Jerusalem correspondent of the Guardian and the Observer. Tweets my own. RTs not an endorsement. The usual drill.

Gaza becomes social media warzone ahead of Palestinian elections — The two most powerful Palestinian political movements in Gaza - Hamas and Fatah - are slugging it out in a social media war that is pitting video against video and hashtag against hashtag ahead of municipal elections in the Palestinian territories slated for October.

Israel launches up to 50 strikes on Gaza after rocket attack — The Israeli military has launched dozens of strikes on Gaza in an unusually strong response to a rocket fired from Gaza that landed between two houses in the Israeli community of Sderot.

Body of British climber recovered from French Alps avalanche — The body of a British-Polish climber has been recovered with those of her two companions following an avalanche on Mont Maudit in the French Alps earlier this week that swept them to their deaths.

Israeli MP floats law to protect Netanyahu from criminal inquiries — An Israeli MP has proposed a new law that would shield Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, from any future criminal investigation while in office. The law, proposed by Likud MP David Amsalem, the Knesset's interior committee chairman, was greeted with an outcry from opposition MPs.

Second Palestinian aid official in Gaza charged with assisting Hamas — Israel has announced that a second Palestinian official with an international aid organisation in Gaza has been arrested and charged with providing assistance to Hamas. Israel's Shin Bet domestic security agency alleges that Waheed Borsh, 38, an engineer working for the UN development programme (UNDP) confessed to using the aid agency's resources to build a jetty for Hamas naval forces.

Israel to crack down further on foreign pro-Palestinian activists — Israel is set to intensify its war against foreign pro-Palestinian activists, after announcing that it will establish a new taskforce to identify, deport or deny entry to individuals who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions [BDS] movement targeting the Israeli occupation. The country's interior minister, Aryeh Deri, and the public security minister, Gilad Erdan, announced the move on Sunday.

Stuxnet worm heralds new era of global cyberwar — The memory sticks were scattered in a washroom at a US military base in the Middle East that was providing support for the Iraq war. They were deliberately infected with a computer worm, and the undisclosed foreign intelligence agency behind the operation was counting on the fallibility of human nature.

Notorious anti-Arab Israeli rapper joins PM Netanyahu's Likud party — A notorious Israeli rapper known as much for his far-right and violently anti-Arab views as his music has joined the Likud party of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Yoav Eliasi, known as The Shadow, has called, among other things, for paramedics to harvest the organs of Palestinians killed in attacks on Jews, and helped organise a rally in support of an Israeli soldier on trial for executing a wounded Palestinian.

Israel accuses World Vision's Gaza director of diverting cash to Hamas — Israeli security forces have arrested a senior official of one of the world's largest Christian charities, accusing him of funnelling tens of millions of dollars to Hamas, including £80,000 from British donations.

SodaStream boss blames Netanyahu for Palestinian job losses — The chief of the Israeli company SodaStream has launched a scathing attack on the country's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, blaming him for putting 500 of his former Palestinian employees out of work.
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Oct 01, 2015

RT @Lara_APN: Bibi on the record 6 mos ago: "anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state...attacks against Israel" 

Oct 01, 2015

Netanyahu's patronising tone towards UN will play great with GOPers but not designed to win friends outside

Oct 01, 2015

Netanyahu gives version of same UNGA speech every year with variations of same gags and same themes.

Oct 01, 2015

RT @ChemiShalev: Netanyahu in obligatory “I know America” part, quoting “the late and great Yogi Berra"

Oct 01, 2015

Ultimately Bibi is just underlining his lack of clout on the international stage while wrapping himself in his own egotistic certainties.

Oct 01, 2015

Shorter Bibi UNGA speech. I lost the argument but I'm still going to keep talking myself into irrelevance

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