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.


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.


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.”


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.


Mashaal visit to Gaza welcomed by Hamas and Fatah

By Orlando Radice, December 7, 2012

Hamas political chief, Khaled Mashaal, will visit the Gaza Strip for the first time today.

The exiled leader will join visiting Fatah chiefs to celebrate Hamas’s 25th anniversary and what is seen in Gaza as a victory for the Islamist movement in its recent conflict with Israel.


Enough of knee-jerk responses

By Dan Levene and Dan Arenson, December 6, 2012

A s the fires fade, as the dust settles on the graves of the latest children to die in a battle that seems destined to repeat itself with depressing regularity, and as world leaders breathe a sigh of relief that an all-out war was, this time, prevented, it should be clearer than ever that there can be no military solution to this relentless conflict.


Hamas minister plans to create a Palestinian Defence Ministry

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

A Hamas minister has announced that the party may create a Palestinian defence ministry in response to the Israel-Gaza situation.

The decision, announced during a ceremony to honour Palestinian officers on Wednesday, came in response to the latest outbreak in which more than 150 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.


Open mouths but closed eyes

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 4, 2012

OK. I agree that the semi-hysterical revelries commissioned by Hamas once its cease-fire with Israel had been announced reflect a kind of madness. Much of the Hamas infrastructure is in ruins. A number of key Hamas operatives have succumbed to their wounds. Neither Iran nor Hizbollah came to Hamas's aid. Nor did its Egyptian godfathers of the Muslim Brotherhood.


Easy life obliges us to face hard facts

By Jeremy Brier, November 30, 2012

It has been pretty easy for my generation. In Britain's leafy Jewish communities, the children of the 1980s grew up with the freedoms that our grandparents were denied and the opportunities to which our parents could not aspire. Sure, it came with a deep awareness of the past and, at times, with the terrible mantle of survivor guilt ("You're having a bad day?


Caryl Churchill, Mike Leigh call for international Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2012

British arts figures are among the signatories of an open letter calling for an international military boycott of Israel.

Filmmakers Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, playwright Caryl Churchill and Pink Floyd star Roger Waters are among those who have backed the call for "urgent" international action in the wake of this month's Gaza fighting.