Charity Commission quizzes War on Want over anti-Israel campaigns

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2015

The Charity Commission has said it is not formally investigating War on Want after a complaint about the charity’s anti-Israel campaigns.

But the JC understands that the anti-poverty group has been asked to provide information to the commission about its campaigns in Gaza and the Palestinian territories.


Parliament rejects debate on Benjamin Netanyahu arrest petition

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2015

Parliament will not debate a petition which called for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for alleged war crimes, despite more than 100,000 people backing it.

The House of Commons’ Petitions Committee said it would not hold a debate in Westminster Hall on the issue following Mr Netanyahu’s visit to Britain last week.


Parliament may debate Netanyahu arrest as petition gains 105,000 signatures

By Marcus Dysch, September 7, 2015

A petition calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he arrives in London this week has passed 100,000 signatories, meaning a parliamentary debate could be held on the issue.

Opponents of the Israeli leader have campaigned for him to be detained on suspicion of war crimes.


Just like its namesake, Amnesty's CSI: Gaza is about psuedo-forensics

By Naftali Balanson, August 6, 2015

Amnesty International's political campaign against Israel has a new dimension: pseudo-forensics. Amnesty officials were recently in Israel to market the Gaza Platform, an "online tool" launched earlier this month that purports to "map Israeli attacks in Gaza" during the 2014 Gaza conflict.


Amnesty claims Rafah bombardment to save IDF soldier was ‘war crime’

By Marcus Dysch, July 29, 2015

Israel committed war crimes with the “relentless and massive bombardment” of residential areas of Gaza that followed the capture of an Israeli soldier a year ago, a new Amnesty International report has claimed.


Anger over missing Israelis

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

The news that two Israeli citizens went missing nearly a year ago in Gaza has raised questions about the government's handling of the disappearances and why it kept quiet about them until now.

Avera Mengistu, 28, a resident of Ashkelon, and an unnamed resident of the Bedouin township of Hura, separately managed to cross the border to the Gaza Strip in late 2014.


BBC stands by mistranslation of 'Jew' in Gaza documentary

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2015

The BBC has stood by its decision to mistranslate the Arabic word for “Jew” as “Israeli” in subtitles on a Gaza documentary.

In interviews with Palestinian children on the Children of the Gaza War documentary, which aired last week, references to “yahud” (Arabic for “Jew”) were subtitled as “Israeli”.


Amnesty maps 'Israeli law breaches'

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

Amnesty International UK and a London university have released a digital mapping project that purportedly records the "deadly pattern of Israeli attacks" on Gaza during the 50-day-war last summer.

Released this week to mark the one-year anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, the online Gaza Project includes satellite images, testimony, photos and videos.


‘Israel uses the Holocaust to justify murdering Palestinians’, Gerald Kaufman tells Parliament

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

A veteran Labour MP has claimed that Israel uses the Holocaust to “justify” killing Palestinians.

Gerald Kaufman, the father of the House of Commons, made the claim in Parliament on Wednesday.

Sir Gerald, Manchester Gorton MP, said: “The Israelis use the Holocaust, they use the murder of six million Jews to justify their murder of thousands upon thousands of Palestinians.”


Two Israelis held captive in Gaza by Hamas

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

Two Israeli civilians are being held in Gaza by Hamas, according to a statement released by Israeli authorities.

The men have been identified as Ethiopian-born Avraham Mengistu and an unnamed Israeli-Arab from the Bedouin town of Hura.
Hamas have reportedly refused to comment on both cases.

Both Israeli men are said to suffer from mental health issues.