Voice of America

Voice of America 11 Sep 2019

Arab Parties Campaigning Hard to Increase Influence in Israeli Government


Arab citizens of Israel make up 20% of the population and could play a role in making up the government coalition. They have never joined a government in Israel's history, but some say it may be time to change. Linda Gradstein reports for VOA from Jerusalem.

President Trump said he doubts Iran meant to shoot down a U.S. drone that was intercepted over the Strait of Hormuz. In a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office, the president told reporters he thought Iran "made a very big mistake. "
A Palestinian prisoner held in solitary confinement in an Israeli jail has died less than a month after his arrest.
He was arrested last month following a raid by Israeli forces at his home in Beit Fajjar, south of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Activists say the man died due to medical negligence.
About 220 Palestinians are estimated to have died in Israeli prisons since 1967.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Beit Fajjar.
Iranian officials are seeking a greater influence in Iraq to ramp up support for proxies across the Middle East and bypass U.S. sanctions. One America's Kristian Rouz looks into the matter.
Nomadness Travel Tribe is working to increase diversity in the travel industry. Evita Turquoise Robinson explained to CBSN how she used her own experiences traveling the world to start the group.

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