Gaza

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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Lib Dems try to shore up votes with Gaza hard line

By Robert Philpot, October 2, 2014

For the third consecutive year, the Liberal Democrat annual conference will clash with Yom Kippur. As journalist and party member Charlotte Henry noted in a piece for the Spectator's blog in July, this repeated unhappy coincidence suggests not simply "a cultural blindspot over the Jewish community", but a party that is "telling a community that you don't really pay them much attention".

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Medical journal investigates claims over Gaza letters

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Britain’s leading medical journal has been reported to the industry’s ombudsman over its stance on a series of letters it published about the Gaza conflict.

The Lancet ran an open letter “for the people of Gaza” signed by 24 senior medics in July, condemning Israel’s military action.

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'Don't shut out those with qualms on Gaza'

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2014

A senior United Synagogue rabbi said this week that the community should not shut out Jews who had qualms about Israeli actions in Gaza.

Hampstead Synagogue's Rabbi Michael Harris, speaking at a conference on modern Orthodoxy in London, said that he had felt "uneasy throughout the past summer that the community's official bodies were making no room for people who had moral qualms about some of

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