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Malta sinking killed hundreds fleeing Gaza Media Roundup
Marc H. Ellis, Mondoweiss

Malta sinking killed hundreds fleeing Gaza

Time - and the news - moves on. Quickly. So, with the war over, Gaza remains in the news but off the front pages. ISIS has now taken the lead. Still every now and then an interesting reminder of the Gaza war surfaces. In this case, by drowning. At first it seemed that the boat deliberately sunk off the Malta coast last week was another case of human trafficking gone from bad to worse. Horrible but unrelated to Israel/Palestine. Now reports have it that 250-300 of as many as 500 drowned were refugees from Gaza. They were attempting to escape what is left of the prison walls in Gaza.

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U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction Media Roundup
Michelle Nichols & Jeffrey Heller, Reuters

U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a stop-gap deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday. The agreement, announced to the Security Council, could help curb Palestinian economic deterioration and shore up U.S.-backed President Mahmoud Abbas's standing in Gaza, which since 2007 has been controlled by Hamas Islamists shunned by the West.

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

about 1 day ago
Human Rights Organization: Israel Targeted Intellectual Property during Aggression Media Roundup
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.

about 1 day ago
PCHR: Gaza detainees underwent ‘torture’ in Israeli custody Media Roundup
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.

about 1 day ago
Israeli government plans to forcibly relocate 12,500 Bedouin Media Roundup
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.

about 1 day ago
Gaza’s housing crisis: ‘This is much worse than the war’ Media Roundup
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.

about 2 days ago
In the midst of devastation: Half million school students resume studying in Gaza Media Roundup
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 2 days ago
Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemns ISIS ‘terrorism’ Media Roundup
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.

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