Gaza

It's even war in Tinseltown as stars try out Gaza soundbites - and get bitten

By Tom Tugend, August 7, 2014

"Rule 1: talk about anything in Hollywood … except Gaza" read a headline in the Hollywood Reporter last week.

In the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, meanwhile, entertainment columnist Danielle Berrin noted that "prominent entertainment industry leaders, who have raised money for Israel and accepted awards from pro-Israel organisations in the past, have not been heard from".

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So sue me, Mister President

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 7, 2014

Truth is the first casualty of war. With that in mind, I want to draw your attention to a sordid incident that arose out of a debate that took place at the plenary session of the Board of Deputies on July 20.

At that meeting, there was by all accounts a passionate discussion of the war in Gaza.

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Questions for protesters

By Mark Berg, August 7, 2014

Let's get the labelling stuff on the table straight off. I'm a Jew, and I'm a Zionist. I care deeply about the state of Israel for two main reasons.

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When being Jewish is not a joke

By Bennett Arron, August 7, 2014

I have been a stand-up comedian for more than 15 years and I have always mentioned at some point in my set that I am Jewish (the fact I am both Jewish and Welsh seems to be a point of amusement in itself and one which I am happy to exploit).

Apart from one awful incident in Scotland, I have never encountered antisemitism. Until now.

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Israel's political split grows

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

With the fighting in Gaza apparently over, Knesset members have begun to acclimatise themselves to a different political landscape.

The split within Likud between centrists and right-wingers has become more pronounced.

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Blockade is multi-billion business for Hamas chiefs

By Nathan Jeffay, August 7, 2014

As fighting has raged, pictures of Hamas leaders out of danger and enjoying the high life while their subjects suffer have gone viral. But according to Israeli expert Moshe Elad, who has been closely watching the Islamist movement for years, the images only show the tip of the iceberg.

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Truce holds but both sides keep fingers on trigger

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

Israeli negotiators were seeking to hammer out a lasting truce with Hamas as the JC went to press on Wednesday night.

It is unclear, however, what that agreement will look like as Hamas refuses to contemplate dismantling its military infrastructure and the Israeli government has yet to formulate a detailed alternative to its policy of blockading the Gaza Strip.

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Israel in tears over soldier who was abducted - then wasn't

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

For long hours on Friday, the IDF believed Hamas may have succeeded in capturing Lieutenant Hadar Goldin and spiriting him away through a tunnel to Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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Warsi: Was she already on her way out?

August 7, 2014

David Cameron has resisted party pressure to adopt a more hardline response to Israel's actions in Gaza.

Backbench efforts to force a change in position were boosted when Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi quit because she could no longer support the government line.

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Miliband: MPs call judgment into question

August 7, 2014

Ed Miliband's position on Israel has been attacked by former Labour ministers, Jewish party supporters and the Jewish Leadership Council.

The Labour leader has adopted an increasingly tough stance, calling Operation Protective Edge "wrong and unjustifiable" and he has attacked David Cameron for not opposing Israel's actions.

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