News Roundup

Donor funding shortfall exacerbates Gaza crisis
Charlie Hoyle, Ma'an News Agency

Donor funding shortfall exacerbates Gaza crisis

A massive shortfall in the $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza's reconstruction by the international community last October is exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis for Palestinians displaced by Israel's summer offensive.

Israeli Navy Attacks Fishermen with Live Fire off Gaza
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

Israeli Navy Attacks Fishermen with Live Fire off Gaza

Israeli naval boats Thursday opened a barrage of gunfire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing offshore Gaza City, according to WAFA correspondent. He said the navy opened gunfire towards a set of Palestinian fishing boats while sailing offshore Gaza City, forcing them to get back ashore, despite sailing within the allowed 6-nautical-mile zone.

Independent investigation details Israel’s deliberate targeting of civilians in Gaza
Ben Norton, Mondoweiss

Independent investigation details Israel’s deliberate targeting of civilians in Gaza

A new independent medical fact-finding mission in Gaza has detailed Israel’s deliberate killing of Palestinian civilians in its summer 2014 attack, codenamed Operation “Protective Edge.” Acts documented in the investigation include the use of human shields, close-range murder of civilians, targeting of medics, and more.

Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian home, barn in Idhna
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian home, barn in Idhna

Israeli authorities on Thursday destroyed the home of a Palestinian family as well as the barn of another in the town of Idhna in the southern West Bank. Locals told Ma'an that Israeli bulldozers escorted by several military jeeps demolished a house as well as a mobile home belonging to Ahmad Jamal al-Jiyawi in the area of Khirbet al-Ras west of Idhna.

Israel destroys water lines feeding Palestinian areas in Jordan Valley
Ma'an News Agency

Israel destroys water lines feeding Palestinian areas in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces on Thursday destroyed a water network which feeds Palestinian villages and Bedouin dwellings in the northern Jordan Valley, the head of the village council of al-Maleh and its surrounding Bedouin dwellings said.

Group: Israel violated rules of war in strikes on Gaza homes
Karin Laub, The Associated Press

Group: Israel violated rules of war in strikes on Gaza homes

A majority of Palestinians killed in dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza homes in the 2014 war with Hamas were women, minors or the elderly, and some of the strikes violated the rules of war, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday. The B'Tselem group called strikes on homes "one of the appalling hallmarks of the fighting" and said they were approved at the top levels of Israeli power.

“I always thought I’d be next to die”: Gaza journalists reflect on a bloody 2014
Patrick O. Strickland, The Electronic Intifada

“I always thought I’d be next to die”: Gaza journalists reflect on a bloody 2014

Maysoon Abu Hayyin is not sure how she will provide for her one-year-old daughter Lana. In July last year, Maysoon’s husband Ziad — a freelance journalist and online editor for the al-Kitaab newspaper — was killed during Israel’s attack on Gaza. Ziad had some money saved, yet Maysoon has not yet been granted authorization to access his bank account.

Dancing in the Rubble: Breakdancers Offer Hope as Gaza Struggles to Rebuild
Alice Speri, VICE News

Dancing in the Rubble: Breakdancers Offer Hope as Gaza Struggles to Rebuild

It's been nearly six months since the end of the latest war in Gaza, but the devastation left behind makes it seem as though the last bombs dropped only yesterday. Psychologically, too, Gazans are still shell-shocked and traumatized by a conflict that killed some 2,192 people — mostly civilians, and many children — and destroyed more than 96,000 homes in less than two months. The fact that this was the third conflict in a span of six years made it all harder, not easier.

Israeli Forces Open Gunfire on Gaza Borderline Farmlands
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

Israeli Forces Open Gunfire on Gaza Borderline Farmlands

Israeli forces opened Wednesday gunfire on Palestinian borderline farmlands to the east of Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip. WAFA correspondent reported that forces deployed and stationed in military watchtowers along the border indiscriminately opened fire on borderline farmlands, forcing farmers who were tending to their crops to flee.