UNAC STATEMENT ON JERUSALEM

PRESS STATEMENT
The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

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The decision of the Trump administration to declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that the US will move its embassy to Jerusalem is a violation of the rights of the Palestinian people, of international law and a number of United Nations resolutions. It is a bipartisan action which is supported by most Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by past presidents from both parties. It once again affirms Washington’s support for the brutal Zionist regime in Israel and its genocidal policies towards the Palestinian people. Read more »

UN rights chief denounces Israeli forces’ shooting of man in wheelchair

PRESS RELEASE
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Photo: Irish Friends of Gaza

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GENEVA (19 December 2017) — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Tuesday he was “truly shocked” at the killing of a wheelchair-bound amputee by Israeli Security Forces close to the fence between Gaza and Israel last Friday.

Ibrahim Nayef Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, a 29-year-old man from Gaza who reportedly had both legs amputated after an Israeli attack on Gaza in 2008, was among hundreds of Palestinians who were marching across farmland towards the fence following Friday prayers on 15 December to protest against the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He appears to have been killed by a bullet to the head when he was approximately 20 meters from the fence.

“The facts gathered so far by my staff in Gaza strongly suggest that the force used against Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was excessive,” Zeid said. “International human rights law strictly regulates the use of force in the context of protests and demonstrations. The lethal use of firearms should only be employed as the last resort, when strictly unavoidable, in order to protect life. However, as far as we can see, there is nothing whatsoever to suggest that Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was posing an imminent threat of death or serious injury when he was killed. Given his severe disability, which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him, his killing is incomprehensible – a truly shocking and wanton act.” Read more »

Last gamble?

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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The people of the world are waking up despite the fact that most mainstream media is now “managed” to give that Zionist message of danger about Iran, Hizbollah etc while ignoring the war crimes and crimes against humanity being perpetuated daily by Israel and its puppets like Mohammad Bin Salman.

What media is not managed, is blocked in most of the Arab world run by those dictators.

The mainstream media is complicit in ensuring people are not aware of what is going on.

Imagine if a Muslim sniper shot an American, or a Jewish double amputee who lost his legs to another Muslim attack years earlier? How would the media have reacted.

How would the media react if a dictator who is not friendly to the US was doing what he and his senile father were doing now? They just arrested the rich guys in their country and even visiting rich guys from other countries (like Hariri from Lebanon and Sabeeh Amasri from Jordan) and are stripping them of heir wealth! They are beheading any opposition. Read more »

Israeli violations since Trump’s Jerusalem decision

HAMAS

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Protests continued for the second week across the West Bank and Gaza Strip against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli Occupation. During the first week of December 2017, nine Palestinians were killed and 611 were injured, according to the Intifada Center.

Moreover, the Israeli Occupation Forces withheld 15 bodies of the Intifada martyrs and arrested 174 citizens, 92 of whom are children. The arrests were concentrated in Hebron, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nablus, Tulkarm, and Qalqilia.

The number of the arrested MPs is now 12, following the detention of Hassan Yousef from Ramallah. Read more »

Head of Hamas outside Palestine: Jerusalem cannot be divided

HAMAS

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The head of Hamas outside Palestine, Maher Salah assured that Jerusalem cannot be divided and Trump’s decision will not change the city’s history or geography.

During his speech at Hamas festival on its 30th anniversary in Lebanon, Salah stated that Jerusalem is the core of the conflict and will remain the eternal capital of Palestine pointing out that Trump’s decision will fail once and for all.

He affirmed that Hamas aims to resist the Israeli Occupation, to liberate the land and Palestinians, and to establish the state of full sovereignty over entire Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital.

He pointed out that resistance in all its forms is the strategic choice to achieve freedom, especially after the failure of the so called peace process. Read more »

Song of Martyrdom: For Ibrahim Abu Thurayya

Dr Haidar Eid
Palestine Chronicle

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In 2009, 21-year-old Ibrahim Abu Thurayya, together with some other youngsters, was targeted by an Israeli F16. He lost both legs. On December 15, 2017, Ibrahim was killed by an Israeli sniper on the eastern borders of Gaza while carrying a Palestinian flag and peacefully protesting against American president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Ibrahim was a wheelchair-bound double amputee!

What is the message that apartheid Israel wanted to send to us, Palestinian, by brutally killing Ibrahim in broad day light? Read more »

Haniyeh: Our determination will prevent Trump’s decision

HAMAS

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Head of Hamas’s political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, said that the will of our people and our nation and the free world will prevent the decision of Trump from being carried out.

Haniyeh said in a televised interview on Al-Quds television Friday evening that the mass rallies that were organized across Palestine and the world, confirm its absolute rejection of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli Occupation’s capital.

He said, “We are witnessing a major transformation on the ground which means that the US administration is isolated, and these rallies and the ever-growing world consciousness will topple Trump’s decision”. He also called on the masses of the people in Palestine and worldwide to continue and progress with the rallies in support of Jerusalem.

“Fooled are those who believe that our position will only be limited to condemnations and demonstrations”.

Haniyeh elaborated that all Palestinian parties are moving towards a strategic framework on all levels to resist the Israeli Occupation until Palestine is liberated.

On the movement’s part, Haniyeh stressed that Hamas will work at all levels to overthrow the decision, saying that the decision cannot change the reality of history and the identity of the city, which is directly linked to the hearts of Palestinians and Muslims worldwide.

Resistance unites us

He stressed that unity manifests inside Palestinians through our resistance and the Intifada. He added, “Oslo has torn us a part, but resistance will re-unite us”.

Head of the movement pointed out that he had made many contacts with Arab and Islamic leaders regarding Jerusalem, and noted that he received a call from the Emir of Qatar and briefed him on his efforts on Jerusalem.

Haniyeh stressed that huge efforts are underway to adopt and program a strategic framework worldwide in support of Jerusalem.

UN Security Council

Regarding the UN Security Council, Haniyeh demanded the Council to stop the Israeli aggression on Palestine. and the support and covering it relishes from the US administration.

He stressed that Trump’s decision will destabilize the region and world peace.

Hamas’s chief leader thanked the eight countries, particularly Egypt, that requested a security council meeting to study the serious developments.

PFLP announces cancellation of anniversary rally, transformation into march of anger

PRESS STATEMENT
PFLP

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine announced the cancellation of its planned anniversary events, including the central festival scheduled for Gaza City on Saturday, and transforming those events into marches of anger to confront U.S. imperialism and Zionism following Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem. Read more »

Meshal calls for more pressure on US administration to retract its decision

HAMAS

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The former head of Hamas’s Politbureau, Khaled Mehsal, urged for more protests at popular and formal levels across all nations to confront the American decision and pressure the US administration to retract its decision on relocating its embassy to Jerusalem.

In a televised interview on Al Jazeera Friday night, Meshal stated: “What happened today was a crucial and a positive step and the Arab and Islamic nation (Ummah) shall continue on this path to force the US administration to retract its decision”.

On Palestinian level

Meshal also said that the Palestinian factions and all the Palestinian people alike have declared an Intifada across occupied Palestine. “This is a major step, but it’s still not sufficient enough. What we need today is: to consolidate the Palestinian entity and achieve reconciliation without any obstacles. Then we must adopt a unified strategy for resistance which includes the Intifada and resistance in all forms. All decisions and political moves must also be made jointly.

Meshal also pointed out that the Palestinian people have made way for the international community and Arab initiatives, but the result yielded nothing. “Today the issue is about Jerusalem which is a non-negotiable issue. We have no option but to hold on to Jerusalem”.

He also drew attention to the fact that the Palestinian people alone have forced the Israeli occupation to withdraw and retreat during a former battle at the Al Aqsa gates. “They succeeded and achieved victory as the world, except for a few countries, stood idly watching. We are adamant in our belief that we can repeat the same triumphant experience”.

Hamas Press Release on the Intifada across occupied Palestine

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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To our great Palestinian people who have stood up to face tyranny and aggression. To our people who have recorded history today in defense of Jerusalem and Al Aqsa. Your voices have been heard today. Your uprising has let the world know that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine. We salute your courageous spirits through which you have taught the whole world lessons on valor, and sent a message that our people are willing to sacrifice their precious souls for the sake of Jerusalem.

The sacrifices which our people have made today in every Palestinian city and town shall ignite the raging anger once again and fuel the coming period.

In light of what happened today in the outbreak of this Intifada, we confirm the following:

1. We call upon all the Palestinian people in all factions to continue with this holy Intifada until all our just demands are met.

2. Our power lies within our unity, especially in the field. Thus, we urge everyone to stand behind the resistance.

3. We call upon all our great people to engage with the Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers everywhere.

4. We confirm that this holy Intifada has reignited and nothing can stop it until all our people’s rights are regained. We call upon the Arab and Islamic Ummah and the free people of the world to support our people and to reveal the ugly face of the Israeli occupation and its ally, the USA.

The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas
December 8, 2017

PFLP: Our struggle – not Trump – will decide the fate of Jerusalem

PRESS RELEASE
PFLP

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine described the declaration of US President Donald Trump as a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and their rights that makes the U.S. position clear as a hostile entity toward our people and a partner of the Zionist state in its crimes against the Palestinian people and land, and it must be addressed on this basis.

Further, the Front considered that Trump also launched a “bullet of mercy” on the so-called two-state solution, the settlement project and the delusions of the peace process. It called upon the Palestinian leadership to learn the necessary lessons from the devastating experience of reliance on negotiations and U.S. domination and announce the immediate withdrawal from the Oslo agreement and all subsequent and attendant obligations.

The PFLP called on the Palestinian masses and their organizations to unite their efforts and respond collectively, practically and forcefully to this decision through action and escalation of the momentum of the popular movement. Read more »

last straw

Mazin Qumsiyeh

Trump’s decision dropped the last fig leaf and added the final straw that will indeed reshape Western Asia and Probably the world but not in ways that the Zionists who run the Trump administration planned or wished for. IT IS NOW TIME FOR ACTIONS.

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The last fig leaf: Everyone now recognizes that the last fig leaf of the mythical/mirage ”two-state solution” have now ended with this z\announcement by Trump that illegal occupation and annexation of Arab Jerusalem is recognized by the government of the USA. In my 2004 book explaining why and how the “two state” public relations campaign is not a solution but was invented by Ben Gurion in the 1920s to keep the world thinking that Zionists want peace while they consolidated their power and extended their control and then expanded (eventually to the ultimate goal of the “Jewish empire”. Read more »

Trump’s decision will have severe repercussions

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The American president’s announcement of his decision to recognize Jerusalem as “Israel’s” capital will have very severe repercussions in Palestine, the Arab world and the Islamic arena.

This is an illegitimate and ill-advised decision, which contradicts international laws and resolutions, and violates the sanctity of the holly city of Jerusalem.

It is refused and will be resisted by all the Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and free peoples of the world.

Jerusalem (Bait Al-Maqdes) is a sacred city for both Muslims, Christians and legitimate Jews. It is the united capital of Palestine. It will always be a Palestinian city.

We, in Hamas, call upon the Arab and Muslim Ummah and the free peoples of the world to stand firm and united against this dangerous decision, and support the Palestinians in their continuous struggle to liberate their homeland and establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

This American move serves as a blatant reminder and a loud wake-up call to all Arab and Muslim countries and leaders that their true and only enemy is the illegitimate Zionist Occupation. All their efforts and means should be directed towards uprooting this occupation, freeing Palestine and returning the Palestinian refugees to their homeland.

Dr. Maher Salah
Head of Hamas in Diaspora
7-12-2017

Haniyeh: Following days will be met with rage

HAMAS

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Head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” Ismail Haniyeh, has called upon the Palestinian people, Arab and Islamic nations to launch a new uprising and resist the Israeli Occupation in response to Trump’s announcement of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist Occupation.

In a televised speech on Thursday, Haniyeh said, “Let tomorrow be a day of rage and the beginning of an effective uprising very much like the previous one that was ignited by our people in Jerusalem”.

He stressed the ability of the Palestinian people to confront the unjust American decision.

Haniyeh also called for the establishment of a national strategy to confront the on-going conspiracy against Jerusalem and Palestine, calling for an urgent Arab and Islamic summit to face the US decision. Read more »

Al Hayyah: we need a real reconciliation based on partnership

HAMAS

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Member of the Politburo of Hamas, Khalil Al Hayyah, assured that the success of the reconciliation is based on a national partnership.

During a consultative meeting with the factions in Gaza, he asserted Friday that the Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank need a real reconciliation which excludes no-one.

Al Hayyah affirmed that Hamas is more motivated to continue in the path of reconciliation indicating that the American-Israeli objections to reconciliation must not deter or hinder us from moving forward.

He noted that the reconciliation is a religious, national and political duty to rebuild our institutions.

“We must be true partners, no one shall exclude the other,” he said.

Al Hayyah stated that it is important to agree on specific dates in Cairo, and to hold elections during a period that does not exceed 6 months.

Haniyeh: We will discuss mechanisms to implement the 2011 Agreement in Cairo

HAMAS

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The head of the Politburo of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh said that Hamas will discuss in the upcoming talks in Cairo the mechanisms needed to implement the 2011 Cairo Agreement and that the movement will not sign any new agreements.

During a meeting with students organized by the Islamic University Student Council Haniyeh said that Hamas signed many agreements in the past starting with Agreement 2005, Mecca 2007, Sanaa 2009, Cairo 2011, Shati 2014 and Beirut 2017, adding that all we need now is implementation on the ground.

Haniyeh affirmed that many issues have to be discussed and prioritized in the upcoming dialogues, namely the management of Gaza and West Bank affairs. He added that the PA and its institutions have to carry out this mission prior to holding elections.

Haniyeh stated that the second issue is the leadership of the PLO, and the third is the agreement on a joint national political program.

He explained that the first phase of implementation of the reconciliation agreement was accomplished by Hamas with full commitment as was demonstrated in dissolving the administrative committee, handing over the crossings, welcoming the government to Gaza and accepting to participate in a comprehensive dialogue this month in Cairo.

Haniyeh thanked all the ministries and their employees and police members for setting a great example in embracing the Palestinian reconciliation as demonstrated in handing over the crossings and securing the Arafat festival held yesterday at Al-Saraya in Gaza.

He pointed out that reviewing the Palestinian, Israeli, regional, and international scenes under the supervision of the American administration led us to the conclusion that the Palestinian reconciliation is a legitimate and national necessity.

He emphasized that Hamas is well aware of the plots in the region to dismantle it in order to achieve the Zionist project. In return, Hamas is following the strategy of the national unity to protect the Palestinian cause.

Haniyeh stated that the aim of this plot is to settle the Arab- Israeli conflict in order to serve the strategic superiority of the enemy for the sake of western power in the region.

Haniyeh paid tribute to the soul of the late President, Yasser Arafat, and to the masses who commemorated the 13th anniversary of his martyrdom in Saraya and Katiba in Gaza.

Abu Marzouq calls for separation between presidency of PLO and PA

HAMAS

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The member of the Politburo of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzouq, called for separation between the presidency of the Palestine Liberation Organization(PLO) and that of the Palestinian Authority. He stated the need to gather all the Palestinian factions and PA under the umbrella of PLO.

During a seminar held in Istanbul under the title,“ Developing and activating the Palestinian political system”, Abu Marzouq pointed out Saturday that the Palestinian system is based on two main institutions: the Palestinian Authority, and the PLO.

He explained that the PA has developed and evolved away from the provisions of Oslo Agreement, noting that there’s always more room for further development of the Palestinian system. Read more »

Hamas condemns ongoing PA-Israeli collaboration

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

Press Statement

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” said the following:

The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, is appalled by the on-going security collaboration between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Occupation in the West Bank, which is considered the greatest danger to the Palestinian people and their legitimate right to resist the occupation.

We call on the Palestinian people to reject this collaboration and exert pressure on the PA to terminate this shameful policy that harms the interest of our people and proceed towards achieving the national reconciliation in the upcoming Cairo talks.

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

09/10/2017

Al Hayyah: The next phase calls for a national unity government

HAMAS

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The deputy head of the Politburo of Hamas in Gaza, Khalil Al Hayyah stated that the next phase calls for a national unity government comprising all Palestinian factions so it may assume the the responsibility of the phase. He added “It can be a national salvation government until elections are held.”

On a television interview with Al Aqsa channel, Al Hayyah assured Wednesday evening that Hamas believes that the next government must abide by the program of the national reconciliation document and must not promote any political agendas.

He pointed out that the first stage of the reconciliation process was successful and what was agreed upon in Cairo is running smoothly. Al Hayyah asserted that both parties agreed to set aside all disputes.

Al Hayyah affirmed that two issues still have to be completed; the public employees issue must be resolved through an administrative and legal committee in addition to the security issue is yet to be discussed. Read more »

Abu Naim assassination attempt: what next?

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Tawfiq Abu Naim at a prisoner event in Gaza City (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

Tawfiq Abu Naim at a prisoner event in Gaza City (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

The first question to identify the perpetrator in any criminal investigation is inevitably: who benefits?

In the case of yesterday’s cowardly assassination attempt in Nuseirat on Major General Tawfiq Abu Naim, the General Commander of Internal Security Forces in Gaza, it could have several answers.

The most obvious are the Israeli occupation authorities, who were quick off the mark to “blast” the recent Palestinian reconciliation deal, and local Salafist groups who international media have been quick to point the finger at – which in itself should raise suspicions about the media’s motives. The connections between Salafist groups and Islamic State, and Islamic State and Israel are all too close for comfort….. ultimately leading back to the same perpetrator. Read more »