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  • Emir of Qatar makes landmark visit to Gaza

    October 23, 2012 | 11:18 am

    The emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, became the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip since Hamas took over in 2007.

    Al-Thani was greeted by a Palestinian honor guard as he entered Gaza on Tuesday from Egypt. He is heading a humanitarian mission to launch reconstruction projects totaling $250 million, according to Reuters, and pledged another $150 million in projects during the visit.

    The emir was scheduled to speak at the Gaza City stadium. Thousands of security guards secured his visit.

  • Hamas worried as Egypt closes tunnels

    September 20, 2012 | 9:24 am

    For years, the tunnel economy in the Gaza Strip has flourished. An estimated 1,000 tunnels were burrowed underground, connecting the southern Gaza town of Rafah and the Egyptian–controlled Sinai Peninsula. Everything from new cars (cut up into pieces for shipping) to cigarettes to...

  • New internet censorship in Gaza

    September 4, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Many Gazans have long lamented that there’s not much to do in the Gaza Strip. There are no movie theaters, pool halls or bowling alleys -- all of which are seen as “un-Islamic.” And it’s not getting any better. In fact, now, curbs are being extended further – to the Internet.
    ...

  • Struggling to maintain normalcy near the troubled Sinai border

    August 14, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Drivers who reach the end of Israeli Route 232 purportedly face a choice: A sign points them either northwest, toward the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, or southeast, toward the Nitzana border crossing between Egypt and Israel.

    But the intersection —...

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  • Palestinian teens arrested for Jerusalem arson, shots fired inside Gaza Strip restaurant

    July 9, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Two Palestinian teens were arrested for setting a fire near Jerusalem that destroyed 15 acres of forest.

    The teens were arrested Monday and reportedly admitting to intentionally setting the June 26 fire, as well as to setting other fires and being involved in rock-throwing...

  • Israel strikes Gaza sniper squad, killing two

    June 18, 2012 | 10:41 am

    Israel’s Air Force fired on what it called a terrorist squad of snipers operating near the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip.

    Two Palestinian men were killed and four were injured in Monday’s strikes, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news service, which identified the...

  • 45 years too many

    June 7, 2012 | 6:13 pm

    This week, we are marking 45 years since Israel took control over East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Some will celebrate this date simply as the anniversary of a brilliant victory.

    Others of us will reflect with regret on how this remarkable triumph has, in the...

  • Israeli soldier, Gaza gunmen killed in clash

    June 1, 2012 | 2:35 pm

    A Palestinian gunman broke into Israel on Friday and killed a soldier before being shot dead himself in a rare cross-border attack that Israel blamed on the Islamist group Hamas.

    Israel hit back, with a missile-strike killing one militant and wounding two others in the southern Gaza...

  • Australia giving $90 million to Palestinian refugees

    May 30, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Australia is donating $90 million over five years to aid the health and education of Palestinian refugees.

    Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced the aid package earlier this week, saying he is “very proud” that since 2007 Australia has helped 470,000 Palestinian children attend...

  • Car blast in E. Sudan, Khartoum points to Israel

    May 22, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    One person was killed when a car exploded in the eastern Sudanese city of Port Sudan on Tuesday in what the government said resembled a blast last year that it blamed on an Israeli missile strike.

    An Israeli government spokesman declined to comment on the explosion in Sudan’s east,...

  • Abduct Israelis to free prisoners, Gaza leaders say

    April 27, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Islamic leaders in the Gaza Strip called on Friday for militants to kidnap Israelis and use them as bargaining chips to secure the freedom of thousands of Palestinians prisoners held in Israeli jails.

    Human rights groups say up to 2,000 prisoners have joined an open-ended hunger...

  • Gilad Shalit released from the military

    April 18, 2012 | 7:50 am

    Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been released from the Israel Defense Forces.

    Shalit was officially released, at the rank of sergeant-major, on Wednesday, six months after he was freed from Hamas captivity in Gaza.

    Shalit signed his release forms at his home in...

  • With rocket fire continuing, southern Israeli schools are closed

    March 15, 2012 | 8:40 am

    Schools were closed in southern Israel again as rockets fired from the Gaza Strip continued to strike despite a cease-fire.

    The cities of Beersheba, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi and Gan Yavne canceled classes for Thursday after several rockets targeted Beersheba the day before....

  • Sudanese media accuses Israel of attacking convoy

    December 26, 2011 | 11:55 am

    Israel’s Air Force allegedly attacked weapons convoys traveling from Sudan to the Gaza Strip, Sudanese media reported.

    The two convoys reportedly were smuggling Iranian weapons to Gaza earlier this month when they were hit by war planes. At least two people were killed and several...

  • Rockets from Gaza shatter short-lived calm

    October 31, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    A rocket fired from Gaza landed in Ashkelon was the first since a barrage of rocket fire on southern Israel ended.

    Two mortars landed Monday afternoon in the western Negev shortly after the Kassam attack stopped at midnight.

    “There is no cease-fire, no negotiations and the IDF...

  • TV Military Drama ‘Homeland’ Taps Into America’s Psyche

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Producer and writer Howard Gordon’s TV shows have reflected uncannily the American psyche since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

    “24,” the Fox drama he helped mold into the Emmy-winning thriller about terrorist-busting super patriot Jack Bauer, premiered just...

  • Gilad Shalit faces recovery issues

    October 18, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was freed from five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to a joyous reception, but may need time to recover from his time kept in sun-deprived isolation and other injuries, his father said.

    Noam Shalit said they were reunited in Israel and...

  • Beersheba school hit, resident killed as Gaza rockets pound Israel

    August 21, 2011 | 11:03 am

    A school in Beersheba was hit by a Grad rocket, one day after a city resident was killed as rockets from Gaza continue to slam into southern Israel. 

    The school in Beersheba was empty during Sunday morning’s strike, with the start of school just two weeks away. At least six rockets...

  • Israel permits construction of 1,200 new homes in Gaza Strip

    June 21, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Israel has authorized the construction of 1,200 new homes and 18 schools in the southern Gaza Strip.

    It will be one of the largest building projects in Gaza in years.

    Israel’s Civil Administration made the announcement Tuesday, the AP reported.

    The homes will replace some of the...

  • U.S. citizens leave for Gaza flotilla

    June 21, 2011 | 10:11 am

    A group of Americans have left for Athens to join a flotilla of ships planning to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    The 36 American participants, as well as four crew members and nine journalists, are planning to sail on the American-flagged boat The Audacity of...

  • Report: U.S. to offer Turkey major role in Mideast talks if it stops Gaza flotilla

    June 3, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    The U.S. government is considering to offer Turkey a deal in which Ankara would stop a second Gaza flotilla that is due to depart later this month in exchange for the opportunity to host an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit in Ankara, the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported...

  • White House: Israel has a right to defend borders

    May 16, 2011 | 10:45 am

    The White House said Israel has a right to defend itself from unauthorized border crossings and blamed Syria for “inciting” violence.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney on Monday addressed incidents along Israel’s Lebanon, Syria and Gaza Strip borders the day before in which...

  • Fatah, Hamas agree to reconciliation deal

    April 27, 2011 | 11:17 am

    The rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to a reconciliation deal.

    The surprise deal to form an interim government and hold general elections within a year was reached in secret negotiations in Cairo between the two sides, according to reports. A formal...

  • WikiLeaks: Iran providing Hamas with smuggle-ready rockets, says IDF

    April 15, 2011 | 3:39 am

    Iran is manufacturing special missiles for Hamas that can be smuggled through tunnels into the Gaza Strip, according to the report of a conversation between Israel Defense Forces Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Harel and U.S. ambassador to Israel James Cunningham.

    A cable on the...

  • Israeli military admits killing of Gaza terrorist

    November 4, 2010 | 12:08 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that it assassinated a senior Palestinian terrorist in the Gaza Strip.

    Muhammad Namnam, 25, was killed Wednesday when his car exploded outside police headquarters in Gaza City. 

    Several hours after the explosion, the IDF admitted that it killed...

  • Israel intercepts Jewish boat headed for Gaza

    September 28, 2010 | 11:21 am

    Israeli commandos peacefully intercepted a boat carrying Jewish activists who hoped to breach Israel’s embargo of the Gaza Strip.

    Israeli Navy boats blocked the Irene, which was carrying 10 passengers and crew, at about midday Tuesday and diverted the boat to Israel’s Ashdod...

  • Israel hits Gaza weapons storage facilities

    September 16, 2010 | 11:54 am

    Israel’s Air Force struck two weapons storage facilities in the Gaza Strip.

    The attacks early Thursday morning were in response to the nine rockets and shells fired from Gaza at southern Israel on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces.

    Two of the mortar...

  • Israel hits Gaza targets in retaliatory airstrikes

    July 26, 2010 | 12:36 pm

    Israeli airstrikes reportedly destroyed a weapons manufacturing site and two smuggling tunnels in the Gaza Strip.

    Monday’s attacks were in response to rocket and mortar fire from Gaza on southern Israel over the weekend, according to an Israel Defense Forces statement.

    No Israeli...

  • Power shower

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

  • Houseguests for Hosni

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

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