Archive for the '3rd Intifada' Category

PFLP: Jerusalem operation is a natural response to the occupation, reflects continuing intifada

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Press Release

Musbah AubSbeih

Musbah AubSbeih

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said that Sunday’s resistance operation in occupied Jerusalem comes in the context of the ongoing intifada, and is a natural response to the occupation and the attacks of the settlers, and confirms once more the Palestinian position and identity of Jerusalem against the schemes of the occupier to erase Palestinian existence with Judaization plans. The Front expressed its salutes to the martyr Musbah Abu Sbeih, shot by occupation forces during his operation.

The operation expresses that there remains an open conflict between the Palestinian people and the Zionist occupier throughout the land of Palestine, and that all of the collective punishment, mass arrests and brutal attacks will not stop the continuing Palestinian resistance.

The Front emphasizes the importance of sustaining and supporting the ongoing intifada through Palestinian national unity around a program of resistance and strengthening popular organization and struggle toward achieving liberation for the Palestinian people.

UNRWA statement on Hebron closures

UNRWA
Press Statement

25 JULY 2016

UNRWA is deeply concerned about the humanitarian impact of the closure applied by the Israeli authorities in the Hebron district, affecting in particular Fawwar refugee camp.

Fawwar refugee camp. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Dominiek Benoot

Fawwar refugee camp. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Dominiek Benoot

The closure was implemented following a series of violent incidents that took place before the end of Ramadan in which two Israelis were killed: a stabbing attack in Kiryat Arba settlement on the outskirts of Hebron killing a 13-year old Israeli girl in her home (30 June), a drive-by shooting attack on Road 60, south of Hebron (1 July), and two separate stabbing attacks in Hebron (30 June and 1 July). The United Nations, including the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, has repeatedly condemned in the strongest terms, all such attacks. The UN condemns all violence impacting Israeli and Palestinian civilians.

Since the beginning of the closure, the main entrance of Fawwar camp has been closed for 25 consecutive days affecting approximately 9,500 refugees in Fawwar camp. These closures create serious challenges for UNRWA’s humanitarian access, including the delivery of medical supplies, the removal of refuse from the camps, and the daily movement of Agency staff working inside the camp. Read more »

OHCHR concerned by Israeli collective punishment of Palestinians following Tel Aviv attack

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Press Briefing

The High Commissioner condemns the gun attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday in which four Israelis were killed and a number were injured. This is the largest loss of Israeli life in a single attack since the current surge in violence.

We are also deeply concerned at the response of the Israeli authorities, which includes measures that may amount to prohibited collective punishment and will only increase the sense of injustice and frustration felt by Palestinians in this very tense time. The response has included the cancelling of all 83,000 permits granted to West Bank and Gaza residents to travel during Ramadan, the suspension of 204 work permits of individuals in the alleged attackers’ extended families, and the sealing off of their entire home town by the Israeli security forces.

Israel has a human rights obligation to bring those responsible to account for their crimes. And this it is doing. However the measures taken against the broader population punish not the perpetrators of the crime, but tens – maybe hundreds – of thousands of innocent Palestinians.

PFLP demands PLO, Central Council hold Abbas accountable for undermining Palestinian struggle

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Press Release

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called on the Palestine Liberation Organization and its institutions to confront Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s remarks to Zionist media as well as the PA’s delegation paying condolences on the death of a so-called “Civil Administration” occupation official in the West Bank.

The PFLP notes that this shameful behavior is continuing, repetitive and ongoing, exhibiting subservience to the structures of the occupation and its mechanisms of repression. These actions cross all of the lines and traditions of the Palestinian people and undermine the Palestinian national liberation movement and its principles and decisions, the most recent being the Palestinian Central Council’s decisions to end security coordination with the occupation. Read more »

Comment by the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, on the killing of a Palestinian man in Hebron

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
PRESS RELEASE

Photo: MaanImages/Zeidan al-Sharabati

Photo: MaanImages/Zeidan al-Sharabati

GENEVA (30 March 2016) — We are extremely concerned about the apparent extra-judicial execution of a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank on Thursday 24 March.

Two Palestinian men allegedly stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint in the Israeli-controlled area of Hebron on Thursday morning, and were both shot during the attack. A video later emerged appearing to show one of the alleged Palestinian assailants, subsequently identified as Abd al-Fatah al-Sharif, lying injured but still alive on the ground. Medical staff were shown attending to the wounded soldier, who was driven away in an ambulance, but did not appear to offer any medical assistance to Mr. al-Sharif.

The video then shows an Israeli soldier shooting Mr. al-Sharif in the head, killing him. What is particularly chilling is the way none of the 20 or so people at the scene, including medical personnel, appear to pay any attention to the wounded man while he was still alive, and also barely show any reaction in the immediate aftermath of his killing. Read more »

Meshaal: We seek to meet with Fatah soon and avoid war

MEMO

Khaled Meshaal, Head of the Hamas Political Bureau. [MEMO File photo]

Khaled Meshaal, Head of the Hamas Political Bureau. [MEMO File photo]

Head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal, said that his movement aims to avoid wars, stressing that what is occurring in the West Bank is a popular uprising and what is practiced by the resistance is legitimate self-defence. He also revealed an upcoming meeting with Fatah to resume discussions regarding the application of the reconciliation.

During an interview with France24, broadcast last night, Meshaal said: “Hamas and the Palestinians in general don’t want war. We suffer from occupation and colonisation. Israel is threatening Gaza with war periodically. Israel is starving the Palestinians and killing people in the West Bank by occupation, settlements and the Judaisation of Jerusalem and is threatening to expel Palestinians from the 1948 borders.” Read more »

IOF escalates arrest campaigns in January to quell intifada

Hamas

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The Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies (PCPS) published its monthly report on the status of Palestinian detainees in January.

The center said that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have escalated their arrest campaigns against Palestinians over the last month in a bid to quell the ongoing intifada.

According to the report, IOF detained over 490 Palestinians in January, of which 140 were minors, some of whom were injured, and 13 women and young girls, including wives and mothers of prisoners.

IOF also detained two MPs of the Legislative Council and a former minister, raising the number of detained MPs in Israeli prisons to seven. Read more »

Hamas, factions slam Faraj’s statements

PRESS STATEMENT
Hamas

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The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, al-Jihad Movement, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine have on Thursday evening issued a joint statement condemning the remarks made by Palestinian Authority “PA” intelligence chief Majed Faraj.

In a recent interview conducted by the US magazine Defense News, Faraj stated that the PA security forces had aborted 200 resistance operations against the Israeli occupation during the current intifada.

In the joint statement, the factions said that Faraj’s remarks constitute an insult to the struggle and sacrifices of Palestinians, serving only to deepen the Palestinian rift and prolong internal division.

The statement added that Faraj’s remarks reflect the state of monopoly exerted by the PA over the Palestinian national decision, noting that they disregard the national consensus that rejects all relations between PA and the Israeli occupation.

The factions rejected the use of the security portfolio to gain Israeli endorsement, noting that Faraj’s remarks come in the context of an ongoing competition over who is going to lead the PA in the future.

Awadallah: PFLP engaged in the intifada, plays important role in confronting monopolistic leadership

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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After one hundred days of this intifada, it is clear that it is continuing and expanding and will continue to do so in order to achieve the goals and rights of the Palestinian people, said Comrade Iyad Awadallah, member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Those that seek to oppose or avoid this intifada are on the losing side of history, said Awadallah. In an interview on Al-Aqsa TV, Awadallah said that “opening the all-out confrontation with the occupation is the choice of our people to achieve their objectives, and demonstrates the complete failure of the path of the so-called ‘peace process.’”

Awadallah said that the entire Palestinian people, in Palestine and in diaspora and exile, are well aware of the situation and are ready to offer enormous sacrifices to achieve their goals and continue the intifada and resistance to achieve them. “The path of the monopolistic Palestinian leadership over the past two decades has failed entirely, has reaped no benefits but has brought only destruction, and has achieved none of the objectives of our people,” said Awadallah. Read more »

Islamic Jihad on the Quds intifada: Issues, positions, challenges and prospects

Source: Afro-Middle East Centre AMEC
Prepared by: Studies and Policies Unit, General Secretariat, Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine

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There have been numerous analyses of the current conflagration raging in Palestine. We present here another such analysis. This one, however, is from within one of the Palestinian factions – the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. This internal discussion document has been circulating within that movement, and was translated by AMEC in order to allow English-speaking readers to understand differing perspectives on the uprising. While the views expressed here are those of the Islamic Jihad Movement and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Afro-Middle East Centre, this paper is being published because it is important in representing a protagonist voice engaging fellow interlocutors. AMEC’s objective in making this analysis available is to enrich the discussion on the uprising specifically, and the broader Palestinian question in general. Read more »

PFLP mourns Malek Shahin

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Press Release

Mourners at the funeral of  Malek Shaheen

Mourners at the funeral of Malek Shaheen

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine mourns our martyred comrade, Malek Akram Shahin, 19, killed at dawn on December 8 by heavily armed occupation forces who invaded Dheisheh refugee camp, violently attacking the Palestinian refugees in the camp.

The occupation military forces killed Comrade Shahin as part of their violent “arrest” raid on the camp, abducting six Palestinians and demanding many comrades in the camp report for interrogation. He was left to bleed in the street for a long period of time and prevented from reaching a hospital, and was then pronounced dead at Beit Jala Hospital.

The Front salutes the heroic martyr, praises his commitment to struggle and to confront the occupier and its storming of the camp. The continued targeting of the cadres and members of the Front in Dheisheh camp by the occupation forces, including the broad arrest campaign against them, will not extinguish the flame of the intifada nor the commitment of the Front, especially on the eve of the 48th anniversary of the Front’s founding. Read more »

Mishaal: The Palestinians and the occupation cannot coexist

Source: Palestinian Information Centre

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Head of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Mishaal has said that the Palestinian people have proved with their blood that they can never coexist with the occupation and settlement.

In a special interview conducted last night by al-Jazeera satellite channel, the Palestinian leader called on the world to anticipate more initiatives and surprises from an occupied people aspiring to freedom.

“We need the intifada (uprising) to curb the settlers, stop the attacks on Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque, and restore the Palestinian cause’s prestige,” Mishaal said. Read more »

UN rights experts express deep concern about ongoing bloodletting in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

PRESS RELEASE
UN Human Rights Council Office of the High Commissioner

Abdallah Azzam Al-Shalada, 25, killed in cold blood by Israeli agents in Al Ahli Hospital, Hebron

Abdallah Azzam Al-Shalada, 25, killed in cold blood by Israeli agents in Al Ahli Hospital, Hebron

Two United Nations Special Rapporteurs today expressed grave concern over the continuing violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Israel since the beginning of October, in which over 80 Palestinians and around 15 Israelis have reportedly been killed. In addition, thousands of Palestinians and more than 100 Israelis have been injured.

The human rights experts’ call for an end to the violence by all and strict compliance with international law comes following allegations of the killing of a Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces during an undercover arrest operation in a Hebron hospital on Thursday last week. Further fatalities, Israeli and Palestinian, were reported last Friday and over the weekend.

“Cases of excessive use of force by Israeli forces against Palestinians, including some which appear to amount to summary executions, continue to be reported and some have been captured on video,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in the OPT, Makarim Wibisono, and on summary executions, Christof Heyns. Read more »

Changing the ‘status quo’ of Al-Aqsa?

Brief
Afro-Middle East Centre

Israeli forces occupying the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli forces occupying the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque

The recent uprising in East Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank points to a clear disillusionment among Palestinian youth, largely caused by Israel’s occupation, its Judaisation of Jerusalem, and the complicity of certain Palestinian political parties.

The intensification of the conflict since the beginning of October, which has caused the deaths of over sixty Palestinians and ten Israelis, was ignited by increased Israeli government sanctioning of visits of nationalist, religious Jews to the Aqsa Mosque, many of whom seek the compound’s destruction. Israel has also severely restricted Muslims access to Al-Aqsa, and increased its monitoring of Muslim groups operating at the compound. In late August and September, Israeli police prevented Palestinian women and men under fifty from visiting the mosque before noon, and in September the Murabitun and Murabitat, informal groups of men and women who offer religious classes and attempt to ensure the ban on Jewish prayer is observed, were declared illegal.

These measures have contravened the ‘status quo’, a situation that has been in place since the eighteenth century, Read more »

Echoing Nazi Tactics, IDF Patrol Threatens to Exterminate Palestinian Refugee Camp with “Gas”

Richard Silverstein
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I first heard about this astonishing video yesterday and spent the entire day attempting to verify its authenticity (for reasons I’ll explain). But this morning, Middle East Eye and Maan published stories definitively authenticating the video’s provenance. Aside from the reporting of the story at MEE and Maan, there’s one further critical aspect of this video which wasn’t mentioned.

The IDF soldier speaking through a loudspeaker to the Aida camp residents threatens to use “gas” to kill them all. In other words, he’s not speaking about tear gas, which is the usual method used to disperse crowds (and which was later used copiously). He’s attempting to escalate the conventional tactics by frightening them into believing the army would actually exterminate all the residents of the camp, a deliberate echo of tactics used by the Nazis in the Holocaust:

“Inhabitants of Aida, we are the Israeli occupation forces, if you throw stones we will hit you with gas until you die. The children, the youth, and the old people, all of you – we won’t spare any of you”. Read more »

Haniya calls for national strategy to protect Jerusalem’s Uprising

Press Statement
Hamas

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Vice chairman of Hamas political bureau Ismail Haniya called for a national strategy to protect and escalate the Jerusalem uprising, in order to achieve its goals of Palestinian liberation and independence.

In a speech at a Hamas-organized public festival in Lebanese Sidon on Sunday, Haniya stressed the need to heighten spirit of resistance, adding that Hamas is ready to engage in any project that adopts Palestinian constants and the route of resistance.

“We are ready for unity on all levels, political and in the field, and to agree on a national strategy to protect the uprising and restore Palestinian rights and national constants,” Haniya said.

Stressing the importance of national unity among all Palestinian factions, Haniya warned of US and international attempts to abort the Jerusalem uprising, noting that no power on earth can quell the uprising set on achieving dignity, freedom and liberation. Read more »

John Berger renames Beethoven concerto “Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 5, the Intifada”

John Berger, the British writer, painter and art critic, (in short: one of the most important European intellectuals), last Sunday sent an email to friends near and far. Here it is:

“The Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no. 5 evokes a happiness that is almost without limits and that, for this reason, neither he nor we can have. The concert was called the Emperor. It leads us to a horizon of happiness that we cannot cross.

Today I send it to the Palestinian students who are demonstrating at the checkpoint of Beit El, at the entrance to Ramallah. They, too, are inspired by a vision of happiness that in their lives are not in a position to know.

I send them the concert so that they will use it as a weapon in the fight against the Israelis who occupy and colonize their land.

Beethoven approves. Politics is close to his heart. His third symphony, the Eroica, was inspired by Napoleon when he was a freedom fighter and before he became a tyrant.

For one day, let’s change the name to the Emperor and call it:Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 5, the Intifada.”

Hamas slams Ki-Moon over biased remarks

PRESS RELEASE
Hamas

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Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stated Wednesday that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s remarks are prejudiced in favour of the Israeli occupation and are at odds with international law.

In a facebook statement Abu Zuhri said that Ki-Moon equates murderous settlers with Palestinians who are defending themselves, and called on Palestinians to continue their intifada, saying they should not fall for attempts to thwart their uprising.

In a meeting with the occupation’s PM Netanyahu on Tuesday, Ban Ki-Moon stated that he deplores what he said were “random terror attacks against Israeli civilians.” His remarks were met by anger from Palestinians, who said they overlooked their suffering and ignored the root causes of the situation.

Blood donation drive in Gaza to support uprising in West Bank and Jerusalem

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Khan Younis, Gaza, organized a blood donation drive at its office in the governorate under the slogan: “One body, one blood, intifada until the end of occupation,” in support of the Palestinian people of the West Bank, Jerusalem, and occupied Palestine ’48 on October 20.

Members of the party, cadres of the Front participated in the even as did members of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.

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Comrade Hani Thawabteh, member of the Central Committee of the PFLP, said that the blood donation campaign was being conducted to support the growing intifada of our Palestinian people in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Occupied Palestine ’48, and to affirm the unity of the Palestinian people in confronting the occupation war machine together.

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Making Palestinian Third Intifada Victorious

Muneer Shafiq
Felesteen

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There is no doubt that the third Palestinian Intifada has broken out. The context of this Intifada is different from that of the first and second Intifadas and it is wrong to compare this Intifada to other Intifadas.

The third Palestinian Intifada has three main features. First, Israel is politically isolated and weaker than any time before. Second, the Palestinian Authority is still tied to security coordination with Israel. Third, the turmoil in the world that made the U.S unable to play its role as a major role in the region.

The three Intifadas share one thing: the popular sympathy in the Arab world as well as Europe, which helps tighten the grip around the Israeli government’s neck. The Israeli government tried to impose spatial and temporal division of Alaqsa, so the goal of this Intifada should be defeating this Israeli plan. Achieving this goal will also help achieve other goals such as freeing prisoners and lifting siege imposed on Gaza.

This Intifada should not be a merely a wave of anger and it should lead to a victory to the Palestinians. The current situation is suitable to bring about a victory. This is the only language the Israeli occupation understands.

Edited and Translated by CPDS

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