On the anniversary of the 2014 war, Gaza’s kids are still trying to recover from years of cascading violence. “The Jews shot me.” I was eating breakfast with 3-year-old Ibrahim Awajah in February 2015, in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahia, when he made this proclamation. His father, Kamal Awajah, saw the surprise on my face.
The majority of children living in areas of Gaza hardest-hit during last year's conflict are showing signs of severe emotional distress and trauma, including frequent bed wetting and nightmares, a global children's charity said on Monday. A ceasefire last August ended 50 days of fighting between Gaza militants and Israel, in which health officials said more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed.
Call them the rubble-rousers: A group of destitute men have found a new calling in Gaza – navigating the Strip’s many ruins, created by last summer’s war with Israel. With heavy hammers and pickaxes, they smash away the concrete from around the steel rods, which the owners deem too valuable for the rummagers to take.
Amid pomp and optimism, a conference of donor states met in Egypt last October to collect the funds needed to rehabilitate the Gaza Strip in the wake of Israel's 2014 Operation Protective Edge. Twenty-two countries were represented at the meeting, which was viewed as the first step toward a new era that would transform Gaza into a developed region. The war would turn out to be a blessing in disguise. What was laid waste would be rebuilt by the donor states.
A senior Israeli commander shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank Friday after he threw stones at his patrol, medics and Israeli officials said. Muhammad Hani al-Kasbah,17, was killed by two bullets after allegedly throwing stones at an Israeli military vehicle close to the Qalandiya checkpoint, south of Ramallah, medics told Ma'an.
Zaki Sabah, a pretzel-seller in Jerusalem's Old City who was sentenced in the past to ten years in prison for unpaid fines he collected for operating without a license, was violently arrested on Thursday after a confrontation with police and city inspectors.
A group of Israeli settlers from the Yitzhar settlement in southern Nablus threw rocks at Palestinian vehicles at the Yitzhar road junction in the occupied West Bank Friday. Several vehicles were smashed including a vehicle belonging to the director of appeals prosecution in the West Bank, Thaer Khalil.
A senior Israel Defense Forces officer shot dead a Palestinian stone-thrower near the West Bank village of Al-Ram Friday morning. According to the IDF, several Palestinians were throwing stones at an IDF vehicle from the Binyamin infantry brigade heading toward the Qalandiyah checkpoint, damaging the windshield. The brigade commander exited the jeep and opened fire at the Palestinians throwing stones.
The United Nations called on Israel and the Palestinians on Friday to prosecute alleged war crimes committed in the 2014 Gaza war and to cooperate with the International Criminal Court's preliminary investigation. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, presented by Muslim states, by a vote of 41 to one, with five abstentions. Israel's closest ally, the United States, was the only country to vote against.