Hamas: Ready to work with Fatah against annexation

Palestinian Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh shakes hands with Hamas Deputy Chief Saleh al-Arouri, in Gaza City 2 August 2018 [Hamas Chief Media Office/ApaImages]
Palestinian Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh shakes hands with Hamas Deputy Chief Saleh al-Arouri, in Gaza City 2 August 2018

Hamas Deputy Chief Saleh Al-Arouri said on Monday that his movement is ready to work with rival movement Fatah to face Israel’s annexation plan.

In a televised interview with Al-Aqsa TV, Al-Arouri said: “We are ready to put our differences behind us and work together with Fatah and the Palestinian Authority to face the annexation plan.”

He stressed that his movement would use every means to combat the planned annexation plans which are set to be brought into force on 1 July.

“We have been in contact with all the Palestinian factions in order to reach a consensus on a joint national programme against the Israeli plan,” he said.

READ: 100 law experts warn against Israel’s annexation of West Bank

He added: “Hamas supports the PA and PLO’s political and diplomatic efforts against the annexation, but we count on the public action more than the political and diplomatic efforts, hoping that popular action becomes a popular revolution against the Israeli occupation everywhere.”

The senior Hamas official said that his movement is open to all options in its effort to face the threat of annexation, adding that international positions on the plans are “no more than propaganda”.

Palestinian estimates indicate that the Israeli annexation plan will cover more than 30 per cent of the West Bank.

In response to his announcement, the Palestinian Authority said that it is no longer bound by all agreements with Israel, including those relating to security.

(Source / 17.06.2020)

Report: 56 Israel violations against journalists in Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinian journalists during a protest against settlements [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]
Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinian journalists during a protest, 20 October 2017 

Israeli occupation forces have committed more than 56 violations against Palestinian journalists in occupied Jerusalem during the first half of 2020, Journalists’ Support Committee (JSC) revealed yesterday.

In a report, the JSC, a non-profit organisation representing journalists, said the Israeli occupation expelled four journalists from the city, arrested seven and summoned 14 to investigation centres.

The report also said that the Israeli occupation renewed the ban on Palestine TV’s activities in Jerusalem, fined six journalists, confiscated four items of media equipment, raided homes of six journalists, threatened and beat six others and sentenced one.

READ: Fake news peddled by Israeli media promotes Netanyahu’s annexation plan

According to the report, the journalists were subject to Israeli fire, arbitrary detention, ban of work, investigations, deportations, confiscation of equipment and other threats and harassment.

Last November Israeli police and intelligence personnel stormed the Palestine TV’s office in East Jerusalem and handed the closure order to its administration.

The station says occupation forces often harass its staff, arresting and questioning them.

(Source / 17.06.2020)

Palestine FM warns of Israel’s misleading campaign ahead of West Bank annexation

Israelis gather to stage a demonstration to protest against Israel's annexation plan for the illegal settlements in West Bank and Jordan Valley, in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 6, 2020 [Nir Keidar / Anadolu Agency]
Israelis gather to stage a demonstration to protest against Israel’s annexation plan for the illegal settlements in West Bank and Jordan Valley, in Tel Aviv on 6 June 2020

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday warned of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “tricks” to mislead the international community regarding Tel Aviv’s plans to annex nearly 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank.

The ministry said in a statement that Netanyahu’s manipulation, whether by implementing the annexation gradually or using other terms like “applying Israel’s sovereignty over Israeli settlements” or “applying Israeli law over the settlements” does not change the essence of the actual annexation of the occupied West Bank.

The statement said the misleading Israeli campaign must be rejected by the international community along with the planned seizure of Palestinian land, as a crime against the Palestinian people and a flagrant and violent aggression against international legitimacy.

“The annexation is the same whether partial or comprehensive,” the statement said, calling on the international community to voice its rejection of the Israeli plans.

READ: Even some Israeli settlers are against annexation

The Israeli government is planning to annex the Jordan Valley and settlements in the West Bank on 1 July.

Palestinian estimates indicate that the Israeli annexation plan will cover more than 30 per cent of the West Bank.

In response to his announcement, the Palestinian Authority said that it is no longer bound by all agreements with Israel, including those relating to security.

World leaders have universally condemned Israel’s annexation. US politicians took the unprecedented step of signalling that the two pillars of US relations with Israel; US security and bipartisan support Israel enjoys in Capitol Hill, would be jeopardised.

READ: PLO calls for global coalition to confront Israel annexation plans

(Source / 17.06.2020)

Palestine remembers Morsi

Palestinians receive condolences for the death of Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on 19 June 2019. [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]
Palestinians receive condolences for the death of Egypt’s former president Mohammed Morsi, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on 19 June 2019

By Dr Daud Abdullah

Anniversaries are usually occasions for reflection and soul searching and the first anniversary since the passing of Mohamed Morsi is no exception. It evokes memories of his life and times, which culminated as Egypt’s first democratically elected civilian president. For Palestinians, his one year in office was filled with hope.

During his presidency, Egypt’s policy towards the blockade of the Gaza Strip changed drastically. The diplomatic isolation of the enclave was broken and Cairo’s support for the full restoration of Palestinian rights were upheld.

The first affirmation of this was made during Morsi’s inauguration address at Cairo University on 30 June 2012: “I announce from here that Egypt, its people and presidential institution stand with the Palestinian people until they regain all their rights.”

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It must be recalled that after its signing of the Camp David Treaty in 1979, Egypt’s policy towards the conflict changed from being a supporter of Palestine to becoming a mediator between Israel and the Palestinian people.

Morsi was determined to reset his country’s orientation to one of active support, not for a ‘self-governing authority’ and ‘autonomy’ in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but the attainment of an independent sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the right of the refugees to return.

Gaza 

Regionally, one of the foremost challenges which the Morsi presidency faced was how to ease the hardship of the population of Gaza who have been blockaded by Israel since 2007.

Throughout this period, the Mubarak regime collaborated faithfully with Israel to maintain the cruel siege. In February 2008, his last foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, infamously warned in a statement carried by the state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) that “Whoever breaks the border line will have his foot broken.”

In order to end the misery of Gaza’s 1.7 million population, the Morsi government recognised that the Rafah Crossing had to be opened permanently for the free movement of people and goods. They wasted no time in accelerating this process.

The new administration in Cairo quickly set about reversing the diplomatic isolation which Israel and the Mubarak regime had enforced. Foreign heads of state, ministers and international solidarity workers soon flocked to Gaza to render technical assistance and help in reconstruction projects.A Palestinian Hamas policeman organizes the traffic in front of a photograph released by Hamas, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, right, meets the Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, in Gaza city on 29 August 2012. [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

A Palestinian Hamas policeman organizes the traffic in front of a photograph released by Hamas, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, right, meets the Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, in Gaza city on 29 August 2012

In October 2012, Qatar’s Emir Tamir bin Hamad Al Thani crossed into the enclave from Egypt; he was the first regional leader to do so since the visit by King Hussein of Jordan in 1999.

Shortly after, during the Israeli assault on Gaza in November, Morsi warned:

“I tell them in the name of all the Egyptian people that the Egypt of today is not the Egypt of yesterday and that the Arabs of today are different than the Arabs of yesterday.”

In a show of calculated defiance and solidarity with the people of Gaza, Morsi sent his Prime Minister Hesham Qandil to the enclave that month. He was the first and highest ranking Egyptian official to enter the Gaza Strip since the Israeli occupation began in 1967. That visit was followed by an Arab League delegation which included Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. In January 2013, Egypt also facilitated a visit to Gaza by then Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Notwithstanding their political importance, all these visits concluded with significant economic aid to the territory.

Normalisation and resistance 

To understand the decisions Morsi took and the price he paid for doing so, it must be recalled that long before the 25 January uprising, he was well-known for his support of Palestine. In fact, he was a founding member of the Egypt Council for Resistance Against the Zionist Project.

It is no coincidence, therefore, that the countries which bankrolled the military coup that toppled Morsi – the UAE and Saudi Arabia – are the same ones which today are leading the Arab campaign to normalise relations with Israel.

Morsi was clearly an undesirable obstacle to their plan.

Yet, as far as he was concerned, the Palestinian people had a right to resist the occupation, as long as they acted in accordance with international conventions and human rights law. For this reason, he encouraged the Palestinian factions to unite.

For Morsi, Palestinian reconciliation and unity was fundamental for the renewal of their national project. Furthermore, he was convinced that it would help insulate the Palestinian leadership from Israeli and American pressure in their decision-making.

Unsurprisingly, it took the Morsi administration just three months to broker the Fatah-Hamas Cairo Agreement in October 2012. That agreement was designed to ensure the reformation of the PLO, inclusion of all factions in its ranks, adherence to democratic processes, and representation for all Palestinians, including the refugees.

Neither Israel or its regional and international backers welcomed the agreement.

Throughout his term as President of Egypt, Morsi never pressured the PLO and Abbas to engage in the futile cycle of negotiations with Israel as his predecessor and successor have done. He knew it was a waste of time because of Israel’s deception and refusal to end its settlement expansion.

Palestinians protester carry a placard and gestures during a rally in support of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, in Gaza City on 19 August 2013. [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]
Palestinians protester carry a placard and gestures during a rally in support of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, in Gaza City on 19 August 2013

At the same time, Morsi urged the Palestinian Authority not to bow to Israeli pressure to undermine or obstruct the resistance. Whereas the Mubarak regime had negotiated, unsuccessfully, for five years to secure the release of the captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, it was under the auspices of Morsi’s government that an exchange deal was struck; resulting in the release of 1,027 Palestinian detainees from Israeli jails.

After the July 2013 coup many of the released prisoners were rearrested without a whimper of protest from the Sisi regime.

On the first anniversary of Mohamed Morsi’s passing, many Palestinians quite rightly imagine what their reality would have looked like today if he was still here. Would the Gaza Strip still be under Israeli-Egyptian lockdown? Would Israel have dared to contemplate annexing the West Bank and Jerusalem?

All of these were anathema to Morsi and it was for this reason and others Israel and its Arab collaborators conspired to topple him.

READ: Egypt’s January Revolution is not just a memory

(Source / 17.06.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, four Palestinians, including two children, in the Old City and the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, after assaulting them. The child was kidnapped by undercover soldiers.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the soldiers attacked several children in the Council Gate area of the Old City, and repeatedly tasered one of them.

The abducted Palestinians in the Old City have been identified as Abdul-Rahman Basheeti, 15, Adham Za’tari, and Mohammad Teryaqi.

In addition, undercover Israeli soldiers kidnapped one child, identified as Abdullah Rafat Mahmoud, in the al-‘Isawiya town.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted thirteen Palestinians from several parts of the West Bank.

(Source / 17.06.2020)

Israeli Army Demolishes Many Structures, Stores, Near Jerusalem

On Wednesday morning, Israeli soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded Abu Dis town, east of occupied East Jerusalem, before demolishing a shed, an under-construction building, and several stores, owned by Palestinians from the town.

The WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency has reported that the soldiers demolished a shed owned by Daoud Salam Shqeirat, an under-construction building owned by Tareq Sarkhi, in addition to an under-construction residential building owned by Ali Suwwan and Mohammad al-A’raj.

WAFA added that the soldiers also demolished a wall of the soccer filed belonging to Al-Quds University in Abu Dis.

On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted five Palestinian children, in addition to a mother and her son, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem.

(Source / 17.06.2020)

Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians, Including Four Children, In Silwan

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Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, five children, in addition to a mother and her son, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes in the town, and interrogated the Palestinians.

It added that the soldiers abducted five children, identified as Sultan Mahran Shweiki, 14, Walid Abdul-Razeq, 17, Adam Siyam, 14, his brother Amer, 17, and Mahdi Khdour, 14.

Furthermore, the soldiers Eman al-A’war, the mother of detainee Mohammad al-A’war, who has been imprisoned by Israeli since 2018, in addition to her other son, Jibreel.

It is worth mentioning that Eman was about to head to the Negev Desert Detention Camp to visit her imprisoned son, Mohammad, for the first time in four months after Israel suspended all visitations.

Her husband was taken prisoner three weeks ago, and remains under interrogation, held in a cell in the al-Maskobiyya interrogation facility in Jerusalem.

(Source / 17.06.2020)

Netanyahu says he will never recognize Palestine

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he does not want to bring the vote to recognize Palestine as a state in the Knesset or cabinet meetings, the head of the coalition, Knesset member Mickey Zohar, tweeted.

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Zohar added that the peace plan between the occupation state and Palestine put forward by US President Donald Trump is a historic plan because it gives ‘Israel’ domination over more Palestinian land as, according to Trump’s plan, no settlers will be forced to empty the West Bank settlements, which are illegal under international law, and the occupation state will control the main roads.

Netanyahu has been clear that he has no plans to bring acceptance of a Palestinian state – which is part of the Trump plan – to a vote in the cabinet or the Knesset in the near future.

Zohar’s tweet came in response to an intense campaign by leaders of the extremist settlement Yesha Council against Trump’s plan, specifically their fear that it would create a Palestinian state.

Israeli illegal settlers express their fear of the creation of a Palestinian state, that they have honed their message to focus on the prevention of establishing a Palestinian state.

“There must be sovereignty, even if it is in stages, but in no way can there be a Palestinian state, nor a [settlement building] freeze, and no enclave settlements,” Yesha Council CEO Yigal Dilmoni said.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu has made clear that he has no plan to freeze settlement construction, and that he will present a form of geographical communication between settlements.

According to the latest Israeli surveys, the numbers of Israeli illegal settlers in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley have reached over 463,000 settlers, living in over 150 settlements and 128 outposts that are deemed illegal according to international law.

Trump’s plan promises to annex illegal settlements and legalize the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley while creating a quasi-state for the Palestinian people.

(Source / 17.06.2020)

In Videos| ‘Israel’ prevents Palestinian mother from visiting her son in jail and arrests her instead

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian mother from occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday when she was getting ready to visit her son, who is jailed at the Negev desert jail.

The Committee of Jerusalem Prisoners’ Families said in a statement that the Israeli forces arrested Iman A’war this morning after breaking into her house in Silwan, Jerusalem, and also arrested her other son Jebril.

The committee added that the father of Muhammad A’war, who has been jailed for two years so far, has been also jailed for three weeks at the Maskubiyyeh interrogation center in West Jerusalem.

The mother, as well as families of other prisoners from the same city, was supposed to visit her son today as Palestinian prisoners have been denied visitations for four months because of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, being arrested, she will not be able to see her son.

In the same vein, Israeli forces arrested children between 15 and 17 years old from Silwan in the occupied capital city. The children have been identified as Adam Siyam, Amer Siyam, Mahdi Khaddour, and Sultan Shweiki.

The children were arrested after breaking into their houses.

Four other young Palestinians were also arrested in the old city and in Issawiyyeh after brutally beating them. Local sources stated that a verbal dislobe between the young men and Israeli policemen turned into a fight, where the Israeli policemen used their batons and tasers against the defenseless young men.

In Issawiyyeh, violent confrontations erupted between locals and Israeli forces, who used tear gas and stun canisters as well as bullets against civilians.

The confrontations erupted after a group of Israeli undercover forces broke into the neighborhood and kidnapped the Palestinian child Abdullah Mahmoud after beating him.

(Source / 17.06.2020)

Israeli occupation demolishes structures east Jerusalem

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Israeli occupation bulldozers Wednesday morning demolished Palestinian structures in the area between Abu Dis and As-Sawahira Ash-Sharqiya town, southeast of Jerusalem, said witnesses.

Local witnesses confirmed that Israeli forces escorted a bulldozer into the area, where they heavy machinery demolished a shack, under construction buildings, besides to several shops, all owned by local residents.

Read More: Israeli municipality demolishes six Palestinian structures in occupied Jerusalem

Israeli military bulldozers also demolished the wall surrounding Abu Dis University’s playground.

Israel demolishes Palestinian houses and structures almost on a daily basis as a means to achieve “demographic control” of the occupied territories.

Read More: Israel demolishes Palestinian structures near Jerusalem

Israel denies planning permits for Palestinians to build on their own land or to extend existing houses to accommodate natural growth, particularly in Jerusalem and Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely-granted permits to provide shelters for their families.

In contrast, Israel argues that building within existing colonial settlements is necessary to accommodate the “natural growth” of settlers. Therefore, it much more easily gives the estimated 550,000 Jewish Israeli settlers there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.

(Source / 17.06.2020)