Gaza

Gaza hairdressers in fear of Hamas ban

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

Hamas has arrested "at least one" male hairdresser for cutting women's hair in the Gaza Strip this week, according to the BBC.

The terrorist organisation, in control of Gaza since 2007, introduced a legal ban on women using male hairdressers in March 2010. They said it was necessary because Islamic tradition stipulated a woman should not reveal their hair to men they were not related to.

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Alistair Burt says Gaza is 'unsustainable'

By Martin Bright, June 30, 2011

Middle East minister Alistair Burt became the first Foreign Office minister to visit the Gaza Strip in five years on Tuesday, as he toured a United Nations school in Jabalia refugee camp and met business leaders in Gaza City.

Mr Burt said: "I was struck today by the need for further progress to allow imports by UNRWA and others to complete much-needed projects and to facilitate exports.

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UK minister: better ways than Gaza flotilla

By Anshel Pfeffer and Martin Bright, June 29, 2011

Middle East minister Alistair Burt became the first Foreign Office minister to visit the Gaza Strip in five years on Tuesday, as he toured a United Nations school in Jabalia refugee camp and met business leaders in Gaza City.

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London Citizens' Junaid Ahmed's speech on Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011
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In a video filmed at an event in East London in January 2009, Gaza: The Martyrs Meadow, London Citizens deputy chair Junaid Ahmed made a speech on the "heroes of Palestine".

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Security fears as Egypt opens Gaza crossing

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Israel has described Egypt's decision to reopen its border with Gaza as "problematic".

The Rafah crossing, which has been closed by Egypt for the majority of the time since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, will be now be open between 9am and 9pm except on Fridays and holidays.

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Bloody protests on Syria-Israel border

By Jennifer Lipman, May 15, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has pledged that Israel will remain determined to defend its borders and sovereignty after clashes on its northern borders left several Arab protesters dead.

At least two Syrians were believed to have been killed and many more soldiers and protesters left injured on the Syrian border after thousands of demonstrators attempted to push across into Israel's Golan Heights.

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Barenboim takes orchestra to Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 5, 2011

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim took a 25-strong orchestra to the Gaza Strip on Monday evening to perform a concert of works by Mozart.

The musicians flew from Berlin to El Arish in Egypt and entered Gaza from the Rafah crossing since, as an Israeli citizen, Mr Barenboim is forbidden from entering the Gaza Strip.

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Activist death reveals Hamas's struggle in Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

Hamas forces killed two of the alleged murderers of Italian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist Vittorio Arrigoni in a shoot-out in Gaza last week.

Arrigoni, who spent nearly three years in Gaza, was kidnapped and murdered by a Salafist group, opposed to Hamas, in retaliation for the imprisonment of the movement's leader.

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Italian Israel activist found dead in Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

An Italian pro-Palestinian activist has been captured and murdered by extremists in Gaza,.

Vittorio Arrigoni was found dead in Gaza City by Hamas officials on Thursday after he was kidnapped by a group called "Monotheism and Holy War".

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Let's be twins, Irish council asks Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2011

Northern Ireland's smallest district council has agreed to explore the possibility of twinning with Gaza, sparking a war of words among local politicians and residents.

Moyle, in County Antrim, is home to just 17,000 people. Councillors voted last week in favour of a twinning project with Gaza City, and will now investigate possible link-ups.

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