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Qassam: Israel fully responsible for assassination of Mazen Fuqha’a

PRESS RELEASE
Al Qassam Brigades

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Al Qassam Brigades confirmed that the Israeli occupation is fully responsible for the criminal assassination of Qassam leader Mazen Fuqha’a.

“The equation that the enemy wants to impose (the quiet assassination) will be broken and the enemy will regret this,” the statement said.

The Brigades added that the occupation will pay a heavy price for this crime.

Qassam leader Mazen Mohammed Fuqha’a, 38 years old and originally from Tubas, was gunned down in a cowardly assassination operation on Friday March 24th, 2017.

Khalil al-Haya, Hamas’s deputy chief in the Gaza Strip, said only Israel would benefit from the death of Fuqha’a, who was released along with over 1,000 other Palestinian inmates in a 2011 prison swap deal with Israel.

“This assassination does not serve anybody but the occupiers; it is of no interest to the other parties,” Haya said.

Before his release, Fuqha’a had served nine years of a life sentence in an Israeli prison for his prominent role in several heroic operations against the Israeli occupation. He was deported to Gaza following the prisoner exchange deal in 2011.

UN expert warns of deteriorating situation for human rights defenders in Palestine and Israel

PRESS RELEASE
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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GENEVA (21 March 2017) – Human rights defenders working to draw attention to abuses associated with Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territory are being increasingly targeted as a result of their work, according to a new report from a United Nations human rights expert.

Michael Lynk – the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 – expressed deep concerns about the shrinking space for civil society in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in a statement to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

“As human rights defenders – Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals – persist with their intrepid activism to investigate and oppose the regime of human rights violations that is integral to the occupation. All indications are that they will continue to be the prime targets of those who are intolerant of their criticisms, yet alarmed by their effectiveness,” Mr. Lynk said.

The Rapporteur noted with alarm that Palestinian human rights defenders have been subjected to attacks, arrest, detention, and threats to their lives and safety. “They have experienced sophisticated interference with their vital work, and have faced toxic denunciations aimed at silencing them and discouraging their supporters,” he continued. Read more »

PFLP will not participate in municipal elections following attack on demonstrators

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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Comrade Khalida Jarrar, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, announced in a live interview on Quds TV on Sunday evening, 12 March, that the Front will not participate in upcoming municipal elections in the West Bank of occupied Palestine, in light of the Palestinian Authority’s continued security coordination with the Israeli occupation and violent attack on demonstrators protesting for the martyr Basil al-Araj.

She announced that the PFLP had decided today to suspend its participation in the elections after the attack on the marchers, including the father of Basil al-Araj. Jarrar demanded that those responsible for the suppression of the march and beating of demonstrators must be held accountable and security coordination brought to an end. She noted that if no action is taken on these key issues, the Front will announce further positions and take additional actions.

PFLP denounces attack on demonstrators in Ramallah by PA forces, demands accountability

PRESS STATEMENT
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine declared that the Palestinian Authority and the leaders of its security services are responsible for the blatant and brutal assault on demonstrators as they protested against the continuing trial of the martyr, Basil al-Araj and his comrades, and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all detainees.

The Front noted that the PA security apparatus attacked peaceful protesters in Ramallah with tear gas, sound bombs, pepper spray and batons, injuring and arresting many including the father of the martyr Basil al-Araj, who was transferred to the hospital for treatment. This is an unforgivable crime and those who gave the orders and carried them out must be held accountable. Read more »

PFLP denounces PA trial of martyr Basil al-Araj and comrades, supports youth protests against security coordination

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the hearing at the Ramallah Magistrate’s Court on Sunday, March 12 in the trial of the martyr Basil al-Araj and his friends on charges of possessing unlicensed weapons. This hearing is yet another stain on the Palestinian Authority and its security coordination with the occupation.

The Palestinian Authority’s security forces arrested the martyr and his comrades and subjected them to physical and psychological torture in an attempt to force them to confess in the interests of security coordination with the occupation. In a new scandal and with utter disregard to the Palestinian people and the families and comrades of the martyr, the Authority held the hearing in the trial on these ridiculous and unacceptable charges of unlicensed possession of a weapon.

The Front demanded the PA leadership immediately end the practice of security coordination and apologize to the Palestinian people. The martyr Basil al-Araj and his comrades are heroes and national examples of pride for the Palestinian people. The insistence on holding this kangaroo court despite the martyrdom of Basil and the arrest of his comrades by the occupation represents a continued targeting of the resistance represented by the martyr in word, thought and deed. Instead, it is those responsible for their arrest and torture who should be held accountable for the continuation of security coordination in service to the occupation. Read more »

Mohammed al-Qiq achieves victory, suspends hunger strike after 33 days

PRESS RELEASE
SAMIDOUN

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On his 33rd day of hunger strike, Friday, 10 March, imprisoned Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qiq announced the suspension of his strike with an agreement for his release in mid-April, three months after his arrest on 15 January by Israeli occupation forces.

Fayha Shalash, al-Qiq’s wife, said that he will begin a series of medically-supervised processes to lift his strike; he was transferred to Assaf Harofeh, a civilian hospital, on 8 March after severe deterioration in his health, especially considering his medical weakness following his 2016 strike.

Shalash specifically emphasized that al-Qiq is dedicating this victory to the spirit of Basil al-Araj, the Palestinian youth activist shot down by Israeli forces on 6 March.

Lawyer Khaled Zabarqa reported that al-Qiq’s three-month administrative detention order for his imprisonment without charge or trial will not be renewed. He launched his hunger strike on 6 February when he was ordered to administrative detention after 22 days of interrogation. This was his second major hunger strike against administrative detention; in 2016, he refused food for 94 days to demand his freedom, winning his release in May 2016. Read more »

ADDAMEER AND CODEPINK: 55 PALESTINIAN WOMEN AND GIRLS IN ISRAELI PRISONS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

PRESS RELEASE
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

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This International Women’s Day, there are 55 Palestinian females held in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 12 female children and 2 administrative detainees held without charge or trial. Among these female prisoners and detainees, 16 are mothers of 58 children. In total, 42 are held in HaSharon Prison and 13 are held in Damon Prison. Both of these prisons are located inside Israel in contravention with the Forth Geneva Convention which prohibits the transfer of the population from the occupied territory.

ARREST AND DETENTION OF PALESTINIAN WOMEN AND GIRLS

Since the beginning of the occupation 50 years ago in 1967, over 10,000 Palestinian women have been arrested and detained by Israeli occupation forces. In 2017, Palestinian women and girls are routinely arrested from the streets, Israeli military checkpoints, and during violent night raids on their homes during military incursions accompanied with the presence of Israeli soldiers, intelligence officers, and police dogs, during which destruction of household items and property damage takes place. They are blindfolded and their hands are tied, and are forcibly taken to a military jeep. Read more »

UNRWA deplores escalating violence in southern Syria

UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness
PRESS STATEMENT

UNRWA is alarmed by the escalation of violence in Dera’a Governorate, south of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Fighting among parties to the conflict in the area is causing the displacement of Palestine refugees, impeding humanitarian access to critical aid and has resulted in the deaths of Palestine refugees in recent weeks.

Over the last three days, UNRWA has been providing assistance to over 200 families who have escaped violence in the village of Jilin located 25 km west of Dera’a City. UNRWA estimates that over 90 percent of the Palestine refugee families from Jilin have fled as a result of the escalation of armed violence reported to have started on February 20. The two UNRWA schools in the village are now closed. Read more »

PFLP denounces the assassination of young Palestinian struggler and leader Basil al-Araj

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine joins with the masses of our resisting people in mourning one of the most prominent young Palestinian strugglers, Basil al-Araj, who was assassinated today by the cowardly Zionist occupation. The martyr fought a heroic battle after many months of pursuit. The Front called on resistance actions to come together in unity and coordination to respond to this crime and intensify operations against the Zionist occupation.

The Front emphasized that Palestine today has lost one of the finest young strugglers of Palestine, who paid with his life for his principles and values. He was committed to rejecting all capitulatory solutions and a clear vision of liberation, and he worked to chronicle the history of Palestine and confront all attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause. Read more »

UNRWA strongly condemns violations of inviolability, neutrality of United Nations installations in Ein El-Hilweh

PRESS STATEMENT
Chris Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson

Ein al-Hilweh (Photo: Wattan TV)

Ein al-Hilweh (Photo: Wattan TV)

March 3 2017
Jerusalem

Today, 3 March 2017, an UNRWA security mission conducted a preliminary inspection to ascertain the extent of the damage to UNRWA’s installations in Ein El-Hilweh camp in southern Lebanon, following several days of clashes in the camp.

The inspection revealed that five UNRWA installations – three schools, one Relief and Social Services Office and the Camp Services Office have been entered and used by armed actors, contrary to the inviolability of United Nations premises.

The Agency’s Marj Ben Ammer school and one UNRWA Relief and Social Services Office have sustained significant material damage. The cost of the damage to UNRWA installations is yet to be finally determined. Once the situation permits, the Agency will conduct a full assessment of the damages and will consider seeking compensation from relevant actors, as appropriate.

UNRWA strongly condemns these violations of the inviolability and neutrality of United Nations installations. Read more »

UN rights experts denounce Israel’s growing constraints on human rights defenders

PRESS RELEASE
Office of the High Commissioner, UN Human Rights Council

Israeli forces shower protesters in Shuhada Street with teargas and stun grenades

Israeli forces shower protesters in Shuhada Street with teargas and stun grenades

GENEVA (3 March 2017) – Two United Nations Independent Experts are calling on the Israeli Government to fully respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of human rights defenders and organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, and the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Michel Forst, say human rights defenders in the region have been facing escalating restrictions by Israel on their activities.

“We are deeply concerned by the latest constraints on the invaluable work being done by human rights activists – Palestinian, Israeli and international – who investigate, research, advocate and peacefully mobilize with respect to human rights concerns in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” they said. Read more »

Hamas holds Israeli Occupation fully accountable for latest escalation

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Fawzi Barhoum said in a press release that the Israeli Occupation is fully responsible for the latest escalation against the Palestinian people and the resistance’s posts in the Gaza Strip.

He noted that continuing targeting and raiding the public places, residents’ properties, and resistance posts is unacceptable and aims to exacerbate the situation in the Gaza Strip.

Barhoum added that the Palestinian resistance will never accept imposing new realities on it whatever the price may be.

GISHA: public opinion poll 10 years into the closure of Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
GISHA

10 years into the closure of Gaza – a new public opinion poll reveals:

A majority of the Israeli public believes that the government’s policy in Gaza has undermined security; Economic improvements in Gaza would decrease levels of hostility and violence toward Israel

– Two-thirds of the public believe Israel’s policy in Gaza has undermined security; 69 percent of the public believe that improving living conditions there “serves Israel’s interests.”

– Fifty-seven percent of the public prefer alleviating restrictions on the civilian population to tightening the closure.

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Killing of three Palestinians on Egyptian border

PRESS RELEASE
Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas

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With sorrow and regret, the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” extends condolences and expresses its sympathy with the families of “martyrs of the blockade” Abdullah Waleed Al Namuly, Salama Suleiman Abu Shusha, and Obaid Mohammed El Sofy, who were killed by gas while trying to earn a living in the besieged Gaza Strip.

We condemn this tragic incident, emphasizing that there is no justification for the Egyptian Authorities to continue using such lethal means in dealing with the besieged Gazans.

We call upon our brothers in Egypt to open the Rafah Crossing permanently to end the suffering of Gazans.

We also affirm the right of our people to live freely with dignity like other peoples of the world.

Finally, we call the international community to intervene to end this unjust and illegal blockade.

The Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

UNRWA: Gaza Neutrality Issue – UPDATE

UPDATE 26/02/2017 22:31

On the record quote (not statement) by UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness:

“We have seen the latest communication from the Israeli authorities. Before that communication, and in light of our ongoing independent internal investigation, we had been presented with substantial information from a number of sources which led us to take the decision this afternoon to suspend Suhail al Hindi, pending the outcome of our investigation.

As with all UN Agencies, we will ensure that a staff member’s due process rights are followed.”

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Press Statement
UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness

23 February 2017

Allegations have been circulating in conventional and social media networks about an UNRWA staff member being elected to political office in Gaza.

As soon as the allegations came to UNRWA’s attention, the Agency undertook a preliminary investigation, including discussing the allegations with the staff member. Based on the due diligence carried out by the Agency to date, UNRWA has neither uncovered nor received evidence to contradict the staff member’s denial that he was elected to political office. Read more »

Hamas Information Office Report 2016: Israeli and PA Violations against Palestinian People

Hamas Information Office
Press Release

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Report: 60 thousand Israeli violations in 2016

A report issued by the Information Office of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has documented approximately 60,000 Israeli violations in occupied Palestinian territories throughout 2016.

The report reveals that 59950 assaults were carried out by the Israeli occupation. 8%9 of the offenses were related to settlements, while the remainder included detentions of Palestinians, house demolitions and land razing.

Jerusalem experienced the largest proportion of violations, with Ramallah close behind. November experienced the highest percentage of offenses during 2016, accounting for 63% of the total.

5,355 Palestinians were detained by the Israeli occupation in the same year, including 479 minors, 103 women and 280 ex-detainees.

In terms of house demolitions, 427 houses were completely demolished by the occupation; most of those belonged to families of Palestinians who were murdered by Israel.

The full report can be read or downloaded here

PHROC Calls for Immediate Action by International Community on Israel’s “Regularization” Law

PRESS RELEASE
Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council

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The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) strongly condemns the Israeli Knesset’s passage of the “Regularization Law,” which legalizes 4,000 housing units in 55 colonial outposts, built on private Palestinian land. While Israel’s appropriation of Palestinian land has been a cornerstone of government policy since the beginning of the occupation in 1967, the law is another brazen tool for Israel to confiscate privately held and registered Palestinian property for its illegal settlement enterprise. Read more »

Over 250 European organisations call for end of European complicity in occupation of Palestine

PRESS STATEMENT
Justice for Palestine

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Justice for Palestine now – end EUROPEAN complicity!

A call from organizations throughout Europe.

2017 marks:

– 100 years since the « Balfour Declaration » of 1917, through which the British government unilaterally promised the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine;

– 70 years since the partition plan of Palestine, adopted by the UN in 1947, which resulted in the 1948 Nakba, the demolition of more than 530 Palestinian villages and the expulsion of 750 000 Palestinians from their homeland, thus a process of ethnic cleansing;

– 50 years since the beginning of Israel’s occupation in 1967 of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights, and an ongoing process of colonization and prolonged occupation by the State of Israel.

The continued dispossession of Palestinians of their land and their livelihood, including house demolition, land confiscation and apartheid wall; the denial of their culture and memory; the ten-year Gaza blockade creating severe inhuman conditions along with the recurrent military attacks on its population; the constant repression, resulting presently in over 7000 prisoners including more than 400 children held in military detention; the disastrous plight of Palestinian refugees further worsened by the war in Syria; and the draconian discriminatory laws in Israel itself: these facts, the fruits of over 100 years of denial of the rights of the Palestinian people, can no longer be accepted.

The anniversaries marked by the year 2017 remind us of the degree to which the colonial mindset, the denial of the rights of the Palestinian people, and the refusal to apply international law and UN resolutions lead to disaster. 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.

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