Gaza

Two Israelis held captive in Gaza by Hamas

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

Two Israeli civilians are being held in Gaza by Hamas, according to a statement released by Israeli authorities.

The men have been identified as Ethiopian-born Avraham Mengistu and an unnamed Israeli-Arab from the Bedouin town of Hura.
Hamas have reportedly refused to comment on both cases.

Both Israeli men are said to suffer from mental health issues.

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Why ‘Jews’ were lost in translation in BBC Children of the Gaza War documentary

By Sandy Rashty, July 8, 2015

A BBC documentary has substituted the word “Israelis” for "Jews" in its translation of interviews with Palestinians, its maker has admitted.

Lyse Doucet has stood by the decision to translate “yahud” as “Israeli” in subtitles on her hour-long documentary Children of the Gaza War, which airs on BBC Two tonight.

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UN Human Rights Council backs report on 'Gaza war crimes'

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to back a controversial report on the Gaza war.

Friday’s resolution supported the report produced by the Gaza Conflict Commission of Inquiry. It had accused Israel and terrorist group Hamas of committing war crimes during the 50 day conflict last summer.

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No Hamas talks, says Yaalon

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 2, 2015

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has denied reports that Israel is holding talks, direct or indirect, with Hamas on the future of Gaza.

Mr Yaalon said that the extent of Israel's current involvement was "allowing the Qataris to build infrastructure there, but they have no diplomatic role and there is no European intermediary either.

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One thousand attend rally outside UN headquarters to protest latest report on Gaza

By Jessica Weinstein, June 29, 2015

More than 50 organisations and some 1,000 people from over dozen countries have gathered outside the UN headquarters in Geneva to protest against the recent report on last summer's war in Gaza.

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UN accuses both Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes during Gaza conflict

By Marcus Dysch, June 22, 2015

The United Nations has said both Israel and Hamas terrorists may have committed war crimes during last summer’s Gaza conflict.

An independent commission’s report into the Operation Protective Edge said the devastation in Gaza during the fighting had been “unprecedented”.

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Hamas cracks down on Islamic State in tacit understanding with Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2015

Israel is officially holding Hamas responsible for the recent rocket attacks from Gaza.

However, behind the scenes, there is a silent understanding that Hamas will be allowed time to deal with the groups that fired the rockets, and that both sides will try to prevent a new escalation.

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Hamas struggles against pro-Islamic State groups in Gaza

By Naomi Firsht, June 8, 2015

Hamas is trying to control a variety of jihadi groups inside Gaza who are believed to be behind recent attacks on Israel.

Salafist militants who support Islamic State are thought to have carried out bombings at Hamas security posts, and shot rockets at Israeli towns, actions that have provoked reprisals from Israel.

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Nicola Sturgeon says level of antisemitism in Scotland is 'unacceptable'

By Marcus Dysch, June 5, 2015

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to hold a series of public meetings with the country’s Jewish community to discuss concerns, including antisemitism.

In her first formal meeting with representatives of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, Ms Sturgeon said she found the level of Jew-hatred experienced in Scotland “unacceptable”.

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Lib Dem Tim Farron says Israel was 'disproportionate' over Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2015

In an earlier version of this story, we wrongly quoted Mr Farron as describing David Ward as "a good MP", omitting the word "constituency".
We apologise for the error.

The frontrunner in the race to be leader of the Liberal Democrats has described Israel’s actions during the Gaza war as “disproportionate”.

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