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Israel seizes ship with tons of weapons near Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

A freighter carrying a significant amount of weaponry believed to be for use by terrorists in the Gaza Strip has been intercepted by the Israeli navy.

The Victoria, which set sail from Syria and went via Turkey, was bound for Egypt but intelligence suggested it was carrying weapons from Iran for Hamas to smuggle across the border.

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Israel, US condemn brutal West Bank 'child murder'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 12, 2011

The White House has demanded an “unequivocal condemnation” from the Palestinian Authority over the brutal stabbing of five Israelis last night, including a three-month old baby and two other children.

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George Galloway: Gaza war as bad as WW2

By Robyn Rosen, March 9, 2011

George Galloway has said Hamas are not tyrants and defended elections in Iran during a lecture about the fall of dictatorships.

Speaking to LSE students on Monday, the former Respect MP called Israel an “apartheid” state and compared scenes in Gaza after Operation Cast Lead to those in the Second World War.

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Hamas starts new Gaza fight

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2011

Fighting has intensified over the past week around the Gaza Strip in what Israeli defence sources believe is an attempt by Palestinian organisations to test the boundaries and return Gaza to the agenda despite the tide of revolution sweeping the Arabcountries.

The current round of hostilities began last Wednesday night when three Grad rockets hit the city of Be'er Sheva.

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Abbas: Hamas must allow Palestinian vote

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2011

Palestinians will be denied their first opportunity to elect their leaders in five years if Hamas refuses to allow voting in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said today.

Palestinian Authority elections are set to take place this July, a year after they were postponed because the terrorist organisation refused to participate.

But a Hamas spokesman has already signalled the group’s decision to block this year’s vote.

Mr Abbas said: “Unless we are capable of holding elections in both the West Bank and Gaza, then we will not hold elections."

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Mubarak: Syria blocked Hamas Shalit deal

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

A deal with Hamas to free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was scuppered by Syria and Qatar, according to a cable released by WikiLeaks.

The document quoted a conversation in June 2009 between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and US general David Petraeus alleging that Hamas was offered more than £31 million to block a prisoner swap.

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Palestinian Authority: local elections in July

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2011

The Palestinian Authority has announced plans to hold municipal elections this summer.

If it goes ahead, the vote will be the first opportunity Palestinians have had to elect their leaders since 2006 and the first local elections in six years.

Ghassan Khatib, a spokesman for ruling party Fatah, said the vote had been scheduled for July 9, more than five years after Hamas won the popular vote in legislative elections.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas postponed the vote last July because Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, refused to take part.

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Hamas warn 'immediate response' to Palestine leaks

By Robyn Rosen, January 26, 2011

A top Hamas representative has used a British newspaper to threaten action as an “immediate response” to the release of the Palestine papers.

Writing in the Guardian today, Osama Hamdan, described as the head of the Hamas international relations department, said a series of meetings have begun to “discuss practical measures”.

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Israelis face new border conflicts

January 13, 2011

Israel was facing possible wars on two fronts this week as Hizbollah took a step towards armed revolution in Lebanon and Egypt warned Hamas that it could soon provoke a new attack by Israel.

Meanwhile, three experts in peace negotiations have signalled in exclusive briefings for the JC that time is almost out for Israel to make a deal with the Palestinians.

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On this day: An anti-disengagement protest

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

It would be the first major rally in opposition to Israeli Prime Minister’s proposal to unilaterally withdraw from parts of the West Bank and Gaza – but by no means the last.

At the rally, held in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, one settler proclaimed: "It will bring hundreds of casualties to the Israeli side because everyone will understand that terrorism will win in this war.”

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