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    13% of Israeli army officers are settlers

    According to a statistical study conducted by an Israeli army magazine called 'The Camp', approximately 13% of regular officers in the Israeli army live in settlements built on the lands of the occupied West Bank. The study, whose findings were published on Haaretz newspaper's Hebrew website, showed that the...
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    Knesset member warns that recognition of Israel as a "Jewish state" threatens Right of Return

    An Arab member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) has warned that Palestinian recognition of Israel as a "Jewish state" would mean dropping the refugees' Right of Return from negotiations before thay have even started in earnest. Ahmed Al-Tibi MK used a lecture in the Jordanian capital Amman to give...
  • A Palestinian man searches through the rubble of his home in Silwan, East Jerusalem, after Israeli forces demolished it, on 26 August, 2013 [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages]
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    Israel "used toxic substances against civilians in Silwan"

    Demands have been made for an international committee to investigate the type of bombs used by Israeli security forces against civilian demonstrators in Jerusalem last week. The calls were made at a conference convened jointly on 29th September by the Committee for the Defence of Silwan and the Jerusalem...
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    Haniyeh speaks on 10th anniversary of Al Aqsa intifada

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES This week marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the Al Aqsa Intifada. In a speech in front of his government Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh welcomed the recent reconciliation efforts between Fateh and Hamas, stressing his government's support for their achievement and success.He said: "Reconciliation is...
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    Palestinian MP Ahmad Sa'adat passes 500 days in solitary confinement

    The International Campaign for the Release of Kidnapped Palestinian Legislators today issued a press statement concerning the continued detention of the Palestinian leader and legislator Ahmad Sa'adat by Israel. Mr. Sa'adat, who is the Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), has now spent more...
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    13,000 Palestinians memorise whole Qur'an in Gaza summer camps

    EXCLUSIVE PICTIRES A celebration has been held in Gaza for 13,000 Palestinian students who memorised the whole Qur'an during their summer camp this year. The memorisation programme was a project initiated by the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs. The achievement of the students has boosted the morale of...
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    Israel evaluates Ahmedinejad's Lebanon visit and its effect on security

    Reports in the Israeli media claim that the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Zionist state's security services are evaluating the effects of Iranian President Ahmedinejad's proposed visit to Lebanon. Concerns have been raised because the president intends to visit southern Lebanon along the border with Israel. Some reports have...
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    The international effort for peace "aims to kill the Palestinian cause"

    A former Egyptian diplomat has suggested that the chances of success with the latest round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are extremely slim. Political science professor Abdallah El-Ashaal believes that the efforts made by the international community, including the Arab nations, are intended only to...
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    Palestinian Mufti: Settlers pushing the region towards a "religious war"

    The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Mohammed Hussein, has warned of an impending "religious war" in the region. This is likely to be ignited by the provocative practices of the Jewish settlers which are on the rise; the most recent example of which was settlers setting fire to...
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    Quds Press correspondent arrested by Preventive Security forces in Tulkarem

    A Quds Press International News Agency correspondent, Salim Tayeh, was arrested by the preventive security forces of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank on Sunday. Tayeh's wife told Quds Press that a preventive security force raided their home in Tulkarem on Sunday night (3/10) and arrested her husband,...
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    Jerusalem organisation blames Rabbis for 'systematic war' on Islamic symbols

    The Christian-Islamic Organisation for the support of Jerusalem and its sanctities has placed full responsibility for the 'systematic and dangerous war' being launched by Israeli settlers against Muslim mosques on Jewish rabbis. In a written press statement released today by Hassan Khatir, the secretary general of the organisation,...
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    İhsanoğlu condemns Israeli attack on sanctities and freedom of worship in Palestine

    The secretary general of the Organisation of the Islamic Congress, professor Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, has condemned today's (04.10.2010) dawn attack by a group of extremist Israeli settlers on a mosque in the town of Beit Fajjar to the south of Bethlehem in the West Bank. He stated that this evil...
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    Nablus governor calls for protection of mosques from settlers

    The governor of Nablus, Jibrin Al-Bakri, has pleaded for the protection of mosques and religious shrines in the Occupied Palestinian Territories against the "repeated and escalating" attacks by settlers. The latest such attack was the burning of a mosque in the south Bethlehem town of Beit Fajjar. Al-Bakri called...
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    New YouTube video emerges showing abuse of female Palestinian prisoner

    The Israeli television station, Channel 10, has broadcast a video showing an Israeli soldier dancing next to a blindfolded female Palestinian prisoner with her hands and feet tied. The video, which was posted on the internet site on Tuesday (5 / 10), shows an Israeli soldier dancing and swaying next...
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    Zahar speaks out on stalemate in direct peace talks

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Mahmoud Zahar, a leading figure in the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has spoken out on the current stalemate in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that has resulted from the resumption of Israel's illegal settlement construction in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. At a political forum held...
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    British ambassador in Tel Aviv: my primary mission is to address "the Iranian threat"

    The new British ambassador in Tel Aviv, Matthew Gould, has confirmed that he is keen to contribute toward remedying the issue of "the Iranian nuclear threat" to the region in response to concerns in both London and Tel Aviv.  While delivering his credentials on Tuesday (05.10.2010) to the Israeli...
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    Israeli intelligence: Abu Ghoneim is not eligible to succeed Abbas and Fayyad lacks political support

    In a recent article for the Israeli newspaper Maariv, Ofer Shelah, an analyst with insider knowledge of Israel's security apparatus, has addressed the issue of future Israeli-Palestinian relations analysing the status quo and outlining his expectations and predictions of future actions to be taken by Israel's General Security Service...
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    Zahalka: Israel's new law regarding loyalty to Israel is racist and anti-democratic

    The leader of the Arab parliamentary bloc in the Israeli Knesset, Dr Jamal Zahalka, has described the proposed law to make the "declaration of loyalty to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state" a mandatory condition for Israeli citizenship as racist and anti-democratic. The new law is expected to...
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    Royal committee warns against Zionist scheme to gain full control of Al-Aqsa's environs

    The Royal Jordanian Committee for Jerusalem affairs has warned of a Zionist plan aimed at gaining full geographic and demographic control of the area surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem by displacing the Palestinian population and Judaising the identity and landmarks of the holy city. In a press...
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    Haniyeh calls on ICRC to stop deportation of Jerusalem MP's

    Ismail Haniyeh, the elected head of the Palestinian government in Gaza, has called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to put pressure the Israeli Occupation to repeal its decisions to deport the Jerusalemite MPs currently seeking sanctuary at their headquarters in Jerusalem and to work toward...
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    Hamas: Military trials in West Bank serve Israeli interest and hinder national reconciliation

    The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has denounced the recent verdicts issued by West Bank military courts against detainees being held in West Bank prisons criticising them for being highly political, serving the interests of the Israeli occupation and hindering national reconciliation. A press statement issued by the movement stated "We...
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    Netanyahu demands that Obama commit to predecessor's promises on settlements and refugees

    Israeli political sources have revealed a number of additional safeguards that Tel Aviv is demanding from the U.S. administration in return for its announcement of a "partial freeze" on the construction of Jewish settlements in the Occupied West Bank. The sources indicated that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,...
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    Zoabi: "exposing Israel's racism has now become easier"

    The Arab member in the Israeli Knesset, Haneen Zoabi, has called upon what she called "democratic Jews" to oppose the Israeli citizenship law amendment bill because it is "non-democratic and illegitimate nature". Reacting to Tel Aviv's intention to adopt the "Israeli citizenship law" amendment bill which requires non-Jews who...
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    Occupation kills two Hamas members in West Bank

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Israel's Occupation Forces today killed two members of the Islamic Resistance Movement's (Hamas) military wing in a dawn operation in Hebron. Both Nashat Al Karmi and Mamun Al Netsheh were wanted by the Occupation. The following are photos from Al Netsheh's funeral in his home town...
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    Council of Elders seeks meeting with Meshaal

    Palestinian sources in Damascus have reported that international contact with the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has widened recently and that the movement is pressing for the issue of the siege on Gaza to be at the forefront of discussions. Quds Press reported that the coordinators of the Council of...
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    Government in Gaza launches olive planting campaign

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The government of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh launched a campaign yesterday to plant a million olive trees in the Gaza Strip. He paid tribute to the steadfastness of the farmers in the territory, despite the lack of resources and the siege. Several deputies in the Legislative Council...
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    US security coordinator Keith Dayton secretly leaves the West Bank

    By Muhammad Jamal – Occupied Jerusalem Palestinian and Israeli security sources revealed on Saturday (09.10.2010) that the US security coordinator between Israel and Palestine, General Keith Dayton, has left the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The sources assert that Dayton returned to the US last Thursday after a stay in the...
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    Lieberman: the EU should settle its own problems before giving Israel advice on how to resolve the problems of the Middle East

    The Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has claimed that the international community is trying to compensate for its failures in settling the numerous conflicts around the world by imposing a peace agreement on the Israelis and Palestinians within a year. He added that he expected the European community to...
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    Israeli minister warns of fascism lurking on the fringes of society

    Israel's Minister of Welfare and Social Services has warned that "fascism devouring the margins of society". Isaac Herzog believes that a proposed bill amending the Citizenship Law includes "fascist" measures, a clear reference to the requirement for all citizens, including non-Jews, to declare their loyalty to the...
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    Erdogan: History will not forgive the appeasement of Israel

    Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has denounced the passive stance taken by Arab and Western states with regard to Israeli brutality, asserting that "history will indict the governments of states which remained silent in the face of Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip." During a press conference in...
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    Human rights organization: Israel is carrying out wide-scale prisoner transfers in its prisons

    A Palestinian human rights organization has said that a few days ago, the managing authority of Israeli jails began a wide scale transfer campaign among prisoners, particularly in Megiddo, Gilboa, Be'er Sheva, and Shata prisons. In light of this campaign, dozens of prisoners have been moved to different prisons....
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    Likud Minister warns of worsening in Palestinian-Jewish relations inside Israel

    Against the backdrop of the adoption of the new "loyalty to Israel" law, the Israeli minister, Dan Meridor, has warned of an escalation in the crisis of relations between the Israeli state institutions and Palestinians citizens from the territories occupied in 1948. In statements to Radio Israel on Monday...
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    Israeli Labour Party considers withdrawal from coalition

    The Israeli Labour Party is considering a withdrawal from the country's ruling coalition because it is "not making any progress in the peace process". The party's Yitzhak Herzog, a Minister in the coalition, stressed the need to take an urgent decision on the question of whether to stay in...
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    Arab League claims that the UN "is responsible for stopping racist Israeli laws"

    The Arab League has condemned the Israeli government's approval of its draft citizenship bill, calling it a racist policy. Israel's citizenship bill, if passed into law by the Knesset next week, will remove from Palestinians yet more of their rights in their own land. In a statement, the Arab...
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    Egypt allows Viva Palestina convoy 5 to head for Gaza

    A spokesman for Viva Palestina convoy 5 to Gaza has said that the Egyptian authorities have agreed to allow the aid convoy to enter the Gaza Strip. In an exclusive statement to the Palestinian Information Centre, Zahir Birawi confirmed that the convoy will leave the Syrian port of Latakia...
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    Finnish Foreign Minister finally granted entry to Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Finnish foreign minister, Alexander Stubb, finally arrived in Gaza this morning (14.10.210) after spending days on the Beit Hanoun or 'Eretz' border crossing awaiting permission from the Israeli authorities to be allowed in. Sources have asserted that Stubb was denied immediate entry on the grounds that...
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    Gaza 20 months after Cast Lead

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES It has been over 20 months since Israel launched its brutal attack on Gaza, which saw over 1,400 civilians killed, many of whom were women and children. Today, walking around within the Gaza Strip, you see the devastation that still remains – houses turned to rubble, wasted...
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    Palestinian leaders conclude that peace process and two-state solution has failed

    A senior member of Fatah's central committee has said that the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank has concluded that the peace process founded on the two-state solution has failed. Muhammad Al-Aloul, who is also the organisation's Commissioner General of Recruitment and Strategy, stressed that this failure did not...
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    Netanyahu accused of isolating Israel and threatening its interests with America

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has criticised the current government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that its policies could lead Israel into "political isolation" and threaten its strategic interests with the United States. This is especially so in the light of Israel's refusal to accept an American request...
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    Israeli authorities bulldoze Palestinian village for the sixth time

    A large force of Israeli police and special forces supported by armoured bulldozers, machinery and trucks have demolished a Palestinian village for the sixth time. The Israelis entered Al-Arakib in the Negev region (part of Palestine occupied in 1948), on the morning of 13 October. Local sources said that...
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    Knesset discusses "the deterioration of Israel's international standing"

    The Israeli opposition Kadima Party has revealed that it is looking to force Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to participate in the parliamentary debate to consider "the deterioration of Israel's standing internationally". The Chair of Kadima's parliamentary bloc, Dalia Itzik, claims to have 40 signatures supporting the demand to pressurise...
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    Israel is preparing for conflict during "land exchange" evictions

    Israel's Minister of Public Security has confirmed that the country is preparing for the many different scenarios that might arise following a future land and population exchange agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Yitzhak Aharonovitch confirmed that his ministry's security services are getting ready to cope with any disturbances during...
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    Council of Elders call for inclusion of Hamas in peace process

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURESMembers of the International Council of Elders began a 24 hour visit to the Gaza Strip on 16 October; the delegation was led by the former President of the Republic of Ireland, Mary Robinson. In a statement, Mrs. Robinson said that the international community should not exclude Hamas...
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    Israeli bulldozers raze more land for housing units north of Silfit

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURESIsraeli bulldozers yesterday morning began the clearing of large tracts of land near the 'Zafafa' settlement north of Silfit province in the West Bank. The initial levelling was followed by the foundation laying of new housing units for the settlement. There has been a dangerous...
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    Israeli Occupation Forces detain Palestinian parliamentarian

    Members of the Israel Occupation Forces have broken into the home of an elected Palestinian parliamentarian and taken him to an unknown destination. Dr Hatem Qufaisha was at his home in the south of Hebron (Al-Khalil) when the soldiers burst in at 1am on Monday 18th October. Family members...
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    Israeli soldier's grandfather says Netanyahu should change his inflexible policy

    The grandfather of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was taken captive by Hamas while he was on active duty, has called on Benjamin Netanyahu's government to change its "inflexible" policy and work for the immediate release of his grandson. In a statement on Radio Israel, Zvi Shalit said...
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    Israel objects to Palestinian Authority moves to elevate diplomatic status

    The Israeli government has said that it objects to the moves made by the Palestinian Authority to raise the status of its diplomatic representation in a number of countries. The basis for the objection is that no Palestinian state has yet been established. According to senior Israeli officials speaking...
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    Council of Elders meet Hamas leaders in Damascus

    A delegation from the Council of Elders has met with the leadership of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Damascus. The delegation, headed by the former President of the Irish Republic, Mary Robinson, and former US President Jimmy Carter, met with Khalid Mishaal after a brief visit to the...
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    Israel holds critically ill Palestinian woman in administrative detention

    Human rights groups are calling for the immediate release of Kifah Awni Qatsh who is being held by Israel in so-called "administrative detention". The 45 year old mother of two is suffering from a rare immunodeficiency disorder which has developed into a severe case of gangrene and started to...
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    Netanyahu "trying to justify Israeli aggression by exaggerating Palestinian capabilities"

    In a rare example of Middle East honesty about military capability, the military wing of Hamas has suggested that Benjamin Netanyahu is exaggerating the weaponry available to the resistance movement in an effort to justify Israeli aggression against the people of Gaza. According to the Israeli Prime Minister, the...