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Israel’s military launch air raids on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip

Israel’s military said it launched air attacks on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip, a day after rockets fired from Gaza landed in the Mediterranean Sea. The Israeli military said the attacks late on Saturday hit a rocket manufacturing facility and a military post for Hamas. “As fireworks lit up the skies to celebrate NewYear2022 […]

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E-commerce giant Alibaba to stop shipping purchases in Palestine

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will no longer allow Palestinian shoppers to make purchases on its website according to a text message that many buyers received from the company. “Dear customer… starting from January 1, 2022, parcels from Israel will not be able to be delivered to Palestine,” the text messages read. The reason for […]

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Australian national can’t leave Israel for 8,000 more years until he pays outstanding child support payments

An Australian national living in Israel has said he is subject to an 8,000-year travel ban unless he pays an outstanding £1.8 million in child support payments. Noam Huppert, a 44-year-old analytical chemist working for a pharmaceutical company, is not allowed to leave Israel until 31 December 9999 owing to a 2013 “stay of exit” […]

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Bird flu outbreak in Israel kills at least 5,200 migratory cranes and hundreds of thousands of chickens

A bird flu outbreak in Israel has killed at least 5,200 migratory cranes and forced farmers to slaughter hundreds of thousands of chickens. Authorities are saying that this is the deadliest wildlife disaster in the nation’s history. Uri Naveh, a senior scientist at the Israel Parks and Nature Authority, said the situation is not yet […]

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Israel announces 4th dose of Covid-19 vaccine to people older than 60

Israel announced on Tuesday that it will offer a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to people older than 60, amid concern about the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. A Health Ministry expert panel recommended the fourth shot, a decision that was swiftly welcomed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as “great news […]

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Harnaaz Sandhu of India crowned Miss Universe 2021

Harnaaz Sandhu of India has been crowned the 70th Miss Universe, topping a field of some 80 contestants in a pageant. The previously reigning Miss Universe, Andrea Meza of Mexico, crowned her successor, a 21-year-old model, early on Monday in the Israeli Red Sea resort town of Eilat. The pageant was held in the middle […]

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Three shot course of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine provided significant protection against Omicron

Israeli researchers said on Saturday they found that a three-shot course of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provided significant protection against the new Omicron variant. The findings were similar to those presented by BioNTech and Pfizer earlier in the week, which were an early signal that booster shots could be key to protect against infection from […]

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6-year-old cable car survivor returned to Italy after a bitter custody dispute

The six-year-old boy who was the sole survivor of the cable car crash was returned to Italy after a bitter custody dispute. Eitan Biran’s parents, brother and two great-grandparents were among 14 people killed in the accident in May. His paternal aunt, who lives in Italy, was given guardianship by an Italian judge afterwards. But […]

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Omicron: Israel bans entry of all foreigners over new and potentially more contagious coronavirus variant

Israel has banned the entry of all foreigners into the country, making it the first nation to shut its borders completely in response to a new and potentially more contagious coronavirus variant. In a statement on Saturday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the ban, pending government approval, would last 14 days. Officials hope that within […]

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Apple sues Israeli spyware firm NSO Group for targeting iPhone users with hacking tool

Apple is suing Israeli spyware firm NSO Group and its parent company for allegedly targeting iPhone users with a hacking tool. NSO’s Pegasus software can infect both iPhones and Android devices, allowing operators to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones and cameras. NSO Group said its tools were made to […]

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Jerusalem: Gunman open fires in Old City killing one and injuring three

A gunman has opened fire in Jerusalem’s Old City, killing one person and wounding at least three others. The gunman, who officials identified as a member of the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, was shot dead by Israeli security forces. One civilian shot by the gunman died of his wounds in hospital. Another was seriously hurt, […]

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Pegasus: Controversial Israeli spyware company added to US trade blacklist

The Israeli company behind the controversial Pegasus spyware has been added to a US trade blacklist. Pegasus has reportedly been used by nation states to target the phones of rights activists and journalists. The US has now put its maker, NSO Group, on its “entity list”, banning business dealings with them. NSO Group said it […]