On the heels of the Great March of Return in Gaza, when Israeli soldiers killed 112 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands more, a four-ship Freedom Flotilla will set sail for Gaza this month from a port in the Mediterranean Sea. Although it is an act of piracy for Israel to confiscate ships in international waters, the Israeli military will most likely do just that. The very first Freedom Flotilla boats traveled to Gaza in 2008, and four managed to get there—the first international boats to do so in over 40 years. Since then, however, the Israelis have intercepted every boat. But the heroic attempts to reach Gaza, year after year, draw international attention to the siege and the plight of the Palestinians who live there.
'They Felt They Had Nothing to Lose': NBC Reporter Explains Why Gaza Residents Risk Death to Protest
As Israeli soldiers killed dozens of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday and wounded, top officials in President Donald Trump's administration celebrated the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, not all that far away. The images of ceremony and celebration along with protest and bloodshed reveal the fundamental divide that is crucial to understanding the position Gaza is in — and why this kind of violence breaks out.
Doctors Without Borders Condemns the 'Bloodbath' in Gaza as a Result of Israel's 'Disproportionate Use of Violence'
Doctors Without Borders released a statement Monday condemning the brutal attacks on unarmed protesters in Gaza by the Israeli military as demonstrations broke out at the border. Protesters opposed the opening of a new U.S. embassy for Israel in the city of Jerusalem, a move ordered by President Donald Trump.
White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said there was no need for Israel's leadership or soldiers to show any restraint after the country's military reportedly killed more than 50 Palestinian protesters and wounded more than 1,000 others on Monday.
The White House on Monday released an official transcript of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner addressing the opening ceremony for the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. In the version submitted to reporters, however, the administration neglected to include an important—and controversial—line from the top Trump aide.
Gaza has often been invaded for its water. Every army leaving or entering the Sinai desert, whether Babylonians, Alexander the Great, the Ottomans, or the British, has sought relief there. But today the water of Gaza highlights a toxic situation that is spiralling out of control.
Death Toll at Gaza Protests Continues to Rise as Israel Rejects Calls for Investigation Into 'Massacres'
The death toll from protests in Gaza last week rose to 18 on Monday, according to the Associated Press. Israeli border guards fired into crowds of Palestinian protesters, injuring hundreds in addition to those killed, at the start of demonstrations that are planned to last six weeks.
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Israeli-imposed restrictions have limited electricity in Gaza to barely four hours a day, creating a humanitarian catastrophe for its 2 million residents. In 2012, the World Health Organization warned that Gaza would be uninhabitable by 2020. The U.N. now says the area has already become unlivable, with living conditions in Gaza deteriorating faster than expected. We go directly to Gaza to speak with Raji Sourani, an award-winning human rights lawyer and director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza. We also speak with Tareq Baconi, author of the forthcoming book, "Hamas Contained: The Rise & Pacification of Palestinian Resistance." He is a policy fellow at Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network.
The Red Cross has warned that Gaza faces "a systemic collapse of an already battered infrastructure and economy," just days ahead of President Donald Trump’s arrival in Israel for the first stop on his so-called “tolerance tour.”