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Middle East power shift as Emir visits Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 25, 2012

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s brief visit to Gaza on Tuesday lasted only a few hours, yet it signalled not only one more step towards the Hamas government’s exit from isolation, but also deeper power shifts in the Middle East. It was followed by salvoes of missiles fired at Israeli targets, with rare Hamas participation.

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Hamas release video reconstructing Shalit’s capture

By Anna Sheinman, October 19, 2012

On the first anniversary of Gilad Shalit’s release, Hamas’s military wing has released a film purporting to describe how the abduction was carried out.

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Boy's death sparks anti-Hamas demonstration in Gaza

By Anna Sheinman, September 27, 2012

The death of a three-year-old boy in a fire has sparked a rare anti-Hamas demonstration in Gaza.

Over 500 protesters in the Bureij refugee camp called for the toppling of the ruling group after the child died when a candle, which had been lit during a power cut, burned down his family’s house, Reuters reported. The fire also caused critical burns to his infant sister.

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Topsy-turvy Middle East as jihadis turn on jihadis

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 6, 2012

The upheavals in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon are redrawing the lines between the radical Islamist forces surrounding Israel.

The latest configuration pits the Egyptian-led, anti-Iran camp against Salafist groups allied with al-Qaeda, and a branch of al-Qaeda against Hizbollah.

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Hamas leader's brother-in-law treated in Israeli hospital

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2012

A close relative of the Hamas Prime Minister has reportedly received emergency medical care in Israel.

Ismail Hanieyeh's brother-in-law is understood to have been treated in Petach Tikvah earlier this year, after suffering from a heart attack.

According to Israel's Ynet, he remained in the hospital for several days recovering.

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Morsi wins but peace will hold

By John R Bradley, June 28, 2012

When Egypt's newly elected President, Mohammed Morsi, moved into fallen dictator Hosni Mubarak's former office this week, some Israeli officials openly worried that now that the land of the pharaohs has a Muslim Brotherhood figure at the helm, long-standing ties between the two countries could be at risk.

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Morsi wins but Israel's peace with Egypt will hold

By John R Bradley, June 28, 2012

When Egypt’s newly elected President, Mohammed Morsi, moved into fallen dictator Hosni Mubarak’s former office this week, some Israeli officials openly worried that now that the land of the pharaohs has a Muslim Brotherhood figure at the helm, long-standing ties between the two countries could be at risk.

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Peace activist who rejected Hamas denied entry to UK

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2012

A peace activist from Gaza who has been denied entry to Britain plans to address a London audience next month —by internet.

Former Palestinian militant Mohammed Abu Muailek used to fire rockets at Israel but renounced violence, leading to his arrest and imprisonment by Hamas.

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Hamas gets a hearing in House of Commons

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2012

An organisation which has featured Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh at a seminar is to hold a meeting at the House of Commons, with the support of five Labour MPs.

MPs Sir Gerald Kaufman, Andy Slaughter, Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Love are the guest speakers at the Palestinian Return Centre's (PRC) meeting on June 18 at the House of Commons to mark International Refugee Day.

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Gaza: five years of Hamas rule

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 14, 2012

To outward appearances, commerce with Gaza is booming. Convoys of lorries carrying a wide variety of food products make their way into the Strip from Israel, 150 truckloads a day, through the Karni crossing. On the roads of northern Sinai, vast loads of cement sacks and building materials are also proceeding, at a slightly slower pace, towards the crossing at Rafah.

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