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Understanding Israel’s Latest Attack on Gaza — And Who Benefits

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). “Both sides need to de-escalate.” “No one benefits from this. ” You’ll hear a lot of statements like that from pundits, elected officials,...

Massive IDF Aerial Assault on Hamas Terror Tunnels in Gaza Could Open Door for...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Israel’s massive air raid beginning late Thursday — which saw some 160 fighter aircraft pound Hamas’ terror tunnels in the Gaza...

Israel Targets Gaza Terrorist Tunnel Network Overnight in Massive Bombardment

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – The Israeli military targeted Gaza’s terrorist tunnel network Thursday night with a massive bombardment that the Israel Defense...

CPJ calls on Israeli authorities to protect press freedom, journalist safety amid Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). New York, May 14, 2021 — Israeli forces should do their utmost to protect Palestinian and Israeli journalists covering unrest and...

Arab Rioters in Israel Damage Tourism Center in Akko’s Multicultural Old City

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) Western Galilee Tourist Information Center sustained significant damage overnight after it was ransacked by rioters...

Red Alert Sirens Interrupt Funeral of Young Boy Killed in Hamas Rocket Strike in...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Red alert sirens signaling an air attack sounded in southern Israel, interrupting the funeral Friday of five-year-old Israeli boy Ido Avigal,...

Senior Hamas Official Says: ‘We Can Continue Fighting for Many Months’

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Saleh Al-Arouri, deputy chairman of Hamas’s political bureau said in an interview on Gaza’s Al-Aqsa TV on Wednesday that...

Israel’s Shin Bet Calls Jewish-Arab Violence ‘Terror for All Intents and Purposes’

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) on Friday said that it was working alongside the Israel Police in...

Failed Hamas Rockets Falling Short in Gaza Killed 17 Civilians in Monday Incidents Before...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Rockets fired by Hamas at Israel that fell short within the Gaza Strip killed 17 residents in the hours preceding Israel...

Biden Says ‘No Significant Overreaction’ in Israeli Response to Gaza Rockets

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he does not view Israel’s response to the barrages of...

Hundreds Gather in Marches for Coexistence as Jewish-Arab Violence Rocks Mixed Cities

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). As rocket attacks from Gaza continues and rioting by both Jews and Arabs ripped through Israel’s mixed cities, those support coexistence...

Israeli air strikes destroy buildings housing more than a dozen media outlets in Gaza

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). New York, May 13, 2021 – Israeli forces must refrain from bombing media outlets, and should ensure that journalists can work...

IDF Prepares for Potential Gaza Ground Operation as Hamas Rockets Continue to Pound Central,...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). As the Hamas militant group on Thursday fired more than 100 rockets into the metropolitan area of Israel, including Tel Aviv,...

Father of Six-Year-Old Boy Killed in Sderot Rocket Strike: I Don’t Know How to...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). The family of a six-year-old boy killed in a rocket strike in the city of Sderot on Wednesday is struggling to...

Mother of Two Killed in Rishon LeZion Rocket Attack Remembered as ‘a Woman Full...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Leah Yom Tov, who was killed in a rocket attack on Rishon LeZion Tuesday night, was remembered by her son as...

Israel Turned Down Offers of Ceasefire With Hamas, Netanyahu Says

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Israeli media reported that the security cabinet — comprising of Netanyahu, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff...

Iran’s Khamenei Urges Palestinians to ‘Confront the Enemy’ Israel

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – As Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad rockets continued to rain down on Israel from Gaza on Tuesday, Iran’s Supreme...

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the conflict in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Violent protests erupted in parts of Jerusalem in mid-April, in response to the proposed eviction of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah...

Attempted Lynching, Vandalism of Arab-Owned Businesses by Jewish Far-Rightists as Violence Spirals

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Jewish far-right activists on Wednesday rioted in the streets of the city of Bat Yam and other towns, shattering windows and...

Al Qaeda Renews Call for Violent Jihad Against Israel as Conflict With Palestinians Deepens

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Jihadi  groups have upped their violent rhetoric against Israel as the latest conflict with the Palestinians deepened this week, with many...

Iran detained at least 8 Kurdish journalists starting in mid-2020; 3 remain behind bars

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Washington, D.C., May 12, 2021 — Iranian authorities must stop imprisoning and harassing Kurdish and other minority journalists, and should allow...

Riots Intensify in Lod, Acre and Other Jewish-Arab Cities, as Rivlin Condemns ‘Brutal Assault...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz asked 30 local authority heads from Arab society to help calm the tension and escalation of...

Religious Woman Uses Her Head Covering to Save Child’s Life in Holon Rocket Attack

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). A three-year-old child’s life was saved in a rocket strike on Holon on Tuesday night by a religious woman who used...

More violence ‘last thing Yemen needs’, peace ‘only way’ to resolve crises |

Mark Lowcock, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said via videoconference that the war is “ultimately behind the risk of famine, the...