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Unions reject Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2010

The founding president of TULIP, Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine, has applauded an overwhelming rejection of Hamas and the Israel boycott by the International Trade Union Confederation.

At its world congress in Vancouver, ITUC, which represents unions in more than 150 countries, pledged its "universal recognition" of Israel's right to exist. It also rejected "the extremist policies of Hamas".

Eric Lee, a leading trade union activist and a founder of TULIP, said: "This is welcome news for Israelis and Palestinians.

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Lieberman: Palestinian statehood far away

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2010

Israel’s Foreign Minister has delivered a blow to hopes of an independent Palestinian state in the near future.

Avigdor Lieberman said: “There is absolutely no chance of it before the year 2012”.

He said: "One can dream and imagine, but we are far from reaching an agreement."

Mr Lieberman said it is time for the Palestinians to make moves towards peace, as Israel had already made many steps.

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Hall of Infamy: Khaled Meshal

June 29, 2010



"We will not settle for Shalit and, God willing, the freedom fighters will succeed in kidnapping more soldiers as Israel doesn’t understand anything but the language of force."



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Militants release new Shalit video

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2010

A chilling new animated video about captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been released four years after Hamas militants took him hostage.

Titled “Four years on, we still have Gilad”, the video shows images of tanks, barbed wire and explosions, replicating the cross-border raid in which he was taken.

It ends with an Arabic slogan which means "the illusion is shattering" and the numbers 2006/6/25 – the date Gilad was kidnapped.

In the four years since then, just three letters, an audio and a video have been released to prove the now 23-year-old remains alive.

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Assault on Gaza children's camp

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2010

Armed assailants have vandalised a United Nations children’s summer camp in central Gaza.

The incident, in which toys were burnt and a guard tied up, follows a similar attack by Palestinian militants on another UN camp in May. There are about 12 UN camps in Gaza, catering for 250,000 children.

In the latest assault more than 20 masked men attempted to set fire to tents and used knives to slash a plastic paddling pool and inflatable slide.

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Blair: the door is open for Hamas

June 21, 2010

Tony Blair talks to Richard Angell from Progress about Israel's decision to liberalise its policy on Gaza and his hopes for Middle East peace

Always known for being an optimist, Tony Blair doesn't miss the opportunity to launch into how the change in Israeli policy will make a difference to everyday Gazans.

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Gaza blockade eased but Hamas demand full lift

By Jessica Elgot, June 18, 2010

Israel’s announcement that it will ease the blockade of Gaza has been welcomed internationally but dismissed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

Israel has already announced that some construction material, like cement and steel, supervised by international groups, will now be allowed through the blockade.

A full list of the newly approved items has not been released but Israeli media has widely speculated that all food items, toys, stationery, kitchen utensils and mattresses will be allowed in to the Strip.

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Turkey and Hamas to sue Israel flotilla officers

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2010

The Hamas justice minister has agreed a deal with Turkey to sue the Israeli officers who took part in the Gaza flotilla raid.

London-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that Hamas’ Faraj al-Ghoul told his Turkish opposite number, Sadullah Ergin, in a telephone conversation, that Hamas had decided to pursue legally the naval officers through international courts.

Hamas said that Turkey had agreed to support Gaza residents, and to stand "stand-by-side" with them.

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Shalit deal could end Gaza chokehold

By Jennifer Lipman, June 9, 2010

Gilad Shalit’s father has said his son’s captivity is the obstacle preventing Gaza from overcoming “economic chokehold”.

Noam Shalit said that if Hamas were to agree a deal to release the soldier, kidnapped nearly four years ago, it would encourage Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza.

He told a Jerusalem conference that the continued imprisonment of the soldier for the purpose of bargaining and political blackmail “is a grave war crime”.

Calling on Hamas to release him, Mr Shalit said: "This will allow for rebuilding the ruins in Gaza in wake of Operation Cast Lead.”

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Israel takes step to ease Gaza blockade

By Jennifer Lipman, June 9, 2010

Israel has relaxed the blockade of Gaza to permit more provisions into the area.

Officials said the list of items allowed into the Gaza Strip has been expanded to include goods from Coca Cola to shaving cream and spices.

There has been international pressure for Israel to lift the blockade following the raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla carrying supplies.

The blockade has been in place since Hamas won power in the Gaza Strip in 2007.

Egypt had also closed its borders to Gaza, although restrictions have been lifted temporarily in the aftermath of the flotilla clash.

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