Is PA security collaboration treason?

HAMAS

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Palestinian factions have condemned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks boasting about security collaboration with the Israeli Occupation and his relation with the chief of the Israeli Intelligence, Service Nadav Argaman. They have also denounced Abbas’ confessions that he maintained ‘regular meetings’ with Argaman, who has brutally tortured many Palestinians.

But criticism and condemnation alone will not heal the wounds inflicted on the Palestinian cause, nor will they end the tragedy of people who have been suffering from it, especially those who also suffer oppression at the hands of the Israeli Occupation forces.

The Israeli intelligence’s core work is security information that is employed against the Palestinians in favour of the Zionists occupying all of Palestine, including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Israeli intelligence strips the Palestinian people of their dignity.

Its latest ‘achievement’ is perpetrating hundreds of violations against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank, including shooting 114 Palestinians, the detention of 365 civilians, the demolition of 35 houses, 795 break-ins, and the storming into Al-Aqsa Mosque. And that is just the crimes committed in August in the West Bank – Gaza has its own list of criminal oppression.

The aforementioned atrocities are the poisoned fruit of the security collaboration between the Israeli intelligence and the PA security forces, fruits the Israeli Occupation has reaped at the expense of the Palestinian cause. Poisoned fruits sanctified by Abbas even if they liquidate the Palestinian cause before the Palestinian factions’ eyes, and strip Palestinians of their last vestiges of dignity.

TREASON

Condemnation, opposition, and criticism of Abbas’ policies will not deter him from undermining the Palestinian national consensus. Action is needed – demonstrations, sit-ins, and real opposition up to the level of civil disobedience if necessary – to send a clear message that security collaboration with the Israeli Occupation is a gross treason, as stated in the National Consensus Document that was signed by all Palestinian factions in Cairo in 2011:

“Providing the enemy with information that threatens Palestine and its civilians is considered as a high treason that deserves punishment under the law.” (Page 7, Para 3)

This begs two questions:
1) Does Abbas exchange security information with the chief of the Israeli intelligence during their meetings, that negatively affects Palestinians?
2) What are the penalties for such behaviour?

If the answer to the first question is yes – and how could it be other – then treason is the inescapable conclusion.

The answer to the second is equally clear:

“He, who collaborates with the enemy, provides it with information, or exposes any act of Palestinian resistance to danger shall be sentenced to death,” says Article 140 of the Revolutionary Judiciary Law issued by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1979, from which the National Consensus Document statement on homeland security was derived.

ACTION NEEDED

We therefore call on all segments of the Palestinian people to file high treason charges against Mahmoud Abbas pursuant to the Revolutionary Judiciary Law that was approved by all the PLO factions, and according to the 2011 National Consensus Document, which was signed by all the Palestinian factions – including Fatah.

Mesha’al: Eight challenges for Palestinian leadership

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Former Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Mesh’al said today that the Palestinian leadership, including Hamas, should overcome certain challenges to save the Palestinian cause.

In a scientific conference held in Gaza titled Hamas: 30 Years on: Reality and Hopes, Mesh’al said that there are eight challenges for the Palestinian leadership, adding that the first is making a big turn in the resistance process, and fighting the Israeli Occupation ahead of liberating Palestine.

Mesh’al added that the Palestinian leaders have the responsibility to find a solution to the division based on the national principles is another challenge posed to the Palestinian cause, reiterating the necessity to end the split and build our national unity and national project after redefinition. Read more »

Hamas: Five strategies to preserve Palestinian cause as ‘deal of century’ looms

HAMAS

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Top Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that national efforts exerted to save the Palestinian cause from being liquidated must be laid on five strategic foundations:

First: Continuous protection of resistance, as we are living in a world that respects only the strong.

Second: We have to build national Palestinian unity based on respecting partnership, adhering to the Palestinian agreements, and rebuilding the Palestinian homeland.

Third: We have to be open to elements of the Ummah, all the parties, world countries, and blocs. We represent a cause, which needs our support.

Forth: We have to work on ending the siege imposed on Gaza. No one can undermine Gaza’s patriotism and resistance.

Fifth: Hamas was, and is still, insisting to go to Cairo along with all the Palestinian factions on the basis of partnership in taking national decisions. Read more »

Hamas new charter is reflective of development

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Hamas expressed its natural intellectual development over the past 30 years in the Document of Principles and Policies, former Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Meshal stated.

In a televised interview with Al-Jazeera TV Channel on Monday evening, Meshal confirmed that the new Hamas charter highlighted a specific era; it was composed to reflect the movement’s intellectual and political advancement.

Meshal clarified that the movement has not repudiated its original charter, but rather adhered to its principle, and furthermore, expressed changes with new principles in the new document.

Unlike others, Hamas will never alter its core principles, Mesahl added. Read more »

Decoding the Pipes/Trump/Kushner ‘Deal of the Century”

Opinion
Richard Falk

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You didn’t have to be a ‘never Trump’ loyalist to have qualms about proposing to bring peace to Palestinians and Jews by creating conditions that would produce ‘The Deal of the Century.’ And let’s be fair, if the game of nations is now played according to the rules of Madison Avenue, the phrase was a winner despite being a loser if evaluated from a problem-solving perspective. Even in the present degraded political atmosphere, to bet on an advertising slogan as a substitute for healing ideas may be a good formula for ensuring a large audience for a reality TV episode, but it is a cruel evasion when it comes to addressing the daily ordeal of the Palestinian people consigned to the victimization associated with living under the Israeli apartheid state. Read more »

Hamas to break Gaza siege regardless of Abbas’ opposition

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Member of Hamas Political Bureau Salah Al-Bardawil stated that his movement would continue exerting efforts to pressure the Israeli Occupation to lift the siege imposed on Gaza Strip despite attempts of some sides to hinder this move.

In an interview with Al-Aqsa TV Channel, Al-Bardawil added that the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas foiled Egypt’s efforts to break the Israeli-imposed siege on the Gaza Strip, as part of PA’s bid to pave the way for the ‘deal of the century’ which aims at liquidating the Palestinian cause.

Regarding Abbas’ claims that the ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation is part of the ‘deal of the century’, Al-Bardawil stressed that his movement is exerting efforts to hammer out a truce with the Israeli Occupation in parallel with achieving the national reconciliation.

Al-Bardawil criticized the PA for maintaining its sanctions on the Gaza Strip, reiterating that the movement is prepared to run for elections at all levels. Read more »

That Slap In The Face

Shukri Abu-Bakr*

This is for you, Ahed

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Like a Free Palestine Spirit, your home is hospitable and warm, but has no fireplace for a cold killer.

Your fingernails sun-kissed, your palms soft as a whisper; but you did it, girl; you slapped a lethal weapon right in the face.

Your lips breathless over a million unheard cries… So rouse the world. Make it listen. Make it rise. Stand face-to-face and slap it right in the face.

Your green eyes, what do they see or so desire; but a white dawn to descend upon a nation’s dream set on fire.

So, girl, strip the arsonist of his undue grace…and yes, princess, with your bare hands slap him right in the face.

You’re noble from head to toe, daughter of the mountains, so bring your oppressor down on his armored knees.. and slap him hard. Slap him right in the face.

Slap him every time his psycho boots step into your peace of mind.

Slap him every time his tanks roll over your tender foot-marks. Slap him every time his smoke out-smells the wild sage in your yard. And slap him, daughter of the land…

Slap him for every time he stole dirt from your great grandfather’s grave. Slap him for every time he left an olive tree butchered in your neighbor’s grove. Slap him for every time he demanded respect for his loaded gun.

Slap him for your cousin… for all the young bones punctuated with bullets. And your highness, with your wrists besieged in cuffs as cruel as my own, slap him; not once, not twice, but thrice, for every time he thought that at the sight of coming invaders, Red-headed Palestine would simply run away.

* Shukri Abu Bakr is a Palestinian humanitarian serving a 65 year prison sentence in the United States following the controversial Holy Land Foundation trial

24th Friday of Great March of Return

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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On the 24th Friday of the Great March of Return, the Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum stated the following:

The mass participation in this week’s Great March of Return proves that the Palestinian people have selected the Palestinian resistance which defends them against the ongoing Israeli aggression to represent them over the Palestinian Authority which is imposing sanctions on Gaza while continuing its security collaboration with the Israeli Occupation.

Fawzi Barhoum

The Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas

07/09/2018

Israel puts Gaza on a diet

Visualizing Palestine

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Since the start of its blockade on Gaza, Israel has been controlling Gazans’ calorie intake, making food essentials such as meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables a luxury.

2017 OCHA estimates found that 40%* of Gazan households suffered from food insecurity, and 80%* of people were reliant on foreign aid for survival.

With the Trump administration’s $200 million* aid cuts to Palestine and Israel’s sanctions on imports and exports, families in Gaza are increasingly at risk of food insecurity.

Our visuals highlight how Israel’s Red Lines Policy, implemented from 2007-2010, collectively punished Gazans by limiting their access to food quantities needed for survival.

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Hamas: We don’t seek war but we are prepared to defend our people

HAMAS

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“We don’t seek war but we are well prepared to defend our people if the Israeli occupation decided to attack them,” Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahyia al-Sinwar, said.

During a press conference with Gaza youth held on Tuesday in Gaza city, al-Sinwar reiterated his Movement’s preparation for any Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip if forced into one.

“During this period we are willing to stabilize the 2014 cease-fire with the Israeli Occupation in return for ending the 12-year-long siege imposed on our people in the coastal encalve,” he stressed.

In an effort to end the crippling siege, Palestinians in Gaza organized the Great March of Return last March where they headed towards the separation fence and demanded for the siege to be lifted and to return to their original homeland. However, they were met with brutal force from Israeli soldiers who killed more than 180 peaceful civilians and wounded thousands of others.

“The Great March of Return brought the Israeli Occupation to the conviction that an inevitable explosion in the Gaza Strip will happen and will affect the Occupation due to this choking siege,” al-Sinwar continued. Read more »

Will Palestinian factions agree to a part of the ceasefire agreement?

Article
HAMAS

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The barriers to signing a ceasefire between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli Occupation cannot be limited to the great disparity between the terms of the Israeli Occupation and the Palestinian resistance or the Palestinian Authority’s stance towards the ceasefire. Rather, the disparity between the Palestinian factions’ stances towards the ceasefire represents another barrier to reaching such an agreement.

The blackout imposed on the Palestinian factions’ meetings in Cairo and their stances towards the ceasefire cannot conceal the fact that the disparity between the Palestinian factions’ positions hinders reaching a ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation.

Despite the considerable disputes between the leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA), some factions seem enthusiastic about agreeing to any agreement that overcomes the PLO and the PA. Read more »

Palestinian factions call for implementation of reconciliation agreements

PRESS RELEASE
Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian Democratic Union (FIDA), the Palestinian People’s Party, the Palestinian National Initiative, the Popular Front– General Command, the Vanguard for the Popular Liberation War (As-Sa’iqa)

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Nine Palestinian factions called for implementation of reconciliation deals and reinforcement of national partnership in order to put the 2011 Cairo deal into force and set up the mechanisms needed for such purpose.

The factions reiterated the necessity to support Egypt’s efforts to achieve the national reconciliation and unity.

In a joint press release, the factions reaffirmed the necessity of ending the war of words which hinders achieving the reconciliation and restoring national unity.

The factions, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian Democratic Union (FIDA), the Palestinian People’s Party, the Palestinian National Initiative, the Popular Front– General Command, and the Vanguard for the Popular Liberation War (As-Sa’iqa), called for a meeting for the preparatory committee of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) to be held in order to restructure the council based on the outcomes of the Beirut summit.

The factions noted that holding the PNC meeting will promote national unity and help set a national strategy to thwart all schemes targeting the Palestinian cause, the foremost among them is the ‘deal of the century’.

The factions added that it’s high time for the national rift to be healed and for all sides to hold its moral responsibility towards the Palestinian people who are subjected to all forms of oppression under the Israeli occupation and its 12-year siege on Gaza.

The factions called also for the interim leadership framework of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to be held in order to achieve the national unity, pressure the Israeli occupation to lift its unjust siege on Gaza, and foil all conspiracies aiming to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

The circumstances that the Palestinian cause is going through and the move of some neighboring countries to normalize ties with the Israeli occupation require us to unite in order to thwart the schemes targeting the Palestinian people and their rights, the factions added.

The factions concluded that the Palestinian cause is exposed to desperate attempts by the U.S. admiration to liquidate it amidst the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people and the continued reduction of the services of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to pave the way for the ‘deal of the century’.

Israeli forces arrest, detain Palestine TV reporter in West Bank

PRESS RELEASE
Committee to Protect Journalists – MENA

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Beirut, August 21, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about Israel’s arrest and ongoing detention of Ali Dar Ali, a reporter for the Palestinian Authority’s official broadcaster Palestine TV.

In a dawn raid on August 15, Israeli troops stormed into the Dar Ali family house in the West Bank village of Burham, 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) northwest of Ramallah, and arrested Dar Ali, according to news reports, Ali Dar Ali’s official Facebook page, and the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom.

Ali Dar Ali’s father was cited by SKeyes as saying that a large number of Israeli soldiers raided the family house, seized Ali’s cell phone and computer, and arrested him without informing them of any charges. Read more »

Hamas responds to Israeli threats against its leaders

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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Member of Hamas Political Bureau Husam Badran responded on Sunday to Israeli threats of assassinating the Movement’s leaders.

In a press release on Sunday, Badran said that the Israeli threats against Hamas leaders “reflect the state of confusion and hysteria the Israeli Occupation is going through.”

Badran added that such threats “don’t frighten the Palestinian resistance’s leaders” who will continue to carry out their national duty towards their people.

The Hamas leader confirmed that the Palestinian resistance will respond to any Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people.

Hamas: Siege on Gaza is part of Deal of the Century

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Member of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Khalil al-Hayya, said that the Israeli-imposed siege on the Gaza Strip is part of the “Deal of the Century”.

During a televised interview with Al Jazeera Wednesday afternoon, al-Hayya added: “The sanctions imposed by Abbas upon Gaza must be lifted before taking any steps forward to achieve the internal reconciliation based on partnership.”

Gaza Siege

On the international efforts to ease the siege on the Gaza Strip, Al-Hayya said that Middle East Peace Envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, provided the general guidelines regarding the Gaza siege and is now in its advanced stages led by the United Nations and Egypt and with the participation of Qatar.

He explained that the vision is the implementation of projects prepared by the international community in various areas: electricity, water, infrastructure and employment of workers and graduates.

The member of the Political Bureau pointed out that this vision was in exchange for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, indicating that no one asked the Movement to halt the Great March of Return.

He stressed the need to find a clear and comprehensive solution, which will permit Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza a safe passage to the outside world without the restrictions of the Israeli Occupation, noting that there is no objection to the fulfillment of all international conditions.

Al-Hayya noted that the ongoing siege on the Gaza Strip must be lifted and the basic necessities of life for our Palestinian people be fulfilled like the rest of the world.

Israeli Escalation

The Hamas leader accused the Israeli occupation of violating the cease-fire agreement signed in 2014 in recent weeks.

He noted that Hamas and the factions will not allow the occupation to impose new equations or rules of engagement on the ground.

Al-Hayya considered the position of the PA to cut the salaries of the prisoners and their families in a manner that is regrettable and consistent with the Israeli-American plans, saying: “We condemn this behavior and stand by our prisoners in their hunger strike.”

Prisoner Deal

On the file of prisoner exchange deal, al-Hayya said that the Israeli Occupation is constantly deceiving its public that they have exerted effort in ending this file.

He stressed said that the movement is ready negotiate a prisoner exchange deal, calling on the Israeli occupation to respect the agreement of the 2011 deal before negotiating a new one.

“If the occupation is ready to pay the price, we are ready to complete a prisoner exchange deal.”

Israeli forces arrest at least 7 Palestinian journalists in West Bank

PRESS RELEASE
Committee to Protect Journalists – MENA

Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinians sit outside shops in Hebron, in the West Bank on April 3, 2018.  (Reuters/Mussa Qawasma)

Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinians sit outside shops in Hebron, in the West Bank on April 3, 2018. (Reuters/Mussa Qawasma)

Beirut, August 7, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the arrest of at least seven Palestinian journalists in the West Bank since July 30 and called on Israeli authorities to immediately disclose charges against them or set them free.

The early morning arrests occurred after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared the Hamas-affiliated broadcaster Al-Quds TV a terrorist organization and banned its activities in Israel and the Palestinian territories, as CPJ documented. Lieberman’s order was issued on July 3 under Israel’s counter-terrorism law, according to news reports from the time.

“Israel has been relentless in its assault on the Palestinian press. Declaring a media outlet a terrorist organization set the tone for the country’s latest crackdown on Palestinian journalists,” said CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, Sherif Mansour, from Washington, D.C. “We call on Israeli authorities to disclose charges against the seven journalists arrested over the past week or release them and allow them to work freely.”

Details of the arrests are below: Read more »

Hamas briefs Palestinian factions on Cairo visit outcomes

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Hamas held a meeting with the Palestinian factions in Gaza to discuss the latest developments of the Palestinian cause and briefed them on the outcome of its meeting with the Egyptian officials in Cairo.

The member of Hamas Political Bureau Husam Badran said that the meeting came after Hamas’ visit to Cairo and its Politburo’s arrival in Gaza to discuss the latest updates concerning the national reconciliation, ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation, and the process of ending the siege on Gaza.

Badran noted that the Palestinian people have the final word to decide on their future.

He reiterated the necessity to take the Palestinians’ stances towards the ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation and their demands into consideration when discussing the proposals to ease the siege on Gaza.

Badran stressed that all the people of Palestine are united in the face of the Israeli Occupation and will not waive their rights under any pressure. Read more »

Hamas strives for reconciliation to serve Palestinian interests

Press Release
HAMAS

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Hamas leader Rafat Morra reiterated his Movement’s willingness to resume dialogue and achieve the national reconciliation as part of its bid to best serve the Palestinian people’s interests and manage the Palestinian situation based on national partnership.

In a press release on Thursday, Morra noted that the visit of Hamas’ delegation to Gaza on Thursday proves its willingness to end the internal Palestinian rift and resume reconciliation talks with Fatah.

“Hamas prioritises the Palestinian people’s interests as part of its overall vision for defending the Palestinian people, their land, and their cause,” Morra stressed.

He confirmed that his Movement is keen on thwarting all Israeli plans that aim at judaizing Jerusalem, isolating the West Bank from the Gaza Strip, and abolishing the Palestinian people’s rights, the foremost among them is their right to return to their homeland.

Hamas: Gaza siege must be lifted immediately and unconditionally

Press Release
HAMAS

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“The Palestinian people want the siege imposed on Gaza to be broken immediately and unconditionally,” the member of Hamas Political Bureau Husam Badran said.

During his participation in the Great March of Return on Friday, Badran confirmed that his Movement, alongside the concerned parties, will exert great effort to achieve the Palestinian people’s demands, the foremost among them is the siege imposed by the Israeli Occupation on Gaza to be lifted at any cost.

He restated that the Palestinians will continue their struggle against the Israeli occupation until their demands are met.

“The Palestinian people are united behind one goal; to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and return to their homeland,” Badran concluded.

Dr Swee Ang recounts events when Al Awda was seized by Israeli military

Dr Swee Ang
Medical doctor on board the al-Awda, 4 August 2018

Al Awda in  Chalutiers, France en route to Gaza. Photo: Romuald AUGE

Al Awda in Chalutiers, France en route to Gaza. Photo: Romuald AUGE

The last leg of the journey of al-Awda (the boat of return) was scheduled to reach Gaza on 29 July 2018. We were on target to reach Gaza that evening. There are 22 on board including crew with USD 15,000 of antibiotics and bandages for Gaza. At 12.31 pm we received a missed call from a number beginning with +81… Mikkel was steering the boat at that time.

The phone rang again with the message that we were trespassing into Israeli waters. Mikkel replied that we were in International waters and had right of innocent passage according to maritime laws. The accusation of trespassing was repeated again and again with Mikkel repeating the message that we were sailing in international waters. This carried on for about half an hour, while Awda was 42 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza.

Prior to the beginning of this last leg, we had spent 2 days learning non-violent actions and had prepared ourselves in anticipation of Israeli invasion of our boat. Vulnerable individuals especially those with medical conditions were to sit at the rear of the top deck with their hands on the deck table. The leader of this group was Gerd, a 75 year old elite Norwegian athlete and she had the help of Lucia a Spanish nurse in her group. Read more »