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Hamas delegation says situation in Gaza will be eased – The Jerusalem Post

HAMAS LEADER Ismail Haniyeh gestures during a news conference in Gaza City earlier this month. (photo credit:REUTERS)

A Hamas delegation in Cairo said the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip will be eased, following a series of meetings with Egyptian officials.

The talks yielded some results that will ease the Gaza Strips burdens, the delegation said in a statement late on Wednesday night.

The delegation led by Hamas Politburo member Rouhi Mushtaha arrived in Cairo on Sunday, to follow up on understandings that a separate Hamas delegation and Egypt reached in June, according to the Islamist group.

Since the first Hamas delegations visit to Cairo, Egypt has sent a number of diesel fuel shipments to Gaza to alleviate the electricity crisis there.

Meanwhile, Hamas has started to build a buffer zone in Gaza along the Sinai border, which officials say is aimed at improving the security situation. Egypt has long held that Islamic State fighters in Sinai have sought refuge, medical treatment and arms in the Strip.

The Hamas delegation in Cairo also said that it spoke with Egyptian officials about the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation process.

The movements delegation expressed complete openness to ending the division, the statement said. Hamas has no objection to the consensus government undertaking its duties in Gaza, but the practical reality has forced [us] to form an administrative committee to oversee citizens affairs.

Since ousting the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in a coup detat in 2007, Hamas has controlled Gaza.

In 2014, the Islamist group signed a reconciliation deal with Fatah, leading to the formation of a PA consensus government with a mandate in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. However, the PA government has wielded little authority over affairs in Gaza. The PA has blamed Hamas for preventing it from governing in Gaza, while Hamas has accused the PA of purposefully neglecting the Strip.

The PA government on Thursday called on Hamas to respond affirmatively to President Mahmoud Abbass proposal to dissolve its administrative committee and enable the consensus government to operate in Gaza.

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Women committees in Gaza stage sit-in to demand equal pay to men – Ma’an News Agency (press release)

GAZA (Maan) A group of women committees in the besieged Gaza Strip organized a sit-in on Thursday to demand equal pay between men and women in the coastal enclave amid soaring unemployment rates compounded by Israels decade-long siege on the territory.

A member of the Palestinian peoples Central Committee and head of the working women committees in Gaza Laila Khashan said that local and national institutions must provide equal salaries for women and men in the besieged enclave and work to defend their rights.

Khashan noted that the Israeli siege on Gaza has escalated the suffering of Palestinian people, particularly Palestinian women who bear heavy burdens, and highlighted the necessity of applying a minimum wage that would be equal to both women and men.

She called upon the Palestinian government to take steps to lessen the wage gap between women and men in Gazas labor market, and to end the Palestinian national conflict in order to form an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In addition, PCBS reported that the average daily wage for Palestinian women in 2015 was around 90 shekels ($26), while Palestinian men made an average daily wage of 108 shekels ($31).

The Gaza Strip, meanwhile, has continued to plummet into a humanitarian catastrophe owing to Israels siege and the Palestinian Authority (PA)s recent policies aimed at putting pressure on Hamas, the de facto leaders of the territory, by intentionally exacerbating the difficulties of life for everyday residents in Gaza.

The UN has warned if that current trends are not altered, Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020.

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Israeli military vehicles raid northern Gaza, level lands – Ma’an News Agency (press release)

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Witnesses told Maan that seven army vehicles — four bulldozers and three tanks — coming from the Nahal Oz military base entered the border area of Gaza east of the Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaaiya as drones flew overhead.

Meanwhile, four Israeli military vehicles were also reported to have raided an area east of the town of Jabaliya, as Israeli forces opened fire in the area while the vehicles were leveling lands.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Maan that they were looking into the reports.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the buffer zone,” which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.

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Materials for building Turkish hospital reached Ashdod, will soon arrive in Gaza, Haniyeh says – Daily Sabah

One of the senior leaders of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh said late Wednesday that a ship carrying construction materials needed for building a Turkish hospital in Gaza has reached Israel’s Ashdod port and will soon arrive in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.

Funded by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), the Palestine-Turkey Friendship Hospital will be Gaza’s largest when it becomes operational.

The hospital to be built by TKA will be one of the biggest in the region.

In the illegally blockaded Gaza Strip, hundreds were injured in the 2014 Israeli air strikes.

Another ship sent by Turkey arrived in the Israeli port in June, carrying 10.000 tons of humanitarian aid.

Turkey has been vocally against the blockade illegally imposed by Israel on the Strip. The normalization of Turkish-Israeli diplomatic relations has been a relief for Palestinians as Turkey stepped up efforts to send humanitarian aid to the conflict-stricken Gaza.

Turkey’s parliament approved the normalization deal on August 20, 2016.

Relations between Turkey and Israel declined in 2010 following an Israeli naval raid on a Turkish aid ship en route to deliver humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip. The raid killed 10 activists.

According to the agreement between the two countries, Israel paid $20 million as a compensation for lost lives during Mavi Marmara flotilla raid and Turkey dropped all cases against the incident.

Israeli soldiers will be exempt from legal and criminal responsibility and individual Israeli nationals also will not be held criminally or financially liable for the incident, according to the agreement.

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Billboard suitor Xian Gaza answers ‘scammer’ claims – Rappler – Rappler

Actress Erich Gonzales’ billboard suitor Xian Gaza responds to various accounts from people claiming they have been scammed by him

Published 1:49 AM, July 05, 2017

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ACCUSED SCAMMER. Gaza takes to Facebook in an effort to clear his name after several people claimed that they were scammed by him. Screengrab from Instagram.com/xiangaza

MANILA, Philippines In a lengthy statement posted on his Facebook account, Xian Gaza has aired his side regarding several accounts from various parties claiming that they were scammed by the businessman.

‘Haiyan Shirt Project’

In his Tuesday, July 4 Facebook post, Gaza first addressed Twitter user Dewanie Catapangs questioning of the Haiyan Shirt Project, a charity led by Gaza that supposedly sold t-shirts to profit victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Catapang said in a Twitter thread that Gaza hired her to be part of a marketing team for the project. She initially agreed, though her suspicions were raised when Gaza avoided answering questions about how many shirts had been sold.

She eventually dropped out of the project when Gaza allegedly tried to flirt with her. She also said that she was not paid for their work, and that the projects Facebook page and Gazas personal account disappeared soon after she left.

Gaza maintained in his statement that the project was legitimate.

It didnt pushed [sic] through because the funding that was promised to me ay hindi po dumating at napako (didnt come), Gaza explained.

He said that he funneled P300,000 from his own funds towards the project, losing the amount when the project didnt materialize. The 2,000 t-shirts that were produced for the charity were not sold, and instead distributed to different charities.

Wala akong kinita maski ni isang kusing (I did not earn a single cent) and even lost P300,000 on that project, plus the burden of paying P10,000 every month until now to the company I partnered with to produced [sic] the 2000 Haiyan Shirts in Davao City, he wrote.

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Gaza then addressed another issue involving a certain Ryan Salcedo Tanada, who took to Facebook on July 4 to share his experience working with Gaza. Tanada said that he initially got in touch with Gaza to produce an event in partnership with Filipino Vines, a social media venture Gaza was involved with, along with founder Walter de Vera, with whom he partnered with for Gazera Media.

Tanada went on to say that he gave Gaza an amount of money to cover artists talent fees, which they apparently never received.

To make the story short, even if I already knew that there was something fishy about him, I still gave him the money for the talent fee/s that he said he would give to the artist/s just ask Ella Cruz’s mom regarding the whole story of the supposed TF [talent fee] that they never received, Tanada wrote.

He also said that Gaza offered him fishy investment schemes that he had offered to other people as well. Tanada clarified that Gaza eventually paid off the money he owed, though it took some time.

Responding to the issue, Gaza said that he received a P200,000 downpayment from Tanada in November 2016, an amount which was then diverted to the operating expense backlogs of Gazera Media.

I partnered with Mr De Vera last March 2016 on a 50-50 ownership sharing, me as the pure financial partner while him as the industrial partner, Gaza said. He claimed that he shelled out P1.7 million to fund the venture, along with operating expenses for 8 months.

I was financially bleeding to Gazera Media/Filipino Vines for 8 months with no returns at all I stopped shelling funds to the company to stop my bleeding dahil wala na ‘kong nakikitang kalalabasan na maganda (because I no longer saw a good outcome) on the aspect of profit generation, he said, adding that he declared bankruptcy to De Vera in December 2016.

Gaza also addressed issues brought up by Jessica Cruz, mother of actress Ella Cruz, who was supposedly one of the talents who did not receive the talent fee paid by Tanada for the event with Filipino Vines.

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Cruz said in a Pep.ph report that Gaza was supposed to buy a Fortuner from her husband, who runs a buy-and-sell business for cars. Gaza had reportedly given them post-dated checks, but repeatedly asked to hold the check because hed be paying in cash.

After New Year, nag-ask ulit kami kung may fund na yung check. Ginagawan daw niya ng paraan kasi hes having financial problems, at andoon nga daw siya sa dad niya para umutang (After New Year, we asked if the check had funds. He said he was figuring it out because he was having financial problems and he was at his dads to borrow money), Cruz said.

Her husband then asked Gaza to return the Fortuner, which he did the next day.

Gaza confirmed the transaction with Cruzs husband, saying that they agreed on a price of P650,000, to be paid in two installments. Gaza claimed that he pressured himself to take the deal to impress the Cruz family, despite not having an immediate need for the vehicle.

He said that he decided to back out of the deal when he learned that the unit was valued at a lower price than he agreed to pay.

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Gaza also defended himself against criticisms that he was a stalker.

Ang tanging hangad ko lang po ay kape with Erich with no hidden personal agenda at all (all I want is coffee with Erich) I just wanna show her how much I like her and using this billboard effort to possibly create an initial friendship with her over coffee, he said.

Gaza became internet-famous a few days ago when he rented a billboard to ask actress Erich Gonzales out on a date.

I cant even espresso how much I like you a latte, the billboard read. Will youdrink coffee with me?

Gonzales has responded only indirectly to the post, telling writer Darla Sauler, who alerted her of the billboard, that theres nothing wrong naman if we talk over coffee, but that Sauler had to be there too.

Gazas grand gesture has sparked a debate among netizens. While others found the gesture romantic and courageous, many found that it was creepy, and a form of emotional blackmail. Rappler.com

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As PM Modi visits Israel, Chorus from Gaza: ‘He should have come to Palestine’ – The Indian Express

Written by Shubhajit Roy | Gaza Strip | Published:July 5, 2017 5:26 am Tel Aviv :Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during welcome ceremony upon arrival in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday. PTI Photo

INSIDE A windowless room near the Erez border crossing between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, 85 km from Jerusalem, Fathi Tobail is a disappointed man. He should have come to Palestine, says the 53-year-old, shaking his head. We believe India has good cooperation with Palestine, and we wanted him to come to Gaza as well, says Tobail, wearing the traditional keffiyeh.

Tobail, who owns a multimedia firm, is referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Israel Tuesday for the first visit to the country by an Indian Prime Minister. Unlike previous visits by three Indian leaders foreign ministers Jaswant Singh in 2000, S M Krishna in 2012 and Sushma Swaraj in 2016 Modis visit is limited to Israel, and does not include Palestine. Married to an Indian, Tobail says he has stayed in Chandigarh and now produces short films and manages websites in Gaza.

India can cooperate in the field of electricity. If he had visited Palestine, we would have submitted a request to him about the scarcity of power in Gaza, he says, pointing to the fan that doesnt work. On Tuesday morning, there was no electricity, too. Power cuts are very common in Gaza, says Tobail.

The one-hour, 20-minute ride to Erez is smooth, on a four-lane expressway, where lush greenery on either side leads to the imposing, concrete crossing at Erez, with a glass facade. On the Israeli side of the immigration facility, a lone woman officer is playing candy crush on her cellphone. Two families wait in the lobby, with a little girl chewing on a plastic teddy bear. Photography is not allowed.

The immigration officer takes a hard look at the passport before issuing a stern reminder: The gates close for foreigners by 3 pm. Informed that the Israeli foreign ministry had specified 3.30 pm, she corrects herself: Until 3.30 pm.

The other side lies past the immigration checkpoints through a narrow labyrinth of grey concrete, and a tuk-tuk ride through a tunnel-like path, caged with wire and steel. In Gaza, an officer sits under a poster of Yasser Arafat on the wall, and a map of Gaza Strip. Nearby, the Al Awda cafeteria advertises free WiFi. The cafeteria also flaunts Bisci chocolate biscuits, date bars, Sirma mineral water and Shuga wet wipes.

Tobails office is another taxi ride away, past Palestinian immigration, controlled by Hamas. At the office, journalist Suhada Hammad, 25, echoes the disappointment.

We expected that he will come to Palestine, and to Gaza. He should have come to see the situation here, talk to us about our issues, lives. Unfortunately, this time, it has not happened. Another time, we hope, says Suhada, wearing a blue dress and a head scarf with yellow-and-blue floral prints.

Then theres Ali Mohammad Abushbak, 25, who is keen on getting an admission to Jamia Millia Islamias mass communications programme. Its very sad that Modi did not come to Palestine. A lot of people believe the story of Israel, but what about the Palestine story? We are feeling discriminated by this approach of the Indian government, says Ali.

Israeli officials say that Hamas, which controls Gaza, is a terrorist organisation. According to Mark Sofer, a senior official in Israels foreign ministry, there is no difference between Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hamas.

Israels concerns resonate in the security checks on the way back. Here, bags are emptied completely pens, keys, handkerchieves, headphones and open laptops are placed on a large plastic tray, so that each item is visible. Then, there are body scanners and more security checks.

A Swedish woman, who works for a Norwegian humanitarian organisation in Gaza, is worried that security personnel would confiscate the Swiss knife gifted by her husband. But as her tray arrives, her face lights up the knife is there.

Outside, a blue poster with an image of one hand clasping another, reads: www.helpmegaza.com, Call @ 1800-800-319.

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UN official arrives in Gaza for second time in 5 days PNN – Palestine News Network

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UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolai Mladenov yesterday arrived in Gaza for the second time in five days and met senior Hamas officials to discuss the electricity crisis, Quds Press reported.

Media reports said that Mladenov has been mediating between Hamas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas who has severely reduced government spending on the coastal enclave.

Political analyst Ibrahim Al-Madhoun said that Mladenov, who arrived in Gaza along with four of his aides, discussed the humanitarian situation in Gaza, mainly the electricity issue.

He is trying to reach a solution for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza with a political touch, Al-Madhoun told Quds Press, noting that Mladenovs visits and meetings with Hamas officials are very important as he relays Hamas message to the PA, Israel and the United States.

Al-Madhoun said that the Hamas officials who met with Mladenov had positive impression following his visit.

The UN official was last in Gaza on Thursday when he visited the sole electricity plant in the Gaza Strip.

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UN official arrives in Gaza for second time in 5 days – Middle East Monitor

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolai Mladenov yesterday arrived in Gaza for the second time in five days and met senior Hamas officials to discuss the electricity crisis, Quds Press reported.

Media reports said that Mladenov has been mediating between Hamas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas who has severely reduced government spending on the coastal enclave.

Political analyst Ibrahim Al-Madhoun said that Mladenov, who arrived in Gaza along with four of his aides, discussed the humanitarian situation in Gaza, mainly the electricity issue.

Read: 327 Palestinians killed during Jerusalem Intifada

He is trying to reach a solution for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza with a political touch, Al-Madhoun told Quds Press, noting that Mladenovs visits and meetings with Hamas officials are very important as he relays Hamas message to the PA, Israel and the United States.

Al-Madhoun said that the Hamas officials who met with Mladenov had positive impression following his visit.

The UN official was last in Gaza on Thursday when he visited the sole electricity plant in the Gaza Strip.

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Free running Gaza – Palestine News Network

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In the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza, Mohammed and Abdullah have found a way to distract themselves from the overcrowded tenements and squalid alleyways around them, Al-Jazeera reports.

Both young men have trained for years to become Gazas leading practitioners of parkour.

Parkour involves traversing and scaling obstacles and barriers through running, jumping and vaulting.

Speaking of what parkour means to him, Mohammad said: Parkour is more of an art than a sport. Parkour is kind of a philosophy. Not everyone can do it. It challenges the imagination.

For Mohammed, Abdullah, and the latest generation of young Palestinians to have grown up in the camp under-educated and unemployed, it is the ultimate means of escape.

According to UNRWA are more than half a million of Gazas population (total population is approximately1,9 mil) living in refugee camps.

The refugee camps in Gaza have one of the highest population densities in the world.

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Hamas delegation says situation in Gaza will be eased – The Jerusalem Post

HAMAS LEADER Ismail Haniyeh gestures during a news conference in Gaza City earlier this month. (photo credit:REUTERS) A Hamas delegation in Cairo said the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip will be eased, following a series of meetings with Egyptian officials. The talks yielded some results that will ease the Gaza Strips burdens, the delegation said in a statement late on Wednesday night. The delegation led by Hamas Politburo member Rouhi Mushtaha arrived in Cairo on Sunday, to follow up on understandings that a separate Hamas delegation and Egypt reached in June, according to the Islamist group. Since the first Hamas delegations visit to Cairo, Egypt has sent a number of diesel fuel shipments to Gaza to alleviate the electricity crisis there. Meanwhile, Hamas has started to build a buffer zone in Gaza along the Sinai border, which officials say is aimed at improving the security situation. Egypt has long held that Islamic State fighters in Sinai have sought refuge, medical treatment and arms in the Strip. The Hamas delegation in Cairo also said that it spoke with Egyptian officials about the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation process. The movements delegation expressed complete openness to ending the division, the statement said. Hamas has no objection to the consensus government undertaking its duties in Gaza, but the practical reality has forced [us] to form an administrative committee to oversee citizens affairs. Since ousting the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in a coup detat in 2007, Hamas has controlled Gaza. In 2014, the Islamist group signed a reconciliation deal with Fatah, leading to the formation of a PA consensus government with a mandate in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. However, the PA government has wielded little authority over affairs in Gaza. The PA has blamed Hamas for preventing it from governing in Gaza, while Hamas has accused the PA of purposefully neglecting the Strip. The PA government on Thursday called on Hamas to respond affirmatively to President Mahmoud Abbass proposal to dissolve its administrative committee and enable the consensus government to operate in Gaza. Share on facebook

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Women committees in Gaza stage sit-in to demand equal pay to men – Ma’an News Agency (press release)

GAZA (Maan) A group of women committees in the besieged Gaza Strip organized a sit-in on Thursday to demand equal pay between men and women in the coastal enclave amid soaring unemployment rates compounded by Israels decade-long siege on the territory. A member of the Palestinian peoples Central Committee and head of the working women committees in Gaza Laila Khashan said that local and national institutions must provide equal salaries for women and men in the besieged enclave and work to defend their rights. Khashan noted that the Israeli siege on Gaza has escalated the suffering of Palestinian people, particularly Palestinian women who bear heavy burdens, and highlighted the necessity of applying a minimum wage that would be equal to both women and men. She called upon the Palestinian government to take steps to lessen the wage gap between women and men in Gazas labor market, and to end the Palestinian national conflict in order to form an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. In addition, PCBS reported that the average daily wage for Palestinian women in 2015 was around 90 shekels ($26), while Palestinian men made an average daily wage of 108 shekels ($31). The Gaza Strip, meanwhile, has continued to plummet into a humanitarian catastrophe owing to Israels siege and the Palestinian Authority (PA)s recent policies aimed at putting pressure on Hamas, the de facto leaders of the territory, by intentionally exacerbating the difficulties of life for everyday residents in Gaza. The UN has warned if that current trends are not altered, Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020.

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Israeli military vehicles raid northern Gaza, level lands – Ma’an News Agency (press release)

(File) Witnesses told Maan that seven army vehicles — four bulldozers and three tanks — coming from the Nahal Oz military base entered the border area of Gaza east of the Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaaiya as drones flew overhead. Meanwhile, four Israeli military vehicles were also reported to have raided an area east of the town of Jabaliya, as Israeli forces opened fire in the area while the vehicles were leveling lands. No injuries were reported in either incident. An Israeli army spokesperson told Maan that they were looking into the reports. Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the buffer zone,” which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence. The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone. The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.

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Materials for building Turkish hospital reached Ashdod, will soon arrive in Gaza, Haniyeh says – Daily Sabah

One of the senior leaders of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh said late Wednesday that a ship carrying construction materials needed for building a Turkish hospital in Gaza has reached Israel’s Ashdod port and will soon arrive in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip. Funded by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), the Palestine-Turkey Friendship Hospital will be Gaza’s largest when it becomes operational. The hospital to be built by TKA will be one of the biggest in the region. In the illegally blockaded Gaza Strip, hundreds were injured in the 2014 Israeli air strikes. Another ship sent by Turkey arrived in the Israeli port in June, carrying 10.000 tons of humanitarian aid. Turkey has been vocally against the blockade illegally imposed by Israel on the Strip. The normalization of Turkish-Israeli diplomatic relations has been a relief for Palestinians as Turkey stepped up efforts to send humanitarian aid to the conflict-stricken Gaza. Turkey’s parliament approved the normalization deal on August 20, 2016. Relations between Turkey and Israel declined in 2010 following an Israeli naval raid on a Turkish aid ship en route to deliver humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip. The raid killed 10 activists. According to the agreement between the two countries, Israel paid $20 million as a compensation for lost lives during Mavi Marmara flotilla raid and Turkey dropped all cases against the incident. Israeli soldiers will be exempt from legal and criminal responsibility and individual Israeli nationals also will not be held criminally or financially liable for the incident, according to the agreement.

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Billboard suitor Xian Gaza answers ‘scammer’ claims – Rappler – Rappler

Actress Erich Gonzales’ billboard suitor Xian Gaza responds to various accounts from people claiming they have been scammed by him Published 1:49 AM, July 05, 2017 Updated 2:08 AM, July 05, 2017 ACCUSED SCAMMER. Gaza takes to Facebook in an effort to clear his name after several people claimed that they were scammed by him. Screengrab from Instagram.com/xiangaza MANILA, Philippines In a lengthy statement posted on his Facebook account, Xian Gaza has aired his side regarding several accounts from various parties claiming that they were scammed by the businessman. ‘Haiyan Shirt Project’ In his Tuesday, July 4 Facebook post, Gaza first addressed Twitter user Dewanie Catapangs questioning of the Haiyan Shirt Project, a charity led by Gaza that supposedly sold t-shirts to profit victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Catapang said in a Twitter thread that Gaza hired her to be part of a marketing team for the project. She initially agreed, though her suspicions were raised when Gaza avoided answering questions about how many shirts had been sold. She eventually dropped out of the project when Gaza allegedly tried to flirt with her. She also said that she was not paid for their work, and that the projects Facebook page and Gazas personal account disappeared soon after she left. Gaza maintained in his statement that the project was legitimate. It didnt pushed [sic] through because the funding that was promised to me ay hindi po dumating at napako (didnt come), Gaza explained. He said that he funneled P300,000 from his own funds towards the project, losing the amount when the project didnt materialize. The 2,000 t-shirts that were produced for the charity were not sold, and instead distributed to different charities. Wala akong kinita maski ni isang kusing (I did not earn a single cent) and even lost P300,000 on that project, plus the burden of paying P10,000 every month until now to the company I partnered with to produced [sic] the 2000 Haiyan Shirts in Davao City, he wrote. Filipino Vines Gaza then addressed another issue involving a certain Ryan Salcedo Tanada, who took to Facebook on July 4 to share his experience working with Gaza. Tanada said that he initially got in touch with Gaza to produce an event in partnership with Filipino Vines, a social media venture Gaza was involved with, along with founder Walter de Vera, with whom he partnered with for Gazera Media. Tanada went on to say that he gave Gaza an amount of money to cover artists talent fees, which they apparently never received. To make the story short, even if I already knew that there was something fishy about him, I still gave him the money for the talent fee/s that he said he would give to the artist/s just ask Ella Cruz’s mom regarding the whole story of the supposed TF [talent fee] that they never received, Tanada wrote. He also said that Gaza offered him fishy investment schemes that he had offered to other people as well. Tanada clarified that Gaza eventually paid off the money he owed, though it took some time. Responding to the issue, Gaza said that he received a P200,000 downpayment from Tanada in November 2016, an amount which was then diverted to the operating expense backlogs of Gazera Media. I partnered with Mr De Vera last March 2016 on a 50-50 ownership sharing, me as the pure financial partner while him as the industrial partner, Gaza said. He claimed that he shelled out P1.7 million to fund the venture, along with operating expenses for 8 months. I was financially bleeding to Gazera Media/Filipino Vines for 8 months with no returns at all I stopped shelling funds to the company to stop my bleeding dahil wala na ‘kong nakikitang kalalabasan na maganda (because I no longer saw a good outcome) on the aspect of profit generation, he said, adding that he declared bankruptcy to De Vera in December 2016. Gaza also addressed issues brought up by Jessica Cruz, mother of actress Ella Cruz, who was supposedly one of the talents who did not receive the talent fee paid by Tanada for the event with Filipino Vines. Ella Cruz’s mom Cruz said in a Pep.ph report that Gaza was supposed to buy a Fortuner from her husband, who runs a buy-and-sell business for cars. Gaza had reportedly given them post-dated checks, but repeatedly asked to hold the check because hed be paying in cash. After New Year, nag-ask ulit kami kung may fund na yung check. Ginagawan daw niya ng paraan kasi hes having financial problems, at andoon nga daw siya sa dad niya para umutang (After New Year, we asked if the check had funds. He said he was figuring it out because he was having financial problems and he was at his dads to borrow money), Cruz said. Her husband then asked Gaza to return the Fortuner, which he did the next day. Gaza confirmed the transaction with Cruzs husband, saying that they agreed on a price of P650,000, to be paid in two installments. Gaza claimed that he pressured himself to take the deal to impress the Cruz family, despite not having an immediate need for the vehicle. He said that he decided to back out of the deal when he learned that the unit was valued at a lower price than he agreed to pay. Response to criticism Gaza also defended himself against criticisms that he was a stalker. Ang tanging hangad ko lang po ay kape with Erich with no hidden personal agenda at all (all I want is coffee with Erich) I just wanna show her how much I like her and using this billboard effort to possibly create an initial friendship with her over coffee, he said. Gaza became internet-famous a few days ago when he rented a billboard to ask actress Erich Gonzales out on a date. I cant even espresso how much I like you a latte, the billboard read. Will youdrink coffee with me? Gonzales has responded only indirectly to the post, telling writer Darla Sauler, who alerted her of the billboard, that theres nothing wrong naman if we talk over coffee, but that Sauler had to be there too. Gazas grand gesture has sparked a debate among netizens. While others found the gesture romantic and courageous, many found that it was creepy, and a form of emotional blackmail. Rappler.com

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As PM Modi visits Israel, Chorus from Gaza: ‘He should have come to Palestine’ – The Indian Express

Written by Shubhajit Roy | Gaza Strip | Published:July 5, 2017 5:26 am Tel Aviv :Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during welcome ceremony upon arrival in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday. PTI Photo INSIDE A windowless room near the Erez border crossing between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, 85 km from Jerusalem, Fathi Tobail is a disappointed man. He should have come to Palestine, says the 53-year-old, shaking his head. We believe India has good cooperation with Palestine, and we wanted him to come to Gaza as well, says Tobail, wearing the traditional keffiyeh. Tobail, who owns a multimedia firm, is referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Israel Tuesday for the first visit to the country by an Indian Prime Minister. Unlike previous visits by three Indian leaders foreign ministers Jaswant Singh in 2000, S M Krishna in 2012 and Sushma Swaraj in 2016 Modis visit is limited to Israel, and does not include Palestine. Married to an Indian, Tobail says he has stayed in Chandigarh and now produces short films and manages websites in Gaza. India can cooperate in the field of electricity. If he had visited Palestine, we would have submitted a request to him about the scarcity of power in Gaza, he says, pointing to the fan that doesnt work. On Tuesday morning, there was no electricity, too. Power cuts are very common in Gaza, says Tobail. The one-hour, 20-minute ride to Erez is smooth, on a four-lane expressway, where lush greenery on either side leads to the imposing, concrete crossing at Erez, with a glass facade. On the Israeli side of the immigration facility, a lone woman officer is playing candy crush on her cellphone. Two families wait in the lobby, with a little girl chewing on a plastic teddy bear. Photography is not allowed. The immigration officer takes a hard look at the passport before issuing a stern reminder: The gates close for foreigners by 3 pm. Informed that the Israeli foreign ministry had specified 3.30 pm, she corrects herself: Until 3.30 pm. The other side lies past the immigration checkpoints through a narrow labyrinth of grey concrete, and a tuk-tuk ride through a tunnel-like path, caged with wire and steel. In Gaza, an officer sits under a poster of Yasser Arafat on the wall, and a map of Gaza Strip. Nearby, the Al Awda cafeteria advertises free WiFi. The cafeteria also flaunts Bisci chocolate biscuits, date bars, Sirma mineral water and Shuga wet wipes. Tobails office is another taxi ride away, past Palestinian immigration, controlled by Hamas. At the office, journalist Suhada Hammad, 25, echoes the disappointment. We expected that he will come to Palestine, and to Gaza. He should have come to see the situation here, talk to us about our issues, lives. Unfortunately, this time, it has not happened. Another time, we hope, says Suhada, wearing a blue dress and a head scarf with yellow-and-blue floral prints. Then theres Ali Mohammad Abushbak, 25, who is keen on getting an admission to Jamia Millia Islamias mass communications programme. Its very sad that Modi did not come to Palestine. A lot of people believe the story of Israel, but what about the Palestine story? We are feeling discriminated by this approach of the Indian government, says Ali. Israeli officials say that Hamas, which controls Gaza, is a terrorist organisation. According to Mark Sofer, a senior official in Israels foreign ministry, there is no difference between Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hamas. Israels concerns resonate in the security checks on the way back. Here, bags are emptied completely pens, keys, handkerchieves, headphones and open laptops are placed on a large plastic tray, so that each item is visible. Then, there are body scanners and more security checks. A Swedish woman, who works for a Norwegian humanitarian organisation in Gaza, is worried that security personnel would confiscate the Swiss knife gifted by her husband. But as her tray arrives, her face lights up the knife is there. Outside, a blue poster with an image of one hand clasping another, reads: www.helpmegaza.com, Call @ 1800-800-319. For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

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UN official arrives in Gaza for second time in 5 days PNN – Palestine News Network

Gaza/ PNN/ UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolai Mladenov yesterday arrived in Gaza for the second time in five days and met senior Hamas officials to discuss the electricity crisis, Quds Press reported. Media reports said that Mladenov has been mediating between Hamas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas who has severely reduced government spending on the coastal enclave. Political analyst Ibrahim Al-Madhoun said that Mladenov, who arrived in Gaza along with four of his aides, discussed the humanitarian situation in Gaza, mainly the electricity issue. He is trying to reach a solution for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza with a political touch, Al-Madhoun told Quds Press, noting that Mladenovs visits and meetings with Hamas officials are very important as he relays Hamas message to the PA, Israel and the United States. Al-Madhoun said that the Hamas officials who met with Mladenov had positive impression following his visit. The UN official was last in Gaza on Thursday when he visited the sole electricity plant in the Gaza Strip.

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UN official arrives in Gaza for second time in 5 days – Middle East Monitor

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolai Mladenov yesterday arrived in Gaza for the second time in five days and met senior Hamas officials to discuss the electricity crisis, Quds Press reported. Media reports said that Mladenov has been mediating between Hamas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas who has severely reduced government spending on the coastal enclave. Political analyst Ibrahim Al-Madhoun said that Mladenov, who arrived in Gaza along with four of his aides, discussed the humanitarian situation in Gaza, mainly the electricity issue. Read: 327 Palestinians killed during Jerusalem Intifada He is trying to reach a solution for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza with a political touch, Al-Madhoun told Quds Press, noting that Mladenovs visits and meetings with Hamas officials are very important as he relays Hamas message to the PA, Israel and the United States. Al-Madhoun said that the Hamas officials who met with Mladenov had positive impression following his visit. The UN official was last in Gaza on Thursday when he visited the sole electricity plant in the Gaza Strip.

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Free running Gaza – Palestine News Network

Gaza/PNN In the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza, Mohammed and Abdullah have found a way to distract themselves from the overcrowded tenements and squalid alleyways around them, Al-Jazeera reports. Both young men have trained for years to become Gazas leading practitioners of parkour. Parkour involves traversing and scaling obstacles and barriers through running, jumping and vaulting. Speaking of what parkour means to him, Mohammad said: Parkour is more of an art than a sport. Parkour is kind of a philosophy. Not everyone can do it. It challenges the imagination. For Mohammed, Abdullah, and the latest generation of young Palestinians to have grown up in the camp under-educated and unemployed, it is the ultimate means of escape. According to UNRWA are more than half a million of Gazas population (total population is approximately1,9 mil) living in refugee camps. The refugee camps in Gaza have one of the highest population densities in the world.

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