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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 »

Hamas announces dissolution of Administrative Committee, invites National Unity Government to immediately assume duties in Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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In a response to the Egyptian efforts headed by the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate to achieve reconciliation and to end division, we, in Hamas, announce the following:

First: To dissolve the Administrative Committee established in Gaza Strip

Second: To invite the National Unity Government to come to Gaza Strip to assume its duties immediately.

Third: To approve holding general elections

Fourth: Hamas accepts the Egyptian call for dialogue with Fateh Movement based on the mechanisms and implementations of Cairo Agreement 2011 and its annexes, and the formation of a national unity government within the framework of a dialogue with the Palestinian factions signed on 2011 Agreement.

Islamic Resistance Movement “ Hamas”

17th of September, 2017

Abu Marzouq meets with Russian Ambassador in Cairo

Press Release
HAMAS

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The Deputy Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzouq, met Tuesday the Russian Ambassador to Cairo, Sergei Kiribchenko.

Abu Marzouq briefed him on the latest political developments on the Palestinian reconciliation, the efforts exerted by Hamas to achieve it , the developments of the visit of Hamas delegation to Egypt and the Egyptian promises to open Rafah Crossing.

The two sides exchanged views on the situation in the region , in particular the American position towards the Palestinian cause and its bias towards the Israeli side.

For his part, Kiribchenko welcomed Hamas’s visit to Russia stressing his country’s support for the Palestinian cause as a just cause and the need for national unity among the Palestinian factions .

Gaza: 1 million children suffering in ‘unlivable’ conditions

PRESS RELEASE
Save the Children

One million children in Gaza are living in dire conditions. Many celebrated Eid in the dark without electricity. A UN report in 2012 said Gaza would be unlivable by 2020. Save the Children considers Gaza to be unlivable now.

People walk past a destroyed building, Gaza City 2014 (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

People walk past a destroyed building, Gaza City 2014 (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

Save the Children urges Israel to lift the Gaza blockade and for Palestinian and Israeli authorities to provide basic services to the residents of Gaza. the international community has failed to react to the suffering of Palestinian children in Gaza. A decade of isolation had reduced power available to households to just eight hours per day. Now families are lucky if they get two hours of electricity per day. Far too many get nothing at all.

The power shortages are also affecting Gaza’s already crippled infrastructure. The shortening or suspension of sewage treatment cycles has led to increased levels of pollution and contamination of groundwater sources and the Mediterranean Sea, leaving more than 60% of the sea around Gaza contaminated with untreated sewage and over 90% of water sources too contaminated for human consumption. Read more »

Meshal: the Palestinian detainees issue is Hamas’s top priority

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The former head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Khalid Meshal, congratulated the detainees in the Israeli prisons and their families on Eid Al Adha “Sacrifice Feast”.

In a speech published Wednesday by the Detainees Media Office , he stated, “the best way to celebrate this occasion for the detainees is to try all possible means to release them.”

Meshal prayed for the detainees to spend the coming Eid with their families and to enjoy freedom in the near future. He assured that Hamas , the resistance and the Palestinian people will not forget them.

He stressed that the cause of the detainees is Hamas’s top priority adding, “ We are proud of you, we feel your pain and we will free you from the Israeli occupation.”

Al Sinwar meets a delegation of Gazan businessmen

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The head of the Political Bureau of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Al Sinwar, met Wednesday a delegation of Palestinian businessmen in Gaza. The meeting focused on the national concerns, especially the problems of the economic sector.

Al Sinwar praised the efforts exerted by the businessmen and acknowledged the burdens they face due to the siege. He assured that the strong economy is an important way to support the Palestinian national project stressing, that Hamas is making every effort to address numerous economic crises and to alleviate the suffering of the Gazans.

Al Sinwar noted that Gazans are living very hard conditions due to the blockade pointing out that Hamas presented many proposals to the international and local authorities in this regard. Read more »

Hamas: UN Secretary General’s visit to Gaza welcome

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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Hamas welcomes the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres’s visit to the Gaza Strip, deeming the visit of the high-profile international figure an indication to the special status of the Gaza Strip in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and to the deteriorating living conditions inside the strip given the relentless long Israeli blockade imposed on it.

It is highly regrettable this siege persists before the eyes of the international community and through the international Quartet. This matter necessitates that the Secretary General meet with families of the Palestinian detainees in the Israeli prisons, patients deprived of travelling to receive medical treatment, owners of destroyed houses and victims of the Israeli assaults and siege. As Hamas follows with interest this visit, it requests the Secretary-General to:

1. Make all possible efforts to lift the Gaza siege and end the suffering of two million Palestinians living in the world’s largest open-air prison.

2. Approve and fund the relief and development programs to save the Gaza Strip from the deteriorating humanitarian crisis.

3. Pressure the Israeli occupation to end their violations against the Palestinian people, the Islamic and Christian holy sites and, and to work immediately to end the Israeli occupation’s violations against the Palestinian detainees in the Israeli prisons.

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesperson of The Islamic Movement of Hamas

Mass march in Gaza remembers Abu Ali Mustafa, demands to break siege

Poplar Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine organized a mass march in Gaza City on Saturday, August 26, marking the 16th anniversary of the assassination of PFLP General Secretary, Comrade Abu Ali Mustafa. This central mass rally in Gaza was led by the cadres of the Popular Army and a massive Palestinian flag.

Marchers proceeded from the Gaza City municipal park to the Square of the Unknown Soldier, raising Palestinian flags, PFLP banners and signs demanding an end to the siege on Gaza, Palestinian national unity and the liberation of Palestine. The march included a street vendor with a trolley representing the plight of Palestinian workers as well as a child laying in a hospital bed with health workers around him, highlighting the situation of Palestinian sick children denied medical treatment due to the killer policies of occupation and siege.

Comrade Jamil Mizher, member of the Political Bureau of the PFLP and leader of its branch in Gaza, delivered the main speech at the rally and march. The full text is below: Read more »

Hamas mourns death of Gaza security member

Press Statement
HAMAS

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

Hamas’s spokesperson, Fawzi Barhoum, stated the following:

Hamas mourns the death of Nidal al-Ja’fari, a member of Hamas’s security forces, who was killed in the southern Gaza Strip by a suicide bomber, while carrying out the national duty of protecting his homeland borders. We wish the wounded a speedy recovery and our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

While we strongly condemn this terrible crime, we highly value the role of Gaza’s Interior Ministry and the security services in enforcing the law and maintaining the security of the Palestinian citizens despite all the obstacles, challenges and difficulties facing the Strip.

The movement stresses the need for the Ministry of Interior to continue to play its vital security role and to strike those who break the law and the values ​ of the Palestinian people with an iron fist.

Fawzi Barhoum

Hamas spokesperson

17 August 2017

Al Sinwar: Joint work key to promote national project

Press Release
HAMAS

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The head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Yahya Al Sinwar, stressed the importance of the joint work among all Palestinian factions to promote the national project and achieve its goals.

During his meeting with senior writers and analysts in his office, Al Sinwar reiterated Tuesday that Hamas is exerting all efforts to ease the siege on Gaza Strip.

He also listened to their explanations and questions and discussed with them the latest developments on the Palestinian cause and the possible ways to achieve the nation’s goals.

Al Sinwar pointed out that Hamas is keen to develop the capabilities of the resistance within the framework of its comprehensive political, military, legal and media understanding and in line with providing a decent living for Gazans.

He also expressed Hamas’ refusal to separate Gaza from the rest of Palestine. Al Sinwar concluded the importance of spreading freedom within the Palestinian society in order to enhance the cohesion of the society in the face the challenges.

Justice Denied: Israeli Impunity

PRESS RELEASE
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In July 2014, Israel began a military assault on the Gaza Strip, including an indiscriminate bombing campaign and a brutal ground invasion. In total, the assault killed 1,545 Palestinian civilians, including 556 children, and made 11,166 families homeless.

For victims and survivors of the attack on Gaza, Israel’s own military courts are the only place to seek legal recourse. Yet these courts certainly do not offer a genuine avenue for accountability to Palestinians.

Of the 500 Palestinian complaints which were filed with Israeli military courts in relation to the 2014 Gaza war, 196 were dismissed immediately, 133 were lost in the system, and only 31 were brought forward for criminal investigation.

Three soldiers were eventually convicted for minor felonies such as credit card theft and looting. Military commanders and politicians—those most responsible for the massive destruction and loss of life—have never been held accountable for their role in violations of human rights and international law.

UNHCHR deeply concerned about deterioration of humanitarian conditions in Gaza

PRESS STATEMENT
Ravina Shamdasani: Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Israel, as the occupying power, has responsibility under international humanitarian law to ensure the well-being of the population.

Photo: Ezz Zanoun/Al Jazeera

Photo: Ezz Zanoun/Al Jazeera

Location: Geneva
Subject: Gaza

We are deeply concerned about the steady deterioration in the humanitarian conditions and the protection of human rights in Gaza.

At the height of summer, with soaring temperatures, electricity provision has not risen above six hours per day since the beginning of the current crisis in April, and has often been under four hours. This has a grave impact on the provision of essential health, water and sanitation services. Power outages threaten the life and well-being of vulnerable groups, particularly those needing urgent medical care. We have observed an increasingly dire situation for the men, women and children of Gaza amid a deepening economic crisis, coupled with continuing restrictions on movement and freedom of expression. The desperate situation has also contributed to violent crime, domestic violence, including femicides, and attempted suicides, although exact data is hard to obtain.

Israel, the State of Palestine and the authorities in Gaza are not meeting their obligations to promote and protect the rights of the residents of Gaza. Israel, as the occupying power, has responsibility under international humanitarian law to ensure the well-being of the population. Israel, the State of Palestine and the authorities in Gaza also have clear concurrent human rights obligations towards the Palestinians in Gaza. The Israeli blockade and closure continue to disproportionately affect the civilian population and must be lifted. The recent measures to decrease the provision of electricity, and to cut the salaries and order early retirement of civil servants in Gaza, are having a direct, negative impact on the social and economic rights of Gazans. The lack of transparency in the use of resources, and the continuing suppression of freedom of speech and assembly by the authorities raise further concerns for the protection of fundamental rights of the population in the Gaza Strip.

We urge Israel, the State of Palestine and the authorities in Gaza to uphold the human rights of the population in Gaza. We also call on the international community to respond to the UN’s urgent appeal for humanitarian aid, to honour pledges made to support reconstruction and development of Gaza, and to work with the parties to bring a resolution to the current crisis.

Management and Politics Academy Launches Initiative for Reconciliation, End of Division

Press Release
Management and Politics Academy

Ameena Abdullah Abusalmiya

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Based on the national responsibility of the Academy for Management and Politics for Higher Education toward our Palestinian people, and based on our awareness of the national role, the academy launched an initiative for reconciliation and an end to the Palestinian division that targets all national forces and factions, especially Hamas and Fatah. This initiative comes following discussion with responsible parties, forces and a number of competent authorities.

The Academy appreciates the Hamas movement for its acceptance and adoption of the main components of this initiative expressed in a press release issued by Dr. Salah Al Bardawil, a member of the Political Bureau of the movement. We invite our brothers in the Fatah movement to also respond to this declaration and initiative, and we invite President Abu Mazen to respond to the national initiative and announce holding a full national dialogue leading to national reconciliation relating to all Palestinians’ issues whether immediate, interim, or strategic.

We invite Egypt to adopt this initiative and arrange a Palestinian-Palestinian discussion under Egyptian auspices that leads to Palestinian reconciliation.

The Academy hopes that this initiative will lead to dialogue with the participation of all political forces and public unions, to restore national unity and end the division. This will restore the status of the Palestinian national goals of freedom through ending the Israeli Occupation and achieving the legitimate goals of the Palestinian people: the right of return, and self-determination.

The Initiative follows: Read more »

Pregnant women, newborns contaminated with heavy metals linked to Israeli attacks

Julie Webb-Pullman

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Newborn babies and their mothers exposed to Israeli attacks in 2014 have a high level of heavy metal contamination in their hair, reports a study published in the latest British Medical Journal (BMJ Open). The research was carried out in Gaza on 502 women who were pregnant at the time of the 2014 Israeli offensive.

Italian, Finnish and Gazan researchers analyzed the quantities of 23 kinds of metal in the hair of the women and the children they subsequently gave birth to, and compared them with the metal content in women’s hair outside of war zones. They also studied in utero transmission of heavy metals, as well as the hypothesis of contamination unrelated to war.

“Heavy metals used during wars are toxic, teratogenic and carcinogenic, and this study has shown they pose a health risk to pregnant women and their children, now and in the long-term” said lead researcher, Paola Manduca.

Teratogens disrupt the development of the embryo and can cause birth defects, while carcinogens can cause cancer.

“They are known as endocrine disruptors. They remain in the environment, remain in bodies and accumulate due to chronic exposure if their sources are not eliminated from the environment,” said Manduca.

Such sources include weapon remnants themselves, substances released during the explosion of missiles and shells, and contaminated ruins.

Using Plasma-Mass-coupled spectrometry (ICP-MS), the researchers made comparisons with groups exposed to domestic and agricultural chemicals.

Although women’s heavy metal load was higher than that of the newborns, it was not enough of a difference to protect the babies from harm: the study found an increase in birth defects and preterm births from 2011 data.

The rate of birth defects reported in the Gaza study was 4.5%, compared for example to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) figure of 3% for the United States – the Gaza rate is 50% higher.

Equally worrying, the study documented that the frequency of exposure to military attacks was about 70% in the random sample of 502 mothers, suggesting overall contamination of the entire population.

“Surveillance, bio-monitoring and further research on this subject is essential,” said Paola Manduca. “The risk of transgenerational genetic mutations can not be ruled out.”

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