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PA: Made "Generous" Offer; Israel: "Bring it to the Table"
Rocket fire paralyzes life in Ashkelon
Palestinian Family Accepts Condolence Visit
Israeli Students Prepare for Cyber-War
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The Casualty War
by Felice Friedson on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Israel charges Hamas manipulates casualty figures in quest for world sympathy The latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas extends far beyond the urban warfare playing out in the cities and towns of the Gaza Strip; the Israeli cities targeted by waves of Palestinian rockets; and the seek-and-destroy mission of locating and eradicating the elaborate and intricate network of tunnels revealed to extend deep into Israeli territory and beneath southern Israeli communities. Beyond the shooting war, there is.....

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Holiday Celebrations Stay Low-Key in West Bank
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, July 28, 2014

Palestinians Glued to News from Gaza Fuad Abu Rumeileh stands behind the pears, apples and grapes at his fruit stand just inside the Old City of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. He had stayed open late the past few nights, usually a prime shopping time in the days before Eid A-Fitr, the four-day holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. But business is the worst it’s been in years because of the heavy fighting between.....

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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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