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Israeli bulldozers are back in Beit Jala

Olive trees being uprooted in Beit JalaIn 2004, I wrote an article about the story of Nabil Saba, a man from Beit Jala whose family was expelled in the early 1970s to make way for the Israeli settlement of Har Gilo. When I first spoke to him some 11 years ago, confiscation of land for the Apartheid Wall was well underway.

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Self-pity and privilege: Etgar Keret and Israel's 'liberal left'

Etgar KeretEtgar Keret, according to some, is "the most loved and widely read Israeli writer working today." Hailed as "one of the most prominent Israeli writers on the international literary scene", Keret has recently published a memoir, his first non-fiction book following five short story collections.

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Shoot and lie: Israeli forces are killing civilians with impunity

Ben WhiteOn Sunday, an undercover unit of Israel's Border Police conducted an arrest raid in Shuafat refugee camp, an area of Occupied East Jerusalem locked behind the Separation Wall.

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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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