Fatah forms united committee for Palestinian refugees

Image of a Palestinian women at the Al-Shati refugee camp, the place where displaced Palestinians took shelter after their exile from Palestine during the Nakba in 1948, is seen in Gaza City, Gaza on May 15, 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Image of a Palestinian children at the Al-Shati refugee camp, the place where displaced Palestinians took shelter after their exile from Palestine during the Nakba in 1948, is seen in Gaza City, Gaza on May 15, 2017

Member of Fatah’s Executive Committee Saleh Al-Zig announced yesterday the formation of a united coordination committee for Palestinian refugee camps in Palestine and the diaspora, Wafa News Agency reported.

Al-Zig, who is the chief of Fatah’s refugee committee, said that the announcement concluded a series of meetings held in response to the “continuous conspiracy” against UNRWA, which aims to end its services.

He said that poverty, unemployment and deterioration of living conditions are the natural result of the reduction of UNRWA’s services, stating that the closure of Qalqilya Hospital in the occupied West Bank and a number of schools in Jerusalem is a proof of this.

Fatah officials have said that all active bodies related to the issue, both inside and outside the refugee camps, are able to join the committee.

Read more: Israel has arrested 110,000 Palestinians since Oslo Accords

Al-Zig hailed the Palestinian Authority (PA) government headed by Rami Hamadallah for offering aid to the Palestinians and reducing the poverty and unemployment rates amongst Palestinian refugees at the same time the international community has ignored them and their right to return.

Members of the new committee stressed that it is important the PA President Mahmoud Abbas enables the six million Palestinian refugees to choose their representatives.

(Source / 18.09.2017)

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

Image of Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman [Jim Mattis/Flickr]

Image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is working to “westernise” the Kingdom and change people’s mindsets when it comes to Israel, Twitter user Mujtahidd has reported.

The account, which is believed to be reporting from inside the ruling family in Saudi Arabia, wrote: “Arrangement among the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain is wider than our expectations. Israel and American bodies linked to Trump are involved.”

“The plan is complete. It is based on unifying the bases of security, media, culture and education, including religion, in Egypt and all the Gulf States except Oman.”

The plan, according to Mujtahid, was drawn in Egypt which is the “supplier of cadres who will deal with the issues of media, security, Islamic movements, education syllabuses and religious institutions.”

According to Mujtahidd, it aims to “distance any political, cultural, educational, financial, religious effect on the people of Egypt and the Gulf States in order to reach a state of full and eternal normalisation with Israel.”

It also said that the arrangement for this plan started in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Israel before US President Donald Trump was inaugurated, noting that former American President Barack Obama did not join the plan because he feared these states and the recklessness of Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.

Trump, Mujtahidd tweeted, supported the plan and this encouraged Bin Salman and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed Bin Zayed to kick start its implementation earlier than planned. The plan includes hiring hundreds of Egyptian officials and officers in the Gulf States to supervise security, armies, media, religion and education.

Mujtahidd added that the plan includes arresting hundreds of religious scholars, stressing that Bin Salman was enthusiastic about the implementation of the plan due to Israel’s pledge to get Trump’s help to support his bid to become King of Saudi Arabia.

The Twitter user added the plan was implemented and included the “use of social media to turn the public opinion against Islam in general and specifically political Islam and accepting Israel as a brotherly state.”

Read: New Saudi crown prince is Israel’s ‘dream come true’ says US diplomat

(Source / 18.09.2017)

3,000 settlers storm Ibrahimi Mosque


Israeli settlers set up a flag of Israel at Ibrahimi Mosque [file photo]

More than 3,000 settlers stormed the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern occupied West Bank town of Hebron last night to mark a Jewish holiday.

The Hebrew news site 0404 reported a heavy army presence was deployed in the area to allow the settlers to pray in the Muslim holy site.

There were no incidents reported and “the prayer passed peacefully”, according to the site.

The mosque, believed to be the burial place of the prophet Abraham, is sacred to both Muslims and Jews and has been the site of oft-violent tensions for decades.

The holy site was split into a synagogue – known to Jews as the Cave of Patriarchs – and a mosque after US-born Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Palestinians inside the mosque in 1994.

Read: UNESCO to vote on adding Ibrahimi Mosque to World Heritage list

(Source / 18.09.2017)

Israel demolishes Palestinian home in Jerusalem-area village


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers on Monday demolished a Palestinian residential building in the village of al-Zaayyem, located in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, according to Palestinian Authority-owned Wafa news agency.

Wafa reported that Israeli forces arrived to the building, owned by Muhammad al-Sairy, and cordoned off the area before bulldozers proceeded to demolish the building.

The building was demolished under the pretext of not having a nearly impossible to obtain Israeli-issued building permit.Wafa added that al-Zaayyem is located in Area B, the parts of the West Bank under Palestinian civil control and joint Israeli-Palestinian security control.The demolition of Palestinian homes and structures most commonly takes place in Area C, the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civilian and security control.Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.According to UN documentation, 330 Palestinian-owned structures have been demolished thus far in 2017 across the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, displacing 499 people. In 2016, the UN recorded 1,065 demolitions across the occupied Palestinian territory.

(Source / 18.09.2017)

Families petition Israeli Supreme Court to return bodies of 3 slain Palestinians

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Scene of the shooting deaths of Adel Ankoush, Baraa Saleh, and Osama Atta, after the three carried out a deadly attack outside Jerusalem’s Old City

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A lawyer representing the families of three Palestinians who were shot dead in June for carrying out a deadly attack in occupied East Jerusalem submitted an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court to have the remains of the three young men released for proper burial.

Muhammed Mahmoud, an attorney from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, petitioned the court on Monday on behalf of the families of Adel Ankoush, 18, Baraa Saleh, 18, and Osama Atta, 19 — all from the central occupied West Bank town of Deir Abu Mashaal.
A hearing has not yet been scheduled to review the appeal.
Israel has detained their bodies since the three were shot dead after carrying out a stabbing and shooting attack that left an Israeli police officer dead outside of Jerusalem’s Old City on June 16.
Human rights organizations have widely condemned Israel’s policy of withholding Palestinian bodies, with prisoners’ rights group Addameer calling it a form of “collective punishment” against Palestinians who had not been accused of any wrongdoing, also noting that it “adds to the severe grief and trauma of families of the deceased.”
Furthermore, the three families in Deir Abu Mashaal have had their homes punitively demolished and blown up, leaving a total of 22 people homeless despite having not having been charged with any wrongdoing.
The petition submitted by Mahmoud over the three bodies came amid an ongoing petition submitted to the Israeli Supreme Court calling for the release of the bodies of nine slain Palestinians, which also included the remains of Ankoush, Salah, and Atta.
Despite the fact that the court has yet to reach a decision on the case, the Israeli state announced last week that the bodies of four of the Palestinians included in that appeal have already been buried in so-called cemeteries of numbers — mass graves comprised of marked and unmarked plots of mostly Palestinians killed by Israeli forces over the past 60 years.
“The Israeli government has made a political decision to bury four bodies of slain Palestinians without waiting for the Supreme Court to decide. The expected Supreme Court decision will still include these four bodies, which the Israeli government moved from morgues to the cemeteries of numbers,” Mahmoud said at the time of the announcement, when the court also postponed making a decision on the case.
The appeals came after Israel’s Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan requested that withheld Palestinian bodies be buried in the cemetery of numbers, to be used as a bargaining chip with Hamas to secure the return of Israeli soldiers believed to be held in the Gaza Strip.
In addition to Israel’s hope that the bodies can be used as bargaining chips, Israeli authorities have also claimed that the policy of withholding remains is an attempt to avoid “incitement” during funerals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the occupied territory. When bodies are returned, Israel imposes strict conditions on funerals.
Palestinian leaders have expressed their lack of hope in the Israeli Supreme Court to provide justice on the case. At a recent demonstration in Bethlehem, head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe denounced the judiciary as “unjust, biased, and nothing more than a tool serving the occupation’s racist and extremist authorities.”
The committee said Israel is withholding 249 slain Palestinians who have been buried in the cemeteries of numbers over the years.

(Source / 18.09.2017)

Syrian Coalition: Delaying Political Transition Increases Suffering of Syrian Civilians

An official in the Syrian Coalition said that stalling negotiations on Syria does not serve the political solution, pointing out that such delay increases the suffering of the Syrian people.

Member of the Coalition’s political committee Badr Jamous said that the Syrian people continue to suffer in IDPs camps and neighboring countries as well as in the prisons of the Assad regime due to delays in the launch of the political transition process as was stipulated by international resolutions. He added that the stalled political process risks killing off any lingering hopes for a political solution in Syria.

Jamous called on the United Nations to rise to international challenge and respect its institutions which confirmed that the Assad regime was responsible for many of the massacres in Syria. He also urged the UN to adopt a position restoring the confidence of the Syrian people that they lost over six years since the revolution broke out.

Jamous also urged the United Nations to refer the criminal Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court rather than accepting him as a partner in the transitional period. He said that the talk about accepting Assad as a partner in a political solution amounts to exonerating him of the crimes he is committing against the Syrian people.

Jamous and member of the Coalition Abdul Hakim Bashar as well as a delegation from the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) headed by General Coordinator Riad Hijab will participate in the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York. The delegation is scheduled to meet with a number of heads of states and foreign ministers of sisterly and friendly countries. The delegation will also participate in a number of multilateral meetings on the UN General Assembly meetings.

The delegation aims to convey the demands of the Syrian people to the world; emphasize the fundamental principles of the revolution; and highlight the suffering of the Syrian people during the UNGA meetings, which are one of the most important international platforms that was established to achieve peace and do justice for the peoples around the world.

The UN General Assembly serves as an international multilateral forum in which all the international issues contained in the UN Charter are discussed. The UN General Assembly, which consists of all 193 members of the United Nations, is the principal representative body for discussions and deliberations in the United Nations.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 18.09.2017)

Israeli Navy Abducts Two Fishermen In Gaza Waters

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Israeli navy ships attacked, on Monday morning, several fishing boats, in Palestinian territorial waters in the Sudaniyya area, northwest of Gaza city, abducted two fishermen, and confiscated their boat.

One of the fishermen who witnessed the Israeli assault told the WAFA Palestinian News Agency that the navy ships fired many live rounds at the fishing boats, less than four nautical miles from the shore.

He added that the navy then abducted two fishermen, and took them along with their boat to Ashdod Port, near Gaza.

The attack is part of daily Israeli violations against the Palestinians, in different parts of the besieged and impoverished coastal region, leading to numerous casualties, including fatalities, and serious property damage.

On Monday at dawn, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians, from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem, and took them to detention and interrogation centers in the city.

Also at dawn, the soldiers abducted eight Palestinians, five of them in Kobar village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and three from ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.

(Source / 18.09.2017)

Sabri calls for intensifying Palestinian presence at Aqsa on Thursday

Sheikh Ekrima Sabri al-Aqsa

Head of the Islamic Supreme Council and al-Aqsa Mosque preacher, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, on Monday urged Palestinians to flock to the Mosque on Thursday to mark the new Hijri year, 1439.

Sheikh Sabri called on Muslims in Palestine to spend the day at the holy site and attend religious lectures on the journey of Prophet Mohammed from Makkah to Madina to establish the first Islamic state in history.

He pointed out that during the past Hijri years, Jerusalemites were able to achieve a historic victory, through their peaceful sit-ins, by preventing Israel from installing metal detectors and surveillance cameras at al-Aqsa entrances and forcing it to open Hitta Gate after two weeks of closure.

The year also witnessed a significant escalation in the incursions carried out by extremist Jewish groups into al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard and their attempts to perform Talmudic rituals in the site and conduct excavations below and around it with the approval of the Israeli government.

Sheikh Sabri appealed to the Arab and Muslim nations to intensify their efforts to protect al-Aqsa Mosque and the Waqf properties in Jerusalem.

He also called for confronting the international anti-Islam campaigns attacking Prophet Mohammed and working to spread his great teachings and principles based on justice, tolerance and respect for the other.

(Source / 18.09.2017)

Palestinian detainee on hunger strike for 5th day in Israeli jail

Anas Shadid hunger strike

A Palestinian detainee started five days ago an open-ended hunger strike to protest isolated detention in Israeli lock-ups.

Palestinian prisoner Anas Shadid has been on a hunger strike for five days running in the Israeli Hadarim jail, where he has been serving an administrative sentence, with neither charge nor trial, according to his family.

Shadid was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on June 14 from his family home in Kharsa, south of al-Khalil, and was sentenced to a six-month administrative term.

Sometime earlier, Shadid had gone through a 90-day hunger strike to protest administrative detention. Medics had warned that he was at the risk of going quadriplegic and amnesiac as a result of the hunger strike.

Some 6,500 Palestinian detainees are being held in 22 Israeli penitentiaries, among them 350 minors and 56 women and girls.

(Source / 18.09.2017)

Hundreds of Rohingya families receive Palestinian-funded aid

Help for Rohingya's

More than 1,400 Rohingya refugee families in Bangladesh on Sunday received humanitarian aid funded by Palestinian donations.

According to Anadolu news agency, the aid was distributed in the border refugee camp of Balu Kali in the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar by the Turkish charity, Sadaka Tasi, and the Friends of the Kind Hearted Society (Palestinian group).

400 Rohingya families benefited from food aid and over 1,000 received cash assistance.

Balu Kali is one of the largest camps that host thousands of Rohingya Muslims after they fled genocide at the hands of Myanmar’s Buddhist groups and soldiers.

(Source / 18.09.2017)