Hamas vehemently condemns terror act in Christchurch, New Zealand

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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On the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Hamas movement states the following

Hamas movement vehemently condemns the terror attack on two central mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

This extraordinary act of violence highlights once again that terrorism has no religion nor origin. Rather, terror is a faith fueled by hate speech that is promoted by some parties, such as the current US administration .

On the other hand, the Palestinians are the most people to endure the horrific outcomes of terrorism, owing to the Israeli occupation’s terror acts perpetrated against them on a daily basis. Just days ago, the Palestinians lamented the anniversary of Haram al-Ibrahimi Massacre committed in 1994 by an Israeli extremist who killed 15 Palestinian prayers and injured dozens.

Hamas expresses its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

In addition, the movement urges the authorities in New Zealand to inflict heavy punishment on the terrorist perpetrators of this crime and on any party providing support for them. New Zealand authorities should also take the necessary procedures to protect worship places.

Hamas calls on the international community to denounce this extraordinary and unprecedented act of terror. Furthermore, it has to tackle hate speech promoted by some parties, above all the Israeli occupation.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Hamas condemns failed coup against elected Venezuelan President

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Hamas Movement condemns the failed coup against the elected President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.

In addition, the movement denounces the US gross interference in Venezuelan domestic affairs. The US attempt to orchestrate a coup d’etat is a continuation of the US aggressive policy that violates democratic principles and peoples’ free will. Indeed, the US demeanor poses a threat to the world’s security and stability.

Finally, Hamas hails the Venezuelan people who are immune to conspiracies. It also extends the Palestinian people’s gratitude to the Venezuelan government for its unconditional and tremendous support for the Palestinian cause.

Hamas Movement

Friday, January 25, 2019

Optimism & new year resolutions from Bethlehem

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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This is the last weekly message of 2018, a year with good and bad points
but we here in the birthplace of Jesus remain optimistic about the future.
I will not bore you by recapping the big geopolitical good points like the
beginning of the demise of the US/Zionist “Saudi” puppet regime or the
withdrawal of the ISIS main enabler and funder in Syria (the USA government
and its tails) or the growing realization that those who serve US and
Israeli colonial interests will be eventually abandoned. Neither will I
saddle you with the details of the negative things that happened
geopolitically such as the political gains of right-wing anti-human and
anti-environment politicians in places like Latin America and Europe or the
unilateral moves by Mahmoud Abbas (whose term has expired nine years ago)
to become a dictator in the West Bank thus facilitating the boldness of
colonial Jewish settlers demolishing homes and murdering civilians now
almost daily. So what can we say about 2018? Read more »

Hamas: Abbas’ decision to dissolve Palestinian Legislative Council illegal

HAMAS
PRESS RELEASE

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On Abbas’ announcement that the illegal ‘Constitutional Court’ decided to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative Council, Hamas movement states the following:

The Hamas Movement rejects the decision of the so-called ‘Constitutional Court’ that was established by the PA President Mahmoud Abbas to legitimize his arbitrary decisions. Indeed, Abbas’ decision to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative Council has neither constitutional nor legal value. It is an invalid political decision because it is issued by an illegal body.

Abbas should have extended his hands to Haniyeh’s invitation to hold a joint meeting, thereby ending the Palestinian division. Instead, Abbas opted to ruin the Palestinian political system, maintain his unilateralism, and dissolve the legal institutions of the Palestinian people – all of this is just to serve his partisan interests.

Therefore, all segments, factions and parliamentary blocs along with all the Palestinian people should hinder Abbas’ illegal and irresponsible measures targeting the Legislative Council.

On the other hand, Hamas stresses that it is prepared to run for ‘consensual general elections’ if Fatah pledges to accept the results, whatever they are.

Finally, we call on Egypt to block Abbas’ measures that are a fatal blow to the Egyptian endeavours aimed to achieve Palestinian reconciliation.

Hamas Movement

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Joint Operation Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions warns against Israeli atrocities

PRESS RELEASE
Joint Operation Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions

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The Israeli occupation perpetrated an atrocious crime to add to its criminal record against the Palestinian people, when Israeli snipers targeted peaceful protesters at the Great Return March last Friday, December 21, 2018.

The deliberate Israeli shooting of civilians resulted in killing four Palestinian civilians and the injuring of dozens of Palestinian protesters.

After thorough investigations, the Palestinian resistance has found out that the Palestinian victims were targeted 300-600 meters away from the separation fence, proving the Israeli snipers’ premeditated murder of Palestinians posing no threat to the Israeli forces deployed along the fence.

In fact, what happened last Friday is an atrocious act reflecting the occupation’s criminal mentality as they deliberately kill the peaceful protesters in cold blood.

In light of this crime, the Joint Operation Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions states the following:

FIRST: The criminal acts of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people have crossed all the red lines. Hence, the Palestinian resistance will never stand still before the Israeli atrocities.

SECOND: When it comes to the blood, pain, and dignity, no humanitarian assistance will dissuade the Palestinian resistance from fulfilling their national duty. The resistance will defend the Palestinian people against any Israeli aggression.

THIRD: We declare that next Friday will be a real test for the occupation and its bad intentions. If the occupation continues using excessive and disproportionate violence against the protesters, the Palestinian resistance will respond to the atrocious Israeli acts.

The Joint Operation Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Hamas condemns Israeli arbitrary killing of children, journalists at Great Return March

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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On the Israeli arbitrary killing of children and journalists at the Great Return March, the Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum stressed the following:

The deliberate Israeli targeting and killing of Palestinian protesters at the Great Return March is a new crime added to the Israeli occupation’s criminal record. Now, the Israeli occupation sheds the blood of the innocent Palestinians without any sense of guilt. It grossly ignores the demands of the Palestinian people for freedom and for lifting the crippling blockade, while turning a blind eye to human rights and the international community.

The incitement to murder by the Israeli leaders has led to the use of lethal force by Israeli forces to disperse the peaceful Palestinian protesters. Indeed, the calculated and systematic excessive use of force against the protesters is a ‘political decision’ taken by the top Israeli leaders.

The repeated crimes and deliberate targeting of children, women, medical staff and journalists by the Israeli forces deployed along the Gaza separation fence reflect the predetermination of the Israeli occupation to kill Palestinian civilians. They also highlight the Israeli intention to breach the ceasefire understandings.

Therefore, Hamas calls on all mediators and the international community to intervene immediately in order to compel the occupation to stop its atrocious acts against the Palestinian people. They must pressure the Israeli occupation to adhere to the ceasefire understandings, and lift the Gaza siege immediately.

Fawzi Barhoum

Hamas Spokesperson

Friday, December 21, 2018

Hamas calls on WFP to reverse food cuts decision

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Hamas Movement rejects the justifications of the UN World Food Program to cut food services offered to the impoverished Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

The reduced services are expected to inflict horrific outcomes on hundreds of thousands of the Palestinian people who depend on the food assistance provided by WFP as their sole livelihood.

The WFP’s services are extremely necessary, especially during the recurrent situation, as the Palestinian people have been experiencing difficult humanitarian conditions resulted from the 12-year Israeli siege on Gaza and suffocating Israeli policies.

Therefore, Hamas calls on the WFP to reverse its cuts and to do its best to cover its declining donation.

We also urge the international community and donors to provide immediate support for the WFP which provides critical services for the impoverished Palestinian refugees.

Hamas Movement

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tension and Isolation at al-Damon Women’s Prison

PRESS RELEASE
ADDAMEER

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On 17 Dec 2018 Addameer’s lawyer and director Sahar Francis visited al-Damon prison were all Palestinian women detainees are held currently. Sahar’s visit did not last for even 15 minutes as the prison administration canceled the visit and informed Sahar that there is an emergency situation.

It came to Addameer’s knowledge today, 18 Dec 2018 that women in detention are still targeted especially those who were transferred from Hasharon prison after protesting the operation of the cameras.

Prisoners at al-Damon informed Addameer’s lawyers that the prison administration asked some workers from the civil prisoners to repair the sewage system in room number 11 in the Women section at Al-Damon. The room has 7 women prisoners who went into their recreational time during the reparations. Though, the deputy administrator of the women’s section claimed that she have asked the women to stay in the toilet during the reparations rather than the yard. The women reaffirmed that they did not know of such a request and this is why they went to the yard to take their recreational time.

The women in detention added that the prison administration got outraged and took the prisoner Yasmin Sha’ban to isolation. Yasmin was put in the lawyer’s visit room form 12 PM until 5:30 PM and she was sentenced in a disciplinary hearing to have no family visits for a month, a fine of 100 – 600 Shekels from the canteen money, and to receive no letter for two months.

In addition to the measures taken against Yasmin, Israeli forces raided room number 11 and confiscated all electronic equipment except for one heater. All of this led the girls in this room to protest through refusing the recreational time, and this led the administration to let Yasmin out of isolation at 5:30 PM as mentioned before. The prison administration informed the women in the room that they will have a disciplinary hearing.

Addameer sees that there is direct targeting of women in detention especially those who were transferred from Hasharon prison to al-Demon prison after protesting new punitive measures against them for two months in September 2018.

According to Addameer there are now 53 women detained at al-Damon, this includes two minors and two women under administrative detention.

Press release on Hamas’ 31st Anniversary

HAMAS

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On this day 31 years ago the Hamas movement began a journey to struggle for freedom against the Israeli occupation. Throughout this journey, the movement has made enormous sacrifices in order to fulfill the aspirations of the Palestinian people: FREEDOM, INDEPENDENCE, and RETURN.

Throughout its life, the Hamas movement has faced huge challenges and concerted attempts to suppress, beleaguer and break the movement. Despite this the movement has succeeded in building up its structure, enhancing its capabilities and putting forward a clear political vision. Hamas has steered its compass towards Palestine, neutralizing all internal conflicts and minor issues. Indeed, the movement has made resisting the Israeli occupation its sole objective, utilizing all the capabilities of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories or in the diaspora to serve the national project of the Palestinians. Read more »

HAMAS Press Release on 31st anniversary of First Intifada

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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On the Palestinian people’s uprising in face of the Israeli occupation

After 20 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip the First Intifada (uprising) broke out amid Israeli attempts to brainwash and whitewash the Palestinian people. Indeed, the First Intifada erupted to prove that the Palestinian people are entrenched in their homeland and determined to preserve their national identity, as they refused to give in to the Israeli distortion of their national consciousness and attempts to sever their ties to their homeland.

On this day in 1987, the Palestinian people revolted all over the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip to place their cause back on the world’s agenda after twenty years of isolation attempts. In other words, some parties had tried to deprioritize the Palestinian cause by isolating the Palestinians from the Arab and Islamic nations and by crushing their will in order to yield to the Israeli Occupation and its colonial policies.

The First Intifada was a milestone for the Palestinian resistance as it practically enhanced the national unity and boosted coordination among the Palestinians at all levels. Therefore, the First Intifada was a unifying, popular uprising characterised by a rock-solid social fabric and strong social ties among the Palestinian people, who fought off the Israeli policy of collective punishment.

Thirty-one years after the eruption of the First Intifada the Palestinian people need to stand together and reunite on the basis of true partnership, and restructure the national project on the basis of strict principles, especially following the latest US efforts to criminalise the Palestinian resistance by submitting a draft resolution at UNGA condemning the Palestinian people’s freedom struggle against the occupation.

Amid the dangers and schemes targeting the Palestinian cause, above all the ‘Deal of the Century,’ the Palestinian people have to take a firm and united stance against the occupation, just as the one adopted to foil the US-proposed resolution denouncing the Palestinian resistance. Any bid to distort history, recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli Occupation’s capital, and liquidate the Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homeland is doomed to failure.

The Palestinian people have continued their freedom struggle against the occupation through their participation in the Great March of Return using all peaceful means of resistance.

In light of these heroic stances and sacrifices, the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas states the following:

First: Hamas hails the Palestinian people for standing steadfast in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, and the 1948 occupied territories in the face of the Israeli schemes. We praise the Palestinians for upholding their rights and embracing the option of resistance until their demands are met.

Second: Hamas thanks the Palestinian diplomats for their efforts to foil the US draft resolution condemning the Palestinian resistance and lauds all the UN member states who voted against this resolution and stood with the just cause of the Palestinians.

On the other hand, Hamas calls on all states who sided with the US administration and Israeli Occupation at the UN to reconsider their stance and rectify the historic and dangerous mistake they made.

Third: Hamas reiterates its full support for the Great March of Return and pledges to stand with the Palestinian people in their popular and peaceful protests.

Fourth: Resisting the occupation by all means possible, including armed struggle, is a legitimate right guaranteed by all international conventions and laws. Resistance is a strategic choice to preserve the Palestinian cause and restore the Palestinian national rights. Moreover, the US ‘bullying policy’ cannot deny the Palestinians these internationally-guaranteed rights.

Fifth: The circumstances that led to the outbreak of the First Intifada are ongoing and the Israeli Occupation continues to pursue a ‘bullying policy’ with a blatant US cover-up. Thus, the Palestinian people are still prepared to defend their rights and counter the dangers posed to their cause.

Sixth: We reject the ‘Deal of the Century,’ along with all proposed solutions aiming at liquidating the Palestinian cause, waiving the Palestinian national constants, or de-legitimising Palestinian rights at the UN.

Seventh: Hamas calls on the PA President Mahmoud Abbas to end the punitive measures imposed on Gaza, which has been under a tight Israeli siege for more than 12 years.

Eight: Achieving national unity and restructuring the national project is on top of Hamas’ agenda. Resisting the occupation and fighting off its colonial policies will not be possible unless a complete partnership between all Palestinian factions is formed at the political, military, and diplomatic levels.

Ninth: All attempts to normalise ties with the Israeli Occupation are doomed to failure. Treating the Israeli Occupation like a normal state is a stab in the back of the Palestinian people and a sin that the Palestinians, along with the Arab and Islamic nations, will never forgive.

Hamas Movement

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Statement by Hamas Chief on Palestinian triumph at UNGA

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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We followed up the UNGA session yesterday where the world countries supported the Palestinian people and their right to resist the Israeli occupation.

It was a precedent for the United States to propose a draft resolution condemning the Palestinian resistance, but the world’s conscience foiled the US efforts against Hamas along with all the Palestinian resistance factions.

On this occasion, I would like to laud all the countries that opposed the Israeli occupation and its aggressive policies. Moreover, they rejected the occupation’s false narrative and challenged the threats of the Trump administration.

Indeed, the failure of the Trump administration to pass the draft resolution is a milestone for the Palestinian people and the brotherly countries, which upheld the moral values and voted against the US-proposed draft resolution.

Furthermore, I do appreciate the efforts of the Palestinian Authority exerted by the Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riad Mansour to support the Palestinian resistance. This stance reflects that the Palestinian national concerns can unite us to overcome the challenges together.

In addition, I express my thanks to the Arab, Islamic, and international advocacy that mobilized efforts to fail the Trump administration’s endeavours.

On the other hand, we condemn all the states that exhibited hypocrisy and supported the Israeli occupation, settlement, blockade, judaization of Jerusalem, desecration of the holy places, and arrest of thousands of Palestinians.

Finally, this political support for the Palestinians and their resistance highlights the legitimacy of the Palestinian freedom struggle and the failure of the Israeli occupation to persuade the world countries of its aggressive policies, as they realize that the real terrorism is the Israeli occupation to our land and holy places.

Ismail Haniyeh

Head of Hamas Political Bureau

Friday, December 7, 2018

Abu Marzouq: No further reconciliation talks until punitive PA measures lifted

HAMAS

Musa AbuMarzouq, Senior Member of Hamas Political Bureau

Musa Abu Marzouq, Senior Member of Hamas Political Bureau

The PA must lift its sanctions on the impoverished Gaza Strip before reconciliation talks can resume, Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk said on Sunday.

Senior Egyptian officials were due to invite a Hamas delegation for further reconciliation talks after enforcing the ceasefire understandings, but they were postponed due to the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza, he said.

Abu Marzouq reiterated his movement’s constant stance on reconciliation, stressing that Hamas will exert every effort possible to restore national unity.

However, he noted Fatah must abide by previous agreements such as the 2017 Beirut understandings and the 2011 Cairo agreement in order to progress, observing that all agreements reached since are “partial, as they were not reviewed by the Legislative Council, the National Provisional Framework, or the Palestinian Liberation Organization.”

That such agreements have only called for empowering the current government, and failed to result in the formation a new national unity government, are a weakness that the Israeli occupation is exploiting.

This requires the Palestinian people to reunite, and unify the ‘National Council’ in order to fight off Israeli plans to liquidate the Palestinians refugees’ right to return to their homeland.

The Hamas leader reaffirmed the necessity to prioritize national interests over factional ones, and to achieve reconciliation on the basis of national partnership, where all segments of the Palestinian people participate in national decisions.

Abu Marzouq emphasised that Hamas welcomes the ongoing efforts exerted by Egypt, along with other parties, to both unconditionally lift the Israeli siege on Gaza, and to restore national unity.

Top Hamas leader receives South African envoy in Gaza

HAMAS

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The head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh has received South Africa’s ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Ashraf Suliman in his office in Gaza and discussed the latest developments concerning the Palestinian cause.

Haniyeh expressed his deep gratitude to South Africa’s historical position towards the Palestinian cause hailing its stance against the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza.

The top Hamas leader discussed with the South African diplomat the latest developments regarding the efforts exerted to break the Israeli siege on Gaza and end the Palestinian people’s suffering in the impoverished enclave.

Haniyeh deplored the US decision to put Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri on its ‘terror blacklist,’ calling on South Africa to pressure the US to reverse the Israeli occupation-biased decision.

The ambassador of South Africa Ashraf Suliman reiterated South Africa’s positive stance towards Palestinian people, stressing that his country denounces the latest Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip

Suliman praised international and regional endeavours to break Gaza Siege, confirming that South Africa supports these efforts to end the suffering of the Palestinian people, remove the Israeli blockade, and achieve Palestinian national reconciliation.

AlSinwar: We will use all means to break Israeli siege on Gaza

HAMAS

Memorial service held in Gaza Friday night to honour Nour Baraka

Memorial service held in Gaza Friday night to honour Nour Baraka

Head of Hamas Political Bureau in Gaza Yahya AlSinwar said on Friday that his movement “will use all means necessary to break the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than 11 years.”

During a memorial service held in Gaza on Friday night to honour Nour Baraka, AlSinwar said, “We do not bargain our rights with our food. We decided to break the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza by whatever means; through international brokers, peaceful protests or any other means.”

Nour Baraka was the Qassam Commander who was assassinated by a squad of Israeli Special Forces who conducted a disastrous incursion into Khan Younis last week.

“We will never bargain our resistance with milk for our children, food for our people or medical treatment for our patients,” he said, stressing that these are basic rights for Gaza’s residents, as they are for everyone else.

AlSinwar added, “We will never lay down our guns. We will use our guns to defend our rights as well as using all other means.”

The Hamas leader sent a message to the national Palestinian factions, asking them to come together at the same table and start a serious dialogue based on Palestinian rights, unity, and national partnership.

He applauded the success of the latest example of national partnership, saying, “During the recent three-day Israeli offensive on Gaza, 13 Palestinian military factions worked together and did a very good job in defending the Palestinian people in Gaza and deterring the Israeli aggression.”

In a pointed reference to the Palestinian Authority the Hamas leader said, “The victory of the Palestinian factions in Gaza is a message to the Palestinians who maintain security cooperation with the Israeli occupation… If the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank had a leadership that supported their resistance, they would have won many Palestinian rights.”

Directing his next comments to the Israeli’s, he added, “My advice to the Israeli occupation is that it should not repeat its failed incursion or send its Special Forces again, because next time it will not be easy for them.”

Sinwar sent his final message to the Arab capitals who are normalising relations with the Israeli occupation.

“You build up ties with the Israeli occupation in order to consolidate your thrones, but this will never help, and you will be the loser,” he concluded.

Thousands attend the memorial service

Thousands attend the memorial service

Haniyeh stresses commitment to Egyptian-brokered truce, upholds right to resist

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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On the re-enforcement of the ceasefire between the resistance factions and the Israeli occupation, Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh stated the following:

The Palestinian resistance has defended the Palestinian people against the Israeli aggression. Once again, the Palestinians have embraced the option of resistance with patience and pride.

We stress that the resistance will abide by the ceasefire agreement as long as the Israeli occupation adheres to the Egyptian-brokered truce.

Ismail Haniyeh

Head of Hamas Political Bureau

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Top Hamas leader attends funeral of Palestinians killed in covert Israeli raid

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The head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh attended the funeral of seven Palestinians killed late Sunday during an Israeli clandestine operation in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis.

Haniyeh extended his condolences to the families and relatives of the martyrs.

Thousands more Palestinians also mourned their deaths.

The seven were killed when members of the Israeli special forces infiltrated into Gaza late Sunday in a civilian car and engaged in an exchange of fire with the Palestinian resistance, who tried to thwart the attack.

During the exchange of fire Israeli aircraft fired more than 40 missiles onto the area where the incident took place, killing at least another four persons, witnesses said.

Latest Israeli aggression on Gaza exposes Israeli occupation’s hypocrisy

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

Musa AbuMarzouq, Senior Member of Hamas Political Bureau

Musa AbuMarzouq, Senior Member of Hamas Political Bureau

The Israeli aggression on Khan Younis in southern Gaza last night proved that the Israeli occupation does not abide by any agreements, member of Hamas Political Bureau Musa AbuMarzouq said.

On his Twitter account AbuMarzouq said this attack on Gaza exposed the Israeli occupation’s hypocritical behaviour towards the international community.

Abu Marzouq hailed the Palestinian resistance for repulsing the cowardly Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Israeli occupation forces killed seven Palestinians and wounded seven others late Sunday, after Israeli special forces infiltrated the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported.

Joint Hamas, Islamic Jihad press release on current developments

PRESS RELEASE
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Following a lengthy meeting between Hamas and Islamic Jihad held yesterday in Gaza to discuss the Palestinian situation and relevant developments, the two movements state the following:

First: The two parties confirm that they maintain a rock-solid relationship and they will continue their coordination and cooperation at the political and military levels.

Second: Hamas and Jihad will protect the option of resistance and activate the Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Resistance Factions.

Third: We stress that the Great Return March will continue until meeting demands of the Palestinian Higher Committee for the march. Moreover, the peaceful protests will remain popular and non-violent.

Fourth: Hamas and Jihad hail the endeavours of Egypt, Qatar, and the UN to alleviate the plight of the Gaza Strip and remove the Israeli blockade. The two parties welcome all these efforts and are working together, along with the other factions, to help these efforts succeed.

Fifth: The two parties hail the high level of understanding and cooperation among the Palestinian factions that have been enhanced through the Great Return March. Hamas and Jihad will utilize this ‘atmosphere of unity’ to achieve gains and serve the interests of the Palestinian people.

Sixth: The two parties reaffirm the necessity to restore Palestinian unity and heal the Palestinian rift, based on a unified stance to fight off all Palestinian threats. Achieving this goal requires the implementation of the already-signed agreements, especially Cairo 2011, and forming a Palestinian unity government that will prepare for Palestinian general elections and for holding a consensual National Council, according to the recommendations of Beirut Conference.

Seventh: We call for immediate lifting of all punitive measure imposed by the Palestinian Authority on the beleaguered Gaza Strip, and for the PA not to implement any further measures that will worsen the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, as such a move is enough to widen the Palestinian split and fragment the social fabric in Palestine.

Eighth: Hamas and Jihad warn against plunging into normalization with the Israeli occupation resulting in horrific outcomes for the Palestinian cause. Therefore, all parties should stop all forms of normalization and reactivate an official and popular boycott.

Ninth: We urge all free people of the world to take action to fight off all attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause, above all the so-called “Deal of the Century.”

Tenth: Hamas and Jihad hail all efforts, popular and official, aimed to foil Israeli schemes in Palestine, especially in Khan al-Ahmar.

Hamas Movement

Islamic Jihad Movement

Friday, 2 November 2018

Hamas warns against undermining reconciliation and ceasefire, Great Return March to continue

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Member of Hamas Political Bureau Husam Badran today warned against efforts exerted by the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to foil the Egyptian endeavors aimed at restoring reconciliation and healing the internal rift.

“The policies of Abbas have hindered reconciliation and achieved nothing on the ground,” Badran said.

He explained that Abbas’ insistence on isolating all factions and monopolizing national decision-making has undermined Egypt’s efforts to restore national unity. Read more »

Gaza: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

By Julie Webb-Pullman

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Trapped between the Zionist colonial – nay, genocidal – project on one side, and the Mediterranean on the other, the people of Gaza have literally only one option – to resist.

Illegally blockaded for 11 years, illegally occupied for 70, illegally assaulted militarily three times in the past 10, there is little left in Gaza but sheer human determination.

Determination to return to the lands stolen from under their feet in 1948 by the Zionist project, aided and abetted by the British, and by the fledgling United Nations – in breach of Article 2 of its own Charter.

Determination to end a criminal blockade that has destroyed any semblance of a functioning economy, destroyed any prospects of employment for 80% of its youth, destroyed maintenance let alone advancement of medicine, technology, agriculture, fisheries, industry, and manufacturing.

Determination to survive despite three brutal military offensives that destroyed most infrastructure – power plant, water wells, sewage treatment stations, factories, roads, hospitals and clinics (yes, Israel bombs hospitals full of patients), and schools (yes, Israel bombs schools full of refugees as well as schools full of children) – and despite the founding of an International Criminal Court to “end impunity” for such crimes.

No family in Gaza has been left unscathed: every family has lost loved ones to Israeli bars, bullets, bombs or barbarity. Some families have been entirely erased from the face of the earth. All Gaza’s families want the same thing: to live in dignity and prosperity in their own land.

They have tried literally everything.

Even peaceful demonstrations in their own country are met with live fire from across the fence, chemical weapons launched from sovereignty-breaching drones– and facile mealy-mouthed reprimands from the international bodies charged with upholding human rights and international law on whom they should be able to rely – but cannot, as history has so severely taught them.

This 70 year lesson has not been lost, even if almost everything else has been.

Today Gazans understand only too well what their options are.

So, too, must a world that has played a large part in cornering this cat. What transpires in Gaza today will be the logical – if completely avoidable – outcome of a century of imperialism and impunity.

And it will not end until they do.

As Fidel Castro said at his trial on 16 October 1953, almost exactly 65 years ago: “It is not with blood that you can pay for the lives of those who died for the wellbeing of a people; the happiness of that people is the only deserving price that can be paid for them. Moreover, my comrades are not forgotten nor dead; they live today more than ever and their murderers will see in terror how from their heroic corpses the victorious specter of their ideas rise.”

You will see them at the fence today.