Islamic Jihad, Hamas accept Abbas invite to meet following US deal

Chief of National Relations of Islamic Jihad, Khaled Al-Batsh

Chief of National Relations of Islamic Jihad, Khaled Al-Batsh, April 2016

Chief of National Relations of Islamic Jihad, Khaled Al-Batsh, said yesterday that his movement had accepted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ invitation to meet in Ramallah to discuss action against the US’ “deal of the century”.

In a press release, Al-Batsh said: “This meeting will not be an alternative to the planned meeting announced by all the Palestinian factions to lay out a comprehensive plan against Trump’s deal.”

This came following Abbas’ invitation to all the Palestinians factions, including Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, to meet in Ramallah in order to discuss practical measures against the deal of the century.

Azzam Al-Ahmad, head of the Fatah bloc in the parliament, told Anadolu that Hamas would also attend the meeting.

READ: This is America’s most generous deal ever for Israel

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Israel allows cement entry to Gaza without UN observers

Palestinian workers carry bags of cement in Gaza on 30 October 2014 [Mohammed Asad/Apaimages]

Palestinian workers carry bags of cement in Gaza on 30 October 2014 

As part of a package of goodwill postures, Israeli occupation authorities cement to entry the besieged Gaza Strip without UN observation, Arab48 reported yesterday.

Reporting the Israeli general radio, Arab48 said Gaza traders would buy and sell cement freely without restrictions.

Sources in Gaza told Arab48 that the cement being allowed into the enclave without the UN observation is only used for tilling and finishing construction projects, not that used in building roofs and walls.

READ: Israel continues to flood Gaza farmland

Israeli radio also said that 6,000 tyres would be allowed to enter Gaza for the first time since March 2018, when Israel halted their entry following the start of the Great March of Return.

Medicines worth $600,000 entered Gaza early this week, reports added, donated by an American organisation.

While fishermen and drivers have been allowed to buy fishing boats and passenger buses.

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Army Injures Dozens Of Palestinians In Abu Dis And Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers injured, on Wednesday morning, dozens of Palestinians in Abu Dis town, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and in Bethlehem, after the army attacked a protest against Trump’s so-called ” of the Century.”

Media sources said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs at Palestinian protesters near the al-Quds University, in Abu Dis town, causing at least three to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The wounded residents received treatment by Red Crescent medics without the need for hospitalization.

In Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against nonviolent protesters, near Marah Bin Rabah Mosque at the northern entrance of Bethlehem and fired a barrage of gas bombs.

Medical sources said dozens of residents suffered the effects of teargas inhalation and received the needed treatment.

The Palestinians are holding dozens of protests across occupied Palestine, including the occupied capital Jerusalem, rejecting the attempts of the U.S. Administration to void the internationally guaranteed Palestinian rights of self-determination, independence and sovereignty in their own homeland.

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Thousands Protest in Gaza to Challenge Trump-Kushner Annexation Plan

As Donald Trump faced day eight of his trial for abuse of power in the US Senate, he and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu unveiled their ‘Deal of the Century’ in which Israel will essentially annex Palestine and push Palestinians into tiny reservations. Protests immediately broke out in Gaza and the West Bank.

6,000 miles away from the White House, thousands of Palestinians protested in Gaza City against Trump’s Mideast peace plan announcement with Netanyahu

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Under the Trump-Kushner plan, the Israeli military will continue to control the entire territory, Israel would annex the land in the West Bank it had settled illegally by military force, and Palestinians in Jerusalem would be further disenfranchised. No Palestinian leaders were consulted in the creation of this plan.

Netanyahu, who is himself facing charges of corruption, applauded the Trump-Kushner plan, which provides for Israel to take over stolen Palestinian land in direct violation of international law.

Thousands of Palestinians protested the plan, chanting “Not for sale”. The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian leadership rejects the plan.

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60 Arson Attacks on Churches and Mosques by Jewish Settlers in Past Decade

Israel’s Tag Meir organisation revealed, on Monday, that extremist Jewish settlers have carried out arson attacks on 46 mosques and 12 churches in the occupied West Bank and Israel, over the past decade, Al Sabeel has reported.

Tag Meir, which was established 15 years ago to counter settlers’ hate crimes and racism in Israel and the occupied West Bank, said that the perpetrators of these crimes generally went unpunished. It pointed out that most of these arson attacks were committed by an extremist settler group called “Price Tag,” and that the criminals spray graffiti such as “Death to Arabs” and other hate messages on the walls of the buildings they burn down.

The latest of these attacks was on a mosque in the Beir Safafa neighbourhood of occupied Jerusalem. The fire started by the illegal settlers caused severe damage to the building.

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INJURIES DURING CONFRONTATIONS IN JERUSALEM IN PROTEST AGAINST TRUMP’S PLAN

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Violent confrontations erupted on Wednesday between Israeli forces and native Palestinians in the village of Abu Deis in occupied Jerusalem.

Medical sources told QNN that confrontations erupted between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian young men near Al Quds University in the village.

It also stated that the Israeli army intensively targeted the Palestinians with stun and tear gas grenades, leaving three protesters suffocated with poisonous gas.

Medical teams treated the injuries in the field and no cases were evacuated to hospitals.

Outrage had prevailed throughout Palestine following the announcement of Trump’s peace plan alongside the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday. No Palestinian leaders were invited to the conference.

Palestinians, at both official and popular levels, reject Trump’s plan, which aims at ending the Palestinian cause, which started with the formation of ‘Israel’ on the ruins of Palestinian villages, whose residents were expelled and killed.

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ISRAELI POLICE EXPELS 7 FEMALE WORSHIPERS FROM AL AQSA

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli police decided to prevent seven Palestinian worshipers, who were arrested at Al Aqsa mosque on Tuesday, from entering the holy mosque.

The Israeli police had arrested the seven women earlier on Tuesday and released them on condition that they do not enter the holy mosque for a renewable week.

Noor Mahahmeed, Samah Mahameed, and Nahed Abu Shaqrah from the occupied Palestinian cities, in addition to Nafisah Khuweis, Ma’ali Eid, and Aya Abu Nab from Jerusalem were arrested while praying at the Mercy prayer room on Tuesday.

The Israeli police also renewed an old order against Muntaha Amarah, which prevents her from entering the holy mosque for further 6 months.

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Major Arab states support, Turkey rejects deal of the century

Turkey said: “We will not support any plan that does not have the support of Palestine. There will not be any peace in the Middle East without ending Israel’s occupation policies”

Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar hailed US President Donald Trump’s deal of the century; Turkey rejected it and said: “Jerusalem is a redline for us.”

Describing the deal as a form of effort aiming to achieve justice for the Palestinians, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The Kingdom reiterates its support for all efforts aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian cause.”

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The Arab Republic of Egypt appreciates the continuous efforts exerted by the US administration to achieve a comprehensive and just settlement of the Palestinian issue.”

It added: “Egypt recognises the importance of considering the US administration’s initiative from the perspective of the importance of achieving the resolution of the Palestinian issue.”

For its part, Qatari news agency said that the state “welcomes all efforts aiming towards a longstanding and just peace in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

The news agency added: “It [Qatar] also appreciates the endeavours of President Trump and the current US administration to find solutions for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

However, it said: “All solutions should be consistent with international law and the relevant UN resolutions.”

Ambassador of the UAE Yousef al Otaiba said that his country appreciates continued US efforts to reach a Palestine-Israel peace agreement. “This plan is a serious initiative that addresses many issues raised over the years,” he wrote on Twitter.

Jordan said that the deal urged the Israelis and the Palestinians to look for a solution “that satisfies the aspirations of both peoples to achieve a comprehensive and just peace.”

Commenting on the deal, the Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said in a statement that his country “supports every genuine effort aimed at achieving just and comprehensive peace that people will accept.”

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement saying: “The so-called US peace plan is stillborn. This is an annexation plan aiming to destroy the two-state solution and seize the Palestinian territories. The people and the land of Palestine cannot be bought off.”

It stressed: “Jerusalem is our redline” and said, “we will not allow any step seeking to legitimise Israel’s occupation and atrocities.”

The ministry continued: “We will always stand by the brotherly Palestinian people and will continue to work for an independent Palestine on Palestinian land.

“We will not support any plan that does not have the support of Palestine. There will not be any peace in the Middle East without ending Israel’s occupation policies.”

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Deal of the century in bullet points

The deal stipulates that the Palestinian Authority work as hard as possible to protect Israel’s security and continues its brutal crackdown on Palestinians who reject the Israeli occupation

US President Donald Trump announced the terms of his long-awaited deal of the century, which, he claims, it would put an end to the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian rights.

Trump’s deal is considered a gift to the Israeli occupation as it stipulates that:

  • occupied Jerusalem is the “undivided” capital of Israel with a potential capital of the prospective Palestinian state in a small neighbourhood in east Jerusalem,
  • Israel annex Jewish settlements and outposts in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem,
  • Palestinians might have a state without specifying its place, but a map posted on Trump’s twitter, shows that this state could be in separated parts of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and these parts would be connected to each other via bridges or tunnels,
  • the possible Palestinian state would not have army, would not control its border crossings, would not have seaports, would not have sovereignty over its ground, sea or airspace,
  • Palestinian resistance of the brutal Israeli occupation is a form of “malign terror” and the Palestinian resistance groups must lay down their weapons,
  • the Palestinian Authority work as hard as possible to protect Israel’s security and continues its brutal crackdown on Palestinians who reject the Israeli occupation,
  • a symbolic number of Palestine refugees to be allowed to return, not to their homes, but any of the islands given for the potential Palestinian state,
  • a symbolic number of Muslims, who are being approved peaceful by Israel, could visit Al Aqsa Mosque and perform prayers and they would remain there for a limited time,
  • the potential Palestinian state will not be allowed to forge agreements or alliances with any foreign country, even its neighbours; and,
  • $50bn to be paid by the Gulf States, mainly Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a bribe to push the Palestinians to accept the deal and as a reward for the neighbour Arab states over their support for the deal.

The two heads of the Israeli politics; head of the right wing bloc, Benjamin Netanyahu, and head of the left wing bloc, Benny Gantz, endorsed the deal.

All of the Palestinians rejected the plan and pledged to continue using all legitimate forms of resistance to regain their rights.

Hundreds of analysts and officials around the world, including those at the UN, EU and even Israel rejected the plan.

Click here for the detailed 181-page deal.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 11 Palestinians In West Bank Raids

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Israeli forces today detained at least 11 Palestinians in multiple overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, said local and security sources.

Israeli police rounded up five Palestinians from the vicinity of Damascus Gate (Bab al-Amoud) in Jerusalem.

Police rounded up another, identified as a Waqf-appointed guard, from Bab al-Rahma prayer area inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers manning Qalandia, north of Jerusalem, stopped and detained a Palestinian who attempted to cross the military checkpoint.

In Hebron district, Israeli military vehicles raided Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron city, where soldiers detained three Palestinians, including an injured teen.

A similar predawn military raid was carried out in Dura town, south of Hebron, resulting in the detention of another.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

According to Palestinian figures, roughly 5,700 Palestinians — including numerous women and children — are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities.

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