Gaza

Bank targets me over Gaza, says Muslim

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

HSBC's decision to close bank accounts belonging to a number of British-based Muslim groups and their leading figures has caused anger.

Among those affected are the Finsbury Park Mosque and the Ummah Welfare Trust, which raises funds for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

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Hundreds of thousands raised to help victims

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

British Jews have been mobilising to help those in Israel affected by the ongoing violence.

Magen David Adom UK's emergency appeal, launched last month, has raised almost £300,000, a sum the charity said was unprecedented.

It hopes to buy a new ambulance to support Israel's emergency services taking part in Operation Protective Edge.

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Opening Gaza borders will bring greater hell

By Benjamin Pogrund, July 31, 2014

Hamas is rightly demanding that Israel and Egypt lift their blockade of the Gaza Strip as a condition for a ceasefire. But ending the siege is not straightforward: it is easy to sit back and say that it must be done, but implementing it is a minefield.

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Product withdrawal has no link to Gaza, says Tesco

By Daniel Easterman, July 31, 2014

Tesco has denied that its decision to stop selling a product from the West Bank is a response to Israeli action in Gaza.

From September, the UK's largest supermarket chain will withdraw a brand of dates which are packaged in the territories but grown in Israel.

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This time they get it

July 31, 2014

One of the most striking elements of the current crisis in Gaza is the relative lack of diplomatic and political pressure on Israel.

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Staff at Israeli store face death threats

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 31, 2014

Police are investigating racist death and fire-bomb threats by pro-Palestinian boycotters against a shop which sells Israeli cosmetics.

Kedem, in Manchester, reported phone calls, at one point every five minutes, from callers threatening to burn down the shop, beat up or kill staff.

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Why global governments have not turned on Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2014

Israeli diplomats and government officials have expressed surprise that the global media coverage of the secenes of devastation in Gaza have not sparked a diplomatic backlash and pressure on Israel to immediately end its ground operation in Gaza.

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John Kerry'sHamas-friendly ceasefire plan exposes his incompetence to all

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2014

It takes a special type of talent to unite Israel, the Palestinian Authority, the Saudis, Egypt and pretty much everyone except Hamas, Turkey and Qatar. The type of talent that mixes incompetence with jaw-dropping arrogance.

The talent, in other words, of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

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They shall learn war no more...

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, July 31, 2014

This Shabbat we begin the Book of Deuteronomy, in which Moses, prior to his passing, warned the Israelites of trying times ahead. We will be challenged, he said, by ra'ot rabot vetzarot - many evils and distresses (Deut. 31:17).

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Israel declares humanitarian ceasefire

By Daniel Easterman, July 30, 2014

The Israel Defence Force has initiated a four-hour ceasefire for humanitarian relief in Gaza, which began at 3pm local time.

Lt Col Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the IDF warned that if Hamas did not respect the truce, things “are going to get messier”.

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