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Israelis warned to pay 'close attention' to Egypt riots

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2011

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning for its citizens in Egypt as mass anti-government protests entered a third day.

Yossi Levy, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said the department has not instated a travel ban but that it is advising people to “pay close attention to developments”.

He said: “[People should] be very cautious and obey the instructions of security officers on the ground and keep their distance from demonstrations and the centre of town,”

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Palestine papers: The view from Gaza

By Mo'een El-Helou , January 27, 2011

A political earthquake has been shaking the Palestinian territories since the release of the secret memos.

Al Jazeera and Hamas have accused the PA and Mahmoud Abbas of treason. In return, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that all the documents that had been published over the past three days "are forged and we don't know who stands behind it".

The leaked documents appeared to show that the Palestinian negotiators agreed to hand Israel control of neighbourhoods in east Jerusalem, accept Israel as a Jewish state and give up calling for the right of return.

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Palestine papers: The view from London

By Martin Bright, January 27, 2011

Whatever we may think of the new journalistic trend of scoop by information-dump, the leaking of hundreds of documents from negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli negotiators is an extraordinary event. We are all better informed as a result.

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Palestine papers: The view from Tel Aviv

By David Landau, January 27, 2011

"The evil thing that they perpetrated has come back at them," Moses's father-in-law Jethro rejoiced in last week's sedra. With luck, and some serious statesmanship, that could yet be the outcome of the evil thing perpetrated by Al Jazeera this week against the prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Plainly, the skewed spin that Al Jazeera (and - how terribly sad to say so - its accessory, the Guardian) put on selectively leaked diplomatic documents from 10 years of failed peacemaking was intended to poison the Palestinians against their leaders.

It didn't happen.

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Palestine leak - what they forgot to say

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 27, 2011

One message stood out from the publication this week of internal documents of the Palestinian negotiation team by Al Jazeera and the Guardian newspaper: Israel had destroyed the best chance that it had ever had of making peace with the Palestinians.

But the claim, that in talks held from late 2008 to early 2009, Israel refused generous territorial and demographic concessions offered by the Palestinians, presents only part of the picture.

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Here, Shabbat goes out with an AK47

By Ellen Tumposky, January 27, 2011

The Jewish community in Richmond, Virginia, is up in arms over a video posted on YouTube showing Orthodox worshippers passing around an AK-47 at prayers marking the end of Shabbat.

The video, made on January 8 - the day Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Arizona - shows Asher Meza, an Orthodox convert, admiring the gun with other Jews worshipping at the home of Rabbi Joseph Kolakowski.

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Bitter row erupts over Tzipi Livni visit

By Moira Schneider, January 27, 2011

A war of words has erupted between the Israeli Embassy, Israel's Department of Foreign Affairs and the chairman of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) over the cancellation of a trip by Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

The former vice-prime minister postponed her visit, due to take place this week, because of the ongoing strike at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Board chairman Zev Krengel told Ha'aretz last week that the cancellation would deal a "devastating blow" to the local Jewish community.

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US praises Gaza flotilla inquiry

By Simon Griver, January 27, 2011

The Turkel Commission has concluded that the IDF acted in self-defence over the killings of nine Turkish activists when boarding the Marmara ship last May off the coast of Israel.

The Marmara was part of a flotilla transporting humanitarian aid to Gaza, but the members of the commission found that the dead activists carried knives. In addition, its report stressed that "during the searches conducted on the Mavi Marmara, no humanitarian supplies were found".

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Here you see what genocide means

By Toby Axelrod, January 27, 2011

Often desolate, in isolated fields and overgrown forests, many sites of Second World War mass-shootings of Jews are in danger of being forgotten.

And yet locals remember what happened in these places, and can point the way. Their memories have formed the basis for a new mission to secure and preserve such sites. Of the six million Jews killed, more than a million were murdered by mass-killing units, mostly on the outskirts of towns and cities.

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Egypt violence continues for second day

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2011

Speculation is growing as to whether President Hosni Mubarak will be able to hold on to power in Egypt.

It has been rumoured that the Egyptian leader’s family, including his wife and son, had fled for London, although CBS News reported that an embassy official had denied this.

Violent demonstrations broke out in Cairo and other places across the country yesterday. Security forces used tear gas and water cannons to try and break up the crowds.

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