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Shakespeare in Gaza Donald Macintyre - The Guardian - A handsome poster of James Barry’s 18th-century painting King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia advertised a video performance by school students in the Nuseirat refugee camp. It might seem incongruous to find an event commemorating the quartercentenary of Shakespeare’s death in an isolated enclave corralled by electronically monitored fences, ruled by an armed and proscribed Islamic faction, and succinctly dismissed by Condoleezza Rice as a “terrorist wasteland”. But it was part of a long history of cultural life and heritage, easily overlooked amid a decade-long economic siege and three devastating wars.[ak]17/10/2017
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Israeli military disrupts life of ~6,500 Palestinians in Kafr a-Dik for 40 daysB`Tselem - "For 40 days, the military casually disrupted the lives of thousands of people who were not suspected of committing any offense. This collective punishment is part of a policy in which the military cynically abuses its power to harass Palestinians. There can be no moral or legal justification for this conduct" [ry] 16/10/2017
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Gaza`s clothing makers look to weave their way back into Israeli markets Khaled Abu Amer - Al-Monitor "For the first time since 2007, a sewing company in Gaza has exported a shipment of ready-made clothes to the Israeli market through the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing on Aug. 28." ca 7/10/2017
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Video: Waiting at Gaza’s borderEI - "Rafah crossing – the sole point of exit and entry for most of the two million Palestinians in Gaza – has been kept shut by Egypt for nearly a decade" [ry]2/10/2017
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Israel Imposes Tight Siege On The West BankIMEMC News - "The Israeli occupation authorities have decided to impose a tight siege on the entire West Bank for eleven days while it celebrates Sukkot Jewish holiday" [ry]2/10/2017
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Israel permits Gaza student exit visa to study in UK after media pressureMiddle East Monitor - Mohammed Awad, had already lost the chance to study in France after Israel delayed his documentation in 2014. Now again his travel documentation was indefinitely delayed. However, after complaining to various media outlets including the Independent, he received a messaged from the Israeli authorities on Facebook [sic!] that he would be allowed to exit next Tuesday. According to the Israeli NGO Gisha, 289 Palestinian students out of 362 applicants were prevented from pursuing higher education abroad this year alone. [bz]1/10/2017
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Where there is a wall there are holes’: Issa Amro’s non-violence and Israel’s injusticeDavid Lloyd - Mondoweiss - Some encounters, however brief, remain unforgettable. My meeting with the Palestinian non-violent activist Issa Amro in June 2016 was one of those. It was the end of a long day in Hebron, where I had gone with several colleagues to study first-hand the impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian higher education. After our interviews with faculty and students at Hebron University, a small group of students had led us through the infamous “Area H2” of the city, where a few hundred right-wing settlers have forced their way among its Palestinian inhabitants and live under the constant protection of the Israeli soldiers who are permanently stationed there to protect them." ca 29/9/2017
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Israeli forces detain 21 Palestinians over the course of Rosh HashanahMa`an - According to witnesses, an Israeli police vehicle forcefully rammed into 20-year-old Zaid Fawaw Hamid`s car near the entrance to the village of Silwad in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, and then proceeded to violently beat him. Israeli forces were seen preventing local Silwad medics and ambulance crews from approaching the area to treat Hamid, who Israeli soldiers detained for unknown reasons. An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment. [bz]24/9/2017
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Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis march to support village encircled by wallHaggai Matar - +972 Magazine - Over 500 Palestinian and Israeli demonstrators marched to protest the construction of the separation wall and house demolitions in the West Bank village of Walaje, south of Jerusalem. The march started at the entrance to the nearby city of Beit Jala, with activists chanting against the occupation and in favor of a two-state solution. As the march got underway, Jews and Palestinians stood together forming a bridge with their hands for others to pass through, calling for “build bridges, not walls.” [ak]19/9/2017
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A new dawn in Gaza? Ahmed Eleiba - Al-Ahram "The talks in Cairo focus on four basic issues, border control, security, reconciliation and prisoners of war, Tarek Fahmi, a political researcher at the National Centre for Middle East Studies, told Al-Ahram Weekly. The Hamas delegation is also keen to discuss ways living conditions in the Strip can be improved and are pushing for agreements that will increase the supply of electricity to Gaza and open the Rafah crossing. Fahmi believes Haniyeh’s participation in the latest round of talks signals a new phase in the discussions which will directly impact the situation in Gaza." ca16/9/2017
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Workers are weakest link in Gaza’s garment trade Mousa Tawfiq - The Electronic Intifada - Gaza’s textile industry is being revived after years of decline. The siege, which Israel imposed on Gaza a decade ago, banned even cloth and thread. Recently, Israel has made an exception for textiles. Israeli businesses have lately outsourced some work to Gaza’s factories, rather than to distant China... [bz]12/9/2017
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Three Years After the War: Gaza Youth Speak OutRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “`At bedtime, I am afraid to turn the lights off. I am not a coward, it is just that I worry that this bulb hanging from the ceiling is the last light that remains (shining) in my life.` Soon after he penned these words, Moath Alhaj, a young artist from a Gaza refugee camp, passed away in his sleep" [ry]11/9/2017
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Young Palestinian photographer in Gaza shines a light on fishermen’s struggleCharlotte Kates - Mondoweis - . Khalid Hashem Abu al-Jedian’s photographs were taken as he accompanied the fishermen of Gaza on their hazardous daily journeys into the sea, where Gaza’s traditional fishery is boxed in on all sides by Israeli siege, enforced by gunships. [bz]9/9/2017
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One magical night in YaffaAnonymous - Mondoweiss "As we set out, around 4:30 p.m. or so, the sunlight was that of an early evening in late July, and the music playing was Bob Marley. Ghassan was at the wheel. Due to his family’s long-maintained connection to a residence in Jerusalem, he had a yellow license plate on his car, which gave him much more freedom of movement than the other plate Palestinians were likely to have...Meanwhile, those for whom this apartheid had been built calmly strolled along the beach, seeing nothing out of the ordinary, pushing their children in strollers and laughing. It was an obscenity, not because of their ignorance, but because their ignorance was concocted: they knew." ca 8/9/2017
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UN chief calls for end of Israeli blockade of GazaBethan McKernan - Independent - Secretary General Antonio Guterres appeals for funding to alleviate humanitarian crisis in visit to `de-developing` Palestinian enclave [ry]4/9/2017
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