A recent lawsuit over fees collected on land development points up the contradictions and self-interest behind the movement for quasi-sovereignty
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This man realized he couldn't find the graves of his family members. Using the help of historians and even drones, he has turned his quest to uncover hundreds of cemeteries into a national mission
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is seeking to put together a European-led maritime protection mission to ensure safe shipping through the waterway
Findings discovered in the 'Burnt Church,' which was built in the late fifth century. Ironically, the ash from the church's destruction preserved its artifacts
Premier objects to the prospect that Shaked, who now heads Hayamin Hehadash, could be given the top spot on a joint slate with the Union of Right Wing Parties
In 2018, one out of every 78 children was diagnosed as autistic, compared to one out of 210 in 2007
District court calls for talks between Islamic officials and city before final ruling on future of Ottoman-era site, where some 60 graves were found
Despite running on a joint slate, the extremists fell short of the electoral threshold. However, their nationalistic rhetoric has muscled its way into the political discourse
Strikes target popular market and residential neighborhood in Maarat al-Numan, leaving a trail of death and destruction
Palestinian prime minister calls demolition a 'war crime and a crime against humanity,' says he will file a complaint to the International Criminal Court
Only outside intervention can still compel them to discard petty arrogance for the sake of the Israel that they vowed to protect, as in the proposed list below
Opinion Between 'Ending Iran' and 'No More Endless Wars': The Unraveling of Trump's Incoherent Iran Strategy
On Iran, Trump is boxed in between 'Bomber' Bolton and his own anti-war base. He has the power to wage war - but it may be political suicide to use it
Israeli authorities turn a blind eye the outposts, which were founded on state lands, and at times even help to retroactively legalize them. Most are used for agriculture, and receive the help of local councils
Ari Ben-Menashe once worked for Israel’s Military Intelligence. Now he's lobbying Russia and the U.S. on behalf of Sudan’s military council and regime opponents in Venezuela
The Iranian capture in the global oil trade's most important waterway fuels concerns of potential supply disruptions
Tehran's supreme leader told the group, headed by Hamas deputy chief Saleh al-Arouri, that 'supporting Palestine is an ideological matter' for Iran
Dozens of senior members of the president's AKP party may join disgruntled politicians and set up a new party. And he is already on the attack
U.S. Secretary of State also dismisses in Fox interview Iran's claims that is has captured 17 spies working for the CIA
Israel's defense establishment approved the route over the West Bank ■ Former civil aviation official: Even if no planes shot down, a bullet hit would 'open the gates of hell'
Islam Mohammed Yousef Naji threw a marble slab that killed special forces soldier Ronen Lubarsky in 2018
Troubling disclosures likely to pressure pharmaceutical companies to settle suits quickly, a development Israel’s Teva will try to avoid
'We will take retaliatory measures' if U.S. 'portrays an adversarial attitude' over delivery of Russian air defense system, Cavusoglu says
A longtime fan of cold soups, I serve them often, joining a long and delicious Jewish warm-weather tradition
Intimate Capital aims to raise $20 million for sex-tech and disrupt sex toy business
‘Form and Light,’ an exhibition of Yigal Gawze’s stunning photographs of White City architecture, opens in Lisbon
Tehran prefers sea route due to recent attacks aimed at preventing it from entrenching in Syria and transferring equipment to Lebanon, Israeli officials say
Claiming anti-Semitism is the worst form of hatred, and any criticism of Israel is irredeemably anti-Semitic, is a crucial deflection for racist nationalists like Trump. Netanyahu taught them well
Exporters are having a harder time keeping their products price-competitive, while travelers to Israel will find prices even higher than usual
Israel is facing a dangerous combination of ballooning salaries and a doctor shortage
Intelligence Ministry arrests 17 suspects, who have not been confirmed to be linked to the large cyber espionage network Iran alleged was run by the CIA in June
Peretz's merger with center-rightist Levi-Abekasis has enraged Labor’s base and could consign it to the dustbin of history, much to Netanyahu’s delight
Mother and Israeli-born son arrested at home in central city, detained at Ben-Gurion Airport, despite unresolved legal process
Forces deploy at dawn days after top court approves order to evict Wadi Hummus residents, in a move activists are concerned sets a precedent to affect thousands
The former justice minister has outgrown her former party, and Netanyahu's main obsession is keeping himself from having to face her in coalition negotiations
The White House adviser and immigration hardliner says Ocasio-Cortez's criticism of border detention camps is a 'historical smear' that 'paints every patriotic law enforcement officer as a war criminal'
'You have led Israel with a commitment to the values of democracy, freedom, and equal opportunity' Donald Trump wrote ■ Netanyahu says 'I know there's more to come'
The lights went out on Tel Aviv Central Bus Station project – and some of the city's most vulnerable populations have been left even more alone
Cyprus police struggles to complete preparations for lineup
Both Kahol Lavan and Likud projected to lose seats to smaller parties in September
Former Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked Takes Helm of Party She Founded With Bennett, Urges Right Wing to Join Forces
Shaked urges parties to the right of Netanyahu's Likud to join forces as she takes leadership of Hayemin Hahadash
Employees intended to disable all activities on a different continent every day over 'aggressive' budget cuts and alleged violations of diplomats' rights
Kushner, Other Senior U.S. Officials to Visit Mideast Next Week for Talks on Economic Chapter of Peace Plan
Source tells Haaretz that while trip will focus on economic part of peace plan, some talks will be devoted to Iran and recent Gulf tensions
Israel Lacrosse Association is hosting women’s tournament, made up of 20 countries and 500 players
The Senior National Team won its round of the European Championship, while the Under 18 National Team won the European Championships qualifiers
Trump continues to falsely claim Ilhan Omar praised al-Qaida
Jules Bergman was the first network correspondent assigned to cover space full time, making him 'almost as much of a celebrity as the astronauts he covered'
All 23 members of the seized Stena Impero are 'safe and in good health' and the tanker will remain in the port of Bandar Abbas while authorities investigate its accident with a fishing boat, Iranian TV reported
Plus, Jeremy's Circle hosts an event at the Jerusalem zoo and JET theater hosts a 24-hour play festival
Project seeks to keep animal waste out of landfills, cut fuel emissions and reduce coal
Employees intend to disable all activities on a different continent every day over 'aggressive' budget cuts and alleged violations of diplomats' rights
The UK student 'debate' spurred by feuding pro-Palestine and pro-Israel groups is noisy, intimidating and intellectually crude: That's why I founded an alternative way of engaging with Israel-Palestine. It hasn't been plain sailing
Gideon Levy The Protest Dispersed. Then an Israeli Sniper Shot a 9-year-old Palestinian Boy in the Head
From 100 meters away, an IDF soldier shot a boy in the head in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum. The bullet exploded into dozens of fragments in the child's brain and he's now in an induced coma
Legal analysis explains ruling that member of the far-right Otzma Yehudit party could not run for the Knesset due to his racist views
Tehran is targeting the hearts and minds of Indian-controlled Kashmir's 1.4 million Shia Muslims. Once limited to India and Pakistan, the Kashmir conflict is now becoming much wider - and more explosive
For the past few years the Great Synagogue of Vilnius, once the 'beating heart' of the city's Jewish community, has been under excavation after a school was built in its place
Using gifts, bribes and his personal charm, Clement Behar put his life on the line to save the Jews of the Egyptian capital from persecution during the 1940s and 1950s
Dynamic Yield's Liad Agmon tells TheMarker why the burger giant’s acquisition isn’t your typical high-tech hype
Neither Washington nor Tehran is in a rush to arm its warplanes, but the risk that this tug of war becomes an exchange of military blows has become more real
The assailant stood outside a restaurant asking people if they were Jewish before beating up a non-Jewish man who said he was
Newly elected President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called the election three months ahead of schedule because the parliament was dominated by his opponents
'Merging with Barak and Meretz will deter certain populations from joining us and being part of the revolution,' Amir Peretz says
Israel 'strikes the Iranians hundreds of times in Syria, sometimes admits it and sometimes foreign reports reveal it,' Tzachi Hanegbi states
Yes, Israel and Jews figure prominently in the religious imagination of America's 60 million white adult evangelicals. But it's not all about the Second Coming
Concerned over Iran's influence in the Eastern Mediterranean, defense officials discuss potential attacks on vessels, including surface-to-sea missiles and fast boat attacks
'When refugee artisans flee their countries, they flee with their skills'
In the Western world, the birth control pill is suffering from a serious image crisis. What made us suddenly doubt something we’ve been using all our lives?
Palestinian art, which generally avoids emotions, dark desires and controversial identities, must reach a deeper level
Iranian forces approached the Stena Impero in Omani waters in 'unacceptable and highly escalatory' move, Britain tells UN Security Council
'A vote for Labor is a vote for Netanyahu,' Meretz leader blasts as Peretz refuses to rule out joining Likud government after Israel's September election
Construction, real estate and energy firms are suffering after 2018’s currency crisis
U.K airline says 'constantly reviewing security arrangements,' move meant as 'precaution' ■ Lufthansa to resume routes on Sunday
Menahem Navot's career spanned 40 years, and included extracting the last Israelis from Tehran during the Islamic Revolution
Chemicals have destroyed Gaza farmers’ crops and inflicted financial and environmental damage ■ Army says it's trying to reduce range of effects
U.K. rejects Iranian claim that vessel was seized because it had collided with a fishing boat as Gulf tensions escalate
On the 75th anniversary of the failed attempt to kill the Nazi dictator, Merkel said the courage of the conspirators should serve as an example to people today
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: A rabbi whose journey led her back to Israel after 30 years in California, and a man whose name became a self-fulfilling prophesy
The Party has called for war on Liechtenstein and the abduction of Erdogan. But this German 'joke party' has a serious agenda
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: An Iranian Jew who left Israel for Canada, and an Israeli therapist who treats kibbutzniks
Report released by police details the incident, shows that the main suspect changed his story over the course of his interrogation
Stena Impero, with 23 crew members on board, remains captured after allegedly 'violating international waters' ■ Relations between Iran and U.K. tense after Iranian tanker seized in Gibraltar earlier this month
Some worrying components of Hebrew fascism are still evident in Israel's right wing, 80 years on
In a key international index last year, Egypt came in next to last ahead of Yemen. College graduates aren’t getting jobs, and funding is going elsewhere
Iran-aligned Houthis launched a drone attack on Jizan airport in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday
Netanyahu's decision to allow the congresswomen entry into the country shines spotlight on Israeli 'travel ban' on BDS activists
Trump has said he considers Saudi Arabia an important partner in the Middle East and counterweight to the influence of Iran
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez responded saying the Republican party 'wants to send us back: Back towards injustice, Back to the denial of science, Back to the times when women needed permission slips from men, Back to racism'
Local police source says videos of incident were found on suspects' phones ■ Different source indicates some of the suspects may be released soon if they present a solid alibi
97 Palestinians, Among Them Paramedics and Journalists, Wounded in Gaza-border Clashes With Israeli Army
49 of those injured in the altercations along the border fence were hit by live fire, Gaza's Health Ministry reports
The employee is suspected of breach of trust, and has been questioned twice ■ Police say Rivlin is not connected to the offenses the man is accused of committing
Trump said Thursday that an American warship shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it had flown within 900 meters of the vessel
'Out of respect for Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry' to pro-BDS congresswomen, Ron Dermer states
The American right is embracing neo-nationalism with a new think tank aimed at fostering a support network and 'intellectual base' for the movement
It’s said that if you visited Jerusalem without eating this pastry, it’s as if you’d never visited at all. But the legendary mutabbaq shop in the Old City is shuttered. What’s behind the closure after 150 years?
Dozens of shuls like Congregation Beit Simchat Torah are assisting undocumented immigrants at risk of being rounded up for deportation by the Trump administration
State department offers $7 million reward for information on Salman Raouf Salman, charging that he is accountable for the attack that killed 85 and injured hundreds more
Linkup between the Labor Party’s Amir Peretz and Orli Levi-Abekasis will benefit the two, but could hurt the left as a whole
Protesters are calling for the 'freedom to dance' in response to police restrictions on trance festivals in an attempt to limit drug use
Although he claims all of the credit for the country’s economic and diplomatic achievements, Bibi is merely reaping the benefits of his predecessors’ efforts. His legacy is his longevity, and precious little else
Art centers, performance halls and clubs popping up in deserted movie theater, army bunker and office building by an artist cooperative with an unusual take on the law
Meretz chairman also slams union with Orli Levi-Abekasis, saying Amir Peretz is setting the ground for joining a Netanyahu-led government
Agreement on payment of benefits follows months of talks between Israel and Germany
Conspirators 'set their stamp on a part of history otherwise defined by the darkness of Nazism,' Merkel says, vows to 'confront all tendencies that want to destroy democracy'
Not only Erdogan has lost one of his props in the fight for regional dominance, but the United States will also have to find a new crutch to lean on in the Middle East
23 tires were slashed and malicious graffiti, hinting at involvement of Jewish right-wing activists, sprayed in northern town
Solomon Teka's father slammed defamatory reports and leaks from investigation that sparked a wave of protest, while family's request to review evidence turned down
According to the president, USS Boxer shot down aircraft after it flew within 1,000 yards of it ■ American forces may have 'shot down their own' drone, Iran claims
The prime minister has handed his rivals a gift they could never have dreamed of
Power Rangers media mogul Saban plans a $500 million venture focusing on Latin music
Pompeo said Chinese government officials sought to discourage countries from attending a U.S.-hosted conference on religious freedom
The supermodel says the lower court erred in saying the ‘center of her life' was in Israel in 2009 and 2010
MK Aida Touma-Sliman writes to congresswomen that her party is doing 'whatever is in our power' to let them visit Israel despite possible ban over their support for BDS
Iran offered more intrusive nuclear inspections in return for the United States abandoning sanctions, but U.S. official says Iran seeking sanctions relief while giving little in return
'No legal validity' to mayor's pledge to keep non-Circassian couple from living in northern town to preserve its 'Circassian character'
Party spokesman says Dianne Hayter lost her position as the holder of Brexit portfolio because comments 'grossly insensitive to Jewish staff '
The president's lawyer pleaded guilty in 2018 to directing payments of to adult film star Stormy Daniels and to Playboy model Karen McDougal to avert scandal
Built soon after the advent of Islam, the mosque in the Negev town of Rahat indicates how fast the new religion swept through the countryside
Negotiation efforts ended over disagreement between Balad and Hadash over 12th spot in slate ■ Final deadline to submit slates to Central Election Committee looms near
Meretz party slams announcement, says move 'crushes possibility' of a wider union on the left
President denies he made the comment against Omar, who was one of the targets of racist tweets in which he called on freshmen congresswomen to go back to 'broken places they came from'
The video, released by state TV, shows the ship's registration number as matching that of the MT Riah, the UAE vessel that turned off its location tracker on Sunday
Isaac Herzog, a former leader of Israel's Labor Party, wrote to Corbyn that it was 'anti-Semitic to delegitimize the Jewish people's right to a sovereign state of its own'
Responding to complaint against librarian who placed a Gay Pride flag on her desk, Haifa mayor says that 'in public places... this might be inappropriate'
The vast majority of Israel’s Bedouin voters fall into two categories — they either don’t vote or vote for Arab parties. But could that be about to change in September? Haaretz visits Rahat to find out
'To me this is a celebration of life after death. Please keep your hatred and judgment to yourselves'
Russia’s only documentary theater tackles topics such as the sisters who killed their abusive father. Three members of Teatr.Doc talk to Haaretz
Legislation is unveiled as Omar plans visit to Israel next month, testing Israeli anti-boycott law ■ Text cites boycott of Nazi Germany as example for other boycotts of 'Americans of conscience'
Rebel commander says Iran also sending reinforcements, Moscow denies it has boots on the ground
A bishop trekking around the lake in 725 saw and described the Church of the Apostles — exactly where this one has been found, archaeologists say
Ilhan Omar responded to Trump supporters chanting 'send her back' at a rally by sharing a quote from Maya Angelou’s poem 'Still I Rise'
Iran, Treason and Cover-ups: Argentina's Jews Still Seeking 'Truth or Justice' on Country's Worst Terrorist Attack
No one has ever been convicted for the terror attack on the AMIA Jewish community center that killed 85 and injured hundreds more on July 18, 1994. Community leaders reveal how the atrocity is still having an impact
In first interview with Israeli press, HUC president Andrew Rehfeld slams comments of Israel's education minister
In interview with PBS, Trump's peace broker says president has 'great credibility' among all leaders in the region except for Palestinians
Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the arrests and said it notified suspects' families
In drilling for gas off the coast of Cyprus, Erdogan is shrugging off Western sanctions, while his supporters imply it’s all a Jewish plot
British tabloid says the former prime minister's claim that the photos were published to benefit his political opponents is 'absurd'
How my daughter got me to watch ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ again
The mercury peaked at nearly 50 degrees Celsius at the Dead Sea site during Wednesday’s country-wide heat wave.
Ties to billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein could deliver a serious blow to former prime minister's political comeback
Four Israeli women from very different backgrounds tell of their challenges serving as economic attaches around the world
Summer activities that everyone will enjoy, across Israel
Israel's Foreign Ministry can recommend diplomatic exceptions for law denying entry to BDS supporters, but due to visit's sensitivity, the premier would have to make the call, Haaretz has learned
President slams four congresswomen who he says should leave the U.S., saving the harshest criticism for Omar
Named to the job this week, Dov Kotler could cap a career stained by the collapse of Prisma by making long-overdo changes at Israel’s biggest bank
Lower-cost option includes Tel Aviv-Eilat flight and hotel at Jordanian resort
Teenager accused of attempted assault is one of 88 minors waiting for spot at an institution ■ Supreme Court criticizes government
Police investigating after boy dies during day camp outing
Yields have risen sharply, complicating drug maker’s plans to recycle debt
Court rules that Petah Tikva must register children for kindergarten after refusing to allow dozens of families to enroll, citing bureaucratic difficulties
Young people protested strict regulations on non-Lebanese owned businesses ■ Palestinian officials urged Beirut to reconsider scheme
18 companies called to hearings over past year and a half, but ministry says it cannot take disciplinary action until final court verdicts issued in deaths on their sites
Amir Ohana says 'there is no legal or other barrier' to hiring her, citing her experience in Economy and Industry Ministry
More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone
Former education minister fears merging with far-right political alliance will drive voters away, says 'won’t let us hold repeat election again'
Washington is concerned that deploying S-400 with F-35 fighter jets would allow Russia to gain too much inside information of stealth system
The U.S. president may be Earl of Israel who deserves his own Bible book - but he is also a Prince of Prejudice, Marquis of Malice and Viscount of Venom
Former Israeli PM calls Daily Mail report 'blood libel,' as lawyers demand U.K. tabloid retract article and pay damages over photos at convicted sex offender's New York home
'International refugee law was formulated in response to what happened to the Jewish community during the Holocaust, when no country would let us in,' one representative tells Haaretz
Considered moderate on Iran, report says Paul proposed meeting Foreign Minister Zarif 'to extend olive branch,' on which Trump 'signed off' despite his 'maximum pressure' campaign
Yitzhar resident called policeman 'dog' and wrote Facebook posts during West Bank evacuations, but judge ruled he didn't call on others to commit violence
Summer is the ideal time to take a break from our busy, urban lives and enjoy an excursion into nature with a picnic in a pastoral spot. Here are 22 ultimate Israeli picnic locations
Cannes winners, intriguing debuts, surprising documentaries and animated films are featured at 2019's Jerusalem Film Festival
Beyond surveillance, Iranian drones can drop munitions and even carry out 'a kamikaze flight where they load it up with explosives and fly it into something,' according to a U.S. official
Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, has lost support, however, with Democrats and independents since the Sunday tweetstorm
'His music had the ability to unite people across the races and bring them together as a community,' South Africa's governmental Facebook page said
Democratic lawmaker Al Green on Tuesday introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump despite pushback from party leaders
'The Labour Party welcomes everyone* irrespective of race, creed, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (*except, it seems, Jews),' reads the statement
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media
Security forces launch manhunt after rare attack on a restaurant where Turkish envoys meet, risking raising tensions between Kurdish groups and Ankara
This summer, Israel’s numerous galleries and museums are showcasing an especially large selection of art by Israeli and international artists
Two moderately injured from smoke inhalation ■ Police block several roads near areas where firefighters are working to control flames
One of the Israeli intelligence agency’s most daring missions is being turned into a movie, ‘Red Sea Diving Resort.’ Here are all the details on the breathtaking operation that saved thousands of Ethiopian Jews’ lives in the 1980s
U.S. president’s use of Israel in his attacks on Democratic members of Congress is part of a broader strategy to paint his rivals as ‘anti-Jewish’ ahead of 2020
Suspect claimed the gun was a toy, but his detention has been extended the three times while awaiting forensic results
Jewish group condemns ruling of 2017 incident, saying it is 'astounded and indignant'
'A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian, and the diversity of our country is in fact one of our greatest strengths ... and we will continue to defend that'
Trump's racist tweets continue to roil Washington, D.C.
Arrival of Russian S-400 missile defense system probably won’t signal the end of Turkey’s military involvement with West, but will likely scupper F-35 deal with the U.S.
New findings show the Motza mega-site was part of a vast network of barter, but huge town may have exhausted its resources very fast
Houthi military spokesman says that the attack disrupted operations at the airport; on Tuesday, Saudi-led coalition intercepted three drones attacks on Jizan and Abha
Talks between the two sides have been stalled since a Khartoum protest sit-in was razed by security forces last month
Israeli president technically crossed into North Korea during trip, where he was photographed by North Korean soldiers
Analysis One of Israel's Most Effective Politicians Just Quit, Proving Labor's at the End of the Road
In an extraordinary moment of honesty, Shelly Yacimovich admits the fire within the party has been extinguished, giving her no reason to stay
Police are investigating what the Anti-Defamation League described as a coordinated campaign by a national online white supremacist group
University of Haifa use-wear lab called in to verify hidden cache of ancient figurines, proving they really are pre-Columbian
This year’s crop of summer festivals will take you all over Israel and promises to be lots of fun
Foreign ministry spokesperson says recent comments by Zarif 'threw the ball into the U.S. court while challenging America's arm sales' to its Mideast allies
Israel is one of the top 20 most religiously restrictive countries in the world, research center says
Unlike the employees of Google, who protested selling face-recognition technology, Israeli developers ignore their technology’s use in monitoring civilian populations
Decision to stop issuing visas for this purpose comes after Haaretz documented officers attending Tel Aviv expo, despite international embargo over serious human rights violations
Foreign investors, however, said to look favorably at TASE’s potential as a for-profit corporation
Recent advances in areas such as artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles are creating demand for powerful new devices. Startups in Israel are angling to fill the space
Minister Katz’s plan, which was first reported by Haaretz on Tuesday, has been given a mixed reaction, with some uttering praise while others lament 'serious deterioration'
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway later said she had tried to make the point that 'we are all from somewhere else originally'
Rights group says state's 'aim is to continue avoid granting recognition to refugees according to international law'
Earlier, U.S. defense official said America 'has suspicions' that Iran seized an oil tanker based in the UAE that turned off its tracker over two days ago in the Strait of Hormuz
Four Republicans joined every Democrat and one independent in voting to rebuke the president for telling the Congresswomen to go back to the 'broken and crime infested' countries they came from
The newspaper published a photo of the former PM entering convicted sex offender's home in 2016 with his face concealed alongside pictures of four women whom it said also entered the house that day ■ Barak: I reject these 'loathsome' insinuations
Faced by growing criticism, Rafi Peretz called purported conversion therapy ‘inappropriate,’ but added: ‘Individuals with a homosexual orientation have the right to receive professional help’
According to Tourism Ministry survey for 2018, average daily expenditure per tourist was $156, with those from South America spending the most
Union of Meretz, Labor and Ehud Barak's party is projected to only shuffle two seats within the center-left bloc
Health Ministry report shows substantial increase in 2018 among women and heterosexual men ■ UN notes 'worrying increases' in eastern Europe and central Asia
President lamented American jobs would be lost if U.S. did not sell F-35 jets to Turkey
35-year-old Faris Azzam and his family insist he was wrongfully shot while Israeli soldiers initially claimed he tried to run them over