Archive for March, 2015

PFLP condemns US-supported aggression on Yemen

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine condemns the US-backed aggression on Yemen, in a statement released March 29, expressing concern about the implications of these developments and their inherent risks at all levels.

The PFLP emphasizes:
1. its condemnation of the US-backed aggression on Yemen, rejecting any interference in its internal affairs.
2. the adoption of dialogue as a means to resolve internal issues and for a path of democratic and peaceful change determined by the Yemeni people.
3. that it is the duty of the Arab nation and the Arab League to instead assist Yemen to resolve the crisis in order to achieve the aspirations of the Yemeni people for democratic governance, protect the freedoms of all, and protect them from sectarian or tribal conflict. Read more »

Hamas and Islamic Jihad hold joint meeting in Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
Hamas

Zahar: We have developed the resistance and The West Bank is our strategic element to liberate Palestine.

Mohammed Al Hindi and Mahmoud Zahar

Mohammed Al Hindi and Mahmoud Zahar

Hamas Political Bureau member Mahmoud Al Zahar told a joint Hamas-Islamic Jihad political meeting in Salahuddin Alayoubi Mousque in Gaza last weekend that the resistance has worked on the development of its arms to confront the Zionist occupation, and it will never hand them over to anyone, near or far.

He confirmed that they consider the West Bank an essential strategic element in the liberation of Palestine, and called on its people not to pursue the security coordination program which damages their resistance.

His statements were made together with leader of Islamic Jihad Mohammed Al Hindi to members of both movements during a political meeting to review the latest developments in the Palestinian arena. Read more »

Abbas should fire Habbash immediately

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
Palestinian Information Center

Mahmoud Habbash

Mahmoud Habbash

Mahmoud Habbash, the outspoken aid of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has always been a divisive voice at the Palestinian political arena ever since he fled Gaza seven years ago.

Almost every Friday, he gives a virulent sermon at the small mosque at the PA headquarters in Ramallah, during which he emits all his bile and vindictiveness on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance group.

Needless to say, this is not how the dignified Friday pulpit should be used. The Friday sermon should be an occasion for fostering hope and unity among Muslims. It shouldn’t be used as a divisive tool to spread disunity, tumult and hatred.

The PA itself had issued stiff rules barring Mosque imams (Friday speakers) from indulging in divisive politics.

However, it has been repeatedly noted that Habbash, who was PA Minister of Religious Affairs for years, was the one who violated these rules.

This is really symptomatic of a deep dichotomy between what the PA says and what it does.

Bomb Gaza!!! Read more »

BBC’s Lame Interview With Israel’s Defence Minister

Opinion – Redress Information

On 19 March the BBC conducted an interview with Israels defence minister, Moshe Yaalon, which was broadcast on Radio 4s flagship Today programme. Read more »

Dr. Ashrawi on the adoption of three UNHRC resolutions

Press Release – Palestinian Liberation Organisation

Dr. Ashrawi on the adoption of three UNHRC resolutions regarding the occupied State of Palestine Read more »

Border Police extremely close when they shot the US activist

Press Release – International Solidarity Movement

New testimony at final hearing in Tristan Anderson’s trial indicates Border Police were extremely close when they shot the US activist in the head Read more »

Children assaulted at Nabi Saleh demonstration

Press Release – International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces arrested three women in Nabi Saleh and injured severalprotesters,one withlive ammunition, during the villages weekly Friday protest on March 13. Read more »

Resistance to the destruction of olive trees in Wadi Qana

Press Release – International Solidarity Movement

Tuesday, 17th March 2015, four farmers in the Salfit valley of Wadi Qana were issued with notices that they had 48 hours to remove their olives trees or they would be removed at their own cost. Failure to execute the orders are punishable by imprisonment, … Read more »

Continuing harassment of activists in Palestine

Press Release – International Solidarity Movement

On an almost daily basis Israeli forces in Al Khalil harass and arrest local and international human rights activists as they try to do their tasks. The activists document violence towards Palestinians and act as a protective presence around children … Read more »

Ni’lin demonstrators met with senseless violence

Press Release – International Solidarity Movement

On the 20th of March, during Nilins weekly Friday demonstration, Israeli occupation forces attacked protestors with about 20 rounds of tear gas canisters shot with the venom tear gas launcher mounted on a military jeep (which can launch up to … Read more »

Secretary of State John Kerry’s Meeting with al-Khatib

Press Release – US Department Of State

Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson met today with Moaz al Khatib, former President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition. Mr. Khatib shared his views on ways to advance a political solution … Read more »

For Hamza: Arms Sanctions against Israeli Everyday Terrorism

Opinion – Vacy Vlazna

Meet little Hamza Mus’ab Almadani of Khan Younis, Gaza. Look carefully, look tenderly, dont turn away. Please dont turn away as all the nations of the world have, for decades, turned away from Palestine. Hamza is Palestine. Read more »

Continuing harassment of activists in Palestine

Press Release – International Solidarity Movement

On an almost daily basis Israeli forces in Al Khalil harass and arrest local and international human rights activists as they try to do their tasks. The activists document violence towards Palestinians and act as a protective presence around children … Read more »

Gaza protest declares: “Venezuela, Palestine is with you!”

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Gaza Strip organized a rally in solidarity with Venezuela, in defense of Venezuela against the U.S. imperialist targeting of Venezuela’s Bolivarian project, in particular a recent decree by the U.S. administration imposing new economic sanctions on Venezuela and labeling the country a “national security threat” to the United States, a move that is a clear threat of escalated U.S. intervention against Venezuela and its elected government.

A large crowd of comrades and representatives of popular organizations participated in the protest, carrying Venezuelan and Palestinian flags and posters of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, and the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, and slogans demanding an end to US threats against Venezuela. Read more »

Israel votes Apartheid | Neve Gordon

Opinion – Neve Gordon

Benjamin Netanyahu is truly a magician. Just this past Friday, most polls indicated that his Likud party would likely receive around 21 seats in the Israeli Knesset, four seats less than Yitzhak (Bougie) Herzogs Zionist Camp (Labor Partys new … Read more »

Is Hamas a terrorist organization?

Palestinian Information Center

By Muslim Imran

Muslim Imran

Muslim Imran

On March 2, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters made a ruling that Hamas was a terrorist organization. This decision came after a similar ruling by the same court labeling Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, a terrorist organization. This decision and other post-coup Egyptian policies towards Hamas pose an important question: Is Hamas really a terrorist organization?

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) was founded in the late 1980s by a group of Palestinian activists. The Movement emerged in conjunction with the outbreak of the First Palestinian Intifada in 1987. The Intifada started on December 8, 1987 and Hamas released its first Press Statement on December 14, 1987.

The establishment of Hamas came at a time when the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was starting to lean towards diplomatic means of resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict. However, the establishment of Hamas ran parallel with the will of the Palestinian people to maintain armed struggle as one of their effective resistance strategies. Hamas made it clear, from day one, that armed struggle was a right for occupied people guaranteed by all relevant international laws and norms.

The Movement continuously reiterated that it will continue to pursue this strategy along with other resistance means in order to liberate Palestine. Read more »

UN Women’s Forum Supports Palestinians

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Gaza woman injured in Israeli attack on civilian home, July 2014

Gaza woman injured in Israeli attack on civilian home, July 2014

The United Nations 59th Session of the Commission on Legal and Social Status of Women today adopted a resolution of support for Palestinian women, with Israel and the United States the only countries voting against it.

The document was approved at the closing the annual two-week forum which reviewed the progress and challenges of gender equality and empowerment of women 20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Plan of Action.

The initiative, supported by 27 countries, with 13 abstentions and above-mentioned two votes against, reasserts that the Israeli occupation remains the main obstacle to the advancement and self-reliance of Palestinian women as well as for integration in the development of their society. Read more »

Fear as Gold: The Currency of Israel’s Elections

Opinion – Binoy Kampmark

Elections can be shots in the barrel of darkness. Polls can prove the poorest of measures, masking expediency, calculation and, in the end, sheer desperation. The voter finds form just before casting the ballot. The mind can take leave of its senses. … Read more »

In Gaza the farmers irrigate the land with their blood

Press Release – International Solidarity Movement

Tilling the land in Gaza is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The Zionist Occupation Forces fire on the peasants and their families while they sow or harvest their own land near the infamous Zionist fence which surrounds Gaza. They also burn … Read more »

The results of Israel’s elections do not bode well for peace

Speech – PLO Executive Committee

Dr. Ashrawi: The results of Israels elections do not bode well for peace and the region as a whole Read more »

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