Palestinians

Nearly £2bn of EU aid for Palestinians ‘misused’

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013

Most of the nearly £2bn in aid that the EU has given the Palestinian Authority over the past five years has been squandered through corruption and mismanagement.

The figures appeared in a preliminary report prepared by European Court of Auditors and leaked to the Sunday Times.

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British minister condemns murder of Israeli soldiers

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2013

The murder of two Israeli soldiers over the weekend has been condemned by Britain's Middle East minister.

Alistair Burt said the deaths of Gavriel Kobi and Tomer Chazan were "tragic".

Sgt Gabriel Koby, 20, was shot by a sniper while on patrol in Hebron on Sunday.

His death came after Tomer Chazan, also 20, was lured to a West Bank village by a Palestinian and killed on Friday night.

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Succot worshippers evacuated after IDF soldier shot dead

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2013

An Israeli soldier was killed yesterday by a Palestinian sniper in Hebron, according to the IDF.

Sgt Gabriel Koby, 20, was on patrol at a West Bank checkpoint in the city when he was hit in the neck by a bullet. The soldier was immediately rushed to a Jerusalem hospital, where he died of his wounds.

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Palestinian attack on holy site Joseph's Tomb

By Hannah Pupkewitz, September 13, 2013

Palestinian rioters opened fire on IDF soldiers safeguarding 3,000 Jewish worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus on Wednesday night.

Rocks and bricks were thrown at the crowd, who were praying, and their IDF escorts.

The attack escalated when an automatic weapon was used to shoot at the soldiers, who returned fire.

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Israel and Palestinians do ‘historic’ soccer deal

By Shira Rubin, September 13, 2013

The heads of the Israeli and Palestinian football associations shook hands in a closed-door meeting in Zurich last week in an effort to resolve issues related to Israeli security measures affecting Palestinian footballers.

The talks were brokered by Fifa, the game’s international governing body, of which both the Israeli and Palestinian football associations are members.

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Palestinians indicate talks are going nowhere

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

A flurry of contradicting statements and leaks from Palestinian officials on the ongoing talks with Israel has underlined the difficulties involved in making any progress in the negotiations, now in their second month.

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'Blood libel' cleric Raed Salah detained in Jerusalem

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2013

Israeli police have arrested controversial Islamic activist Raed Salah on suspicion of incitement.

Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was detained in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

It is understood that he was on his way to give a press conference urging Palestinians to protest about the al-Aqsa Mosque when he was arrested by intelligence officers.

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British Academy urged to snub Richard Falk

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2013

Britain’s leading humanities and social sciences academy has distanced itself from a conference that is expected to feature a controversial anti-Israel speaker.

The British Academy said it was not aware of plans for the Human Rights in Palestine conference, despite its logo appearing on the event’s promotional material.

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Go f*** yourself, says Israeli diplomacy chief

By Josh Jackman, August 22, 2013

An Israeli government official in charge of promoting the country’s online image has been suspended following offensive posts on his Facebook page.

Daniel Seaman, who was appointed the Prime Minister’s director for interactive media in July, said in a phone call that he currently has “instructions from the Prime Minister’s office not to speak to the press”.

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Tories attack Warsi Israel slur

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2013

The Foreign Office this week refused to apologise after Baroness Warsi gave Parliament a vastly inflated figure for the number of Palestinian civilians killed by Israel.

After more than 24 hours, a spokesman eventually conceded that the figures were wrong.

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