Lord Mitchell attacks ‘hypocrisy’ of anti-Israel campaigners

By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2014

Jewish peers have highlighted what they said was the hypocrisy of singling out Israel for blame in the ongoing troubles of the Middle East.

They voiced concerns over the focus on Israel’s actions in Gaza despite the growth of Islamic State, the continuing civil war in Syria, and Russian belligerence in Eastern Europe.


Has Lancet Editor abused his position with the 'Gaza letter'?

By Jake Wallis Simons, October 30, 2014

Last month, Dr Richard Horton, the editor of the Lancet medical journal, took the stage at the Rambam hospital in Haifa in an apparently contrite mood.


Paper defends Gaza news

October 30, 2014

The Guardian's reader's editor has explained the reasons behind the volume of its coverage on Israel and the Palestinians following a series of complaints.

Chris Elliott said he had received 17 complaints this year relating to allegations of antisemitism and a disproportionate amount of coverage on Gaza.


Anti-Israel activist chosen as Tory candidate in Rochester

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2014


The candidate selected to stand for the Conservative Party in an upcoming by-election in Kent is an anti-Israel activist at odds with the party’s stance on boycotts.

Kelly Tolhurst won an open primary to fight in Rochester and Strood next month.

A local businesswoman and councillor, Ms Tolhurst is known as a vocal anti-Israel campaigner in the area.


Annapurna did what Hamas couldn't

By Nathan Jeffay, October 23, 2014

Tamar Ariel's family spent the summer worrying about her. An Israeli Air Force navigator, she served in the seven-week conflict with Hamas, but once it was over, they relaxed and she got ready to pack her bags for a holiday in Nepal.

She returned dead after she was killed in a massive avalanche during the blizzard that struck the Annapurna mountain range last week, and was buried on Tuesday.


Israeli hospital treats Hamas leader’s daughter

By Naomi Firsht, October 20, 2014

The daughter of Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh was treated in an Israeli hospital following complications after a routine procedure, it was revealed yesterday.

Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv confirmed the admission. A statement from the hospital said: "She is one of more than 1,000 patients from the Gaza Strip and Palestinian Authority territories, children and adults, whom we treat every year."


It is harder to support Israel, even for friends

By Alistair Burt, October 14, 2014

The debate over recognising an independent Palestine illustrates at least two things.

Firstly, the events of the summer, notably the tragedy and horrors of Gaza, have reminded MPs of the centrality of the Middle East Peace process after recent years when attention has been directed elsewhere.


World offers Gaza billions in aid cash

October 14, 2014

The international community pledged nearly £5.4bn worth of economic assistance to Gaza at a donor conference in Cairo on Sunday.

According to the Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, a co-chair of the conference, half the cash will go towards rebuilding thousands of buildings destroyed during this summer's conflict.


UK minister meets victims of Hamas rocket attacks on Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood has met members of the Israeli government during a visit to the country.

Mr Ellwood travelled to the rocket-hit south of Israel to meet communities affected by the Gaza conflict during his two-day stay which ended today.

He had earlier travelled to the Gaza Strip to meet Palestinian Authority representatives.


Hamas busy rebuilding its rocket arsenal

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

People in southern Israel ran to the shelters on Sunday morning as IDF sensors detected rocket launches in Gaza.

No warheads fell inside Israeli territory and the military's assessment was that Hamas had either been testing missiles or training its rocket teams.

Indirect talks are scheduled to continue in Cairo between Israeli and Palestinian delegations on a long-term solution for Gaza.