Hamas calls for continuation, support of the Palestinian uprising


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The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas called Wednesday for the continuation and support of the Palestinian uprising against Israeli aggression to confront the relentless Israeli oppression.

In a press statement Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that continuous raids and the detention campaign carried out by occupation forces last night in Jerusalem and West Bank is proof of the occupation’s intentions to escalate aggression against Palestinians.

Israeli Occupation Forces detained more than 47 Palestinians in Jerusalem and West Bank Tuesday night, and raided several areas.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Red Crescent recorded 191 Palestinian casualties in clashes between occupation forces and Palestinian youth on Tuesday, with clashes were reported at more than 61 points.

14th Intifada on the way; its global ramifications

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Professor, Bethlehem University

Below I discuss briefly why I think Israel is intent on ethnic cleansing in the occupied territories, the recent upheaval here and the killing of children, who is Benyamin Mileikowsky (aka Netanyahu) behind the spate of
recent war crimes including murdering a 13 year old child, ask whether a 14th Intifada on the way and identify its global ramifications.

Abdelrahman Abeidallah murdered by Israeli soldiers in al-Aidah refugee camp

Abdelrahman Abeidallah murdered by Israeli soldiers in al-Aidah refugee camp

There has been a significant escalation of violence in the apartheid country in the past few days. If this is a new uprising it is expected as we have one on average every 10 years (we had nearly 14 in the past 140 years of Zionist onslaught).

When we analyze the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back for this particular wave of unrest, we see the arson attack 31 July 2015 on the Dawabshe family (father, mother and child murdered), and the calls for revenge. Read more »

Factions call for escalating intifada, resistance

Source: Palestinian Information Centre

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Palestinian resistance factions on Monday called for escalating the Palestinian intifada (uprising) against the Israeli occupation.

The factions hailed resistance operations in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem and called for escalating resistance operations as a strategic option to defend Muslims’ holy places. They also urged Palestinians to unify their efforts to confront Israeli aggressive practices.

In a press conference held in Gaza City, the Palestinian factions asked the Palestinian Authority (PA) to halt its security coordination with Israel and to stop chasing Palestinian resistance activists.

The factions stressed the right of Muslims and Arabs to the Aqsa Mosque, and said Israelis have no right in the Palestinian land.

They also hailed Palestinians in the 1948 Occupied Palestine and Occupied Jerusalem for defending the Aqsa Mosque and for siting-in at its plazas for the confrontation of settlers’ repeated incursions.

The factions called on Palestinians to take part in the pro-Aqsa march after Maghreb prayer on Monday night in Gaza City.

Abu Marzouk: What is happening in Jerusalem is only the beginning


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Vice chairman of Hamas Political Bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk stated that what is happening currently in Jerusalem is only the beginning, and a message to the Israeli occupation that Jerusalem is a red line which cannot be crossed.

In a Facebook statement on Sunday, Abu Marzouk saluted and praised those who he called the heroes of our time, those who resist the Israeli occupation, saying “you will be pleased with the safeness of your mosque and Jerusalem, God willing.”

“Jerusalem is [part of] our faith and religion, and the title of our struggle. We will defend it against the forces of evil that have, since the 1920s, been trying to Judaize it, desecrate the holy places, change the city’s identity, and insist on pursuing worshipers, students and prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Abu Marzouk continued.

Abu Marzouk called on all forces to unite in Jerusalem and for Jerusalem, stressing that the power of truth will ultimately prevail.


Open Letter
Dr Vacy Vlazna

Photo: Radio NZ

Photo: Radio NZ

Prof. Grant Guilford
Victoria University
Wellington, New Zealand.

Dear Vice-Chancellor Grant,

I wish to pay my respects to the Victoria University academics who protested the mendacious talk last week by Israeli soldiers, Raphael Wein and Naftali Gross, who had taken part in the 2014 monstrous Israeli war crime, Operation Protective Edge against Palestinian families sealed in by land, sea and air.

It is outrageous that Victoria University condoned what its decent academics censured as “an exercise in propaganda and apologetics for military violence . . .This meeting gives a platform to [Israeli Defence Force] soldiers for them to celebrate the very conflict that led to such massive Palestinian loss of life” and the mass homelessness, trauma, maiming, unemployment and the grief and suffering that is now daily life in Gaza. Read more »

Red Crescent Declares State of Emergency in West Bank

WAFA Agency

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RAMALLAH, October 4, 2015 – In light of settlers’ flare-up of violence across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, the Palestinian Red Crescent raised the alert status across the West Bank to third degree, declaring a ‘State of Emergency.’

The Palestinian Red Crescent activated its central operations room at its headquarter in al-Bireh/Ramallah as well as mobilized all volunteers and teams to provide relief to Palestinians against the backdrop of escalated recent settlers’ violence against Palestinians and their properties.

Israeli settlers late Saturday and Sunday – following two separate killing incidents of Israelis by Palestinian suspects – went on a revenge rampage, under the protection of Israeli army forces , against Palestinian civilians and their properties, leading to violent clashes across the West Bank districts, which left dozens of injuries and suffocation cases among Palestinian locals. Read more »

Hamas on Abbas’ UNGA speech

Press Statement

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First of all Hamas reiterates its rejection of Oslo and the concessions it entails, and renews its call for removing this page from the history of our people.

Despite that Abbas consulted none of our people’s acting forces while formulating his speech, and in spite of the fact that Abbas addressed the whole world apart from his partners at home, we put down our objective notes on the speech:

First: The speech came, in the most part, emotional and submissive, and did not rely on our people’s strong cards, and consequently the results will not differ from those of previous speeches.

Second: Abbas’s announcement that the PA will not remain committed to the agreements to which the Zionist enemy is not adhering is the demand of the Palestinian people and all the free peoples of the world, but the credibility of this announcement remains subject to its implementation on the ground, which must rise to the level of the Palestinian hopes and suffering.

The credibility of Abbas’s position relies on the following:

– The official announcing the end of Oslo, and rescinding recognition of the Zionist enemy.
– The immediate ceasing of security coordination, and unleashing resistance in the occupied West Bank.
– Stopping all political arrests, and the immediate release of all detainees.
– The immediate implementation of reconciliation accord s, holding a PLO leadership meeting, forming a national unity government, and working on lifting the siege on Gaza.
– Pursuing the Israeli war criminals and bringing them before the International Criminal Court.

The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu wants bloodshed: A new, deliberately provocative right-wing incursion into sacred ground

Nur Arafeh
Source: Salon

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As Netanyahu and Abbas prepare to speak at UN, this is the Jerusalem story the media won’t tell you

World leaders converging on the UN General Assembly will soon be hearing from Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu. They should focus on Jerusalem, which is again at a boiling point and has the potential to be a global flashpoint if international leaders and diplomats fail to address increasingly reckless rhetoric from Israeli government leaders and the provocative actions of Israeli settlers.

In recent days, right-wing Israeli Jews escorted by Israeli police have been making incursions inside the Al-Aqsa compound, also known as the Noble Sanctuary and Temple Mount to Jews. They are calling for more access to the compound with the ultimate goal of building a third temple in place of Al-Aqsa, which is revered by Muslims worldwide and is based in East Jerusalem – Palestinian territory that Israel occupied and illegally annexed in 1967.

Israeli authorities have abetted these right-wing extremists by effectively imposing a physical and temporal partition of the Al-Aqsa compound. We have been here before: It was Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative visit to Al-Aqsa as opposition leader 15 years ago this month that triggered the Second Intifada and years of bloodshed. Read more »

CPDS library launches debate club for Gaza youth


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Hashim Yeop Sani Library in the Center for Political and Development Studies in collaboration with Palestinian Youth Advocacy Network (PYAN) held the first meeting of its newly launched debating club for Gazan youth on Tuesday afternoon.

Led by trainer Huda Julie Webb-Pullman, the first session was attended by a dozen of students and graduates who are interested in improving their debating skills. The club aims to teach participants how to organize effective arguments and persuade the audience.

Webb-Pullman introduced the benefits and basics of debating, and identified the skills of an effective and positive debater.

The meeting ended with a simple debate between two teams.

Although the topic was seemingly non-contentious – “That Ghassan Kanafani is the best Palestinian writer” – the exercise illustrated how quickly passions can arise, generating heated and humorous discussion.

Despite being their first session, participants quickly discovered and exercised the skills necessary to deal with fiery responses while progressing their argument.

The club will be run weekly, and is one of several clubs the library launched recently, including French and English clubs.

‘Operation Protective Edge’ – An Israeli Soldier’s Perspective?

Aotearoa BDS Network


Two Israeli soldiers who participated in Israel’s 2014 attacks on Gaza have been given a platform to speak at Victoria University on 29/9/2015. Student groups and academics have been concerned about this for various reasons, and have raised a number of points.

When the current Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon came to New Zealand in 2006, a warrant was issued for his arrest on allegations of war crimes in Gaza. The New Zealand government intervened and Ya’alon skipped the country.

Our visitors from the Israeli Defence Forces would do well to consider how much culpability they might have for Palestinian blood on their hands before they come here preach about how the IDF is the most moral army in the world.

Just before the invasion, Col. Ofer Winter of the elite Givati Brigade urged Israeli soldiers to ‘wipe out’ the “enemies of God”.

During the previous 2009 Israeli attack on Gaza, Avichai Rontzki stated that troops who showed mercy to the Palestinians would be damned.

The Israeli attack on Gaza last year left primarily civilian casualties. Entire neighbourhoods were wiped out. Some 273,000 Palestinians were displaced. Israeli bombardment over 51 days put basic services, such as hospitals, sewerage treatments plants and electricity facilities were put out of action. Such widespread and indiscriminate destruction constitutes war crimes. Reconstruction has been negligible due to the ongoing and illegal Israeli blockade. Read more »

Academics Protest IDF Meeting at Victoria University


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As academics, researchers and educators associated with Victoria University, we are dismayed to learn that the Student Union Building will play host next week to soldiers from the Israeli Defense Force, touring Aotearoa/New Zealand as part of a nation-wide campaign to justify Israeli crimes in last year’s war in Gaza.

Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s assault on the Gaza strip in July last year, killed some 2 194 people over 51 days. 1 523 of these casualties were civilians. The United Nations stated that Israel’s use of heavy artillery against Gaza “may amount to a war crime.”

This attack had a devastating effect on educational and academic life in Gaza. Three universities, seven United Nations schools and at least 140 local schools suffered severe damage from Israeli attacks. Over 20 students were killed in an attack on Al Quds Open University. 60 academic staff and their families were displaced, as were over 2000 students and their families. Summer courses in 2014 were largely cancelled. Read more »

Typhoid Outbreak in Yarmouk, more suspected cases

Press Release

A child waits outside the UNRWA health point in Yalda ©UNRWA, 2015

A child waits outside the UNRWA health point in Yalda ©UNRWA, 2015

UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness said on Wednesday that the vulnerability of civilians in Yarmouk remains of the highest severity, as new cases of typhoid are diagnosed.

“Our health teams in Syria are finding increasing evidence of a typhoid outbreak among civilians from Yarmouk, in Damascus. Today we saw 320 patients and among them were three suspected cases of typhoid. This brings the total figure of suspected cases to 90. That is 90 too many,” he said.

UNRWA conducted humanitarian operations in Yalda on 23 September, providing vital healthcare to civilians displaced from Yarmouk and host communities. Their report follows: Read more »

Jerusalem Is Bigger Than Palestine

By Dr. Fayez Abushamala

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The deliberate Israeli escalation in Jerusalem in recent days is not haphazard, but is part of an Israeli strategy to forcibly impose facts on the ground to take over the holy city from the hands of Arab “occupiers.”

The Israeli aggression will not be limited to the division of Al-Aqsa physically and temporally. The Israeli aggression will continue until Israel acquires the city fully, so that Arabs and Muslims look for another place to perform their religious rituals.

Netanyahu held a special meeting last night with some of his ministers who are concerned with the Jerusalem issue, including security chiefs, and the domestic front commander. They discussed what would happen after Al-Aqsa Mosque is divided. Netanyahu said that the Israeli Occupation Forces would not allow any Palestinian to prevent Jews from getting into Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Talmudic rituals. Read more »

Barakat: Oslo agreement Palestinian bourgeoisie’s declaration of bankruptcy, failure

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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“Those who were involved in signing the Oslo agreement must apologize to the Palestinian people and submit themselves to appear before a Palestinian court under popular Palestinian control, after resigning from their positions in the Palestine Liberation Organization and official Palestinian institutions,” said Khaled Barakat, the coordinator of the Campign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, in a video-conference with supporters of the Palestinian cause.

“However, they do not have the courage or the conscience – they will not apologize to the Palestinian people. Because they are the political representation of a class, not only one organization or individual,” said Barakat. “Oslo was a crime, a scandal and a disaster. What was signed at the White House 22 years ago as the ‘Declaration of Principles’ was, in essence, the declaration of the Palestinian bourgeoisie of their bankruptcy and failure in the leadership of the revolution of the Palestinian people for liberation, return, self-determination and victory.”

Barakat said, “This Palestinian class reached to this end itself before 1993. It was always loking to secure its interests and capital in the ‘national state’ and then in a ‘national authority on any freed inch’ and then accepted to be a junior partner and subsidiary in a triangle: Israel – Jordan – Palestinian Authority. This was before becoming fully in the pocket of the enemy and its economy. All of the economic agreements signed by the Palestinian Authority with the Zionist entity, with the European Union and the so-called ‘donor countries,’ and the acceptance of the terms of international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as the Paris economic agreement, are all part and parcel of the political crimes committed against the people and the homeland.”

“The Palestinian right wing in the PLO and the PA express the interests of a parasitic bourgeois surrendered totally to the enemy, who have failed at all levels. They have failed to build national institutions or democracy, failed to achieve the so-called Palestinian state through negotiations, failed to establish a national resistant Palestinian economy, and failed to achieve a bare minimum of unity of the Palestinian people and their political forces inside and outside Palestine – alongside an unprecedented fiasco in the fields of culture and education. And above all of this, these forces have sabotaged real national and popular achievements, in particular destroying the achievements of the major popular uprising from 1987-1993,” said Barakat.

“In defense of their petty privileges, in the interests of the Zionist enemy and of United States imperialism, the Palestinian Authority has exercised the worst forms of repression and persecution against the vanguard of our people in the West Bank and Gaza, including complicity in assassinations, arresting and torturing them in prisons, security prosecutions, the confiscation of the livelihoods of thousands of workers, and conspiracy against the forces of the Palestinian resistance,” said Barakat. “These are all crimes – serious crimes, for which there is no statute of limitations. If there is any success that can be recorded for this corrupt approach, it is for the oppressor, in the accomplishment of all of the above. Oslo was a victory for the enemy, its most important and its greatest since 1948.”

In response to a question about the situation of the Palestinian Authority, Barakat said, “The enemies of the Palestinian people want them to have a corrupt leadership and a corrupt Authority, so that they can always be controlled and replaced as necessary, to ensure that they are more dependent, more reactionary and more willing to work in the service of the Zionist project. The occupation deals with the Palestinian security services in the occupied West Bank as if they are employees, especially after the ‘reformation’ of the security forces overseen by the occupying enemy and supervised by US General Keith Dayton personally. The role and methods of the security services have changed – and worsened – since 2005. All of this has taken place at the hands of Zionist general and under the direct control of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. This is known – our people know the truth,” Barakat said.

In response to a question on the role of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the postponement of the Palestinian National Council meeting and the next steps, Barakat said that “the position of the Popular Front is expressed by the central leadership in the homeland and in the diaspora, as well as in the statement of the General Central Committee, which was issued in regard to the last announced session. The Front explained the reasons for its boycott o the meeting and indicated the dangers and risks that would arise from the continuation of the monopolistic PLO leadership on this exclusionary road. The Front says that the solution to the internal Palestinian crisis lies in the application of the Cairo agreement in 2005, not to reproduce the failed experiment itself under the name of ‘dialogue between Fateh and Hamas’ or ‘Palestinian reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas’! Why? Because this agreement came from a dialogue in which all national and Islamic forces participated and signed on in Egypt. This also emerged in a political initiative known as the Prisoners Document, which came from inside the prisons and was signed by all the forces, and blessed by the leaders of the prisoners’ movement. From here, the Front sees that this agreement is a fit beginning to restore national unity despite our reservations on some of its provisions. but in the end, the proof is in the implementation and not in anything else. The step of postponement was comfortable for all.”

In response to a question on Hamas’ position on participation in the PLO and asking why a new unified national front for the Palestinian resistance should not be organizaed as an alternative to the current PLO, Barakat said, “Before the announcement of the postponement of the PNC meeting, the Popular Front advised the leadership of the Hamas movement to not take any extreme political steps or negative actions that would not be beneficial at this stage. The main banner at the press conference held by the Front in Mar Elias refugee camp called for a unified Palestinian National Council, because the Front is aware of the importance of building a unified national front in the national democratic liberation stage of our struggle. This broad national front was embodied by the PLO for a long period of time, as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. But today there are major Palestinian forces that do not participate in it. And the PFLP is aware that in order to broadean and extend the state of open confrontation with the Zionist enemy on the one hand and meet the challenges that beset our region on the other hand, there must be a minimum Palestinian national consensus that is acceptable to our people, locked in a bitter, difficult struggle and confronting a strong Zionist and imperialist enemy. We must protect the internal front, to escape the era of siege and open new horizons for the national struggle for liberation. On this basis, the Popular Front has launched bilateral and collective dialogues with various forces according to this vision: national unity on the basis of comprehensive national rights and adherence to popular and armed resistance as an alternative to negotiations and settlement.”

Palestinian activists: Beit Hanoun/Erez crossing a “trap” of Israeli occupation


Erez Crossing, Beit Hanoun, Gaza

Erez Crossing, Beit Hanoun, Gaza

The Erez/Beit Hanoun crossing to Gaza is becoming a trap by the Israeli occupation to imprison Palestinians from Gaza, said Riyad Al-Ashqar of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies, noting that arrests at the crossing are escalating once again.

In the beginning of 2015, 19 merchants seeking to trade and do business through the crossing were arrested; while the arrests then declined from May to July, said Ashqar, in August, 6 merchants, 2 international organization staff members, 2 patients traveling for treatment and one teacher were arrested at the crossing. With the ongoing siege on Gaza and the closure of Rafah crossing the vast majority of the time, Palestinians in Gaza are forced to seek treatment and trade through this crossing. Read more »

The ‘European’ refugee crisis

Afro-Middle East Centre
Brief No. 12/2015

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The refugee crisis currently affecting Europe has elicited comparisons to the refugee crisis resulting from the Second World War. This comparison, while worthwhile insofar as it has helped mobilise sections of the European community to assist the refugees, misses a key point: the Middle East and African regions are confronting the refugees crisis to a far greater extent than Europe. Europe is seeing merely a fallout of the crisis that is catastrophically affecting Lebanon, Turkey and certain other Middle East nations. Refugees making their way to Europe represent barely 0.068 per cent of the total European population, while over 25 per cent of the residents of Lebanon are refugees.

Refugees seeking rehabilitation in Europe are from many countries, with the largest group being from Syria. As Eurostat illustrates, the number of people seeking asylum in Europe from Syria numbered 130 000 in 2014, far more than the next largest group – from Afghanistan – numbering 40 000. The ‘refugee crisis’ is, then, primarily the result of four years of protracted war in Syria. Read more »

UNRWA: Typhoid and severe malnutrition among Yarmouk civilians

Situation Report – Yarmouk

Two infants at the UNRWA medical point in Yalda, 10 September, 2015 ©UNRWA

Two infants at the UNRWA medical point in Yalda, 10 September, 2015 ©UNRWA

Chris Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson, today reported that the number of civilians affected by the outbreak of typhoid among civilians from Yarmouk continues to grow, as UNRWA teams continued to conduct humanitarian operations in Yalda providing vital healthcare to civilians displaced from Yarmouk and host communities.

“Today we saw another five suspected cases. In addition, our medical teams in Yalda, adjacent to Yarmouk are seeing cases of malnutrition and severe malnutrition. While encouraged by the limited humanitarian access we are being granted we remain gravely concerned about the civilian population of the camp,” he said. Read more »

Hemaya: US terror designation a folly flying in the face of history and justice

Press Release
Hemaya Center for Human Rights

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The naming by the US State Department of three Hamas leaders as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists” (SDGTs) is a folly, and a thinly-disguised attempt to criminalise legitimate resistance to occupation. As such, it must be roundly rejected by all who uphold international law, and civil and political rights. Read more »

Badran calls on resistance to respond to Dawabsheh crime

Press Statement

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The Dawabsheh family – the child on the left is now the only survivor

Hamas spokesman Husam Badran stated that martyrdom of the 28-year-old Mom Riham Dawabsheh emphasizes the size of the Israeli crime committed against the Dawabsheh family.

In a press statement on Monday, Badran called on the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank to carry out novel attacks that will deter the Israeli occupation and settlers.

Badran noted that this crime is not an exceptional case, but part of a malicious, systematic policy, supervised by the Israeli occupation’s leaders and pursued by Israeli soldiers and settlers against the Palestinian people.

He said that such Israeli policy is based on killing, displacement and terrorism, and aims at and terrorizing the Palestinian people in order to deter them from exercising their legitimate right of resisting the occupation. Read more »

PFLP urges broader popular mobilization to support striking Palestinian prisoners

Press Release
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

Comrade Jamil Mizher, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and leader of its branch in Gaza, urged a comprehensive popular campaign to support the brave Palestinian prisoners in Zionist jails, in particular the administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for over 15 days in rejection of the policy of administrative detention.

Mizher said that the strikers are fighting a critical battle under the slogan, “Battle of Breaking the Chains,” which requires popular and institutional support, as it is a battle of the entire Palestinian people and not just the prisoners.

He praised the striking prisoners: Nidal Abu Aker, Badr al-Ruzza, Ghassan Zawahreh, Shadi Ma’ali, Munir Abu Sharar, Bilal Saifi and the other prisoners who have joined and will join the strike, expressing confidence in their victory in this battle. He noted that over the years of imprisonment they have only strengthened their will, saying that the Front will not abandon them and will organize to support them inside and outside Palestine. Read more »