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USC Named Its Valedictorian, Then Axed Her Speech

The school cited security concerns related to the selection of Asna Tabassum

(Newser) - The University of Southern California's valedictorian will not address her graduating class, the school announced Monday. It said the planned speech by Asna Tabassum was axed due to what it described as "substantial" security risks, reports the AP . Tabassum is Muslim and has voiced her support on social...

After Raiding Palestinian Village, Israel Finds Body of Missing Boy

Binyamin Achimair, 14, killed in 'terrorist attack,' says Israeli army; Palestinian man, 26, killed in settler attacks

(Newser) - Israel's army said Saturday the body of a missing Israeli teen was found in the West Bank after he was killed in a "terrorist attack," as violence escalated across the Israeli-occupied territory where tensions have simmered for months. The disappearance of 14-year-old Binyamin Achimair sparked a large...

Jill Biden's Reported Plea on Gaza: 'Stop It Now, Joe'

Guest at White House meeting for Muslim leaders was surprised to hear first lady's alleged take

(Newser) - A guest at this week's tense gathering of Muslim leaders at the White House is relaying a conversation overheard involving first lady Jill Biden's thoughts on the Israel-Hamas war, and the resulting death and devastation in the Gaza Strip. The New York Times reports that Salima Suswell, founder...

Celebrity Chef's Aid Group in Spotlight After Fatal Strike

Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen was delivering food in Gaza when hit by Israeli forces

(Newser) - The Israeli airstrike that killed seven workers with the charity World Central Kitchen in Gaza has focused attention not just on WCK but on its high-profile founder, chef and restaurateur Jose Andres.
  • About him: The 54-year-old is a native of Spain who moved to the US at age 21 and

UN Demands Ceasefire in Gaza During Ramadan
UN Demands Gaza Ceasefire

UN Demands Gaza Ceasefire

Security Council resolution wants an end to violence for the rest of Ramadan

(Newser) - The United Nations Security Council on Monday demanded a ceasefire in Gaza during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, its first demand to halt fighting. The United States abstained on the resolution, reports the AP , which also demanded the release of all hostages taken captive during Hamas' Oct. 7 surprise...

US Decision to Drop Aid Over Gaza Was an Odd One

NPR delves into how atypical it is to go that route when overland transport is happening

(Newser) - The US made its first airdrop of humanitarian aid in Gaza on Saturday afternoon, and the New York Times reports a second airdrop of similar size occurred Tuesday, with 36,800 ready-to-eat meals delivered by parachute. Humanitarian aid veterans have criticized the drops as ineffective, costly, dangerous, and an option...

Israel: Release Hostages or We Move on Rafah
Israel Has Set a
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Israel Has Set a Ramadan Deadline

Benny Gantz of Israel's war cabinet says if hostages aren't released, they'll move on Rafah

(Newser) - Despite opposition from the US, Israel's planned ground offensive in the southern Gazan town of Rafah, where 1.3 million people are sheltering , will begin within weeks if Hamas doesn't release the 100 Israeli hostages thought to remain alive, a member of Israel's war cabinet said Sunday....

If Israel Invades Rafah, It Risks War Crimes Charge
What to Know About
the Crisis in Rafah
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What to Know About the Crisis in Rafah

International focus is on refugees packed into Gaza city as Israel preps for a ground invasion

(Newser) - The world's attention is on Rafah, the southernmost city in the Gaza Strip. Israel is threatening to launch a ground invasion, while the US, the UN, and relief agencies warn the consequences would be catastrophic for refugees packed into the city with nowhere left to go. Coverage:
  • Staggering numbers:

Department of Education Is Investigating Harvard

Following claims of Islamophobia, anti-Arab sentiment

(Newser) - Following a civil rights complaint filed by Arab and Muslim students against Harvard, the Department of Education has launched an investigation into the university. The students say that because they are Palestinian, Muslim, or supporters of Palestinian rights, they've been subjected to "rampant harassment and racist attacks including...

Biden Targets Israelis Who Attack West Bank Palestinians

Executive order will look to crack down on settlers carrying out attacks

(Newser) - President Biden is expected to issue an executive order targeting Israeli settlers in the West Bank who've been attacking Palestinians in the occupied territory, according to four people familiar with the matter. The White House was expected to announce the order later Thursday, reports the AP . Biden has spoken...

Roger Waters' Political Remarks May Have Cost Him BMG

'Variety' reports that record company will drop Pink Floyd co-founder after comments on Israel, Ukraine

(Newser) - Roger Waters is about to lose his record company. That's according to sources who tell Variety that BMG is preparing to drop the 80-year-old Pink Floyd co-founder after a series of recent incendiary remarks about Israel, Ukraine, and the United States. During a concert tour last year, Waters was...

UN's Top Court Stops Short of Demanding Gaza Ceasefire

But ICJ tells Israel to limit casualties

(Newser) - The United Nations' top court stopped short Friday of ordering a ceasefire in Gaza in a genocide case, but demanded that Israel try to contain death and damage in its military offensive in the territory. South Africa brought the case , which goes to the core of one of the world'...

Watermelon at Center Stage of Pro-Palestinian Protests

Fruit has become symbol of resistance, solidarity against Israel-Hamas war in Gaza

(Newser) - Over the past three months, on banners and T-shirts and balloons and social media posts, one piece of imagery has emerged around the world in protests against the Israel-Hamas war: the watermelon. The colors of sliced watermelon—with red pulp, green-white rind, and black seeds—are the same as those...

South Africa Makes the Case for Genocide in Gaza

Netanyahu defends military campaign as being 'in full compliance with international law'

(Newser) - A continent away from the fighting between Israel and Hamas, South Africa told judges at the United Nations' top court on Thursday that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza and pleaded with the court to urgently order Israel to halt its military operation, per the AP . "Genocides are never...

Shaun King: I've Been Booted From Instagram Over Palestine

Meta says activist's 'praise for designated entities' violated its policies, leading to ban

(Newser) - Social justice activist Shaun King says he was banned from Instagram, where he counted millions of followers, for expressing support for Palestinians. A Meta rep said King's account was disabled on Christmas Eve "due to multiple instances of praise for designated entities in violation of our policies,"...

Usually Bustling Bethlehem 'Like a Desert' This Christmas

Amid the Israeli-Hamas war, festivities have been canceled

(Newser) - For many, the thought of Bethlehem at Christmastime conjures idyllic images, perhaps of a baby sleeping soundly in a manger or of a towering tree decorated in lights. But "Bethlehem is not a fairy-tale town," Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, a pastor at the Palestinian city's Evangelical Lutheran...

Fetterman: Both Right and Left 'Are Hoping That I Die'

Democratic senator takes flak over pro-Israel stance, balks at 'progressive' label for himself

(Newser) - John Fetterman has been a staunch, vocal supporter of Israel since the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas, advocating for the return of Israeli hostages, slamming calls for a ceasefire in Gaza, even draping himself in the Israeli flag on occasion. Thanks to this stance, 16 former campaign staffers have...

US, UK Shoot Down Dozen- Plus Drones Over Red Sea

Houthi rebels in Yemen attack vessels as Israel-Hamas war threatens to spread

(Newser) - Houthi rebels in Yemen have launched a series of attacks on vessels in the Red Sea, one of the world's busiest shipping routes, and have launched drones and missiles targeting Israel, as the Israel-Hamas war threatens to spread. US Central Command said that the destroyer USS Carney "successfully engaged...

Zara Said Ads Had 'Artistic Context.' Critics Disagreed

Detractors says ads with shrouded mannequins resemble dead Palestinians in Gaza

(Newser) - Retail clothing chain Zara says it has pulled images from an ad campaign featuring statues wrapped in white coverings after some said they resembled the shrouded bodies of murdered Palestinians. Users left tens of thousands of comments on the Spanish brand's Instagram page criticizing the images, while calls to...

Day After Truce Collapse, Israel Bombards Southern Gaza

Hamas-run Health Ministry says at least 200 Palestinians died since fighting resumed Friday

(Newser) - Israel pounded targets in the crowded southern half of the Gaza Strip on Saturday and ordered more neighborhoods designated for attack to evacuate, driving up the death toll even as the United States and others urged it to do more to protect Gaza civilians a day after a truce collapsed....

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