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US lawmaker Ilhan Omar defends herself after she’s rebuked by her fellow Democrats for comparing the US & Israel to Hamas and the Taliban
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US lawmaker Ilhan Omar defends herself after she’s rebuked by her fellow Democrats for comparing the US & Israel to Hamas and the Taliban

US congresswoman, Ilhan Omar has come out to defend herself after a rare rebuke from her Democrat colleagues following remarks she made comparing the US and Israel to terrorist groups, Hamas and the Taliban. On Monday, June 7, the Minnesota representative, originally from Somalia tweeted that "we have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban". "We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity," she wrote, including a video of her questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a committee hearing in the House of Representatives.     In response, 11 Jewish Democratic lawmakers called on Ilhan Omar to "clarify her words", while Republicans and significantl...
Scenes of horror unfold in Gaza as Israel-Palestinian conflict marks its deadliest day
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Scenes of horror unfold in Gaza as Israel-Palestinian conflict marks its deadliest day

Data from Israeli authorities and the Palestinian Health Ministry have revealed that Israel bombed the house of Hamas' Gaza leader and obliterated a family's home in Gaza as Hamas launched more than 100 rockets toward Israel on Sunday May 16, marking the deadliest day of the week-long conflict so far. Two Israeli airstrikes in Gaza killed at least 43 Palestinians -- including eight children -- and injured 50 others, most of whom were women and children early Sunday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. With the latest casualties, the death toll in Gaza has climbed to a total of 197, including at least 58 children and 34 women, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Since the beginning of the airstrikes on Gaza this week, at least 1,225 have been injured, wi...
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Hamas Says Will Not Attend Palestinian Meeting Over Jerusalem

Islamist movement Hamas said Saturday it would not participate in a meeting of Palestinian leaders to debate responses to the controversial US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The decision not to take part in the meeting to begin late Sunday is a further setback to failing reconciliation efforts between leading Palestinian factions. “We have taken the decision not to participate in the meeting of the (Palestinian) Central Council in Ramallah,” Hamas said in a statement, however stressing its “commitment to the unity of our people”. “The conditions under which the committee will be held will not enable it to carry out a comprehensive and responsible political review, and will prevent decisions that reach the level of our aspirations.” The two-day meeting will bring ...
ISIS Declares War On Hamas For Failing To Stop Trump’s Jerusalem Move
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ISIS Declares War On Hamas For Failing To Stop Trump’s Jerusalem Move

The Egyptian branch of ISIS has declared war on Palestinian terrorist group Hamas for failing to stop Donald Trump declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In a brutal propaganda video — purporting to show the execution of a Hamas affiliate — the jihadi group declared war on the Palestinian terror group, which controls much of the Gaza Strip. Tensions between the rival terrorist organisations have spiralled since 2015, when ISIS released a video saying it would overthrow Gaza’s ‘tyrants’ for their apparent lack of religious fundamentalism. ISIS’s most recent video released on Wednesday shows the man, accused of selling weapons to Hamas, on his knees in an orange jumpsuit. In the footage, the group says it had also declared war on Hamas for its crackdown on small ultra-conservativ...
New Protests Flare Over Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration
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New Protests Flare Over Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration

New protests flared in the Middle East and elsewhere Sunday over US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that has drawn global condemnation and sparked days of unrest in the Palestinian territories. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has repeatedly warned of the consequences of Trump’s move, also lashed out by calling Israel a “terrorist state” that “kills children”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, hit back, calling Erdogan a leader who “bombs Kurdish villagers” and “helps terrorists”. Trump’s announcement on Wednesday sparked days of protests and clashes in the Palestinian territories. Four Palestinians were killed either in clashes or by Israeli a...
Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh Says Deal Reached With Rival Fatah On Gaza
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Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh Says Deal Reached With Rival Fatah On Gaza

The leader of Hamas said on Thursday that his group has reached an agreement with the rival Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after Egyptian-brokered talks about the terms of control of the Gaza Strip. Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement that details would be announced later in the day in Cairo. The development follows two days of Hamas-Fatah talks in Cairo under what Haniyeh called “generous Egyptian auspices.” The talks marked the latest in a series of attempts to end a decade-long Palestinian territorial, political and ideological split that has crippled Palestinian statehood aspirations. In 2007, a year after winning Palestinian parliament elections, the Islamic militant Hamas evicted Abbas’ Western-backed Palestinian Authority from Gaza. Abbas was left with au...
Netanyahu Asks ICRC To Help Return Soldiers Remains From Gaza
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Netanyahu Asks ICRC To Help Return Soldiers Remains From Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Wednesday for the International Committee of the Red Cross to help return civilians and the bodies of soldiers held in Gaza as he met the organisation’s head. “We are concerned about this unbelievable cruelty,” Netanyahu said after talks with ICRC president Peter Maurer, who is on a three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Two Israeli soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, are believed to have been killed in the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip and their remains held by the Islamic movement Hamas which runs the Palestinian territory. Three Israeli civilians, all said to be mentally unstable, are also believed to have entered Gaza and to be held by Hamas. The ICRC can help in “retrieving the bodies of our fallen soldie...
Israeli Army Reveals Details Of Gaza Border Wall
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Israeli Army Reveals Details Of Gaza Border Wall

Israel has revealed the construction of a sensor-equipped underground wall alongside the 60km border with the Gaza Strip, which it described as a counter-measure to Hamas tunnels leading outside of its coastal territory. Israeli media published new disclosures by the military on Thursday about the project, costing $1.1bn and to be completed within two years under an accelerated schedule. The underground wall, which will be built from concrete and be fitted with sensors, is expected to reach dozens of metres deep into the ground and to stand at six metres high from ground level. Israel has described it as a territorial counterpart to its Iron Dome short-range rocket interceptor, capable of blunting Hamas's limited means of challenging its superior armed forces. The Israeli Haare...
Four Palestinians Wounded In Israel Airstrikes On Gaza
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Four Palestinians Wounded In Israel Airstrikes On Gaza

At least four Palestinians have been wounded, one of them seriously, after Israel carried out airstrikes on Hamas locations in Gaza. The strikes on Tuesday targeted three locations in Gaza, officials told Al Jazeera. The Israeli military said it carried out the airstrikes in response to a rocket fired toward Israel. Hamas spokesmen Hazem Qasem, however, rejected Israel’s claims. “The airstrikes targeted Hamas positions in the centre of the Gaza Strip,” Qasem told Al Jazeera. “The occupation claims that a group from Gaza launched rockets at them, but there is no side in Gaza that has claimed responsibility. “We are maintaining the period of calm and did not launch any rockets. It is not beneficial for the occupation to violate this period of calm.” The emergency directo...
31 Sentenced To Death In Hisham Barakat’s Killing
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31 Sentenced To Death In Hisham Barakat’s Killing

An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced to death 31 people for their alleged part in the June 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat. The ruling on Saturday, issued by judge Hassan Farid, referred the case to the country's top theologian to get his non-binding opinion on the death sentences, a formality followed by courts in the case of capital punishment. Delivering the verdict, Farid called Barakat's assassination a "heinous and cowardly conspiracy". "They shed the blood of a Muslim while he was fasting in Ramadan," Farid said, referring to the holy month for Muslims that fell in July in 2015. "And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell," the judge added, quoting a verse from Islam's holy book, the Quran. Barakat was app...
Qatar Says State News Agency First Hacked In April
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Qatar Says State News Agency First Hacked In April

Qatari investigators have said that a cyber attack which saw the publication of explosive fake news last month that helped trigger a crisis with Gulf neighbours was prepared in April. In a preliminary report published late on Wednesday, the investigators did not say who they held responsible for the hack but said that both Britain and the United States were helping with their inquiry. The comments attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on incendiary issues such as Israel, Iran and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas were one of the reasons cited by Saudi Arabia and its allies on Monday for imposing a diplomatic and economic blockade on Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain gave Qatari citizens 14 days to leave and closed their airspace to all Qa...
Hackers Leak Emails From UAE Ambassador To US
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Hackers Leak Emails From UAE Ambassador To US

Hackers have released the first series of emails taken from the inbox of the UAE's ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba. The Intercept reported on Saturday that the emails, released by a group called "Global Leaks", show a close relationship between al-Otaiba and a pro-Israel, neoconservative think tank - the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). The hacked emails, some of which date back to 2014, reveal a high-level of backchannel cooperation between the FDD, which is funded by pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Anderson, and the Gulf country. They also appear to show clear collaboration between the FDD and the UAE on a campaign to downgrade the image and importance of Qatar as a regional and global power, including collusion with journalists who have published ar...
Israel Strikes At Hamas Post After Attack
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Israel Strikes At Hamas Post After Attack

The Israeli military says it has struck a Hamas post in the southern Gaza Strip in response to an attack on an Israeli military vehicle. No one was wounded in Sunday's exchange. It marked a rare flare-up along the tense border that has remained largely quiet since a bloody 50-day war between Israel and Gaza militants in the northern summer of 2014. Israel typically responds to any fire toward it, holding Gaza's Hamas rulers responsible for all attacks emanating from the territory. Since the 2014 war a cease-fire has largely held. But militants in Gaza occasionally launch rockets toward Israel. Neither side appears interested in an escalation, though casualties could spark more violence.  
Honey Traps Hack Israeli Soldiers’ Phones
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Honey Traps Hack Israeli Soldiers’ Phones

Using photos of young women and Hebrew slang, the Palestinian militant group Hamas chatted up dozens of Israeli soldiers online, gaining control of their phone cameras and microphones, the military says. An officer, who briefed reporters on the alleged scam, said the Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip uncovered no major military secrets in the intelligence-gathering operation. Mainly using Facebook, Hamas used fake online identities and photos of young women, apparently found on the internet, to lure soldiers in, the officer said. "Just a second, I'll send you a photo, my dear," one "woman" wrote. "OK. Ha-ha," the soldier replied, before a photo of a blonde woman in a swimsuit popped up. The "woman" then suggested they both download "a simple app that lets us have...

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