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Crisis Looms in Gaza as Hamas Struggles to Deal With Energy Crisis Jack Khoury - Haaretz "Gaza’s Health Ministry warned on Tuesday that the power shortage could create health problems and urged the international community to step in. It said the lack of steady power to hospitals, coupled with a shortage of fuel to operate emergency generators, could cause the hospitals to collapse. Moreover, it added, the hospitals are already treating only urgent cases, endangering the health of patients who must wait for treatment." ca19/4/2017
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Eimear McBride in the West Bank: ‘All that is human in me recoils from this’Eimear McBride - The Irish Times - I had not thought about the world for a very long time and, of all places, this place had seemed easier to ignore. I am driving down to Jericho now and, for the first time in a week, I breathe. Not because I have become accustomed to the hassle of checkpoints or seeing young men and women, still teenagers some, looking out at me from behind guns that they know how to use. Not because I have stopped noticing how grown men and women close themselves up behind a mask of quietude in order to cope with their every movement being at the whim of those same youngsters.-rh19/4/2017
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Palestinians demand unity after PA cuts salaries in GazaAhmad Jaradat - Aternative Information Center "Protestors reject the idea that financial crisis requires slashing the salaries of Palestinian Authority workers in Gaza, but not the West Bank. On Wednesday April 5, 2017, employees of the Palestinian Authority (PA) living in the Gaza Strip discovered that their salaries had been slashed by 30 to 70 percent. News of the salary cuts reverberated throughout Palestine, though especially in Gaza, where protests began immediately outside of many local banks." ca14/4/2017
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Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian homes, spray pesticides on crops in GazaMaa`an News Agency - Israeli forces opened fire on Tuesday morning at Palestinian houses and agricultural lands in eastern Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Witnesses told Ma`an that gunshots were fired from Israeli military pillboxes across the border fence, causing material damage to a number of houses. No injuries were reported. Separately, in the southeastern and central eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian farmers reported that Israeli drones sprayed "poisonous pesticides” on crops near the borders with Israel. They added that fields of melon, watermelon, okra, and wheat were sprayed with pesticides that may harm the crops.-rh5/4/2017
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Israel/Palestine Middle East US Politics Activism Features ‘Jerusalem’ on Gaza TV set is as close as many Palestinians will get to real thing - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/03/jerusalem-close-palestinians/#sthash.86QmZzaO.dpufAhmad Kabariti - Mondoweiss "Filming for the dramatic series “Heaven’s Gate” is located in Gaza, but the show is set in Jerusalem, a city that is recreated inside of the besieged strip. The program will air this summer during Ramadan, on the Hamas-owned Al Aqsa TV network. The set spans 5 acres and looks like a version of Jerusalem’s Old City. Cafes, shops houses, and streets are recreated in Gaza with accents of bowed stone walls." ca 31/3/2017
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Long-awaited maintenance works offer rare sight for Palestinians in al-KhalilInternational Solidarity Movement - "On Wednesday 29th March 2017 Israeli forces opened a blocked-off street for the first time in almost two decades to allow long- overdue sewage system works. The alley in occupied al-Khalil, open for less than a day, gave Palestinians the rare opportunity to see Shuhada Street and the illegal settlements which have caused countless closures for the civilian Palestinian population." ca31/3/2017
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Damning ESCWA report says Israel guilty `beyond a reasonable doubt` of apartheidMa`an News Agency - "While the report has garnered praise from Palestinians, Israeli officials have compared the report to Nazi propaganda and called for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly reject it." ca17/3/2017
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Banksy and the Walled Off Hotel: a personal viewal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "...local residents told me that for the last few months there has been a heavily armed unit of Israeli military stationed on the back balcony of what is now Banksy’s hotel. They were not there all the time, but often seen during the evening and were a very intimidating sight." - id 15/3/2017
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At Be`er Shaba court, Dr. Abuelaish seeks justice for daughters killed in Gaza 14/3/2017
Talk of deploying international troops divides PalestiniansAhmad Abu Amer- Al-Monitor "During a meeting in Sydney with the Australian foreign minister Feb. 25, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provoked much anger among Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip with his alleged statements on the Australian proposal to deploy international forces in the Palestinian territories to confront what Netanyahu called “terrorism.” ...The deployment of international forces in Gaza is not a new idea. Both international officials, such as European Parliament member Luisa Morgantini, and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have suggested such a deployment in past years. The PA requested that the United Nations deploy international troops throughout the Palestinian territories, especially in Gaza, which has witnessed three major Israeli aggressions in less than 10 years." ca 10/3/2017
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Exit through the checkpoint: Inside Banksy`s new Bethlehem hotelHaggai Matar - +972 - Every room overlooks the West Bank separation wall, the lobby features a Greek statue choking on teargas, and faux-security cameras dot the corridors. Welcome to “The Walled Off Hotel,” the new Bethlehem-based project from British street artist and enfant terrible Banksy.-rh 9/3/2017
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New entry law a reminder that Palestinians live in Israel`s prisonNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "The reality in the West Bank is one that resembles a prison, where the prisoners are held for as long as humanly possible. Their release will carry a price — and Israelis are not willing to pay it." - id 8/3/2017
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