Syrian Coalition Urges China to Push Syria Peace Process Forward

The Syrian Coalition called upon China to take more effective steps to push the political process forward and help put an end to the tragedy unfolding in Syria.

At a meeting with China’s envoy to Syria Xie Xiaoyan in the Turkish capital Ankara earlier today, President of the Syrian Coalition’s Anas Alabdah gave a detailed explanation on the development of the revolutionary movement in Syria and described how tens of thousands of army soldiers defected at the early stages of the revolution in protest at the regime’s orders to shoot at peaceful demonstrations.

China’s special envoy to Syria Xie Xiaoyan said that the only solution to the Syrian crisis is a political one, adding that China is looking forward to seeing a new system for ruling and a new constitution in Syria.

Alabdah and stressed that the militarization of the revolution came as a response to the growing violence by the Assad regime against peaceful demonstrators, adding that the Syrian people firmly adhere to the goals of the revolution; namely the removal of the repressive authoritarian regime and the establishment of a civilian democratic system where all citizens are equal.

The Syrian opposition went to Geneva out of its sense of commitment to the goals of the revolution and in order to find a solution that leads to political transition putting an end to all injustices against the Syrian people, Alabdah added.

He pointed out that the Assad regime does not show seriousness in engaging in a genuine political process. It is neither showing any goodwill nor is it committed to the implementation of the provisions of international resolutions which call for lifting sieges on Syrian cities and the release of detainees, especially women and children.

Alabdah went on to say that the Assad regime continues to employ starvation and siege tactics and to drop barrel bombs on civilian areas, hospitals, schools, and public markets to inflict maximum casualties on civilians and force them out of their homes.

The Assad regime does not allow humanitarian access to the besieged areas in clear violation of UN resolutions, he added.

Alabdah stressed that the Syrian people are determined to defeat terrorism, adding that the Free Syrian Army groups has been countering ISIS since it came into existence in 2013.

Alabdah said: “Our position on Assad’s fate is clear. He is responsible for the most heinous crimes against the Syrian people, as documented by the United Nations. Assad, therefore, cannot be part of the future of Syria and the transition process. Keeping Assad in power in the transitional period, even with limited powers, would cause the political process to fail.”

For his part, the Chinese envoy pointed out that humanitarian files, the cessation of hostilities and the political process are all linked processes. He stressed the need for giving access to humanitarian aid, adding that China seeks to step up humanitarian aid to those in need. “the Chinese President announced a new aid package earlier this year, and we will continue to do so,” Xiaoyan said.

Xiaoyan said that China is working with other parties in the international community to resolve the Syrian conflict, and it wants to see progress in the Geneva talks.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 08.06.2016)

Israeli police jeep runs over Al-Aqsa security guard

Israelis who carry out such incidents always go unpunished

An Israeli military jeep ran over on Wednesday morning Palestinian guard inside the sanctuary yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The guard, who was evacuated to the hospital by a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance, was identified as Luay abul-Saad

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -An Israeli military jeep ran over on Wednesday morning Palestinian guard inside the sanctuary yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Eyewitnesses said that the guard was standing between Al-Selselah Gate and Al-Qattaneen Gate, when an Israeli police jeep ran over him.

The guard, who was evacuated to the hospital by a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance, was identified as Luay abul-Saad.

Paramedics said that the guard was hit in his leg, but they did not give any more details about his conditions.

It is worth mentioning that tens of illegal Israeli settlers stormed and desecrated Al-Aqsa Mosque and harassed Palestinian Muslim worshippers.

(Source / 08.06.2016)

Israeli navy kidnaps 3 fishermen, drowns their boat

Israeli occupation justifies such incidents by claimed violations of fishing zone limits

Israeli occupation navy kidnapped on Wednesday morning three fishermen off Gaza coasts, drowned their boat.

“The Israeli navy drowned the fishing boat, which was only four nautical miles deep in the see,” Fishermen Syndication said in a statement

Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip -Israeli occupation navy kidnapped on Wednesday morning three fishermen off Gaza coasts, drowned their boat.

Security sources said that the Israeli occupation forces approached the Palestinian fishing boats off the northern Gaza coasts and assaulted the fishermen.

“They kidnapped three fishermen and drowned their boat,” the sources told Days of Palestine, “while the other fishermen were in the same area could flee to the shore.”

Fishermen syndication identified the three as Shaher, Mohamed and Khalil abu-Riyaleh. All of them from the same family.

“Then, the Israeli navy drowned the fishing boat, which was only four nautical miles deep in the see,” the Syndication said in a statement.

Four miles means that they are two miles before crossing the limits of the fishing zone imposed by the Israeli occupation.

Israeli occupation justifies such incidents, which occurs almost every day, by claims of violation of fishing zone limits.

(Source / 08.06.2016)

Palestinians’ quasi-life

Akram was told about the suffering of the Palestinian refugees from his parents and is telling this to his sons

First person account of painful experience of second-generation Palestinian refugee. However, hopeful, but describes chapters of suffering sticking to all stages of Palestinian life.

First person account of painful experience of second-generation Palestinian refugee. However, hopeful, but describes chapters of suffering sticking to all stages of Palestinian life

By Akram al-Satarri

Ever since the drastic changes in the lives of Palestinians in 1948, the Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza and the diaspora, have been living a quasi-life moving from one refuge to another.

A landslide majority of the Palestinians live outside Palestine in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the diaspora at large.

My 70-year-old mother, who was 3 years old back then, was one of tens of thousands young, old, healthy, sick, wealthy and poor Palestinians running under the pouring fire of the Zionist gangs. They were simply seeking refuge, knowing that the Zionist gangs would slaughter them the same way they did to neighboring villages and townships.

An estimate of the number of people who left or fled the area captured by Israel was 726,000, according to the Final Report of the United Nations Economic Survey Mission for the Middle East, published by the United Nations Conciliation Commission, December 28, 1949.

My father who died in 1991, had told us many stories about him collecting the rotten corpses of Palestinian villagers young or old who were gunned down by Zionist forces, whose main aim was to drive Palestinians away from what they wanted to become their state!

As children, we angrily and painfully listened to my father. We saw sadness and, sometimes, tears in my father’s eyes taking us beyond the words.

While we lived in the UNRWA camp in Khan Younis City, we heard the story of our family grapevine and deserted house on the outskirts of Ramla. The stories of unharvested wheat, unfinished meals and devastated hope irritated our childhood and fuelled our anger.

We as refugee children were also targeted by the Israeli occupation. We lived in refugee camps and we longed and waited for freedom.

I recall being shot by Israeli occupation forces in 1989 at the age of 13. I was arrested more than 4 times between the ages of 13 to 16, until I served an imprisonment of 9 months in 1993 at an Israel military detention camp in Negev Dessert.

I suffered a mild paralysis in the Israeli occupation’s detention camp, and they denied me access to medical care when I was in dire need of it as a patient, and as a child. At that specific time, I realised that they wanted to belittle, humiliate and break us. They wanted to build the glory of their fake democracy on the wreck of the rightful owners of an occupied land.

I survived the test of my condition, yet, they failed the test of humanity, in my eyes! As a child struggling to cope with harsh jail conditions, I realised bridges can never be built on the ruins of human beings or dignity.

In 2008, 2012 and 2014, my young, loving, tender and lively children were traumatised by Israeli occupation bombardments, reminding my mother, myself and my children that the suffering that was endured by two whole generations is likely to happen to the third!

My eldest son was injured during the 2014 war by an Israeli F-16 bomb targeting our neighbourhood. Gaza was divided into three separate areas by Israeli occupation forces, separating me from my family. All I could do was to ring my wife and ask about my son, but she did not know his whereabouts amidst the chaos and devastation.

At a very critical point in time, I spoke to my youngest son who told me he was suffocating due to the gases and smokes of the Israeli bombardment at the neighbourhood.

Again, we survived the tender wounds and scars, and then we could smile again and wait for the better yet to come, unlike those who have no conscience or consideration for dignity or the rights of people.

Therefore, it is a matter of time to apologise for the people of Palestine, rectify the historical crimes committed against them and start consolidating a political solution that will guarantee freedoms of the Palestinians.

(Source / 08.06.2016)

‘Nominating Israel to chair UNGA committee like asking the wolf to guard sheep’

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Commenting on the Western European and Others Group’s (WEOG) decision to nominate Israel for the chairmanship of the UN General Assembly Sixth Committee, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned the move and said:

“It is ironic that Israel, a state that continues to breach international law and conventions, international humanitarian law and countless UN resolutions, is being nominated to head a legal committee that aims to promote international law and protect basic human rights and freedoms.”

With such a decision, Ashrawi added, the WEOG is making a mockery of the international legal system and rewarding Israel for its flagrant violations of international law and acts of collective punishment and violence, including Israel’s continued theft of Palestinian land and resources, the expansion of its illegal settlement enterprise, the demolition and ethnic cleansing of entire Palestinian communities and villages, the use of live ammunition and the extra-judicial killing of innocent Palestinians, the revocation of Jerusalem IDs, and the increasing use of administration detention against Palestinian men, women and children.

Ashrawi called on the WEOG to withdraw its nomination of Israel for the chairmanship of the UN General Assembly Sixth Committee, and hold it accountable for its persistent violations of international law and human rights.

“As a people under occupation, we will remain steadfast and undeterred in our efforts to pursue all diplomatic and legal channels to counter Israeli violations and safeguard our people’s right to self-determination, justice and freedom.”

(Source / 08.06.2016)

Palestinian killed by PA forces west of Jenin

JENIN, (PIC)– A Palestinian youngster was shot and killed Tuesday evening by PA security forces west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. Local sources identified the slain Palestinian as Adel Jaradat, 19. The sources told the PIC reporter that Jaradat was shot and killed during a PA raid campaign in Silat Harthiya town although he was not among the “wanted persons”, causing a state of anger among locals. Tension ran high overnight in Silat Harithiya following Jaradat’s killing. Commenting on the incident, PA security forces said that Jaradat was killed by mistake during a raid and search campaign in the town. Speaking to the PIC reporter, Jaradat’s family said that PA forces usually carry out raid and search campaign in the town especially at dawn hours under the pretext of looking for “wanted persons”. PA security forces were deployed in large numbers since morning hours in the town and opened an investigation into the shooting.

(Source / 08.06.2016)

Female doctor spends her 2nd Ramadan in Israeli isolated cell

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Alarms have been sounded over the 27-year-old Palestinian doctor Sabreen Waleed Abu Sharar, who is spending the holy month of Ramadan in an isolated cell in Israeli jails for the second year. The Israeli occupation courts have extended her remand for the 10th time running pending her trial on July 15. Sabreen has reportedly spent the two first days of Ramadan in an isolated cell in the Israeli Ashkelon jail, where she has been subjected to harsh psycho-physical torture. Isolated in time and space, Sabreen cannot hear the call for prayers to break her fast. “Sabreen cannot differentiate between the day and the night due to the dim darkness she has been made to endure in the isolated cell. She has been praying Allah with tears in her eyes and pain in her heart to be released at the soonest time possible,” her family said, adding that they have been prevented from visiting Sabreen since June 7, 2015. According to the Prisoners’ Media Center, Sabreen was subjected to exhaustive interrogation at her home in Dura the day of the arrest. “Echoes of the soldiers’ voices while threatening Sabreen with arrest and torture were heard overnight before she was transferred to an unknown destination without prior notification,” the center added. “Since her arrest, Sabreen attended trial hearings. The occupation authorities have renewed her detention with every hearing on claims of incomplete judicial procedures,” said her father. Sabreen returned to the occupied Palestinian territories after she had spent six years in Egypt, where she pursued her studies in medicine. She joined the Alya public hospital in al-Khalil as an intern. She was arrested five months later.

(Source / 08.06.2016)