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Egypt to open Rafah crossing for five days starting WednesdayPNN/ Gaza - "We have been informed by the Egyptian side that they will open the crossing for five days from Wednesday to Monday, except on Friday,” Gaza’s border crossing authority said in a statement...AA added that according to the border authority, the number of Gazans now waiting to cross stands at some 28,000, most of whom seek medical treatment abroad or who are studying at universities overseas." ca1/7/2016
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Temporary Extension of Fishing Zone Expires IMEMC News & Agencies - "As part of Israel’s blockade off the coastal enclave since 2007, Palestinian fishermen have been required to work within a limited `designated fishing zone.` The exact limits of the zone are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated, most recently extended to six nautical miles from three, following a ceasefire agreement that ended Israel’s 2014 offensive on the Palestinian territory" [ry] 27/6/2016
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Front-page article in ‘NYT’ exposes the lie that wall is a security barrier James North and Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The New York Times today has a top-of-the-front-page article about tens of thousands of Palestinians managing to get over or through “what Israelis call the security barrier” to work without papers inside Israel. It is a vivid account of smuggling workers into Israel from Palestine. On the one hand, the article by James Glanz and Rami Nazzal, marks real progress: the Times is showing that the wall is not really a security barrier — 55,000 Palestinians legally pass through it and 30-60,000 illegally. If Palestinians really want to kill Israelis, the wall is no obstacle at all.-rh 22/6/2016
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Gaza Mechanic Turns Heads With Classic Mercedes Replica Nidal al-Mughrabi - Ha`aretz - Repairing cars in the Gulf, a Palestinian mechanic from Gaza spotted a vehicle that took his breath away - the classic Mercedes Gazelle. Munir Shindi knew that he had to have one, and after returning home to Gaza, set about building a replica of the 1927 model of the two-door, open-top roadster from scratch. Harsh conditions in the Strip did not deter him from going on, cannibalizing parts from used vehicles and importing a few items such as locks, hub caps and hinges from the United States. Now, the masterpiece shaped by Shindi, 36, is on display in his workshop, admired by his neighbors. [ak] 21/6/2016
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PHOTOS: Tens of thousands of Palestinians cross Israeli checkpoints for Ramadan prayersAhmad al-Bazz - 972 - Nearly 70,000 Palestinians from the West Bank and 300 from Gaza take advantage of a temporary relaxation of Israeli restrictions on movement in order to attend Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem [ry] 20/6/2016
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Wars and poverty force Gaza children to workSakher Abou El Oun - Yahoo!News - “On Sunday, the International Labour Organization marks World Day Against Child Labour, an initiative that has seen the number of child labourers drop to 168 million from 246 million in 2000. But in Gaza the trend has been upward. According to Palestinian estimates, child labour has doubled over the past five years, with 9,700 children aged between 10 and 17 now working in the enclave” [ry] 13/6/2016
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Soldiers Attack Gaza Farmers, Shepherds and FishermenIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Israeli army continued its attacks against Palestinian farmers and shepherds along Gaza’s borderline, Sunday, according to WAFA correspondence" [ry] 13/6/2016
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Fleeing heat and electricity blackouts, Gazans break their fasts on the beach due to power crisisMa`an News Agency - "As an electricity crisis continues to afflict the Gaza Strip, Muslim residents of the besieged coastal enclave are breaking their fasts on the beach, as the holy month of Ramadan enters its second week" [ry] 13/6/2016
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Israel Punishes 83,000 Palestinians over Tel Aviv ShootingTelesurtv - "Israel suspended entry permits for a staggering 83,000 Palestinians Wednesday during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan after the deadly Tel Aviv shooting, in an act of collective punishment that is likely to increase tensions." ca10/6/2016
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Rep. Keith Ellison draws attention to Israeli apartheid in tweet on Palestinian life under occupation Ben Norton - Salon - Rep. Keith Ellison shared a photo on Twitter on Thursday that refers to Israel’s illegal military occupation of the Palestinian territories as apartheid. Ellison, a Democratic congressman representing Minnesota, said he took the photo as he walked down a segregated street in Hebron, a city in the occupied West Bank. It shows a sign reading: “Caution: This was taken by Israel. You are entering apartheid.”-rh 9/6/2016
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What Israel calls progress, Palestinians see as oppressionAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Author and political analyst Ahmed Rafiq Awad also told Al-Monitor that Israel’s proposals are merely an attempt to present itself as helping Palestinians economically and allowing them to move freely.“The Israeli improvements are tools of occupation. Israel makes the Palestinians’ lives complicated, then provides a few improvements to ease the conditions,” Awad added.-rh 8/6/2016
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Adalah calls for return of confiscated Gaza fishing boats Adalah - Adalah wrote to newly-installed Defense Minister Lieberman, demanding the return of boats and equipment, worth tens of thousands of shekels recently confiscated by the Israeli navy from Palestinian fishermen off Gaza. In five incidents, recorded by the The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza, Israeli navy vessels opened fire on or near the fishing boats, ordered the fishermen to remove their clothes, and then detained them a day or two for interrogation, and confiscated their boats and equipment. [ak] 7/6/2016
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