Published: Fri, October 14, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Newborn boy brings Gaza population to a record 2 million

Newborn boy brings Gaza population to a record 2 million

The MEPs claimed the clubs involved - from the West Bank Israeli settlements of Maale Adumim, Ariel, Kiryat Arba, Givat Zeev and Bikat Hayarden (Jordan Valley) - are in breach of FIFA rules by playing in the Israeli league when the area falls under the Palestinian Football Association.

David Makovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, which initiated the gathering, said it was an effort to get the clergy to be part of the solution to Israeli-Palestinian strife.

"The baby-boy, who was born Tuesday and called Walid Shaath, from the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, is the number two million Palestinian living in the besieged Gaza Strip", the ministry said in an emailed press statement. During the same time, about 219 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

The global community has failed to properly address the situation in Palestine, which has led to a condition as if Israel can be above worldwide law, says Jamal Juma, the head of Stop the Wall Campaign.

Israel has blamed the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders, compounded on social media sites. Also Tuesday, the military said it's sealed the crossings in and out of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a security precaution for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. The Palestinians say it is rooted in some 50 years of military occupation and fading hopes for independence. The company, which was not named, is suspected of trying to get the equipment to Gaza's militant groups, the defense body said.

Social and economic conditions in Gaza today are now "at their lowest point since 1967", when Israel seized the territory from Egypt in the Six-Day War, the report said.

Previous year a FIFA mediation body headed by South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale was set up to try and resolve the issue when the Palestine Football Association agreed reluctantly to withdraw a motion to have Israel thrown out.

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