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After I was chosen for a week summer school in New York from among more than 15,000 applicants -yes, more than 15,000 applicants-, I got jubilant to the extent that I couldn’t study for my final exams. I got so happy that I unvoluntarily kissed my brother before even telling him that I was chosen; I rushed and kissed my parents and my little brother as well. I promised my little brother to buy him the best gift I could get from the U.S.
My friends, my true ones, were so happy that I got such an opportunity of lifetime. I planned to have sheets on which my friends’ names to be written and to picture these sheets on front of the Stature of Freedom- I don’t know why I just smiled mockingly while typing “Freedom”.
As soon as I was done with my exams, I started the long process…
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The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 2200 hours on Monday July 21, 2014.
Deaths: 558 – 149 children, 53 women 18-60 years, 28 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 3,504 – 1,100 children, 608 women 18-60 years, 144 over 60 years.
ICU: 104 patients (more…)
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Al Quds radio reports that Egypt has brokered a truce between Israel and the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, to take effect at 4pm Gaza time.
In another report, Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh said, “The Egyptian side managed to stabilize the truce according to 2012 understandings.”
However Israel is on notice, with Islamic Jihad warning that even one breach of the truce will result in them being hit very hard.
Israel has been documented to have breached the previous truce over 150 times since it was agreed to in November 2012.