Anti-Israel demonstrators targeted Jewish-owned businesses in NYC's diamond district last week chanting 'free Palestine' and were met with a spontaneous pro-Israel rally by the community that silenced them.
The protesters shouted "free, free Palestine," "free, free Gaza." Local store owners and others in the community took to the streets and countered the protests yelling "Hamas Terrorists" and cheered on the Israel Defense forces, chanting "IDF." Some even broke out into song.
Photojournalist Danielle Avel captured footage of the confrontation. more >>
Israel withdrew its ground forces from Gaza Tuesday morning to start a 72-hour cease-fire mediated by Egypt, to engage in talks on ending a four-week conflict that has killed nearly 2,000 Palestinians and Israelis.
The temporary cease-fire was agreed to by both Israel and Hamas late Monday night. Israel has also said that its army completed its main objective of the ground assault, including the destruction of cross-border infiltration tunnels from Gaza.
"Following reports of a temporary cease-fire, negotiations for the implementation of the Egyptian initiative will begin. We call on the Israeli side and the Palestinian side to come to Cairo for open discussions on a permanent cease-fire, and we hope to see stability in the region soon," said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in a statement, according to Haaretz. more >>
President Obama had an exchange of words with a heckler who was shouting "Jesus is the Lord of Israel" during his speech in Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday.
The woman was reportedly yelling from the balcony of Kansas City's Uptown Theater, where Obama was minutes into delivering his speech about the economy.
Bolivia has officially declared Israel a "terrorist state," while several South American countries have pulled their ambassadors from Israel in protest of the ongoing war with militant Islamist group Hamas in Gaza. Israel's military has announced that it will continue fighting, however, until it destroys the terrorist tunnels it says are used by Hamas to attack soldiers and civilians inside Israel.
Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a "terrorist state" Wednesday, placing it in a "group 3" category of countries and requiring Israeli nationals to obtain visas before traveling to Bolivia, something which was not previously needed.
Morales broke off diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in 2009, and asserts in regards to the Gaza conflict that "Israel does not respect the principles or purposes of the United Nations charter nor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," according to Bolivian daily Página Siete. more >>
An Israeli bombardment has partially destroyed a Catholic school, along with the parish priest's office and other church facilities in a raid on Gaza on Tuesday. As many as 29 disabled children and nine elderly women are said to have been living at the complex, with the parish priest condemning the "absurd war" between Israel and Hamas.
"We had a tough night, but we are here. This war is absurd,'' said parish priest Jorge Hernandez, who was living at the Holy Family Catholic church, alongside three nuns with the Mother Theresa order, according to Fides News Agency.
"After destroying the neighborhood of Shujayeh, now Zeitun is being targeted. Everything happens around us. The Hamas militants continue to fire rockets and then hide in the alleys. And we cannot do anything. We cannot evacuate, it is impossible with children. Their families live here. It is more dangerous to go out than stay here. We try to stay in safer places, always on the ground floor." more >>
Thousands of people gathered in two different cities in France this past week to offer their support and opposition to Israel in its continued conflict with Hamas and the Gaza Strip.
Those supporting Israel's efforts to defend itself from Hamas rockets gathered in Marseille, located in the south of France to march on Sunday. Nearly 2,000 pro-Israel demonstrators reportedly gathered in the streets to offer their support to the Middle Eastern country; they were shielded by riot police from nearby pro-Palestine protesters.
"We are here to show our solidarity with Israel, which has been attacked and has a right to defend itself," William Labi, who leads the governing body of Marseille's Jewish congregations, told Reuters. more >>