Full text of the Doha Declaration signed between Hamas and Fatah – Palestine

 


Full text of the Doha Declaration signed between Hamas and FatahThe Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas, represented by its political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal, and the Fatah Movement, represented by its head and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, signed the Doha Agreement on Monday, 6 February 2012. The agreement is sponsored by Qatar and the Emir of Qatar, and is intended to achieve the formation of a Palestinian unity government headed by Mahmoud Abbas.

Full text:

Under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, and based on the reconciliation agreement that was reached in Cairo under the auspices of the Arab Republic of Egypt between the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (the President of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization) and Khaled Meshaal, the Political Bureau Chief of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, a meeting was held between them in Doha, on February 5, 2012, where they reviewed the steps that have been taken so far so as to implement the reconciliation agreement’s mechanisms, and the obstacles that hindered its implementation; and the need to overcome those obstacles was stressed.

And with a spirit of responsibility, frankness, transparency, and insistence on the honest and accurate implementation of the reconciliation agreement and all its articles, the following has been agreed on:

First: Affirms the need to continue the steps of activating and developing the Palestinian Liberation Organization through the reformation of the Palestinian National Council simultaneously with the presidential and legislative elections. It was also agreed to hold the second meeting of the committee on revitalizing and developing the Palestinian Liberation Organization in Cairo on 18 February 2012.

Second: Forming the Palestinian National Reconciliation Government of independent technocrats under President Mahmoud Abbas and which will be in charge of facilitating the presidential and legislative elections and starting the reconstruction of Gaza.

Third: Stresses the need to continue the works of the committees that were formed, namely the General Freedoms Committee, assigned to addressing the issues of detainees, institutions, and the freedom to travel, the return of the national staff to the Gaza Strip, the passports, and the freedom to work; and the Community Reconciliation Committee.

In this context, President Mahmoud Abbas informed the meeting’s attendees that 64 detainees were released within the framework of the accord on releasing all the detainees.

Fourth: Asserting the implementation of what was agreed upon in Cairo to begin the work of the Central Election Committee of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem.

President Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Meshaal expressed their deep thanks and appreciation of the efforts exerted by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid Al Thani, the Crown Prince, toward the completion of the reconciliation agreement and ending the the state of division in the Palestinian arena, so as to reinforce Palestinian national unity for maintaining resolve and ending the Occupation, and for the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate rights, including the establishment of their independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Signatories:

Mahmoud Abbas / President of the State of Palestine, President of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, President of the Palestinian National Authority

Khaled Meshaal / Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas

Witness / Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 08.02.2012)

Turkish aid ship docks in Ashdod to transfer supplies to Gaza

Turkish aid ship docks in Ashdod to transfer supplies to GazaDeputy Prime Minister, Bekir Bozdag

A Turkish ship loaded with medical supplies has docked in the Israeli port of Ashdod prior to the transfer of its cargo to the Gaza Strip. Egypt has refused for the past three months to allow the ship to dock in El-Arish and transfer the aid to Gaza through the Rafah crossing.

A report in the official Turkish news agency said that the Deputy Prime Minister, Bekir Bozdag, had submitted a request to the Israeli Ministry of Defence in October seeking assurances that the ship and aid for Gaza would not be subject to harassment by Israel’s armed forces.

 

The ship was carrying three containers of medicines and medical equipment valued at $1.5 million; the World Health Organisation intervened to help ease its passage to the people of Gaza.

Mr. Bozdag stressed that the innocent people in the Palestinian territories are killed not only by bombs and bullets, but also by the siege which prevents food, medicine and humanitarian needs from getting into the Gaza Strip.

Turkey’s Minister of Health, Recep Akdag, told a press conference that his country has been trying to get humanitarian assistance into Gaza for six years. The conference was arranged in cooperation with UNICEF to launch a report on the provision of humanitarian assistance to children in 2012. “The Republic of Turkey has been trying to deliver these particular medical supplies to needy patients in the Gaza Strip for nearly three months now,” said Mr. Akdag, “but we have been unable to do so until now, despite the cooperation of Ministry of Health officials in Gaza.”

Turning to address his counterparts in Israel, the Minister added, “As a Minister of Health, I will not go into political discussions, but I tell you that preventing the delivery of medicines and medical supplies to patients in the Gaza Strip is a crime against humanity by any standards.” Turkey, he concluded, “will not remain silent about such crimes, and will continue to provide aid to children and mothers in the Gaza Strip, as we do in many other countries around the world.”

(www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk / 08.02.2012)

Meeting: Palestinians Under Threat In The Jordan Valley

    • woensdag 22 februari 2012
    • 19:30 tot 22:30
  • Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith Broadway W6 9DT (2 mins walk from Hammersmith Tube)
  • Hear two grass-roots activists from the Jordan Valley speak about Israel’s unremitting and violent campaign to clear the Jordan Valley of its Palestinian population and what you can do to stop it.
    The speakers will talk about:
    Israel’s destruction of communities and the environment the Jordan Valley
    Settlement expansion that is driving Palestinians from their land
    The importance of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions to challenge Israeli apartheid
    How Palestinian communities and internationals are working together to witness, catalogue and resist Israel’s attempted ethnic cleansing of the Jordan Valley

    This meeting is hosted jointly the by Richmond & Kingston and West London Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Admission Free.
    The organisers reserve the right to refuse admission

Arab League asks the Vatican not to sign agreements with Israel

CAIRO, (PIC)– The Arab League has asked the Vatican not to sign any agreement with Israel without first revising articles of the international law.

Assistant Arab League secretary general for Palestine and occupied land affairs Mohammed Subaih said in a statement on Tuesday that the Vatican should consult with the Arab League before signing any agreement with Israel.

He said, commenting on the near signing of an agreement between Israel and the Vatican over property owned by the Catholic church in eastern Jerusalem, that any such agreement would be in violation of the international legitimacy that deemed eastern Jerusalem an occupied territory as part of the Palestinian land occupied in 1967.

(www.palestine-info.co.uk / 08.02.2012)

Jewish settlers seize land, army threatens demolition of homes

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Jewish settlers confiscated three dunums of Palestinian land to the east of Yatta town, south of Al-Khalil, on Wednesday, local sources said.

Coordinator of the popular anti wall and anti settlement committees in Yatta Ratib Al-Jabour said that the settlers surrounded the targeted area with barbed wire in preparation for confiscating it.

Jabour earlier said that the Israeli occupation forces seized a Palestinian home in Karmil village to the east of Yatta on Tuesday, detaining all family members in one room and occupied its rooftop.

For its part, the civil administration served military notices stipulating the demolition of five homes made up of tents and tin to the east of Yatta.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 08.02.2012)

Israeli court to hold session for Khader Adnan in hospital

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli court will hold a special session for hunger-striking prisoner Adnan Khader on Thursday.

Palestinian prisoners society lawyer Jawad Bulus told Ma’an on Wednesday that the appeal session will take place in Zeif hospital in Safed at 11 a.m.

The decision was made after Israeli authorities were advised that Adnan’s poor health would prevent him from being moved to Ofer court, Bulus said.

A chairman at Zeif hospital sent a letter to Ofer court informing them that Adnan has refused all treatment and his condition is serious.

Moving him via ambulance could endanger his life, the letter said.

The Palestinian Authority called Tuesday for the immediate release of detainee Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 53 days, the longest period any Palestinian prisoner has undertaken.

Prisoner group Addameer expressed “its utmost concern about the health of Khader Adnan” and holds Israel accountable for Adnan’s life.

There are currently 307 prisoners in administrative detention, without charge, in Israeli jails. The practice was started under British mandate rule.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 08.02.2012)

Israel Strike Shuts Banks, Ports, Stock Exchange After Negotiations Fail

A strike by Israel’s largest labor federation shut banks, ports, the stock exchange and most government offices after overnight negotiations with the Finance Ministry failed to produce a breakthrough.

The National Labor Court ordered the two sides to appear at a hearing today in Jerusalem at 2 p.m. Trains and universities were also closed.

The ministry said in a text message that while progress was made in the talks, the Histadrut labor federation was sticking to positions “that are liable to drag Israel to an illegitimate strike that can cost the economy billions of shekels.”

The work stoppage is in protest over conditions for contract employees. The Histadrut estimates that 250,000 Israelis employed through contractors receive on average about 30 percent less pay than comparable workers directly employed. The labor federation is calling on the government to take stronger action to have them hired directly so they receive higher wages and benefits.

Ben-Gurion International Airport was shut for the first six hours of the strike, although incoming flights continued to land. The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and the Bank of Israel were closed by the labor action, which involves some 500,000 workers.

(www.europeanphoenix.com / 08.02.2012)

Hamas split threatens unity deal

Hamas supporters wave flags during a Gaza protest
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas’ “change and reform” parliamentary committee on Wednesday urged parties involved in the Doha agreement to review its adherence to Palestinian law.

The parliamentary bloc came out against a key clause in the pact under which Abbas would serve both as president and prime minister of a future government.

The legislative bloc includes Hamas’ top Gaza-based leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmoud Zahhar. They did not attend the ceremony in Qatar where Hamas’s political chief in exile, Khalid Mashaal, and Abbas signed the agreement on Monday.

On Wednesday, Fatah official Azzam Ahmad dismissed criticism that the move to bolster unity had no standing in Palestinian law.

“I advise those who reject this to read the laws again; we are a presidential system, not parliamentary.”

Analysts have long spoken of a split within Hamas between those in the movement who have controlled the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip for the past five years and Mashaal, who had made his base in Damascus.

“We call upon the parties who signed and those who sponsored Palestinian reconciliation to reconsider and … not to bypass Palestinian law,” the parliamentary bloc said in a statement, arguing that a dual presidential-prime ministerial role for Abbas would be illegal.

The deal was aimed at reuniting the deeply split Palestinian national movement after past accords that followed Hamas’s violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007 failed to get off the ground over disagreements over who would head a new government.

Khalil Shaheen, a West Bank political analyst, said Gaza-based Hamas officials viewed acceptance of Abbas as prime minister as a political embarrassment, especially since Hamas defeated Abbas’s Fatah in a Palestinian election in 2006.

He said Hamas could try to resolve its internal dispute by reorganizing power-sharing between its leaders in exile and those in the Palestinian territories.

“Otherwise, and if the dispute continues, it could undermine the implementation of the agreement,” Shaheen said.

Fatah lawmaker Abdallah Abdallah defended the Doha agreement saying there was no clause in the Palestinian law preventing Abbas from serving as both president and prime minister.

“It is clear that some people (in Hamas) have personal interests and not nationalist interests and they are trying to find a pretext to undermine such a step that paved the way towards ending the division,” Abdallah told Reuters in the West Bank.

The accord is supposed to open the way for presidential and parliamentary election possibly later this year, and to rebuild the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip following a 2008-2009 Israeli offensive.

(www.maannews.net / 08.02.2012)

BREAKING: Foreign Troops on the Ground Inside Syria in Violation of International Law

According to Debka, the Israeli intelligence news media, both British and Qatari Special forces have been dispatched to Syria.

According to the report, the special forces units –operating in tandem with rebel forces in Homs– “are not engaged in direct combat” against Syrian government forces. They are described by Debka as “tactical advisers”, involved in supporting rebel communications systems as well organizing the supply and delivery of weapons, ammunition, mostly from Turkey. The dispatch of  foreign “fighters” was also mentioned in the report. DEBKAfile, First Foreign Troops in Syria, February 8, 2012

Debka also reports that “two foreign contingencies have set up four centers of operation – in the northern Homs district of Khaldiya, Bab Amro in the east, and Bab Derib and Rastan in the north. … ” (Ibid)

“The presence of the British and Qatari troops was seized on by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan for the new plan he unveiled to parliament in Ankara Tuesday, Feb. 7. Treating the British-Qatari contingents as the first foreign foot wedged through the Syrian door, his plan hinges on consigning a new Turkish-Arab force to Homs through that door and under the protection of those contingents. Later, they would go to additional flashpoint cities.

The British-Qatari troop presence in Homs was at the center of Assad’s talks in Damascus Tuesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian SVR intelligence chief Mikhail Fradkov. Senior Syrian intelligence officers laid their updates from the field before the Russian visitors and received SVR data and evaluations in return.”

(www.globalresearch.ca /08.02.2012)

Camps Breakerz of Gaza

Nuzeirat Refugee camp, in the middle sector of Gaza strip is home to 66,000 refugees,  although initially built to accommodate 16,000. It is here in  a cold stone building ,  monday 6th february, we met Campz breakerz  break dancing  and hip-hop team.

The atmosphere quickly warmed up as these guys invited us to watch them practice and give us an insight in to their fitness ability, their love of what they do, their camaraderie amongst themselves and their amazing hospitality towards us.  The team consists of 8 dancers, one of whom is away at the moment and their manager.

Mohammed Ghraiz ( Funk G )

Bilal Abu shawiesh (Fox)

Ahmed AL Ghraiz (Shark)

Ahmed Al horany (Don)

Ibrahim Ramadan ( Dark

Abdallah Alghraize (Ja.rule)

Ibrahim AL Ashram ( chino )

Abu nemer ( Puma )

Ahmed Ismail ( Pipe )  manager

After a brief warm up, it starts……… The music is going, Jeff sets up his camera and Derek and I sit and watch in amazement. The guys begin with  moves from a standing position,  almost as an opening display, many  moves are performed using the hands  and upper body as much as the feet for power or support , other moves are more acrobatic moves requiring  momentum, speed, endurance, strength, and control  , all done to music , with constant  interaction and support from each other. In fact, one guy, Don, claims to be the first in Gaza , capable of doing a head spin….

After the display,  we sit with the guys and drink hot sweet tea and Mohammed tells us why the group started, explaining he first  learned his art while in Saudi Arabi and on return to Gaza, hoped to continue . Breakdancing , he explains, did not exist here then,  so he got together with the rest of the guys and together since 2004 they have built up Camps breakerz. They have trained other groups in different areas of Gaza and now the art form , movement  is spreading.

The guys perform at different events , mostly here in Gaza but last year they were allowed permission to travel to Jordan to perform and later this year they will go to west bank to meet up  and perform with other groups.

The guys all train here in the  stone building in the centre of the refugee camp, all of the work (  still on going)  in the building  they have done themselves along with practising a minimum of 2 hours a day , sometimes  5 or 6 hours and some of them hold down jobs as nurses in Al shifa hospital. They do not get subsistence or financial help apart from maybe some small fundraising or from events etc but their attitude is still of the belief that they can do this for themselves and hopefully to encourage other’s to find a break from the daily struggle under the siege of Gaza

Their moves and displays are inspired by their surroundings and  by the daily struggles of the Palestinians living in Gaza, often times  inspired by tragedy,  including the  suffering and struggles faced   by the children  and youth of Gaza. They see  break dancing  as a way to express themselves and their struggle for freedom.

As quoted in an article in NBC news,  they are ” breaking boundaries by break dancing”….

check them out at   www.campsBreakerz.com

To read more on the refugee camps of Gaza visit :

http://webgaza.net/background/Palestinian-Refugee-Camps/Gaza-Strip/index.htm

 

Pictures by Jeff bright:

 

 (irishingaza.wordpress.com / 08.02.2012)