Gaza

Gaza: Secrets and Lies

The Photographer, a play staged in Gaza, evokes Palestinian nostalgia BY Sami Abu Salem The 800 seats at Rashad Shawwa Cultural Center’s old theater in Gaza City were all taken, with dozens of people standing at the back or sitting on the floor, waiting for the curtains to open and the lights to be dimmed

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U.N., Palestinian Authorities Appeal for Aid, Amid Palestinian Attacks

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Feb 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Palestinian authorities and the United Nations made a joint call for funding on Wednesday amid tension between Palestinians and Israelis that has led to violence and some 200 deaths, mainly of Palestinians, in recent months. This year the yearly funding appeal sought $571 million

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Palestine: Life Under Occupation

Israel’s control of every day life in the West Bank is suffocating the Palestinians By MAHER ABU KHATER Cars lined up outside a butane gas station in Ramallah last week waiting to fill their cylinders, which they’d later use for cooking or heating. With a number of blizzards hitting the region, and recurring power cuts,

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Palestine: The Road Ahead

Internal conflicts threaten Palestinian statehood BY  BEN WHITE On January 25, 2006, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip cast their votes for a new Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). Hamas, which had not contested the previous PLC elections a decade earlier, was strongly tipped to do well. The U.S. had spent $2 million to

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Travel Agency in Isolated Gaza Recalls the “Golden” 1950s

By Nidal Al Mughrabi GAZA, Feb 6 – Nabil Shurafa’s travel agency in Gaza was once packed with clients booking flights to London, Paris, New York or cities across the Arab world. These days, he’s lucky if anyone comes in, as so few people can get out. The posters of the Eiffel Tower, the Statue

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A Taste from the Past

Gaza City’s traditional bakery flourishes amid electricity crisis BY Sami Abu Salem Columns of black and white smoke entwine in the air forming abstract lines that soon fade into a cloudy sky. The aroma of freshly baked bread in Gaza City’s last-standing traditional bakery wafts in and makes your stomach growl. Gazans from all walks

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Israel To Consider Invitation to Peace Talks with Palestinians

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Jan 30 – Israel would consider a French invitation to peace talks with the Palestinians, but believes France has made a mistake by saying it will recognize a Palestinian state if the talks fail, an Israeli government official said on Saturday. “If and when we get an invitation to a conference,

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U.N. Chief Slams Israel for “Provocative Acts”

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Jan 27 – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday slammed Israel’s settlement activities as “provocative acts” that raise questions about the nation’s commitment to a two-state solution amid growing Palestinian frustration over nearly 50 years of occupation. The Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East

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Passionate Strokes

Gaza poses for its own artists BY Sami Abu Salem Gaza’s art enthusiasts flocked to the “Fans of the Land” Exhibition in Gaza City where various paintings and sculptures were on display earlier this month. Impressionist, modern, classic and neoclassic artwork depicted vibrant stories of life, nature, people, fear, and hope at the Red Crescent Society’s

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Netanyahu Seeks to Return Army-Evicted Settlers to West Bank Houses

JERUSALEM, Jan 24 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would allow Jewish settlers evicted by the Israeli army from two houses in the West Bank city of Hebron to return once proper permits were in place. Israeli settlements in occupied territory, deemed illegal by most countries, are a fundamental issue in the

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