Gaza

Ed Davey condemns targeting of synagogue

By Marcus Dysch and Daniel Easterman, August 6, 2014

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has condemned an antisemitic incident at a synagogue in his constituency.

A sign stating “child murderers” was fixed to the front door of Kingston Synagogue in Surrey last week.

It prompted the shul’s rabbi, Samuel Landau, to say he felt less safe in the area.

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Israel withdraws majority of forces from Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, August 4, 2014

Israel has withdrawn most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip and declared a unilateral, humanitarian ceasefire – the eighth temporary break in the fighting since hostilities began.

The ceasefire is set to last for seven hours from 7am GMT, but will not include the Rafah area where Israeli operations are continuing.

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Choose which side you are on, say UK Jewish leaders

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2014

Jewish community leaders have called on the world to “pick which side they are on – Israel or Hamas” as the violence in Gaza continues.

In a message sent to rabbis ahead of Shabbat, Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis and Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said the international community must make tough decisions.

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Hadar Goldin not kidnapped but died in battle, says IDF

By Marcus Dysch and Orlando Radice, August 1, 2014

The Israeli soldier thought to have been abducted by Hamas fighters in Gaza has been declared dead.

Forensic information indicated that Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old from Kfar Saba, was killed in a gun battle near Rafah on Friday, a special IDF panel said this weekend.

Two other Israeli soldiers were killed in the attack.

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Israel and the agonising endgame

By Toby Greene, August 1, 2014

What is Israel fighting for?

The human cost of this conflict is a source of sadness and despair, raising legitimate questions: What is Israel fighting for? Is it worth it? Does Israel have alternatives?

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A truce agreed - then war erupts within hours

By Orlando Radice, August 1, 2014

A 72-hour ceasefire agreed on last night by Israel and Hamas already appears to be falling apart.

The halt, brokered by the US and the EU, was due to take effect at 8am this morning local time. But within two hours, mortar shells had been fired from Gaza, landing near a town by the border, and Israeli forces had returned fire.

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Pro-Israel MP Margot James says country’s action in Gaza is ‘disproportionate’

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has come under pressure to alter the government’s stance on Israel’s action in Gaza.

Stourbridge MP Margot James, a strong supporter of Israel who has visited the country with Conservative Friends of Israel, said she was aghast at the scale of Palestinian suffering.

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Israel mobilises thousands more reserve troops

By Daniel Easterman, July 31, 2014

Israel has called up another 16,000 reserve soldiers to boost its ongoing campaign to destroy Hamas’ tunnel network in Gaza.

This latest call-up brings the number of IDF troops involved in Operation Protective Edge to 86,000.

In an interview with Israel Radio, IDF Southern Command General Sami Turjeman said rapid progress was being made.

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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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