Sewage overflows Gaza streets after daylight electricity failure

Today, sewage flooded the streets in Gaza due to an electricity failure — due to a shortage of industrial diesel fuel to run Gaza’s only power plant — due to Israeli military-imposed fuel cuts — to give force to an Israeli government proclamation that Gaza is “hostile territory” or an “enemy entity” &...

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Another IDF General Closure of West Bank and Gaza — last night

The IDF spokesperson announced that “In accordance with the Minister’s of Defense decision and in light of security assessments, a general closure of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, began last night, April 29th, 2008 at 12:00am, and will be lifted on Thursday, May 1st, 2008 at 12:00am. The lifting of the closure will be […]

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Pressure mounts in Gaza

Just back from the long Passover holiday, the Israeli State Attorney (Chief Prosecutor) has promised to write a letter to the Israeli human rights organization Gisha by today giving answers to questions about the provision of fuel to Gaza. On Sunday, another one million liters of industrial diesel fuel was permitted to enter Gaza, and […]

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Did Syria and Iran send peace signal to Israel? What about Lebanon?

A Guest Post from Aletheia Kallos/MD: from http://www.stratfor.com/geopolitical_diary/geopolitical_diary_syria_and_israel_hint_peace_talks Geopolitical Diary: Syria and Israel Hint at Peace Talks April 24, 2008 | 0154 GMT The morning of April 21, we woke up to a report in the Syrian media saying that Israel had agreed to hand the Golan Heights back...

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Almost unbearable uncertainty in Gaza – "explosion" feared

The Israeli human rights organization Gisha sent an urgent letter to the State Attorney´s office on Tuesday urging saying that the Israeli military should authorize delivery of industrial diesel fuel to Gaza´s only power plant in time to prevent its imminent shut-down – by Wednesday evening. Gisha´s Executive Director Sari Bashi reported that Rafiq...

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Carter and Hamas discussed details of prisoner swap

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter discussed details of a prisoner-swap plan with Hamas leaders during a just-concluded visit to the region, according to the head of the Carter Center Office in Ramallah, Timothy Rothermel.  There was apparently disagreement between Hamas and Carter on this  – and not only on Carter’s proposal for a 30-day unilatera...

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