Monday, 27 Sep 2021

Middle East

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Five Killed in West Bank Shootouts

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces killed five Palestinians in armed confrontations in the occupied West Bank early on Sunday, according to Israeli officials. They said the gun battles occurred during a series of raids intended to thwart a terrorist attack on Israeli civilians. Two Israeli soldiers were also severely wounded in one of the shootouts. The […]

Women Enslaved by ISIS Say They Did Not Consent to a Film About Them

In a critically acclaimed documentary on the rescue of women and girls sexually enslaved by ISIS, tension-filled scenes play out in a Syrian detention camp and later in a safe house where victims are faced with agonizing choices. The film, “Sabaya,” from Sweden, won the prestigious Sundance Film Festival award for best director of a […]

Women Enslaved by ISIS Say They Did Not Consent to a Film About Them

In a critically acclaimed documentary on the rescue of women and girls sexually enslaved by ISIS, tension-filled scenes play out in a Syrian detention camp and later in a safe house where victims are faced with agonizing choices. The film, “Sabaya,” from Sweden, won the prestigious Sundance Film Festival award for best director of a […]

In Reversal, Israel’s New Government Engages With Palestinian Authority

The government has held high-level meetings with Palestinian officials and aided the Palestinians economically, a sharp change from the previous government. By Adam Rasgon JERUSALEM — One night last month, a top Israeli minister traveled the winding roads of the occupied West Bank to meet Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. The meeting […]

Israel captures last two prisoners who escaped from Gilboa prison

TEL AVIV/RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (REUTERS) – Israeli police on Sunday (Sept 19) captured the last two of six Palestinian militants who had escaped from a maximum security prison more than 10 days ago, in an escape that embarrassed Israel’s security establishment but delighted Palestinians. The two members of the Islamic Jihad militant group were apprehended before […]

Spoons become a new symbol of Palestinian 'freedom'

JERUSALEM (AFP) – The humble spoon has taken its place alongside traditional flags and banners as a Palestinian resistance symbol, after prisoners were said to have carried out one of Israel’s most spectacular jailbreaks with the utensil. When the six Palestinian militants escaped through a tunnel on Sept 6 from the high security Gilboa prison, social […]

With Fuel from Iran, Hezbollah Steps In Where Lebanon Has Failed

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Hezbollah militant group said it trucked more than a million gallons of Iranian diesel fuel into Lebanon from Syria on Thursday, celebrating the move as a way of spiting the United States while bringing much-needed aid to a country nearly paralyzed by fuel shortages. With Lebanon suffering one of the worst […]

IAEA chief in Iran for talks before showdown with West

DUBAI (REUTERS) – UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi is set for talks in Iran on Sunday (Sept 12) that may ease a standoff between Teheran and the West just as it threatens to escalate and scupper negotiations on reviving the Iran nuclear deal. Mr Grossi arrived in Teheran overnight, Iranian state media said, ahead […]

For a Fractured Israel, a Film Offers Ominous Lessons From Ancient Past

JERUSALEM — A gripping political thriller swept across cinema screens in Israel this summer, with the movie prompting impassioned debate and striking a particularly resonant chord with Israel’s precarious new government. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a right-winger, urged lawmakers to see the film during a recent, stormy session of Parliament. The new president, Isaac Herzog, […]

Israeli police catch two more Palestinian jail escapees, two still at large

NAZARETH, ISRAEL (REUTERS) – Israeli police captured two more Palestinian militants early on Saturday (Sept 11) who were among six who escaped from a maximum security Israeli jail earlier this week, a police spokesman said. The two men were found hiding in a lorry parking lot in an Arab village east of the northern Israeli city […]