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PCHR: Serious escalation in use of lethal force against Gaza protestors by Israeli forces

PRESS RELEASE
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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On Friday afternoon, 12 October 2018, using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 29th Friday in a row, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 224 others, including 42 children, three women, three journalists, and a paramedic with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters. Sixteen of the wounded sustained serious injuries.

According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed heavy deployment of the Israeli forces this week as the latter heavily fired live bullets, increasing the number of causalities.

The Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators who posed no threat or danger to the life of Israeli soldiers in the areas of demonstrations.

Investigations and observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers emphasize that the demonstrations in all areas were as always fully peaceful, and neither weapons nor armed persons were seen. However, the Israeli forces’ snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand berms and in military jeeps along the border fence. Read more »

Hamas consults Palestinian factions on political developments

HAMAS

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The Resistance Movement Hamas has conducted a series of meetings and consultations with a number of Palestinian factions on Wednesday and Thursday in the movement’s office in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has discussed with the Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian National Front, the Palestinian Popular Front, and the Palestinian National Initiative many current political developments including the Great Return March, the endeavors to lift the Israeli blockade, and the ways to handle the challenges of the Palestinian cause.

The meetings’ agenda also included the restoration of the national unity in the basis of comprehensive partnership, and all the parties reciprocated understanding and showed their preparedness to maintain the Palestinian national interests.

Hamas also briefed the Palestinian factions on its visit to Cairo and meetings with the Egyptian officials.

Hamas thanks Qatar for Gaza aid

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The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas extended its heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Qatar and the Qatar Fund for Development for announcing that they plan to provide $150 million of urgent humanitarian aid to the beleaguered people in the Gaza Strip .

On his Twitter account, the member of Hamas Political Bureau Ez’zt al-Rasheq expressed the movement’s “sincere thanks to the Qatari Emir, government, and people for supporting the Palestinian people.” He appreciated the Qatar Fund for Development’s announcement that they are going to send $150 million as urgent humanitarian assistance to the blockaded Gaza.

The Hamas leader noted that such a move aims to “alleviate the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip that has been under Israeli siege for more than 12 years.”

Good neighbours fill PA-created vacuum in Gaza

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Neighboring countries have stepped forward to plug the gap left by the Palestinian Authority in Gaza, without demanding a political price in return, Hamas leader Easm al-Da’alis said today.

On his Twitter account al-Da’alis wrote, “When the Palestinian Authority abdicated its responsibility towards the Palestinian people in Gaza and aggravated their suffering by imposing sanctions and threatening to take more punitive measures against the coastal territory, the free people of the world took a step forward to mitigate the deteriorating situation in the coastal enclave.”

Al-Da’alis noted that Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Morocco and others filled the vacuum with no strings attached, adding that such a move came in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their cause.

Three shipments of the Qatar-funded fuel were allowed entry into the Gaza Strip to supply the sole power plant in the enclave.

The truckload of the fuel entered the besieged territory on Tuesday afternoon via the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) border crossing as part of a deal reached during the New York Donors Conference that allows Qatar to fund part of the fuel needed for operating the Gaza power plant.

UN expert condemns killing of more Palestinian protesters

PRESS RELEASE
UNHR Special Procedures

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The killing and wounding of more Palestinian protesters at the Gaza fence by the Israeli security forces is an ongoing affront to human rights and human dignity, said a UN human rights expert.

“The deaths of seven more participants in the Gaza demonstrations, and the wounding of more than 200 others, this past Friday indicates that the Israeli security forces are not heeding the international criticism of their use of lethal fire against Palestinian demonstrators, who appear to pose no credible threat to Israeli security forces,” said Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Two of the Palestinians killed on Friday were boys aged 11 and 14. One Gaza-based human rights group, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, estimates that 163 of the injured demonstrators were shot with live fire.

Since the start of the Great March of Return on 30 March, more than 150 Palestinians have been killed during demonstrations near the Gaza fence by the Israeli security forces. More than 10,000 demonstrators have been wounded during this period, more than half of them by live fire. A number of the wounded have suffered devastating and life-long injuries.

“International human rights law imposes strict obligations on the use of force by law enforcement officials,” said Lynk. “Lethal force against demonstrators is absolutely forbidden unless strictly unavoidable in the case of an imminent threat to life or threat of serious injury. Many of those killed and wounded appear to have presented no such imminent threat.

“As I have said in previous statements regarding the recent violence at the Gaza fence, the killing and wounding of demonstrators, in the absence of any strictly-measured justification, and within the context of occupation, may amount to willful killing, which is both a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and a war crime. It is also a serious violation of international human rights law and its protections for the rights to freedom of expression and assembly.”

The Special Rapporteur expressed hope that the recently-appointed UN Commission of Inquiry will be able to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the deaths and injuries in Gaza over the past six months. “Accountability is paramount in the global quest to advance human rights and to bring perpetrators to justice in accordance with the rule of law,” Lynk said.

Islamic Jihad announces organisational election results

PRESS RELEASE
Islamic Jihad Movement of Palestine

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Islamic Jihad Movement of Palestine announces the results of the internal elections of the Movement.

Ziad Al-Nakhla is the new Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement of Palestine (PIJ), replacing Dr. Ramadan Shalah.

Nine members were elected to the political bureau:
1. Akram Ajouri
2. Mohammed Al-Hindi
3. Yousef Al-Hasayneh
4. Walid Al-Qatati
5. Mohammed Hamid
6. Anwar Abu Taha
7. Abdul Aziz Al-Minawi
8. Nafez Azzam
9. Khaled Al-Batsh.

Participation in the vote was 99.3%.

Following announcement of the election results, spokesman for the Islamic Jihad Movement, Daoud Shehab, greeted all martyrs of the cause and martyrs of the return marches and prisoners and leaders of the captive movement.

“We are determined to continue the March of Return until the siege is lifted,” he said.

“Islamic Jihad Movement is still keen to promote the atmosphere of democracy in order to achieve unity.”

The internal election procedures of the Islamic Jihad movement began more than a year ago, under the supervision of the Secretary General Dr Ramadan Abdullah.

Hamas on Abbas’ speech to UNGA

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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Hamas considers the speech of Mahmoud Abbas to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday evening to have been pointless repetition, thus highlighting the failures of his policies and his inability to predict others’ behavior despite warnings from the Palestinian factions and others.

In his speech, Abbas merely repeated his demands to the international community, complained about the negligence of the U.S. administration and its bias, and expressed his upset over the Israeli Occupation refusal to fulfill its due commitments made through PA-Israeli Occupation agreements, which has led to catastrophic consequences for the Palestinian cause.

Indeed, the Abbas speech is an explicit announcement of both the failure of his policies, and a straightforward confession that the path of ‘negotiations’ will never bring about just solutions or any gains for the Palestinian people.

Regarding the borders of the Israeli Occupation, Abbas should have posed that question before entering into the Oslo Accords and recognizing the Israeli Occupation.

Abbas completely ignored the Great March of Return in his speech, and the great sacrifice the Palestinian people make to resist the occupation. He also excluded the Gaza Strip and its people when uttering his words before the General Assembly.

Accordingly, Abbas deepens the Palestinian split, paves the way for the Israeli Occupation to perpetrate more crimes and killings, and facilitates the implementation of the ‘Deal of the Century.’

In confirming that he is committed to continued negotiations with the Israeli Occupation despite hundreds of unsuccessful rounds and conferences, Mahmoud Abbas is just duplicating failure while the occupation commits land-grabs to expand its settlements and judaizes the Islamic holy sites, and the Palestinian right of return is annihilated through the dismantling of UNRWA.

As all of the above violations continue unabated, Mahmoud Abbas maintains security collaboration with the Israeli occupation, and restricts both the Palestinian resistance and the Palestinian people from expressing their opposition to the Israeli crimes – even through popular and peaceful means.

Calling the Palestinian resistance ‘terrorist militias’ before the UNGA is a stab in the back of the Palestinian people and their long history, steadfast resistance, and numerous martyrs.

Rubbing salt in the wound, Abbas then employed this platform to declare his intention to isolate the Gaza Strip and to threaten its people with new punitive measures, endangering both Palestinian reconciliation on the one hand, and contradicting the valuable efforts exerted by Egypt to reach national unity on the other. Abbas should have supported all these endeavors, and announced a lifting of the PA sanctions imposed on the Gaza Strip. We therefore hold Abbas responsible for any further ramifications resulting from new punitive measures against the Gaza Strip and its people.

Given all of the aforementioned facts and challenges, Hamas believes that it is necessary for Abbas to repudiate the path of Oslo, a path that has proven to have failed and which has inflicted overwhelming repercussions on the Palestinian people.

Abbas should reconsider the unilateralist policy he has adopted.

Abbas needs to listen to the people of Palestine and to the Palestinian factions, and take heed of their desire for reconciliation and for the implementation of agreements in this regard, above all the Cairo Agreement of 2011.

Abbas must reunite the Palestinian people, and reorganise the internal political situation on the basis of partnership and consensus for a national program to restore our rights and maintain the Palestinian constants.

Finally, Abbas must immediately halt security collaboration and all forms of cooperation with the Israeli Occupation.

Zionist storming of Al-Aqsa crosses all red lines

HAMAS

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Hamas leader Muhammad Abu-Teir said in a Press Release Tuesday that the Israeli occupation is ‘crossing all red lines’ in its attempts to impose a new reality on the ground in Jerusalem by exploiting current conditions.

Abu-Teir said that the increasing number of extremist Zionists breaking into Al-Aqsa Mosque is indicative of how alarming the situation has become, and called on the Palestinian people to fight off the occupation’s attempts to take over the holy site.

“These acts will not change history, nor negate the fact that Al-Aqsa is a holy site for Muslims,” Abu-Teir added.

Abu Teir stressed that all such endeavors to completely judaize the holy site are doomed to failure.

“They may trigger an uprising against the Israeli occupation,” he concluded.

History of Al Aqsa

– Al Aqsa is the third-holiest site in Islam – it was the first Qibla (direction for praying) for Muslims, before changing to Mecca in 624.

– While Al-Aqsa is often thought of as a single building, the site actually consists of several mosques, including the Buraq and Marwani Mosques. The wider compound in which Al-Aqsa is located is referred to as Al-Haram Ash-Sharif (The Noble Sanctuary).

– The legendary golden Dome of the Rock is believed to be the first dome ever used in Islamic architecture.

– Al Aqsa is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site list, thus is considered of enormous importance to both Islamic and world history and culture.

Hamas delegation to visit Cairo for ceasefire talks

HAMAS

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A Hamas delegation will soon head to Cairo to take part in talks on several issues concerning Palestine, Hamas leader Sami Abu Zuhri said in a press release today.

Abu Zuhri confirmed that Hamas has ‘other options’ if the efforts exerted to reach a ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation fail.

Hamas will be discussing the ceasefire from a position of strength, Abu Zuhri stressed.

The Hamas leader concluded that the Palestinian people have sent a clear message to the Israeli Occupation that stalling for time to deplete the people of Gaza’s will is a lost cause.

The Great March of Return has continued unabated on Gaza’s ‘borders’ for six months, despite the Israeli killing of over 180 peaceful protesters, and the maiming and injuring of many thousands more.

Is PA security collaboration treason?

HAMAS

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Palestinian factions have condemned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks boasting about security collaboration with the Israeli Occupation and his relation with the chief of the Israeli Intelligence, Service Nadav Argaman. They have also denounced Abbas’ confessions that he maintained ‘regular meetings’ with Argaman, who has brutally tortured many Palestinians.

But criticism and condemnation alone will not heal the wounds inflicted on the Palestinian cause, nor will they end the tragedy of people who have been suffering from it, especially those who also suffer oppression at the hands of the Israeli Occupation forces.

The Israeli intelligence’s core work is security information that is employed against the Palestinians in favour of the Zionists occupying all of Palestine, including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Israeli intelligence strips the Palestinian people of their dignity.

Its latest ‘achievement’ is perpetrating hundreds of violations against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank, including shooting 114 Palestinians, the detention of 365 civilians, the demolition of 35 houses, 795 break-ins, and the storming into Al-Aqsa Mosque. And that is just the crimes committed in August in the West Bank – Gaza has its own list of criminal oppression.

The aforementioned atrocities are the poisoned fruit of the security collaboration between the Israeli intelligence and the PA security forces, fruits the Israeli Occupation has reaped at the expense of the Palestinian cause. Poisoned fruits sanctified by Abbas even if they liquidate the Palestinian cause before the Palestinian factions’ eyes, and strip Palestinians of their last vestiges of dignity.

TREASON

Condemnation, opposition, and criticism of Abbas’ policies will not deter him from undermining the Palestinian national consensus. Action is needed – demonstrations, sit-ins, and real opposition up to the level of civil disobedience if necessary – to send a clear message that security collaboration with the Israeli Occupation is a gross treason, as stated in the National Consensus Document that was signed by all Palestinian factions in Cairo in 2011:

“Providing the enemy with information that threatens Palestine and its civilians is considered as a high treason that deserves punishment under the law.” (Page 7, Para 3)

This begs two questions:
1) Does Abbas exchange security information with the chief of the Israeli intelligence during their meetings, that negatively affects Palestinians?
2) What are the penalties for such behaviour?

If the answer to the first question is yes – and how could it be other – then treason is the inescapable conclusion.

The answer to the second is equally clear:

“He, who collaborates with the enemy, provides it with information, or exposes any act of Palestinian resistance to danger shall be sentenced to death,” says Article 140 of the Revolutionary Judiciary Law issued by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1979, from which the National Consensus Document statement on homeland security was derived.

ACTION NEEDED

We therefore call on all segments of the Palestinian people to file high treason charges against Mahmoud Abbas pursuant to the Revolutionary Judiciary Law that was approved by all the PLO factions, and according to the 2011 National Consensus Document, which was signed by all the Palestinian factions – including Fatah.

Mesha’al: Eight challenges for Palestinian leadership

HAMAS

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Former Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Mesh’al said today that the Palestinian leadership, including Hamas, should overcome certain challenges to save the Palestinian cause.

In a scientific conference held in Gaza titled Hamas: 30 Years on: Reality and Hopes, Mesh’al said that there are eight challenges for the Palestinian leadership, adding that the first is making a big turn in the resistance process, and fighting the Israeli Occupation ahead of liberating Palestine.

Mesh’al added that the Palestinian leaders have the responsibility to find a solution to the division based on the national principles is another challenge posed to the Palestinian cause, reiterating the necessity to end the split and build our national unity and national project after redefinition. Read more »

Hamas: Five strategies to preserve Palestinian cause as ‘deal of century’ looms

HAMAS

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Top Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that national efforts exerted to save the Palestinian cause from being liquidated must be laid on five strategic foundations:

First: Continuous protection of resistance, as we are living in a world that respects only the strong.

Second: We have to build national Palestinian unity based on respecting partnership, adhering to the Palestinian agreements, and rebuilding the Palestinian homeland.

Third: We have to be open to elements of the Ummah, all the parties, world countries, and blocs. We represent a cause, which needs our support.

Forth: We have to work on ending the siege imposed on Gaza. No one can undermine Gaza’s patriotism and resistance.

Fifth: Hamas was, and is still, insisting to go to Cairo along with all the Palestinian factions on the basis of partnership in taking national decisions. Read more »

Hamas new charter is reflective of development

HAMAS

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Hamas expressed its natural intellectual development over the past 30 years in the Document of Principles and Policies, former Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Meshal stated.

In a televised interview with Al-Jazeera TV Channel on Monday evening, Meshal confirmed that the new Hamas charter highlighted a specific era; it was composed to reflect the movement’s intellectual and political advancement.

Meshal clarified that the movement has not repudiated its original charter, but rather adhered to its principle, and furthermore, expressed changes with new principles in the new document.

Unlike others, Hamas will never alter its core principles, Mesahl added. Read more »

Decoding the Pipes/Trump/Kushner ‘Deal of the Century”

Opinion
Richard Falk

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You didn’t have to be a ‘never Trump’ loyalist to have qualms about proposing to bring peace to Palestinians and Jews by creating conditions that would produce ‘The Deal of the Century.’ And let’s be fair, if the game of nations is now played according to the rules of Madison Avenue, the phrase was a winner despite being a loser if evaluated from a problem-solving perspective. Even in the present degraded political atmosphere, to bet on an advertising slogan as a substitute for healing ideas may be a good formula for ensuring a large audience for a reality TV episode, but it is a cruel evasion when it comes to addressing the daily ordeal of the Palestinian people consigned to the victimization associated with living under the Israeli apartheid state. Read more »

Hamas to break Gaza siege regardless of Abbas’ opposition

HAMAS

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Member of Hamas Political Bureau Salah Al-Bardawil stated that his movement would continue exerting efforts to pressure the Israeli Occupation to lift the siege imposed on Gaza Strip despite attempts of some sides to hinder this move.

In an interview with Al-Aqsa TV Channel, Al-Bardawil added that the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas foiled Egypt’s efforts to break the Israeli-imposed siege on the Gaza Strip, as part of PA’s bid to pave the way for the ‘deal of the century’ which aims at liquidating the Palestinian cause.

Regarding Abbas’ claims that the ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation is part of the ‘deal of the century’, Al-Bardawil stressed that his movement is exerting efforts to hammer out a truce with the Israeli Occupation in parallel with achieving the national reconciliation.

Al-Bardawil criticized the PA for maintaining its sanctions on the Gaza Strip, reiterating that the movement is prepared to run for elections at all levels. Read more »

That Slap In The Face

Shukri Abu-Bakr*

This is for you, Ahed

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Like a Free Palestine Spirit, your home is hospitable and warm, but has no fireplace for a cold killer.

Your fingernails sun-kissed, your palms soft as a whisper; but you did it, girl; you slapped a lethal weapon right in the face.

Your lips breathless over a million unheard cries… So rouse the world. Make it listen. Make it rise. Stand face-to-face and slap it right in the face.

Your green eyes, what do they see or so desire; but a white dawn to descend upon a nation’s dream set on fire.

So, girl, strip the arsonist of his undue grace…and yes, princess, with your bare hands slap him right in the face.

You’re noble from head to toe, daughter of the mountains, so bring your oppressor down on his armored knees.. and slap him hard. Slap him right in the face.

Slap him every time his psycho boots step into your peace of mind.

Slap him every time his tanks roll over your tender foot-marks. Slap him every time his smoke out-smells the wild sage in your yard. And slap him, daughter of the land…

Slap him for every time he stole dirt from your great grandfather’s grave. Slap him for every time he left an olive tree butchered in your neighbor’s grove. Slap him for every time he demanded respect for his loaded gun.

Slap him for your cousin… for all the young bones punctuated with bullets. And your highness, with your wrists besieged in cuffs as cruel as my own, slap him; not once, not twice, but thrice, for every time he thought that at the sight of coming invaders, Red-headed Palestine would simply run away.

* Shukri Abu Bakr is a Palestinian humanitarian serving a 65 year prison sentence in the United States following the controversial Holy Land Foundation trial

24th Friday of Great March of Return

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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On the 24th Friday of the Great March of Return, the Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum stated the following:

The mass participation in this week’s Great March of Return proves that the Palestinian people have selected the Palestinian resistance which defends them against the ongoing Israeli aggression to represent them over the Palestinian Authority which is imposing sanctions on Gaza while continuing its security collaboration with the Israeli Occupation.

Fawzi Barhoum

The Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas

07/09/2018

Israel puts Gaza on a diet

Visualizing Palestine

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Since the start of its blockade on Gaza, Israel has been controlling Gazans’ calorie intake, making food essentials such as meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables a luxury.

2017 OCHA estimates found that 40%* of Gazan households suffered from food insecurity, and 80%* of people were reliant on foreign aid for survival.

With the Trump administration’s $200 million* aid cuts to Palestine and Israel’s sanctions on imports and exports, families in Gaza are increasingly at risk of food insecurity.

Our visuals highlight how Israel’s Red Lines Policy, implemented from 2007-2010, collectively punished Gazans by limiting their access to food quantities needed for survival.

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Hamas: We don’t seek war but we are prepared to defend our people

HAMAS

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“We don’t seek war but we are well prepared to defend our people if the Israeli occupation decided to attack them,” Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahyia al-Sinwar, said.

During a press conference with Gaza youth held on Tuesday in Gaza city, al-Sinwar reiterated his Movement’s preparation for any Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip if forced into one.

“During this period we are willing to stabilize the 2014 cease-fire with the Israeli Occupation in return for ending the 12-year-long siege imposed on our people in the coastal encalve,” he stressed.

In an effort to end the crippling siege, Palestinians in Gaza organized the Great March of Return last March where they headed towards the separation fence and demanded for the siege to be lifted and to return to their original homeland. However, they were met with brutal force from Israeli soldiers who killed more than 180 peaceful civilians and wounded thousands of others.

“The Great March of Return brought the Israeli Occupation to the conviction that an inevitable explosion in the Gaza Strip will happen and will affect the Occupation due to this choking siege,” al-Sinwar continued. Read more »

Will Palestinian factions agree to a part of the ceasefire agreement?

Article
HAMAS

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The barriers to signing a ceasefire between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli Occupation cannot be limited to the great disparity between the terms of the Israeli Occupation and the Palestinian resistance or the Palestinian Authority’s stance towards the ceasefire. Rather, the disparity between the Palestinian factions’ stances towards the ceasefire represents another barrier to reaching such an agreement.

The blackout imposed on the Palestinian factions’ meetings in Cairo and their stances towards the ceasefire cannot conceal the fact that the disparity between the Palestinian factions’ positions hinders reaching a ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation.

Despite the considerable disputes between the leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA), some factions seem enthusiastic about agreeing to any agreement that overcomes the PLO and the PA. Read more »

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