Rory Mccarthy
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/ 15 March 2008

Rachel Corrie play debuts in Israel

A play about the United States activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed at the age of 23 by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza, will be performed for the first time in Israel on Sunday, on the fifth anniversary of her death. The single-actor play My Name Is Rachel Corrie will first be performed in Arabic in Haifa, northern Israel.

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/ 28 January 2008

‘We feel a little more free today’

Above the crowd of thousands floated a red mattress, still wrapped in plastic. Underneath, holding aloft their new purchase, Kayad Shalafa and his brother Said were returning through the sand dunes of northern Egypt. They walked back over the trampled barbed wire, past the placid Egyptian soldiers and on to the blackened hole in the concrete border wall they had walked through that morning from Gaza.

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/ 8 December 2007

Israel not ruling out unilateral strike on Iran

Senior Israeli officials warned on Friday that they were still considering a military strike against Iran, despite a fresh United States intelligence report that concluded Tehran was no longer developing nuclear weapons. Although Israel says it wants strong diplomatic pressure put on Iran, it is reluctant to rule out the threat of a unilateral attack.

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/ 7 September 2007

Palestinians celebrate barrier victory

This week, in a rare victory for the barrier’s critics, Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the government to reroute the barrier away from Bil’in in Palestine, which should eventually allow villagers to reclaim some of the large slice of their farmland that has been cut off from them for nearly three years.

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/ 13 August 2007

‘Fighting for the truth’

His office is in a dark and musty basement, the shelves laden with religious and legal texts and boxes of files. Two white shirts are slung over hangers in the corner and Yoelish Krausz is sitting at his desk. Here he works as the operations officer of his deeply religious, ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, the Neturei Karta.

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/ 25 June 2007

Hamas seeks talks with Fatah

A senior Hamas leader in Gaza said this week that the movement wants to hold talks with the rival Fatah faction to heal the widening divisions between the Palestinian territories. ”We think that negotiations with Fatah are the only way out,” said Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesperson and prominent figure in the Hamas movement.

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/ 2 March 2007

Barrier threatens Bedouin

The bulldozers came for Hamid Salim Hassan’s house just after dawn. Before the demolition began, the Bedouin family scrambled to gather what they could: a fridge, a pile of carpets, some plastic chairs, a canister of cooking gas and a metal bed frame. Now, with their house a wreck of smashed concrete and broken plastic pipes, Hassan and his family are living in a canvas tent on a neighbour’s land.

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/ 9 February 2007

EU wastes €3m bypassing Hamas

More than €3-million of European Union aid for Palestinians was spent on bank charges last year in an effort to bypass the Hamas-run government, Oxfam said recently. The money was spent between August and December under the temporary international mechanism, a system run by the European commission.