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Hamas chief warns of ‘regional peace deal’ with Israel

Ismail Haniyeh, Head of Hamas Political Bureau [Mustafa Hassona/ Anadolu Agency]

Ismail Haniyeh, Head of Hamas Political Bureau

Hamas’s newly elected political chief Ismail Haniyeh warned Wednesday against plans to establish a “regional or economic peace” with Israel.

Haniyeh issued the warning at his first press conference since being elected in early May to succeed Khaled Meshaal as the Gaza-based group’s political leader.

He went on to assert that the US administration was hoping to forge a landmark “regional” peace deal, which, he warned, “would ultimately serve to extinguish the Palestinian cause”.

We will never accept any [peace] proposal — under any pretext — that doesn’t serve our people’s interests or safeguard their rights,

Haniyeh said.

“Since Donald Trump’s assumption of the US presidency, moves have accelerated — under Israeli pressure — to extort the Arab and Muslim states with the ultimate aim of destroying the Palestinian cause,” he added.

Read: Pressure on Hamas will not turn people against it, insists Israeli academic

“Any solution or compromise that does not guarantee the Palestinian people’s right to freedom — and the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital — will be doomed to failure,” Haniyeh said.

At Wednesday’s press conference, Haniyeh also said that — based on a recent visit to Cairo by a Hamas delegation — the group’s relationship with Egypt was “developing well”.

Our brothers in Egypt have shown their readiness to work towards addressing Gaza’s humanitarian crisis,

he said.

“Discussions recently conducted in Egypt have yielded positive results, the fruits of which will soon become evident to the people of Gaza,” he added without elaborating.

On June 12, a Hamas delegation returned to Gaza from Cairo following a weeklong visit during which delegation members met with a host of Egyptian intelligence officials.

Read: New Hamas chief Al-Senwar faces a tripartite alliance

Days later, the Egyptian authorities — for the first time ever — permitted trucks laden with industrial fuel into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, allowing the enclave’s only functioning power plant to resume operations after a two-month hiatus.

In terms of domestic Palestinian politics, Haniyeh said that Hamas’s priority was to achieve “national reconciliation” and build bridges between rival Palestinian forces and factions.

“This will remain our top priority,” he said. “We will spare no effort to restore national unity and forge a unified strategy for resistance [to the Israeli occupation].”

Read: Hamas must look beyond Dahlan to ease the blockade

Haniyeh also called for the establishment of a genuine Palestinian government of national unity able to meet the needs of the Palestinian people in both the occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip.

In 2014, Hamas, which has governed Gaza for the last 10 years, agreed with rival Palestinian movement Fatah, which runs the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority, to establish a unity government.

The so-called unity government, however, has so far failed to assume a governing role in Gaza due to outstanding differences between the two ideologically opposed movements.

(Source / 06.07.2017)

Solar Panels Seized from Jordan Valley Community

06 JUL
5:12 AM

Israeli forces seized, on Wednesday, solar panels belonging to Palestinians in Khirbet al-Hammeh village, in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank, according to a local source.

Aref Daraghmeh, a local Palestinian official, said Israeli forces raided the village and dismantled dozens of solar panels residents used to generate electricity for local use.

According to WAFA, Israel claims that the panels, usually donated by the European Union, were installed without permit and, therefore, were taken down.

Palestinian and international organizations say Israel, which has full military control over the Jordan Valley, never gives Palestinians permits to develop their villages, which lack basic humanitarian needs such as electricity and water lines.

In contrast, modern Jewish settlements flourish illegally in the area near the Palestinian village or on their land, and are provided with full infrastructure facilities.

Israel, earlier this week, seized dozens of solar panels donated by Holland for the village of Jibbet al-Dhib, also in the Jordan Valley, provoking furious reaction and protest from the Dutch government.

Before getting the solar panels, Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley used noisy and expensive diesel-run generators to produce electricity for their communities for a few hours a day.

(Source / 06.07.2017)

Army Invades Doha Town, Confiscate A Lathe Machine

06 JUL
10:40 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, the town of Doha, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, broke into a lathe workshop and confiscated one machine.

The invasion was carried out by several army jeeps, and truck, before the soldiers stormed a lathe workshop, owned by members of Abu Tarboush family, violently searched the property and confiscated a lathe machine.

The soldiers also invaded Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, searched many homes, causing damage, and withdrew later without conducting any arrests.

In related news, soldiers invaded Shweika area, in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, searched homes, and car repair workshops, violently searched them and abducted three Palestinians.

(Source / 06.07.2017)

Israeli military vehicles raid northern Gaza, level lands

Zios military raided Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli military vehicles raided the northern besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, leveling lands in the area.

Witnesses told Ma’an that seven army vehicles — four bulldozers and three tanks — coming from the Nahal Oz military base entered the border area of Gaza east of the Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaaiya as drones flew overhead.
Meanwhile, four Israeli military vehicles were also reported to have raided an area east of the town of Jabaliya, as Israeli forces opened fire in the area while the vehicles were leveling lands.
No injuries were reported in either incident.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports.
Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone,” which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.
The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.
The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.
(Source / 06.07.2017)

Palestinian sit-in denounces Indian stance on Jerusalem perceived as non-committal

Sit-in vs Modi

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian activists staged a sit-in on Wednesday in front of India’s representative office to Palestine to express their rejection of comments by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi two days earlier.

In an interview with Israeli news outlet Israel Hayom published Monday ahead of a diplomatic visit to Israel, in which Modi hailed the “strong” bilateral economic and diplomatic ties between India and Israel, the Indian high official was asked about his position on Israel’s claims of sovereignty over Jerusalem.
“We believe in a two-state solution in which both Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist peacefully. A final-status agreement should respect the sentiments and address demands of all affected parties. The key to finding a solution to this issue lies with the affected parties,” Modi answered.
“India supports all efforts to find an acceptable solution to all the pending issues, including Jerusalem. I assume the question refers to our embassy in Tel Aviv. We will take a decision on that after both sides have come to an agreement on Jerusalem,” Modi added.
Modi’s non-committal answer upset some Palestinians, prompting the National and Islamic forces group of the Ramallah al-Bireh district of the occupied West Bank to call for a sit-in in front of the Indian representative office in Beituniya.
The demonstrators called on India to remember its strong ties with Palestine, and called on the Indian government to re-evaluate its stance.
“We are standing in front of the Indian embassy (sic) today as a reminder of the friendship between the Palestinian and Indian people and leaders, and the historic relationships that tie us to this friendly country,” Hurriyat Center head Hilmi al-Araj said at the sit-in.
Al-Araj added that the sit-in also stood to remind India that Palestinians were still under an Israeli military occupation repressing their rights to self-determination and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
National and Islamic forces coordinator Issam Bakr said Modi’s statement was a dangerous development, contradicting India’s position in support of Palestinian independence.
Al-Araj called on India as a member of the Non-Aligned Movement to uphold its responsibilities vis-a-vis the suffering of the Palestinian people and to pressure Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian lands occupied since 1967 instead of rewarding its violations of human rights with lucrative economic deals.
The sit-in occurred a day after the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee passed a resolution rejecting Israel’s claims of sovereignty over occupied East Jerusalem.
While Israel has long claimed Jerusalem as its capital, this has not been recognized by the international community, with even outspoken Israel supporter US President Donald Trump seemingly backing down from his electoral campaign promise to move the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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(Source / 06.07.2017)

South Africa ruling party votes to downgrade diplomatic ties with Israel

ANC South Africa

PRETORIA (Ma’an) — The African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party of South Africa, voted on Tuesday in favor of downgrading South Africa’s diplomatic representation in Israel in protest of the occupation.

The decision, made during ANC’s National Policy Conference, was hailed as a “major victory for human rights and for the people of Palestine,” according to a statement released by the Western Cape branch of the ANC on Wednesday.
The Oliver Tambo Resolution — named after the prominent anti-apartheid figure who served as president of the ANC between 1967 and 1991 — states that the aim of downgrading South Africa’s embassy to Israel was to “send a strong message about Israel’s continued illegal occupation of Palestine and the continued human rights abuses against the peoples of Palestine.”
“Yesterday’s resolution is the strongest and clearest position taken by the ANC in our history as a governing party” regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ANC Western Cape wrote.
“We believe that those of us calling for downgrades, sanctions and other actions against apartheid Israel and other oppressive regimes are following in (Tambo’s) footsteps.”
“We are under no illusion that Israel and its lobby will (not) attempt to pressure the ANC, but this mighty movement will remain steadfast in advancing the interests and solidarity of our people,” the statement added. “We warn Israel not to interfere with our local politics, but instead to build a just peace with Palestinians.”
Palestinian Ambassador to South Africa Hashem Dajani welcomed the decision as an “advanced move to put pressure on the apartheid government of Israel in order to end occupation of the state of Palestine.”
Dajani added that the move would mark a recognition of the Palestinian right to self-determination and statehood.
South Africa has a long history of solidarity with the Palestinian people, due to the parallels between the Israeli occupation and the decades-long South African apartheid regime.
A globally revered figure, late South African President Nelson Mandela also holds a special place in Palestinian society for his stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as he famously said in 1997 that “our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

(Source / 06.07.2017)

A Palestinian killed, 2 injured in unidentified explosion in southern West Bank

Palestinian killed Hebron

HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was killed and two others were critically injured in an explosion of an unidentified nature in southwestern Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

Palestinian police spokesman Luay Irzeiqat said in a statement that a Palestinian died and two others were injured when an explosion occurred on empty land in the area of Luza, adding that Palestinian police and security services had opened an investigation into the case.
Palestinian Red Crescent sources said that ambulances rushed to the area to transfer the injured to hospitals for treatment.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they would look into the reports.
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(Source / 06.07.2017)

Israeli military restrictions imposed on entrance to al-Khalil

IOF at al-Khalil

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) imposed Wednesday evening tight military restrictions on the southern entrance to al-Khalil to the south of West Bank.

Local sources affirmed that IOF placed concrete blocks along the southern entrance to the city, restricting the people’s movement in both directions.

The Palestinian municipality has recently rehabilitated and expanded the entrance.

(Source / 06.07.2017)

PA preventive security forces ban youth conference in Ramallah

PA security forces Ramallah

The Palestinian Authority (PA) preventive security forces banned on Wednesday a group of youth from holding their first conference in Ramallah city for alleged security reasons.

Palestine Youth Bureau of al-Sharq Forum announced, in a statement, that the preparatory committee of the conference has been working for five months in order to come up with a conference that sheds light on the most important issues of the Palestinian Question.

About 5oo Palestinians from the West Bank, Occupied Jerusalem and 1948 Occupied Jerusalem have participated in the preparatory meetings and contributed to the great success of the conference preparations, according to the statement.

The Palestinian youth group strongly condemned the PA’s security measures that run contrary to the Palestinian Basic Law which guarantees the right to freedom.

The youth group expressed their apologies to the participants and other concerned people and pointed out that their conference in Gaza is going on.

(Source / 06.07.2017)