Gaza

Israeli embassy criticises British MPs over Gaza letter

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

The Israeli embassy in London has hit back at a group of parliamentarians who blamed Israel for the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

In a letter published in the Guardian on December 27 - marking the fifth anniversary of Operation Cast Lead - more than two dozen MPs and peers called for the British government to "to take immediate action to bring an end to the blockade on Gaza".

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Sun, sea and kassams? Gaza border promoted as tourist destination

By Anthea Gerrie, January 2, 2014

It is cut off from beautiful beaches by barbed wire and a target for missiles, but the area around the Gaza border is being touted as Israel’s newest tourist attraction.

That’s according to the Tourism Ministry, which is throwing NIS 2 million (£350,000) at an area visitors have avoided for years over safety fears.

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EU ‘wasted millions’ in Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 12, 2013

An auditing report has raised serious question marks over EU aid money worth hundreds of millions of euros that has been given to the Palestinian Authority.

According to the report, prepared by the European Court of Auditors and revealed by the Financial Times this week, funds transferred to the PA for Gaza were paid to civilians with ties to Fatah who were no longer working.

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Middle East Minister marks anniversary of Gaza ceasefire

By Daniel Easterman, November 28, 2013

Middle East Minister Hugh Robertson has called on Israel and Hamas to respect their 12-month ceasefire and for Hamas put an end to “militant activities, including rocket fire”.

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Hamas leader’s granddaughter treated in Israeli hospital

By Daniel Easterman, November 19, 2013

One of the granddaughters of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has been transferred from Gaza to an Israeli hospital for urgent medical treatment.

The news emerged when Haniyeh’s son, Abdul Salam, wrote on his Facebook page that his daughter, Amal Haniyeh, aged one, had crossed the "green line" which separates Israel from the Palestinian territories.

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Gaza tunnel was for high-profile attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 16, 2013

A tunnel leading from under the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, discovered by the IDF last week, was to be used at a future date by Hamas to carry out a terror attack or kidnapping.

The exit point of the 1,800m tunnel is near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.

According to Israeli intelligence, it was almost certainly excavated by Hamas and took over 18 months to complete.

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Hamas tunnel: a key element in its new strategy

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2013

A 1,800m tunnel leading from under the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, discovered by the IDF last week, was to be used at a future date by Hamas to carry out a terror attack or kidnapping.

The last 300m of the tunnel end near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. According to Israeli intelligence, it was almost certainly excavated by Hamas and took over 18 months, ending this June, to build.

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BBC admits it was wrong over pro-Israel commentator

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2013

The BBC has said it was wrong to hide a commentator’s pro-Israel credentials in reports on the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza last year.

BBC News 24 interviewed Jonathan Sacerdoti four times over two days last November.

During his appearances Mr Sacerdoti supported Israel’s right to defend itself from Gaza rocket attacks.

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The Observer issues correction over Israel chemical weapons slur

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2013

The Observer newspaper has issued a correction over a claim that Israel used chemical weapons against people in Gaza.

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Obviously, we are always what we eat

By Elizabeth Luard, August 9, 2013

Food is political – and nowhere are politics more evident that in The Gaza Kitchen, an everyday story of life and cooking in that narrow strip of fertility that separates the desert from the sea, served as a link between Europe and Asia and allowed Damascus to trade with Venice.

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