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Residents of Israel's oldest kibbutz, Deganya Alef, on the shores of the Sea of Galile check their mail on April 1, 2008. Much has changed in the northern Israeli kibbutz, founded in Ottoman Palestine in 1910 by a group of young and idealistic east European Jews. The socialist ideals that once ruled every aspect of life in Deganya are today deeply imbued with capitalist concepts. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel Resumes Parcel Post Into Gaza

Israel has begun allowing parcels to be sent to Gaza again, officials said Monday, months after a ban over allegations the Palestinian enclave’s Hamas rulers were using them to smuggle weapons.

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Coca-Cola Opens Plant in Gaza Strip

Coca-Cola and its Palestinian bottling franchisee have opened the US beverage group’s first production plant in the Gaza Strip, marking a rare foreign manufacturing investment in the Israeli-blockaded, conflict-prone coastal territory.