News Roundup

Gaza Sewage Spill Floods Farmland
Fares Akram, Associated Press

Gaza Sewage Spill Floods Farmland

Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory. Residents said about 40,000 cubic meters (10.5 million gallons) of raw sewage poured out of the reservoir on Tuesday and flooded the Sheikh Ejleen neighborhood in southern Gaza City in just 15 minutes.

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Palestinian Teen’s Father Speaks After Killer is Jailed: ‘No Money Can Bring Back My Son’
Jack Moore, Newsweek

Palestinian Teen’s Father Speaks After Killer is Jailed: ‘No Money Can Bring Back My Son’

The father of the Palestinian teenager burnt alive in Jerusalem, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, has said that no compensation could bring back his son after an Israeli court on Tuesday ordered his killer to a life sentence and to pay the family 150,000 shekels ($39,000). An Israeli court convicted Yosef Haim Ben-David, 31, of 16-year-old Khdeir’s murder and handed him an additional 20 years for other crimes.

3 hours ago
UN Needs $80 Million for Schools for Palestinian Refugees
ABC News/AP

UN Needs $80 Million for Schools for Palestinian Refugees

The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees expressed hope Tuesday that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure that 500,000 boys and girls who are refugees can start the next school year on time in August. Last year, a $101 million shortfall in the budget of the agency, known as UNRWA, almost led to a delay in starting school.

7 hours ago
Israel Holding 10 Palestinian Journalists, Six of Them Without Charges
Jack Khoury, Haaretz

Israel Holding 10 Palestinian Journalists, Six of Them Without Charges

Israel has arrested 19 Palestinian journalists since the latest wave of violence began last October, and 10 are still behind bars. The Palestinian Authority accuses Israel of persecuting journalists in order to intimidate them. It noted that six of those detained are being held in administrative detention, without charges, and said it’s not even clear what they are suspected of.

about 1 day ago
Gaza Sewage Crisis, Festering in Conflict, Poisons Coast
Fares Akram & Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press

Gaza Sewage Crisis, Festering in Conflict, Poisons Coast

Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean beachfront, spewing out of a metal pipe and turning miles of once-scenic coastline into a stagnant dead zone. The sewage has damaged Gaza's limited fresh water supplies, decimated fishing zones, and after years of neglect, is now floating northward and affecting Israel as well, where a nearby desalination plant was forced to shut down, apparently due to pollution.

about 1 day ago
Abu Khdeir Murderer Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Plus 20 Years
Nir Hasson, Haaretz

Abu Khdeir Murderer Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Plus 20 Years

The main perpetrator in the murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July 2014 was sentenced to life in prison and an additional 20 years on Tuesday. Yosef Chaim Ben-David, along with two accomplices, both minors, abducted 16-year-old Abu Khdeir early on July 2, 2014, from the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood Shoafat, near his home.

about 1 day ago
In Palestine, Women Run for Their Rights
Lena Odgaard, Play the Game

In Palestine, Women Run for Their Rights

When the sun rose over Bethlehem on April first, the streets were already buzzing with life. Families lined up along the sidewalks and police officers tried to direct a few confused drivers off the main roads. In the meantime, thousands of people in white t-shirts with ‘Right to Movement’ written over the chest flocked to the ancient Manger Square in front of one the world’s most famous Christian sites, the Church of Nativity.

about 1 day ago
Gaza’s Only Orphanage Struggles Against Odds
Isra Saleh el-Namey, The Electronic Intifada

Gaza’s Only Orphanage Struggles Against Odds

In spite of all he has been through, nothing hurts Yousif al-Shimbari more than getting used to mornings without hearing his mother’s voice. During Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2014, the 14-year-old and his family sought refuge from their Beit Hanoun neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip to a UN-run school in the area, thinking themselves protected by its blue flags and logos.

about 1 day ago
Israeli Forces Open Fire on Fishermen, Level Land in Gaza
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli Forces Open Fire on Fishermen, Level Land in Gaza

Several Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers leveled lands inside the southern Gaza Strip Monday morning, as Israeli forces also opened fire on Palestinian fisherman in the northern Gaza Strip. Witnesses told Ma’an that four armored military bulldozers and three digging machines escorted by Israeli military vehicles stormed the Gaza Strip buffer zone east of Rafah.

about 2 days ago