Palestine

Late rush to stop Abbas bid at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer and Martin Bright, September 15, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is due to deliver a speech today in which he is expected to announce the Palestinian Authority's finalintentions regarding the UN General Assembly at the end of the month.

Mr Abbas has been under intense diplomatic pressure from all sides in recent days over his decision.

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Three Faiths Forum stands by its anti-Israel student

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

An LSE student who called for a third intifada against Israel has been selected by the Three Faiths Forum for its parliamentary leadership training.

Nadia Marques de Carvalho, 19, an active member of LSE's Palestine Society, is one of 53 students chosen to be mentored by an MP as part of the 3FF's UN award-winning "Parliamentors" scheme.

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East Jerusalem choice

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

One-third of Palestinians in east Jerusalem would rather hold Israeli citizenship than live in a new Palestinian state, according to polling by a former State Department adviser.

David Pollock, who supervised US government studies of public opinion in the Middle East, carried out polls of more than 1,000 people living in Palestinian neighbourhoods in the city.

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PLO envoy: Palestinian state should be Jew-free

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

A Palestinian official has called for a Palestinian state without any Jewish residents.

Maen Areikat, who served as the Palestinian Liberation Organisation's envoy to the United States, said "it would be in the best interest of the two people to be separated" in any future state.

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Blind Brits and sighted Yanks

By Monica Porter, September 12, 2011

So, for those pro-Palestinian demonstrators who disrupted the Proms and forced the BBC to take its live broadcast off the air, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was a proxy for the "repressive" Israeli state.

We are all entitled to engage in non-violent protest, but I do get that Groundhog Day feeling whenever our anti-Israeli agitators rear their ugly heads.

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This was a morally repulsive argument

By Miriam Shaviv, September 8, 2011

Let us give Larry Derfner the benefit of the doubt that he does not wish to see terror attacks inflicted upon his fellow Israelis. That much is clear both from the original blog post and from his subsequent apology.

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I didn't back terrorism

By Larry Derfner, September 8, 2011

In the wake of the outrage over my personal blog post on Palestinian terror that got me fired from the Jerusalem Post, Anglo Jewish readers might not know that besides writing that the occupation "justified" terror - which I later apologised for and sought to clarify - I also wrote the following passages:

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PSC target primary kids in lit festival

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

Primary school pupils will be encouraged to write about "children under occupation" at a literature festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners.

The workshops will encourage children to examine "the themes of human rights" through rap, poetry and short story-writing.

Schools taking part in the Tottenham Palestine Literature Festival, organised by the Haringey Justice for Palestinians b

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Bigotry and xenophobia well to fore

By Oliver Kamm, September 8, 2011

Anti-Israel campaigners have every right to assemble, demonstrate, picket and argue. But preventing speech that they disapprove of is no legitimate part of a democratic society. Shouting down a musical performance is the same type of outrage, but a degree worse. It is not mere boorishness but militant philistinism. Its near equivalent is book-burning.

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TUC motion to sever all Israel ties

By Martin Bright, September 8, 2011

Next week's Trades Union Congress will debate withdrawing all co-operation with Israeli organisations, including the giant Israeli trade union the Histadrut.

The unprecedented proposal is the subject of an amendment by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), to a motion on the Middle East by super-union Unite.

The move would break a link between the British trade unions and the Hista

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