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Apr 9, 2015

Gaza police seize Banksy painting in legal row

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian police confiscated from a Gaza graffiti artist on Thursday a bombed-out doorway bearing a Banksy painting after the original owner complained of being swindled into selling it cheap.

The artist Belal Khaled had paid 700 shekels ($175) for the image of a goddess holding her head in her hand, which had been spray-painted on Rabea Darduna’s iron-and-brick doorway as it stood among the ruins of his home, destroyed in the July-August war with Israel.

Apr 1, 2015

Gaza man feels duped after selling Banksy mural for $175

GAZA, April 1 (Reuters) – A Palestinian man was lamenting
his misfortune on Wednesday after selling his bombed-out doorway
to a local artist without realising that the image painted on it
was by Banksy and could be worth a small fortune.

Rabea Darduna, a father of six from northern Gaza, said he
sold the iron-and-brick doorway of his destroyed house to a
local man who offered him 700 shekels ($175) for it.

Mar 18, 2015

Palestinians want world pressure on Israel after Netanyahu win

GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian leaders on Wednesday called for international pressure on Israel and support for their unilateral moves towards statehood after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election win.

Netanyahu’s surprise victory, after pledging in the final days of the campaign that there would be no Palestinian state as long as he was in power, left Palestinians grim about prospects for a negotiated solution to a decades-old conflict.

Mar 11, 2015

For Palestinians, Israel’s election offers bleak horizon

GAZA/RAMALLAH (Reuters) – As Israelis prepare to elect a new government next week, the view from the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza is not one of hope.

The decades-old conflict has barely featured in the campaign, leaving Palestinians with the sense that whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secures a fourth term in office or the center-left opposition pulls off a victory, as the latest polls suggest, little is likely to change.

Mar 10, 2015

Qatar says to begin rebuilding 1,000 homes in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – A Qatari official visiting a Gaza neighborhood heavily bombed in last summer’s war with Israel said on Tuesday the Gulf Arab state had begun a project to rebuild 1,000 homes as part of a $1 billion aid pledge.

Mohammad al-Amadi, head of the Qatari Committee to Rebuild Gaza, said that earlier in the day Israel had allowed four truckloads of cement into the Gaza Strip so that the planned construction of the dwellings could begin.

Mar 3, 2015

In Gaza, demand grows for a plastic surgeon’s services

GAZA, March 3 (Reuters) – In a smart building in an upscale
neighbourhood of Gaza City, Salah El-Zanin is seeing a growing
number of clients. Trained in Greece, he is the only plastic
surgeon in Gaza with European qualifications, and his business
is booming.

Some of his patients want to repair scars left by bombs and
bullets; others are young men and women seeking everything from
nose jobs to breast enlargements.

Feb 19, 2015

Amid Israeli restrictions on materials, makeshift homes sprout in Gaza

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza (Reuters) – Aid agencies struggling to shelter thousands of Gazans made homeless by war have resorted to building makeshift temporary homes out of metal and wood to evade Israeli restrictions on imports into the territory.

Around 150,000 families are still homeless after last year’s war between Israel and Hamas, in which Israeli bombardment destroyed thousands of apartment buildings and homes.

Feb 1, 2015

Gaza music school shines in “Arabs Got Talent” spotlight

GAZA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – On the hugely popular “Arabs Got
Talent” TV show in Beirut last month, five young musicians in
chequered black-and-white scarves brought the house down with a
traditional Arabic song that left the judges weeping and earned
a ticket straight to the finals.

In the Gaza Strip there was much weeping and celebration
too, especially at the Edward Said National Conservatory of
Music, where the group, made up of four boys and a girl aged
between 12 and 16, learned to play their instruments.

Jan 21, 2015

In Gaza, an IT company has Google-sized aspirations

GAZA, Jan 21 (Reuters) – His company may not rival Google
or German software maker SAP yet, but
Gaza-based IT entrepreneur Saady Lozon has plans to change that.

In nine years, Lozon and his partner Ahmed Abu Shaban have
transformed their firm, Unit One, from a tiny outfit in a single
room in the blockaded Gaza Strip into a successful business with
clients in Europe, the United States and the Arab world.

Jan 19, 2015

Gaza jihadist supporters rally against France, praise Islamic State

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas security forces allowed a rare rally on Monday by rival jihadist Salafi activists in the Gaza Strip in support of Islamic State and the deadly attacks by three Islamist gunmen in France.

“Today, we are telling France and world countries that while Islam orders us to respect all religions, it also orders us to punish and kill those who assault and offend Islam’s Prophet Mohammad,” said one of the protesters, Abu Abdallah al-Makdissi.

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