Gaza

MPs call for economic sanctions on ‘apartheid’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Backbench MPs have called for a series of economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

During a debate in Parliament they said a major shift in British foreign policy was also needed to bring about a two-state solution to end the conflict.

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Barclays bank branch forced to shut by anti-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Anti-Israel activists forced the temporary closure of a central London branch of Barclays bank on Saturday.

Protesters shut down the bank's Piccadilly branch, and entered other branches, displaying banners stating “stop arming Israel”.

Barclays is understood to have had investments in leading Israeli military firm Elbit which builds drones used by the IDF over Gaza.

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'Don't pay your fees'

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Grassroots supporters of Israel are threatening to withhold funding for the Board of Deputies in response to its reaction to the Gaza conflict.

Around 800 people have signed an online petition calling on the Board to take "overt and vociferous" action to challenge antisemitism.

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Ed Miliband defends Labour support for Palestine recognition

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has defended his party’s support for the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Mr Miliband told pro-Palestinian activists that he was proud to support a backbench motion in the Commons last month which urged the government to acknowledge statehood immediately.

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Outrage over Amnesty 'war crimes' report

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2014

Israel has forcefully rejected claims by Amnesty International that its army committed war crimes in the latest Gaza conflict, alleging that the NGO "serves as a propaganda tool for Hamas and other terror groups".

The Israeli Embassy in London condemned Amnesty for its "extreme bias" and for "producing no evidence" to back up allegations in a new report, entitled 'Families under the Rubble: Isr

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Israel slams Amnesty ‘war crimes’ report

By Josh Jackman, November 5, 2014

Israel has rejected claims by Amnesty International that its army committed war crimes in the latest Gaza conflict, alleging that Amnesty “serves as a propaganda tool for Hamas and other terror groups”.

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Kedem staff member doused in ‘burning’ chemical in hate attack

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2014

Police are investigating a hate attack in which a worker at an Israeli cosmetics stall was covered with a suspicious liquid.

The teenager was working on the Kedem outlet in Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre when the incident occurred on October 25.

She did not suffer serious injury when the “burning” chemical was thrown over her by a gang of youths.

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Lord Mitchell attacks ‘hypocrisy’ of anti-Israel campaigners

By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2014

Jewish peers have highlighted what they said was the hypocrisy of singling out Israel for blame in the ongoing troubles of the Middle East.

They voiced concerns over the focus on Israel’s actions in Gaza despite the growth of Islamic State, the continuing civil war in Syria, and Russian belligerence in Eastern Europe.

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Has Lancet Editor abused his position with the 'Gaza letter'?

By Jake Wallis Simons, October 30, 2014

Last month, Dr Richard Horton, the editor of the Lancet medical journal, took the stage at the Rambam hospital in Haifa in an apparently contrite mood.

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Paper defends Gaza news

October 30, 2014

The Guardian's reader's editor has explained the reasons behind the volume of its coverage on Israel and the Palestinians following a series of complaints.

Chris Elliott said he had received 17 complaints this year relating to allegations of antisemitism and a disproportionate amount of coverage on Gaza.

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