Gaza

Highest levels of hate for five years

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Antisemitic incidents in Britain rose by a third in the first six months of this year, and have rapidly increased further in the past four weeks as Israel's military operation in Gaza continues.

Figures published this week by the Community Security Trust showed more than 300 recorded cases between January and June, up 36 per cent on the same period last year.

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Israel agonises over endgame as truces turn to dust

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2014

As the conflict in Gaza entered its fourth week and the prospects of a ceasefire looked slim, the Israeli security cabinet was split over whether to expand the operation and strike at the Hamas leadership or to continue a limited action to eradicate the terror group's tunnels.

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Prescott condemned over Gaza 'concentration camp' description

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Lord Prescott's description of Gaza as a "concentration camp" has been condemned on all sides of the political spectrum.

The former Deputy Prime Minister also wrote in his Sunday Mirror column that it was impossible not to view Israel's actions in Gaza as war crimes and compared the Israelis to Nazis.

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Arabs turn on Qatar over Hamas

By John R Bradley, July 31, 2014

As diplomacy intensifies over Gaza, one little-reported meeting last week - between senior Saudi officials and Qatar's ruler Sheikh Al-Thani - could turn out to be the game-changer.

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Hamas's biggest backer? It has the entire Westin the palm of its hand

By Alex Brummer, July 31, 2014

the complex politics of the Middle East. The country's control of an estimated 14 per cent of the world's known reserves of natural gas has allowed it to buy itself a seat at the top tables of global diplomacy.

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The difficult question Hammond must answer

By Martin Bright, July 31, 2014

Philip Hammond is still taking his first baby steps as Foreign Secretary, but there is one question he needs to learn to answer. And quickly.

Does he consider Israel's use of military force against Hamas to be disproportionate?

On the Today programme on Tuesday he was asked the question three times and three times he dodged it. This is not good enough.

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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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