Gaza’s oldest man dreams of peace – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Rajab Mohammed al-Toum has lived through six different periods of Palestine’s history, beginning with the rule of the Ottoman Empire, to the British Mandate, Egyptian reign, Israeli occupation, the Palestinian Authority and finally Hamas’ control over the Gaza Strip.

via Gaza’s oldest man dreams of peace – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

Sweet dreams of peace and justice, mercy, joy, and freedom

10 indisputable facts which prove there is no link between intelligence and wealth

Bill Gates, the drug lords scattered around the world…

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1. Donald Trump is rich

2. Justin Beiber is rich

3. Mark Thatcher is rich

4. Paris Hilton is rich

5. Mitt Romney is rich

6. Prince Andrew is rich

7. George Osborne is rich

8. Kim Jong-un is rich

9. Miley Cyrus is rich

10. George W Bush is rich

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Israel ‘clears West Bank land for settler homes’ | Maan News Agency

Israel has bulldozed land slated for settler homes in the West Bank, a local official said Tuesday, ahead of a visit by the top US diplomat to boost peace talks.

\”The occupation (Israeli) authorities informed us, through notifications to landowners, that new settler homes would be built in the village of Al-Mazraa al-Qabaliya,\” Abdallah Lawadeh told AFP.

The 255 homes are among some 800 slated for construction by Israel since October.

Palestinian landowners were given two months to \”present objections to the decision,\” Lawadeh said, but \”the authorities did not wait for those to be filed, already bulldozing the land and setting up temporary housing for Israelis,\” he said.

Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said the army had approved on Nov. 7 the construction of the 255 units in the Israeli settlement Nahlei Tal.

via Israel ‘clears West Bank land for settler homes’ | Maan News Agency.

Settlers take over building near Hebron mosque | Maan News Agency

Israeli settlers moved chairs and furniture into a building in Hebron\’s Old City on Tuesday in an attempt to take over the property, official news agency Wafa reported Tuesday.

Hijazi Abu Sneineh, an official at the Ibrahimi Mosque, said that settlers brought hundreds of chairs into the building, indicating that they intend to turn the Budairi building into a Jewish prayer area.

The settler presence in the area could cause tension with local Palestinians as the building is located on a road leading to the mosque.

Hebron is a frequent site of clashes due to the presence of 500 Israeli settlers in the Old City, many of whom have illegally occupied Palestinian houses and forcibly removed the original inhabitants. They are protected by thousands of Israeli soldiers.

via Settlers take over building near Hebron mosque | Maan News Agency.

Hundreds of settlers escorted to Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus | Maan News Agency

Part of an ongoing campaign by extremists and the current government to “establish” religious claim to Palestinian territory by Israel – Hundreds of Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli troops arrived at Joseph\’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp east of Nablus early Tuesday morning.

Local sources told a Ma\’an reporter that ten Israeli military vehicles escorted dozens of settlers\’ buses to visit the site at dawn in northern West Bank.

Settlers performed religious rites throughout the early morning hours.

While the settlers visited the site, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in the area hurling stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers.

via Hundreds of settlers escorted to Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus | Maan News Agency.

How serious is this H7N9 flu? Read this! Avian Flu Diary: HK CHP: Notification Letter To Doctors On H7N9 Case

Dear Doctors,

A Confirmed case of Human Infection with Avian Influenza A(H7N9) virus and Activation of Serious Response Level of Government’s Preparedness Plan I would like to draw your attention to a confirmed case  of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in Hong Kong. The patient  is a 36-year-old Indonesian maid. She lives with her employer\’s family (six family members)  in Tuen Mun in Hong Kong.

 

She had onset of cough on 21 November 2013 and developed fever on 22 November. She sought medical attention from two general practitioners on 25 and 26 November.  She developed shortness of breath on 27  November and attended Accident and Emergency Department of Tuen Mun hospital (TMH) and chest X-ray on admission showed right lower lobe consolidation.  She was admitted to TMH and was transferred to intensive care unit for treatment on 29 November.  Her condition deteriorated and she was transferred to Queen Mary Hospital for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation on 30 November by ambulance.

 

Her nasopharyngeal swabs and aspirates were tested positive by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for influenza A and H7 and N9 on 2 December, confirming the diagnosis of influenza A (H7N9) by Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP).  Her current condition is critical.

via Avian Flu Diary: HK CHP: Notification Letter To Doctors On H7N9 Case.