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Turkey denounces Israel’s Jewish nation-state law as racist

ANKARA: Turkey on Thursday said Israel was trying to form “an apartheid state”, and denounced as racist a new law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country. A spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community “to react to this injustice happening in front of the entire world’s eyes” after the Israeli Knesset passed the “nation-state” law on Thursday, angering Palestinians. Turkey and Israel have long been at loggerheads over Israel’s policy toward the…

Palestinian bus driver finds $10,000, returns it to Jewish owner

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian bus driver in Israel has returned $10,000 (8,500 euros) to a religious Jewish man who left it in his vehicle, police and the driver said on Wednesday. "The Tel Aviv police received the amount of $10,000 from an Arab bus Palestinian driver from the area of Beit Hanina in east Jerusalem," police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. "One of the passengers had left it on the bus." The passenger had forgotten the cash in Bnei Brak, a city near Tel Aviv dominated by ultra-Orthodox Jews. The Palestinian…

Muslim tailor in Gaza makes prayer caps for Jewish worshippers

GAZA CITY: It's not easy doing business from Gaza but tailor Mohammad Abu Shanab has found a demand he can supply -- his sewing factory is churning out religious skull caps, for devout Jewish men. Since Israel resumed importing clothing from Gaza in 2015, Abu Shanab has renewed commercial contacts to sell merchandise to neighboring Israel. With salaries in Gaza much lower, Abu Shanab's costs are very competitive. "We make all kinds of clothes and recently began making the skull caps that are worn by Israeli rabbis and…

Israel passes controversial law to legalize Jewish settlements on Palestinian land

TEL AVIV: The Israeli parliament on Monday finalised a controversial law legalising dozens of Jewish outposts built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. The law -- approved by 60 members of parliament to 52 against -- was slammed by the Palestinians as a means to "legalise theft" of land. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who did not participate in the law's final votes since he was returning from a trip to Britain, said he had "updated" the US administration so as not to surprise "our friends".…