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Biden sanctions aim to curb Jewish settler attacks. Some Israelis fear a wider impact.

Biden sanctions aim to curb Jewish settler attacks. Some Israelis fear a wider impact.

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinians in the West Bank have continued despite sanctions that President Biden introduced on Feb. 1 against settlers accused of violence. So far, four Israelis have been denied access to any property and bank accounts they may have in the U.S. and are barred from entering the country. France and the United Kingdom have also sanctioned more than 30 individuals. “We are talking about Jewish terror,” said Avi Dabush, the CEO of Rabbis for Human Rights, an Israeli nongovernmental organization. “Their ideology stems from religious fanaticism.” According to that ideology, only Jews have the right and even obligation to live in what was once the biblical Land of Israel, and Palestinians are not welcome.  Although the young men and teenagers who commit violence comprise only a tiny fraction — estimates range between a few hundred to 3,000 or 4,000 — of the nearly 500,000 Jews who live in the West Bank, their actions have long inflamed tensions between Jews and Arabs. The tensions have only grown since …

US investigators visit homes of two Palestinian-American teens killed in the West Bank

US investigators visit homes of two Palestinian-American teens killed in the West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) — The families of two Palestinian-American teenagers killed in separate but eerily similar incidents in the West Bank say investigators from the American Embassy have visited their homes to look into the shootings. Launching American probes into the killings of Mohammad Khdour and Tawfic Abdel Jabbar reflects what appears to be a lack of confidence in the Israeli justice system to properly investigate the cases. Rights groups have long said that Israeli investigations into killings of Palestinians rarely lead to prosecutions, and the State Department has previously called for an “expeditious” and “thorough” Israeli investigation into Abdel Jabbar’s killing. Both shootings happened as the Biden administration signals a desire to crack down on settler violence in the volatile territory. Khdour, who was born in Hollywood, Florida, was shot last Saturday while driving with a cousin on a hillside in Biddu, the town just outside of Jerusalem where Khdour had lived since the age of 2, relatives said. Seeking some fresh air after studying, Khdour joined the cousin on a drive to the forested …

Blinken’s Make-or-Break Tour of the Middle East

Blinken’s Make-or-Break Tour of the Middle East

The United States has probably never been under so much pressure to solve the problems of the Middle East. The war in Gaza threatens to spill across the region, and whether Washington can resolve, or even simply contain and de-escalate, the tensions surrounding it may well determine the future of American authority in the Middle East. Whatever the outcome, the current imbroglio is almost certain to mark a turning point for Washington’s role in the region. That’s why Secretary of State Antony Blinken has set out on a grand tour of American allies in the Middle East with a portfolio of interlocking diplomatic proposals. Blinken’s first objective, and that of U.S. policy more broadly, is to keep the current conflict essentially contained to Gaza, wind it down there, and use the opportunity to construct a more stable Middle East in the aftermath, on the bedrock of Israeli-Saudi relations and Palestinian statehood. But Washington will have a hard time selling this agenda to its adversaries—and an even harder time selling it to its Israeli friends. The …

Iran’s Proxies Are Out of Control

Iran’s Proxies Are Out of Control

Iran and the United States have been in a shadow war with each other for years. That the conflict has never spilled into all-out war is only because both countries have kept to certain unwritten red lines and rules of engagement. One such rule, rarely broken in recent years, is: Thou Shall Not Kill an American Soldier. Even in January 2020, when a U.S. strike killed Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most important military figure, the Iranian response didn’t lead to a single U.S. fatality. The tit for tat that had led to the assassination had included the killing of a U.S. contractor, but no U.S. soldiers. On Sunday, this line was crossed. Three American soldiers were killed when a drone hit their living quarters in Tower 22, a small outpost in Jordan, near the country’s borders with Iraq and Syria. The attack was claimed by Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella term used by pro-Iran Iraqi Shiite militias that are backed and trained by the Islamic Republic and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). These militias …

Israeli forces dressed as women, medics storm West Bank hospital

Israeli forces dressed as women, medics storm West Bank hospital

JENIN, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces disguised as civilian women and medical workers stormed a hospital Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, killing three Palestinian militants in a dramatic raid that underscored how deadly violence has spilled into the territory from the war in Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meanwhile ruled out a military withdrawal from Gaza or the release of thousands of jailed militants — Hamas’ main two demands for any cease-fire — casting doubt on the latest efforts to end a war that has destabilized the broader Middle East. The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli forces opened fire inside the wards of the Ibn Sina Hospital in the West Bank town of Jenin. It condemned the raid and called on the international community to pressure Israel to halt such operations in hospitals. A hospital spokesperson said there was no exchange of fire, indicating it was a targeted killing. The military said the militants were using the hospital as a hideout, without providing evidence. It alleged that one of those targeted had transferred …

Witness says fatal shooting of American-Palestinian teen in the occupied West Bank was unprovoked

Witness says fatal shooting of American-Palestinian teen in the occupied West Bank was unprovoked

AL-MAZRA’A ASH-SHARQIYA, West Bank (AP) — The fatal shooting of an American-Palestinian teen driving a pickup truck in the occupied West Bank was unprovoked, the sole passenger told The Associated Press, describing apparent Israeli fire hitting the back of the vehicle before it overturned several times on a dirt road. At least 10 bullets struck the truck, which was seen by The Associated Press after Israeli investigators examined it. Most hit the back windshield and truck bed, supporting 16-year-old Mohammed Salameh’s account of the incident that killed his friend, Tawfic Abdel Jabbar, 17, a Louisiana native. From top left, Hafeth, 40, father, Mona, 36, mother, Amir, 22, brother and from down left, Yaffa, 7, and Rabea, 8, sisters, pose with a framed photo and name, of their slain family member 17-year-old Tawfic Abdel Jabbar, a teenager from Louisiana who was fatally shot last week, at the family’s Palestinian home village, Al-Mazra’a ash-Sharqiya, West Bank, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) In an initial statement, Israeli police said Friday’s shooting targeted people “purportedly engaged in …

Israeli army orders refugees to leave Gaza shelter hit by tank shelling, UN says

Israeli army orders refugees to leave Gaza shelter hit by tank shelling, UN says

Gaza’s health ministry collects data from the enclave’s hospitals and the Palestinian Red Crescent. The health ministry does not report how Palestinians were killed, whether from Israeli airstrikes and artillery barrages or errant Palestinian rocket fire. It describes all casualties as victims of “Israeli aggression”. The ministry also does not distinguish between civilians and combatants.  Throughout four wars and numerous skirmishes between Israel and Hamas, UN agencies have cited the Hamas-run health ministry’s death tolls in regular reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross and Palestinian Red Crescent also use the numbers. In the aftermath of war, the UN humanitarian office has published final death tolls based on its own research into medical records. The UN’s counts have largely been consistent with the Gaza health ministry’s, with small discrepancies.  For more on the Gaza health ministry’s tolls, click here. (FRANCE 24 with AP)  Source link

Houthis fire 3 missiles toward US-flagged ship in Gulf of Aden, US military says

Houthis fire 3 missiles toward US-flagged ship in Gulf of Aden, US military says

Gaza’s health ministry collects data from the enclave’s hospitals and the Palestinian Red Crescent. The health ministry does not report how Palestinians were killed, whether from Israeli airstrikes and artillery barrages or errant Palestinian rocket fire. It describes all casualties as victims of “Israeli aggression”. The ministry also does not distinguish between civilians and combatants.  Throughout four wars and numerous skirmishes between Israel and Hamas, UN agencies have cited the Hamas-run health ministry’s death tolls in regular reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross and Palestinian Red Crescent also use the numbers. In the aftermath of war, the UN humanitarian office has published final death tolls based on its own research into medical records. The UN’s counts have largely been consistent with the Gaza health ministry’s, with small discrepancies.  For more on the Gaza health ministry’s tolls, click here. (FRANCE 24 with AP)  Source link

‘90% have lost their jobs’: War plunges West Bank construction workers into poverty

‘90% have lost their jobs’: War plunges West Bank construction workers into poverty

Issued on: 23/01/2024 – 10:36Modified: 23/01/2024 – 13:19 03:11 Some 160,000 Palestinian workers used to cross over into Israel from the West Bank every day, the vast majority of them construction workers. But ever since the Hamas-led attack on October 7, they have been banned from entering, plunging many into unemployment and poverty. And for Israel too, it’s been a massive financial hit. FRANCE 24’s Catherine Norris Trent, Ludovic de Foucaud and Mohamed Farhat report. Read more on related topics: Source link