Palestinians

Hamas holds rallies in West Bank

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

Terrorist organisation Hamas has held its first rally in the West Bank in five years.

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Nablus in the north of the territory on Thursday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas.

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Israeli and Palestinian documentaries make Oscars shortlist

By Marcus Dysch and Anna Sheinman, December 5, 2012

Films made by Israelis and Palestinians have been named among the contenders in the best documentary category for the 2013 Academy Awards.

The Gatekeepers, directed by Israeli Dror Moreh tells the history of Israel through the stories of six former directors of Shin Bet, Israel’s security service.

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Abbas relinquished the Palestinian 'right of return' to please Israeli voters

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has had a shot at making the peace process an issue in the upcoming Israeli elections.

In an interview with Channel Two last week, he effectively relinquished the Palestinian “right of return” to all parts of what used to be Palestine and is today Israel.

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Abbas takes back ‘right of return’ remarks

By Anna Sheinman, November 5, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said that he has not given up on the right of return for Palestinians, rowing back on his comments to Israel’s Channel 2 two days previously.

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Middle East power shift as Emir visits Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 25, 2012

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s brief visit to Gaza on Tuesday lasted only a few hours, yet it signalled not only one more step towards the Hamas government’s exit from isolation, but also deeper power shifts in the Middle East. It was followed by salvoes of missiles fired at Israeli targets, with rare Hamas participation.

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Israeli group threaten legal action against Australian charity

By Dan Goldberg, October 12, 2012

An Israeli-based group is threatening legal action against an Australian charity unless it immediately stops funding a Palestinian not-for-profit organisation that is alleged to be “an active arm” of a terror group proscribed under Australian law.

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Peace walk raises £90,000

By Anna Sheinman, September 27, 2012

A hundred people from all around the world including Israel and the Palestinian territories walked 10km across the bridges of London on Sunday, raising £90,000 for international summer camp Seeds of Peace.

The Bridges to Peace walk, now in its second year, was joined by 160 more walking across bridges in 16 other countries.

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Ambassador attacks Lib Dem Simon Hughes over 'one state' comments

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to Britain has attacked the Liberal Democrat deputy leader for suggesting a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict was no longer possible because of settlement building.

Daniel Taub said Simon Hughes was “playing into the hands of extremists” by advocating an approach that would “signal the end of the Jewish homeland”.

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Romney says Palestinians 'committed to destruction of Israel'

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2012

Secret footage of Mitt Romney was released on Tuesday in which he describes the Palestinians as “committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel”.

The film, posted on the website of the left-leaning US magazine Mother Jones, showed Mr Romney speaking at a $50,000-a-plate private fundraiser in Florida in May.

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On the death of a peace forum

By Yossi Alpher, September 6, 2012

Bitterlemons’ two e-magazines presenting Israeli and Palestinian views, published weekly for 11 years, have closed. The reasons are not disconnected from what is transpiring around us in the Middle East and globally.

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