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VIDEOS - GAZA and HAMAS



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MODERN HISTORY OF ISRAEL

GAZA’S PROSEROUS ECONOMY:
AL JAZEERA SHOWS A SIDE TO GAZA THAT WESTERN MEDIA WON’T
Tom Gross 2018 (11.12)
This report from Gaza on the Arabic language version of Al Jazeera TV, has just been translated into English. It accompanies this article I wrote https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/02.... (Also here: http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastd...). The video shows footage of bustling, well-stocked glitzy shopping malls, an impressive children’s water park (at 5.25 in the video), fancy restaurants, nice hotels, the crowded food markets, toy shops brimming with the latest plush toys (at 8.39 in the video).

Western media has often focused on the Gaza to the detriment of many other issues and crises throughout the world, such as Yemen. The BBC, in particular, has devoted an inordinate amount of its budget and staff to covering Gaza in thousands of reports over the years. But you would be hard pressed to learn from western media coverage that, despite many difficulties, Gaza’s economy is also thriving in all kinds of ways. Or that life expectancy in Gaza is now five years higher than the world average.

And unlike those typically seen in European and American media dispatches from Gaza, in the Al-Jazeera video, almost no Palestinian interviewed even mentions Israel. Instead, they point primarily to the internal Palestinian political rift between Hamas and Fatah as being their main concern in terms of their businesses thriving. Israel barely gets a look in.

* See also: Turkish TV shows abundance of food and supplies in Gaza https://youtu.be/aCJALrWB09A


TURKISH TV SHOWS ABUNDANCE OF FOOD AND SUPPLIES IN GAZA
Tom Gross 2018 (2.53)
New from Turkish TV: another example of the plentiful side of Gaza that the western media won't show us. This was broadcast on Turkish Channel TRT on May 24, 2018.

THE SITUATION IN GAZA
EXPLAINED WITH A MAP
Le Monde 2014 (6.41)

WITHDRAWAL FROM GAZA
ayoub animation 2014 (31.19)

On this day, 7 years ago, August 15-22, 2005, the State of Israel underwent an internally polarizing and extraordinary dramatic event which would become known as the disengagement from the Gaza Strip. The film 'Withdrawal From Gaza' offers a personal behind-the-scenes look, both before and during the evacuation, at the people whose lives would forever be impacted by the events which unfolded during those difficult weeks. With the ramifications of the disengagement from Gaza still very evident today, this emotional documentary film takes you back to
—––––––––––––––––––-experience the event from the perspective of both the settler and the soldier.

Please note: Statistics at the end of the film are from 2007 when the film was completed.

TOP EU COURT KEEPS HAMAS
ON EU TERRORISM LIST
CGTN  26 July 2017 (0.33)

The European Union's top court ruled on Wednesday that Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas should remain on the
EU terrorism blacklist,
referring the case back to a lower court.

UN AMBASSADOR NICKY HALES JUST SAID SOMETHING THAT SHOCKED THE
UN SECURITY COUNCIL
Golden State Times May 2018 (7.35)
(for background see
Gaza Militants Barrage Israel
With Mortars and Rockets
New York times , May 29 2018)

HAMAS ROCKETS REACH DEEPER THAN EVER
CNN 2014 (2.07)
Rocket salvos fired from Gaza, now a daily occurrence in many Israeli cities, are reaching targets deep in Israel.
More from CNN at http://www.cnn.com/

- HAMAS IS A GREATER OBSTACLE TO PEACE THAN ISRAEL  
Shmuley Boteach  
OxfordUnion 2015 (12.01)


FALLOUT IN GAZA:  SIX MONTHS ON (FULL LENGTH)
Vice News 2015  (26.44)

During the devastating 50-day war in Israel and Gaza this past summer, around 18,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed or severely damaged, leaving around 120,000 residents homeless.

Six months after the end of fighting, VICE News returns to the region to investigate the progress on reconstruction.

THE NEWSMAKERS:
GAZA: LIFE ON THE STRIP
TRT World 2016 (2014)

GAZA IN 2016 -
HAMAS PROPAGANDA
Binyamin

AFTER A WAR, STILL LIVING IN RUBBLE:
FALLOUT IN GAZA (PART 1)
VICE NEWS 2015 (15.25)
During the devastating 50-day war in Israel and Gaza this past summer, around 18,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed or severely damaged, leaving around 120,000 residents homeless.

Now, with trouble in neighboring Sinai and infighting between Palestinian factions, reconstruction efforts in the beleaguered Gaza Strip are moving slowly. With the UN warning of a growing humanitarian crisis for the people of Gaza, many fear that another armed conflict is imminent. Six months after the end of fighting, VICE News returns to the region to investigate the progress on reconstruction.

In part one, VICE News correspondent Danny Gold returns to Shija'iyya, the neighborhood that bore the brunt of last summer's fighting, and investigates how the closure of the Rafah crossing and demolition of the underground tunnels to Egypt has impacted Gaza's fragile economy.


AFTER A WAR, STILL LIVING IN RUBBLE:
FALLOUT IN GAZA (PART 1)
VICE NEWS 2015 (15.26)

In part two, VICE News correspondent Danny Gold visits the Kerem Shalom crossing with Israel to see what goods are being allowed into the Gaza Strip, and spends time with a resident of Nahal Oz kibbutz, which was attacked by rockets and Hamas soldiers during last summer's war.

GAZA CITY
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HARSH LIVING CONDITIONS IN GAZA FUEL LITTLE-TO-LOSE MENTALITY
PBS NewsHour 2018 (6.41)
Palestinians have been protesting for weeks for the right to leave Gaza; in the last two days, tens of thousands have joined in. Under an 11-year blockade by Israel and Egypt, life there has become a painful struggle. Unemployment stands at 40 percent, with few prospects for the young, and most Gazans cannot afford a generator during lengthy power cuts. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports.


$407M SPENT ON RECONSTRUCTING GAZA
TRT World 2017 (1.53)
Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip are increasingly worried the Qatari government will be forced to cut its ties with them. Qatar is the largest foreign investor in infrastructure and humanitarian projects in Gaza. TRT World's Iolo ap Dafydd has more on the implications of the deadlock between Qatar
and other Gulf countries

LEBANESE TV SHOWS GAZA LUXURY (EOZNEWS)
The Elders of Ziyon 2013 (2.43)
Lebanese OTV shows the Gaza that people don't know, in this very anti-Hamas (and pro-Syria) video,
May 9, 2013.

CROSSINGS AND TUNNELS

WHY EGYPT IS FLOODING
GAZA'S SECRET TUNNELS
NowThis World 2015 (4.15)


THE WALL BETWEEN
THE GAZA STRIP AND ISRAEL
Zahi Shaked. Israeli tour guide 2915 (5.35)



EXCLUSIVE LOOK INSIDE
HAMAS TUNNELS
CNN 2014 (6.36)

TROUBLE IN THE TUNNEL: FALLOUT IN GAZA (PART 2)

During the devastating 50-day war in Israel and Gaza this past summer, around 18,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed or severely damaged,
leaving around 120,000 residents homeless.

Now, with trouble in neighboring Sinai and infighting between Palestinian factions, reconstruction efforts in the beleaguered Gaza Strip are moving slowly. With the UN warning of a growing humanitarian crisis for the people of Gaza, many fear that another armed conflict is imminent. Six months after the end of fighting, VICE News returns to the region to investigate the progress on reconstruction.

IN PART TWO, VICE News correspondent Danny Gold visits the Kerem Shalom crossing with Israel to see what goods are being allowed into the Gaza Strip, and spends time with a resident of Nahal Oz kibbutz, which was attacked by rockets and Hamas soldiers during last summer's war.

TROUBLE IN THE TUNNEL:
FALLOUT IN GAZA PART 2 (12.14)
(PART 1 NOT AVAILABLE)



 THE HUMAN IMPACT OF HAMAS TERROR,
FROM SDEROT
The Watchman Episode 15:  2016 (27.05)

FLOODING OF GAZA TUNNELS CUTS OFF PALESTINIAN LIFELINE
Al Jazeera English 2015(2.29)
The Egyptian army has begun to pump water into underground smuggling tunnels connecting Sinai with Gaza.It is believed the tunnels are used to smuggle people and weapons -- but they're also used for basic goods such as food and clothing.Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Gaz


ISRAEL BEGINS WORK ON 40-MILE UNDERGROUND BARRIER AROUND GAZA
AP ARCHIVE 2018 (2.45)

(18 Jan 2018) Massive earthworks and mounds of sandy soil line much of the Israel-Gaza border as the Israeli military forges ahead with an ambitious subterranean barrier to detect and prevent attack tunnels from running into southern Israel from the Palestinian enclave.  The 40-mile (64 kilometre) long wall - construction of which got underway last summer - aims to thwart one of the major strategic assets Palestinian militant groups have to attack Israel.  The barrier - a subterranean wall plunging hundreds of feet (metres) below ground, studded with sensors and topped by a 26-foot (eight metres) metal fence - has an estimated price tag of 700 million US dollars and is on track for its slated completion in mid-2019. Thus far, crews working 24 hours a day, six days a week have completed 2.5 miles (four kilometres)
of the border barrier.

During a tour of the barrier on Thursday, Israeli military officials were loath to discuss particulars concerning the barrier's tunnel detection capabilities, or how deep the wall goes.  But a spokesman said that the anti-tunnel barrier under construction would provide a significant challenge for anyone tunnelling below.  Thus far, Hamas has not tried to disrupt construction, and giant earth berms protect workers from spying eyes and small arms fire.

Israel and Hamas, the Islamist militant group that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, have fought three wars since 2008. During most recent conflict in 2014, Hamas militants on several occasions caught Israel off guard by attacking through its underground tunnel network.  While Hamas fighters didn't manage to reach civilian centres, five Israeli soldiers were killed in such attacks, which rattled the Israeli public.

Israel destroyed 32 tunnels during that conflict, and has prioritised anti-tunnel operations since.  A combination of intelligence, infantry operations and hi-tech sensors have already helped the military detect and destroy at least three tunnels running from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory in the past few months.



JOINING THE TUNNEL DIGGERS
IN THE GAZA STRIP
DW News  2009  (9.17)

HAMAS DIVERTING ELECTRICITY
IN GAZA STRIP TO BUILD TERROR TUNNELS
Rebel Media 2015 (2.34)

ELECTRIC POWER SHORTAGES

 GAZA POWER CRISIS DEEPENS | DW English
DW News 2017 (3.23)
People in the Gaza Strip receive their electricity from power stations in Israel and Egypt. But a dispute over who should pay the bill has resulted in daily blackouts. Residents have to make do with as little as two hours of power every day.



EGYPT SENDS DIESEL TO GAZA TO EASE POWER CRISIS
AP Archive 2017 (2.15)
(21 Jun 2017) Egypt on Wednesday trucked one million litres of cheap diesel fuel to the Gaza Strip's sole power plant.   The rare shipment temporarily eased a crippling electricity crisis in the Hamas-ruled enclave but also appeared to undercut Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas has been stepping up financial pressure on Gaza in hopes of forcing the militant group Hamas to cede ground in the territory. Hamas seized Gaza from Abbas' forces in 2007, and Wednesday's delivery was the result of a strange new alliance of old foes united against the Palestinian president.

The power plant stopped operating in April after Hamas could no longer afford to buy heavily taxed fuel from Abbas' West Bank-based government, leaving Gazans with just four hours of electricity a day.  Abbas also asked Israel to reduce the electricity it sends to Gaza, which amounts to about a third of the territory's needs. This electricity, paid for by the Abbas government, has been reduced by one-fourth since Monday, worsening the crunch.  The power shortage has cast a pall over the current holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims often end their dawn-to-dusk fasting with lavish family meals. With their homes in the dark and refrigerators not functioning, families have had to scale back the celebrations.

Yousef al-Kayali, a Hamas finance official, said 11 trucks delivered the fuel on Wednesday. He said a second shipment of an additional 1 million litres was expected by Thursday.  The fuel will not solve Gaza's electricity woes, however. Israel is now providing just 88 megawatts of power each day, down from 120 earlier this week. The Egyptian fuel is expected to provide about 50 megawatts of power each day for several days, making up the cut in Israeli supplies.  In all, Gaza requires about 400 megawatts to meet its daily needs. The hot weather and Ramadan have increased demand, adding to the shortages.

 THE SUN WILL RISE:   ISRAEL CUTS ELECTRICITY TO GAZA
PressTVUK Videos 2017 (24.22)
During Ramadan Gaza suffered an electricity crisis during one of the hottest months of the year.  
But the electricity crisis is only one of many problems facing Gazans.
Since 2007 Gaza has been blockaded by land, air, and sea by Israel and Egypt.



ISRAEL TO RESTORE ELECTRICITY TO GAZA STRIP
AP Archive  2018 (2.51)

Gazans are getting more electricity after Israel agreed to restore the supply.  But business owners are calling for power to be available 24 hours a day.

STORYLINE:  (VIDEO IN ARABIC)

A generator supplies this butchers with the electricity it needs to run refrigerators.

Gaza's unpredictable electricity supply means many shops rely on these power sources rather than the grid.  But Israel has said it will restore the Strip's electricity supply following a request from the Palestinian government in the West Bank.  Now, Gazans are on a rotating schedule of eight-hours-on and eight-hours-off of power - a marked improvement on the four hours a day it previously received.

But it's still not good enough for butcher shop owner Ahed al-Shawa. "We want electricity to return normally," he says.   "It is the right of anyone and any Palestinian to have 24 hour electricity. Why do you give me electricity eight or seven or six hours a day? This is not enough for our lives."  Israel is the main provider of power to Gaza. It provides 120 megawatts and Egypt supplies 30 each day.

Shawarma restaurant owner Abd Al-Salam Darweesh currently spends 1,600 to 1,700 shekels (460 to 490 US dollars) a month on alternative power sources to keep his business running.  He hopes the improved supply will take his bill down to 1,000 shekels.

Last summer, the West Bank-based Palestinian government asked Israel to cut the electricity supply to pressure rivals Hamas.   The cutoff left the coastal territory with just four hours of power a day and blackouts have worsened this winter. Hamas has called the power cuts collective punishment.

Amid a reconciliation process between the Palestinian factions, the Palestinian government said last week the supply would be restored.  Mohammad Thabet, director of public relations in Gaza electricity company, welcomes the move. "There is no doubt that the return of 50 megawatts to the Palestinian side from the Israeli electricity company caused a major change in the electricity distribution schedule, which had a direct and positive effect on it," he says. The news means there's a light at the end of the tunnel
for Gazans - and an electrically powered one at that.

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