Nine months after the Gaza War, some started noticing a post-war baby boom in Israel. Are the crowded maternity wards due to soldiers who ‘missed their wives’ — or just plain boredom?
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Palestinians in Gaza to provide information about two Israelis believed to be held there.
Ban on Monday also called for their prompt return to their families, the Associated Press reported.
Ethiopian-Israel Avera Mengistu is believed to have climbed over the security fence between Israel and Gaza last September. His presumed captivity, which Hamas denies, was under a gag order that was lifted last week. Also missing is an Israel Bedouin who crossed over to Gaza in April and has not returned.
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Meanwhile, Israeli media reported that Mengistu’s father has been homeless for the last ten months.
The Ashkelon municipality offered to pay for hotel bills or rent for Haili Mengistu, and said it would increase welfare payments to the family, Ynet reported.
The Mengistus made aliyah in the mid-1980s during Operation Moses, and moved first to Jerusalem and then to Ashkelon. They divorced three years ago. Haili Mengistu has been moving from relative to relative and sleeping on the streets since then.
Israel negotiated several months ago with Hamas for release of the two men, but Hamas tried to hand over an Eritrean national who had entered Gaza looking for work instead, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Monday night.
When four young cousins were killed while playing on a Gaza beach, the world was reminded of the deadly cost of the war between Israel and Hamas. One year later, their family is mourning.
What happens when a Jewish community’s protectors become the victims of a Hamas mortar attack? At Kibbutz Nirim, grief-stricken families are still finding out one year after the Gaza war.
Did race have anything to do with the way the Israeli government dealt with the imprisonment of Ethiopian-Israeli Avraham Mengitsu? Lior Zaltzman writes that the answer isn’t as simple as it seems.
From his spartan room in the Maghazi refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, 18-year-old Abdalla al-Haddad could glimpse a narrow chance at a better life: it was less than a mile and a 3-1/2-meter fence away.
Israel coordinated the transfer of a pair of lion cubs from Gaza to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan.
Israel’s Navy intercepted an activist ship in the waters off the coast of the Gaza Strip.
One of the little-noticed findings of the U.N. commission on possible Gaza war crimes is the panel’s strong criticism of Israel’s move to close the books on its military’s killing of four Palestinian boys on a beach.