Palestinians

No Palestinian state if I am re-elected, says Netanyahu

By Rosa Doherty, March 16, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau has said a Palestinian state would not be created if he was re-elected this week.

In a stark contradiction of a 2009 speech in which he voiced support for a two-state solution, Mr Netanyahu's comments have been described as a last-minute attempt to win voters from Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party.

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Jewish pro-Palestinian group's social media platform hijacked

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2015

A Jewish pro-Palestinian group has been forced to relaunch its social media efforts after a supporter promoted a series of articles questioning aspects of the Holocaust and rising antisemitism in Britain.

Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), which lobbies for a boycotts and sanctions against Israel, said it had reacted to complaints about the offensive articles.

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Manchester council rejects move to fly Palestinian flag

By Josh Jackman, February 11, 2015

A Manchester City Council committee has rejected a proposal to fly the Palestinian flag over the town hall.

The Communities Scrutiny Committee turned down the move on Wednesday afternoon. The decision, which was welcomed by the Board of Deputies, will now have to be ratified by the full city council.

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Interfaith group drops rabbi as patron after only two weeks

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

An interfaith conflict-resolution group has reversed its decision to make a leading rabbi a patron due to past comments he has made on Israel and the Palestinians.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet had been appointed by Faith Matters only a fortnight ago.

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Mid East debate cancelled over campus security fears

By Josh Jackman, January 20, 2015

A debate on the Israel-Palestinian conflict at York University has been cancelled due to security fears.

The session, scheduled for Tuesday, would have featured a speech and questions and answers with former Labour councillor Luke Akehurst, who is also director of the campaign group We Believe in Israel.

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Riba u-turn over Israel boycott: 'We got it wrong'

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

British architects have reversed their call for Israeli counterparts to be suspended from an international union.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) confirmed the u-turn today when its council adopted a new policy on international affairs.

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MPs call for economic sanctions on ‘apartheid’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Backbench MPs have called for a series of economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

During a debate in Parliament they said a major shift in British foreign policy was also needed to bring about a two-state solution to end the conflict.

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Ed Miliband defends Labour support for Palestine recognition

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has defended his party’s support for the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Mr Miliband told pro-Palestinian activists that he was proud to support a backbench motion in the Commons last month which urged the government to acknowledge statehood immediately.

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British Jew killed in synagogue terror attack

By Josh Jackman, November 18, 2014

A British Jew was one of the victims killed in the terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning which left four people dead.

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Hamas man released in Shalit deal planned teens’ murder

By Daniel Easterman, September 10, 2014

The man who organised the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank was a Hamas leader released as part of the 2011 prisoner swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to Palestinian security officials.

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