Category: Palestine

Israel attack kills Hamas commander

Ref: Israel killed the military commander of the Islamist group Hamas in a missile strike on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and launched air raids across the enclave, pushing the two sides to the brink of a new war.

Israel attack kills Hamas commander

Israel attack kills Hamas commander

The attacks marked the biggest escalation between Israel and Gaza militants since a 2008-2009 conflict and came despite signs on Tuesday that neighbouring Egypt had managed to broker a truce in the enclave after a five day surge of violence. Read more →

Congress to Palestinians: Drop dead

Ref: If anyone had any doubt about whether the Palestinians would declare a state in September, they can’t have them now.

'In Judea and Samaria, Israelis are not foreign occupiers', Israel's Netanyahu told the US Congress

'In Judea and Samaria, Israelis are not foreign occupiers', Israel's Netanyahu told the US Congress

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to Congress that essentially was a series of insults to Palestinians and every insult was met by applause and standing ovations.
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Egypt 'to open Rafah border permanently'

Ref: Egypt will permanently open its Rafah border crossing starting from Saturday, the country’s official news agency reported, easing a four-year blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The news agency MENA said on Wednesday that Egypt’s new military rulers had set the date for the opening of the crossing as part of efforts “to end the status of the Palestinian division and achieve national reconciliation”.
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Italian activist found dead in Gaza after abduction

Ref: An Italian pro-Palestinian activist has been found dead in the Hamas-governed Gaza Strip hours after being abducted.

Italian activist found dead in Gaza

Italian activist found dead in Gaza

Vittorio Arrigoni, 36, was seized on Thursday by a radical group that has been in conflict with Hamas and is seeking the release of its leader.
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Israel okays new Jewish settlers in West Bank

Ref: Israel has approved the construction of hundreds of homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

Officials said the decision was agreed by a ministerial committee on Saturday. Read more →

Israeli warplanes raid Gaza

Ref: Israeli warplanes have launched a series of air raids on Gaza City, medics and witnesses have said.

Saturday’s airstrikes were carried out on different targets in northern and central Gaza Strip as well as in Gaza City.
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Israeli jets hit Islamic Jihad camps in Gaza

Ref: Israeli war planes bombed two Islamic Jihad training camps in the Gaza Strip early Saturday, Palestinian sources said. There were no casualties reported.

The jets hit two sites, one in the southern town of Khan Yunis and another near Nusseirat in the centre of the Hamas-ruled strip, security officials said.
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Palestinians attack al-Jazeera 'distorted' talks leaks

Ref: Palestinian officials have accused al-Jazeera network of distortion, after it leaked documents purporting to show offers of major concessions to Israel.

President Mahmoud Abbas said the leaks had deliberately confused Palestinian and Israeli positions in talks.

Mr Qurei (R) is said to have proposed

Mr Qurei (R) is said to have proposed concessions over East Jerusalem

The documents suggest the Palestinians agreed to Israel keeping large parts occupied East Jerusalem – an offer Israel apparently rejected. Read more →

Gaza aid flotilla raid: Turkey criticises Israel report

Ref: Turkey has condemned an Israeli inquiry that said the Israeli navy acted lawfully during a deadly raid on an aid flotilla trying to reach Gaza last May.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the report had neither value nor credibility.

Results of post-mortem examinations suggested one activist was shot four times in the head

Results of post-mortem examinations suggested one activist was shot four times in the head

The raid, in which nine Turkish activists were killed, attracted widespread international condemnation.

A separate UN inquiry last year said the navy had shown an “unacceptable level of brutality”.The military operation severely strained relations with Ankara – a long-time ally of Israel. Read more →

Palestinian 'offers' in peace process – papers leaked

Ref: he Israelis apparently rejected the concession and made no offer in return.Al-Jazeera says it has thousands of confidential records on the peace process covering the years 2000-2010.The chief Palestinian negotiator questioned the validity of the documents, which the BBC has been unable to verify independently.Saeb Erekat dismissed the documents as “a bunch of lies” in an interview with al-Jazeera shortly after they were released.Al-Jazeera says it has 16,076 confidential records of meetings, emails, communications between Palestinian, Israeli and US leaders.The papers are believed to have leaked from the Palestinian side.
The alleged offers relating to East Jerusalem are the most controversial, as the issue has been a huge stumbling block in Mideast talks and both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital.

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