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Israel-Hamas War’s Toxic Tweets
by Felice Friedson and Abdullah H. Erakat on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Environment grows increasingly hostile where positive relations had existed WEST BANK/ISRAEL – A photograph of a wounded Israeli soldier lying on a gurney appeared on a Facebook page above the comment reading, “I hope all Israeli soldiers come back this way if not at all,” followed by a smiley face computer symbol. As disturbing as the apparent message was, the subtext was equally troubling. The post came from a student at Jerusalem’s Hadassah College, an institution that boasts a.....

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Israel Flight Cancellations Tip of Economic Iceberg
by Felice Friedson and Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Despite huge cost, experts believe Israel will bounce back [JERUSALEM]  -- Esther Olive, a French Jew who lives in Israel, is stranded at the Istanbul airport and is petrified. “People from the airline screamed at us and said that we couldn’t stay in the airport and had to go to a hotel,” she told The Media Line by phone from Turkey. “As a Jew, I just don’t feel safe here.” Olive, a tour operator who brings French tourists to Israel,.....

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Gazans Pay Heavy Price for Hamas Ties to Muslim Brotherhood
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, July 21, 2014

Fatah official counsels Palestinians to avoid Arab politics for sake of Gaza   As the situation becomes increasingly dire in the Gaza Strip, some are seeing the noticeable absence  of vociferous support from the Arab world for beleaguered Gazans as a function of the Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood relationship. “Egyptians feel bad for the Palestinians not affiliated with Hamas… [but]  the people of Gaza are paying the price because of the enemy relationship which exists of between Hamas, Qatar and Turkey on.....

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Hamas Standing Strong in Face of Israeli Assault
by Rami Almagheiri and Linda Gradstein on Sunday, July 20, 2014

Palestinians Allege Israeli “Massacre” in Gaza City [Mughazi Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip] -- At least 50 Palestinians were killed and 400 others wounded when Israel shelled the Shejaia neighborhood in the northeast Gaza Strip, bringing the total to more than 400 killed and 2,500 wounded since the fighting began almost two weeks ago, according to Palestinian health officials. Hamas leader Mahmoud A-Zahar termed the incident a “massacre” and called for an international investigation. Israel accepted a request by the.....

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Mahmoud Abbas Under Fire
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Some Palestinians want support for rocket attacks on Israel Amid rumors that a cease-fire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement is close after ten days of Hamas rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is coming under criticism in both the West Bank and Gaza for not speaking out more strongly against Israel during the fighting. “Some Palestinians are criticizing him for not coming out and welcoming the rockets,” Sami.....

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Egypt's Regional Role Changing in Israel-Hamas Crisis
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cairo expected to propose new cease-fire plan Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is in Egypt today in an attempt to push forward a cease-fire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement, although a truce still appears to be days, if not weeks, away. Hamas today officially rejected an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire. Palestinian officials said Abbas has proposed that Palestinian Authority forces supervise the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Privately Israeli officials said they.....

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Gaza Economy Hit Hard by Latest Fighting with Israel
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Losses could reach $500 million The eight days of Israeli air strikes and Hamas rocket attacks have already taken a heavy economic toll on the Gaza Strip. Palestinian economists say the damage is already an estimated $100 to $150 million and the total could reach $500 million depending on the duration of the Israeli operation. “This recent Israeli war against Gaza came at a very bad time for the economy because this economy has been under siege,” Dr......

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Hamas Warns of "New Weapons" if Israeli Air strikes Continue
by Rami Almeghari on Sunday, July 13, 2014

At least 165 killed in Gaza, more than 1000 wounded [Gaza City] – On the sixth day of the current round of fighting between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement, there is no sign that either side is interested in a cease-fire. Hamas stepped up its rhetoric, warning of “new weapons” if Israel does not stop its attacks. Israel ordered residents of the northern Gaza Strip to leave their homes in advance of heavy Israeli bombardment. Arab foreign ministers.....

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Exclusive to The Media Line: Top Abbas Advisor says Hamas Makes Own Decisions
by Abdullah H. Erakat and Felice Friedson on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Some warn going to The Hague could backfire on  the Palestinians [WEST BANK] – A senior adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told The Media Line in an exclusive interview that the PA and Fatah have no ability to intervene in the Gaza crisis because the Gaza Strip is ruled exclusively by Hamas despite the unity agreement. Responding to the question of whether President Abbas is able to get the Islamist Hamas movement to stop firing rockets.....

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Israel’s Peace Camp Shows Signs of Life
by Felice Friedson on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Haaretz Conference provides a platform for renewing the popular push [Tel Aviv] -- It was to some, a [peace] camp reunion. To others, it served notice that peace with the Palestinians has returned to its place atop the agenda of Israel’s political left following its dalliance with socio-economic issues. To the more than 2,000 participants in Haaretz newspaper’s Israel Peace Conference held this week at Tel Aviv’s David InterContinental Hotel, it was an elegant opportunity to mingle with.....

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