Archive | May 14th, 2020

Why should Palestinians talk to their oppressors?

Hind Khoudary 

The Electronic Intifada 

People hold up banners during a demonstration
Palestinians in Gaza protest the Manama conference in Bahrain last year to advance the Trump administration’s peace plan as “betrayal and normalization,” two terms that are often synonymous with Palestinians.  Ibrahim al-KhatibUPI

I have recently been at the center of a controversy after publicly expressing my anger at someone in Gaza who would normalize relations with Israel and Israelis.

It happened quite by accident. I was scrolling through Facebook in early April when I came across a post promoting a meeting on Zoom – a popular communications tool during this coronavirus pandemic that keeps everyone trapped and isolated (in the case of Gaza, even more trapped and isolated).

The post bore Rami Aman’s face, which made me curious since he is quite well-known in Gaza for pursuing normalization activities. In June 2019, Aman – who is regarded in Israeli circles as a peace activist – organized a bicycle race that took place concurrently in Gaza and Israel.

The race saw him briefly arrested by the Hamas authorities in Gaza.

The Zoom meeting brought together Palestinians in Gaza with Israelis. Its stated purpose was to discuss the spread of coronavirus in Gaza.

I listened in; the meeting was open to anyone who saw the Facebook post. I heard Aman say how, “we Palestinians love Israelis,” how, “the majority are like me, they want peace.”

I heard him say how difficult it was in Gaza, but how he hoped to create a “new generation.”

It was clear to me that those listening in thought of Aman as the voice of two million people in Gaza.

Who the hell is Aman to speak for anyone?

Root cause of misery

I grew so angry listening to this meeting, I started to shake.

This was normalization, pure and simple. To me, there is no greater sin.

The root cause of Palestinian misery is the creation of the State of Israel, an original sin that saw most of the land’s native population cast out from their homes to become dispossessed, destitute refugees, if they were not simply murdered. The rest wound up under military law as second-class citizens of the new state.

Israel refused to countenance any recourse to justice for the Palestinians left stateless in 1948. Refugees were expressly denied return, their properties were confiscated by the state and doled out to new arrivals from Europe.

Even those who were internally displaced lost their properties and were categorized – incredibly – as “present absentees.”

It was theft, wholesale and complete. And it was compounded by the occupation in 1967 of the rest of historic Palestine.

Normalization seeks to deepen connections with Israelis without holding them accountable for the crimes – historic and ongoing – committed against the Palestinian people.

How can you so easily talk to the people who stole your land, robbed your people of their possessions and sense of belonging, killed tens of thousands and imposed hundreds of restrictions on your life?

How do you so easily talk to the people who call you a terrorist for wanting to reclaim what is yours? The people who demonize you and shoot you, imprison your relatives, humiliate your parents.

How?

Backlash

I was angry. I expressed my anger, clearly and directly, to Aman, who blocked me.

I tagged three Hamas officials on social media. “Hopefully this nonsense ends as soon as possible,” I wrote them.

This, it would seem, was my biggest mistake – at least for those who read a New York Times article and have since called me everything under the sun.

To give you a taster, these are just a tiny fraction of the angry comments made and messages I received after The New York Times story ran.

“I would wipe that smile on her face after seeing her jobless,” wrote one. “You are an animal, betraying sick, sadistic beast, really you are garbage,” another found the courage to message.

“I hope you lead a lonely miserable life,” said a third, while another simply commented: “Shame on Hind Khoudary.”

To be clear: I did not tag Hamas officials to ensure that they knew the meeting took place, as The New York Times reported. Aman himself noted during the Zoom meeting that Hamas was aware of his activities.

I tagged them still less for the authorities to arrest Aman.

I am no particular friend of Hamas. I am not Hamas. I was also arrested in March 2019 after covering protests in Gaza against Hamas rule.

I was accused of being a spy and an agent for unknown international parties. I was barred from working for five months after that.

While Aman broke the rules – he was arrested according to Article 153 of the Revolutionary Penal Code of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) of 1979 – arresting people like him (or me, for that matter) won’t make a difference.

Banning the kind of activities Aman is engaged in may, however, make a difference. That is why I tagged the officials.

The New York Times article made it appear as if, first, Hamas was not aware of this meeting, which was promoted on Facebook, and second, that I wanted him arrested.

Normalizing the perverse

Many of the people who reacted to the article were angry that I, a journalist, should have stood in the way of what they perceive as Aman’s freedom of expression.

But that is to badly misunderstand both what I believe and what it means to be born and raised in Gaza, where freedom of any kind is a precious commodity, and where it is first and foremost denied us by our occupiers.

I am a journalist, yes, but I am also a Palestinian who has borne witness to Israeli crimes all my life.

I will never forget – when I was only 5 – watching TV and seeing Muhammad al-Dura dying in his father’s arms after being shot by Israeli soldiers.

I will never forget the sound of airstrikes slamming down around us – so many times – with my parents and brothers trying to act like they were just thunderstorms.

I have lived under endless blockade, survived two wars of aggression (I was outside Gaza during the 2012 attack) and covered the Great March of Return, where people have been used for target practice, their lives and limbs destroyed by snipers on a weekly basis.

I believe that the worst sin any Palestinian can commit is normalization.

I know that what happened may affect my future career, my relationship with international organizations I’ve worked with before, even my online presence. I have already been kicked out of a couple of online journalism groups.

But I’ve also received a lot of support from Palestinians, ordinary folk, journalists and political activists.

And to those who ask how resolution and peace can ever be reached without “dialogue,” the answer is simple: Peace begins when occupation ends.

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Palestinians are a ‘demographic’ threat to ‘Israel’, say leading advocates

Liberal supporters of Israel warn of Jews being overwhelmed by Palestinian births

BY PHILIP WEISS

Then U.S. ambassador Daniel Shapiro, delivering a speech to an Israeli thinktank in 2016. Shapiro now works at that thinktank.(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

THEN U.S. AMBASSADOR DANIEL SHAPIRO, DELIVERING A SPEECH TO AN ISRAELI THINKTANK IN 2016. SHAPIRO NOW WORKS AT THAT THINKTANK.(PHOTO BY BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/GETTY IMAGES)

The “demographic” argument for a two-state solution is the expressed fear that Jews will become a minority in Israel, and so the “Jewish people” will lose a claim to sovereignty.

It is explicitly a racial argument about Jews being overwhelmed by Palestinian births, or voters, and it is one that ought to be very hard to advance in mainstream U.S. forums. The scholar Ian Lustick lately confessed his shame at making the demographic argument for a two-state solution. It was a “deal with the devil,” Lustick said. “My mother would not approve.”

Well– here are two leading American Zionist organizations that consider themselves enlightened but that have recently advanced that unseemly argument.

First, Israel Policy Forum issued a report in February on possible outcomes of the conflict signed by purported liberal Americans – Obama ambassador Dan Shapiro wrote the foreword, Shira Efron and Evan Gottesman wrote the report– that says it is “important” to consider whether Palestinians are becoming a majority in the land between the river and the sea, and in Israel itself, and offered observations of Jewish and Palestinian “fertility” rates as if that’s an acceptable way to look at things.

These liberals warn that even a substantial minority of Palestinians inside Israel will “jeopardize” the country.

Whether and when the Palestinians become a majority is an important question, but Israel’s ability to retain its credentials as a Jewish and democratic state would be jeopardized even if the Palestinians only become a substantial minority. The proposals to annex parts or all of the West Bank, could add 2.6 million Palestinians to Israel’s population. If they become equal citizens, they would command immense political power, making up almost 40% of the population and changing Israel’s Jewish character.

Imagine saying that people of color jeopardize the character of the United States…. What would that make you?

Then this weekend the American Jewish Committee hosted David Horovitz of the Times of Israel for a webtalk in which he explained that he and Benjamin Netanyahu support a Palestinian state if it has no real powers to threaten Israel. And guess what, the threat is not just military but “demographic.”

DAVID HOROVITZ OF THE TIMES OF ISRAEL MAKES THE “DEMOGRAPHIC” ARGUMENT AGAINST PALESTINIAN SOVEREIGNTY IN AN AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE ZOOM WEBINAR ON APRIL 26, 2020, WITH JASON ISAACSON, L. SCREENSHOT

A viable two state solution, a secure two-state solution, a two-state solution that does not threaten Israel’s demographic and security interests– I think that should be a goal for us…

I think Netanyahu would say, the problematics of a two state solution is the rigidity of the notion of statehood, and he would argue, If a state for the Palestinians is an entity that cannot threaten us militarily or demographically, you will find me ready to partner the Palestinans toward that kind of state. But he would add the caveat, That the definitions internationally accepted, he would say, are such that — no, I cannot in the forseeable future partner Palestinians to statehood on that basis.”  

Horovitz may be saying that partition must be done in such a way that Israel is left with as many Jews and as few Palestinians as possible. More likely, he is talking about the return of refugees to Palestine– that the numbers have to be limited so they don’t overwhelm Israeli Jews numerically.

His argument echoes Jewish leaders of Israel who have long sought a “strong” Jewish majority; and have resorted to ethnic cleansing to achieve that. And by the way, Palestinians already equal or outnumber Jews if you include the occupied territories– about 6.5 million each.

It’s amazing that these arguments are considered kosher. But Israel advocates regularly make them, in liberal American circles! I’ll never forget Ali Abunimah’s speech saying that the biggest threat to Zionism is… Palestinian babies.. Well, the Zionists bear him out.

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Karmousa Kitchen: Women striving under Nazi siege

Karmousa Kitchen

KHAN YUNIS: One cannot resist the delectable smells coming from Karmousa Kitchen in Gaza where a group of Palestinian women are busy preparing delicious meals in their own way to deliver it to customers before the iftar time during Ramadan.

Founded in 2016, Karmousa Kitchen’s team is composed of a group of women coming from no-income families mainly because of the Israeli siege on Gaza.

Warda Erbayye’, one of the Palestinian women working in Karmousa Kitchen, for example, is the only breadwinner for her family after her husband has lost his job.

Based in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, Karmousa Kitchen’s products have gradually won the hearts of customers whose number increases even more during the holy month of Ramadan.

Karmousa Kitchen offers all kinds of foods, especially those highly-demanded during Ramadan, like Maftool, Samosa, kibbeh, pastry and traditional desserts.

Karmousa Kitchen has managed to engrave its name in the local market, amid hopes that this season will be better than the previous one as women work to improve their economic conditions under the blockade and the successive crises hitting the Gaza Strip.

When asked about the project’s name, director of Karmousa Kitchen Khitam Arafat explained that “karmousa” means “fig” in the Algerian dialect.

Arafat told the PIC reporter that Karmousa Kitchen first started as a training program for about 60 marginalized women to help them improve their living conditions.

According to Arafat, usually five workers are available in the kitchen, but during Ramadan, due to the increase in ordered meals, the number is doubled to 10.

Arafat said that Karmousa Kitchen is particularly famous for its delicious Maftool, whether from whole-wheat flour or white flour, which is made manually without using any machines.

She added that Karmousa’s products do not only sell in Khan Yunis but in all Gaza Strip areas, especially Maftool, pointing out that one kilo of Maftool costs only six shekels.

Karmousa’s director said that with the growing demand for Maftool, they have started to bring machines to the kitchen to speed up the production process and reduce pressure on the workers.

With regard to the coronavirus crisis, Arafat noted that Karmousa Kitchen has been well-equipped in terms of sterilization and provision of protective supplies for the workers.

The sterilization includes the materials used in the production process as well as the final products before they are sent to customers.

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Nazi Gestapo kidnap two kids in Beit Hanina

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Israeli police forces

NAZI OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: The Nazi occupation police on Saturday evening stormed Beit Hanina town in east Jerusalem and kidnaped two children.

There was no information about the identities of the detained kids.

The Nazi Gestapo also stormed Silwan district in Jerusalem and attacked local residents with tear gas and stun grenades.

During their presence in Issawiya, Nazi officers broke into and ransacked the house of Abu Tayeh homes, with no known reason.

Meanwhile, the Nazi police detained for a while some worshippers after they finished performing night prayers in Bab al-Asbat area near the Aqsa Mosque.

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Mexico: All but Empties Migrant Shelters Citing COVID-19 Risk

The National Migration Institute (INM) said that in order to comply with health and safety guidelines it had been removing about 3,759 migrants from Mexico’s migrant facilities.

Mexico has returned 3,653 migrants to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador by road and air with the result that only 106 people remain in the shelters, authorities explained.

Mexico has almost entirely cleared out its migrant shelters over the past five weeks citing health hazards in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, official data showed Sunday.

RELATED: US Deports COVID-19 Positive Migrant, Infects 14 in Mexico

In a statement, the National Migration Institute (INM) said that in order to comply with health and safety guidelines, since March 21 it had been removing about 3,759 migrants from Mexico’s 65 migrant facilities, returning most of the occupants to their countries of origin

Mexico has returned 3,653 migrants to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador by road and air with the result that only 106 people remain in the shelters, authorities explained.

Among those who remained were migrants awaiting the outcome of asylum requests or judicial hearings, and others who had expressly sought permission to stay.

Meanwhile, Mexico reported COVID-19 infections among migrants deported recently from the United States. In Mexico’s Tamaulipas state, across the Rio Bravo from the southern tip of Texas, officials say that the state is receiving roughly 100 deportees every day, some of whom are already sick when they arrive.

As of Sunday, Mexico has reported 14,600 cases and over 1,300 deaths. 

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US: Stock Malaria Drug Touted by Trump Despite Warnings

Hydroxychloroquine has shown activity in vitro against many viruses, but it failed to translate into success in animals or humans.

The FDA advised doctors against using the drug outside of protocols because of reports of serious side effects.

At least 22 states and Washington, D.C. obtained about 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine, a medication used to cure malaria and promoted by United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump to treat COVID-19, The Associated Press (AP) reported Saturday.

RELATED: Brazil: Chloroquine Studies Suspended After 11 People Die

While health authorities have been warning that more research is still needed, Oklahoma spent US$2 million to buy the drugs, and Utah and Ohio spent hundreds of thousands on purchases. The rest of the cities and states received free shipments from drug companies or the U.S. government. 

Several states including New York, Connecticut, Oregon, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas received donations of the hydroxychloroquine from a New Jersey private company called Amneal Pharmaceutical, which declined to answer questions from AP. Florida was given one million doses from Israeli company Teva Pharmaceutical.

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised doctors against using the drug outside of protocols because of reports of serious side effects, including dangerous irregular heart rhythms and death among patients.

Dr. Kenneth B. Klein, a consultant working for drug companies to design and evaluate their clinical trials said it’s understandable that government and health officials looked into hydroxychloroquine as a possible remedy during a frightening pandemic.

“The states and the federal government are reacting in light of that fear. But it’s not a rational response,” Klein said

Controversy has arisen around the medication since Trump started praising it in the White House briefing room on March 19. But for the past week, as studies have shown mixed or even harmful results, Trump has gone silent on the drug.

On Thursday, he said he hadn’t heard of a study done at U.S. veterans hospitals with preliminary results that showed no benefit, and rejected the notion he had stopped promoting hydroxychloroquine as a cure.

“I haven’t at all. I haven’t at all,” Trump said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Hydroxychloroquine has shown activity in vitro against many viruses, including influenza and coronaviruses, but that has failed to translate into success in animals or humans, Christopher Tignanelli, a surgeon at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, who is involved in clinical trials of COVID-19 treatments told The Lancet.

“There is not a huge amount of pre-clinical data for this drug,” Tignanelli said. “It’s mostly test-tube and anecdote.”

Yet, the absence of evidence did not prevent some people of using hydroxychloroquine to self-medicate. Cases of poisoning have been reported in Nigeria and the U.S.

Moreover, the sudden interest in the drug led to reports of shortages for patients who rely on it to treat their autoimmune disease, the medical journal reported.

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Brazil: Moro Is the US’ Candidate for Brazil 2022: Boaventura de Sousa

Moro was the judge who led the “Lava Jato” corruption investigation and jailed former president Lula da Silva.

“Moro is the man of the United States, he is the United States candidate for 2022. He did all the work,” the Portuguese sociologist said. 

Brazil’s former Justice Minister Sergio Moro is the candidate the United States (U.S.) has chosen for Brazil’s 2022 presidential election, Portuguese sociologist and left-wing thinker Boaventura de Sousa said in an interview published Friday by Free Journalists.

RELATED: Brazil’s Attorney General Demands Inquiry Against Bolsonaro

“Moro is the man of the United States, he is the United States candidate for 2022. He did all the work,” the Portuguese professor said. 

“And his political career is exactly this – destroying the Brazilian economy, destroying the left, opening the way for a transitional politician, who obviously opens the way for himself, he is their candidate. This means that the United States Embassy itself must probably be involved in all of this. This means that Moro began to see, for his political career, Bolsonaro is no longer a resource, he can be discarded,” de Sousa estimated.

One of President Jair Bolsonaro’s most powerful ministers, Moro resigned late last week, plunging Brazil’s government into a political turmoil. The move sparked protests and calls for the president’s impeachment, as well as an inquiry into Moro’s claims that Bolsonaro interfered with the federal police.

It’s not clear why Bolsonaro wanted to replace Mauricio Valeixo, the head of the country’s federal police. Some claim that it was in part because of a federal police investigation into fake news attacks on the Congress and supreme court implicating the president’s son.

The Brazilian head of state denied the claims against him.

Moro’s accusations and resignation came just a week after Bolsonaro fired his popular health minister amid the coronavirus crisis. All these recent events have left many wondering how long the embattled president could remain in power.

“Moro is signaling that he no longer wants to participate in this government, precisely because he wants to do well. His popularity is above Bolsonaro’s,” de Sousa explained.

“Bolsonaro for him (Moro) today is more of a burden than a resource. You don’t need him to be a good candidate, a strong candidate for 2022,” the sociologist added.

Before he was appointed justice Minister, Moro was the judge who led the “Lava Jato” (Car Wash) corruption investigation and jailed former president Luiz Lula da Silva, removing Bolsonaro’s main rival in the 2018 election.

He has remained popular among conservatives in the South American country even when his role in the corruption probe was discredited by leaked documents that showed that he had been biased and acted improperly.

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Colombia Delays Venezuelans From Returning to Their Country

A group of Venezuelans are waiting in Barrio Visión Colombia, west of Bogotá, for their opportunity to return to their country. April 26th, 2020.

This blockage increases the risk of the coronavirus infection among stranded citizens.
 

The Colombian authorities have delayed nearly 12,000 Venezuelans from returning to their country, leaving them stranded on their side of the border.

RELATED: Venezuela Announces International Lawsuit Against US

Venezuelans stranded at the Colombian border decided to return home due to the health crisis caused by the COVID-19.

According to teleSUR correspondent in Colombia Hernan Tobar, about 180 people are waiting since Thursday in Barrio Visión Colombia, west of Bogotá, for their opportunity to return to Venezuela. 

Immigration authorities have confirmed that those hundreds of citizens could be allowed to return to their country on Monday. 

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Cientos de migrantes regresan a Venezuela desde Colombia por la pandemia #AFP http://u.afp.com/3cbH 

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According to Colombian immigration authorities, lagging the border crossing is a measure to avoid crowding at exit points.

Until recently, Colombian authorities had led migrants to believe that it was Venezuela that was delaying them from returning. 

But Colombia had to desist from that farce. “This is how the protocol set up with the mayors and governors is established. We must prevent agglomerations at the exit points,” Juan Francisco Espinosa, director of Migration Colombia, said.

“Colombia is willing to help Venezuelans, but in a responsible way,” Espinosa explained in a video released by his office.

Those who wish to return voluntarily will be able to do so, as long as they comply with the established procedure. 

 “And those who don’t comply will have their trip suspended until they do.” Espinosa concluded.

Since March 25, over 12,000 have returned to Venezuela in some 300 buses.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reported last Friday that more than 20,000 Venezuelans have returned, amid the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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Cuba Plans National Production of Drug Against COVID-19

Worker at Novatec Laboratories, Havana, Cuba. April 2020.

by Howie Hawkins

International pharmaceutical companies produce Kaletra at high costs. To produce it locally will allow Cuba to treat more COVID-19 patients in the island territory.

The Cuban pharmaceutic Company MedSol Laboratories develops antiretroviral Kaletra; this drug has been effectively used to treat  COVID-19 infected patients.

RELATED: Former Jamaican Prime Minister Applauds Cuba’s Generosity

MedSol research and development group, Novatec, is because of Kaletra’s testing and production. According to Adalberto Izquierdo Castro, Novatec’s manager, the drug is in the development stage. So far, Cuban laboratories produced three pilot batches and carried out the physical-chemical analysis. “Tests on the Cuban version of this drug have shown satisfactory results” said Izquierdo to local news media.

As he explained, the last steps would be the collection of results, compare it with the leading product, and register it in the Island’s Center for State Control of Drugs, Equipment, and Medical Devices. After the drug patenting, Cuba could start subsequent production with the required prime materials.

@Altocomolapalmareal@AlbertoGar0302

@Cuba con una industria farmacéutica deprimida por un #BloqueoQueMata, opta x alcanzar la soberanía para no depender de mercados controlados por los yankis en momentos q el control de los medicamentos ya esgrimen como un arma política@DeZurdaTeamhttp://cubasi.cu/es/noticia/trabaja-cuba-para-produccion-nacional-de-kaletra-medicamento-para-tratar-la-covid-19 …Trabaja Cuba para producción nacional de Kaletra, medicamento paraEl antirretroviral Kaletra, que ha tenido gran éxito en el mundo para curar los casos de la COVID-19, se utiliza hoy en el protocolo de tratamiento cubano, desde la empresa de Laboratorios MedSol secubasi.cu12:14 PM – Apr 26, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee @Altocomolapalmareal’s other Tweets“Cuba, with a pharmaceutical industry depressed by a blockade, chooses to achieve sovereignty so as not to depend on US-controlled markets at a time when drug control is already being used as a political weapon.”
Kaletra is currently applied to HIV/Aids patients. The drug is a Lopinavir and Ritonavir combination. Both antiretroviral medicines are protease inhibitors, a common enzyme to HIV, Covid-19, and other viruses.
 International pharmaceutical companies produce Kaletra at high costs. To produce it locally will allow Cuba to treat more COVID-19 patients in the island territory. In the long term, Cuba could export the product.Along with recombinant human Interferon Alpha 2b, a drug that generates an antiviral mechanism of action; Oseltamivir, a selective inhibitor of flu virus neuraminidases, and Chloroquine (antimalarial), Kaletra is part of the treatments used in the country to confront COVID-19.

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Gaza Reopens Its Commercial Stores During Ramadan

Ramadan nights in Gaza, Palestine.

To date, the territory has 17 COVID-19  cases, 10 of which have recovered, and no deaths.

The Gaza Strip reopened its restaurants and coffee shops to the public during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, after no new cases of COVID-19 were reported for a week.

RELATED: Gaza Running out of Coronavirus Tests: Health Minister

On the holy days of Ramadan, Muslims usually go out into the streets at night in a festive atmosphere.

The opening of shops will be accompanied by rigorous measures to prevent a wave of new infections with the disease, according to authorities from the Ministry of Economy of Gaza.

The restrictive measures include the closure of mosques, churches, schools, universities and markets.

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This is how Ramadan goes when you are #Palestinian, some people without electricity, the others without their homes.

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Even so, most of the population does not respect the instructions, and circulates on the streets normally, according to local media reports.

To date, the territory has 17 people infected with the new coronavirus. Of these, 10 have been recovered, and no deaths have been recorded.

The seven infected people still recovering are isolated in a quarantine centre on the border with Egypt.

The decision to reopen restaurants and coffee shops in Gaza during Ramadan coincides with the easing of restrictions in several Muslim countries in the region. 

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