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Israeli-American novelist laments Gaza deaths, sees hope in resistance

Israeli-American novelist laments Gaza deaths, sees hope in resistance

World
"Shattered in an unsurprised way.” That’s the reaction of Arabic-speaking Israeli-American author Moriel Rothman-Zecher to the paroxysm of violence along the Gaza border this past week, in which Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians amid a mass protest largely against the controversial U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem. Shattered, because of the deaths -- the Palestinian Health Ministry pegs the toll at 60 at least -- but unsurprised, as this recent violence must feel to Rothman-Zecher as though it erupted right from the pages of his just-released novel, Sadness is a White Bird. Rothman-Zecher says he sees his characters in the recent clashes: the Israeli soldier who narrates the book in a wild plea, the Palestinian friend to whom the agony is addressed. “I&rsquo...
The fight to leave the 'open air prison' of Gaza

The fight to leave the 'open air prison' of Gaza

World
Uniformed officials scream at a desperate group of men and women trying to force their way into an indoor football stadium in the Gaza town of Rafah on the border with Egypt. The men and women are desperate because they have effectively won the lottery - a chance to leave Gaza for Egypt - and they do not want to miss the bus. And it is literally a bus.Tens of thousands of people are waiting for their names to be called for travel. But their numbers will be pitifully small. A few hundred people are waiting today but most of them won't cross.The crossing to Egypt was closed for 329 days last year. It is open now for Ramadan, a gesture by the Egyptian government after the violence here in recent weeks, but it is only for a few. Image: ...
May calls for inquiry into 'tragic' Gaza deaths

May calls for inquiry into 'tragic' Gaza deaths

World
Theresa May has called for an inquiry into the "tragic" deaths in Gaza as Israel faced growing condemnation over its killing of dozens of Palestinians. The prime minister urged Israel to "show restraint" after soldiers shot dead two more Palestinians near the border on Tuesday.Monday was the deadliest day in the region since the 2014 Gaza war, as 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,700 wounded amid protests over the US embassy's move to Jerusalem.At a UN Security Council meeting, Palestine insisted Israel had committed a war crime by firing at the protesters, while Hamas - the rulers of Gaza - was accused of using civilians as "human shields". Image: More than 60 Palestinians have been killed in violent clashes on the Gaza border ...
Israel reveals plans for 40-mile underground wall around Gaza

Israel reveals plans for 40-mile underground wall around Gaza

World
Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Officials in Israel on Thursday gave journalists a tour of a destroyed militant Islamist tunnel and a peek at construction of an underground wall they hope will thwart terrorist groups from digging their way into Israeli territory.The massive underground barrier is the first of its kind in the world. The project, scheduled to be finished by the end of next year, is made of reinforced concrete walls that will run for 40 miles along the entire Israeli-Gaza border.The wall will have underground sensors to help to detect any future tunnels and a fence almost 30 feet tall will help prevent crossings over ground.As construction progresses, Israeli military expects to find and destroy several more attack tunnels that enter Israel from Gaza. During the last three months, Israeli f...
In Gaza, Hamas levels an ancient treasure

In Gaza, Hamas levels an ancient treasure

Technology
Palestinian and French archaeologists began excavating Gaza's earliest archaeological site nearly 20 years ago, unearthing what they believe is a rare 4,500-year-old Bronze Age settlement. But over protests that grew recently, Gaza's Hamas rulers have systematically destroyed the work since seizing power a decade ago, allowing the flattening of this hill on the southern tip of Gaza City to make way for construction projects, and later military bases. In its newest project, Hamas-supported bulldozers are flattening the last remnants of excavation. "There is a clear destruction of a very important archaeological site," said Palestinian archaeology and history professor Mouin Sadeq, who led three excavations at the site along with French archaeologist Pierre de Miroschedji after its accident...