Gaza

A Rubicon has been crossed with this embargo

By Alex Brummer, August 14, 2014

ANALYSIS
Critics of Israel's policy in Gaza have scored a significant victory with the decision to block a dozen licences to British companies that sell weapons parts to the IDF. The £42 million sum involved is trifling but the symbolism will be exploited.

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Arms ban if Hamas strikes

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

The government's decision to suspend a series of arms export licences to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza led to a major row between the coalition parties, the JC understands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, who holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences under the legislation, favoured a wholesale ban on all arms to Israel.

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63% question the future of Jews in the UK

By Daniel Easterman, August 14, 2014

Almost two-thirds of British Jews have questioned their future in the UK amid rising antisemitism and mass protests against the Gaza war.

In a straw poll conducted by the JC this week, 150 people were asked: “Since the protests against the war in Gaza began, have you or your friends had a discussion about whether there is a future for Jews in the UK?”

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Truce reported - but rockets from Gaza still flying

By Sandy Rashty, August 13, 2014

Rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza this evening, despite unconfirmed reports that a five-day truce had been agreed with Hamas.

Israeli Prime Minister reportedly ordered the IDF to retaliate.

The rockets, believed to have been be fired by Hamas operatives in Gaza, landed in southern Israel before a previous three-day ceasefire ended.

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Lib Dems won’t discipline David Ward over Gaza rocket tweet

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The Liberal Democrats will not take disciplinary action against an MP who said he would “probably” fire a rocket if he lived in Gaza.

Bradford East MP David Ward tweeted last month: “The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes.”

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Cabinet row over move to suspend Israel arms licences

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The government’s decision to suspend a series of arms export licences to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza was the cause of a major row between the coalition parties, the JC understands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences, with legislation stating that even the Prime Minister cannot overrule the Secretary of State’s decision.

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UN’s Gaza war crimes investigator has anti-Israel history

By Daniel Easterman, August 12, 2014

Israel has sharply criticised the UN Human Rights Council’s new three-person panel tasked with investigating possible war crimes committed during Operation Protective Edge.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the commission, chaired by Canadian international law expert William Schabas, is biased and made up of individuals with strong anti-Israel views.

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Israeli negotiators arrive in Cairo as ceasefire holds

By Charlotte Oliver, August 11, 2014

Israeli delegates travelled to Cairo on Monday morning after a three-day Gaza ceasefire seemed to hold overnight.

According to Israeli officials, they only agreed to meet in Egypt for negotiations after the 72-hour truce was accepted by both sides. This follows their refusals to negotiate with Hamas while under attack.

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Man arrested over antisemitic stickers in Golders Green

By JC Reporter, August 8, 2014

A 66-year-old man has been arrested in connection with antisemitic stickers displayed in a Jewish area of north London.

Police received complaints when the stickers appeared around Golders Green tube station last month.

One sticker called Israel “a pious disease” while another called for the country to be “cancelled”.

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Glasgow Jews angry over council flying Palestinian flag

By JC Reporter, August 8, 2014

Jews in Glasgow have expressed anger at the city council’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag.

The council has raised the flag over the City Chambers today in what it calls a show of support “for the innocent people who are being hurt in Gaza”.

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