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Hamas statement in solidarity with the hunger strikers

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, affirms its full solidarity with the prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons who have started a hunger strike as of last week.

Hamas reiterates its support to them in their open strike until they regain their rights and achieve their just demands from the so-called Israeli Prison Service.

Hamas declares its support and solidarity with the heroes behind bars and urges the Palestinian people on all levels and parties to support the prisoners’ cause in all ways possible until they achieve their legal and just demands as guaranteed by humanitarian and international law.

Hamas also calls upon humanitarian, human rights and international institutions to bear their responsibilities, to carry out their duties towards the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons, to end their suffering and to stop the Israeli violations, namely the policy of solitary confinement, medical negligence and other repressive measures taken against the prisoners.

Abdul Latif Al-Qanoa

Spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

23rd of April ,2017

Latest meeting between Hamas and Fateh leadership

Press Release
Hamas

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, held Tuesday 18th of April, 2017 a meeting with the leadership of Fateh.

The meeting comes as a part of a series of meetings held with Fateh and Islamic and national factions and civil institutions to update them of Hamas’s stance on various Palestinian issues and the crises which Gaza Strip is suffering from including the electricity crisis.

The meeting also discussed the role of every party to put an end to those crises and to end the division.

We called upon Fateh to justify the reasons behind salary cuts of PA employees, to solve the electricity problem, to exempt the power plant from taxes, and to urge the PA government, headed by Alhamdallah, to carry out its duties towards the people of Gaza.

In return, Fateh has not responded to any of the demands.

We urge Fateh Movement to deal seriously with the exerted efforts aiming to end the crises of Gaza and to unite the Palestinian parties.

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement “ Hamas”

23rd of April, 2017

Jail cannot imprison the spirit

Tamam Abusalama
Source: We Are Not Numbers

Tamam's father, Ismael, and her mother

Tamam’s father, Ismael, and her mother

When I was young, I shared my bed with my grandmother, my father’s mother. She used to spend the nights telling me and my sisters and brothers about her life, her homeland and her sons and daughters. She was the one who first told me about my dad’s many years in Israeli prison. But over the years, my dad slowly started opening up himself.

“I was a normal boy who grew up witnessing the oppression and persecution of the Israeli occupation. This is what motivated me to do my duty as a Palestinian to defend my country in all possible ways.” That’s how my father summed up his boyhood years growing up in Jabalya, Gaza’s largest refugee camp. “Do my duty,” to a Palestinian, means resisting the oppression of the Israeli regime that pushed my ancestors from their homes in 1948 and that continues until this day. For my dad, the consequence was a total of 15 years in prison. Read more »

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 »

Hamas rejects threats directed at Gaza by PA President

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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Hamas spokesperson, Fawzi Barhoum, stated the following:

The threats of Mahmoud Abbas directed at Gaza are unacceptable and are further proof of his direct role in fabricating and tightening the crisis in Gaza.

These crises contriving from a political and not a financial decision, aim to keep the internal division between the Palestinian people which serves in the best interests of the occupation’s plan to isolate Gaza from the rest of Palestine. It also aims to exhaust the steadfastness, resistance and courage of our Palestinian people. Abass’s recent actions are a sign of a good-will gesture before his meeting with the U.S President, Donald Trump, in Washington to impose “surrender projects” that aim to disband the Palestinian cause.

Therefore, we call upon our Palestinian people and factions to accelerate the creation of a unified national committee to confront and expose this dangerous scheme. We also need to further support the development of armed resistance in order to ensure the protection of our people and to defend their rights.

FawziBarhoum

Spokesperson for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

Thursday, 16 Rajab / 1438 AH

13 April 2017

Hamas responds to inclusion of Ahmed Ghandour on US terror list

PRESS STATEMENT
Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

The designation of Hamas and Al-Qassam leader, Ahmed Ghandour, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US State Department is an immoral move that repudiates international law.

Palestinians have been given the right to defend themselves and resist the occupation by UN resolutions, but such a move by the US Department of State paves the way for more Israeli terrorism and oppression against our Palestinian people.

Nonetheless, this step is worthless and will not prevent us from exercising our right to resist the occupation and to continue protecting our people till the liberation of Palestine.

The Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

06/04/2017

PFLP demands immediate reversal of Gaza Strip public employees’ salary cuts

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called on the PA’s “government of national reconciliation” to immediately retract its decision to impose salary cuts on public workers in the Gaza Strip, describing this action as dangerous and a real crime against the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip that threatens a disaster of economic instability in the Strip and will exacerbate the suffering of the people. Read more »

EQB: Occupation is solely responsible for Fukaha assassination

Ezzedeen Al Qassam Brigades
PRESS RELEASE

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Ezzedeen Al Qassam Brigades on Sunday renewed the charge that Israel bears full responsibility for the assassination of al-Qassam commander Mazen Fuqaha in Gaza on March 24.

Al Qassam slammed Israeli war minister Avigdor Lieberman, who denied Israel’s involvement in the assassination, and accused him of trying to disavow the consequences of the crime.

“Lieberman’s statement demonstrates the extent of fear and pressure experienced by Israeli leaders,” Al Qassam spokesperson Abu Obeida said in a brief statement on Sunday evening.

“We affirm that no one is responsible for the crime apart from the Zionist enemy, and it will not succeed in any of its declared or hidden attempts to disclaim or to shuffle the cards,” the spokesperson said.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Lieberman said that Israel played no role in the assassination of Fuqaha.

Israel/Palestine: Rights Workers Denied Gaza Access

Human Rights Watch
PRESS RELEASE

The Erez border crossing between Israel and northern Gaza Strip. (Reuters)

The Erez border crossing between Israel and northern Gaza Strip. (Reuters)

(Jerusalem) – The Israeli military authorities are blocking access to and from the Gaza Strip for human rights workers who document abuses and advocate to end them, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The travel restrictions call into question the Israeli military authorities’ claim to rely on human rights organizations as an important source of information for their criminal investigations into potential serious crimes committed during the 2014 Gaza war.

The 47-page report, “Unwilling or Unable: Israeli Restrictions on Travel to and from Gaza for Human Rights Workers,” documents how Israel systematically bars human rights workers from traveling into and out of Gaza, even where the Israeli security services make no security claims against them as individuals. Egypt is also imposing severe travel restrictions on its border with Gaza. The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s office should take note of the restrictions in the context of its ongoing preliminary examination of the Palestine situation.

“If Israel wants the ICC prosecutor to take seriously its argument that its criminal investigations are adequate, a good first step would be to allow human rights researchers to bring relevant information to light,” said Sari Bashi, Israel and Palestine advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “Impeding the work of human rights groups raises questions not just about the willingness of Israel’s military authorities to conduct genuine investigations, but also their ability to do so.”

For the last two decades and especially since 2007, Israel has kept the Gaza Strip mostly closed, preventing Palestinians from leaving Gaza to pursue educational and professional opportunities, family visits and reunification, and medical care, save on an exceptional basis. The restrictions imposed by Egypt on its border with Gaza have significantly contributed to this de facto closure. 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.

Qassam: Israel fully responsible for assassination of Mazen Fuqha’a

PRESS RELEASE
Al Qassam Brigades

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Al Qassam Brigades confirmed that the Israeli occupation is fully responsible for the criminal assassination of Qassam leader Mazen Fuqha’a.

“The equation that the enemy wants to impose (the quiet assassination) will be broken and the enemy will regret this,” the statement said.

The Brigades added that the occupation will pay a heavy price for this crime.

Qassam leader Mazen Mohammed Fuqha’a, 38 years old and originally from Tubas, was gunned down in a cowardly assassination operation on Friday March 24th, 2017.

Khalil al-Haya, Hamas’s deputy chief in the Gaza Strip, said only Israel would benefit from the death of Fuqha’a, who was released along with over 1,000 other Palestinian inmates in a 2011 prison swap deal with Israel.

“This assassination does not serve anybody but the occupiers; it is of no interest to the other parties,” Haya said.

Before his release, Fuqha’a had served nine years of a life sentence in an Israeli prison for his prominent role in several heroic operations against the Israeli occupation. He was deported to Gaza following the prisoner exchange deal in 2011.

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 »

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.

How Israel Uses Gas to Enforce Palestinian Dependency and Promote Normalization

Tareq Baconi
Al-Shabaka Policy Brief

Overview

Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory does not only exist above ground. Since 1967, Israel has systematically colonized Palestinian natural resources and, in the field of hydrocarbons, has prevented Palestinians from accessing their own oil and gas reserves. Such restrictions have ensured the continued dependence of Palestinians on Israel for their energy needs. The Palestinians’ own efforts to develop their energy sector fail to challenge Israel’s overarching hegemony over Palestinian resources. Rather, they pursue growth and state building within the reality of the occupation, further reinforcing – even if inadvertently – the asymmetric balance between occupied and occupier.

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Israeli forces shoot, injure 2 Palestinians in northern Gaza

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On Friday evening Israeli occupation forces shot and injured two Palestinians in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip.

Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al Qedra has confirmed that Red Crescent paramedics rushed two injured Palestinians civilians to the Indonesian Hospital.

One of the civilians suffered critical abdominal injuries, while the other sustained moderate injuries to his leg and shoulder.

The Israeli occupation army also attacked the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, firing artillery shells which struck Palestinian resistance sites.

Hamas holds Israeli Occupation fully accountable for latest escalation

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Fawzi Barhoum said in a press release that the Israeli Occupation is fully responsible for the latest escalation against the Palestinian people and the resistance’s posts in the Gaza Strip.

He noted that continuing targeting and raiding the public places, residents’ properties, and resistance posts is unacceptable and aims to exacerbate the situation in the Gaza Strip.

Barhoum added that the Palestinian resistance will never accept imposing new realities on it whatever the price may be.

GISHA: public opinion poll 10 years into the closure of Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
GISHA

10 years into the closure of Gaza – a new public opinion poll reveals:

A majority of the Israeli public believes that the government’s policy in Gaza has undermined security; Economic improvements in Gaza would decrease levels of hostility and violence toward Israel

– Two-thirds of the public believe Israel’s policy in Gaza has undermined security; 69 percent of the public believe that improving living conditions there “serves Israel’s interests.”

– Fifty-seven percent of the public prefer alleviating restrictions on the civilian population to tightening the closure.

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Killing of three Palestinians on Egyptian border

PRESS RELEASE
Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas

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With sorrow and regret, the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” extends condolences and expresses its sympathy with the families of “martyrs of the blockade” Abdullah Waleed Al Namuly, Salama Suleiman Abu Shusha, and Obaid Mohammed El Sofy, who were killed by gas while trying to earn a living in the besieged Gaza Strip.

We condemn this tragic incident, emphasizing that there is no justification for the Egyptian Authorities to continue using such lethal means in dealing with the besieged Gazans.

We call upon our brothers in Egypt to open the Rafah Crossing permanently to end the suffering of Gazans.

We also affirm the right of our people to live freely with dignity like other peoples of the world.

Finally, we call the international community to intervene to end this unjust and illegal blockade.

The Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

UNRWA: Gaza Neutrality Issue – UPDATE

UPDATE 26/02/2017 22:31

On the record quote (not statement) by UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness:

“We have seen the latest communication from the Israeli authorities. Before that communication, and in light of our ongoing independent internal investigation, we had been presented with substantial information from a number of sources which led us to take the decision this afternoon to suspend Suhail al Hindi, pending the outcome of our investigation.

As with all UN Agencies, we will ensure that a staff member’s due process rights are followed.”

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Press Statement
UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness

23 February 2017

Allegations have been circulating in conventional and social media networks about an UNRWA staff member being elected to political office in Gaza.

As soon as the allegations came to UNRWA’s attention, the Agency undertook a preliminary investigation, including discussing the allegations with the staff member. Based on the due diligence carried out by the Agency to date, UNRWA has neither uncovered nor received evidence to contradict the staff member’s denial that he was elected to political office. Read more »

Hamas Information Office Report 2016: Israeli and PA Violations against Palestinian People

Hamas Information Office
Press Release

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Report: 60 thousand Israeli violations in 2016

A report issued by the Information Office of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has documented approximately 60,000 Israeli violations in occupied Palestinian territories throughout 2016.

The report reveals that 59950 assaults were carried out by the Israeli occupation. 8%9 of the offenses were related to settlements, while the remainder included detentions of Palestinians, house demolitions and land razing.

Jerusalem experienced the largest proportion of violations, with Ramallah close behind. November experienced the highest percentage of offenses during 2016, accounting for 63% of the total.

5,355 Palestinians were detained by the Israeli occupation in the same year, including 479 minors, 103 women and 280 ex-detainees.

In terms of house demolitions, 427 houses were completely demolished by the occupation; most of those belonged to families of Palestinians who were murdered by Israel.

The full report can be read or downloaded here

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