Monday, 5 August 2013

Longest mural in Palestine unveiled in Gaza

MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad

The Palestinian Culture Ministry has unveiled the longest mural in the country, which is painted on the walls of the Palestinian Legislative Council headquarters in the Gaza Strip.

At 84 metres in length, said the ministry, the mural has two objectives. The first is to reflect the spirit of persistence and steadfastness by being painted on the PLC walls. The council building is an important Palestinian symbol that was bombed during the Israelis' war against Gaza and its institutions.

The second aim is to reflect the varied aspects of Palestinian identity. The mural contains scenes of farmers, the struggle against Israel's occupation and scenes of old mosques and churches. It also contains scenes that symbolise the refugees' right of return. Given the threats to occupied Jerusalem, the artists included the Dome of the Rock, a symbol of Palestinian presence in the Old City and an important landmark. more

Hundreds die as Gaza hospitals face fuel shortage

Hospitals in the Gaza Strip are facing a fuel shortage, which has severely affected their ability to treat patients. The fuel is needed to power the hospitals’ generators.

The fuel shortage has caused almost 500 Palestinian deaths and hundreds more are at risk of dying if the generators cannot run.

The Egyptian army closed the Rafah crossing, Gaza’s only point of entrance or exit on the 3rd of July, leaving thousands of people stranded. Egypt has also prevented the transport of basic necessities into the Gaza Strip via tunnels over the past few months. Several of the tunnels were flooded by the Egyptian army in February. more

Reports: Erdogan cancels Gaza trip after running afoul of Egypt government

Egyptian media is reporting on Sunday that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anticipated visit to the Gaza Strip has been canceled, according to Israel Radio.

Erdogan, who was due in Gaza last month but postponed the visit following the Egyptian military’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, has provoked the wrath of the army-backed government in Cairo over his fervent condemnations of Morsi’s ouster and his overt sympathy for the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Turkish premier was highly critical of what he viewed as the West’s passive response in allowing the Egyptian army to take down a democratically elected government.

Erdogan accused Western and Arab nations of "double standards" for failing to condemn the overthrow Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood like Erdogan has Islamist roots. more