London Citizens stand by their man

By Martin Bright, July 21, 2011

London Citizens, the "community organisers" feted by Ed Miliband and David Cameron, has chosen to stand by a trustee who expressed his support for Hamas.


BBC raps Jeremy Paxman on Hamas

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

The BBC has upheld a complaint that Jeremy Paxman failed to challenge adequately the Labour MP, Louise Ellman, after she accused Hamas of using children as suicide bombers.

Andy Bell, complaints director of the BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit, apologised for a "lapse in editorial standards" in the BBC2 airing of Newsnight on February 14.


Prosor warns UN over Hamas and Gaza rockets

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

The former Israeli ambassador to Britain, now serving as his country's envoy to the United Nations, has launched an attempt to highlight the recent onslaught of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ron Prosor emphasised that the attacks were deliberately targeting Israeli civilians and represented "a serious danger to the population".


Sacks: know thy enemy to put thy case

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has said that Israel's PR is missing its target and called for a new approach to putting its case to the world.

In a trenchant interview with Ha'aretz, he suggested creating a thinktank to deal with the problem, involving leading Israeli intellectuals such as Amos Oz and David Grossman.

"Hasbarah [information] as government officials and pro-Israel advocates understand


Gaza hairdressers in fear of Hamas ban

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

Hamas has arrested "at least one" male hairdresser for cutting women's hair in the Gaza Strip this week, according to the BBC.

The terrorist organisation, in control of Gaza since 2007, introduced a legal ban on women using male hairdressers in March 2010. They said it was necessary because Islamic tradition stipulated a woman should not reveal their hair to men they were not related to.


What Gaza really needs: not a boat-load of activists

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2011

Almost six years since Israel disengaged from the Gaza Strip, nothing there is what it seems.

A Hamas junta rules, but the civilian government departments are run from the PA in Ramallah, financed by money Israel allows to go through.

A blockade is ostensibly in place, but hundreds of lorries go through the crossings from Israel every day, carrying almost everything except what is now a limi


Who you get in bed with - human rights, gay rights

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011
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A video promoted by Israeli government staffers about gay rights and the flotilla to Gaza


Fake Gaza flotilla video criticised

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

A PR stunt publicised by an Israeli government staffer has been criticised because it featured an Israeli actor posing as a gay man involved in pro-Palestinian activism.


Germany: Israel agreed Shalit deal, Hamas rejected

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

A deal to secure the freedom of Sergeant Gilad Shalit has been accepted by Israel, but not by Hamas, German officials have confirmed.

The comments by German government spokesman Steffen Seibert supported a claim by Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday about a German-brokered deal to return the soldier home more than five years after he was captured by Hamas.


Calls for Hamas to free Shalit after five years

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Human rights groups and Jewish organisations have reiterated calls for Hamas to release an Israeli soldier kidnapped five years ago.