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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

Hamas Press Statement on 2nd anniversary of the the uprising in Jerusalem

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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To our steadfast Palestinian people

To our Arab and Islamic nations.

Two years ago, our heroic people faced a new challenge with the Israeli Occupation and its blatant violations against the holy places in Jerusalem. Our people confronted the Israeli attempts to Judaize and divide Jerusalem. Jerusalemites became the icons of sacrifice with their bare hands and the defenders of Al Aqsa Mosque and the holy places from the Israeli plots.

The generation who suffered the consequences of Oslo Accords and who was forced to succumb to the instruction of Daytonwas the same generation who led the battle of resistance against the Israeli Occupation:

On this glorious anniversary, we, in Hamas , emphasize the following:

First : Jerusalem is the main target of the Israeli Occupation and it requires us to make all possible efforts and stands to defend it from the Israeli schemes.

Second: We praise the role of our people in Jerusalem and mark this day to remember the victory which they achieved. We call upon our people and Arab and Muslim nations to continue in supporting Al Aqsa and to prevent time and place divisions.

Third :We affirm that the sole choice for restoring land and rights is resistance.

Fourth: We assure that the Palestinian reconciliation is a very important step in supporting the steadfastness of our people and protecting the national project. We assert that our people in Jerusalem would not have achieved victory without the unity of our people.

Fifth: We call on the Palestinian people to continue in resisting the Israeli Occupation and warn of all attempts to foil their resistance.

The blessed Jerusalem uprising established new rules in facing the Israeli Occupation and paved the way for innovative methods of resistance to be employed in restoring land and regaining the stolen rights.

The Islamic Resistance Movement “ Hamas”

1st of October, 2017

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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The Shamasneh family outside their home

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 »

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