Gaza

Alex Salmond compares Israel to Islamic State after David Haines beheading

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

Scottish politician Alex Salmond appeared to compare the Islamic State terror group’s beheading of a British aid worker to the actions of the Israeli government in controversial comments on Sunday.

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Singer who's the voice of the grassroots

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

She is the singer-songwriter hoping to set the record straight on Israel by leading grassroots activists in a series of rallies to counter the boycotters.

Ilana Katz spent part of the summer performing in Nashville, Tennessee, but at the height of the Gaza conflict in July she decided more had to be done to put forward Israel's case.

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TUC urges Israel arms ban

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

The Trades Union Congress has called on the government to end arms sales to Israel, but stopped short of potentially more significant measures at its annual conference.

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Israel-Hamas ceasefire on a knife edge

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

Rocket fire from Gaza could resume in two weeks if an agreement on new security arrangements or at least a framework for talks is not reached in the coming days.

There are deep divisions, not only between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but among both sides, on the best way to reach such a deal.

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Hamas man released in Shalit deal planned teens’ murder

By Daniel Easterman, September 10, 2014

The man who organised the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank was a Hamas leader released as part of the 2011 prisoner swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to Palestinian security officials.

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Gaza terror groups tunnelling again

By JC Reporter, September 9, 2014

Terror group Islamic Jihad has begun constructing tunnels under the Gaza Strip, according to Al Jazeera TV.

In a recent broadcast by the Qatar-based TV station, a reporter is taken blindfolded to the entrance of a tunnel.

Once inside the tunnel, the reporter explains that it is being “dug by resistance fighters in this border area.”

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Jewish groups back appeal for Palestinian victims of Gaza conflict

By Daniel Easterman, September 9, 2014

An emergency “Jewish appeal for Gaza” has been launched, calling on the Jewish community to make donations to help Palestinians injured in the recent conflict.

Set up by a group of “concerned friends”, the initiative is supported by left-leaning Jewish organisations including Yachad, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Jewdas and the Young Jewish Left.

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We now have a window of opportunity to fix Gaza

By Ronen Hoffman, September 4, 2014

While Hamas made every effort during the conflict to project the image of a battle between two equal forces, in fact the fighting was asymmetrical and Hamas took devastating hits. The IDF eliminated hundreds of Hamas activists and effectively neutralised its strategic capabilities.

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Budgets cut to pay for war

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

The overall damage to Israel's economy from 50 days of fighting is still being assessed. So far, the cost is estimated to be between NIS 15 and 20bn (£2.5bn-£3.4bn).

The cost to Israeli industry, particularly factories in the south hit by rockets or forced to close down, is estimated at around NIS 1.3bn (£230m).

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Bibi to stand again despite ratings crash

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu's approval ratings have plummeted following the ceasefire as a combination of media criticism, attacks from rivals and a general disappointment that the operation failed to yield new security arrangements in Gaza have taken their toll.

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