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March 27, 2010
JERUSALEM - Two Israeli soldiers and two Palestinians were killed in an exchange of fire along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on Friday after an Israeli army patrol spotted Palestinians planting explosives along the border, the army said. The Israeli deaths were the first military casualties since shortly after Israel completed a three-week military offensive in the Gaza Strip in January 2009 that aimed to stop the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel. Two other soldiers were wounded in Friday's incident.
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August 5, 2014
A recent report on the violence in Gaza refers to Hamas' demand that Israel end its blockade of Gaza but neglects to mention that this is not a demand from Hamas alone ( "Israel says truce over after soldier apparently captured," Aug. 1). For years, the International Committee of the Red Cross has called the blockade "collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law. " Israeli human rights organizations have also spoken against Israel's closures of the Gaza Strip.
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NEWS
November 26, 1993
Protests exploded across the Gaza Strip yesterday in an angry backlash over the Israeli army's killing of a militia commander of the radical Islamic Resistance Movement.In the occupied territory's worst violence since Israel signed an agreement with the PLO on self-government for the region, thousands of Palestinian youths pelted soldiers with stones, and more than 30 Palestinians were wounded when the soldiers fired on the rioters. Page 6A
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By Jason Blavatt and Ellen Ginsberg Simon | August 1, 2014
During the past few weeks, the world has witnessed the deadly cycle of violence between Palestinians and Israelis erupt once more into full-fledged conflagration. What began with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers quickly escalated into the firing of thousands of rockets from Gaza into Israel and the need for Israeli military action. And, as usual, the people who are paying the heaviest price for the conflict are the innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians who simply wish, as we all do, to go about their daily lives.
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By New York Times News Service | December 1, 1994
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A group of 22 donor nations and three international agencies completed two days of intense negotiations yesterday, agreeing to an injection of more than $200 million into the strife-torn Gaza Strip over the next four months to meet Yasser Arafat's emergency financing needs.Donor nations committed $125 million in grants to enable the Palestinian Authority to pay public workers through March; create several thousand construction jobs for its vast numbers of unemployed; and begin projects to improve roads, sewer and electrical systems.
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By KEN ELLINGWOOD and KEN ELLINGWOOD,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 11, 2006
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert defended his government's handling of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, saying yesterday that the offensive would continue until Palestinian militants free a captured soldier and stop firing rockets into Israel. He again ruled out a prisoner swap with Hamas to win the release of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who was seized by militants June 25 during a cross-border raid. "I will not negotiate with Hamas," Olmert told foreign journalists during a session that focused on Israel's two-week-old Gaza incursion.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 31, 2006
JERUSALEM -- Israel made its first military incursion deep into the Gaza Strip since withdrawing from the territory nine months ago, sending special forces backed by a helicopter gunship to ambush a squad of rocket-firing Palestinian militants yesterday. Four Palestinians were killed and about six others wounded in an intense pre-dawn exchange of fire that lasted more than an hour and occurred nearly two miles inside Gaza. At least three of those killed were members of a cell from the militant group Islamic Jihad, the Israeli army and Palestinian medical officials said.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | April 13, 2002
Events in Jerusalem and the West Bank over the past several weeks add an unsought urgency to James Longley's documentary Gaza Strip that makes it required viewing for anyone looking to understand not the whys behind the Middle East turmoil, but the hows. Longley, filming in Gaza during spring 2001, watches as Palestinians living in Gaza City and the Khan Younis refugee camp go about the business of living in a world where machine-gun fire is normal background noise and the number of friends you've buried may be greater than the number who are still around.
NEWS
By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau | April 4, 1992
ISRAELI-OCCUPIED GAZA STRIP -- This is a place of infinite misery.Even the land seems to give up hope as it passes under the gun barrels of wary soldiers at the gate: The lush farmland surrenders to dust that grows only poverty and despair.Violence, however, flourishes.Four persons were killed and an estimated 70 others wounded Wednesday when an Israeli military patrol chased a car from a observation post that had been hit by a grenade into a crowded Arab market. Met with a rain of stones and firebombs, the soldiers answered with automatic weapons.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau of The Sun | May 21, 1994
EREZ CHECKPOINT, Gaza Strip -- Radical Muslims shot and killed two Israeli soldiers at the entrance to the Gaza Strip yesterday, putting to test the newly arrived Palestinian police.It remains unclear if the police, who took control in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, will try to find and arrest the assailants.Israel says they must do that under terms of their peace agreement. But such a move would alienate many Palestinians who still feel that attacks on Israel are justified."We shall take the necessary measures," the new police chief, Maj. Gen. Nasser Yusef, said cryptically.
NEWS
July 17, 2014
The five-hour cease fire between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip was the calm before the storm. Hamas rockets began raining down on Israel at the moment the United Nations-requested lull ended on Thursday afternoon. Israel waited a bit longer - three hours or so - before resuming air strikes but then followed with a long-anticipated ground offensive aimed at eliminating so-called "terror tunnels" that allow militants access to Israeli territory. For the moment, Egyptian efforts to broker a truce appear to have amounted to nothing, and the prospects for a more permanent peace appear dim, indeed.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
Commentator Kenneth Lasson argues that universities should not boycott or divest from Israel, nor "inhibit Israeli scholars and scientists from obtaining grants or publishing learned articles" - all in the name of academic freedom ( "Academic extremism threatens democratic values," Jan 29). He claims the reasoning behind the boycott is flawed because "Israel has long been the most diverse, inclusive and tolerant of any Middle Eastern country," and further suggests that the boycott and divestment movement have their origins in an unsavory attempt to "draw a distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
NEWS
January 20, 2014
Guy Ziv perceives an absence of strong leadership in current day Israel ("Sharon's style is missed," Jan. 16). He pines for the days of Ariel Sharon and criticizes current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as being weak and irresolute. Mr. Ziv longingly reminisces about Sharon's decision to evacuate Jewish communities from Gaza and how this differentiates him from the current Israeli government. What the writer neglects to describe is what happened after Sharon's "bold" move.
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By John Murphy, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
Ariel Sharon, the daring Israeli general who as a field commander and prime minister became one of the most influential and controversial leaders in the Middle East, died Saturday. He was 85. Sharon, who had been incapacitated since suffering a severe stroke in 2006, was moved in 2010 to his ranch in the Negev desert at the request of his family. In September he underwent abdominal surgery, but his condition worsened this month as his organs deteriorated. Sharon's death at a hospital near Tel Aviv was announced by his son Gilad.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley will travel to Israel in April for an economic development mission that was canceled during last fall's violence in the Gaza Strip. The itinerary has not been finalized, an aide said, but the trip is meant to replace the eight-day visit planned for November but canceled as Israel and Hamas forces exchanged rocket fire. O'Malley's original journey was meant to include an entourage of business executives that with him would visit Israel, Jordan and Ramallah.  The April trip will be O'Malley's second to Israel since taking office.
NEWS
November 27, 2012
Op-ed contributor G. Jefferson Price III ("For Israel, it's different this time," Nov. 20) alleges that "Israeli leaders have consistently obstructed and resisted arrangements that would have brought a dignified peace to the region. " As in 2000 and 2001, when with the United States, Israel offered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat a West Bank and Gaza Strip state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital in exchange for peace - but he refused and launched the second intifada? As in 2001, when Israel and the United States repeated the deal, but Arafat continued the terror war?
NEWS
By Los Angeles TImes | October 13, 2006
JERUSALEM -- Israeli forces killed eight people in separate operations in the Gaza Strip yesterday, Palestinian officials said, as militants fired several rockets into southern Israel. Six people were killed in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli operation early in the day near the town of Khan Yunis. At least three were identified as fighters belonging to the military wing of Hamas. The others were bystanders, including a father and 13-year-old son from the same extended family as the militants, neighbors said.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau of The Sun | May 12, 1994
DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip -- The long and tortured peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians came down to this yesterday: Palestinian officers, in green uniforms, posted with their Kalashnikov rifles on the watchtowers of a former Israeli army post.And this: Fayeh Abu-Aweymer, 61, surrounded and overwhelmed by youngsters who were not yet born when he left his homeland in 1967, crying openly as he sat in a shop on the first day of his return.And this: Hundreds of Palestinian boys crawling up and over the walls of a military camp that for as long as they could remember has been the target of their stones.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley has postponed his planned post-Thanksgiving economic development trip to the Middle East, saying he does not want to create a distraction during the conflict between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The governor's office released a statement Tuesday saying O'Malley would reschedule his planned mission, which would have taken him to Israel, Jordan and Ramallah on the West Bank. "Not wanting to be a distraction from the urgent cause of peace, I look forward to visiting Israel in the months ahead with Maryland business, research and academic leaders," O'Malley said.
NEWS
November 19, 2012
The escalating exchange of rocket barrages and airstrikes between Israel and the Hamas militants who control the Gaza Strip threatens to erupt into an all-out ground war that destabilizes the entire region. The U.S. and its European allies, along with Egypt, Turkey and the United Nations, must do everything possible to nudge the belligerents back from the edge through diplomatic means before events spin completely out of control. No nation can allow its citizens to be attacked and killed with impunity by a foreign power that fires missiles indiscriminately across its borders at major towns and cities.
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