Gaza

Hamas in ascendant as Malaysian PM visits Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 24, 2013

Two months after the end of Operation Pillar of Defence, Hamas is gradually breaking the diplomatic isolation of the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday, while most of the attention in the region was focused on Israel’s elections, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak crossed the border from Egypt for a short visit with Hamas leaders in Gaza.

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BBC backs anti-Israel activist claim

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2013

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint from a leading anti-Israel activist that a Radio 4 report inaccurately described the impact of the creation of Israel on Palestinians.

A “lack of clarity” had been evident in the coverage of West Bank protests last May which marked “Nakba Day”, when Palestinians mourn the creation of Israel, the BBC investigation found.

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Four West Bank Palestinians killed in separate incidents

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2013

Four Palestinians have been killed since Friday following an escalation of violence near the West Bank border.

The four incidents took place in an area prohibited to the Palestinians.

Budrus village-resident Samir Ahmed Awad, 17, was reportedly shot four times by an IDF soldier today near the separation barrier.

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Unite leader forced to respond to complaints

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2013

The general secretary of Britain’s biggest union has written to supporters of Israel to defend comments he made during Operation Pillar of Defence.

Unite had issued a statement signed by Len McCluskey six days into the violence between Israel and Hamas in November. It “unreservedly condemned outrageous Israeli aggression” and accused Israel of “terrorising an entire population”.

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Fatah stages rally in Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, January 4, 2013

Fatah today staged its first Gaza rally in five years to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the Palestinian Authority party.

Thousands of people were seen waving yellow flags in solidarity with the party.

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Israel’s talent for losing friends and alienating journalists

By Michael Freedland, December 21, 2012

A wise man once told me: rules are meant to be broken. Strange, from a solicitor. But he was a worthy member of our community and I knew what he meant - sometimes, it's better not to stick by the rule-book in the face of reality.

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Israeli-Arab teenager charged over Tel Aviv bus bomb

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

An Israeli-Arab teenager has been charged with planting the Tel Aviv bus bomb that wounded 15 people on November 21, during the recent Israel-Gaza conflict.

Eighteen-year-old Mohammed Mafarja, a Bir Zeit University student from Taibe, allegedly informed associates when the bomb was in place, before they detonated the device using a mobile phone.

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PCC rules no breach over Steve Bell Gaza cartoon

By Jennifer Lipman, December 19, 2012

The Press Complaints Commission has ruled that it is unable to take further the matter of a controversial cartoon about Israel and Gaza published in the Guardian last month.

Steve Bell's drawing, featuring Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu as a puppet-master pulling the strings of Western leaders, attracted allegations that it applied antisemitic tropes.

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UCL students challenge referendum on Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, December 12, 2012

University College London students have been faced with a large-scale pro-Palestine campaign ahead of a union referendum on the "inhumane situation in Gaza”.

The referendum will determine whether the university’s union, UCLU, will adopt the motion as policy and take any action “in light of the on-going conflict.”

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UK pledges £1.25m in new aid to Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, December 11, 2012

The British government has pledged substantial new aid provisions for Gaza in the wake of last month's fighting between Israel and Hamas.

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