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Why Israeli soldiers can't dance in public

A hugely popular YouTube video has landed a group of Israeli soldiers in serious trouble. Read our Observer's take on the controversy.

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“Raid on Freedom Flotilla will only underline Israel’s growing isolation”

Our Observer Joel Schalit is an Israeli writer based in Berlin. He sent us this opinion piece in reaction to the raid by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on a flotilla of Gaza-bound aid ships on Monday morning. Read more...

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Turkish fury over Israeli interception: “We'll all be on the next ship to Gaza"

Ten thousand people have been demonstrating outside the Israeli embassy in Istanbul today, in protest against the IDF interception of Gazan-bound aid ships. One of the protestors there tells us that along with thousands of others, he'll be on the next boat to the Strip. Read more...

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“Anger everywhere” in Gaza after Israel storms aid ships

The Israeli army's interception of a flotilla of boats heading to Gaza with 10,000 tonnes of aid has dismayed locals in the strip. One of them, a student from Gaza City, says that people are already heading out to protest against the attack. Read her account...

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Israel to deport migrant children: “A threat to the state’s Jewish character”

Thousands of demonstrators gathered on Tuesday night in Tel Aviv to protest the Israeli government's plans to deport some 1,200 children of illegal migrant labourers. One of our Observers was there. Read her account...

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For your next holiday, what about the Hezbollah tour?

To commemorate the ten-year anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from south Lebanon, Hezbollah is offering a new kind of daytrip. The tour features antitank missiles, the voice of Hassan Nasrallah, and… a scrubland full of soldiers. One of our Observers has been there. See his photos…

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Jerusalem clashes, seen by our Observers

Palestinian protestors and Israeli police forces met with stones and rubber bullets in East Jerusalem this morning. Our Observers there, Israeli and Palestinian, give us their views on the clashes. Read more...

Gazan farmers forced further away from Israeli buffer zone

In May 2009 the Israeli Army widened the buffer zone between Israel and the Gaza Strip, telling Gazans to keep 300 metres clear of the border. A local farmer there tells us that the no-go zone goes much further into Gazan territory than the supposed limit. Read more...

Israel and Syria open up, but only for apples

The border that separates Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights has been firmly closed since 1967, with the two countries still officially at war. In the past few years, however, one type of goods has made it through during the months of March and April: apples. Read more...

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Israelis are not camel-riding warmongers, and they can prove it

Israelis are sick and tired of getting a bad rap around the globe. As part of a new publicity campaign, the government has released three video clips mocking the French, Spanish and English for their alleged assumptions about the Jewish state. So, if you happened to think that Israelis were falafel-fed religious fanatics who travel across the desert on camels... Read more and watch the clips.

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