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.


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.


FCO: No talks with Hamas

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

The Foreign Office has flatly denied Hamas claims that Britain is one of five European Union countries which have held secret talks with the militant Palestinian organisation in recent months.

According to an Associated Press report on Wednesday night, Hamas foreign affairs representative Osama Hamdan said that it had discussed its position on the Middle East process with European officials.


Hamas official promises Israel never-ending war

By Ben Hartman, April 26, 2012

A senior Hamas official last week said that the terror group would not be bound by any deals reached between the Palestinian Authority and Israel if democratic elections bring them to power in a future Palestinian state.

During an interview with the Forward, the first interview given by a top Hamas leader to a Jewish news organisation, the deputy director of Hamas's political bureau, Mousa Abu


Hamas number two: All deals with Israel will be temporary

By Jennifer Lipman, April 20, 2012

An official high-up in the Hamas terrorist group has vowed to tear up agreements with Israel if it wins control of a future Palestinian state.

Moussa Abu Marzouk, who is said to be the organisation's second most powerful figure, told the Forward newspaper that any deal or treaty with Israel would be temporary.

He also said that Hamas would not recognise Israel


UK government criticises Gaza death penalty for 'collaborator'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

A British government minister has express concern about the execution of three men in Gaza this weekend, including one killed for allegedly collaborating with Israel.

Hamas announced that the death penalty was enforced on the weekend, with the other two of those killed found guilty of murder.


Worldwide BDS proves its irrelevance

April 4, 2012

The failure of the Global March to Jerusalem has not come as a surprise to Israeli diplomats and IDF officers.

Pro-Palestinian organisations had been planning to march hundreds of thousands of supporters towards Israel's borders and embassies last Friday but, despite clashes on the border of the Gaza Strip and in a few events in the West Bank, the day passed with relatively little incident.


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.


Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.


MPs debate Israel and Northern Ireland comparison

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

Members of Parliament have cautioned against drawing comparisons between the situation in Israel and that of Northern Ireland before the Good Friday Agreement.

During a debate on Israel in Westminster Hall, called by Labour MP John Woodcock, it was pointed out that the peace process in Northern Ireland went ahead "with the Provisional IRA still on active operations".