Hariri: Institutions of Syrian Revolution are Principal Supporters of HNC’s Delegation to Geneva

Head of the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) delegation to Geneva, Nasr al-Hariri, held a teleconference with civil leaders in Homs province on Wednesday. He stressed that the Syrian people, institutions of the revolution, and the FSA groups are the principal supporter of the HNC’s delegation to Geneva.

Hariri reaffirmed commitment of the opposition negotiations team to the fundamental principles of the Syrian revolution that were spelled out in the final communiqué of the second expanded meeting of the Syrian opposition in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Hariri told a broad array of civil and rebel leaders in Homs that the final communique of the Riyadh 2 meeting spoke in meticulous detail about the transitional governing body that was spelled out in the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 as well as UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254.

Hariri said that the Assad regime is now in trouble and must prove it is serious about the political process by accepting the principle of political solution in accordance with international resolutions. He expected that the Assad regime would continue to obstruct the political process.

The HNC delegation participated in the first session of the current round of talks in Geneva with the United Nations team on Tuesday. The delegation discussed the agenda of the current round with the UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 29.11.2017)

Israel bars Swiss officials from entering besieged Gaza

Ban Swiss officials

Israel on Tuesday evening barred Swiss officials from entering the Gaza Strip following a series of meetings between representatives of the European country and Hamas leaders.

The ban was issued by war minister Avigdor Lieberman after the matter was brought to his attention by the army’s coordinator of government activities in the occupied territories Yoav Mordechai, Hadashot news (formerly Channel 2) reported Tuesday.

The TV report said Lieberman gave the order until the matter is fully investigated.

Lieberman said he would not consider lifting the restrictions until consultations were held with Swiss officials.

The decision to order the prohibition came after a pair of meetings between Swiss diplomats and top Hamas figures in Gaza in recent weeks, including the group’s leader Ismail Haneyya and its Gaza chief Yehya Sinwar.

Sometime earlier, the Swiss Foreign Ministry called for intensifying efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crises rocking the blockaded Gaza Strip, including water and power blackouts.

(Source / 29.11.2017)

Israel sentences 3 Palestinians to 4 life imprisonments

3 pal for 4 life prison

An Israeli court on Wednesday sentenced three Palestinians, from Yatta town in al-Khalil, to four life terms in prison over an anti-occupation gun attack that left four people dead at a popular market in Tel Aviv in 2016.

Cousins Mohammad Makhamrah and Khaled Makhamrah, and Younes Zein were found guilty of four counts of murder and 41 counts of attempted murder over the June 2016 attack at Sarona Market, a restaurant and shopping complex in Tel Aviv.

The Tel Aviv district court sentenced each to four consecutive life sentences, one for each death, and an additional 60 years for the 41 counts of attempted murder, according to Yedioth Ahronoth’s website.

The three detainees were also ordered by the court to pay the families of the deceased and wounded compensations estimated at 258,000 shekels, the website added.

(Source / 29.11.2017)

Hamas holds government responsible for chaos in Gaza ministries

Hamas's spokesman Barhoum

Hamas Movement held the Palestinian consensus government responsible for the state of chaos and disruption which prevailed in some ministers in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning. The protests took place in Gaza city in the wake of the return of some of the suspended employees to their positions based on a recent resolution by the government.

In a statement on Wednesday, Hamas’s spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called the government’s decision irresponsible,saying that it runs contrary to the Cairo Agreement.

Gaza Employees Syndicate decided to ban the workers from entering the ministries until the recognition of all employees in Gaza and the accomplishment of their integration process.

In a statement on Wednesday, the syndicate said that the Staff Captain Adviser Yacoub al-Ghandour and his deputy, Etaf al-Kafarna, toured the ministries to enforce the entry ban decision.

The PIC reporter stated that the Ministries of Finance, Local Government and Religious Endowments in Gaza city witnessed a demonstration of dozens of employees in protest at the government’s resolution. A similar gathering was also held in Abu Khadra governmental complex in Gaza downtown.

(Source / 29.11.2017)

Leila Khaled denied entry to Italy

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor leila khaled

A statement by the Arab Palestinian Democratic Union (UDAP)

Today, Tuesday, 28 November 2017, Leila Khaled was stopped at Leonardo da Vinci – Rome Fiumicino Airport. The Palestinian leader was denied entry to Italy and forced to depart on the next flight to Amman.

This incident took place following repeated and extensive media attacks and intense pressure by the Zionist lobby in Italy. In the days before her arrival, many newspapers published sensationalist and defamatory articles about the tour of Leila Khaled in Italy.

The forced repatriation of comrade Leila Khaled is only a demonstration of the failure of Italian institutions and their inability to escape Zionist blackmail. It is clear how much they fear this clear, free and consistent voice. Leila Khaled had a visa to Europe that was revoked here, in Rome, at landing. Less than a month ago, she was in Spain and Belgium and held a conference in the European Parliament.

Despite the pressures, defamations and provocations, despite the deportation imposed on our comrade by the Italian authorities, the Arab-Palestinian Democratic Union (UDAP) will continue to hold its events, during which Leila Khaled will speak with us over a live video link.

The “Fifty Years of Resistance” events are still confirmed.

Arab Palestinian Democratic Union (UDAP) – Rome

(Source / 29.11.2017)

Palestinian ex-prisoner detained at military checkpoint

Ex-prisoner Jenin

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Tuesday evening a Palestinian youngster from Tulkarem, north of West Bank, while passing through a military checkpoint south of Jenin.

The PIC reporter quoted local sources as saying that IOF erected a military checkpoint at the entrance to Job’a town, south of Jenin.

Many Palestinian vehicles were stopped and searched before being allowed to pass through the barrier.

The driver Mahmoud Shinwar was arrested after his car was also stopped at the checkpoint, the sources added.

Shinwar has earlier served time in Israeli prison.

(Source / 29.11.2017)

Several Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli army from West Bank

WB provinces kidnappings

Several Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at daybreak Wednesday from West Bank provinces.

The Israeli forces kidnapped four Palestinians from the northern occupied West Bank province of Nablus shortly after they stormed the area and showered residential neighborhoods with heavy spates of bullet fire and teargas canisters.

The list of detainees included 22-year-old ex-prisoner Talel Seif, who was kidnapped by the IOF from his family home in Nablus’s northwestern town of Berka.

The occupation soldiers also ransacked Palestinian homes in Tel town, southwest of Nablus.

Clashes burst out in al-Ein area, where the IOF came down heavily on dozens of anti-occupation protesters.

A number of Palestinian civilians were also kidnapped by the occupation army from the central occupied West Bank province of Ramallah.

The sweep culminated in the abduction of three Palestinians from al-Khalil’s Arroub refugee camp and two others from Husan town, west of Bethlehem, and Qalqilya province.

Overnight, three Palestinian young men were kidnapped by the IOF from Haramla village, east of Bethlehem, on claims of hurling stones on Israeli cars.

(Source / 29.11.2017)

Aqsa guard, 2 youths kidnapped by Israeli forces from Jerusalem

Aqsa quard

A Palestinian guard at holy al-Aqsa Mosque and two young men were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) from Jerusalem city on Wednesday morning.

Member of al-Aqsa’s supervision staff Hamza Namer was arrested by the Israeli forces near al-Aqsa’s entrance gate of al-Silsila while on his way to his workplace.

On Sunday evening, the Israeli intelligence summoned Namer to questioning, just one month after he ended a ban-order from al-Aqsa Mosque.

Meanwhile, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center said 19-year-old youth Alaa Abu Taya was kidnapped by the occupation forces from his family home in Silwan’s neighborhood of Ein al-Lawza. Youngster Tareq al-Abassi, 26, was also kidnapped from his home in Kouroum Kamar neighborhood, in Silwan, and had his mobile phone seized by the Israelis.

On Tuesday, 14-year-old minor Kusay Abu Ramouz was kidnapped by the IOF on his way back home from school, located in Jerusalem’s eastern village of al-Tur. Child Ahmed Mahmoud, also aged 14, was kidnapped by the IOF from Ras al-Amoud, in Silwan.

(Source / 29.11.2017)

Popular campaign launched in J’lem to rebuild house of martyr

Rebuild campagne

A Palestinian popular campaign was launched on Tuesday in Occupied Jerusalem to rebuild the house of martyr Namer al-Jamal in Beit Surik town, which was recently destroyed by the Israeli occupation authority.

The campaign has been organized by national figures, local councils and civil society organizations in cooperation with the ministry of religious affairs, under the slogan “They demolish and we build; they uproot trees and we plant.”

Activists participating in the campaign started to collect donations from Palestinian citizens to rebuild the house of al-Jamal and other demolished homes.

The initiative aims to confront Israel demolition policy and to help Palestinian families whose homes were demolished or sustained damage to rebuild them.

Al-Jamal, 37, carried out a shooting attack at the entrance of Israel’s illegal settlement of Har Adar, near Jerusalem, on September 26. Three Israeli soldiers or security guards were killed and another wounded in the attack.

(Source / 29.11.2017)

Israel to turn historical site in Jerusalem into settlement bloc

Historical site Al Quds

Haaretz newspaper reported that the Israeli Planning and Building Committee is set on Wednesday to approve a project for the construction of dozens of housing units on a Palestinian historical site in Abu Tor neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

The Hebrew newspaper said that the project, which will be built on a hilltop overlooking the Old City, is expected to destroy the area and spoil the view of the Old City.

According to the paper, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III in 2013 sold property in that area to the Jewish-American businessman, Michael Steinhardt, and the Jewish-British businessman, David Sofer.

It noted that the site is holy to Christians and Muslims and has great historical and archaeological significance especially that it contains archaeological remains, a number of churches, and Abu Tor monastery that was established during the World War II.

The plan, which has drawn strong opposition from local residents, particularly Christians, includes the construction of two large six-floor buildings and three smaller ones with 61 luxury apartments in addition to a public park on about half of the area.

Member of the Orthodox Central Committee, Uday al-Bagali, told the Hebrew newspaper that he does not comprehend how the Patriarch could sell this holy site that contains many important archaeological finds.

Recent reports have revealed that the Patriarch sold a large number of real estate and thousands of dunums of land in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories to Jewish businessmen and associations at very low prices.

(Source / 29.11.2017)