Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Video message from Gaza: We are still under the rubble

Last week, UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, tweeted this shocking fact:
More than 7 months after the ceasefire announcement in #Gaza, not a single totally destroyed home has been rebuilt.
This is a point powerfully made in this video posted by the Popular Committee Against the Siege.

It features Shaima Ziara (Twitter @ShaimaZiara), a student at the Islamic University of Gaza, which was itself bombed during Israel’s assault last summer.

“People had high hopes” that after the end of Israel’s 51-day assault, which killed more than 2,200 people, “things will become easier,” Ziara says.

But with Israel’s siege tighter than ever, she adds, “we’re here to remind you that Gaza is still suffering from a catastrophe that is way more severe and grave than 51 days of war.” more

Palestinian shot dead after stabbing 2 Israeli soldiers

A Palestinian male was shot dead after stabbing two Israeli soldiers on route 60 Wednesday morning.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an the two Israeli soldiers were stabbed at the Sinjil junction near the Shilo settlement south of Nablus.

One soldier, 20, was critically injured after being stabbed in the neck; the other received minor injuries and then opened fire at the Palestinian male, who sustained critical injuries before being pronounced dead.

Israeli army forces and ambulances arrived to the area giving first aid to the soldiers; the soldiers were taken in a helicopter to Israeli hospitals for treatment.

The attack comes less than one week after an Israeli soldier was stabbed by near the Oranit checkpoint in southern Qalqiliya last Thursday. The soldier was lightly injured and the Palestinian male reportedly detained. more