gaza strip

Has Hamas Reached A Dead End?

Cash-strapped Hamas faces local elections & internal leadership changes BY Ben White In Gaza, the movement is strapped for cash, as the territory’s residents continue to suffer under Israel’s illegal blockade. The unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2016 stood at 41.2 percent, while 80 percent of the population depends on humanitarian assistance to

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Thirsty Gaza

Pollution, salinity and rationing are threatening Gaza’s water supply By Sami Abu Salem In Jabalia Refugee Camp, north of Gaza, children and old women carrying plastic bottles gather near water taps to fill them with drinking water from a newly established artesian well set up by the municipality. Dalal Awwad, an elderly Palestinian woman, who lives alone in a nearby house, says

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Israeli Forces Kill Hamas Militant in West Bank Raid

JERUSALEM, July 27 – Israeli troops shot dead a Hamas fighter on Wednesday who the military said was responsible for an attack that killed a rabbi in a drive-by shooting in the occupied West Bank earlier this month. The militant was killed in an overnight raid in the territory, during which residents of the Palestinian

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Cops and Bloggers: Concerned

Concerned that social media is fueling attacks, Israel is increasing online ­monitoring—and angering Palestinians BY Kate Shuttleworth Majd Atwan, a 22-year-old Palestinian beautician and activist, sits on the front steps of her family house in Bethlehem on May 24, enjoying her freedom. Less than a week earlier, she was behind bars after an Israeli military court sentenced

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Netanyahu Sees Economic Boost from Israel-Turkey Deal

By Ercan Gurses and Dan Williams ANKARA/JERUSALEM, June 27 – Israel and Turkey’s agreement to normalize ties will boost the Israeli economy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, while Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan cast it as a step towards improving humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The once-firm allies reached the agreement on Sunday after a

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Erdogan Speaks With Abbas on Turkish-Israeli Deal Over Gaza: Sources

ANKARA, June 27  – President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by telephone on Sunday night and told him a deal had been reached with Israel to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza, sources from the Turkish presidency said. The call came as senior officials from both Turkey and Israel said a deal

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How The Settlers Won

50 years of unrelenting Jewish settlements in the West Bank have changed the landscape of the peace process. But the interlopers aren’t going anywhere. By Antony Loewenstein Har Bracha is a Jewish business situated near Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Established in 2004, its location offers spectacular views. With an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) jeep parked

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Hamas Executes Three Convicted Palestinians in Gaza

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, May 31 – Security forces from the Islamist group Hamas executed three convicted Palestinians at dawn on Tuesday, a move condemned by local and international human rights groups and likely to lead to deeper division among Palestinian factions. The three were found guilty of murder in separate cases and sentenced to

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From Cars to Bags, Artist Brightens Up Gaza Streets with Calligraphy

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, April 25 – With a thick black marker pen in hand, Palestinian graffiti artist Belal Khaled carefully draws an intricate Arabic calligraphic design on a silver Skoda. The art work decorates the sides of the car, running along the windows and down its doors, the latest in the 24-year-old’s mission to

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Israeli Convicted of Palestinian Murder that Helped Trigger 2014 War

JERUSALEM, April 19 – An Israeli man was convicted on Tuesday of murdering a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem, as a court rejected his insanity plea for a crime that helped trigger the 2014 Gaza war. Prosecutors said Yosef Haim Ben-David organised the killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair. Two Jewish youths who helped him abduct

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