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African scholars to boycott Israeli academic institutions

Palestinians collect body parts in a classrom bombed by Israeli forces recently.

By Jessica A Badebye African scholars have joined the growing number of academic associations from the United States of America, that have endorsed boycott resolutions on Israeli academic institutions in their bid to show solidarity with Palestine. The scholars have further pledged not to collaborate on projects, events involving Israeli academic institutions, not to teach at or to attend any conferences, events and not to publish in any academic journals in Israeli institutions. In a press release issued to The London Evening Post, the Dakar-based community expressed its interest and responsibility to respond to the obstacles to the right to higher education that the Israeli state has created for Palestinians … Continue reading

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Israel and Hamas agree on a new 72-hour ceasefire

Israeli-air-strikes-and-Palestinian-rocket-fire-continued-on-sunday as truce was being negotiated.

A three-day truce has come into effect between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, after a day of intense diplomacy. It is hoped the latest truce, which came into effect at 21:00 GMT, will help negotiators agree a longer peace. Egypt brokered a similar truce last week, but fighting resumed after the three-day window ended. About 2,000 people have died in the conflict, which began on 8 July when Israel launched an operation to deter militant attacks from Gaza. Those killed include more than 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to the UN. Sixty-seven people have died on the Israeli side, including three civilians. Israeli media were reporting warning sirens for … Continue reading

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Israelis and Gaza militants defy truce efforts

An explosion from an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City on Saturday.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan Israel launched more than 30 air attacks in Gaza on Saturday, killing seven Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to revive a ceasefire. The violence seemed to delay any progress in talks brokered by Egypt aimed at securing a permanent truce. Israel had no plans to send negotiators back to Cairo “as long as the shooting goes on”, an Israeli official said on condition of anonymity. Medical officials in Gaza said two Palestinians were killed when their motorcycle was bombed and the bodies of three others were found beneath the rubble of one … Continue reading

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Iran’s Salehi says U.S. is changing approach to Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday he saw U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden’s offer this weekend of bilateral dialogue between their two countries as a sign of a change in approach to Tehran by Washington. Iran is embroiled in a long stand-off with big powers over its nuclear program. Tehran insists its atomic activity is for peaceful energy only while the United States and other powers suspect it of seeking the capability to build a nuclear weapon. “As I said yesterday, I am optimistic, I feel this new administration is really this time seeking to at least divert from its previous traditional approach vis-a-vis my country,” Salehi told … Continue reading

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Former Israeli Security Chief calls Netanyahu a poor leader

In a harsh interview published on Friday, less than three weeks before Israel’s national elections, a former head of the internal security service accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of placing his “personal, opportunistic and current interests” over those of the state when making crucial policy decisions regarding the Iranian nuclear program, the Palestinian conflict and other matters. Yuval Diskin, who resigned 18 months ago as head of the security service, known as Shin Bet, said other prime ministers he had worked closely with — both conservative and liberal — “came from this place in which the interests of the state stand above all else,” in contrast to Mr. Netanyahu and his … Continue reading

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Tension and fear in Gaza Strip after cease-fire

In the 12 years that he has lived here in the Abassam neighborhood adjacent to Gaza’s eastern border, Eyad Qudaih said, he had never ventured more than 20 yards east of his white stucco home because Israel said the area was off limits. But on Friday morning, emboldened by the new cease-fire, he took his four young daughters 300 yards east, to the small plot of land where he dreams of growing wheat as his father once did. “It was like someone who was hungry and had a big meal,” Mr. Qudaih said, shortly after touching the border fence for the first time. “Grilled sheep with nuts.” But around 11 … Continue reading

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Israel ministry paper proposes ‘toppling’ Abbas over UN bid

A position paper by Israel’s foreign ministry proposes “toppling” President Mahmoud Abbas if a Palestine’s bid for UN non-member state status is approved. The internal document says it is “the only option” if deterrence efforts do not succeed, despite the consequences. It also suggests that the Palestinians should be offered immediate recognition of statehood within provisional borders as an incentive to drop their UN bid. Mr Abbas plans to submit a request to the UN General Assembly on 29 November. Currently, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), the umbrella group which represents most Palestinian factions and conducts negotiations with Israel, only has “permanent observer” status at the UN. Mr Abbas, who … Continue reading

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Israel drops bomb on Sudanese military arms factory

Sudan has accused Israel of bombing a military arms factory, threatening retaliation after a resulting fire killed two people and injured a third. “We think Israel did the bombing,” Culture and Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told a news conference. “We reserve the right to react at a place and time we choose.” The minister said four “radar-evading” aircraft were involved in the attack, which occurred at about midnight (2100 GMT) on Tuesday at the Yarmouk military manufacturing facility in south Khartoum. It took troops several hours to contain the blaze. Evidence pointing to Israel was found among remnants of the explosives, Osman said, adding that the cabinet would hold … Continue reading

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Israel downs unknown drone in Negev Desert

THE ISRAELI air force has shot down an unidentified drone that crossed into the country yesterday, the country’s military said.  It is not clear where the aircraft came from, but it was first spotted above the Mediterranean near Gaza. Avital Leibovich, a military spokeswoman, said the drone was kept under surveillance and followed by air force jets before being shot down above a forest near the border with the West Bank. The drone was downed at about 7am GMT, after travelling some 35 miles across Israel’s southern Negev desert. Ehud Barak, the defence minister, praised the interception as “sharp and effective”.  He said: “We view with great severity the attempt … Continue reading

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U.S. has no moral obligation to stop Israel attacking Iran – Bibi

Signalling a deepening dispute with Washington over issuing ultimatums for Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that those who won’t make such demands on Tehran “don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.” In a blistering response to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s statement that the United States is “not setting deadlines” for Iran and that negotiations coupled with sanctions are the best approach, Netanyahu said that if no “red line” is established for Iran, it will continue pursuing an atomic bomb. Protesters threw shoes at a poster of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as demonstrations continued for a sixth day. “The … Continue reading

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