Bereaved Arab father on UK peace mission

By Candice Krieger, May 16, 2008

A Palestinian peace activist, whose daughter was killed last year during a clash between Arab youths and the Israeli police, has urged UK politicians to help end the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Bassam Aramin has devoted his time to campaigning for peace after his 10-year-old daughter, Abir, was shot dead as she was walking home from school.


Kassam rocket kills TV star’s mother-in-law

By Alex Kasriel, May 16, 2008

The mother-in-law of comedian Paul Kaye has been killed in a rocket attack near the Gaza Strip.

Mrs Shuli Katz, a 69-year-old nurse, was visiting her sister-in-law, Leora, in Moshav Yesha when the missile fell within a yard of her on Monday.

Her son, Yariv, 40, had left her side momentarily and survived the blast. Neither had time to find cover when the siren sounded.

Mr Kaye, 42, whose alter ego Dennis Pennis hoodwinked celebrities on the red carpet, attacked Palestinians for celebrating successful terror attacks.

Film ‘shows IDF did not kill family’

By Simon Griver, May 9, 2008

The IDF has released video footage to back its claim that the deaths of a Palestinian woman and her four small children last week was not caused directly by Israeli fire.

Anatomy of a strike: the IDF says its video footage shows that the Israeli strike
kills a militant while leaving the nearby family home unscathed


Medical lobby outed over its boycott agenda

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2008

A Jewish human-rights group declined to co-sponsor a meeting about Israel’s medical treatment of Palestinians because some of its organisers are linked to the boycott campaign.

A group calling itself the Medical Committee for Palestine hosted visiting speakers in London this week from the medical organisation, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI).

But the Jewish Forum for Justice and Human Rights backed out of jointly sponsoring a public meeting in Hampstead, North-West London on Monday after discovering the boycott links.


'They want to kill me for making documentaries'

By Nick Johnstone, May 2, 2008

Filmmaker Raneen Geries receives death threats for showing the Palestinian view of the events of 1948.

When Raneen Geries, a Palestinian woman, arrived at Tel Aviv University to study for a degree in social work, most of the students on her course were Jewish. As conversations frequently touched on family history, she realised how little she knew of her own.


The Nakba narrative now dominates

By Alex Brummer, May 2, 2008

The Palestinian ‘disaster’ framed much of the UK media’s coverage of Israel’s 60th

Anyone tuning into Jeremy Bowen’s documentary Birth of Israel, reviewed below, would instantly recognise the progress the revisionists and the Palestinians have made in framing the history of the Jewish state. No longer is it sufficient to record how Ben-Gurion and his generals repelled five Arab armies in the aftermath of the United Nations vote in favour of the Jewish state.


Miliband to host Palestinian aid meeting in London

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

Foreign secretary David Miliband is likely to use a London meeting next month of the ad hoc liaison committee for the co-ordination of international aid to Palestinians to put pressure on Israel to ease the blockade of Gaza.

But the Palestinian Authority will also feel the heat over Hamas’s continued rocket attacks on Sderot and elsewhere, which have contributed to Israel’s tough stance on Gaza.


New warnings on boycott bids

By Leon Symons, April 4, 2008

A communal activist has warned of a concerted effort to get the Trades Union Congress to overturn its anti-boycott stance towards Israel.

After boycott motions appeared on the conference agendas of a number of smaller unions, and a week after it was revealed that the University and College Union was trying to reactivate its academic boycott, Steve Scott of Trade Union Friends of Israel said he believed this was the start of a bigger campaign.


Motion on Jewish refugees

April 4, 2008

The US House of Representatives has recognised the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab countries who fled after the creation of Israel. The resolution asserts that Middle East talks should also focus on “Jewish refugees from Arab countries” when dealing with the Palestinian refugee question.