruled by the militant group Hamas.

DW correspondent Tania Krämer on Israel-Gaza violence

Abed Shokry, a senior lecturer at the Islamic University in Gaza paces from one room to another to find some sense of safety, he says on the phone from Gaza-City, saying that the house was shaking from the bombardments. “The strikes are stronger, more dangerous and more powerful than in 2014. I don’t know what to say, I feel powerless, helpless. We can’t do anything, there is no safe place. We don’t have any safe room or shelter. There is nowhere safe to go,” he says. Shoukry lived in Germany for over a decade before returning to Gaza in 2007, just as the closure around the small enclave was tightened by Israel and partly by Egypt after Hamas seized power.

On Monday he was working on a lecture in at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, when he realized what was happening. “Just tell me: What do the Israelis want from us?” he asks.

By Friday, he was writing from Gaza on Whatsapp that people in the neighboring high-rise building have been called by the Israeli military to vacate their house. “If they bomb and destroy it, it means we will also be affected. I am just trying to calm down our children.”

Heavy smoke and fire rise from Al-Sharouk tower as it collapses after being hit by an Israeli air strike

Heavy smoke and fire rise from a tower as it collapses after being hit by an Israeli air strike

Forced evictions and protests

There was a sense beforehand that the events in Jerusalem in recent weeks might have an impact on developments, Shoukri says. But still the outbreak of the fighting surprised most people in Gaza.

For weeks, there were confrontations in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood between Palestinian residents and Israeli police. Provocative visits by far-right Israeli politicians and demonstrations of Israeli right-wings extremists had further created tensions and violence.

In this Palestinian neighborhood, four families have been struggling to fight off a pending eviction order in favor of an extremist Israeli settler organization. Violent confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinians on the Harem Al Sharif, or what is known as Temple Mount to Jewish people, and inside the Al Aqsa Mosque had let Hamas to set an ultimatum to Israel to withdraw their forces from the holy compound and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. At 6 p.m. local time, Hamas launched several rockets towards Jerusalem.

  • A picture taken on May 13, 2021 shows a ball of fire engulfing the Al-Walid building which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza city early in the morningIn pictures: Israel-Gaza conflict intensifies with rockets, airstrikesRetaliatory strikesThe wave of destruction continued on Thursday. Israeli fighter planes bombed the southern Gaza Strip, in attacks targeting facilities the Israeli army said housed members Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers.

Up until Friday, Israel has reportedly carried out more than 600 air strikes in Gaza. Palestinian militants fired over 1,600 rockets towards Southern Israel and into the center of the country.

While the intensive fighting has prompted international concern that the situation could spiral out of control, prospects of a ceasefire appear to be slim at this point.

“I said that we would exact a very heavy price from Hamas and the other terrorist organizations. We are doing so, and we will continue to do so with great force,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday evening. “The last word has not been said and this operation will continue as long as necessary in order to restore quiet and security to the State of Israel.”

But he also said that Israel was fighting on “two fronts” — referring to recent violent street clashes between Jewish and Arab-Israeli or Palestinian Israeli citizens inside Israel. Many “mixed” Israeli cities have seen an unprecedented outbreak of rioting, destruction of property and violent attacks on individuals — by far-right Israeli and by Arab-Israeli individuals and groups. The violence led to a curfew being imposed in the city of Lod in central Israel.

Smoke rises from a building hit by a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip

In the southern Israeli city of Sderot, smoke rises from a building hit by a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip

Ashkelon — coastal city hit hard by rocket fire

In the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon which lies just north of the Gaza Strip, air raid sirens wailed again and people in a neighborhood shopping center rushed to the underground parking lot. Once there, several loud booms echo in the basement. It’s the Iron Dome, Israel’s defense systemintercepting rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. A day earlier, one rocket landed in the street in front of the shops, damaging houses and cars. “It’s very stressful”, says Shula Elimelech, “But we follow the regulations, we trust in the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) — and so God willing, it will be ok.”

Ashkelon has seen many missile barrages in the past days. Upstairs, baker Shmaayah Sassporta is preparing the traditional Challah bread for Shabbat. “It has been going on for many years now. And I don’t expect it to end any time soon,” says Sassporta. He shrugs, hardened by the previous as well as the present constant threat of rockets launched from Gaza towards the coastal town.

Further south in a small moshav, in very close proximity to the border fence that separates Gaza from Israel, Anat Partoush, a yoga teacher, talks to us via video call from a safe room — a fortified room.

She finds herself confined to her home again, just as she has been getting used to going back to work after the Corona-pandemic. When air-raid sirens go off in the area, there are less than a few seconds left to seek shelter before a possible rocket or mortar impact. “I am not too afraid, I just experience frustration. We have a shelter, and the Iron Dome also gives you some psychological help. It’s not nice to hear all the noises of the rockets. But I know it’s temporary also.”

Israel's Iron Dome aerial defence system intercepts a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip

Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system, which intercepts rockets, has only partly eased fears

Background of political uncertainty

This DW reporter met with her just before the last Israeli election in March. The Likud-supporter is glad that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still at the helm. “There is no magic stick. I see people blaming Netanyahu, and everybody is so clever, it’s so complicated and I am happy that Bibi Netanyahu is not going crazy.”

Netanyahu had failed to form a coalition government. His rivals Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Naftali Bennett (Yamina) had been trying to build a broad coalition. However, on Thursday, Israeli media reported that Bennett had signaled that such an alternative government was off the table, and that he would renew talks with Netanyahu’s Likud to form a right wing-nationalist-religious government after all.

Partoush hopes that Arab countries, like the United Arab Emirates or Bahrain — with whom Israel has very recently normalized relations — could help restore calm and find a longer-term solution. But she is also sure that as long as Hamas rules Gaza and no political solution is in sight, there won’t be any prospect of quiet, let alone peace.

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Israel-Gaza violence dominates Arab media: ‘However, the news remains relatively low down the running order of Syrian TV news, and in Iran it only started topping bulletins on Tuesday in both countries – key members of the so-called “axis of resistance” to Israel – domestic issues have taken priority’

BBC News: Says the escalation of violence in Israel and Gaza dominates TV and press coverage in most of the Middle East, with an outpouring of anger and solidarity with the Palestinians expressed by social media users across the region:

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Qatari Al-Jazeera’s Arabic channel, a traditional supporter of the Palestinian cause, gives the story full coverage: It is also the lead story on Saudi-funded Al Arabiya, which is pressing its guests and correspondents on claims by both sides:

Arab press highlights ‘dilemma’

Some Arabic newspapers predict a long-running armed conflict while others criticise “deluded” Arab countries that signed peace deals with Israel.

London-based website Rai al-Youm said: “Perhaps a major confrontation is imminent. We are in the beginning of an armed intifada that may last for months.”

Jordan’s Al-Dustour daily says Arab countries face “a serious dilemma” – whether to preserve their Arab-Islamic identity or continue normalisation with Israel. 

A column in Algeria’s Echorouk says the clashes have “revealed the limitations and delusion of the normalisers”.

In Lebanon, Nidaa al-Watan notes how protests in Lebanese cities rejected “oppression against the Palestinian people”.

An editorial in Jerusalem-based Al-Quds urges Egypt to work hard for a truce to end “the bloodbath in Gaza”. “We see that a truce will be good for all the parties, particularly our people in the Gaza Strip. No party has any interest in an ongoing military escalation,” it says. 

The story dominated Egypt’s press on Tuesday, but on Wednesday it was pushed down by domestic matters. However, state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper expresses surprise at the “international silence and the silence of the Biden administration” in the US.

On social media, Arabic hashtags being used to express solidarity with the Palestinians include “Gaza under attack”, “Free Palestine” and “Gaza resists”.

Thousands of users have lashed out at the Arab leaders, saying that they only care about “maintaining their relations” with Israel to remain in power.

The view from Turkey and Iran

The conflict has topped Turkey’s news agenda for several days, with both print and broadcast media widely condemnatory of Israel. 

“They [Israel] know well how to kill children,” reads the front page of the flagship pro-government Sabah newspaper on Wednesday. 

“Your day of reckoning will come,” says Yeni Safak in its main headline.

Opposition Sozcu newspaper says the Arab world, the US, the EU and UN have “not given a strong response”.

Iran’s domestic media is focused on its June presidential election, but the Israel-Gaza conflict is the main international story.

Rolling news channel IRINN and Press TV report Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, while newspapers highlight Palestinian militants firing rockets into Israel.

“Biggest missile attack against Tel Aviv,” says the headline in conservative Khorasan.

And hardline Javan writes: “Gaza’s missile shield over honourable Quds [Jerusalem]”.

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(LOD, Israel.) Netanyahu State of Emergency Report: Protests by Israeli Arabs in the town turned into full-scale riots on Tuesday night. Demonstrators clashed with police and set cars and buildings ablaze, the day after a funeral for a man allegedly shot dead by Jewish residents #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.13: Protests by Israeli Arabs in the town turned into full-scale riots on Tuesday night. Demonstrators clashed with police and set cars and buildings ablaze, the day after a funeral for a man allegedly shot dead by Jewish residents.

LOD: Why an Israeli town’s mayor is warning of civil war: That is how Mayor Yair Revivo described the situation after violence exploded in the mixed Arab-Jewish Israeli town, lying 15km (9 miles) south-east of Tel Aviv.

A man walks past two cars burnt during unrest in the Israeli city of Lod
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared a state of emergency in Lod

“Civil war has broken out in Lod.” This is a complete loss of control,” Mr Revivo told Israel’s Channel 12 News. “Synagogues are being burned. Hundreds of cars set alight… The situation is incendiary.”

Violence also flared in other cities and towns with sizeable Arab populations – including neighbouring Ramle, Acre, Jaffa, Jisr al-Zarqa and Umm al-Fahm. Police arrested 270 people.

“The sight of the pogrom in Lod and the disturbances across the country by an incited and bloodthirsty Arab mob, injuring people, damaging property and even attacking sacred Jewish spaces is unforgiveable,” President Reuven Rivlin said on Wednesday.

He added: “The silence of the Arab leadership about these disturbances is shameful, giving support to terrorism and rioting and encouraging the rupture of the society in which we live and in which we will continue to live once all this has passed.”

EPATorah scrolls were removed from a torched synagogue on Wednesday

A number of Israeli Arab politicians have called for an end to the rioting. 

“Protests in Arab society are moving in a very dangerous direction, as popular protests have escalated into violence,” Raam party leader Mansour Abbas was quoted as saying in Haaretz newspaper on Wednesday. “I call on everyone to behave responsibly and to adhere to the rule of law.”

The unrest follows days of high tensions in Jerusalem, with clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians at a key holy site, and escalating hostilities between Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and the the Israeli military since Monday night that have left more than 50 people dead.

What happened in Lod?

In recent days, Israeli Arabs have staged protests in sympathy with Palestinians in Jerusalem and Gaza. 

During protests on Monday in Lod – a third of whose population is Arab – an Arab resident in his 30s, Musa Hassuna, was shot dead and another person seriously injured.

Haaretz cited a Jewish resident as saying an “Arab crowd tried to break into the neighbourhood”, and that his neighbours “were forced to shoot in the air” because they felt in danger. 

Mr Hassuna’s father said his son had not gone to protest and that he had been passing through the area when “they shot him at point-blank”. 

Police arrested three suspects, who said they had acted in self-defence. 

Hundreds attended Mr Hassuna’s funeral on Tuesday. Clashes soon broke out with the police, with Israeli media reporting that two officers were injured and a police car was set on fire. 

As night fell the violence escalated and synagogues and businesses were attacked. Reuters news agency said there were also reports of Jews stoning a car driven by an Arab.

Social media footage allegedly showed protesters firing on police with an automatic weapon. Officers responded with live rounds. 

“This is the first time we’ve seen local residents using weapons, opening fire, and the response from our units has been also using live fire in order to prevent anyone from being killed,” police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

Haaretz newspaper reports that 12 people were injured in the unrest, with one in a serious condition. 

Separately, a 52-year-old father and his 16-year-old daughter were killed when a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza hit their car in Lod. Khalil and Nadin Awad were both Israeli Arabs.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now declared a state of emergency in Lod, granting police more powers there. It is reportedly the first time since 1966 the government has used emergency powers over an Arab community. 

“It’s anarchy from rioters and we cannot accept it,” Mr Netanyahu told reporters on a visit to the town early on Wednesday, vowing to “restore law and order with an iron fist”.

“I don’t feel safe exiting my home,” Jewish resident Lior Benisti told Channel 12. “We wanted to go to my sister, we have two small daughters and we decided to stay in tonight even though we don’t have a rocket-proof room. Better take the risk of rockets than the mayhem outside.”

Who are the Israeli Arabs?

In total, about 21% of Israel’s population are Israeli Arabs – about 1.96 million people, according to a December report by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. 

During the war that surrounded the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Arabs were forced from or fled their homes. Those who stayed in what became Israel, and their descendants, have been granted citizenship and are known as Israeli Arabs.

About 80% of Israeli Arabs are Muslim, with the rest identifying as either Christian or Druze. Most identify strongly with Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, with many calling themselves “Palestinian citizens of Israel”.A 2018 BBC story on how one school is bridging the gap between Jews and Arabs.

Israel’s government says its Arab citizens have equal social and political rights, although they are exempt from compulsory military service. 

But Israeli Arabs themselves say they are treated as second-class citizens who face legal, institutional and social discrimination.

Authorities in Lod built a 3m-high (10ft) wall through a part of the town in 2010, separating the Jewish and Arab communities. Officials said it was to reduce crime, but Israeli Arabs said it was an attempt at enforcing segregation.

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(GAZA) JUST IN: Israel’s military says it has killed a senior commander of the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza, after rockets fired from the territory killed two women in southern Israel #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.12: Israel said the man it targeted was the head of the Islamic Jihad’s rocket unit, and identified him as Samih al-Mamluk:

GAZA: Israel claims assassination of senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, rockets kill two women in Ashkelon: ‘The latest violence came the day after militants in Gaza fired rockets at Jerusalem amid soaring tensions after days of clashes at an iconic mosque in the holy city’

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Key points:

  • Two women in southern Israel were killed in rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip
  • At least 28 Palestinians have been killed, most in Israeli airstrikes
  • The military escalation follows days of clashes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem
Israeli airstrike destroys Palestinian building
A Palestinian man stands at the site of an Israeli airstrike.(Reuters: Suhaib Salem)

The military said other senior militants in the organisation were also killed in the same strike.

Islamic Jihad confirmed the three killed in an airstrike on an apartment in Gaza City were senior members of its armed wing.

The militant group vowed retaliation.

Hundreds of mourners later lined Gaza streets to mourn the three men.

Mourners carry the body of a Gazan man slain in Israeli airstrikes.
Mourners carry the body of a Palestinian man slain amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, during his funeral.(Reuters: Mohammed Salem)

Earlier rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip killed two women in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, according to the head of the Magen David ambulance service.

The two were killed in two separate strikes that hit two houses in the city.

Israeli media reported one of the victims was an 80-year-old woman.

The roof of an Israeli house destroyed after Gazan rocket fire.
The roof of a house damaged by a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip.(Reuters: Ilan Rosenberg)

Responding to the latest rocket attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would step up its attacks on Gaza.

“At the conclusion of a situational assessment, it was decided that both the might of the attacks and the frequency of the attacks will be increased,” he said in video statement.

Rubble littered some Gaza streets early on Tuesday following a series of Israeli airstrikes on Monday.

This round of violence, like previous ones, is being fuelled by conflicting claims over Jerusalem, home to major holy sites of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

By Tuesday morning, Hamas and other Gaza militants had fired more than 200 rockets into Israel.

An Israeli building with a blown out window after a Gazan rocket attack.
An Israeli police bomb disposal expert looks out from the window of a residential building that was damaged after it was hit by a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip, in Ashkelon, southern Israel May 11, 2021. (Reuters: Amir Cohen)

The Israeli military said it had carried out dozens of air strikes, targeting what it said were Hamas military installations and operatives, killing at least 16 militants.

Dozens of rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defence system.

More than 700 Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and across the West Bank in 24 hours, including nearly 500 who were treated at hospitals. The Israeli military said six Israeli civilians were hurt by rocket fire.

At least twenty-eight Palestinians have been killed, most in airstrikes, according to Palestinian health authorities.

Islamic nations form united front

In response to the incidents a gathering of representatives of Muslim nations condemned Israel for the outbreak of violence in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. 

The emergency meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation was held on Tuesday to present a unified response from the Muslim world.

A building destroyed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza.
The site of an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.(Reuters: Mohammed Salem)

In a communiqué, they denounced Israel’s “continuous violations” of the mosque, “barbaric attacks” against worshippers and movement restrictions on Palestinians at the compound.

It said that it considered Israel’s actions a “provocation of the feelings of Muslims around the world and a serious violation of international law.” 

It called on the international community to hold Israel liable for the escalation and to press it to halt attacks that threaten “the security and stability of the region.” It also reaffirmed the long-standing Arab stance of support for an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

In a separate statement on Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Palestinians to build up their fighting power to stop Israel’s “brutality”.

“Zionists understand nothing but the language of force, so the Palestinians must increase their power and resistance to force the criminals to surrender and stop their brutal acts,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

International Organisations weigh in

The United Nations is urgently working to de-escalate tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is saddened by “the increasingly large numbers of casualties, including children, from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, and of Israeli fatalities from rockets launched from Gaza,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

“Israeli security forces must exercise maximum restraint and calibrate their use of force. The indiscriminate launching of rockets and mortars towards Israeli population centres is unacceptable,” Mr Dujarric said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, in a statement to Reuters, called on all sides in the conflict  to de-escalate the violence.

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(TELAVIV, Israel.) JUST IN: Palestinian militants say they fired 130 missiles at the Israeli city after an Israeli air strike felled a tower block in the Gaza Strip #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.12: The latest round of violence between Israelis and Palestinians is happening because the long and unresolved conflict between the two sides has once again been left to fester. It is an open wound in the heart of the Middle East and it is why violent face-to-face confrontations have escalated into rocket-firing, air strikes and death.

Israel-Palestinians: Old grievances fuel new fighting: The 13-storey building was attacked an hour and a half after residents and local people were warned to evacuate, Reuters news agency reports: Israel’s military says it is targeting militants in Gaza in response to earlier rocket attacks.

5 hours ago

By Jeremy Bowen
BBC Middle East editor

Palestinian man gestures to Israeli police in Jerusalem (10/05/21)
Tensions in Jerusalem spiralled over the past month

At least 30 people have died in some of the worst violence in years.

The international community has urged both sides to end the escalation, which follows days of unrest in Jerusalem. 

Militants had already fired more than 400 rockets since Monday night, killing two Israelis. Health officials in Gaza report that 28 Palestinians there were killed by Israeli air strikes.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier that the main militant group, Hamas, had “crossed a red line” by firing rockets towards Jerusalem for the first time in years. 

He warned that the strength and frequency of Israel’s air strikes would increase and Hamas would be “hit in ways that it does not expect”. 

Israel says it hit at least 150 targets in Gaza in response to the earlier rocket attacks. Israeli air strikes hit Gaza after rocket fire

Hamas, which controls Gaza, says it has been acting to defend Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque from Israeli “aggression and terrorism” after the site, which is holy to Muslims and Jews, saw clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians on Monday that left hundreds injured. 

The past few days have seen the worst violence in Jerusalem since 2017. It followed mounting Palestinian anger over the threatened eviction of families from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem by Jewish settlers. Tension had already been stoked by a month of altercations between protesters and police in the predominantly Arab part of the city.

What do we know of the latest fighting?

Hamas said it had launched rockets at Tel Aviv and its suburbs in response to “the enemy’s targeting of residential towers”. 

Video footage from the city shows rockets streaking through the night sky, some exploding as they are hit by Israeli interceptor missiles.

Pedestrians ran for shelter and diners streamed out of restaurants while others flattened themselves on pavements as the sirens sounded, according to Reuters. One woman is reported to have been killed in the town of Rishon LeZion, near Tel Aviv.

In the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon, a rocket hit an empty bus, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told AFP news agency.

The rockets were launched after the destruction of the Hanadi Tower in Gaza, which houses an office used by the political leadership of Hamas, Reuters reports. 

Two hours after the collapse, there were still no reports of casualties.

The open wound of an unresolved conflictThe fundamental reason for the renewed violence does not change. It is the open wound of the unresolved conflict between Jews and Arabs that has blighted and ended Palestinian and Israeli lives for generations.

This latest episode has happened because of tension in Jerusalem, the sharpest part of the conflict. The holy sites in the Old City are national as well as religious symbols. Crises affecting them have often ignited violence.

The triggers for what has happened this time include heavy-handed Israeli policing of Palestinians during Ramadan and controversial efforts in the Israeli courts to evict Palestinians from their homes.But other events could have had the same effect. This was a crisis waiting to happen, in a conflict that, once again, has been left to fester.

Leaders on both sides have concentrated on safeguarding their own positions. The biggest challenge, of making peace, has not been addressed seriously for years.

Earlier on Tuesday, two women, one in her 60s and the other in her 80s, were killed in a rocket attack on the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, with one other person seriously injured, medics say.

Hamas said it had fired 137 rockets at Ashkelon and nearby Ashdod in the space of five minutes, and warned it had “many surprises” prepared if the fighting continued.At least 95 people received treatment in Israeli hospitals as a result of the attacks.EPAA barrage of rockets were fired at Israel’s southern city of Ashkelon on Tuesday morningEarlier, the Israeli military said 90% of the rockets had been intercepted by its Iron Dome missile defence system.

ReutersFlames and smoke could be seen in GazaThe Israeli military said it had struck 130 “terror targets” in Gaza overnight in response, including two attack tunnels being dug under the border with Israel.The military and the Shin Bet security agency announced that they had also killed the head of Islamic Jihad group’s special rocket unit, Samah Abed al-Mamlouk. Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths of Mamlouk and two other senior figures in a strike on a building in central Gaza City.

The commander of a Hamas anti-tank missile unit was reportedly killed on Tuesday evening, as the Israeli military launched what it called “massive wave” of air strikes to neutralise Hamas’ rocket-launching capabilities in northern Gaza.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza reported that at least 28 Palestinians, including 10 children, had been killed in Israeli strikes and more than 150 others had been injured.It said a 59-year-old woman and her disabled son had died in an attack on Tuesday morning.

On Monday night, seven members of one family, including three children, died in an explosion in Beit Hanoun. The cause of the blast was not clear.

ReutersPalestinian health officials say children have been killed in Israeli strikesThe Israeli military said at least 16 of those killed had been members of militant groups and that it took precautions to minimise possible harm to civilians.

A spokesman told the BBC that about one in three of the rockets fired by militants landed inside Gaza, potentially causing damage and civilian casualties inside the territory.What’s the global reaction?US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Hamas must end the rocket attacks “immediately”, adding: “All sides need to de-escalate.”ReutersAir raid sirens have been constantly wailing in southern Israeli towns and citiesUK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted that the violence in Jerusalem and Gaza “must stop” and called for “an immediate de-escalation on all sides, and end to targeting of civilian populations”.

A spokesman for the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said the upsurge in violence “needs to stop immediately” and warned that rocket-fire targeting Israeli civilians “is totally unacceptable and feeds escalatory dynamics”.ReutersA key holy site in Jerusalem has been a focal point of confrontations between Israeli police and PalestiniansThe UN human rights office said it was “deeply concerned” by the escalation and condemned “all incitement to violence and ethnic division and provocations”.A Palestinian official told Reuters news agency that the UN, Egypt and Qatar were trying to negotiate an end to the fighting.What has caused the violence?

The fighting between Israel and Hamas was triggered by days of escalating clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at a holy hilltop compound in East Jerusalem. The site is revered by both Muslims, who call it the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), and Jews, for whom it is known as the Temple Mount.

Hamas demanded Israel remove police from there and the nearby predominantly Arab district of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families face eviction by Jewish settlers. Hamas launched rockets when its ultimatum went unheeded.Why the ancient city of Jerusalem is so importantPalestinian anger had already been stoked by weeks of rising tension in East Jerusalem, inflamed by a series of confrontations with police since the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in mid-April.

It was further fuelled by an expected court ruling on the fate of the families in Sheikh Jarrah – ultimately postponed because of the unrest – and Israel’s annual celebration on Monday of its capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war, known as Jerusalem Day.The fate of the city, with its deep religious and national significance to both sides, lies at the heart of the decades-old Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Israel in effect annexed East Jerusalem in 1980 and considers the entire city its capital, though this is not recognised by the vast majority of other countries. Palestinians claim the eastern half of Jerusalem as the capital of a hoped-for state of their own.

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(GAZA) JUST IN: A 13-storey residential block in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday night after being hit by an Israeli air strike, witnesses said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.12: Video footage showed three plumes of thick, black smoke rising from the tower, its upper storeys still intact as they fell. The tower houses an office used by the political leadership of Gaza’s Islamist rulers, Hamas:

Israel Breaking on Twitter: Iron Dome working over Tel Aviv after rocket barrages: Gaza block collapses after Israeli strike, rocket hits Tel Aviv building

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Electricity in the area around the building went out, and residents were using flashlights.

Shortly after the attack, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group said they would respond by firing rockets at Tel Aviv.

Air raid sirens and explosions were heard around the city and Channel 12 television said there had been a direct rocket hit on a building in the suburb of Holon.

Israel halted all flights from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.

“We are now carrying out our promise,” Hamas’s armed wing said in a statement. “The Qassam Brigades are launching their biggest rocket strike against Tel Aviv and its suburbs, with 130 rockets, in response to the enemy’s targeting of residential towers.”

Hours earlier, Israel had sent 80 jets to bomb Gaza and massed tanks on the border as rocket barrages hit Israeli towns for a second day, deepening a conflict in which at least 28 people in the Palestinian enclave and two in Israel have been killed.

Residents of the block and people living nearby had been warned to evacuate the area around an hour before the air strike, according to witnesses. It was not immediately clear if the building had been fully evacuated, or if there were casualties.

The most serious outbreak of fighting since 2019 between Israel and armed factions in Gaza was triggered by clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday.1/24

The holy city of Jerusalem has been tense during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, with the threat of a court ruling evicting Palestinians from homes claimed by Jewish settlers adding to the friction.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would step up its strikes on Gaza, an enclave of 2 million people, in response to the rocket attacks, which carried on into the early evening.

“Both the strength of the attacks and the frequency of the attacks will be increased,” he said in a video statement.

Within an hour, Israel said it had deployed 80 jets to bomb rocket launch sites in and around Gaza City.

Officials said infantry and armour were being dispatched to reinforce the tanks already gathered on the border, evoking memories of the last Israeli ground incursion into Gaza to stop rocket attacks, in 2014.

More than 2,100 Gazans were killed in the seven-week war that followed, according to the Gaza health ministry, along with 73 Israelis, and thousands of homes in Gaza were razed.

On Tuesday, before the block collapsed, the Gaza health ministry said at least 28 Palestinians, including 10 children, had been killed and 152 wounded by Israeli strikes since Hamas on Monday fired rockets towards Jerusalem for the first time since 2014.

Israel’s national ambulance service said two women had been killed in rocket strikes on the southern city of Ashkelon.

The International Committee of the Red Cross urged all sides to step back, and reminded them of the requirement in international law to try to avoid civilian casualties. read more 

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned the rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel but also said he was concerned at the threat of forced eviction of Palestinian residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.

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(GAZA STRIP) JUST IN: Standoff on Friday night as IDF targets Hamas positions with after at least 36 rockets were fired at Israel #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.24: Israel had its most significant standoff with the Gaza Strip in months on Friday night, as the IDF struck Hamas positions in the enclave and 36 rockets from fringe militant groups were fired at southern Israel: The initial response from an Israeli tank came after the first missiles were fired at around 11 P.M. Following the strike, at least 17 more rockets were fired at communities in southern Israel according to Haaretz:

Israel retaliates after missile fired by Syrian forces targets Israeli aircraft and nuclear reactor: Over the course of the night, the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted six rockets, while the rest fell in open areas, the IDF said.

All this is happening while a so-called nuclear deal is being worked out, one with which Iran has never complied; nor will it ever. The goal of Iran (and its proxies) remains the obliteration of the State of Israel. Ditto for surrounding jihadists, including the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Hizballah, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

“Israel retaliates after Syrian missile lands near nuclear reactor,” Reuters, April 21, 2021:

A Syrian missile exploded in southern Israel on Thursday, the Israeli military said, in an incident that triggered warning sirens near the secretive Dimona nuclear reactor and an Israeli strike in Syria.

An Israeli military spokesman identified the projectile as an SA-5 surface-to-air missile fired by Syrian forces against Israeli aircraft. He said it overflew its target to reach the Dimona area, 200 km (125 miles) south of the Syrian border.

The missile did not hit the reactor, exploding some 30 km (19 miles) away, the spokesman added.

The sirens that sounded overnight in the Dimona area followed weeks of heightened tension between Israel and Iran, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, amid renewed global negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

For weeks, Israeli media have said air defences around the Dimona reactor and the Red Sea port of Eilat were being strengthened in anticipation of a possible long-range missile or drone attack by Iranian-backed forces.

In public remarks on Thursday’s incident, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said the anti-aircraft missile was fired from Syria during an Israeli strike there against “assets that could be used for a potential attack against Israel”.

Gantz said Israel’s anti-missile systems had attempted to intercept the SA-5 but were unsuccessful.

“In most cases, we achieve other results. This is a slightly more complex case. We will investigate it and move on,” he said. Israeli security sources said the missile exploded in mid-air.

In response, Israel launched further overnight attacks inside Syria, the military spokesman said, targeting several missile batteries, including the one that fired the SA-5.

Syria’s state news agency said the country’s air defence system intercepted Israeli rockets over the suburbs of Damascus “and downed most of them”. Four soldiers were injured and there was some material damage, it said…..

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.24: 2021:

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(ISRAEL/GREECE) JUST IN: Sign their biggest ever defence procurement deal, which Israel said would strengthen political and economic ties between the countries as the two countries’ air forces launched a joint exercise #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.23: With Turkey and Iran looming large in the region (and expanding their influence), a paramount deal has been struck between Israel and Greece. The two countries “have signed their biggest ever defence procurement deal, which Israel said would strengthen political and economic ties between the countries.”

Israel and Greece sign record defense deal amid threats from Turkey and Iran: ‘Greece and Turkey have been embroiled in ongoing disputes. Tensions — from gas exploration to territorial battles and migrant disputes — brought the countries to the brink of “open conflict” last year. At the core is Turkey’s policy of Islamic expansionism and its Islamic supremacist bulling’

As part of the new Israel-Greece agreement, which strengthens Greece in the face of Turkish aggression, the Greek Defense Ministry and Elbit Systems will lead to “the establishment and operation of a training centre for the Hellenic Air Force.”

The first military deal between the Israel and Greece was concluded last year, when Israel leased drones to Greece to help it defend its borders.

“Israel and Greece sign record defence deal,” Al Jazeera, April 18, 2021:

The agreement includes a $1.65bn contract for the establishment and operation of a training centre for the Hellenic Air Force by Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems over a 22-year period, Israel’s defence ministry said on Sunday.

The training centre will be modelled on Israel’s own flight academy and will be equipped with 10 M-346 training aircraft produced by Italy’s Leonardo, the ministry said.

Elbit will supply kits to upgrade and operate Greece’s T-6 aircraft and also provide training, simulators and logistical support.

“I am certain that (this programme) will upgrade the capabilities and strengthen the economies of Israel and Greece and thus the partnership between our two countries will deepen on the defence, economic and political levels,” said Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz.

The announcement follows a meeting in Cyprus on Friday between the United Arab Emirates, Greek, Cypriot and Israeli foreign ministers, who agreed to deepen cooperation.

The Israeli and Greek air forces on Sunday launched a joint exercise in Greece, the Israeli military said.

In at least one past exercise over Greece, Israeli fighter planes practised against an S-300 posted on Crete. The Russian-made air defence system is also deployed in Syria and Iran, Israel’s foes.

A source in the Hellenic National Defence Command said the S-300 had not been activated in the joint exercise that began on Sunday.

Israel, Greece and Cyprus have taken several steps in recent months to cement ties, including advancing plans to build a 2,000-megawatt undersea electricity cable and a 1,900km (1,300-mile) undersea gas pipeline, a move that irked regional rival Turkey.

Last month, the Israeli military said it conducted a joint naval exercise with Greece and Cyprus…..

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.23: 2021:

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(TEHRAN) LATEST: The Iranian Kayhan newspaper reported on Sunday that Tehran has asked the International Police (Interpol) to help arrest a person suspected of having a role in the Natanz nuclear reactor incident #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: This person is 43 years old, and after his identity was revealed, the necessary measures were taken through Interpol to arrest and return him.”

Iranian media claims Iran issued an arrest warrant for Natanz nuclear reactor suspect: Saudi Arabia rejects Iran’s presence in Syria, demands end of ‘sectarian project’ The newspaper said, “The Iranian intelligence and judicial agencies are currently trying to arrest him and return him to the country.”

As of Sunday, the man identified as Reza Karimi has not shown up on the INTERPOL website:

On Saturday, Iranian television published a picture of the person involved in the attack on the Natanz nuclear facility, indicating that Karimi was an Iranian citizen, and that he was 43 years old.

On Monday, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said that his country would respond to Israel at the appropriate time and place to the Natanz attack, indicating that the incident would have led to a disaster and a crime against humanity if it led to radioactive contamination.

The Israeli public radio reported, citing intelligence sources, as saying that the Mossad behind the Natanz incident.

A spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalondi, confirmed that the electricity distribution network at the Natanz facility had had an incident, while the head of the organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said that the incident was an act of sabotage, describing it as “a heinous move and condemned nuclear terrorism.”

In the wake of the Natanz attack, Iran announced that it would raise the level of uranium enrichment to 60%, and the Atomic Energy Organization confirmed that this would start last Friday.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Aug.20: 2021;

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(TEHRAN) JUST IN: Iran named a suspect Saturday in the attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that damaged centrifuges there, saying he had fled the country before the sabotage happened after they enriched uranium to 60% amid talks in Vienna due to continue #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.18: The attack Sunday, suspected to have been carried out by Israel, has inflamed a shadow war between the two nations. Iran has begun enriching a small amount of uranium up to 60% purity — its highest level ever — in response amid talks in Vienna aimed at saving its tattered nuclear deal with world powers:

Iran names suspect in Natanz nuclear site attack, says he fled country: ‘State television named the suspect as 43-year-old Reza Karimi. It showed a passport-style photograph of a man it identified as Karimi, saying he was born in the nearby city of Kashan, Iran’

April 17, 2021 12:37: Arab News Sources:

The report did not elaborate how Karimi would have gotten access to one of the most secure facilities in the Islamic Republic: The report also aired what appeared to be an Interpol “red notice” seeking his arrest.

The arrest notice was not immediately accessible on Interpol’s public-facing database. Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment: The TV report said “necessary actions” are underway to bring him back to Iran through legal channels, without elaborating. The supposed Interpol “red notice” listed his travel history as including Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Ethiopia, Qatar, Turkey, Uganda, Romania and another country that was illegible.
The report also showed centrifuges in a hall, as well as what appeared to be caution tape up at the Natanz facility.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.18: 2021:

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(UAE) JUST IN: Media reports say an Israeli ship called the Hyperion affiliated with the regime’s PCC company has come under attack off the coast #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.13: Data available on MarineTraffic.com showed that the Hyperion, sailing under the flag of the Bahamas, was stopped near the Emirati port of Fujairah on Tuesday:

‘Israel’s Channel 12 cited “security” sources as claiming that Hyperion was hit by “an Iranian missile,” saying the vessel had sustained light damage’

April 12, 2021

There is no report about any casualties among the crewmembers.

The vessel is associated with the Israeli Ray Shipping company, the same company that owns a vessel hit by an explosion in the Sea of Oman in February.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the reports.

The attack came days after an act of sabotage targeted the electricity distribution network of Iran’s Shahid Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan nuclear facility in Natanz, which is a uranium enrichment center located in the city of the same name in Iran’s central province of Isfahan.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, “The appalling incident that took place in Natanz was the work of the Zionist regime (Israel), given what it was repeatedly saying before and what is still being heard from various sources these days.”‘Natanz incident bold act of nuclear terrorism on Iranian soil’ Iran says the Sunday incident in Natanz which saw a nuclear facility lose electricity was “a bold act of nuclear terrorism on the Iranian soil”. 

PressTV / 12 Apr

On February 25, an explosion struck Israeli-owned and the Bahamas-flagged ship, the MV Helios Ray, in the Sea of Oman near the strategic mouth of the Persian Gulf.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hastily accused Iran of attacking the ship. Iran categorically rejected the charge.

Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi, in a letter addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on March 5, warned of consequences of any possible miscalculated measure by Israel over the explosion.

“The incident has all the characteristic of a complicated false flag operation carried out by actors in order to pursue their malign policies and to advance their illegitimate objectives,” Takht Ravanchi wrote.Iranian merchant vessel Saviz struck by blast in Red Sea, suffers minor damage: Official Iran’s Foreign Ministry says Iranian-flagged merchant vessel Saviz has been targeted by an unknown explosion in the Red Sea near the coast of Djibouti. 

PressTV / 7 Apr

Following the alleged attack on Hyperion, Haaretz daily newspaper said Israeli officials had warned against the consequences of Tel Aviv’s moves to hit Iranian targets.

The paper said if Israel really did seek ‘revenge’ by attacking Iranian targets, then it has changed the unwritten rules of the unacknowledged game, which could have grave consequences.

It believes that the Tel Aviv regime, led by Prime Minister Netanyahu, is “playing with fire.”

Iran said earlier this month that one of its merchant vessels has been targeted by an explosion of unknown origin in the strategic Red Sea, in the second such incident in less than a month.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters the Saviz ship was struck by the blast on April 5 near the coast of Djibouti, and sustained minor damage.

In a similar incident last month, an Iranian cargo ship was damaged after it was targeted by a terrorist attack en route to Europe in the Mediterranean Sea.

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(ISRAEL) Palestinian Prisoners Society Report: Military forces continue to target young Palestinians and violently arrest them across the occupied territories, having detained 230 minors since the beginning of the current year #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.06: The rights group further noted that the detainees are often released on bail or placed under house arrest, without announcing the number of those who were freed:

Israeli forces detained 230 Palestinian minors since January: Rights group: ‘The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said in a report on Sunday that the arrests were mostly in the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds’

The report comes just a day before Palestinian Children’s Day, which is celebrated annually on April 5 with cultural, educational and media activities aimed at raising awareness for the plight of Palestinian children, “who lack the most basic rights due to the Israeli occupation,” according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Monday, 05 April 2021 4:28 PM  [ Last Update: Monday, 05 April 2021 4:47 PM ]

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“The imprisoned children are subjected to various forms of abuse, including being denied food or drink for long hours, verbal abuse and being detained under harsh conditions,” it said.

The report came just a day before Palestinian Children’s Day, which is marked annually on April 5 with cultural, educational and media activities aimed at raising awareness on the plight of Palestinian children.

Marking Palestine Children’s Day, the Palestine Prisoners’ Club revealed that there are 140 Palestinian children languishing in Israel jails, including two under administrative detention.

Separately, the Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) said in a statement that 85 percent of Palestinian children arrested last year were “subjected to physical violence.”

Palestinian prisoner’s health declining after 45 days on hunger strike: Advocacy group

Palestinian prisoner’s health declining after 45 days on hunger strike: Advocacy groupEmad al-Battran is currently in solitary confinement at Nitzan jail. He also suffers from skin inflammation.

The Geneva-based movement noted that it has documented 27 cases in which Israeli forces held children in solitary confinement citing investigation purposes for two or more days.

The organization said the practice amounts to “torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”

It said it has registered the issuance of administrative detention orders against 36 Palestinian children since October 2015, two of whom are still in detention.

In 2020, Israeli forces killed nine Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip, six of whom were killed with live ammunition, according to documentation collected by DCIP

More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, with dozens of them serving multiple life sentences.

Israeli rights groups demand inoculation of Palestinian prisoners against coronavirus

Israeli rights groups demand inoculation of Palestinian prisoners against coronavirusThe Palestinian health minister had already warned about an imminent outbreak of the virus in Israel

Over 350 detainees, including women and minors, are under Israel’s administrative detention.

The administrative detention, which is a form of imprisonment without trial or charge, allows authorities to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The duration could be extended for an infinite number of times.

Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.06: 2021:

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(PARIS, France.) Court Report: French BDS Movement activist Olivia Zemor has gone on trial in Lyon after making an online appeal in 2016 for a boycott of Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva company #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: Zemor, an active advocate of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, was sued for “defamation” by Teva after she accused the company of complicity in apartheid and occupation:

‘Pro-Palestine activist stands trial after leading boycott against Israeli pharmaceutical company: ‘She appeared in court on March 16 over publishing a call by Collectif Palestine 69 on EuroPalestine website, urging readers to boycott Teva, the largest Israeli pharmaceutical corporation by market value’

Monday, 22 March 2021 1:22 PM [ Last Update: Monday, 22 March 2021 1:56 PM ]

In comments to French newspaper Le Courrier de l’Atlas, she said, “Through its financial contribution to Israel, this pharmaceutical giant contributes to the financing of military operations in Gaza and to the development of colonization in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in defiance of the rights of the Palestinian people and of international resolutions.”

Therefore, she added, it is necessary to call for the company’s boycott.

Pro-Palestine activist Olivia Zemor is going on trial in France after leading a boycott campaign against Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva pic.twitter.com/ENtpjlLG2I— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) March 16, 2021

Zemor said Israel seeks the extinction of the Palestinian people and denies the Palestinian people’s human rights. She has been denied entry into Israel on several occasions.

However, Frédéric Jeannin, lawyer for the pharmaceutical company, denied the accusation, claiming that “Teva is not involved in a geopolitical, ethnic or religious conflict, and these actions hamper its economic activity.”

On the day of Zemor’s trial, activists gathered outside the courtroom to condemn the French government’s attempts to silence criticism of Israel and those who speak out against the oppression of Palestinians.

They argue that the European Court of Human Rights last year affirmed the right to boycott Israel and that this ruling invalidates the French prosecution of Zemor, who is the president of the EuroPalestine solidarity group.

French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti is accused of “a blatant violation of the decision” by distributing a circular to prosecutors urging them to take action against activists supporting the BDS campaign.

Teva, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of generic drugs, provides millions of pounds in tax revenue to the Israeli regime and its military.

The company is accused of “joining hands with the French state to aggressively seek to shut down and silence international voices of conscience for exposing corporate complicity and profiteering from the Israeli occupation regime.”

People have been asked to show solidarity with Zemor by writing to French embassies and consulates and holding protests outside them.

Palestinians have for decades called on civil campaigns against Israel, organized under the BDS umbrella.

The BDS movement was initiated in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations, unions, as well as cultural and rights groups, including all major political parties, trade and academic unions that were pushing for “various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law.”

Thousands of volunteers worldwide have since then joined the nonviolent campaign, which calls for people and groups across the world to cut economic, cultural and academic ties to Tel Aviv, to help promote the Palestinian cause.

Israel claims that the movement is a strategic threat and accuses it of anti-Semitism – a claim that activists firmly deny, calling it an attempt to discredit them.

The BDS, which adheres to peaceful resistance, intends to exert pressure on the Israeli regime to adhere to international law and human rights by lobbying various states, institutions and individuals to understand its oppression of Palestinians and take action as a result.

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(JERUSALEM, Israel.) Border police shot dead a Palestinian driver who allegedly tried to ram his car into an officer on the outskirts of the capital after using fake documents, officers said on Wednesday according to RT News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: The man, named locally as 37-year-old Nour Shakir Shuqeir from the Silwan area of East Jerusalem, sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach and was later pronounced dead in the city’s Hadassah Hospital at Mount Scopus: An Israeli policeman was also hospitalized with minor injuries following the incident, which reportedly took place at the Al-Zaim checkpoint in the Israeli-occupied West Bank territory, east of Jerusalem:

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“Suspicion arose that the documents presented by the driver were not his and he was apparently trying to impersonate someone else,” a police spokesperson said.

FILE PHOTO: Missile fire is seen over Damascus, Syria, January 21, 2019

Syrian state media reports ‘Israeli aggression’ near Damascus & in southern Quneitra

“During the security check, the suspect started speeding, hitting a border policeman who was at the scene. Following this, the policeman and the security personnel fired at the vehicle.” 

A border police statement said that the suspect had been “neutralized.”

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(WASHINGTON) LATEST: As is well known, the monstrous regiment of anti-Israel “activists” – BDSers, antifa fanatics, Muslim infiltrators at Black Lives Matter rallies – have been attempting to blame Israel for the death of George Floyd saying knee-on-neck method of restraint came from Israeli police training #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.19: Shortly after Floyd’s death, the Democratic Socialists of America’s BDS national working group tweeted, “The police violence happening tonight in Minneapolis is straight out of the IDF playbook,” adding, “US cops train in Israel.” A pro-BDS petition to the University of California made similar claims: Al-Awda, the Palestine Right of Return Coalition, a BDS group that has ties to terrorist groups in the Middle East, issued a statement on June 8 that featured a cartoon showing an American police officer and an Israeli soldier, arm-in-arm, sitting with their knees over the necks of a black man and a Palestinian man respectively. The cartoon appeared first on the Fatah Facebook page and was then published in the Palestinian Authority (PA) newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida. That wasn’t all

Israel, Blamed for George Floyd’s Death, Replies to Its Calumniators

“We must stop training our American police officers to be gestapo units. #GeorgeFloyd #Palestine,” tweeted Abbas Hamideh of the same Al-Awda. Similarly, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and a student leader in Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) also blamed Israel for the police tactics, claiming that “the Israeli military trains US police in racist and repressive policing tactics, which systematically targets Black and Brown bodies.” Israel, of course, does no such thing. And the American police who have gone to Israel for training can testify to that effect: Others in the anti-Israel universe have chimed in with similar charges. For many, the death of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin, who never attended any training sessions conducted by Israeli law enforcement, should nonetheless be blamed on Israel, that mighty colonial-settler empire that now bestrides the world like a colossus. No need for evidence. Just make the charge. Repeat it enough and it’s bound to stick. And so, in the great tradition of Linda Sarsour, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Nihad Awad and so many others, the anti-Israel charges came fast and furious at so many of those George-Floyd-Black-Lives-Matter rallies. On many signs the slogan reads: “From Minneapolis to Palestine/Racism is a Crime.”

Still others claimed in the same vein that “We know the Minneapolis police were also trained by Israeli counter-terrorism officers” (not the regular police), according to a ferociously anti-Israel pro-BDS petition at the University of California, signed by dozens of campus groups. It said: “The knee-to-neck choke-hold that Chauvin used to murder George Floyd has been used and perfected to torture Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces through 72 years of ethnic cleansing and dispossession. Police departments view Israeli Defense Force tactics as models for responding to ‘public health and safety crises.”…………….The Israelis were not about to let those calumnies go unanswered.

The story is at Algemeiner.com: An Israel Police spokesperson appeared to push back on Tuesday [June 9] against efforts by some activists in far-left circles to blame the Jewish state for police brutality in the US: Charges that certain tactics — including the knee-to-neck restraint move that led to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis two weeks ago — were taught to American law enforcement personnel by Israeli counterparts have been circulating online recently.

It was time to state the truth: There are many thousands of national, state, and local police forces around the world, in Europe (France) in South America (Brazil and a dozen others countries), in Asia (India, China), and of course in the United States, that use the knee-on-neck chokehold, all without any input or training from Israel: On June 9 Israeli Police foreign media spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld tweeted, “There is no procedure that allows an officer of the #israel police dept to carry out an arrest by placing a knee on the neck of a suspect.”

“None of police Counter terrorism training that #Israel national police provide to foreign law enforcement officers involves such a measure,” he added: These were definitive statements. There is “no procedure” that allows an Israeli police officer “to place a knee on the neck of a suspect.”……………The Israelis do not permit their own officers to use such a chokehold……………………They do not train others in how to perform such a chokehold…………….Period. End of story. No wiggle-room was left in that answer by Micky Rosenfeld…………………………….But who will listen to him or to any other defender of Israel when Antifa and BDSers and Palestinian propagandists still manage to shout down those who tell the truth, while they continue to scream their nonsense and lies?

#AceNewsDesk report …………………Published: June.17: 2020:

(TEL AVIV, Israel.) LATEST: Netanyahu pushes for a 5th term in office as Likud and its political allies in Yamina, Shas and United Torah Judaism fail to obtain a 61-seat majority on Tuesday, with lawmakers issuing a decree for a squatter settlement – Mevoot Yericho located in the Jordan Valley – as an official one #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.17: The Israeli government has issued its approval for a settlement in the occupied West Bank, in what looks like a desperate attempt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to boost his waning support ahead of the upcoming vote. All Israeli settlements on the occupied territories are deemed illegal under international law, yet Tel Aviv distinguishes between those it approved and those it did not.

Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu rally their voters a day before elections 2019. . (photo credit: SRAYA DIAMANT / MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

“Unlike in the April election, President Reuven Rivlin is expected to begin consultations with the factions that cross the threshold only when the results are official: He is expected to limit whoever he tasks with forming a government to four weeks, without the 14-day extension traditionally granted.

Sources in Likud said Monday that if the Likud and its political allies in Yamina, Shas and United Torah Judaism fail to obtain a 61-seat majority on Tuesday, efforts would begin immediately to unseat the prime minister as head of the party: The sources said those efforts would intensify if Rivlin tasks Gantz with forming a coalition government.

Netanyahu said in interviews on Monday that Likud and its allies did not have 61 seats in the latest private polls taken for his party: He said that majority would not be obtained unless turnout was higher than in April in traditional Likud strongholds.

Both Netanyahu and Gantz visited the Western Wall and reached out to voters on social media on Monday. Likud petitioned the Central Elections Committee and blocked Gantz from holding a rally with media at his childhood home of Kfar Ahim in the northern Negev: Gantz warned against the potential for violence in polling stations, and called on Netanyahu to accept the results if he is defeated. In an interview with the Knesset Channel, Gantz promised to learn from what he admitted was a mistake in the April election and not declare victory after the exit polls, even if they are positive: Gantz announced on Monday that if he forms the government, former IDF chief of staff MK Gabi Ashkenazi will be defense minister.

“There are two domains which are of significant importance in the State or Israel: security and education,” Gantz said. “With that, I have decided to appoint Gabi Ashkenazi, a former IDF Chief of Staff and Golani soldier who rehabilitated the IDF following the Lebanon War, for the position of defense minister. Gabi knows how to restore deterrence and a sense of security to Israeli citizens in the South, in the Gaza envelope, in the North and throughout the country.”……………Gantz said another former IDF chief of staff, MK Moshe Ya’alon, who served as defense minister under prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would become education minister.

“Former chief of staff and defense minister Moshe Ya’alon, a man of unimpeachable moral character and someone who knows how to bring together the factions of Israeli society, I appoint to the position of education minister to repair the rifts in Israeli society,” Gantz said: “Now you just have to decide – an extreme, immunity government or a secular, unity government.”

The foreign minister post has been reserved for Blue and White co-leader Yair Lapid, while the most senior woman in Blue and White, MK Miki Haimovich, would be environmental protection minister. MK Meir Cohen would be Knesset Speaker: “Who would you prefer to face Hamas, former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi or the man who gives [Hamas] suitcases full of dollars?” Lapid tweeted, in a reference to Netanyahu. “Who would you prefer as education minister: [Yamina candidate Bezalel] Smotrich and his racism, or an honest man of values like Bogie Ya’alon?”

Netanyahu mocked the announcement, saying that if Gantz has already started allocating portfolios, “What positions did he promise [Joint List leaders] Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi?””

On Sunday, the cabinet issued a decree recognising one such squatter settlement – Mevoot Yericho located in the Jordan Valley – as an official one. #Netanyahu is trying to shift attention from his corruption scandals as he vows to annex Jordan Valley in the occupied #WestBank if reelected https://t.co/ROIjtBd3t8 pic.twitter.com/t6j0u4bfew— RT (@RT_com) September 11, 2019 “The government passed the prime minister’s motion to build Mevoot Yericho,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said following a weekly government meeting, which was conspicuously held in the Jordan Valley this time.Such movements are quite rare, as, according to the Israeli media, only five similar decisions were taken over the past decade.The fact that this step was made just days ahead of the upcoming snap elections prompted some people, including Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, to believe that it is for the sake of Netanyahu’s electoral campaign.The prime minister earlier vowed to annex the whole Jordan Valley, which accounts for roughly one third of the occupied West Bank, if elected.

Also on rt.com An Israeli soldier in the West Bank. August 2019. © Mussa Qawasma / Reuters Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation plan is vile attempt to win votes at expense of peace – Turkey Mandelblit criticized the settlement approval, arguing that there was “no vital or urgent need” for it and adding that it could be detrimental to Israel’s international posture.Meanwhile, the situation for Netanyahu indeed appears to be desperate. Mired in corruption scandals, the troubled prime minister barely managed to squeak out a victory against his rival, ex-military chief Benny Gantz leading a centrist Blue and White Alliance, in April. People rally in #TelAviv against #Netanyahu’s govt ahead of upcoming legislative elections in #Israel pic.twitter.com/8NBI0r4O3J— RT (@RT_com) September 15, 2019 Yet, he still failed to form a ruling coalition in a development that proved to be quite humiliating for him as he became the first ever prime minister to commit such a blunder.

Now, with his popularity gradually fading, he seems to be ready to stop at nothing to win the support of the rightwingers, which may be crucial for him: However, his trump card of annexing the Jordan Valley might still be turned against him as it could effectively spell an end to the two-state solution and stir up a hornet’s nest of geopolitical tensions.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………..Published: Sept.17: 2019:

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(NEW YORK) #9/11 18YRS AGO TODAY: 🇱🇷 God Bless America 🇱🇷 But people still want answers and blame by those who lost their families is still raw as victim’s son blasts Ilhan Omar at Ground Zero memorial service as #alQaeda releases video speech of leader Ayman al-Zawahiri commemorating #911 attacks, titled, “And They Shall Continue to Fight You.” One day God Will Bring 1000yrs of Peace and turn arms into tools for the future Amen 🙏’s #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.11: Americans commemorated 9/11 with solemn ceremonies and vows Wednesday to “never forget” 18 years after https://time.com/4484978/911-september-11-time-cover/” the deadliest terror attack on American soil: Victims’ relatives assembled at ground zero, where the observance began with a moment of silence and the tolling of bells at 8:46 a.m. — the exact time a hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center’s north tower. “As long as the city will gift us this moment, I will be here,” Margie Miller, who lost her husband, Joel, said at the ceremony, which she attends every year. “I want people to remember.”

After so many years of anniversaries, she has come to know other victims’ relatives and to appreciate being with them: “ There’s smiles in between the tears that say we didn’t do this journey on our own, that we were here for each other,” she said.President Donald Trump laid a wreath at the Pentagon, telling victims’ relatives there: “This is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss.”“It’s the day that has replayed in your memory a thousand times over. The last kiss. The last phone call. The last time hearing those precious words, ‘I love you,’” the president said.Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to speak at the third crash site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania: https://time.com/5674255/september-11-18-years-later/new-york-city-commemorates-18th-anniversary-of-the-9-11-terror-attacks/” data-orig-file=”https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/911-memorial.jpg

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: Friends and family of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, pause at the National September 11 Memorial during a morning commemoration ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks Eighteen years after the day on September 11, 2019 in New York City. Throughout the country services are being held to remember the 2,977 people who were killed in New York, the Pentagon and in a field in rural Pennsylvania.

The nation is still grappling with the aftermath of 9/11: The effects are visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where the post-9/11 U.S. invasion has become America’s longest war. Earlier this week, Trump called off a secret meeting at Camp David with Taliban and Afghan government leaders and declared the peace talks “dead.” As the Sept. 11 anniversary began in Afghanistan, a rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy just after midnight.The political legacy of the 9/11 flowed into the ground.

CBSNewYork reports that thousands of first responders have developed life-threatening illnesses related to the weeks they spent in the rubble of the twin towers: Born out of that tragedy, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation provides support for first responders and their families……………….Stephen Siller died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks (Credit: CBS 2)Frank Siller and his family founded the nonprofit after his brother, Stephen, an off-duty New York City firefighter, was killed while responding to the World Trade Center on 9/11.Siller had just gotten off his shift in Brooklyn………………..When he heard the news, he called his wife to tell her he would be late because he had to help those in need.He never returned.Frank Siller spoke about his brother and what this day means to his entire family.“It’s the day we lost our little brother, you know……………Stephen was the youngest of seven kids but, he was so much younger than… I was closest in age, I was 14 years older than my brother Russ who was 25 years older than him,” Frank said. “My parents died when he was a little boy…………….We raised him, he was like a son to us as well as a brother…………………….He always wanted to be a firefighter, he loved serving people and he paid the ultimate sacrifice 18 years ago today.”“I remember him questioning once why he was put on this earth, why was I even born and I said ‘Stephen, you know your brothers and sisters will always be there for you and someday you’ll do something very special.’ And I didn’t know it was going to be this, by any means, that he ran through a tunnel and because of that act, I think he’s changed a lot of lives………….Not many of us could say that – he has,” Frank added.On the last Sunday in September, runners and walkers retrace Stephen Siller’s steps from Brooklyn, through the Battery Tunnel, and into Lower Manhattan in the Tunnel to Towers run…….via CBS New York https://ift.tt/2LJMazJ

9/11 victim’s son blasts Ilhan Omar at Ground Zero memorial service
// New York Post: A man whose mother is a 9/11 victim ripped Rep. Ilhan Omar for describing the terror attacks as “some people did something” during the annual anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero on Wednesday: Nicholas Haros Jr., wearing a black T-shirt with the words “Some people did something?,” singled out the congresswoman and the other members of the audience.

BREAKING: Al-Qaeda leader urges attacks on US, European, Israeli and Russian targets in 9/11 speech – reports https://t.co/APg0llXw2c pic.twitter.com/UaPX2CUh3H

— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) September 11, 2019

1) #alQaeda releases video speech of leader Ayman al-Zawahiri commemorating #911 attacks, titled, “And They Shall Continue to Fight You.” Zawahiri uses #Israel as a launchpad to call for attacks on US, French, British, & other Western interests & alliances https://t.co/2ukRGXZDU4 pic.twitter.com/7jztFV8w8e Reported by — Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) September 11, 2019:

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JERUSALEM: ‘ Israel jail alleged Jewish extremist for 6-months without trial ‘

#AceNewsReport – JERUSALEM:Aug.05: Israel has jailed an alleged Jewish extremist for six months without charges or trial, AP reported.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon signed an order late Tuesday that jails Mordechai Meyer, from the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim.

For the first time “administrative detention” has been applied against an Israeli since the crackdown against militant Jews began following two deadly attacks last week. Meyer, said to be 18 years old, was being held in connection to “his involvement in violent activities and recent terror attacks.”

He was suspected of links to attacks against a church in northern Israel and another in Jerusalem, as well as attacks on Palestinian property, Israeli media say.

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ISRAEL: ‘ Massive rallies as thousands speak up against incitement & violence known as Jewish terror ‘

#AceNewsReport – ISRAEL:Aug.02: Massive rallies were held across Israel, with thousands of demonstrators gathering to speak up against “incitement and violence,” or what some called “Jewish terror,” following brutal attacks by radicals against Palestinians and homosexuals.

Around 2,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest a string of violent acts committed this week, Israeli media reports. The rally was organized by the Peace Now settlement organization. 

READ MORE: 2 Palestinian teens shot dead amid clashes over toddler killed in arson attack

“We call on the government to take strong action against the violence of the settlers and to restart immediately the peace process,” Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer told AFP, a French news outlet.

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