Gaza

EastEnders Ross Kemp's guide to the Middle East

By Robyn Rosen, January 7, 2010

Actor and TV presenter Ross Kemp has said he was anxious about the impact of his new programmes on the Israel/Gaza conflict, for fear they could give extremists a “publicity platform”.

Mr Kemp, best known for his work on EastEnders, spent a month in Israel and Gaza for a two-part series which concludes on Sunday (January 10) on Sky1.

The actor, who has also filmed in Afghanistan and Kenya, told Sky News that he made the programme to give access to the on-going and complicated conflict to those who would not usually be interested.

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Gaza questioned in Israel poll

By Simon Rocker, January 7, 2010

The most detailed survey of what British Jews think of Israel was launched today by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

Conducted by Ipsos Mori and commissioned by the Pears Foundation, it consists of a questionnaire that takes about 15 minutes to complete online.

Correspondents are asked, among other things, if they think Israel’s incursion into Gaza a year ago was an act of self-defence, whether West Bank settlements should be expanded and whether Israeli actions cause antisemitism in Britain.

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Seven rockets fall in southern Israel

By Jessica Elgot, January 7, 2010

Seven mortar rockets have been fired into southern Israel by Palestinian militants.

The Viva Palestina convoy, led by MP George Galloway, has been delayed at the Kerem Shalom crossing after three struck near the boarder.

Three more shells hit the north west Negev and another on the coastal strip. No-one was injured or killed.

IDF Major General Yoav Galant of the GOC Southern Command warned Negev citizens that they should prepare for further attacks.

He said: "It's true that we are after the first rains and the sun is shining - but one can see dark clouds in the distance."

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Palestine aid convoy clash with Egypt on Gaza border

By Jessica Elgot, January 6, 2010

Protestors from the Viva Palestina convoy, supported by MP George Galloway have clashed with Egyptian security forces on the Gaza border.

Several police officers and protestors were injured and seven activists were arrested but later released.

Alexandra Lort-Phillips, 37, who was part of the convoy, said: "I have 42 people in my team.
"Out of those three Britons have been injured. There are head injuries, cuts.

"We started getting pelted with stones by people in plain clothes, then the police started moving in, using tear gas and batons. People were quite severely beaten."

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Hundreds rally to attack Israel over Gaza operation

By Robyn Rosen, December 30, 2009

More than 600 protesters demonstrated outside the Israeli Embassy on Sunday to mark the first anniversary of Israel’s operation in Gaza.

Representatives from 25 organisations, including Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the Green Party and Neturei Karta gathered in Kensington High Street. Organisers had planned for only 150 protesters and police had to call for backup after demonstrators pushed into the road towards the embassy.

MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Martin Linton and Baroness Jenny Tonge were joined by Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Territories’ ambassador to the UK.

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Terror attack breaks lull in violence

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2009

A new bout of killings in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has raised fears of an escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence, at the end of a year which — since the end of the Operation Cast Lead — has seen the lowest casualty rates for over two decades.

While there have been sporadic shooting attacks against Israeli citizens in the West Bank over recent months, few have caused casualties. The murder of Rabbi Meir Chai in an ambush on a road near Nablus last Thursday evening was the first time an Israeli had been killed in a terror attack since April.

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London protests for Gaza bombings anniversary

By Robyn Rosen, December 29, 2009

More than 600 protesters gathered outside the Israeli embassy to mark the year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead.

Representatives from 25 organisations, including Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the Green Party and Neturei Karta demonstrated in High Street Kensington on Sunday.

Politicians, Jeremy Corbyn, Martin Linton and Baroness Jenny Tonge were joined by Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Territories' diplomatic representative to the UK.

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BBC monitor: Bowen is 'biased'

By Leon Symons, December 23, 2009

A press monitoring group has claimed in a new report that much of BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen’s reporting during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza was biased against Israel.

BBC Watch, which produced the report, has made an official complaint to the BBC on the back of its findings.

Run by Jerusalem-based lawyer Trevor Asserson, BBC Watch monitored the corporation’s output on the operation from December 28 last year, one day after it started, until January 30, three days after the ceasefire.

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Quiet on the Gaza border is deceptive

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 17, 2009

Almost a year after Operation Cast Lead, Israel may still be fighting a legal and diplomatic battle over the war in the international arena, but around Gaza itself there is uncustomary calm.

On the Israeli side, all the damage caused by missiles and mortar rounds has been repaired, and life is back almost to normal in the villages around the Gaza Strip. While the occasional Kassam is still fired towards Israel, these are always badly aimed. They quite often fall in Palestinian territory and have not caused any Israeli casualties in the last 11 months.

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Government split over Gaza war 'line'

By Martin Bright, December 10, 2009

Two government departments have clashed over official policy on the last Gaza conflict.

The Foreign Office was forced to intervene to stop a Department for Communities and Local Government initiative to reassure the Muslim community that the British government did not support Israel’s actions in Gaza, the JC can reveal.

The DCLG, which is responsible for the government’s Prevent programme to tackle violent extremism, was keen to emphasise that the British government had serious reservations about Israel’s Cast Lead operation.

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