Thursday, 26 July 2012

Israel bans 5 Gaza women from study in West Bank

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel's Defense Ministry said Thursday it would not allow five female students from Gaza to go to university in the West Bank, rights groups said.

In May, Israel's Supreme Court ordered the ministry to reconsider its refusal to allow the students to travel to the West Bank, after Israel admitted there were no individual security concerns about any of the students.

On Thursday, Israel's General Eitan Dangot said the students would not be allowed to travel because of "substantial political and security reasons," the Israeli organization Gisha said in a statement.

The five students -- four of whom are veteran women's rights activists -- are enrolled to study gender studies, democracy and law programs at Birzeit University near Ramallah. There are no Master's programs in gender studies or democracy in the Gaza Strip. more

Over 100 Gaza families flee Syria, returning through Rafah crossing

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- More than 100 Palestinian families have fled Syria due to the deterioration in safety and security resulting from the uprising against President Bashar Assad, an official said Tuesday.

Hamza Abu Shanab of the Gaza-based Palestinian Coalition for the Syrian Revolution told Ma'an that 105 families originally from the Gaza Strip have returned safely through Egypt's Rafah crossing in recent days. The families had business ties in Syria or were students studying at Syrian universities, Abu Shanab said.

He says about 300 Palestinians were killed and 900 injured since the beginning of the turmoil in Syria. Some 10,000 Palestinians have been detained by Assad's forces, but not all of them remain in detention. more