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Michael Ben-Ari (centre) came under fire for comments he made about Israeli Arabs [Ronen Zvulun-Reuters]

Israel: Top court bans Jewish Power’s Michael Ben-Ari from polls

Israel's Supreme Court has banned the leader of a far-right ultranationalist party from running in next month's elections.
Abdel-Azim Salhab attended Friday prayers near the Al-Rahma gate located inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex [Ammar Awad-Reuters]

Israel arrests top Waqf officials in Jerusalem in overnight raid

Israeli police have arrested the head of the Islamic authority that oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem following recent protests, an official from the authority said.
Palestinians at the central post office in Gaza City received financial aid from the Qatari government [Mahmud Hams-AFP]

Qatar begins distributing cash to Gaza residents

Thousands of impoverished Gazans received $100 payments from Qatar on Saturday, the AFP news agency reported, after the Gulf state brought in over $9m in aid funds for the Palestinian territory.

Jailed Palestinian who sold land to Israelis set to be freed

A Palestinian man who received a life sentence for selling property in occupied territory to Israelis is set to be released to the United States, Israeli media reported.
Palestinians gather at the site devastated after an Israeli air attack hit a five-story building in the southern Gaza Strip [Anadolu Agency]

Hamas sentences six suspected Palestinian spies to death

A military court controlled by Hamas in the Gaza Strip has sentenced six Palestinians to death for allegedly collaborating with Israel.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Report: Saudi sought to buy Israeli hacking technology

An Israeli technology firm specialising in cyber intelligence offered Saudi Arabia a highly advanced system that hacks into cellphones, months before the kingdom's crown prince launched a mass purge, according to Haaretz.
Adnan Gheith

Israel rearrests Palestinian Jerusalem governor

Israeli police arrested the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem for the second time in as many months, a spokesman said Sunday, after reports of an investigation related to a land sale.

Palestine denounces illegal Israeli settlement plan in Hebron

The Palestinian Authority has denounced an Israeli decision to expand an illegal settlement in the heart of Hebron city, describing the move as a declaration of war against the Palestinian people.

Donald Trump administration to close Palestine diplomatic office in Washington DC

The United States will shut the Palestine Liberation Organisation's diplomatic office in Washington DC over the Palestinian government's refusal to enter into US-led negotiations with Israel.
Israel's strikes have been largely ignored by Russia, which is backing Damascus [Jim Hollander-EPA]

Israel says it launched 200 strikes in Syria since 2017

Israel has launched more than 200 air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria over the past year and a half, a senior Israel official revealed.
Dareen Tatour poses for a picture during an interview at her house in Reineh, northern Israel [Ammar Awad-Reuters]

Palestinian poet jailed over Facebook poem

Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour has been sentenced to five months in prison for a poem she posted on Facebook.

Iran turns to diplomacy amid high regional tensions

Iran's foreign minister will embark on a diplomatic tour to try to salvage the nuclear deal amid high tensions following the US withdrawal and global fears over reports of unprecedented clashes with Israel in Syria.

Israel boycotts film festival over Foxtrot screening

Israel is boycotting a film festival in Paris which plans to screen "Foxtrot", an acclaimed drama which depicts the Israeli army covering up the deaths of Palestinian teenagers.

Israel passes bill making it harder to divide Jerusalem

Israeli legislators have approved a bill that makes it more difficult to divide Jerusalem.

Israel to jail undocumented African asylum seekers after 90 days

The Israeli government said thousands of African asylum seekers, who have applied for refugee status in Israel but have not received a response, must leave the country within 90 days or face imprisonment.

Donald Trump’s UN Jerusalem failure a ‘gift to Iran’ – Haaretz

US President Donald Trump's failure to rally support at the United Nations for his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital amounted to a "gift to Iran", according to an analysis published by the Haaretz daily news website.

Vote against Jerusalem recognition, incur US wrath – Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor Thursday of the United Nations resolution rejecting Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

US envoy Nikki Haley sends threatening letter to UN members over Jerusalem

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has sent a threatening letter to members of the UN General Assembly ahead of a vote on a resolution against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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