User: newstrust Topic: Israel-Palestine Conflict
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Britain's Tony Blair reportedly to step down as U.N. Middle East envoy 27.5.2015 L.A. Times - World News
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced in a letter to the United Nations chief on Wednesday that he will step down as the world body's special Middle East envoy at the end of June, British media reported, citing unnamed diplomatic sources.
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Hamas executed 23 Palestinians under cover of Gaza conflict, says Amnesty 27.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Damning report by rights group claims Hamas also carried out other horrific abuses in 2014 as it ‘ruthlessly settled scores’ with opponents

Hamas has been accused of using the cover of last summer’s war in Gaza to carry out summary executions, including to “settle scores” against opponents under the pretext they were “collaborators with Israel”.

The claims that Hamas committed rights abuses amounting to war crimes are made in a damning report by Amnesty International highlighting abuses committed by Hamas during last summer’s 50-day war.

Hamas granted its forces free rein to carry out spine-chilling actions designed to exact revenge and spread fear

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Amnesty International says Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians 27.5.2015 LA Times: Opinion
The militant group Hamas tortured and killed Palestinians during the war against Israel in the Gaza Strip last year, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday.
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Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians during Gaza war: Amnesty 27.5.2015 Hindu: International
The Palestinians targeted were either political rivals of Hamas or people the militant group had accused of cooperating with Israel.
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Israeli PM appoints hawkish associate as foreign ministry chief 25.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Israel Seeks International Law Rewrite 23.5.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Israel and its supporters are leading a charge to rewrite how international law defines crimes against humanity to create more leeway for military attacks that kill large numbers of civilians, a bitterly ironic development, says Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson The promulgation of International law addressing crimes against humanity was one of the major legal…
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Obama repeats commitment to Israel 23.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Gaza economy 'on verge of collapse', with world's highest unemployment 22.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

World Bank report says Israeli blockades, war and poor governance have left 43% of people out of work and the strip facing dangerous financial crisis

The economy of Gaza – assailed by war, poor governance and a joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade – has reached the “verge of collapse” with the coastal strip suffering the highest rate of unemployment in the world.

The bleak picture is presented in a devastating report by the World Bank, released on Friday, which said that Gaza’s economy had been strangled by years of blockades, war and poor governance and faces a dangerous crisis over its ability to meet wages and other spending requirements.

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For Israel, Soccer Becomes A Geopolitical Football 21.5.2015 NPR News
The head of FIFA visited Israel and the West Bank this week, where Palestinians are petitioning to expel Israel from soccer's governing body — and its biggest international tournaments.
The latest mediator between Israel and Palestinians: The head of world soccer 20.5.2015 Washington Post: World
JERUSALEM — The head of the world soccer association arrived in Israel on Tuesday in an attempt to avoid what could become a new frontier in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, said he was trying to find a solution to a motion submitted by the Palestinian Football Association to suspend Israel from the international body. The motion is scheduled to be voted on at a meeting of the organization next week in Zurich.Read full article ...
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Palestine's skate park: ramping up efforts to give kids a normal life 18.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

A project to build a skatepark in Bethlehem has given children affected by the Israel-Palestine conflict a taste of a normal childhood

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Pope Francis canonises 19th-century Palestinian nuns 17.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Canonisations of Mariam Baouardy and Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas a symbol of support for Christians facing persecution in Middle East

Pope Francis has canonised two 19th-century Palestinian nuns – the first Arabic-speaking saints in the Catholic church – in a ceremony in St Peter’s Square attended by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.

The canonisations were significant because they can be interpreted as a symbol of support and encouragement for Christians who are facing persecution across the Middle East, a fact that Francis has repeatedly cited as a cause of grave concern.

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Israeli demolition plan for Bedouin village sparks outcry 15.5.2015 AP Top News
UMM AL-HIRAN, Israel (AP) -- Israelis are once again locked in a bitter settlement dispute with their Arab neighbors, but this time the conflict is not unfolding in the West Bank, but in Israel's southern desert....
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EU urged to take firm stance on Israel 13.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Germany, Israel warn of anti-Semitism surge 12.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Room for Debate: Strained Ties With Israel 8.5.2015 NY Times: Editorials
How will Israel's new government, probably the most right-wing in its history, affect relations with the United States and American peace ...
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Will Israel miss its moment? 8.5.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Israel’s new coalition government, formed with the slimmest possible majority in its parliament, likely means that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will act even more cautiously than he has in the past. This is a tragedy, because Israel faces an extraordinary strategic opportunity.Read full article ...
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Amnesty International’s Palestine Sell-out 8.5.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Amnesty International’s Palestine Sell-out
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The Danger of Resurgent Anti-Semitism 8.5.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
The Danger of Resurgent Anti-Semitism
WorldViews: Israel’s new justice minister considers all Palestinians to be ‘the enemy’ 8.5.2015 Washington Post: World
An 11th-hour deal on Wednesday led to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forming the most right-wing government in his country's history. Netanyahu's slim majority in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, was secured after a pact with the Jewish Home party, led by Naftali Bennett, an ultra-nationalist who draws much of his support from Israel's settler population and rejects a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Read full article ...
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