PFLP mourns martyr Laith al-Khalidi, pledges resistance

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Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Laith al-Khalidi murdered by Zionist forces near the Atara checkpoint

Laith al-Khalidi murdered by Zionist forces near the Atara checkpoint

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, on behalf of its General Secretary, Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, Deputy General Secretary Comrade Abu Ahmad Fuad, and all of the cadres of the Front, deeply mourns the martyr, Comrade Laith al-Khalidi, son of Comrade Fadel al-Khalidi, murdered at dawn on Saturday, August 1, killed by Zionist forces as he protested near the Atara checkpoint against the settler attack and killing of 18-month-old child Ali Dawabsheh in Duma near Nablus.

The Front emphasizes that the blood of our martyrs shall not be shed in vain. Glory to the martyrs, freedom for the prisoners of freedom, and healing for the wounded. Victory is inevitable – no voice is louder than the voice of resistance.

Abu Ahmad Fuad: Responsibility for killing of baby Ali Dawabsheh rests with the entire Zionist project

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Abu Ahmad Fouad

Abu Ahmad Fouad

The answer to the crimes of the occupation is held not only by Palestinians but requires Palestinian and Arab resistance, said Comrade Abu Ahmad Fuad, Deputy General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, in a television interview with Al-Mayadeen TV on July 31.

He denounced the role of the United States and its strategic partnership with the Zionist state, highlighting the hypocritical statements denouncing the settler murder of 18-month-old Ali Dababsheh while providing billions of dollars in military aid to the Zionist military to kill Palestinian children, and using the veto in the United Nations to prevent any accountability for Zionist political and military war criminals.

In addition, Fuad said, “we must not allow the enemy to single out the West Bank, or Gaza, or Lebanon, or our people in Palestine 48, while the Arab world remain spectators; our responsibility is not to protect this or that region, but to stand together collectively to defend all of our people, in Gaza, the West Bank, Occupied Palestine ’48, and all of the Palestinian and Arab people, wherever they are.” Read more »

PFLP: “Declaration of war” on settlements following burning of Palestinian baby

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Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Ali Saad Dawabsheh, burned alive in Nablus by Israeli settlers

Ali Saad Dawabsheh, burned alive in Nablus by Israeli settlers

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the horrific crime by settlers, burning Palestinian homes in Duma, near Nablus and killing the baby Ali Saad Dawabsheh, 1 1/2 years old, and gravely injuring his mother, father and brother. The Netanyahu government of terrorists and murderers bears the responsibility for this crime of unspeakable cruelty, which requires all of us to escalate the resistance and declare war on the settlers and their colonies.

Such heinous crimes against children are an integral part of the ongoing Zionist terror against our people which has not stopped for over 67 years, and massacres are part of the strategy of the Zionist settlers in their war against the Palestinian people and reflect the nature of the Zionist state in Palestine. Read more »

Mishaal deplores settler’s killing of toddler, calls for response

Source: Palestine Information Center

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Head of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Mishaal denounced the murder of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsheh in Jewish settlers’ arson attack on his parents’ home yesterday in Nablus as a “heinous crime against the Palestinian people and the entire humanity.”

In press remarks on Friday, Mishaal said that such crime vindicated further that the essence of the conflict is the occupation and its settlements.

He added that “the settler’s burning of this toddlers today and earlier 16-year-old child Mohamed Abu Khudair would only be quenched by sweeping the occupation and its settlements off the Palestinian land.”

The Hamas official called for responding to this new crime and the repeated violations against Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque through escalating the resistance against the Israeli occupation state and its settlers.

Al-Qassam holds Israel responsible for Nablus arson attack

Source: Palestine Information Center

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Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, held the Israeli occupation leaders fully responsible for the consequences of the settlers’ arson attack on a Palestinian home, which rendered a Palestinian toddler dead in Nablus yesterday.

In a press release on Friday, spokesman for the Brigades Abu Obeida said that the Palestinian people and their resistance would not stay passive towards what he described as the heinous crime of killing Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsheh and wounding his family.

“The resistance has the right to burn the ground underneath of those who burned toddler Ali Dawabsheh,” the spokesman warned.

A horde of extremist Jewish settlers at dawn Friday torched two Palestinian house on the outskirts of Duma village, south of Nablus city, killing Ali Dawabsheh, 18 months, and seriously injuring his parents and four-year-old brother.

Barakat: Urgent call for solidarity actions with Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners

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International Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat

Khaled Barakat, international coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat

Khaled Barakat, international coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat

There is an urgent need for escalating actions in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, said Comrade Khaled Barakat, the international coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, in particular following the intense situation created by the occupation’s attack on Palestinian prisoners in Nafha prison. “The attack included invading prisoners’ rooms and isolating them, not to mention the attack on Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a major Palestinian national leader,” Barakat said. “Palestinian prisoners are calling for action and we must heed their call.” Read more »

UN experts urge Israel to halt legalization of force-feeding of hunger-strikers in detention

PRESS RELEASE
UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

Families of Palestinian  prisoners protesting

Families of Palestinian prisoners protesting

GENEVA (28 July 2015) – Two United Nations human rights experts today reiterated their call on the Israeli authorities to stop the process of legalizing force-feeding and medical treatment of prisoners and detainees on hunger strike against their will.

Their call comes after the current Knesset decided to continue the legislative process of a Bill to amend the Prisons Act (preventing damages due to hunger strikes) initiated by the previous legislature.

The independent experts warned that the Bill is expected to primarily affect Palestinians held by Israel, including those in administrative detention.

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, underlined that “feeding induced by threats, coercion, force or use of physical restraints of individuals, who have opted for the extreme recourse of a hunger strike to protest against their detention, are, even if intended for their benefit, tantamount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.” Read more »

Hamas calls on Palestinian factions to form national unity gov’t

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Hamas

Mousa Abu Marzook

Mousa Abu Marzouk

Member of Hamas’s Political Bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk called on the Palestinian factions who signed the Cairo Agreement in 2011 to form a national unity government, backed by the Palestinian Legislative Council and approved by PA’s President Mahmoud Abbas.

Abu Marzouk stressed the need to recognize the legitimacy of Gaza Strip’s public sector employees and their rights, stating that Hamas would not object to a scheduled accommodation of the employees along the lines of the Swiss proposal, provided that both civilian and security staff are included. He added that it is not feasible to run ministries in Gaza with staff who are either not being paid, or who have been out of the workforce for many years.

Abu Marzouk also emphasised the importance of implementing a comprehensive community reconciliation process to end internal tensions, finding a permanent solution to the Gaza power crisis, lifting the Gaza siege, operating crossings, reopening Rafah airport and a seaport, and initiating reconstruction projects. Read more »

PFLP calls for urgent action to confront Zionist crimes against Palestinian people

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Falah Abu Maria, murdered in his Beit Ummar home by Israeli military

Falah Abu Maria, murdered in his Beit Ummar home by Israeli military

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called for urgent international action to stop the escalating crimes of the Zionist entity against the Palestinian people, which have taken on multiple forms in recent days.

The PFLP considered that the escalation of these crimes, the latest of which was the murder of Falah Abu Maria and the wounding of his two sons in Beit Ummar, the murder of Mohammed Alawneh from Jenin refugee camp, and the decision of the illegitimate occupation court to deport the children of the martyr Ghassan Abu Jamal from the city of Jerusalem, as well as the approval of the constructions of colonization units in the West Bank, the continued raids and incursions into Palestinian villages and cities, the ongoing and escalating campaign of arrests and the attacks on prisoners, must inspire us all to move relentlessly and without complacency or submission to Zionist or international pressures to hold Zionist officials accountable before international courts, in particular the International Criminal Court.

The Zionist entity must be criminalized and delegitimized on an international level and its political and military leaders and settlers brought before these courts for crimes committed before the sight of the entire world.

The Front noted that the decision of the illegitimate Zionist court, ordering that the children of the Jerusalemite martyr Ghassan Abu Jamal be forced to leave the city by early October is a serious crime, and a part of the systematic Zionist policy aimed at changing the demographic character of Jerusalem and the imposition of an exclusive Jewish character on the city through the forced expulsion of Palestinians. This is a serious violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions, as well as covenants protecting the rights of children. Read more »

Hamas: Israeli storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque is a dangerous escalation

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

Hamas’s spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stated on Sunday that the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by occupation forces and settlers constitutes a dangerous escalation, and reflects the accelerated Judaization of Jerusalem.

Abu Zuhri said that the Palestinian people and factions will not stand idly by while the Israeli assaults on sanctities continue.

Abu Zuhri called for the resumption and intensification of Muslim worshipper presence in Al-Aqsa Mosque, and for activating the resistance, stressing the need for the PA to lift its grip on the Palestinian resistance so it can defend the Palestinian people and protect the sanctities.

July 26, 2015

Toman: security prosecutions of resistance fighters in the West Bank must end

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Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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Comrade Mohammed Toman, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said that “the continuing [Palestinian Authority] security prosecutions of resistance fighters and militants in the West Bank is unacceptable ethically and nationally.”

Speaking on behalf of the National and Islamic Forces, Toman noted that “the Palestinian Authority has not, to this moment, implemented the decision of the PLO Central Council, demanding an end to security coordination with the occupation. Coordination between the security forces and the occupation are continuing until this moment. In order to confront the actions of the occupier against the Palestinian people in the West Bank, and most recently, the construction of new colonies, security coordination must be ended immediately. Instead, it is time to complete the Palestinian reconciliation and implement signed agreements among the Palestinian factions for national unity and struggle.”

“Palestinian reconciliation is not primarily about a government being formed, but the framework of the new provisional leadership of the PLO, representing all Palestinian factions, must come together to develop a clear political vision to serve the aspirations and needs of the Palestinian people,” said Toman.

UN Economic and Social Council Adopts Resolution condemning Israeli Occupation

Edited from a UNISPAL Press Release

Palestinian workers lining up at an Israeli checkpoint to get to work (Photo: CJPP)

Palestinian workers lining up at an Israeli checkpoint to get to work (Photo: CJPP)

At the opening sessions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s 2015 Coordination and Management meeting on 20 July, the Council adopted a resolution on “Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan”, by a vote of 42 in favour to 2 against (Australia, United States) with 2 abstentions (Honduras, Panama).

Overview

TARIK ALAMI, Director of the Emerging and Conflict Related Issues Section of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), said Israeli policies and practices continued to violate international human rights and humanitarian law, as well as the right to self-determination and the principle of non-discrimination. Its 51-day offensive against Gaza in July 2014 had led to an unprecedented loss of life and had triggered concerns about war crimes. Palestinians lived under harsh military rule and Israel had created two separate legal systems in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, one for Israelis and one for Palestinians. In addition, Israel had de facto exiled some 250,000 Palestinians from their land, including 14,000 from East Jerusalem. Read more »

Hamas and Islamic Jihad hold Israeli Occupation responsible for Abu Maria’s execution

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Hamas & Islamic Jihad

Falah Abu Maria, 52, lies in hospital after his murder early on Thursday

Falah Abu Maria, 52, lies in hospital after his murder early on Thursday

The Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad held the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the cold-blooded murder of the 52 year old Palestinian citizen Falah Abu Maria, who was shot in the chest as Israeli occupation forces stormed his house.

In a joint statement on Thursday the two movements stated: “We mourn the martyred hero Falah Hamdi Zamel Abu Maria, 52 years, who was martyred today at dawn in the Hebron town of Beit Ummar.”

Both movements held the Israeli occupation responsible for the life of Abu Maria’s son, Mohammed, who was injured with two bullets in the pelvis, and was arrested while bleeding.

Hamas and the Islamic Jihad affirmed the right of the Palestinian people to defend themselves, and to respond to the Occupation’s crimes by all available means, and called for mass participation in the martyr’s funeral.

On first anniversary of Gaza attack, PFLP pledges to continue resistance until liberation

PRESS STATEMENT
Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades

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The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, issued the following statement on the first anniversary of the criminal Zionist assault on the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip:

Today, we face the first anniversary of the racist, genocidal war waged by the fascist enemy against the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip, on top of eight lean years of siege and starvation, assuming that those years had exhausted Gaza and forced her people to their knees. The people delivered a frank and compelling answer, that the people of Palestine – in Gaza and everywhere else they are – are unbreakable, resisting and strong. Read more »

BDS: A Global Movement for Freedom & Justice

Omar Barghouti
Source: Al Shabaka

(Originally published in May 2010)

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Editor’s note

The Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) was launched 10 years ago, providing Palestinian leadership and strategic guidance to what had been a disparate set of ad hoc boycott actions around the world. Al-Shabaka takes this occasion to republish Policy Advisor Omar Barghouti’s policy brief,which addresses the basic principles and strategies underpinning the BDS movement that have remained constant since its founding.

The brief tackles the reason why the movement has not specified a political outcome; highlights the “unambiguous invitation” to Israelis of conscience to support the Call and the efforts of the Zionist left to undermine it; and points to a key reason for the movement’s success – the freedom to design BDS actions that are context specific, gradual, and sustainable. While BDS opponents accuse the movement of seeking to “destroy Israel” Barghouti makes it clear that the aim is simply to hold Israel accountable to international law, and that Western civil society bears a unique responsibility to do so given Western governments’ complicity in enabling Israel’s rights violations. Read more »

Hamas Press Statement On Formation of a New Palestinian Government

PRESS STATEMENT
Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement

In light of claims that PLO executive committee has commissioned Azzam al-Ahmad to make consultations on forming a new government that would replace the national consensus government to be dismissed, Hamas stresses the following:

1. The PLO executive committee is not pertinent to the government’s formation. Consequently, it is required that the provisional leading frame be called to follow up all files of reconciliation.

2. Hamas calls upon the Palestinian factions that signed the Cairo agreement to initiate a comprehensive dialogue in order to fully implement reconciliation agreements and its different files, mainly the formation of a national unity government.

3. In accordance with what has been agreed upon in the reconciliation agreement, the new government to be formed must be a caretaker government, and not committed to a political program.

4. Before it tends to its tasks, the new government must obtain the vote of confidence from the Palestinian Legislative Council “PLC”.

5. The new government must settle the file of Gaza staff immediately with no preconditions.

The Islamic Resistance Movement- Hamas
June 27, 2015

Israel whitewashes beach bloodbath that killed four kids

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The Israeli army late Thursday announced it is closing its probe into its killing of four children from the Bakr family playing football on a Gaza beach, saying the “tragic” attack had not violated international law.

Many foreign journalists were near the beach at the time of the attack, and witnessed the atrocity.

The four cousins, nine year old Mohamed Ramez Bakr, Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, 10, and Ismail Mohamed Bakr, 11, were playing on the beach in Gaza City on July 16, 2014 when they were hit in two separate strikes. Read more »

Israel doesn’t abuse children, it just murders them

By Khalid Amayreh
Source: Palestine Information Center

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Throughout its unglamorous history, the UN issued many scandalous reports and adopted many scandalous resolutions reflecting lack of justice and absence of moral honesty.

This ever-existing symptom also reflected western hegemony over the international organization.

However, none of these reports and resolutions seems more scandalous than this week’s report which kept Israel off the List of Shame, which includes states and entities that abuse children.

This particular report is manifestly scandalous precisely because Israel is probably one of the most obscene abusers of children under the sun. Read more »

Hemaya: UN spurns Palestinian children

PRESS RELEASE
Hemaya Center for Human Rights
08 June 2015

Shifa Hospital 19 July 2014

Shifa Hospital 19 July 2014

Ban Ki-moon’s decision not to include Israel on the list of violators of children’s rights twists the knife in the heart of every Palestinian parent, making it very clear that in the eyes of the United Nations, Palestinian children’s lives don’t count.

When a military with the most sophisticated and accurate weaponry on the planet can kill more than 500 children in cold blood with complete impunity, as Israel’s absence from the list shows, it reveals more than just the complete disregard for Palestinian lives that has become so commonplace in the halls of power. It also makes it abundantly clear that the UN, the single most important international organisation charged with protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, is failing spectacularly. Read more »

Muslim Brotherhood Slams Death Sentences

PRESS RELEASE
Muslim Brotherhood

The condemned continue to resist injustice

The condemned continue to resist injustice

The judiciary in Egypt has become a cheap tool driven by the repressive military junta and the illegitimate coup regime in desperate attempts to break the will of the Egyptian people as expressed in the election of Dr. Mohamed Morsi president of Egypt, the first elected civilian president in the country’s history.

The Muslim Brotherhood reaffirms its categorical rejection of the principle of trying the elected President, and pays tribute to the resilience and steadfastness of the patriotic President Morsi and other defendants in the face of the oppressive despots despite all the pressures exerted by the military coup authorities against them.

Certainly, when treasonous spies, agents of foreign powers, hold on trial the honest and patriotic people of this country, this is an unacceptable fall, an injustice that will not last long before the growing revolutionary tide witnessed in streets and squares across Egypt.

The sentences issued today (Saturday) by an illegitimate court against President Morsi and his companions are the biggest proof yet of how the traitor Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and his soldiers fear the elected President’s power even while he is held hostage in a prison cell, for Morsi represents the selfless devotion, steadfastness and resilience of the revolutionaries in the squares of pride and dignity against armed coup militias. Read more »