Nauru recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Palestinians take part in a protest marking the annual Quds Day in Gaza on 23 June 2017 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

Palestinians take part in a protest marking the annual Quds Day in Gaza on 23 June 2017 

The Republic of Nauru has recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, following in the footsteps of the US, Guatemala and Honduras.

Nauru – a tiny island located in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Australia – announced its decision in a letter to Israel’s UN mission in New York, writing that “the Mission of Nauru has the honor to convey the decision of the Government of the Republic of Nauru to formally recognize the City of Jerusalem as the Capital City of the State of Israel”.

Though the letter was dated 16 August, Israel’s Foreign Ministry affirmed the move today, with Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz writing on Twitter: “I welcome Nauru’s important decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Another step that matures and bears fruit, after [US] President [Donald] Trump’s historic recognition of Jerusalem, other countries are taking this important step.”

He continued: “We will continue to strengthen Jerusalem’s political position! We will continue to work to bring more countries to the recognition and opening of delegations in Jerusalem.”

The foreign minister also posted a photo of himself alongside Nauru’s Ambassador to the UN and non-resident Ambassador to Israel, Marlene Moses, and Israel’s Honorary Consul, David Ben Basat.

ישראל כ”ץ Israel Katz @Israel_katz  

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Nauru follows in the footsteps of a handful of countries which have recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Since President Trump announced the US would unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital in December 2017, and subsequently moved the US embassy there in May 2018, Paraguay and Guatemala have followed suit.

Though Paraguay initially moved its embassy to Jerusalem, just months later it returned its mission to Tel Aviv, sparking a diplomatic spat with Israel which resulted in the closure of Israel’s embassy in Paraguayan capital Asuncion.

Just yesterday Honduras also announced that it would join its Central American neighbour in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez will travel to Israel tomorrow to inaugurate a “diplomatic office” in the city, which will act as an extension of Honduras’ Tel Aviv-based embassy.

Other countries have considered recognising Jerusalem and moving their embassy there, including BrazilHungary and Moldova. However, the international community has generally opted not to follow President Trump’s controversial move, despite Israel’s announcement in December that it would build a new “embassy complex” which could house nine diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.

READ: Palestinian capital in Jerusalem is ‘aspiration not a right’, US’ Greenblatt says

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has since announced that it will launch a 50 million shekel ($14.2 million) plan to encourage countries to move their embassies to the Holy City. The ministry believes that a number of countries would be willing to move their embassies in exchange for aid or help improving their relations with the US.

The provision of aid has been crucial in the development of Israel-Nauru relations.

In 2017, Israel bought a $72,000 sewage treatment system for Nauru just two weeks before it voted against a UN General Assembly resolution condemning President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem. Only nine countries voted against the resolution, among them Guatemala and Honduras.

Israel has also provided other forms of developmental assistance for the tiny island, in 2017 offering to bring a delegation to Israel to train with Israel’s aid agency MASHAV. Israel has also provided medical training for specialists from the island.

OPINION: Is Britain going to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?

(Source / 29.08.2019) 

Honduras recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez speaks to the media with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) following talks at the Chancellery on 27 October 2015 in Berlin, Germany. [Sean Gallup/Getty Images]

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez speaks to the media with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) following talks at the Chancellery on 27 October 2015 in Berlin, Germany

Honduran announced on Tuesday that President Juan Orlando Hernández is paying an official visit to Israel tomorrow to open the country’s diplomatic office in Jerusalem, recognising the occupied city as Israel’s capital, news agencies reported.

Hernández said that opening a diplomatic office in Jerusalem “is an extension” to the embassy in Tel Aviv.

Honduran foreign ministry said in a statement that Israel had proposed the idea of moving the embassy to Jerusalem and this proposal is being assessed.

Since US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017 and relocated the US embassy to the Holy City in May 2018, a handful of countries have followed suit. Most of these have been Latin American countries with close ties to the US, including Paraguay and Guatemala.

READ: Next up, a Saudi embassy in Jerusalem

However, within months of relocating its mission, Paraguay reversed the decision and moved the embassy back to Tel Aviv, citing a desire to support “broad, lasting and just peace” among Israelis and Palestinians.

Brazil has also toyed with the idea of moving its embassy to Jerusalem. In March, however, Brazil appeared to backtrack on its promise, saying it would instead open a “business office” in Jerusalem.

Likewise Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban – who, like Bolsonaro, is considered a close associate of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – has said his country will open a “diplomatic office” in Jerusalem, though stopped short of promising a full-service embassy.

Despite Israel encouraging other countries to relocate their embassies to Jerusalem – and announcing it would build a new “embassy complex” which could house nine diplomatic missions for the purpose – the international community has generally opted not to follow President Trump’s controversial move.

(Source / 29.08.2019) 

Islamic Jihad: No place for criminals, killers in Gaza

Ziad Al-Nakhaleh. Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement

Ziad Al-Nakhaleh, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement

Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad Ziyad Al-Nakhalah yesterday stressed that “there is no place for criminals and sinful killers in Gaza,” Quds Net News reported.

Commenting on the murder of three policemen in two separate explosions in Gaza, Al-Nakhalah said: “There is no place in Gaza except for mujahedeen who practice jihad against the occupation for the sake of Allah.”

He added: “The crime of targeting the security in Gaza Strip aims to stab the resistance in the back as the Palestinian police is the protector of resistance.”

In addition, he said: “There are some Palestinians among us who … are working to destabilise Gaza.”

Explosions hit two police checkpoints in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing three officers and wounding several other Palestinians.

Haniyeh: What was not achieved by war, siege will not be achieved by crimes 

(Source / 29.08.2019) 

Haniyeh: What was not achieved by war, siege will not be achieved by crimes

Residents inspect the scene after a blast at a check point on Al Rasheed Street in Gaza City on 27 August 2019. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

Residents inspect the scene after a blast at a check point on Al Rasheed Street in Gaza City on 27 August 2019

Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh yesterday stressed that what Israel has failed to achieve through wars and siege, would not be achieved through crimes.

In a statement, Haniyeh commented on the blasts that killed three policemen in Gaza, saying: “We stress to our people that whatever the blasts were, they will never undermine the persistence and resilience of their patience.”

He promised that the results of the investigations into the blasts would be clear for everyone very soon, stating that the security services are “strong” and “able deal with more complicate issues”.

Meanwhile, he stressed on the importance of “restraining rumours” and waiting for the results of the investigations by the Interior Ministry.

READ: Why do people emigrate from the Gaza Strip? 

Haniyeh noted that this was not the first incident that happened in Gaza, stressing on the importance of dealing positively with the security services and the measures put in place in the wake of the explosions.

“Gaza is above all conspiracies and nothing will lead it to surrender,” he concluded.

The statement came hours after two separate blasts hit two police stations in the southwest of Gaza City, killing three policemen and wounding several others.

Initial reports said that the two blasts were carried out by two youths who had been affected by Daesh ideology. They were killed in the blasts.

(Source / 29.08.2019) 

Israeli Air Force Fires Missile Into Northern Gaza

29 AUG1:56 AM

Israeli army war jets fired, on Wednesday evening, several missiles into a site run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in northern Gaza, causing damage.

Media sources in Gaza said the missiles caused property damage but did not lead to casualties.

The targeted Palestinian site is located in an area, north of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

On its part, the Israeli army said it was retaliating to a shell, which was reportedly fired from Gaza, and landed in an open area, causing no damage or injuries.

(Source / 29.08.2019) 

Update 2: “Hamas Arrests Ten Persons Believed To Be Behind The Fatal Bombings In Gaza”

29 AUG8:04 PM

Mousa Abu Marzouq, a member of the political bureau of Hamas, stated on Thursday that the security forces of the Interior Ministry in Gaza have arrested ten persons who are believed to be members of the cell that carried out the two bombings on Tuesday evening, which killed three security officers.

For his part, Eyad al-Bozom, the spokesperson of Gaza’s Interior Ministry, stated on Wednesday evening that the investigations are advancing and that the identity of those behind the bombing have been ascertained.

He added that the bombings were carried out by two suicide bombers who detonated themselves at two police checkpoints and that they have been identified.

Al-Bozom also said that the investigations are ongoing to identify the parties behind the bombings. He added that “those who carried out this cowardly attack are serving Israel’s interests by destabilizing the security conditions in Gaza”.

Al-Bozom also said that the Interior Ministry in Gaza will be revealing all the details of this criminal attack to the public once the investigation is officially concluded.

The slain Palestinian security officers have been identified as Lieutenant Salama Majed Nadim, 32, Lieutenant Wael Mousa Khalifa, 45, and Deputy Officer Ala’ Ziad al-Gharably, 32.

Updated From:
Update: “Three Palestinian Officers Killed In Two Bombings In Gaza”
Published on: Aug 28, 2019 @ 21:12

In a statement released Wednesday, the Interior and National Security Ministry in the Gaza Strip said that three Palestinian officers were killed in the bombing, which was carried out by two suicide bombers a day earlier in the coastal enclave.

The Ministry identified the officers as:

  1. Lieutenant Salama Majed Nadim, 32.
  2. Lieutenant Wael Mousa Khalifa, 45.
  3. Deputy Officer Ala’ Ziad al-Gharablyو 32.

It said that the three were with the local traffic and rescue police forces, and added that three others were injured.

On his part, the Spokesperson of the Interior Ministry in Gaza, Eyad el-Bozom, said the bombings were carried out by two suicide bombers, south of west of Gaza city, on Tuesday at night,

He said that two suicide bombers attacked two police checkpoints, and added that the security forces are ongoing with their investigations to determine the group/s behind this attack, and is yet to determine the identity of the two bombers.

“Those behind these cowardice attacks are serving Israel’s interests,” he said, “They are trying to destabilize the Gaza Strip.”

El-Bozom also stated that the Interior Ministry will release more details of the bombing once all investigations are concluded.

In related news, the Higher Follow-Up Committee of National and Islamic Factions in Gaza, will be holding a meeting to discuss the bombings and the current situation in the Gaza Strip.

It held Israel and its collaborators responsible for the attacks, and called on the security forces in Gaza to act fast and protect the internal front in the coastal region, especially since Israel is the first beneficiary of internal tension and instability.

Updated From:
Two Palestinians Killed In Gaza Explosion   
Aug 28, 2019 @ 01:50

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has reported, on Tuesday evening, that two Palestinians were killed, and three were injured, in an explosion that took place west of Gaza city.

The Health Ministry stated that Salama Majed an-Nadim, 32, and Ala Ziad al-Gharabily, 32, were killed in the explosion, and two others, including a woman, were moderately injured.

An-Nadim was a Palestinian police officer, from the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza city.

Although the cause of the explosion remains unclear, it came shortly after the Israeli army fired missile into southern Gaza, in what it called retaliation to shells fired from the coastal region.

In addition, an explosion took place near a police roadblock on the Rashid street, south of Tal al-Hawa, west of Gaza city.

The Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said its security forces are investigating the incidents to determine whether they were accidental explosions or due to an Israeli bombing.

Nevertheless, the Israeli army denied any relation with the bombing, and said it was not operating in the Gaza Strip when the explosion took place.

(Source / 29.08.2019) 

Israeli Troops Abduct Two Married Couples, Journalist in Early Morning Raids

29 AUG6:21 PM

Early Thursday morning before dawn, Israeli troops invaded several parts of the West Bank and abducted five Palestinians — two married couples from Jerusalem, and a photojournalist from the village of Ni’lin.

According to the Palestinian Wafa News Agency, Israeli forces abducted on Thursday two Palestinian citizens and their wives from the town of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center told the Wafa reporters that Israeli occupation forces and intelligence stormed the town of Silwan at dawn and abducted Jawad Abu Sneineh and his wife, as well as Ahmad Rayyan and his wife, and transferred them to an investigation center in the city.

In the central West Bank, Israeli Occupation Forces abducted the photographer Hassan Dabbous, 30, after they raided his house in Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah.

According to local sources in the village, the Israeli soldiers raided the house of the photojournalist Hassan Dabbous, and searched the home, damaging and ransacking his property before abducting him and taking him to an unknown location for interrogation.

Ni’lin is known as a site of nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation, as is Silwan.

In recent years, Silwan has come under increasing attacks by Israeli forces as the Israeli colonial expansion project has taken steps to annex the land and property of the Palestinians living in the town.

Night raids in the early morning hours occur on a nightly basis in Palestine, as Israeli forces invade various areas and abduct Palestinians who are asleep in bed. Many of these abductees are then held incommunicado, without charges, in so-called ‘administrative detention’ for years on end.

Israeli authorities claim that administrative detention is necessary for ‘security reasons’, but the Palestinians who are stuck in Israeli prison in this limbo state are given no access to lawyers, no ability to mount a defense, since they are never told what the charges are against them. Holding prisoners without charge is a violation of international law.

In addition, abducting civilians from an Occupied Territory is a violation if Israel’s responsibilities as an Occupying Power under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

(Source / 29.08.2019) 

Israeli Forces Demolish al-Araqib Village for 156th Time

29 AUG6:46 PM

The Israeli authorities on Thursday demolished the village of al-Araqib, an unrecognized Palestinian Bedouin village in the Negev, and threatened its residents with displacement and evacuation, for the 156th time.

Eyewitnesses told reporters from the Wafa News Agency that the Israeli police dismantled the tents of the people of al-Araqib, tore them apart and dragged them from the village.

They then seized the residents’ belongings, including chairs, beds, lamps, tables and other household goods.

The Israeli Forces then surrounded the village cemetery and took measurements in preparation for demolition.

For many years, the residents of al-Araqib have stood steadfast and refused the forced relocation by the Israeli government.

The Israeli authorities continue to punish Al-Araqib and demolish the village repeatedly in an attempt to force the residents to emigrate.

In recent months the Israeli authorities have also escalated their abductions of Palestinian Bedouins who have stood up against the demolitions, most notably Sheikh Sayyah Al-Turi, who was deported from the village after having served a term in Israeli prison.

In addition, an Israeli court imposed a fine of NIS 1,600,000 (around $453,000 USD) a few days ago on the residents of the village for the cost of demolishing and evacuating the village – a ridiculous sum given the extreme poverty of the village residents.

The claim by the Israeli court is that the Bedouins are “trespassing on state owned land” – another ridiculous claim, since the Bedouins have lived on this land since before Israel was created in 1948.

Some 240,000 Palestinian Arabs live in the Negev desert, half of whom live in villages and residential communities, some of which have been in place for hundreds of years. Israel does not recognize their ownership of the land and refuses to provide it with basic services such as water and electricity.

Villagers said that they insist on remaining in their village, adding that they will keep rebuilding their village.

The continuing demolitions of al-Araqib are carried out in the attempt to force the Bedouin population to relocate, to government-zoned townships.

Like the 34 other Bedouin villages “unrecognized” by Israel, al-Araqib does not receive any services from the Israeli government and is constantly subjected to threats of expulsion and home demolition.

These “unrecognized” villages were established in the Negev soon after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, following the creation of the state of Israel, when an estimated 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes and made refugees.

Many of the Bedouins were forcibly transferred to the village sites during the 17-year period when Palestinians inside Israel were governed under Israeli military law, which ended shortly before Israel’s military takeover of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967.

(Source / 29.08.2019) 

Islamic Jihad strongly denounces blast in Gaza police checkpoints

Members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement march during a military parade in Gaza City on October 4, 2018

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Islamic Jihad Movement has strongly denounced the two criminal explosions that hit two Palestinian police checkpoints in Gaza City on Tuesday evening, calling them treacherous acts serving the Israeli occupation.

In a statement, Islamic Jihad said it would continue to support the Palestinian police and security apparatuses in the face of any malicious attempts targeting the internal front and serving Israeli agendas.

“Our people, with their unity and responsible national awareness, will stand together to safeguard their internal front and preserve their resilience. We will never allow anyone to undermine the internal security and stability,” the Movement added.

The Movement mourned the police officers who died in the bomb attacks on two checkpoints in Gaza City and expressed its sincere condolences to their families.

(Source / 29.08.2019) 

Aerial Attack Targets Resistance Site In Gaza

An Israeli warplane on Wednesday evening bombed a resistance site in the north of the Gaza Strip.

A reporter for the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) said that a warplane fired at least two missiles at an observation post in northern Gaza, with no reported casualties.

The Israeli occupation army claimed the airstrike was in response to the launch of one rocket from Gaza.

(Source / 29.08.2019)