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Waiting on ICC, Israeli war crimes suspects already fear arrest abroad

Ben WhiteOver the last two weeks, two Israeli war crimes suspects entered the UK. One, former Israeli minister Tzipi Livni, received diplomatic immunity in dubious circumstances. A second, former Israeli army chief of staff Shaul Mofaz, visited for just 48 hours and left before the authorities acted. These visits have prompted three questions.

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Rumours of war, rumours of peace: Assessing Gaza's uneasy status quo

Ben White

Almost a year on from the beginning of Israel's 'Operation Protective Edge' and the ceasefire that ended hostilities has largely held, albeit with dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza civilians, the continued blockade, and some half a dozen rocket launches. While the Israeli army and Palestinian factions prepare themselves in the event of a new confrontation, recent developments suggest that Gaza stands between the deterioration of a tense stand-off and a more substantial truce.

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Ban Ki-moon buckles - and Palestinian children will pay the price

Ben White

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has overruled his colleagues' recommendations and removed Israel from a list of parties guilty of grave violations of children's rights, it was revealed Monday.

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Netanyahu's 'death blow' to Foreign Ministry risks leaving Israel vulnerable

Ben WhiteThe Israeli government's foreign policy is currently being managed by seven senior officials, a division of responsibilities shaped by domestic political concerns – but with more serious, global implications.

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Nakba Day is not just about remembering - it is about the Palestinians' return

Two Palestinian children in Gaza sitting on a horse cart67 years ago, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine unfolded through expulsions, massacres, and demolitions. Hundreds of villages were emptied, then levelled; centres of Palestinian urban life and community disappeared; columns of refugees took flight at the barrel of a gun.

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