Gaza City pounded by Israel, 22 dead in week’s fighting

Israel reports heavy Hamas shelling despite Egyptian leader’s visit and three-hour ceasefire GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – At least 17 people died during the night of 15-16 November in Gaza City when Israel sent over 100 missiles into the area. It is withholding fire according to the Jerusalem Post, during a three-hour visit to Gaza by Egyptian […]

Abbas visit to Bern: Swiss want to see final text of UN proposal

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland will wait to see the final text of Palestine’s application to be raised to the status of a UN observer State, in particular to see how it conforms to international law, Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter said Thursday 15 November. His comments came at the end of a “working visit” to Bern […]

Shalit and 477 others head home: Israeli-Hamas swap underway (update)

Palestinian envoy raises ire of Canadian gov’t Egyptian TV’s interview with Shalit shocks some as exploitation GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It is not being hailed as a gesture with implications for Middle East peace, but there is widespread relief over the release of Israeli prisoner Galid Shalit by Palestine’s Hamas after five years, and 477 Palestinians […]

Israeli soldier Shalit promises in swap for large number of Palestinians

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Palestinian and Israeli authorities are saying that they have reached an agreement that will free anywhere from 450 to more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israel in exchange for the freedom of soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held for five years. The swap will reportedly take place next week, the Israeli […]

Israel to ask UN for revised Goldstone report

Judge and UN report author says report would have been different if he’d known what he now knows Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Israel will ask the United Nations to revise the Goldstone Report on the 2008-2009 Gaza war, following publication 1 April of an Op-Ed article by judge Richard Goldstone in the Washington Post. Goldstone […]

Gaza escalation sees five wounded in new attack

Israeli tank fire injured five people when a house in Gaza was hit, medics have told Reuters. The injuries were not confirmed by Israel, but if the information is accurate, its brings to 24 the number of people wounded in Gaza since Monday 21 March. Israel says it responded with air attacks after rocket and […]

UK Consulate staff held on weapons charges

Two local staff members of the British Consulate in Jerusalem have been charged in connection with a plot to fire rockets at a local stadium during a football match. The men, employed as maintenance personnel, were detained 2 January with three other men said to be linked to Hamas and charged with supplying them with […]

The Hamas murder in Dubai and the Polish connection

The unfolding drama of the thriller-style assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in Dubai in early 2010 is taking investigators to Poland. German prosecutors are confirming that a man in Poland may have fraudulently obtained a German passport used in connection with the Hamas murder and are seeking his extradition. The request is expected to […]

Ireland joins UK, Australia in expelling Israeli diplomat

Ireland is expelling an Israeli diplomat over the near-certain manufacture of eight fake Irish passports by an agency of the Israeli government, says Foreign Minister Micheal Martin, in a veiled reference to Massud, the Israeli secret service. The passports were used by agents who carried out the murder of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai […]

Interpol backs Dubai as it adds 16 warrants in Hamas death

Lyons, France / Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Dubai police have added 16 more international arrest warrants to the 11 already issued, linked to the 20 January death of Hamas military leader Mahmoud Al Mabhouh. Interpol has added the new warrants to its existing Red Notices for the case. Interpol, based in Lyons, insists on the […]