Archive for July, 2013

Background Briefing on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Press Release – US State Department

Special Briefing

Senior White House Official and Senior State Department Official

Washington, DC

July 30, 2013

MODERATOR: So just to repeat for all of you, this is a background briefing. Attribution will be – [Senior White House Official] here, who many of you know. His title now is [title withheld]. He will be known here forward as Senior White House Official. And, of course, [Senior State Department Official], who was just named [title withheld], will be as Senior State Department Official. And [Senior White House Official] and [Senior State Department Official] with start out with some remarks, and then we’ll take questions.

SENIOR WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL: Thanks, [Moderator]. Hey, everybody. Yeah, I’ll just begin with some comments from a senior White House official perspective and then turn it over to my colleague for more details. And I would just start by underscoring how appreciative the President is of all of Secretary Kerry’s efforts over the previous months and days and how supportive he is of what the Secretary has accomplished and how personally committed he is to the process.  Read more »

Hamdan: Abbas Conspiring to Liquidate Palestinian Cause

Hamdan: Abbas Is Involved In a Conspiracy to Liquidate the Palestinian Cause

BEIRUT, (PIC)– Osama Hamdan, a leader in Hamas movement, stated that PA president Mahmoud Abbas leads a serious scheme to drive a wedge between Gaza and Egypt, as part of a systematic policy to take revenge on Hamas movement.

Hamdan confirmed that Hamas movement has managed to get official documents to prove PA involvement in a conspiracy in coordination with US and Israel to liquidate the Palestinian cause.  Read more »

Resheq: Palestinian Prisoners Not For Bargaining

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

BEIRUT, (PIC)– Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet al-Resheq said that Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails should not be exploited as bargaining chips.

He criticized, in this respect, the PA negotiating team for the way it managed the issue of prisoners.  Read more »

Barhoum Denounces Abbas Call For Destruction of Gaza Tunnels

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, denounced PA chief Mahmoud Abbas for championing the destruction of Gaza tunnels and for rejecting a joint trade zone between Gaza and Egypt.

Barhoum, in a statement on his Facebook page on Tuesday, said that Israel was not demanding a return to supervising the Rafah border terminal and did not ask for reviving the 2005 agreement that used to regulate the terminal’s work.  Read more »

Broad Popular and Factional Rejection of Talks Resumption

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Palestinian national forces and factions, except Fatah movement, renewed their total rejection of resumption of talks between the PA and the Israeli occupation amid accusations to Fatah movement and PA of practicing dictatorship.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) has called on Palestinian people to reject Kerry’s initiative to resume talks.  Read more »

133 Palestinian NGOs Reject PA’s Decision to Restart Talks

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian NGO network said it is deeply concerned about the Palestinian authority’s decision to return to the negotiation table with the Israeli occupation.

In a press release on Monday, the network, which include 133 member organizations, stated that the gravity of such a decision that it was taken without any commitment to the minimum requirements, most importantly, the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and the termination of settlement activities.  Read more »

Harel: Israeli-PA Security Collaboration Prevents Intifada

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Israeli military expert Amos Harel said the security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian authority precludes the outbreak of a new intifada (uprising) or any resistance activities in the West Bank.

In a TV interview on Monday, Harel stated that the last two years have been the quietest in terms of security in the West since the six-day war in 1967 thanks to the security cooperation between Israel and the PA which prevented the outbreak of popular intifada during the last mid-decade.  Read more »

Silence Will Not End the Suffering

Press Release – Palestine Human Rights Campaign

31 July 2013

Dear Mr McCully,

Silence Will Not End the Suffering

You may possibly have read the Palestine Human Rights Campaign (PHRC) comments (McCully fails to make independent stand for justice)[1] on your press release dated 20 July 2013, which was sent to several MPs, including yourself.

We are writing to you now because of further developments that have a direct bearing on the opinions and assumptions expressed in your press release. We asked why anyone should believe that Israel would deal fairly with the Palestinian people in ‘direct negotiations’ when there is evidence that Israel has already made decisions that show it is not prepared to even consider abiding by earlier agreements or international law. We raised the issue of Israel’s discriminatory abuse of its own citizens and would now draw your attention to a 25 July 2013 statement[2] by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, urging Israel to reconsider a bill that would displace thousands of Bedouin. The proposed law would result in the demolition of up to 35 Bedouin villages, displacing as many as 40,000 people from their ancestral homes.  Read more »

PCHR Concerned over Closing Offices of al-Arabiya Channel and Ma’an News Agency in Gaza

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned over closing the offices of al-Arabiya Satellite Channel, Ma’an News Agency and Lines Media Company upon a decision issued by the Attorney General in Gaza. PCHR calls upon the Attorney General to reconsider this decision and respect the right to freedom of opinion and expression and press freedoms that are guaranteed under the Palestinian Basic Law and international human rights standards.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 16:30 on Thursday, 25 July 2013, 6 members of the General Investigation Service (GIS) in civilian clothes arrived to the office of MBC group, which includes the office of al-Arabiya Channel, on the 12th floor of al-Shorouq building in the west of Gaza City. The GIS members showed a decision issued by the Attorney General in Gaza, Isma’il Jaber, to temporarily close the office of al-Arabiya Channel and seize its contents. At approximately 16:40 of the same day, other GIS members headed to the office of Ma’an News Agency on the 6th floor of Shawwa and Husari building in the west of Gaza City. They informed the staff of the Attorney General’s decision to close the office and seize its contents.  Read more »

PCHR: Abbas Must Save Lives Of Leukemia Sufferers In Gaza

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is gravely concerned over the lives of 36 patients, who suffer from Leukemia in the Gaza Strip, due to not receiving the necessary treatment they need for 8 months. PCHR is concerned these patients may have serious complications leading to death if they do not receive their treatment immediately. PCHR calls upon President Mahmoud Abbass to promptly intervene to save the lives of these patients and to instruct the Ministry of Health in Ramallah to supply the medicine needed for these patients as soon as possible.

According to PCHR’s follow-up, the suffering of the patients of Leukemia, which is a serious cancerous disease that affects blood cells, started in December 2012 when the medicine (Glivec 400 mg tab) fully ran out in the blood section pharmacy at Shifa Hospital. As a result, the patients have not received their medical treatment since then. Doctors in charge stated that this medicine is the sole treatment for Leukemia patients and not receiving this treatment would cause complications and put the patients’ lives at risk. It should be noted that the medicine is only available through the Ministry of Health in Ramallah and cannot be found in medical warehouses or private pharmacies in the Gaza Strip to save the patients’ lives.  Read more »

UFree Network: Abu Sisi’s Health Deteriorates Dramatically

Press Release – Ufree Network

UFree Network to defend the rights of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli Jails expressed its deep concern about the life of Dirar Abu Sisi, 42, Abducted and imprisoned in Israeli jails. Abu Sisi was kidnapped from Ukraine over 2 years and then transferred to Israel. According to his family, he was beaten and tortured by Israeli authorities at many occasions.

According to his wife Veronika Abu Sisi, a Ukrainian citizen, Dirar’s health is getting poorer day after day.  Read more »

“Sometimes, I Have to Risk My Life to Survive”

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Khaled Hamad (18) at Kamal Odwan Hospital, Beit Lahia

On Sunday 14 July 2013, Israeli forces patrolling the border fence northeast of Beit Hanoun fired in the direction of a group of workers who were collecting metal and plastic scraps from a landfill which is located around 400 metres away from the border fence. As a result, Khaled Shehada Hamad, an eighteen-year-old worker who was present at the site, was injured. The other workers immediately brought Khaled by donkey-cart to the nearest hospital in Beit Hanoun, where he received first aid. He was then transferred to Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahia, where he received medical treatment for an injury in his upper left leg. Khaled was discharged from hospital a week after the attack when his condition stabilised.

Lying on his bed, waiting to be discharged, Khaled describes the incident: “I was preoccupied with my daily work, collecting my tools to go back to Beit Hanoun. Along with a number of friends, I go to this landfill almost every day to collect metal, plastic, copper, or any other scrap materials that I might sell later. We were about to leave at around 2pm when I felt a sudden heat in my upper leg. Something had hit my leg. I started screaming after I fell to the ground. It was only then that I saw an Israeli jeep passing in the distance. I only saw the jeep after I was shot. I couldn’t see the soldier though. He must have targeted me while in his military jeep.”  Read more »

PCHR Submits Shadow Report to Committee On Rights of Child

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) submitted a shadow report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in July 2012, for consideration during the Committee’s review of Israel’s second to fourth periodic reports, which took place in June 2013. The Committee evaluated Israel’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), to which it is a State Party.

In its report PCHR notes that Israel has failed to extend the protections required by the CRC to the children of Palestine. PCHR echoes the concerns of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict who, on 26 April 2012, noted the high number of children, in particular Palestinian children, who continue to be affected by the on-going conflict.  Read more »

Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Attacks Against Palestine

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT)

·       A Palestinian boy was wounded in al-Bireh in the West Bank during an Israeli incursion.

·       Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.

–       Sarit Michaeli, B’Tselem spokesperson, was wounded during al-Nabi Saleh protest, northwest of Ramallah.
–       Dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and sustained bruises due to Israeli soldiers’ attack.  Read more »

Israel’s White Phosphorus Use: Supreme Court Reply Condemned

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

The undersigned human rights organizations strongly condemn the Israeli Supreme Court’s reply to a petition filed by human rights organizations to prevent the Israeli military from using white phosphorous in built-up areas.  They believe that the court’s decision leaves the door open for continuing the use of white phosphorous in built-up areas in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), extremely endangering the lives of the civilian population.

On 09 July 2013, the Israeli Supreme Court accepted the pledge presented by the Israeli public prosecution, representing the State, to abstain from using white phosphorous against civilians, excluding in exceptional cases.  Details of such cases were classified as confidential and were not made available to the petitioners or the public, which do not practically ban the use of white phosphorous in built-up areas in the future, but this time by the consent of the highest Israeli judicial body.  Read more »

Netanyahu, Abbas to Resume ‘Peace Process’ That Never Was

Article – Ramzy Baroud

The political peddlers, think-tank experts and media professionals are all back in full force. They want us to believe that US Secretary of State John Kerry has done what others have failed to do. On his sixth trip to the Middle East during his post, and following intense shuttle diplomacy likened to that of Henry Kissinger, Kerry managed to create a modest common space between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA), thus securing their agreement to resume the so-called peace process.

The media is focusing a great deal on how the ‘breakthrough’ happened, not on why or whether or not it was really a ‘breakthrough’ in the first place. It is typical in these ‘breaking news’ dramas that the media inundates itself with excessive superfluous details, while paying little heed to the underlying logic behind the entire story.  Read more »

Abu Sisi the Only Remaining Palestinian Prisoner In Solitary

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights has called on human rights groups and international organizations to intervene and demand the release of Dirar Abu Sisi from isolation in Israeli jails.

Fuad Al-Khuffash, director of the center, said on Tuesday that after the Israeli occupation authorities ended the isolation of prisoner Awad Al-Saidi only Abu Sisi was left in isolation.  Read more »

Egyptian Authorities Close Rafah Crossing Tuesday

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

RAFAH, (PIC)– The Egyptian authorities officially informed the Palestinian ministry of interior affairs in Gaza about its intention to close the Rafah border crossing on Tuesday on the anniversary of the 1952 revolution.

According to the Palestinian interior ministry, the Egyptian authorities will reopen on Wednesday the Rafah crossing for a limited period of time.  Read more »

Hamdan: Resumption of Talks Is Political Suicide

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

BEIRUT, (PIC)– The leader in Hamas movement Osama Hamdan considered the PA decision to resume talks with the Israeli authorities as a political suicide at the expense of the Palestinian rights.

Mahmoud Abbas’s experiences with negotiations were all at the expense of the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people’s rights and constants, he added.  Read more »

PFLP: Return to Negotiations Was Unjustified

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

RAMALLAH, GAZA, (PIC)– Member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Khalida Jarrar said the decision of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to return to negotiations with the Israeli state was “unjustified.”

Jarrar condemned in remarks to the Palestinian local Radio Sawt al-Sha’b on Monday the resumption of negotiations, and stressed that “the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine refuses the direct negotiations sponsored by America.”  Read more »

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