Gaza

1:21am

Thu October 3, 2013
Middle East

Israel Eases Restriction On Building Materials To Gaza Strip

Originally published on Sun October 6, 2013 7:05 am

Palestinians inspect trucks loaded with iron arriving from Israel through the Kerem Shalom border crossing into Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on Sept. 22. The delivery of the materials to the private sector is a first since the Hamas takeover in 2007.
Hatem Moussa AP

3:23am

Sun June 30, 2013
Middle East

Lack In Leadership Hurts Palestinian Peace Prospects

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 6:14 am

Palestinians wait for Mohammed Assaf, the first Palestinian winner of the Arab Idol contest, in front of his family home in the southern Gaza Strip last Tuesday. The cheering for Assaf crossed political and ideological divides.
Adel Hana AP

Shortly before midnight last Thursday, in front of a cheering crowd, 31-year-old Hussein al-Deik was picked as the president of Palestine.

It wasn't a real election; just the grand finale of a TV reality series, shot in front of a live audience. Suheir Rasul, co-director of the Jerusalem office of Search for Common Ground, the organization that put on the show, said the goal is to get young people excited about the democratic process.

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10:44am

Tue June 4, 2013
Parallels

In Gaza, Hamas Targets Palestinian Informants In Crackdown

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 9:25 am

Palestinian gunmen drag a man from a motorcycle in Gaza City on Nov. 20. He was one of six men killed that day on suspicion of collaborating with Israel. The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip denied responsibility, though it has executed others judged to be working with Israel's security forces.
Hatem Moussa AP

Life was already grim in the Gaza Strip when fighting raged between Israel and Hamas last November. Then Khulud Badawi got unexpected bad news about her husband.

"I was at home when my son came in and said, 'Mom, they killed Dad.' I said, 'Who?' He said, 'Hamas.' I asked him, 'Where?' He said, 'Next to the gas station,'" she recalls.

Badawi's husband, Ribhi Badawi, was in prison in Gaza City. He was supposed to go to court that day for a final appeal of charges that he had collaborated with Israel against Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip.

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3:07pm

Tue May 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Experts Say Prize-Winning Photo Of Gaza Funeral Is Authentic

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 8:38 am

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen did not artificially manipulate his prize-winning picture "Gaza Burial," the World Press Photo Foundation said Tuesday. Critics had said the image was a composite of several photos.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

The striking image of grief-stricken men carrying two young boys to a mosque for their funeral in Gaza City was hailed for capturing a poignant human moment in an ongoing conflict.

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2:27pm

Tue May 14, 2013
Parallels

For Palestinians, Google's Small Change Is A Big Deal

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 8:38 am

Internet giant Google has recognized the Palestinians' upgraded U.N. status, placing the name "Palestine" on its search engine instead of "Palestinian Territories."
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images

The webpage Google.ps used to read "Google: Palestinian Territories." On May 1, the company quietly changed that regional search page to say "Google: Palestine."

Google didn't announce the name change, but it didn't have to. In a place where small gestures can carry great symbolism, Palestinians noticed right away.

"Everybody knows about it and they screenshot [and] post on Facebook: 'Yay Google, thank you,' " says Mohammad Kumboz, a 22-year-old graphic designer and computer programmer who lives in the Gaza Strip.

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