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    Senior Israeli official says Netanyahu's policy is obstacle to peace

    An Israeli official from Jerusalem told Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Tuesday that "the Netanyahu government is leading Israel towards a disaster". The official spoke on condition of anonymity. He warned that the Israeli government is ignoring the wishes of the whole world and avoiding peace with the Palestinians. He...
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    GCC remains committed to Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied in 1967

    The Gulf Cooperation Council has stressed that it remains committed to Israeli withdrawal from all Arab territories it has occupied since 1967. Without this, says the GCC, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace will not be realised. The occupied territories in question are in Palestine, the occupied Syrian Golan...
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    Only in Israel: Defence Minister backs "University for Sciences of Occupation"

    The decision by Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak to back what has been dubbed a "University for the Sciences of Occupation" has been sharply criticised by the head of the leftist Meretz Party. Zahava Gal-On said that the plan to convert the university centre in the illegal settlement of...
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    Tunisia sends humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey

    The Tunisian government has sent humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey. The consignment was sent on the direct orders of President Moncef Marzouki and a similar aid flight is being prepared to go to Jordan. According to the president's adviser on international affairs, Anwar Algharby, eight tons of...
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    Netanyahu says Livni will not have role in next government

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Wednesday that he will not allow former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to have any foreign affairs role in a prospective government under his leadership. Netanyahu was responding to what he called "rumours" that Livni would get a senior role in exchange for...
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    National dialogue covers elections and controversial articles in new Egyptian constitution

    Egypt's "national dialogue" sessions for political groups are continuing, with the fifth session being held at the Federal Palace, the seat of the presidency. The agenda includes discussion of election law and controversial articles in the country's new constitution, which was approved in the recent referendum. In the fourth...
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    More international delegations arrive in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Two more international delegations have arrived in the Gaza Strip, where they have been received by Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. The groups are from Australia and Turkey. The Australian delegation is made up of 25 senior Muslim scholars, headed by the Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Ibrahim...
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    Fourth anniversary of massive Israeli assault on Gaza

    December 27th 2012 is the fourth anniversary of the Israeli assault on Gaza, known in Israel as "Operation Cast Lead" and in Palestine as "The Battle of al-Furqan'. Many others refer to it simply as the "massacre of Gaza". It was launched by Israel, the only nuclear-armed country in...
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    Palestinian Authority security agencies "undermine" human rights

    A report issued by the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR) has highlighted the abuse of such rights by the security agencies operated by the Palestinian Authority. At the time when Palestinians are living under the disastrous Israeli occupation, the report states, their basic rights are...
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    Kosher products aimed at Israeli market on sale in Jordan

    American products made especially for the Israeli market are on sale in Jordan, local sources have revealed. The Kosher goods have been produced "in compliance with the Jewish law and approved by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel". Journalists report that, for example, a well-known brand of potato crisps is...
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    More Fatah prisoners released by Hamas in Gaza

    The Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip has released a number of prisoners linked to Fatah in a sign that reconciliation between the two groups is looking more likely. Six Fatah members being held by Hamas were given their freedom on Thursday, along with 20 petty criminals. Deputy Interior...
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    Russian forces carry out manoeuvres near Syrian coast

    The Russian Defence Ministry has revealed that its armed forces have started military manoeuvres in the eastern Mediterranean Sea near the Syrian coast, at a time when Moscow is insisting on its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A statement from Moscow said that Marine Corps units are taking...
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    Rabbis issue warning to hotels about New Year celebrations

    Palestinian sources in the city of Haifa have said that a group of rabbis has sent threatening letters to hotels and banqueting halls in the city, warning them not to host any New Year's Eve parties or display any Christmas decorations. The warning refers to the celebration of "Gentile"...
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    Almost 4,000 Palestinians were detained by Israel in 2012

    Official statistics issued by the Palestinian Ministry for Detainees and ex-Detainees have revealed that almost 4,000 Palestinian men, women and children have been detained by the Israelis in 2012. The total number was 3,850, including 880 children. The ministry noted that 67 women, 11 elected parliamentarians, nine former prisoners...
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    Anti-Judaisation protests in Al-Lid

    Hundreds of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian city of Al-Lid took to the streets on Friday in protest at Israel's Judaisation policies. The protests began after the Friday prayers in the city's mosques, with slogans condemning the expulsion of Palestinians and expansion of Israeli settlements. Several community groups took...
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    Jewish extremists attack Christian properties in occupied Palestine

    A Christian church and cemetery were attacked by extremist Jews on Thursday night in Bar'am village in High Galilee, close to the Lebanese border, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported today. The extremists drew racist slogans and obscene drawings on the walls of the church. Most of the village's residents...
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    Israeli minister rebukes UK over criticism of settlements

    Israeli Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar lashed out on Saturday at Britain's Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, over his criticism of Israel's illegal settlements, the website Times of Israel reported. Burt also criticised the upgrading of a college in the large Ariel settlement to a university. This, according...
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    Palestinian unemployment rises during 2012

    Official figures show that unemployment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories during the first nine months of 2012 rose by just over 2 points to reach 23 per cent. A report issued by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics on Sunday noted that the equivalent figure for 2011 was 20.9...
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    Movement of construction materials to Gaza "important step to break siege"

    An economic expert has expressed his appreciation at the movement of construction materials to the Gaza Strip from Egypt. "It ushers in the reopening the commercial crossing with Egypt which has been closed since 2000," said Maher Al-Tabaa. "This is an important step towards breaking the Israeli siege imposed...
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    Israel worries about US financial crisis

    The Israeli Government has expressed its concerns about the repercussions of the US financial crisis "which poses uneasy difficulties before Israel".Official Israeli radio reported Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz saying that the US financial crisis – the so-called "fiscal cliff"   is going to cause big problems for Israel. The US...
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    Israel plans to expel 1,000 Palestinians from occupied Jordan Valley

    The Israeli army is planning to expel 1,000 Palestinians from their homes in the occupied Jordan Valley, the leader of the council of Al-Maleh village revealed on Monday. The expulsions are planned for Wednesday. According to Councillor Aref Daraghmeh, villagers received written notices several days ago stating that the...
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    Israeli forces breach truce with Gaza

    Israel's armed forces appear to have breached the terms of the truce with Hamas in Gaza which brought an end to November's massive offensive against Palestinian civilians. Under heavy drone cover, Israeli tanks entered the Gaza Strip on Monday, near the city of Rafah in the south of the...
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    Current peace process formula "a waste of time", claims Elaraby

    The London-based Al Hayat newspaper has reported that the Palestine issue will return to the UN Security Council based on an agreement with EU countries to change the formula for the peace process. According to its correspondent in Ramallah and the AFP news agency, Arab League Secretary General Nabil...
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    Demonstrations continue in Iraq as prime minister considers protesters' demands

    Iraqi scholar Sheikh Abdul Malik Al-Sadi arrived in Anbar from Jordan on Saturday to take part in demonstrations that have been taking place in the province for a week. The demonstrators are demanding an end to what they allege is the Iraqi government's "marginalisation and exclusion policy"; they're also...
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    Palestinian refugee camp under siege for 11th day

    A Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus has entered its eleventh day under siege by pro-Assad forces. A senior member of the Hamas political bureau, Izzat Al-Risheq, has urged the Syrian government to lift the military blockade on Al-Yarmouk Camp. "No medical aid, food, flour or oil...
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    Netanyahu's party falls behind in opinion polls

    The latest opinion poll in Israel suggests that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party will lose five seats to new party "Jewish Home", Haaretz newspaper said on Wednesday. The new party is headed by Naftali Bennett and would be expected to win 14 seats, the poll indicated, making it...
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    Israeli PM refuses to advance peace with Palestinians

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his Facebook page on Tuesday to insist that he refuses to advance the peace process with the Palestinians. Netanyahu was seeking to counter remarks made by Israel's president, Shimon Peres, about Palestinians and the PA president Mahmoud Abbas being a good partner in...
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    Egyptians agree on new election law

    The sixth session of Egypt's "national dialogue" has resulted in an agreement on a new parliamentary election law. The news was announced by the head of the legal committee responsible for the process, Salim Al-Awa. Addressing a press conference, Mr. Al-Awa said, "All participants in the sixth session of...
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    PA will collapse in one month due to Israeli and US sanctions

    A senior Palestinian official has warned that the collapse of the Palestinian Authority is imminent thanks to Israeli and US sanctions imposed in the wake of the UN decision to grant Palestine non-member state status. PLO Executive Committee member Hanna Amira said that the Palestinian movements are taking every...
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    Israeli navy attacks Gaza fishermen for 22nd time during "truce"

    Israeli naval vessels opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the northern Gaza coast early on Thursday. Witnesses said that the fishermen did not exceed the six-mile limit imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities on Palestinian territorial waters. This limit was agreed upon in the truce which ended the...
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    Israel bans foreigners resident in occupied West Bank from entering Jerusalem

    Israel's Haaretz newspaper said on Wednesday that the Israeli occupation authorities have renewed restrictions on the free movement of foreign nationals residing in the occupied West Bank. They have also been banned from entering both Jerusalem and Israel. It was noted by Haaretz that Israel did not announce this...
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    Likud candidates demand imposition of Israeli sovereignty over West Bank

    The Israeli Maariv newspaper has reported that four prominent Likud Party candidates are demanding the imposition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied West Bank. The demands were made in a political debate organised by the right-wing "Women in green" movement. The four were named as Minister of Information and...
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    Israeli forces detain more Palestinians, including minors across the West Bank

    Israeli forces swept several West Bank cities on Thursday morning, detaining a former prisoner and a minor. Ten others were injured when the Israelis fired tear gas and live ammunition at civilians. The Israelis were in the village of Beit Amer near Hebron for the third day running. Witnesses...
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    Jordan accuses Israel of planning to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque

    Jordan's Islamic Endowments Minister Abdul-Salam Abadi has accused Israel of planning to partition the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the country's Al-Ghad newspaper reported on Wednesday. The move, claimed Abadi, is in preparation for the building of the so-called "Third Temple" on the site of the mosque in occupied Jerusalem....
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    Israeli media focuses on Egyptian economy

    The Israeli media has launched a wave of negative reports on the Egyptian economy. Business newspaper Calcalist ran a lengthy report on Tuesday stating that anxiety about the economy in Egypt is getting worse day after day, especially after the Egyptian pound slipped sharply against the dollar. Calcalist added...
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    Fatah and Hamas talk unity on Fatah's 48th anniversary

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Following several meetings and intensive consultations, the Hamas Movement and the Palestinian government in Gaza have agreed to hold a central festival for the Fatah Movement to commemorate its 48th anniversary. It was initially thought that the festival would be banned from being held in al-Katiba Square...
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    Gaza photographers hold 'Pillar of Cloud' photo exhibition

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Palestinian photographers and journalists have captured the suffering experienced by the people of the Gaza Strip during the recent eight day Israeli aggression. The war claimed the lives of 180 victims and targeted children, journalists and other defenceless civilians alongside civil and governmental institutions. Palestinian photographers, alongside...
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    Ousted Mubarak knew in advance about 2008 Israeli war on Gaza

    Ousted president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak knew in advance about the 2008 Israeli against Gaza his ex-foreign minister has claimed. "The attack," said Ahmed Abul-Ghait, "was needed by Israeli to consolidate its image which was shaken by its war against Lebanon war in 2006." The claim has been reported...
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    Former public prosecutor hampered trials of Mubarak officials

    The former Egyptian public prosecutor, Abdul-Majid Mahmoud, hampered the trials of officials from the ousted regime when they were charged over the killing of protestors and financial corruption, AP reported on Thursday. The current prosecutor can re-charge Mubarak and his aides after finding new evidence which proves that they...
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    Brotherhood accuses the West of trying to exclude the movement from Syrian opposition

    A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, Mohammed Riad Al-Shaqfa, has accused Western powers of trying to exclude his party from the official Syrian opposition. However, the West "has failed", he has claimed. Al-Shaqfa said that the movement is no different to any other Syrian party, but...
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    Israel's "most dangerous" challenges in 2013

    An important military study prepared by Colonel Ronen Cohen addresses the "most dangerous" challenges facing Israel in 2013. Published by the Ministry of Defence in its Israel Defence house magazine, the study claims that 2013 will be a "decisive year" with regards to Israel's defence "risks" from around the...
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    First public celebration for Fatah in Gaza for five years

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Palestinian National Liberation Movement, Fatah, celebrated its 48th anniversary in Gaza on Friday. This was the first such celebration event in the besieged Gaza Strip for five years. The event took place in Al-Saraya Square on the site of the biggest security headquarters destroyed by Israeli...
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    Muslim Brotherhood brands Assad as a "war criminal"

    The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria has rejected the speech given by Bashar al-Assad on Sunday, saying that his words and presence no longer mean anything to Syrians. The Islamic movement branded the Syrian president as a "war criminal". As such, said spokesman Zuhair Salem, Assad should be subjected to...
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    Abbas to use "State of Palestine" on all official documents

    President Mahmoud Abbas has decreed that the Palestinian Authority will start to issue passports, identity cards, vehicle licences and postage stamps emblazoned with the name "State of Palestine". An official statement broadcast by the Palestinian news agency WAFA, confirmed that the decision is the embodiment of the UN decision...
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    Lack of peace with Palestinians "more dangerous" than Iranian nuclear ambitions

    The leader of Israel's Kadima Party, Shaul Mofaz, has said that the failure to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians "is more dangerous that the Iranian nuclear project". Mofaz told Israeli public radio, "In case of the failure to reach an agreement with the Palestinians, there will not...
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    Israel to build an electrified fence on occupied Golan Heights

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that his country is to build an electrified fence on the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The aim, he claims, is to prevent any violence in Syria spilling over into the occupied territory. Israel practically, though not legally, annexed the Golan Heights in...
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    Biggest ever international air force exercise taking place in Israel

    The biggest ever international air force exercise is taking place in Israel, the country's Channel 2 TV has reported. The countries taking part, it is claimed, are ready to assist Israel in a pre-emptive strike should Syria's chemical weapons fall into rebel hands. Over one hundred state of the...
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    Israelis detain even more Palestinians in occupied West Bank

    Israeli occupation forces have made several raids across the West Bank and detained at least 13 Palestinian civilians. Local sources confirmed that houses in Jenin, Nablus, Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramallah were raided by the Israelis during the heaviest storms to hit the region for some time. Two minors were...
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    Retired intelligence chief labels Netanyahu and Barack as opportunists

    The former head of Israel's internal security agency has described the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defence Minister Ehud Barack as "opportunists" in a lengthy interview with Gatekeeper magazine. Ex-Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin expressed his feelings about the arrogant way that Netanyahu, Barack and former Foreign Minister...
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    Coptic intellectual: Islamists are deep-rooted in Egyptian society

    Coptic intellectual Dr Rafiq Habib said on Monday that the Islamic forces could not be undermined as they are have leaders with massive deep-rooted popularity in Egyptian society. They are, said Dr. Habib, "inseparable" from society, something that protects them from a secular coup d'etat. Writing on his Facebook...