IDF probes colonel over killing

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

A number of senior IDF field commanders are being investigated over incidents that occurred during last summer's conflict in Gaza, and a colonel was questioned this week over a shooting in the West Bank in which a 17-year-old Palestinian was killed.

Colonel Yisrael Shomer, the commander of the Binyamin Brigade, currently stationed in the West Bank immediately north of Jerusalem, was attacked by


‘Israel uses the Holocaust to justify murdering Palestinians’, Gerald Kaufman tells Parliament

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

A veteran Labour MP has claimed that Israel uses the Holocaust to “justify” killing Palestinians.

Gerald Kaufman, the father of the House of Commons, made the claim in Parliament on Wednesday.

Sir Gerald, Manchester Gorton MP, said: “The Israelis use the Holocaust, they use the murder of six million Jews to justify their murder of thousands upon thousands of Palestinians.”


Two Israelis held captive in Gaza by Hamas

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

Two Israeli civilians are being held in Gaza by Hamas, according to a statement released by Israeli authorities.

The men have been identified as Ethiopian-born Avraham Mengistu and an unnamed Israeli-Arab from the Bedouin town of Hura.
Hamas have reportedly refused to comment on both cases.

Both Israeli men are said to suffer from mental health issues.


Why ‘Jews’ were lost in translation in BBC Children of the Gaza War documentary

By Sandy Rashty, July 8, 2015

A BBC documentary has substituted the word “Israelis” for "Jews" in its translation of interviews with Palestinians, its maker has admitted.

Lyse Doucet has stood by the decision to translate “yahud” as “Israeli” in subtitles on her hour-long documentary Children of the Gaza War, which airs on BBC Two tonight.


UN accuses both Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes during Gaza conflict

By Marcus Dysch, June 22, 2015

The United Nations has said both Israel and Hamas terrorists may have committed war crimes during last summer’s Gaza conflict.

An independent commission’s report into the Operation Protective Edge said the devastation in Gaza during the fighting had been “unprecedented”.


Another Lebanon war is inevitable - and Israel is preparing

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2015

On the face of it, a third major war between Israel and Hizbollah seems implausible right now.

Israel is not eager for another summer like the last one. For 50 days, people across the country were sent scurrying to bomb shelters as Hamas launched missiles from Gaza.


Veterans attack IDF policy in Gaza war

May 7, 2015

Israeli war veterans group Breaking the Silence has released a report in which IDF soldiers and officers who fought in Gaza last summer question the legality of the army's actions during the operation.


Major battle over top Israeli court looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

The new Knesset will be a battle-ground over the future and independence of Israel's Supreme Court.

The appointment of Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked - an outspoken critic of the court's powers to scrutinise and disqualify legislation - as the new justice minister will add extra impetus to the campaign to limit its powers.


Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.


IDF in major crackdown on Hamas

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 16, 2015

The IDF made sweeping arrests of Hamas members in the West Bank this week in the largest such crackdown this year.

The operation, which took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning, was aimed at hampering the Islamist movement's attempts to re-establish its military networks in the area.