Hamas shuts offices of Gaza’s sole cellular operator
The Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip shut down the offices of the territory’s only mobile-phone provider on Tuesday, saying the company, Jawwal, had not paid its taxes.

Police were posted outside the firm’s headquarters and notices were put up on the walls outside reading: “Jawwal Company is closed upon the attorney general’s order.”

Police also ordered phone stores registered with Jawwal not to sell SIM cards for its devices or process payments for the company, one vendor told Reuters.

Rocket from Egypt Hits Southern Israel - Rocket fired by jihadists in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula explodes in southern Israel; residents forced into bomb shelters - 3 July 2015

A rocket fired from Egypt exploded in southern Israel’s Gaza belt region Friday afternoon.
Residents of the area were forced into rocket shelters after sirens sounded at approximately 4:20 p.m. local time. No damage or injuries has been reported.
The IDF temporarily closed Route 12 as a “security precaution.”
Unlike other recent rocket attacks, which have broken the relative calm since the truce signed between Israel and terrorist groups in Gaza, this attack did not come from the Gaza Strip but from within Egyptian territory.
Although there has been no official claim of responsibility, the likely culprit is ISIS’s Egyptian branch, known as “Sinai Province.”
The terror group has been escalating its attacks against the Egyptian authorities, assassinating Egypt’s chief prosecutor and carrying out a massive assault which left some 100 people dead this week.
The group has also in the past vowed to attack Israel, though it has largely been focused on fighting the Egyptian army.
But summing up the sentiments of residents of southern Israel, MK Haim Yellin (Yesh Atid) said that as far as they are concerned it didn’t really matter where the rockets were fired from.
“The residents of the south aren’t interested in where the (rocket) fire came from,” said Yellin, himself a resident of the south.
Yellin accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “simply doing nothing” claiming the PM did not have a political or military strategy to deal with the issue.
“So it’s no surprise that rockets continue to explode over the residents of the Gaza Belt and southern Israel.”
“I call on Netanyahu to fight terror just like he fights for the sake of gas,” Yellin continued, in a stinging criticism of the PM’s involvement in controversial measures to preserve a monopoly over Israel’s natural gas reserves.

your friendly reminder that Malala Yousafzai actually had a polite sit down with Obama to talk about how his drone strike policy was perpetuating the conditions for the Taliban to thrive in Pakistan and it literally changed nothing about the U.S’s droke strike policy.  

your friendly reminder that last year Muslims went to iftar at the white house only to be told that the U.S will continue giving financial aid to Israel as Gaza effectively burned in the background

so tell me again why what Jennicet Guitierrez did was “disrespectful” and not a necessary act of civil disobedience when clearly polite political sitdowns with the marginalized are not affecting Obama’s policies 


This is Muna Keskin, the only female neurosurgeon in Gaza, performing surgery on a patient at the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.
Images taken on the 2nd of June 2015, by Ali Hassan, Anadolu Agency.


Families from Gaza having their breakfast meal (Iftar) of Ramadan on the rubble of their houses which was destroyed last summer by israeli occupation.

“Not a single home has been rebuilt” in the besieged Gaza Strip since the end of the Israeli military’s devastating offensive against the territory in the summer of 2014, said UNRWA spokesperson (x


200,000 Prayers in Al-aqsa today attended the first Friday prayer in Ramadan

Tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers streamed through Jerusalem’s Old City to one of Islam’s most revered sites Friday as Israel eased restrictions for the fasting month of Ramadan.

Police said at least 80,000 people from east Jerusalem, Israel and the West Bank had gone to Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third-holiest site, for Friday prayers, the first since this week’s start of Ramadan.

There were also 500 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip who were allowed rare permission to pray at the site, an Israeli official said.

They made their way through the Old City’s narrow alleyways and plazas, decorated in areas with lights and lanterns. Sellers hawked prayer mats to passing pilgrims.

Women of all ages and men aged 40 and over from the Israeli-occupied West Bank were allowed into Jerusalem without permits, normally required to cross checkpoints and exit the territory.

According to police, 48,000 Palestinians from the West Bank were among Friday’s visitors compared to a few thousand on an average Friday.

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, head of the Islamic Waqf which runs Al-Aqsa, told AFP he estimated 200,000 worshippers were in and around the compound.


*Israel shoots and kills four Palestinian boys playing football on a beach*
*Israel “investigates” Israel for murders (only after world outrage)*
*Israel doesn’t find Israel guilty*
*Israel closes case*

Mohammad Ramiz Bakr, 11, Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakariya Ahed Bakr, both 10, and Ismail Mahmoud Bakr, nine, were killed on 16 July last year when they were hit by explosive rounds. Three of the boys died as they tried to run from the beach after the first child was killed.

Always remember.