Gaza

Gaza’s Zoo: No Way Out

UPDATE: After Newsweek Middle East broke the news on the world’s worst zoo in Khan Younis, south of Gaza earlier this year, animal rights’ groups and activists were quick to take action. And while some called for closing down the place, there were others who launched an initiative to evacuate the starving animals to safety. Read

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Gaza: No Concrete Moves

Gaza is in desperate need of homes, schools and hospitals but how will they be built if Israel continues to ban the entry of construction material? More: http://newsweekme.com/?p=10026 Social Streams

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In Gaza and West Bank, Palestinian Journalists Fear Squeeze on Free Press

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 19 – On Sept. 1, half a dozen Hamas security officials called at the home of Mohammed Othman, a young journalist in Gaza who had written several probing articles. They seized two laptops, two mobile phones and took Othman away for questioning. Twenty-four hours later,

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West Bank Court Rules Against Holding Local Palestinian Election

By Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA, Sept 8  – The Palestinian high court in Ramallah has ruled that municipal elections scheduled for Oct. 8 cannot go ahead after a dispute over party lists and the inability to hold the vote in East Jerusalem, which has been annexed by Israel. The elections would

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Humans of Palestine

A Palestinian-American businessman who had to work hard to live in Palestine BY Marian Houk He was born in the United States, an American of Palestinian roots, whose father was born in the West Bank. In 1993, and after marrying a Palestinian girl from Ramallah, Sam Bahour applied for Palestinian residency and ID card from

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Israel Approves 284 New Housing Units in West Bank Settlements

JERUSALEM, Aug 31 – Israel approved on Wednesday 284 new housing units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank at a time of heightened international concern over a construction drive on land Palestinians seek for a state. The decision by the military-run Civil Administration in the West Bank came two days after a senior

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Gaza Animals Get A Second Chance At Life

Four Paws International moves animals from the world’s worst zoo BY Sami Abu Salem When Newsweek Middle East broke the news on the world’s worst zoo in Khan Younis, south of Gaza earlier this year, animal rights’ groups and activists were quick to take action. And while some called for closing down the place, there were

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In Crime-Ridden Israeli Arab City, Police Seek New Approach

By Sleiman Jad UMM AL-FAHM, Israel, Aug 25 – On the rundown streets of Umm Al Fahm, an Israeli-Arab city of 50,000, locals in smoky cafes are reluctant to speak. Violent crime at the hands of drug gangs is rife here. Reprisals are common. Israeli Jews rarely set foot in the city. “The gangs are

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Rescued Animals from Gaza Zoo Find New Homes

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Aug 24  – The last survivors of a Gaza zoo, where dozens of animals died of starvation and children petted stuffed carcasses, left on Wednesday for sanctuary outside the Palestinian territory. Economic hardship deepened by war with Israel brought death to most of the menagerie of 200 at the privately owned

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