Tossing around tennis balls and swinging makeshift bats, the Palestinian women practising on a soccer field are the vanguard of a sport new to the Gaza Strip - baseball. Their coach, Mahmoud Tafesh, is introducing the game to the enclave and eventually hopes to form a national team to compete in Asian baseball championships.
The Israeli authorities have banned 36 Palestinian athletes from taking part in the Palestine Marathon in Bethlehem, Al-Quds online has reported. The athletes all live in the besieged Gaza Strip. Israel’s move has been condemned by the Palestinian Athletics Federation (PAF).
Jihad is a boy with ambitions. “I want to grow until I become an astronaut and an engineer,” the 9-year-old said. “At the same time.” Before he could achieve those goals, Jihad would have to recover from a major illness. About a year ago, he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon.
Gruff and skeptical, Abu Marzouq clearly does not want to be filmed. The ambulance driver is the reluctant protagonist of the first feature-length documentary by Gaza-based filmmaker Mohamed Jabaly. Ambulance follows a crew of paramedics led by Abu Marzouq during Israel’s 2014 bombardment of Gaza. The documentary, featured in the BBC Arabic Film Festival 2017 currently underway in London, is at once highly reflective and rough, unadulterated.
Israel expands list of itemsThe head of the Popular Committee Against the Israeli Siege on Gaza said on Sunday that the occupation authorities have actually tightened the siege and added more items to the list of goods banned from entering the besieged enclave, Quds Net has reported. Jamal Al-Khodari pointed out that 500 items are now banned from being imported to the Gaza Strip.