Gaza

13-year-old Palestinian Girl Shot Dead for Trying to Stab Israeli Guard

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 24 – A 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead on Saturday by an Israeli security guard she tried to stab at a settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Israeli police said. Hours later, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas came out against Palestinian groups he said were encouraging youth to

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Israel Confirms Plans to Seize West Bank Land

JERUSALEM, Jan 21 – Israel confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation. In an email sent to Reuters, COGAT, a unit of the Defence Ministry, said

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Gaza Couples Get U.S.-Style Marriage Help Before Settling Down

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Jan 20 – Hesitant but curious, several Palestinian couples walked into a classroom in Gaza this week to attend the first marriage guidance programme in the conservative, Hamas-run enclave. The initiative, backed by three Palestinian ministries, the Islamic University and British-based charity Interpal, is designed to prepare young couples for married

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Israel Charges Palestinians Allegedly Recruited by Hezbollah

JERUSALEM, Jan 20 – Israel has charged five Palestinians who it says were being recruited and funded by powerful Lebanese faction Hezbollah to monitor Israel’s military activity and carry out a suicide attack, police said on Wednesday. Suicide bombings were frequently mounted by Palestinian militants against Israel during a 2000-2005 uprising but are now rare.

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Stitching Dreams in Gaza

A former banker laid off from her job has found relief in embroidery BY Sami Abu Salem Palestinians in Gaza have had to turn to creative ways to earn a livelihood as the decade-long Israeli siege has led to dire economic situation. One such creative outlet—handicrafts—has seen a resurgence in the past few years; an abandoned

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Palestinians Arrest Negotiations Aide Suspected of Spying for Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 17 – Palestinian officials said on Sunday they had arrested a member of their peace negotiating department for spying for Israel, a development likely to deepen distrust between the sides at a time of deadlocked diplomacy and simmering street violence. The man, whose name was not released, is part of the

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Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Kills Palestinian

GAZA, Jan 13  – An Israeli aircraft attacked a group of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday who the military said planned to detonate a bomb at the border with Israel, and Palestinian hospital officials said one man was killed. Local residents in the Hamas Islamist-run enclave said the incident occurred on a beach

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Truth and Lies

Israel’s unwillingness to dismantle the settlements, crushes the ‘Palestinian State’ solution BY Ben White Ever since the the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip began in 1967, successive Israeli governments have taken advantage of every opportunity at hand to increase the settlers’ population  in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The illegality

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No Room for Error

A Palestinian woman cuts her way into the world of surgery in Gaza by Sami Abu Salem BORN In the Beach Refugees camp, west of Gaza City in 1973, Mona Kaskin always knew she wanted to be a doctor. But the road to success was paved with many challenges for the 42-year-old Palestinian physician and

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Israel Destroys Homes of Palestinians Involved in Killing Israelis

BY Maher Abukhater WEB EXCLUSIVE JERUSALEM – Israel destroyed two homes on Monday of Palestinians involved in attacking and killing Israelis almost three months ago. A large number of Israeli police personnel surrounded Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood of East Jerusalem since early morning and proceeded to destroy homes for the Elyan and Abu Jamal families. Bahaa Elyan

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