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U.N. refugee agency for Palestinians pays salaries, but crisis persists
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Nidal Al-Mughrabi | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The agency said last month it had run out of money to pay salaries after two years of funding cuts by the United States and other donors, including Arab Gulf states. “The payment of December remains uncertain and we are in need of $38 million to pay the salaries of our 30,000 staff,” Abu Hasna told Reuters. Also on Wednesday, Israel handed over a backlog of billions of shekels in tax money to the Palestinian Authority. The PA has been unable to pay full wages of its 130,000 employees in the past months. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said this week it would pay full salaries once it received the tax money.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s, Adnan Abu Hasna, ” Abu Hasna, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Mohammad Shtayyeh Organizations: United Nations, UNRWA, Reuters, West Bank, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Locations: GAZA, United States, Gaza, Sweden, East Jerusalem, Israel
A gloomy Christmas in store for Gaza handicraft workshop
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Nidal Al-Mughrabi | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
GAZA (Reuters) - It’s not going to be a very merry Christmas this year for a handicraft workshop in Islamist-run Gaza that has been an unlikely source of gifts for the holiday. A Palestinian woman wearing face veil, niqab, works on a Christmas-themed doll in a handicraft workshop, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the northern Gaza Strip December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammed SalemCoronavirus lockdowns have made it difficult for the Zeina Cooperative Association to export its hand-crafted Christmas gifts from Gaza to Europe and to the Palestinian town of Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. “We have tried to make changes to some of our products to adjust to the current situation we are living amid the coronavirus (outbreak),” she added. Some 1,000 Christians, mostly Greek Orthodox who celebrate Christmas in January, live in Gaza, which is run by the Islamist Hamas movement.
Persons: It’s, Mohammed Salem Coronavirus, Claus, , Haneen Alsammak, Laila Tayeh Organizations: REUTERS, Zeina Cooperative Association, West Bank Locations: GAZA, Gaza, Europe, Bethlehem
Hamas Gaza chief tests positive for COVID-19, spokesman says
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Gaza's Hamas Chief Yehya Al-Sinwar talks to media before meeting with Chairman of the Palestinian Central Election Committee Hana Naser, in Gaza City October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem/File PhotoGAZA (Reuters) - Hamas’s Gaza leader, Yehya Al-Sinwar, has tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesman for the Islamist militant group, which runs the Palestinian territory, said on Tuesday. Sinwar, 58, is “following the advice of health authorities and taking precautionary measures”, spokesman Hazem Qassem said, without disclosing whether the Hamas chief was in quarantine. Sinwar, a former head of Hamas’s security apparatus, became the movement’s Gaza leader in 2017, six years after he was freed in a prisoner swap with Israel after more than 20 years in jail. Gaza has logged nearly 21,000 coronavirus cases and 111 deaths, mostly since August, amid concern of a wider outbreak in the densely populated enclave of 2 million people.
Persons: Yehya Al, Sinwar, Hana Naser, Mohammed Salem, Hazem Qassem, ” Qassem Organizations: Palestinian, REUTERS, Gaza, Israel Locations: Gaza City, GAZA, Sinwar, Gaza
Opinion | The Fallout From the Killing of an Iranian Nuclear Scientist
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The Iranian people have spoken out repeatedly and at great personal cost, getting gunned down or imprisoned. The Iranian people have no hatred for Jews and no interest in imposing their dictates on their Sunni neighbors. President Barack Obama ignominiously turned his back on the Iranian people’s 2009 Green Revolution. The question now is whether President Biden will make the same mistake and side with the ayatollahs against their own people. Charles KnappRoxbury, Conn.To the Editor:Barbara Slavin describes the assassination of the military officer in charge of Iran’s nuclear bomb program as an illegal criminal act under international law.
Persons: Slavin, , Kenneth A, Margolis Chappaqua, Biden, , Barack Obama ignominiously, Charles Knapp Roxbury, Barbara Slavin Locations: Iran, United States, Israel, Conn, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq
We need to transform this into our own healing crisis — and there are some hopeful signs that this may be happening. Our challenge as a society now is to sustain and embrace the changes the healing crisis is bringing to America. Pandemic-induced isolation has exacerbated emotional distress and physical illness, but also made many of us more grateful for the human connections we do have. Pandemic-induced isolation has exacerbated emotional distress and physical illness, but also made many of us more grateful for the human connections we do have. Our challenge as a society now is to sustain and embrace the changes the healing crisis is bringing to America.
Persons: Hippocrates, , George Floyd’s, Trump’s, Michigan’s, , Gaza who’d, Biden, , Zoom, hunkered Organizations: Physicians, JAMA, Mental Health Services Administration, Body Medicine Locations: America, Balkans, U.S, Caribbean, Young, Gaza, Israel, Palestine
Gaza gets vital medical aid as hospitals struggle with rising infections
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Nidal Al-Mughrabi | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
GAZA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization delivered 15 ventilators to Gaza hospitals on Sunday amid a spike in COVID-19 infections that has tested the Palestinian territory’s under-developed health system. “These devices will help medical teams provide better service to patients, but it is not enough,” said Abdullatif Alhaj of Gaza’s health ministry. Alhaj said hospitals had suffered acute shortages in oxygen essential in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. “The health system right now can hold on for a few weeks after the expansion of beds,” said Abdelnaser Soboh, emergency health lead in the World Health Organization’s Gaza sub-office. Soboh said Gaza is also experiencing severe shortages of medications and disposable equipment needed to treat COVID-19 patients.
Persons: , Abdullatif, Alhaj, Abdelnaser, Soboh Organizations: World Health Organization, Gaza Health Ministry, Health Locations: GAZA, Gaza, Kuwait, Israel, Egypt
Opinion | Dear Joe, It’s Not About Iran’s Nukes Anymore
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Thomas L. Friedman | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
After Trump scrapped the nuclear deal, Iran abandoned its commitments to restrict its enrichment of uranium that could be used for a nuclear bomb. But since Biden’s election, Iran has said it would “automatically” return to its nuclear commitments if Biden lifts the crippling sanctions imposed by Trump. Only after those sanctions are lifted, said Tehran, might it discuss regional issues, like curbs on Iran’s precision missile exports and capabilities. (Iran has a network of factories manufacturing its own precision-guided missiles.) The Saudis have been trying to do the same versus Iran’s proxies in Yemen, who have fired on its airports.
Persons: Biden, Trump, he’ll Organizations: United Arab, Trump, Biden, Hezbollah Locations: Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Tehran, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, U.S, Gaza
Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a news conference on Thursday, November 19. Hide Caption 10 of 427Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People shop at an outside market in Berlin on October 27. Hide Caption 62 of 427Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A worker disinfects a public school in Brasilia, Brazil, on August 5. Hide Caption 65 of 427Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Elementary school students walk to class in Godley, Texas, on August 5. The shelter, which hosts 470 asylum seekers, was placed in isolation after a pregnant resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia over the weekend, a senior Cabinet minister told local news media, signaling a potential breakthrough for Israel as it strives for acceptance in the region. On Israel's Army Radio, Education Minister Yoav Gallant congratulated Netanyahu on the "remarkable achievement" but did not say bin Salman and Netanyahu had met. I’m committed to strengthening Israel.”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after making a statement in Jerusalem last Thursday. Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, meanwhile, denied that a visit took place, saying in a tweet that "no such meeting occurred. After the deal with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia allowed Israeli airliners to fly over their territory.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo —, Yoav Gallant, Salman, , I’m, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Maya Alleruzzo, Faisal bin Farhan, bin Salman, Daniel Shapiro, Prince Bandar, Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani, Rachel Elbaum, Paul Goldman Organizations: Saudi Crown, Israel's Army Radio, , State Department, NBC, Saudi, Journalists, Gulfstream, Sunday, U.S, United Arab, Institute for National Security, UAE, Peace Initiative, West Bank, The Associated Press Locations: TEL AVIV, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jerusalem, Saudi, Iran, Neom, Tel Aviv, Sinai, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, U.S, Egypt, Jordan, Gaza, United States, Prince, London
Palestinian rocket fire draws Israeli air strikes in Gaza
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel, drawing Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said on Sunday. Israeli police said the Gaza rocket fired on Saturday night damaged a factory in the southern city of Ashkelon. The Israeli military said its aircraft struck in response at several military sites belonging to Hamas, the Islamist armed group that controls Gaza. Reuters witnesses said the pre-dawn strikes hit targets in Gaza City and the southern Gaza cities of Rafah and Khan Younis, where flames and plumes of smoke could be seen rising from some sites. “The Hamas terror organization is responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it, and will bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians,” the military said in a statement.
Persons: Khan Younis, Organizations: Palestinian, Gaza Locations: GAZA, Israel, Gaza, Ashkelon, Gaza City, Rafah
World Bank warns G20 against doing too little to tackle debt problems
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: A participant stands near a logo of World Bank at the International Monetary Fund - World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 12, 2018. “Debt reduction and transparency will enable productive investment, a key to achieving an earlier, stronger and more lasting recovery,” Malpass told G20 leaders during a videoconference meeting. Some countries, including China, have remained reluctant to embrace the need for debt cancellation, although top economists say that will likely be needed in some cases. Private sector creditors have also failed to join in, despite repeated calls by G20 leaders, civil society groups and the United Nations. In Sudan, he said he was hopeful that arrears clearance could move quickly, especially given the inflow of refugees from neighboring Ethiopia, which would allow substantial World Bank funding to begin flowing almost immediately.
Persons: David Malpass, Johannes P, Malpass, ” Malpass, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Bank, International Monetary Fund, REUTERS, Group, United Nations, West Bank, United Locations: Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Latin America, Chad, Angola, Ethiopia, Zambia, China, Somalia, Lebanon, Gaza, Sudan, United States
Palestinian girls compete in a rare Gaza boxing contest
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Nidal Al-Mughrabi | ) www.reuters.com + 0.97   time to read: +1 min
GAZA (Reuters) - Trading jabs and punches, young Palestinian girls competed in a female boxing tournament on Friday in the Gaza Strip, where the sport is mostly popular with men. Slideshow ( 2 images )Friday’s contest featured female boxers as young as seven years old, and was attended by dozens of spectators. One boxer, Hala Ayoub, said she hoped the contest would show people that boxing is not only a man’s sport. The number of female boxers in Gaza has doubled in the past six months since an initial 18-member all-girl team was formed. Ali Abdel-Shafi, deputy chairman of the Palestinian Boxing Federation, said some of the girls from Friday’s competition would be selected to join the Palestinians’ boxing team and take part in a competition in Kuwait in February.
Persons: Hala Ayoub, , Ayoub, Osama Ayob, Ali Abdel, Shafi, Malak Mesleh Organizations: Palestinian Boxing Federation, Hamas Locations: GAZA, Gaza, Palestine, Kuwait, , Israel, Egypt
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Mother-of-five steers new course as Gaza's first woman taxi driver
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Nidal Al-Mughrabi | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
GAZA (Reuters) - For Naela Abu Jibba, a mother of five who lives and works in the Gaza Strip, taking the road less travelled has become a way of life. Slideshow ( 5 images )The first woman taxi driver in the Islamist-run Palestinian territory, the 39-year-old has become a target of sexist jibes about her abilities behind the wheel - but they pale into irrelevance beside the gratitude of her all-female clientele. “When a woman exits a hair-dresser shop, going to a party dressed and wearing makeup she feels better riding with a woman,” Abu Jibba said. Abu Jibba, who has a degree in community service, started her taxi business after failing to find work. “My dream is to have an Al-Mukhtara fleet,” Abu Jibba said.
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This was underscored by the death last week of Saeb Erekat, the Palestine Liberation Organization's chief peace negotiator. Erekat had become the embodiment of the Palestinian commitment to a stage-by-stage process in which an independent Palestinian state would emerge to live in peace alongside the Jewish state of Israel. The author of that approach on the Palestinian side was Mahmoud Abbas, now head of the Palestinian Authority. Palestinians were first granted self-rule in Gaza and Jericho, and that autonomy was then extended to 40 percent of the West Bank while final-status negotiations took place. Israelis will then have to rethink whether they prefer expanding settlements and holding on to West Bank territory over normalization with such important Arab states as Saudi Arabia and Morocco.
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JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Saeb Erekat, one of the most experienced and high-profile advocates for the Palestinian cause over decades of dispute with Israel, died on Tuesday after contracting COVID-19. FILE PHOTO: Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat looks on during a news conference following his meeting with foreign diplomats, in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank January 30, 2019. His funeral is expected to be held on Wednesday in the West Bank city of Jericho. He left the West Bank in the 1970s to go to college. Asked a year before his death if there was a danger of the middle ground of Palestinian politics disappearing, Erekat told Reuters: “It’s happening.
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Erekat, longtime spokesman for the Palestinians, dies at 65
  + stars: | 2020-11-10 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
Saeb Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, died on Tuesday, weeks after being infected by the coronavirus. The American-educated Erekat was involved in nearly every round of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians going back to the landmark Madrid conference in 1991. Abbas and members of his inner circle, including Erekat, found themselves internationally sidelined and deeply unpopular among Palestinians. He spent most of his life in the occupied West Bank town of Jericho, a palm-studded desert oasis about 30 minutes from Jerusalem. Then, as now, the Palestinians sought an independent state in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
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ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Eli Lilly’s Antibody Treatment Gets Emergency F.D.A. New measures could include a broader shutdown of nonessential businesses if the citywide seven-day average rate of positive virus test results climbs, and stays, above 3 percent. Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman said on Monday. Two days before, a Cambodian bodyguard who had protected the Hungarian foreign minister during his trip also tested positive. People who have a trip coming up should get a coronavirus test before they travel, experts say.
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Palestinians congratulate Biden, indicate end to boycott of U.S.
  + stars: | 2020-11-08 | by ( Ali Sawafta | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
RAMALLAH (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden in a statement that indicated he will drop his three-year political boycott of the White House. FILE PHOTO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prepares to speak during a news conference with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (not seen) at the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York, U.S., February 11, 2020. Abbas’s boycott was popular among Palestinians, who celebrated Trump’s defeat on Sunday on the streets. “When Biden announces that this is going to change - and he announced that during his election campaign - there will be no reason for the boycott,” he said. Gaza political analyst Hani Habib said the Biden win would encourage Abbas to re-engage in negotiations with Israel, a move the international community has long called for.
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FILE PHOTO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas enters a news conference with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (not seen) at the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York, U.S., February 11, 2020. But Haj Muhammad, 57, remains cautious about a Biden presidency, and had a message for him. Trump also published a Mideast blueprint in January that envisaged Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, territory that Palestinians seek for a state. Biden has said he will restore funding to the West Bank and Gaza. Hani al-Masri, a Palestinian political analyst, said it would be difficult for the Palestinians to continue their boycott, even though expectations of Biden remained modest.
Persons: Mahmoud Abbas, Ehud Olmert, Yana Paskova, Joe Biden, Abbas, Donald Trump’s, Trump, , Hanan Ashrawi, , Imad Haj Muhammad, Haj Muhammad, Biden, Israel’s, normalisation, Ismail Haniyeh, Hani al, Masri Organizations: Washington, Grand Hyatt, REUTERS, U.S, Embassy, Palestine Liberation Organisation’s, West Bank, Biden, Trump, United Nations, Israel, United Arab, Palestinian, White Locations: JERUSALEM, New York, U.S, United States, Israel, Jerusalem, Palestine, Ramallah, Palestinian, American, Washington, Gaza, Tel Aviv, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan
Photos: COVID-19 Continues to Disrupt Daily Life Around the World
  + stars: | 2020-09-29 | by ( Sept. | At P.M. | ) www.usnews.com + 0.92   time to read: 1 min
View all 21 PhotosFrom when the first known coronavirus cases were recorded in China in January, to the surge of COVID-19 deaths that brought New York City to a standstill in April, the global pandemic continues to ravage the world, with one million deaths and economies in disarray. Still, daily life endures, as face coverings dot the landscape of a brave new world. Sept. 27, 2020 | Gaza Strip | A Palestinian taxi driver and passengers wait to cross to the Egyptian side of Rafah border crossing. (SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Persons: KHATIB Organizations: Getty Locations: China, New York City, Gaza, Palestinian, Rafah, AFP
Covid World Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak
  + stars: | 2020-01-28 | by ( The New York Times | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
About this data The hot spots map shows the share of population with a new reported case over the last week. United StatesThe number of known coronavirus cases in the United States continues to grow. Reported cases in the United States Average daily cases per 100,000 people in the past week ← Fewer More → Ala. Alaska Ariz. Ark. About this data Note: The map shows the share of population with a new reported case over the last week. Read more about the methodology and download county-level data for coronavirus cases in the United States from The New York Times on GitHub.
Persons: Iowa Kan Organizations: The Center, Systems Science, Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, National Health Commission, World Health Organization, West Bank, Palestinian Health Ministry, Montenegro, Liechtenstein, Austria, Georgia, Republic, Slovenia, New York Times, Washington , D.C, United States, Hawaii Idaho Ill, N.D . Ohio Okla, The New York Times Locations: People's Republic of China, Gaza, Russia, Crimea, United States, France, Yokohama, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Wuhan, China, Iran, Italy, Spain, New York, Washington ,, U.S, Ala . Alaska, Calif, Colo, Conn, Del, Fla . Ga, Hawaii Idaho, Ind, Iowa, Ky, La . Maine Md, Mass, Mich, Minn, Miss, Mo, Mont, Neb, N.H . N.J, N.M, N.Y, N.C, N.D . Ohio, N.D . Ohio Okla ., Pa, S.D . Tenn . Texas Utah, Va, Wash, W.Va . Wis, Wyo, New York City
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