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During her teenage years, Isra Al-Modallal was a schoolgirl in Yorkshire. She travelled from her home in Bradford, which she shared with her older brother, to Grange Technology College, two miles outside the city centre.

'The discovery of the tunnel… prevented attempts to harm Israeli civilians who live close to the border and military forces in the area,' said the Israeli Defence Minister, Moshe Yaalon

Israel finds Palestinian ‘terror tunnel’ from Gaza Strip

Israel has put on show what it calls a Palestinian “terror tunnel” running into its territory from the Gaza Strip and said it was freezing the transfer of building material to the enclave.

Jay Carney, White House press secretary

US is ‘concerned’ over Egypt crisis – but not enough to cut aid

As the world pleaded for an end to the deadly violence in Egypt, Washington expressed its “deep concern” over events but declared that immediately to cut aid – worth some $1.5bn a year – to the Egyptian regime was “not in the best interests of the US”.

Avigdor Lieberman: The far-right politician said previous military strikes had been ineffective

Lieberman: Israel needs to conquer and thoroughly cleanse Gaza Strip

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest political ally has called for Israel to carry out a “thorough cleansing” of the Gaza Strip as a tenuous ceasefire between its Hamas rulers and the Jewish state frayed.

Hamas claims success in crackdown on 'Israeli collaborators' in Gaza

The Hamas government in Gaza has proclaimed as a success its month-long campaign to crackdown on collaborators with Israel, adding that those that admitted to the charge are now enjoying the guarantees offered by the Islamist government at the beginning of the programme.

Palestinians sit around the grave of Haitham Mishal in Gaza City

Motorcyclist killed in first Israeli air strike on Gaza since November truce

Attack that hit 'top militant' is most serious test yet of the Egyptian-brokered truce

An Israeli policemen inspect the site of a rocket explosion in the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat

Rockets fired across Egyptian border hit Israeli resort town Eilat

Militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula fired at least two rockets at Israel's southern resort town of Eilat early Wednesday, officials said, highlighting what Israel says is a dire security situation across its border.

A Palestinian man protests against the reduction of some of the financial and food aid services given by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency

UN suspends Gaza aid programme after protest turns violent

The UNRWA provides food aid and job creation schemes in the Palestinian enclave

Hamas wants to educate boys and girls at separate schools in Gaza

Palestinian boys and girls in Gaza will be educated at separate schools if a new law proposed by Hamas comes into force.

Book of the Week: A Month by the Sea: Encounters in Gaza, By Dervla Murphy

A flawed, partisan portrait of the Israel Palestine conflict that misses an opportunity

King Abdullah II at a press interview yesterday

Storm brewing as King Abdullah denies attacking the neighbours

Jordan's monarch hits out at US journalist as comments about several Arab leaders cause a stir

Rabbi Froman with his peace shawl caught in the wind

Menachem Froman: Rabbi and peace activist

Rabbi Menachem Froman, who died on 4 March at the age of 68 after a long illness, was an Israeli settler known for his efforts to promote coexistence between Arabs and Jews. Froman, who served as the rabbi of the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, had ties to many Palestinian leaders. He was an outspoken opponent of attacks by Jewish settlers on mosques and often visited damaged holy sites with local Palestinian officials. He believed Israelis and Palestinians could live together peacefully.

UN cancels Gaza marathon after Hamas says women would be banned from taking part

The annual marathon race run through Gaza has been cancelled by the UN agency responsible for staging the event after Hamas said women would not be allowed to take part.

The News Matrix: Saturday 9 February 2013

Clashes mar funeral of murdered leader

Hamas leader Khaled Meshal says long-stalled elections are being planned

Rivals Hamas and Fatah 'holding unity talks'

Hamas and Fatah, the two rival Palestinian political factions, are in talks about forming a unity government with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal claiming that long-stalled elections in the occupied territories are also being planned. 

Palestinian women hold pictures of prisoners jailed in Israel during a rally calling for their release, in the West Bank city of Nablus. Israeli forces arrested over 20 members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, including three lawmakers

Israel arrests Hamas MPs

Israel arrested 23 Hamas members in the occupied West Bank today, including three who sit on the Palestinian Authority Legislative Council.

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