GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – In recent weeks, a flurry of envoys has beaten a path to Gaza’s door: representatives from Qatar, Turkey, the United Nations, the European Union and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter have all visited or tried to visit.
Yet the result has been the same: no success in reconciling Hamas, the Islamist movement that has controlled Gaza since 2007, and Fatah, the more secular, Western-backed party that runs the Palestinian administration from the West Bank.
GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian unity rally attended by hundreds in Gaza on Wednesday ended in scuffles that showed the depth of divisions delaying reconciliation and recovery from a devastating war.
Hamas Islamists, in control of Gaza since seizing the territory from the Western-backed Fatah movement in 2007, had given the green light for the gathering organized by university student groups with rival political affiliations.
GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian cabinet ministers from the occupied West Bank cut short a visit to Gaza on Monday over disputes between their Western-backed Fatah movement and the Islamist group Hamas which dominates the territory, officials said.
The truncated visit reflected tensions threatening a year-old “unity” government, harming internationally-backed efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip after a war with Israel and complicating Palestinian statehood ambitions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.