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Hamas vehemently condemns terror act in Christchurch, New Zealand

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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On the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Hamas movement states the following

Hamas movement vehemently condemns the terror attack on two central mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

This extraordinary act of violence highlights once again that terrorism has no religion nor origin. Rather, terror is a faith fueled by hate speech that is promoted by some parties, such as the current US administration .

On the other hand, the Palestinians are the most people to endure the horrific outcomes of terrorism, owing to the Israeli occupation’s terror acts perpetrated against them on a daily basis. Just days ago, the Palestinians lamented the anniversary of Haram al-Ibrahimi Massacre committed in 1994 by an Israeli extremist who killed 15 Palestinian prayers and injured dozens.

Hamas expresses its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

In addition, the movement urges the authorities in New Zealand to inflict heavy punishment on the terrorist perpetrators of this crime and on any party providing support for them. New Zealand authorities should also take the necessary procedures to protect worship places.

Hamas calls on the international community to denounce this extraordinary and unprecedented act of terror. Furthermore, it has to tackle hate speech promoted by some parties, above all the Israeli occupation.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Hamas condemns failed coup against elected Venezuelan President

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Hamas Movement condemns the failed coup against the elected President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.

In addition, the movement denounces the US gross interference in Venezuelan domestic affairs. The US attempt to orchestrate a coup d’etat is a continuation of the US aggressive policy that violates democratic principles and peoples’ free will. Indeed, the US demeanor poses a threat to the world’s security and stability.

Finally, Hamas hails the Venezuelan people who are immune to conspiracies. It also extends the Palestinian people’s gratitude to the Venezuelan government for its unconditional and tremendous support for the Palestinian cause.

Hamas Movement

Friday, January 25, 2019

Hamas: Abbas’ decision to dissolve Palestinian Legislative Council illegal

HAMAS
PRESS RELEASE

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On Abbas’ announcement that the illegal ‘Constitutional Court’ decided to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative Council, Hamas movement states the following:

The Hamas Movement rejects the decision of the so-called ‘Constitutional Court’ that was established by the PA President Mahmoud Abbas to legitimize his arbitrary decisions. Indeed, Abbas’ decision to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative Council has neither constitutional nor legal value. It is an invalid political decision because it is issued by an illegal body.

Abbas should have extended his hands to Haniyeh’s invitation to hold a joint meeting, thereby ending the Palestinian division. Instead, Abbas opted to ruin the Palestinian political system, maintain his unilateralism, and dissolve the legal institutions of the Palestinian people – all of this is just to serve his partisan interests.

Therefore, all segments, factions and parliamentary blocs along with all the Palestinian people should hinder Abbas’ illegal and irresponsible measures targeting the Legislative Council.

On the other hand, Hamas stresses that it is prepared to run for ‘consensual general elections’ if Fatah pledges to accept the results, whatever they are.

Finally, we call on Egypt to block Abbas’ measures that are a fatal blow to the Egyptian endeavours aimed to achieve Palestinian reconciliation.

Hamas Movement

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Joint Operation Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions warns against Israeli atrocities

PRESS RELEASE
Joint Operation Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions

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The Israeli occupation perpetrated an atrocious crime to add to its criminal record against the Palestinian people, when Israeli snipers targeted peaceful protesters at the Great Return March last Friday, December 21, 2018.

The deliberate Israeli shooting of civilians resulted in killing four Palestinian civilians and the injuring of dozens of Palestinian protesters.

After thorough investigations, the Palestinian resistance has found out that the Palestinian victims were targeted 300-600 meters away from the separation fence, proving the Israeli snipers’ premeditated murder of Palestinians posing no threat to the Israeli forces deployed along the fence.

In fact, what happened last Friday is an atrocious act reflecting the occupation’s criminal mentality as they deliberately kill the peaceful protesters in cold blood.

In light of this crime, the Joint Operation Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions states the following:

FIRST: The criminal acts of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people have crossed all the red lines. Hence, the Palestinian resistance will never stand still before the Israeli atrocities.

SECOND: When it comes to the blood, pain, and dignity, no humanitarian assistance will dissuade the Palestinian resistance from fulfilling their national duty. The resistance will defend the Palestinian people against any Israeli aggression.

THIRD: We declare that next Friday will be a real test for the occupation and its bad intentions. If the occupation continues using excessive and disproportionate violence against the protesters, the Palestinian resistance will respond to the atrocious Israeli acts.

The Joint Operation Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Hamas condemns Israeli arbitrary killing of children, journalists at Great Return March

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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On the Israeli arbitrary killing of children and journalists at the Great Return March, the Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum stressed the following:

The deliberate Israeli targeting and killing of Palestinian protesters at the Great Return March is a new crime added to the Israeli occupation’s criminal record. Now, the Israeli occupation sheds the blood of the innocent Palestinians without any sense of guilt. It grossly ignores the demands of the Palestinian people for freedom and for lifting the crippling blockade, while turning a blind eye to human rights and the international community.

The incitement to murder by the Israeli leaders has led to the use of lethal force by Israeli forces to disperse the peaceful Palestinian protesters. Indeed, the calculated and systematic excessive use of force against the protesters is a ‘political decision’ taken by the top Israeli leaders.

The repeated crimes and deliberate targeting of children, women, medical staff and journalists by the Israeli forces deployed along the Gaza separation fence reflect the predetermination of the Israeli occupation to kill Palestinian civilians. They also highlight the Israeli intention to breach the ceasefire understandings.

Therefore, Hamas calls on all mediators and the international community to intervene immediately in order to compel the occupation to stop its atrocious acts against the Palestinian people. They must pressure the Israeli occupation to adhere to the ceasefire understandings, and lift the Gaza siege immediately.

Fawzi Barhoum

Hamas Spokesperson

Friday, December 21, 2018

Hamas calls on WFP to reverse food cuts decision

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Hamas Movement rejects the justifications of the UN World Food Program to cut food services offered to the impoverished Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

The reduced services are expected to inflict horrific outcomes on hundreds of thousands of the Palestinian people who depend on the food assistance provided by WFP as their sole livelihood.

The WFP’s services are extremely necessary, especially during the recurrent situation, as the Palestinian people have been experiencing difficult humanitarian conditions resulted from the 12-year Israeli siege on Gaza and suffocating Israeli policies.

Therefore, Hamas calls on the WFP to reverse its cuts and to do its best to cover its declining donation.

We also urge the international community and donors to provide immediate support for the WFP which provides critical services for the impoverished Palestinian refugees.

Hamas Movement

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tension and Isolation at al-Damon Women’s Prison

PRESS RELEASE
ADDAMEER

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On 17 Dec 2018 Addameer’s lawyer and director Sahar Francis visited al-Damon prison were all Palestinian women detainees are held currently. Sahar’s visit did not last for even 15 minutes as the prison administration canceled the visit and informed Sahar that there is an emergency situation.

It came to Addameer’s knowledge today, 18 Dec 2018 that women in detention are still targeted especially those who were transferred from Hasharon prison after protesting the operation of the cameras.

Prisoners at al-Damon informed Addameer’s lawyers that the prison administration asked some workers from the civil prisoners to repair the sewage system in room number 11 in the Women section at Al-Damon. The room has 7 women prisoners who went into their recreational time during the reparations. Though, the deputy administrator of the women’s section claimed that she have asked the women to stay in the toilet during the reparations rather than the yard. The women reaffirmed that they did not know of such a request and this is why they went to the yard to take their recreational time.

The women in detention added that the prison administration got outraged and took the prisoner Yasmin Sha’ban to isolation. Yasmin was put in the lawyer’s visit room form 12 PM until 5:30 PM and she was sentenced in a disciplinary hearing to have no family visits for a month, a fine of 100 – 600 Shekels from the canteen money, and to receive no letter for two months.

In addition to the measures taken against Yasmin, Israeli forces raided room number 11 and confiscated all electronic equipment except for one heater. All of this led the girls in this room to protest through refusing the recreational time, and this led the administration to let Yasmin out of isolation at 5:30 PM as mentioned before. The prison administration informed the women in the room that they will have a disciplinary hearing.

Addameer sees that there is direct targeting of women in detention especially those who were transferred from Hasharon prison to al-Demon prison after protesting new punitive measures against them for two months in September 2018.

According to Addameer there are now 53 women detained at al-Damon, this includes two minors and two women under administrative detention.

Press release on Hamas’ 31st Anniversary

HAMAS

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On this day 31 years ago the Hamas movement began a journey to struggle for freedom against the Israeli occupation. Throughout this journey, the movement has made enormous sacrifices in order to fulfill the aspirations of the Palestinian people: FREEDOM, INDEPENDENCE, and RETURN.

Throughout its life, the Hamas movement has faced huge challenges and concerted attempts to suppress, beleaguer and break the movement. Despite this the movement has succeeded in building up its structure, enhancing its capabilities and putting forward a clear political vision. Hamas has steered its compass towards Palestine, neutralizing all internal conflicts and minor issues. Indeed, the movement has made resisting the Israeli occupation its sole objective, utilizing all the capabilities of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories or in the diaspora to serve the national project of the Palestinians. Read more »

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

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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’.

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