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Anti-Israel activist chosen as Tory candidate in Rochester

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2014

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The candidate selected to stand for the Conservative Party in an upcoming by-election in Kent is an anti-Israel activist at odds with the party’s stance on boycotts.

Kelly Tolhurst won an open primary to fight in Rochester and Strood next month.

A local businesswoman and councillor, Ms Tolhurst is known as a vocal anti-Israel campaigner in the area.

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Annapurna did what Hamas couldn't

By Nathan Jeffay, October 23, 2014

Tamar Ariel's family spent the summer worrying about her. An Israeli Air Force navigator, she served in the seven-week conflict with Hamas, but once it was over, they relaxed and she got ready to pack her bags for a holiday in Nepal.

She returned dead after she was killed in a massive avalanche during the blizzard that struck the Annapurna mountain range last week, and was buried on Tuesday.

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Israeli hospital treats Hamas leader’s daughter

By Naomi Firsht, October 20, 2014

The daughter of Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh was treated in an Israeli hospital following complications after a routine procedure, it was revealed yesterday.

Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv confirmed the admission. A statement from the hospital said: "She is one of more than 1,000 patients from the Gaza Strip and Palestinian Authority territories, children and adults, whom we treat every year."

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It is harder to support Israel, even for friends

By Alistair Burt, October 14, 2014

The debate over recognising an independent Palestine illustrates at least two things.

Firstly, the events of the summer, notably the tragedy and horrors of Gaza, have reminded MPs of the centrality of the Middle East Peace process after recent years when attention has been directed elsewhere.

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World offers Gaza billions in aid cash

October 14, 2014

The international community pledged nearly £5.4bn worth of economic assistance to Gaza at a donor conference in Cairo on Sunday.

According to the Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, a co-chair of the conference, half the cash will go towards rebuilding thousands of buildings destroyed during this summer's conflict.

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UK minister meets victims of Hamas rocket attacks on Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood has met members of the Israeli government during a visit to the country.

Mr Ellwood travelled to the rocket-hit south of Israel to meet communities affected by the Gaza conflict during his two-day stay which ended today.

He had earlier travelled to the Gaza Strip to meet Palestinian Authority representatives.

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Hamas busy rebuilding its rocket arsenal

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

People in southern Israel ran to the shelters on Sunday morning as IDF sensors detected rocket launches in Gaza.

No warheads fell inside Israeli territory and the military's assessment was that Hamas had either been testing missiles or training its rocket teams.

Indirect talks are scheduled to continue in Cairo between Israeli and Palestinian delegations on a long-term solution for Gaza.

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UK minister ‘profoundly shocked’ by visit to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood has visited Gaza for the first time since the conflict with Israel this summer.

Mr Ellwood is the first British minister to travel to the Palestinian territory since the violence.

He visited the heavily damaged neighbourhood of Shujaiyya and a Commonwealth war cemetery, where graves were damaged in the fighting.

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Lancet editor says sorry over Israel letter row

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2014

The editor of Britain’s leading medical journal has visited Israel and said he deeply regrets the controversy caused by his stance on a series of letters it published about the Gaza conflict.

Lancet editor Dr Richard Horton said he had been “horrified” to learn that some authors of the letter had also sent private emails which included antisemitic conspiracy theory videos.

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Neighbours at war over the Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, October 2, 2014

A quiet street in south-east London is the last place you would expect to be caught up in the Middle East conflict.

But the suburb of Brockley is the unlikely arena where two Jewish neighbours are at war over Israel.

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