Massage From Hamas To The World In The 54th Friday Of Great Return March

Days Of Palestine [ Gaza ] –  The Hamas Politburo Member Dr. Khalil Al-Hayya sent a massege to the world in the 54th Friday of the Great March of Return.

Al-Hayya said that the Israeli occupation still occupies our land and the Palestinian people have the right to resist to end this occupation and establish our Palestinian state.

The Israeli occupation still occupies our land and the Palestinian people have the right to resist to end this occupation and establish our Palestinian state, Al-Hayya added.

He continued that the Israeli occupation who kills children and innocent people , media crews,  paramedics, elderly and others. We are an occupied nation— the longest and only occupation on the face of this earth. 

In his speech, he sent a message to the world said that today, we are here to say that the time has come for the world to stand in solidarity with us against this brutal occupation. 

(Source / 14.04.2019) 

DFLP: New PA government only has Fatah members

Secretary General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Nayef Hawatmeh [Wikipedia]

Secretary General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Nayef Hawatmeh

Secretary General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Nayef Hawatmeh, said yesterday that the new Palestinian Authority (PA) government consists only of Fatah members.

The government, he told Russian news agency Sputnik, “does not prioritise the interests of our people or the Palestinian issue”. He reiterated that the government “does not consist of the PLO [Palestine Liberation Organisation] factions” and “is not a Palestinian unity government”.

Hawatmeh – who is currently visiting Russian capital Moscow – added: “Political will is needed in order to call for a meeting of all the Palestinian factions to agree on holding presidential, legislative and PNC [Palestinian National Council] elections.”

At the same time, he said that the “political and social gaps among the Palestinian factions are deep,” noting that decisions taken consensually by the PLO factions have not been implemented.

Islamic Jihad: PA launching war against our supporters in the West Bank

Commenting on the result of the Israeli election, Hawatme said that the situation is “complex” as there are “two big blocs” in the Knesset, stating that despite the differences between them both are “expansionist”.

Regarding normalising ties with Israel, he said: “The Palestinian people and all of its factions are against all forms of normalisation with Israel as long as the Palestinian issues remain unresolved.”

He stated that the visit of newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Jordan is a form of normalisation, as is the speech by the Omani foreign minister at the Davos Forum in the Kingdom.

READ: Expert: PA ‘greatly disappointed’ with Israel election results(Source / 13.04.2019) 

Massive Participation In Funeral Of Child Shot At Gaza Protest

Thousands of Palestinian citizens in the Gaza Strip attended on Friday evening the funeral of a child who was shot dead earlier on the same day by an Israeli soldier during his participating in a March of Return rally in the north of the coastal enclave.

The funeral procession of 15-year-old Maysara Abu Shallouf moved from outside the Indonesian hospital in Jabalia to his home in Beit Hanoun, where his family bade him a final farewell before performing the funeral prayer at the Rayyan Mosque and laying him to rest at a municipal cemetery.

In the funeral , the mourners chanted slogans calling for avenging the death of Abu Shallouf and protecting the participants in the March of Return rallies from Israeli attacks.

(Source / 13.04.2019) 

One Palestinian child martyred, dozens others injured in Gaza march

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said that 15-year-old Maisara Musa Abu Shalouf was murdered by an Israeli sniper’s bullet in his abdomen in Jabalya during Friday’s Great Return March.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health Ashraf al Qudrah said that 17 Palestinians were injured while dozens of others were suffocated during the Israeli repression of the peaceful weekly protest eastern Gaza strip.

In the same vein, local sources said that Israeli forces -stationed on the other side of the separation barrier- opened fire and threw tear gas at dozens of dozens of young men and women, who were preparing to participate in the weekly protests, killing the 15-year-old child and injuring 12 with live bullets and dozens of others with tear gas.

Thousands of Palestinians participated in the 54th protest of the weekly Great Return March protests in on the borders separating Gaza strip from the Palestinian lands, occupied in 1948.

(Source / 13.04.2019) 

Two Hunger Striking Prisoners Moved To Ramla Prison Hospital

The Palestinian Prisoners Media Office on Wednesday said that the Israel Prison Service (IPS) transferred two hunger striking detainees to Ramla prison hospital.

The Media Office said in a brief statement that two prisoners taking part in the new mass hunger strike Karama (dignity) 2 were moved from Ramon jail to Ramla prison hospital after they refused to drink water.

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails started an open-ended hunger strike on Monday after the IPS refused to respond to their demands. Many others joined them on Tuesday.

The hunger strikers are protesting the harsh detention conditions, the cancer-causing cellphone jammers installed in the prison cells, the family visit ban imposed on hundreds of detainees, and other punitive measures waged against them by the IPS lately.

(Source / 12.04.2019) 

Islamic Jihad: PA launching war against our supporters in the West Bank

Image of the Palestinian Authority police forces violently intervening a protest against the trial of Basel al-Araj, who was killed during a raid by Israeli soldiers at his home, and his five friends in front of the Ramallah Minor Court in Ramallah, West Bank, March 12, 2017 ( Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )

Palestinian Authority police force can be seen violently arresting a Palestinian man

Islamic Jihad has accused the Palestinian Authority of waging a “vicious war” against the movement and its supporters in the occupied West Bank.

Movement leader, Khader Habib, said during an interview with Quds Press yesterday that the Palestinian Authority’s security agencies have arrested a number of the movement’s members in the West Bank and cut their salaries.

“The Palestinian Authority exercises its policy of arresting political opponents which is not new despite long appeals to stop these practices,” he said.

He added that the Palestinian Authority is following a plan in the occupied West Bank which serves Israel’s security at the expense of the Palestinian people and resistance.

READ: Hamas condemns PA attacks on West Bank student activists

The PA security services have recently arrested a number of Islamic Jihad members and leaders in the occupied West Bank including freed leaders Ahmed Dar Nasr, 56, and Ahmed Hassan Nasr, 54, as well as leader Riyad Abu-Safiya, 54.

Several Palestinian factions in the West Bank including Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine accuse the Fatah dominated PA of carrying out political arrests against members of opposition groups.

READ: Abbas’ commitment to the status quo and international legitimacy has failed Palestinians

(Source / 10.04.2019) 

Breaking News: Palestinian prisoners launch collective hunger strike to demand justice and dignity

Art by Josh MacPhee for Decolonize This Place #DignityStrike campaign

Palestinian prisoners have announced the launch of a collective hunger strike in Israeli prisons on Monday, 8 April to demand an end to the ongoing and escalated repression inside the prisons. The strike is being led by a number of leaders from all of the Palestinian political parties and organizations inside Israeli prisons, with 120 prisoners launching the open hunger strike as a first step toward a collective hunger strike of all prisoners, in a declaration of a “second battle of dignity (Karameh).”

The Handala Center for Prisoners and Former Prisoners said that the strike was launched in response to the Israel Prison Service’s reneging on previously agreed-upon understandings to lessen the level of repression imposed on the prisoners. Specifically, Allam Kaabi said, the prison administration had previously agreed to make telephone calls available to all except for those classified by the occupation as “security matters,” but then disavowed that understanding.  The prisoners are represented by a leadership group representing all political forces; Ahmad Sa’adat, Palestinian national leader and the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, is part of this coordinating committee.

The strike comes one day before the Israeli elections, in which a slew of right-wing candidates have competed with one another to pledge harsher attacks against the Palestinian people, including Palestinians in Gaza and Palestinian political prisoners.

As part of his own campaign efforts, Gilad Erdan, Israeli Minister of Internal Security, has imposed even more harsh repressive measures on Palestinian prisoners alongside public announcements and displays in an attempt to boost support for the Likud. (It should be noted that Erdan is also head of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, responsible for global campaigns against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) and Palestine solidarity. In this context, Erdan has focused specific attacks on human rights organizations and solidarity groups supporting Palestinian prisoners, including Samidoun.)

These repressive attacks have included multiple invasions of prisoners’ cells, rooms and sections by heavily armed repressive units. Prisoners’ belongings have been searched and confiscated, while multiple prisoners have been transferred from section to section. Prisoners have been beaten by these forces, who have also fired tear gas within the confined space of prison sections, leading to multiple injuries. Thouands of books have been confiscated from the prisoners, while family visits have been banned for many prisoners, especially those associated with the Hamas movement. In addition, devices such as surveillance cameras and alleged mobile-phone jammers have been installed in the prisons, further elevating the level of surveillance faced by the prisoners.

These attacks have come under the banner of Erdan’s committee to “examine the conditions of the prisoners” in order to “impose a new reality” on Palestinian prisoners – precisely designed to roll back the rights that the prisoners have only won through years of struggle, including hunger strikes and other protests. The prisoners’ demands include: the installation of public telephones in the prisons to allow them to communicate with their families, the removal of the jamming devices, the return of family visits to normal and the abolition of all of the repressive measures, sanctions and penalties imposed on the prisoners.

According to breaking news reports from Palestine, key leaders of the prisoners’ movement and the Palestinian national liberation movement as a whole have joined the strike and hundreds are planning to join the strike in the coming days. The strike is planned to escalate on 17 April, marked in Palestine and internationally as Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. There are currently around 5,500 Palestinians held in Israeli jails, including 48 women, 230 children and nearly 500 held without charge or trial under indefinitely renewable administrative detention orders.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses its strongest support for the Palestinian prisoners’ movement as it launches this critical battle for dignity and justice. We urge people around the world to take action to support the prisoners’ strike and join their struggle. The Palestinian prisoners will not be isolated or left alone! International solidarity is critical to building support, attention and pressure to help them achieve their demands. 

Take Action!

1) Organize or join an event or protest for the Palestinian prisoners. From today, organize demonstrations, actions and events and join in the Prisoners’ Week of Action from 17 to 24 April 2018! You can organize an info table, rally, solidarity hunger strike, protest or action to support the prisoners. If you are already holding an event about Palestine or social justice, include solidarity with the prisoners as part of your action. Send your events and reports to samidoun@samidoun.net.

2) Write letters and make phone calls to protest the violation of Palestinian prisoners’ rights. Demand your government take action to stop supporting Israeli occupation or to pressure the Israeli state to end the policies of repression of Palestinian political prisoners.

Call during your country’s regular office hours:

• Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne: + 61 2 6277 7500
• Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
• European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini: +32 (0) 2 29 53516
• New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters: +64 4 439 8000
• United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt: +44 20 7008 1500
• United States President Donald Trump: 1-202-456-1111

3) Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Join the BDS campaign to highlight the complicity of corporations like Hewlett-Packard and the continuing involvement of G4S in Israeli policing and prisons. Build a campaign to boycott Israeli goods, impose a military embargo on Israel, or organize around the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

(Source / 08.04.2019) 

Medical NGO: ‘What would be unimaginable elsewhere has become normal here in Gaza’

Palestinian medical staff carry away an injured Palestinian during a protest within the "Great March of Return" and "Palestinian Land Day" demonstrations at Israel-Gaza border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 30 March 2019. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian medical staff carry away an injured Palestinian during a protest within the “Great March of Return” and “Palestinian Land Day” demonstrations at Israel-Gaza border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 30 March 2019

An international medical charity has described the violence meted out on Palestinian protesters in the occupied Gaza Strip by Israeli soldiers as “unimaginable”.

In an article published yesterday, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field communications manager in Jerusalem, Jacob Burns, described the work of the organisation’s medics in Gaza, as health professionals struggle to deal with casualties from the Great Return March protests.

“What would be unimaginable elsewhere has become normal here in Gaza,” Burns wrote, reflecting on the events of 30 March, when one-year-anniversary protests were held.

Palestinians carry the dead body of Bilal Mamud en-Neccar (17), who was killed by Israeli forces in "Great March of Return" and "Palestinian Land Day" demonstrations, during his funeral ceremony in Khan Yunis, Gaza on March 31, 2019. ( Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency )

“A day on which four people are killed and 64 shot with live ammunition is one on which we feel almost happy because it was not the two or three hundred – or even more – we had feared it might be,” he added.

We must fight against this sense of normality. It is not normal to see so many young people arrive at hospital all at once with bullets in their legs

Burns wrote.

“It is not normal for our surgeons to work on a 25-year-old man who needed all his blood replaced because a bullet tore through both the main artery and the main vein in his chest. It is not normal for them to remove the kidney of a boy because to try to save it would mean he bleeds to death.”

READ: Israel forces kill 11 Palestinian children in first three months of 2019 

He continued: “It is not normal for our emergency doctors to listen to the lungs of a patient, hit in the throat with what was apparently a tear gas canister, fill with blood. It is not normal for us to discharge a patient from our clinics, and then to readmit him when he is shot again, only then to have his family tell us that he went back to the fence yet again and was killed.”

The MSF official noted that Gaza will “drift out of the headlines”, but its population will “continue to suffer” from “an economy in freefall, a health system all but broken by the Israeli blockadeand Palestinian political infighting”.

“We at MSF will go back to our usual activities this week, working in our clinics and hospitals across Gaza. We will admit more patients with gunshot wounds and continue to treat the nearly 1,000 who remain on our books,” he concluded, “a living reminder of the suffering that Gaza has gone through over the last year.”

(Source / 06.04.2019) 

Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Saturday

03 APR1:01 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that a young man died, on Tuesday evening, from serious wounds he suffered last Saturday, after Israeli soldiers shot him east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Health Ministry said the Palestinian, Fares Abu Hajras, 26, was shot with a live round in the abdomen, and remained in a critical condition until he succumbed to his wounds.

Hajras was shot, Saturday, east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, while the Palestinians were marking the first anniversary of the Great Return March, and the 43rdanniversary of Palestinian Land Day.

On the day of his injury, the soldiers killed four Palestinians, and injured 316 others, including 14 who suffered life-threatening wounds, during protests across the perimeter fence, in the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip.

The Maan News Agency has reported that Israeli soldiers have killed 271 Palestinians since March 30th, 2018 in the Gaza Strip, and injured more than 30398 others, including 16027 who were moved to various hospitals and medical centers.

The Health Ministry said that among the wounded are 3175 children and 1008 women and added that 136 Palestinians suffered amputations; 122 in the lower limbs, and 14 in the upper limbs.

The army also killed three medics, identified as Razan Najjar, 22, Mousa Jaber Abu Hassanein, 36, and Abdullah al-Qutati, 20, and injured 665 others, in addition to causing damage to 112 ambulances.

Also among the slain Palestinians are two journalists, identified as Yasser Mortaja, and journalist Ahmad Abu Hussein, in the Gaza Strip, while the soldiers injured dozens of journalists.

The information does not include dozens of Palestinians who were killed or injured by the Israeli army after crossing the perimeter fence and were never returned to the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 03.04.2019) 

Prisoner Emad Mousa Suffers From Serious Injuries

Palestinian prisoners Emad Mousa suffered severe and serious injuries when he was physically assaulted by Israeli forces during recent events in the Negev jail, his family affirmed.

The family told a reporter for the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Mousa was transferred to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba after Israeli forces attacked him and his fellow inmates in the Negev jail recently.

According to a medical report from the hospital, the family added, Mousa lost three units of blood after he was left bleeding until the following day of the events.

The prisoners also suffer from a serious rib fracture and multiple injuries and bruises in the head, chest, left leg and other parts of his body 

Prisoner Emad Mousa is one of the detainees who have been rejailed by Israel after their release as part of the 2011 swap deal.

(Source / 03.04.2019)