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Victim of Berlin anti-Semitic attack was an Israeli Arab who 'wanted to see what it was like' to be Jewish

Victim of Berlin anti-Semitic attack was an Israeli Arab who 'wanted to see what it was like' to be JewishOne of the victims of an anti-Semitic attack in central Berlin that shocked Germany this week is not Jewish, it has emerged. Adam Armoush told German television he was wearing a Jewish kippah skullcap in an attempt to prove it was safe to wear one on the streets of Berlin. But the experiment went wrong when he and a companion were set upon in the affluent neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg and whipped with a belt by three men who shouted “Yahudi”, the Arabic word for Jew.  The main suspect in the attack, a 19-year-old Syrian named only as Knaan S, surrendered to police yesterday (THU). It is not clear whether he is a refugee. The 21-year-old Mr Armoush is an Israeli citizen of Arab descent. “I'm not Jewish, I'm an Israeli, I grew up in Israel in an Arab family,” he told Deutsche Welle television. Mr Armoush filmed himself being whipped with what appeared to be a belt in a seemingly anti-Semitic attack A Berlin resident, he said he had worn the skullcap to make a point after being warned by a friend it could be dangerous on the streets in Germany. “I was saying it's really safe and I wanted to prove it, but it ended like that,” he said.  Mr Armoush said he had grown up in an atheist family in the Israeli city of Haifa. He began to video the assault on his smartphone after the three men shouted insults at him and his companion. He suffered bruises and minor injuries in the attack. “Honestly, I’m a little surprised a thing like this could happen,” he said in a separate interview with Israeli television. The incident is the latest in a series of violent anti-Semitic attacks which are causing growing concern in Germany. Angela Merkel described it as a “horrific incident” and vowed that the German authorities would respond with “full force and resolve”. Mr Armoush said he would not allow the assault to stop him wearing a skullcap. “I’ll keep the kippah, no matter what others think,” he said.



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Israeli PM issues veiled warning to Iran over Syria tensions

Israeli PM issues veiled warning to Iran over Syria tensionsJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday issued a veiled warning to Iran, saying in a Memorial Day speech that his country will defend itself against anyone that tries to harm it.



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Israel conducted April 9 strike on Syrian airbase: NYT quotes Israeli military source

Israel conducted April 9 strike on Syrian airbase: NYT quotes Israeli military sourceIsrael maintained its official silence on Monday over its possible involvement in an April 9 air strike on a Syrian airbase after the New York Times quoted an unnamed Israeli military source as saying Israel had carried out the raid. Syria and its main ally Russia blamed Israel for the attack, near the city of Homs, which followed reports of a poison gas attack by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on the rebel-held town of Douma. Israel, which has often struck Syrian army locations during its neighbor’s seven-year civil war, has neither confirmed nor denied mounting the raid.



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Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashesHundreds attended the funeral of a well-known Palestinian journalist in Gaza on Saturday who was killed while covering mass protests along the Israeli border the previous day.



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Israeli troops kill seven Palestinians on day of heightened Gaza border protests: medics

Israeli troops kill seven Palestinians on day of heightened Gaza border protests: medicsBy Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA BORDER (Reuters) – Israeli troops shot dead seven Palestinian protesters and wounded at least 200 along the Israel-Gaza border on Friday, Gaza medical officials said, raising the death toll to 27 in the week-long disturbances. The day of violence, which saw bigger Palestinian crowds than in recent days but not as large as when the demonstration began last Friday, calmed down as night descended. Gazans, including Palestinian refugees and their descendants seeking to regain ancestral homes in what is now Israel, have set up tent encampments a few hundred meters (yards) inside the 65-km (40-mile) fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip.



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Israeli fire kills 16-year-old boy as '10,000 riot' in fresh Gaza protests

Israeli fire kills 16-year-old boy as '10,000 riot' in fresh Gaza protestsIsraeli fire has killed four people – including a 16-year-old boy – in the second mass protest in a week along Gaza's volatile border, as Palestinians torched piles of tires to create a smoke screen to block the view of snipers. Friday's death brought to 25 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire over the past week, including 18 protesters. Gaza health officials said 150 people were hospitalized Friday, but did not provide details on injuries. Friday's march was the second in what Gaza's Hamas rulers said would be several weeks of protests against a decade-old border blockade of the territory. Israel has accused the Islamic militant group of using the protests as a cover for attacking Israel's border, and has warned that those approaching the fence put their lives at risk. On Friday, thousands of Palestinians streamed to five tent encampments that organizers had set up, each about several hundred meters from the border fence. Israel's military said in a statement that "approximately 10,000 Palestinians have been rioting in five locations along the border with the Gaza Strip". In one camp near the border community of Khuzaa, smaller groups of activists moved closer to the fence after Friday's noon prayers. Associated Press video showed demonstrators torching large piles of tires, engulfing the area in black smoke meant to shield them from Israeli snipers; the faces of some of the activists appeared covered in black soot. Israeli troops on the other side of the fence responded with live fire, tear gas, rubber coated steel pellets and water cannons. Later on Friday, the shadowy Hamas leader in Gaza, Yehiyeh Sinwar, visited the Khuzaa camp, receiving a hero's welcome. He was surrounded by hundreds of supporters who chanted, "We are going to Jerusalem, millions of martyrs." Sinwar told the crowd that the world should "wait for our great move, when we breach the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa," referring to the major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem. It appeared to be the first time a Hamas leader specifically threated to break through the border – something Israel has said it would not allow at any price. Smoke rises as Israeli troops patrol the border Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images The Israeli military said protesters on Friday hurled several explosive devices and firebombs under cover of smoke, and that several attempts to cross the fence were thwarted. The military said it brought in a huge fan to disperse the tire smoke. After the first tires started burning, several young men with gunshot wounds began arriving at a field clinic at the camp. Mohammed Ashour, 20, who had been among the first to set tires on fire, was shot in the right arm. "We came here because we want dignity," he said resting on a stretcher before paramedics transported him to the strip's main hospital. Yehia Abu Daqqa, a 20-year-old student, said he had come to honor those killed in previous protests. "Yes, there is fear," he said of the risks of advancing toward the fence. "We are here to tell the occupation that we are not weak."   The protesters set alight mounds of tyres to create a smokescreen for Israeli troops Credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem Hamas had billed the final protest, set for May 15, as the "Great March of Return" of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, implying they would try to enter Israel. But the group stopped short of specifically threatening a mass breach of the border fence. An Israeli military spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, described the protests as "riots," and said Hamas organizers are trying to use them to "insert terrorists into Israel." "If they are actively attacking the fence, if they are throwing a molotov cocktail that is within striking distance of Israeli troops or similar activities, then those persons, those rioters, become, may become, a target," he said. Israel has drawn sharp criticism for its open-fire orders along the border, including its warnings that those approaching or trying to damage the fence would be targeted. The U.N. human rights office said Friday that it has indications that Israeli forces used "excessive force" against protesters last week. Rights groups have branded orders permitting the use of lethal force against unarmed protesters as unlawful. A leading Israeli rights group, B'Tselem, issued a rare appeal to Israeli soldiers this week to refuse the "grossly illegal" open-fire orders. Conricus said that under "clear rules of engagement" snipers are used "sparingly" and only against those that pose a "significant threat." A White House envoy urged Palestinians to stay away from the fence. Jason Greenblatt said the United States condemns "leaders and protesters who call for violence or who send protesters – including children – to the fence, knowing that they may be injured or killed." In all, 24 Palestinians were killed in Gaza over the past week, including 18 protesters, according to Gaza health officials. The six other deaths included three gunmen killed in what Israel said were attempts to attack the border fence and three men who were struck by Israeli tank fire. Last week's turnout was apparently driven by the organizational prowess of Hamas as well as the growing desperation of Gaza residents who live in what has been described as the world's largest open-air prison. The crowd size was seen as a test for Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seized the territory in 2007 from its political rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after winning legislative elections the previous year. Ahead of Friday's march, Hamas announced it would pay compensation to families of those killed or injured, ranging from $ 200 to $ 500 per injury and $ 3,000 per death. The mass protests are perhaps Hamas' last chance to break a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt since 2007, without having to succumb to demands that it disarm. The blockade has made it increasingly difficult for Hamas to govern. It has also devastated Gaza's economy, made it virtually impossible for people to enter and exit the territory and left residents with just a few hours of electricity a day. Israel argues that Hamas could have ended the suffering of Gaza's 2 million people by disarming and renouncing violence. Hamas has refused to give up its weapons – even at the cost of derailing talks on getting Abbas to assume the burden of governing Gaza, seen by Israel and Egypt as a prerequisite for opening Gaza's borders.



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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces on Gaza border: ministry

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces on Gaza border: ministryA Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces on the Gaza border Tuesday, the health ministry in the strip said, as tensions remained high days after 17 people were killed when a mass demonstration led to clashes. The ministry identified the dead man as 25-year-old Ahmed Arafa, saying he was shot in the chest during clashes east of Bureij in central Gaza.



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Turkey's Erdogan calls Israeli PM 'a terrorist'

Turkey's Erdogan calls Israeli PM 'a terrorist'Turkey's President Tayip Erdogan calls Netanyahu 'terrorist' as insults fly after Gaza deaths



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Israeli troops wound dozens on Gaza border as Palestinians bury dead from earlier violence

Israeli troops wound dozens on Gaza border as Palestinians bury dead from earlier violenceIsraeli troops shot and wounded about 70 Palestinians among crowds demonstrating at the Gaza-Israel border on Saturday, health officials said, after one of the deadliest days of unrest in the area in years. Thousands of people marched through the streets of Gaza in funerals for the 15 people killed by Israeli gunfire on Friday, and a national day of mourning was observed in the enclave and in the occupied West Bank. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel was responsible for the violence.



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Israeli military defends tactics as video appears to show unarmed Gaza protesters shot by snipers

Israeli military defends tactics as video appears to show unarmed Gaza protesters shot by snipersThe Israeli military has defended its handling of clashes in Gaza which left 16 Palestinians dead even as footage emerged appearing to show unarmed protesters being shot by Israeli snipers. Palestinian mourners called for "revenge" as they buried their dead after the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 war and both side braced for what is expected to be weeks of rolling protests.    Around 30,000 Palestinians marched towards the Israeli border on Friday, where some hurled rocks and burning tyres and Israeli troops opened fire with live ammunition.  António Guterres, the UN secretary general, called for an investigation into the killings.  The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said that its forces had fired only at specific people who were deemed to be “violent instigators” in the demonstrations.   “The use of snipers was against specific people who were specific perpetrators of violence,” said Lt Col Peter Lerner, an IDF spokesman.  However, widely shared videos on social media appeared to show at least two unarmed men by Israel gunfire.  Three separate clips were published on social media purporting to show one Palestinian shot as he walked towards the border the Israel. Using the three available videos of Incident 1 (east of Jabalia, #Gaza), I synchronised the footage of an apparent unarmed man that is walking towards the border fence and is being shot at. pic.twitter.com/eOgvQ6FLHz— Christiaan Triebert (@trbrtc) March 31, 2018 Another clip showed a young man running away from Israeli positions holding a car tyre. Car tyres are sometimes set on fire by protesters and rolled towards Israeli forces.  In the clip he appears to be shot in the back and crumples to the ground. Palestinian media reported that the man, identified as 18-year-old Abed el-Fatah Abed e-Nabi, later died from his injuries Lt Col Lerner said he could not comment on the specifics of the incident. “The fact that you have a video of 30 seconds showing this guy running away and being shot means you don’t see the context or what he was doing beforehand,” he said.   A second clip appears to shows an unidentified man, with no visible weapons, walking slowly towards the Israeli position when he was shot. It is not known if he was killed.   Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, said in a statement that five of the 16 people killed were members of its armed wing who were participating in the protests.  About | Hamas The Israeli military released footage showing two men with assault rifles trying to break through the Israeli fence on Friday night. Both men were killed by fire from Israeli tanks. The UK, US and EU all consider Hamas to be a terrorist group.  A spokesman for Mr Guterres said the UN leader wanted “an independent and transparent investigation into these incidents.  “He also appeals to those concerned to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties and in particular any measures that could place civilians in harm's way.” The violence comes at the start of a tense period which will culminate in the opening of the controversial US embassy in Jerusalem in May and the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call “The Nakba” – the mass displacement of Arabs during the 1948 war with Israel.  Hamas fighters at the funeral of one those killed in Friday's clashes Credit: Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Friday’s demonstrations were billed as the start of the “Great March of Return”, in which Palestinian refugees will demand to be able to return to their 1948 homes in what is today Israel.  Palestinians have erected camp sites of tents at five locations along the Gaza border and plan to move the tents closer and closer to the border as the May 15 Nakba anniversary nears. The protests have been backed by Hamas.  Small demonstration continued on Saturday and there were reports of some injuries among Palestinians but no major confrontations are expected until next Friday.  The Israeli military tweeted early on Saturday its response was “accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed”.  When asked by reporters a spokesman could not say how many live rounds the Israeli military fired on Friday or how many people were shot. The military later deleted the tweet.    



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