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Hamas Press Release on the Intifada across occupied Palestine

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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To our great Palestinian people who have stood up to face tyranny and aggression. To our people who have recorded history today in defense of Jerusalem and Al Aqsa. Your voices have been heard today. Your uprising has let the world know that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine. We salute your courageous spirits through which you have taught the whole world lessons on valor, and sent a message that our people are willing to sacrifice their precious souls for the sake of Jerusalem.

The sacrifices which our people have made today in every Palestinian city and town shall ignite the raging anger once again and fuel the coming period.

In light of what happened today in the outbreak of this Intifada, we confirm the following:

1. We call upon all the Palestinian people in all factions to continue with this holy Intifada until all our just demands are met.

2. Our power lies within our unity, especially in the field. Thus, we urge everyone to stand behind the resistance.

3. We call upon all our great people to engage with the Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers everywhere.

4. We confirm that this holy Intifada has reignited and nothing can stop it until all our people’s rights are regained. We call upon the Arab and Islamic Ummah and the free people of the world to support our people and to reveal the ugly face of the Israeli occupation and its ally, the USA.

The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas
December 8, 2017

Trump’s decision will have severe repercussions

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The American president’s announcement of his decision to recognize Jerusalem as “Israel’s” capital will have very severe repercussions in Palestine, the Arab world and the Islamic arena.

This is an illegitimate and ill-advised decision, which contradicts international laws and resolutions, and violates the sanctity of the holly city of Jerusalem.

It is refused and will be resisted by all the Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and free peoples of the world.

Jerusalem (Bait Al-Maqdes) is a sacred city for both Muslims, Christians and legitimate Jews. It is the united capital of Palestine. It will always be a Palestinian city.

We, in Hamas, call upon the Arab and Muslim Ummah and the free peoples of the world to stand firm and united against this dangerous decision, and support the Palestinians in their continuous struggle to liberate their homeland and establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

This American move serves as a blatant reminder and a loud wake-up call to all Arab and Muslim countries and leaders that their true and only enemy is the illegitimate Zionist Occupation. All their efforts and means should be directed towards uprooting this occupation, freeing Palestine and returning the Palestinian refugees to their homeland.

Dr. Maher Salah
Head of Hamas in Diaspora
7-12-2017

Haniyeh: Following days will be met with rage

HAMAS

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Head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” Ismail Haniyeh, has called upon the Palestinian people, Arab and Islamic nations to launch a new uprising and resist the Israeli Occupation in response to Trump’s announcement of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist Occupation.

In a televised speech on Thursday, Haniyeh said, “Let tomorrow be a day of rage and the beginning of an effective uprising very much like the previous one that was ignited by our people in Jerusalem”.

He stressed the ability of the Palestinian people to confront the unjust American decision.

Haniyeh also called for the establishment of a national strategy to confront the on-going conspiracy against Jerusalem and Palestine, calling for an urgent Arab and Islamic summit to face the US decision. Read more »

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.

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 »

Hamas condemns ongoing PA-Israeli collaboration

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

Press Statement

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

The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, is appalled by the on-going security collaboration between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Occupation in the West Bank, which is considered the greatest danger to the Palestinian people and their legitimate right to resist the occupation.

We call on the Palestinian people to reject this collaboration and exert pressure on the PA to terminate this shameful policy that harms the interest of our people and proceed towards achieving the national reconciliation in the upcoming Cairo talks.

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

09/10/2017

Al Hayyah: The next phase calls for a national unity government

HAMAS

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The deputy head of the Politburo of Hamas in Gaza, Khalil Al Hayyah stated that the next phase calls for a national unity government comprising all Palestinian factions so it may assume the the responsibility of the phase. He added “It can be a national salvation government until elections are held.”

On a television interview with Al Aqsa channel, Al Hayyah assured Wednesday evening that Hamas believes that the next government must abide by the program of the national reconciliation document and must not promote any political agendas.

He pointed out that the first stage of the reconciliation process was successful and what was agreed upon in Cairo is running smoothly. Al Hayyah asserted that both parties agreed to set aside all disputes.

Al Hayyah affirmed that two issues still have to be completed; the public employees issue must be resolved through an administrative and legal committee in addition to the security issue is yet to be discussed. Read more »

Abu Naim assassination attempt: what next?

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Tawfiq Abu Naim at a prisoner event in Gaza City (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

Tawfiq Abu Naim at a prisoner event in Gaza City (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

The first question to identify the perpetrator in any criminal investigation is inevitably: who benefits?

In the case of yesterday’s cowardly assassination attempt in Nuseirat on Major General Tawfiq Abu Naim, the General Commander of Internal Security Forces in Gaza, it could have several answers.

The most obvious are the Israeli occupation authorities, who were quick off the mark to “blast” the recent Palestinian reconciliation deal, and local Salafist groups who international media have been quick to point the finger at – which in itself should raise suspicions about the media’s motives. The connections between Salafist groups and Islamic State, and Islamic State and Israel are all too close for comfort….. ultimately leading back to the same perpetrator. Read more »

Egyptian Intelligence Service calls to check on Naim’s health

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Egyptian Intelligence Service phoned the leadership of Hamas to check on the health of Tawfiq Abu Naim, the General Commander of Internal Security Forces who survived a failed assassination attempt on Friday noon.

The Egyptian Intelligence condemned the cowardly act and confirmed their solidarity with Abu Naim and the leadership of Hamas.

In return, the leadership of Hamas thanked the Egyptian Intelligence for their efforts in following up the developments of the Palestinian cause.

It is worth noting that Naim was injured after his car was bombed in Nuseirat refugee camp. He is being treated at hospital and his wounds were described as moderate.

Fawzi Barhoum condemns assassination attempt of Abu Naim

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The spokesperson of Hamas Movement , Fawzi Barhoum issued the following

The assassination attempt which targeted the General Commander of the Internal Security Forces in Gaza and one of Hamas leaders, Tawfiq Abu Naim is a cowardly act committed by the enemies of the Palestinian people. This act aims to target the security and stability of Gaza and the unity of our people and their national reconciliation. We urge the security forces to arrest the criminals, to prosecute them before court and to crack down on anyone who dares to tamper with the security and stability of our people

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

27th of October, 2017

Haniyeh: The assassination attempt of Abu Naim will not weaken our resolve towards reconciliation

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh stated that the assassination attempt of Tawfiq Abu Naim, the General Commander of Internal Security Forces, will only strengthen the power and the steadfastness of Hamas.

This statement was made by Hanieyeh during the visit to Al Shifa Hospital to check on the health of Abu Naim after he survived a failed assassination attempt on Friday afternoon.

Haniyeh added, “It is wrong to believe that these crimes, whoever is behind them, can prevent us from moving ahead in the resistance path towards liberation.”

He assured that this criminal attempt will not diminish our resolve to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation.

Haniyeh affirmed that Hamas is moving on to achieve reconciliation and to restore national unity.

He called on the Palestinian President, Mahamoud Abbas to accelerate the required implementations needed to fortify the home front against anyone who dares to tamper with the internal security and our political plans.

Abu Marzouk: Disarming Resistance not discussed in Cairo talks

HAMAS

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Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk said in an interview with CNN Arabic that the resistance arms has not been discussed with Fatah movement during the recent talks in Cairo, noting that resisting the Israeli Occupation is an unalienable right for the Palestinian people.

He also added that Hamas has chosen to end the internal split, and the Palestinian Authority is required to achieve the interests of the Palestinian people.

Abu Marzouk said that Hamas totally rejects the Israeli impositions which attempt to foil the Palestinian reconciliation, underlying the importance of the Egyptian role to neutralize these Israeli attempts. 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 »

Press release issued by the office of the head of Hamas in Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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A number of media outlets have reportedly stated that Qatar opposes the Palestinian national reconciliation and that it is also dissatisfied with the recent rapprochement between Hamas and Egypt; stating that there is tension between Hamas and Egypt. In this regard, Hamas assures that these allegations are completely unfounded. This took place during a meeting held by head of Hamas,Yehya Al Sinwar with Palestinian youth in Gaza city on Sunday.

It is worth noting that Qatar had a remarkable role in supporting the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in general and the Gazans in particular during the longstanding harsh siege. Moreover, Qatar carried out dozens of humanitarian, reconstruction and infrastructure projects which reflected positively on life in Gaza and contributed significantly to prevent the collapse in Gaza Strip during the years of siege.

We do affirm that Qatar has always shown keenness to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation and to end division and supports any effort to achieve it.

The office of the head of Hamas

Yehya Al Sinwar

22nd October, 2017

Al Sinwar meets with the leaders of the national factions in Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
Hamas

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The head of Hamas in Gaza , Yahya Al Sinwar, met with the leaders of the Palestinian national factions in Gaza and enlightened them on the recent developments regarding reconciliation and the details of the Cairo dialogues.

The meeting, which was held on Wednesday, was attended by the member of the Political Bureau of Hamas , Salah Al Bardawil, in Hamas office in Gaza as part of the political framework of Hamas in deliberating and consulting Palestinians at the breadth of the political spectrum.

Al Sinwar reviewed the significant positive steps taken by Hamas to reach the Cairo Agreement and the flexibility shown by Hamas to sign this agreement.

He affirmed that Hamas will continue in the process of reconciliation pointing out that it is a strategic decision and Hamas will not back down or return to division in any way. He assured that Hamas will continue to show high national responsibility at all coming stages. Read more »

Haniyeh informs several leaders on reconciliation agreement

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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Head of Hamas’s Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, called Prince Tamim Bin Hamas Al-Thani of Qatar Friday evening and informed him about the outcome of reconciliation talks with Fatah.

During the call, Haniyeh praised the efforts exerted by Qatar over the past years that aimed to achieve a national reconciliation.

He stressed the keenness of the Hamas movement to implement and abide by what was agreed upon, pointing out that steps have already been taken to move on to the next phase.

For his part, Prince Tamim bin Hamad stressed Qatar’s steadfast stance in supporting the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights.

The Emir welcomed the reconciliation agreement, which was sponsored by Egypt in the context of its pivotal role in the Palestinian cause and people.

He stressed that Qatar will continue to stand by the Palestinian people and provide relief to their suffering, especially in the humanitarian aspect.

The Emir expressed his hope that the reconciliation process would continue successfully until it reaches its desired goal.

Haniyeh had also earlier contacted Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohammed Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, on the signing of the reconciliation agreement.

The head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) received a telephone call on Friday evening from Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Gawishoglu.

Hamas’s recently appointed leader also called Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, and updated him on the reconciliation agreement.

Haniyeh also praised Russian efforts to achieve the reconciliation, and Bogdanov, on his part, reiterated Russia’s keenness in seeing a unified Palestinian government and savouring its relations with all Palestinian factions.

In the same context, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mouloud Jawish Oglu, telephoned Haniyeh and congratulated both Hamas and Fatah on signing the historic reconciliation agreement.

Why Palestinian reconciliation is likely to succeed

By Azzam Tamimi
Afro-Middle East Centre Brief

PA prime minister Rami Hamdallah and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyyah shaking hands in Gaza as Hamas formally hands over control of the Strip to the PA

PA prime minister Rami Hamdallah and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyyah shaking hands in Gaza as Hamas formally hands over control of the Strip to the PA

For a change, all concerned parties seem eager to see Palestinian reconciliation succeed. Each player has its own reasons, of course. Yet, it would not have been possible to come this far so quickly had it not been for the deepening humanitarian crisis inside the Gaza Strip and the growing predicament that Hamas, which controls Gaza, finds itself in as a result. There is no doubt that the siege imposed on Gaza by Israel and Egypt has achieved its objectives. Life has become so unbearable in the Strip that public opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of any deal that promises easing the pressure.

This has prompted Hamas to express readiness to make concessions that had until recently been inconceivable. The full extent of these concessions is, however, unclear, and the deal under discussion is shrouded in ambiguity. What is known thus far is that Hamas has agreed to disband its own administrative committee in charge of the Gaza Strip in a prelude to handing over control to the Ramallah-based Palestinian National Authority (PNA), whose prime minister, Rami al-Hamdallah, arrived in the Strip on Sunday for the handover by Hamas. As part of the new arrangement, Hamas is expected to relinquish control over the border crossings with Egypt and Israel. Read more »

Hamas Press Statement on 2nd anniversary of the the uprising in Jerusalem

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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To our steadfast Palestinian people

To our Arab and Islamic nations.

Two years ago, our heroic people faced a new challenge with the Israeli Occupation and its blatant violations against the holy places in Jerusalem. Our people confronted the Israeli attempts to Judaize and divide Jerusalem. Jerusalemites became the icons of sacrifice with their bare hands and the defenders of Al Aqsa Mosque and the holy places from the Israeli plots.

The generation who suffered the consequences of Oslo Accords and who was forced to succumb to the instruction of Daytonwas the same generation who led the battle of resistance against the Israeli Occupation:

On this glorious anniversary, we, in Hamas , emphasize the following:

First : Jerusalem is the main target of the Israeli Occupation and it requires us to make all possible efforts and stands to defend it from the Israeli schemes.

Second: We praise the role of our people in Jerusalem and mark this day to remember the victory which they achieved. We call upon our people and Arab and Muslim nations to continue in supporting Al Aqsa and to prevent time and place divisions.

Third :We affirm that the sole choice for restoring land and rights is resistance.

Fourth: We assure that the Palestinian reconciliation is a very important step in supporting the steadfastness of our people and protecting the national project. We assert that our people in Jerusalem would not have achieved victory without the unity of our people.

Fifth: We call on the Palestinian people to continue in resisting the Israeli Occupation and warn of all attempts to foil their resistance.

The blessed Jerusalem uprising established new rules in facing the Israeli Occupation and paved the way for innovative methods of resistance to be employed in restoring land and regaining the stolen rights.

The Islamic Resistance Movement “ Hamas”

1st of October, 2017

Haniyeh: We exerted tremendous efforts to ease Gaza’s blockade

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniya, said in a press conference held on Tuesday after his visit to Egypt, that Hamas has exerted all efforts to ease the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip. This included travelling to Egypt and achieving the internal unity in an attempt to break the siege.

Commenting on his latest visit to Egypt, Haniyeh said that the visit as fruitful and successful.

He added that the first visit for Hamas’s newly elected leadership was to Egypt is most expected since it is the most influential Arab country In the region. He noted that the visit aimed to foster relation between both the Palestinian people and Hamas on one side, and with Egypt on the other side to achieve a breakthrough in all issues, particularly the Palestinian reconciliation. Read more »

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