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Meshal : We hold all the cards and every piece of information has its price

HAMAS

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The head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Khalid Meshal, revealed a number of mediations offered to Hamas to negotiate indirectly on the issue of prisoner exchange. He stressed that Hamas refused to initiate any negotiations before releasing the prisoners of the Wafa al-Ahrar exchange deal.

During the opening of the longest radio talk show in the world entitled “A million years in prison” Meshal said Saturday that Hamas holds all the cards regarding the issue of the Israeli soldiers captured by the resistance in Gaza Strip, and it will force the leaders of the occupation to deal seriously with the demands of the resistance.

He stated that any piece of information in the “black box” owned by Hamas regarding the captured Israeli soldiers will not be given without a price, and it must be a part of a negotiation process. Read more »

Palestine Museum of Natural History officially opens in Bethlehem

Mazin Qumsiyeh

Opening talk by Professor Qumsiyeh

On behalf of Bethlehem University’s Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability and Palestine Museum of Natural History and Botanical Garden, our staff and volunteers I welcome you. Thank you Brother Peter for the introduction. Welcome to our distinguished guests representatives of the university Brother Peter Bray and other officials, Honorary Minister Adalah Ateereh and other representatives of the Environmental Quality Authority, agriculture and education ministry representatives, Mr. Munib Masri, representatives of civil society organizations, our colleagues, donors, and friends.

This is a dream come true to arrive at this stage, a culmination of countless hours and countless volunteers. It reflects the ten pillars of transformation from the Buddhist philosophy: generosity, ethics, renunciation, wisdom, effort, patience, truthfulness, determination, kindness, and equanimity. We started preparing and working here in Mar Andrea in August 2014. We had a strategy to officially open the museum after five years but here we are with an opening ceremony in about half the time. We consider this a Palestinian national accomplishment. You received a brochure that highlights our mission and goals in research, education and conservation. I want here to quickly highlight our accomplishments (because you will see them on the ground) and highlight our vision going forward and
seek your further support without which we could not do any of this. Read more »

Rt Hon Winston Peters and Security Council Resolution 2334

Opinion – Leslie Bravery

In a Press Release on 12 April, the New Zealand First Leader, the Rt Hon Winston Peters, described as a “false claim” the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s confirmation thatsupport for Security Council Resolution 2334 was consistent with established … Read more »

69th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre

Press Release – PLO

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi marks the 69th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre Read more »

NYPD attacks and detains Palestine activists

SAMIDOUN

Photo: David Moriya

Photo: David Moriya

Palestinian and solidarity activists in New York City, including organizers with Samidoun, New York City Students for Justice in Palestine, the ANSWER Coalition, Workers World Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Peoples Power Assembly and SPARC, were arrested on Friday, 7 April by the NYPD as their demonstration against U.S. bombing of Syria was attacked by police. Nine activists were arrested and two more were detained – one seriously attacked physically by police – before being released. The nine arrestees are now all released after several hours of jail support and advocacy by fellow organizers.

The activists were seized by police after about thirty minutes of marching, near 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue. They had marched north after gathering in Union Square. The anti-war rally, with a large contingent of youth, had grown to number in the high hundreds before taking the streets. Read more »

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes – (1) Syria, (2) Gaza

Press Release – OHCHR

The absolutely abhorrent attack on Khan Shaykun has once again focused international attention on Syria and rightly so. If confirmed, the use of chemical weapons by any party to the conflict would amount to a war crime. Read more »

Report reveals links between five French banks, insurance companies and Israeli settlements

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

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Paris – Several organisations (Association France Palestine Solidarité, CCFD – Terre Solidaire, Fair Finance France, FIDH, LDH, Solidaires, CGT and Al-Haq) published a report on March 29,2017 on French banks’ dangerous liaisons with the Israeli settlement enterprise. The report highlights the links between certain French banks and insurance companies and Israeli banks and businesses involved in maintaining and developing the Israeli settlements.

The Israeli settlement enterprise has persisted for fifty years. Illegal under international law, the settlement enterprise continues at an accelerated pace; the approval of 6,000 new housing units since January 2017 is merely the latest manifestation. This comes after the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2334 [1] on 23 December 2016, requiring Israel in particular to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”. Read more »

Israel’s Gaza blockade is illegal and inhumane

Press Release – Palestine Human Rights Campaign NZ

A Shalom Kiwi Press Release celebrates the fact that the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) upheld a complaint concerning TVNZ coverage of the Israeli blockade of Gaza. TVNZ was taken to task, it was claimed, for breaching the required standard of accuracy … Read more »

Commentary – which way you goin’, Israel?

Opinion – Jim Miles

Yesterday I read a comment under an article on Israel on the website Russia Insider describing actions around Israels intrusion and military action into Syrian airspace. The comment read, paraphrased, nuke the Israeli terrorists and give the land back … Read more »

Hamas: the Israeli Occupation attempts to escalate the situation in Gaza

Hamas

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The spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance, Hamas, Hussam Badran said that the Israeli Occupation is held responsible for the hateful assassination crime that claimed the life of a Palestinian ex-prisoner, Mazen Fuqha’a.

Badran said in a televised interview that the Palestinian martyr was killed in cold blood by the Israeli Occupation using a cowardly technique that terrifies the Palestinian people, noting that this crime demonstrated the Israeli brutality against a helpless people.

He went on to say that the Israeli Occupation is attempting to create chaos by slaying civilians, adding that the Israeli occupation is pushing the region towards a serious escalation in which more heinous crimes will be carried out against the Palestinian people by their enemy occupiers.

It is noteworthy to say that the martyr had served 9 years of a life sentence inside Israeli prisons before he was freed in 2011 during the prisoner exchange deal. After that, he was expelled to the Gaza Strip, and the Israeli Occupation refused to issue permits for his family members in the West Bank in order to prevent any reunion between Fuqha’a and his family, who has yearned to meet him since he was set free five years ago.

He was severely beaten and tortured during his custody, and the Israeli Authorities issued an order to demolish his home in Tubas, a Palestinian village that lies in the West Bank.

The Israeli Occupation pursued him in Gaza and killed him on the 24 March, 2017 with the hands of their collaborators.

Haniyeh: Hamas will remain loyal to the principles of Ahmed Yassin

Hamas

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Deputy Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, said that the Movement’s leadership will remain faithful to the principles and values established by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin during his lifetime.

On Wednesday, a delegation consisting of Ismail Haniyeh, Deputy Head of the Political Bureau, Yahya Sinwar, Head of the Political Bureau in Gaza and his deputy, Khalil Al-Hayya, visited the home of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin On the 13th anniversary of his murder at the hands of the Israeli Occupation. Read more »

Dr. Ashrawi on the adoption of four UNHRC resolutions

Press Release – PLO

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

Al- Zahar: We will never abandon our prisoners

Hamas

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Member of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Mahmoud Al-Zahar said that Hamas will never abandon the Palestinian prisoners, including the members of the Palestinian Parliament who are detained inside Israeli prisons.

Al-Zahar said during a protest that was held in front of the Palestinian Parliament that they have given a pledge not to forget their imprisoned colleagues in the Israeli prisons, noting that they will continue to express their anger over the frequent incarceration of their West Bankers colleagues.

He condemned the worldwide silence over the persistent Israeli policy of detaining members of the Palestinian Parliament.

Al-Zahar pointed out that arresting the members of the Palestinian Parliament is a blatant violation of universal rights, and urged the world legislative blocs to intervene in order to free Samira Halaiqa, the female member of the Palestinian Parliament who was detained on International Women’s Day.

Al-Zahar said that the Palestinian resistance should be mobilised on every inch of Palestinian land to expel the Israeli Occupation.

Basil of Al-Walaja: RIP

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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My encounter with the Al-Araj family began in 2009, the year I met Basil and Shireen and started joining them in demonstrations in Al-Walaja village. On 6 March 2017, Basil was murdered by the Israeli army. He was 31 years old. Others will speak of his martyrdom, I will speak of his life and what he told me. Basil would have wanted it told this way. I learned intimate details about Basil and his family life the third time we were detained together. He was 24 years old, I was twice his age. This was in what Basil accurately described as “a holding pen not fit for animals” which I and many Palestinian males shared with one Palestinian female, my friend and Basil’s aunt Shireen Al-Araj. I had been “taken” twice before with Basil and once with Shireen before this particular incident (and more after). It was these arrests that deepened my high regard for the family. Beyond their decency and honest dealings were acts of self-sacrifice that earned the family the respect of their entire village of Al-Walaja and I dare to say all of Palestine. This is similar to Al-Tamimi family of Nebi Saleh and it was no coincidence that Basem Tamimi was there with us in Al-Walaja the day after Basil’s murder. Here I am not telling you the story of Basil but I am recounting what Basil told me and I had written down in 2014 (was planning to publish inspirational Palestinian stories in a book). I merely now edited it to a) add this introduction) b) change to past tense instead of present tense (‘Basil says or relays’ now becomes ‘Basil said or relayed’), and c) I added a brief ending with his last words. Read more »

Mishal: Hamas launches a document to preserve its ideology

Hamas

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The head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Khaled Mishal said in a televised speech last week at a Palestinian conference held by Al Zaitona’s Centre in Beirut that the resistance is deeply rooted in every Palestinian soul.

He called for redefining the Palestinian national project and to reach a consensus on a national strategy that can reunite all Palestinian powers to stand behind the resistance’s project.

Mishal commented on the recent election of Yahia Sinwar as a new Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, saying that this is a testimony to democracy in the Islamic Movement, and noting that Hamas’s bylaws do not allow any figure to take the position of chairman for more than two terms.

He noted that Hamas is currently working on a document which outlines the movement’s ideology and its political heritage, which is due to be released in the next few weeks as a contribution from Hamas to the national Palestinian project.

Mishal reiterated his stance regarding the Oslo Accords and their dangerous ramifications on the Palestinian cause, urging the Palestinian leadership to relinquish them.

Regarding the internal Palestinian split, Mishal added that everyone needs to realize the importance of national partnership to end the division.

He noted that Hamas has succeeded in preserving the Palestinian struggle regardless of pressure and extortion.

Mishal concluded by stressing the need for opening new horizons to reorganize the Palestinian home.

PFLP celebrates release of Ihab Massoud after 16 years of Zionist imprisonment

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

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A large crowd of leaders and cadres of the Popular Front, the labor movement and the people of Ramallah gathered at the Ofer checkpoint on February 12 to welcome the leader Ihab Massoud upon his release after 16 years in Zionist prisons.

The welcoming group included Comrade Khalida Jarrar, leader of the Popular Front, Comrade Abla Sa’adat, women’s activist and the wife of imprisoned PFLP General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat and Comrade Massoud’s mother and members of his family. Marchers carried Palestinian flags and PFLP banners, cheering and chanting for the freedom of all Palestinian prisoners in Zionist jails.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, its General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat and the Prison Branch congratulated Comrade Massoud on his freedom, praising the comrade who joined the Front at an early age and whose rich experience of struggle has made him one of its leading comrades. Read more »

“Give light and people will find the way”

by Rana Abu Asaker

“Give light and people will find the way” – Ella Baker

Jabalia Camp, Gaza

Jabalia Camp, Gaza

I would like you to imagine for one minute – or a dozen dark years – your life without light. If your imagination leaps to these dark scenes it has arrived in a shadowy oppressed corner of this world called GAZA.

They extinguished the flare of our minds, the glow of our hearts and the light of our houses and streets, then they asked us to live!

Now it’s my turn.

What is the shape of the life you ask us to live? A life without light is not a life, it’s a hell, sir!

We spend a lifetime in search of light and we don’t know it’s inside our hearts – if we see that, we will see our way, and if the path towards justice costs us our lives and souls, so be it.

Let’s revolt against injustice and oppression, revolt against the fear of being dragged behind silence, revolt against marginalization and deficit.

What do you expect from people who live a lifetime in the dark?

You will not be able to mute our voices. You will not be able to subdue our strength or determination.

It’s a time of REVOLUTION.

Three Gazan youth weren’t afraid of the truth, they cried out and demanded their simplest rights. Injustice forced a scream from their throats, a peaceful mass movement from their darkness.

Their revolution needs no factions, just a conscience.

The sound of two hands clapping is louder than one beating the cheek of its own.

Long live the unity of our people, the glory and immortality of our martyrs, the freedom of our prisoners, the healing of our wounded, the greetings of our resistance which continues even though the laggards despise.

Is this the beginning or the end?

I do not know, but I do know that “To realize the value of light, you must walk in the dark.”

Israel’s Vision for the Future is Terrifying

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual Apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both. Read more »

Do Not Let Go of the Green Line: It Is Israel’s Achilles Heel

Nadia Hijab
Al Shabaka

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The poet Dylan Thomas urged his father – and all those approaching death – “Do not go gentle into that good night” but “rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The death of the two-state solution has been foretold for nearly 20 years, after it became clear that Israel had signed on to the Oslo peace process in 1993 with no intention of allowing a sovereign Palestinian state.

And yet the light has refused to die. It has been in every country’s interest, including Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization/Palestine (PLO/Palestine), to maintain flickers of life in the two-state possibility despite Israel’s relentless colonization of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) that has so far planted some 200 settlements and 600,000 settlers there, acts that constitute war crimes under international law.

For Palestinians living in the gray area of occupation the most basic freedoms of life, liberty, movement, health, and access to water, among others, are violated daily. Palestinian refugees and exiles are largely left to their fate, and the Palestinian citizens of Israel are expected to deal with the Israeli state’s discrimination and dispossession as best they can. Overall, the stagnation of the Palestinian body politic prevents effective, collective Palestinian action. Read more »

Abu Marzook Again Calls for Forming National Unity Government

Hamas

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Mousa Abu Marzook, Vice-president of Hamas Politburo, reiterated the call to expedite procedures needed to form a national unity government comprised of the Palestinian factions agreed on during the National Council meeting.

“We are in unison regarding many texts which call for resisting the Occupation and criminalizing security collaboration between the PNA and the Israeli Occupation,” he said in an interview with Al Araby TV on Monday. Read more »

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