Muslim Brotherhood: Jerusalem is occupied, US cannot change status quo

Demonstrators shout slogans and hold Palestinian flags during a protest against the US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on 7 December 2017 in Nablus, West Bank

Jerusalem is an occupied city and UN resolutions do not allow its status to be unilaterally changed, a statement by the Muslim Brotherhood said yesterday.

Released after US President Donald Trump announced that his administration will recognise Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and move its embassy to the occupied city, the statement expressed the group’s condemnation of Trump’s decision and reiterated its firm position on the Palestinian cause, which it believes is the most important cause of the Arabs and Muslims.

“The Arab and Muslim nations’ right to the holy city of Jerusalem is a deeply rooted right in history and in the present, such unfair decisions will not change this fact, regardless of the source or form of the decisions.”

The group also urged Arab and Muslim leaders to hold an emergency summit in order for their efforts to be united and to make decisions in favour of the cause and in support of the steadfastness and struggle of the Palestinian people to restore all of their legitimate rights.

It also called on the PA to sever all forms of communication and security coordination with the occupation authorities and to file a complaint against the US to the Security Council for violating international law and the resolutions issued by the Council regarding Jerusalem. It also called for moving forward with all the suits and war crime cases against Israel in the ICC.

Read: The legal, political and popular consequences of Trump’s plans for Jerusalem

(Source / 07.12.2017)

Gaza boy, 4, succumbs to wounds from 2014 Israel war

Palestinian child injured in the 2014 Israeli offensive.

Palestinian child injured in the 2014 Israeli offensive

A four-year-old Palestinian child died in the Gaza Strip yesterday after succumbing to wounds he sustained during the Israeli offensive in 2014 when he was just one years old.

Medical sources in Gaza told Ma’an that Muhammad Saleh Haddaf was severely injured and left bed ridden after an Israeli airstrike hit his home on 8 August 2014, killing four of his family members and injuring several others.

Haddaf passed away yesterday morning. He was from the Al-Qarrara town in the Khan Younis district of the southern Gaza Strip.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, some 2,147 Palestinians were killed during the 51-day Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2014, including 72 who later succumbed to their wounds.

UN records state that somewhere between 72 to 84 per cent of Palestinians that were killed were civilians, hundreds of them children.

Read: 19 Palestinians still missing after 2014 Israeli offensive on Gaza, says Red Cross

(Source / 07.12.2017)

Over 50 injured, 9 with live ammunition, in clashes across Palestinian territory

Clashes Total Palestine

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The number of injured Palestinians continues to climb on Thursday as clashes with Israeli forces continue to escalate across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 

Palestinian and world leaders warned Trump against making the announcement, for fear of instability and violence across the region, that is now expected to continue in the days to come.
9 injured with live ammunition
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health and a spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent, there are upward of 50 injuries in total, nine of which are injuries with live ammunition.
Of the live-bullet injuries, four were reported to be in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and five from the Gaza Strip. Also in Ramallah, eight Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets.
In Gaza, four Palestinians from the southern district of Khan Younis were injured with live ammunition, and one Palestinian from northeastern Gaza was injured. The injuries were reported as light to moderate.
Clashes erupt across West Bank
In the West Bank city of Bethlehem, medics told Ma’an that at least three Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets while two, including a young boy, were treated for severe tear-gas inhalation.
In the Kafr Qaddum town of the Qalqiliya district in the northern West Bank, five injuries were reported, four of which are tear-gas related, and one with a rubber-coated steel bullet.
In Hebron city, clashes erupted following a march in the city. Israeli forces raided the city, firing tear gas and chasing down dozens of Palestinian youths who were throwing stones.
(Source / 07.12.2017)

Abbas: “Trump’s Decision Violates International Law, Foils All Efforts Of Peace”

07 DEC
2:09 AM

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated that the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump regarding recognizing occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and moving the U.S. Embassy to the occupied city, is a sharp blow to all efforts aiming at achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace.

Abbas stated that this announcement also means America has officially quit it role as a “mediator” in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, adding that this dangerous decision will only serve the interest of fanatic groups, which aim at transforming the current conflict into a religious war.

The Palestinian President said that this announcement would never grant Israel legitimacy over occupied Jerusalem, and should also provide strong incentive to the Palestinian faction to unite.

“The coming days will witness calls for urgent meetings to discuss these serious and dangerous developments,” he added, “We will remain a united force defending occupied Jerusalem, peace, liberation and freedom, and we will continue our struggle for ending this illegal occupation, and achieving independence.”

He also stated that the United States, and its President Donald Trump have chosen to violate all international agreements, and International law, and decided to ignore international standards regarding the future of Jerusalem.

“By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Trump and his administration are rewarding Israel for its violations of International agreements and United Nations resolutions,” Abbas added, “Trump is encouraging Israel to continue its occupation, its colonialist and apartheid policies, and its ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people in their homeland.”

“These policies will also serve the interests of fanatic groups that aim at transforming the conflict into a religious war, which will drag the entire region, into endless wars.” The president said, “We have frequently warned against such moves, and against the dangers of fostering extremist elements that would only bring further escalation and destruction.”

The Palestinian President also stated that he has been in contact with various countries around the world, over the past several days, especially Arab and Islamic counties, regarding Trump’s policies, which violate International Law, the Arab Peace Initiative, and Security Council Resolution #194, affirming that “the only way to peace is by establishing an independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living in peace next to Israel.”

“We will also call for urgent meetings with all factions, and we will convene the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization, to formulate a united stance, discuss all available measures, and to affirm our legitimate demands and aspiration of full liberation and independence, the president, concluded, “We will coordinate all our efforts with the Arab and Islamic countries, and with various countries around the world. We will be a united front defending Jerusalem, defending peace and liberty, and we will achieve or national independence.”

(Source / 07.12.2017)

US decides to reduce its aid to Palestinians

The legislation aims to push the PA to stop paying salaries for families of Palestinians abducted or murdered by Israel

US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to sharply reduce the annual $300m in US aid to Palestinian Authority (PA) unless it stops paying for families of Palestinian abducted by Israel.

The measure is intended to stop the PA from paying salaries for the Palestinian families, whom Israeli occupation forces or settlers have killed their breadwinners.

Republican Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, claimed before the vote that the Palestinians who are paid are rewarded for their brutality against the Israelis.

The committee’s top Democrat, Representative Eliot Engel of New York, described the payments for the families without a source of income as “downright disgusting” and undermine the potential for a two-state solution.

For this measure to become a law, it must be passed by the US Senate and signed by President Donald Trump.

Similar legislation has been passed by two Senate committees, but there was no immediate word on when the Senate might take up the bill.

Palestinian officials have said they intend to continue the payments, which they see as support for relatives of those imprisoned by Israel for fighting against occupation or who have died in connection with that cause.

The measures moving through Congress now are not as severe as had been proposed. The legislation passed by the House has previously proposed to stop vaccination of children and abductees of those who were murdered by Israel.

(Source / 07.12.2017)

Israel tries to induce other countries to copy Trump’s move over J’lem


Israel’s foreign ministry and its missions abroad have been instructed to put out feelers to see if other countries are willing to follow US president Donald Trump’s lead in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and also move their embassies to it.

At the behest of Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, the foreign ministry told embassies to start holding meetings with officials of other friendly countries to sense their positions about the step that was taken by Trump and if their regimes could be ready to follow suit.

After Trump signed his declaration over Occupied Jerusalem, Netanyahu called on other countries to follow suit.

Israeli officials already claimed that Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte and the Czech Republic together with EU member states were likely to follow in Trump’s footsteps.

(Source / 07.12.2017)

Haneyya: A new intifada will be launched against Trump’s decision

New Intifida

Head of Hamas’s political bureau Ismail Haneyya has said that the Palestinian people will start a fresh intifada (uprising) in response to US president Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In a speech, Haneyya affirmed that the Palestinian people would rise up against the Israeli occupation and defend their Jerusalem.

“As we are facing this new equation and such defining political turn resulting from this decision (of Trump), we are demanded to take decisions, formulate policies and develop strategies to confront this new conspiracy against Jerusalem and Palestine,” Haneyya stated.

“In view of such blatant and blind bias from the US administration and this diabolical alliance that allows itself to decide the fate of Jerusalem and its status, we must be as clear as the sun and state our position unequivocally and unambiguously,” Haneyya said.

“Jerusalem is united with no east or west. It is a Palestinian, Arab and Islamic city and the capital of the State of Palestine,” he emphasized.

“I say today that Palestine is also a one contiguous and united land extending from the sea to the river and cannot be divided into two states or entities. Palestine and Jerusalem are ours and we do not recognize any legitimacy conferred upon the occupation.”

“There is no Israel on the land of Palestine in order for it to have a capital,” the Hamas official underlined.

(Source / 07.12.2017)

Massive general strike hits all areas of Palestine

In response to Trump’s recognition of J’lem as Israel’s capital

Massive general strike

A massive general strike, called for by Palestinian factions, brought all aspects of daily life in Palestine on Thursday to a halt in protest at US president Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as a capital for the Israeli occupation state.

All stores and institutions, including schools and universities, closed their doors in the Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories in response to calls for participating in a general strike following Trump’s declaration.

Major Palestinian factions in Occupied Jerusalem and the Association of Palestinian Scholars also urged the Palestinian people and the Muslim nation to launch popular uprisings protesting the US step.

Trump on Wednesday defied overwhelming global opposition by signing a declaration claiming that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

(Source / 07.12.2017)

IOF maltreats Ya’bad residents, kidnaps three of them

Raids Ya'bad

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday morning brutalized Palestinian citizens, kidnapped three of them and raided homes in Ya’bad town, south of Jenin in the West Bank.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that all entrances to the town were closed for the third consecutive day as a punitive measure against the local residents following claims that a bus carrying Jewish settlers came under fire on a road near the illegal settlement of Mevo Dothan.

They added that Israeli soldiers intercepted and searched Palestinian vehicles at the main entrance to the town in the morning, which caused traffic jams on both sides of the road.

They also said that three young men from the town were taken prisoners during IOF raids on homes.

(Source / 07.12.2017)

Syrian Coalition Condemns US President Trump’s Decision to Acknowledge Jerusalem Capital of Israeli Occupation

The Syrian Coalition condemned the decision by United States President Donald Trump to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the US Embassy to the occupied city.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition asserted that “Jerusalem is a Palestinian Arab land. Under international law, neither the Israeli occupation, as an occupying force, nor any foreign authority have the right to claim sovereignty over the city.”

“President Trump’s decision violates UN resolutions, including the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council resolutions. It also risks undermining the credibility of all previous and future understandings to make peace in the region as well as jeopardize all chances of reaching a lasting settlement,” the Coalition said.

The Coalition called on the US administration to immediately reconsider its decision and respect the will and rights of the Palestinian people and the world community.

The Coalition underscored the need for responses at various levels, including the adoption of a new UN General Assembly resolution stressing its previous positions of the issue; calling for revoking measures taken by the Israeli occupation concerning the status of Jerusalem; and condemning the transfer of diplomatic missions to the city.

Moreover, the Coalition called for a unified position by Arab and Islamic countries to confront the decision. It also called on Arab and Islamic countries to take all possible measures to stop the ongoing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people and press for the complete implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on Palestine.

“These measures are crucial to paving the way for comprehensive peace that restores rights to their original owners, most notably the Golan Heights, paving the way for a future of fruitful, constructive cooperation; and achieving security and stability in the region and beyond.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 07.12.2017)