Tunisian Health Minister Arrives In Gaza
Tunisian Health Minister, Dr. Abdul-Latif Al-Makky, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening, heading a medical team in addition to the Tunisian Ambassador in Cairo, and were welcomed by the Palestinian Health Minister in Gaza, Dr. Mofeed Al-Mkhallalaty, and several health officials.
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Gazan doctors calm after the storm
Egypt to allow construction materials into Gaza through Rafah
The Minister of Public Works and Housing in Gaza has announced that a memorandum of understanding will be signed next week to allow construction materials through the Rafah border crossing into the beleaguered territory. Yousef Algharez made the announcement at the end of his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart, Tarek Wafik, on Wednesday, during which the two discussed the practicalities of getting the much-needed materials and equipment through Rafah.
GAZA CITY—After eight days of bombing, shelling and terror brought on by Israel in its so-called “Operation Pillar of Defense,” doctors in Gaza were finally able to rest this weekend.
Children Face the Fallout of Gaza War, Mel Frykberg
GAZA CITY — As Israel and Hamas separately celebrate the ceasefire and their “victory” over the other following Israel’s blistering eight-day military assault on the Gaza strip, civilians continue to pay the price. According to the Palestine Center for Human Rights (PCHR), more than 160 Palestinians lost their lives by Nov. 21, the last day of the bloody confrontation between the world’s third most powerful military and Palestinian fighters. The dead included at least 103 civilians, 33 of them children. More than a thousand Palestinians were wounded, including 971 civilians — 274 of them children.
Gaza’s children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder
The repeated exposure to violence has left many of Gaza’s children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Children, who account for more than half of the 1.7 million people in Gaza, have been back to school, but there is still a long way for them to be back to normal.
By unleashing Hamas’ rage this November, Israel was able to justify an offensive designed at least in part to begin engineering conditions conducive to its control of Gaza’s offshore gas reserves, states Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed.
Israeli Terrorism / Violence / Aggression
Israeli military vehicles crossed near the al-Qarara town northeast of Khan Younis on Thursday in a new breach of the Gaza ceasefire, a Ma’an reporter said. Two military bulldozers crossed 200 meters inside agriculture lands but did not open fire. An Israeli army spokesman confirmed there was "routine IDF activity" in the area.
Israeli forces opened fire and injured a Palestinian man east of Jabaliya on Thursday, medics said. Wahid al-Fasis, 20, was shot in the Tal Abu Safayeh area and transferred to Awdeh hospital, medics said. An Israeli army spokesman said forces fired "in accordance with the rules of engagement" after a group of Palestinians approached a border fence "acting violently" and tried to damage it.
A member of Hamas' military wing died Thursday from wounds sustained during Israel's latest assault on the Gaza Strip, the group said. The al-Qassam Brigades announced the death of Hosam al-Hums, from Rafah, and said he was being treated in Egypt for serious injuries sustained in an Israeli airstrike.
Elderly farmer Ibrahim Abu Nasr was determined to harvest his last two olive trees, despite ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip last Wednesday. The ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants would come into effect just nine hours later. But as Ibrahim, 80, began prayers in the olive grove in Abassan village, east of Khan Younis in south Gaza, an Israeli missile struck the site. His 15-year-old granddaughter Amira was bringing him lunch at that moment, and was also killed when she was hit by shrapnel.
Two Israeli Policemen Face Charges Of Abusing A Kidney Patient
Israeli paper, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported that two Israeli Policemen are facing charges after they abused and humiliated a Palestinian kidney patient, including hitting him with their rifles, at a military roadblock in the occupied West Bank.
Jewish settlers vandalize Palestinian cars under IOF protection
Dozens of Jewish settlers attacked the Sinjil village, north of Ramallah, under Israeli military protection and vandalized 26 Palestinian cars.
This is the third in a series of journal entries documenting life in Gaza during Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud. Previous entries can be readhere
. November 16: Hearing the echoes of massive explosions caused by F-16 fighter jets bombing Rafah was the sign that it was a new day of atrocity. It was Friday, Nov. 16. Waking, all I cared about was a careful checkup trip among my family members to comfort my anguished soul by knowing they are safe. Next, thorough scrutiny of news channels and websites with a doubtful hope that the international community might have intervened with decisions of ceasefire, or decisions that would stop the vivid nightmare of an unmerciful war. I was disappointed to find out that Israel announced a reinforcement of troops on the Gaza Strip’s border and the civilian death toll had risen morosely. "What does that escalation mean? Is it possibly a preparation for a long-term war? Is Israel preparing for a ground invasion?" I hoped not as I terrifyingly stepped on that ladder of endless questions.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces detained Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, according to the Israeli army and rights groups., Six men aboard a boat around 5 nautical miles off Beit Lahiya in north Gaza were seized and investigated at gunpoint, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said., The group identified the detainees as boat-owner Fahed Ziad Baker, 38, Ihab Jawad Baker, 36, Mohammad Ziad Baker, 32, Naim Fahed Baker, 16, Ziad Faged Baker, 18 and Ali Alaa Baker, 18.
IOF soldiers arrest four Palestinians in Al-Khalil
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up four Palestinians in Al-Khalil city and its nearby village of Yatta at dawn Thursday.
Other Prisoner News
An Israeli military court has issued charges against a Palestinian human rights researcher that relate to his participation in public occasions, Addameer said Wednesday. The list of charges refers to Ayman Nasser's involvement in the annual Prisoners Day activities in 2011 and 2012, solidarity work during prisoners' hunger strikes, and attending the anniversary of the killing of PFLP leader Abu Ali Mustafa, the group said. Nasser, 42, has been working as a researcher for Addameer since 2008, and is also a part-time lecturer in social work at Al-Quds University. He was detained in an Israeli army dawn raid on his hometown of Saffa, near Ramallah, on Oct. 15. Addameer's legal director Mahmoud Hassan said the charges are "a desperate attempt to convict popular and official solidarity with the prisoners' issue."
AOHR in the UK stated that they received a complaint letter from the liberated prisoner Khadr Sarkaji's family stating that their son is held in solitary confinement since his arrest.
Four Palestinian prisoners go on hunger strike until their release
Four Palestinian prisoners, who were taken from their homes in the recent Israeli military arrest campaign in the West Bank, have declared they would go on hunger strike until their release.
Prisoners' center calls for supporting hunger strikers
Palestinian center for prisoners' studies considered supporting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, particularly the hunger strikers, a legitimate national and moral duty.
Protests / Solidarity / Activism / BDS
Yesterday, Alex Kane reported
on an anonymously sourced story from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency saying Stevie Wonder was set to pull out of a December 6 fundraiser for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Force (FIDF). The story has now been confirmed in a press release issued by the FIDF
Today President Mahmoud Abbas will go before the UN General Assembly to request Palestinian observer status in the UN. Abbas' initiative is an important step toward ending the oppression and the unstable situation in the region. When UNESCO voted on a Palestinian membership in 2011, Sweden was one of 14 countries that voted against it. The Swedish conservative/liberal government has also been divided on the issue of upgrading the Palestinian status in the UN. The Palestinian people have lived under oppression and occupation for too long. SSU, the Social Democratic Youth of Sweden, demands that the Swedish government supports the Palestinians by voting in favor of their request for observer status at the UN. Peace and freedom between Israel and Palestine can only be reached through a free and independent Palestinian state. As part of a peaceful solution we also welcome all demands, from among others our mother party - the Social Democratic Party of Sweden - to label Israeli settlements products. However, we as young Social Democrats want to go one step further. We want to see a total boycott of all settlement products.
Communities in the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills are in grave risk of being entirely expelled from their traditional homelands. They are therefore calling on people of conscience to join them in solidarity with their struggle to remain. The March Freedom Ride will provide people from all over Palestine and abroad with this opportunity.
Join Us to Deliver 30,000 Signatures of Support to Church Leaders
Tomorrow is the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. We and our friends at Kairos USA will be delivering more than 30,000 signatures of support to the 15 courageous church leaders who called on Congress to investigate Israel's misuse of U.S. weapons.
Students for Justice in Palestine held a silent protest on the Quad on Tuesday in opposition of what the group’s president called a “disproportionate use of force and indiscriminate fire” by Israel. The organization was protesting to raise awareness among college students about the conflict in Gaza, said Tariq Shihadah, president of SJP and sophomore in DGS. About 24 people attended the protest, he said. “We’re just trying to present objective information as well as an often-forgotten perspective,” he said. “We’re trying to expose the seriousness of the injustice that’s been happening in Gaza and Palestine at large.” Shihadah said the majority of the estimated casualties in Gaza were civilians and many were minors, while Israel had substantially fewer casualties.
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