Contact has been lost with the Swedish boat Marianne, which had been leading the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla, after other boats turned back. The IDF announced that they intercepted and searched the vessel which had tried to "breach the maritime blockade."
A rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip to southern Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces said on Tuesday. Sirens were heard in the kibbutzes of Zikim, Yad Mordechai and Karmia as well as the settlement of Netiv Haasara.
Israel’s paper on 2014 Gaza War issued ahead of the UN report is part of a propaganda battle, said Haaretz correspondent Amir Oren. If the Netanyahu cabinet and generals are found culpable, they may face troubles travelling abroad, he added.
Despite mounting pressure from the international community, as well as his colleagues, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chose not to include Israel on the List of Shame – a document outlining groups and states who violate children’s rights in conflict.
Israel is allegedly pulling diplomatic strings to pressurize the UN Secretary-General to exclude it from an annual list of countries accused of violating children's rights in armed conflicts. Israel denies the allegations.
Pope Francis has called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas an “angel of peace” as the two leaders met in the Vatican. The meeting comes three days after the Vatican officially recognized Palestine as a state.
“Stopped caring about people’s life,” is no excuse for what IDF soldiers did in Gaza, but it is still the government policy blamed for civilian deaths, former IDGF soldier and researcher at Breaking the Silence Nadav Bigelman, told RT’s In the Now.
Israeli soldiers were ordered to ‘fire at every person you see’ during the Gaza war, while civilian areas were deliberately targeted with inaccurate weapons, a report by the Israeli group Breaking the Silence NGO asserts.
Palestine will seek Israel’s exclusion from FIFA later in May, the Palestinian football chief said. Jibril Rajoub told Reuters he won’t drop a resolution calling to sanction Israel for “behaving like the neighborhood bully.”