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The UN Circus

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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The big circus at the UN reminded us of characters from a Chinese Henghua puppet theater. The bombastic mingled with the fools, the idiots with the more idiotic, the funny characters and the puppets whose strings and overlaying hand were so poorly done. The strings sometimes got entangled. Everybody pretended in their own way to believe the show especially the characters themselves.

Netanyahu pretended that normalization with the Arab states will keep him his job as it will divert attention from his scandals. The pathetic Yemeni appointed Saudi puppet pretended that more bombing by western powers not of Yemeni children will regain him his lost presidency.

Newer actors slipped in a bit more authentic voices whether bombastic (Trump) or a bit more rational (Macron, Rouhani). But the old guard had the most easily recognized non-authentic voices.

The award for the best performance must go to Mahmoud Abbas who put on a good act pretending to his people and to others that begging and pleading works. Perhaps this is because he’s had the longest time on stage – since the 1974 ten-point program that pretended that appeasing the west gets you points.

His aides and advisors sheepishly explain to those who ask that he is helpless and that he must play the game. Thus, Abbas reasserted he will continue in peaceful ways to beg for a state along the 1967 borders even as any idiot knows this is never in the cards.

He asserted he will not demand basic human rights for all Palestinians but only those in 1967 areas.

The two-state “solution” (illusion), as any person who reads history, is the most ridiculous “make believe” part of this poor Henghua play.

There has never been in history a two state division of a country between colonizers and colonized.

Such struggles fall into three models/scenarios in terms of outcome: 1) an Algerian model, 2) an Australian model, 3) a Mexican or Brazilian model.

Since the first two are extremely unlikely (perhaps impossible), the third is the most common outcome – one state for all children of colonized and of colonizers.

There is no fourth scenario for outcome of such struggles.

But ultimately the question is what each of us wants and how WE work to achieve our objectives. Actions speak louder than words and we urge all to work together for a more peaceful, just, and environmentally sustainable world.

Stay Human

Mazin Qumsiyeh
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home
Professor and (volunteer) Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine

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 .

PFLP: Those who meet with the occupier stand with the enemies of the people

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine strongly condemned Palestinian Authority officials and merchants in Jenin for participating in a farewell ceremony for the Zionist liaison officer in the criminal occupation army, Samir Kioff.

The Front considers that the participation of a Palestinian delegation in the farewell of a Zionist war criminal who stained his hands with the blood of our people is a disgrace on those officials and a poisoned stab in the back of our people, disregarding the blood of the martyrs and the sacrifices of our people who are still struggling under the weight of the crimes of the occupation, in order to be exploited by the occupation to beautify this image.

The Front emphasized that this gathering in the so-called Salem settlement camp which has been a consistent source of suffering for our people, is yet another proof that the Palestinian Authority does not learn any lessons from its continuing great sins against the resistance of our Palestinian people, as shown in the rush of its leaders toward normalization and meetings with the enemy, and in light of the continuation of security coordination with the enemy by the security apparatus.

The Front pointed out that those who continue in the field of normalization are putting themselves in the path of confrontation of our people and should expect punishment for their actions, as national crimes have no statute of limitations.

The Front further emphasized that the Palestinian national responsibility requires all national, community, cultural and commercial actors to condemn these normalization meetings and to expose, besiege and boycott them.

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 »

PSC condemns the arrest of prominent human rights activist Issa Amro

PRESS RELEASE
Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) condemns the arrest of Issa Amro by the Palestinian Preventive Security Force and calls for his immediate and unconditional release. Issa was detained for criticising the Palestinian Authority for its arrest of a journalist in a Facebook post.

PSC Chair Hugh Lanning said:

“I have met and worked with Issa and have huge regard for his courageous battle against injustice. He has spent his life defending fellow Palestinians against Israel’s increasing colonisation of Palestinian land. The Palestinian Authority should be defending and supporting human rights defenders like Issa, not arresting them for expressing their views online.” Read more »

UNRWA Visit to Evicted Family in East Jerusalem

PRESS RELEASE
UNRWA

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Jerusalem, 6th September 2017: The Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank, Scott Anderson, has paid a visit to the Shamasneh family, a Palestine refugee family residing in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, who had just been evicted from their home following an eight-year legal battle.

Expressing UNRWA’s support Anderson said “I am appalled at the resumption of forced evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and particularly worried about the humanitarian impact on this refugee family. I have expressed UNRWA’s solidarity with them and our commitment to address their immediate needs. We will also continue to advocate for the rights of Palestine refugees to be protected, and obligations under international law respected. The UNRWA Crisis Intervention Unit has been on-site providing immediate assistance to the family at this difficult time. Palestine refugees, who have already endured multiple episodes of displacement, should not be subjected to forced evictions”. Read more »

Israel and the Palestinian Authority seek to silence the same media outlet

PRESS RELEASE
Committee for the Protection of Journalists

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Beirut, September 5, 2017–Israel should allow the al-Hurriya media network and its affiliates to resume work without fear of harassment, and the Palestinian Authority should release Ayman al-Qawasme, the chairman of the same media network, from its custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Israeli soldiers on August 31 raided the Hebron office of the Fatah-affiliated al-Hurriya Media Network, seized equipment of affiliate radio and television outlets, destroyed the office, and briefly detained two network employees, according to a video the Israel Defense Forces filmed and which has since been posted to Al Hurriya’s Facebook page.

Additionally, the troops shuttered the Manbar al-Hurriya radio station for six months on the grounds that the broadcaster incited terrorist attacks, according to news reports.

Three days later, the Palestinian Preventive Security forces summoned al-Qawasme, al-Hurriya’s chairman, to its headquarters in Hebron, and promptly arrested him on the orders of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to a report from al-Hurriya. Al-Qawasme remains in custody at security force headquarters in Hebron, and has not yet been charged. Read more »

PFLP Statement on the Martyrdom of Comrade Raed al-Salhi

PRESS STATEMENT
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades join the masses of our people in mourning our comrade, the wounded prisoner, Raed As’ad al-Salhi, 21, who died from his injuries today in a Zionist hospital after he was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation in August, when he was shot at a point-blank range.

The Front offers its sincere condolences to the family, comrades and friends of the martyred comrade in Dheisheh refugee camp, torch of the Intifada and steadfast base of resistance. He has joined the long convoy of the martyrs of the Palestinian people at the hands of the occupation. He was always present to confront the occupation in the city of Bethlehem, where the occupation forces and their barracks have been met with numerous heroic clashes, confrontations and struggles by the Palestinian people.

Palestine, Dheisheh camp and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine have lost a courageous struggler committed to liberation of the Palestinian people from the Zionist occupation. This young struggler was committed in his very veins to loyalty to the Palestinian cause and to his people.

The Popular Front is committed to remain on the same path for which this martyr’s life was taken, the path of return, resistance and liberation. It is confident that its comrades in Dheisheh camp, who have always advanced the struggle and paid the deep prices of sacrifice, will continue to lift high the banner of resistance to the Zionist occupation, despite the continuous targeting of the comrades and the camp.

Glory to the martyrs; victory is inevitable!

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 »

Administrative detention order issued against Addameer’s field researcher Salah Hamouri

PRESS RELEASE
ADDAMEER

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Addameer’s field researcher and human rights defender Salah Hamouri has received a six months administrative detention order, which is set to end on 22 February 2018. Initially, the Israeli Magistrate Court of Jerusalem has ordered the conditional release of Hamouri though, less than half an hour later, he was issued with the order.

According to the Court’s decision, Hamouri was going to be placed under house arrest in Al-Reineh (a village in the north of the territories occupied in 1948) for 20 days. He would also be banned from entering Jerusalem and traveling outside of the country for 3 months, until 28 November 2017. Additionally, Hamouri had to pay a 10,000NIS bail and third party guarantees, and when his family went to Al-Moskobyeh to pay the bail, they were informed that Hamouri will not be released. 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 »

Behind a Firewall: Repercussions of the PA ‘Electronic Crimes Law’

PRESS RELEASE
ADDAMEER

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ADDAMEER has published a new FACTSHEET about the presidential decree entitled the ‘Electronic Crimes Law’ issued in June 2017.

Over the past month, the Palestinian Authority has increased the pressure on journalists and voices of dissent within the West Bank. This attempt to silence dissenting voices was formalized in the form of a Presidential decree entitled ‘The Electronic Crimes Law’.

Since it has been issued, 30 or so websites have been blocked for access by West Bank IP address, six journalists have been arrested, and four others have been brought in for questioning based on social media posts.

The websites banned are primarily associated with Hamas, or the exiled Fatah member Mohammed Dahlan; and the journalists who have been arrested have been primarily associated with Hamas.

As stated in the Fact Sheet,

“The fact that these websites are run by political rivals to the current ruling faction of the PA indicates that that these laws are being and, will continue to be used, to stifle free speech, legitimate decent, and discussions regarding the state of politics in Palestine.

Addameer confirms that the PA is legally bound to respect and fulfill the right to freedom of expression as stated in Article 19 of the ICCPR. The PA must also guarantee that any of its laws attempting to criminalize or otherwise regulate using any type of information technology complies with its international obligations.

Furthermore, Addameer urges that the Palestinian Authority must abide by the conventions to which it is a party, especially considering the ongoing deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

PFLP in Kobar urges broad campaign to rebuild demolished homes of resistance strugglers

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation in the village of Kobar northwest of Ramallah urged the building of a broad popular campaign to rebuild the home of the family of Palestinian prisoner Omar Abdel-Jalil al-Abed and open the streets of the village.

On Thursday, 17 August, masked youths of the PFLP in Kobar went to the family home, attacked and bulldozed by the occupation forces, and decorated it with Palestinian flags. They painted on the remaining walls and throughout the village “Al-Fida’i Omar al-Abed” (The struggler, Omar al-Abed) as well as the image of Omar on the main street at the entrance to the village, sending a message to the occupation that the people embrace the resistance and their families. 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

PFLP salutes anti-racist struggle in Charlottesville, calls for struggle against racism, fascism, Zionism and imperialism

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine mourns the martyr Heather Heyer and wishes speedy healing to the wounded anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia in the United States as they confronted a racist, fascist rally on Saturday, August 12. The martyr and the wounded are part of the global list of those who have fallen in the struggles of all peoples to confront racist powers and they will always be remembered as such.

Contrary to the assertions of some corporate media in the United States, the fascist rally in Virginia in “defense” of a Confederate statue is not a divergence from U.S. ruling politics but a reflection of them. The United States has always been built on the genocide of Indigenous people and the theft of Indigenous land, the genocidal confiscation of Black lives and Black labor and the globally murderous power of capitalism and imperialism. Read more »

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.

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