Israeli soldier shot dead in attack at Beersheva bus station

By JC Reporter, October 18, 2015

One person was killed and seven people have been injured in a shooting and stabbing attack at Beersheva's central bus station in southern Israel.

According to Israeli media, a soldier was shot dead by an attacker who then used the victim’s rifle to shoot and wound six others, including four policemen.

One of the casualties was seriously injured, according to Magen David Adom.


Limit Palestinian diplomatic freedoms if they don't condemn violence, urges Jonathan Arkush

By Josh Jackman, October 18, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has asked the Foreign Secretary to curtail Palestinian diplomatic privileges if they do not condemn violence against Israelis.

Mr Arkush said he had written to Philip Hammond in the wake of a series of attacks in which seven Israelis have been killed.


Five more stabbings as violence continues

By JC Reporter, October 18, 2015

Palestinians carried out five stabbing attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Saturday, Israeli authorities have said.

Four of the attackers were killed.

In Jerusalem, a police spokesperson said a 16-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by officers after he tried to stab them.


Yeshivah students in clash with Palestinian police at Joseph's Tomb

By JC Reporter, October 18, 2015

Five yeshivah students had to be rescued by IDF soldiers after being confronted by Palestinians at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus.

The students were reported to have made an unauthorised visit to the holy site after it was set ablaze by a Palestinian mob on Thursday.

Around 30 worshippers entered the tomb without obtaining security clearance.


Sir Eric Pickles: Foreign Office is ignoring Palestinian incitement in 'pathological' desire to be balanced

By Marcus Dysch, October 16, 2015

Conservative Friends of Israel chairman Sir Eric Pickles has accused the Foreign Office of “turning a blind eye” to Palestinian incitement as violence flares in Israel.

The former cabinet minister said Palestinian society had been “harmed by a widespread culture of hate” and “glorification of terror and violence against Jews and Israel”.


Palestinian attacker shot after disguising himself as a journalist

By Josh Jackman, October 16, 2015

A Palestinian knifeman wearing a press vest has been shot after stabbing an Israeli soldier in the West Bank.

The attacker was shot and killed by other troops in Kiryat Arba after wounding the soldier, who was standing metres away from a protest.


‘Executed’ Palestinian knife attack boy pictured recovering in Israeli hospital

By Naomi Firsht, October 15, 2015

Photos released of a Palestinian boy, that Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas claimed was executed by Israeli security forces, show him recovering in an Israeli hospital.

A Palestinian boy who Mahmoud Abbas said had been “executed” by Israeli security forces has been photographed recovering in an Israeli hospital.


Social media users adopt Israeli flag images following terror attacks

By Josh Jackman, October 15, 2015

Two campaigns encouraging people to add the Israel flag to their social media profile pictures have attracted more than 14,000 supporters in their first day.


Protests? What protests?

October 14, 2015

Our Prime Minister has shown himself to be a true and trusted friend of Israel. So it is all the more bizarre that the Middle East Minister, Tobias Ellwood, should have made such a crass and stupid statement about the violence in Israel, attacking “the use of force by Israeli security personnel in response to protests and security incidents”


Middle East needs ‘courageous leadership’ to stop violence, says Labour

By Josh Jackman, October 14, 2015

Labour has called for both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to work to de-escalate tensions following the rising violence, which it said was “deeply shocking”.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn said in a statement on Wednesday: “More killing will achieve nothing and the situation demands courageous leadership from Israeli and Palestinian politicians alike.