Palestinians

Restrictions on Gaza runner Nader al-Masri hold all of us back

By Leora Garton, April 18, 2014

Nader al-Masri is a marathon runner and one of the Gaza Strip’s top athletes. He has been running for 14 years and competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Last Friday, he should have been running the second Palestinian marathon held in Bethlehem. But although Mr Al-Masri could practically run from his house to the start line (a mere 65 km), he could not make it.

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Storm over Palestinian visit to Auschwitz

By Nathan Jeffay, April 17, 2014

For most, a visit to Auschwitz is a simple act of commemoration. But when a Palestinian professor went to the former death camp with 30 students in tow, it was seen as near treason.

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Naftali Bennett threatens to quit Israeli government over prison release

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett has threatened to quit Israel’s governing coalition if a group of Palestinian prisoners are released in a last ditch attempt to save the peace process.

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Architect of Oslo Accords Ron Pundak dies

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

Ron Pundak, one of the leading figures behind the Oslo Accords, has died aged 59 after a long battle with cancer.

In early 1993, while the official negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington were failing, a secret back channel with the PLO was opened by Mr Pundak together with fellow academic Yair Hirschfield - first in London, and then Oslo.

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Last ditch attempt to save Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 10, 2014

Marathon talks were still ongoing this week in a last attempt to save the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Meanwhile, in Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who put so much personal effort into launching the talks nine months ago, appeared to be placing most of the blame on Israel for their failure.

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Repressive aspect of occupation must stop

By Fred Barschak, April 10, 2014

In the week in which the Israeli-Palestinian talks appear to be collapsing, it is worth re-examining some of the factors that have led to a breakdown in the peace process time and again.

In 1977, Yigael Yadin, the second chief of staff of the IDF, expressed the dilemma that has faced every Israeli administration in two brilliant sentences.

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Peace process near collapse as Palestinians make UN move

By Daniel Easterman, April 2, 2014

The Palestinians have initiated moves to join 15 UN agencies, causing yet another blow to the stalling peace process.

One implication of the move is that it could become easier for Palestinians to prosecute Israeli officials in the International Criminal Court.

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Pollard may be released to save peace talks

By Rosa Doherty, April 1, 2014

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard may be released by the United States in a bid to save the Middle East peace process, according to new reports.

A US official told the New York Times that no decisions had been made, but confirmed there had been talks about releasing the American jailed for spying for Israel.

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Jenin gunfight sparks fear of more violence

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

A firefight in the Jenin refugee camp which resulted in the deaths of three Palestinians has raised fears of renewed anarchy in the West Bank.

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MK campaigns for release of Jews convicted of terror offences

By Daniel Easterman, March 19, 2014

Outspoken Likud MK Miri Regev is leading a letter-writing campaign calling for the release of several “nationalistic” Jewish prisoners convicted of terrorism against Palestinians and Arab citizens of Israel.

The demand comes as Israel prepares to release the fourth and final round of Palestinian prisoners on March 29, a move that is deeply controversial.

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