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Hamas' goals in Gaza

Hamas' goals in Gaza Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

With a 72-hour ceasefire currently holding and intensive talks to find a more lasting way to end the current Gaza conflict occurring in Cairo, (differing reports about whether the talks are making progress or not are here and here) this Update looks at Hamas and what it wants, e

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Israel continues to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, despite Hamas’ efforts

Israel continues to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, despite Hamas’ efforts Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

In recent weeks, the media has focused overwhelmingly on the ‘humanitarian crisis' developing in Gaza. Interestingly, neither the media nor the UN or other ‘human rights' groups - quick to condemn Israel for imposing a partial ‘blockade' on the Gaza Strip - have made any mention of

Mideast peace possible if Hamas chooses

Mideast peace possible if Hamas chooses Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Mark Leibler

As of this writing, the war that raged between Israel and Hamas over the past month appears to have ebbed. If it is over, it is only because Hamas finally made the decision that Australia and the world had been imploring them to do for weeks - that is, to stop committing the war crime of firing ind

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Failure to condemn fuels anti-Semites

Failure to condemn fuels anti-Semites Categories: Antisemitism, Op-eds     Author: Jeremy Jones

LAST month in France, a mob surrounded a synagogue, yelling "Hitler was right!" and "Death to the Jews!" In Berlin, a demonstration ­allegedly concerned with the safety of the population of Gaza included the chant of "Jew, Jew, cowardly swine, come out and fight on your own". This week in Sydn

The only long-term solution: demilitarise Gaza

The only long-term solution: demilitarise Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Attention is now focused on how a long-term solution can be reached to prevent a repeat of this Israel-Gaza conflict as well as the ones that had been played out before in 2012 and 2009. Israel believes that the answer is the demilitarisation of the Gaza Strip through diplomatic means in exchange fo

Support Israel if you care about Gazans' suffering

Support Israel if you care about Gazans' suffering Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The nightly television images of the suffering in Gaza are heartbreaking. A vital challenge is what can actually be done to stop the suffering there and in Israel and prevent it recurring. Gazans need far more than simply an end to the current fighting. They need leaders who put their interests fir

Foreign journalists in Gaza witness rockets fired from Shifa hospital and other civilian populated areas

Foreign journalists in Gaza witness rockets fired from Shifa hospital and other civilian populated areas Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

Hamas' tactic of using civilians in Gaza as ‘human shields' by firing rockets from highly populated areas and institutions, and storing military assets in civilian buildings has been a central issue during debate over the current conflict between Israel and Hamas. While this has been the subje

Hundreds of Hamas Rockets Have Been Falling in Gaza

Hundreds of Hamas Rockets Have Been Falling in Gaza Categories: Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

Many commentators discussing the recent conflict in Gaza do not realise that Hamas' indiscriminate rocket fire has meant that residents of Gaza, as well as Israelis, have been affected by Hamas' aggression. A sizeable minority of all the rockets that terrorist groups launched from Gaza at Israel ne

Gaza ceasefires, a history

Gaza ceasefires, a history Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Israel has just announced its acceptance of another 72-hour ceasefire to begin this morning, Israel time. Following yesterday's seven-hour humanitarian ceasefire announced by the IDF there have now been seven ceasefires the IDF has accepted in the current conflict. On the Hamas side, some of the cea

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