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Long-range rocket fired towards Tel Aviv

By Charlotte Oliver, July 8, 2014

A long-range - probably Iranian-built - rocket was launched towards Tel Aviv from Gaza on Tuesday.

Sirens sounded in Tel Aviv as the missile was brought down south of the city by the Iron Dome defence system. Islamic Jihad claim responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, Gadera, Be’er Sheva and Ashkelon came under sustained rocket fire from Gaza.

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Israel launches ‘Operation Protective Edge’ against Hamas

By Charlotte Oliver, July 8, 2014

Israel began a major counter-offensive against Hamas early on Tuesday morning in response to escalating rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

The offensive, labelled Operation Protective Edge, began with air and sea strikes on at least 50 sites in Gaza, including four houses belonging to militants and 18 concealed rocket launchers.

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Lieberman pulls Yisrael Beiteinu out of deal with Likud

By Rosa Doherty, July 7, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is to dismantle the Likud-Beiteinu partnership.

Mr Lieberman said that he was withdrawing Yisrael Beiteinu from the party list it shares with Likud after he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagreed over how to respond to the rocket fire from Gaza.

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Britons invest in Rawabi, Palestinian city of dreams

By Jenni Frazer, July 4, 2014

Bashar Masri is like few Palestinians in the raucous, tough world of the Middle East.

Urbane and softly spoken, he is the entrepreneur behind one of the Arab community's most ambitious projects - the new city of Rawabi, 15 km from Ramallah.

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Oy gevalt! How Yiddish halted trial of century

By Dan Friedman, July 4, 2014

It has been New York's political corruption trial of the century, complete with FBI informers, meetings in strip clubs, and video footage of bribes passed in a car park rendezvous - and it all ground to a halt because of a lack of Yiddish translators.

Or, rather, the right kind of Yiddish translators.

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EU's €24m Gaza monitor does no monitoring

July 4, 2014

The most inactive European Union body in the Middle East is hiring.

By its own admission, EUBAM has not done its specified job for seven years: it is in charge of supervising a border - the crossing between Gaza and Egypt - that has been closed almost every day since June 2007.

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Israel fires warning to jihadis

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2014

As the jihadis in Iraq gain ground and control of the country's borders, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged this week that Israel plans to support Jordan if the Hashemite Kingdom is threatened.

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40 facts you didn't know about American Jews

July 3, 2014

1 There are 5.3 million US Jews - 2.2 per cent of the population.

2 The oldest congregation is New York's Sephardi Shearith Israel community (1654).

3 The first American Haggadah was published in 1837 by S.H. Jackson.

4 To meet the demand from Jewish immigrants in 1911, a kosher kitchen was built at their arrival point at Ellis Island.

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Goebbels used my photo to show ideal Aryan child

By Rosa Doherty, July 3, 2014

A Jewish woman has revealed that a picture of her as a baby was used by the Nazis to portray the ideal Aryan infant.

A photo of Hessy Taft as a six-month-old baby was selected by Nazi communications minister Joseph Goebbels to be used in propaganda material.

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Less backing for Islamic extremism and religious violence

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

Support for Islamic extremism and suicide bombings is down in countries with significant Muslim populations, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Centre.

The survey, released this week, shows that support for suicide bombings has dropped by 16 per cent in the Palestinian territories over the past year - from 62 per cent to 46 per cent.

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