Tag: Arab

‘Historic’ plan unveiled to link Arab states to Israeli ports

Transportation and Intelligence Minister Israel Katz unveiled an ambitious plan on Wednesday to give Jordan, Saudi Arabia and even Iraq access to the Mediterranean through Israel’s ports in Haifa and Ashdod, in a plan called “Tracks for Peace.” Under the plan, the Haifa to Beit She’an train link would be extended eastward to the border […]

Thousands of Israeli Arabs call on Independence Day for return to homes

Thousands of Arab Israelis from across the country attended a demonstration in the Negev on Independence Day – the 19th annual event – calling for a return to their villages lost during the War of Independence.   As Palestinian flags waved in the crowd and the national anthem Biladi (My Country) blared, thousands stood with […]

Ya’alon: Arab states are seeking out nukes in wake of Iran deal

Israel is “seeing signs that states in the Arab world are preparing to get nuclear weapons, because they are unwilling to sit quietly with a nuclear Iran, or an Iran on the verge of a nuclear bomb,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told fellow defense ministers at the Munich security conference on Saturday.   Israel is […]

‘If Israel wasn’t occupying West Bank, Palestinian kids wouldn’t need to kill Jews’

A lawmaker with the Arab nationalist Balad Party rejected accusations on Tuesday that his colleagues’ meeting with the families of Palestinian terrorists last week was tantamount to “a provocation.”   The Knesset Ethics Committee suspended Balad’s three MKs from all Knesset activity except for voting on Monday for up to four months, days after the […]

Jerusalem Jewish group’s anti-Arab patrol

In Jerusalem, an ultra-nationalist Jewish group called Lehava has been organising patrols aimed at stopping Jewish Israelis from even talking to Arabs. As tensions between Israelis and Palestinians remain high amid spiralling violence, relations between the two communities have become more strained.

Arab MKs meet with families of terrorists

The three MKs in question are Haneen Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka, and Basel Ghattas. Among the relatives of what the MK’s called “shaheeds” (martyrs) was the father of Baha Aliyan, the terrorist who murdered three in a combined stabbing and shooting attack on a Jerusalem bus, along with his collaborator Bilal Ranem.   Aliyan’s father said […]

Netanyahu, Edelstein complain against Arab MKs

In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on Thursday evening announced they would file a personal complaint with the Knesset Ethics Committee against the Arab MKs who met with family members of terrorists who murdered Israelis.   The three MKs in question are Jamal Zahalka, Hanin Zoabi and Basel […]

Will Palestinians thwart Reform Kotel plaza?

The religious leadership of the Palestinian Authority (PA) has expressed fierce opposition to the new decision of the Israeli government to expand the non-Orthodox mixed prayer section of the Western Wall (Kotel).   PA Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Hussein reissued claims that the Kotel is a Muslim site belonging to the Islamic Waqf, referring to it as […]

Israeli Arabs furious over Islamic Movement ban, to mark day for Israeli Arab rights

Former Hadash head Muhammad Barakeh, who is currently the leader of the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee, said on Sunday at a meeting to protest the banning of the Islamic Movement that this coming Saturday there will be a world day to address Arab Israeli rights in 30 countries.   “We are widening and continuing the […]

Exclusive: In favoring Middle East ally, U.S. glossed over human rights record

As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the Gulf sultanate of Oman from an embarrassing public rebuke over its human rights record, rewarding a close Arab ally that helped broker the historic deal.   In a highly unusual intervention, the department’s hierarchy overruled its […]