IDF warns next Cast Lead 'urban warfare'

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 29, 2011

Exactly three years after Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, the IDF is preparing for a replay.

"The one thing we can know for certain is that the next major operation or war we will have to fight will be in an urban area filled with civilians," says Colonel Amir Baram, commander of the IDF's Paratrooper Brigade.


MEP sorry for 'put pressure on diaspora' blog

By Jessica Elgot, December 9, 2011

British MEP Sir Robert Atkins has apologised for suggesting pressure should be put on Jews in the diaspora over the treatment of Palestinians.


Violence escalates on Gaza border

By Abi Goodman, December 9, 2011

Rockets continued to rain down on Israel on Friday morning, as violence on the border with the Gaza Strip escalated.

One rocket was fired into the Negev early on Friday morning, although there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and another two rockets exploded in the Ashkelon Regional Council around midday, also causing no damage or injuries.


Israel pays Gaza bill

November 24, 2011

Israel has paid Britain £40,000 for the restoration of the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in Gaza - but it is only half the sum the UK asked for.

The two countries have been in dispute since Operation Cast Lead, Israel's operation in Gaza in 2009.


Boats to Gaza intercepted by Israeli navy

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

The Israeli navy has peacefully intercepted two boats of activists who were attempting to breach the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Soldiers boarded the boats under the order of IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz after the activists refused to heed calls to change course.


Funeral of Gaza rocket fire victim held

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of a man killed by a by a Grad rocket fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Moshe Ami, 56, died of shrapnel wounds after being hit by the rocket as he was on his way home.

The Ashkelon resident and father of four was unable to reach shelter in time.


Uproar at invitations to Gaza-twinning ceremony

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

The chairman of Northern Ireland's smallest district council has drawn national criticism for apparently inviting the Mayor of Gaza and members of Gaza City Council to take part in a "twinning ceremony" without consulting fellow councillors.

Padraig McShane, an Independent councillor and chairman of Moyle District Council in Country Antrim has spearheaded the plan to twin Moyle with Gaza and in


Museum tells story of evacuation from Gaza

By Nathan Jeffay, September 15, 2011

It has the style, format and even gift-shop selection of a Holocaust museum. But despite the yahrzeit candles on sale, nobody died in the event commemorated here.

At the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem, churban, a Hebrew word normally reserved for the greatest disasters of Jewish history, namely the destruction of the Jerusalem Temples and the Holocaust, refers to Gaza disengagement.


Back to school… as Israeli hero

By Nathan Jeffay, September 8, 2011

When 17-year-old Arina Shestopolov Censor went back to school last week, nobody needed to ask what she did this summer - as Israel's new national heroine the whole country knows.

Seconds after Grad missiles fired by Gaza terrorists fell close to her Beersheba home on August 20, she ventured out of a bomb shelter and saved a man's life.

It was a bloody night in the Arthur Rupin district of Be


Gaza and West Bank in timely dispute

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have found another subject to argue over.

As of this week, the two are now separated by an hour – not in terms of how long it takes to travel from one to the other, but in terms of time.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, moved the clocks back an hour at the beginning of Ramadan to make the fast easier.