PA sues lawyer for anti-normalisation Facebook post

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The Palestinian Authority’s Magistrate Court in Ramallah is to prosecute lawyer Muhannad Karaja after he posted his opinion on Facebook, Felesteen reported yesterday.

The lawyer, who works at Addameer Organisation for Human Rights, is to be prosecuted on charges of insulting, contempt, defaming and threatening to cause harm based on the cybercrime law.

Karaja said that this came after he was accused of posting a comment on Facebook in solidarity with Palestinian academic Adel Sammour, who was being prosecuted by the PA.

According to the lawyer, his post criticised the PA’s relations with Israel, the normalisation of ties with Israel and hailed the stances of the academic as he stood against cooperation and normalisation with occupation forces.

Karaja has been harassed and subjected to direct aggression by the PA security agencies several times in the past.

Opinion: Does Facebook impose curfews on Palestinians in the ‘blue world’?

(Source / 07.11.2019) 

Gaza Leadership Slams Twitter and Facebook for Yielding to Israel’s Dictates

Member of Hamas’s political bureau, Mohamed Nazzal, has strongly denounced Twitter and Facebook for blocking Palestinian pages in response to Israel’s dictates.

In remarks to Quds Press. on Tuesday, Nazzal said that Twitter recently blocked his page and dozens of pages belonging to Palestinian national figures because of their positions in support of the Palestinian resistance.

He added, according to Days of Palestine, that a similar practice was already taken by Facebook’s administration, deploring what he described as social media moguls, for being tools utilized by Israel.

He also slammed the social media companies for flouting the freedom of opinion and being biased against the vulnerable people of Palestine.

The Hamas official urged all Palestinian, Arab and Islamic personages and institutions to boycott Facebook and Twitter, in protest of the block.

In compliance with agreements with the Israeli government, the administrations of Facebook and Twitter have systematically blocked pages of Palestinian media outlets, national figures and activists, and removed postings that showed support for the Palestinian people and exposed Israel’s crimes and violations.

(Source / 07.11.2019) 

HEAD OF UNRWA HAS RESIGNED: U.N. SPOKESMAN

UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl

United Nations (QNN)- The head of the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees has resigned, effective immediately, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

In a statement on Wednesday, the UN said Pierre Krähenbühl had resigned with immediate effect his from role as commissioner general at the agency after an internal investigation found “management issues.”

The UNRWA had announced earlier on Wednesday that Krähenbühl had been replaced.

Preliminary findings “exclude fraud or misappropriation of operational funds” by Krähenbühl, a UN spokesman said separately. “There are, however, managerial issues that need to be addressed.”

A leaked internal investigation into misconduct at UNRWA, completed late last year, accused the agency of “credible and corroborated” allegations of serious ethical abuses, including some involving Krähenbühl.

UNRWA provides education, health, housing and relief services to more than 5 million registered refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, as well as in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. It was founded one year after the expulsion of indigenous Palestinians from their homeland to create ‘Israel’.

(Source / 07.11.2019)  

Palestine Mufti’s visa to UAE delayed amidst ongoing dispute

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Hussein in Ramallah in the West Bank on 26 February 2011 [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages]

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Hussein in Ramallah in the West Bank on 26 February 2011

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, has not been granted a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates to attend an international conference.

Hussein was scheduled to arrive on Sunday however the delay in issuing his visa has left him unable to attend.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has raised the predicament with Emirati authorities and claims that the matter is being dealt with.

The UAE backs ousted Fatah member Mohamed Dahlan who opposes current President Mahmoud Abbas’ rule.

Israeli-Emirati relations reached new heights in 2018, against the backdrop of Israel’s efforts to normalise ties with Arab countries.

In August, Israeli journalist Edy Cohen claimed that an Emirati pilot participated in the bombing of Palestinian targets in the besieged Gaza Strip during his training on Israeli Air Force F-35 fighters in July.

READ: Israel arrests Palestine’s Jerusalem affairs minister for 3rd time this year

Cohen also accused Dubai’s Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security, General Dhahi Khalfan, of being complicit in the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Mabhouh in Dubai in 2010.

In addition, Palestinian officials say many Palestinians have been forced to leave UAE in recent months.

Hussam Ahmed, head of the Refugee Affairs Department in the Gaza Strip, told Reuters: “This is an operation of mass displacement of Palestinians in the UAE, especially those of Gaza origins, without known reasons other than security pretexts.”

He said many did not have passports and Arab states would not accept them with the travel documents they have.

(Source / 06.11.2019)

Protest in Gaza Demanding Compensation for 1,000 Homes Bombed by Israel in 2014

Palestinians who lost their homes due to the Israeli invasion and bombardment of Gaza in 2014 held a protest on Tuesday in Khuza’a, east of Khan Younis, which was one of the most heavily bombed areas of Gaza during the 2014 invasion. The people participating in the protest held signs demanding compensation to be able to rebuild their homes – many of which remain in complete rubble since the massive bombardment five years ago. Around 1,000 Palestinian families have yet to receive any compensation to be able to rebuild what they lost during the Israeli attack. The protesters called on the United Nations to take action to compensate the families, to be able to construct some shelter before winter begins in Gaza. Some of the protesters recited poems and others chanted for justice. One of the protest organizers, Salah al-Najjar, said they were targeting the United Nations agency UNRWA — which was recently de-funded by the U.S. Administration of Donald Trump. Najjar told reporters that the message of the demonstrators is that their patience is running out, as the Gazan economy is in freefall, and they have been unable to rebuild their homes for five years. In the 2014 invasion of Gaza, Israel destroyed about 1,000 houses, partially and partially, in Khuza’a village east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. (Source / 05.11.2019) 

Palestinian resistance shot down Zionist drone in northern Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Palestinian resistance on Sunday evening shot down an Israeli army drone in the northern airspace of the Gaza Strip.

According to SAFA news agency, an Israeli military Quadcopter drone crashed down to the ground in northern Gaza after it came under fire from resistance fighters.

The drone was used for the purpose of photography, sources from the resistance said.

The Palestinian resistance already managed several times to confiscate Israeli drones after they encountered technical problems or were shot down within the airspace of Gaza.

(Source / 05.11.2019) 

Israel extends detention of female Palestinian MP

Member of Palestinian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and former lawmaker at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Khalida Jarrar (C) is seen as she is welcomed by her supporters and relatives after she was released from detention lasted 20 months, at her house in Nablus, West Bank on 28 February 2019. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]

Member of Palestinian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and former lawmaker at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Khalida Jarrar (C) is seen as she is welcomed by her supporters and relatives after she was released from detention lasted 20 months, at her house in Nablus, West Bank on 28 February 2019

An Israeli court yesterday extended the detention of female Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar, Al-Wattan Voice reported.

Jarrar is currently being investigated inside Israeli jails.

She is a senior leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Israeli occupation have arrested Jarrar twice since 2015. She was released from Israeli jails in February after spending 20 months in prison.

No details have been given as to why she was re-arrested.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) condemned her arrest and that of its other members.

“Detention of the MP Khalida Jarrar one of the Israeli actions that exposes Israel’s ugly face in relation to human rights and disrespect of the international law,” Hamas said in a statement following the arrest.

READ: Israel forces arrest researcher for human rights NGO B’Tselem. 

(Source / 04.11.2019) 

Including One Woman, Israeli Soldiers Abduct Fifteen Palestinians In The West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, Monday, fifteen Palestinians, including one woman, from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed.

The Hebron office of the PPS, in southern West Bank, said the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes, and abducted Mousa al-‘Amour and Hasan al-Hreini, from Yatta town, south of the city.

The soldiers also installed several roadblocks on roads leading to the northern and southern parts of Hebron city, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Jenin refugee camp, searched homes and abducted Odai Shawqi Steiti.

In addition, the soldiers abducted a woman, identified as Kifah Ammouri, in front of Majeddo prison, while trying to visit her detained son, Wisam Hannoun.

The woman, from Jenin refugee camp, was taken prisoner when the families of the detainees protested after the army refused to allow them to give their detained family members winter clothing.

In Nablus, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mustafa Abu ar-Rob and Ala Sawalma.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Tamer Abda, from his home in Kafr Ni’ma village, and Saleh Ata, from Deir Abu Mashal.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded many homes in the al-‘Ezariya town, near occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted Amjad Na’im Khatib, along with his son Na’im.

Three other Palestinians, identified as Mohammad Younis, Fayeq Habash, and Mohammad Habash, were abducted from their homes in the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem, and Ibrahim Kanaan, from ar-Ram town.

It is worth mentioning that, on Sunday evening, the soldiers abducted Awni Abu Shamsiyya, 20, and Bassam Abu Aisha, from their homes in Hebron city.

(Source / 04.11.2019) 

HAMAS LEADER ADDRESSING ISRAELI PM: YOU WILL REGRET THE DAY YOU WERE BORN IF YOU COMMIT ANY FOLLY AGAINST GAZA

Gaza (QNN)- Hamas leader, Yahya Sinwar, on Monday threatened the next Israeli prime minister that he will regret the day he was born if he commit any folly against Gaza.

“If you think of committing any folly against the resistance, you will regret the day you were born”, Sinwar said in a meeting organized by the Islamic bloc in Gaza on Monday. “The Palestinian resistance is ready to strike Tel Aviv for six months in a row. Despite of the siege, the resistance has a military force that the enemy is making a big deal for”.

“We have thousands of missiles that would turn the occupation cities into ghost towns, if it [the occupation state] committed any folly against the strip or any of our major national issues”, he added.

“We have hundreds of kilometers of tunnels, hundreds of control rooms above and below the ground, thousands of anti-tank missiles that were made in Gaza.”

Sinwar also stated that Hamas, which did not hesitate to confront the occupation, knew well how to manage the conflict without pushing the strip towards an open war.

Regarding the Palestinian elections, Sinwar asserted that Hamas is ready for them and that it will overcome difficulties in order to ensure the success of the elections.

“We believe that even if Hamas does not win the elections, it couldn’t be more proud to bow to the will of people”, he assured.

(Source / 04.11.2019)

PRESS RELEASE ON THE SUSPENSION OF QNN’S TWITTER ACCOUNTS

On the dawn of Saturday, November 2, 2019, Quds News Network (QNN) was shocked to find that Twitter has suddenly and without any warning suspended all Network’s Twitter accounts, which include three verified accounts (QNN Arabic, QNN Breaking News, QNN English). A fourth account specialized in Palestinian prisoners’ News was suspended later on.

QNN confirms that no explanation or reasons about the suspension were provided by Twitter. However, the network followed the established technical procedures to appeal against the act and seek information on its causes. The network has been waiting ever since for a response, which it has not received yet.

QNN rejects the double-standards of social media, which are practiced when it comes to the Palestinian content. The network also rejects responding to the Israeli pressure, fighting the Palestinian content under the pretext of fighting “violence and terrorism”. Such practices are complete bias towards the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people and their rights.

QNN affirms that social media’s compliance with the Israeli pressure and suspending accounts of media institutions contradicts its goals of “creating an environment for the freedom of expression”. Deliberate suspension violates as well the international instruments, which guarantee the right to press freedom. Social media platforms should commit to those international instruments and not turn into “tools of repression and silencing”, which are no different than dictatorships and repressive regimes.

QNN pledges to continue carrying out its journalistic mission, defending the rights and struggle of the Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation, and against any side’s acts, which target the Palestinian content in general.

(Source / 04.11.2019)