Week in Review, Feb 17th
Love for Palestine on Valentine's Day, Khader Adnan's appeal rejected, and a tragic bus crash in this week's top #Palestine news stories
- On Saturday, Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh spoke to a crowd of 30,000 in Tehran alongside Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in honor of the anniversary of the 1979 revolution. Haniyeh reiterated Hamas' stance that it will "never recognize Israel" and vowed the Islamist party would continue resistance until "all Palestinian lands had been liberated" and "all the refugees returned". Iran's first vice-president Mohamed Reza Rahimi had earlier expressed to Haniyeh Iran's commitment to use "everything at its disposal to aid the Palestinians".
- Palestinian prisoner of Israel Khader Adnan has passed more than sixty days without food and is "near death" in his continuing hunger strike to protest his administrative detention. Though calls for Israel to try or release Mr. Adnan have grown louder, the appeal against his order of imprisonment without charge was rejected by Israel's military court on Monday.
- Tuesday was Valentine's Day and many people took to social media to express their love for Palestine. In honor of the holiday, Palestinian-American graduate student Tania Keilani launched a new project to showcase the stories of Palestinian couples under occupation called Love Under Apartheid. The project quickly became a popular hashtag on Twitter and caught the attention of our Senior Editor Christa Blackmon who caught up with Ms. Keilani Monday evening. Check out Christa's article here.
- Also on Valentine's Day, Gaza's only power station was forced to shut down due to a shortage of fuel supplies being smuggled through tunnels on the border with Egypt. The station released a statement placing responsibility for the crisis on Israel's continuing blockade, but also called on Egypt to allow more fuel into the Strip.
- Nine Palestinian kindergarten children and their teacher from the Shuafat refugee camp were tragically killed in a bus crash while en route to a field trip park near Ramallah. Forty two other children were also injured in the collision.
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