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Israel NGO bill, seen as targeting left-wing groups, crosses first hurdle

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JERUSALEM A bill that opponents say targets Israeli human rights groups critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians won initial approval in parliament on Monday with the support of right-wing parties.

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Arab-Israeli lawmakers suspended for meeting families of killed Palestinians 08 Feb 2016

JERUSALEM Three Arab-Israeli lawmakers were suspended on Monday from speaking in parliament as punishment for supporting families of Palestinian assailants killed by security forces after they attacked Israelis.

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Israel may bank on Obama's successor for future U.S. aid pact - minister 08 Feb 2016

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON Israel may be unable to reach a new defence aid agreement with the Obama administration and could wait for the next U.S. president to secure better terms, a senior Israeli official said on Monday in a veiled rebuke signalling a snag in negotiations.

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Israel eyes more entry permits to Palestinian workers to douse tensions 08 Feb 2016

JERUSALEM Israel plans to increase the number of entry permits it grants to Palestinian workers, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Monday, in a drive to ease economic hardship that has contributed to a wave of Palestinian attacks.

Sudanese migrant stabs Israeli soldier, is shot dead - police 07 Feb 2016

JERUSALEM A Sudanese migrant in Israel stabbed and wounded a soldier in an apparent act of solidarity with Palestinians and was shot dead, police said.

Travel agency in isolated Gaza recalls the 'golden' 1950s 07 Feb 2016

GAZA Nabil Shurafa's travel agency in Gaza was once packed with clients booking flights to London, Paris, New York or cities across the Arab world. These days, he's lucky if anyone comes in, as so few people can get out.

Anti-Nazi centre urges dismissal of Croatia's culture minister 05 Feb 2016

ZAGREB The Israel-based Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Croatia's government on Friday to dismiss its culture minister, saying he took a disdainful attitude towards Croatian resistance to fascism during World War Two.

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Travel agency in isolated Gaza recalls the 'golden' 1950s 05 Feb 2016

GAZA Nabil Shurafa's travel agency in Gaza was once packed with clients booking flights to London, Paris, New York or cities across the Arab world. These days, he's lucky if anyone comes in, as so few people can get out.

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Israeli teenagers get long jail terms for Palestinian youth's murder 04 Feb 2016

JERUSALEM An Israeli court jailed two Jewish youths on Thursday, one for life and the other for 21 years, for the murder of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem, a crime that helped trigger the 2014 Gaza war.

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Israeli officer dies in Palestinian attack, three assailants killed 03 Feb 2016

JERUSALEM Three Palestinians armed with guns, knives and explosives killed an Israeli border policewoman and seriously wounded another before being shot dead by nearby officers at an entrance to Jerusalem's walled Old City on Wednesday, Israeli police said. | Video