Press Release concerning US demands to include Hamas in terrorism list

In the name of of Allah the Merciful

Press Statement

Mr. Abdul Latif Al-Qanua, spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”,  stated the following:

Press Release issued by Abdul Latif Al Qanua’ , spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement “ Hamas “

We , in the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”, strongly reject  the statements made by  the US ambassador to the United Nations  which described Hamas as a “terrorist organization” and called on the Security Council to include it on the terrorism list.

We consider these statements dangerous and serious and a part of the increasing incitement against Hamas which are all biased towards  the Israeli occupation, the leader of terrorism in the region.

We reiterate  that the call to designate  Hamas as a terrorist organization is an abhorrent and  racist demand , a complete bias towards the Israeli occupation and a blatant denial to the right of the Palestinian people to resist while the Israeli occupation has been occupying their land and practicing terrorism against and killing them.

We , in Hamas, assert that all attempts to describe the movement with terrorism will fail and Hamas will remain a national liberation movement resisting the Israeli Occupation and defending the legitimate rights of  the Palestinian people.

Abdul Latif Al Qanoa

Spokesperson of  the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

21st of June, 2017

(Source / 24.06.2017)

Human rights council calls upon international community to ensure Israel’s cooperation with UN missions

RAMALLAH, June 24, 2017 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) Saturday called upon international community to ensure Israel’s cooperation with UN missions.

PHROC in a press release titled: “PHROC Calls Upon International Community to Ensure Israel’s Cooperation with UN Missions”, called upon the international community to take effective measures aimed at ensuring Israel’s cooperation with mechanisms of the United Nations (UN), including its missions.

PHROC condemned the continued prevention of entry for the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967.

The council reported that current mandate holder Mr. S. Michael Lynk, was appointed in 2016, and has not received any responses from the Israeli government for his requests to conduct official visits.

Israel has prevented the entry of the mandate holder on the OPT since 2008.

PHROC noted that Lynk’s predecessor, Makarim Wibisono, resigned due to lack of access to the OPT. He was quoted as saying that, “my efforts to help improve the lives of Palestinian victims of violations under the Israeli occupation have been frustrated every step of the way.”

Other UN-established investigative bodies such as the 2012 UN Fact-finding Mission on Israeli settlements and the UN Independent Commission on Inquiry on Gaza in 2014 have been similarly prevented from entering the OPT.

Due to lack of access, mandate holders and the aforementioned bodies have had to conduct meetings with victims, organizations, and other stakeholders outside of the OPT, said the release.

“While such meetings serve to convey the impacts of Israel’s violations of international law, having direct access to the territory and seeing first-hand the reality of Israel’s occupation is essential.”

Under the Charter of the United Nations, Israel is obliged to allow the UN, including mandate holders, to access to its territory as “may be necessary for the exercise of its functions and the fulfillment of its purposes.

PHROC called upon third states to ensure Israel’s compliance in allowing access to the OPT for the Special Rapporteur, as well as other UN missions and mandate holders in the future.

(Source / 24.06.2017)

Nidaa Tounes dissenters set to announce Tunisia First Party

Tunisians wave the national flag in the southern city of Tatouine on 11th April, 2017

The former leader of Nidaa Tounes Party, Boudjemaa Remili, has told Quds Press that a number of the party’s senior members are intending to form a new party. Tunisia First looks set to be launched, he said, after efforts to reform Nidaa Tounes failed.

“We have officially submitted a file to the secretary of state about our intention to establish a new party,” explained Remili. “We have made preparations centrally and regionally for drafting texts and programmes for the party.”

He explained that he and his colleagues were the founders of Nidaa Tounes Party and tried to avoid division. “Unfortunately, there was a shift away from the principles upon which the party was founded. In view of our experience and political expertise, we decided, in the same spirit with which we founded Nidaa Tounes, to establish a new political party with the original principles.”

One of the most noticeable manifestations of the shift in Nidaa Tounes, Remili pointed out, is that it has been tainted by autocracy and an attempted monopoly rather than a collective effort. “This has no place in post-revolution Tunisia,” he insisted. “This unilateral leadership has destabilised the balance that had been achieved in the country. Nidaa Tounes has turned into one of Ennahdha Party’s allies, and this is also a serious deviation.”

Remili criticised the bringing in of media and political figures and giving them leadership positions in Nidaa Tounes, although they have nothing to do with the party and its foundation. “This is part of the attempt to circumvent the deficit reached by the leadership team. It recruited personnel and dismissed the founding fathers in a totally unacceptable way.” Such new members, he claimed, are in positions that they do not deserve. “They have not been welcomed by the party supporters and have just caused it to sink instead of saving it.”

Among the dissidents who are founding the new party are Ridha Belhaj, Fawzi Maawiyah, Nasser Shuweikha and Khamis K’ssila, as well as Remili.

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi was one of the founders of Nidaa Tounes in June 2012 and won the last parliamentary election with 86 seats out of a total of 217. The party was ranked first in terms of MPs, followed by Ennahdha Party, and went on to form a coalition government. Essebsi also won the presidential election in November 2014 to become the successor to President Moncef Marzouki.

Since then, Nidaa Tounes has been going through successive crises that some believe are caused by the president’s bid to have his son Hafedh Caid Essebsi “inherit” the party leadership. However, others believe that the crises are a natural result of the heterogeneous mix of ideologies represented within the party itself. As well as independents, communists and former trade unionists from the Tunisian General Labour Union, there are former members of the defunct Democratic Constitutional Rally, which was the party of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The dictator was overthrown by the popular revolution that broke out in late 2010.

(Source / 24.06.2017)

Israel ends siege of Palestinian village in occupied West Bank

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK – JUNE 17: Soldiers expropriate a Palestinian’s car as they launch raid houses of the three Palestinians who were killed after they had allegedly attempted to attack the Israeli soldiers, in Deir Abu Mash’al village, Ramallah, West Bank on June 17, 2017

Israel’s occupation forces have ended the siege imposed on the Palestinian village of Deir Abu Mesh’al to the west of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, Quds Press reported on Friday.

The siege was imposed after the Israeli border police killed three Palestinians from the village after it was alleged that they had killed an Israeli soldier in Jerusalem. The move by the Israeli forces lasted a week.

According to the village Mayor, Imad Zahran, the Israelis blocked the entrances to the village with mounds of sand and cement blocks. Vehicles were unable to enter or leave. Anyone trying to come or go on foot was “harassed” by the troops carrying out “random” checks.

Collective punishment is a common measure used by the Israeli occupation authorities against Palestinian villages and cities whose residents are killed following allegations of attacks on Israeli soldiers.

(Source / 24.06.2017)

Bomber planning to attack Mecca’s Grand Mosque blows himself up

Images emerged on Twitter of the suicide bombing in Saudi. [Image: twitter.com | AlMnatiq ]

Images emerged on Twitter of the suicide bombing in Saudi

Saudi security forces on Friday foiled a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, cornering the would-be attacker in an apartment, where he blew himself up, the Interior Ministry said.

In a statement read on state television, the ministry said that three cells had planned the attack on worshippers and security forces at the mosque as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan nears its climax.

The trapped would-be suicide bomber exchanged fire with the security forces, then set off explosives when he was surrounded in a house in the central Mecca neighbourhood of Ajyad al-Masafi near the mosque that had been used as the base for the attack, the ministry said.

Additional footage of the heavy police presence in . Well over a dozen police units can be seen in the video. (Footage via @AlMnatiq)

The building collapsed, injuring six foreigners and five members of the security forces.

Earlier in the day, security forces had shot dead a wanted man at another suspected Islamist militant hideout in Mecca’s al-Aseelah neighbourhood. The ministry also said a third cell had been broken up in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, but gave no further details.

Five suspected militants including a woman were arrested, it said.

Images emerged on Twitter of the suicide bombing in Saudi. [Image: twitter.com | AlMnatiq ]

The month of fasting ends with the Eid-al-Fitr holiday, expected to be on Sunday. Saudi monarchs usually spend the last 10 days of Ramadan in Mecca.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the plot to attack the mosque, but it is known that Daesh, wants to establish a theocratic caliphate ruled according to strict Islamic law, had in the past carried out attacks in the kingdom.

In May last year, Saudi security forces shot dead two alleged Daesh fighters outside Mecca, and two others blew themselves up outside Mecca.

(Source / 24.06.2017)

Gulf States ‘target Hamas’ through siege of Qatar

GAZA CITY, GAZA – MARCH 30: Newly graduated army officers perform during their graduation ceremony at the General Directorate of Education headquarters of Palestinian Ministry of the Interior and National Security, in Gaza City, Gaza on March 30, 2017. The official of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed branch of Hamas, Mazen Fuqaha, who was killed by unknown persons, is commemorated during the ceremony

The siege of Qatar by some Gulf States and Egypt is targeting the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, a London-based analyst told Quds Press on Friday. “These countries did not dare to mention Hamas on their own blacklists,” explained Ibrahim Hamami, “so they asked Qatar to boycott groups and people listed by the Americans.”

Naming the movement on their own lists would provoke a backlash from the Arab people, he said. “The people support the resistance and reject any moves to criminalise or blacklist it.”

According to Hamami, the Saudi- and UAE-led demands on Qatar give the green light for Hamas to be targeted as part of the international efforts to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

A list of demands has been given to Qatar; they have to be met before the siege will be lifted, the boycott group insist.Among the demands is the closure of Al-Jazeera News Network, the closure of the Turkish military base in Qatar and cutting links with the Muslim Brotherhood and other “terrorist” groups, including Hamas.

The siege was imposed on 5 June by an alliance of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar have been cut ever since due to its alleged “support for terror”.

(Source / 24.06.2017)

Army Attacks The Weekly Procession In Ni’lin

24 JUN
3:10 AM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and colonies, in Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

The procession was held by many Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli and international peace activists, who marched from the center of the village, carrying Palestinian flags, and chanting against the occupation, for the liberation of Palestine, and the release of all political prisoners.

Mohammad Amira, the coordinator of the Popular Committee in Ni’lin, said the soldiers fired many concussion grenades and gas bombs at the nonviolent protesters as they approached the Wall, separating the villagers from their lands.

Amira added that the soldiers used surveillance drones to monitor the protesters, and that the procession also commemorated the sixteenth anniversary of the death of Jamal Mohammad Nafe’, who was killed by Israeli army fire in a Palestinian olive orchard, in Ni’lin, on June 20, 2001.

(Source / 24.06.2017)

US-Coalition Airstrikes Killed 472 Civilians In Syria Last Month

At least 137 children are among the dead.

Thick smoke and flames erupt from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border.

Thick smoke and flames erupt from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has issued a report today covering the civilian death toll of US-led coalition airstrikes in Syria over the past month, from May 23 to June 23, reporting at least 472 civilians, the largest in any 30-day period since the US started bombing Syria in 2014.

The attacks covered two provinces in Syria, with 222 civilians killed in Deir Ezzor, and the other 250 civilians killed in the Raqqa Province.

Strikes against the area immediately surrounding Raqqa were nominally done in support of the Kurdish YPG’s advance on ISIS’ capital, the city of Raqqa.

In Deir Ezzor, much of the death toll was in airstrikes against buildings in the city of Mayadin, where huge numbers of civilian relatives of ISIS fighters were said to be killed, many of them young children.

Over the two provinces, the Syrian Observatory counted 137 children killed in the US-led attacks.

These are just the figures from the reckoning of the Syrian Observatory, but they’ve usually roughly in line with the figures from other NGOs like Air Wars.

The Pentagon’s own official toll likely won’t come for that period of time for a few months, though Pentagon figures usually ignore at least 90% of the dead civilians.

Even acknowledging 10% of the NGOs’ toll, however, would be the worst month by their reckoning as well, reflecting how much worse the civilian toll is getting.

(Source / 24.06.2017)

Largest Israeli Public Transportation Company Loses Netherlands Contract Worth 190 Million Euros Following Campaign by BDS Activists for Palestinian Rights

23 JUN
7:22 PM

Last month, Egged Bus Systems (EBS), a subsidiary of Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society, Israel’s largest public transportation operator, lost a bid for a decade-long contract to run public transportation in the North-Holland region of the Netherlands, which includes the country’s capital, Amsterdam. This contract was valued at 19.1 million euros a year, with a total worth of 190.1 million euros.

Egged Bus Systems lost this lucrative bid after Dutch BDS activists launched a campaign charging its Israeli parent company with facilitating grave violations of Palestinian human rights and international humanitarian law.

Specifically, Egged Cooperative operates Jewish-only buses to and between almost all of Israel’s illegal settlements built on stolen Palestinian land in the militarily occupied West Bank, including remote outposts and East Jerusalem.

Egged buses traveling on Israeli settlement bus routes bar access to Palestinians. They use an extensive network of roads built to seamlessly connect illegal settlements on both sides of the illegal Israeli separation Wall to cities within present-day Israel.

The company thus supports and profits from a racist, segregated bus system that actively facilitates the maintenance and expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements, which are themselves considered war crimes under international law.

 

A spokesperson for DocP, a coalition of Dutch BDS activists for Palestinian rights, said,

We are very happy with this result, with the fact that our regional government rejected Egged’s bid to run North-Holland’s public transportation system.

People can now step into a bus in Amsterdam without helping pay for Israeli apartheid buses that discriminate against Palestinians. Without helping normalize coming and going from Tel Aviv to illegal Jewish-only settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.

There is nothing normal about the daily oppression faced by Palestinians, and I’m heartened that our Dutch BDS campaigns are growing in popular support and showing results.

Riya Hassan, Europe’s campaigns officer for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) said:

Congratulations to all the activists, organizations and collectives in the Netherlands who successfully built on their earlier BDS campaigns to exclude from their communities a powerful Israeli transportation company that profits from segregated busing, segregated roads and segregated Israeli settlements illegally built on stolen Palestinian land.

You have helped ensure that the regional council of North-Holland adheres to its own obligations under international law by not aiding and abetting Israel’s serious violations of Palestinian rights.

Egged Cooperative has also been accused of putting its Palestinian drivers in harm’s way, and not doing enough to protect them from violent Israeli extremists. In 2014, 100 Palestinian Egged bus drivers resigned fearing attacks by Israeli settlers and after Palestinian Jerusalem-line bus driver Yusuf Hassan al-Ramouni was found dead and hanging in an Egged bus.

Egged Bus Systems was one of four companies bidding for the lucrative public transportation contract in the Netherlands. The winning company Connexxion, a Dutch public transportation company, will provide buses and run public transportation in North-Holland for the next 10-years, beginning in July 2018.

Connexxion is itself owned by Veolia, a French corporate giant which was complicit in the Israeli occupation until an extensive BDS campaign cost it tenders around the world estimated to be worth over $20 billion, causing it to exit the Israeli market. Veolia and Connexxion have ended their complicity with Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights, but have yet to pay reparations to the Palestinian communities they harmed, and campaigners are still demanding that they do so.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Visit their website and follow them on Twitter @BDSmovement

(Source / 24.06.2017)

Israeli Soldiers Injure A Teen In Kufur Qaddoum

24 JUN
3:36 AM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and moderately injured a teenage boy with a rubber-coated steel bullet. The army also fired dozens of gas bombs and concussion grenades, and invaded many homes.

Morad Eshteiwy, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Israeli Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers shot Sobhi Abu Dayya, 17, with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his right arm.

He added that the child was rushed to Rafidia governmental hospital in a moderate condition, due to excessive bleeding.

Dozens of Palestinians also suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, especially since the soldiers fired many gas bombs at homes in the town.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in the town, and occupied their rooftops.

Also on Friday, the soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and colonies, in Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

(Source / 24.06.2017)