World leaders call for cease-fire and long-term resolution of Gaza conflict

Leaders around the world welcomed news of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas early Friday after days of hostilities killed at least 250 people, including some 70 children. After 11 days of the worst fighting in the region since 2014, global leaders called for both sides to resolve the decades-long conflict and to build a … Continue reading World leaders call for cease-fire and long-term resolution of Gaza conflict

Violence in Gaza marks a shift in American politics

For decades, Democrats and Republicans alike have stood by Israel, almost unconditionally, insisting the country has a right to defend itself. President Biden did that throughout the recent conflict as Hamas militants fired thousands of rockets into Israel. Now, Biden has pledged to help replenish Israel's air defense system while promising humanitarian aid to Gaza, … Continue reading Violence in Gaza marks a shift in American politics

Will Israel show proof of Hamas in Gaza media tower?

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he has not seen any Israeli evidence of the Hamas operating in the Gaza building that housed residences, offices and media organisations – including Al Jazeera and The Associated Press – that Israel destroyed on Saturday. Blinken said on Monday he has asked Israel for justification for the strike. The … Continue reading Will Israel show proof of Hamas in Gaza media tower?

Bella Hadid and family angry with Israel for bombing Gaza

The state of Israel slammed supermodel Bella Hadid on Sunday after she took to the streets in Brooklyn to support Palestinians in Gaza — saying her advocacy amid the escalating conflict amounts to calling for the “elimination of the Jewish state.” “When celebrities like @BellaHadid advocate for throwing Jews into the sea, they are advocating for the … Continue reading Bella Hadid and family angry with Israel for bombing Gaza

Mahmoud Abbas: Palestine has broken ties with Israel

The head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has repeatedly warned Israel that he will tear up any bilateral agreements with the Jewish state if Tel Aviv attempts to further extend its sovereignty over parts of the West Bank, a possibility left open by Israel's new unity government. The Palestinians decided to terminate all agreements … Continue reading Mahmoud Abbas: Palestine has broken ties with Israel

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What you should know about Hamas

Hamas is a Palestinian militant group whose ideology mixes Islamist extremism and Palestinian nationalism. Hamas was founded in 1987 and opposes Israel’s existence within any borders. The group's secular rival, Yasser Arafat’s Fatah, takes a more moderate approach and supports a two-state solution. Hamas pioneered the use of suicide bombers in the 1990s and 2000s … Continue reading What you should know about Hamas