Fatah is ready for ‘armed resistance,’ says senior official

Palestinians attend the ceremony of the 53rd foundation anniversary of the Fatah movement at the Mausoleum of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, West Bank on December 31, 2017 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians attend the ceremony of the 53rd foundation anniversary of the Fatah movement at the Mausoleum of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, West Bank on December 31, 2017

A senior member of Fatah’s Central Committee said on Monday that his movement is ready to embrace “armed resistance” to fight the Israeli occupation, Quds Net News has reported.

“Fatah has been part of the Palestinian resistance against the occupation for 50 years and it is still major player in the field,” Jebril Al-Rajoub told Al-Jazeera. “The movement’s strategy since the 1967 war is based on resistance, which guarantees persistence of the Palestinian people in this country [Palestine].”

He added that Fatah has never dropped the resistance option, but it sees this not as a goal in itself, but as a means to reach that goal.

Al-Rajoub claimed that the regional and international consensus against the Israeli occupation is a result of Fatah’s resistance. Fatah’s goal, he said, is to achieve an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, in addition to sorting out the issue of the refugees. “We call for the people who resist, come to us to have an agreement and we are ready to adopt what you say and how you say it.”

He concluded by saying that, “For those who think that resistance is rockets and guns, Fatah ignited this kind of resistance, but in the light of the international consensus, we are with the popular resistance and national unity.”

OPINION: Fatah and the test of a new intifada

(Source / 02.01.2018)

Who is responsible for annexing the West Bank to Israel?

Construction workers build illegal settlements in West Bank on 25 August, 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Construction workers build illegal settlements in West Bank on 25 August, 2017

By Dr Fayez abu Shamaleh

Downplaying catastrophes is a catastrophe in itself; dwarfing concerns is a serious delusion; and jumping over reality is a deep canyon that will break the necks of the people who are silent regarding their seized rights. Those who have seized the Palestinians’ rights are not only the Israelis, but rather all those who lent Israel a hand to help it usurp Palestinian land. This includes America with its decisions and money; Arabs conspiring behind the scenes; and Palestinians who boast of their destructive political approach and damaging — yet somehow “sacred” — security coordination.

The resolution to annex the West Bank reads: “On the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the regions of Judea and Samaria [the West Bank], including Jerusalem our eternal capital, the Likud Central Committee calls on the Likud’s elected officials to act to allow free construction and to apply the laws of Israel and its sovereignty to all liberated areas of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.”

Many may believe that the Likud Party’s resolution has crushed the Oslo Accords and there is nothing left for the negotiators to talk about. Some may say that the resolution has completely eliminated the two-state solution, while others may downplay the resolution and claim that the resolution would “only” be implemented on the areas with Jewish settlements, which represents no more than 60 per cent of the West Bank and that there is a chance to fight Israel about this in the UN. Yet others may say that this is a partisan resolution that is not binding on the Israeli government, ignoring the Likud’s majority in the government coalition.

Read: Likud decision to annex West Bank represents ‘Israeli apartheid,’ says Arab MK

We may also hear fiery statements that these resolutions are null and void; that we will not allow them to be passed; that we will thwart the conspiracy; and that the West Bank is Palestinian land. However, after making such claims, those behind them will continue their security cooperation with the Israeli intelligence agencies against the legitimate Palestinian resistance to the occupation. A meeting may even be called for “the leadership”, where they will study the most effective ways to respond to the Likud Party’s resolution; and so on.

The truth is that the Palestinian people are facing a political disaster, and a catastrophe no less brutal than the 1948 Nakba. The state of Israel did not appear out of thin air in 1948; it was founded after first establishing a presence on the ground over several decades. This is what is happening today. The Likud Party’s resolution did not fall out of the sky like rain, but was preceded by settlers ploughing the West Bank land over years of Palestinian complacency, security coordination and negotiations. It came after turning a blind eye to Israel’s actions and the suspicious silence over the years, waiting for the results of the actions on the ground.

The decision to annex the West Bank was a natural result of the Palestinian political approach that has enabled the Israelis to seize the land. As such, correcting the path taken not only means standing in the face of the Israeli decision, but also taking a firm stand in the face of the Palestinian policy that allowed the Israelis to make such a move in the first place. Furthermore, anyone contributing to the loss of Palestinian land must be held accountable, while every decision-maker who passed up the opportunity to resist the invaders and facilitated their safety in the West Bank must be punished.

We still make the mistake of saying that the Palestine Liberation Organisation recognised the state of Israel within the 1949 Armistice Line, which constitutes 78 per cent of historic Palestine. It is true that the PLO recognised the state of Israel, but it is a state which — uniquely — has still not declared where its borders are, and so they remain flexible enough to absorb any and all land resulting from a resolution annexing Palestinian or Arab territory. This highlights the fact — and it is a fact — that the Israeli state is not content with remaining within the 1949 Armistice Line. It is an expansionist state, operating according to its Chief Rabbi’s statement that, “Our borders are dictated by our footsteps.”

OPINION: As Israel prepares to annex most of the West Bank, Abbas bleats about ‘incitement’

The crime of recognising the state of Israel is a tragedy, as it gives advance recognition to all of Israel’s resolutions for the annexation of more Palestinian land, including the decision of the Likud party to annex the West Bank.

There is no salvation for the Palestinians from this Nakba or catastrophe other than through their salvation from their own political leadership, whose security coordination paved the way for the Likud resolution. Any talk to the contrary — of confrontation, complaint, rejection, condemnation and renouncement, along with calls for meetings or conferences — is all ridiculous and fruitless. This is an approach that disregards the blood of the Palestinian martyrs who bled on the land and shouted, “Let the political decision-maker who is holding the knife of the settlers to the throat of the Palestinian land be gone!”

(Source / 02.01.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Shot One Palestinian In Southern Gaza

02 JAN
2:29 PM

Israeli soldiers injured, on Tuesday afternoon, a young Palestinian man, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Palestinian Health Ministry In Gaza, said the soldiers shot the man with a live round in his leg, causing a moderate injury, before he was rushed to a hospital, in Khan Younis.

The Palestinian was shot after the army fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, at many Palestinians, protesting on their lands, near the border fence.

Many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment by local medics.

(Source / 02.01.2018)

Israeli Army Fires Missiles Into Southern Gaza

02 JAN
7:07 AM

The Israeli Air Force fired, on Tuesday at dawn, three missiles into a site, run by the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, northwest of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, causing property damage.

Palestinian sources said the missiles caused property damage to the site, and nearby structures, but did not lead to any casualties.

The Israeli army said it was ” to a homemade shell,” reportedly fired from Khan Younis, and landed in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council of Settlements.

The army held Hamas responsible for the shell, and for any escalation in the region.

(Source / 02.01.2018)

Court Hearing of Palestinian poet postponed until January

01 JAN
12:40 PM

“A poem stands accused,

my poem morphs into a crime.

In the land of freedom,

the artist’s fate is prison.”

So read the words of a poem written by the young poet Dareen Tatour, who was put in prison under charges of ‘incitement’ in 2015 for a poem that she wrote that was posted on Youtube. She has now been in prison for more than two years, and was supposed to have a court hearing on December 27th, but it was postponed until January.

Dareen’s case has drawn attention from poets and authors worldwide, for the implication it has on free speech. Several petitions submitted to the Israeli government have called for Dareen’s release, but the government continues to delay her trial on ‘incitement’ charges.

“I’ve never seen the prosecution as obstinate as it has been in Dareen’s case,” attorney Abed Fahoum told Electronic Intifada earlier this year. “I believe that they aim to use her to intimidate and silence all Palestinians.”

In April 2016, Dareen’s court hearing was attended by a local blogger, who wrote, “The prosecution started to rest her case by bringing the policemen that translated the ‘Qawem’ poem to Hebrew. The scene was completely surrealistic. Poems, by their very nature, are contradictory to the concept of “proven beyond reasonable doubt” that stands at the heart of the criminal law. The (policeman) witness was struggling with the ambiguities of the poem’s words, supplying his intuitive interpretation to the phrases. We were torn between the urge to laugh loudly and bewilderment at the knowledge that the freedom of our dear Dareen depends on this nonsense….He testified breezily that his competence was based on studying literature at high school and his love for the Arab language. They are confident they can rob Dareen of her freedom according to an interpretation of her poem without even caring to bring a proper translator!”

This is the poem that has led to Dareen’s continued, ongoing imprisonment for more than two years, translated y poet Tariq al Haydar:

Resist, My People, Resist Them

Resist, my people, resist them.

In Jerusalem, I dressed my wounds and breathed my sorrows

And carried the soul in my palm

For an Arab Palestine.

I will not succumb to the “peaceful solution,”

Never lower my flags

Until I evict them from my land.

I cast them aside for a coming time.

Resist, my people, resist them.

Resist the settler’s robbery

And follow the caravan of martyrs.

Shred the disgraceful constitution

Which imposed degradation and humiliation

And deterred us from restoring justice.

They burned blameless children;

As for Hadil, they sniped her in public,

Killed her in broad daylight.

Resist, my people, resist them.

Resist the colonialist’s onslaught.

Pay no mind to his agents among us

Who chain us with the peaceful illusion.

Do not fear doubtful tongues;

The truth in your heart is stronger,

As long as you resist in a land

That has lived through raids and victory.

So Ali called from his grave:

Resist, my rebellious people.

Write me as prose on the agarwood;

My remains have you as a response.

Resist, my people, resist them.

Resist, my people, resist them.

(Source / 02.01.2018)

Social media campaign to demand freedom for prisoner Israa Ja’abis

Israa Ja'abis

Pro-Palestine activists intend on Tuesday to launch a multilingual social media campaign to demand the release of Palestinian female prisoner Israa Ja’abis, who suffers from serious burns.

The campaign is aimed to shed light on the suffering of prisoner Ja’abis and pressure for her release in order for her to receive proper medical treatment outside.

“Freeisraa” and “helpisraa” are two of the hashtags used to express solidarity with Ja’abis.

Palestinian prisoner Israa Jaabis, 32, was sentenced to 11 years in prison last November 2017 by an Israeli court in Occupied Jerusalem.

Jaabis, who is a resident of Jabal Mukabber in east Jerusalem, was severely injured on October 10, 2015 after a fire accidently broke out in her car. She was 500 meters away from an Israeli military checkpoint when a gas cylinder used in cooking burst into flames in the back seat of her car.

Jaabis’ airbag went off in the front seat of the car. The Israeli authorities exploited the incident and accused her of attempting to detonate a car bomb, especially since an Israeli police officer was injured when the car fire broke out.

However, Jaabis was severely burned, especially on her face and hands. Eight of her fingers were amputated when she was hospitalized. She and her family repeatedly stated that she was carrying the gas cylinder to a new home she just moved in.

In order to preserve her Jerusalem residency, she had recently rented a new apartment and had been moving furniture in her car for days. Palestinian Jerusalemites, especially those with family members in the West Bank, are systematically targeted for the revocation of their Jerusalem IDs by the Israeli occupation.

Jaabis was transferred to Hasharon prison before the completion of her treatment. Due to her severe injuries and lack of support inside the prison, she must rely on her fellow women prisoners to assist her with basic tasks. She is not receiving supplemental treatment despite her massive burns and severe injuries.

The Israeli prison service are deliberately leaving her to live with unbearable pain while spending her 11-year-sentence in prison.

(Source / 02.01.2018)

Iranian People Have Right to Live in Dignity Without Injustice & Tyranny

The Syrian Coalition affirmed it stands by the Iranian people’s right to regain freedom and dignity as it expressed support for the nationwide popular uprising taking place in Iran.

In a press release issued on Monday, the Coalition: “The Syrian Coalition affirms it stands by the peoples’ right to freedom, dignity, and to live under good governance and a system of rule that is based on justice, freedom and equality and in which officials are held to account in front of credible institutions representing the will of the people.”

The Coalition emphasized that “the crimes and brutal crackdown being practiced by the Iranian regime against the peaceful protesters will not solve any of the problems the country is facing.”

“Though repressive policies may succeed in silencing the people for some time, they will fail to address the roots of the problems, nor will they eliminate the causes of the deep popular anger which will continue to flare up as long as corruption, tyranny and racism dominate political and economic institutions. This has been repeatedly the case in Iran, including the Green Revolution of 2009, the protests of 2011, and the Mahabad uprising in 2015,” the Coalition added.

The Coalition went on to say that the “the Iranian regime adopts policies that are aimed at exporting its internal crises by fueling conflicts and igniting wars, including its provision of direct support for Assad’s war against the aspirations of the Syrian people. It has also been complicit in the bloodshed in Syria by sending sectarian militias to Syria, the provision of military support for the Assad regime, and by its persistent pursuit of plans to change the demographic landscape in Syria through ethnic and sectarian cleansing and the spreading of extremist ideology in other countries such as Iraq and Yemen.”

The Coalition also said that it “stands in solidarity with the Iranian people’s peaceful struggle to get rid of the decades-long oppression, tyranny and corruption.”

The Coalition concluded its statement by calling on the Iranian regime to stop squandering the country’s resources and wealth to fuel conflicts and wars as well as to recruit militias and death squads.

“The Iranian regime must stop pursuing these policies if Iran wants to play a positive role that is based on showing respect for the will of peoples and mutual interests.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 02.01.2018)

Israeli soldiers crack down on Palestinian worshipers in Nablus

Worshipers attacked Nablus

Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday rolled into Nablus’s eastern town of Salem and attacked Palestinian worshipers at a local mosque.

A PIC news correspondent quoted local sources as stating that Israeli patrols broke into Salem town in six military jeeps, prompting fierce clashes with Palestinian locals.

The occupation army attacked Palestinian civilians with randomly-discharged spates of rubber bullets and teargas canisters.

At the same time, heavily-armed Israeli soldiers cracked down on Muslim worshipers and showered the local mosque with teargas grenades.

Director of the Rescue and Emergency Center at the Red Crescent in Nablus, Ahmed Jibreel, said a Palestinian protester sustained bullet wounds in the clashes and was rushed to a hospital. Dozens more choked on teargas.

(Source / 02.01.2018)

Israeli forces terrorize civilians in Ramallah

Youth arrested ramming car

Israeli soldiers on Tuesday evening threatened to tighten the noose around Palestinians’ neck in Ramallah’s towns of Deir Qidis and Kharbatha Bani Hareth, in the central occupied West Bank.

According to local sources, Israeli army patrols handed over the locals notifications to close off access roads, crack down on free movement, and step up arbitrary abductions against them in response to protest moves and anti-occupation activities staged in the area.

As part of retaliatory measures against the locals, the occupation forces fenced off on Tuesday evening the eastern entrance to Ramallah’s northern town of Senjel with a metal gate.

Over recent weeks, at least 16 Palestinians were killed and 4,000 injured in clashes with the Israeli occupation forces which have been sparked by the U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

(Source / 02.01.2018)

IOF breaks into Palestinian ex-prisoner’s house in al-Khalil

Break in house Umm al-Dalia

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed Tuesday evening Umm al-Dalia town south of al-Khalil and broke into an ex-prisoner’s house, the PIC reporter said.

Dozens of IOF soldiers stormed and violently searched the house of the ex-prisoner Salah Abd Rabu, 27, and confiscated his car which he bought only a week ago.

His family members were left outdoors for long hours during the search process despite the cold weather, our reported added.

(Source / 02.01.2018)