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Mishal: Hamas launches a document to preserve its ideology

Hamas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Give light and people will find the way”

by Rana Abu Asaker

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

Jabalia Camp, Gaza

Jabalia Camp, Gaza

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

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

Now it’s my turn.

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

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

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

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

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

It’s a time of REVOLUTION.

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

Their revolution needs no factions, just a conscience.

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

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

Is this the beginning or the end?

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

Review: Stealth – the new war machine

Derek Summerfield
Book Review

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I’ve never met a finer man than Hans Husum, nor finer doctor – which is to say, a doctor-citizen for whom it is as much an ethical imperative to contest the social forces which code for distress and disease in whole populations, as it is to treat the individual patient in front of him. He is a trauma surgeon from Tromso University, Norway who operated under bridges or inside trucks in Afghanistan in the late 1970s (“3,800 wounded fighters went through our hands, mortality rates down from 35% to 13%”), and in cellars during the Israeli assault on Beirut in 1982 (“my operating theatre team was gang raped and killed inside our hospital by the Israelis. The murderers cut the breasts and ears off my scrub nurse and my patients were shot dead in their hospital beds”). He has headed up a remarkable Cambodian ngo called Trauma Care Foundation, helping landmine victims with resuscitation, surgery, prostheses and wider rehabilitation. And rather more besides……

This is a book not quite like other books. It is a dissection of global war, its patterns and direction of travel, and its connection to the ‘deep’ State that in, say, US or UK, has a life of its own and runs on whomever is the President or Prime Minister is at any one time. Read more »

Abu Marzook Again Calls for Forming National Unity Government

Hamas

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

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

Hamas: Israel fully responsible for latest aggression on Gaza

Hamas

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Press statement issued by Hamas following the continuous Israeli assault on Gaza

The Israeli escalation in Gaza is dangerous and must be stopped.

Israel is attempting to cover up its crimes and violations against Palestinian prisoners and our people in Jerusalem by shifting media attention to Gaza.

Accordingly, we hold the Israeli occupation full responsibility for the continuation of this escalation and warn that the persistence of such an assault will not be left without retaliation.

Hamas condemns UNSG Guterres’ statement about Jewish temple

Hamas

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Hamas spokesman, Faouzi Barhoum, issued the following statement:

Hamas considers the statement of UN Secretary General António Guterres regarding a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem a claim that fabricates history, misleads public opinion, and a contravention of UNESCO’s resolution which stipulate that Al-Aqsa Mosque is a Muslim holy site that Jews have no right in.

Guterres’ statement endorses Israel’s radical, racist policies, and legitimizes the Judaization of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Secretary General of the International organization should work to protect Palestinian rights and support our just cause. Guterres should not be biased towards the Israelis nor should he encourage them towards more violations and extremism at the expense of Palestinians and Muslims.

Hamas condemns and rejects Guterres’ irresponsible statements, and calls upon all Palestinian people and parties for more steadfastness in the defence of their rights and just cause. Hamas also calls upon Muslims and Arabs to support Palestinian resistance, rights, just cause, defence of their holy places, and confronting any schemes against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Gaza press conference urges action, support for prisoners’ struggle

PFLP

The Zionist action to impose sanctions on the prisoners and single out the prisoners of Hamas will not be accepted, as the prisoners will not allow the application of policies meant to divide and discriminate.

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Gaza Strip held a press conference on January 4, reviewing the latest developments inside Israeli jails and condemning the new sanctions imposed on prisoners and the isolation of imprisoned PFLP leader, Comrade Kamil Abu Hanish.

Comrade Allam Kaabi, member of the Central Committee of the PFLP and leader of the prisoners’ committee in Gaza, said that these escalating Zionist attacks are an attempt to prevent prisoners’ planned steps of escalating protest in 2017, pointing out that Abu Hanish is one of the main leaders inside the prison responsible for dialogue throughout the prisoners’ movement on future protests and coordinated action and strategic plans. Read more »

The failed mass deportation of 1992

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On the 17th of December 1992, under the cover of darkness, the Israeli occupation forces raided the houses of hundreds of Palestinian leaders and activists from the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Academics, doctors and social figures were among 415 Palestinians whom the Israelis kidnapped, handcuffed, blindfolded and placed in trucks and buses that headed to a destination unknown to them or their families.

The raids, which mainly targeted members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, followed failed Israeli attempts to rescue Nissim Toledano, an Israeli Sergeant who was captured earlier by al-Qassam Brigades in a bid to release Hamas leader and founder Shiekh Ahmed Yassin.

Contrary to the expectations of the detainees, the 60-hour-long trip did not end up at one of Israel’s notorious prisons. They were instead being exiled to south Lebanon in an unprecedented mass deportation that was executed without a hearing or even prior notification. Read more »

Al Qassam Brigades mourn Tunisian Commander Zawari

Press Release
Al Qassam Brigades

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Al Qassam Brigades mourned, in a military communiqué, the Qassam commander Mohammed Zawari to the Arab and Muslim nations.

The brigades said that the treacherous hands of Zionists have assassinated the Qassam leader on December 15th, 2016, in the city of Sfax in Tunisia.

The Qassam Brigades revealed that commander Zawari was one of the commanders who oversaw the project of Ababil drones.

It noted that Zawari had joined the Palestinian resistance and the Qassam Brigades ten years ago, and served in the Brigades, just like many Arabs and Muslims do, who defended Palestine on behalf of the entire nation. Read more »

Gaza goes green: Hamas celebrates 29th anniversary

Photo Essay
Julie Webb-Pullman

Gaza goes green!

Gaza goes green!

Thousands of Gazans today braved the bitter cold in Gaza City to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the founding of Islamic resistance movement Hamas and reaffirm their commitment to their legitimate right to armed struggle against occupation.

Men thronged one side of the street

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and women the other,

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while kids found a place wherever they could.

Kids got the best view

Kids got the best view

Hamas leaders stood in a line beneath enormous posters of resistance fighters.

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Khalil al-Hayya gave an impassioned speech saying Gazans should enjoy freedom of movement, job opportunities, access to clean water and a constant electricity supply. Others also spoke,

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or listened.

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As Mahmoud Zahar said on Sunday, there will be no U-turns.

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“Resistance, no matter the means, is our legitimate right and we shall never ever give it up. Hamas will forever defend Occupied Jerusalem and the holy al-Aqsa Mosque against Israel’s Judaization schemes.”

Defending Jerusalem

Defending Jerusalem

“Our guns will be held to Israel’s head only.”

Kia kaha, Qassam

Kia kaha, Qassam

Statement of the PFLP on the 49th anniversary of its founding

PRESS STATEMENT
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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Today, we mark the 49th anniversary of the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, founded on December 11, 1967 out of the impact of the defeat of June 5. The founding of the Front was an injection of a new hope out of the rubble of defeat, on an intellectual, political, and struggling level, to carry forward and raise the banner of the revolution, struggle, and national liberation movement against the Zionist project. On this path, tens of thousands of martyrs, prisoners, wounded, and strugglers, among the martyrs, the prisoners, and the wounded and strugglers of the Palestinian people, the Arab nation, and the international movements, have come forward. We salute them today with the highest regard and pride in them and their legendary sacrifices and heroism that have formed a historic and distinguished legacy and history of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Palestinian national movement overall. Read more »

WHO releases latest health access report for the occupied Palestinian territory

Press Release
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On the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked by the UN since 1977[1], WHO launched a 2-year report on health access today at an event in Gaza to highlight how the Israeli permit system and physical barriers obstruct health access for Palestinian patients, ambulances and health workers. The study “Right to health: crossing barriers to access health in the occupied Palestinian territory, 2014 – 2015,” was based on data provided by Palestinian Authority ministries and non-profit health providers, as well as patient interviews and field studies.

“Access is a fundamental element of the right to health. Every mother and child has the right to be together during a child’s cancer treatment,” said Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub, the WHO head of the office in the West Bank and Gaza.

“Yet the data indicates substantial restrictions for thousands of patients and their companions who are trying to travel to their places of referral.” The 48-page report also presents information on the impact of attacks on health facilities, patients and health personnel, and the health access situation in “Area C” in the West Bank, where Israel retains full security and civil authority. Read more »

PFLP mourns and salutes Comrade Fidel Castro, a revolutionary inspiration for the world

PFLP
Press Release

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Fidel Castro with George and Hilda Habash

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine extends its condolences to the Cuban people, the Palestinian people and the revolutionary movements of the world upon the loss of the former prime minister and president of Cuba and the historic international revolutionary leader, Comrade Fidel Castro Ruz, on Friday, November 25, 2016.

Castro’s internationalist revolutionary commitment to fighting imperialism and capitalism – manifest in the revolutionary victory against US imperialism and its puppet Batista regime in the 1959 Cuban revolution – consistently stood with the oppressed peoples of the world in their confrontation of imperialism, Zionism, racism and capitalism. Throughout his life, Fidel was a supporter and an example of revolutionary struggle in Latin America, in Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, El Salvador and throughout the continent. From Angola to South Africa, Palestine to Mozambique, Bolivia to El Salvador, Castro’s legacy of international revolutionary solidarity and struggle continues to serve as an example in practice that transcends borders toward revolution, democracy and socialism. Read more »

Hamas: Balfour declaration is void, criminal

Hamas
Press Release

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The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas on Wednesday pledged to stay committed to the right of return and liberating all of Palestine.

“Our right to the land of Palestine is sacred and cannot be erased by a void promise from one criminal to another,” Hamas said in a press statement on the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, confirming that the Movement will not give up a single inch of Palestinian lands.

Hamas asserted that the right of return remains an inalienable individual and collective Palestinian right that does not fall under statutes of limitations.

“We will not permit any attempt to tamper with Palestinian rights or give up the right of return,” the statement underlined, confirming that Hamas will never recognize the Israeli occupation or the accords that give legitimacy to its colonial land theft.

The Movement reaffirmed its position from resistance, including armed resistance, as the chosen path to deter the occupation and restore Palestinian rights.

Hamas stressed that Palestinian unity remains an essential necessity in the fight against Israel’s occupation, urging all Muslims to regard that the struggle to liberate Palestine as the top priority that unites all Muslims and ends the schisms dividing the Muslim Ummah.

Abbas, Hamas leadership meet in Doha

Hamas
Press Release

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Chairman of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Meshaal and deputy chairman Ismail Haniya convened on Thursday evening with the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting in Doha hosted by Qatar’s foreign minister Mohamed Al Thani.

The meeting discussed the dangers threatening the Palestinian cause and national priorities during the current critical phase as well as ways to achieve reconciliation and end the Palestinian rift.

The need to implement the previous reconciliation agreements signed in Cairo, Doha and Gaza’s Beach refugee camp was underlined by Hamas leaders who also stress the importance of national partnership and urged for holding the elections and forming a unity government.

They also called for formulating a program to confront the Israeli colonial occupation and its transgressions as a united front.

Hamas also hailed Qatari efforts to support the Palestinian people and break the siege imposed on Gaza, and expressed appreciation for Qatari endeavors to achieve Palestinian reconciliation.

PFLP responds positively to initiative by Islamic Jihad for national unity

PFLP
Press Release

Islamic Jihad rally in Gaza City, October 2016

Islamic Jihad rally in Gaza City, October 2016

In response to the 10-point initiative presented by the General Secretary of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ramadan Shallah, at the anniversary event of the movement, Comrade Kayed al-Ghoul, of the Political Bureau of the PFLP, said that the initiative intersects to a large degree with the positions of the Front and several initiatives brought forward.

Al-Ghoul expressed his support for the initiative of the Islamic Jihad Movement in an effort to rebuild Palestinian unity on the basis of a national liberation strategy suitable to the phase in which we live, emphasizing that the Palestinian people are engaged in a comprehensive conflict with the Zionist enemy at all levels and that there is a necessity for the full rehabilitation of all Palestinian national rights through cutting the path of Oslo and all related agreements, while supporting the steadfastness of the Palestinian masses.

He urged the movement to continue its efforts to follow up with all forces for a comprehensive national dialogue for this initiative.

Ramadan Shallah announced the 10-point initiative for an escape from the Palestinian predicament, which includes the following: Read more »

PFLP condemns occupation piracy of Women’s Boat to Gaza

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Press Release

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine expressed its strongest condemnation of the Zionist occupation forces for their attack on the Women’s Boat to Gaza, the Zaytouna, blocking it from reaching the Gaza Strip on a journey of solidarity and to break the siege of occupation.

The Front denounced this Zionist piracy, reaffirming the Zionist regime’s disregard for international conventions and treaties, relying instead on tyranny, terror and the support and protection provided by US imperialism and its allies in international forums.

The Front expressed its salutes and appreciation to the women on board the hijacked ship, saluting their determination to break the siege on the Gaza Strip despite the risk, noting that this mission enjoys the strong support of the Palestinian people and is yet more motivation to continue to work to expand international solidarity campaigns and boycott the Zionist state.

Israeli women betray their sisters, intercept Women’s Boat to Gaza

Julie Webb-Pullman

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Israeli women soldiers led the attack in international waters on the Women’s Boat to Gaza, Zaytouna-Oliva, on Wednesday evening Gaza time, and kidnapped the 13 international women on board.

The 13 freedom sailors included New Zealand Member of Parliament Marama Davidson, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire from Ireland, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright.

There has been no communication from the women since their capture, but the Israeli media reported the following statement from the Israeli occupation forces:

“In accordance with government directives and after exhausting all diplomatic channels, the Israeli Navy redirected the vessel in order to prevent breach of the lawful maritime blockade.”

Two hours ago the Israeli Times said the Zaytouna-Oliva was intercepted 65 kilometres from the Gaza Coast, and was now heading slowly toward Ashdod.

In the Interim Oslo Agreement, signed by Israel and the PLO, boats from Gaza are permitted to go twenty nautical miles (about thirty-seven kilometers) from the coastline, meaning the Zaytoun-Oliva was clearly still in international waters when it was pirated.

Prior to this latest breach of international law by Israel on the high seas, Israeli airstrikes and tank fire pounded the Gaza Strip, from a training ground in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza to naval police headquarters in Beit Lahiya in the north, and several Gaza City suburbs in between.

It is precisely this sort of wanton destruction and the humanitarian catastrophe of an illegal siege that the women’s boat was seeking to highlight, and break.

Women around the world are watching and waiting to see whether the women are safe.

Israel issues orders to intercept all-women Gaza-bound flotilla

Palestine Information Centre

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The Israeli occupation navy has received instructions to intercept women’s boat to Gaza and arrest onboard activists, Israeli daily Maariv reported Sunday.

The Israeli naval forces have received orders to intercept al-Zaytouna ship and arrest activists as soon as they reach Gaza shores. The boat is reportedly to be towed to the Ashdod Harbor wile female activists will be deported to their mother countries after they sign pledges to never return.

Zaytouna ship is expected to reach Gaza shores in the next three days following a stopover in the Greek Island of Crete to fix a sudden breakdown.

Amal and Zaytouna, a flotilla of two boats with all-women crews and passengers, set sail from Barcelona en route to besieged Gaza in another maritime attempt to break Israel’s illegitimate blockade on the Palestinian coastal enclave.

There are 11 women in each boat, including Malin Bjork, a European Parliament member, Marama Davideon, a New ZEaland member of Parliament, Mairead Maguire, the Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland, Fouzia Hassan, a doctor from Malaysia, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright.

The Gaza Strip is a place where around two million Palestinians have been locked up for nearly a decade in what many describe as the “world’s largest open air prison.”

Gaza’s political parties welcome the Women’s Boats to Gaza

Women leaders from three of Gaza’s leading political parties welcome the women in the Women’s Boats to Gaza arriving shortly in an attempt to break the Israeli siege of Gaza. Rajaa Al Halabi from Hamas, Mariam Abu Dagga from PFLP and Amal Hamad from Fatah ask women all over the world to continue to stand in solidarity with Palestinian women – and to send more boats.

They emphasise the tragic consequences of the now ten-year Israeli siege on Gaza’s women, and demand that international law be respected, and the siege lifted.

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