Gaza

Fifteen dead in Gaza school attack

By JC Reporter, July 24, 2014

The Israel Defence Force says it is investigating an attack on a United Nations school in the northern Gaza Strip which was being used as a shelter by civilians to escape the fighting.

Initial reports say that at least 15 people were killed when an Israeli tank shell hit the school in Beit Hanoun.

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Board conflict over Deputy's Gaza view

By Daniel Easterman, July 24, 2014

A Board of Deputies member has been been accused of racism over comments made on the Gaza conflict.

Antony Cohen, a deputy for the Leeds Jewish Representative Council, told the Board's meeting on Sunday: "I'm going to lay my cards on the table, I don't care about any Palestinians, I only care about the Jewish people in this country and in Israel. We are facing a tremendous danger."

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'Hate' in Amnesty email

By Simon Rocker, July 24, 2014

Amnesty International has been accused of sending out an email "filled with hate, lies, distorted facts and misrepresentation of reality" by a relative of one of the 3 Israeli teenagers murdered on the West Bank last month, after its UK crisis campaigns manager appealed to supporters to lobby against arms sales to Israel.

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Hate explodes in cities from Paris to Sydney

By Shirli Sitbon, July 24, 2014

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters attacked the Jewish neighbourhood of Sarcelles, a suburb to the north of Paris, on Sunday, clashing with police who stopped them yards from a local synagogue.

The protesters burned cars, looted stores, set alight a pharmacy owned by Jews, and a kosher grocery shop. They threw firebombs, damaging a community building, and destroyed public property. .

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West's Goliath psychosis

By Melanie Phillips, July 24, 2014

Once again, we are living through the hallucinatory, sickening experience of seeing Israel's morally-elevated defence against murderous fanatics provoke a global explosion, of Israel-bashing and naked anti-Jewish hatred, especially in demonstrations across Europe.

For sure, the current war in Gaza has engendered more sympathy than previous such Israeli military campaigns.

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When Unite pulls the strings

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 24, 2014

Last year, the former Liverpool dock worker "Red Len" McCluskey was re-elected as general secretary of Unite, one of Britain's biggest trade unions. Whether any of Brother McCluskey's pronouncements on anything can be said to reflect the views of Unite's membership must, however, be open to doubt.

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Beware of biblical analogies

By Robert Philpot, July 24, 2014

The media finds its love of Biblical analogies near-irresistible when it comes to the Middle East. So it wasn't very surprising to find a Guardian editorial last week describing the current conflict between Israel and Hamas as "another David and Goliath encounter".

This has been the defining narrative of much of the commentary on Operation Protective Edge.

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Philip Hammond tells Israel: West is losing sympathy

By Marcus Dysch, July 24, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned that the West is losing sympathy for Israel as the violence in the Middle East continues.

Speaking in Jerusalem after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Hammond said he hoped a ceasefire could be brought to stop the fighting in Gaza.

He also held talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

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The Gaza split

By Simon Rocker, July 24, 2014

The rising death toll in Gaza has led to a political split in the UK with David Cameron's staunch support of Israel's right to self-defence in stark contrast to criticism from Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.

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Egypt is the key player in any peace deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

The Gaza conflict is playing out against a much wider regional power-play that could be changing the balance in the Middle East.

A struggle is going on for influence between Egypt, aligned with Saudi Arabia and most of the other Gulf States, and, on the other side, Qatar and Turkey.

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