ARTICLES RELATING TO MIDDLE EAST PEACE

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.

Pope Francis makes plea for peace

2014-07-27 14:08

Pope Francis has made an emotional plea for peace in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.

Hamas agrees to new 24-hour truce in Gaza

2014-07-27 12:30

Hamas Islamist militants have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in its conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip that should start within the hour, the group's spokesperson says.

Israel, Hamas set to start 12-hour ceasefire

2014-07-26 07:46

The Israeli military and the militant Palestinian Hamas are set to start a 12-hour ceasefire, but a longer-term truce remained elusive.

Gaza truce talks very complicated - US

2014-07-25 07:49

Diplomatic talks to end the fighting in Gaza as civilian casualties mount are very complicated, a US official says.

Pakistan calls for 'humanitarian pause' in Gaza

2014-07-24 16:13

Pakistan has called for an immediate end to the blockade of Gaza to allow humanitarian relief to reach Palestinians as the death toll rose to more than 740.

Truce unlikely 'in coming days' - Israel minister

2014-07-24 10:55

An Israeli cabinet minister says a pullout of troops from Gaza is not imminent and Israel's army would continue hunting Palestinian tunnels under any humanitarian truce.

Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

2014-07-22 16:33

Egypt calls for cease-fire negotiations between Israel and Hamas which could give rise to new peace talks.

Cairo Gaza truce efforts intensify

2014-07-21 17:57

World efforts to end two weeks of deadly violence in and around Gaza have stepped up a gear as the UN chief arrived in Cairo.

Palestinian toll in Gaza rises to 476

2014-07-21 05:44
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The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in the latest round of Gaza violence has risen to 476, medics say, after announcing the deaths of 38 people.

Israeli ambassador must pack his bags - ANCYL

2014-07-19 16:08

Israeli ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk should pack his bags and leave the country, the ANC Youth League in the Western Cape says.

Thousands at pro-Palestine march

2014-07-18 17:50

Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters have gathered outside the Israeli Embassy trade office in Sandton.

Gaza toll hits 261 on day 11 of Israeli campaign

2014-07-18 12:48

The Gaza death toll has hit 261, as Israel presses a major ground offensive on the 11th day of an operation to stamp out militant rocket fire, medics say.

 

Israeli wedding of Jew, Muslim draws rightwing protest

2014-08-18 05:31
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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
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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
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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.

Egypt army destroys more Gaza tunnels

2014-07-27 12:45

Egypt's army says it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1 639 the overall number it has laid waste to.

At least 76 bodies found as Gaza truce kicks

2014-07-26 13:03

A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force, with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 76 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes.

Palestine declares 'Day of Rage'

2014-07-25 10:00
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In the West Bank, Palestinian factions have declared a "Day of Rage" after a night of clashes over Israel's Gaza offensive.

Kerry says can't wait indefinitely for Gaza ceasefire

2014-07-25 05:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry will soon decide if Hamas and Israel are willing to agree on a Gaza ceasefire and will not stay in the region indefinitely.

US Republican asks if flight ban is boycott of Israel

2014-07-24 13:04

US Republican, Ted Cruz, has suggested that the FAA flight ban amounts to Obama launching economic boycott of Israel.

Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle

2014-07-23 10:30

Dozens of Palestinian families trapped by clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli troops are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza Strip neighbourhood.

World pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza

2014-07-22 12:05
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UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry are in Cairo in a bid to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas after weeks of fighting which has left over 570 Palestinians dead.

UN calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll tops 500

2014-07-21 08:46
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The UN Security Council has called for an "immediate ceasefire" as Israel pressed on with a blistering assault on Gaza taking the Palestinian death toll above 500.

Israel more barbaric than Hitler - Turkish PM

2014-07-19 22:48

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of "barbarism that surpasses Hitler" during its ground invasion of Gaza.

Obama encourages Israel to minimise deaths

2014-07-18 21:04

President Barack Obama has encouraged Israel to minimise civilian deaths in its ground push into Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Turkey PM slams Egypt's 'illegitimate tyrant' Sisi

2014-07-18 15:23

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as an illegitimate tyrant, saying that Cairo can’t be relied upon to negotiate a ceasefire with Israel.

Israel deepens push to destroy Hamas tunnels

2014-07-18 11:55

Israeli troops have pushed deeper into Gaza to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave's Hamas rulers.

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