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Gaza fisherman shot by Israel 2 weeks ago succumbs to his wounds

 
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian fisherman shot by the Israeli navy two weeks ago succumbed to his wounds Sunday morning, Gaza medical authorities said.

Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that 52-year-old Imad Shukri Salim was announced dead Sunday morning. 

Salim was shot in the chest by Israeli navy two weeks ago while he was fishing off the coast in the area of al-Sudaniya in the northern Gaza Strip, al-Qidra said.

Israeli forces shot two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the al-Sudaniya area in the month of May alone.

Palestinian fishermen are only allowed to go three nautical miles from Gaza’s shore, even though an agreement previously settled on 20 nautical miles. 

Israeli naval forces frequently harass Palestinian fishermen who near the three-mile limit, as well as those inside the zone.

There are 4,000 fishermen in Gaza. According to a 2011 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross 90 percent are poor, an increase of 40 percent from 2008 and a direct result of Israeli limits on the fishing industry.

 
(Source / 08.06.2014) 

Israeli company setup to encourage Jewish Europeans to immigrate to Israel

Jewish passenger at check in

The Israeli government recently approved the “France First” plan to encourage Jewish immigration to Israel from France. Yedioth Ahronoth stated that this plan led to the increase in the number of immigrants from France to Israel by 192 per cent compared to last year.

The Israeli government and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption are implementing a plan to encourage European Jews, especially from Ukraine, to immigrate to Israel under the pretext of the growing anti-Semitism in Europe. Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Friday that the Israeli government has allocated 100 million new Israeli shekels (£17.2 million) to this plan. The plan also includes granting 15,000 new Israeli shekels (£2,577) to every Jewish family that flees these areas.The newspaper added that the Israeli government decided to establish an independent company in order to encourage Jewish immigration to Israel from all over the world. In the past, The Jewish Agency for Israel dealt with the matters of Jewish immigration to Israel, but the new company will not have the same restrictions applied to state companies and it will be able to operate freely in European countries.

This company will also include representatives from Zionist organisations such as Keren Kayemet (The Jewish National Fund), the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Histadrut, and will work in accordance with the regulations of a specialised committee that will be formed and will be presided over by the head of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.

The newspaper also stressed that the new company “will market the plan in European countries in order to create a large increase in the number of Jewish immigrants to Israel.” According to the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption date, the number of immigrants from Ukraine to Israel doubled this year in comparison to the same period last year. This year 1,541 immigrants arrived in Israel compared to 697 immigrants during the first half of last year, Israel attributes this increase to the deteriorating security situation in Ukraine after its division.

The Israeli government recently approved the “France First” plan to encourage Jewish immigration to Israel from France. Yedioth Ahronoth stated that this plan led to the increase in the number of immigrants from France to Israel by 192 per cent compared to last year.

An official from the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption acknowledged the sensitivity of encouraging Jews in European countries to immigrate to Israel because they are citizens of a foreign country. He also said that the activity of the Zionist organisations in this context “is carried out in a quiet manner without drawing any attention”.

(Source / 07.06.2014) 

BDS campaign creating growing panic in Israel

Tel Aviv ought to realise that expanding existing colonies and building new ones on Palestinian Occupied Territories cannot be an agenda for peace

 

With the troubled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations continuing to cast its long shadow on peace prospects, US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that a breakdown could “threaten Israel’s economic prosperity and safety”. He recently told a Security Conference in Germany that “today’s status quo, to a certainty, I promise you 100 per cent cannot be maintained. It’s not sustainable, it’s illusionary. There’s a momentary prosperity, there’s a momentary peace”.

Kerry even went further saying: “If negotiations failed, Israel would never stay a democratic country within a framework of dual ethnicity because people (Palestinians) will demand their full civil rights as enjoyed by its Jewish citizens”. Kerry spoke of a “de-legitimisation campaign building up” and “talk of boycotts and other kinds of things” against Israel if the current government does not seriously work to reach a peace settlement with the Palestinians. As to his comment on “momentary security”, Kerry could be referring to the fact that Al Qaida is now at Israel’s borders on the Golan Heights and in Sinai with its ‘takfiri’ doctrine that permits it to use all means, including chemical and radiated materials to eradicate Israel, without feeling concern of any possible retaliation, whatsoever. Israel, in this case, has no defence or security strategy that could effectively face up to the takfiri hordes gathering near its borders.

What seems to worry Israel now is the economic boycott that is steadily gathering momentum across the world against its racist policies and construction of colonies on Palestinian lands. In Europe, a boycott movement is growing, led by companies and mega funds with billions of dollars. The Palestinian grassroots nonviolent movement BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel with campaigns in western countries has been gaining support for its call for the end of Israel’s 1967 occupation and for the recognition of the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to attain full equality as well as the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands, which they were forced to leave in 1948.

Indeed, the nonviolent strategy used by this movement has also found support from many Jews around the world and even Israelis who are “fed up” with the ‘religious right’ that has supremacy in the Zionist state. Such a ‘right’ will ultimately make Israel “an exclusionary Jewish state” eradicating democracy because its non-Jewish citizens will not have equal rights. This very exclusionary principle when applied in Germany to make it “an Aryan State” for “the white Christian race” as a condition for full citizenship caused the Jews tremendous loss of life and property and now a similar attitude is being invoked by none other than the Zionist state itself!!! Many Jews of conscience are absolutely certain that “an exclusionary Jewish State” will usher the end of Israel, without doubt.

The BDS campaigns are creating a growing panic in Israel and a conflict between its foreign ministry and the ministry of strategic affairs. The latter has developed a plan to face and challenge the BDS’ campaigns around the world and asked for a large budget. The plan will be based on accusing BDS of anti-Semitism and aiming to delegitimise Israel as a state. The ministry’s answer to BDS will be carried by worldwide campaigns using and activating organisations and news media outlets friendly to the Zionist state. The Israeli foreign ministry opposes this plan because “it would make the problem much worse”! There seems to be a growing concern that the cost of the campaign launched by the BDS is high. According to a recent report by Yediot Ahronot, “the Israeli losses resulting from this boycott affecting factories within the settlements [colonies] and Israeli farmers in the Jordan Valley are approaching $20 billion (Dh73.56 billion) coupled with the loss of employment of more than 10,000 workers”.

Israeli colonial policies are not only catastrophic to Israelis and Jews only, but to western countries and the US as well. The ‘takfiri’ western fighters of Al Qaida gaining military experience in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, to mention a few, will eventually return to their homelands. The latest bombings in Russia are just a prelude to what is coming to Europe and the US. That is why the US secretary of state is pushing for a peaceful settlement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), but he has been facing the wall of absolute Israeli intransigence and opposition. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is adamant on rejecting the proposed American framework plan and is demanding that negotiations should continue for one more year. Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected an Israeli demand to recognise a ‘Jewish state’ and called for a further release of Palestinian prisoners and a halt to construction and expansion of Jewish colonies. In the late March crisis, Israel refused to release the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners — a move that pushed the Palestinian president to join (15) UN conventions, which — again — resulted in a series of Israeli “punishments” against the PNA.

Whatever US President Barack Obama is capable of doing to convince Israel is left to be seen. Expanding existing colonies and building new ones on Palestinian Occupied Territories is not an agenda for peace or achievement of a two-state solution, but one leading to disasters affecting all, including the western world.

(Source / 07.06.2014) 

Myanmar nationalist group organizes anti-Islam boycott


Myanmar nationalist group organizes anti-Islam boycott

Burmese Nationalist Youth to distribute leaflets and CDs urging boycott of Qatar-owned phone company because it is based in an Islamic country.

Nationalist monks in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar are to launch a campaign to boycott a Qatar-owned telecommunications company on Saturday because it is “from an Islamic country.”

U Parmaukha, a radical Buddhist abbot based in Yangon, Myanmar’s main city, told the local Irrawaddy news website this week that the boycott has been organized to “protect the integrity” of Myanmar and Buddhism.

“We doubt that we will have freedom when talking over their mobile network because the company is from an Islamic country,” he added.

The boycott is of Ooredoo, a telecoms giant owned by the Qatari government – one of two foreign firms – the other being Norwegian firm Telenor – awarded contracts to run mobile phone services in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation last year.

Decades of isolation under a military dictatorship that enforced eye-watering prices for SIM cards to clamp down on communications considered dangerous to state apparatus turned Myanmar into one of the least connected countries in the world.

But a reformist government installed in 2010 now hopes to bring mobile phones to the masses, and wants three quarters of the country’s roughly 60 million citizens to own the devices by 2015 – the year of a landmark general election.

The recent reforms have seen Myanmar undergo widespread economic liberalization – but have also been blamed for unleashing a wave of anti-Muslim violence – Rohingya Muslims are believed to form around 4 percent of the population.

A group called the Burmese Nationalist Youth will start distributing leaflets and CDs in Yangon on Saturday urging people not to buy Ooredoo’s SIM cards when they go on sale at some point from July. They also want supporters to refuse to answer calls from people using the company’s services.

Wali Ullah, a Muslim activist based in Yangon, said the boycott could “damage national development” and called on Myanmar’s government to intervene.

“Myanmar needs good telecommunications… it’s very important we don’t let extremists ruin things,” he told the Anadolu Agency on Friday.

(Source / 07.06.2014) 

Taliban members released in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl begin new lives in Qatar


Exclusive: From Guantánamo to the al-Muaither neighbourhood in Doha – how the Taliban released in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl settling in to Qatar neighbourhood of air-conditioned private castles and flashy cars

Mohammed Nabi Omari

Mohammed Nabi Omari in Quatar 

BMWs and 4×4 vehicles crammed the car park and pavements around the tall white mosque where worshippers were reciting the midday prayer.

Outside, in the suffocating 45 degree desert heat, perfectly tarmacked, wide roads run alongside row after row of large, high walled, residential compounds.

It is here, in al-Muaither, a neighbourhood on the outskirts the Qatari capital Doha, that the five Taliban members released from Guantánamo detention centre have been taken to settle in to their new life as free men, The Telegraph has learned.

The five men, accused of massacres that left thousands dead in Afghanistan and the Middle East, were released as part of the controversial prisoner swap last Saturday for one US soldier, who has himself been labelled a deserter.

The exclusive neighbourhood of al-Muaither in Doha, the capital of Qatar

They were spirited to Doha by Qatari government officials in exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, 28, the US soldier held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years.

Under the terms of the agreement, the men are banned from travelling outside of Qatar for one year, but will be allowed to move freely within the Gulf state.

Prior to their incarceration, the five men were leading figures in the Taliban. They include Khairullah Khairkwa, one of the movement’s founders, and Mohammed “Mullah” Fazl, the former chief of staff of the Taliban army.

Fazl presided over the execution of surrendering fighters and burned down villages during the Taliban assault on the Shomali plains in 1999, causing hundreds of thousands of people to flee.

Norullah Noori, once a senior Taliban military commander in northern Afghanistan allegedly took part in the massacre of thousands of Shi’ites in 1998. According to Pentagon documents, he led Taliban fighters against US troops during the 2001 invasion.

Mohammed Nabi Omari and Abdul Haq Wasiq are described as being connected to several Islamic extremist groups, including al-Qaeda. The five are “the worst of the worst”, according to Michael Kugelman, of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

However, their new living quarters in Doha, the opulent city of a small nation dripping in oil wealth, are a far cry from their ascetic existence on the Afghan battlefield or the more than a decade spent inside Guantánamo.

A “non-compliant” detainee is escorted by guards after showering inside Guantánamo in this file photo dated 2009 (JOHN MOORE/GETTY)

In al-Muaither, a neighbourhood of roughly one square mile that backs on to the Qatari desert, each home is an air-conditioned private castle. The building inside each compound was designed by architects to the owner’s taste, resulting in houses complete with turrets and faux battlements.

The vast gates of the compounds open onto a symmetrical grid of wide boulevards populated with flashy cars.

Al-Muaither is the most Bedouin and conservative part of the Qatari capital, and mosques can be found almost on every corner.

As well as Qataris, the area is inhabited by thousands of Bengali, Pakistani, and Afghan residents.

The men are said to be receiving medical treatment, and “taking rest” after their long detention.

The five men have so far chosen to remain silent as they settle in to their new home, but a statement attributed to them on a Taliban website said they were holding to the “covenant which was agreed upon between Islamic Emirate and the State of Qatar regarding our release”.

Their location has been kept fiercely secret by the Qatari leadership, perhaps at the behest of the American administration who has not published the full details of the conditions of the exchange.

However, one Taliban source in Doha, who asked for his identity to be kept private and who had knowledge of the men’s whereabouts told the Telegraph: “They are in the al-Muaither area. They are resting now in the compound with their families who have come to join them here.”

A second source, with contacts inside the Taliban in Qatar independently confirmed the men were in al-Muaither.

The successful exchange is a positive outcome for the Qatar, which has been keen to translate its oil wealth into increased political power and status on the world stage.

“This has been a much needed success for Qatar,” said Michael Stephens, a senior Doha based analyst with the security think tank, the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi).

For several years, Qatar has been seeking to position itself as a mediator between Islamist groups and the western world.

Last year, it allowed the Taliban to open an office to use for its ongoing negotiations with the US government in Doha.

The negotiations sought to find a way to bring an end to twelve years of conflict in Afghanistan, and to release Sgt Bergdahl, America’s only prisoner of war.

Sgt Bergdahl is handed over to American forces by the Taliban

The project ended in diplomatic disaster however, when the Taliban adorned the office with the trappings of state, raising a flag emblazoned with the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” – the name it ascribed to Afghanistan during its past rule of the country.

The manoeuvre infuriated Hamid Karzai, the current Afghan president, ending his willingness to cooperate in the negotiations. Hours later, the flag was taken down, but the damage had been done.

The negotiations also sparked the anger of Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan, who accused their leaders of betraying them by talking to the enemy Americans, whilst they lost their lives in the battlefield.

It took a year to repair relations and resume the negotiations that had begun shortly after Sgt. Bergdahl was seized in 2009, in circumstances that have not yet been clarified.

The negotiations were reportedly opened and initially led by Michael Steiner, a 64-year-old German diplomat who is currently Berlin’s ambassador to Delhi.

According to Germany’s Bild newspaper, Mr Steiner made contact with a senior Taliban figure shortly afterwards and used the connection to organise meetings between him and US State Department negotiators and CIA agents, in Munich, different cities in the Gulf and finally Qatar.

The breakthrough came after the US agreed to release some Taliban prisoners in exchange for the US soldier.

A member of the Taliban living in Doha who was close to the negotiations said: “The Taliban had been asking for a long time for their people. It is only when the Americans came forward with this agreement that the deal was done.”

After the drama of the Taliban office opening, ongoing negotiations were kept top secret.

Mr Stephens said: “Even in the Taliban negotiating team that was sent to Doha to fill the office, only very few people were in the loop [of the details of the deal].”

“The Qataris would have had influence [on the negotiations], but I don’t believe they were steering anything. It’s not Qatar’s issue, so the details would have been hammered out between the United States and the Taliban.”

Mr Stephens said that some of the negotiations likely took place without intermediaries: “It’s clear that the Americans have been speaking directly with the Taliban for years.”

The release of the five Guantánamo detainees has sparked a furore of criticism of President Barak Obama from the American Right wing, who say these are dangerous individuals who might one day seek to attack the US.

Even Hillary Clinton, Mr Obama’s former secretary of state, said that negotiations with the Taliban over Sgt Bergdahl’s release,”would be hard to swallow for many Americans”.

Their release has also sparked anger and alarm among civilian populations in northern Afghanistan, who suffered directly at the hands of Mohammed Fazl, one of the released detainees.

In 1999, Taliban forces led by Fazl seized control of the Shomali plain, causing hundreds of thousands of people to flee. One former member of the Mujahideen who fought against these Taliban forces during that period, but who asked not to be named told The Telegraph he believed villagers in this area might be about to bring a civil lawsuit against Fazl.

He also said he believed their release might lead to a competition for power between them and the current Taliban leaders, further splitting the already fractured organisation.

For the next year at least however, the ex-detainees are constrained to live a life of comfort in the Qatari capital.

They join a plethora of dictators, war criminals, militia leaders and extremists who have been given sanctuary in the country, in exchange for staying quiet.

Moussa Koussa, the ex-spy chief of former Libyan dictator Colonel Muammer Gaddaffi, Khaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas’ political Burea, and influential Muslim cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi are just some of the characters who can be found sipping tea in the Four Seasons in Doha.

There are also several dozen, quite senior, members of the Taliban living in the country, but they have so far kept a low profile.

Mr Stephens said: “If you are a Taliban member in Doha, your job is not to do anything.”

An Afghan community leader in Doha who asked not to be named said: “The Taliban leaders go to restaurants like everyone else. I visit their homes, not for politics; just as friends.”

It remains to be seen whether the five ex-Guantánamo fighters, all now past the age of forty, will seek to return to the battlefield, or will relax into the commercial comforts of Doha life.

(Source / 07.06.2014) 

Turkish party in Bulgaria calls for early elections

Turkish party in Bulgaria calls for early elections

Lutfi Mestan, the leader of the mainly Turkish Truth and Freedom Movement (HOH) Party, called for elections to take place at the end of this year.

Ethnic Turks in Bulgaria are calling for early parliamentary elections in the country.

Lutvi Mestan, the leader of the mainly Turkish Truth and Freedom Movement (HOH) Party, called for elections to take place at the end of this year.

His call came after meeting with coalition leaders Sergey Stanishev of the Bulgaria Socialist Party and Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.

During the meeting, the HOH leader pointed out his party’s success in sending four candidates to the European Parliament after the May 25 elections and used this as a reason to call for moving the polls forward.

Warning that Oresharski remaining as Prime Minister could lead to instability, Mestan said the government should resign by September and pass on the responsibility of running the country to an interim technocrat government until early elections on November 27 or December 4.

(Source / 07.06.2014)  

Israeli forces crack down on Palestinian press

Hamde Abu Rahme, by Allison DegerDisturbing reports from Palestine: Israeli forces raid a Palestinian television studio in East Jerusalem and break up the airing of the “Good Morning Jerusalem” program because it is “inciting against” the Israeli occupation. They detain a guest and two employees; and meantime in the Friday Bil’in demonstration, soldiers beat the great photographer Hamde Abu Rahme, break his camera, and erase his images.

Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab reports on twitter: “Israeli spokeswoman tells BBC they raided TV studio in J’lm because of content.”

The full report from MADA, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom:

Ramallah-6/6/2014: Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom, MADA, condemns the raiding of occupation forces the place where ”Sabah Al-Khair Ya Quds” Good Morning Jerusalem Program was being filmed, and they forced the staff to stop broadcasting. They arrested the program director of  production, Nadir Paprs, the cameraman of Pal Media agency, Ashraf Al- Shweeki, and one of the guests, claiming that the program is not licensed, and it’s inciting against Israeli occupation.

The director of the program ,Mai Abu Asab, told MADA that Israeli occupation forces raided the headquarter of the studio , where the program was being filmed , in Jerusalem, which was broadcasted live, they told them to stop immediately filming, and they arrested her colleagues, Paprs and Al-Shweeki, who were released  after a half and an hour from interrogation. Mai said: “All the  accusations against the program, it is illegal, not licensed and inciting against Israeli occupation, are not true at all, since we have been broadcasting for five years through Pal Media company which is licensed in the city.” Mai said also that Israeli told  her colleagues that a complaint will be submitted  against the administration  of the program.

Moreover, Israeli occupation forces also attacked the freelance journalist, Hamdi Abu Rahme, by severe beating. They erased all the photos taken by his camera, and its  lens was broken while he was covering the events of the weekly march in Bi’lin village west of Ramallah. Mr. Abu Rahme told MADA an Israeli soldiers had approached near him, and they ordered him to stop filming, giving them his camera. Since he refused that, 6 Israeli soldiers attacked him, and he was beaten in a violent way. They aimed the gun towards his head and his camera was taken forcibly. Abu Rahme added: “They beat me violently, using thir hands and the bottoms of the guns. They also erased all the photos taken by the camera of my freelance colleague, Haitham Al-Khateeb.”

MADA confirms that this violation is a complement of Israeli occupation practices which aim to hide the truth on Israeli occupation practices against  the occupied Jerusalem city and its citizens. MADA  demands the international community to quickly put  an end for Israeli violations on media freedom.

Below, Rahme explains his determination to become a journalist after his cousin was killed by Israeli forces in 2009. Why is it important? Without media, Bil’in would not be known by the world. 

(Source / 06.06.2014) 

Palestinian Seriously Injured By Army Fire In Jerusalem

[Friday Evening, June 6, 2014] Palestinian sources have reported that one Palestinian suffered a serious head injury after Israeli soldiers opened fire at nonviolent protesters in the al-Eesawiyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Silwan Information Center
Silwan Information Center 

Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, member of the Follow-up Committee in al-Eesawiyya, stated that the wounded Palestinian suffered a serious injury after the concussion grenade struck him directly in his front head. 

The wounded man was moved to a local Palestinian hospital in occupied Jerusalem. 

Abu al-Hummus said that, as dozens of Palestinians were attending a wedding in the center of al-Eesawiyya, dozens of soldiers and police officers invaded the town, and attacked the residents who were dancing and celebrating. 

He added that another Palestinian narrowly escaped an Israeli military attack when the soldiers tried to ram him with their jeep.

(Source / 07.06.2014) 

Palestinian Unity Govt: Fairness? Or factions?

The Palestinians Unity Government has stumbled through its first week, with many still wondering what ministries and ministers there are – and aren’t. The Ministry of Detainees was the first casualty, being disestablished in favour of a ‘committee’ under the PLO – but a groundswell of popular outrage quickly saw it ‘re-established’ as a ministry without either a ministry or a minister, the portfolio then assigned by Abbas to PM Hamdallah – who quickly tossed it on like the hot potato it is to Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Social Affairs Shawqi al-Ayasa, where it still smoulders.

The new government might do well to remember that it is there to represent ALL Palestinians, not just Fatah and Hamas. That is there to promote the Palestinian cause, not personal or factional agendas – and especially not those of foreign interests.

That it is there, first and foremost, to administer the country with justice and fairness to all.

Including Palestinian prisoners. Including Palestinian workers.

The question to ask was not “Will the US, EU, Israel accept a unity government with a Ministry of Detainees in the midst of a hunger strike?” but “Is it fair to Palestinian detainees and their families to disestablish the Ministry of Detainees, the only body charged with protecting and promoting their rights, BEFORE setting up an alternative committee – in the midst of a hunger strike?”

The second trip at the hurdle was the salaries fiasco, where the new government paid the salaries of Palestinian Authority employees – thousands of whom in Gaza have been receiving salaries for seven years without working – but failed to pay the salaries of the government sector in Gaza, who have been working on half pay or less for many months. The Gaza employees include supporters of all factions, and none.

It is not a matter of Fatah and Hamas. It is a matter of justice, and fairness.

The question for the government to ask itself was pretty obvious – “Who should we pay?” The answer even more so -”Everyone to whom there is a contractual obligation.”

To do otherwise is at best a clumsy exercise in very bad faith – and at worst, a slap in the face for all of those workers in Gaza who actually earned their salaries.

If the unity government does not have enough money to pay everyone the full amount, pay everyone some – or pay no-one. Whatever you pay, whoever you pay, pay it fairly, with justice.

Not with partisanship.

It is to the great credit of the PEOPLE of Palestine that both of these governmental fiascos have been tolerated in the interest of unity.

It remains to be seen whether this government will find its feet, and stride forwards into a future with justice and fairness to all Palestinians.

They deserve no less.

NOTE
The Ministerial line-up sworn in on 2 June (subsequent changes in brackets):
Rami Hamdallah – prime minister and minister of interior (following a groundswell of outrage, the ‘dissolved’ detainees portfolio was re-established and assigned to Hamdallah by Abbas, but quickly tossed on to Shawqi al-Ayasa)
Ziad Abu Amr -deputy prime minister and minister of culture
Muhammad Mustafa – deputy prime minister and minister of national economy
Shukri Bishara – minister of finance and planning
Riyad al-Maliki – minister of foreign affairs
Salim al-Saqqa – minister of justice
Adnan al-Husseini – minister of Jerusalem affairs
Rula Maya – minister of tourism and antiquities
Jawad Awad – minister of health.
Khawlah Shakhshir – minister of education and higher education
Mufeed al-Hasayna – minister of public works and housing
Allam Mousa – minister of telecommunications and transportation
Shawqi al-Ayasa – minister of agriculture and social affairs (later caught the hot potato of detainees through an unclear process)
Hayfaa al-Agha – minister for women
Mamoun Abu Shahla – minister of labour
Nayif Abu Khalaf – minister of local governance
Yousif Ideis – minister of endowment.

(Source / 06.06.2014) 

Ya’alon Demands Abbas To Disarm Hamas, Control Gaza

Israel To Discuss More Sanctions On P.A

Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, called on the Israeli Government of Benjamin Netanyahu to act on controlling the Gaza Strip, and to disarm the Hamas movement, along with other armed resistance groups in the coastal region.

Moshe Ya'alon - Wikipedia
Moshe Ya’alon 

Ya’alon claimed that Abbas cannot control Gaza, and that Israel wants to disarm the Hamas movement. His statements came during a meeting with international military attachés.

“Abbas cannot control Gaza; after signing reconciliation agreement with Hamas, we are demanding him to disarm it,” the Israeli official said, “If he fails to do so, then this reconciliation is just a hoax, meant to delude public opinion.” 

Ya’alon claimed he “wishes for peace with the Palestinians” and alleged that the Palestinian leadership is not moderate “as it refuses to recognize Israel as a state for the Jewish people”. 

“The Palestinian leadership is not interested in ending the conflict,” the Israeli official added. “There is no use of dealing with it”.

In related news, Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that Netanyahu will be holding a meeting with his cabinet, on Sunday, to discuss more sanctions against the Palestinian Authority for forming a national unity government. 

Ministers of all coalition parties will be participating in the meeting, while Israel’s Economy Minister, Naftali Bennett, intends to propose a his plan regarding “annexing” Israel’s settlements blocks in the occupied West Bank.

On Wednesday, Bennett who also heads the Jewish Home right wing party sent a letter to Netanyahu asking the government to convene in order to discuss more sanction against the P.A. and to present his “Plan B” meant for “annexing” Israel’s settlements in the West Bank. 

His plan refers to what he called settlements and areas of “extensive Israeli consensus”, and “carry vital security, moral and historical interest”.

(Source / 06.06.2014)