- Hamas vetoes International Women’s Day
- Iran launches ballistic missiles, forces U.S. Navy vessel off course
- Palestinian Authority names youth camp after murderer of dozens of Israelis
- 2,000 gather in Tel Aviv for MEDinISRAEL confab and expo
Wednesday is expected to be a normal work day and schools will be open, though the first hour of classes will include discussions about women’s role in the Palestinian national struggle.
The Associated Press reported that since the organization took the reins, “Gazan society has grown increasingly conservative, with Hamas imposing a dress code on female lawyers, principals harassing students who don't wear headscarves and occasionally banning women from smoking in cafes.”
Captain Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman, said in January that as of that month, there had been 58 incidents between U.S. and Iranian boats that were unsafe and unprofessional in the past two years: 23 in 2015 and 35 in 2016.
Iran test-fired two missiles last week as part of a naval exercise it was carrying out in the Strait of Hormuz. Last month, German newspaper Die Welt reported that German intelligence believes Iran tested a nuclear-capable cruise missile, with a possible range of 2,000-3,000 kilometers (1,250-1,875 miles). In its test, the missile successfully traveled 600 kilometers (375 miles)—a little less than half the distance to Israel. Furthermore, Iran carried out a ballistic missile test late January. The ballistic missile tests are in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which codified the Iran nuclear deal.
Both the ballistic missile tests and the provocation on the seas of the Persian Gulf confirm the statements of the chief of Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, who told Congress last March that Iran has become “more aggressive in the days since the [Iran nuclear] agreement.”
The “Brothers of Dalal” camp will open in Jericho Tuesday with “the participation of 45 young men and women.”
The District Governor of Ramallah, who is an official of the Palestinian Authority, “welcomed efforts to hold a camp named after Martyr Dalal Mughrabi,” according to a translation by Palestinian Media Watch. “She praised the creative initiative and its goals, and particularly everything connected to remembering the pure-hearted Martyrs.”
In January of this year, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas posed with a child holding a photo of Mughrabi. Abbas’ photo was shared by Fatah, the ruling political party of the Palestinian Authority, with the caption “Holiday of the Martyrs.”
Mughrabi is a national hero among Palestinians, with multiple schools, buildings, and streets in the West Bank bearing her name. She is routinely glorified by Palestinian leaders as a model for women and a champion of the Palestinian national movement. In one social media post on December 27th, Fatah described Mughrabi as a “Bride of Palestine.”