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UNRWA may close 700 schools due to lack of funding

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UNRWA may be forced to close 700 schools for Palestinian refugees because of a funding crisis faced by the organisation, a senior official told France’s Le Monde newspaper.

Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Robert Turner said UNRWA is facing difficulties in offering its services to Palestinian refugees in light of the continuous Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.

“The situation is worrying and the organisation’s funds do not cover the emergency humanitarian needs,” he said. “The organisation suffers from a budget deficit estimated to be $100 million.”

“If this crisis is not solved by the start of next year,” Turner said, “UNRWA will not be able to open 700 schools and this will affect the life of about 500,000 children in the five areas of our operation.”

He said that 248,000 out of the 500,000 children to be affected are from the Gaza Strip as 252 schools in Gaza are expected to remain closed.

“The situation has been deteriorating because of the continuous Israeli siege and the closure of the Rafah crossing with Egypt… The situation in Gaza deteriorated after last summer’s offensive as the number of needy people is increasing,” he explained.

Regarding electricity and water in Gaza, he said: “The situation became very bad after the Israeli destruction of the Gaza power plant during last summer’s offensive.”

Speaking about the displaced people, who have been living in the UNRWA schools since the destruction of their houses last year, he said: “They cannot enjoy the basics of decent life or take part in social activities in their society.”

(Source / 02.07.2015)

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July 2, 2015 at 6:17 pm

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Moroccan flotilla to Gaza in next few days

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PARIS (Ma’an) — Tunisian ex-president Moncef Marzouki said Tuesday that a Moroccan flotilla will be heading to the Gaza Strip within a few days.Marzouki reached Charl Degol airport in Paris Tuesday morning after he was arrested by Israeli forces on Sunday night. Marzouki was forced to  Paris on Tuesday.Marzouki, according to news reports, described what the Israeli navy did to the flotilla as “piracy which won’t stop us from supporting the Gaza Strip.”

On Monday, Israel deported Tunisian ex-president Moncef Marzouki and European parliament member Ana Miranda after they took part in a flotilla seeking to defy its Gaza blockade, an official said.”The (former) president of Tunisia and the Spanish lawmaker flew this morning. There are another 14 who have begun the expulsion process,” a spokeswoman for Israel’s immigration authority told AFP.Marzouki, who is widely known as a human rights activist, sailed aboard the Swedish ship the Marianne of Gothenburg as part of a four-boat flotilla that set sail from Europe last month.Israel commandeered the Swedish-flagged Marianne on Monday and accompanied it to the port of Ashdod.Sixteen foreign nationals were on board along with two Israeli citizens, Palestinian Knesset member Basel Ghattas and a television reporter.The two Israelis have been released, though Ghattas could face a parliamentary hearing on whether he should face sanctions.The four-boat flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists had been seeking to reach the Gaza Strip to highlight the Israeli blockade of the territory that they called “inhumane and illegal”.The three other boats had turned back before the Marianne was boarded by the Israeli navy in an operation that took place without the deadly force that marred a raid to stop a similar bid in 2010.The activists’ campaign came as Israel faced heavy international pressure over its actions in Gaza, with a UN report last week saying Israel may have committed war crimes during a 50-day conflict in the besieged coastal enclave last summer.Israel says the blockade is necessary to stop weapons from arriving in the Gaza Strip by sea, but international rights groups say it is collective punishment and has led to a humanitarian crisis for 1.8 Palestinians in the territory.The reconstruction of thousands of homes destroyed during the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza’s Islamist de facto rulers, is yet to begin, and both Israel’s blockade and a lack of support from international donors have been blamed.In 2010, 10 Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara were killed in an Israeli raid on a six-ship flotilla.
(Source / 01.07.2015)

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July 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Cement shortage hinders reconstruction efforts in Gaza

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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian Authority official said Monday that the Gaza Strip was in desperate need of cement, a year after a devastating Israeli offensive left large swathes of the coastal enclave in ruin.Imad al-Baz, an assistant undersecretary in the Palestinian Ministry of the Economy, said that while Gaza required more than 1.5 million tons of cement to rebuild, so far only 16,000 tons had entered through the Rafah crossing since the war ended.Meanwhile, the Palestinian housing minister, Mufid Hasayneh, said last week that Israel had allowed 128,000 tons of cement in the same time period.Al-Baz told Ma’an that during the Rafah crossing’s rare opening last week, Gazans had submitted 2,000 applications to the PA requesting that 25,000 tons of cement be imported, although only 9,500 tons made it through in the end.Al-Baz said that Palestinian traders were later found selling the cement on the black market at extremely high prices. Although he ministry sets a minimum price, few traders follow the regulations.While up to 90,000 partially damaged homes in Gaza have been repaired in coordination with the UN since last summer’s war, thousands more remain damaged or totally destroyed.Husayneh said last week reconstruction efforts would soon focus on homes that were totally destroyed, which number approximately 18,000 according to the UN.Israel’s ongoing blockade of Gaza, now in its ninth year, has been blamed for the slow speed of reconstruction, as well as the lack of international donor support to the territory, which is ruled by Hamas.Israel severely limits the amount of building materials allowed into Gaza as part of its blockade, which is supported in the south by Egypt.Critics of the blockade have called for it to be fully lifted to allow reconstruction, warning that an ongoing humanitarian crisis could fuel further conflict.

(Source / 29.06.2015)

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June 29, 2015 at 10:45 pm

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ECESG: Freedom Flotilla 3 to continue to sail

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GAZA, (PIC)– The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG) stated that Freedom Flotilla 3 will continue to sail towards Gaza shores despite the Israeli act of piracy against Marianne boat that leads the flotilla.

Member of the ECESG Rami Abdo said in a press conference on Monday that one additional ship will set sail from Greece within 48 hours.

Abdo called on the Arab countries and the international community to take firm positions against the Israeli act of piracy in the Mediterranean.

For his part, head of the campaign Mazen Kahil said that the Freedom Flotilla will continue to sail till breaking the siege on Gaza.

Israeli hijacking of Marianne reveals Israel’s ugly image and its crime against humanity and peaceful activists, he added.

The international coalition to support the Freedom Flotilla sent appeals to the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to protect the former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki who is among 18 other activists aboard Marianne which was intercepted by Israeli navy forces at dawn Monday.

In his turn, head of the International Committee to Break the Siege on Gaza and founding member of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition Zaher Birawi affirmed in a press release on Monday that three boats of the Israeli navy had surrounded Marianne in international waters, while sailing approximately 100 nautical miles from Gaza coast.

After that we lost contact with the Marianne and at 05:11 AM (Gaza time) the Israeli authorities announced that they had “visited and searched” Marianne, Birawi said, adding that they captured the boat and detained all on board “in international waters” as they admitted themselves.

(Source / 29.06.2015)

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June 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm

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Palestinians in besieged Gaza awaiting 3rd freedom flotilla

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Palestijnen wachten op Flotilla 3

The Gaza Strip, home to one-point-eight million Palestinians, is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the third freedom flotilla. The convoy of boats has already set sail to break the Israeli naval blockade on the Gaza Strip despite one of the boats being damaged in Greece by saboteurs on Thursday. The Palestinian coastal territory has been under a tight land, air, and naval blockade since 2007.

(Source / 28.06.2015)

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June 28, 2015 at 11:19 pm

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Breaking News: Victory for Khader Adnan; to be released 12 July

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Khader Adnan, Palestinian political prisoner and long-term hunger striker, has achieved victory for the second time via hunger strike; in the early morning of 29 June, after 55 days of hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention without charge or trial, Adnan’s wife Randa announced that an agreement has been reached with his Israeli captors to release him on 12 July. She also stated that there is a commitment to end the use of administrative detention – under which Adnan has been held for over 6 years through multiple imprisonments – against Adnan.

Khader Adnan, 37, a baker from Jenin and a political activist, was also released from Israeli administrative detention without charge or trial in 2012 after a 67-day hunger strike that sparked widespread international and Palestinian support and helped to revitalize the broad movement for Palestinian prisoners’ freedom. Released on 17 April 2012, he was re-arrested on 8 July 2014 and had been held since then without charge or trial. He launched his hunger strike on 5 May to protest the renewal of his administrative detention and had reached a critical health stage.

Randa and Adnan’s children and parents visited Adnan in Assaf Harofeh hospital, where he is being held, chained hand and foot to his hospital bed, following the announcement of the agreement.

(Source / 28.06.2015)

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June 28, 2015 at 11:02 pm

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Palestinian inmate on hunger strike close to death, his lawyer says

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Protesters in al-Quds chant slogans during a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan (portrait), who is in an Israeli jail without trial, June 5, 2015. © AFP

Protesters in al-Quds chant slogans during a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan (portrait), who is in an Israeli jail without trial, June 5, 2015

Lawyer of Palestinian inmate Khader Adnan, who has been on a long hunger strike in protest at the conditions of his imprisonment, has warned that the prisoner could die “any moment.”

“Khader Adnan may suddenly die at any moment, doctors have confirmed to me,” said Jawad Boulos, legal counsel for the Ramallah-based Prisoners Club, on Saturday.

He issued the warning after “the doctors at the Israeli hospital, where Khadar Adnan is currently held,” called him and said they were “on alert due to the deterioration of his condition.”

Boulos added that he visited Adnan on Saturday morning and found him “in a more critical condition, incapable of moving.” The Palestinian prisoner has been refusing food for 53 days.

Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman, meanwhile, said Adnan has been transferred to a hospital near Tel Aviv, but refrained from commenting on his medical condition.

The 36-year-old Palestinian prisoner and father of six was abducted in July 2014 as part of an Israeli arrest campaign across the occupied West Bank and has since been held under the so-called administrative detention.

The mother of Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan holds a framed poster of her son in the occupied West Bank village of Araba, near Jenin, June 2, 2015

Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows the Tel Aviv regime to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

In 2012, Adnan went on a 66-day hunger strike against his detention without trial or charge. He was freed in April of that year in a deal that also ended the hunger strike of 2,000 other Palestinian prisoners who wanted an end to their administrative detention.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Center for Studies says administrative detention orders in the first three months of 2015 have witnessed a sharp increase in comparison with the same period in 2014.

On June 24, the Arab League condemned acts of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners at Israeli jails, calling for the release of all inmates who have been held without charge.

(Source / 27.06.2015)

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June 27, 2015 at 10:14 pm

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