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UN Special Rapporteur on OPT calls on Israel to comply with international law on detention

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

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GENEVA (16 May 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, today urged Israel to comply with international law and international standards for detention.

The expert’s call comes as the ongoing hunger strike by approximately 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails enters its second month. They are requesting better and consistent access to health care, more liberal family visit policies, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention.

“I am particularly concerned with Israel’s use of administrative detention, which involves imprisonment without charge, trial, conviction or meaningful due process, as well as the possibility of unrestricted renewal of their detention,” the human rights expert said, highlighting that administrative detainees are imprisoned on secret evidence that neither they nor their lawyers can review or challenge.

“Israel’s use of administrative detention is not in compliance with the extremely limited circumstances in which it is allowed under international humanitarian law, and deprives detainees of basic legal safeguards guaranteed by international human rights law,” Mr. Lynk said recalling his first report to the UN General Assembly. The Rapporteur noted that there are approximately 500 Palestinian administrative detainees. Read more »

Hamas on 69th anniversary of the Nakba

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

Press release

Issued by the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

On the 69th anniversary of the Nakba

Our people reject guardianship, and will not accept the liquidation of the case

After sixty-nine years of Nakba (catastrophe), massacre, displacement and years of suffering behind bars, different parties are still trying to destroy the Palestinian conscience and control the minds of the great Palestinian people, either by intimidation, starvation or siege. They are willing to remain in power for another year or two at the expense of the Palestinian case, while being assisted from the regional geopolitical crisis and the unprecedented rush to normalize with the savage Israeli Occupation. All this is being carried out while Judaization and expansion of illegal settlements is taking place in Jerusalem and the West Bank, while Gaza is still under siege and is being destroyed , and diaspora camps are being targeted, displaced and destroyed.

After sixty-nine years the conspiracies and schemes still aim to tighten the grip on the Palestinian issue vying to succumb its resistance and defenders to surrender. However, righteous doing, resistance and the liberation of Palestinian will remain as our number one priority on our national agenda as long as our hearts beat with love for our homeland. Therefore, the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, during this painful anniversary, rapid geopolitical changes and imbalances, emphasizes on the following: Read more »

Addameer visits hunger-striking political leader Ahmad Sa’adat

PRESS RELEASE
ADDAMEER

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Addameer’s attorney Farah Bayadsi visited hunger-striking political leader and Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Sa’adat today, 14 May 2017, in Ohli Kedar prison. Addameer’s attorney was previously denied visitation, but received approval following a High Court petition submitted on 10 May 2017. Since the beginning of the strike, 17 April 2017, Addameer requested several visits from Israeli Prison Service (IPS) to visit hunger-striking prisoners and detainees, but the IPS either did not respond or rejected the requests. Read more »

Statement of the PFLP on the 69th commemoration of al-Nakba

Press Statement
PFLP

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On the 69th anniversary of the Nakba, we mark the uprooting of the Palestinian people, forcing them to seek refuge and asylum in all corners of the earth, in a massive colonial crime of the twentieth century. The Zionist movement, with the support of the Western colonial powers, established its “statehood” on the ruins of 480 Palestinian destroyed villages, their people uprooted and displace, through the exercise of the worst forms of terror, torture and massacre. Read more »

Call from PFLP Prison Branch in the Battle of Dignity

PRESS STATEMENT
PFLP Prison Branch

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The following statement was issued by the leadership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine branch in Israeli prisons, and read over Al-Mayadeen Arab TV satellite channel on May 11

To the masses of the Palestinian people, the Arab nation, and the forces of freedom in the world…

Today, the Palestinian prisoners’ movement is locked in the battle of freedom and dignity for the 25th day, with ever more determination to continue until the achievement of its goals. It is armed with the weapon of its will, the unity of the prisoners’ movement and the justice of our cause, with the support and embrace of the masses of the Palestinian people, the Arab nation and the forces of freedom in the world. The prisoners face, after their declaration of the battle of the strike, a bloody war and ferocious Zionist repression that has intensified in recent days and in various prisons. Dozens of leaders are isolated for participating in the strike, including Ahmad Sa’adat, Marwan Barghouthi, Abbas Sayyed, Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, Kamil Abu Hanish and dozens of others. This repression is reinforced by the prevention of legal visits in an attempt to cover up their situation and the circumstances of their confinement, while the occupation intelligence agencies continue to use techniques of psychological warfare in order to break the strike. This has only made the prisoners even more determined to continue the battle and confront these Zionist attacks.

To the Palestinian and Arab masses…

The Zionist occupation prisons are prisons of horror. There are tens of severely ill prisoners, some engaged in the strike and currently barred from treatment, suffering from the policy of medical neglect. The clinics that are supposed to be places of treatment and alleviation of pain are instead sites of abuse and suffering. The declaration of the occupation of the establishment of so-called “field hospitals” is either an attempt to better its image in the media, or to create sites of pressure on the prisoners to attempt to break the strike and carry out threatened forced feeding. A number of measures against the prisoners have recently escalated, including the closure of prisons, conversion of whole sections to collective isolation sections, massive bans on family visits and the imposition of thousands of shekels in fines on strikers.

Despite all these measures, we have also promised to you that we will not break or give in, and so from the womb of our suffering and despite the severity of repression, we will continue this battle until victory. Read more »

Haniyeh announces the arrest of Mazen Al-Fuqaha’s killer

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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Head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, announced that security forces in Gaza managed to arrest the killer of Mazen Al-Fuqaha who was assassinated a month and a half ago.

Haniyeh said during a press conference held Thursday in front of the house of Al-Fuqaha that the suspect provided clear and complete confessions, pointing out that the Ministry of Interior will hold a press conference explaining all the details related to the assassination.

Haniyeh praised the people of Gaza Strip for their patience and understanding of the security measures taken by the security forces in the Strip.

He said, “We will hand out a just ruling towards the killer and everyone who had a hand in this crime, and we will continue until the enemy understands that our blood is precious”. Read more »

Results of elections of the Political Bureau of Hamas

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

“Do [as you will], for Allah will see your deeds, and [so, will] His Messenger and the believers”

Press Release on the result of the eternal elections of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

In light of the meaning of brotherhood, responsibility and consensus, the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”, completed all stages of the elections of its institutions inside and outside Palestine.

The General Assembly of Hamas held its regular session, both inside and outside Palestine, on Saturday 6th of May, 2017.

Ismail Haniyeh was elected as a head of the Political Bureau by members of Shura (consultation) Council assuring their support to him in assuming the responsibility to achieve the Palestinian people’s aspirations of liberation and return.

Hamas’s members elected the members of the Political Bureau namely, Mousa Abu Marzouq, Yahya Al Senwar, Saleh Al Arouri, Khalil Al-Hayya, Muhammad Nazzal, Maher Obaid, Ezzat Al –Rashq, and Fathi Hammad.

The values of Shura and democracy and the spirit of unison of the members of Hamas in Gaza, West Bank, inside the Israeli prisons, and abroad were embodied at all stages of the internal elections of Hamas. Read more »

Ahmad Sa’adat, Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh join strike with fellow leaders: Statement from the PFLP Prison Branch

PFLP Prison Branch
Press Statement

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Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, led a new group of leaders in the prisoners’ movement into the Strike for Dignity on Thurday morning, May 4, along with fellow leaders Hassan Salameh, Abbas al-Sayyed, Comrade Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, Zaid Bseiso, Bassam Kandakji, Tamim Salem, Mahmoud Issa, Nael Barghouthi, Said Tubasi and a group of fellow leaders. Dozens of cadres of the PFLP, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front and the People’s Party are also collectively joining the hunger strike.

Comrade Abu Ahmad Fuad, the Deputy General Secretary of the PFLP, said that “the leader Ahmad Sa’adat joining the Strike of Dignity is a living lesson in courage, will and determination and a model of steadfast leadership. This step is not strange for this selfless leader, and it will add to the escalation of the ongoing strike for the past 18 days.” He urged the supporters of the Front and the Palestinian people to engage with suporting the battle of Comrade Sa’adat and all the prisoners in Israeli jails engaged in this heroic battle of dignity, saying that their empty stomachs come in a heroic epic of defiance of the jailer. Read more »

Hamas launches its new Political Document

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, launched its Political Document “General Principles and Policies” on Monday at a press conference in the Qatari capital of Doha.

The document was announced at a press conference held by Hamas politburo chief, Khaled Mashaal, with a number of leaders of the movement, in the presence of elite writers, media outlets and researchers.

The 42 article document carries the essence of the Movement’s thought and political legacy for 30 years now.

Hamas said in its document that it is an Islamic Palestinian national liberation movement aimed at liberating Palestine and confronting the Zionist project, indicating that Islam is a reference in its principles, objectives and means.

The movement renewed its rejection of all projects aimed at settling the refugee issue, stressing that the right of return for Palestinian refugees is a natural right.

It also stressed that not an inch of Palestinian land will be handed over, indicating that the establishment of a state on the lines of 1967 does not mean the recognition of the Zionist entity.

English PDF file of the official Hamas Political Document is here

Arabic PDF file of the official Hamas Political Document is here

Hamas: A Document of General Principles and Policies

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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In the Name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful

The Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

A Document of General Principles and Policies

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad, the Master of Messengers and the Leader of the mujahidin, and upon his household and all his companions.

Preamble:

Palestine is the land of the Arab Palestinian people, from it they originate, to it they adhere and belong, and about it they reach out and communicate.

Palestine is a land whose status has been elevated by Islam, a faith that holds it in high esteem, that breathes through it its spirit and just values and that lays the foundation for the doctrine of defending and protecting it.

Palestine is the cause of a people who have been let down by a world that fails to secure their rights and restore to them what has been usurped from them, a people whose land continues to suffer one of the worst types of occupation in this world.

Palestine is a land that was seized by a racist, anti-human and colonial Zionist project that was founded on a false promise (the Balfour Declaration), on recognition of a usurping entity and on imposing a fait accompli by force.

Palestine symbolizes the resistance that shall continue until liberation is accomplished, until the return is fulfilled and until a fully sovereign state is established with Jerusalem as its capital.

Palestine is the true partnership among Palestinians of all affiliations for the sublime objective of liberation.

Palestine is the spirit of the Ummah and its central cause; it is the soul of humanity and its living conscience.

This document is the product of deep deliberations that led us to a strong consensus. As a movement, we agree about both the theory and the practice of the vision that is outlined in the pages that follow. It is a vision that stands on solid grounds and on well-established principles. This document unveils the goals, the milestones and the way in which national unity can be enforced. It also establishes our common understanding of the Palestinian cause, the working principles which we use to further it, and the limits of flexibility used to interpret it. Read more »

Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat on May 1: The popular classes of Palestine are on the front lines of revolution

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, delivered a special message from prison via the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat to the forces and movements of the Left in the world on the occasion of International Workers’ Day, marking a renewed landmark of revolutionary struggle against imperialism, Zionism and fascism and the forces of class and social exploitation. Sa’adat said in the statement that the open-ended hunger strike being waged currently by the Palestinian prisoners’ movement is the most prominent national site of confrontation with the Zionist occupation and its racist settler-colonial laws. He urges the expansion of the campaign for boycott and the isolation of the occupation at an international level.

Comrades and friends

Revolutionary greetings,
Greetings of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,
Greetings to the strugglers for justice, freedom, equality and progress everywhere.

Greetings to you from inside the prisons and cells of Zionism, and salutes to all those who celebrate today, who march and participate in this day, in the lighting of the flame of this immortal, human, day, the first of May, the day of workers, the people, and the struggling classes. This is the day in which we together renew our primary commitment to defend the rights and interests of the impoverished and struggling classes with a fundamental interest in progress and change, the classes that were and still are the front line of the revolution, standing against the savage forces of capitalism, occupation, colonialism and racism. Read more »

Get the facts on Palestinian hunger strikes

PRESS STATEMENT
ADDAMEER

Gazans demand release of Palestinian prisoners

Gazans demand release of Palestinian prisoners

An estimated 1500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers have declared the beginning of an open hunger strike on 17 April 2017. The call for hunger strike came amidst resentment of Israeli’s cruel policies towards political prisoners and detainees. The hunger striking prisoners’ demands include: family visits, proper medical care, an end to Israel’s practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial in so-called administrative detention and stopping the use of isolation. Here are some facts on Palestinian hunger strikes: Read more »

Statement issued by the Palestinian Prisoners’ National Movement

PRESS STATEMENT
Palestinian Prisoners’ National Movement

In the name of God, the most merciful

“Those to whom hypocrites said, ‘Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.’ But it merely increased them in faith, and they said, ‘God alone is sufficient for us and he is the best disposer of affairs.’” – the Holy Qur’an

Statement issued by the Palestinian Prisoners’ National Movement
Follow-Up Committee for the Hunger Strike

As the battle of empty stomachs (the battle of freedom and dignity) continues in its tenth day, a wide-scale targeting of activists and strugglers on hunger strike is taking place at the hands of the forces of the occupation prison administration, fully supported by the government of the Zionist enemy. Its prime minister and officials daily declare their refusal to deal with the just demands of the prisoners as they raise the ceiling of racist incitement against the prisoners while promising further oppression and abuse. They do not take advantage of the lessons of the past, where the prisoners have turned the tables of the prison officials, the intelligence agencies and the occupation state through their steadfastness, determination and struggle. This is another battle in a series of battles fought by the prisoners’ movement throughout its history. It is a landmark of steadfastness and struggle, emphasizing the course of resistance, unity, liberation and victory.

In this context, we are sending a series of messages through this statement to the striking prisoners and those ready to fight in this battle, to the Palestinian people everywhere, to the national and Islamic forces, and to all forces of freedom in the world, in which we affirm our need for support, solidarity, participation and unity as prisoners to confront the challenges imposed by the government of occupation. In this context, we emphasize the following:

First, to the heroic striking prisoners carrying out the battle of empty stomachs for the tenth consecutive day, we are all with you in support and not only with words. The occupation prison administration will be subject to the free will of the captives. We speak with insistence that we will proceed until the achievement of our goals. We are now at the stage of biting our fingers; we are together as brothers, mujahideen and comrades from the first cry. Support is on the way and the coming days will carry new actions to escalate the pace of the strike and achieve its goals. The message now is first to stand up, first to insist and first to adhere to the demands, all of us, and we will stand united to confront the executioner.

Second, all dialogue will be with the striking prisoners and we will not allow any interference whatsoever. We also warn against rumors circulating about the strike that aim to suppress the morale of the strugglers and attempt to limit the popular support for the strike and create a climate of confusion and hesitation. We call for refusing to circulate the news items that the occupation is attempting to broadcast and promote.

Third, we call upon the masses of the Palestinian people for even more support and solidarity through the daily struggle and clashes with the occupation in all locations. Every serious action and movement shortens the duration of the strike and makes it clear to the occupation that the prisoners are not alone. In occupied Palestine ’48 and in Jerusalem, it is possible to be in front of the prisons, and in the West Bank, in the places of engagement with the occupation forces, and in Gaza, which is steadfast every day, your support is critical, and outside Palestine, you are the call of the campaign and the voice of freedom, so that the Palestinian cause will prevail.

Fourth, we call upon the national and Islamic forces to unite under a comprehensive program for Palestinian, Arab and international support and to exert all efforts to support this strike of freedom.

In conclusion, we affirm that the coming days bear the promise of victory, “and those who do wrong will come to know by what overturning they will be overturned.”

Your brothers, mujahideen and comrades
Palestinian Prisoners’ National Movement
26 April 2017
The tenth day of the strike of freedom and dignity

Hamas statement in solidarity with the hunger strikers

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, affirms its full solidarity with the prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons who have started a hunger strike as of last week.

Hamas reiterates its support to them in their open strike until they regain their rights and achieve their just demands from the so-called Israeli Prison Service.

Hamas declares its support and solidarity with the heroes behind bars and urges the Palestinian people on all levels and parties to support the prisoners’ cause in all ways possible until they achieve their legal and just demands as guaranteed by humanitarian and international law.

Hamas also calls upon humanitarian, human rights and international institutions to bear their responsibilities, to carry out their duties towards the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons, to end their suffering and to stop the Israeli violations, namely the policy of solitary confinement, medical negligence and other repressive measures taken against the prisoners.

Abdul Latif Al-Qanoa

Spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

23rd of April ,2017

Latest meeting between Hamas and Fateh leadership

Press Release
Hamas

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, held Tuesday 18th of April, 2017 a meeting with the leadership of Fateh.

The meeting comes as a part of a series of meetings held with Fateh and Islamic and national factions and civil institutions to update them of Hamas’s stance on various Palestinian issues and the crises which Gaza Strip is suffering from including the electricity crisis.

The meeting also discussed the role of every party to put an end to those crises and to end the division.

We called upon Fateh to justify the reasons behind salary cuts of PA employees, to solve the electricity problem, to exempt the power plant from taxes, and to urge the PA government, headed by Alhamdallah, to carry out its duties towards the people of Gaza.

In return, Fateh has not responded to any of the demands.

We urge Fateh Movement to deal seriously with the exerted efforts aiming to end the crises of Gaza and to unite the Palestinian parties.

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement “ Hamas”

23rd of April, 2017

Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity

Palestine Liberation Organization
PRESS RELEASE

Prisoners' families outside the ICRC, Gaza City 2014 (Julie Webb-Pullman)

Prisoners’ families outside the ICRC, Gaza City 2014 (Julie Webb-Pullman)

The Palestinian Prisoners Movement in Brief

The struggle of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has, for several decades, been a major element of the Palestinian national struggle against the brutality of the Israeli military occupation. Since Israel occupied the Palestinian territory in 1967, a staggering 800,000 Palestinians have been arrested and incarcerated (and a total of 1 million since 1948).

At this moment in time, there are approximately 6,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including 57 women, 300 minors (under the age of 18), and 500 administrative detainees. (Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold detainees indefinitely on “secret information” without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.) These numbers also include 13 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, three of whom -Samira Halaykah, Mohammad Al-Til and Ibrahim Dahbour- were arrested as recently as March 2017.

Hunger Strike for Justice

The open hunger strike is one of the only forms of passive resistance and peaceful protest available to Palestinian prisoners against the injustice and oppression of the Israeli military regime. Inspired by the righteousness of their cause, Palestinian prisoners continue to fight for their human rights and the realization of their just demands, which are enshrined in international legislation and conventions, (and listed below).

Since 1967, Palestinians have held 23 coordinated mass hunger strikes, the latest of which took place in 2014 and lasted 63 days. In addition, dozens of hunger strikes have been held by individual prisoners, including Fouad Bisharat, Ra’ed Mteir, Mohammad Al-Qeeq, Jamal Abu Leil, among others. Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strikes as a means to exercise their legal right to protest the punitive measures of the Israeli military authorities and draconian policies of prison administrations.

This open hunger strike is but one step on the long road towards freedom and human dignity. It is a significant and effective means to confront discriminatory laws enacted by the Israeli parliament (Knesset) and the collusion of the unjust Israeli judiciary and military courts that function as arms of the Israeli military authorities.

The open hunger strike of 2017 is being led and engineered by Marwan Al-Barghouti (an imprisoned Member of the Fatah Central Committee), and joined by hundreds of Palestinian detainees, including Kareem Younis and Diya Al-Agha (two of the most prominent leaders of the Palestinian Prisoners’ movement). Read more »

PHROC Calls for International Protection of Palestinian Political Prisoners

PRESS RELEASE
ADDAMEER

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On the occasion of Palestinians Prisoners’ Day, 2017, the year that marks 50 years since the establishment of the military courts which routinely charge and trial Palestinian civilians, including children as young as 12 years old, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) calls for international protection of Palestinian political prisoners, an end to ongoing collective punishment by Israeli occupation forces, administrative detention, continued denial of fair trial, and illegal transfer and deportation of detainees. Since the occupation of 1967, an estimated 800,000 Palestinians, roughly 20% of the population, have been imprisoned by the occupying authorities. On this year’s Prisoners’ Day, Israel holds approximately 6300 Palestinian political prisoners, 300 children and approximately 56 females (including 13 female children) as well as an estimated 500 Palestinians in administrative detention (including 2 children), held for indefinite periods without charge or trial. Read more »

Commissioner-General of UNRWA meets Palestinian Prime Minister in Ramallah

PRESS RELEASE
UNRWA

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Jerusalem, 17 April, 2017

The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, met today in Ramallah with the Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, H.E. Dr. Rami Hamdallah.

The meeting addressed the rights and critical needs of Palestine Refugees in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and Gaza. The Commissioner-General updated the Prime Minister on his recent visit to Aleppo, Syria and the situation of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. Read more »

Hamas rejects threats directed at Gaza by PA President

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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Hamas spokesperson, Fawzi Barhoum, stated the following:

The threats of Mahmoud Abbas directed at Gaza are unacceptable and are further proof of his direct role in fabricating and tightening the crisis in Gaza.

These crises contriving from a political and not a financial decision, aim to keep the internal division between the Palestinian people which serves in the best interests of the occupation’s plan to isolate Gaza from the rest of Palestine. It also aims to exhaust the steadfastness, resistance and courage of our Palestinian people. Abass’s recent actions are a sign of a good-will gesture before his meeting with the U.S President, Donald Trump, in Washington to impose “surrender projects” that aim to disband the Palestinian cause.

Therefore, we call upon our Palestinian people and factions to accelerate the creation of a unified national committee to confront and expose this dangerous scheme. We also need to further support the development of armed resistance in order to ensure the protection of our people and to defend their rights.

FawziBarhoum

Spokesperson for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

Thursday, 16 Rajab / 1438 AH

13 April 2017

Hamas responds to inclusion of Ahmed Ghandour on US terror list

PRESS STATEMENT
Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

The designation of Hamas and Al-Qassam leader, Ahmed Ghandour, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US State Department is an immoral move that repudiates international law.

Palestinians have been given the right to defend themselves and resist the occupation by UN resolutions, but such a move by the US Department of State paves the way for more Israeli terrorism and oppression against our Palestinian people.

Nonetheless, this step is worthless and will not prevent us from exercising our right to resist the occupation and to continue protecting our people till the liberation of Palestine.

The Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

06/04/2017

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