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News The female face of Hamas: Isra Al-Modallal

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.

Leading article: A sop to the outside world

Earlier this week Tony Blair, as Middle East envoy of the Quartet, came out of a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu saying that the Israeli government was now ready to move to a whole new regime of blockade on the Gaza Strip. The Israelis would allow all civilian goods in except those specifically banned instead of, as now, stopping any goods except those specifically allowed. Yesterday the Israeli cabinet agreed a liberalisation of the blockade which fell short of that. The range of goods allowed through is to be expanded but the basic regime of control is maintained.

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Israel agreed today to ease its land blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, hoping to quell growing worldwide outrage following a deadly raid on an international flotilla bound for the Palestinian territory.

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The United Nations will take to Gaza tons of aid supplies languishing in an Israeli port for two weeks since they were seized in a bloody sea confrontation, the Israeli military said.

Israel to ease Gaza blockade

Israel will significantly ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip today, officials said, in an effort to blunt widespread international criticism after a deadly Israeli commando raid on a blockade-busting flotilla.

Israeli arrested over Hamas assassination

An Israeli alleged to be a Mossad agent involved in the assassination of a Hamas militant in Dubai and obtaining a German passport under a false name has been arrested in Poland.

Pressure on Israel to lift Gaza blockade

The three-year Israeli embargo on goods going into Gaza is 'unacceptable and counterproductive', says a report by the Quartet.

Gaza's tunnel economy means fortunes built on Creme Eggs

Bursting with exotic foodstuffs, Hassan Hasuna's brightly lit grocery store appears like a beacon on a run-down street in central Gaza City. Cadbury Creme Eggs, a rare commodity in the Middle East, take pride of place next to the till.

Leading article: Israel must listen to the world

Allow us to do something difficult and necessary: to set out the pro-Israeli case for lifting the blockade of Gaza. Condemnation of the Israeli Defence Force's killing of nine people on the Mavi Marmara on Monday is justified and important, but it is hardly unusual.

Ilan Pappé: The deadly closing of the Israeli mind

The decline in Israel's reputation since the brutal attack on the Gaza flotilla is unlikely to influence the country's leaders

The other side of the Gaza blockade

Taysir Al Burai is severely disabled. He requires round-the-clock medical care. If he were allowed to leave Gaza, he could make a full recovery. But Israel won't let him

Leading article: This cruel and ineffective blockade of Gaza must be brought to an end

Israel's brutal assault on the international aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip has united the outside world in agreement on one thing. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and the Quartet's Middle East peace envoy, Tony Blair (not to mention our own Prime Minister), have demanded an end to Israel's economic blockade of Gaza, which this naval convoy set out with the intention of challenging.

Robert Fisk: The truth behind the Israeli propaganda

I have, of course, been outraged at armed men boarding ships in international waters, killing passengers on board who attempt to resist and then forcing their ship to the hijackers' home port. I am, of course, talking about the Somali pirates who are preying on Western ships in the Indian Ocean. How dare those terrorists dare to touch our unarmed vessels on the high seas? And how right we are to have our warships there to prevent such terrorist acts.

Tony Blair: Former PM urges Israel to ease Gaza blockade

In his first interview since the attack, he tells Donald Macintyre that embargo risks alienating a generation

Louise Arbour: Good may yet come of this tragedy for Gaza

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