Palestinians

Bibi held secret talks with Palestinians

By Zoe Winograd, May 13, 2013

The head of the PLO Executive Committee, Yasser Abed Rabbo, has revealed that secret discussions about peace talks took place between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the PLO two years ago.

According to the Times of Israel, Mr Netanyahu and Mr Abed Rabbo met several times in 2010 and 2011 at the house of Israel chief negotiator Yitzhak Molcho.

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Oxfam has crossed ‘red line’ on Board project

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2013

Oxfam’s continued affiliation with a Palestinian charity could jeopardise its joint anti-hunger project with the Board of Deputies, it can be revealed.

A Board committee concluded on Tuesday that Oxfam’s decision to continue funding the West Bank-based Miftah group had “crossed a red line” in the relationship between the Jewish organisation and the NGO.

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Hamas programme trains children to shoot and blow up Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay, May 2, 2013

Hamas is running a military training programme for teenagers as young as 15, it emerged this week.

Some 5,000 boys are getting familiar with Kalashnikov rifles and other weapons during weekly school lessons, and many of them attend camps where they learn to handle guns and explosives. They are aged 15 to 17.

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Israel welcomes Arab League shift on peace talks

By Zoe Winograd, May 1, 2013

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office has “welcomed” the Arab League’s new positioning on peace talks with Israel.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani announced that the Arab League backed minor land swaps after an Arab delegation met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on Monday.

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Israeli stabbed to death in West Bank

By Zoe Winograd, April 30, 2013

An Israeli man was stabbed to death by a Palestinian on Tuesday morning.

Eviatar Borovsky, 30, from Yitzhar, was attacked at Tapuach Junction in the north of the West Bank.

According to sources, after Mr Borovsky was killed, the Palestinian man from Tul Karn took the Israeli’s firearm to shoot at border police.

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Peace frozen on Kerry-go-round

By Alon Pinkas, April 18, 2013

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take Israelis and Palestinians long to declare with conviction that US Secretary of State John Kerry’s first “shuttle” trip to the region had failed. Conditions are “unacceptable” and the “obstacles are too big.” And this was before either was asked to do the fundamentally reasonable thing: compare maps delineating the two-state model.

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It’s Shalom, Glastonbury! Israeli bands in festival first

By Marcus Dysch, April 18, 2013

Three acts from Israel are due to play at Glastonbury this summer — marking the first appearances by performers from the country at the leading music festival.

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Good luck, Mr Kerry, the two sides remain divided

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry sounded hopeful this week when he tried to relaunch the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians — but it seems that so far he has only succeeded in highlighting the distance between the two sides and major differences within the Israeli cabinet.

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British government's £15 million project to support Palestinian businesses

By Zoe Winograd, April 10, 2013

The British government is launching a £15-million plan to aid Palestinian businesses.

UK International Development Minister Alan Duncan met Palestinian businessmen and women at the Hebron Chamber of Commerce this week to unveil the Palestinian Market Development Programme.

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Air France fined for refusing to fly activist to Israel

By Zoe Winograd, April 5, 2013

Air France has been court ordered to pay a $12,800 (£8,400) fine for taking a pro-Palestinian activist off a plane for not being Jewish.

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