ARTICLES RELATING TO MIDDLE EAST PEACE

Israel orders demolition of synagogue attackers' homes

2014-11-21 13:03

Israel has notified the families of four Palestinian attackers that their East Jerusalem homes will be demolished, despite warnings that such punitive measures may be ineffective and counterproductive.

Israel vows harsh response to synagogue attack

2014-11-19 07:25
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Israel has vowed harsh retaliation for a Palestinian attack that killed five people in a synagogue in Jerusalem, escalating tensions after weeks of religious violence.

West Bank mosque attacked; settlers blamed

2014-11-12 10:13

A Palestinian official says an attack against a mosque in the West Bank ignited a fire that destroyed its first floor. He blamed Jewish settlers for the attack.

Palestinians want urgent session on Israeli settlements

2014-10-28 15:57

Palestinian officials say they would push for an “urgent session” of the UN Security Council, a bid to stop an Israeli plan to build 1 000 new flats in East Jerusalem.

Israel worries over losing US friendship

2014-10-25 21:05
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A top Israeli minister says there is a "crisis" in the country's relations with the US that must be fixed.

Pope: Calls for protection of Christians in Middle East

2014-10-20 19:27

Appealing for the protection of Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis says it is 'unimaginable' that they could be driven out of the region after 2 000 years.

SA Jews under threat - board

2014-10-03 12:11

The Jewish community in South Africa could be under threat following the war in Gaza, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies says.

Gaza travel restrictions eased for Muslim holiday

2014-10-02 09:17

In a rare step Israel says it will let 500 Palestinians living in Gaza pray at a Jerusalem holy site during the Eid al-Adha feast at the weekend, and allow Palestinians from the West Bank to enter Israel more freely.

Zuma: UN 'helpless' in Israel, Palestine conflict

2014-09-25 07:21
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The United Nations appeared to be helpless in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, President Jacob Zuma has told the United Nations general assembly in New York.

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

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.

 

Hamas planned to assassinate Israeli minister - report

2014-11-21 09:11

Hamas militants planned to kill Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, and had already collected information on his movements, a media report says.

Abbas condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue

2014-11-18 12:35

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned an attack by two Palestinian men on a Jerusalem synagogue in which four worshippers were killed, the first time he has directly denounced violence.

Hamas trying to destroy our unity: Abbas

2014-11-11 20:31

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has accused the Islamist movement Hamas of trying to destroy efforts to broker national unity through a series of bomb blasts.

Jordan requests UN meeting over Israeli settlements

2014-10-28 10:41

Jordan has requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Israeli plans to build more Jewish settlements in Arab east Jerusalem, diplomats say.

Israeli settler accused of killing Palestine schoolgirl

2014-10-21 05:53
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The Palestinians are accusing an Israeli settler of running over two schoolgirls, killing one of them, and speeding away.

Israel: Gaza reconstruction needs our consent

2014-10-12 14:08
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The foreign minister of Israel, which was not invited to an international conference in Cairo on rebuilding Gaza, has said any such effort would need his country's consent.

Jewish apartment takeovers in Jerusalem spark anger

2014-10-03 10:04

Night-time apartment takeovers by Jews moving into east Jerusalem have sparked anger with Palestinians and the United States.

US sharply criticises new Israeli housing project

2014-10-02 05:45
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The US has sharply criticised a new Israeli construction project following President Barack Obama and Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting.

Hamas, ISIS share creed - Netanyahu

2014-09-30 05:53
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At the UN, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Hamas and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are 'branches of the same poisonous tree'.

ANC members shouldn’t go to Israel - Mantashe

2014-09-22 15:34
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ANC members and leaders should not travel to Israel as the party is in solidarity with the people of Palestine, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says.

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.

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