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Hamas will not take part in NPC meeting

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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Press release issued by the member at Hamas political bureau, Hussam Badran

Hamas has received an invitation to attend the next meeting of the National Palestinian Council with positivity and appreciation and addressed the matter seriously based on the notion of backing all efforts to unify the Palestinian people in the face of all current thorny challenges.

Hamas sees that the upcoming NPC meeting should be held outside the occupied Palestinian territories to escape from the Israeli pressure and to make way for a real chance for all Palestinian powers to meet and take part in this historical and important phase.

The meeting should be proceeded by a preparatory meeting in which all sides agree upon all the important points to be discussed at the central meeting.

All sides are to participate at the preparatory meeting in order to ensure that the central meeting will take unprecedented decisions that would r rise to the occasion of this historical phase and a firm to stand against the American and Israeli attacks against our Palestinian people.

Devoting its principle of supporting all efforts aimed at unifying the Palestinian people, Hamas held a series of meetings to look into the invitation of the NPC and came up with a result that the current conditions will not pave the way for the NPC to take serious and historical decisions, or to achieve a genuine political review. Therefore, Hamas will not take part in the upcoming meeting.

We will share our thoughts of what is needed from the NPC regarding the current stage in a document that we will be sending later.

In addition, we call upon sides who will take part in the meeting to take decisions that would rise to the occasion.

Hamas rejects Mladenov’s description of Palestinian resistance as terrorism

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” rejects the statement that the peace envoy in the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov made and in which he described the Palestinian resistance as being “terrorist”. Mladenov knows precisely that under international law, the real terrorist is the Israeli occupation who kills children, violates sanctities and commits massacres. Hamas also asserts that Mladenov is well-aware that resistance is a legitimate right for any people who live under occupation and the Palestinian resistance came to be because of the occupation, and that its primary role is to restore the stolen rights of the Palestinian people.

The Islamic Resistance Movement “ Hamas”

10th of January ,2017

UNAC STATEMENT ON JERUSALEM

PRESS STATEMENT
The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

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

UN rights chief denounces Israeli forces’ shooting of man in wheelchair

PRESS RELEASE
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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GENEVA (19 December 2017) — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Tuesday he was “truly shocked” at the killing of a wheelchair-bound amputee by Israeli Security Forces close to the fence between Gaza and Israel last Friday.

Ibrahim Nayef Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, a 29-year-old man from Gaza who reportedly had both legs amputated after an Israeli attack on Gaza in 2008, was among hundreds of Palestinians who were marching across farmland towards the fence following Friday prayers on 15 December to protest against the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He appears to have been killed by a bullet to the head when he was approximately 20 meters from the fence.

“The facts gathered so far by my staff in Gaza strongly suggest that the force used against Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was excessive,” Zeid said. “International human rights law strictly regulates the use of force in the context of protests and demonstrations. The lethal use of firearms should only be employed as the last resort, when strictly unavoidable, in order to protect life. However, as far as we can see, there is nothing whatsoever to suggest that Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was posing an imminent threat of death or serious injury when he was killed. Given his severe disability, which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him, his killing is incomprehensible – a truly shocking and wanton act.” Read more »

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

PRESS STATEMENT
PFLP

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

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

HAMAS

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

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

On Palestinian level

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

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

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

Hamas Press Release on the Intifada across occupied Palestine

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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To our great Palestinian people who have stood up to face tyranny and aggression. To our people who have recorded history today in defense of Jerusalem and Al Aqsa. Your voices have been heard today. Your uprising has let the world know that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine. We salute your courageous spirits through which you have taught the whole world lessons on valor, and sent a message that our people are willing to sacrifice their precious souls for the sake of Jerusalem.

The sacrifices which our people have made today in every Palestinian city and town shall ignite the raging anger once again and fuel the coming period.

In light of what happened today in the outbreak of this Intifada, we confirm the following:

1. We call upon all the Palestinian people in all factions to continue with this holy Intifada until all our just demands are met.

2. Our power lies within our unity, especially in the field. Thus, we urge everyone to stand behind the resistance.

3. We call upon all our great people to engage with the Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers everywhere.

4. We confirm that this holy Intifada has reignited and nothing can stop it until all our people’s rights are regained. We call upon the Arab and Islamic Ummah and the free people of the world to support our people and to reveal the ugly face of the Israeli occupation and its ally, the USA.

The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas
December 8, 2017

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

PRESS RELEASE
PFLP

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

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

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

Trump’s decision will have severe repercussions

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The American president’s announcement of his decision to recognize Jerusalem as “Israel’s” capital will have very severe repercussions in Palestine, the Arab world and the Islamic arena.

This is an illegitimate and ill-advised decision, which contradicts international laws and resolutions, and violates the sanctity of the holly city of Jerusalem.

It is refused and will be resisted by all the Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and free peoples of the world.

Jerusalem (Bait Al-Maqdes) is a sacred city for both Muslims, Christians and legitimate Jews. It is the united capital of Palestine. It will always be a Palestinian city.

We, in Hamas, call upon the Arab and Muslim Ummah and the free peoples of the world to stand firm and united against this dangerous decision, and support the Palestinians in their continuous struggle to liberate their homeland and establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

This American move serves as a blatant reminder and a loud wake-up call to all Arab and Muslim countries and leaders that their true and only enemy is the illegitimate Zionist Occupation. All their efforts and means should be directed towards uprooting this occupation, freeing Palestine and returning the Palestinian refugees to their homeland.

Dr. Maher Salah
Head of Hamas in Diaspora
7-12-2017

Hamas condemns ongoing PA-Israeli collaboration

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

Press Statement

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” said the following:

The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, is appalled by the on-going security collaboration between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Occupation in the West Bank, which is considered the greatest danger to the Palestinian people and their legitimate right to resist the occupation.

We call on the Palestinian people to reject this collaboration and exert pressure on the PA to terminate this shameful policy that harms the interest of our people and proceed towards achieving the national reconciliation in the upcoming Cairo talks.

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

09/10/2017

Egyptian Intelligence Service calls to check on Naim’s health

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Egyptian Intelligence Service phoned the leadership of Hamas to check on the health of Tawfiq Abu Naim, the General Commander of Internal Security Forces who survived a failed assassination attempt on Friday noon.

The Egyptian Intelligence condemned the cowardly act and confirmed their solidarity with Abu Naim and the leadership of Hamas.

In return, the leadership of Hamas thanked the Egyptian Intelligence for their efforts in following up the developments of the Palestinian cause.

It is worth noting that Naim was injured after his car was bombed in Nuseirat refugee camp. He is being treated at hospital and his wounds were described as moderate.

Fawzi Barhoum condemns assassination attempt of Abu Naim

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The spokesperson of Hamas Movement , Fawzi Barhoum issued the following

The assassination attempt which targeted the General Commander of the Internal Security Forces in Gaza and one of Hamas leaders, Tawfiq Abu Naim is a cowardly act committed by the enemies of the Palestinian people. This act aims to target the security and stability of Gaza and the unity of our people and their national reconciliation. We urge the security forces to arrest the criminals, to prosecute them before court and to crack down on anyone who dares to tamper with the security and stability of our people

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

27th of October, 2017

Haniyeh: The assassination attempt of Abu Naim will not weaken our resolve towards reconciliation

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh stated that the assassination attempt of Tawfiq Abu Naim, the General Commander of Internal Security Forces, will only strengthen the power and the steadfastness of Hamas.

This statement was made by Hanieyeh during the visit to Al Shifa Hospital to check on the health of Abu Naim after he survived a failed assassination attempt on Friday afternoon.

Haniyeh added, “It is wrong to believe that these crimes, whoever is behind them, can prevent us from moving ahead in the resistance path towards liberation.”

He assured that this criminal attempt will not diminish our resolve to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation.

Haniyeh affirmed that Hamas is moving on to achieve reconciliation and to restore national unity.

He called on the Palestinian President, Mahamoud Abbas to accelerate the required implementations needed to fortify the home front against anyone who dares to tamper with the internal security and our political plans.

Israel must face new international legal push to end illegal occupation of Palestine, UN expert says

PRESS RELEASE
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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NEW YORK (26 October 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for fundamental violations of international law during 50 years of occupation.

“This is the longest-lasting military occupation in the modern world, and shows no signs of ending,” said Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

“Israel’s role as occupier in the Palestinian Territory – the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza – has crossed a red line into illegality,” the Special Rapporteur said, presenting a report on Israel’s conduct to the UN General Assembly in New York.

In a series of recommendations, Mr. Lynk proposed a UN study to assess the legality of Israel’s role as occupying power, paving the way for international legal processes to be triggered and the occupation to be ended.

“The laws of occupation are very clear that the occupying power cannot treat the territory as its own, nor can it make claims of sovereignty. Yet this has been Israel’s pattern of governing the occupied Palestinian territory for most of its 50 years of rule,” said the Special Rapporteur. Read more »

Press release issued by the office of the head of Hamas in Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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A number of media outlets have reportedly stated that Qatar opposes the Palestinian national reconciliation and that it is also dissatisfied with the recent rapprochement between Hamas and Egypt; stating that there is tension between Hamas and Egypt. In this regard, Hamas assures that these allegations are completely unfounded. This took place during a meeting held by head of Hamas,Yehya Al Sinwar with Palestinian youth in Gaza city on Sunday.

It is worth noting that Qatar had a remarkable role in supporting the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in general and the Gazans in particular during the longstanding harsh siege. Moreover, Qatar carried out dozens of humanitarian, reconstruction and infrastructure projects which reflected positively on life in Gaza and contributed significantly to prevent the collapse in Gaza Strip during the years of siege.

We do affirm that Qatar has always shown keenness to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation and to end division and supports any effort to achieve it.

The office of the head of Hamas

Yehya Al Sinwar

22nd October, 2017

Israeli forces raid several Palestinian media production companies

PRESS RELEASE
Committee to Protect Journalists – MENA

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Beirut, October 19, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to stop harassing Palestinian media and to release two staff members of a media company arrested during a series of raids in the West Bank yesterday.

Avichay Adraee, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson for Arabic Media, said in a statement published on an IDF Facebook account yesterday that at least eight Palestinian telecom and production companies were raided, but he did not specify the companies’ names. Adraee said 11 offices of the companies were raided because they provide services to the Hamas-affiliated stations Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds, which incite against Israel.

In early morning raids in several West Bank cities, Israeli forces, in cooperation with the Israeli home security service Shin Bet, confiscated documents and broadcast equipment, and closed the media companies down, according to news reports and the pro-Palestinian press freedom group Journalists Support Committee. Footage on the IDF Facebook page shows soldiers using plywood and metal to physically prevent access to the offices. Notices were left on doors saying that the companies were closed for six months, and warning employees to stop assisting terrorism and incitement. Read more »

Al Sinwar meets with the leaders of the national factions in Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
Hamas

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The head of Hamas in Gaza , Yahya Al Sinwar, met with the leaders of the Palestinian national factions in Gaza and enlightened them on the recent developments regarding reconciliation and the details of the Cairo dialogues.

The meeting, which was held on Wednesday, was attended by the member of the Political Bureau of Hamas , Salah Al Bardawil, in Hamas office in Gaza as part of the political framework of Hamas in deliberating and consulting Palestinians at the breadth of the political spectrum.

Al Sinwar reviewed the significant positive steps taken by Hamas to reach the Cairo Agreement and the flexibility shown by Hamas to sign this agreement.

He affirmed that Hamas will continue in the process of reconciliation pointing out that it is a strategic decision and Hamas will not back down or return to division in any way. He assured that Hamas will continue to show high national responsibility at all coming stages. Read more »

Haniyeh informs several leaders on reconciliation agreement

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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Head of Hamas’s Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, called Prince Tamim Bin Hamas Al-Thani of Qatar Friday evening and informed him about the outcome of reconciliation talks with Fatah.

During the call, Haniyeh praised the efforts exerted by Qatar over the past years that aimed to achieve a national reconciliation.

He stressed the keenness of the Hamas movement to implement and abide by what was agreed upon, pointing out that steps have already been taken to move on to the next phase.

For his part, Prince Tamim bin Hamad stressed Qatar’s steadfast stance in supporting the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights.

The Emir welcomed the reconciliation agreement, which was sponsored by Egypt in the context of its pivotal role in the Palestinian cause and people.

He stressed that Qatar will continue to stand by the Palestinian people and provide relief to their suffering, especially in the humanitarian aspect.

The Emir expressed his hope that the reconciliation process would continue successfully until it reaches its desired goal.

Haniyeh had also earlier contacted Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohammed Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, on the signing of the reconciliation agreement.

The head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) received a telephone call on Friday evening from Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Gawishoglu.

Hamas’s recently appointed leader also called Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, and updated him on the reconciliation agreement.

Haniyeh also praised Russian efforts to achieve the reconciliation, and Bogdanov, on his part, reiterated Russia’s keenness in seeing a unified Palestinian government and savouring its relations with all Palestinian factions.

In the same context, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mouloud Jawish Oglu, telephoned Haniyeh and congratulated both Hamas and Fatah on signing the historic reconciliation agreement.

UPWC: Palestinian women confront normalization and the so-called “peace” deception

PRESS STATEMENT
Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees

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The Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees has issued a new statement in response to the so-called “Women Wage Peace” normalization rally scheduled in Jericho for October 8:

Normalization is treason – we will confront all plots under the name of the Palestinian woman and the “peace” deception

As the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, we categorically reject what the so-called “Palestinian Committee on Communication with the Israeli Society” has done in promoting the organization of a women’s march in October near the Jordan river in Jericho, promoted as a march of Israeli and Palestinian women for “peace.” This is a blatant call for popular normalization of the Zionist occupation through the instrumentalization of women. This activity is a shameless fraud that seeks to forcibly impose normalization with the occupier upon Palestinian women, in clear violation of the sacrifices of our women martyrs, prisoners, wounded and strugglers to liberate our people from that occupier. Our position as a Palestinian women’s movement in occupied Palestine against normalization is very clear, as is our demand for the boycott of occupation in all forms, including economic, cultural, academic and all other forms of boycott.

On behalf of all of the struggling Palestinian women, we call upon our brothers and sisters, comrades, strugglers and all honest forces of the Palestinian people, men and women, to stop the “Women Wage Peace” march, and we call for the investigation and national prosecution of those responsible. Those who seek to force Palestinian women to normalize relations with the enemy seek to break our national consensus precisely at a moment of struggle for unity and national reconciliation.

As the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, we affirm that we will stand strong and confront this rhetoric and these malicious conspiracies in the name of Palestinian women and the so-called “peace” deception, which in reality only reflects the will of a monopolistic sector that wants to impose its interests and decision by force against the Palestinian national consensus of women and men.

PFLP prison branch welcomes steps toward reconciliation: weapons of the resistance must be protected

PRESS STATEMENT
PFLP Prison Branch

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The Prison Branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued the following statement:

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) welcomes the positive developments in reconciliation from inside the occupation prisons, and emphasized that the PA president must immediately reverse the punitive measures imposed on the Gaza Strip, warning of the negative repercussions of the continuing refusal to do so.

The organization said that all prisoners in the occupation jails are observing the recent developments in the reconciliation with great interests and hope that the implementation of the reconciliation agreements will protect the national and popular rights, emphasizing that they will stand with their people in support of national unity and their right to resist occupation by all available means.

The Prison Branch emphasized that the weapons of the resistance are always legitimate weapons and that any attempts to harm or confiscate such weapons violates the right of the Palestinian people to resistance. Therefore, any reconciliation must ensure the construction of a national strategy of struggle to manage the battle with the occupation and build a clear policy that rejects any compromise on the fundamental rights of our people to resist occupation and the legitimacy of their weapons.

The Front concluded its statement by emphasizing the need to overcome all obstacles to hold comprehensive elections to arrange the Palestinian house, especially the convening of the Palestinian National Council with the participation of all political colors of the Palestinian spectrum. The most important task is to rebuild the Palestine Liberation Organization on a new national and democratic foundation that can truly represent our people on a national basis in all of their places of residence, and to put in place a strategy to confront the occupation, its crimes and all of its projects that aim to end the Palestinian national existence as a whole.

October 4, 2017

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