Hamas chooses a new leadership in Israeli jails

The Central Election Commission of Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails announced on Saturday the results of the senior leadership body elections for the transport of prisoners in the prisons of the 2017/2019 cycle

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The elections took place in accordance with the applicable rules of the movement of prisoners and included all prisons and detention centers in four phases:

First stage: the election of the Shura Council, composed of 51 members, divided into different prisons and detention centers

Second stage: Election of a senior leadership body of the members of the public consultation, consisting of 11 members, plus four leaders of the four largest prisons (Negev, Ofer, Raymond, Megiddo), bringing the number of members of this body  on 15 members

Third stage: the election of the senior leadership body of the movement of prisoners

Fourth stage: Election of a Vice-President of the High Commission for Prisoners of leadership movement

Based on the results announced by the chief election commissioner prisoner Muhannad Shreim, the new Hamas prisoners confidence for the second time prisoners should be cared Mohammad Arman, head of the highest leadership body of the movement of detainees in prisons, prisoner Abbas, Mr Vice-President.

As has been chosen both captive Ahmed capacity prisoner Mahmoud Shuraitah and prisoners Osman Bilal, and the prisoner Munir Merhi and prisoners security Qattawi, and captured Muammar Shahrouri, and the prisoner Bilal Barghouti and the prisoners Islam tractor prisoner Ashraf Zughayyar, as members of the body leading senior

(Source: Gaza Post / 29.01.2017)

Demonstrations Held Nationwide Condemning Fateh Al-Sham’s Aggression on Rebel & FSA Groups

Thousands of Syrians on Friday took to the streets of many towns and villages in the liberated areas to condemn the aggression by Fateh Al-Sham Front on rebel and FSA groups and to demand the downfall of the Assad regime.

Demonstrations were held in the town of Saqba, Douma, and Hammouriya in Rural Damascus to express solidarity with residents of the Wadi Barada valley and Almarj area which have been subjected to ferocious onslaughts by regime and the Iranian-backed militias. Demonstrators also demanded the downfall of the regime and called upon rebel and FSA groups and the political opposition to close ranks.

Demonstrations also came out in the towns of Maaret Alnouman, Atmah, Addana, Maaret Misrin, Hazzano, Qah, Ihsim, and Binnish where protestors chanted slogans condemning recent attacks by Fateh Al-Sham Front on the rebel and FSA groups in northern Syria.

The Syrian Coalition strongly condemned the assault by Fateh Al-Sham Front on the mainstream rebel groups in northern Syria. It called upon the FSA and rebel groups to unite into a national army that serves the Syrian revolution and its goals.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Coalition reiterated its “absolute condemnation of acts of aggression in Syria and encroachment upon civilians’ rights as well as violations of civil liberties and human rights by Fatah Al-Sham Front and its supporters.” It stressed that these terrorist acts “serve the Assad regime and its allies, and they risk undermining the ability of the Syrian people to respond to external attacks on Syrian territory.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office / 29.01.2017)

Top Iraqi cleric wants Americans out over Trump’s ban on Muslims

Prominent Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr

Prominent Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr

Prominent Iraqi cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has censured US President Donald Trump over his executive order to ban entry into the US of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, calling for the expulsion of American nationals from the Arab country in retaliation.

“It would be arrogance for you to enter freely Iraq and other countries while barring them the entrance to your country … and therefore you should get your nationals out,” Sadr said in a statement published on his website on Sunday.

Iraqi parl. says govt. must reciprocate US travel ban

Meanwhile, Iraqi parliament’s foreign affairs committee has decried the measure as “unfair,” and asked the Iraqi government to “reciprocate” the travel curbs imposed on Iraqis.

“We ask the Iraqi government to reciprocate … the decision taken by the US administration,” the committee said in a statement, adding, “Iraq is in the frontline of the war of terrorism … and it is unfair that the Iraqis are treated in this way.”

“We clearly demanded that the Iraqi government deal reciprocally in all issues… with the United States of America,” Hassan Shwairid, the deputy head of the committee, told AFP.

On January 27, Trump signed a sweeping executive order to make good on his promised Muslim Ban.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May (not shown in the picture) in the East Room of the White House, Washington DC, the United States, on January 27, 2017

The new Republican president’s order imposes a 90-day ban on the entry of citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, blocks refugees from Syria indefinitely, and suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days.

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Iraq’s popular forces want Americans out

In a related development, the pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces, commonly known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha’abi, also urged Iraqi authorities to bar the entrance of Americans into the country.

“After the decision of the American president to prohibit the entry of Iraqi citizens to the United States of America, we demand Americans be prevented from entering Iraq, and the removal of those of them who are present,” Hashd al-Sha’abi said in a statement.

Soldiers from the pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces, commonly known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha’abi, wave the victory sign on board a pickup truck, on their way to Tal Afar airport, Iraq, on November 20, 2016

The statement did not clarify whether the demand applies to the US military personnel already deployed to Iraq or not.

Thousands of American troops are currently in Iraq as part of the so-called US-led coalition against Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters joined forces with Iraqi army soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in a major operation on October 17, 2016 to retake the strategic northern city of Mosul from Daesh extremists.

The pro-government fighters also played a major role in the liberation of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers northwest of the capital, Baghdad, as well as Fallujah city in the western province of al-Anbar among many areas in Iraq.

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The reactions to Trump’s Muslim ban come amid reports that the Iraqi government plans to lobby the US administration to mitigate the impact of restrictions on Iraqi travelers and preserve cooperation in the anti-Daesh campaign.

On Saturday, protests broke out at major US airports, including Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and New York, after border agents began detaining refugees and immigrants arriving in the country.

Protesters gather to denounce US President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans certain immigration at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, the United States, on January 28, 2017

Families anxiously waited to learn the fate of their loved ones at terminals, while protesters chanted “Let them in” and “This is What America Looks Like.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also filed a lawsuit, challenging Trump’s executive order on behalf of two Iraqis who were detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport on Friday.

ACLU lawyers successfully argued for a temporary stay, allowing the detained travelers to stay in the country.

(Source / 29.01.2017)

Protest demands release of Palestinian youth in administrative detention

Palestinians from the town of Kabul near Akka protested on Thursday, 26 January for the release of Mohammed Khaled Ibrahim, 20, a Palestinian citizen of Israel from the town held without charge or trial under administrative detention.

Ibrahim has been imprisoned without charge or trial since 10 May 2016; he is one of approximately 700 Palestinians imprisoned under administrative detention and 7,000 total Palestinian prisoners. Administrative detention orders are issued on the basis of secret evidence for periods of one to six months and are indefinitely renewable. Palestinians have spent years at a time in prison without charge or trial under administrative detention.

After Ibrahim was seized by Israeli forces in a pre-dawn raid in which his family’s home was ransacked and computers confiscated, he was ordered to administrative detention without charge or trial for six months; after six months, the detention order was renewed. He will have a court hearing on 15 March.

Omar Khamisi, a Palestinian lawyer from Mezan Center in Nazareth, told Arabs 48 that “the military rule over Arab citizens did not end. It is actually practiced in various forms and styles and can be seen clearly in the political persecution of activists of political parties and political, social and cultural movements, most prominently the prosecution of leaders and activists of the National Democratic Alliance and the banning of the Islamic Movement and its charities and humanitarian projects.”

The Freedoms Committee announced that a series of political, media and legal activities will be organized to advocate in support of Ibrahim and demand his release while confronting the policy of administrative detention.

(Source / 29.01.2017)

PA forces serve summonses to two ex-detainees, arrest others


Palestinian Authority’s (PA) intelligence apparatus summoned two Palestinian ex-prisoners from Qarawa Beni Hassan town in Salfit and Ellar town in Tulkarem to be questioned at its headquarters.

The same apparatus in Ramallah continued the arrest of two university students in Birzeit University and deprived them of sitting for the final examinations.

The PA’s preventive security apparatus continued the detention of four students in Palestine Polytechnic University who are held in the isolation cells of Jericho jail under harsh conditions of severe torture just for their involvement in legal non-academic activities at university.

The same apparatus also bans the family of the ex-detainee captive Zaki Dairiyeh from Bethlehem, who is on hunger strike, from visiting him.

In Nablus, Anas Eshtaiyeh, engineer student at an-Najah National University, continues his hunger strike for the fourth day in a row in protest at the continuation of his arrest at the hands of the PA’s preventive security apparatus for seven days.

(Source / 29.01.2017)

Prominent NLD law adviser, Muslim shot dead at Rangoon airport

Lawyer Ko Ni, seen here on a DVB Debate panel in September 2016, played a prominent role in drafting legislation to address religious discrimination and hate speech in Burma. (Photo: DVB)

Lawyer Ko Ni, seen here on a DVB Debate panel in September 2016, played a prominent role in drafting legislation to address religious discrimination and hate speech in Burma.

A legal adviser for Burma’s ruling National League for Democracy was shot dead outside the country’s busiest airport on Sunday after returning from a government-led trip to Indonesia.

An unidentified lone gunman killed the veteran lawyer, Ko Ni, and injured two others in front of the main terminal of Rangoon International Airport at 5 p.m., according to San Naing, Ko Ni’s assistant.

“They shot my boss. He is dead. I am beside his body and there’s blood on the floor,” San Naing told Reuters by phone.

Images posted on social media appeared to show a pool of blood around the slain lawyer’s head.

Police have detained a suspect, but the motive was unknown so far. Ko Ni was a prominent member of Burma’s Muslim minority.

The shooting comes amid heightened communal tensions in Buddhist-majority Burma, where leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under pressure over a security operation in an area of the country’s northwest that is populated mostly by Muslims.

A police official in the capital, Naypyidaw, told Reuters a Burmese citizen from the central city of Mandalay had been arrested.

The official, who declined to be named as he was not authorised to speak to media, did not provide additional details about the suspect.

Ko Ni, an expert in constitutional law who advises the party led by the Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, had joined a delegation to Indonesia led by Information Minister Pe Myint, the assistant said.

The delegation to Muslim-majority Indonesia — billed as an opportunity to share experiences of national reconciliation — included several Burmese Muslim leaders, some belonging to the mostly stateless Rohingya minority.

(Source / 29.01.2017)

Long-time Palestinian prisoner Walid Daqqa moved into solitary confinement

Walid Daqqa

Long-time Palestinian prisoner and prominent figure Walid Daqqa was moved on Wednesday, 25 January from the Ketziot Negev desert prison to solitary confinement in Ramon prison. Daqqa, one of the pre-Oslo prisoners, has been held in Israeli prison since 1986 along with his comrades Ibrahim and Rushdi Abu Mukh and Ibrahim Bayadseh; they are sentenced to life sentences for taking part in a Palestinian resistance operation targeting an Israeli occupation soldier. As one of the pre-Oslo prisoners, Daqqa’s release has been demanded over the years, yet the Israeli state has repeatedly refused to release him and has insisted that as he, Bayadseh and the Abu Mukh brothers are Palestinians holding Israeli citizenship, they are a separate matter from their fellow 7,000 Palestinian prisoners.

From the town of Baqa al-Gharbiyeh, Daqqa has become a prominent figure inside Israeli prisons and in the Palestinian prisoners’ movement, writing about his experience and that of fellow prisoners and gaining his masters’ degree. The staging of a play that reflects Daqqa’s stories and experiences, “A Parallel Time,” in Haifa’s al-Midan Theater in 2015, sparked attempts by the Israeli state to defund the theater and other Palestinian cultural institutions.

Assad Daqqa

The isolation of Daqqa comes as he is invoked in the Israeli allegations against Knesset member Basel Ghattas, alongside his brother Assad Daqqa. Ghattas is accused of bringing cell phones to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails while he met with Daqqa and Basel al-Bizra; Daqqa received only documents, while al-Bizra is accused of receiving cell phones.  On the same day Walid Daqqa was isolated, his brother Assad was brought before an Israeli district court and a hearing set for 1 February; Assad Daqqa is accused of providing the alleged cell phones to Ghattas.

Basel Ghattas

Ghattas was held in house arrest and has been barred from the Knesset; Palestinian organizations have widely condemned the persecution of Ghattas as an attempt to both attack Palestinian citizens of Israel – who already live under more than 50 racist laws and face continuing land confiscation, home demolitions and arbitrary political arrests – more broadly and to further silence and isolate Palestinian prisoners.

The prison branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued a statement from Israeli prisons on Daqqa’s solitary confinement, saying that Israeli prison officials “target the comrade because he represents an influential leadership role in the prisoners’ movement as one of its key figures, particularly at this time of the targeting of the Palestinian people in occupied Palestine ’48 through home demolition, killings in cold blood and the adoption of racist laws in the occupation Knesset, as part of the systematic displacement and targeting of the Palestinian people…We in the PFLP Prison Branch and the national and Islamic forces and the prisoners’ movement have sent a clear message to the prison administration that they will be held accountable for the consequences of isolating Walid, and the seriousness of this decision.”

Firas Omari, of the Freedoms Committee of the Arab Monitoring Committee in Palestine ’48, emphasized that Palestinians who have spent over three decades in Israeli prisons are denied simple phone calls with their families. “Jewish criminal prisoners are allowed to marry and talk daily to their families on the telephone…while Palestinian political prisoners are deprived of all of their rights,” said Omari. He noted that the persecution of Ghattas and prisoners’ families, such as Assad Daqqa, the brother of long-term prisoner Walid Daqqa, is another attempt to prevent communications by the prisoners and keep them in permanent isolation.

“What has happened to the deputy Basel Ghattas and Assad Daqqa, the brother of Walid Daqqa…is a mechanism by the occupation to impose new racist secuity measures that carry a great danger for the prisoners,” said Omari.

(Source / 29.01.2017)

Israeli forces murder Palestinian, wound 5 others in Jenin

Israeli occupation forces arrested five members of the murdered Palestinian’s family

Israeli occupation forces murdered Palestinian youth and wounded five others during predawn crackdown on civilians in refugee camp of Jenin.

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli occupation forces left the Palestinian youth bleeding for a couple of hours before allowing Palestinian paramedics to evacuate his body

Israeli occupation forces murdered Palestinian youth and wounded five others during predawn crackdown on civilians in refugee camp of Jenin.

The Israeli occupation forces shot the Palestinian youth with live bullets in the lower back that went through his body, emerging from his abdomen.

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli occupation forces left the Palestinian youth bleeding for a couple of hours before allowing Palestinian paramedics to evacuate his body.

Sources said that the Israeli occupation forces also shot and wounded five Palestinian others during the same campaign, including one seriously, who were evacuated to Jenin hospital for treatment.

The Palestinian youth was identified as Mohamed abu-Khalifa, 19. His body was discharged from hospital at midday and a massive funeral was arranged for him.

Residents of the refugee camp reported clashes took place between the Israeli occupation forces and the Palestinian youths after undercover Israeli occupation forces had infiltrated into the camp, followed by several armoured military vehicles.

Israeli forces heavily fired live ammunition, stun grenades and tear gas into the camp as youth threw stones and Molotov cocktails.

(Source / 29.01.2017)

Israeli forces detain Palestinian for alleged knife possession west of Ramallah


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli media reported on Sunday afternoon that Israeli forces had detained a young Palestinian man for allegedly possessing a knife west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank near the illegal Israeli settlement of Talmon.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into the case.
Earlier Sunday, Israeli forces and settlers detained two young Palestinians at gunpoint near an illegal Israeli settlement east of Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank, according to reports from Israeli media that alleged the two Palestinians approached the settlement intending to carry out an attack.
A video shared by Palestinian outlet Shehab News Agency showed at least two Israeli settlers holding a young woman and man at gunpoint while others stood beside them. Shehab reported that the two Palestinians were returning home from school at the time.
Reports from Israeli media said that the two were apprehended near the entrance of the illegal Israeli settlement of Karnei Shomron, claiming the suspects were holding knifes, and later taken in for interrogation with Israeli forces.
Israeli forces have detained a number of Palestinians for allegedly being in possession of knives or having intentions to carry out attacks on Israelis in recent months following a spike in violence that has left 15 Israelis dead in 2016, while 112 Palestinians were killed by Israelis during the same period.
However, Israeli authorities’ version of events have been challenged in a number of incidents, while rights groups have also widely documented the mistreatment, abuse, and torture of Palestinian youth in detention, and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions.
(Source / 29.01.2017)

IOF arrests two minors near Nablus after alleged stabbing attempt


Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested on Sunday two Palestinian teens near Karni Shomron settlement which is close to Nablus city after an anti-occupation alleged stabbing attempt.

Israeli reports revealed that Jewish settlers stopped two Palestinian school students, a girl and a boy, on suspicion of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack.

Photos published by Israeli media sources show Jewish settlers directing their guns at both minors. They forced them to wait until the IOF soldiers reached the place and rounded them up.

(Source / 29.01.2017)