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May 26, 2011 | By Mark Lavie, Associated Press
CAIRO - Egypt's decision Wednesday to end its blockade of the Gaza Strip by opening the only crossing to the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory this weekend could ease the isolation of 1.4 million Palestinians there. It also puts the new Egyptian regime at odds with Israel, which insists on careful monitoring of people and goods entering Gaza for security reasons. The Rafah crossing will be open permanently starting Saturday, Egypt's official Middle East News Agency said. That would give Gaza Palestinians their first open border to the world since 2007, when Egypt and Israel shut their crossings after the Islamic extremist group Hamas overran the strip.
NEWS
April 6, 1994 | Daily News wire services
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP ARAB EXILES GET ROUSING WELCOME With flags hanging off pickup trucks and buses packed with local dignitaries, the Palestinians of Gaza yesterday gave a rousing welcome to the first group of their leaders returning triumphantly from exile. "We promise you our brothers to bring smiles to your faces as you return to your homeland," read a banner held by some of the hundreds of well-wishers withering in the afternoon sun at this Israeli border crossing. If, as expected, the Israel-PLO accord is signed in the coming weeks, the Rafah crossing soon will fly a Palestinian flag.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2006 | By Rob Watson INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
We try to keep things light and airy most of the time in this column. Spooky aliens, gun-toting heroes, mushy romances, comic relief, you know the deal. Not today. The 2004 HBO documentary Death in Gaza is a hard dose of reality. Tough to swallow and sure to bring tears, the film focuses on three children growing up in the Gaza Strip. It is also a tribute to James Miller, the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker of CNN's Unholy War and Beneath the Veil, whose plan, with reporter Saira Shah, was to follow the lives of Israeli children as well.
NEWS
November 16, 2005
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and President Bush now have solid evidence of how the personal involvement of a top official can score big diplomatic victories. Rice announced yesterday in Jerusalem that Israelis and Palestinians will take numerous steps to ease access into the Gaza Strip, which Israeli forces turned over to Palestinians in September. Until Rice's tour de force performance, talks on Gaza, and the chances for a fuller peace process, had broken down. Greater freedom of movement for people and commerce is essential if post-occupation Gaza is to be the model for a Palestinian state.
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April 15, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The Israeli army imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew yesterday on a town in the occupied Gaza strip after police clashed with Palestinians at the funeral of a student killed by Israeli troops. In the occupied West Bank, anti-Israeli protests continued for a second day as demonstrators chanting "Israel No! PLO!" hurled rocks at Israeli troops in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Tulkarem. Army spokesmen said that in some areas protesters set up roadblocks and burned gasoline-soaked tires. No injuries or arrests were reported.
NEWS
May 13, 2004 | By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Palestinians bombed an Israeli armored convoy yesterday, killing an officer and four soldiers and injuring three others along the Gazan border with Egypt. Israel responded a few hours later with a missile strike on a Rafah refugee camp that killed seven Palestinians and injured at least six. The attack on the Israeli convoy followed a similar bombing Tuesday that killed six Israelis in an armored personnel carrier. The attackers collected the remains of the Israeli soldiers and refused to return them, and Israel responded with a huge offensive that continued through this morning.
NEWS
November 16, 2005 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Israeli-Palestinian pact announced yesterday to reopen the Rafah crossing, a vital link to the outside world for the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip, came down to a hotel room, a laptop around which negotiators made last-minute revisions, and the determination of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to cement the deal in the wee hours. Laying her prestige on the line, Rice postponed plans to leave Jerusalem on Monday in the belief that an agreement could be worked out with her personal touch.
NEWS
November 16, 2003 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Stef Wertheimer, a Palmach-era Zionist and one of Israel's richest men, has a simple plan to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: Bring good jobs to the Arab world with an economic infusion modeled on the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II. Invest in industry and infrastructure, he tirelessly tells leaders in Israel and abroad, and prosperity can bring peace. Don't wait for quiet; bring it on with industrial development. To that end, Wertheimer, 77, is promoting a plan to build as many as 100 industrial parks across the region, including a billion-dollar demonstration project in Aqaba, Jordan, and a park in Rafah, the impoverished southern tip of the Gaza Strip.
NEWS
August 7, 2004 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Physically and emotionally, these travelers were drained. Sweat-soaked shirts clung to sunburned skin. Suitcases brimmed with dirty laundry that had seen service more than one too many times. The busload of travelers had been stranded for nearly three weeks in the Egyptian desert after Israel closed this border checkpoint July 19, citing security concerns. When the Israelis finally reopened the crossing yesterday, these wilted Palestinians fell into the arms of anxious relatives and said they could not be happier to be home.
NEWS
December 13, 2004 | By Dion Nissenbaum and Mahmoud Habboush INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Palestinians yesterday carried out their deadliest assault since the Nov. 11 death of Yasir Arafat, detonating a massive underground bomb on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt that killed at least five Israeli soldiers and wounded at least five others, Israeli military officials and Palestinians said. Hamas and a group known as the Fatah Hawks, an armed wing of the Fatah political movement, claimed responsibility for the explosion, which occurred under an Israeli military checkpoint at the Rafah border crossing in southern Gaza.
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July 28, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
On my refrigerator door I keep a photo of an exceptional Palestinian woman who ran kindergartens in Gaza in the 1990s for the Philly-based American Friends Service Committee. Mary Khaas, who died more than a decade ago, would drag her teachers from their refugee-camp homes to visit her Jewish friends at a kibbutz just across the Gaza border. She believed in two states, and wanted each side to stop demonizing the other. Attitudes have hardened in Gaza over the last decade, and I don't know how Mary would feel now. But as U.S. efforts to produce a lasting cease-fire falter, and temporary cease-fires run down, the photo reminds me that many Americans can't conceptualize the humanity of the civilians who are dying there.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By William Booth, Washington Post
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip - Arab Idol is an over-the-top TV ratings smash in the Middle East, and a young crooner from a Palestinian refugee family, whom admirers have nicknamed "the Rocket," is stealing the show. The surprise breakout of the second season is a 23-year-old Gaza Strip resident named Mohammed Assaf, whose patriotic folk songs and romantic ballads - with their themes of grit, longing, and love - have propelled him into the final rounds. "I think this shows the world there are many normal people in Gaza, that Gaza is not just this place of terrorists and criminals but nice people," said Ala'a Nabrees, 22, a longtime friend.
NEWS
December 30, 2012 | By Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press
EL-ARISH, Egypt - Thousands of tons of building materials such as cement and steel began crossing into the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said, temporarily easing a five-year-old blockade on the coastal territory. An Egyptian security official said the shipment was made in consultation with Israeli officials, who were in Cairo on Thursday to discuss security in the Sinai Peninsula and the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreed upon by Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel last month.
NEWS
August 30, 2012
Rescuers search for boat survivors CANBERRA, Australia - Six people were plucked from the ocean in a mounting rescue operation on Thursday after a boat reportedly carrying 150 people was believed to have sunk off the Indonesian coast, an official said. The emergency was the latest in a series created by a growing human smuggling trade in which thousands of asylum seekers from countries including Afghanistan, Iran and Sri Lanka travel in overcrowded fishing boats from Indonesia to Australia.
NEWS
June 28, 2011 | By Christopher Torchia, Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece - Organizers of a flotilla to challenge Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip say they'll sail any day now, but they are struggling to overcome delays that they attribute to Israeli pressure. They have held regular news conferences to talk up their campaign, but they are so cautious that they will not say where their boats are docked. Dire warnings and diplomatic sensitivities shadow the politically charged plan to deliver aid to the Palestinian territory. The fear is a reprise of a similar mission a year ago that ended when nine activists on a Turkish vessel died in a raid by Israeli commandos.
NEWS
May 26, 2011 | By Mark Lavie, Associated Press
CAIRO - Egypt's decision Wednesday to end its blockade of the Gaza Strip by opening the only crossing to the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory this weekend could ease the isolation of 1.4 million Palestinians there. It also puts the new Egyptian regime at odds with Israel, which insists on careful monitoring of people and goods entering Gaza for security reasons. The Rafah crossing will be open permanently starting Saturday, Egypt's official Middle East News Agency said. That would give Gaza Palestinians their first open border to the world since 2007, when Egypt and Israel shut their crossings after the Islamic extremist group Hamas overran the strip.
NEWS
April 9, 2011 | By Matti Friedman, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Israeli aircraft and ground forces struck Gaza on Friday, killing four Hamas extremists and five civilians in a surge of fighting sparked by Thursday's Palestinian rocket attack on an Israeli school bus. Hamas officials also said an Israeli air strike killed three of its militants, including a senior commander, early Saturday. The Israeli military had no immediate comment. Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers seemed on the brink of another round of intense violence, just a little over two years after a three-week war in which persistent rocket fire from Gaza triggered a devastating Israeli military offensive in the territory.
NEWS
September 5, 2008 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Swaying but maintaining his balance inside a hospital therapy room, 15-year-old Asaad Mahmoud is learning to walk on prosthetic legs, circling the floor with bright-eyed determination, and tackling the daunting challenge of stairs. Sweat glistens on his brow; he hesitates on the first stair. "I can't," he protests momentarily, before summoning the courage to abandon the banister in favor of the crutch-cane cuffed to his one good arm. By week's end he would climb the first tier of steps, unassisted, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Later, he would exult before the Rocky statue.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2006 | By Rob Watson INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
We try to keep things light and airy most of the time in this column. Spooky aliens, gun-toting heroes, mushy romances, comic relief, you know the deal. Not today. The 2004 HBO documentary Death in Gaza is a hard dose of reality. Tough to swallow and sure to bring tears, the film focuses on three children growing up in the Gaza Strip. It is also a tribute to James Miller, the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker of CNN's Unholy War and Beneath the Veil, whose plan, with reporter Saira Shah, was to follow the lives of Israeli children as well.
NEWS
November 26, 2005 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Banners pinned to the fences of this edgy border crossing proclaim Palestinian aspirations now that Israel has withdrawn from the Gaza Strip and loosened its grip on Gaza's only direct access to the outside world. "Gateway to liberty," "A step toward complete sovereignty," "The beginning of hope," read the slogans arrayed around this sun-splashed transit terminal on the Gaza-Egypt border. They had been put up for yesterday's ceremony marking Palestinian control for the first time of their own international border crossing.
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