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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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Foreign Office blames 'clerical error' for Palestinian death total

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2013

The Foreign Office has failed to apologise after Baroness Warsi provided Parliament with a vastly inflated number of Palestinian civilians killed by Israel.

A spokesman said a “clerical error” was to blame for the claim that there had been more than 3,600 fatalities since January 2012.

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Israel releases 25 Palestinians as peace talks resume

By Zoe Winograd, August 14, 2013

Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel late last night as part of the build-up to peace negotiations.

More than 1000 people gathered at the presidential compound in Ramallah to welcome the prisoners.

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Protests expected in Israel over Palestinian prisoner release

By Zoe Winograd, August 12, 2013

Tel Aviv is braced for angry demonstrations following the publication of the names of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be released by Israel on Wednesday as part of the build-up to peace negotiations.

Since the publication of the names on Sunday, the Israeli government has been flooded with protest letters written by families of terror victims. Members of the public have two days to appeal.

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Obviously, we are always what we eat

By Elizabeth Luard, August 9, 2013

Food is political – and nowhere are politics more evident that in The Gaza Kitchen, an everyday story of life and cooking in that narrow strip of fertility that separates the desert from the sea, served as a link between Europe and Asia and allowed Damascus to trade with Venice.

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To understand Israeli pessimism, just read the history

By Adi Schwartz, August 8, 2013

The new round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will unfortunately end without reaching an agreement.

The reason is that the maximum Israel can offer is not enough for the Palestinians, and the minimum the Palestinians want — especially on Jerusalem and the refugees — is impossible for Israel to give.

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