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For Palestinian children in Gaza, an education in conflictTodd Pitman, AP - Yahoo! - “Of the 175 Palestinians killed so far, at least 34 were 18 or under, according to an Associated Press count. Gaza`s Health Ministry says 2,295 minors have been hospitalized, 17 of whom have had a limb amputated; at least 5,124 have been injured in all” [ry] 10/12/2018
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Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss - Last week dozens of Palestinians were arrested in Jerusalem, accused of working for the PA to stop house sales to the settlers. It is a quiet campaign of attrition, designed to wear down Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents. The hope is that they will eventually despair and relocate to the city’s distant suburbs outside the wall or into the West Bank. What Palestinians in Jerusalem urgently need is a reason for hope – and a clear signal that other countries will not join the US in abandoning them.-rh4/12/2018
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Gaza`s only Grand Piano makes music againTim Whewell - BBC News - During the last cycle of war in Gaza, the Nawras Theatre was heavily damaged by an Israeli bomb landing nearby. It is now a scene of destruction. Almost miraculously, the theatre`s concert grand piano - the only one in Gaza - survived unscathed in the middle of the wreckage. However, long exposure to the elements has left the strings inside completely rusty, in no condition to make music. A long patient work by Claire Bertrand, a young French music technician, succeeded in reviving the grand piano, with the project financed by the conductor and piano virtuoso Daniel Barenboim, who gave a concert in Gaza four years ago. The moment was celebrated with a small concert by pupils of Gaza`s only music school, at a nearby wedding hall, to which the piano was provisionally moved. The school`s star piano pupil, Sara Aqel, aged 15, sat at the piano and performed Beethoven`s 19th sonata.[ak]27/11/2018
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International and Palestinian Journalists Tear GassedRamallah team - International Solidarity Movement - "The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) decided to hold its annual meeting in Palestine this year, where they demonstrated at the infamous Qalandia checkpoint on Saturday. The dozens of journalists, holding only international press cards, were immediately met with canisters of tear gas." - id22/11/2018
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Gaza and West Bank are one and the same problem - not twoNoam Rabinovich - Geneva Initiative - The government`s choice to continue pursuing an agreement with Hamas rather than starting another painful and costly war is a confirmation of the futility of trying to solve the issue of Gaza through military actions. Indeed, there are no military solutions to this problem. There is only a political solution. To achieve it, the two parties must negotiate directly, with President Abbas serving as the representative of the Palestinian people both in the West Bank and in Gaza. Israel`s policy of separation between Gaza and the West Bank is a grave mistake. The notion that the conflict in Gaza and the conflict in the West Bank are two separate conflicts, which itself suggests that the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank are two separate peoples, should be rejected outright. There is one conflict; there is one Palestinian people. Gaza and the West Bank are part of the same conflict, and should be addressed as such, under a single, holistic policy. [ak] 20/11/2018
Israeli Government Target Educational Institutions, Escalate Settlements ActivitiesMadeeha Araj - If Americans Knew - Israeli settler violence – with IDF complicity – is becoming more and more commonplace, even targeting elementary schools. The government has also approved extensive Israeli settlement expansions and Jewish-only roads to be built on Palestinian land, which will result in isolation of Palestinian communities and loss of olive trees.-rh20/11/2018
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Gazans plan border protests Friday to ‘thank the resistance’ for rocket fireBy Agencies - "GAZA CITY — Palestinian organizers of the weekly clashes in the Gaza Strip along the Israeli border said they will hold another protest on Friday — in a key test of this week’s ceasefire between Israel and Gaza terror groups.In their announcement, protest organizers in Gaza urged Palestinians to demonstrate Friday “to thank the resistance” for battling Israel." ca 16/11/2018
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Joy in Gaza, anger in Israel after ceasefireMaureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada "Palestinians held mass rallies across Gaza following the ceasefire:" ca16/11/2018
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At least 40 Palestinians injured in Gaza protestsMa`an News Agency - "-- At least 40 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces` live fire during the 34th Friday of "The Great March of Return" protests alongside the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip. Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed that 40 injuries arrived to hospitals for treatment. Palestinian protesters had arrived at the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip to take part in protests of the 34th Friday of return and breaking the siege protests. Israeli soldiers deployed at the borders opened live fire at protesters in the return camp of eastern al-Breij refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip, and in return camps in eastern Rafah of the southern Gaza Strip." ca16/11/2018
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His three daughters were killed in Gaza – but he still clings to hope for the Middle EastRobert Fisk - The Independent - In a large photograph are seen Izzeldin Abuelaish`s three daughters, Mayar, Aya and Bessan, sitting on a blustery Gaza beach in the early new year of 2009. Two weeks after it was taken all three of them were killed in an Israeli shelling.(...) He speaks Hebrew, of course, and was speaking Hebrew on a live broadcast to Israeli television in the room where his daughters’ remains were lying in their blood in January 2009. It would be pleasant to record that this changed everything, that the Israelis realized finally, in one terrifying, humbling live broadcast that their army’s butchery of the civilians of Gaza – along with its pathetic Islamist militia – must now end. But the wars went on. They still go on. [ak]13/11/2018
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The thousands of undocumented Gazans living in limboAmjad Yaghni - +972 - Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza can`t work, travel, or get health care. Between the Israeli-controlled population registry and the Fatah-Hamas rivalry, they see little hope for any kind of stable future [ry]12/11/2018
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Gaza protest leaders to urge calm on border amid ceasefire effortsTOI staff and AFP - "Gaza protest leaders are calling for calmer border demonstrations Friday to give a chance to efforts to reach a long-term truce with Israel after months of deadly unrest, a source in the organizing committee said." ca2/11/2018
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