Media Roundup

Israel appropriates massive tract of West Bank land
Haaretz

Israel appropriates massive tract of West Bank land

The appropriation of 3,799 dunams (988 acres) of West Bank land between the Etzion settlement bloc and Jerusalem was announced on Sunday by the Israel Defense Forces' Civil Administration. The appropriation was decided on by the cabinet last week as a response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June, according to the administration's announcement.

about 1 day ago
Israeli driver ‘deliberately’ runs over Palestinian near Hebron
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli driver ‘deliberately’ runs over Palestinian near Hebron

A Palestinian man was injured on Thursday after being run over by a bus carrying Israeli settlers near Hebron, local officials said. A spokesman for a local committee said that Muntaser al-Hurub, 25, was deliberately knocked down by the bus driver as he crossed a street near the entrance to Beit Ummar.

about 3 days ago
Israeli home demolitions leave 51 homeless near Jerusalem
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli home demolitions leave 51 homeless near Jerusalem

Israeli authorities on Thursday demolished six homes near Jerusalem, leaving 51 Palestinians homeless and bringing the year's total displaced in the West Bank and East Jerusalem up to 752.

about 4 days ago
Gaza children left orphaned by bloody war
Mai Yaghi, AFP

Gaza children left orphaned by bloody war

"She will call me Daddy and Mummy," insisted 11-year-old Amir Hamad, cradling his infant sister in his arms after the Gaza war left him and his four siblings orphans. Fifty days of bloody fighting in and around the wartorn Gaza Strip has cost the lives of nearly 500 children, but it has also turned hundreds more into orphans, who face a future deprived of their parents' love.

about 5 days ago
New Palestinian Town in West Bank Awaits Israel’s Approval for Water
Isabel Kershner, The New York Times

New Palestinian Town in West Bank Awaits Israel’s Approval for Water

The Roman-style amphitheater with seating for 12,000 is taking shape against a stunning backdrop of rolling hills. Off to one side, a small soccer stadium is under construction. On the slopes below, there are plans for a water park, and in the town center, a piazza lined with arcades and cafes. A movie theater is being built with seven screens, one of them 4-D.

about 5 days ago
Israeli forces fire tear gas in Nablus elementary school
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli forces fire tear gas in Nablus elementary school

Israeli forces raided an elementary school in the Nablus village of Burin on Wednesday and fired tear gas and stun grenades at pupils, witnesses said.

about 5 days ago
A Look at the Gaza War and Cease-fire Halting It
Associated Press

A Look at the Gaza War and Cease-fire Halting It

A seven-week war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has ended with an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire. Here is a look at the results of the war, the terms of the cease-fire and unresolved issues that are to be tackled in a future round of indirect negotiations expected to begin next month.

about 6 days ago
Heartache from the Hospital Beds of Gaza Victims
Palestinian News & Info Agency - WAFA

Heartache from the Hospital Beds of Gaza Victims

At one of the rooms in An-Najah National University Hospital in Nablus, five-year-old Inas, who sustained injuries in her leg, fiddled with her red doll as she laid on her hospital bed, perhaps reminding herself and those around her that she is still a five-year-old child…maybe she has chosen a ‘red’ doll to recall what has befallen her along with her family after their home, located in Rafah in the southern part of Gaza Strip, was pounded by Israeli warplanes during the latest aggression.

about 6 days ago
Epidemic feared in Gaza sheltering centers as skin infections spread
Ma'an News Agency

Epidemic feared in Gaza sheltering centers as skin infections spread

Displaced Gaza residents in sheltering centers are suffering from dangerous skin infections which could become a epidemic as a result of water shortage, the Ministry of Health says. Speaking to Ma'an, the director of the chronic diseases department said about 50 percent of Gazans who live in sheltering centers suffer from skin problems such as fungal infections, scabies and lice. The main reason for such infections, added Dr Kamal Shakhra, is the severe water shortage.

about 6 days ago