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Gaza fuel supplies are running out

Shortages in Gaza are not new. But for weeks now there’s been a new challenge -fuel supplies are running out. The tunnels widely used to smuggle goods are being shut down by the Egyptian military.

Hackers target Israeli government websites

Hacking group Anonymous announced that they have launched an operation with intent of “erasing Israel from cyberspace”. Their modus operandi is to target Israeli websites and online services by either defacement or DDOS (denial of service) attacks in order to disrupt them. The following is their official statement regarding their #OperationIsrael declaration. Continue reading ‘Hackers target Israeli government websites’

Israel plan to wall off West Bank land defied

A court in Israel is due to hear final arguments on the construction of a separation wall in a pristine valley in the West Bank. Lawyers representing Palestinian landowners and a convent say if the wall is built they will lose their land and the convent will be surrounded.

US cuts off UNESCO funding over Palestine vote

The United States government has cut off funds to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation (UNESCO), following the agency’s admission of Palestine as a full member.

Washington’s decision to withold $60m in funding, which is about one-quarter of UNESCO’s annual budget, came after 107 out of 173 countries voted in favor of the Palestinian bid for statehood.

Although UNESCO’s membership marks a small victory for Palestinian officials, it could help them protect more than 20 monumental Palestinian cultural and religious sites.

The US also condemned UNESCO’s move, saying that it “undermines” the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

Palestinians to push for full UN seat only

The Palestinians will not accept anything less than full UN membership and do not want an upgrade to an observer state in the world body, their foreign minister said.

Riyad al-Malki’s remarks on Thursday suggested the Palestinians would not seek such an upgrade once their bid for full state membership meets its widely expected fate; failure due to opposition from the United States and other governments.

Malki told journalists in Ramallah the Palestinians could have won observer state status long ago and were not interested in it now. They currently hold the status of observer entity.