Gaza

Battle of the maps takes a new turn

By Simon Rocker, April 4, 2012

The Israel Government Tourist Office has been cleared of breaching advertising standards for a promotion of Jerusalem in the latest battle over tourism publicity.

More than a half dozen complaints over adverts for Israel or the Palestinian Territories have been adjudicated by the Advertising Standards Authority over the past three years.

Only a fortnight ago, the ASA upheld a complaint again

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Moyle twins with Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

One of Northern Ireland's smallest towns has officially twinned with Gaza City, after months of political argument.

The chairman of Moyle District Council attended a ceremony in the Palestinian city on Monday night.

Moyle, in County Antrim, has a population of 15,000 and is home to the world-famous Giant's Causeway.

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ICC rejects Palestinian Cast Lead request

By Jennifer Lipman, April 3, 2012

The International Criminal Court will not hear a case involving allegations about Israeli conduct during Operation Cast Lead.

The decision by ICC prosecutor Jose Luis Moreno Ocampo was based on the fact that Palestine is not a state, and so does not fall under the court's jurisdiction.

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Self-blame is a dangerous game

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 29, 2012

This month has seen the publication of two remarkably identical statements that address the elusive quest for peace between Israel and its neighbours. One has been authored by a Liberal Jew, while the other has been written by a reported adherent of Orthodoxy.

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Israel an apartheid state, says German party head

By Benjamin Weinthal, March 22, 2012

Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany's second largest party and a hopeful for Chancellor in the next federal election, last week called the Jewish state an "apartheid regime" after a visit to Hebron in the West Bank.

Writing on his Facebook page, the 52-year-old Social Democrat noted: "It's a zone without legal rights for Palestinians.

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PA officials pocket fifth of West Bank GDP

By Nathan Jeffay, March 22, 2012

While the Palestinian economy is in a state of "severe fiscal crisis", wages for Palestinian Authority staff eat up a staggering 20 per cent of GDP, according to a World Bank report released on Wednesday.

The report also points out that international aid has kept the Palestinian welfare state running but has not succeeded in kick-starting the private sector.

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Israeli ambassador: Fire UN fake Gaza pic tweeter

By Jessica Elgot, March 21, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, has demanded the dismissal of a UN employee who tweeted a fake picture of a child dying in Gaza, purportedly killed by Israeli bombing.

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EU's Baroness Ashton under fire for Toulouse murder comments

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2012

The European Union's High Representative has been accused of comparing the killing of three children and a rabbi in a shooting attack in France to the situation in Gaza.

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Israel averted much bigger war with Gaza

March 15, 2012

As the ceasefire took hold between Israel and terrorist groups in Gaza this week, the streets of the Strip began to fill with people heading to a victory parade organised by Islamic Jihad.

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Palestinian boy died from gunshots not Israeli strike

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2012

A Palestinian child killed in Gaza this week died in a tragic accident at a funeral and not from Israeli air strikes.

Palestinians emergency services official Adham Abu Selmiya had placed the blame on Israel after Barka al-Mugrahbi, eight, was wounded on Monday.

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