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HAMAS Press Release on 31st anniversary of First Intifada

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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On the Palestinian people’s uprising in face of the Israeli occupation

After 20 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip the First Intifada (uprising) broke out amid Israeli attempts to brainwash and whitewash the Palestinian people. Indeed, the First Intifada erupted to prove that the Palestinian people are entrenched in their homeland and determined to preserve their national identity, as they refused to give in to the Israeli distortion of their national consciousness and attempts to sever their ties to their homeland.

On this day in 1987, the Palestinian people revolted all over the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip to place their cause back on the world’s agenda after twenty years of isolation attempts. In other words, some parties had tried to deprioritize the Palestinian cause by isolating the Palestinians from the Arab and Islamic nations and by crushing their will in order to yield to the Israeli Occupation and its colonial policies.

The First Intifada was a milestone for the Palestinian resistance as it practically enhanced the national unity and boosted coordination among the Palestinians at all levels. Therefore, the First Intifada was a unifying, popular uprising characterised by a rock-solid social fabric and strong social ties among the Palestinian people, who fought off the Israeli policy of collective punishment.

Thirty-one years after the eruption of the First Intifada the Palestinian people need to stand together and reunite on the basis of true partnership, and restructure the national project on the basis of strict principles, especially following the latest US efforts to criminalise the Palestinian resistance by submitting a draft resolution at UNGA condemning the Palestinian people’s freedom struggle against the occupation.

Amid the dangers and schemes targeting the Palestinian cause, above all the ‘Deal of the Century,’ the Palestinian people have to take a firm and united stance against the occupation, just as the one adopted to foil the US-proposed resolution denouncing the Palestinian resistance. Any bid to distort history, recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli Occupation’s capital, and liquidate the Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homeland is doomed to failure.

The Palestinian people have continued their freedom struggle against the occupation through their participation in the Great March of Return using all peaceful means of resistance.

In light of these heroic stances and sacrifices, the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas states the following:

First: Hamas hails the Palestinian people for standing steadfast in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, and the 1948 occupied territories in the face of the Israeli schemes. We praise the Palestinians for upholding their rights and embracing the option of resistance until their demands are met.

Second: Hamas thanks the Palestinian diplomats for their efforts to foil the US draft resolution condemning the Palestinian resistance and lauds all the UN member states who voted against this resolution and stood with the just cause of the Palestinians.

On the other hand, Hamas calls on all states who sided with the US administration and Israeli Occupation at the UN to reconsider their stance and rectify the historic and dangerous mistake they made.

Third: Hamas reiterates its full support for the Great March of Return and pledges to stand with the Palestinian people in their popular and peaceful protests.

Fourth: Resisting the occupation by all means possible, including armed struggle, is a legitimate right guaranteed by all international conventions and laws. Resistance is a strategic choice to preserve the Palestinian cause and restore the Palestinian national rights. Moreover, the US ‘bullying policy’ cannot deny the Palestinians these internationally-guaranteed rights.

Fifth: The circumstances that led to the outbreak of the First Intifada are ongoing and the Israeli Occupation continues to pursue a ‘bullying policy’ with a blatant US cover-up. Thus, the Palestinian people are still prepared to defend their rights and counter the dangers posed to their cause.

Sixth: We reject the ‘Deal of the Century,’ along with all proposed solutions aiming at liquidating the Palestinian cause, waiving the Palestinian national constants, or de-legitimising Palestinian rights at the UN.

Seventh: Hamas calls on the PA President Mahmoud Abbas to end the punitive measures imposed on Gaza, which has been under a tight Israeli siege for more than 12 years.

Eight: Achieving national unity and restructuring the national project is on top of Hamas’ agenda. Resisting the occupation and fighting off its colonial policies will not be possible unless a complete partnership between all Palestinian factions is formed at the political, military, and diplomatic levels.

Ninth: All attempts to normalise ties with the Israeli Occupation are doomed to failure. Treating the Israeli Occupation like a normal state is a stab in the back of the Palestinian people and a sin that the Palestinians, along with the Arab and Islamic nations, will never forgive.

Hamas Movement

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Statement by Hamas Chief on Palestinian triumph at UNGA

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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We followed up the UNGA session yesterday where the world countries supported the Palestinian people and their right to resist the Israeli occupation.

It was a precedent for the United States to propose a draft resolution condemning the Palestinian resistance, but the world’s conscience foiled the US efforts against Hamas along with all the Palestinian resistance factions.

On this occasion, I would like to laud all the countries that opposed the Israeli occupation and its aggressive policies. Moreover, they rejected the occupation’s false narrative and challenged the threats of the Trump administration.

Indeed, the failure of the Trump administration to pass the draft resolution is a milestone for the Palestinian people and the brotherly countries, which upheld the moral values and voted against the US-proposed draft resolution.

Furthermore, I do appreciate the efforts of the Palestinian Authority exerted by the Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riad Mansour to support the Palestinian resistance. This stance reflects that the Palestinian national concerns can unite us to overcome the challenges together.

In addition, I express my thanks to the Arab, Islamic, and international advocacy that mobilized efforts to fail the Trump administration’s endeavours.

On the other hand, we condemn all the states that exhibited hypocrisy and supported the Israeli occupation, settlement, blockade, judaization of Jerusalem, desecration of the holy places, and arrest of thousands of Palestinians.

Finally, this political support for the Palestinians and their resistance highlights the legitimacy of the Palestinian freedom struggle and the failure of the Israeli occupation to persuade the world countries of its aggressive policies, as they realize that the real terrorism is the Israeli occupation to our land and holy places.

Ismail Haniyeh

Head of Hamas Political Bureau

Friday, December 7, 2018

Haniyeh stresses commitment to Egyptian-brokered truce, upholds right to resist

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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On the re-enforcement of the ceasefire between the resistance factions and the Israeli occupation, Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh stated the following:

The Palestinian resistance has defended the Palestinian people against the Israeli aggression. Once again, the Palestinians have embraced the option of resistance with patience and pride.

We stress that the resistance will abide by the ceasefire agreement as long as the Israeli occupation adheres to the Egyptian-brokered truce.

Ismail Haniyeh

Head of Hamas Political Bureau

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Latest Israeli aggression on Gaza exposes Israeli occupation’s hypocrisy

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

Musa AbuMarzouq, Senior Member of Hamas Political Bureau

Musa AbuMarzouq, Senior Member of Hamas Political Bureau

The Israeli aggression on Khan Younis in southern Gaza last night proved that the Israeli occupation does not abide by any agreements, member of Hamas Political Bureau Musa AbuMarzouq said.

On his Twitter account AbuMarzouq said this attack on Gaza exposed the Israeli occupation’s hypocritical behaviour towards the international community.

Abu Marzouq hailed the Palestinian resistance for repulsing the cowardly Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Israeli occupation forces killed seven Palestinians and wounded seven others late Sunday, after Israeli special forces infiltrated the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported.

Joint Hamas, Islamic Jihad press release on current developments

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS and Islamic Jihad

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Following a lengthy meeting between Hamas and Islamic Jihad held yesterday in Gaza to discuss the Palestinian situation and relevant developments, the two movements state the following:

First: The two parties confirm that they maintain a rock-solid relationship and they will continue their coordination and cooperation at the political and military levels.

Second: Hamas and Jihad will protect the option of resistance and activate the Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Resistance Factions.

Third: We stress that the Great Return March will continue until meeting demands of the Palestinian Higher Committee for the march. Moreover, the peaceful protests will remain popular and non-violent.

Fourth: Hamas and Jihad hail the endeavours of Egypt, Qatar, and the UN to alleviate the plight of the Gaza Strip and remove the Israeli blockade. The two parties welcome all these efforts and are working together, along with the other factions, to help these efforts succeed.

Fifth: The two parties hail the high level of understanding and cooperation among the Palestinian factions that have been enhanced through the Great Return March. Hamas and Jihad will utilize this ‘atmosphere of unity’ to achieve gains and serve the interests of the Palestinian people.

Sixth: The two parties reaffirm the necessity to restore Palestinian unity and heal the Palestinian rift, based on a unified stance to fight off all Palestinian threats. Achieving this goal requires the implementation of the already-signed agreements, especially Cairo 2011, and forming a Palestinian unity government that will prepare for Palestinian general elections and for holding a consensual National Council, according to the recommendations of Beirut Conference.

Seventh: We call for immediate lifting of all punitive measure imposed by the Palestinian Authority on the beleaguered Gaza Strip, and for the PA not to implement any further measures that will worsen the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, as such a move is enough to widen the Palestinian split and fragment the social fabric in Palestine.

Eighth: Hamas and Jihad warn against plunging into normalization with the Israeli occupation resulting in horrific outcomes for the Palestinian cause. Therefore, all parties should stop all forms of normalization and reactivate an official and popular boycott.

Ninth: We urge all free people of the world to take action to fight off all attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause, above all the so-called “Deal of the Century.”

Tenth: Hamas and Jihad hail all efforts, popular and official, aimed to foil Israeli schemes in Palestine, especially in Khan al-Ahmar.

Hamas Movement

Islamic Jihad Movement

Friday, 2 November 2018

Hamas warns against undermining reconciliation and ceasefire, Great Return March to continue

HAMAS

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Member of Hamas Political Bureau Husam Badran today warned against efforts exerted by the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to foil the Egyptian endeavors aimed at restoring reconciliation and healing the internal rift.

“The policies of Abbas have hindered reconciliation and achieved nothing on the ground,” Badran said.

He explained that Abbas’ insistence on isolating all factions and monopolizing national decision-making has undermined Egypt’s efforts to restore national unity. Read more »

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 »

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.

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

Palestinian factions call for implementation of reconciliation agreements

PRESS RELEASE
Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian Democratic Union (FIDA), the Palestinian People’s Party, the Palestinian National Initiative, the Popular Front– General Command, the Vanguard for the Popular Liberation War (As-Sa’iqa)

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Nine Palestinian factions called for implementation of reconciliation deals and reinforcement of national partnership in order to put the 2011 Cairo deal into force and set up the mechanisms needed for such purpose.

The factions reiterated the necessity to support Egypt’s efforts to achieve the national reconciliation and unity.

In a joint press release, the factions reaffirmed the necessity of ending the war of words which hinders achieving the reconciliation and restoring national unity.

The factions, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian Democratic Union (FIDA), the Palestinian People’s Party, the Palestinian National Initiative, the Popular Front– General Command, and the Vanguard for the Popular Liberation War (As-Sa’iqa), called for a meeting for the preparatory committee of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) to be held in order to restructure the council based on the outcomes of the Beirut summit.

The factions noted that holding the PNC meeting will promote national unity and help set a national strategy to thwart all schemes targeting the Palestinian cause, the foremost among them is the ‘deal of the century’.

The factions added that it’s high time for the national rift to be healed and for all sides to hold its moral responsibility towards the Palestinian people who are subjected to all forms of oppression under the Israeli occupation and its 12-year siege on Gaza.

The factions called also for the interim leadership framework of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to be held in order to achieve the national unity, pressure the Israeli occupation to lift its unjust siege on Gaza, and foil all conspiracies aiming to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

The circumstances that the Palestinian cause is going through and the move of some neighboring countries to normalize ties with the Israeli occupation require us to unite in order to thwart the schemes targeting the Palestinian people and their rights, the factions added.

The factions concluded that the Palestinian cause is exposed to desperate attempts by the U.S. admiration to liquidate it amidst the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people and the continued reduction of the services of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to pave the way for the ‘deal of the century’.

Hamas responds to Israeli threats against its leaders

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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Member of Hamas Political Bureau Husam Badran responded on Sunday to Israeli threats of assassinating the Movement’s leaders.

In a press release on Sunday, Badran said that the Israeli threats against Hamas leaders “reflect the state of confusion and hysteria the Israeli Occupation is going through.”

Badran added that such threats “don’t frighten the Palestinian resistance’s leaders” who will continue to carry out their national duty towards their people.

The Hamas leader confirmed that the Palestinian resistance will respond to any Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people.

Israeli forces arrest at least 7 Palestinian journalists in West Bank

PRESS RELEASE
Committee to Protect Journalists – MENA

Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinians sit outside shops in Hebron, in the West Bank on April 3, 2018.  (Reuters/Mussa Qawasma)

Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinians sit outside shops in Hebron, in the West Bank on April 3, 2018. (Reuters/Mussa Qawasma)

Beirut, August 7, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the arrest of at least seven Palestinian journalists in the West Bank since July 30 and called on Israeli authorities to immediately disclose charges against them or set them free.

The early morning arrests occurred after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared the Hamas-affiliated broadcaster Al-Quds TV a terrorist organization and banned its activities in Israel and the Palestinian territories, as CPJ documented. Lieberman’s order was issued on July 3 under Israel’s counter-terrorism law, according to news reports from the time.

“Israel has been relentless in its assault on the Palestinian press. Declaring a media outlet a terrorist organization set the tone for the country’s latest crackdown on Palestinian journalists,” said CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, Sherif Mansour, from Washington, D.C. “We call on Israeli authorities to disclose charges against the seven journalists arrested over the past week or release them and allow them to work freely.”

Details of the arrests are below: Read more »

Hamas strives for reconciliation to serve Palestinian interests

Press Release
HAMAS

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Hamas leader Rafat Morra reiterated his Movement’s willingness to resume dialogue and achieve the national reconciliation as part of its bid to best serve the Palestinian people’s interests and manage the Palestinian situation based on national partnership.

In a press release on Thursday, Morra noted that the visit of Hamas’ delegation to Gaza on Thursday proves its willingness to end the internal Palestinian rift and resume reconciliation talks with Fatah.

“Hamas prioritises the Palestinian people’s interests as part of its overall vision for defending the Palestinian people, their land, and their cause,” Morra stressed.

He confirmed that his Movement is keen on thwarting all Israeli plans that aim at judaizing Jerusalem, isolating the West Bank from the Gaza Strip, and abolishing the Palestinian people’s rights, the foremost among them is their right to return to their homeland.

Hamas: Gaza siege must be lifted immediately and unconditionally

Press Release
HAMAS

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“The Palestinian people want the siege imposed on Gaza to be broken immediately and unconditionally,” the member of Hamas Political Bureau Husam Badran said.

During his participation in the Great March of Return on Friday, Badran confirmed that his Movement, alongside the concerned parties, will exert great effort to achieve the Palestinian people’s demands, the foremost among them is the siege imposed by the Israeli Occupation on Gaza to be lifted at any cost.

He restated that the Palestinians will continue their struggle against the Israeli occupation until their demands are met.

“The Palestinian people are united behind one goal; to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and return to their homeland,” Badran concluded.

Hamas delegation reveals outcome of reconciliation talks in Egypt

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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Member of Hamas political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouq revealed the outcome of the meeting with Egyptian officials.

“The talks between the Hamas delegation and the Egyptian officials focused on the current crisis in Gaza, the mutual relations between the two sides and the Palestinian national reconciliation,” Abu Marzouq said.

He noted that the Egyptian officials briefed the Hamas delegation on Fatah’s response to Egypt’s proposal regarding the internal reconcilliation.

Abu Marzouq confirmed that his Movement will facilitate the transfer of absolute power over the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority.

He also described his Movement’s talks with the Egyptian officials as “positive”.

The Hamas delegation will head back to Gaza on Thursday and meet the head of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh.

UNRWA condemns the Killing of 11 Year Old Boy in Gaza by Israeli Security Forces

PRESS STATEMENT
UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness

Relatives grieving at his funeral. Photo: EPA

Relatives grieving at his funeral. Photo: EPA

28 July 2018

Yesterday, during protests at the fence in Gaza, Majdi Ramzi Kamal Al Satari, an 11 year old boy and UNRWA student, was killed by Israeli Security Forces.

This dramatic incident brings to ten – nine boys and one girl – the number of UNRWA students killed near the fence in Gaza since 30th March when the present round of demonstrations began.

UNRWA condemns in the strongest possible terms the deaths of these children in Gaza. We have conveyed our condolences to Majdi’s family and loved ones.

Conditions in Gaza have reached extremes of hardship, fueled by ongoing conflict, blockade and occupation. The absence of horizon is impacting the community in multiple ways.

UNRWA endorses the statements of the United Nations Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights that Palestinians have the right to peaceful assembly and expression. Lethal force may be used only when strictly unavoidable as a last resort in self-defense or in order to protect life. The killing and injuring of children – who enjoy additional protection under international law – is particularly appalling .

UNRWA calls for maximum restraint to prevent an escalation of the violence. Utmost efforts must be made to prevent any further loss of life, especially of children. Thorough, independent, and transparent investigations must be undertaken in relation to these incidents to ensure accountability in accordance with international standards.

UNRWA Condemns Demolition of a Kindergarten in the Occupied West Bank

PRESS STATEMENT
Chris Gunness, UNRWA spokesperson

Jerusalem 26 July, 2018: Yesterday morning at 0700hrs the Israeli Security Forces entered the Jabal al Baba Bedouin Palestine refugee community in the West Bank, close to the outskirts of East Jerusalem and dismantled and removed a donor funded structure that serves as a kindergarten for 28 children (3-6 years old) and a women’s centre. The school has been demolished once and dismantled twice so this is the third time within a year that the pre-school refugee children in this community have been deprived of having a safe place to play and learn.

This demolition comes against a backdrop of the intensification of Israeli measures in the context of plans for the relocation of communities. There are concerns that these communities in Area C of the West Bank at the outskirts of East Jerusalem face an increasingly coercive environment. UNRWA strongly condemns the demolition and calls for an immediate halt to such demolitions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

UNRWA condemns the killing of a refugee child during military raid in the occupied Palestinian territory

PRESS STATEMENT
Chris Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson

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Jerusalem, 25 July 2018: During a large scale incursion by the Israeli security forces (ISF) into Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem on 23 July, a fourteen year old Palestine refugee student at UNRWA’s Basic Boys School in the camp was shot and killed, reportedly with live ammunition. Preliminary reports suggest he was not armed. UNRWA condemns the killing of children and calls for an independent and transparent investigation to establish the cause and circumstances of this death.

Across all 19 refugee camps in the West Bank since the beginning of 2017 until now, 10 refugees have been killed and 129 (27 minors) injured by live ammunition. All of these fatalities occurred in the context of ISF operations in and around the camps. In Deheisheh alone since the beginning of 2017, three Palestine refugees have been killed and 55 (including 13 children) injured by live ammunition. Read more »

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