ARTICLES RELATING TO MIDDLE EAST PEACE

Zuma meets Jewish board of deputies

2014-09-19 06:17

President Jacob Zuma and the SA Jewish Board of Deputies have expressed support for a two-state solution in the Israel and Palestine conflict.

Long road ahead for crippled Gaza

2014-09-16 15:31

The Hamas-Israel war over Gaza has left the coastal territory with a crippled economy, kilometres of devastated wasteland and major infrastructure either destroyed or damaged.

Hamas says may have to talk directly with Israel

2014-09-11 17:42

Hamas's exiled deputy leader says the group could be forced to negotiate directly with Israel, ahead of planned talks in Cairo to consolidate a truce.

Palestinian killed in Israeli raid in West Bank

2014-09-10 11:42
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The Israeli military says its forces shot and killed a Palestinian in an overnight raid in the West Bank.

Israel issues tenders for 283 homes in West Bank

2014-09-05 14:28
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Israel says it published tenders for 283 new homes in a West Bank settlement, just days after announcing its biggest land grab on occupied Palestinian territory for three decades.

Kerry to meet Palestinian negotiators

2014-09-03 05:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian negotiators in Washington to discuss the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and other issues.

After Gaza war, poll finds support for Hamas rises

2014-09-02 14:36

The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll.

Gaza vows to rearm

2014-08-29 22:27
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Thousands of militants have paraded in the besieged Gaza Strip defiantly saying they will rearm as the prospects of a final deal on a long-term Israel-Hamas truce looked shaky.

Israelis skeptical of PM Gaza victory claim

2014-08-28 14:21

A new poll has shown that a majority of Israelis are skeptical of PM Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas.

Main points of long-term Gaza ceasefire

2014-08-26 22:31

Israel and Hamas have accepted an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire in war-torn Gaza in a move to end 50 days of bloodshed.

Egypt presses on with Gaza truce efforts

2014-08-25 17:44

Israeli air strikes have killed at least five Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as militants keep up their rocket fire on southern Israel, while Egypt presses on with efforts to broker a durable truce.

Rockets fired from Gaza, cease-fire broken

2014-08-19 15:31

The Israeli military says three rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip resulting in Netanyahu ordering the Israeli military to strike Gaza terror targets.

Gaza war: optimism fades as talks to resume

2014-08-17 10:21

A Palestinian negotiator says his side is "less optimistic" on indirect talks with Israel over the Gaza war as a deadline on a temporary ceasefire looms.

Schoolboy apologises for Palestinian scarf furore

2014-08-12 11:15
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The deputy head boy of King David Victory Park has apologised for the furore over a picture of him wearing a Palestinian scarf and the matter is now considered closed, the SA Board of Jewish Education says.

When freedom of expression contradicts values

2014-08-11 13:19

I am quite concerned by the calls for a schoolboy to be removed as deputy Head-Boy because he showed his support for Palestine, writes Saber Jazbhay.

Palestinians accept new 72-hour ceasefire offer

2014-08-10 14:48

Palestinian negotiators have accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour truce with Israel, clearing the way for a possible resumption of talks, although Israel says it won't negotiate while rocket fire continues.

Bachelet, Zuma want Gaza peace

2014-08-09 14:28

Hostilities between Palestine and Israel have taken centre stage when President Jacob Zuma met his Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet Jeria at the Union Buildings.

Palestinians press on with Cairo talks

2014-08-08 17:01

Palestinian factions will remain in Cairo and press on with Egyptian-mediated talks despite the end of the ceasefire in Gaza, the head of the delegation, Fatah official Azzam Ahmed, says.

Netanyahu: Israel has nothing against Gazans

2014-08-08 07:14
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Israel has "nothing against the people of Gaza" and wants to help them deal with the "tyranny" of Hamas rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

Gaza war results in boycott call at SA retailers

2014-08-05 12:13
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A campaign to boycott SA retailers that supply products sourced in Israel continues, despite many of the companies claiming that very few of their products are from the country.

German media report Israel spied on Kerry

2014-08-04 07:28

German magazine Der Spiegel has reported that Israel and at least one other intelligence agency were listening in on Secretary of State John Kerry's unsecured phone calls last year.

Israel strikes Gaza as troops start redeploying

2014-08-03 18:07
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A UN school sheltering displaced people in the southern Gaza Strip has been hit by what an official says appears to be an Israeli air strike as the country signalled a possible scaling back in the ongoing war.

Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour ceasefire

2014-08-01 05:37

Israel and Hamas have agreed to begin a 72-hour ceasefire from 0500 GMT, alongside a diplomatic push for a more durable end to the bloodshed after almost four weeks of fighting.

UN Security Council calls for Gaza ceasefire

2014-07-28 10:20

The UN Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting.

 

First mortar fire from Gaza since ceasefire - Israel

2014-09-17 07:53
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Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fired a mortar shell toward Israel in the first such hostilities since a ceasefire took effect three weeks ago, the Israeli army says.

Gaza children return to school after war

2014-09-14 13:12

Half a million Gaza children have made a delayed return to school after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that damaged hundreds of school buildings.

Israel likely committed Gaza war crimes - HRW

2014-09-11 14:41
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Israel is likely to have committed war crimes in Gaza, Human Rights Watch says, a day after the army announced five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces.

Diplomatic row flares between Israel, New Zealand

2014-09-08 12:15

A diplomatic row has flared between Israel and New Zealand after officials from the South Pacific nation say their new ambassador was rejected by Israel because he's also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority.

Sisi: stalled Mideast peace process fuels jihadists

2014-09-04 10:28

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has blamed the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process for fuelling regional militancy, as US tries to shore up support to combat ISIS jihadists.

No peace after Gaza war

2014-09-02 18:00

A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to US-sponsored peace and statehood talks.

US warns Israel against 400 hectare land appropriation

2014-09-01 05:25
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The US sees Israel's announcement of a land appropriation for possible settlement construction in the occupied West Bank as "counterproductive" to peace efforts and has urged the Israel to reverse the decision.

81 'blue helmets' stand firm against Golan militants

2014-08-29 10:04

Forty three peacekeepers from Fiji have been forced to surrender their weapons and were taken hostage near the Quneitra crossing, but 81 Filipino blue helmets "held their ground" and refused to disarm.

UN aid convoy arrives in Gaza from Egypt

2014-08-27 17:52

A UN humanitarian aid convoy crossed into Gaza from Egypt for the first time since a blockade was introduced on the territory in 2007.

Israel confirms Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire - official

2014-08-26 18:26

Israel has confirmed that is accepted an Egyptian proposal for a Gaza ceasefire in July, says a senior Israeli official.

Rockets fired toward Israel from Lebanon, Gaza

2014-08-26 05:43
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Israel has been attacked from two sides, with one rocket fired out of southern Lebanon and 100 rockets launched from Gaza.

Egypt proposes new Gaza ceasefire - official

2014-08-25 11:52

Egyptian mediators have proposed a new ceasefire in Gaza that would open the blockaded enclave’s crossings and allow in aid and reconstruction materials, a senior Palestinian official says.

Israeli wedding of Jew, Muslim draws rightwing protest

2014-08-18 05:31

Israeli police have blocked more than 200 far-right Israeli protesters from rushing in on guests at a wedding of a Jewish woman and Muslim man as they shouted "death to the Arabs".

Gaza lights SA social media firestorm

2014-08-13 13:40

The situation in Gaza has ignited social media as both pro- and anti-Israeli sentiment finds their voice on internet platforms.

In defence of Josh Broomberg

2014-08-11 19:46

The deliberate attempt by some members of the Jewish community to bully a young student into silence must be rejected, writes Kameel Premhid.

Israel accepts Egypt ceasefire proposal: govt official

2014-08-10 19:52
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Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza which will go into force within hours, government officials say.

Fears for truce talks as Israel pounds Gaza

2014-08-10 07:23

Palestinian negotiators have warned they will leave Cairo if their Israeli counterparts do not show up for truce talks, after Israel pummelled Gaza with fresh air strikes that killed at least 10 Palestinians.

Gaza reignites as talks falter

2014-08-08 18:11
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Israel has launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinian rockets fired after Egyptian-mediated talks failed to extend a 72-hour truce.

Fighting talk

2014-08-08 09:10

It's impossible to have a civilised discussion about Gaza in with anyone I know in America right now, says Jean Barker.

Zuma meets US's Biden over Middle East

2014-08-05 19:47
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President Jacob Zuma has met US Vice President Joe Biden in Washington to discuss the situation in the Middle East.

Gaza crisis moves to full UN Assembly

2014-08-05 07:22

With criticism mounting of UN inaction in the Gaza conflict, envoys from all 193 countries of the United Nations will meet to hear top officials report on the crisis.

Israel declares 7-hour Gaza truce after school strike

2014-08-04 06:17
83 comments

Israel has announced it would be holding its fire in most of Gaza for seven hours on Monday, amid world outrage over a deadly strike on a UN school in the Palestinian territory.

US Congress approves funding for Israel rocket defence

2014-08-02 11:48
114 comments

The US Congress has approved $225m for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defence system, credited with destroying missiles fired by Hamas.

Boy, 4, killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza

2014-07-28 13:05

Israeli tank fire has killed a four-year-old boy in the northern Gaza Strip, the first death since the two sides began observing an unofficial lull, Palestinian medics say.

ANC welcomes Gaza truce

2014-07-27 15:41

The ANC has welcomed Hamas's acceptance of a 24-hour humanitarian truce between Israel and Palestine.

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