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Hamas could start executing Israel "collaborators"

By Jessica Elgot, April 1, 2010

Hamas may carry out death sentences for men convicted of “collaboration with Israel” within days.

Amnesty International reports that Hamas officials have indicated the sentences may be carried out in the next few days.

Fourteen people are known to have been sentenced to death in Hamas’ military courts, which do not meet international standards for fair trials.

However, more could be facing execution for charges of collaboration, treason and murder.

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Tanks withdraw from Gaza after 'worst clashes' in a year

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2010

Tensions have been mounting in Gaza in recent days after Israeli tanks briefly advanced into Gaza, after the deaths of two Israeli soldiers and two Palestinian terrorists.

The tanks have now withdrawn from the southern town of Khan Yunis in the Gaza strip.

The Israeli army attacked after explosives were apparently planted by two Gazan terrorists on the border of Israel. Reports also suggested that the terrorists were attempting to capture an Israeli soldier.

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Two Palestinians killed after Gaza border explosion

By Jessica Elgot, March 26, 2010

Two Palestinians have been killed in clashes on the border of Gaza, following a powerful explosion.

Two more are believed to have been injured at the clash which occurred near Kissufim, near Khan Younis, a city in the southern Gaza strip.

Palestinian media reported that the two men were attempting to plant explosives on the border when they were seen by the IDF, who opened fire.

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Young Israelis keen to join IDF combat units

By Nathan Jeffay, March 25, 2010

Young Israelis are keener than ever to join army combat units, according to new Israel Defence Forces figures.

After a barrage of criticism by human rights organisations and the Goldstone Report in the wake of the Gaza War, the reputation of the Israeli army's combat units have taken a battering.

But among Israeli school leavers, the three-week military campaign appears to have done wonders for their image.

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Students reject Gaza twin plan

By Marcus Dysch, March 18, 2010

More than 1100 students at the University of Warwick have rejected a plan to twin with the Hamas-backed Islamic University of Gaza.

It is thought to be the first time a twinning motion has been defeated at the union.

Warwick's Jewish-Israeli Society was unable actively to oppose the twinning as it is classified as a cultural society by the university and cannot campaign.

But pro-Israel students lobbied their colleagues to vote against the proposal in the four-day online poll last week.

Although 878 voters supported the twinning, 1,155 voted against.

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Gaza rocket kills Negev man at kibbutz

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2010

A man has been killed by a Kassam rocket fired by Gaza terrorists. It exploded next to him when it hit a kibbutz in the northern Negev, Nativ Ha’asara.

The man is believed to be a migrant worker from Thailand who was working in the kibbutz’s greenhouse.

The rocket is the third to have hit the region in the past 24 hours, after riots in Jerusalem and protests in the Gaza Strip over Israel’s plan to build 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem.

Two women have been treated for shock, but no-one else has been reported injured.

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EU chief allowed into Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 11, 2010

Israel will allow the European Union Foreign Affairs Representative, Baroness Catherine Ashton, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, to enter the Gaza Strip, in an apparent reversal of policy.

Baroness Ashton will visit next week and Mr Ban in April. Both asked Israel to open the Erez crossing into Gaza for their delegations.

Since Hamas took control of the Strip in 2007, Israel has enforced a ban on visitors. The closure was designed to delegitimise Hamas and help the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority assert its leadership.

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Viva Palestina 'did not give money to Hamas'

By Jessica Elgot, March 9, 2010

Respect MP George Galloway’s Viva Palestina group has been criticised for “misleading” the public after it announced it had raised £1m for Gaza, when the real figure was just £180,000.

The Charity Commission opened an inquiry after concerns were raised over how much Viva Palestina had collected for Gaza. The Commission was concerned the money had been given to Hamas, considered by the US and EU to be a terrorist organisation.

But no evidence has been found that property, vehicles or money had been given to Hamas.

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Irish minister visits Gaza

By Jessica Elgot, March 5, 2010

Ireland’s Foreign Minister Micheál Martin has called the situation in Gaza “inhumane and unacceptable” after a visit to the region.

Mr Martin, who is the first European Union foreign minister to visit the Gaza Strip in over a year, has called on the EU to put pressure on Israel to end its blockade of Gaza.

Writing in the International Herald Tribune, Mr Martin said: “The tragedy of Gaza is that it is fast in danger of becoming a tolerated humanitarian crisis.”

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Hamas bans male hairdressers in Gaza

By Jessica Elgot, March 5, 2010

Hamas will ban male hairdressers from working in women’s hair salons in the latest bid to impose stricter Islamic law in the Gaza strip.

The Interior Ministry, which announced the new law, has warned of stern consequences for anyone found disobeying.

Islamic women are traditionally not allowed to show their hair to men who are not members of their family.

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