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    Fatah dismisses senior leader for his relations with Dahlan

    The Palestinian movement Fatah discharged on Monday senior leader Khaled Ghazal Soufan over his relationship with dismissed leader Mohamed Dahlan, a statement said. According to a website affiliated to Dahlan, which published the statement, the decision was taken on Tuesday, 7 October 2013. The statement said that the reason...
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    Netanyahu ready to offer his house in Jerusalem to host Czech embassy

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered Czech President Meles Ziman his own house to serve as the Czech embassy, Israeli Hebrew newspaper Maariv reported on Wednesday. The newspaper said that during a meeting between both officials, Meles suggested moving the embassy of his country from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem....
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    Middle East specialist: Egypt’s revolution continues and the coup will soon fall

    The Voice of Russia recently aired an interview with Hugh Miles, an investigative journalist specialising in Middle East affairs who argues that while Egypt is currently experiencing a state of instability as the revolution continues to unfold, there is still a possibility to defeat the military coup and return...
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    Yousif: Aid convoys to Gaza will continue

    Coordinator of the “Miles of Smiles” convoys Dr Isam Yousif affirmed on Tuesday that efforts to break the international siege on the Gaza Strip would continue by all means. Miles of Smiles refers to a series of international aid convoys that started to arrive in the besieged Gaza Strip...
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    Jordan detains three activists for carrying Rabaa logo

    The Jordanian authorities have detained three of its own citizens for carrying the logo that has come to represent the massacre committed by the Egyptian army in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square last August, Al-Jazeera reported on Wednesday. The report stated that Jordan’s State Security Court has accused the three activists...
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    Mossad ‘aggressively’ censored television documentary in Israel

    Israeli intelligence services have tried to derail a television documentary planned to be broadcast on the Israel’s Channel 10 next Sunday, Israeli journalist Amnon Levy said on Tuesday. Levy presents a weekly show for Channel 10 called “The Right Face”. For this particular show, he was preparing to cover...
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    Qatari academic appeals to Saudi king to seek end to blockade of Gaza

    A Qatari academic has made a personal appeal to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah to intervene in an attempt to ease the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Dr. Mohammed Mesfer, a professor of political science at the University of Qatar, has asked for pressure to be put on the Egyptian...
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    Israeli court imprisons Jerusalemite for participating in a demonstration

    An Israeli court in Jerusalem has sentenced Anaam Qalambo to seven months in prison and a suspended sentence of five months, on charges of participating in a peaceful demonstration against the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem. The Israeli forces arrested the Jerusalem resident six months ago outside the Damascus Gate...
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    Lapid: We do not need Palestinians’ recognition of Israel as a Jewish state

    Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid has revealed that he is against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s requirement that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state as a condition for reaching a peace settlement with the Palestinian Authority. The head of the Yesh Atid (There Is a Future) Party explained...
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    Israel expresses dismay at US cutbacks in aid to Egypt

    Israeli officials and experts are expressing disappointment over Washington’s decision to reduce military aid to Egypt in response to the events that followed the ousting of Egypt’s first freely elected President Mohammed Morsi on 3 July. The New York Times said on Wednesday that Israel believes the US aid...
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    12 Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace in the past 24 hours

    The Lebanese Army’s command issued a statement on Wednesday claiming that 12 Israel jets violated Lebanon’s airspace and flew over various areas in the past 24 hours alone, according to the Anadolu news agency. This included four Israeli reconnaissance jets violating the Lebanese airspace and performing circular flights over...
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    Israeli party attempts to ban Muslim call to prayer in Jaffa

    Israel’s Likud-Beiteinu Party in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality has launched a campaign to silence the Muslim call to prayer in Jaffa by enforcing “noise pollution” laws against mosques. On Wednesday the website of the Maariv newspaper quoted Arnon Giladi, the chairperson of the party’s local branch, as saying that...
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    Israeli military reinforces troops in occupied Golan Heights after Syrian infiltration

    Israel has deployed additional army staff in the occupied Golan Heights after a group of Syrians infiltrated a work site near to the newly built electric fence along the contested borders, according to Israeli radio. Israeli radio also reported that the number of infiltrators was 20, but other Israeli...
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    Olive harvest season starts in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Gaza’s ministry of agriculture celebrated on Thursday the beginning of the olive harvest season for this year. Minister Ali Al-Tarshawi and staff from the agriculture ministry attended the celebration, which took place at an olive farm in Khan Younis City, in the south of the Gaza Strip....
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    Abbas says we fulfilled our duty at security coordination with Israel

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has criticized Israel’s continued incursions into West Bank cities although the Palestinian Authority has fulfilled its duty at security coordination with Israel. Abbas said during a TV interview “the Palestinian Authority has achieved 100% success rate at security coordination with Israel” and urged the latter...
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    New housing units in East Jerusalem settlements “are obstacle to peace”

    The Secretary General of the Muslim-Christian Commission for the Support of Jerusalem, Dr. Hanna Eissa, has described Israel’s approval of 58 new housing units in the settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev in East Jerusalem as “an obstacle to peace”. Dr Eissa said that this destroys mutual trust and challenges the...
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    Israeli statistics reveal that 149 children are among nearly 5,000 Palestinian prisoners

    The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club published on Wednesday a report issued by the Israel Prison Service about the numbers of Palestinians held in Israeli jails. According to Israel’s own statistics, there are 4,762 Palestinians in detention, including 13 women and 149 children; 134 prisoners are being held in so-called “administrative...
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    Israeli tweet about 1973 war raises oil prices

    Oil traders, who usually try to anticipate early signs of escalating violence in the Middle East, experienced quite a shock on Thursday when an Israeli army tweet hinted that Israel had hit Syria’s airports. Oil prices jumped by one dollar after news of the strike had spread. The markets...
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    Abbas: We will not compromise Jerusalem as future capital of Palestine

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that the Palestinians will not compromise on having Jerusalem as the future capital of the Palestinian state, and threatened to go to the UN if Israel breaches an earlier agreement to release Palestinian prisoners as a condition for resuming the peace negotiations. Abbas...
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    Anti-Zionism conference in Iran cancelled

    The Iranian government of newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani has cancelled this year’s anti-Zionism conference established by his more conservative predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian websites have reported. The conference was called off in an effort to map out trouble-free diplomatic relations with the West. Organiser Nader Talebsadah was reported to...
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    In new development, mortar shells land in Damascus

    Two mortars shells landed in the upscale area of central Damascus on Saturday morning, and a number of wounded were reported. Syria’s official news agency Sana stated that the two shells were launched by militias and landed in front of the Dar Al-Salam School, located in Al-Nijmeh Square in...
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    “Strong possibility” that Arafat was poisoned by polonium 210

    British medical journal The Lancet has published a study by Swiss experts which suggests that there is a strong possibility that the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was poisoned by radioactive element polonium 210. The same conclusion was reached by an investigation conducted by Al-Jazeera TV that was broadcast...
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    Palestinian faction condemns Abbas’ demand to tighten siege on Gaza

    The Palestinian Al-Ahrar Movement has condemned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s demand that the Egyptian authorities completely close the food tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. The movement accused Abbas of taking part in the plot to starve the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip. According to...
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    Israel asked Egypt to ease restrictions imposed on Gaza Strip

    The Israeli magazine Weekends, which is affiliated to the Hebrew web site Walla, has reported that after the military coup in Egypt, Israel asked the interim authorities in Egypt to ease the restrictions imposed on the Gaza Strip that were introduced in order to punish the government in Gaza...
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    Lieberman says Israel offered to return Golan Heights to Assad

    Israel’s Maariv newspaper published unprecedented remarks by the leader of the right wing Yisrael Beiteinu Party, Avigdor Lieberman, claiming that the Israeli government had proposed to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad the return of the occupied Golan Heights to Syria only two weeks before the outbreak of the civil war....
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    Palestinian refugees missing after ship sunk by Libyan coastguard

    The Working Group for Palestinian Refugees in Syria said on Sunday that a ship carrying hundreds of refugees sank in the Mediterranean after being fired on by the Libyan coastguard. The ship left Tripoli last Friday. Speaking in Malta, one of the survivors said that the Libyans wounded two...
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    Hamas: Israeli announcement of Gaza tunnel pretext to tighten siege

    The spokesperson of the Palestinian Islamist Movement Hamas, Sami Abu-Zuhri, has accused the Israeli occupation of using any pretext to tighten the siege on the Gaza Strip. Abu-Zuhri was commenting on the Israeli occupation’s announced revelation of a tunnel between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Sunday. In a...
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    Syrian National Council to boycott Geneva II conference

    The Syrian National Council has announced that it will not participate in the Geneva II conference aimed at finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria. Sky News quoted the Syrian opposition group’s leader, George Sabra, threatening to withdraw from the National Coalition Council if the NCC decides...
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    Minister threatens to withdraw from coalition if concessions are made to Palestinians

    The leader of Israel’s Jewish Home Party and Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett has threatened to withdraw from the government coalition if negotiators agree to grant concessions to the Palestinians in peace talks. In a press statement released on Wednesday, Bennett said, “Until now, it has not been...
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    Tens of settlers invade Al-Aqsa Mosque

    After being driven out by Muslim worshippers, Israeli settlers were physically prevented from re-entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday when Israeli occupation forces closed one of the gates on them. Witnesses said that a group of Israeli settlers broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the early morning. According to...
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    Poor economy could dampen Eid Al-Adha in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS As the Muslim holiday Eid Al-Adha, or feast of the sacrifice, approaches, Gaza’s markets are packed with cattle to be sacrificed in celebration of the religious holiday, however it seems the difficult economic conditions have reduced local demand. Over the past few years, the tunnels that connected...
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    Palestinian-Israeli negotiations reach deadlock over borders issue

    Israeli Maariv newspaper reported on Thursday that the ongoing negotiations with the Palestinians, which are taking place amidst a media blackout, have now reached a deadlock. According to the newspaper, the two sides fundamentally disagree over borders. The Israelis are offering to lease the Jordan Valley to the Palestinian...
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    Iranian official answers questions from Israeli journalists

    Iran’s deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told Israeli radio on Wednesday that: “Any agreement reached will open new horizons in relations with all states.” The senior official, who headed Iran’s delegation to the P5 +1 talks in Geneva, answered in the affirmative when the Israeli reporter asked if...
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    Saudi Arabia turns down Security Council membership

    Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that it is refusing to accept a UN Security Council seat because the Council has failed to resolve the Palestinian issue, the Syrian conflict and to make the Middle East free of nuclear weapons. On Thursday Saudi Arabia won, for the first...
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    Danon: I absolutely reject the idea of a Palestinian state

    Israel’s Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon, who represents the right-wing Likud party in the Knesset, has expressed his complete rejection of the idea of a Palestinian state. During an event in Ramat Gan on Wednesday called “Samaria, nice to meet you”, held in support of the settlements of the...
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    Poll reveals that Israelis support Netanyahu and are frustrated by Lapid

    A Haaretz poll published on Friday reveals that 63 per cent of the Israeli public favours Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, while frustration with Minister of Finance Yair Lapid has escalated to 75 per cent, constituting a major setback for his Yesh Atid Party, which won 19 seats in...
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    Confidential documents reveal Dahlan’s efforts to divide Fatah ranks in Jordan

    The Secrets of Arabia web site has obtained confidential documents from the Palestinian Fatah movement, including a report despatched from Fatah’s branch in Jordan to its leadership in Ramallah. The report claims that former Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan, who currently resides in the United Arab Emirates, is actively working...
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    Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian breaking into military base

    Israeli soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian who tried to break into an army base in the occupied West Bank. The army has raised its security level in the wake of the incident at a base north of Jerusalem. Military sources said that Younis Al-Aibadi drove a bulldozer...
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    Hashemi says he is ready for trial in Baghdad with European guarantees

    Iraq’s former Vice President Tareq Al-Hashemi, who was sentenced to death in absentia, said that he is ready to return “immediately” to Baghdad to appear before a court if the European Union pledged to ensure a fair trial for him and his family. During a conference in Brussels, the...
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    Haniyeh and Erdogan discuss Israeli aggression in Jerusalem

    The Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza called his Turkish counterpart on Friday to discuss the rising level of Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem. After congratulating Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the occasion of Eid-ul Adha, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh briefed him about the intensive Israeli Judaisation programme...
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    Israelis launch new incitement campaign against Hamas

    Israeli occupation forces have launched a new incitement campaign against the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since mid 2007. So far, the campaign has taken the form of a series of intimidating messages sent directly to the personal cell phones of Gaza’s residents. According...
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    Qatar brokers release of Lebanese hostages held in Syria

    The Gulf State of Qatar has successfully mediated the release of nine Lebanese kidnapped in Syria, Al-Jazeera Satellite TV reported on Saturday. According to Al-Jazeera, the Qatari Foreign Minister, Khalid Al-Atiyya, will accompany the chief of the General Security Services in Lebanon, Colonel Abbas Ibrahim, and the freed Lebanese...
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    Haniyeh reaffirms resistance in speech marking second anniversary of prisoners swap

    PHOTOS To mark the second anniversary of the prisoners swap reached between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli occupation in 2011, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh delivered a speech in Gaza for the Palestinians in Palestine and abroad. In that historic swap, 1,050 Palestinian prisoners were released in return...
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    Israeli right proposes series of undemocratic laws

    The Yedioth Ahronoth website reported on Sunday morning that the Israeli right-wing is introducing a series of laws during the Knesset’s winter session primarily aiming to limit the power and influence of the Israeli Supreme Court, including preventing it from interfering in legislation after its recent decision regarding the...
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    Israeli analyst: There is a golden opportunity to defeat Hamas with Egypt’s help

    The famous Israeli analyst of Arab affairs, Ehud Yaari, is urging Israel to take advantage of the historical situation that the Arab region is going through to “defeat” Hamas with the help of Egypt. Yaari, a commentator on Israeli television’s Channel Two, also said in an interview with Maariv...
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    Lieberman: There is no use seeking a permanent agreement with Palestinians

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who was also once Chairman of the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Defence in the Knesset, has renewed his attacks against Palestinians, claiming that President Mahmoud Abbas is not a partner for peace and that it is useless trying to pursue a permanent...
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    Israel heightens campaign to demolish Al-Aqsa Mosque and build alleged Temple

    Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has participated in a propaganda film to promote the Jewish relationship with the city of Jerusalem. The film shows the gradual wearing away of the Dome of the Rock and the appearance of the alleged Temple of Solomon in place of the dome....
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    Erekat says Lieberman’s PA remarks are a dangerous incitement

    Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, has said that statements made by Israeli former minister of foreign affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, “constitute a dangerous incitement against the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas and convey a deep desire to get rid of him”. Lieberman reiterated his view, saying that Abbas is not...
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    One-third of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem face demolition risk

    A report issued by the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights in collaboration with Europeans for Al-Quds has revealed that one-third of all Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem are at risk of demolition by the Israelis because they do not have “building permits”, while illegal settlements continue to expand. The...
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    Relatives of Egyptian doctor refuse prestigious Israeli award

    The family of an Egyptian doctor who hid Jews in Germany during the Second World War has refused a posthumous award from Israel. Relatives of Mohamed Helmy, who died in Berlin in 1982, said that if it was being offered by any other country they would have accepted it....