Palestine: Democratic Front to take part in PNC meeting

Image of Palestinians showing support for the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine [Mohamed Asad/Apaimages]

Palestinians showing support for the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) announced yesterday that it is taking part in the Palestinian National Council (PNC) meeting being held in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah today, the Palestinian Information Centre reported.

In a press conference, the DFLP stressed the importance of reviving the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and reactivate its role, ending the Palestinian Authority’s control of it.

The DFLP announced that its only nominee for the PLO Executive Committee is Tayseer Khalil, who has “accumulated expertise in this regard”.

Meanwhile, it stressed on the importance of holding PNC meetings regularly.

Read: Holding PNC meeting reinforces domination policy, claims ex-PLO official

(Source / 01.05.2018)

Erekat: Palestine is not for sale

Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Saeb Erekat

Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Saeb Erekat

Secretary of the PLO’s Executive Committee Saeb Erekat reiterated yesterday that Palestinian is not for sale and the Palestinians’ rights will not be subjected to “suspicious” financial or political deals which are not based on international laws, Ma’an news reported.

Responding to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s recent remarks in Tel Aviv where he said America is persistent in bringing the Palestinians to the negotiating table, Erekat said the Palestinian stance is firm and US President Donald Trump has isolated himself from the peace process following his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

READ: ‘We have no option but to suspend recognition of Israel’, says Erekat

“How can peace be achieved while trying to exclude the issues of Jerusalem and refugees from negotiations?” he asked during a meeting with Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Annika Söder in

The occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

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“The US cannot be a mediator or partner in the peace process unless it withdraws its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as it is illogical to have a Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital.”

“We seek a solution that guarantees resolving all of the final status issues, foremost the issue of refugees and prisoners, in accordance with relevant international resolutions… Washington has become part of the problem and not the solution,” Erekat added.

(Source / 01.05.2018)

Israel wounded 30 Palestinian athletes in Gaza

Palestinians carry an injured protestor at the Gaza-Israel border as part of the fifth week of the Great March of Return on April 27, 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

Palestinians carry an injured protestor at the Gaza-Israel border as part of the fifth week of the Great March of Return on April 27, 2018

Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded 30 Palestinian athletes in the besieged Gaza Strip since the start of the “Great March of Return” on 30 March, the Palestinian Ministry of Youth and Sport revealed yesterday.

Several were shot in the head and were in a critical condition, the ministry added.

“A number of the wounded had their lower limbs amputated such as Alaa Al-Dali who was preparing to represent Palestinian in the Asia tournament.”

In addition, he said that the footballer Mohamed Obaid was shot in both of his feet and is suffering severe damage in one of his knees.

Read:Israel injures dozens, including journalists, in fifth week of Gaza protests

The ministry went on to call on the international community and human rights groups to stand up for and “protect Palestinian youth, children and women”.

He also called for opening an investigation into the Israeli crimes against the peaceful demonstrators, as well as affording proper treatment and healthcare for those who were wounded during the Israeli crackdown on demonstrators.

(Source / 01.05.2018)

Netanyahu spreads fake news to incite against Palestinian citizens

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) in Washington, US on 6 March 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been accused of spreading “fake news” in order to incite against Palestinian citizens, after the premier shared a widely-debunked story on Facebook.

According to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu posted to his Facebook page a news story from a right-wing news site, which claimed fans of Bnei Sakhnin “whistled and booed” during a minute silence held before a league match Saturday in memory of ten teenagers killed in a hiking accident.

“An utter disgrace,” Netanyahu wrote yesterday along with a link to the article. “I expect that all public leaders, Jews and non-Jews, to forcefully condemn this embarrassing behaviour.”

However, the team – which hails from a Palestinian town in the Galilee – angrily hit back at the report, saying no such thing happened.

Netanyahu: Israel is exposed to existential threats

“It is very worrying that the prime minister rushed to respond to lies and to respond to those who are seeking to spread abuse and lies,” a club spokesperson said in a statement, accusing Netanyahu of “trampl[ing] on the difficult pain of the families for the purpose of dividing Israeli society.”

In addition, both the Israeli football league and soccer league and members of the opposing team “all maintained that there had been no disruption” by fans.

“Following a careful check that we did, that included video from the game, the report by the referee, and conversations with those who were on the field, we found no indication of booing and even less so of ‘wild unrestrained behaviour’ or demonstrations of joy during the minute of silence in memory of those who died in the flash flood,” a league spokesperson said.

(Source / 01.05.2018)

38 Israel police stations in illegal West Bank settlements, report finds

Israeli police [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli police

There are dozens of Israeli police stations located in the occupied West Bank in settlements considered illegal by the international community, including some built on privately-owned Palestinian land, a new report has found.

The report, “Cops and Robbers: Distribution of Israel Police stations throughout the West Bank”, is the work of Kerem Navot, an anti-occupation Israeli civil society organisation.

Giving some background, Kerem Navot explain that just one week after Israel’s military occupation had begun in June 1967, the Israeli army signed an order “allowing Israel Police to operate in the West Bank, despite the fact that it was not part of the sovereign territory of the State of Israel.”

“As such,” Kerem Navot adds, “the Israel Police were not authorised to operate there to begin with.”

More than half a century later, and the organisation’s survey found that there are now 38 Israeli police stations in the occupied West Bank, “all of which are located within settlements or areas subject to full Israeli control in Area C [60 per cent of the territory].”

Read: House price boom in illegal West Bank settlements

In addition, a number are also “illegally located” on land confiscated from private Palestinian owners – a situation Kerem Navot describes as “disgraceful” and “paradoxical”.

Seventeen stations were established on land that Israeli authorities unilaterally declared to be “state land”, while eight stations “were established on private land seized by the army for ‘security purposes’”. Another two stations were “established on land expropriated for public purposes”.

One station, at Givat Ze’ev, was “fully established on privately owned Palestinian land”, while a station at Ma’ale Adumim settlement “was partly established on private Palestinian land and partially on Palestinian land expropriated for public purposes.”

Read: Tenders issued for 300 new Israel settlement housing units

A police station in Elkana settlement “was built on private Palestinian land in part, and partly on Palestinian land seized for security purposes”, and another station, Vered Yeriho, “was established in part on private Palestinian land and partly on territory declared state land”.

Kerem Navot notes that “in addition to police stations, a system of Border Police bases were established throughout the West Bank.”

The Border Police are, in fact, military forces in every respect, primarily deployed to suppress the Palestinian population, hardly contending with the enforcement of civil law

the group adds.

(Source / 01.05.2018)

Saudi Crown Prince tells Palestinians to accept Trump proposals ‘or shut up’

Trump and Saudi

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman reportedly told a collection of Jewish leaders that Palestinian leadership have no choice but to accept Donald Trump’s ‘peace’ proposal, according to Israeli media.

The meeting took place behind closed doors in New York last month, where Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) disapproved of the leadership of the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas.
Bin Salman ellegedly said: “In the last several decades the Palestinian leadership has missed one opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given.”
“It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the table or shut up and stop complaining.”
Those present at the meeting were reportedly “staggered” by MBS’ remarks, and criticism of Palestinians.
“There needs to be significant progress toward an agreement with the Palestinians begore it will be possible to advance negotiations between Saudi Arabia and the Arab world and Israel.”
“The Palestinian issue is not at the top of the Saudi government’s agenda…There are much more urgent and more important issues to deal with — such as Iran.” He said.
It is reported that MBS and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner- who has been appointed to the administration’s team that will oversee the possible brokerage of negotiations between Israel and Palestine- are on friendly terms.
The Saudi crown prince pressured Mahmoud Abbas to accept the U.S.’ framework of a possible peace deal between Israel and Palestine.
The Palestinian Authority has maintained its position of boycotting the White House since last December. In the aftermath, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas declared that the U.S. was no longer an “honest broker” in the peace talks between the two nations, following Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as well as the relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
(Source / 01.05.2018)

Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinians in separate incidents along Gaza border

Shot in the knee

Palestinian youth shot in the knee by Israeli forces in the West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were killed on Sunday in two separate incidents on the Israel-Gaza border, according to the Israeli army.

The statement said that the first incident occurred when two Palestinian men “attempted to infiltrate” Israel from a southern section of the Gaza border fence. Israeli solders shot and killed one of the men, while the other sustained non-fatal wounds, and was later taken to an unknown location for questioning.The second incident transpired when, according to the Israeli statement, two men managed to cross the fence and “hurled explosive devices” at soldiers, who shot them dead.
The identities of the men who were killed remained unknown.
According to statistics released by the Gaza Ministry of Health, the number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army now stands at 47, as the “Great March of Return” demonstrations draw closer to their sixth week.
(Source / 01.05.2018)