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Dagelijks archief 25 juni 2018

Coalition Meets With Representatives of Syria Friends to Discuss Assad & Russia’s Onslaught in Syria’s South

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa and Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Jawad Abu Hatab met with representatives of a group of friendly countries of the Syrian people. Both sides discussed the latest developments on the ground in Syria and the fresh military attacks being launched by the Assad regime and Iranian terrorist militias against civilians in southern Syria.

Participants in the meeting, which was also attended by members of the Coalition’s political committee, discussed the mass forced displacement operations being carried out by the Assad regime against civilians in different areas across Syria. They also discussed Law No. 10 and its possible implications for countries hosting Syrian refugees. The discussions also included ways to support the Syrian Interim Government and its projects to provide basic service for the civilian population in the liberated areas.

President Mustafa said that the regime’s escalating attacks have caused mass displacement of civilians in southern Syria, stressing that attacks against civilians constituted war crimes requiring urgent international action to stop them.

President Mustafa pointed out that the Coalition utterly rejects the implementation of Law No. 10 as it is aimed at the consolidation of mass forced displacement and demographic change.

The Coalition is continuing to implement its plan to strengthen its presence in the liberated areas and activate the work of the institutions of the Syrian Interim Government to provide services to the civilian population, President Mustafa said. The Coalition is also seeking to form local councils of the local population to manage the affairs of people in the liberated towns and villages.

For his part, Jawad Abu Hatab said that after two years of work in the liberated areas, the Syrian Interim Government has become a reality. “Our top priority was to provide services in the areas of education, health and local councils. We also sought to achieve stability and prepare the population for a political process.”

The Syrian Interim Government is now focusing on seven key issues, namely the police, the judiciary and the adoption of a Syrian law, the Free Syrian Army, the civil prison administration, the national statistical office, the expansion of vocational and higher education, and the provision of essential services, especially in construction and the rehabilitation of roads, Abu Hatab said.

Bashar al-Zoabi, representative of the Southern Front in the Syrian Coalition, stressed that the Assad regime and Russia are committing widespread war crimes in the province of Dara’a. “The situation in Dara’a province is dangerous. We contacted most of the friendly countries and sent them letters via the Coalition and the Syrian Negotiations Commission, but unfortunately the regime continues with its military campaign against civilians in the region. There is a large wave of mass displacement of civilians, with numbers that may reach unprecedented levels in the coming few days should violations of the regime continue.”

For her part, Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, Dima Moussa, warned that the mass forced displacement and demographic change operations as well as the regime’s issuance of Law No. 10 will have a direct impact on the political process and political transition, especially with the regime’s confiscation of civilian property. She underscored that Law No. 10 risks discouraging the return of displaced persons and refugees to their homes, adding that the issuance of the law “proved that the Assad regime is not serious about engaging in the political process.”

Hadi al-Bahra, member of the political committee, said: “We are focusing not only on forming the Constitutional Committee, but also on its work. This Committee should be part of the Geneva process and under the auspices of the United Nations.”

Bahra stressed that the Constitutional Committee “must be a step towards the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2254 and not an attempt to circumvent the resolution. The Committee must also be a step towards real political transition.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 25.06.2018)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eighteen Palestinians In The West Bank”

25 JUN
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The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight until morning hours Monday, eighteen Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The PPS said the soldiers invaded many communities across the West Bank, searched and ransacked dozens of homes, and abducted seventeen Palestinians.

It added that the soldiers also abducted young man, who was taking at Za’tara military roadblock, south of Nablus.

 

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as:

Jenin:

  1. Qoteiba Ahmad Shalabi.
  2. Rabea’ Fadel Zakarna.
  3. Ahmad Sa’id Abu ar-Rob.
  4. Bassem Tazaz’a.
  5. Emad Abu al-Haija.
  6. Abdul-Halim Ezzeddin.

Nablus:

  1. Salah Fateen Salah, 18.
  2. Ma’an Harees Hijja, 19.
  3. Kamal Mahmoud Abu ‘Arab, 18.
  4. Ahmad Haitham Shelbaya, 18.
  5. Saleh Ali Hashshash, 26.
  6. Nassim Mohammad Sal’ous.

Tubas:

  1. Jamil Bani Odah.
  2. Mohammad Adnan Daraghma.
  3. Kamal Jamal Daraghma.

Tulkarem:

  1. Jihad Mustafa Na’alwa, 28.
  2. Khaled Raslan Na’alwa, 38.

Hebron:

  1. Ra’fat Mosallam ‘Ashour, 31.

(Source / 25.06.2018)

Palestine journalists hail Andrew Marr after disclosing Israel crimes against Gaza children

BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr [Chris Boland/Flickr]

BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr

Palestinian Journalists’ Club (PJC) yesterday hailed BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr after he disclosing Israel’s crimes against Palestinian children in Gaza, the Safa news agency reported.

Marr had been rebuked by the BBC on the grounds that he had breached its editorial guidelines when he accused Israel of killing “lots of Palestinian kids”.

In a statement, the PJC called for the BBC to stand of the side of humanity and remain objective in reporting the news and not to ignore the Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians.

It stressed that the occupation’s violations amount to “flagrant war crimes and crimes against humanity and they cannot be covered up.”

Read: UK charity raises £1m for Palestinians injured by Israel in Gaza

The BBC broadcaster said in April as he was speaking about the killing of Syrian children by chemical weapons at the hands of the Assad regime: “And the Middle East is aflame again. I mean there’s lots of Palestinian kids being killed further south as well by the Israeli forces,” referring to the killing of Palestinian children in Gaza.

The BBC claimed that Andrew Marr had “risked misleading audiences on a material point,” noting that he was in breach of its editorial guidelines.

(Source / 25.06.2018)

Report: Israel army has plan to dissect and occupy parts of the Gaza Strip

Israeli occupation forces stand watch as Palestinian protest on 9 December 2017 in Jerusalem against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital . [Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation forces

The Israeli military has prepared plans for a full-scale invasion of the occupied Gaza Strip, in the event of a serious escalation in the south, according to a report by Israeli news site Ynet.

Veteran correspondent Ron Ben-Yishai, citing unnamed Israeli military officials, wrote that the army “is already considering alternatives to the Hamas government”, should the latter not cooperate in efforts to establish an economic-security “arrangement” in Gaza agreeable to the Israelis.

“There is a feeling in the [Israeli army’s] Southern Command that, this time, the IDF will be able to create a considerable change in the situation if it is required to launch a major campaign in Gaza,” wrote Ben-Yishai.

“The offensive missions inside the Strip will be carried out from now on by the IDF’s tip of the spear storming divisions, which—according to the plan—will enter Gaza and dissect it in two, and even occupy significant parts of it,” Ben-Yishai continued.

“The plan is based on three things: A strong protection of the western Negev and the Israeli home front, a systemic blow of fire in full force from the very first moment, and a quick broad manoeuvre into the Strip to dissect it and conquer parts of it.”

Read: Gazan dies of wounds, death toll rises to 132

According to the defence expert, the Israeli army’s goal “will be to prevent Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad from gaining psychological achievements and getting them to request a ceasefire as soon as possible following the beginning of the fighting.”

Israel will also reportedly seek to prevent the involvement of a third-party mediator by “reach[ing] a military victory in the next war that will be so decisive and unequivocal that it will allow Israel to dictate the terms for the end of the fighting to Hamas and to the Palestinian factions.”

(Source / 25.06.2018)

Hamas calls on UN to approve UNRWA budget

The group warned that UNRWA’s financial troubles threatened to “adversely affect the lives of five million Palestinian refugees who rely heavily on the services provided by UNRWA”

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has called on the UN to approve the budget of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) as part of the global body’s main budget.

“The UN should take a responsible decision by approving the agency’s budget as part of its primary budget,” the  Palestinian group said in a statement on Monday.

It went on to stress the need to find “radical solutions” to the refugee agency’s chronic financial woes.

“It is unacceptable that Palestinian refugees continue to suffer; that their lives must depend on international political calculations and racist US decisions that favor the Israeli occupation at the expense of [Palestinian refugees’] inalienable rights,” the statement read.

Hamas also called on Arab and Muslim states to “live up to their pledges” and contribute to the funding of the refugee agency.

The group further warned that UNRWA’s financial troubles threatened to “adversely affect the lives of five million Palestinian refugees who rely heavily on the services provided by UNRWA”.

The refugee agency is expected to hold an international conference later Monday in hopes of drumming up contributions from UN member states.

In January, the US administration announced plans to withhold $65 million in planned aid to UNRWA “pending further consideration” — a move that threw the cash-strapped agency even deeper into financial crisis.

Founded in 1949 (one year after Israel’s establishment), the UNRWA provides services to millions of Palestinian refugees in the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

By the end of 2014, the number of Palestinian refugees worldwide stood at some 5.9 million, of whom roughly 5.3 million are registered with UNRWA, according to Palestine’s official statistical agency.

(Source / 25.06.2018)

Nablus: Settlers burn 300 trees in Al-Tal village

Al-Tal village

Israeli extremist settlers on Sunday evening, torched 300 olive trees in Al-Tal village southwest of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, who is responsible for the settlement files in the northern West Bank, said that settlers from the “Hafad Gilad” settlement fired a burning balloon into the land of the Tal village, which led to the burning of 300 olive trees.

(Source / 25.06.2018)

Israel evacuates 21 Palestinian families for military training in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces evacuate 21 Palestinian families for military training in the Jordan Valley [Ma'an News Agency ]

Israeli forces evacuate 21 Palestinian families for military training in the Jordan Valley

Israeli occupation authorities delivered evacuation notices to 21 Palestinian families in the Jordan Valley area of the northern occupied West Bank late Thursday night, in order to make way for active military training.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli occupation forces delivered notices to 21 families in Khirbet Humsa, in the Tubas district, ordering them to evacuate their homes from 6am to 8pm for military training in the area.

Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley regularly face evacuations and interruption due to Israeli military exercises on or near their land. The district of Tubas, meanwhile, is one of the occupied West Bank’s most important agricultural centres.

Read: Israel destroys water pipes in Jordan Valley

The majority of the Jordan Valley is under full Israeli military control, despite being within the West Bank. Meanwhile, at least 44 per cent of the total land in the Jordan Valley has been reappropriated by Israeli forces for military purposes and training exercises.

According to the Palestinian Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ), more than 400,000 dunams (98,842 acres) of the 720,000 dunams (177,916 acres) that make up the total area of the Jordan Valley has been transformed into closed military and firing zones, with at least 27,000 dunams (6,672 acres) confiscated for illegal Israeli settlement building.

(Source / 25.06.2018)