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Soldier’s capture during ceasefire denounced as ‘barbaric’ by U.S.

 Obama administration officials called Hamas’ apparent capture of an Israeli soldier in the hours a cease-fire was supposed to be in effect “barbaric” and “outrageous.”

“That would be a rather barbaric violation of the cease-fire agreement,” Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, told CNN on Friday, referring to the apparent capture Friday morning of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin in a firefight Israel says took place in the southern Gaza Strip hours after a humanitarian ceasefire was in place. [Read more...]

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Israeli soldier captured by Hamas during ceasefire, IDF reports

An Israeli soldier appears to have been captured by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Defense Forces identified the soldier as 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, from Kfar Saba.

Hamas fighters reportedly emerged Friday morning from a tunnel near Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, not long after a 72-hour cease-fire had taken effect. A Palestinian suicide attacker was among the assailants, and Goldin was dragged into a tunnel during exchanges of fire between Hamas fighters and Israeli troops, an IDF spokesman said. [Read more...]

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The images missing from the Gaza war – why isn’t Western media covering the entire conflict

Why aren’t news outlets reporting Hamas’ intimidation of journalists?

These weapons were found in a Hamas-built tunnel under the Israel-Gaza border, July 24, 2014. (Israel Defense Forces)

These weapons were found in a Hamas-built tunnel under the Israel-Gaza border, July 24, 2014. (Israel Defense Forces)

There’s no shortage of images from the Gaza conflict.

We’ve seen rubble, dead Palestinian children, Israelis cowering during rocket attacks, Israeli military maneouvres and IDF footage of Hamas militants emerging from tunnels to attack Israeli soldiers.

What we haven’t seen are practically any images of Hamas fighters inside Gaza. [Read more...]

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Israel dragon boat team to compete at world championships

Gal Indyk is clearly having a great deal of fun putting his dragon boat team, the Ohalo Dolphins, through its warm-up before getting in the boat.

Where other teams do some yoga stretches, perhaps some jumping jacks, Indyk has the team playing the kind of games you might remember from summer camp. Currently, everyone has a clothespin clipped to the back of his or her shirt and they’re around trying to snatch a many other pins as they can from each other. There’s a lot of laughing. [Read more...]

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Jewish Defence seeks to create Montreal chapter after increased anti-Semitism

The Jewish Defense League of Canada wants to set up a chapter in Montreal, citing an increase in attacks on Jews.

The national director of the Toronto-based JDL, Meir Weinstein, told local media he has been contacted by Montreal residents who would like to see a chapter set up in the city.

In interviews, Weinstein denied his group is controversial or militant. [Read more...]

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Hamas not ready to recognize Jewish state, but Palestinian state might, Hamas leader tells CBS

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he does not know whether his organization will ever recognize Israel’s right to exist, but cannot even think about it until there is a Palestinian state.

“When we have a Palestinian state then the Palestinian state will decide on its policies. You cannot actually ask me about the future,” Meshaal said through a translator in an interview Sunday with CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose. [Read more...]

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UN Security Council calls for Gaza ceasefire

JERUSALEM  — The United Nations Security Council called for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza.

In a nine-minute meeting that began just after midnight on Monday, the 15-member Security Council unanimously approved a presidential statement which “expresses grave concern regarding the deterioration in the situation as a result of the crisis related to Gaza and the loss of civilian lives and casualties.” The statement does not specifically name either Israel or Hamas. [Read more...]

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