Crisis in Egypt leaves more Gazans stranded

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As the political turmoil continues in Egypt, the number of people crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt continues to decline.

Now less than a hundred people are allowed to leave the tiny coastal enclave through the Rafah crossing compared to nearly 1500 people prior to the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi.

Egyptian authorities also allow a maximum of two busloads of travelers to reach the Gaza Strip on a daily basis.

The situation is negatively affecting the people of Gaza especially students and patients.

There are hundreds of chronic patients in Gaza in need for urgent medical attention abroad due to lack of the necessary treatment in Gaza.

In mid-July Egypt temporarily reopened the Rafah crossing but thousands are still stranded in both sides of the Rafah crossing as the number of people allowed to leave Gaza has been declining day in and day out.

People were also dissatisfied by the treatment they receive at the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing.

With the Holy month of Ramadan drawing to an end the number of people who would want to travel is likely to increase.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip say there is no end in sight to their suffering amid the escalating political tensions in Egypt. Rafah crossing is the besieged Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world bypassing Israel.

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Israeli soldiers making “Rachel Corrie pancakes”

 The Electronic Intifada  Reported this first. Israeli soldiers had a “fun” time making what they called “Rachel Corrie pancakes.”Photos of the event were posted on the Facebook page of the “Heritage House,” a settlement in occupied East Jerusalem that houses so-called “lone soldiers,” men recruited from overseas to join the Israeli occupation forces.

Above the photos of young men, some in Israeli army fatigues or apparently carrying guns, is the caption “Afternoon of ‘Rachel corrie’ Pancakes and fun!”

Rachel Corrie is the young American woman murdered by an Israeli soldier who crushed her to death with a bulldozer as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family home in the occupied Gaza Strip on 16 March 2003.

The depraved joke that these men were presumably making is a play on the English idiom “flat as a pancake.” Their celebration and joking about Rachel Corrie’s death is utterly vile and reflects the culture of dehumanization inculcated into Israeli soldiers.


Ben Packer, the director and rabbi of “Heritage House,” hit back at some negative comments about the images, posting this response:

In honor of the all the hate messages from the anti-Israel/Jewish crowd, one of our supporters has pledged $5 towards Israeli settlements (maybe for additional bulldozers) for each additional comment. keep’em coming anti-semites! We love our Israeli soldiers and will not back down in the face of those who attempt to endanger them!

Packer added, “Anti-Israel activists are all in a tizzy about these pictures! makes them even funnier!!!”

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Israeli settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque


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Several Israeli settler groups have stormed al-Aqsa mosque from the Moroccan gate in recent days, including youths, children, mentors and soldiers in their military uniforms. The settlers shout and laugh out loud and show no respect for the place. Palestinian officials say the break-ins are part of the Israeli plan to divide the mosque and to impose a fait accompli in the holy city.

Palestinian authorities have asked Israeli authorities to stop the break-ins during the fasting month of Ramadan. But they have said no. Sometimes the attacks provoke Palestinian worshipers and almost cause confrontations. That’s because settlers perform deliberate acts of disrespect with no regard to the sanctity of the mosque.

Many Muslim countries and organizations have condemned the violations against the Al Aqsa Mosque. They say the attacks are part of a series of continued Israeli violations against the sanctity of Islamic and Christian holy sites in the area. Israelis have made repeated threats to demolish the mosque, considered the third holiest site in Islam, in order to build a Jewish temple in its stead.

According to al Aqsa officials, the violations against the mosque occur on almost a daily basis, with a greater strategy of normalising Jews entering al Aqsa compound in a bid to eventually take over the site.

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Egypt’s renewed crackdown on border tunnels making life difficult for Gazans


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Egypt’s renewed crackdown on tunnels on its border with Gaza is causing a severe shortage in gasoline in the coastal enclave. People in the Gaza strip are now going through a lot of difficulty to secure fuel for their motor vehicles.

Most gas stations in this tiny coastal enclave are either closed or partially operating. Motorists can be seen waiting many hours for their turn to reach the pump and fill their cars

Long hours of power outages have also forced people young and old to queue for long hours to fill canisters of gasoline to use in their small electrical generators.

Fuel importers blamed the lack of fuel on the unstable security situation on the Egyptian side of the border.

People in the Gaza Strip have been grappling with fuel and power shortages and this new situation is not making their lives any easier.

Tunnels have for long been considered as a life -line for Gazans who have been under a choking Israeli blockade for several years.

With the renewed restrictions on fuel supplies some Palestinians in Gaza say they feel abandoned by their Egyptian neighbors.

Gazans have been struggling under the Israeli blockade for several years, now people here say that the Egyptian crackdown on tunnels will only make things worse.

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UN envoy accuses Israel of imposing collective punishment on Gazans

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The United Nations has accused Israel of imposing collective punishment on over 1.7 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.

U-N human rights investigator Richard Falk says the viability of Gaza needs urgent attention and cannot be left to the mercies of continuing Israeli occupation. 

Tel-Aviv has kept the tiny coastal enclave under a choking naval, land and air blockade for several years allegedly for security reasons. 

The Palestinian NGO network, which represents over one hundred and thirty civil society organizations, has demanded that Israel be held accountable for its grave violations. 

Echoing the U-N human Rights statement, the Popular Committee against Siege has also accused Israel of causing unemployment among Gazans by preventing the entry of raw materials to factories in Gaza. 

The commercial crossing that is controlled by Israel allows only limited amounts of goods into the coastal territory. 

During various Israeli military aggressions on Gaza, hundreds of factories were either partially or fully destroyed resulting in thousands of workers losing their source of income. 

Some factories in Gaza are partially operating by using raw material brought in via underground tunnels with Egypt. 

Factories that once used to employ hundreds of workers are now able to hire just a handful due to lack of raw material and essential spare-parts for their machines. 

With the world turning a blind eye to Israeli human rights violations it remains to be seen if the blockade will be fully lifted anytime soon

Amid Israel’s crippling blockade of the coastal enclave, rights groups blame the international community for their silence on the ongoing suffering of the people in Gaza. 

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Almost 100 acres of Palestinian land confiscated by the Israeli army.


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The Israeli government announced its decision to illegally confiscate 91.42 Acres of Palestinian lands in the East of Nablus.

The military orders were issued to the Palestinian municipalities in the villages of Awarta and Rujeib in order to annex the land to the illegal Israeli settlement of Itimar.

The head of the village council stated that this is part of Israel’s ongoing policy of Palestinian land confiscation and Israel has managed to bypass the law by claiming the land for military purposes.

The villagers of Awarta stated that they have continued to suffer from the relentless confiscation of their land.

The village of Awarta has been under siege and subjected to constant military raids by the Israeli army for 18 months. The villagers have been subjected to collective punishment following the murder of a settler family from the nearby Ithimar settlement in March 2011, which lead to the arrest of two Palestinian teenagers, although no evidence has as of yet proved them guilty.

This village has remained under siege since 2011. The villagers of Awarta have been a clear target of collective punishment and land confiscation which is strictly prohibited under the fourth Geneva convention.

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Mass grave of Palestinians killed by Israel in 1948 found


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Six mass graves have been found in a Muslim cemetery in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv. The graves date back to the 1948 Israeli war on the original residents of Palestinian lands.

They contain remains of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces. The bodies — belonging to men, women and children — were found during construction work on the cemetery.

Palestinian media expert, Nasser al-Laham says that the bodies were buried with no ethics on part of the Israelis and that they uncover the war crimes committed by Israeli forces in 1948.

The majority of those buried were killed during heavy shelling in the area and the bodies were buried contrary to Muslim tradition.

A Jaffa fisherman — now 80 years old — has reportedly said that during the final months of the 1948 war he had helped collect the Arab dead in an area south of Jaffa. The fisherman said he had been a teenager at that time and he had brought the bodies for hasty burial in the cemetery.

The unmarked graves recovered from the site expose Israel’s war crimes. Tel Aviv now is denying the families of the victims the courtesy to give them a Muslim burial.

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