Gaza

Israel Strikes Gaza, Retaliating for Rocket Barrage

03/21/2011

(JTA) -- Israeli combat planes pounded the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the worst barrage of rocket attacks on southern Israel in two years.

The French news agency AFP and Israel Radio reported repeated strikes on the strip late Monday night.

Israel Radio said that there were reports from Palestinian sources of 17 wounded. The army was not responding to the reports, the radio said.

Israel Files U.N. Complaint Over Gaza Mortar Barrage

03/20/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's foreign minister ordered the country's delegation to the United Nations to file a formal complaint after over 50 mortars struck southern Israel in one morning.

More than 50 mortars were fired from Gaza into Israel on Saturday morning. Two Israelis were injured by shrapnel and homes and buildings sustained damage, according to reports. Hamas' armed wing Izzadin Kassam Brigades claimed responsibility for 10 of the explosives.

Palestinians Rally for Fatah - Hamas Unity

03/15/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Thousands of Palestinians rallied for unity in Ramallah and Gaza City.

The rallies on Tuesday were organized on Facebook by young Palestinian activists who are calling for an end to the division between Fatah, which governs the West Bank, and Hamas, which ousted Fatah and took over Gaza in 2007.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians reportedly gathered in Gaza City's Square of the Unknown Soldier. Rallies in Gaza City reportedly began on Monday out of fear the Tuesday rallies would be quashed by Hamas.

Israel Seizes Ship Carrying Weapons for Gaza

03/15/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Navy intercepted a ship bound for Egypt that the Israeli military said was smuggling weapons for use by terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

The Liberia-flagged cargo ship Victoria was seized Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea 200 miles west of Israel.

"The various weaponry on board the vessel was intended for the use of terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip," the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Israel seizes ship carrying weapons for Gaza

03/15/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Navy intercepted a ship bound for Egypt that the military says was smuggling weapons for use by terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

The Liberian-flagged cargo ship "Victoria" was seized on Tuesday, in the Mediterranean Sea 200 miles west of Israel.

"The various weaponry on-board the vessel was intended for the use of terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip," the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement

Hamas To Block U.N. Holocaust Lessons In Gaza

03/01/2011

(JTA) — Hamas said it will stop the United Nations from teaching Palestinian children in Gaza about the Holocaust as part of a human rights curriculum run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, The Guardian reported.

U.S. Reportedly Proposing U.N. ‘Statement’ on Settlements

02/17/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States reportedly is backing a United Nations Security Council statement that would slam Israel on settlements but would stop short of a resolution.

Grad Rockets From Gaza Strike Israel

02/01/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel.

Long-range Grad missiles fired Monday night struck the cities of Ofakim and Netivot. In Netivot, four people were treated for shock, and a parked car and a road were damaged when the rocket landed near a residential neighborhood.

The rocket landed near a hall where a wedding was taking place, according to Ynet, sending guests running for cover, Ynet reported.

Also Monday, a Kassam rocket landed in an open area in the Eshkol regional council, reportedly causing no damage.

Two New Flotillas to Head to Gaza

01/24/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Two more flotillas will attempt to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, organizers said.

The new convoys, organized by the Free Gaza movement and the Turkish pro-Palestinian organization IHH, will leave in the spring and have been dubbed Freedom Flotilla 2, according to reports. An official announcement will be made later this week, Haaretz reported Monday.

The groups also organized the May 31 flotilla that was intercepted by Israeli naval commandos, with the ensuing violence leading to the deaths of nine Turkish activists.

WikiLeaks: Israel Kept Gaza Economy ‘On Brink’

01/05/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel told the United States in 2008 that it planned to keep Gaza's economy "on the brink of collapse," according to a diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks.

The cable, one of three on the topic from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Washington, said that "As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to (U.S. embassy economic officers) on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge."

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