Archive for the 'War' Category

Summon and Arrest Campaign Against Fatah Members In Gaza

Article – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned over the summon and arrest campaign launched by the Internal Security Service (ISS) against members of Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip in the past days. PCHR calls upon the government in Gaza to fully abide by the law and stop arrests on political grounds.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, the campaign was implemented by ISS against 16 Fatah members throughout the Gaza Strip in the past days. According to statements of some of the arrested persons and their families, the campaign started with summons that were sent to the majority of the arrested persons to refer to the ISS head office each in his area and/or arresting them from their houses after searching the houses or other places they were in, in addition to confiscating PC sets. The campaign targeted a number of Fatah leaders, including current and former province secretaries, area secretaries and other members. The arrested persons were questioned on giving money to families of Fatah members who were wounded or killed during the events of June 2007.  Read more »

IOF Kill a Man, Wound Another In Gaza

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian young man was killed and another was injured after being shot by Israeli occupation forces in the Gaza strip.

Spokesperson of Ministry of Health Dr Ashraf Qedra said that Hussein Abdul Hadi, 30, was killed Saturday night where he was shot by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border fence.  Read more »

IOF Kills Palestinian Young Man East of Bureij Refugee Camp

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian citizen was killed on Saturday evening by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stationed to the east of Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

The Hebrew radio reported that a Gazan young man was shot dead after he crossed the perimeter fence and headed towards Alomim settlement.  Read more »

Qassem: Any Party That Coordinates with the Occupation Is Not Trusted

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

NABUS, (PIC)– Abdul-Sattar Qassem, professor of political science at An-Najah National University,  said that any party that coordinates with the occupation could also participate in the incitement campaign against the resistance.

Concerning the documents published by Hamas movement, he stated that any party that participates in the security and administrative coordination with the occupation could never be trusted.  Read more »

One Martyr and 200 Detainees During July

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli forces have killed one Palestinian and arrested 200 during July throughout West Bank and Gaza strip, Tadamun Foundation for human rights revealed.

Ahmad al-Bitawi, a researcher at the foundation, stated that Moataz Idris Sharawna, 19, was martyred after being hit by an Israeli jeep during clashes that erupted in Dura in al-Khalil.  Read more »

“I Will Keep Trying to See My Daughter Until the Day I Die”

Article – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Fatma’s wrinkled face reveals the sorrow of a mother who has not seen her daughter for eleven years. Fatma Khalil Mubarak (78) lives in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip. Her daughter, Lamees Ahmad Mubarak (44), has been living in Hebron in the West Bank since she got married in 1988. The last time Fatma saw her daughter was in 2002. Since then, Lamees has been trying to visit her family in Gaza, but she has been denied access every time she applied for a visitor permit to travel via Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing. Beit Hanoun crossing is the only access point for people from Gaza to travel to the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and/or Israel.

Fatma explains: “My daughter Lamees went to Hebron with her husband when she got married in the ‘80s. She used to visit me frequently, and I used to visit her as my health condition was much better and crossing to the West Bank was much easier. However, since the Second Intifada, we haven’t seen much of her. The last time she came was in 2002, but she has never been able to come back again since.”   Read more »

Broad Popular and Factional Rejection of Talks Resumption

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Palestinian national forces and factions, except Fatah movement, renewed their total rejection of resumption of talks between the PA and the Israeli occupation amid accusations to Fatah movement and PA of practicing dictatorship.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) has called on Palestinian people to reject Kerry’s initiative to resume talks.  Read more »

Harel: Israeli-PA Security Collaboration Prevents Intifada

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Israeli military expert Amos Harel said the security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian authority precludes the outbreak of a new intifada (uprising) or any resistance activities in the West Bank.

In a TV interview on Monday, Harel stated that the last two years have been the quietest in terms of security in the West since the six-day war in 1967 thanks to the security cooperation between Israel and the PA which prevented the outbreak of popular intifada during the last mid-decade.  Read more »

Silence Will Not End the Suffering

Press Release – Palestine Human Rights Campaign

31 July 2013

Dear Mr McCully,

Silence Will Not End the Suffering

You may possibly have read the Palestine Human Rights Campaign (PHRC) comments (McCully fails to make independent stand for justice)[1] on your press release dated 20 July 2013, which was sent to several MPs, including yourself.

We are writing to you now because of further developments that have a direct bearing on the opinions and assumptions expressed in your press release. We asked why anyone should believe that Israel would deal fairly with the Palestinian people in ‘direct negotiations’ when there is evidence that Israel has already made decisions that show it is not prepared to even consider abiding by earlier agreements or international law. We raised the issue of Israel’s discriminatory abuse of its own citizens and would now draw your attention to a 25 July 2013 statement[2] by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, urging Israel to reconsider a bill that would displace thousands of Bedouin. The proposed law would result in the demolition of up to 35 Bedouin villages, displacing as many as 40,000 people from their ancestral homes.  Read more »

“Sometimes, I Have to Risk My Life to Survive”

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Khaled Hamad (18) at Kamal Odwan Hospital, Beit Lahia

On Sunday 14 July 2013, Israeli forces patrolling the border fence northeast of Beit Hanoun fired in the direction of a group of workers who were collecting metal and plastic scraps from a landfill which is located around 400 metres away from the border fence. As a result, Khaled Shehada Hamad, an eighteen-year-old worker who was present at the site, was injured. The other workers immediately brought Khaled by donkey-cart to the nearest hospital in Beit Hanoun, where he received first aid. He was then transferred to Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahia, where he received medical treatment for an injury in his upper left leg. Khaled was discharged from hospital a week after the attack when his condition stabilised.

Lying on his bed, waiting to be discharged, Khaled describes the incident: “I was preoccupied with my daily work, collecting my tools to go back to Beit Hanoun. Along with a number of friends, I go to this landfill almost every day to collect metal, plastic, copper, or any other scrap materials that I might sell later. We were about to leave at around 2pm when I felt a sudden heat in my upper leg. Something had hit my leg. I started screaming after I fell to the ground. It was only then that I saw an Israeli jeep passing in the distance. I only saw the jeep after I was shot. I couldn’t see the soldier though. He must have targeted me while in his military jeep.”  Read more »

Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Attacks Against Palestine

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT)

·       A Palestinian boy was wounded in al-Bireh in the West Bank during an Israeli incursion.

·       Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.

–       Sarit Michaeli, B’Tselem spokesperson, was wounded during al-Nabi Saleh protest, northwest of Ramallah.
–       Dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and sustained bruises due to Israeli soldiers’ attack.  Read more »

Israel’s White Phosphorus Use: Supreme Court Reply Condemned

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

The undersigned human rights organizations strongly condemn the Israeli Supreme Court’s reply to a petition filed by human rights organizations to prevent the Israeli military from using white phosphorous in built-up areas.  They believe that the court’s decision leaves the door open for continuing the use of white phosphorous in built-up areas in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), extremely endangering the lives of the civilian population.

On 09 July 2013, the Israeli Supreme Court accepted the pledge presented by the Israeli public prosecution, representing the State, to abstain from using white phosphorous against civilians, excluding in exceptional cases.  Details of such cases were classified as confidential and were not made available to the petitioners or the public, which do not practically ban the use of white phosphorous in built-up areas in the future, but this time by the consent of the highest Israeli judicial body.  Read more »

Netanyahu, Abbas to Resume ‘Peace Process’ That Never Was

Article – Ramzy Baroud

The political peddlers, think-tank experts and media professionals are all back in full force. They want us to believe that US Secretary of State John Kerry has done what others have failed to do. On his sixth trip to the Middle East during his post, and following intense shuttle diplomacy likened to that of Henry Kissinger, Kerry managed to create a modest common space between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA), thus securing their agreement to resume the so-called peace process.

The media is focusing a great deal on how the ‘breakthrough’ happened, not on why or whether or not it was really a ‘breakthrough’ in the first place. It is typical in these ‘breaking news’ dramas that the media inundates itself with excessive superfluous details, while paying little heed to the underlying logic behind the entire story.  Read more »

PFLP: Return to Negotiations Was Unjustified

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

RAMALLAH, GAZA, (PIC)– Member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Khalida Jarrar said the decision of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to return to negotiations with the Israeli state was “unjustified.”

Jarrar condemned in remarks to the Palestinian local Radio Sawt al-Sha’b on Monday the resumption of negotiations, and stressed that “the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine refuses the direct negotiations sponsored by America.”  Read more »

UN Urges Sustained Efforts Towards Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Press Release – UN News

A senior United Nations official today briefed the Security Council on the Middle East peace process saying that amid a “deepening humanitarian catastrophe” in Syria and political unrest in Egypt, “time is of the essence” in the effort to renew serious dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

“This is the moment to translate our collective call for action into a shared sense of urgency in supporting leaders on both sides as they must realize that this is an opening they cannot afford to lose,” UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry said, briefing the 15-member Council in the wake of the announcement last week by US Secretary of State John Kerry that the basis has been established to resume talks between Israelis and Palestinians.  Read more »

John Kerry: Negotiations Welcomed

Press Release – US State Department

Press Availability

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Amman, Jordan

July 19, 2013

SECRETARY KERRY: Good evening, everybody, thank you very much for your patience. I apologize for the delay. I’m just going to make a statement, and I’m not going to take any questions at this point in time.

On behalf of President Obama, I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. This is a significant and welcome step forward.  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 »

PFLP Official: Hold Abbas Accountable

Press Release – Palestinian Information Centre

GAZA, (PIC)– Senior official of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Rabah Muhanna called on the Palestinian central council to convene urgently to hold president Mahmoud Abbas accountable for violating the conditions it had set for the resumption of the peace talks.

In a televised statement, Muhanna urged the Palestinian people in the occupied lands and the Gaza Strip to take to the streets to protest the “peace negotiations” with the Israeli occupation.  Read more »

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