BREAKING FROM GAZA

 

BREAKING: Israeli occupation forces open fir on Palestinian homes eastern Gaza, close to Nahal-Auz point.
Palestinian resistance groups fire rockets towards the Israeli settlements around Gaza, as an answer for the continuous Israeli occupation violation of the truce by the daily attacks on farmers and fishermen.
Israeli occupation media reported that the rockets hit empty lands in Al-Naqqab, No injuries were reported.
Israeli occupation warplane hovering over the Gaza strip, on law levels - Will keep you updated - Update From Gaza ( Noor Harazeen )
BREAKING: Israeli occupation forces open fir on Palestinian homes eastern Gaza, close to Nahal-Auz point.
Palestinian resistance groups fire rockets towards the Israeli settlements around Gaza, as an answer for the continuous Israeli occupation violation of the truce by the daily attacks on farmers and fishermen.
Israeli occupation media reported that the rockets hit empty lands in Al-Naqqab, No injuries were reported.
Israeli occupation warplane hovering over the Gaza strip, on law levels – Will keep you updated –
(Update From Gaza ( Noor Harazeen ) / 27.04.2013)

Egypt presidential aides ‘in Iran to discuss Syria’

President Mohamed Mursi’s foreign relations adviser Essam El-Haddad (pictured) led the delegation which included the president’s chief of staff Refaa Al-Tahtawi.

Senior Egyptian officials visited Iran on Saturday to further a proposal by Cairo for an Islamic quartet that would help to resolve the Syrian conflict, the presidency said.

President Mohamed Mursi’s foreign relations adviser Essam El-Haddad led the delegation which included the president’s chief of staff Refaa Al-Tahtawi, the presidency said in a statement.

Egypt had proposed that Turkey, Egypt and bitter regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran form the quartet.

Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia support the mostly Sunni rebels in Syria, while Shiite Iran backs the minority-led Alawite regime of President Bashar Al-Assad.

The Egyptian delegation’s visit to Tehran comes amid a faltering rapprochement with Iran, after decades of severed diplomatic ties.

The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding in March to promote tourism, but Egypt then closed the door to Iranian tourists following objections by ultra-conservative Islamists.

The two nations severed ties after the 1979 Islamic revolution brought to power a theocratic government in Tehran that opposed Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.

(Source / 27.04.2013)

Maliki condemns attack on Iraqi soldiers in Anbar

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says Killing Iraqi soldiers is an attack against the state after incidents of gunmen killing soldiers amid rising tension in the country.

Killing Iraqi soldiers is an attack against the state, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Friday after masked gunmen killed four soldiers in the Sunni stronghold province of Anbar.

Earlier on Saturday, gunmen killed five army intelligence soldiers in two attacks west of Baghdad while others shot dead five anti-Qaeda militiamen north of the Iraqi capital, police and doctors said.

One group of soldiers were driving near the site of a long-running anti-government protest when they were stopped by gunmen. They shot one of the gunmen, wounding him, and clashes broke out in which four of the soldiers were killed and another wounded, a police lieutenant colonel and a doctor told AFP.

Maliki also urged tribal sheikhs in the country to confront any attempt to spread sectarianism in the country after he warned that sectarian strife is returning to Iraq from elsewhere in the region, in a likely reference to war-torn Syria, whose Sunnis feel marginalized by minority Allawites.

Sectarian strife “came back to Iraq because it began in another place in this region,” Maliki said in televised remarks, a reference to Sunni-Shiite violence that peaked in 2006 and claimed tens of thousands of lives.

However, there are increasing reports that Sunnis are describing Maliki’s rule as “sectarian.”

A Sheikh from Anbar, Ali Hatem, told Al Arabiya on Saturday that the protesters were against the “sectarian” government, adding that Maliki was increasing his grip on power.

“Maliki’s administration is the one that opened the doors for sectarianism,” he said, adding “the protesters have nothing to do with the killing of the soldiers, and the incident had happened far away from the protest square.”

Tribes from Anbar are expected to declare their stance regarding the killing of four soldiers by gunmen in the protest square. Also, police in Anbar have given a 24-hour ultimatum for the killers of the Iraqi soldiers to turn themselves in.

Iraqis in the mainly Sunni-dominated provinces are calling for the ouster of Maliki and has accused the country’s army to be “sectarian” one. Late 2012, protests emerged in Anbar to later influence other Sunni provinces, mainly to denounce random arrests of people under terrorism charges.

Some Sunnis are also calling for the creation of a federal region for them to curtail influence of the central government.

Maliki, who deployed his troops amid the rising tensions in the protesting Sunni provinces, rejected a pullout.

Tensions spiked earlier this week when fighting broke out in the northern town of Hawija during a security crackdown on a protest encampment. That provoked a series of clashes nationwide that left more than 170 people dead over the past five days, the Associated Press reported.

Gunmen also opened fire on a checkpoint manned by government-allied Sunni fighters, killing five of them, near the city of Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad.

The militiamen, known as Sahwa, are among those who joined forces with U.S. troops to fight al-Qaeda during the Iraq war. Since then, the group has been a target for Sunni insurgents who consider its members to be traitors.

Maliki’s statement came as residents of a number of Sunni cities in Iraq have announced on Thursday the formation of “military forces” to counter attack the Iraqi army and its crackdown against protesters calling for Maliki – a Shiite – to step down, Al Arabiya’s correspondent said

The country was torn by Sunni-Shiite fighting in 2007-2008 in which thousands of people were killed each month.

(Source / 27.04.2013)

A Palestinian boy shot by Israeli fire east of Jabalia

A Palestinian boy shot by Israeli fire east of Jabalia

Gaza Strip – A Palestinian boy was wounded by Israeli fire on Friday evening in the east of Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip.
Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, said that the occupation forces, stationed in the east of Jabalya, opened fire towards farmlands and residential neighborhoods, wounding a 17-year-old boy.

Al-Qidra added that the wounded boy was taken to a local hospital where his condition was described as moderate.

Four citizens have been killed and nearly 90 others have been injured in shooting incidents by the occupation forces, since the entry into force of the recent truce agreement signed in November last year.

(Source / 27.04.2013)

Je komt er wel doorheen

By Marianna Laarif

Als Allah je ergens naar toe leid zal Hij je er ook doorheen helpen. Het maakt niet uit hoe zwaar de storm is, je zult er komen. Allah subhanahu wa ta’al zegt: “Allah is de Helper van degenen die geloven, Hij voert hen van de duisternis naar het licht” (aya van Soerah Al-Baqarah: 257). Hijs je zeilen en trotseer de stormen. Je hebt een missie die je moet volbrengen. Aan de andere kant van de oceaan ligt de beloning, wees niet bang voor de hoge golven, je zult er insja’Allah komen. Jij bent de kapitein, jij bent de leider. Het kan zijn dat je het gevoel krijgt dat je zult verdrinken maar er is geen weg meer terug, je moet door gaan, geeft niet op want Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala zal je helpen. Als je kalm en geduldig blijft dan zul je later naar deze moeilijke periode terugkijken en zeggen: “ik heb het gehaald”, ik heb mijn missie volbracht, ik heb datgene bereikt wat ik wilde bereiken. In het begin had je afkeer van de storm, maar nu je je missie hebt volbracht weet je wat het waard was. Allah subhanahu wa ta’la had gelijk want Hij zegt: “…het kan zijn dat jullie afkeer van iets hebben, terwijl het goed is voor jullie; en het kan zijn dat jullie van iets houden, terwijl het slecht voor jullie is. En Allah weet, terwijl jullie niet weten.” (Soerat al-Baqarah: 216). Dit is jouw moment, niet morgen, niet volgende week maar nu, maak de rest van je leven…het beste van je leven !

Is there a war coming?

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Gaza Events – Translation

Became the smell of war smelt strongly during these days, especially after several movements in the region, and continues to Zionist threats against Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Iran, one sentence, but the question Is Israel will open more than one front at the same time and the fate of the Gaza Strip in the event of any threats are different, Will the weakest sector ..

The following are the main threats and moves towards Gaza, Iran, Hezbollah and Syria …

Gaza: it has accelerated the pace of the Zionist threats towards Gaza, it would respond strongly about any violation of the calm, especially after the fall of several rockets from Sinai towards Eilat and accused groups from Gaza as are fired rockets towards Israel, puts many question marks about the intercalation Gaza as new all What touches “Israel” ..

Hezbollah: Perhaps the threats towards Gaza was continuing but the plane that was shot down drone in Haifa two days before the confused accounts of the occupation and the re-indictment of Hezbollah and especially to remind them plane Ayoub which was discovered a year ago, occupation seeks to unlock the mystery plane and find out if it was carrying explosives on the way to an operation against Israeli targets.

While Israel refuses to deny Hezbollah its relationship to the aircraft, estimated that the gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea was the target plane, convinced Hezbollah that strike similar will balance strategic and, according to the Israelis, Hezbollah looking for the balance of deterrence against Israel in the wake of threats to the elimination of its arsenal of rockets, it which ruled out an Israeli views, seeking to minimize the seriousness of the plane.

Syria: U.S. intelligence statements have varying degree of confidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on a limited scale and particularly gas serine ‘raises many question marks about what is setting him.

After this statement of Mr. Hegel few minutes hastened the British Foreign Ministry to emphasize that it has information showing that chemical weapons were used in Syria, and called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with international bodies to prove that he did not order their use.

We do not believe that the release of these two positions, and in coordinating an arbitrator, is coincidental, These two two countries were the backbone of the wars the last three waged by the West, and NATO in particular, to change regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq and Libya .., President Barack Obama said more than once that the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons is a ‘red line’, and that the American response it would be Cilgela.

Now it’s emphasis on penetrating this line from intelligence sources, the first U.S. and British second.

U.S. official says all options are on the table and another, confirms that the administration consult with its allies if Syria exceeded the red line, Vered U.S. Congress that the red line has already been surpassed. It was carefully prepared plan to prepare U.S. public opinion for war.

And Iran: the wheel threats continued and leaks about what he is doing Hegel, U.S. Defense Secretary, who roams the capitals Gulf for the sale of aircraft and missiles modern to counter any Iranian threat, indicating that there is a war coming being prepared her well .. may be the Gulf states cover them ..

For his part, Mr. Tawfiq Abu Schumer, writer and Zionist familiar with the matter, that Israel can not live without a war, which is currently seeking to war against Hezbollah, Syria being the long arm of Iran.

Schumer between Abu Israel is trying to seize the opportunity, so as to obtain weapons from America is not Israel could be obtained at any time.

And around Gaza has pointed out that Gaza for “Israel” hot area and important, but became especially after the split, according to Athbh occupation as unrecognized because they do not recognize the Quartet conditions, warning that if any operation on Gaza, there will not be any movement Arabic: wars Previous mounted on the Gaza biggest proof of that.

And about the ability of Israel confront more than one front, “he noted that the Air Force is the most powerful weapons of the Middle East, Israel is capable of strikes harsh for all parties and will not be attacks ground invasion adding that Israel does not fight alone and with many may be invisible.

(Source / 27.04.2013)

Imprisoned in isolation, on hunger strike: Ayman Abu Daoud

 

Ayman Abu DaoudAyman Abu DaoudSource: Palestinian Prisoners’ Club – Ramallah, Palestine

Name: Ayman Yousef Ahmad Abu Daoud
Residence: Wadi Al Hirya/Hebron
Date of Re-arrest: 13 February 2012
Date of birth: 10 January 1982
Prison: Isolation in Jalameh (Kishon) Prison
Age: 32 years old
Marital status: Married
Education: Student at Al Quds Open University
Profession: Shoemaker


Release in Prisoner Exchange and Re-Arrest

Ayman Abu Daoud was released in the prisoners exchange deal on 18 October 2011 after serving 7 years out of a 35 year sentence. A condition of his release is that he visit the Israeli-Palestinian Authority military Coordination Office (DCO) in Hebron every two months and “sign-in” as proof of his residency in Hebron, where he resides with his wife and children.
On 13 February 2012, 4 months after their release, Ayman and several ex-prisoners presented at the DCO to sign their names. Ayman entered the DCO and never came out.

 
At 2:30 PM, within an hour of Ayman’s fateful DCO visit, the Abu Daoud family and their neighbors were surprised to find a large convoy of the Israeli Occupying Forces’ (IOF) soldiers entering the neighborhood by foot and jeep to raid Ayman’s home. During the raid, the IOF blindfolded and shackled Ayman’s brother Ahmad, and forced him against a wall. Then, Ayman’s family and their visitors were corralled into one room as the soldiers searched and ransacked the home. The family later learned that they were searching for any cash stored in the home. During the raid, the IOF confiscated more than 20,000 NIS. The officer in charge of the raid then confirmed to the family that Ayman was arrested at the DCO during his routine two-month appointment, based on the claim that he violated the terms of his release.

The raid was conducted in broad daylight in front of a number of children, including Ayman’s, who still remember the minute details to this moment
Interrogation and Charges

After his arrest at the DCO, Ayman was transferred to Jalameh/Kishon Interrogation Center and was interrogated while being denied lawyer and family visits for the first ten days of his interrogation. After 15-17 days of interrogation, Ayman was formally charged with distributing financial allocations to persons affiliated with a political party. Due to his status as an ex-prisoner released in a prisoner exchange, Ayman is subject to Article 186 of Military Order 1651, which allows for the military prosecution at Ofer Military Court to demand that he stand in front of a special committee who determines if he should serve the remainder of his previous sentence. Due to this law, Ayman faces a 28 year sentence based on his old charges.

Hunger strike

Ayman Abu Daoud launched a hunger strike on 14 April 2013 in protest of his arbitrary re-arrest especially as he did not violate the terms of the agreement as claimed by the military prosecution. Furthermore, he is on hunger strike in protest of the prosecution’s attempt to sentence him to the remainder of his previous sentence instead of trying and sentencing him based on the new list of charges and not the old ones.

Upon launching his strike, Ayman was transferred from Megiddo Prison to isolation in Jalameh as a punishment. Ayman announced that he will continue his hunger strike until he is released.
Family
While Ayman was detained in Megiddo prison, he was visited by his father and mother regularly. However, his wife has only been allowed two visits. She last tried to visit him in April 2012 and was later banned by the IOF for “security reasons.” Ayman is no longer allowed family visits since he started his hunger strike and was transferred to Jalameh Prison and put in isolation.
Ayman lives in Hebron, near his father, mother and six brother and four sisters. Ayman is married with two children, Mohammad and Qutaiba. Ayman has not suffered from any previous health conditions, although it is expected that his health will deteriorate during his hunger strike.
He is the brother of Raed Abu Daoud, a martyr of the second Intifada. Ayman’s older brother Mahmoud is also detained in Israeli jails. He has been arrested three times, most recently on 2 September 2012. Mahmoud is is detained in Nafha during his latest 34 month sentence.

(Source / 27.04.2013)

Shaath calls for larger China role in peace process

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath on Saturday called for China to play a larger role in the Middle East peace process, a statement said.

Shaath made the comments during a meeting with a Chinese delegation in Ramallah, adding that as a world superpower China could play an active role in peace efforts between Palestinians and Israelis.

US peace efforts, spearheaded by secretary of state John Kerry, have not lead to serious pressure for Israel to withdraw from occupied Palestinian territories and engage in peace talks, Shaath said.

The Fatah official praised relations between China and Palestine, with Chinese officials reaffirming their support for a Palestinian state on 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

(Source / 27.04.2013)

Abbas says prisoner release crucial to peace efforts

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The release of Palestinian prisoners will reflect Israel’s commitment to peace talks, president Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday during a conference in Ramallah.

Abbas made the comments in a prerecorded speech played at the opening session of the Freedom and Dignity conference to mark the 11th year since Israel’s arrest of Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, official news agency Wafa reported.

Israel must be held accountable for its crimes, Abbas said, adding that as a non-member observer state Palestine has “the freedom to take legal action at any international forum.”

Vice President of the European Parliament, Isabelle Durant, said in an address to the audience that Israel must be held accountable for holding prisoners under administrative detention, calling it a human rights issue.

Former US President Jimmy Carter said in a recorded speech that Israel must stop settlement construction and stressed the importance of Palestinian prisoners in future peace talks.

Caretaker prime minister Salam Fayyad said that the meeting was proof in itself that Palestinian prisoners are not alone, while PA minister for detainees Issa Qaraqe spoke to the audience about rights violations in Israeli jails and the practice of arresting minors.

Peace can not be accomplished as long as Israel continues to hold Palestinians in jail, Qaraqe added.

There are 4,900 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 168 administrative detainees, 14 women and 236 children, according to Addameer.

(Source / 27.04.13)

Egypt president invites judges to discuss judicial reform crisis

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has invited senior figures from the judiciary to discuss a crisis triggered by proposed reforms.

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has invited senior figures from the judiciary to discuss a crisis triggered by proposed reforms that would push out thousands of judges, state media said on Saturday.

Islamist lawmakers have put forward a bill that would force out more than 3,000 judges by lowering the retirement age, causing a revolt among the judiciary and widening political divisions in the country more than two years after a popular uprising ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian judges – along with the country’s secular, leftist and liberal opposition – say the law aims to cement the authority of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood rather than stamp out corruption.

Mursi’s legal adviser and the justice minister resigned in protest over what they said were attempts to curtail judicial independence.

The bill was proposed by the moderate Islamist Wasat Party, an ally of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party.

The state newspaper Al-Ahram reported the president had invited heads of judicial bodies including the High Constitutional Court and the Court of Cassation to meet him in the presidential palace on Sunday to discuss the crisis.

On Friday, the deputy leader of the Brotherhood’s political arm argued the Islamist-dominated parliament must move quickly to adopt the reforms.

In a further sign of the country’s febrile politics, several opposition groups said earlier on Saturday they had filed a case against the government to press it to publish details of the state budget.

(Source / 27.04.2013)