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UN report stresses need for fundamental changes in Gaza and deterioration in West Bank
Palestine News Network

UN report stresses need for fundamental changes in Gaza and deterioration in West Bank

A United Nations report has called for a fundamental change in the dynamics in the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the recent conflict, while addressing with renewed urgency the situation in the West Bank. “This is the only path that can lay the basis for a dignified civilian life and a renewed effort at Israeli-Palestinian peace,” the report said.

4 hours ago
Human Rights Organization: Israel Targeted Intellectual Property during Aggression
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

Human Rights Organization: Israel Targeted Intellectual Property during Aggression

Al-Mizan Center for Human Rights said on Tuesday that Israel deliberately targeted intellectual property during its recent onslaught on Gaza. A special report issued by the center said museums, old neighborhoods, educational facilities, historical and archeological sites and worship locations were bombarded by Israel, constituting a grave violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime punishable before international courts.

5 hours ago
PCHR: Gaza detainees underwent ‘torture’ in Israeli custody
Ma'an News Agency

PCHR: Gaza detainees underwent ‘torture’ in Israeli custody

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said Tuesday that its lawyers confirmed that at least four Palestinians who were arrested during Israel's assault on Gaza were subjected to "torture" during their detention period. PCHR lawyers visited four detainees in Ashkelon prison, and said they had undergone beatings or had been shackled between two chairs for long hours in a method known as "Shabeh," a statement said.

5 hours ago
Israeli government plans to forcibly relocate 12,500 Bedouin
Amira Hass, Haaretz

Israeli government plans to forcibly relocate 12,500 Bedouin

Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank is advancing a plan to expel thousands of Bedouin from lands east of Jerusalem and forcibly relocate them to a new town in the Jordan Valley.

5 hours ago
Gaza’s housing crisis: ‘This is much worse than the war’
Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post

Gaza’s housing crisis: ‘This is much worse than the war’

It was a good house, Yousif Qirshalli said, staring at the rubble baking in the sun. He had built it over three decades. But its destruction, which occurred on a mid-July day in an Israeli airstrike, wasn’t the worst part.

14 hours ago
In the midst of devastation: Half million school students resume studying in Gaza
Palestine News Network

In the midst of devastation: Half million school students resume studying in Gaza

The Academic Year 2014/2015 in Gaza resumed this Sunday (15/9/2014) for more than half a million school students after Israeli mass aggression that lasted for 51 days. A recent report by the United Nations Children's Emergency Funds (UNICEF), showed that during war on Gaza, more than 500 children were killed and 3,300 were injured. Consequently, thousands of students now suffer from severe traumas and psychological distresses.

about 1 day ago
Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemns ISIS ‘terrorism’
Ma'an News Agency

Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemns ISIS ‘terrorism’

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday condemned the Islamic State group's "ugly terrorism." It said Palestine condemns all forms of terror whether committed by groups or countries, and condemned ISIS in particular for targeting journalists and innocents.

about 1 day ago
Israel denies education minister entry to Gaza
Ma'an News Agency

Israel denies education minister entry to Gaza

Israeli authorities on Sunday morning denied Palestinian Minister of Education Khawla al-Shakhshir entry to the Gaza Strip, where she was expected to take part in the official inauguration of the new school year. Al-Shakhshir told Ma'an that she submitted an application last week to visit Gaza but on Sunday Israeli authorities rejected her application.

about 2 days ago
Tears, devastation as Gaza children back to school
Sakher Abu El Oun, Yahoo! News

Tears, devastation as Gaza children back to school

As hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children returned to school in Gaza on Sunday, Azhar recited a poem eulogising her father, killed by Israeli shelling in the enclave's recent conflict. "Daddy, what can I tell you, if I say I love you it's not enough," the nine-year-old, who was beginning the fourth grade, read to a classroom of teary children. "Today is the first day of school, so even though my dad was martyred in the war -- I'm happy," she told AFP with a smile.

about 2 days ago