Hamas holds Israeli Occupation fully accountable for latest escalation

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Fawzi Barhoum said in a press release that the Israeli Occupation is fully responsible for the latest escalation against the Palestinian people and the resistance’s posts in the Gaza Strip.

He noted that continuing targeting and raiding the public places, residents’ properties, and resistance posts is unacceptable and aims to exacerbate the situation in the Gaza Strip.

Barhoum added that the Palestinian resistance will never accept imposing new realities on it whatever the price may be.

GISHA: public opinion poll 10 years into the closure of Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
GISHA

10 years into the closure of Gaza – a new public opinion poll reveals:

A majority of the Israeli public believes that the government’s policy in Gaza has undermined security; Economic improvements in Gaza would decrease levels of hostility and violence toward Israel

– Two-thirds of the public believe Israel’s policy in Gaza has undermined security; 69 percent of the public believe that improving living conditions there “serves Israel’s interests.”

– Fifty-seven percent of the public prefer alleviating restrictions on the civilian population to tightening the closure.

Mother in Khan Younis
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Killing of three Palestinians on Egyptian border

PRESS RELEASE
Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas

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With sorrow and regret, the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” extends condolences and expresses its sympathy with the families of “martyrs of the blockade” Abdullah Waleed Al Namuly, Salama Suleiman Abu Shusha, and Obaid Mohammed El Sofy, who were killed by gas while trying to earn a living in the besieged Gaza Strip.

We condemn this tragic incident, emphasizing that there is no justification for the Egyptian Authorities to continue using such lethal means in dealing with the besieged Gazans.

We call upon our brothers in Egypt to open the Rafah Crossing permanently to end the suffering of Gazans.

We also affirm the right of our people to live freely with dignity like other peoples of the world.

Finally, we call the international community to intervene to end this unjust and illegal blockade.

The Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

UNRWA: Gaza Neutrality Issue – UPDATE

UPDATE 26/02/2017 22:31

On the record quote (not statement) by UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness:

“We have seen the latest communication from the Israeli authorities. Before that communication, and in light of our ongoing independent internal investigation, we had been presented with substantial information from a number of sources which led us to take the decision this afternoon to suspend Suhail al Hindi, pending the outcome of our investigation.

As with all UN Agencies, we will ensure that a staff member’s due process rights are followed.”

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Press Statement
UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness

23 February 2017

Allegations have been circulating in conventional and social media networks about an UNRWA staff member being elected to political office in Gaza.

As soon as the allegations came to UNRWA’s attention, the Agency undertook a preliminary investigation, including discussing the allegations with the staff member. Based on the due diligence carried out by the Agency to date, UNRWA has neither uncovered nor received evidence to contradict the staff member’s denial that he was elected to political office. Read more »

Hamas Information Office Report 2016: Israeli and PA Violations against Palestinian People

Hamas Information Office
Press Release

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Report: 60 thousand Israeli violations in 2016

A report issued by the Information Office of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has documented approximately 60,000 Israeli violations in occupied Palestinian territories throughout 2016.

The report reveals that 59950 assaults were carried out by the Israeli occupation. 8%9 of the offenses were related to settlements, while the remainder included detentions of Palestinians, house demolitions and land razing.

Jerusalem experienced the largest proportion of violations, with Ramallah close behind. November experienced the highest percentage of offenses during 2016, accounting for 63% of the total.

5,355 Palestinians were detained by the Israeli occupation in the same year, including 479 minors, 103 women and 280 ex-detainees.

In terms of house demolitions, 427 houses were completely demolished by the occupation; most of those belonged to families of Palestinians who were murdered by Israel.

The full report can be read or downloaded here

Mishal: Hamas launches a document to preserve its ideology

Hamas

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The head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Khaled Mishal said in a televised speech last week at a Palestinian conference held by Al Zaitona’s Centre in Beirut that the resistance is deeply rooted in every Palestinian soul.

He called for redefining the Palestinian national project and to reach a consensus on a national strategy that can reunite all Palestinian powers to stand behind the resistance’s project.

Mishal commented on the recent election of Yahia Sinwar as a new Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, saying that this is a testimony to democracy in the Islamic Movement, and noting that Hamas’s bylaws do not allow any figure to take the position of chairman for more than two terms.

He noted that Hamas is currently working on a document which outlines the movement’s ideology and its political heritage, which is due to be released in the next few weeks as a contribution from Hamas to the national Palestinian project.

Mishal reiterated his stance regarding the Oslo Accords and their dangerous ramifications on the Palestinian cause, urging the Palestinian leadership to relinquish them.

Regarding the internal Palestinian split, Mishal added that everyone needs to realize the importance of national partnership to end the division.

He noted that Hamas has succeeded in preserving the Palestinian struggle regardless of pressure and extortion.

Mishal concluded by stressing the need for opening new horizons to reorganize the Palestinian home.

PFLP celebrates release of Ihab Massoud after 16 years of Zionist imprisonment

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

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A large crowd of leaders and cadres of the Popular Front, the labor movement and the people of Ramallah gathered at the Ofer checkpoint on February 12 to welcome the leader Ihab Massoud upon his release after 16 years in Zionist prisons.

The welcoming group included Comrade Khalida Jarrar, leader of the Popular Front, Comrade Abla Sa’adat, women’s activist and the wife of imprisoned PFLP General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat and Comrade Massoud’s mother and members of his family. Marchers carried Palestinian flags and PFLP banners, cheering and chanting for the freedom of all Palestinian prisoners in Zionist jails.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, its General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat and the Prison Branch congratulated Comrade Massoud on his freedom, praising the comrade who joined the Front at an early age and whose rich experience of struggle has made him one of its leading comrades. Read more »

“Give light and people will find the way”

by Rana Abu Asaker

“Give light and people will find the way” – Ella Baker

Jabalia Camp, Gaza

Jabalia Camp, Gaza

I would like you to imagine for one minute – or a dozen dark years – your life without light. If your imagination leaps to these dark scenes it has arrived in a shadowy oppressed corner of this world called GAZA.

They extinguished the flare of our minds, the glow of our hearts and the light of our houses and streets, then they asked us to live!

Now it’s my turn.

What is the shape of the life you ask us to live? A life without light is not a life, it’s a hell, sir!

We spend a lifetime in search of light and we don’t know it’s inside our hearts – if we see that, we will see our way, and if the path towards justice costs us our lives and souls, so be it.

Let’s revolt against injustice and oppression, revolt against the fear of being dragged behind silence, revolt against marginalization and deficit.

What do you expect from people who live a lifetime in the dark?

You will not be able to mute our voices. You will not be able to subdue our strength or determination.

It’s a time of REVOLUTION.

Three Gazan youth weren’t afraid of the truth, they cried out and demanded their simplest rights. Injustice forced a scream from their throats, a peaceful mass movement from their darkness.

Their revolution needs no factions, just a conscience.

The sound of two hands clapping is louder than one beating the cheek of its own.

Long live the unity of our people, the glory and immortality of our martyrs, the freedom of our prisoners, the healing of our wounded, the greetings of our resistance which continues even though the laggards despise.

Is this the beginning or the end?

I do not know, but I do know that “To realize the value of light, you must walk in the dark.”

Human Rights comfort the afflicted

Mazin Qumsiyeh

A Palestinian woman passes an Israeli checkpoint off Shuhada Street in February 2015 (Photo: Electronic Intifada)

A Palestinian woman passes an Israeli checkpoint off Shuhada Street in February 2015 (Photo: Electronic Intifada)

We in occupied Palestine continue to be guardedly optimistic even after watching the Kafkaesque political “plays” being performed to confuse the public and keep them in the dark, and keep them fighting each other (democrat versus republican, Sunni versus Shiaa, Muslim vs Christian etc) while the RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER.

Remember to follow the money (do so when you see the links below). But what we common people need to do is refuse the baiting, join hands, and think of the environment, sustainability, hope, love, kindness to one another (while yes exposing the myths and challenging the elites).

John Kenneth Galbraith wrote:

“In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.”

This is the dual task we must perform. Thus we continue to tell the truth (and get arrested for it with charges like incitement) AND build models of resistance economy here locally. Read more »

Review: Stealth – the new war machine

Derek Summerfield
Book Review

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I’ve never met a finer man than Hans Husum, nor finer doctor – which is to say, a doctor-citizen for whom it is as much an ethical imperative to contest the social forces which code for distress and disease in whole populations, as it is to treat the individual patient in front of him. He is a trauma surgeon from Tromso University, Norway who operated under bridges or inside trucks in Afghanistan in the late 1970s (“3,800 wounded fighters went through our hands, mortality rates down from 35% to 13%”), and in cellars during the Israeli assault on Beirut in 1982 (“my operating theatre team was gang raped and killed inside our hospital by the Israelis. The murderers cut the breasts and ears off my scrub nurse and my patients were shot dead in their hospital beds”). He has headed up a remarkable Cambodian ngo called Trauma Care Foundation, helping landmine victims with resuscitation, surgery, prostheses and wider rehabilitation. And rather more besides……

This is a book not quite like other books. It is a dissection of global war, its patterns and direction of travel, and its connection to the ‘deep’ State that in, say, US or UK, has a life of its own and runs on whomever is the President or Prime Minister is at any one time. Read more »

Netanyahu and Trump

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Opinion

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Benjamin Netanyahu just met Donald Trump and they are very friendly. Both are liars. War criminal Netanyahu’s prerequisites for peace are that:
1) Palestinians recognize the colonial state as a Jewish state – which is like South Africa saying the prerequisite for peace is to recognize it as a white state; and
2) the “Jewish state” retain control over the whole area – again, like the white South African government saying that they want to control the whole area.

Trump said that Palestinians are taught to hate and must stop hating Israelis. Netanyahu claimed that just like Chinese come from China, Jews come from Judea and so are not colonizers!

He also claims Iran writes on their missiles in Hebrew that Israel must be destroyed!

These two lies – and many more – are typical of congenital liars like Netanyahu.

Sorry, but “The Jews” (nor “The Christian” or “The Muslims”) do NOT come from our country (Palestine is its geographic name, for those who do not know). The myth that they do is a myth of “Jewish biology” that is actually based on Nazi racist myths, themselves stoked by Zionist myths.

A minority of people from those religions actually originate from Palestine – less than 3% of each adherent of any of these religions come from here, including Netanyahu himself. Read more »

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

Nadia Hijab
Al Shabaka

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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 »

Abu Marzook Again Calls for Forming National Unity Government

Hamas

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Mousa Abu Marzook, Vice-president of Hamas Politburo, reiterated the call to expedite procedures needed to form a national unity government comprised of the Palestinian factions agreed on during the National Council meeting.

“We are in unison regarding many texts which call for resisting the Occupation and criminalizing security collaboration between the PNA and the Israeli Occupation,” he said in an interview with Al Araby TV on Monday. 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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PHROC Calls for Immediate Action by International Community on Israel’s “Regularization” Law

PRESS RELEASE
Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council

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The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) strongly condemns the Israeli Knesset’s passage of the “Regularization Law,” which legalizes 4,000 housing units in 55 colonial outposts, built on private Palestinian land. While Israel’s appropriation of Palestinian land has been a cornerstone of government policy since the beginning of the occupation in 1967, the law is another brazen tool for Israel to confiscate privately held and registered Palestinian property for its illegal settlement enterprise. Read more »

Over 250 European organisations call for end of European complicity in occupation of Palestine

PRESS STATEMENT
Justice for Palestine

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Justice for Palestine now – end EUROPEAN complicity!

A call from organizations throughout Europe.

2017 marks:

– 100 years since the « Balfour Declaration » of 1917, through which the British government unilaterally promised the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine;

– 70 years since the partition plan of Palestine, adopted by the UN in 1947, which resulted in the 1948 Nakba, the demolition of more than 530 Palestinian villages and the expulsion of 750 000 Palestinians from their homeland, thus a process of ethnic cleansing;

– 50 years since the beginning of Israel’s occupation in 1967 of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights, and an ongoing process of colonization and prolonged occupation by the State of Israel.

The continued dispossession of Palestinians of their land and their livelihood, including house demolition, land confiscation and apartheid wall; the denial of their culture and memory; the ten-year Gaza blockade creating severe inhuman conditions along with the recurrent military attacks on its population; the constant repression, resulting presently in over 7000 prisoners including more than 400 children held in military detention; the disastrous plight of Palestinian refugees further worsened by the war in Syria; and the draconian discriminatory laws in Israel itself: these facts, the fruits of over 100 years of denial of the rights of the Palestinian people, can no longer be accepted.

The anniversaries marked by the year 2017 remind us of the degree to which the colonial mindset, the denial of the rights of the Palestinian people, and the refusal to apply international law and UN resolutions lead to disaster. Read more »

Work for the future

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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First the positive news: Large demonstrations last Monday in front of 10 Downing street for the Theresa May-Benjamin Netanuyahu visit. The demonstration was a mixture of people of all religions, skin colors, and backgrounds.

By contrast, the much smaller group of paid Zionist elites was very homogeneous (Jewish white Ashkenazi). Let us hope for an even larger demonstration for Netanyahu’s visit to Trump on February 15.

Locally, Israel is proceeding with more colonial settlements hoping that if they saturate the landscape, we native Palestinians will leave and they can have their racist Jewish state. But people are not leaving and much of the world now sees that there was never a “two state solution” to a colonial anti-coloniial struggle.

The best scenario forward is like in most postcolonial countries, such as South and Central America and much of SE Asia.

We are working on that with Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and other colleagues here – some of them also hold “Israeli” citizenship.

We are collectively building things on the ground, not leaving, and resisting daily (yes sometimes injured, sometimes killed, sometimes jailed, sometimes arrested…). Read more »

Hamas: Israel fully responsible for latest aggression on Gaza

Hamas

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Press statement issued by Hamas following the continuous Israeli assault on Gaza

The Israeli escalation in Gaza is dangerous and must be stopped.

Israel is attempting to cover up its crimes and violations against Palestinian prisoners and our people in Jerusalem by shifting media attention to Gaza.

Accordingly, we hold the Israeli occupation full responsibility for the continuation of this escalation and warn that the persistence of such an assault will not be left without retaliation.

Hamas condemns UNSG Guterres’ statement about Jewish temple

Hamas

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Hamas spokesman, Faouzi Barhoum, issued the following statement:

Hamas considers the statement of UN Secretary General António Guterres regarding a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem a claim that fabricates history, misleads public opinion, and a contravention of UNESCO’s resolution which stipulate that Al-Aqsa Mosque is a Muslim holy site that Jews have no right in.

Guterres’ statement endorses Israel’s radical, racist policies, and legitimizes the Judaization of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Secretary General of the International organization should work to protect Palestinian rights and support our just cause. Guterres should not be biased towards the Israelis nor should he encourage them towards more violations and extremism at the expense of Palestinians and Muslims.

Hamas condemns and rejects Guterres’ irresponsible statements, and calls upon all Palestinian people and parties for more steadfastness in the defence of their rights and just cause. Hamas also calls upon Muslims and Arabs to support Palestinian resistance, rights, just cause, defence of their holy places, and confronting any schemes against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

UNRWA Commissioner-General to Tell Helsinki Conference: “Don’t Forget Over Half a Million Palestinians from Syria”

Press Statement
UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness

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Helsinki, 24 January 2017: The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency Pierre Krähenbühl, will tell an international conference later today in Helsinki that “the world should not forget some 560,000 Palestine refugees from whose lives have been impacted by the deepening conflict in Syria”. The conference has been called to launch the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) in response to the Syria crisis.

Mr Krähenbühl, who will be speaking on a high level panel on education in emergencies and the protection of rights, will update delegates and explain that “today 430,000 Palestine refugees – 95 per cent of those Palestine refugees remaining in Syria – are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. Overall, 280,000 are internally displaced and around 43,000 are trapped in hard-to-reach or besieged areas. In addition to this, there are more than 30,000 Palestine refugees from Syria who have fled to Lebanon and nearly 17,000 who have fled to Jordan, where they face a marginalised and precarious existence.” Read more »