Tag Archive for Gazans

Saudi Op-ED: Hamas commits double betrayal, ‘murders Gazans slowly’

 

In one of the most critical exposés ever written in an Arab country against Hamas, a Saudi journalist writes, the “Islamic State kills quickly, whereas Hamas are murdering slowly… Hamas uses all the aid that the Palestinians receive, to support their interests… it digs tunnels beneath schools, houses and hospitals and thereby poses a danger to the lives of Palestinian civilians.”

By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA

 

You might have to pinch yourself to believe a Saudi Arabian newspaper’s criticism of Gaza-based terrorist organization Hamas. The Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) could just copy and paste the article on their Arabic-speaking website. Continue Reading »

Gaza tailor exports religious skullcaps, kippot for Jewish men

 

Mohammad Abu Shanab from Gaza recently began making the skullcaps worn by religious Jews as well as Christian clergy, saying, “In the foundation of our religion, we believe in Christianity and Judaism…so we have no problem making the headwear.”

By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff

 

It’s not easy doing business from the Gaza Strip, but tailor Mohammad Abu Shanab has found a demand he can supply: His sewing factory is churning out kippot, skullcaps worn by religious Jewish men.

Demand for religious skullcaps is on the rise, Mohammad Abu Shanab says. [Illustrative] – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Since Israel resumed importing clothing from Gaza in 2015, Abu Shanab has renewed commercial contacts to sell merchandise to neighboring Israel. Continue Reading »

Hundreds of Gaza pilgrims entered Jerusalem for 1st time since 2007

Israel eases travel restrictions for Muslim pilgrims as part Jerusalem’s new policy following the IDF’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’.

 

Some 500 residents of the Gaza Strip traveled Sunday to pray at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque, the first time residents of the Hamas-controlled territory have been allowed to the holy city since 2007.

Gaza pilgrims

Palestinian pilgrims crossing the Beit Hanoun checkpoint on their way to the Erez border crossing and then to Jerusalem, during the holiday of Eid al-Adha, Oct. 5, 2014. – Photo: AP

The three-day Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice, known as Id al-Adha, commenced Friday evening.

Israel issued the permits to Gazans aged 60 and over as part of a policy to ease restrictions on Gaza residents following the end of its 50-day war with Hamas.

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Hundreds of Palestinians drown at sea attempting to flee Hamas’ Gaza

After Gaza regime’s war against Israel, more & more Gazans are attempting to flee Hamas’ authority through Egypt, where a recent boat sinking near Malta saw over 500 people go missing or die en route to Europe.

Elior Levy

 

 

With Gaza under an Egyptian-Israeli blockade, scores of Gazans are forces to find original ways of fleeing the coastal enclave – usually through underground tunnels into Egypt and then on boats to Europe where they hope to attain refugee status. Palestinian media publishes firsthand accounts of the periling and dangerous journey.

En route to Europe (Photo: AFP/ MOAS ? HO)

En route to Europe – Photo: AFP/ MOAS ?

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Gaza Resident to Israel: ‘Reoccupy us, only way to be rid of Hamas’

 

Gaza residents are fed up with Hamas’ corrupt, violent agenda, prefer Israel, ‘the least of two evils’.

By Israel Today Staff

 

While observers of the latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas are certain to hear many negative claims against the Jewish state, the residents of Gaza are also quietly expressing ire at their terrorist overlords.

Patriot missile launched in the Negev desert

A Patriot missile launched in the Negev desert (archives) – Photo: Reuters

“Everybody here hates Hamas,” Gaza taxi drive Abu Ali told the Associated Press. “But they’re too afraid to say so publicly. Our food comes from Israel but what we give them in return is rockets — rockets that don’t even make little holes in the ground.”

Abu Ali, as he indicated, is not alone.

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Egyptian marine security shoot 2 Gaza fishermen & detain 5 others

This armed confrontation is an example of deteriorating relations between Hamas and Egypt since ouster of Islamist Morsi and rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood.

By REUTERS
 

Egyptian naval police shot and wounded two Palestinian fishermen and detained five off the Gaza Strip on Friday, medics said, an incident that hinted at increased tension between Gaza’s Islamist Hamas rulers and Cairo.

A Palestinian boy fishes at the Gaza Seaport

A Palestinian boy fishes at the Gaza Seaport – Photo: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Fishermen from Gaza have often brought in catch from Egyptian territory to sidestep restrictions imposed by Israel’s naval blockade of the enclave. But Egypt has grown less tolerant of this practice since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was toppled by the military almost two months ago.

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Why has Egyptian Blockade of Gaza Produced No Flotillas?

 

Hamas has finally admitted that it is the Egyptians, and not Israel, who have turned the Gaza Strip into a “big prison.”

The Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, January 2009. – Photo Source: International Transport Workers’ Federation

 

Ghazi Hamad, a senior official with the Hamas-controlled foreign ministry, was quoted this week as saying that the Gaza Strip has been turned into a “big prison as a result of the continued closure of the Rafah border crossing by the Egyptian authorities since June 30.”

Hamad said that since then, the number of Palestinian travelers at the Rafah terminal has dropped from 1,200 to 200 per day. Continue Reading »

Hamas to execute two Gazans as “collaborators” with Israel

Both men to hang before month’s end, or as early as next week.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

 

Hamas is planning to execute two Palestinians from the Gaza who were recently convicted of “collaborating” with Israel.

Gaza children

A Hamas official said that the two men, who were not identified, would be executed by hanging before the end of this month, or probably as early as next week.

The official said that the two men had been convicted by a Palestinian court of passing on to Israeli authorities information that led to the killing of Palestinians.

Salah Eddin Abu Sharkh, a senior official with the Hamas-run Ministry of Interior, confirmed that his government was planning to execute convicted “collaborators” in the near future.

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NGO: Civilians constituted majority of fatalities in Pillar of Defense

 

Rights group,  B’Tselem reports

87 civilians of the 167 Gazans were killed during Pillar of Defense.

 During 2nd half of op, 70 civilians died.

 

B’Tselem: ‘Civilians not given enough warning, IDF acted contrary to laws of war.’ – IDF: ‘Oversight committee concluded no justification for criminal investigation’

Elior Levy

 

 

Most of the Palestinians killed during Operation Pillar of Defense were civilians not involved in fighting. This according to a report released by B’Tselem on Thursday, some six months after the operation.

תוצאות תקיפה ישראלית במהלך "עמוד ענן" (צילום: AP)

Boy views Gaza ruins – Photo: AP

According to the report, during the eight days of the operation, 167 Palestinians were killed, of whom 69 were “combatants” (with seven being assassinated);11 of those killed could not be identified as combatant or civilian. Continue Reading »

Farmers from Gaza invited to Israel Agriculture Expo

If things are calm on the security front, there is no reason not to boost agricultural and economical ties.

By Israel Today Staff

 

In yet another piece of news contradicting claims that Israel “has it out” for the Palestinians, some 30 farmers from the Gaza Strip were invited to attend an agricultural expo in southern Israel earlier this month.

Palestinian farmer – Photo by Israel Today“Agriculture knows no borders,” Uri Madar from the agriculture department at Israel’s District Coordination Office told the Ynet news portal. “If things are calm on the security front, there is no reason not to boost agricultural and economical ties.”

Ahmed Shafi, the head of the Gaza City Agricultural Association, also refuted accusations that Israel is imposing a blanket siege against Gaza with the aim of crippling its economy. Continue Reading »

Hezbollah chief hopes Gaza’s violence & social protests a test for ‘Arab Spring’

Nasrallah praises drone launch last month into Israeli air-space as proof of the Hezbollah’s deterrence capabilities.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Monday described the wave of violence in the Gaza Strip as a test for the “Arab Spring nations,” saying it will be a tough question for Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, Lebanese news site Naharnet reported.

Nasrallah addresses supporters on Al-Quds Day - Photo: REUTERS

Nasrallah addresses supporters on Al-Quds Day – Photo: REUTERS

Nasrallah also described Hezbollah’s unmanned aerial vehicle, shot down by Israel last month, as part of the group’s deterrence strategy. “We have reached a point where we forced the enemy (Israel) to acknowledge the deterrence force created by the Resistance (Hezbollah) in Lebanon,” according to the report.

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Gazans to visit family imprisoned in Israel

For first time in five years, Palestinian security prisoners held in Rimon to receive family visits

By Raanan Ben-Zur

 

Palestinians from Gaza Strip will visit relatives in Israeli prisons for the first time in five years on Monday.

The visit to Ramon Prison is part of the agreement signed between the Israel Prisons Service and the Palestinian prisoners, with the aim of ending their hunger strike.

The IPS said that the visit was a pilot program and that if it proved successful, similar visits would take place in other prisons in Israel.

According to the deal, the IPS will then facilitate visits by security prisoners’ relatives on a regular basis. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Authority blames Gaza for deficit mess

Western-backed PA says it has poured $7 billion to Gaza since Hamas seized control in 2007, blames Hamas for stymieing efforts to balance books

Paying for the upkeep of the Gaza Strip while its political rival actively blocks revenues flowing back is taking its toll on the deficit-racked Palestinian Authority.

Hamas ang Fatah signing the reconciliation Photo: EPA

Hamas ang Fatah signing the reconciliation - Photo: EPA

A barrage of mutual accusations in recent weeks has driven Hamas and Fatah ever further apart as stalled efforts at reconciliation and economic stagnation have jangled nerves on both sides.

Crippling power cuts in the small coastal enclave have only added to the acrimony and lifted the lid on often opaque Palestinian funding. Continue Reading »

Poll: Gazans Blame Hamas, Not Israel for Fuel Crisis

Poll conducted among PA Arabs finds that most blame Hamas for Gaza fuel crisis. Abbas enjoying increased popularity.

A recent poll conducted among Palestinian Authority Arabs has found that a majority of residents of Hamas-controlled Gaza blame their leaders, not Israel, for the fuel crisis in the region.

The poll, which was conducted by Arab World for Research & Development (AWRAD), was released on Saturday.

When asked ‘Who do you blame the most for the fuel crisis in Gaza?’ 48.4 percent of respondents said Hamas and its government in Gaza were responsible for the crisis. 21.1 percent blamed Israel, which last week transferred diesel to Gaza, and 11.6 percent said the PA leadership under Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was responsible. Continue Reading »

AP Retracts Story Because of Hamas Lie

 

In yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream, I noted an AP dispatch (subsequently updated) reporting the first Palestinian fatality attributed to the Gaza crisis.

A five-month old baby, said the wire service, died when the generator running Mohammed Helou’s respirator, ran out of fuel.

Who wouldn’t be moved by such a tragedy?

Turns out the story was based on a lie. AP issued this retraction (via our colleagues at CAMERA) explaining:

The timing and reason for the death were confirmed to the AP by a man identified as the baby’s father and a Gaza health official, but the report has been called into question after it was learned that a local newspaper carried news of the baby’s death on March 4. Continue Reading »