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Israel withdraws majority of forces from Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, August 4, 2014

Israel has withdrawn most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip and declared a unilateral, humanitarian ceasefire – the eighth temporary break in the fighting since hostilities began.

The ceasefire is set to last for seven hours from 7am GMT, but will not include the Rafah area where Israeli operations are continuing.

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Choose which side you are on, say UK Jewish leaders

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2014

Jewish community leaders have called on the world to “pick which side they are on – Israel or Hamas” as the violence in Gaza continues.

In a message sent to rabbis ahead of Shabbat, Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis and Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said the international community must make tough decisions.

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Hadar Goldin not kidnapped but died in battle, says IDF

By Marcus Dysch and Orlando Radice, August 1, 2014

The Israeli soldier thought to have been abducted by Hamas fighters in Gaza has been declared dead.

Forensic information indicated that Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old from Kfar Saba, was killed in a gun battle near Rafah on Friday, a special IDF panel said this weekend.

Two other Israeli soldiers were killed in the attack.

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A truce agreed - then war erupts within hours

By Orlando Radice, August 1, 2014

A 72-hour ceasefire agreed on last night by Israel and Hamas already appears to be falling apart.

The halt, brokered by the US and the EU, was due to take effect at 8am this morning local time. But within two hours, mortar shells had been fired from Gaza, landing near a town by the border, and Israeli forces had returned fire.

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UJIA telethon raises £140,000 for Israeli children caught up in Gaza conflict

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2014

UJIA fundraisers brought in £140,000 for children in Israel who have been affected by the recent conflict.

Over 100 volunteers took part in a telethon at the charity’s head office in Camden, north London, on Sunday to raise money for its Children of the South appeal.

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IDF rejects UN school death accusations

By Daniel Easterman, July 28, 2014

The Israeli military has forcefully rejected accusations that it was responsible for the deaths of 15 people at a UN school in Beit Hanoun in Gaza.

A spokesperson for the IDF said: “The inquiry and the documented footage presented here concluded that a single errant IDF mortar landed in the courtyard of the UNRWA school, when it was completely empty.”

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Two dead in violent Gaza protest in West Bank and Jerusalem

By Daniel Easterman, July 25, 2014

Two Palestinians have been killed and 200 wounded during violent protests in the West Bank against the continuing conflict in Gaza.

Approximately 10,000 people marched from Ramallah – which serves as the default capital of the Palestinian Authority - to East Jerusalem where they clashed with Israeli security forces in the Qalandiya area.

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Fifteen dead in Gaza school attack

By JC Reporter, July 24, 2014

The Israel Defence Force says it is investigating an attack on a United Nations school in the northern Gaza Strip which was being used as a shelter by civilians to escape the fighting.

Initial reports say that at least 15 people were killed when an Israeli tank shell hit the school in Beit Hanoun.

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Shimon Peres bows out as president praising Israel ‘the great state’

By Marcus Dysch, July 24, 2014

In his farewell speech as president of Israel, Shimon Peres has spoken of his belief in the country’s strength to overcome Hamas, and his intention to continue his public service.

Speaking at the Knesset as he prepared to hand over to incoming-head of state Reuven Rivlin, Mr Peres said he had watched Israel become a “great state”.

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US Federal Aviation Authority lifts Israel flight ban

By Daniel Easterman, July 24, 2014

The US Federal Aviation Authority has lifted its ban on all American flights to Israel.

The aviation body reversed its earlier decision to extend the ban for another 24 hours after intensive consultations with Israeli security officials.

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