Palestine

MPs' Palestine vote shows Israel has 'lost UK public'

By Marcus Dysch and Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

The vote by MPs to recognise a Palestinian state is a sign that public opinion is turning against Israel, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned.

Matthew Gould told the JC: “Israel lost support after this summer’s conflict in Gaza, and after the series of announcements on settlements.

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Parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2014

Parliament has voted to recognise the state of Palestine following a symbolic and unprecedented debate in the House of Commons.

A motion calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state was passed by 274 votes to 12 after MPs spent five hours debating the issue.

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Israel supporters mobilise ahead of Commons Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have collected around 2,000 signatures on a petition urging MPs to vote against a motion on Palestinian statehood in Parliament next week.

The petition was drawn up earlier this week by the new grassroots group Israel Advocacy UK and the Zionist Federation, and is supported by other Israel-supporting organisations.

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Wake-up call over UK Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have responded too slowly to the impending parliamentary vote on Palestinian statehood and have lost valuable campaigning time, activists have admitted.

There are concerns that a tardy response from Jewish communal organisations has paved the way for a "propaganda coup" for pro-Palestinians next week.

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Hamas man released in Shalit deal planned teens’ murder

By Daniel Easterman, September 10, 2014

The man who organised the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank was a Hamas leader released as part of the 2011 prisoner swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to Palestinian security officials.

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Board attacks Glasgow council over Palestinian flag raising

By Daniel Easterman, August 19, 2014

The Board of Deputies has criticised Glasgow council for its decision to fly the Palestinian flag over the city hall.

In a letter to the leader of the council, Board president Vivien Wineman described the move as “a political statement which has the potential to intimidate and divide our communities.

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Britons invest in Rawabi, Palestinian city of dreams

By Jenni Frazer, July 4, 2014

Bashar Masri is like few Palestinians in the raucous, tough world of the Middle East.

Urbane and softly spoken, he is the entrepreneur behind one of the Arab community's most ambitious projects - the new city of Rawabi, 15 km from Ramallah.

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Murders expose the cracks in the Palestinian edifice

By Toby Greene, July 3, 2014

What does the murder of three teens in the West Bank at the hands of Hamas operatives mean for Palestinian reconciliation?

Israel was disappointed at the speed with which both the US and the EU embraced the Palestinian unity government when it was announced at the beginning of June.

But within the Israeli government, there was also a debate about how to relate to it.

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Israeli-Palestinian security ties keep chaos at bay

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

The one clear point that has emerged from the Israeli operation following the kidnapping two weeks ago is that security co-ordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority remains strong. In fact, it is probably the most reliable link in their increasingly shaky relationship.

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Arab academic quits after Auschwitz visit

By Nathan Jeffay, June 12, 2014

A Palestinian professor has quit his job after being criticised for taking a group of students to visit Auschwitz.

Mohammed Dajani's colleagues at Al Quds University in the West Bank reacted so negatively to his act of Holocaust commemoration that he tendered his resignation.

He subsequently criticised Palestinian resistance to Holocaust education as "a crime against humanity".

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