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Hamas responds to European Court of Justice decision

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) responded to the decision of the European Court of Justice that it will go ahead in submitting a legal challenge to the unjust political decisions against our people and the rights of the movement itself.

Hamas stressed that it considered the international judiciary as battle fields that must be fought to defend the rights of our people against Zionist slanders and those who support them.

The press statement on Wednesday said that Hamas is well aware of the extent of political and media support for the Zionist entity in Western institutions, as well as the size of popular growing support for the Palestinian issue, which angers the Zionist entity and its supporters.

The movement stressed that, under all circumstances and whatever the legal provisions, it would remain loyal to its conscious political line defending the rights of its people without any concession of the land of Palestine or any of its rights, adhering to Islamic and humanitarian values that refuse to target civilians or innocent people or transfer the battle outside the homeland despite the criminal and racist policies practiced by the Zionist occupation, and the most recent aggression on the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The movement stated that the European Court of Justice had issued a decision to return the case of removing Hamas from the European terror list to the European Court of First Instance, which issued a decision in 2014 to remove Hamas from the terrorist lists.

Hamas explained that the court said it did not want to issue a ruling in the case because the Court of First Instance did not respond to the eight objections filed by the movement to the court and therefore the court does not have sufficient information to give a ruling in the case.

The decision came after the European Union Council appealed the decision of the Court of First Instance and requested the movement be put back on the European terror lists.

However, the court refused to put the name of the movement on the terrorist lists and returned the case to the Court of First Instance.

On September 23, 2016, the Attorney General of the European Court, Elinor Chapestone, issued a legal opinion in favor of removing the name of the movement from the terrorist lists, finding there was no legal basis for it.

Haniyeh sends message to Arab and Islamic leaders concerning Al Aqsa

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement “ Hamas”, Ismail Haniyeh, sent a message to the Arab and Islamic leaders on the Israeli attacks on Al Aqsa Mosque.

Haniyeh stressed that these attacks are unprecedented and nothing like this has happened since its occupation 50 years ago. He assured that the Israeli Occupation aims to implement its schemes to take full control over Al Aqsa Mosque and to imposea new reality by dividing the mosquein terms of time and place between Muslim and Jews, and to curtail the historical role of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf which is the only authority concerned with the management of the Mosque. Read more »

Hamas denounces IOF arrest campaign in West Bank

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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Hazem Qasem , the spokesperson of Hamas , issued the following:

The brutal campaign of arrests carried out by the Israeli Occupation Forces against the leaders and the members of Hamas in the West Bank is a desperate attempt to restrain the Intifada ( uprising) of our people in confronting the Israeli plots and its claimed religious war against Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque.

We, in Hamas, and all the Palestinian people will continue in supporting Al Intifada and the freedom fighters who are staying in the yards and at the gates of Al Aqsa Mosque to protect it. We assure that all Zionist campaigns will not succeed in breaking the will of the Palestinian youth rebellion.

The policy of arrest by IOF which came after the failure of IOF to confront our people will ensure we remain strong adherents to the path of resistance and defending our people’s rights and holy places.

Hazem Qasem
Spokesperson for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”
23 July, 2017

Haniyeh calls for urgent meeting to counter Israeli Occupation at Al Aqsa

Hamas

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Chairman of Hamas’s Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, called upon Palestinian factions to hold an urgent meeting to agree on a strategy to confront the Israeli Occupation.

“I call on all National and Islamic factions in Beirut and Cairo to address and formulate policies to confront the crimes of the Israeli Occupation aimed at seizing Al-Aqsa Mosque”, Haniyeh said during a Friday sermon.

Haniyeh went on to warn Arab countries on normalizing their ties with the Israeli Occupation, describing such actions as a betrayal to the Palestinian people. He also voiced his rejection of Trump’s “deal of the century” and the recognition of the Zionist state.

In the same context, the chairman of the movement called on the Islamic Conference Organization, which was established after the burning of Al-Aqsa in 1969 to address this issue, while calling on Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to fulfill its responsibility and develop an Islamic plan countering the Occupation.

Haniyeh also called upon King Abdullah II of Jordan, in his role as president of the Arab summit, to take responsibility for what is happening in Jerusalem. Read more »

GAZA ALIVE IS LIFE FOR PALESTINE

PRESS RELEASE
We4Gaza

Over 350 individuals and 60 associations and networks from several continents have signed a call for an international campaign in just a few days.

GAZA ALIVE IS LIFE FOR PALESTINE” was launched by three associations active for years in different fields (health, research and culture) and committed to work in solidarity with the people of Gaza and recognize their right to live: Appeal for children of Gaza, Genoa, Italy; NWRG -onlus (New weapons research groups), Italy; and Culture is Freedom, a Campaign for Palestine, Italy. Read more »

Power shortages in Gaza deepening the humanitarian crisis, say UN rights experts

PRESS RELEASE
UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

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GENEVA (12 July 2017) – Longstanding power shortages in Gaza have deepened the humanitarian crisis with hospitals in precarious conditions, water shortages growing, and untreated sewage being dumped into the Mediterranean, United Nations independent human rights experts* today warned.

“The two million residents of Gaza are suffering through a humanitarian crisis that is entirely human-made,” the experts said. “It represents a complete failure of all parties to uphold their fundamental human rights obligations, including the inalienable right to life.”

“Reports indicate that electricity is now available for six consecutive hours at the most, often less, followed by 12 hour periods of blackout. The situation is untenable,” they warned.

The experts said Israel’s recent implementation of a decision by the Palestinian Authority to further reduce electricity supplies by up to 40% was leading to an unprecedented deterioration in the provision of critical services.

Israel, as the occupier controlling the entry and exit of goods and people, bore the primary responsibility for the deterioration of the situation, they said, and should honour its commitments under international humanitarian law and human rights law. Read more »

UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices to visit Amman on annual mission

PRESS RELEASE
Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights

GENEVA (11 July 2017) – A United Nations Special Committee will undertake its annual field visit to Amman from 12 to 14 July 2017 to gather testimonies and to hear briefings on a range of human rights issues of concern in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the occupied Syrian Golan.

The UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories will be meeting with victims, community representatives, witnesses, Israeli and Palestinian non-governmental organizations, officials from Palestine, and UN representatives.

As stipulated in the mandate, the Committee has sought the agreement of the Government of Israel to access the Occupied Territories. However, the Government of Israel maintains its practice of non-cooperation. Read more »

Nearly 200,000 Gaza Children Take Part in UNRWA ‘Summer Fun Weeks’

PRESS RELEASE
UNRWA

UNRWA students during their participation in the opening ceremony performances of the Summer Fun Weeks held in Al-Zaitoun Elementary Girls School, Gaza city. © UNRWA Gaza 2017. Photo by Fadi Thabet

UNRWA students during their participation in the opening ceremony performances of the Summer Fun Weeks held in Al-Zaitoun Elementary Girls School, Gaza city © UNRWA Gaza 2017. Photo by Fadi Thabet

Gaza, 09 July: One hundred and eighty-six thousand children have registered to participate in a month-long programme of summer activities organized by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The ‘Summer Fun Weeks’ (SFWs) will begin on 08 July and culminate in a series of closing ceremonies that end on 5 August.

According to the Director of the Summer Fun Weeks, Yousef Moussa, the event is well-balanced in terms of the gender of the participants: “50.3 per cent of participants will be girls and 49.7 will be boys. There will be football for the boys and basketball for the girls. We have also included mural painting and handicrafts, as well as bouncy castles and trampolines for the younger children.” Read more »

Hamas condemns the decision of the Attorney General in blocking media sites

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, condemns the decision of the Attorney General of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, Ahmed Barak, to block a number of Palestinian news agency sites as demanded by Mahmoud Abbas.

The Movement’s spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, in a press statement Thursday, regarded the decision as a direct violation of freedom of opinion and expression and one which reflects the dictatorial agenda of Abbas and his authority in dealing with the Palestinian people and the various components of our society

Barhoum called on the Palestinian people to confront this immoral approach and to thwart Abbas’s plans aiming to subdue rights of free expression.

He also called on the human rights and trade union organizations to denounce the actions of Abbas and his authority which suppress the freedom of expression and the destruction of Palestinian society.

Immediate action needed as Gaza power cuts spark humanitarian crisis, UN expert warns

PRESS RELEASE
UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

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GENEVA (15 June 2017) – The humanitarian situation in Gaza is deteriorating to unprecedented levels as new reductions in the already extremely limited power supply have been announced, a United Nations expert has warned.

Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, said the situation was “extremely distressing” and getting worse with every passing week.

“All the parties with a direct hand in the crisis – Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas – must act immediately with the best interests of the population in Gaza in mind to resolve this human-made problem,” the expert said. Read more »

Hamas condemns UNRWA allegations

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

Press Statement

Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”, stated the following:

The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, strongly condemns the allegations made by UNRWA regarding the “existence of a tunnel under a school in the middle of the Gaza Strip” which will in turn be exploited by the Israeli occupation to justify its crimes and encourage it to target unarmed civilians.

Hamas and all other resistance factions make it clear, that no resistance activities take place in the location mentioned by the UNRWA. Our resistance policy completely respects UNRWA institutions and public institutions; meaning, we and other factions carry on with resistance activities far from residential areas and institutions.

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

09 / June / 2017

UNRWA Condemns Neutrality Violation in Gaza in the Strongest Possible Terms

Statement by Christopher Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson

On 1 June UNRWA discovered part of a tunnel that passes under two adjacent Agency schools in Maghazi camp in the Gaza Strip, namely the Maghazi Elementary Boys A&B School and the Maghazi Preparatory Boys School. The schools are located on the same premises. The discovery was made during the summer vacation, at a time when the schools are empty, and in the course of work related to the construction of an extension of one of the buildings.

Following a thorough inspection of the site, UNRWA can confirm that the tunnel has no entry or exit points on the premises nor is it connected to the schools or other buildings in any way. Read more »

Hamas Press Release concerning Swiss approval to investigate complaint filed against Livni

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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Press Release issued by the spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement ‘Hamas’, Fawzi Barhoum

We, in the Islamic Resistance Movement ‘Hamas’ highly appreciate the approval of the Swiss Attorney General to investigate a complaint filed against the former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, for committing war crimes during the Israeli aggression in 2008-2009 against Gaza Strip.

We consider it a highly important step towards achieving deterrent punishment against the Israeli Occupation and its leaders for committing crimes and violations against the Palestinian people.

While we stress the need to proceed with practical measures regarding this issue, we also urge other countries to follow suit in the same path.

We express our full readiness to cooperate with any party and to provide it with all evidences needed to indict the Israeli Occupation for war crimes.

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement

2nd of June, 2017

Hamas Office of Refugees demands UNRWA stop threatening its employees

HAMAS

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The Office of Refugee Affairs of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” called upon the UNRWA to halt its systematic threats against UNRWA staff by depriving them from their jobs due to their national and political opinions.

The office stated Wednesday in a press release that UNRWA threatened to fire and take punitive measures against any Palestinian employee who contravene the agency’s impartiality as being staff member of an international body of humanitarian purposes.

The office stated that the threat clearly contradicted the UN’s call in all its covenants of the freedom of expression, the principles of human rights , and political preferences. Read more »

Palestinian prisoners’ victory in Israeli prisons

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Fawzi Barhoum has stated the following:

The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas hails the incredible steadfastness of the Palestinian prisoners inside the Israeli prisons after claiming victory in a real battle which they had fought to extort their basic rights from their jailers and in which the Israeli Prison Authorities had no choice but to succumb to the prisoners’ just demands.

This victory serves as an evidence that by unity, will, and steadfastness Palestinians can achieve even the impossible missions in their struggle against the unjust occupation.

We as well thank the prisoners’ families, all the Palestinian people, and the free world for devoting the time and effort to keep this humanitarian issue alive. Their efforts and support rallies drew the world’s attention to the prisoners’ ongoing plight, and revealed the ugly face of the Israeli Occupation of being a blatant violator of the Palestinians’ human rights.

We take the opportunity to stress that the prisoners’ issue will remain a core one, and the ultimate goal of setting them free will never be forgotten.

Two Sides of the Palestinian Coin: Hunger Strike/Gaza

OPINION
Richard Falk

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The Palestinian hunger strike protesting Israeli prison conditions was suspended on May 27th after 40 days, at a time when many of the 1000 or so strikers were experiencing serious deteriorations of health, most were by then hospitalized, and the holy period of Ramadan about to commence creating continuity between the daytime fasting of the faithful and the prior desperate protest of the strikers. What was perhaps most notable about this extraordinary gesture of a mass prolonged hunger strike was that it was treated as hardly worthy of notice by the world media or even by the United Nations, which ironically is regularly attacked by diplomats and the media in the West for being overly preoccupied with Israeli wrongdoing.

It needs appreciating that recourse to a collective hunger strike is a most demanding form of political resistance, invariably provoked by prolonged outrage, requiring courage and a willingness to endure hardship by participants, as well subjecting their will to as harsh a test as life offers. To continue foregoing food for 40 days is a life-threatening and heroic, a commitment never lightly undertaken. Read more »

Gazans march to condemn Trump’s description of Hamas as “a terror organization”

Press Statement
HAMAS

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, organized a mass rally in northern Gaza Strip condemning statements made by US President, Donald Trump, which described Hamas as a “terror organization”.

Leader of the movement in the northern Gaza Strip, Mohammed Abu Askar, said mockingly that Hamas is described as a “terror organization” simply because it defends the remaining dignity of the Arab nation, and refuses to bow to the dictates of America.

Abu Askar stressed that Hamas will not disregard any of its principles, nor will it give up an inch of Palestine, indicating that those (Fatah) who surrendered 78% of historical Palestine don’t represent the people.

“Trump who described Hamas as a (terror organization) and visited the Western Wall in his first term in office wanted to humiliate the Islamic nations while showing his full support of the Israeli Occupation and giving it the green light to practise more of its terror on the Palestinian people”.

Regarding the on-going mass hunger strike, He said that the prisoners’ strike is a simple mean of resistance, stressing the solidarity of the resistance with the prisoners until their demands are met and their freedom is gained.

He also pointed out that the prisoners will only be released through honourable exchange deals like Wafaa Al-Ahrar deal which took place in 2011.

Abu Askar also weighed on the conspiracies being plotted against Gaza saying, “These plots will only increase the adherence of the Palestinian citizens to the principles of resistance and freedom”.

Hamas on Trump’s speech in Jerusalem

Press Statement
HAMAS

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The spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Fawzi Barhoum has stated the following:

The American president’s speech in Jerusalem is racist par excellence, and aims to lay the foundations for a new Israeli Apartheid regime and to promote hatred against the Palestinian people. Trump’s speech about alleged historical ties between Jews and Jerusalem is a lie and contradicts the UNESCO and ISCWA’s resolutions that both confirmed Palestinians right in Jerusalem and denied any relation between Jews and the holy city.

This biased American policy encourages the Israeli Occupation to further commit crimes and violations against the Palestinian people and its holy shrines, and constitutes danger for our people’s national rights.

This should be confronted by unity around a national strategy in which everyone can defend Palestinians’ rights. It should be crystal clear that relying on the American administration to achieve justice for Palestinian people is a delusional decision.

Mass march in Gaza declares: Donald Trump, US imperialism not welcome in Palestine!

PFLP

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine organized a mass march and rally in Gaza City on Tuesday, May 23, from Palestine Square to the prisoners’ support tent for the hunger strike, in rejection of the visit of the war criminal, US President Donald Trump, in our occupied homeland Palestine.

Thousands of comrades, leaders, representatives of national and Islamic forces and of the Front, led by members of the Political Bureau, the cadres of the Progressive Student Labor Front and the Union of Progressive Palestinian Youth, marched, carrying banners and signs in support of prisoners and condemning the visit of Trump to occupied Palestine.

Marchers set photos and an effigy of Trump on fire, challenging U.S. imperialism, and rejecting U.S. attempts to brand resistance as terrorism. Read more »

Full details of Mazen Fuqaha assassination

HAMAS

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The Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip held a conference Tuesday in Gaza city to give full details regarding the assassination of top Hamas commander, Mazen Fuqaha who was killed last March.

The security campaign has resulted in capturing 45 collaborators with the Israeli Occupation, which constituted a breakthrough and dealt a blow to the Israeli intelligence. Gaza officials reiterated their stance of holding the Israeli Occupation fully responsible over the assassination and all the subsequent consequences arising from it.

The ministry added that the killer was apprehended along with two other people who had main roles in the assassination. Those collaborators admitted that they had received direct orders from Israeli military officers, and that planning the murder had taken 8 months. Read more »

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