Palestine

Pro-Palestinian watchdog trade body launched

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

British trade relations with Israeli West Bank settlements are the focus of a new pro-Palestinian campaign group.

The founders of Prosper Palestine said the group will call on the international community to reject any economic relations with settlements and will work to support the Palestinian economy.

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Colombia hailed for caution on Palestinian state

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has praised the "friendship and courage" of Colombia's president after he announced that he would not recognise a unilaterally declared Palestinian state before a peace settlement with Israel was reached.

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Review: I Shall Not Hate

By Jonathan Wittenberg, March 11, 2011

Izzeldin Abuelaish
Bloomsbury, £16.99

This humbling, courageous and important book goes straight to the heart.

On January 16, 2009, during Operation Cast Lead, three of Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish's daughters, Bessan, Mayar and Aya, together with their cousin Noor, were killed by Israeli shells.

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Viva Palestina 'stopping vessels to Gaza'

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011

Viva Palestina will no longer sponsor flotillas to Gaza because it conflicts with the group's charitable status. But the UK-based group, whose founders include former Respect MP George Galloway, said it would continue to support future flotillas.

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On this day: Palestinian gunmen kill nine Israelis

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

In one of the grimmer incidents of the intifada, a Palestinian gunman ambushed a group of Israeli servicemen and shot dead seven of them.

A further three Israeli civilians were killed in the terrorist attack, which took place at an army checkpoint in the Jewish settlement of Ofra.

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I lost my daughters, but won't lose hope

By Jessica Elgot, February 24, 2011

The Palestinian doctor whose three daughters were killed by Israeli shelling during the Gaza offensive in January 2009 has pleaded with both sides "not to give in to hatred".

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Holidaying in Israel? Visit Palestine too

February 17, 2011

Eli Gonen, once director-general of Israel's Tourism Ministry under Yitzhak Rabin, has an idea to increase Israeli tourism and support the peace process at the same time.

Cultural and religious tourists could be tempted by advertising combined "Holy Land" packages to "Israel and Palestine", he argues.

While tourist numbers were up to 2.8 million last year, tourism remained static over the previous decade.

But Israelis and Palestinians could enjoy a rise to five million within five years if they co-operated in the marketing of joint packages, he believes.

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After Egypt, Palestinian Authority cabinet reshuffle

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2011

The Palestinian Prime Minister has six weeks to name a new cabinet after he dissolved the existing one in what experts said was a response to anti-government uprisings in the region.

Salam Fayyad, immediately reappointed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who asked him to form a new cabinet, is expected to attempt to shore up support for Fatah in the new leadership in advance of elections planned for September.

Hamas, the terrorist organisation in control of the Gaza Strip, has already stated it will not participate in the vote.

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Israeli soldiers help Palestinian woman with emergency birth

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2011

An Israeli soldier has described his dramatic rescue of a pregnant Palestinian woman after an ambulance was unable to reach her to deliver her baby.

IDF paramedic Sergeant Gilad Nesher, 20, had to deliver the baby en route to the hospital and then perform emergency resuscitation after the newborn initially struggled to breathe.

The woman phoned for a doctor in the early hours of this morning, but an ambulance could not make it to her home in the Jordan valley – five kilometres from the road - in time.

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Palestinians arrested for Jerusalem tourist stabbing

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 26, 2011

A group of Palestinian men involved in both terror and criminal activity have been arrested in connection with the stabbing of two women in the Jerusalem Hills last month. Two of the men were indicted for the murder of American tourist Kristine Luken and the serious wounding of her friend, British immigrant Kaye Wilson.

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