FM al-Malki calls on Arab countries to stand with Palestinians

Minister Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Malki

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Malki, called on Wednesday on Arab countries to stand with the Palestinian people as they face obstacles resulting from recent decisions by the United States administration.During an interview with the Voice of Palestine radio, Riyad al-Malki said that he briefed the Arab foreign ministers during their meeting at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo regarding the Palestinian situation and US’s position toward the Palestinians.

Al-Malki said that Palestine would fight politically and legally towards the US measures taken against Palestinians and urged Arab countries stand in support of their fight.
He added that in the meeting he stressed the importance of the support of Arab countries for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which is currently facing a budget deficit, which was caused by the US decision to end all funds to the agency.
Al-Malki said that “Palestine is conducting intensive contacts to prepare for a vote at the General Assembly on the mandate of UNRWA, pointing out that they want the largest number of countries to vote for the continuation of the agency’s work.”
“The idea of resettling the Palestinian refugees in their host countries as apparently will be proposed by the United States in a step seen to end the refugee issue would not succeed because the US cannot take such an action on its own and the main host countries – Jordan, Syria and Lebanon – are against it.”
Al-Malki also mentioned that a meeting was held at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah to discuss measures to provide counselor services for Palestinians living in the US, referring to the most recent US administration’s decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington.
“Palestine will file a complaint against Washington in international forums because of the damage caused to the interests of the Palestinian community in the United States with the closure of their representative office.”
Regarding the Israeli High Court’s approval to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, al-Malki said that the International Criminal Court (ICC) was informed on Tuesday of the need to speed up steps to pressure Israel to stop the demolition.
(Source / 12.09.2018)

Palestinians enter Israeli military post on Gaza border

Entering military post

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian youths allegedly managed, on Tuesday, to enter an Israeli army military post on the border with the besieged Gaza Strip.According to eyewitnesses, two Palestinian youths, who have not been identified yet, managed to enter the Israeli military post and steal three cameras and a box full of live ammunition.Witnesses added that the Palestinians returned to the Gaza Strip unharmed.Hebrew-language news outlets reported that in response to the incident, Israeli forces fired from a tank at two empty observation posts, belonging to the Hamas movement.Sources said that the Hamas movement evacuated all observation posts in Gaza, in fear of another attack by Israeli forces.

(Source / 12.09.2018)

Abu Rodeina: “Jerusalem Is More Important Than Relations With The U.S.”

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The official spokesperson of the Palestinian Presidency, Nabil Abu Rodeina, stated on Monday evening that the Palestinians will remain steadfast in the struggle for their legitimate rights, especially in occupied Jerusalem, and added that the holy city is more important than the relations with the United States.

Abu Rodeina said that the American policies, and the hostile decisions and practices of President Donald Trump, cannot void the historic and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, topped by their struggle for liberation, the Right of Return of the refugees, and establishing an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

“Out rights are inalienable, and cannot be voided; our people will remain steadfast and will continue their struggle for their internationally guaranteed right of liberation and independence,” he said, “The Right of Return of all refugees is a legitimate inalienable right. The liberation of Palestine, and its capital Jerusalem, are more important than the relations with the United States.”

The official further stated that the latest U.S. decision to shut the Palestinian representative office in Washington is an illegal act of political blackmail, and added that these policies cannot void the legitimate Palestinian rights, and the steadfast position in protecting the city and its holy sites.

He added that the Palestinian leadership is committed to all related United Nations and Security Council resolutions, and is also abiding by all decisions of the Arab League, regarding protecting the Palestinian cause, and reaching a comprehensive peace agreement by ending the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine.

(Source / 12.09.2018)

Army Abducts Four Palestinians, Summons Three Others, In West Bank

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12:03 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, four young Palestinian men, and summoned three others for interrogation, during extensive and violent military invasions, in the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Mohammad al-Hilo, from Hizma town, east of Jerusalem, after stopping him near al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community, facing Israeli demolition and displacement.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Safa village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, searched several homes and abducted Hasan Karaja, 33, Haitham Siyaj and Saif al-Idrisi.

It is worth mentioning that Karaja is a former political prisoner who was abducted and imprisoned by the army three times.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Beit Sahour city, east of Bethlehem, and summoned Rafat Shomali, a member of the local City Council, for interrogation in Etzion military base, north of Bethlehem, after violently searching his home.

The soldiers also invaded Teqoua’ town, south of Bethlehem, searched homes and summoned Nour Mahmoud al-Amour, and his brother Mahmoud, for interrogation in Etzion.

(Source / 12.09.2018)

European countries demand Israel to stop Khan al-Ahmar demolition

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM — Five European countries on Tuesday asked the Israeli government to halt the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar village, east of Occupied Jerusalem.

France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Britain in a statement expressed their concern over Israel’s plan to demolish Khan al-Ahmar, which is located in Area C, an area of strategic importance to the future Palestinian state.

The five countries voiced their support for a recent statement by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, in which it called on the Israeli government to cancel its plan to demolish Khan al-Ahmar.

They stressed that the demolition and displacement will have serious repercussions on the residents of the Bedouin village, especially children.

Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a petition filed by the families of Khan al-Ahmar against the demolition of their village which is inhabited by 190 Palestinians.

The 80 families of Khan al-Ahmar have recently rejected an Israeli offer to be transferred to Jericho city, east of the West Bank, as an alternative home.

Khan al-Ahmar is one of 45 villages threatened with demolition in favor of a settlement project called E1. The project is aimed at creating a physical link between Ma’ale Adumim settlement and Jerusalem, and that would effectively complete a crescent of Israeli settlements around East Jerusalem dividing it from the rest of the West Bank.

(Source / 12.09.2018)

Palestinians build new village near Khan Al-Ahmar

Five mobile homes were placed on land opposite Khan Al-Ahmar village and the Palestinian flag was raised

Palestinian activists yesterday setup a new village opposite Khan Al-Ahmar which is due to be demolished by occupation forces, Quds Press reported.

Five mobile homes were place on land opposite the beleaguered village and the Palestinian flag was raised. The new site has been named Wadi Al-Ahmar (the Al-Ahmar Valley) in defiance of the occupation’s plans to demolish the historic Arab village metres away.

Last Wednesday, the Israeli High Court turned down a petition filed on behalf of the residents of Khan Al-Ahmar which requested Israeli authorities cease from their plans to evict the Bedouins of Khan Al-Ahmar and destroy their homes.

Khan Al-Ahmar is home to Al-Jahhalin Bedouins, who are refugees from the Negev desert and have lived in the area since their displacement by the Israeli army in 1967. Israel has refused to recognise Al-Jahhalin Bedouin communities or grant them building permits, a strategy often used by Israel to term any Bedouin home illegal.

The demolition of the village would allow for a “Jewish corridor” of illegal settlements, documents have revealed.

READ: Israel planned Khan Al-Ahmar demolition 40 years ago 

(Source / 12.09.2018)

Abbas still undermining truce efforts, claims Hamas

Hamas' Khaled Meshaal with the Palestinian Authority/PLO's Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas’ Khaled Meshaal with the Palestinian Authority/PLO’s Mahmoud Abbas [file photo]

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is still undermining Egyptian and UN efforts to broker a truce between Hamas and Israel, the movement said today.

Hamas spokesman Hazim Qasim told Arabi21.com that the PLO, PA and Fatah chief won’t deal with the mediators and has threatened to impose more punitive measures of his own on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

“None of the mediators has told Hamas that the truce efforts have been stopped,” Qasim explained. He stressed that the movement maintains contact with the Egyptians and the UN.

The mediators involved in the ceasefire agreement between the Palestinian resistance and Israeli occupation in 2014 in return for the lifting of the siege on Gaza are still involved on a continuous basis.

“No one has the right to stop the struggle of our people to lift the blockade imposed on them and no one is able to stop our efforts to break the siege,” he added.

READ: The truce in Gaza is between Egypt, Israel and Abbas 

(Source / 12.09.2018)

Palestine files war crime claim to ICC over Khan Al-Ahmar demolition

Israeli security forces take a Palestinian into custody as Palestinians try to prevent them to destroy their tents and sheds with bulldozers in Khan al-Ahmar village of eastern Jerusalem on 4 July, 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces can be seen violently attacking Palestinians as they evict them from their homes in Khan Al-Ahmar village of Jerusalem on 4 July 2018

Palestine yesterday filed a war crime claim to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over Israel’s planned demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar.

Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, stated that the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) delivered a submission to ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda yesterday over Israeli war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), particularly the slated demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank.

Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, Erekat explained that the claim “included a focus on the war crimes facing Khan Al-Ahmar, specifically the crimes of forcible displacement, ethnic cleansing and the destruction of civilian property,” Wafa  reported.

Erekat also released a video on the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department’s Twitter page urging Bensouda to meet with the council of Khan Al-Ahmar and Walid Assaf, head of the Committee against the Wall and Settlements. Erekat added that “we hope an official investigation can be opened as soon as possible – we are determined to pursue this line and continue our fight in the [UN] Security Council and General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).”

READ: Palestinians build new village near Khan Al-Ahmar

The move comes just days after US National Security Adviser John Bolton threatened sanctions against the ICC and claimed that the organisation is “dead to [us]” in a bid to protect its own and Israel’s interests. Bolton explained that “the United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court. We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own.” Responding to Bolton’s comments, the ICC said today that it will “continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with […] the overarching idea of the rule of law”.

This is not the first time Palestine has submitted a file to the ICC. In May, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki submitted a request to the ICC to investigate human rights violations inherent in Israel’s settlement policy. The submission referred to the forcible transfer of Palestinians, unlawful killings, illegal appropriation of land and property, demolition of Palestinian homes and other properties, repression of dissent through the unlawful killing of peaceful protesters and the policy of mass arbitrary detention and torture.

Also in May, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) filed a case to the ICC against Israeli officials and institutions directly involved in crimes against Palestinian media. The case aimed to highlight the killing of Palestinian journalists Yaser Murtaja  and Ahmed Abu Hussein, as well as the injury of about 90 journalists by Israel in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of 2018 amidst the Great March of Return.

Khan Al-Ahmar, the Bedouin village to which the most recent Palestinian ICC submission refers, has been slated for demolition by Israel since it was alleged that the village was built on Israeli state land. Last week, Israel’s High Court gave the green light for the demolition, rejecting pleas to save the village and rescinding the temporary injunctions that had barred Israeli authorities from proceeding with the evictions. The question of where Khan Al-Ahmar’s 180 inhabitants will be forced to live remains to be answered after alternative sites suggested by Israel were rejected. Israel has previously suggested the Bedouin be relocated to a landfill site belonging to the nearby town of Abu Dis or a site southwest of Jericho, both of which would amount to forcible transfer which constitutes a war crime under Article 8 of the Statute of the ICC.

READ: Israel settlers expand outposts in the Jordan Valley

(Source / 12.09.2018)

Gaza hospital to close due to fuel shortfall

Due to the shortage of fuel, generators at seven health centres in the besieged Gaza Strip have stopped working

The Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar Hospital in the southern Gaza Strip will cease functioning within nine days due to a lack of fuel needed for its electricity generators, Gaza’s Health Ministry warned today.

In a statement, the ministry said that if health services are halted at the Rafah-based hospital 250,000 people could be affected.

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Roughly 400 patients regularly visit the hospital to receive vital medical treatment, including dialysis, the ministry said.

In recent weeks, the ministry has repeatedly warned of the impending collapse of Gaza’s local health sector due to a chronic shortage of fuel needed to keep hospitals’ emergency generators up and running.

Home to some two million people, the Gaza Strip has a total of 13 government-run hospitals and 54 primary healthcare centres, which together account for roughly 95 per cent of all health services in the coastal enclave.

READ: Gaza hospitals to stop services over fuel crisis

Gaza is suffering from an acute shortage of electricity as a result of the 11-year Israeli imposed siege. Both Egypt and the Palestinian Authority have supported the blockage by imposing further limitations on the Strip.

2 million people are deprived of electricity, vital medical care, and clean water in #Gaza

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Data: 28,800 Jewish settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque last year

Israeli settlers can be sen after they stormed into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on 22 July 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli settlers can be seen after they stormed into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on 22 July 2018

Some 28,800 Jewish settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque and its compound during the last Jewish year which ended over the weekend, according to data released by the Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement.

The Jewish society also revealed that this number was the highest since the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, and is a 27 per cent increase on the previous Jewish year.

At least 1,000 settlers stormed the mosque each month, the group said, adding that the highest number was during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot which falls in September. Some 2,265 settlers raided the holy site during that period.

The Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movementis a right-wing group which was established after the 1967 occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Its goal is to build a Jewish temple on the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Jewish year begins in September.

READ: Israel settler harasses Palestinian school children 

(Source / 12.09.2018)