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    Netanyahu "has no control" over Likud

    Reports in the Israeli media suggest that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "has no control" over Likud, the party that he is supposed to lead. The daily Yedioth Ahronoth has claimed that Netanyahu withdrew his preferred candidate from the party's internal elections at the last minute fearing that he would...
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    Knesset passes "racist" bill restricting Arab presence in Negev Desert

    The Knesset, Israel's parliament, has approved a "racist" bill which will lead to the eviction of "illegal" Palestinian Bedouin communities from the Negev Desert occupied in 1948 by Israel, newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth has reported. Known as the "Praver Bill", the new legislation will allow the Israeli authorities to "relocate"...
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    Emir of Qatar hands over power to his son

    In a televised speech on Al Jazeera Satellite Channel on Tuesday, the Emir of Qatar announced that he has transferred power to his 33 year old son, Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. The Crown Prince became next in line to the throne in 2003 after his older brother stepped...
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    Abbas ready to drop preconditions for talks despite claims to the contrary

    President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to drop his insistence on preconditions for talks with the Israelis even though chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Tuesday that the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) is ready for talks as long as Israel accepts preconditions. These include an end to...
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    UNRWA announces highest ever budget deficit

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announced on Sunday a record budget deficit of 65 per cent. In a press conference, the General Director of UNRWA's operations in the occupied territories, Robert Turner, said that the budget needed for the...
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    Lebanese PM praises Meshaal's efforts for refugee camp ceasefire

    Lebanon's prime minister has praised Khaled Meshaal's efforts to keep Palestinian refugee camps out of the current unrest in the country. Najib Mikati called the head of the Hamas political bureau to express his thanks personally. Meshaal was able to broker a ceasefire in a flare-up on the edge...
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    Israeli journalists condemn army violence against Palestinian colleagues

    A group of Israeli journalists specialising in Palestinian affairs have condemned the violence meted out by Israeli soldiers and police officers against Palestinian journalists in the village of Kafr Kodoum last Friday. "We not only condemn this unfortunate incident," said the journalists in a statement, "but also stress that...
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    Senior Israeli official renews his opposition to Palestinian state

    Two days ahead of John Kerry's visit to the Middle East in an attempt to jumpstart peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis, a member of Israel's ruling coalition has claimed that a peace agreement will "lead to bloodshed". Israeli media reported Naftali Bennett's comments on Tuesday as the leader...
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    Palestinian PM in West Bank resigns after two weeks

    The Palestinian Prime Minister in the West Bank has resigned from his post just two weeks after being sworn into office. The reason for Rami Al-Hamadallah's departure has been given as a dispute with President Mahmoud Abbas over the prime minister's powers. Al-Hamadallah was nominated for the role unilaterally...
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    UN accuses Israel of torturing Palestinian children

    A UN committee has accused Israel of torturing Palestinian children in the occupied territories. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child says that thousands of Palestinian children have been tortured, injured or used as human shields by Israel's occupation authorities. In its annual report, the UN body...
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    Jordanians to boycott Israeli products

    Jordanian Trade Unions have introduced a campaign to boycott Israeli products, especially agricultural produce. In a statement, the High Executive Committee against normalising ties with Israel and the Committee to Protect the Country said that they are planning to start the campaign under the slogan, "Boycott your enemy". Consumers...
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    Call for education director to be sacked for banning Arabic in official documents

    The head of Israel's National Democratic Alliance has called for the regional director of the Education Ministry's northern branch to be sacked after she banned the use of Arabic in official correspondence. Jamal Zahalka MK filed his request with the Knesset Parliamentary Committee for Education for Dr Orna Simhon...
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    Abbas under "intense pressure" to return to negotiations

    A spokesman for Fatah's Central Committee claimed on Wednesday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is being subjected to "intense pressure" to return to negotiations with Israel. Such pressure is being inflicted, said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, even though Israel is still refusing to implement its obligations, such as a freeze...
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    Veteran Ashrawi insists right of return is inalienable and timeless

    Veteran PLO official Hanan Ashrawi has stressed that the rights of the Palestinian people are inalienable, and the right of return is at the top of those rights. Citing UN Resolution 194 and the Geneva Convention of 1951 on the Status of Refugees, the PLO executive Committee member insisted...
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    Israeli jets bomb targets in Gaza

    Israeli jets bombed targets in the Gaza Strip overnight after rockets were fired from the besieged territory. Witnesses said that most of the targets were open spaces used as military bases by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement. Medical sources confirmed that there were no casualties. According to the Israeli...
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    Palestinians denounce Netanyahu's attempt to block EU statement on settlements

    The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for asking EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton not to issue a statement which is critical of settlements. Such an intervention by Netanyahu, a ministry spokesman said, "Is an attempt to legalise settlements built on occupied Palestinian territory,"...
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    Israel may cut off electricity supply to West Bank

    Israel is studying proposals to cut the electricity supply to the occupied West Bank as a punitive measure for unpaid bills owing to the Israeli Electricity Company, Israeli TV channel 10 has revealed. The debts amount to around $230 million. Cutting off the supply is just one of the...
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    Hamas welcomes UN report on Israel's crimes against children

    Palestine's Islamic Resistance Movement has welcomed a report by the UN Rights of the Child Committee which reveals details of Israel's systematic criminal acts against Palestinian children. In a media statement, a Hamas spokesman said, "We welcome the UN report which reaffirms Israel's violation of the most basic human...
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    Israel is stealing Palestinian oil and gas

    Israel has amended the path of its "apartheid" Separation Wall near the West Bank village of Rantis in order to include an area where it is believed oil may be discovered. The exploration is taking place on land on the Palestinian side of the so-called "Green" 1949 armistice line....
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    Jewish settlers damage cars, draw racist graffiti in Palestinian village

    Jewish settlers have damaged a number of cars in a Palestinian village to the west of Jerusalem and scrawled racist graffiti on houses. The tyres of 28 vehicles were slashed in the attack. The residents of Abu-Gosh woke up to find the damaged cars and graffiti such as "Death...
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    UNIFIL commander blames Israel for breaching ceasefire with Lebanon

    The commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Hugo Delort-Laval, has blamed Israel for breaching the ceasefire between the two countries on more occasions than its northern neighbour, Israel Radio said on Wednesday. General Delort-Labal was speaking to students at Tel Aviv University when he made his...
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    PA cuts off aid to Palestinian activist in bid to boost peace efforts

    The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has cut off aid to Palestinian activists in a bid to boost peace efforts being promoted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, a senior Israeli military commander has claimed. The cuts are aimed at activists carrying out protests against Israeli settlements and military...
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    PA has arrested 15,000 Palestinians in six years

    The head of International Relations in the Islamic Resistance Movement has said that political arrests made by the Palestinian Authority against Hamas members do not reflect any serious intention towards national reconciliation. Osama Hamdan pointed out that since 2007 the PA has arrested or summonsed around 15,000 fellow Palestinians,...
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    B'Tselem asks occupation forces to stop using dogs against Palestinian civilians

    Human rights organisation B'Tselem has sent a letter to the legal adviser of the Israeli army's civil administration in the occupied West Bank asking for an end to the use of dogs against Palestinian civilians. The call was made after dogs attacked two Palestinians as they tried to enter...
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    Senior Israeli police officer admits "We are unable to prevent settler attacks on Palestinians"

    A senior officer in the Israeli police force has admitted that he and his colleagues are unable to prevent the attacks carried out by Jewish settlers against Palestinians in what are known as "price tag" operations. The officer ruled out any improvement in this respect over the coming months....
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    Hezbollah "has used chemical weapons" in Syria

    The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has accused Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Assad regime of using chemical weapons in a town on the outskirts of Damascus, it has been reported. According to Al-Arabia news website, an attack on the town of Zamalka caused a number of casualties. The website broadcast...
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    Israeli minister says two-state solution is at dead-end

    Israel's Housing Minister said on Thursday that the idea of the two-state solution has reached a dead-end and the search for an alternative is a "must". Uri Ariel, a member of Jewish Home Party, claimed that the coalition group has just such an alternative plan, starting with the annexation...
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    Ashton visits Gaza and calls for opening of crossings closed by Israel

    EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS EU foreign policy Chief Catharine Ashton visited the Gaza Strip on Thursday. During a press conference, she said that she had planned to make her visit on the day of the Palestinian refugee. "I have visited Gaza several times, I chose this visit to be on the...
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    International report urges donors to subsidise projects to maintain public health in Gaza

    The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has called for member states and donors to sponsor projects for developing the medical waste treatment system in the Gaza Strip in order to avoid a health disaster. OIC said that the Strip is in bad need of equipment used to burning...
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    Israel to build artisan well on Palestinian land in Jerusalem

    The Israeli water company Mekerot announced on Monday its plan to carry out a joint project with the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem to construct a new artisan well on 30 dunams of Palestinian land in Silwan, the Wadi al-Hilwa Information Centre said. Based on an advertisement for the project,...
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    New law to give ex-soldiers in Israel special privileges

    The Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs in Israel has ratified a new law relating to the "rights of servants of the state". The proposed legislation will give demobilised soldiers and the family members of servicemen and women killed and wounded in the line of duty special privileges and preferential...
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    Israeli soldiers who abused disabled Palestinian get four months community service

    The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced four former Israeli soldiers to only four months of community service after they were indicted for abusing a disabled Palestinian detainee in 2009, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said on Tuesday. The newspaper said that the indictment was filed against the former soldiers...
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    The untold story of Gaza's beaches

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES As summer arrived, Gaza residents rushed to the sea to enjoy the sunny beaches, the only free amusement in their besieged enclave. Crowded with thousands of young children, adults and carts pulled by animals or pushed by children, the beach reflects the nature of their lives. Like...
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    New gasoline crisis hits Gaza

    PICTURES Long queues of vehicles are lining the streets in front of gas stations up and down the Gaza Strip in the latest gasoline crisis to have hit the Sector as a result of an increasing security crackdown over the underground tunnel system with Egypt. Cheese factory owner, Abu-Haroun,...
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    South African diplomat rejects gift from Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    South Africa's Ambassador to Israel, Ismail Coovadia, has rejected a 'gift' from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The 'gift' came in the form of a certificate indicating that 18 trees be planted in honour of the South African Ambassador and came with the backing of...
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    Israeli court renews detention of al-Aqsa chief guard

    An Israeli Magistrate Court on Monday extended the detention of chief guard of al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Najeh Bkeerat, for the second time. The court said that more time is needed to investigate Bkeerat on the grounds of allegations that he belongs to the Palestinian Islamic movement, Hamas. Bkeerat's family...
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    Syrian Brotherhood says Geneva conference aims to legitimise regime

    A senior Muslim Brotherhood official in Syria has warned that the Geneva conference aims to "extract concessions" from the rebels and "legitimise the Assad regime". Zuhair Salem called on the "holders of the real revolution" to transcend the opposition, which he said has "fallen, voluntarily or otherwise" into the...
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    Mother arrested visiting child in Israeli prison

    A Palestinian mother was arrested on Tuesday when she went to Israel's Hasharon Prison to visit her 16 year old son. Shadad Al-Awar's mother was detained in the waiting room of the prison on the pretext that she had forgotten to remove her mobile phone from her pocket, said...
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    UNRWA chief says 15% of Palestinian refugees have fled Syria

    The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has said that 15 per cent of the Palestinian refugees in Syria have fled from the violence in the country. Filippo Grandi confirmed that fighting has taken place in 7 of the 12 UN-run refugee...
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    Ahmadinejad's departure is a "loss for Israel"

    Haaretz believes that Israel has lost its most important "media trumpet" of the past eight years with the departure of Iran's President Ahmadinejad. According to the newspaper, a number of Israeli analysts say that the outgoing Iranian president has served Israel well in one way or another through his...
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    King says no confederation between Jordan and Palestine before establishment of a state

    King Abdullah of Jordan said on Sunday that there will be no confederation between his country and Palestine until and unless an independent Palestinian state is established. Such a move would, in any case, he added, be subject to the will of both peoples. The Jordanian monarch was speaking...
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    Israel to deal flexibly with extremist settler group

    The Israeli cabinet decided on Sunday not to designate as terrorists the extremist "Price Tag" settlers' group, reported Haaretz. The group is responsible for many attacks against Palestinians, their properties and their holy places in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deal with this...
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    UN reveals Israeli plan to relocate Palestinians to build houses for settlers

    A UN organisation has highlighted the plight of small Palestinian farming communities in the hills to the east of Jerusalem which are at risk of forced displacement due to a "relocation" plan advanced by the Israeli authorities. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Occupied Palestinian...
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    Palestinian lawyers protest against attack on their colleague

    The Palestinian Bar Association (PBA) has announced that industrial action will take place on Monday and Tuesday in protest against an attack on one of their colleagues in Bethlehem. All work in all Palestinian courts, public prosecutions and all related official and non-official institutions will be suspended. In a...
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    Rouhani pledges to develop respectful policy with international community

    The newly elected Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said on Monday during his debut speech that he intends to maintain relations with the international community built on mutual respect. He also pledged to continue his country's uranium programme and ruled out its suspension. Rouhani said that his priority during his...
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    Hamas calls on Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from Syria

    The Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine – Hamas – has issued a statement today describing Hezbollah's military intervention in Syria as contributing to the worsening climate of sectarian polarisation in the region. Hamas called on Hezbollah to withdraw its forces and urged it to maintain the compass of resistance...
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    OIC chief discusses Palestinian issue with ambassador in Jeddah

    The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, met the Palestinian ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Monday. The OIC chief discussed Israeli threats to Al-Aqsa Mosque at the meeting with Jamal Al-Shoubaki in Jeddah, along with the future of Jerusalem and the whole Palestinian issue...
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    Anti-aircraft missiles reach Syrian rebels

    The Syrian Free Army (SFA) have said that Saudi Arabia has sent them military supplies to use in their fight with forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the Turkish news agency Anatolia said on Tuesday. Anatolia said that the military supplies mainly consist of anti-aircraft missiles. The Turkish...
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    Israel going ahead with hotels on historic cemetery

    Maariv newspaper has revealed that the Israeli-run Jerusalem municipality has started to develop plans for tourist hotels and related facilities on parts of the historic Ma'man Allah Cemetery in the holy city. The hotels and buildings are to be built in the south-central section of the cemetery, opposite the...
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    Prisoners' families remember their sons in Israeli jails

    The Waed Organisation for Prisoners and Former Prisoners organised on Monday an Iftar (fast-breaking meal) in front of the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza for the families of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Hundreds of people attended the now annual event, which is supported by the Qatar Charity....