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Product withdrawal has no link to Gaza, says Tesco

By Daniel Easterman, July 31, 2014

Tesco has denied that its decision to stop selling a product from the West Bank is a response to Israeli action in Gaza.

From September, the UK's largest supermarket chain will withdraw a brand of dates which are packaged in the territories but grown in Israel.

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Israel declares humanitarian ceasefire

By Daniel Easterman, July 30, 2014

The Israel Defence Force has initiated a four-hour ceasefire for humanitarian relief in Gaza, which began at 3pm local time.

Lt Col Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the IDF warned that if Hamas did not respect the truce, things “are going to get messier”.

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Fifteen killed in Gaza school, Hamas rockets found next to classrooms

By Daniel Easterman, July 30, 2014

A UN school in Gaza’s Jabaliya refugee camp was shelled by the Israeli military early on Tuesday morning, killing 15 and leaving a further 90 wounded, according to Gaza health officials.

The school was being used by hundreds of Palestinians as a shelter to escape the fighting, said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the UN aid agency, UNRWA.

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Board deputy resigns after racism complaint

By Daniel Easterman, July 29, 2014

A Board of Deputies representative who was accused of making racist comments has resigned from his position.

Board President Vivian Wineman said he “utterly condemned and deplored” the remarks made by Antony Cohen, a deputy for the Leeds Jewish Representative Council.

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Tesco withdraws West Bank products

By Daniel Easterman, July 28, 2014

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, says it will no longer sell products originating from the West Bank, starting this September.

A spokesman for the supermarket said the move was not "politically motivated" and not connected to the Gaza conflict.

The decision was part of a “regular product review process”, he said.

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IDF rejects UN school death accusations

By Daniel Easterman, July 28, 2014

The Israeli military has forcefully rejected accusations that it was responsible for the deaths of 15 people at a UN school in Beit Hanoun in Gaza.

A spokesperson for the IDF said: “The inquiry and the documented footage presented here concluded that a single errant IDF mortar landed in the courtyard of the UNRWA school, when it was completely empty.”

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Two dead in violent Gaza protest in West Bank and Jerusalem

By Daniel Easterman, July 25, 2014

Two Palestinians have been killed and 200 wounded during violent protests in the West Bank against the continuing conflict in Gaza.

Approximately 10,000 people marched from Ramallah – which serves as the default capital of the Palestinian Authority - to East Jerusalem where they clashed with Israeli security forces in the Qalandiya area.

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Board conflict over Deputy's Gaza view

By Daniel Easterman, July 24, 2014

A Board of Deputies member has been been accused of racism over comments made on the Gaza conflict.

Antony Cohen, a deputy for the Leeds Jewish Representative Council, told the Board's meeting on Sunday: "I'm going to lay my cards on the table, I don't care about any Palestinians, I only care about the Jewish people in this country and in Israel. We are facing a tremendous danger."

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US Federal Aviation Authority lifts Israel flight ban

By Daniel Easterman, July 24, 2014

The US Federal Aviation Authority has lifted its ban on all American flights to Israel.

The aviation body reversed its earlier decision to extend the ban for another 24 hours after intensive consultations with Israeli security officials.

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Lib Dems wavering over disciplinary action for David Ward

By Daniel Easterman, July 23, 2014

Liberal Democarat MP David Ward has apologised for his Twitter comment that he would also probably fire rockets against Israel if he was living in Gaza.

He said: "I condemn the actions of Hamas and my comments were not in support of firing rockets into Israel. If they gave the opposite impression, I apologise."

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Israel opens second airport after airlines cancel flights

By Daniel Easterman, July 23, 2014

Israel’s Transport Minister Israel Katz has ordered the immediate opening of a second airport near Eilat after US and European airlines banned flights to Israel over safety fears.

Uvda airport, just north of Eilat, has been ready to receive incoming international flights since midday Israel time in a bid to ease the concerns of airlines around the world.

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Delta Airlines cancels flights to Israel after rocket attack near Ben Gurion airport

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

Delta Airlines has decided to cancel all flights to Israel after a rocket landed in the greater Tel Aviv area near Ben Gurion International airport.

On Twitter the American carrier said: “Delta suspends TLV operations until further notice.”

The policy follows a decision by Delta to divert a flight bound for Israel from New York which instead landed in Paris.

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Israeli army confirms one of its soldiers is missing

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

The Israeli army has confirmed that one of its soldiers - thought to have been killed two days ago in Gaza - has still not been found or identified.

In a statement, the military said: “The identification process of six of the soldiers killed has been completed and confirmed. The efforts to identify the seventh soldier are ongoing and have yet to be determined.”

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Labour opposed to Israel’s Gaza invasion, says Ed Miliband

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has said he is firmly opposed to Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Mr Miliband said: “We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza. I don't think it will help win Israel friends. I don't think this will make the situation better. I fear it will make it worse.”

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David Cameron voices concern over mounting Gaza death toll

By Daniel Easterman, July 21, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons this afternoon that he has grave concerns over the heavy loss of life during the ongoing crisis in Israel and Gaza.

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Hendon residents' shock after fatal stabbing

By Daniel Easterman, July 4, 2014

Local residents have spoken of their fear and shock the morning after a brutal killing in the heart of Jewish north London.

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Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson - the introvert who was a spiritual leader to thousands

By Daniel Easterman, July 3, 2014

Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader of thousands of strictly Orthodox Chabad Lubavitch emissaries across the globe, was an introverted man who shied away from public attention and praise.

The description of one of the most venerated figures in Jewish history came from Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, the author of a bestselling biography called The Rebbe.

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Hundreds gather at London vigil for murdered teenagers

By Daniel Easterman, July 2, 2014

Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelit vigil outside the Israeli embassy on Wednesday night to express their solidarity with the bereaved families of the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and killed in the West Bank.

Representatives of major communal organisations were present, including the Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies, UJIA and the Zionist Federation.

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‘Ex-Fatah militants’ killed in IDF Gaza strike

By Daniel Easterman, June 27, 2014

The Israeli air force has hit a target in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two people and wounding several others, according to Palestinian reports.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the target was a vehicle driving along Gaza’s main coastal road near the al-Shati refugee camp, not far from the home of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

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Fifa to take no action over anti-Semitic fans at World Cup

By Daniel Easterman, June 27, 2014

Fifa says it will not take disciplinary action against the Russian and Croatian football associations for the antisemitic behaviour of their fans at the World Cup.

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