(JERUSALEM) JUST IN: Scores of people have been injured in clashes overnight in the ‘Old City’ between far-right Jewish activists, Palestinians and Israeli police #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.23: Palestinians clashed with Israeli police amid a dispute over evening gatherings at Damascus Gate:

East Jerusalem clashes leave over 100 injured according to BBC Middle East & according to Reuters in Jerusalem have been rising for several days it follows nights of confrontations in the Israeli-occupied sector amid rising nationalist and religious tensions’ Reuters said police tried to keep the rival groups apart, detaining a number of protesters’

Israeli police and Palestinians face off in Jerusalem amid dispute over gatherings at Damascus Gate

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A Palestinian sitting next to a burning barricade flashes a ''V'' sign during clashes with Israeli police.
Clashes between the two happened after the breaking of the daytime fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.(Reuters: Ammar Awad)

The clashes happened after iftar, the breaking of the daytime fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Thursday (local time) while Israeli protesters gathered near.

Meanwhile, a video on social media app TikTok purporting to show a Palestinian slapping an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man on Jerusalem’s light rail train has drawn protests by Israelis and calls by some right-wing politicians for tougher police action.

Nightly clashes and other violent incidents between Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem during Ramadan have laid bare simmering tensions in the holy city.

The incidents, which followed the start of Ramadan on April 13, threaten to break a sustained period of relative quiet in a contested city at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinians have said police tried to prevent them from holding their usual Ramadan evening gatherings outside Damascus Gate, a historic landmark on the north side of Jerusalem’s walled Old City.

Israeli police have fired stun grenades and sprayed foul-smelling skunk water to disperse the Palestinians, who in turn have discharged fireworks towards them.

Israeli police officers detain a Palestinian man during clashes.
Police arrested four people in a fight on Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem, Israeli media reported.(Reuters: Ammar Awad)

The measure, according to Israeli police, is part of its efforts to ensure that tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers have safe access to the main Islamic prayer site in the Old City, known as the Noble Sanctuary.

“Since Damascus Gate is the main way to reach and enter the Old City, police forces carry out field activities using various means to prevent friction, violence, and confrontation, and to maintain order and security in the area,” a police spokesman said.

He also said they will “act firmly against violence and riots of all kinds” to preserve public safety.

There have been some street skirmishes between Palestinian and Israeli civilians. Police arrested four people in one such fight on Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem on Wednesday night, Israeli media reported.

“Jews won’t be scared to walk around Jerusalem!” said a leaflet distributed on WhatsApp calling for Jewish protests at Damascus Gate on Thursday night.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem, including the eastern sector captured in the 1967 Middle East war, as its capital.

Palestinians seek to make East Jerusalem, including its Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy sites, the capital of a future state.

The violence erupted as police tried to keep Palestinians and ultra-nationalist Jewish protesters apart.

East Jerusalem has long been a flashpoint, with an uneasy coexistence there between Jews and Arabs.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war and considers the entire city its capital, though this is not recognised by the vast majority of the international community. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the future capital of a hoped-for independent state.

The worst fighting in days broke out on Thursday night after hundreds of Jewish extremists from the ultra-nationalist Lehava group marched towards the Damascus Gate entrance of Jerusalem’s Old City – where large numbers of Palestinians had gathered – chanting “Death to Arabs”.

Stones and bottles were thrown between the two sides, and police used stun grenades, tear gas and water cannon to try to disperse the crowds.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said at least 100 Palestinians were injured, while police said 20 officers were hurt. More than 50 people were arrested.

Tensions in East Jerusalem have escalated since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on 13 April. Palestinians have clashed with police, accusing them of erecting barriers to stop them from congregating on steps outside Damascus Gate to break the daytime fast. Police say the measures are intended to help pedestrian flow into the Old City.

Jews have also been angered by a spate of TikTok videos showing Palestinians assaulting members of the ultra-Orthodox community, including an attack on two ultra-Orthodox boys on Jerusalem’s light rail. The videos were given as a reason by Lehava for its march to Damascus Gate, in what it said would be a show of “national honour”.Why the ancient city of Jerusalem is so important

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(JERUSALEM) JUST IN: Since the start of Ramadan last week, Israeli police have routinely clashed with Palestinians in the ‘Old City’ and is on verge of exploding with all the fires being set #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.21: This is the way some extremist Israeli settlers extended their greetings to Palestinian Muslims in this blessed month. Israeli police also escalated their harassment, firing tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians. One Israeli policeman was filmed beating up a Palestinian at the Damascus Gate. Who stopped him? Nobody.

Jerusalem: On verge of exploding thanks to Israel’s fires: Firefighters have to be at the ready at all times and cannot afford to take holidays. Right now, the new US administration and major European powers are watching from the sidelines: The final bonfire is over Palestinian elections: The Israeli government is determined not to allow any Palestinian political activity in East Jerusalem, even though Palestinian elections were permitted under the Oslo Accords: Palestinians in East Jerusalem voted in 1996, 2005 and 2006. Even then, Israel compelled them to vote by post to indicate that they were voting from abroad. Of course, the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem have no right to vote in Israeli general elections, and now they may even be denied the right to vote for the emaciated and semi-powerless body that is the PA: Arab News Sources:

The second possible candidate for PA president is Marwan Barghouti: Like Dahlan, in a face-off with Abbas he would win 60% of the vote. He’s a member of one of the largest and most powerful clans in the West Bank; there are Barghoutis everywhere. Marwan Barghouti has only one handicap – it’s the very thing that makes him so popular. He’s currently serving five life sentences (plus 40 years) for being involved in murdering five Israelis. Abbas may try to disqualify him, insisting that if Barghouti won, he could not govern from an Israeli prison. But that’s not necessarily the case. Politicians have been known to govern from jail. Americans may remember James Michael Curley, who served as Mayor of Boston for two years from his prison cell. Barghouti has made sure that his wife is running for the Palestinian Legislative Council:

He could govern by employing her, and a group of male Barghoutis, along with Nasser al-Kidwa, as his proxies. They could be sent directives from his prison cell. He could even use the Internet to broadcast his messages to his people. It’s not crazy — Marwan Barghouti would be “working from home.” Barghouti, it turns out, much to the chagrin of Mahmoud Abbas, has decided to run: A report on this new challenge to Mahmoud Abbas is here: “Marwan Barghouti to run in PA presidential election,” by Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post, April 15, 2021:It all kicked off with the Israeli decision to ban all seating on the stairs at the main entrance to the Muslim Quarter at the Damascus Gate. This is a major gathering place for Palestinians on Ramadan evenings.

There is another possible way for Abbas to remain as president, aside from cancelling the elections: That is to declare that “because of his genuine remorse for his long-past defalcation, and because he has earned gratitude for persuading the UAE to deliver 50,000 dose of coronavirus vaccine to the Palestinian people, Mohammad Dahlan is hereby declared eligible to run for president of the Palestinian Authority.” Then Abbas can hope that his two rivals will split almost evenly the 60% of the electorate that is against him, while he wins with a plurality of 40%. It’s not impossible, when you’re dealing with Mahmoud Abbas, President-For-Life:

Jerusalem on verge of exploding thanks to Israel’s fires

Israeli riot police deploy water cannon during clashes with Palestinians close to the Damascus Gate on Sunday, April 18, 2021. (Screengrab: Twitter)

Restrictions on Palestinian numbers have also exacerbated tensions. Israel allowed only 10,000 people to enter Jerusalem from the West Bank, compared to many times that amount in recent years: On the first Friday in Ramadan, only 70,000 Muslims were able to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Despite Israel’s hollow claim that it allows freedom of worship in the city, it routinely restricts numbers and most Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza cannot go to Al-Aqsa:

The Israeli authorities also decided to cut the wires to the loudspeakers at the mosque in yet another deliberately inflammatory move: This year is even tougher and Israel has demanded that all Palestinians entering Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank have to have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease. Of course, if Israel had carried out its clear international legal and moral duty of vaccinating Palestinians under its military rule, the story would be different:

Ramadan used to be a time when Israel showed some degree of reverence and respect toward Palestinians: This custom is being torn up. As a result, Jerusalem is on the verge of exploding.
What we have, therefore, is a highly combustible situation in this, the world’s most combustible city. Even a passing knowledge of the history of this great city tells us that small clashes can soon lead to a dangerous explosion.

Three major bonfires are being lit. The first and perhaps most dangerous is that Israel is tearing up the delicate status quo that governs Al-Haram Al-Sharif: For starters, it is allowing Jews to pray openly on the platform. They boast of this by broadcasting it on YouTube. This included the uber-racist Kahanist and newly elected member of the Knesset, Itamar Ben Gvir. The status quo arrangements for the holy sites do not permit Jewish prayer on the platform. According to the agreement, as acknowledged publicly even by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Al-Haram Al-Sharif is exclusively a Muslim place of worship, which all Israeli prime ministers have accepted since 1967: Palestinian Muslims fear the “Hebronization” of Al-Haram Al-Sharif, whereby the platform is divided into both a mosque and a synagogue with less access for Muslims. This is what happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. That was sensitive enough, but tampering with the status quo in Jerusalem escalates the situation a hundredfold:

What makes it different this year is that no outside powers are saying anything. If this was happening in the days of John Kerry as US secretary of state, for example, he and his colleagues would be working the phones between Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to calm the tensions. The trouble is that Netanyahu and King Abdullah of Jordan are no longer on speaking terms. Tensions between the two have rarely been higher.

The second bonfire is the serious attempt to bring about mass evictions of Palestinians in key areas of Jerusalem. Since the last major evictions of Palestinians on June 10, 1967, Israel has managed to insert more than 220,000 Israeli settlers into occupied East Jerusalem, but without the mass displacement of Palestinians. Much of this is happening in the shadow of the Old City, notably in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. Settlers have used the Israeli legal system to obtain eviction orders for dozens of families. Many of these families are UN-registered refugees who were given the land after the Nakba, when Israel confiscated theirs:

This legal system was designed to enable Israeli Jews to kick out Palestinians and the settler groups are using this to the full. It may be slowed down with appeals and the like, but ultimately it leads to one destination: Mass evictions of Palestinians as part of the broader plan to downscale the Palestinian presence in the city:

The Israeli authorities have also ramped up home demolitions in the Palestinian areas of East Jerusalem. They can do this because they have denied more applications from Palestinians for building permits, meaning that Palestinians have no choice but to build without them. More than half of all Palestinian homes in the city are built with no permit:

What we have is a highly combustible situation in this, the world’s most combustible city.

Chris Doyle

Israeli forces have arrested Palestinians engaged in any form of electioneering, including three candidates who were planning to hold a news conference. All of this leads some to believe this will be an excuse for PA President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone the May 22 legislative elections. This would delight the Israeli government, which has no desire to see Palestinian democracy at work, especially if it means Hamas has a chance at a share of power.
The pyromaniacs have taken over the firefighting. The Israeli authorities, instead of restraining extremist settler groups such as Elad and the Temple Mount Faithful, are actively pursuing their agendas. Do not be surprised, therefore, if full-scale riots return to the streets of this extraordinary city. The world had better wake up.

Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not necessarily reflect Arab News’ point-of-view

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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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@PressTV ‘ Israel Destroy West Bank Village ‘ @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – WEST BANK:July.16: A large number of Palestinians are facing imminent displacement as Israeli authorities plan to demolish another Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.

Human rights groups in the occupied territories said in a joint statement on Wednesday that Israeli authorities had announced the demolition order of Khirbet Susiya village on Sunday, Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.

Rabbis for Human Rights and B’Tselem added that the orders, issued following requests from Israeli settlers, would be implemented after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Local residents say the Israeli regime could move in and demolish the residential and agricultural structures at any time.

This is while a hearing is scheduled to be held at a high court regarding the case on August

The rights groups say the latest threat is a form of coercion aimed at expelling residents even before the court hearing.

About 300 inhabitants of Susiya village have been facing the risk of displacement since May when Israel’s high court rejected their petition to halt the demolition of the village.

The May ruling was considered the latest setback for the Palestinians in their decades-long battle against forced displacement by the Israeli regime.

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‘ NETANYAHU DENIES THREE ISRAELIS ATTACK PALESTINIAN YOUTH IN JERUSALEM ‘

#AceWorldNews – JERUSALEM – Nov.24 – Three young Israelis attacked a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem on Monday, AP reported.

The unidentified youth is in good condition in a Jerusalem hospital, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, commenting on the latest sectarian incident in the city.

Tensions are spiking, mostly over Palestinian claims that the Israeli government wants to change the status quo at the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, by allowing Jews to pray there.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied the claims.

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‘ MINISTER OF DEFENCE TO PREVENT PALESTINIAN LABOURS TRAVELLING ON ISRAELI PUBLIC BUSES ‘

#AceWorldNews – WEST BANK – Nov. 22 – Minister of Defence not content with moving Palestinians to the back of the bus, means to keep them off entirely. 

In response to reports that Israeli Minster of Defense Moshe Ya’alon intends to yield to the settler demand to prevent Palestinian day labourers from returning home to the West Bank on Israeli public buses.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem says that Minister Ya’alon is not content with merely moving Palestinians to the back of the bus, but means to keep them off buses altogether.

It is time to stop hiding behind technical arrangements such as the demand that Palestinians return to the West Bank through the same checkpoint they entered Israel, and admit this military procedure is thinly veiled pandering to the demand for racial segregation on buses.

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GAZA: ‘ CO-FOUNDER OF HAMAS MOVEMENT DIES ‘

#AceNewsServices – GAZA – Nov.13 – Muhammad Salih Taha, a co-founder of the Hamas movement, died in Gaza late Tuesday after a long struggle with illness, medics said.

' Muhammad Salih Taha '

‘ Muhammad Salih Taha ‘

Palestinian medical sources told reporters that Taha was taken from his home in al-Bureij refugee camp to al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah, where doctors announced his death upon arrival.

Taha, often called Abu Ayman, was deported by Israel to Marj al-Zuhur in southern Lebanon in 1992 along with about 400 Palestinians from the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas inside Israel.

The Hamas leader later served as mayor of al-Bureij camp for four years.

His son Yasser was assassinated in an Israeli air-strike in June 2003.

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JERUSALEM: ‘ CLASHES WITH POLICE AHEAD OF FUNERAL OF MAN WHO KILLED 3-MONTH OLD BABY ‘

#AceWorldNews – JERUSALEM – October 26 – Clashes have taken place in East Jerusalem between Palestinians and Israeli police ahead of the funeral of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, who killed a baby and wounded six people after deliberately crashing his car into a crowd of bystanders.

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‘ CLASHES WITH POLICE AHEAD OF FUNERAL OF MAN WHO KILLED 3-MONTH OLD BABY ‘

Tensions have been rising and Palestinian political groups have tried to organize a match from a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, to the Al-Aqsa mosque, which has been a flashpoint recently in clashes between protesters and Israeli security forces, according to REUTERS.

Police say that at least five Palestinians were arrested on Saturday evening, with clashes particularly intense in the district of Silwan, where Shaludi was revered.

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‘ IDF Storm and Arrest Palestinians in West Bank ‘

AceWorldNews – WEST BANK – September 28 – Israeli forces have raided a number of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, arresting at least seven people.

' IDF Detain Seven Palestinians in West Bank '

‘ IDF Detain Seven Palestinians in West Bank ‘

The Palestinians were arrested after Israeli troops stormed their homes in the cities of Bethlehem, located about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of al-Quds (Jerusalem), Husan and al-Khalil (Hebron), located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of al-Quds, early on Sunday.

Local residents said the abductee’s were taken to an unknown location.

Five of the detainees are reportedly accused of throwing stones at Israeli military forces.

A Palestinian human rights organization says Israel is holding 540 Palestinians without trial, showing a sharp increase in the number of Palestinian arrestees over the past six years. 

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‘ Two Hamas Militants Suspected of Killing of Three Israeli Teenagers Killed in Dawn Raid ‘

#AceBreakingNews – JERUSALEM – September 23 – Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers. 

The deaths of the two suspects, identified by the Israeli military as well-known Hamas militants, ended one of the largest manhunts conducted by the Israeli security forces.

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GAZA CITY: ' Ariel Footage of Devastation Caused by Ground Attacks Caused by Zionist Military Forces '

#AceNewsServices – GAZA – September 01 – Ariel Video Footage and Extent of Damage and Ruins on Gaza’s al-Shujaiyya Neighborhood. caused by ground attacks by Zionist Military forces.


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Over 2,000 Palestinians were martyred and more than 10,000 others were injured in the Israeli regime’s 51-day onslaught on the blockaded territory, further destroying hundreds of residential quarters, schools, mosques, hospitals and other public facilities.

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GAZA CITY: ' International Organisation Assessing Post-Conflict Reconstruction Says it Will Take 20-Years to Rebuild Gaza's Housing Stock'

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY (Gaza Strip) – August 30 – An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.



Shelter Cluster, co-chaired by the U.N. refugee agency and the Red Cross, says 17,000 Gaza housing units were destroyed or severely damaged during the war and 5,000 units still need work after damage sustained in previous military campaigns. In addition, it says, Gaza has a housing deficit of 75,000 units.

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' Iron Dome Codenamed David Disguised As Goliath is Bombing Palestine into Oblivion '

#AceWorldNews – LONDON – July 20 – Over 350 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s ongoing operation to root out Hamas fighters. The aim was to bomb the tunnels of Hamas the truth is that bombing has been both indiscriminate and bloody claiming innocent lives of men, women and children.

The aim was to root out terrorism and for Israel to be the Iron Glove of the West using Iron Dome codenamed David. It was not David this War Machine should be named after, but Goliath as it is the Palestinians with the sling’s. As the IDF forces like storm-troopers fight as a well equipped and west funded war machine, using helicopters and tanks all with the stamp of the west and blood on the hands of their suppliers.


(Tens of thousands march across the globe to protest the victims of the invasion, almost 80% of whom are civilians).

This video and thousand like are a testament of peoples feelings against a genocide and elimination of a people’s that for a long time have been like an itch, Israel was unable to scratch!

Then one day Protective Edge was born and the result after 12 days hundreds of people are dying as a result of this protective incursion.

Hamas and terrorism is the excuse they needed and extermination of the people’s of the State of Palestine could one day be the eventual result.

By Ian K Draper @AceNewsServices

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' Israeli Air-Strikes Take Their Toll on the Gaza Health Services as Deaths and Injuries Rise '

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL (Gaza Strip) – July 11 – Healthcare services in Gaza are on the brink of collapse as the death toll climbs amid a shortage of medical supplies and fuel for hospital generators, the WHO has warned. Ninety Palestinians have been killed so far, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

As Israel escalated its air-strikes on Thursday, the Gaza Health Ministry reported that the death toll had reached 90 people, while the number of injured had climbed to 500.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that Palestinian healthcare services are not able to handle the wave of people requiring medical attention.

"A hospital, three clinics and a water desalinisation centre in a refugee camp have also been damaged. More air strikes and missile attacks are likely," the WHO said in a statement.

"The recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip raises concern about the ability of the government and the Ministry of Health of the occupied Palestinian territory to cope with the increased burden of medical emergencies on the health system, given the high levels of shortages of medicines, medical disposables and hospital fuel supplies, and rising healthcare debt," it added.

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‘ Israel’s Army Detain 37 Palestinians In Possible Connection to Three Missing Teenagers ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – June 23 – Israel’s army has detained another 37 Palestinians overnight as it searched for three missing teenagers, Reuters said.

The latest operations took place in Jenin, a militant stronghold, and in the Hebron area, close to where the three disappeared while hitch-hiking.

The military says it has detained 361 people since the Israeli students went missing on June 12.

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` Israeli Government Suspends Middle East Peace Talks with Threats to Impose Sanctions on Palestinians ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL April 29 – (ALJ) – The Israeli government on Thursday suspended Middle East talks and threatened to impose new sanctions against the Palestinians in response to a unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions, pushing an embattled U.S. peace initiative to the brink of collapse.

Israel’s Security Cabinet made the decision during a six-hour emergency meeting convened to discuss the Palestinian deal, which was announced Wednesday by Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah as part of a reconciliation plan meant to end their seven-year rift. The deal envisions a unity government within five weeks and elections six months later.

Israel objects to any form of participation in Palestinian politics by Hamas. The Islamist group is currently in charge of the besieged Gaza Strip, which is territorially separate from the West Bank, where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas exercises limited self-governance under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas is designated as a “terrorist” organization by the United States and European Union for numerous fatal attacks against Israelis over the years.

Thursday’s decision was the latest — and perhaps final — blow to the negotiation process led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for the past nine months.

Speaking at the State Department on Thursday, Kerry acknowledged the roadblock in talks but said he remained resolute on continuing negotiations.

In a statement issued by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, the government said it would not hold negotiations with a government that “leans on Hamas.”

“Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen made a pact with a murderous terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel,” it said, using Mahmoud Abbas’ nickname. “The alliance between Abu Mazen and Hamas was signed while Israel was making efforts to promote negotiations with the Palestinians … He who chooses Hamas’ terror does not want peace.”

The statement also said Israel will respond to Abbas’ recent decision to join 15 international conventions “with a series of steps,” language that typically refers to financial sanctions against the Palestinians.

Israel has already halted transferring tax and customs money it collects on the Palestinians’ behalf, worth some $100 million a month. Those funds help keep Abbas’ self-rule government afloat.

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` Explosion at `Training Camp ‘ of ` Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades ‘ in Gaza Strip ‘ Kills 3 Palestinians – Reports ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA STRIP – April 16 – An explosion in the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians and wounded five on Wednesday, AFP reported, citing a medical official.

The three killed were in their 20’s, Hamas’s Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Qudra said.

The other five were in serious condition.

The blast reportedly took place at a training camp belonging to Hamas’s armed wing the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades east of the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, but the cause of the blast was unclear.

Last month, the group said a blast during a “training session in bomb-making” killed a Qassam Brigades member and injured six others.

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John Kerry alters his Travel Schedule to Meet with ` Benjamin Netanyahu ‘ over the Stalled Peace Talks ‘

#AceWorldNews – JERUSALEM – April 01 – United States Secretary of State John Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

The meeting was staged as the US tries to salvage stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Kerry altered his travel schedule on Monday for a flying visit to Jerusalem, but there was no word of any breakthrough. The US Secretary of State might return to the region once more late Wednesday to see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a Palestinian official said.

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` Israeli – Palestinian talks will be Extended beyond `April 29 ‘ to try to Resolve Release of Palestinian Detainees ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEL AVIV – March 31 – It will be clear within “days” whether the Israeli-Palestinian talks will be extended beyond April 29 deadline, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

“It could be a matter of just days,” Netanyahu told ministers from his Likud Party.

“Either the matter will be resolved or it will blow up. And in any case, there won’t be any deal without Israel knowing clearly what it will get in exchange,” he said as diplomatic efforts continue to prevent a collapse of the negotiations over a dispute about Palestinian prisoners.

Earlier, Tel Aviv informed the Palestinians that they would not free the detainees.

The Palestinians said they will not consider extending the talks without the prisoners being freed.

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` Israeli Troops killed 3 ` Palestinians ‘ in the ` West Bank ‘ in a raid to capture a Hamas Militant ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – 22 March – Israeli troops have killed three Palestinians in the West Bank in a raid to capture a Hamas Islamist militant.

The Israeli military said they raided a home in a refugee camp in Jenin and killed Hamza Abu Alhija, a Hamas militant, after he opened fire on them.

A further two Palestinians were shot dead as Israeli forces confronted protesters throwing rocks and petrol bombs at them during the raid.

The Palestinian Authority denounced the violence and said it jeopardizes the fragile US brokered peace talks.

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged Washington “to prevent a collapse in negotiations”.

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