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    Egypt coup enters second phase: the overthrow of Hamas

    The military coup in Egypt is believed to have entered its second phase. The security forces affiliated with General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, commander-in-chief of the Egyptian armed forces, have begun gradual attacks to topple the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, supported by incitement from the pro-Sisi media. A...
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    Israeli TV broadcasts operetta that hails Egyptian military coup

    Israeli mass media broadcast on Monday morning the operetta "Blessed are the Hands" to hail the Egyptian military forces that carried out the coup in Egypt last month. Israel's Channel 2 TV broadcast the operetta after Egyptian military bulldozers razed residential houses in the Egyptian Rafah in an effort...
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    Israelis arrest Shaikh Raed Salah in Jerusalem

    The Israeli security authorities have arrested Shaikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic movement in Israel, while he was driving near Jerusalem. He was on his way to a press conference called to mobilise Palestinians to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque when his car was pulled over by a number...
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    Fatah mocks end of "mini-state in Gaza and Sinai downed by Egyptian revolution"

    A spokesman for Fatah has claimed that the Egyptian coup, which he called a "revolution", has "downed the establishment of a mini-state in Gaza and Sinai". Osama Qawasmi referred to what he claimed was an "unspoken" agreement between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. In a press statement issued on...
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    UAE Crown Prince survives assassination attempt in Cairo

    UAE's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin-Zayed survived an assassination attempt while on the way to Cairo's International Airport on Monday, the Asrar Arabia website reports. However Egypt's official Middle East News Agency denied the assassination attempt and said instead that he survived a car accident. The UAE's embassy in...
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    Sharon undergoes abdominal surgery whilst in coma

    The Israeli media reported on Wednesday that Israel's former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, has undergone a surgical procedure in the abdomen on Tuesday whilst still at "a minimum level of consciousness." Sharon underwent the scheduled surgery at the Sheba medical centre near Tel Aviv, to improve the performance of...
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    Wall Street journalists stick to story about Prince Bandar "swipe" at Qatar

    An article published in the Wall Street journal last week continues to reverberate in the Gulf States. In its 25 August edition Journalists Adam Entous, Nour Malas and Margaret Coker revealed that Prince Bandar had taken "a swipe" at Qatar when he said that the country was "nothing but...
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    Israeli forces barricade Palestinians inside Al-Aqsa Mosque

    Israeli occupation forces have blockaded a large number of Palestinian worshipers inside al-Aqsa mosque from the early morning, sources have said. According to the sources, the Israeli forces shot tear gas inside the mosque in response to them having spent the previous night inside the mosque. A number of...
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    Nazi criminal lives in Israel

    Israeli daily newspaper, Maariv has reported that the main office which investigates Nazi crimes has announced that a Nazi criminal is currently living in Israel. The office said that it planned to prosecute 30 people who had served as guards at Auschwitz. In a press conference in Germany, members...
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    Syria threatens Jordan if the Kingdom's territories are used to strike Syria

    Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad threatened to "attack Jordan and Turkey in the event they took part in any American-led military action against Syria." Mekdad said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that, "Syria will retaliate not only against Israel, but also against Jordan and Turkey...
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    Israel bans Jerusalem Mufti from Al-Aqsa Mosque

    On Wednesday, Israeli occupation forces banned Jerusalem's Mufti Mohamed Hussein, as well as other religious and prominent Palestinian figures, from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The fatwa department of Palestine said in a statement that the ban on the Jerusalem Mufti is yet another example of the strict measures imposed...
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    Al-Faisal warns: Saudi Arabia will not support Egypt forever

    In an interview with Fox News, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal said the Kingdom has helped Egypt both before and after the revolution. Following the deposition of President Mohammad Morsi, Saudi offered huge financial sums to help Egypt overcome the country's political crisis and crippling economic recession. However...
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    Defence Minister criticises new Palestinian-Israeli negotiations

    Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon has criticised the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and refuses to consider the evacuation of settlements in the occupied West Bank to be negotiable. "The negotiations will not discuss the evacuation of settlements," he insisted. "Israel must strengthen its defences and not preoccupy itself with negotiations."...
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    PLO official says negotiations are futile

    PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo has said that negotiations with the Israelis are "futile". The veteran Executive Committee member told local media that there is no progress in the talks with the Israeli negotiators. "The negotiations will not lead to positive results unless there is great pressure from Washington,"...
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    Israel approves new housing for 300,000 Jews in Negev and Galilee

    The Israeli cabinet has approved a plan by the Minister of Housing, Silvan Shalom, for the development of the Negev and Galilee to attract 300,000 Israeli Jews to the regions. The estimated cost of the new housing programme is around $30 million. According to Israeli public radio, the government...
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    International report says collective punishment of Gaza has reached critical stage

    Two months after the military coup in Egypt, the Gaza Strip continues to live through the worst shortages of medical equipment and fuel as well as difficulties on movement in and out of the Strip, a report issued by three international organisations said. EuroMid Observer for Human Rights in...
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    Israel proposes a Palestinian state with provisional borders

    According to a senior Palestinian source, Israel has offered to establish a Palestinian state with provisional borders on 60 per cent of the West Bank, while the Israeli settlements and military bases in the West Bank will remain intact. Yediot Ahronot described on Thursday the leaked information, which provides...
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    Abbas tells West Bank residents expelled to Gaza "you will never go home"

    West Bank residents expelled to Gaza as part of the deal done with the Israelis after a 39 day-blockade of the Church of the Nativity in 2002 called on Wednesday for Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to clarify his remarks about the impossibility of their return. Abbas told...
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    Palestinian government in Gaza opposes military strike on Syria

    The Palestinian government in Gaza denied on Thursday any support for military interference in Syria, asserting that it does not interfere in any country's internal affairs, even if it opposes regimes that carry out bloody crackdowns on its people. In an exceptional meeting of the Palestinian Legislative Council in...
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    Fox News to MEMO: no interview was held with Prince Saud Al-Faisal

    This week a report was widely circulated in the Arab press that Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told Fox news that aid to Egypt would not last forever and that the Egyptian government should negotiate with the International Monetary Fund for a loan. MEMO contacted Fox News,...
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    Dahlan describes Hamas rule as a "crisis in Gaza"

    Former Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan has described the situation with Hamas in Gaza as a "crisis" and has pledged to work to "solve the problem". An elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dahlan said that he is no longer surprised at the positions taken by a movement that...
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    Hamas uncovers plot to topple its administration in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS The Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip has uncovered a plot aimed at overthowing the Hamas led administration in the enclave. A ministry spokesman, Islam Shahwan, disclosed yesterday that several suspects were arrested; all with links to Israel, the Palestinian General Intelligence in Ramallah and the...
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    Israel lodges complaint over Palestinian peace talk leaks

    The Israeli government has lodged a complaint with the US in protest at what it described it as a "series of leaks made by senior Palestinian Authority officials revealing information about the ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority". An official source said that Netanyahu's envoy, attorney Isaac...
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    Warning that back down from strike on Syria will have repercussions for Israel

    Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon has insisted that Israel is ready to deal with repercussions resulting from any US-led strike against Syria. The minister added that if the US backs down from such a strike, there will still be repercussions for his country. Ya'alon was speaking at an international...
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    Iran warns that US will set Middle East on fire if it attacks Syria

    Iran's new foreign minister has warned that the United States and Western powers will set the Middle East "on fire" if they go ahead with an attack on Syria. Mohammad Javad Zarif described the West as an "advocate of war" in his speech during a visit to Iraq. "We...
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    Illiteracy is the lowest among Palestinians

    The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said on Sunday that the illiteracy rate in Palestine is among the lowest in the world. According to PCBS statistics, illiteracy among Palestinians above the age of 15 years is only 4.1 per cent. This rate is 1.8 per cent among males...
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    Shaath: The Palestinian-Israeli negotiations continue without progress

    Dr. Nabil Shaath, a member of Fatah's Central Committee, has declared that the on going negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel is not progressing and warns if the tragic situation in Gaza continues, then it may lead to famine. He is also urging the Palestinians to form a...
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    Abed Rabbo: Continued negotiations could lead to a political disaster

    Secretary of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Abed Rabbo said that the chances of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations succeeding are "non-existent". He warned that if the negotiations continue as they are, they "will lead to political disaster". During an interview with Palestine's official radio, Abed Rabbo noted that, "the...
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    Proposal to create post of PA vice-president

    A member of Fatah's Central Committee has again suggested that the movement needs to create the post of vice-president to protect the Palestinian national interest. Major-General Tawfiq Al-Tirawi said that this is important due to the continued disruption of the work of the Palestine Legislative Council and the need...
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    Israeli airline suspends flights to Eilat resorts for safety concerns

    Israel's main airline company El Al suspended on Tuesday daytime flights to Eilat resorts in Southern Israel for safety concerns, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said. The newspaper reports that the airline company is taking this measure after new flight paths were introduced to reduce exposure to potential attacks by...
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    Jordanian Parliament takes unprecedented steps after shooting incident

    According to Jordan's Vice-Chairman of the Parliament Khalil Attieh, the Parliament has taken unprecedented measures that will contribute to preserving the Parliament's prestige and prevent future violations by all parties, following the shooting incident on Monday. Attieh, who is viewed as a pillar of the legislature, believes the Parliament's...
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    Extremist Israeli minister and settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

    A group of extremist Israeli settlers headed by Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel broke into the sanctuary yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning. Witnesses said that about 40 settlers accompanied the minister when he broke into the yards of the Mosque under heavy military protection from the Israeli...
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    Palestinian prisoners start hunger strike for better healthcare

    Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Al-Ramleh Prison have announced that they are to start a hunger strike in protest at their "tragic" health conditions. The men are all ill and in need of healthcare. In a message smuggled out of the prison, they said that they had set up a...
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    Former Israeli defence minister suggested using WMD in 1973 war

    Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth revealed on Thursday that Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan suggested using non-traditional weapons against Arab forces in the Sinai during the 1973 war. This information, the newspaper reports, was mentioned in the memoir of former Israeli Minister of Trade and Industry Haïm Bar-Lev. The memoir...
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    UNRWA reassesses food aid for families in Gaza

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has removed food aid for 9,558 families in Gaza since the beginning of the year, while adding only 5,430 new families to the programme. UNRWA's Director of Operations in Gaza Robert Turner has said that, "The Agency continuously...
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    Israeli authorities extend ban against chief guard of Al-Aqsa

    Israeli occupation authorities renewed on Wednesday a six-month ban against Sheikh Najeh Bkeerat, the chief guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Sheikh Bkeerat said that the Israeli police summoned him to an investigation centre, questioned him for several hours and then handed him a note signed by the Israeli forces...
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    20 years after Oslo, statistics show greater occupation and oppression

    As today marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords between the Israeli occupation and a group of Palestinians, pro-justice rights activists have assembled some statistics about the on the ground developments since the signing of the agreement up until today. The activists sourced their...
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    The situation in Gaza deteriorates as fuel shortages bite

    EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS Since the ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in a military coup in July, the army has increased the destruction of the tunnels on the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza on the pretext of "fighting against terrorism". The tunnels have served as a lifeline to...
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    Intelligence reports claim that Israel has 80 nuclear warheads

    The American Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which publishes information about countries which possess unconventional weapons, claims that Israel is one of nine nuclear states in the world. The latest edition of the Bulletin says that Israel stands alongside the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, India, Pakistan and North...
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    Oxfam says Palestinian life "worse now" than when Oslo Accord was signed

    Oxfam has said that life for the Palestinians is worse now than when the Oslo Accord was signed 20 years ago. The current negotiations, claimed the aid organisation, have to compensate for 20 years of missed opportunities in the light of Israel's settlement policies and house demolitions, along with...
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    Gaza government insists it respects Egyptian sovereignty

    The Palestinian government in Gaza has condemned what it calls Egypt's unfounded accusations that residents of Gaza have been involved in trying to destabilise security in the Sinai Peninsula. Spokesman Ihab Al-Ghussein told a press conference that Palestinians in Gaza welcomed the January 25th Revolution in Egypt and enjoyed...
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    Israeli deputy minister wages campaign against two-state solution

    Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister appears to be waging a campaign against the creation of a Palestinian state on land occupied by Israel since 1967. Zeev Elkin has expressed his categorical opposition to such a move. Maariv newspaper quoted Elkin's statement just hours after another meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu and...
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    Senior Israeli official: New Egypt does not view Israel as an enemy

    Director of the Political-Military Affairs Bureau at the Israeli Defence Ministry Amos Gilad has praised the Egyptian military coup and described the new Egypt as a part of the "Sunni bloc that does not view Israel as a sworn enemy." During the international summit of the Israeli Institute for...
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    Hamas denies involvement in Sinai instability

    The Deputy Head of the Hamas political bureau has denied any involvement by the Islamic Resistance Movement or its military wing in the current instability in the Sinai Peninsula. Mousa Abu Marzouk, who lives in Cairo, insisted that the people of Gaza will never be hostile towards Egypt. Writing...
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    Israel to judge Syria's commitment to US-Russian deal on chemical weapons

    Israel will be able to judge whether the Syrian regime has complied with the US-Russian agreement on putting Syrian chemical weapons under international control, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee in the Israeli Knesset, Avigdor Lieberman, revealed on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli Radio, Lieberman explained: "According...
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    Yemenis call for prosecuting former president

    Thousands of Yemenis called on Sunday for prosecuting former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Jurists say prosecuting him is in keeping with both Yemeni and international law. Demonstrators who are calling for the prosecution said that they have "lost patience" with the Judiciary because of its procrastination in bringing Saleh...
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    Netanyahu insists on adopting a hard line policy against African immigrants

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that his government would continue its hard line policy to combat the flow of African refugees and immigrants into Israel. Netanyahu's statement followed Israel's Supreme Court decision to challenge the legitimacy of a law that Netanyahu introduced in January 2012. The law...
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    Jordan King: Muslim Brotherhood is part of the nation

    Jordanian King Abdullah II has affirmed that he refuses to dismiss the role of the Muslim Brotherhood from the political process in his country. Speaking to Chinese news agency, the King said: "The Islamic Action Front Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, forms a part of the...
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    Qatar demands to refer those responsible for Syria crimes to ICC

    The State of Qatar holds the Syrian regime responsible for the war crimes and human rights violations being committed in Syria. Sheikha Alia Ahmed Bin Saif Al-Thani, who is Qatar's permanent representative to the United Nations, voiced the Qatari position during the twenty-fourth session of the Human Rights Council...
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    Negotiations expose differences between Netanyahu and Livni

    Differences are about to emerge between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, according to Israeli newspaper Maariv. Livni is currently leading the negotiations with Palestinian officials, and her approach has reportedly "deviated from the official line" during the past two sessions. US-sponsored negotiations between the...