OIC calls for protecting Aqsa Mosque against Israeli aggression

Protecting Al Aqsa

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Tuesday called for preserving the historical and legal status of al-Aqsa Mosque in light of the continuing Israeli attacks on the holy site.

In a statement on the anniversary of the arson attack on al-Aqsa Mosque, the OIC said, “These days mark the 49th painful anniversary of the heinous attempt to burn the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque, the first qibla of Islam and its third holiest site. The occasion is being remembered amid escalating aggressions and attacks on the site.”

The OIC reiterated its support for the Palestinians’ right to regain sovereignty over Jerusalem and resist any attempt to end the Palestinian presence in the holy city.

It called on the international community to pressure Israel to abide by the principles of international law and end its occupation of all Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem.

On 21st August 1969, the extremist Dennis Michael Rohan set fire to the pulpit of al-Aqsa Mosque burning important parts of the Islamic holy site. His action had the apparent blessing of the Israeli occupation forces.

(Source / 22.08.2018)

Israeli army launches limited incursion into eastern Gaza

Limited incursion east Gaza

Israeli military vehicles on Wednesday morning launched a limited incursion into al-Shuja’iyya neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

The PIC reporter said that four Israeli bulldozers, escorted by Israeli soldiers, moved 50 meters into the neighborhood and started to level Palestinian lands in the area.

A similar incursion was carried out in eastern Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Tuesday as Palestinians in Gaza were celebrating the first day of Eid al-Adha.

The Israeli occupation forces every now and then carry out military incursions or shooting attacks targeting Palestinian farmers near Gaza’s eastern border or fishermen sailing off Gaza shore, in a blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement reached after the 2014 assault.

(Source / 22.08.2018)

49 years of Aqsa arson attack: Liberating al-Aqsa will take place by paying price

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — In a statement marking the 49th anniversary of the arson attack on al-Aqsa Mosque, Hamas said that the liberation of al-Aqsa Mosque will only take place by paying a price.

Hamas said that the movement and all Palestinian people are able to continue the struggle by all means until the liberation of Palestine, the return of refugees, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

The movement noted that the 49th anniversary of the arson attack on al-Aqsa Mosque coincides with a stepped up deportation and displacement campaign targeting the Palestinian citizens of Jerusalem.

It added that Israel’s Judaization attempts in Jerusalem have the full support of the US which has “exceeded all lines” by moving its embassy in Israel to the holy city.

The Palestinian movement described Israel’s new Jewish nation-state law as “ethnic cleansing” and “religious war” that disregards the feelings of millions of Arabs and Muslims.

Hamas stressed that the heart of the conflict with Israel lies in the goal of “liberating the land of Palestine and its Islamic and Christian holy sites, especially Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque”.

As for the Palestinian internal division, Hamas said that the shortest way to achieve reconciliation is to abide by the 2011 agreement, lift the sanctions imposed on Gaza by the Palestinian Authority, and prepare for general elections with the participation of all factions.

Hamas explained that talks are underway in Cairo with the aim of breaking Gaza blockade and ending the suffering of the Palestinian people in the seaside territory.

On 21st August 1969, the extremist Dennis Michael Rohan set fire to the pulpit of al-Aqsa Mosque burning important parts of the Islamic holy site. His action had the apparent blessing of the Israeli occupation forces.

(Source / 22.08.2018)

Ahed Tamimi’s brother handed 14-month prison sentence

Ahed Tamimi’s brother, Waed, was sentenced on Monday to 14 months’ imprisonment for alleged stone throwing.

Waed, aged 22, has been detained by Israeli occupation forces since May over “suspected involvement in popular terror acts,” Middle East Eye(MEE) reported. On Monday, an Israeli military court found Waed guilty of participating in a “violent riot” in which an Israeli police officer was wounded. He was given a 14-month sentence after reaching a plea bargain, MEE added.

Waed’s father, Bassem Tamimi, told MEE that:

The whole case against my son is an admonitory one. I consider this to be revenge against the whole family. Many kids in similar cases went home without charges being filed against them. If it was someone from another family I believe he would have received less time.

Bassem added that “this sentence was a surprise for us. This stole our moment of joy with Ahed’s release,” referring to the release of his daughter from Israeli prison in late July. Ahed had been serving an eight-month sentence in an Israeli jail after a video of her slapping an Israeli occupation soldier who trespassed on her family’s land went viral in December 2017.

Then 16 years old, Ahed was taken from her home in Nabi Saleh, a village northwest of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank and placed in administrative detention. Her detention was repeatedly extended prior to her trial, which was conducted in a closed Israeli military court in February. After reaching a plea bargain she was sentenced to eight months in prison.

READ: Israel to build 650 new settlement units in West Bank

The Tamimi family have repeatedly been targeted by Israeli forces for their vocal activism against the Israeli occupation, which has been ongoing in the West Bank since 1967. Ahed’s cousin, Nour Tamimi, was also arrested for featuring in the viral video. After being held in an Israeli prison for two weeks, even though no charges had been brought against her, Nour was released on a 5,000-shekel ($1,455) bail. Ahed’s mother, Nariman, was also detained after she filmed the incident and shared it on social media.

Israel has since passed a law which bans the filming of its soldiers while on duty, with the penalty between five and ten years’ imprisonment depending on the perceived motive of the filming. The move has been seen as a bid to crackdown on activists like the Tamimis who document occupation forces’ human rights violations.

In June, 21-year-old Izz Al-Din Tamimi, another member of the Nabi Saleh family, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers. The soldiers then prevented Palestinian medical teams from reaching the youth, before taking his body away. An initial report by Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem said Izz Al-Din was shot at close-range and died almost immediately of his wounds.

The Tamimis have generated huge international interest, with solidarity demonstrations heldacross the world after Ahed was initially arrested. Upon her release in July, Ahed’s mother Nariman argued that support for her daughter was based on racism and ignored the plight of the other 273 Palestinian minors being held in Israeli prisons. Nariman explained “frankly it is probably Ahed’s looks that prompted this worldwide solidarity […] perhaps the world showed more solidarity because she looks like their children, but all Palestinian children are Ahed Tamimi.”

READ: Israel court rejects petition to reveal identity of lawyers fighting BDS

(Source / 22.08.2018)

Abbas’ son meets US envoy in secret to discuss one-state solution

Tarek Abbas

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ son met with a senior US official in secret to discuss his proposals for a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Tarek Abbas met with America’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York last September and told him that he does not believe a two-state solution is viable.

READ:‘No need’ to evacuate illegal settlements’

Instead, Tarek continued, he believes one state with equal rights for all its citizens would be the only way as illegal settlements made any other option impossible.

“I support a one-state solution between the Jordan [river] and the Mediterranean Sea, with equal rights for all its citizens,” US-based news site Axios quoted him saying.

Tarek’s views put him at odds with his father who has always defended the two-state solution as the only workable option for Palestinians and Israelis.

#DealOfCentury

Since the meeting the US unilaterally recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital and moved its embassy there, leading the PA to boycott a visit by US Vice President Michel Pence to the region. The Palestinian Authority also said “the American administration lost its qualification as a mediator and sponsor of the peace process”.

(Source / 22.08.2018)

Palestinian popular resistance must be free of PA impositions

Israeli forces fire at Palestinian protesters during the Great March of Return in Gaza on 9 August 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

By Ramona Wadi

With the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar still targeted by Israel for demolition, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has availed himself of the opportunity to call for mobilisation in the form of popular resistance. This, he maintains, is “the only means of struggle towards independence and statehood”, to the exclusion of all other forms of anti-colonial struggle. Khan al-Ahmar’s context, however, was necessary for Abbas to make his argument.

In other remarks during the 29thmeeting of the Palestinian Central Council, he reiterated his authoritarian plans for Gaza and for reconciliation to happen on terms that have been imposed by the international community upon the Palestinians. If popular resistance is implemented according to Abbas’s directives, it will undoubtedly be a limited endeavour, fraught with restrictions and transformed into another tool for the PA to allow Israel to complete its colonisation of the whole of Palestine.

Just as Abbas wishes to eliminate all other possibilities of Palestinian leadership, “popular resistance” in PA rhetoric means abandoning all other legitimate forms of resistance for one that is easier to control in terms of conforming to the authority’s demands. Furthermore, endorsement of popular resistance by the PA is being used to project purported differences between Gaza and the occupied West Bank, despite the fact that Palestinians in Gaza are the embodiment of popular resistance as part of the collective struggle for freedom from Israel’s occupation.

READ: Claims of torture in PA prisons resurface as prisoner dies in custody 

The PA has often called for popular resistance, only to distance itself from the outcome on many occasions while letting Palestinians become fodder for Israeli jails. It is clear, therefore, that the Ramallah authority utilises popular resistance to embellish its rhetoric. When Palestinians in the occupied West Bank protest against Abbas’s punitive measures imposed on the people in Gaza, for example, the PA’s security services never hesitate to target peaceful demonstrators with excessive violence. A recent protest at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah saw PA security officers tearing down the placards of activists asking Abbas to lift his sanctions on Gaza.

The PA is trying hard to monopolise Palestinian popular resistance through differentiation. If popular resistance is restricted to occasional demonstrations against Israeli violations, or if it is necessary to promote any PA diplomatic stunts abroad, Abbas and his aides do not hesitate to endorse it. If, however, Palestinians utilise popular resistance to protest against PA violations, there are no qualms about using violence to disperse protestors. Hence, it is clear that in the PA’s vision of popular resistance, it is the same individuals who determine what popular protest is and how it should be utilised. The result is that such protest becomes yet another form of PA control over Palestinian resilience and resistance to Israel’s military occupation.

Popular resistance requires no endorsements or exhortations from Abbas. The Palestinian concept of liberation is not derived from PA “sacred security cooperation” with Israel and the international community. If the PA thinks it can manipulate the concept of popular resistance to be attributed to their leaders, their political delusion is even greater than it seems. This is especially so given that there is no denying that the Palestinians have decided to implement popular resistance as part of the struggle against all forms of oppression, including the PA’s own collaboration with Israel.

Fatah: We will reject any truce in Gaza agreed without us 

(Source / 22.08.2018)

Detained Journalist Released Under Strict Conditions

22 AUG
5:30 AM

The Israeli Authorities released, on Tuesday evening, a Palestinian journalist from the central West Bank city of Ramallah, after forcing him to pay a fine, in addition to preventing him for working in his profession for two months.

The journalist, Ala’ Rimawi, was abducted, along with three other reporters, on July 30th, 2018, for working for the Palestinian Al-Quds Satellite News Agency, after the military and the Israeli political leadership, decided to classify it as a “terrorist agency.”

The three other journalists have been identified as Hosni Anjass, Mohammad Alwan and Qoteiba Hamdan.

It is worth mentioning that Rimawi launched a hunger strike on the first day of his imprisonment on July 30th, 2018.

The ruling to release Rimawi was made by the military court in Ofer prison, built on Palestinian lands in Betunia city, west of Ramallah; the Israeli prosecutor’s office filed three appeals demanding keeping the journalist in prison.

The court ordered the detainee to pay a 10.000 Israeli Shekels fine, in addition to preventing him from resuming his journalism profession, and forcing him under house arrest, for two months.

(Source / 22.08.2018)

Israeli Government: Knesset Can Make Laws Everywhere in the World, Violate Sovereignty of Foreign States

21 AUG
11:49 PM

The Israeli government has declared that “the Knesset [is permitted] to legislate laws everywhere in the world” and that it is authorized “to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries via legislation that would be applied to events occurring in their territories,” in legal materials it recently submitted to the Israeli Supreme Court.

These statements were made on 7 August 2018 in a written response the government had filed to the Israeli Supreme Court relating to the petition against the Settlement Regularization Law filed by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC), and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Gaza) on behalf of 17 local Palestinian authorities in the West Bank.

Adalah and fellow petitioners argued that the Knesset is not permitted to enact and impose laws on territory occupied by the State of Israel. Thus, the Knesset cannot enact laws that annex the West Bank or that violate the rights of Palestinian residents of the West Bank.

Attorney Arnon Harel, a private lawyer representing the Israeli government, also wrote in the new materials submitted to the Supreme Court that “the Knesset [is permitted] to impose the powers of the military commander of the [West Bank] region as it sees fit”; “the Knesset [is permitted] to define the authorities of the military commander as it sees fit”; “[the authority] of the Government of Israel to annex any territory or to enter into international conventions derives from its authority as determined by the Knesset”; and that [the Knesset] is allowed to ignore the directives of international law in any field it desires.”

Adalah Attorneys Suhad Bishara and Myssana Morany, who filed the petition against the Settlement Regularization Law, said in response: “The Israeli government’s extremist response has no parallel anywhere in the world. It stands in gross violation of international law and of the United Nations Charter which obligates member states to refrain from threatening or using force against the territorial integrity of other states – including occupied territories. The Israeli government’s extremist position is, in fact, a declaration of its intention to proceed with its annexation of the West Bank.”

CLICK HERE to read the Israeli government’s response [Hebrew]

(Source / 22.08.2018)

Israel Refuses To Grant Medical Treatment For Gaza Patients Related To Hamas Members

22 AUG
11:53 AM

The Israeli government has informed the High Court of its decision refusing to allow medical treatment for Gaza patients, even those who require life-saving intervention, “if they are related to members of Hamas,” except for patients 16 years of age, or younger.

The government said that even if the patients’ illness is fatal, and Gaza hospitals cannot treat them; they will still be denied access to Israeli and Palestinian hospitals in the country, especially in occupied Jerusalem.

It informed the High Court of its decision after seven women from Gaza filed an appeal after being forbidden from leaving the Gaza Strip for several months, although they had referrals to hospitals in occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli Supreme Court Justice Uzi Vogelman said the decision to ban the patients from entering the country is “based on assessments,” if the patients are deemed to pose a security risk.

It is worth mentioning that a similar decision was made in 2017, in order to impose further pressure on Hamas, by denying the patients access to life-saving treatment.

Hundreds of patients from the Gaza Strip, including children, women and elderly, have died due to the Israeli siege on the coastal region, since 2007, and after being denied travel permits for medical treatment, and due to the lack of medication and equipment.

At least 769 Palestinian patients have been denied exit from the blockaded Gaza Strip by Israeli authorities, since January 2018.

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(Source / 22.08.2018)

A new Israeli campaign against Corbyn

Dr Fayez Rasheed

Israeli occupation state recently announced that Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the British Labour Party, is an enemy of Israel and an anti-Semite. It also said things about him that even a drunk wouldn’t say.

The new Israeli campaign is a continuation of the fierce movement launched by the occupation state in September 2016, when he won the leadership of the Labour Party. Corbyn is known for his solidarity with the Palestinian cause and Arab issues, and the British Labour Party is also known as the largest political party in Western Europe.

Corbyn has sought solidarity with our people for many years and still does until today. He had vowed, on several occasions, to work to impose a ban on the sale of weapons to Israel. He has also attacked the policies of Israel throughout the 34 years of his membership in parliament, and has repeatedly expressed support for the boycott of Israel. He also visited Gaza in 2014.

Corbyn is a brave man and has voted 553 times in parliament against the party’s position. Despite this, he won the presidency of the party with 61.8 per cent of the votes. He had voted against Britain’s participation in the Iraq war, he is pro- nuclear disarmament, and against British control of Northern Ireland. He was also active in Amnesty International against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and was arrested in demonstrations against Apartheid South Africa. He is against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The campaign against Corbyn in Israel is back and fiercer than ever because of the possibility of him forming the next British government and the decline of the Theresa May government in many economic issues related to the lives of the British people. Therefore, the Israeli media has made Corbyn a target in order to discredit and defame him, of course supported by the Conservative Party, the Jewish lobby groups in Britain, the rabbis, and the so-called “Zionist left” parties.

As part of the campaign to incite against Corbyn, a statement was issued by the Israeli Labor Party spokesman (which in some Arab circles is considered a moderate party!), in which he said, “Corbyn is an anti-Semite and an enemy to the Jews, not only in Britain, but in the entire world.”

A member of the British Labour Party, Peter Willsman, responded to him by saying that the rabbis who accused his party of being anti-Semitic were “Trump fanatics”. This indicates that the Netanyahu government issued the order to launch a large-scale campaign against Corbyn. Indeed, the Jewish establishment in Britain and its allied propaganda agencies signed an agreement to thwart the election of Corbyn, who, in their view, is “an anti-Semitic man and the Labour Party is anti-Semitic”, and that the lives of the Jewish people in Britain are in “existential danger”.

Journalist Gideon Levy who writes in Haaretz newspaper, who is known to have somewhat of a conscience, asked why “Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ leader who called to kill millions ‘like Hitler’, is a welcome guest in Israel – and Corbyn is the enemy of the people.”

He reaches the conclusion that “anyone who wants to see the world take action against the Israeli occupation should dream of Corbyn,” adding, “Corbyn is a staunch, consistent opponent of Israel’s occupation policy. That is his right; as a true leftist it’s his duty.”

It is worth mentioning that Corbyn said a few days ago in an article in Britain’s the Guardian, “I will root anti-Semites out of Labour – they do not speak for me People holding those views have no place in the Labour party.” He also tweeted, “Netanyahu’s claims about my actions and words are false. What deserves unequivocal condemnation is the killing of over 160 Palestinian protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces since March, including dozens of children.”

It remains to be said that the war of genocide waged by the occupying state against us as Palestinians and Arabs since before its establishment and until now is a war that is considered clearly aggressive in most countries of the world. There are growing voices supporting the rights of our people and our nation, but unfortunately, we are not supporting these voices and we do not have plans to extend bridges of cooperation with them!

We recall what British author Ethel Mannin, author of “The Road to Beersheba” said in 1955 that Arabs are “the worst defenders of the fairest case”.

(Source / 22.08.2018)