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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.

Jan 14, 2015

Palestinian unity frays, hurting Gaza’s rebuilding and statehood aims

GAZA (Reuters) – Escalating tension between Islamist group Hamas and its Western-backed rival Fatah has pushed their “unity” government to the brink of collapse, harming efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip and complicating Palestinian statehood ambitions.

Five months after a devastating war with Israel, Gaza’s residents are still occasionally jolted by explosions. But the blasts now are more often the result of the internal conflict tearing at the fabric of Palestinian politics.

Jan 12, 2015

Palestinians celebrate Asian Cup breakthrough

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinians at home and those in the stadium in Newcastle refused to let a 4-0 drubbing by Japan hinder the party as they celebrated their first ever match at the Asian Cup.

Hundreds of fans, including women and children, gathered at a large venue in Gaza City to watch their national team on a giant screen take on the title holders of Asia’s biggest soccer tournament play in a country that does not recognise them.

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