Syria

Israel on alert as Global March to Jerusalem begins

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2012

Israeli security forces are on high alert today in anticipation of the Global March to Jerusalem.

The demonstration, organised by a coalition of anti-Israel groups from around the world, is expected to attract thousands of protesters.

There are a number of security concerns about the event, which will take place as Jews prepare for Shabbat and Muslims mark Friday prayers.

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The Syrian Assad who likes Jews and Israel

By Simon Round, March 29, 2012

The first cousin of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has welcomed the possibility of a future democratic Syria making peace with Israel.

Ribal al-Assad, 36, whose father is the exiled former vice-president Rifaat al-Assad, said in an interview with the JC that most Syrians were interested primarily in peace and prosperity.

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Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.

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Baroness Ashton speech attacked

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

The European Union's High Representative has been criticised for attempting to "draw parallels" between the killings in France and the situation in Gaza.

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Outrage as Syria stays on UN human rights body

By Jessica Elgot, March 9, 2012

Campaigners have called a Unesco vote to keep Syria on the human rights committee a “lingering stain on the UN as a whole.”

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Lieberman offers aid to victims of Syria horror

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 8, 2012

Although Israel has remained resolutely on the sidelines over Syria throughout the past year, last Friday Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would send humanitarian aid to President Bashar Assad's victims if asked.

A rare contact occurred last week online when a Syrian citizen, Abd el-Hadr, wrote on the Facebook wall of IDF Spokesman Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai: "We want t

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Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin killed in Syria

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2012

Veteran journalist Marie Colvin is believed to have been killed in the Syrian city of Homs.

According to Reuters, the American-born Ms Colvin and a French photographer were trapped in a house that was being shelled, but were hit in a rocket attack as they attempted to flee.

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Fears over Syrian chemical stores

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 9, 2012

Concern is mounting in Israel regarding the fate of missiles and chemical weapons as the civil war in Syria deepens.

The Syrian army, which is currently involved in the bloody repression of the uprising against President Bashar Assad, holds major stores of artillery shells and warheads capable of delivering nerve gas and biological agents.

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Israel planning to house Syrian refugees if regime falls

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2012

Israel is preparing to offer refuge to Syrian citizens if the regime of President Bashar al-Assad falls.

Although Syria has long refused officially to recognise the Jewish state, Israel's military chief has revealed that should it be necessary, the country would help house refugees from the Syrian minority Alawite sect.

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Hamas exits Syria - and orbit of Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 8, 2011

Hamas has largely deserted its headquarters in the Syrian capital in recent weeks, in what has become an unofficial departure by the Palestinian movement.

The exodus reflects both the widely-held belief that the Assad regime is entering its dying days, and the proximity of Hamas to Islamist elements in the Syrian opposition.

Hamas was founded 24 years ago in the Gaza Strip by Palestinian mem

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