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Gaza unemployment rises to 39%

Source : AA / 04 Mar 2014

Unemployment rose to 39 percent of the workforce in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Egyptian destruction of underground tunnels between Egypt and Gaza, the Ministry of the Economy in Gaza said on Sunday.

"This means that the number of jobless people in Gaza has risen to 140,000," Hatem Uweida, the ministry undersecretary, told a press conference.


Japan plans to provide $200 mil. in aid to Palestinian

Source : Japan Times / 01 Mar 2014

Japan plans to provide about $200 million, or around ¥20.4 billion, in aid to the Palestine Authority as part of efforts to promote Middle East peace talks, a government source said.

The administration is apparently aiming to mend ties with the United States, following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in December by supporting U.S. efforts for Middle East peace ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan in April.


20 years on, Hebron massacre haunts survivors

Source : AFP / 26 Feb 2014

Twenty years on, the massacre of 29 Muslims by a Jewish extremist as they prayed in a West Bank mosque still haunts Mohammed Abu Al-Halawa, a survivor who was left a paraplegic.

On February 25, 1994, Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein used an assault rifle to gun down worshippers in the Ibrahimi Mosque — revered by Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs — in the heart of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, before he was beaten to death by those who escaped his hail of bullets.


Gaza cancer patients on rise due to Israel weapons

Source : Presstv / 25 Feb 2014

The number of cancer patients in the besieged Gaza Strip is on the rise as Israel uses weapons containing carcinogenic agents against Palestinians, Press TV reports.

An average of 1,000 cancer cases has been recorded annually among Gazans for the past two years.


No Israelis killed in Israel by Palestinians in 2013

Source : World Bulletin / 21 Feb 2014

A report has revealed that not a single Israeli citizen was killed by Palestinians inside Israel throughout the entire year of 2013.

According to the Strategy Page, only six Israelis were killed by Palestinian resistence fighters in 2013, and all of those incidents happened outside of Israel.


Global firms drop out of Israeli tenders over boycott fears

Source : IINA / 20 Feb 2014

Leading international companies bidding to build private seaports here dropped out of the Israeli government’s tender due to concerns over the political repercussions, a report said on Tuesday.


UNESCO to weigh listing Palestinian site on World Heritage list

Source : Al Arabiya / 17 Feb 2014

UNESCO has agreed to a Palestinian request to include the ancient agricultural terraces of the West Bank village of Battir on a list of sites to be reviewed and voted on for a place on the World Heritage list in June.

The World Heritage Committee is expected to meet in Doha, Qatar, from June 15 to 25 to review a list of 41 worldwide sites to decide whether or not they qualify for entry onto the World Heritage list.


Israel bars 70 Gaza patients over ‘Palestine’ logo

Source : AFP / 13 Feb 2014

The Israeli authorities have blocked 70 patients from Gaza from entering Israel to receive medical treatment because their transfer documents were marked “State of Palestine,” officials told AFP on Wednesday.

Until recently, official stationery has used the term “Palestinian territories.”


‘Israel pursues genocide of Palestinians’

Source: / 2 Dec 2013

Press TV has conducted an interview with Anna O’Leary, political commentator, Ireland, about Amnesty International saying the Israeli siege of Gaza for many years is collective punishment of all Gazans. Amnesty International has called on Israel to immediately lift its siege on Gaza.


Gaza's health sector on verge of catastrophe

Source : World Bulletin / 11 Nov 2013

Gaza's Health Minister Mufid al-Mekhalilati on Saturday raised the alarm on the continued shutdown of the enclave's sole power plant, saying the closure pushes the seaside strip into a "dark tunnel".

He warned that kidney dialysis machines, hospital incubators and operation rooms as well as blood banks and hospital labs could stop working because of unrelenting electricity outages and fuel shortages.


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