Palestine

Mixed response to Obama's '1967 lines' Israel speech

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

President Barack Obama's call for a Palestinian state along 1967 lines has been met with mixed reaction from politicians and Jewish groups.

In a speech on the direction of US policy in the Middle East on Thursday, President Obama said a Palestinian state should be based on those lines with "mutually agreed swaps".

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Berlusconi: no Palestine recognition

By Ilaria Myr, May 19, 2011

Italy will only recognise a Palestinian unity government that has renounced terrorism and accepted Israel's right to exist, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said last week in a ceremony to mark Israel's Independence Day.

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'Third intifada' in east Jerusalem

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

"Palestinians used to want to leave the West Bank and move to east Jerusalem, to take advantage of the better conditions there. Now it's the opposite," said Zoheir Kawasmeh, as he looked at the rock-strewn street outside his home in the Silwan neighbourhood.

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Israel fears September as Arab Spring rattles IDF

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

The Israeli security establishment is rethinking its entire policy on security along the country's borders.

The attempts to storm across the borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza signal a change of strategy by the Palestinians, inspired by the uprisings throughout the Middle East.

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Arrest during Israeli embassy Nakba Day protest

By Jessica Elgot, May 16, 2011

A man was arrested during the "Nakba Day" rally outside the Israel Embassy yesterday.

Around 60 pro-Israel supporters led a counter demonstration to the rally outside the Israel Embassy on Sunday. Around 150 activists attended the "Nakba Day" demonstration which called for "solidarity with third Palestinian Intifada".

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Protesters, police clash outside Israel's embassy in Cairo

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

The Egyptian authorities fired live ammunition and tear gas at groups of anti-Israel protesters after they gathered at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo on Sunday.

Officials said the protesters attacked police and threw rocks at them, and at least 185 people were arrested.

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Berlusconi: Italy won't support unilateral Palestine

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi has promised that Italy will not recognise a Palestinian state if one is declared without agreement with Israel.

The Italian Prime Minister, speaking during a Yom Ha'atzmaut event in Rome, was quoted pledging that Italy would "absolutely not" accept a unilateral declaration.

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Demo in Dublin, taking off in Newcastle

May 12, 2011

The Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign protested outside the Dublin hotel where the Israel Embassy hosted an Independence Day party for diplomats, Irish government officials and Jewish community members on Tuesday. The demonstration passed off peacefully and there were no arrests.

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Amnesty in spotlight over hosting anti-Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has accused Amnesty of having a "disproportionate focus" on alleged Israeli human rights abuses and of being swayed by "anti-peace" groups.

The criticism came as more than a dozen LFI members, including vice-chair Louise Ellman MP, wrote to Amnesty to complain about the NGO's plans to host an anti-Israel event.

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IDF reinforces West Bank units ahead of Palestinian 'day of rage'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2011

The IDF is preparing for every eventuality during the Palestinian "days of rage" over the weekend and reinforcing its units accordingly.

While preparing for a worst-case scenario, the army believes that the Palestinian security forces will "contain" the demonstrations and prevent them from clashing with Israeli troops.

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