Aid convoy arrives in besieged Gaza Strip

By Ola Attalah, Monday, April 21, 2014

GAZA CITY – The Miles of Smiles 26 aid convoy arrived on Sunday in the besieged Gaza Strip through the Rafah border with Egypt, where it was received by Gaza's Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad.

This is the convoy's first visit since February. The 35-member delegation – now conducting its 26th visit to Gaza – includes activists from the United Kingdom, Algeria and Libya, head of the convoy Essam Youssef told reporters.

Egypt to allow deputy Hamas leader to cross into Gaza

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian authorities have agreed to allow Hamas deputy leader Moussa Abu Marzouq to cross into the Gaza Strip to attend reconciliation talks with rival Fatah.

"Abu Marzouq will come from Egypt on Monday morning through the Rafah border crossing," Youssef Rizka, a political advisor to Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, told Anadolu Agency late Sunday.

Female in Gaza

NYT Sunday Review

By MONIQUE JAQUES

View slide show here.

I have been photographing in Gaza for several years, initially to cover the conflict with Israel, but over time returning because I am mesmerized by the women, and their strength.

Gaza is a troubled land, and growing up there isn’t easy. It is a 45-square-mile district, isolated by towering concrete blast walls, reams of barbed wire and patrolling soldiers. At night the drones lull you to sleep. If you stand on the beach and look north you can see lights coming from land that you will never be able to touch. Demarcation and surveillance define your existence. Families are tight, and watchful. In a place as small as Gaza it is impossible to be truly free, many women say.

ACT Alliance Alert: A Forgotten Crisis: Gaza and West Bank

Source: ACT Alliance – Switzerland – Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:51 PM
Author: Elisabeth Gouel

Alert   

Geneva, 18 April 2014

1.    Brief description of the emergency and impact

Years of blockade and political conflict have strangled economic development and increased poverty in Gaza. Around 540,000 food-insecure people and 74 % of families depend on assistance. Over a third of those able and willing to work are unemployed. According to OCHA, over 12,000 people are currently displaced due to their inability to reconstruct their homes destroyed during hostilities.

Miles of Smiles 26 Breaks Gaza Siege

Wednesday April 16, 2014 by Chris Carlson
A governmental committee to break the siege in Gaza said that human right solidarity convoy ''Miles of Smiles 26'' is to reach Gaza next Sunday, via Rafah crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Aladdin al-Battah pointed out that the convoy will be charged with humanitarian aid and medical materials for the hospitals in besieged Gaza, and will include more than 30 activists from Arab and European countries.

Red Cross warns collapse of humanitarian services in Gaza

Gaza: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Monday warned of a collapse of humanitarian services in the Gaza Strip due to eight years of Israeli blockade. 

Head of the ICRC mission in Gaza Christian Cardon said the tightening restrictions imposed on the movement of goods and individuals from and into the Gaza Strip "are ringing a bell". 

Gaza Corrodes Israel’s Soul

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Cesar Chelala 
As Israel continues its unlawful siege of the Gaza Strip, the health situation for the Palestinians continues to be critical. In a comprehensive report, B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, described the health situation in Gaza on January 1st, 2014.

On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade

17 April 2014 – On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the “illegal collective punishment” unleashed on the population there.

Video: “Happy” Gaza Version

"Youth from Gaza find it in their spirits to be HAPPY despite the oppression from Egypt and Israel. Watch and dance along with them!"

Gaza’s population balloons

by Mohammed Othman

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza schools are overcrowded with students. According to interviews Al-Monitor conducted with schoolteachers, the average number of students in classrooms reaches 40 in both public schools and those affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA), reflecting the demographic reality in the Gaza Strip.