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Turkish Energy Ministry Officials Meet in Gaza, Then Israel

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Officials from the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Ministry have been meeting with Hamas officials in Gaza to discuss the current power crisis in the region, according to the Palestinian Authority-based Alresalah news outlet.

The Turkish delegation traveled to Gaza via the Erez Crossing two weeks after Israel and Ankara sealed an agreement to restore diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The delegation was also scheduled to meet with Israeli officials and members of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority government.

The discussions aimed at finding a way to relieve the power outages that have plagued the energy-starved enclave for more than a year.

Upon its return the delegation is expected to report its findings to Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak.

Hana Levi Julian

Liberman Opens Crossings Between Palestinian Authority, Gaza and Israel for Ramadan

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has opened the gates, so to speak, to allow almost completely free movement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel during Ramadan this year.

IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) issued a statement late Friday noting the move was Israel’s “civil policy to improve the quality of life for Arabs citizens of the Palestinian Authority in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, including the maintenance of their freedom of religion.”

The policy – recommended first by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot – comes in advance of the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which begins Sunday night.

Under the policy, Arabs in Judea and Samaria will be able to enter Israel for visits with relatives and to worship Friday at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

In addition they will be able to travel overseas via Ben Gurion International airport, and also be allowed to visit relatives in Gaza as well.

Gazans living abroad will be able to fly in via Ben Gurion to visit their families in the region.

The “crossings will be open for [travel to] prayers as the activity hours of the crossings will be extended,” according to a spokesperson for the COGAT.

Moreover, Gazans will be allowed to attend prayers in Jerusalem at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, and attend Ramadan religious events.

They will also be able to visit relatives in Israel, as well as in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria — assuming, of course, that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization agrees to allow its citizens all this freedom. It’s also not clear whether Hamas will allow visitors to enter the region to visit family members either, for that matter. That is not under Israel’s control.

But this time it won’t be the Israeli government placing obstacles in the way.

The Palestinian Authority and the international community have been “updated on these steps for the holiday,” the statement said.

Hana Levi Julian

New Terror Tactic: Hamas Uses Postal System to Smuggle Drones and Weapons

Monday, May 30th, 2016

By Joshua B. Dermer/TPS

Erez Crossing (TPS) – Dozens of weapons smuggling attempts by way of the postal system were foiled this week by Israeli Crossing Points Authorities on the border of the Gaza Strip. Erez Crossing officials confiscated ten motor skimmers, apparently for the use of drones, on Monday morning sent by mail to Gaza.

In particular, attempts have been made to smuggle dismantled weapon and drone parts to be reassembled within Gaza.

With increased pressure by the Coordinator of Governmental Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Shin Bet, Israel Police, and the Office of Border Control, terror organizations in the Gaza Strip are seeking more innovative methods to transfer weapons.

Gyroscopes for accuracy enhancement, range magnifiers, and signal strength augmenters used remotely by cell phones were seized along with the drone parts. These transmission devices operate at 5.8 GHz, a video signal not approved for use by Israel or the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli police seized pipe bombs, ammunition, and thousands of springs for grenades and rockets in May 19 home raids in Qalansuwa, an Israeli-Arab city in central Israel. According to police officials, the weapons were to be used for attacks both within Israel and remotely from the Gaza Strip.

Additionally, IDF and police forces discovered arms and ammunition hidden in houses in Nablus on Sunday night. Four rifles and two pistols were found, along with many weapon parts, magazines, and a large amount of ammunition. The weapons were confiscated, and 11 terror operatives who held them in their homes were arrested.

The IDF released video on Monday of the Nablus raids and the weapons seized:

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israel to Open Second Gaza Crossing to Transfer Goods

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Erez Crossing (TPS) – Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon decided on Monday to open a second border crossing for the transfer of goods into the Gaza Strip. The opening of the Erez Crossing for supplies entering Gaza will alleviate pressure on the existing passageway for the thousand trucks per day that are currently forced to drive along narrow roads and disrupt the lives of residents of nearby communities.

The Erez Crossing is located at the northern Gaza border and is used primarily to allow people enter and exit the strip. The only border crossing used thus far to transfer the large amount of supplies into Gaza was the Kerem Shalom Crossing, located at the southernmost end of Israel’s border with Gaza, near the Egyptian border.

MK Haim Yellin (Yesh Atid), who previously served as head of the Eshkol Regional Council which borders Gaza, praised Ya’alon’s decision.

“Around 1,000 trucks make their way every day along the entire Gaza border to get to the Kerem Shalom Crossing,” said Yellin. “Opening the Erez Crossing for the transfer of goods to Gaza will reduce the pressure at the Kerem Shalom Crossing. It will also significantly reduce the number of trucks driving on the narrow and dangerous road, which is currently a ticking bomb.”

The current head of the Eshkol Regional Council, Gadi Yarkoni, has waged a public battle for the opening of a second border crossing together with Shai Hajaj, head of the nearby Merhavim Local Council.

“We have been leading a determined struggle over the past months to open a second crossing for goods in the north, in order to decrease the incredible amount of trucks riding on roads in the area and endangering the residents’ safety,” said the two in a joint statement.

“The defense minister updated us on the opening of the Erez Crossing for goods, to divert some of the trucks,” they added. “This decision indicates his firm support of the local communities in the region.”

Meanwhile, reports have emerged in Israeli media that Israel will renew its supply of cement to Gaza for use in private civilian projects.

According to the report in the Israeli site Ynet, the cement is meant to reconstruct thousands of civilian structures damaged or destroyed during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014 and to be used in aid and welfare projects in the coastal strip.

Israel stopped supplying cement to the Gaza private sector last month, due to attempts by Hamas to use the cement for military purposes, such as its elaborate “terror tunnel” project. Several weeks ago Israel uncovered a mile-long tunnel leading into Israel from Gaza, ostensibly designed by Hamas to kill or abduct Israelis.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Sick Gaza Lioness Brings Israeli, Hamas Officials Together

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Written by Jesse Lempel In a surreal scene at the border between Israel and Gaza, a 440-pound lioness was hoisted by a crane on Monday and sent through the border into Israel.

The eight-year-old lioness was forced to leave her home in Gaza’s Rafah Zoo in order to receive urgent medical treatment in the Palestinian Authority city of Tulkarem in Samaria.

The rescue mission was jointly run by the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and the Hamas-run Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza. It was the latest in a string of Israeli-Hamas collaborations to rescue Gaza’s ailing lions.

Another lion was rescued from the Rafah Zoo last month, also passing through the Erez Crossing en route to Tulkarem, in a collaborative mission that COGAT dubbed “Operation Peace.” In the last year and a half, four other lions and two cubs have been evacuated from Gaza through Israel.

Many animals in Gaza zoos suffer from severe malnutrition and inadequate living conditions. Four Paws, an international aid organization devoted to animal welfare, has conducted several emergency missions to Gazan zoos — in Rafah, in Al Bisan, and in Khan Younis.

“There are now only 21 animals left in Al Bisan Zoo in northern Gaza,” the group’s website reported in February. “The others have died due to starvation.”

Samuel Saias contributed to this report.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

IDF: Hamas Exploiting Gazan Entries Into Israel

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization is exploiting Israel’s policy of allowing Arabs from the Palestinian Authority to enter Israel from Gaza, IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai warns.

Mordechai, who is Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), said in a statement Tuesday, “Hamas is exploiting entries into Israel to recruit terrorists. This must end or we will be forced to revise our policies.”

The COGAT told the Al Quds newspaper, “Unless these actions end, we will be forced to take additional security measures.

“Our policies are devised to strengthen the economy and civil life in the Gaza Strip,” he said.

The crossings between Gaza and Israel saw an daily average of 1,000 human passages between the two sides at the Erez Crossing in 2015. In addition, 850 trucks filled with medical supplies , construction materials and other goods were delivered daily to Gaza last year.

“If these policies are misused by terrorists, we will be forced to revise them to maintain the security of the State of Israel and her citizens,” Mordechai warned.

The single land crossing from Gaza into Egypt, the Rafah Border Crossing is open only sporadically, and then only for a few hours or a few days at a time, with little prior warning.

There are three land crossings with Israel, including the Karni crossing, a conveyor belt for grains and similar goods.

The Erez crossing, used by international staff members, residents of the Palestinian Authority, (professional and non-professional employees, medical patients and family members) foreign aid workers, journalists, diplomats and others, is open from Sunday through Thursday, 8am to 4pm and Friday from 8am to 2pm. The Kerem Shalom crossing is open daily between morning and afternoon, depending on the number of trucks scheduled to make deliveries in Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

Hundreds of Gaza Arabs Riot at Erez Border Crossing

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Hundreds of Arab residents threw stones and burned tires at the Erez border crossing with northern Gaza at midday on Tuesday.

Some 200 Palestinian Arabs rioted in a possible attempt to storm the crossing, similar to the breach in the security fence that occurred late Monday and two days earlier, on Saturday as well.

Civilian contractors working on Monday to repair the damage from Saturday’s breach of the fence were attacked Monday by Palestinian Arab terrorists from the Gaza side of the border.

Security personnel closed the Erez crossing Tuesday in response to the violence and IDF soldiers at the scene used riot dispersal methods to address the situation.

Hana Levi Julian

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