Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Palestinian Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Palestinian Affairs

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July 17: Gaza's first shopping center opened in a ceremony attended by Hamas party officials and officers. The complex - approximately one-quarter acre - drew crowds hoping to browse the Western and Israeli products, enjoy the air-conditioning, or shop in the new supermarket. [YNET, 7/20, NYT, 8/22]

July 18: Engineering students at Hebron University designed and built a completely solar-powered car from scratch as part of an effort to promote environmentally friendly power alternatives in Palestine. The car, celebrated as a victory for the students, could not exceed 19 miles per hour. [The Guardian, 7/18]

July 20: Brazilian Presient Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a bill granting $14 million in aid to the reconstruction of Gaza. The gift came after the UN called on the international community to help the region. [AP, ANBA, 7/21]

Aug. 10: The Palestinian Authority reported that Arab countries had cut aid to the Palestinian territories, although the US and Europe had already donated their annual contributions. Arab officials from other countries declined to comment, though some Palestinians speculated that the cut was calculated to force Hamas and Fatah to reach an accord. [Reuters, 8/10]

Aug. 25: Dozens of protesters, carrying President Mahmud 'Abbas' picture and chanting his name, broke up a conference in Ramallah held to oppose direct Palestinian- Israeli negotiations. …

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