Archive for July, 2013

UN Urges Sustained Efforts Towards Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Press Release – UN News

A senior United Nations official today briefed the Security Council on the Middle East peace process saying that amid a “deepening humanitarian catastrophe” in Syria and political unrest in Egypt, “time is of the essence” in the effort to renew serious dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

“This is the moment to translate our collective call for action into a shared sense of urgency in supporting leaders on both sides as they must realize that this is an opening they cannot afford to lose,” UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry said, briefing the 15-member Council in the wake of the announcement last week by US Secretary of State John Kerry that the basis has been established to resume talks between Israelis and Palestinians.  Read more »

John Kerry: Negotiations Welcomed

Press Release – US State Department

Press Availability

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Amman, Jordan

July 19, 2013

SECRETARY KERRY: Good evening, everybody, thank you very much for your patience. I apologize for the delay. I’m just going to make a statement, and I’m not going to take any questions at this point in time.

On behalf of President Obama, I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. This is a significant and welcome step forward.  Read more »

Between The Death of My Nephew and My Visit to Jerusalem

By Fidaa Abuassi

My life story in its great detail is so unfathomable and forever surprising I can no longer make sense to myself, let alone to others. Life is so unpredictable and ever changing my heart is never prepared for its unsteady rhythms. Between overwhelming happiness and extreme sadness, I am ripped apart. “Where am I? Where am I?,” I was found trembling and whimpering while asleep two nights ago. Nothing but the warmth of my mom’s hug could assure me I was home, safe. While I was still holding her tight, sobbing on her shoulder, my mom, too, broke into tears. “No no no,… mom please don’t…,” I pleaded, still in tears. Awakened by our sobs, my sister in the other room managed to drag herself out of bed and walk towards us. “Why are you two crying! Isn’t he in Heaven? Didn’t you both tell me not to cry over him,” we were taken by surprise when we saw her staggering into the room, not yet strong enough to stand on her feet. We ran to her aid “no no, habibti, we aren’t crying.” Unsurprisingly, she burst into tears, again. My bad!
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Israel Should Release All Palestinian Prisoners For Peace

Press Release – UFree Network

UFree Network to defend the rights of Palestinian prisoners calls on releasing all Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. This comes in a wake of news that Israel will release a small number of prisoners as per Palestinian condition to restart negotiations.

Israeli official sources announce that 80 prisoners most of them imprisoned prior Oslo accord will be released. This came as Palestinian Authority (PA) demanded this step as a condition to resume frozen negotiations. The request of releasing prisoners included those from 1948 territories.  Read more »

Qassem Slams PA’s Decision to Return to Negotiations

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

WEST BANK, GAZA, (PIC)– Professor of Political Science Abdul Sattar Qassem condemned the decision of the Palestinian Authority to return to negotiations and considered it treason.

Qassem told the Jordanian Sabil newspaper that the Authority’s only concern is to get aid and money, and revealed that “the negotiations have never stopped, as meetings have continued in secret in Amman and Jerusalem.”  Read more »

Petrol Crisis Hampers Implementation of Projects

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

GAZA, (PIC)– The petrol crisis in Gaza Strip has impeded implementation of a number of developmental projects in the besieged coastal enclave.

Ezzeddin Dahnun, Jabaliya municipality chairman, said in a statement on Sunday that fuel shortage crippled work in a number of infrastructural projects in the northern areas of the Strip.  Read more »

PFLP Official: Hold Abbas Accountable

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

GAZA, (PIC)– Senior official of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Rabah Muhanna called on the Palestinian central council to convene urgently to hold president Mahmoud Abbas accountable for violating the conditions it had set for the resumption of the peace talks.

In a televised statement, Muhanna urged the Palestinian people in the occupied lands and the Gaza Strip to take to the streets to protest the “peace negotiations” with the Israeli occupation.  Read more »

Bardawil Warns PA Against Falling In Quagmire of Negotiation

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

GAZA, (PIC)– Dr. Salah al-Bardawil, a Hamas leader, said that re-launching Palestinian-Israeli negotiations would lead to liquidating the Palestine cause.

Bardawil told the PIC on Saturday that resuming negotiations without pre-conditions according to US secretary of state John Kerry’s proposals would lead to liquidating the Palestine cause in return for personal gains for PA leaders in Ramallah.  Read more »

Resheq: The Peace Talks Will Lead to More Loss of Rights

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

BEIRUT, (PIC)– Member of Hamas’s political bureau Ezzat Al-Resheq reiterated his Movement’s rejection of the Palestinian Authority’s decision to restart new rounds of useless negotiations with the Israeli occupation.

In a press release on Sunday, Resheq said that the peace talks with Israel had already proved its failure to achieve the Palestinian people’s aspirations, warning that these negotiations would lead to further settlement and Judaization activities and further loss of the Palestinian rights.  Read more »

New Efforts to Resume Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Press Release – UN News

New York, Jul 19 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the efforts of United States Secretary of State John Kerry to resume negotiations in the Middle East peace process.

“The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by US Secretary of State Kerry today in Amman, Jordan, that the basis has been established to resume talks between Israelis and Palestinians,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statementRead more »

McCully welcomes US announcement on Middle East process

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the announcement by US Secretary of State John Kerry that agreement has been reached on a basis for direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

“New Zealand strongly supports the efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry to move the peace process forward through direct negotiations on a two-state solution,” Mr McCully says.  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)

·       Israeli forces have continued to open fire at the Palestinian civilians in the border areas of the Gaza Strip.

–       A Palestinian child was wounded in the east of Beit Hanoun.

·       A young man and a child were wounded in al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.

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

–       A number of protesters suffered tear gas inhalation during peaceful protests.

·       Israeli forces conducted 17 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the northern Gaza Strip.

–       At least 9 Palestinian civilians were arrested.

–       Israeli forces partially demolished a cattle barn and damaged a number of trees in the south of Hebron while arresting a number of civilians.

·       Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

–       Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

–       15 Palestinian civilians were arrested by Israeli forces at checkpoints.

–       Of the arrested civilians, there were 8 children, including a 5-year-old child, and 2 civilians from the Gaza Strip.

·       Israeli naval forces have continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the sea.

–       A fishing boat sustained damage by 4 bullets.

·       Israeli forces have continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

–       More demolition notices were issued.

–       The settlers continued their attacks against the Palestinians and their property.

–       40 seedlings and 40 fruitful olive trees were uprooted in Termis’ya village, north of Ramallah.

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period 11 – 17 July 2013.

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child. 2 civilians were wounded in the West Bank and the third one was wounded in the Gaza Strip. In addition, a number of Palestinian civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises during peaceful protests against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.

In the West Bank, 2 Palestinian civilian civilians, including a child, were wounded when Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northeast of Ramallah, on 16 July 2013.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces continued the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises during peaceful protests. Protests were organized on the first Friday of Ramadan in Bil’in, Ni’lin and al-Nabi Saleh villages in Ramallah; Kufor Qaddoum village in the northeast of Qalqilia; and al-Ma’sarah village in the south of Bethlehem.

In the Gaza Strip, on 14 July 2013, an 18-year-old civilian was wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, northeast of Beit Hanoun, opened fire at a group of workers collecting metal pieces in the landfill, northeast of Beit Hanoun, about 400 metres away from the border fence.

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, on 17 July 2013, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia, opened fire and pumped water at the Palestinian fishing boats.  As a result, a fishing boat sustained damage by 4 bullets.

The full report is available online at:

http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9673:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-11-17-july-2013&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183

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MOE: Construction of 39 Schools Suspended Due to Closures

Press Release – Alray Media Agency

Gaza, Alray – The Ministry of Education and Higher Education announced that construction of 39 schools is coming to a halt as a result of the renewed closures of tunnels and crossings of the Gaza Strip.

The ministry said Tuesday in a statement that “the halt  of construction of new schools adversely affect the educational process private especially in light of the Gaza’s need for new schools to alleviate classroom density.  Read more »

Hamas Condemns Israeli Attack On Prawer Plan Demonstrators

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas has strongly condemned the attack by Israeli forces on hundreds of participants in a demonstration staged to protest against the Prawer plan which will forcibly displace tens of thousands from their lands in the Negev.

The movement said in press statement: “We in Hamas strongly condemn the Israeli blatant attack on demonstrators protesting against Prawer plan which seeks to displace tens of thousands from their lands in the Negev. We also reiterate our rejection of this racist and unjust law, which represents flagrant violation of the conventions and international treaties.”  Read more »

Gaza Government: Contacts with Egyptian Side Never Ceased

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian government in Gaza confirmed that relations with the Egyptian side have not been severed after the recent events in Egypt as some rumors suggested.

Ziad Zaza, Deputy Prime Minister, stated that contacts and discussions about common issues with the Egyptian side continue.  Read more »

UFree Calls For Better Treatment of Palestinians In Egypt

UFree Network to Defend the Rights of Palestinian Political Prisoners and Detainees expressed deep concern over the Egyptian authorities’ treatment with Palestinians since July 2 ,2013.

In a press release issued on Friday, UFree stressed the need to respect the right of freedom of movement provided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International covenants on civil and political rights.  Read more »

Health of Detainee Halahle Worsening

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli prison service transferred detainee Thaer Halahle from Ofer jail to Ramle prison clinic after deterioration of his health condition.

The Palestinian prisoner’s society said that Halahle, who is suffering liver virus infection with no proper treatment accorded to him, was transferred after his condition worsened.  Read more »

1700 Patient Prisoners Risk Death In Israeli Jails

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian patient prisoners in Israeli jails suffer deliberate Israeli medical negligence and lack of medical care where they risk death at any moment.

Riad al-Ashqar, prisoners’ ministry media director, stated that the number of patient prisoners has escalated in Israeli jails due to the Israeli medical negligence and the bad detention conditions in addition to the continued pressures and repression.  Read more »

Masri Warns IOA Of Dire Consequences If Any Harm Is Done to Prisoners

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas warned the Hebrew state of dire consequences if any harm is done to Palestinian prisoners and called for immediate international pressures to save those prisoners.

Mushir Al-Masri, a Hamas MP, told a rally organized on Monday by the women branch of Hamas that capturing Israeli soldiers was still an option to trade them for Palestinian prisoners.  Read more »

Allegations of US Threats To Palestinian Authority

(Excerpt from US State Department Daily Press Briefing)

MS. PSAKI: Good afternoon, everyone. I have one announcement at the top, so let me start there. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Amman, Jordan, departing this afternoon – or I should say this evening. And on Wednesday, July 17th, Secretary Kerry will hold meetings with Jordanian and Arab League officials. During these meetings, Secretary Kerry will provide an update on Middle East peace, as he said he would do when he met with the Arab League delegation in Washington just this past April. In light of the new Syrian Opposition Coalition leadership elections that took place last week, we expect the group to discuss Syria as well. We are still finalizing all of the details of this trip and hope to have an update for you on any additional meetings by the end of the day.

QUESTION: Why he is visiting Jordan only? He’s not going to Israel and West Bank?  Read more »

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