Ahed Tamimi Leads March For Palestine

Clay Curtis
May 14, 2019

He called the council's "obsessive" focus on Israeli settlements a "farce", saying settlements aren't hindering peace, and said the council should condemn Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad for firing hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza.

Israel did not publicly confirm the deal, but on Friday lifted the ban it had imposed on Palestinian fishing boats operating off Gaza.

The Israeli military claimed that Gaza ruled by Hamas and jihadi elements has fired around 600 rockets and other projectiles in southern Israeli cities, adding that, in retaliation, it targetted more than 250 targets belonging to Gaza militants.

Corbyn also tackled last week's escalation of violence, during raids on Gaza, killing 25 Palestinians, and four Israelis, describing it as "both distressing and risky - and a reminder of the risk that full-scale conflict can return at any time", adding that the silence of many governments, including the British, has been deafening.

A new agreement was brokered which reportedly includes tens of millions of Qatari aid to Gaza as part of a package to ease Israel's crippling blockade of the strip.

Israel did not publicly confirm the deal. From fewer than 80,000 Palestine refugees receiving UNRWA social assistance in Gaza in the year 2000, there are today over one million people who need emergency food assistance without which they can not get through their day.

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Gazans have held weekly rallies since March 2018, primarily to draw global attention to the dire living conditions. It ended with a cease-fire brokered by Egypt and helped by the United Nations and Qatar.

The protest was timed to coincide with the 1948 Palestinian exodus in which hundreds of thousands were forcibly displaced from their homes during the 1948 and 1967 wars that resulted from the state of Israel being created.

Two Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli administrative detention, without a charge or court trial, completed 41 days of their open hunger strike, on Sunday, protesting their unfair detention.

Former IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot, right, is interviewed by Amos Yadlin at the Institute for National Security Studies annual conference in Tel Aviv, on January 27, 2019.

But critics say it amounts to collective punishment of Gaza's two million residents.

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