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Israeli troops evict Jewish settlers from Palestinian property

Defence Minister Ehud Barak accused settlers of dictating facts on the ground

Navy chief's April Fool sails close to the wind

Sailors aboard three Israeli missile ships were on the verge of weighing anchor for a 10-day exercise abroad only to find out the entire operation was the Israeli naval chief's idea of an April Fool's prank.

Described as the 'Palestinian Nelson Mandela', Marwan Barghouti has been in jail for 10 years

Jailed Palestinian leader calls for new civil revolt against Israel

Marwan Barghouti declares peace process dead and appeals for non-violent resistance

Iran 'organised plot to blow up an Israeli ship'

The Egyptian authorities claim to have foiled an Iranian attempt to blow up Israeli vessels in the Suez Canal, a government-linked newspaper has reported.

Anti-Arab soccer fans rampage in shopping centre – but no arrests

Buoyed by a home win, Jewish fans of football club Beitar Jerusalem this week rampaged through a nearby shopping centre following an evening match, attacking Arab workers and shoppers in one of the worst racial brawls seen in the city in recent years.

Mourners file past the coffins

'We weep because we are strong': Toulouse shooting victims buried in Jerusalem

Thousands of mourners gathered at a cemetery in Jerusalem yesterday to bury three children and a teacher murdered in the attack on a Jewish school in France on Monday.

Israel’s Arabs find it hard to identify with an anthem that speaks of the yearning of the 'Jewish soul'

Israel's anthem and a row about harmony

Its lyrics extol the virtues of Zion – but when the country's leading Arab lawyer refused to sing them, his silence provoked a cacophony of protest. Catrina Stewart reports from Jerusalem

Netanyahu's speech to MPs prepares for attack on Iran

Israeli commentators speculated yesterday that the country's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is preparing the public for war against Iran after he delivered his most decisive speech yet on the nuclear threat posed by its arch foe.

Suha Arafat has lived in Paris with her daughter since her husband's death in 2004

Arafat's widow considers role in politics to 'continue legacy'

Suha Arafat says Palestinians miss the democratic rule implemented by her husband

Deal with settlers over illegal outpost 'a disgrace'

Jewish settlers have agreed to leave the largest unauthorised outpost in the occupied West Bank and move to a nearby hill in a compromise deal with the Israeli government that an anti-settler advocacy group denounced as "a disgrace".

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