Archive for the 'Jerusalem' Category

Occupied Palestinian Territory: Bleakest picture yet, says UN expert after regional visit

PRESS RELEASE
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory

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GENEVA (29 June 2018) – A UN expert has expressed alarm about the deterioration of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, saying reports received during his visit to the region this week painted the most dispiriting picture yet of the situation on the ground.

“After years of creeping Israeli de facto annexation of the large swathes of the West Bank through settlement expansion, the creation of closed military zones and other measures, Israel appears to be getting closer to enacting legislation that will formally annex parts of the West Bank,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk. “This would amount to a profound violation of international law, and the impact of ongoing settlement expansion on human rights must not be ignored.”

Lynk travelled to Amman, Jordan this week to meet with civil society, government officials and UN representatives to collect information for his next report, to be presented to the 73rd session of the General Assembly in October 2018. Israel, the occupying power, has continued to prohibit him from travelling to the OPT.

“This is my third mission to the region since I assumed the mandate in May 2016, and the reports I received this week have painted the bleakest picture yet of the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” he said. Read more »

UNAC STATEMENT ON JERUSALEM

PRESS STATEMENT
The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

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The decision of the Trump administration to declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that the US will move its embassy to Jerusalem is a violation of the rights of the Palestinian people, of international law and a number of United Nations resolutions. It is a bipartisan action which is supported by most Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by past presidents from both parties. It once again affirms Washington’s support for the brutal Zionist regime in Israel and its genocidal policies towards the Palestinian people. Read more »

Last gamble?

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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The people of the world are waking up despite the fact that most mainstream media is now “managed” to give that Zionist message of danger about Iran, Hizbollah etc while ignoring the war crimes and crimes against humanity being perpetuated daily by Israel and its puppets like Mohammad Bin Salman.

What media is not managed, is blocked in most of the Arab world run by those dictators.

The mainstream media is complicit in ensuring people are not aware of what is going on.

Imagine if a Muslim sniper shot an American, or a Jewish double amputee who lost his legs to another Muslim attack years earlier? How would the media have reacted.

How would the media react if a dictator who is not friendly to the US was doing what he and his senile father were doing now? They just arrested the rich guys in their country and even visiting rich guys from other countries (like Hariri from Lebanon and Sabeeh Amasri from Jordan) and are stripping them of heir wealth! They are beheading any opposition. Read more »

Israeli violations since Trump’s Jerusalem decision

HAMAS

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Protests continued for the second week across the West Bank and Gaza Strip against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli Occupation. During the first week of December 2017, nine Palestinians were killed and 611 were injured, according to the Intifada Center.

Moreover, the Israeli Occupation Forces withheld 15 bodies of the Intifada martyrs and arrested 174 citizens, 92 of whom are children. The arrests were concentrated in Hebron, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nablus, Tulkarm, and Qalqilia.

The number of the arrested MPs is now 12, following the detention of Hassan Yousef from Ramallah. Read more »

Head of Hamas outside Palestine: Jerusalem cannot be divided

HAMAS

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The head of Hamas outside Palestine, Maher Salah assured that Jerusalem cannot be divided and Trump’s decision will not change the city’s history or geography.

During his speech at Hamas festival on its 30th anniversary in Lebanon, Salah stated that Jerusalem is the core of the conflict and will remain the eternal capital of Palestine pointing out that Trump’s decision will fail once and for all.

He affirmed that Hamas aims to resist the Israeli Occupation, to liberate the land and Palestinians, and to establish the state of full sovereignty over entire Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital.

He pointed out that resistance in all its forms is the strategic choice to achieve freedom, especially after the failure of the so called peace process. Read more »

Haniyeh: Our determination will prevent Trump’s decision

HAMAS

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Head of Hamas’s political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, said that the will of our people and our nation and the free world will prevent the decision of Trump from being carried out.

Haniyeh said in a televised interview on Al-Quds television Friday evening that the mass rallies that were organized across Palestine and the world, confirm its absolute rejection of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli Occupation’s capital.

He said, “We are witnessing a major transformation on the ground which means that the US administration is isolated, and these rallies and the ever-growing world consciousness will topple Trump’s decision”. He also called on the masses of the people in Palestine and worldwide to continue and progress with the rallies in support of Jerusalem.

“Fooled are those who believe that our position will only be limited to condemnations and demonstrations”.

Haniyeh elaborated that all Palestinian parties are moving towards a strategic framework on all levels to resist the Israeli Occupation until Palestine is liberated.

On the movement’s part, Haniyeh stressed that Hamas will work at all levels to overthrow the decision, saying that the decision cannot change the reality of history and the identity of the city, which is directly linked to the hearts of Palestinians and Muslims worldwide.

Resistance unites us

He stressed that unity manifests inside Palestinians through our resistance and the Intifada. He added, “Oslo has torn us a part, but resistance will re-unite us”.

Head of the movement pointed out that he had made many contacts with Arab and Islamic leaders regarding Jerusalem, and noted that he received a call from the Emir of Qatar and briefed him on his efforts on Jerusalem.

Haniyeh stressed that huge efforts are underway to adopt and program a strategic framework worldwide in support of Jerusalem.

UN Security Council

Regarding the UN Security Council, Haniyeh demanded the Council to stop the Israeli aggression on Palestine. and the support and covering it relishes from the US administration.

He stressed that Trump’s decision will destabilize the region and world peace.

Hamas’s chief leader thanked the eight countries, particularly Egypt, that requested a security council meeting to study the serious developments.

PFLP announces cancellation of anniversary rally, transformation into march of anger

PRESS STATEMENT
PFLP

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine announced the cancellation of its planned anniversary events, including the central festival scheduled for Gaza City on Saturday, and transforming those events into marches of anger to confront U.S. imperialism and Zionism following Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem. Read more »

Meshal calls for more pressure on US administration to retract its decision

HAMAS

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The former head of Hamas’s Politbureau, Khaled Mehsal, urged for more protests at popular and formal levels across all nations to confront the American decision and pressure the US administration to retract its decision on relocating its embassy to Jerusalem.

In a televised interview on Al Jazeera Friday night, Meshal stated: “What happened today was a crucial and a positive step and the Arab and Islamic nation (Ummah) shall continue on this path to force the US administration to retract its decision”.

On Palestinian level

Meshal also said that the Palestinian factions and all the Palestinian people alike have declared an Intifada across occupied Palestine. “This is a major step, but it’s still not sufficient enough. What we need today is: to consolidate the Palestinian entity and achieve reconciliation without any obstacles. Then we must adopt a unified strategy for resistance which includes the Intifada and resistance in all forms. All decisions and political moves must also be made jointly.

Meshal also pointed out that the Palestinian people have made way for the international community and Arab initiatives, but the result yielded nothing. “Today the issue is about Jerusalem which is a non-negotiable issue. We have no option but to hold on to Jerusalem”.

He also drew attention to the fact that the Palestinian people alone have forced the Israeli occupation to withdraw and retreat during a former battle at the Al Aqsa gates. “They succeeded and achieved victory as the world, except for a few countries, stood idly watching. We are adamant in our belief that we can repeat the same triumphant experience”.

PFLP: Our struggle – not Trump – will decide the fate of Jerusalem

PRESS RELEASE
PFLP

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine described the declaration of US President Donald Trump as a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and their rights that makes the U.S. position clear as a hostile entity toward our people and a partner of the Zionist state in its crimes against the Palestinian people and land, and it must be addressed on this basis.

Further, the Front considered that Trump also launched a “bullet of mercy” on the so-called two-state solution, the settlement project and the delusions of the peace process. It called upon the Palestinian leadership to learn the necessary lessons from the devastating experience of reliance on negotiations and U.S. domination and announce the immediate withdrawal from the Oslo agreement and all subsequent and attendant obligations.

The PFLP called on the Palestinian masses and their organizations to unite their efforts and respond collectively, practically and forcefully to this decision through action and escalation of the momentum of the popular movement. Read more »

last straw

Mazin Qumsiyeh

Trump’s decision dropped the last fig leaf and added the final straw that will indeed reshape Western Asia and Probably the world but not in ways that the Zionists who run the Trump administration planned or wished for. IT IS NOW TIME FOR ACTIONS.

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The last fig leaf: Everyone now recognizes that the last fig leaf of the mythical/mirage ”two-state solution” have now ended with this z\announcement by Trump that illegal occupation and annexation of Arab Jerusalem is recognized by the government of the USA. In my 2004 book explaining why and how the “two state” public relations campaign is not a solution but was invented by Ben Gurion in the 1920s to keep the world thinking that Zionists want peace while they consolidated their power and extended their control and then expanded (eventually to the ultimate goal of the “Jewish empire”. Read more »

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 »