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Al Hayyah: we need a real reconciliation based on partnership

HAMAS

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Member of the Politburo of Hamas, Khalil Al Hayyah, assured that the success of the reconciliation is based on a national partnership.

During a consultative meeting with the factions in Gaza, he asserted Friday that the Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank need a real reconciliation which excludes no-one.

Al Hayyah affirmed that Hamas is more motivated to continue in the path of reconciliation indicating that the American-Israeli objections to reconciliation must not deter or hinder us from moving forward.

He noted that the reconciliation is a religious, national and political duty to rebuild our institutions.

“We must be true partners, no one shall exclude the other,” he said.

Al Hayyah stated that it is important to agree on specific dates in Cairo, and to hold elections during a period that does not exceed 6 months.

Balfour Mentality Has No Place in Civilised Society

Article – Redress Information

The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was hatched by Zionist schemers and foisted upon a gullible and desperate British government in time of war. Those dark forces then worked hard to ensure that the first part of the pledge (and much more) was implemented … Read more »

Israel Lobby is Slowly Being Dragged into the Light

Article – Redress Information

The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britains international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a family holiday, offers a small, opaque window on the UKs powerful Israel lobby. Read more »

Haniyeh: We will discuss mechanisms to implement the 2011 Agreement in Cairo

HAMAS

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The head of the Politburo of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh said that Hamas will discuss in the upcoming talks in Cairo the mechanisms needed to implement the 2011 Cairo Agreement and that the movement will not sign any new agreements.

During a meeting with students organized by the Islamic University Student Council Haniyeh said that Hamas signed many agreements in the past starting with Agreement 2005, Mecca 2007, Sanaa 2009, Cairo 2011, Shati 2014 and Beirut 2017, adding that all we need now is implementation on the ground.

Haniyeh affirmed that many issues have to be discussed and prioritized in the upcoming dialogues, namely the management of Gaza and West Bank affairs. He added that the PA and its institutions have to carry out this mission prior to holding elections.

Haniyeh stated that the second issue is the leadership of the PLO, and the third is the agreement on a joint national political program.

He explained that the first phase of implementation of the reconciliation agreement was accomplished by Hamas with full commitment as was demonstrated in dissolving the administrative committee, handing over the crossings, welcoming the government to Gaza and accepting to participate in a comprehensive dialogue this month in Cairo.

Haniyeh thanked all the ministries and their employees and police members for setting a great example in embracing the Palestinian reconciliation as demonstrated in handing over the crossings and securing the Arafat festival held yesterday at Al-Saraya in Gaza.

He pointed out that reviewing the Palestinian, Israeli, regional, and international scenes under the supervision of the American administration led us to the conclusion that the Palestinian reconciliation is a legitimate and national necessity.

He emphasized that Hamas is well aware of the plots in the region to dismantle it in order to achieve the Zionist project. In return, Hamas is following the strategy of the national unity to protect the Palestinian cause.

Haniyeh stated that the aim of this plot is to settle the Arab- Israeli conflict in order to serve the strategic superiority of the enemy for the sake of western power in the region.

Haniyeh paid tribute to the soul of the late President, Yasser Arafat, and to the masses who commemorated the 13th anniversary of his martyrdom in Saraya and Katiba in Gaza.

Abu Marzouq calls for separation between presidency of PLO and PA

HAMAS

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The member of the Politburo of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzouq, called for separation between the presidency of the Palestine Liberation Organization(PLO) and that of the Palestinian Authority. He stated the need to gather all the Palestinian factions and PA under the umbrella of PLO.

During a seminar held in Istanbul under the title,“ Developing and activating the Palestinian political system”, Abu Marzouq pointed out Saturday that the Palestinian system is based on two main institutions: the Palestinian Authority, and the PLO.

He explained that the PA has developed and evolved away from the provisions of Oslo Agreement, noting that there’s always more room for further development of the Palestinian system. Read more »

Arafat, the Leader I Knew

Article – Jamal Kanj

Thirteen years ago, I published my first article in a major US newspaper, San Diego Union Tribune. It was unwittingly published on the same day news came out of Paris that Yasser Arafat had passed away. The article wasnt meant to be a eulogy but … Read more »

Gideon Levy Public Lecture – Mount Eden Memorial Hall

Press Release – Palestine Solidarity Network

NZ Palestine Solidarity Network are hosting Gideon Levy in Auckland New Zealand on 3 December @ 3PM. Read more »

Balfour Declaration: Britain Broke Promise to Palestinians

Article – Redress Information

There is more than a little irony in Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahus decision to attend a celebration dinner this week in London with his British counterpart, Theresa May, marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Read more »

UN Welcomes Return of Gaza Border Crossings to Palestinians

Press Release – United Nations

1 November 2017 The United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process on Wednesday welcomed the full return of the Gaza crossings to the control of the Palestinian Authority. Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Noam Chomsky on the Trump Presidency

Article – Tikkun

[This interview has been excerpted from Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy , the new book by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian to be published this December.] Read more »

PLO on the blatant bias of the US Ambassador to Israel

Press Release – PLO Executive Committee

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on the blatant bias of the US Ambassador to Israel Read more »

Mahmoud Abbas is No Yasser Arafat. He Must Go.

Press Release – Redress Information

Stuart Littlewood explains why Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and indeed the PA itself have outlived any useful function they might have had and should now step aside and make way for more competent leaders. Read more »

Hezbollah Launches First Phase of Next Israel-Hezbollah War

Article – Franklin Lamb

For Israel, the initial phase of its next long predicted war with Hezbollah is focused on neutralizing Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah while destroying factories allegedly under construction to build long-range missiles. Some Israeli recently bombed sites … Read more »

Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian journalist in West Bank

NEWS
Committee to Protect Journalists – MENA

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Beirut, September 26, 2017–Israeli security forces should immediately release Palestinian journalist Abdul Rahman Awad, a correspondent in Ramallah for the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian news agency Safa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Israeli forces yesterday morning arrested Awad at his home in the village of Budrus, 19 miles (31 kilometers) northwest of Ramallah, according his employer and news reports.

Awad’s wife, Sana Abdel Hafez, told CPJ that Israeli security forces broke the main door of their house and entered at 2 a.m. yesterday. According to Abdel Hafez, they told Awad to identify himself, and asked the journalist questions about his work. Awad wrote feature stories, and covered social and humanitarian issues relating to Palestinians living in the West Bank.

The security forces then took Awad to change clothes, arrested him, and transferred the journalist to an unknown location, according to his wife.

Abdel Hafez said her husband was not charged during the arrest, and she has not heard from him since security forces took him away.

“Israeli security forces should stop arresting Palestinian journalists without charge,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program coordinator Sherif Mansour. “We call on Israeli authorities to immediately release Abdul Rahman Awad.”

The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately respond to CPJ’s request for comment.

Awad’s arrest follows an August 31 raid Israeli troops carried out on the Hebron office of the Fatah-affiliated al-Hurriya Media Network. In the same incident, the troops shuttered the Manbar al-Hurriya radio station for six months on the grounds that the broadcaster incited terrorist attacks.

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