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Gaza Waiting for Reconstruction
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, August 31, 2014

No Mechanism for Import of Cement Five days after the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas began, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are asking when and how reconstruction of the battered coastal enclave will begin. United Nations workers in the Gaza Strip say that 55,000 refugees are still taking shelter in 41 UN schools raising questions about how the school year will begin in two weeks, already delayed from its scheduled opening in August. Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami.....

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UN Peacekeepers Reported Kidnapped Near Syria-Israel Border
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, August 28, 2014

Israel worries violence near border could spill over At least 50 United Nations peacekeepers from the Philippines were reported kidnapped today, amid heavy fighting near the Quneitra border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights. The incident came a day after Syrian rebel groups, led by the Al-Qa’ida linked Nusra Front, captured the crossing from soldiers of the Syrian regime. Only last week the Philippine government announced that its 331 participants in the UN force will.....

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Fifty Days and Almost Fifty Points at the Polls
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Israeli prime minister’s support plummets as shooting breaks The fighting between Israel and Hamas lasted 50 days. During that time, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s popularity soared to an unprecedented high of 82 percent in a national poll following the beginning of Israel’s ground operation into the Gaza Strip. But by the time the cease-fire was announced on the 49th day, polls indicated that only 38% of the population stood behind the prime minister. Public opinion in Israel is notoriously.....

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Me and My Cousin Against the Stranger
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Egypt Hopes to Regain Regional Role through Gaza Conflict An old Bedouin proverb says, “Me against my brother, me and my brother against my cousin, and me and my cousin against the world.” In the Gaza conflict, while Egypt and Israel may not be brothers, they are certainly cousins with a joint interest in fighting Hamas, which controls the densely populated Gaza Strip. As an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire is expected to take hold soon, it has reinforced Egypt’s central.....

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TML EXCLUSIVE: European Union Offers Assurances to Prevent Misuse of Gaza Imports
by Felice Friedson on Monday, August 25, 2014

EU Ambassador holds Hamas responsible for breakdown of talks to end Gaza fighting Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen, head of delegation of the European Union to Israel, is no stranger to the region. Speaking to The Media Line’s Felice Friedson, Ambassador Faaborg-Andersen said in the mid-1970s following his high school graduation he spent time in Kibbutz Neot Mordechai in northern Israel. A time of unrest, the future envoy even experienced mortar-fire from Lebanon. Faaborg-Andersen was also Middle East director from 2000.....

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In the West Bank, Support and Condemnation of Gaza Executions
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Death penalty can be legal according to Islamic law Hamas’ public executions of at least 22 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have sparked debate in the West Bank. Those executed, including at least two women, are accused of providing information which allowed Israel to carry out targeted killings of several senior Hamas officials. Hamas officials continued to defend the mass killings through the Palestine Information Center, a Hamas-affiliated website, reporting that “the collaborators sold out their religion, sold out.....

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The Killing Machine Called ISIS
by Felice Friedson on Thursday, August 21, 2014

West fears danger extends to its soil Long before ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria – released the horrific video depicting the execution of journalist James Foley, the world had already become acutely aware that there was no limit to the group’s brutality and ruthlessness. For months, news outlets have been presenting a virtual non-stop horror show of mass beheadings and the slaughter of innocents as ISIS carves out a swath of land from.....

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Looking for Resiliency in Post-Gaza Palestinian Tourism
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Development of regional tourism should be a plus for all sides [West Bank] – Entering 2014, Palestinians predicted an improved economy with particular strength developing in the tourism sector, an important element of the overall economic picture; and for the first six months, the optimism appeared to be warranted.  According to the Palestinian Authority’s tourism minister, tourism was still riding a bump from the visit of Pope Francis last May and the incalculable promotional bonanza that accompanied the.....

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Palestinians Call Report of Thwarted Hamas Plot “Doubtful”
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hamas was said to plan Intifada to cover West Bank takeover, Abbas ouster [WEST BANK] Palestinian officials reacting to Israeli media reports of a thwarted Hamas plot to ignite a third Intifada (Palestinian uprising) as cover for a take-over of the West Bank and the overthrow of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas say they are “doubtful” that the story is accurate. The Israeli account says the Shin Bet domestic security agency made almost 100 arrests during the past several.....

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Palestinians View Meshaal’s Role During War as “Positive”
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Sunday, August 17, 2014

Most expect Hamas/Meshaal “bump” to return to pre-war levels [WEST BANK] -- Despite talk of popular pique at Khaled Meshaal because of his accumulated wealth and impetuous goading of Israel from the safe distance of 1,200 miles while the Gaza Strip suffered carnage and devastation, the Hamas leader-in-exile has nevertheless emerged from the month-long siege of Gaza with a solid majority of Gazans feeling he casts a “positive” image. According to one Palestinian pundit, Meshaal is rising from.....

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