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 »
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 »
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.
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.
The Egyptians, like most Arabs, simply don’t care about the Palestinians. They want the Palestinians to be Israel’s problem & to continue being a burden by relying on handouts from Western countries.
The Arabs don’t care if the Gazans starve to death as long as Israel will be blamed.
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 »
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’
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.
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 »
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.
“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 »
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 »
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
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 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 »
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
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