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Australia's foreign minister has summoned Israel's ambassador, expressing concern about the alleged use of Australian passports by several of the 26 suspects identified by Dubai officials as being part of the ring that carried out the assassination of a Hamas militant last month.
There remains considerable mystery over why the Palestinian militant was targeted and over Mossad's alleged involvement. The traces left an uncharacteristically amateurish trail for a killing by the Israeli intelligence service. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews David Schenker, director of the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
A story of murder and intrigue is dominating the news in Israel and beyond. News commentators, law enforcement officials and political leaders are scrambling to piece together evidence leading to identification of the perpetrators. Read what bloggers are speculating, and watch a Gulf News compilation of CCTV footage showing the hit squad's movements.
Last month, a Hamas military leader was assassinated in a Dubai hotel. Dubai police claim that at least 11 suspects were involved in killing Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, many of whom allegedly used identities stolen from dual U.K.-Israeli citizens. Israel's Mossad is suspected of being behind the crime. Jacky Rowland of Al Jazeera English has more from Israel.
Cari Machet, who has worked as a multimedia producer throughout the Middle East, writes about a new House bill that could sanction satellite operators if they contract their services to TV stations classified as terrorist entities by Congress. She argues it may prove to be a counterproductive crackdown on Arab press freedom.
Since 2007, a propaganda show called Tomorrow's Pioneers has taught young Palestinians about the alleged sins of Israel and the West. This week, a Washington D.C.-based NGO released a dispatch on this children's TV program produced by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Watch videos with the show's 4 costumed co-hosts, including Farfour, a Mickey Mouse look-alike.
The militant Palestinian organization Hamas released a two-minute video proving that an Israeli prisoner held for more than three years is still alive. Should Israel agree to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to secure the release of one Israeli soldier? Tell us what you think.
A United Nations investigation found that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during last winter's war in Gaza. Yossi Peled, a minister in the current Israeli government, discusses Israel's position. Do you believe that either Israel or Hamas -- or both -- committed war crimes in Gaza? Tell us what you think.
United Nations aid workers in the Gaza Strip have asked Israel to ease restrictions on aid. Around 80 percent of Palestinians are reliant on aid. The Israeli government does allow aid shipments into Gaza, but fears that opening the borders would allow Hamas to bring weapons into the area.