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PFLP: Those who meet with the occupier stand with the enemies of the people

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine


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.

Do Not Let Go of the Green Line: It Is Israel’s Achilles Heel

Nadia Hijab
Al Shabaka


The poet Dylan Thomas urged his father – and all those approaching death – “Do not go gentle into that good night” but “rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The death of the two-state solution has been foretold for nearly 20 years, after it became clear that Israel had signed on to the Oslo peace process in 1993 with no intention of allowing a sovereign Palestinian state.

And yet the light has refused to die. It has been in every country’s interest, including Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization/Palestine (PLO/Palestine), to maintain flickers of life in the two-state possibility despite Israel’s relentless colonization of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) that has so far planted some 200 settlements and 600,000 settlers there, acts that constitute war crimes under international law.

For Palestinians living in the gray area of occupation the most basic freedoms of life, liberty, movement, health, and access to water, among others, are violated daily. Palestinian refugees and exiles are largely left to their fate, and the Palestinian citizens of Israel are expected to deal with the Israeli state’s discrimination and dispossession as best they can. Overall, the stagnation of the Palestinian body politic prevents effective, collective Palestinian action. Read more »

Israel’s Legalizes Settlement Options as a Prelude to the Netanyahu Visit to Trumpland

Richard Falk

Cartoon: Amos Biderman

Cartoon: Amos Biderman

Responses to four questions posed by Rodrigo Craveiro, a journalist from the Brazilian newspaper Correio Braziliense

1- How do you see the decision of the Knesset taken last night about legalizing settlement outposts and what are the likely consequences of this legislative initiative?

It is one more act of defiance by Israel that is both a repudiation of international law relating to settlements in Occupied Palestine and of the UNSC, which in December passed Resolution 2334 condemning settlement expansion and reaffirming their illegality. Whether Israel experiences adverse consequences depends especially on the reaction of European governments and of civil society. Israel expects that Trump’s presidency will insulate the country from any show of real pressure at the UN or via sanctions, but there are mixed signals as usual emanating from the White House. The Knesset’s provocative move of legalizing the 50 or so settlement ‘outposts’ that were previously illegal even under Israeli law, an internationally controversial move that may in due course be nullified by Israel’s judiciary. Actually, the move was not so radical as the Israel state had long accommodated the outposts by providing them with subsidies and security, and overlooking their formally unlawful status in domestic law.

2– Do you believe Israel is interested in annexing West Bank? Why?
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Gaza Government Weekly Statement calls for action on Al Aqsa, siege, Rafah closure


The Palestinian Government in Gaza held its weekly meeting No (334) on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, and concluded with the following statement:

Jewish invasions of Al Aqsa
The Palestinian Government denounces the ongoing invasions of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Jewish settlers, noting 2,500 extremists have entered the mosque since the beginning of 2014. The government calls on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank to defend the holy site by maintaining a continual presence there.

Colonial Settlement
The Palestinian Government denounces the continued and accelerated pace of settlement construction, and the Judaization of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the rate of which increased by 123% in 2013. The government considers that continuing negotiations with the occupation will provide a cover for Israeli authority to build more settlement houses, and calls for the Palestinian Authority to withdraw from the ‘peace process.’ Read more »

133 Palestinian NGOs Reject PA’s Decision to Restart Talks

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian NGO network said it is deeply concerned about the Palestinian authority’s decision to return to the negotiation table with the Israeli occupation.

In a press release on Monday, the network, which include 133 member organizations, stated that the gravity of such a decision that it was taken without any commitment to the minimum requirements, most importantly, the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and the termination of settlement activities.  Read more »

Between The Death of My Nephew and My Visit to Jerusalem

By Fidaa Abuassi

My life story in its great detail is so unfathomable and forever surprising I can no longer make sense to myself, let alone to others. Life is so unpredictable and ever changing my heart is never prepared for its unsteady rhythms. Between overwhelming happiness and extreme sadness, I am ripped apart. “Where am I? Where am I?,” I was found trembling and whimpering while asleep two nights ago. Nothing but the warmth of my mom’s hug could assure me I was home, safe. While I was still holding her tight, sobbing on her shoulder, my mom, too, broke into tears. “No no no,… mom please don’t…,” I pleaded, still in tears. Awakened by our sobs, my sister in the other room managed to drag herself out of bed and walk towards us. “Why are you two crying! Isn’t he in Heaven? Didn’t you both tell me not to cry over him,” we were taken by surprise when we saw her staggering into the room, not yet strong enough to stand on her feet. We ran to her aid “no no, habibti, we aren’t crying.” Unsurprisingly, she burst into tears, again. My bad!
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Israel Should Release All Palestinian Prisoners For Peace

Press Release – UFree Network

UFree Network to defend the rights of Palestinian prisoners calls on releasing all Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. This comes in a wake of news that Israel will release a small number of prisoners as per Palestinian condition to restart negotiations.

Israeli official sources announce that 80 prisoners most of them imprisoned prior Oslo accord will be released. This came as Palestinian Authority (PA) demanded this step as a condition to resume frozen negotiations. The request of releasing prisoners included those from 1948 territories.  Read more »

Qassem Slams PA’s Decision to Return to Negotiations

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

WEST BANK, GAZA, (PIC)– Professor of Political Science Abdul Sattar Qassem condemned the decision of the Palestinian Authority to return to negotiations and considered it treason.

Qassem told the Jordanian Sabil newspaper that the Authority’s only concern is to get aid and money, and revealed that “the negotiations have never stopped, as meetings have continued in secret in Amman and Jerusalem.”  Read more »

New Efforts to Resume Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Press Release – UN News

New York, Jul 19 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the efforts of United States Secretary of State John Kerry to resume negotiations in the Middle East peace process.

“The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by US Secretary of State Kerry today in Amman, Jordan, that the basis has been established to resume talks between Israelis and Palestinians,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statementRead more »

McCully welcomes US announcement on Middle East process

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the announcement by US Secretary of State John Kerry that agreement has been reached on a basis for direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

“New Zealand strongly supports the efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry to move the peace process forward through direct negotiations on a two-state solution,” Mr McCully says.  Read more »

Israel’s Water Crimes

Israel’s Water Crimes

By Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign – 18 June 2013

The International Women’s Peace Service (IWPS) Deir Istiya Human Rights Report No. 479 [1] contains a vivid account of a typical Israeli war crime in Occupied Palestine. On Sunday, 16 June in the village of Asira, settler militants, accompanied by about 30 Israeli soldiers, stoned Palestinian workers who were building a reservoir and reticulation to connect surrounding villages and ordered the workers out of the area. They were aided by the Israeli Army which opened fire with stun and tear gas grenades on both the workers and other villagers who had gathered to support them. Criminal behaviour such as this is an almost daily occurrence in Asira with illegal Occupation settlers and the Israeli Army having already destroyed around 100 of the pipes originally purchased for the project.  Read more »

Israel’s Continuing West Bank Settlement Expansion

UN Chief ‘Deeply Concerned’ By Israel’s Continuing West Bank Settlement Expansion

New York, Jun 14 2013 – Calling reported ongoing settlement construction in the West Bank “unhelpful” and a “deeply worrisome trend,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his calls on Israel to heed the global community to freeze settlement activity and abide by its commitments under international law.

In a statement from his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban said he “is deeply concerned by the continuing expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank in violation of international law.”  Read more »

Palestinian children arrested after attack by settler kids

Press Release – International Solidarity Movement

Israeli military today arrested three Palestinian boys, aged around 10, in Hebron after they were attacked by several children from illegal settlements in the centre of the city. One Swedish activist was also arrested after intervening in the arrests … Read more »

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report 25 – 31 July 2012

Weekly Report
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Israeli forces kill a Palestinian and injure over 60 others throughout the West Bank. Also in the West Bank, settlers injure three Palestinians and damage 90 olive trees and saplings. Significant decline in demolitions. Another community in south Hebron at risk of forced displacement. Update on access to East Jerusalem, and new closures installed in Hebron. In Gaza, Israeli forces injure one farmer. A steady improvement in power production continues. Local authorities demolish around 200 residences to reclaim state land.

Full Report here

PCHR condemns EU decision to strengthen ties with Israel

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Ref: 85/2012

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the decision of the European Union (EU) to offer strengthened trade and diplomatic relations to Israel at the EU-Israel Association Council meeting on Tuesday 24 July 2012.

The Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy, Mr Štefan Füle, issued a statement following the meeting, which indicated the European Commission’s desire to develop its cooperation with Israel in a number of areas. Commissioner Füle stated that the meeting had involved some discussion of developments in the area of human rights and democratic freedoms in Israel. However, the statement made no mention of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) or of Israel’s policies and actions in the region. Read more »

Abu Subbah urges the Islamic nation to intervene to save Jerusalem

Palestinian Information Centre

GAZA, (PIC)– Minister of Jerusalem, prisoners, and refugees’ affairs Dr. Attalla Abu Subbah has denounced the Israeli occupation authority’s latest measures in occupied Jerusalem city.

He mentioned in particular the latest decisions of establishing a settlement neighborhood in Arab al-Sawahreh area of southern Jerusalem, and declaring Al-Aqsa mosque courtyards as gardens and public parks for Jews.

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What Dani Dayan Says and Why It Is Interesting

Richard Falk

Dani Dayan’s article, “Israel’s Settlers Are Here to Stay,” was published by the NY Times on July 26, 2012. Dayan is the chairman of the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities, and has been long known as a leading spokesperson of the settler movement. An obvious response to such a settler screed might be to dismiss it out of hand as an extremist expression of Israeli views, which it certainly is, but it would seem a mistake to do this before taking some account of its content and timing. The moral and legal premises that underlie Dayan’s insistence that the settlers will never leave the West Bank are without substance, but the political arguments he puts forward are so strong as to be virtually irrefutable. It may also be helpful to speculate that Dayan might have been encouraged from the Netanyahu side, known for being as friendly to settler dreams as any Israeli leadership ever, to drop this bombshell into the midst of the American electoral maelstrom as kind of trial balloon. Read more »

Israeli eyes up permits, visas for OCHA employees in West Bank and Gaza

Al-Akhbar English

On Sunday reports in the Israeli media said the country was weighing measures to sanction a United Nations agency that works to alleviate the oppression of the Palestinians.

Haaretz newspaper reported that Israel wants to “reassess” the role of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in particular in response to the agency’s promotion of construction in the West Bank. Read more »

20,000 new housing units in the vicinity of Jerusalem

Palestinian Information Centre

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli government has endorsed the construction of 20,000 new housing units in the vicinity of occupied Jerusalem, Jad Isaac, a settlement expert and director of Areej institute for applied sciences, said.

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The Palestine Brief (10)

Center for Political and Development Studies (CPDS)

After 96 days of hunger strike, Sarsak declares victory

Father of eight on 95 day of hunger strike

1948 Palestinians refuse enlistment in army

Mahmoud Sarsak greeted by supporters on his arrival in Gaza

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