Latest Gaza news

  • Hamas official calls to abduct Israelis, swap for Palestinians
    Hamas official calls to abduct Israelis, swap for Palestinians Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    A senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip called on Thursday for the abduction of Israelis, who would be swapped for Palestinians held by the Jewish state. More »

  • Report: Global Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks
    Report: Global Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Violent anti-Semitic attacks have risen by 38% over the past year with figures from France and Britain being particularly disturbing, says a study from an Israeli university. The study from Tel Aviv University was published as Israel marked Holocaust Memorial Day 70 years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps. The highest number of incidents in a single country happened in France which, at around 600,000, is home to Europe's largest Jewish community. It recorded 164 anti-Semitic attacks in 2014 compared with 141 the previous year. More »

  • Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014 - annual survey
    Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014 - annual survey Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014, with the highest number of incidents occurring in France, according to an annual study published in Israel on Wednesday. The report, by Tel Aviv University's Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, said 766 violent anti-Semitic acts, with or without weapons, were carried out around the world last year -- a 38 percent increase over 2013. Arson, vandalism and direct threats against Jews, synagogues and other Jewish institutions were included in the figure, making 2014 the worst year for such attacks since 2009. "The overall feeling among many Jewish people is one of living in an intensifying anti-Jewish environment that has become not only insulting and threatening, but outright dangerous," the study said, citing "alarming reports especially from Western Europe and North America". More »

  • Bomb in north Egypt kills two military academy students Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Two students from an Egyptian military academy were killed and six were wounded on Wednesday when a bomb targeting a minibus exploded in the northern city of Kafr al-Sheikh, two health ministry officials said. While members of Egypt's security forces have regularly been targeted in attacks claimed by Islamist militant groups in a wave of violence since 2013, this appeared to be the first such attack on young students linked to the army. Egypt is facing an insurgency mainly based in the North Sinai that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since mid-2013, when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi after protests against his rule. Kafr al-Sheikh is about 130 km (80 miles) north of Cairo in the mostly agricultural Delta region. More »

  • Israel arrests 29 Hamas activists in West Bank
    Israel arrests 29 Hamas activists in West Bank Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Israeli security forces arrested 29 Hamas activists overnight during a major sweep in the northern West Bank, the army said on Wednesday. More »

  • Israel grants entry to Palestinian medics' cars
    Israel grants entry to Palestinian medics' cars Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Israel began Tuesday allowing Palestinian medical staff working in the country to enter from the West Bank with their own vehicles, a first in 15 years, a defence ministry body said. More »

  • NGOs demand urgent change in world's approach to Gaza
    NGOs demand urgent change in world's approach to Gaza Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Six months after donors pledged billions for devastated Gaza, only a quarter of the funds have materialised and not one destroyed home has been rebuilt, a coalition of aid groups said in a report Monday. More »

  • Egypt soldier killed a day after deadly Sinai blasts
    Egypt soldier killed a day after deadly Sinai blasts Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Separate militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed one soldier and wounded another Monday, a day after jihadists loyal to the Islamic State group killed 14 people in twin bombings. More »

  • Isis in the UK: Pig-headed racism and British policy is pushing young Muslims …
    Isis in the UK: Pig-headed racism and British policy is pushing young Muslims … Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Every time the issue of young British Muslims going to Syria is raised, the same question is asked by both the media and the government: Why isn't the Muslim community doing more to stop these young people joining Islamic State (Isis)? Impressionable young Muslims who are steered towards extremism are British citizens and our government is duty-bound to engage with both them and the leaders of the Muslim community. The fact is some young Muslims feel they are second-class citizens in Britain. It is irresponsible for pundits, politicians and commentators to dismiss outright a link between British foreign policy and radicalisation. More »

  • “Empty words”: Despite promises of help, 100,000 are still homeless in Gaza
    “Empty words”: Despite promises of help, 100,000 are still homeless in Gaza Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A new report by 46 agencies lays bare the current situation. More »

  • 14 killed in IS bombings in Egypt's Sinai
    14 killed in IS bombings in Egypt's Sinai Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Two bomb attacks claimed by Egyptian jihadists loyal to the Islamic State group killed on Sunday at least 14 people in the restive Sinai Peninsula, including 11 security personnel. More »

  • Egypt imposes life jail penalty for cross-border tunnel use
    Egypt imposes life jail penalty for cross-border tunnel use Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    People who dig and use cross-border tunnels in Egypt could face a maximum penalty of life in jail, state news agency MENA said on Sunday, citing amendments to the penal code targeting activity in the frontier area near the Gaza Strip. Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area last year after at least 33 security personnel were killed in attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal. It said the government had the right seize buildings on top of the tunnels or any of the tools used to make them. Residents of Sinai, who complain they have long been neglected by the state, say they rely on smuggling trade through tunnels for their living. More »

  • Egypt to punish tunnel diggers with life in jail
    Egypt to punish tunnel diggers with life in jail Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday issued a decree making the digging or use of illegal tunnels in border areas punishable by life in jail. More »

  • UN chief calls for resumption of Yemen peace process
    UN chief calls for resumption of Yemen peace process Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday pleaded for the resumption of peace talks in Yemen and called for an end to all military action in the war-torn country. More »

  • Gaza police seize Banksy's disputed weeping goddess
    Gaza police seize Banksy's disputed weeping goddess Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Gaza police have seized a work by famed street artist Banksy from a man who bought it for $200 from a family that later said it was duped, both sides told AFP. More »

  • Police In Gaza Seize Banksy In Legal Row
    Police In Gaza Seize Banksy In Legal Row Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Police in Gaza have confiscated a bombed-out doorway bearing a Banksy artwork from a graffiti artist after its original owner complained he had been tricked into selling it cheap. Artist Belal Khaled paid 700 shekels (£118) for the image of the goddess Niobe holding her head in her hand which had been spray-painted on the doorway to Rabea Darduna's ruined home. Banksy, famed for his satirical murals in unexpected places, visited Gaza earlier this year and left several paintings on the outside walls of buildings. Mr Khaled, 23, told Reuters that police seized the painting from his home in Khan Younis, southern Gaza. More »

  • Gaza police seize Banksy painting in legal row Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian police confiscated from a Gaza graffiti artist on Thursday a bombed-out doorway bearing a Banksy painting after the original owner complained of being swindled into selling it cheap. The artist Belal Khaled had paid 700 shekels (118.32 pounds) for the image of a goddess holding her head in her hand, which had been spray-painted on Rabea Darduna's iron-and-brick doorway as it stood among the ruins of his home, destroyed in the July-August war with Israel. Banksy, a British street artist famed for his ironic murals in unexpected places, visited Gaza this year and left several paintings on the outside walls of buildings, some of them ruins. Khaled, 23, told Reuters that police seized the painting from his home in Khan Younis, southern Gaza. More »

  • Play about slain pro-Palestine activist returns to NY stage
    Play about slain pro-Palestine activist returns to NY stage Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    A play about American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza, is winning quiet acceptance in New York, where uproar postponed its debut a decade ago. More »

  • Palestinian killed after stabbing 2 Israeli soldiers
    Palestinian killed after stabbing 2 Israeli soldiers Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    A Palestinian stabbed two Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, wounding one seriously before being shot dead, the army said. More »

  • Moone Boy and Mrs Brown’s Boys among Irish nominated for TV BAFTAs
  • See the full list of TV Bafta nominations
    See the full list of TV Bafta nominations Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    A list of all of those nominated for a prize at this year’s ceremony. More »

  • List Of Contenders For TV BAFTAs For 2015
    List Of Contenders For TV BAFTAs For 2015 Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Here are the contenders for the TV BAFTA awards which will be handed out on 10 May: More »