Monday, 9 March 2015

Gaza women protest in front of UNRWA headquarters

Dozens of women took part in a sit-in protest on Monday in front of UNRWA's headquarters in Gaza to demand that the international community accelerate the reconstruction of Gaza.

The protest was organized by the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO) and also called for an end to the eight-year Israeli blockade on the coastal territory.

Women held placards calling on the international community to uphold its responsibilities and pressure Israel to allow reconstruction material into Gaza, as well as calling on Fatah and Hamas to end their disunity.

Large swathes of the Gaza Strip remain in ruin following last summer's 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, which left 100,000 Gazans homeless.

One activist at the demonstration, Andalib Adwan, stressed the importance of holding Israel accountable in front of international courts. more

Israeli forces uproot 300 olive trees in Nablus

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces uprooted 300 olive trees on private Palestinian land in the Nablus village of Salem on Monday, Palestinian liaison officials said.

Director of the Nablus District Civil Liaison Office, Luay al-Saadi, told Ma'an that Israeli bulldozers uprooted the trees 48 hours after his office had requested that Palestinian farmers be given access to plow the land.

The fields are located near the illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Skali.

There were at least 329 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in 2014, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. more