Archive for October, 2017

Defending Zionist Impunity in UK

Article – Redress Information

Defending Zionist Impunity in UK: The Case of Rabbi Zvi Solomons and Lord Greville Janner Read more »

Abu Naim assassination attempt: what next?

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Tawfiq Abu Naim at a prisoner event in Gaza City (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

Tawfiq Abu Naim at a prisoner event in Gaza City (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

The first question to identify the perpetrator in any criminal investigation is inevitably: who benefits?

In the case of yesterday’s cowardly assassination attempt in Nuseirat on Major General Tawfiq Abu Naim, the General Commander of Internal Security Forces in Gaza, it could have several answers.

The most obvious are the Israeli occupation authorities, who were quick off the mark to “blast” the recent Palestinian reconciliation deal, and local Salafist groups who international media have been quick to point the finger at – which in itself should raise suspicions about the media’s motives. The connections between Salafist groups and Islamic State, and Islamic State and Israel are all too close for comfort….. ultimately leading back to the same perpetrator. Read more »

Egyptian Intelligence Service calls to check on Naim’s health

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Egyptian Intelligence Service phoned the leadership of Hamas to check on the health of Tawfiq Abu Naim, the General Commander of Internal Security Forces who survived a failed assassination attempt on Friday noon.

The Egyptian Intelligence condemned the cowardly act and confirmed their solidarity with Abu Naim and the leadership of Hamas.

In return, the leadership of Hamas thanked the Egyptian Intelligence for their efforts in following up the developments of the Palestinian cause.

It is worth noting that Naim was injured after his car was bombed in Nuseirat refugee camp. He is being treated at hospital and his wounds were described as moderate.

Fawzi Barhoum condemns assassination attempt of Abu Naim

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The spokesperson of Hamas Movement , Fawzi Barhoum issued the following

The assassination attempt which targeted the General Commander of the Internal Security Forces in Gaza and one of Hamas leaders, Tawfiq Abu Naim is a cowardly act committed by the enemies of the Palestinian people. This act aims to target the security and stability of Gaza and the unity of our people and their national reconciliation. We urge the security forces to arrest the criminals, to prosecute them before court and to crack down on anyone who dares to tamper with the security and stability of our people

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

27th of October, 2017

Haniyeh: The assassination attempt of Abu Naim will not weaken our resolve towards reconciliation

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh stated that the assassination attempt of Tawfiq Abu Naim, the General Commander of Internal Security Forces, will only strengthen the power and the steadfastness of Hamas.

This statement was made by Hanieyeh during the visit to Al Shifa Hospital to check on the health of Abu Naim after he survived a failed assassination attempt on Friday afternoon.

Haniyeh added, “It is wrong to believe that these crimes, whoever is behind them, can prevent us from moving ahead in the resistance path towards liberation.”

He assured that this criminal attempt will not diminish our resolve to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation.

Haniyeh affirmed that Hamas is moving on to achieve reconciliation and to restore national unity.

He called on the Palestinian President, Mahamoud Abbas to accelerate the required implementations needed to fortify the home front against anyone who dares to tamper with the internal security and our political plans.

Israel must face new international legal push to end illegal occupation of Palestine, UN expert says

PRESS RELEASE
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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NEW YORK (26 October 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for fundamental violations of international law during 50 years of occupation.

“This is the longest-lasting military occupation in the modern world, and shows no signs of ending,” said Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

“Israel’s role as occupier in the Palestinian Territory – the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza – has crossed a red line into illegality,” the Special Rapporteur said, presenting a report on Israel’s conduct to the UN General Assembly in New York.

In a series of recommendations, Mr. Lynk proposed a UN study to assess the legality of Israel’s role as occupying power, paving the way for international legal processes to be triggered and the occupation to be ended.

“The laws of occupation are very clear that the occupying power cannot treat the territory as its own, nor can it make claims of sovereignty. Yet this has been Israel’s pattern of governing the occupied Palestinian territory for most of its 50 years of rule,” said the Special Rapporteur. Read more »

Israel must face new international legal push

Press Release – UNHCHR

Israel must face new international legal push to end illegal occupation of Palestine, UN expert says Read more »

Hamas & Fatah Must Transform to Speak for Palestinians

Article – Ramzy Baroud

This Is Not National Unity: Hamas and Fatah Must Transform to Speak on behalf of Palestinians Read more »

Abu Marzouk: Disarming Resistance not discussed in Cairo talks

HAMAS

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Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk said in an interview with CNN Arabic that the resistance arms has not been discussed with Fatah movement during the recent talks in Cairo, noting that resisting the Israeli Occupation is an unalienable right for the Palestinian people.

He also added that Hamas has chosen to end the internal split, and the Palestinian Authority is required to achieve the interests of the Palestinian people.

Abu Marzouk said that Hamas totally rejects the Israeli impositions which attempt to foil the Palestinian reconciliation, underlying the importance of the Egyptian role to neutralize these Israeli attempts. Read more »

Hamas delegation to Tehran meets with Iranian officials

HAMAS

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The delegation of Hamas headed by the deputy of the head of the Political Bureau , Saleh Al Arouri met with a number of Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday

The delegation met with the Iranian Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Admiral Ali Shamkhani and Advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Ali Akbar Velayati.

Al Arouri assured that the visit to Tehran practically expresses rejection of the Israeli conditions to cut off relations with Iran. Read more »

Press release issued by the office of the head of Hamas in Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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A number of media outlets have reportedly stated that Qatar opposes the Palestinian national reconciliation and that it is also dissatisfied with the recent rapprochement between Hamas and Egypt; stating that there is tension between Hamas and Egypt. In this regard, Hamas assures that these allegations are completely unfounded. This took place during a meeting held by head of Hamas,Yehya Al Sinwar with Palestinian youth in Gaza city on Sunday.

It is worth noting that Qatar had a remarkable role in supporting the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in general and the Gazans in particular during the longstanding harsh siege. Moreover, Qatar carried out dozens of humanitarian, reconstruction and infrastructure projects which reflected positively on life in Gaza and contributed significantly to prevent the collapse in Gaza Strip during the years of siege.

We do affirm that Qatar has always shown keenness to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation and to end division and supports any effort to achieve it.

The office of the head of Hamas

Yehya Al Sinwar

22nd October, 2017

Israeli forces raid several Palestinian media production companies

PRESS RELEASE
Committee to Protect Journalists – MENA

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Beirut, October 19, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to stop harassing Palestinian media and to release two staff members of a media company arrested during a series of raids in the West Bank yesterday.

Avichay Adraee, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson for Arabic Media, said in a statement published on an IDF Facebook account yesterday that at least eight Palestinian telecom and production companies were raided, but he did not specify the companies’ names. Adraee said 11 offices of the companies were raided because they provide services to the Hamas-affiliated stations Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds, which incite against Israel.

In early morning raids in several West Bank cities, Israeli forces, in cooperation with the Israeli home security service Shin Bet, confiscated documents and broadcast equipment, and closed the media companies down, according to news reports and the pro-Palestinian press freedom group Journalists Support Committee. Footage on the IDF Facebook page shows soldiers using plywood and metal to physically prevent access to the offices. Notices were left on doors saying that the companies were closed for six months, and warning employees to stop assisting terrorism and incitement. Read more »

Al Sinwar meets with the leaders of the national factions in Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
Hamas

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The head of Hamas in Gaza , Yahya Al Sinwar, met with the leaders of the Palestinian national factions in Gaza and enlightened them on the recent developments regarding reconciliation and the details of the Cairo dialogues.

The meeting, which was held on Wednesday, was attended by the member of the Political Bureau of Hamas , Salah Al Bardawil, in Hamas office in Gaza as part of the political framework of Hamas in deliberating and consulting Palestinians at the breadth of the political spectrum.

Al Sinwar reviewed the significant positive steps taken by Hamas to reach the Cairo Agreement and the flexibility shown by Hamas to sign this agreement.

He affirmed that Hamas will continue in the process of reconciliation pointing out that it is a strategic decision and Hamas will not back down or return to division in any way. He assured that Hamas will continue to show high national responsibility at all coming stages. Read more »

Haniyeh informs several leaders on reconciliation agreement

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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Head of Hamas’s Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, called Prince Tamim Bin Hamas Al-Thani of Qatar Friday evening and informed him about the outcome of reconciliation talks with Fatah.

During the call, Haniyeh praised the efforts exerted by Qatar over the past years that aimed to achieve a national reconciliation.

He stressed the keenness of the Hamas movement to implement and abide by what was agreed upon, pointing out that steps have already been taken to move on to the next phase.

For his part, Prince Tamim bin Hamad stressed Qatar’s steadfast stance in supporting the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights.

The Emir welcomed the reconciliation agreement, which was sponsored by Egypt in the context of its pivotal role in the Palestinian cause and people.

He stressed that Qatar will continue to stand by the Palestinian people and provide relief to their suffering, especially in the humanitarian aspect.

The Emir expressed his hope that the reconciliation process would continue successfully until it reaches its desired goal.

Haniyeh had also earlier contacted Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohammed Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, on the signing of the reconciliation agreement.

The head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) received a telephone call on Friday evening from Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Gawishoglu.

Hamas’s recently appointed leader also called Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, and updated him on the reconciliation agreement.

Haniyeh also praised Russian efforts to achieve the reconciliation, and Bogdanov, on his part, reiterated Russia’s keenness in seeing a unified Palestinian government and savouring its relations with all Palestinian factions.

In the same context, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mouloud Jawish Oglu, telephoned Haniyeh and congratulated both Hamas and Fatah on signing the historic reconciliation agreement.

Leila Khaled: The women of Palestine are stronger than the conspiracy of normalization

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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“The march of normalization organized by Zionist forces and joined by the so-called ‘Committee on Communication with the Israeli Society’ is in fundamental contradiction with the position and struggle of the Palestinian people and their national rights. This event is intended to distort and mystify the objectives of the Palestinian liberation struggle, and the struggle of Palestinian and Arab women in particular,” said Comrade Leila Khaled, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. “This is another fraudulent and repetitive attempt to hide behind slogans of ‘peace,’ which will not fool the Palestinian and Arab people or the free people of the world,” she said.

The Popular Front “will stand with our people and nation and all the movements and committees for the boycott of occupation around the world to confront all forms of political, cultural and economic normalization with the Zionist state regardless of the banner, slogan or phrase chosen,” she said. “This event in Jericho only reveals the incompetence and inability of these Israeli and Palestinian pro-normalization forced alike to impose the path of concessions on the Palestinian people.” Read more »

Balfour Declaration Destroyed Palestine, Not Palestinians

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Some promises are made and kept; others disavowed. But the promise made by Arthur James Balfour in what became known as the Balfour Declaration to the leaders of the Zionist Jewish community in Britain one hundred years ago, was only … Read more »

UPWC: Palestinian women confront normalization and the so-called “peace” deception

PRESS STATEMENT
Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees

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The Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees has issued a new statement in response to the so-called “Women Wage Peace” normalization rally scheduled in Jericho for October 8:

Normalization is treason – we will confront all plots under the name of the Palestinian woman and the “peace” deception

As the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, we categorically reject what the so-called “Palestinian Committee on Communication with the Israeli Society” has done in promoting the organization of a women’s march in October near the Jordan river in Jericho, promoted as a march of Israeli and Palestinian women for “peace.” This is a blatant call for popular normalization of the Zionist occupation through the instrumentalization of women. This activity is a shameless fraud that seeks to forcibly impose normalization with the occupier upon Palestinian women, in clear violation of the sacrifices of our women martyrs, prisoners, wounded and strugglers to liberate our people from that occupier. Our position as a Palestinian women’s movement in occupied Palestine against normalization is very clear, as is our demand for the boycott of occupation in all forms, including economic, cultural, academic and all other forms of boycott.

On behalf of all of the struggling Palestinian women, we call upon our brothers and sisters, comrades, strugglers and all honest forces of the Palestinian people, men and women, to stop the “Women Wage Peace” march, and we call for the investigation and national prosecution of those responsible. Those who seek to force Palestinian women to normalize relations with the enemy seek to break our national consensus precisely at a moment of struggle for unity and national reconciliation.

As the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, we affirm that we will stand strong and confront this rhetoric and these malicious conspiracies in the name of Palestinian women and the so-called “peace” deception, which in reality only reflects the will of a monopolistic sector that wants to impose its interests and decision by force against the Palestinian national consensus of women and men.

Why Palestinian reconciliation is likely to succeed

By Azzam Tamimi
Afro-Middle East Centre Brief

PA prime minister Rami Hamdallah and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyyah shaking hands in Gaza as Hamas formally hands over control of the Strip to the PA

PA prime minister Rami Hamdallah and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyyah shaking hands in Gaza as Hamas formally hands over control of the Strip to the PA

For a change, all concerned parties seem eager to see Palestinian reconciliation succeed. Each player has its own reasons, of course. Yet, it would not have been possible to come this far so quickly had it not been for the deepening humanitarian crisis inside the Gaza Strip and the growing predicament that Hamas, which controls Gaza, finds itself in as a result. There is no doubt that the siege imposed on Gaza by Israel and Egypt has achieved its objectives. Life has become so unbearable in the Strip that public opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of any deal that promises easing the pressure.

This has prompted Hamas to express readiness to make concessions that had until recently been inconceivable. The full extent of these concessions is, however, unclear, and the deal under discussion is shrouded in ambiguity. What is known thus far is that Hamas has agreed to disband its own administrative committee in charge of the Gaza Strip in a prelude to handing over control to the Ramallah-based Palestinian National Authority (PNA), whose prime minister, Rami al-Hamdallah, arrived in the Strip on Sunday for the handover by Hamas. As part of the new arrangement, Hamas is expected to relinquish control over the border crossings with Egypt and Israel. Read more »

PFLP prison branch welcomes steps toward reconciliation: weapons of the resistance must be protected

PRESS STATEMENT
PFLP Prison Branch

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The Prison Branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued the following statement:

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) welcomes the positive developments in reconciliation from inside the occupation prisons, and emphasized that the PA president must immediately reverse the punitive measures imposed on the Gaza Strip, warning of the negative repercussions of the continuing refusal to do so.

The organization said that all prisoners in the occupation jails are observing the recent developments in the reconciliation with great interests and hope that the implementation of the reconciliation agreements will protect the national and popular rights, emphasizing that they will stand with their people in support of national unity and their right to resist occupation by all available means.

The Prison Branch emphasized that the weapons of the resistance are always legitimate weapons and that any attempts to harm or confiscate such weapons violates the right of the Palestinian people to resistance. Therefore, any reconciliation must ensure the construction of a national strategy of struggle to manage the battle with the occupation and build a clear policy that rejects any compromise on the fundamental rights of our people to resist occupation and the legitimacy of their weapons.

The Front concluded its statement by emphasizing the need to overcome all obstacles to hold comprehensive elections to arrange the Palestinian house, especially the convening of the Palestinian National Council with the participation of all political colors of the Palestinian spectrum. The most important task is to rebuild the Palestine Liberation Organization on a new national and democratic foundation that can truly represent our people on a national basis in all of their places of residence, and to put in place a strategy to confront the occupation, its crimes and all of its projects that aim to end the Palestinian national existence as a whole.

October 4, 2017

13 Questions About the Origins, Objectives and War on BDS

Article – Ramzy Baroud

BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. The BDS Movement was the outcome of several events that shaped the Palestinian national struggle and international solidarity with the Palestinian people following the Second Uprising (Intifada) in … Read more »

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