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Oct 13, 2015
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Behind Palestinian-Israeli attacks, angry youth and women … and al-Aqsa

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(A female Palestinian protester brings stones to young men during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 10, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

The teenage Palestinian girls helping to carry rocks to the frontlines of stone-throwing protests in Ramallah have their nails brightly painted, are dressed in tight jeans and carry the latest smartphones in their fashionable handbags.

Oct 9, 2015

Five killed in Gaza as Israeli-Palestinian violence widens

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli troops shot dead five Palestinians in protests in Gaza on Friday and a knife-wielding Jewish man wounded four Arabs in southern Israel in a wave of violence that has fueled talk of a new uprising against Israeli occupation.

The Israeli soldiers shot across the border into Gaza after the Palestinians came too close to the frontier, throwing stones and rolling burning tyres, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. Gaza medics said five people were killed and 30 wounded.

Oct 9, 2015

Israeli-Palestinian violence intensifies; Arabs and Jews stabbed

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Jewish man stabbed and wounded four Arabs in southern Israel on Friday in an apparent reprisal attack for Palestinian violence during the worst spell of civil unrest in the region for several years.

In the past 10 days, four Israelis have been shot or stabbed to death in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, and at least a dozen have been wounded by Palestinians wielding knives or screwdrivers in stabbings in Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.

Oct 6, 2015

Israel, Palestinians play down talk of third intifada

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The entrances to Jerusalem’s walled Old City are sealed off by Israeli police and the streets of East Jerusalem are littered with barricades, burning trash and the detritus of battles between stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli forces.

The scenes after 10 days of violence in which four Israelis and three Palestinians have been killed and 170 injured are evocative of the two Palestinian uprisings, or intifadas, against Israeli occupation in the late 1980s and early 2000s.

Oct 1, 2015

Abbas’s U.N. speech: not a bang but a whimper

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Before his speech to the United Nations late on Wednesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promised to drop a “bombshell”. In the event, he delivered little more than strong words that may amount to a hollow threat.

For most of his address, Abbas took Israel to task over its 48-year occupation, its restrictions on Palestinian prayer at a holy site in Jerusalem and its failure to prosecute Jews suspected of crimes against Palestinians.

Oct 1, 2015

Analysis – Abbas’s U.N. speech: not a bang but a whimper

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Before his speech to the United Nations late on Wednesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promised to drop a “bombshell”. In the event, he delivered little more than strong words that may amount to a hollow threat.

For most of his address, Abbas took Israel to task over its 48-year occupation, its restrictions on Palestinian prayer at a holy site in Jerusalem and its failure to prosecute Jews suspected of crimes against Palestinians.

Sep 18, 2015

Israel ramps up security in Jerusalem’s Old City

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel deployed hundreds of extra police around the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday after Palestinian leaders called for a ‘day of rage’ to protest at new Israeli security measures.

Around 800 extra police were posted in the heart of the city and adjacent Arab neighborhoods, where tensions have been high for the past week, following violent clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque and stone-throwing attacks by Palestinians against Israeli cars.

Sep 16, 2015

From exile, a divisive figure rattles Palestinian politics

JERUSALEM/DUBAI (Reuters) – He is in the view of some Palestinians, and perhaps his own mind, the man who would be king.

From his roots in a Gaza refugee camp, Mohammed Dahlan scrambled to the top of Palestinian politics by his early 40s, backed by a reputation as a charismatic enforcer, someone who commanded loyalty and got things done. The Americans and British liked his style.

Sep 16, 2015

Insight – From exile, a divisive figure rattles Palestinian politics

JERUSALEM/DUBAI (Reuters) – He is in the view of some Palestinians, and perhaps his own mind, the man who would be king.

From his roots in a Gaza refugee camp, Mohammed Dahlan scrambled to the top of Palestinian politics by his early 40s, backed by a reputation as a charismatic enforcer, someone who commanded loyalty and got things done. The Americans and British liked his style.

Sep 10, 2015

Population parity in historic Palestine raises hard questions for Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – While Israel remains predominantly Jewish, Arab numbers within the area of historic Palestine are now close to eclipsing the Jewish population, creating a dilemma for supporters of a “one-state solution” to the region’s conflict.

Long-term demographic trends mean that those who want Jews and Palestinians to live together in a single, enlarged Israeli state – including President Reuben Rivlin – face a difficult question: how could Israel remain both democratic and Jewish if Arab voters became a majority within its borders?

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      "Luke is bureau chief for Reuters in Brussels. The 25-strong, multimedia bureau covers all European Union issues, from trade, energy and agriculture to foreign policy, competition, regulation and economic affairs. The bureau is also responsible for coverage of NATO and Belgian politics, economics and company news. In his beat, Luke covers foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East and Iran, and writes about EU economic policy. He was previously based in London, where he was defence correspondent, and before that had postings in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Rome and Johannesburg."
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