Gaza marathon cancelled over Hamas ban on women

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2013

The UN Relief and Works Agency has called off the Gaza marathon because the Hamas authorities have refused to allow women to join the race.

The third Gaza marathon was due to take place next month, but will not go ahead because "the authorities in Gaza… have insisted that no women should participate".


West Bank calms down as Gaza reheats

By Shira Rubin, February 28, 2013

Although a rocket fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday threatened to ignite already heightened tensions between Palestinians and Israelis, Israeli military officials said the surge in violence throughout the West Bank over the death of a Palestinian prisoner was subsiding.


Burt condemns ‘indiscriminate rocket attack’ on Israel

By Sandy Rashty, February 27, 2013

Foreign Minister Alistair Burt has “condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel” in response to attack on southern Israel on Tuesday.

The rocket from Gaza, which hit a road outside Ashkelon, is the first attack since the November 2012 ceasefire agreement.

No injuries were reported.


Disgraceful yet all too easy linking of Israelis and Nazis

By Rabbi Natan Levy, January 31, 2013

Come and eavesdrop on a question I was asked by a leading Anglican bishop at an interfaith symposium last summer. "Rabbi," he asked earnestly, "how can your people turn Gaza into a concentration camp after Auschwitz?" This being my first encounter with this type of dovetailing - as employed last week by Respect's Lee Jasper and this week by Liberal Democrat David Ward - my reply was forgettable.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.