Archive for August, 2012

Call for Submissions: International Prisoners Contest II

Call for Submissions: International Prisoners Contest II

Call for Submissions
International Prisoners Contest II

In cooperation with Aqsa Syarif-Malaysia, CPDS is organizing the second International Contest to support Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
All, regardless of nationality, can take part in this contest.

Goal:
To encourage creative efforts that support Palestinian prisoners and further their cause locally and internationally. Read more »

The Palestine Brief (15)

The Palestine Brief (15)
“Welcome to Palestine” arrive in Jordan
Four Palestinian prisoners are still on hunger strike
Hamas appreciates South Africa’s position on settlement products
U.S.: Israeli probe into Corrie’s death wasn’t ‘credible’
A weekly report published by the Center for Political and Development Studies (CPDS), Gaza on the latest developments in Palestine.
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Is the Sinai Peninsula rejoining the resistance?

Column – Franklin Lamb

The Sinai Peninsula may be in the process of joining the Arab and Islamic Resistance as this great awakening spreads inexorably across the region toppling Western imposed security states and replacing them with governments of greater popular legitimacy. Read more »

Shifting Truths in Sinai: Who Stands to Gain from Carnage?

Column – Ramzy Baroud

Two Toyota Land Cruisers filled with about 15 well-built gunmen in ski masks and all-black outfits appear seemingly out of nowhere. Behind them is vast, open desert. They approach a group of soldiers huddled around a simple meal as they prepare to … Read more »

Presidential source: Coordination with Gaza to form a joint probe committee

Gaza Interior Ministry
07/08/2012

An informed source from the Egyptian presidency said there is coordination underway between Egypt and the Prime Ministry in Gaza to form a joint inquiry committee to probe the attack that targeted a military checkpoint in the Sinai.

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Arab League accuses Israel of being involved in Sinai attack

Gaza Interior Ministry
07/08/2012

Assistant secretary-general of the Arab League for Palestine affairs Mohamed Sabih said he does not rule out the possibility of Israel’s involvement in the Sinai attack on Sunday.

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No nice wars

Opinion
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD http://qumsiyeh.org
07/08/2012

An attack on an Egyptian army post in northern Sinai left 15 soldiers dead. The attack was denounced by all Palestinian resistance forces including mainstream ones (Fatah, PFLP, DFLP, popular resistance committees, Hamas) and even marginal Jihadi forces (Islamic Jihad). I was very disappointed to see a few Palestinians try to use the incident to score points against other Palestinian factions. But to most Palestinians, it was clear from its pattern and timing that this was another Israeli false flag operation stretching back to the Lavon affair in the 1950s when Israeli agents planted bombs in Egypt against Western interests to sabotage relations between those countries and Egypt. An attempt to incite Egyptians against others (Palestinians or Iranians) must be exposed and thwarted especially when there is an ongoing existential struggle. Read more »

Gazans lament Egypt attack, speculate on Israel black ops.

Opinion
Adie Mormech
07/08/2012

Thousands of Palestinians gathered for evening prayer in front of the Egyptian embassy in Gaza City Monday evening, in memory of the 16 Egyptian soldiers killed the previous night. The gunmen remain unidentified, although Western media have been quick to point fingers at Salafi groups linked to Gaza. Read more »

The Governmental Weekly Achievements

Weekly Report
Government Media Office
07/08/2012

1. Ministry of National Economy reviews the achievements.
Ministry of National Economy issued a report about the achievements of 2012, in which it points out to the works that carried out by the departments of the ministry during the last six month. It cleared that it carried 1614 inspection visits to the markets in order to insure that they match the Palestinian quality specifications. They also visited 13572 facilities and seized 138 trader. On the other hand the minister issued a declaration that organize the exporting and importing process via Karam Abu Salem crossings. It cleared that this provocative decision is part of occupation authorities plans to judaization the Holy City and strip it of its Arab and Islamic identity.

2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Planning calls UN to confront judaization process.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Planning calls UN , Islamic Cooperation Organization , the Arab League and all countries and institutions to confront judaization process which aims to change Al-Aqsa mosque’s yards to a public parks which enables the Jewish to enter it in any time. . It cleared that this provocative decision is part of occupation authorities plans to judaization the Holy City and strip it of its Arab and Islamic identity. Read more »

Doctor and lawyer visits to hunger strikers reveal mistreatment by Israeli Prison Service

Joint Press Release
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
07/08/2012

Ramallah-Jaffa, 7 August 2012 — Four Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli detention remain steadfast in their open hunger strikes as their health conditions continue to deteriorate. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-IL) are particularly concerned for the lives of administrative detainees Samer Al-Barq and Hassan Safadi, who have been on protracted hunger strikes and are subject to consistent mistreatment at the hands of the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). Read more »

Egypt closes Rafah Crossing Indefinitely, Hamas condemns ‘ugly crime’

Gaza SCOOP
06/08/2012

According to Egypt’s official state news agency MENA, Egyptian security sources said that the Sinai-Rafah border will be closed indefinetely after an attack on a police station in the Sinai south of Rafah on Sunday left 15 Egyptian officers dead and seven injured.

MENA said, “A security official announced on Sunday evening that the Rafah land port had been closed for cases of travel and arrivals indefinitely. This comes in the wake of the attack by gunmen on a border checkpoint in Rafah in Sinai.”

The gunmen also seized two military vehicles, one of which was an army tank. One exploded and the other was destroyed by Israeli aircraft, according to media reports.

Hamas released a statement condemning the “ugly crime” and extended its deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the leadership and the people of Egypt.

ENDS

UFree Network website hacked by Israeli hackers’ team

Press Release
UFree Network Media Centre
Link: http://ufreenetwork.eu/Details.aspx?Type_ID=3&Rotator_ID=232
06/08/2012

Mohammed Hamdan, UFree network chairman, said that UFree website was hacked by Israeli hackers’ team, which totally paralyzed the website.

Hamdan said that it is not the first time that our website got hacked. There were other attempts to break it down, but UFree technical team overcame all problems. Read more »

Detainee Aisawi on hunger strike to protest his incarceration

Palestinian Information Centre
05/08/2012

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Detainee Samer Al-Aisawi went on hunger strike to protest his imprisonment in Israeli occupation jails anew despite his release in the Wafa Al-Ahrar prisoner exchange deal a few months ago.

Samer Al-Aisawi

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Palestinian killed in Israeli air raid

Palestinian Information Centre
05/08/2012

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian youth was killed and a number of others were wounded in an Israeli aerial raid on western Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, at noon Sunday.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that an Israeli reconnaissance plane fired at least one missile at a motorbike killing its driver instantly and wounding a number of passersby.

They said that the raid targeted fighters for the popular resistance committees.

Medical sources said that the martyr was 23-year-old Eid Hijazi.

ENDS

Hamas hails new UN condemnation of Israel

Palestinian Information Centre
05/08/2012

GAZA, (PIC)– The Hamas Movement hailed UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon for his criticism of the Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian territories as a “step in the right direction.”
“The remarks that were made by the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in which he slammed the Zionist entity for its crimes against the Palestinian people and its mass punishment of Gaza people are steps in the right direction taken by a high-level UN official,” senior Hamas official Salah Al-Bardawil stated in a press release on Saturday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Rights group: Israel pursues a policy of impoverishment against Jerusalemites

Gaza Ministry of the Interior
05/08/2012

Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights accused the Israeli regime of pursuing a systematic policy of impoverishment against the Palestinian natives in occupied Jerusalem in order to force them to leave their city.

Director of the center Ziyad Al-Hammouri told Quds Press on Saturday that most of the Jerusalemite natives live below the poverty line in light of rising unemployment rates.

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Hamad: Egypt considering the creation of a trade exchange zone with Gaza

Palestinian Information Centre
05/08/2012

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian deputy minister of foreign affairs Ghazi Hamad said the establishment of a trade exchange zone between Egypt and the Gaza Strip is still being studied by the Egyptian side.

Hamad stated in a press release on Saturday that the presence of such a trade zone would liberate Gaza from its dependence on the Israeli economy.

Rafah Crossing

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Al-Quds institution warns of serious Israeli intent to control Al-Aqsa Mosque

Gaza Ministry of Information
05/08/2012

The International Quds Institution warned of serious Israeli tendencies to seize and divide the Al Aqsa Mosque starting with declaring the Mosque’s courtyards public places.

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Video and testimony: Officer head-butts youth in the face in Hebron

Press Release
B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
05/08/2012

Testimony taken by B’Tselem reveals that on 25 July 2012, at about 7:30 PM, Thair Ghanam, a 17 year old resident of Hebron, and three of his cousins were on their way home from work. They were hurrying back for the Iftar meal to break the daily Ramadan fast. Ghanam’s told B’Tselem, “We were running toward the Beit Hadassah checkpoint that we have to cross to get home. At the checkpoint, the soldier standing there began shouting at us. He ordered us to stop and we did. The soldier started cursing us and our mother. Then he told me to show him my ID card. I got angry at the soldier because he was cursing my mother and refused to give him my ID card. He started talking with someone on his walkie-talkie and then I took hold of his hand and told him that I would give him my ID card. The soldier did not take it and told me to wait. He told my cousins to go away, but my cousin Hamadah answered that we were walking together and that they would not leave.”

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Sa’adat calls for mass Palestinian movement for national unity and resistance

Press Release
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat
04/08/2012

Recently released Palestinian political prisoner Yousef Abu Ghoulmeh, freed in late July 2012, shared a prison cell with Ahmad Sa’adat for nearly three months following the end of the prisoners’ hunger strike – and Sa’adat’s release from isolation. Abu Ghoulmeh spoke with Voice of the People radio station on August 4, 2012, discussing Sa’adat’s comments, political insights, and the current situation of Sa’adat and his fellow Palestinian political prisoners behind occupation bars.

Ahmad Sa’adat

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