Minutes after child shot, man reportedly executed by IOF in Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate

37-year-old man shot in Damascus Gates minutes after 12-year-old child was shot in Shu'fat, Jerusalem

37-year-old man shot in Damascus Gates minutes after 12-year-old child was shot in Shu’fat, Jerusalem

A Palestinian man on Tuesday morning was executed in Damascus gate, East Jerusalem, under the pretext of attempting to stab a settler. 

The man was identified as 37 year old, Mohammad Nimer, and eyewitnesses refuted any alleged stabbing attempts that he carried. 

The execution came minutes after IOF shot a 12-year-old boy, and kidnapped another 13-year-old boy, for allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier in Shu’fat (Pisgat Ze’ev settlement).

A video showed that Mo’awiya Alqam (12) was badly injured, stripped of his clothes and physically tortured by Israeli policemen.
His relative, Ali Alqam (13) whom they claim participated in the attack, was detained.

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12-year-old boy who was shot and seriously injured
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13-year-old child who was detained

On Monday, a video was leaked of Israeli investigators violently interrogating 13-year-old Ahmad Manasra, who was shot and left to bleed on the ground, then tortured by settlers for allegedly stabbing settler in the same street of today’s attack.

The outrageous video showed investigators shouting at Ahmad, calling him names, while he was crying and saying “I   can’t remember anything.”

(Source / 10.11.2015)

 

Israeli settler opens fire at Palestinian farmers in Nablus

Armed settlers overlook a Palestinian village south of Nablus during confrontations following the setting on fire of Palestinian-owned fields on Jan. 1, 2010

NABLUS (Ma’an) — An Israeli settler opened fire at Palestinian farmers harvesting olives in the Nablus district on Monday, a Palestinian official said.Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that an “extremist settler from the illegal Maale Levona settlement stepped out of his car on the main road and fired from a machine-gun at Palestinian farmers.”The shooting took place near the village of al-Lubban al-Sharqiya south of Nablus.No injuries were reported.The Palestinian liaison office submitted an official complaint to their Israeli counterpart.

Settler violence has seen a dramatic rise since the start of October after two Israeli settlers were shot dead south of Nablus at the beginning of the month.
Last month Riyad Mansour, the permanent observer for Palestine to the UN, asked the UN Security Council to intervene in order to stop aggression by settlers, including the implementation of a measure to disarm them..
On July 30, Israeli settlers set a home ablaze in the Palestinian village of Duma in the Nablus district, burning an 8-month-old baby alive, and killing the mother and father. The family’s four-year-old son is the only remaining survivor of the attack.
(Source / 10.11.2015)

Hamas: We do not negotiate with the occupation

Member of Hamas political bureau Ezzat al-Resheq slammed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’s statements against Hamas, saying that he aims at disrupting Jerusalem Intifada.

In a press statement on Tuesday, Resheq said that Abbas’s statements in which he accused Hamas of holding direct negotiation with Israel are false and fabricated.

Abbas also accused Hamas of attempting to annex an area of the Sinai to the Gaza Strip.

Resheq said that Abbas, whose statements were voiced during his latest visit to Cairo, has been coordinating with Israel for 20 years against the Palestinian people and resistance.

On his part, Mousa Abu Marzook, member of Hamas political bureau, rejected Abbas’s allegations, confirming that Hamas neither negotiates with the Israeli occupation, nor will it recognize it.

“We have never had the idea of replacing one inch of Palestine with meters from other land, despite all calumnies and allegations made against us,” Abu Marzook stated on his Facebook page on Monday.

“There is no emirate in Gaza, nor will be there any state without Gaza. Our desired country extends from the sea to the river, and if some people saw it wishes, we will make it a reality,” he added.

(Source / 10.11.2015)

Sisi’s foreign policy: A ‘miracle’ for Israel but a disaster for Palestine

Egypt is returning to its Mubarak-era role of being a stalwart ally of Israel and the West, while collaborating in the siege of Palestine. It cannot last

On 29 October 2015, Egypt was one of the countries that voted Israel onto the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). In the face of fierce domestic and Arab criticism, Egypt claimed that voting separately for a number of Arab countries to secure membership of the committee was not possible, and hence Israel had to be included in the vote.

However, 11 Arab countries abstained from voting in protest at Israel’s appointment, stating that the country’s fierce violations of international law and continuous dispossession and occupation of Palestinian land should bar it from inclusion to any of the UN’s bodies.

But Egypt’s calculations seemed different amidst its new and accelerating policy of further marginalising its Palestinian neighbour; it therefore decided to vote at the UN in favour of Israel for the first time since the country’s creation in 1948. Such assistance must be what the Israeli Ministry of Defence rightfully referred to as a “miracle” for the state of Israel, when Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in 2013 after he toppled president Morsi.

Strangling Gaza

Ever since, Egypt’s foreign policy towards Israel has been one of retreating further from the Palestinian cause by servicing Israel in its need to isolate and decompose the Palestinian national body. It is clear that al-Sisi’s strangling of the Gaza Strip on its eastern borders is in full coordination with the Palestinian Authority and Israel, while Cairo failed heavily in explicitly condemning Israel’s judaisation of East Jerusalem, the targeted killings of more than 70 Palestinians and the detention of more than 1500 Palestinians in the past three weeks, and the continuous mushrooming of settlements in the West Bank.

Shifting away from the demands of the 2011 January revolution regarding a just solution for a Palestinian state and a revision of the Egyptian-Israeli Camp David Accords, the Sisi regime has been stepping up Mubarak-era strategies by emphasising that Israel’s security is a national priority of Egypt’s foreign policy, one that favours disunity and fragmentation among the Palestinian parties.

In order to maintain this discourse, the Sinai Peninsula had to be converted into the theatre of continuous operations under the umbrella of the fight against terrorism, a narrative similar to Israel’s.

Although the insurgent groups based in the Sinai Peninsula, a product of decades of exclusion from the Egyptian socioeconomic fabric, increased their attacks against the Egyptian army after its military coup in July 2013, it appears nonetheless that Egypt’s security interest is intensely focused toward tightening the siege on the Gaza Strip.

The Hamas government that internally rules the Strip is perceived by Egypt as an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group classified as terrorist in Egypt, and was the appropriate scapegoat to consolidate Israeli-Egyptian relations at the expense of nearly 2 million besieged Palestinians.

Fighting – or inciting – terrorism

Al-Sisi, supported by state and private media in his country [link], blamed part of the escalating violence in the Sinai on Palestinians, rather than on his own internal policies, which have been the most repressive – not to say  criminal – in his attempts to reassert the military’s iron grip on public space. Luckily, he found in Israel a willing ally in his fight against “Islamic terrorism,” one that revolved mainly along the Egyptian-Palestinian border.

According to a Human Rights Watch report, from July 2013 to August 2015, at least 3,255 homes, community buildings and offices in the Sinai Peninsula along the border with the Gaza Strip have been destroyed by the Egyptian forces. The army has forcefully evicted and displaced families as part of a long-considered plan to establish a “buffer zone” with the Gaza Strip.

The buffer zone was justified as part of a policy to break down the smuggling tunnels that would allow fighters and weapons to be transferred from Gaza to the Sinai, a claim never proved. Egypt is currently pumping water into the tunnels and constructing a 20-metre-deep trench filled with seawater to further starve the besieged Palestinians of goods and foodstuffs. 

Al-Sisi’s services have been exceptionally rewarded by Israel as it allowed Egyptian tanks, combat helicopters and F-16 fighter jets into the Sinai Peninsula, a privilege never granted to Sadat and Mubarak, as the effective demilitarisation of the peninsula was part of the peace treaty between the two countries signed in 1979.

Additionally the Israeli Tamar partners signed a $1.2 billion deal with Egyptian company Dolphinus in March 2015 to supply gas to Egypt from Israel’s large offshore field as a move to improve geopolitical and economic linkages. It seems that Israel has found a new partner in its fight against “terrorism,” the Iranian nuclear project and the Palestinians, the three main strategic threats Israel claims to be facing.

Confused regional policy

Nevertheless, Egypt’s role as a key regional player has been declining with the rise of other Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, which are taking the lead in regional crises in Yemen and Syria. Since his coup, al-Sisi turned Egypt’s foreign policy into a confused reactive policy, which seems unable to take a firm stand regarding a military intervention in Yemen, and one that seems shaky towards the Syrian regime, claiming that it too is facing terrorist groups and has the right to use extensive power to fight insurgents.

Following this disorientated foreign policy in a region that is facing the collapse and transformation of the traditional borders and power equations, al-Sisi is unable to stabilise his fragile domestic environment while oppressing the demands of the 2011 January revolution, nor to stem the violent transformation of the Sinai. It therefore seemed more comfortable to return to Egypt’s familiar Mubarak-era policies, which worked on concentrating Egyptian foreign policy on the security of Israel. Accordingly he pulled the traditional “Israel” card in front of his American and European allies, emphasising that Egypt is vital to Western interests.

To express his sincerity, al-Sisi recently called for expanding the 40-year-old peace process between Egypt and Israel to include more Arab countries at the UN General Assembly. He stressed the need to address the worsening threat of terrorism in the Arab region and the importance of Egypt’s military as a “stabilising factor”.

Egypt’s dictatorship is bowing to Israel and the US at the peril of average Egyptians and Palestinians. And despite Egypt’s rapprochement with Russia, Obama maintained the yearly $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt’s military, which is failing to secure stability in and outside its borders.

Despite all these guarantees to Israel, al-Sisi will most likely fail in keeping his authoritarian regime in a shifting Arab region. This iron grip approach, which led to the murder and imprisonment of tens of thousands of Egyptians, is not sustainable; if no real reforms take place in Egypt, al-Sisi will not only destabilise his country, but drag Palestine along too.

(Source / 10.11.2015)

Two killed on Tuesday; 82 Palestinians, Including 18 Children Killed Since October 1st

Two Palestinians were killed on Tuesday by Israeli army gunfire in two separate attacks in the West Banks.

Ziyad Gharbiyah

Ziyad Gharbiyah killed by Israeli troops at a checkpoint near Bethlehem on Tuesday

At Al Mosrara in occupied Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 37-year-old Mohamed Abed al Nimier, on Tuesday midday, allegedly after trying to stab troops. The circumstances of his death remains unknown.

After killing Mohamed, Israeli forces invaded the town of Eswayia and ransacked his family home there casing damage.

Later on Tuesday, a Palestinian youth died on wounds he sustained after he was shot by Israeli troops at the Container checkpoint north of Bethlehem in southern West Bank.

Ziyad Gharbiyah, from Sanour village in Jenin, was shot by Israeli troops while crossing the checkpoints. According to the Israeli army, he tried to stab soldiers manning the checkpoint. The circumstances behind shooting Ziyad is still unclear.

The Container checkpoint divide the north from southern West Bank. shortly after the killing of Ziyad Israeli soldiers closed the checkpoint and did not allow thousands of Palestinians from crossing it.

With the two killed today, the number of Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli army since October 1, have reached 82, including 18 children and 4 women, the Palestinian ministry of health reported on Tuesday.

Moreover the ministry report showed that 8500 Palestinians have been injured since October 1 in Gaza and the West Bank. Of those 1250 were injured by Israeli troops live gunfire, while 1015, were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets. In addition 1000 injured by rubber-coated steel bullets were treated by field medics, the ministry said.

(Source / 10.11.2015)

Mosques May Be Closed To Prevent Extremism In The UK

Britain

Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new proposal Monday to counter extremism in the United Kingdom that includes an idea to close certain Mosques.

The controversial plan is meant to work against all forms of extremism but focuses primarily on radical Islamists. Cameron said the fight against  terrorism might be the “defining one of this century,” and he outlines a number of proposals to help prevent young British citizens from joining extremist organizations.

“Islamist extremists don’t just threaten our security, they jeopardize all that we’ve built together – our successful multi-racial, multi-faith democracy,” Cameron wrote on his Facebook page. “While Islamist extremists in no way represent the true spirit of Islam, we cannot ignore the fact that they attempt to justify their views and actions through Islamic scripture and theology.”

One point in the 40-page plan sets out to “restrict access to premises which are repeatedly used to support extremism,” which may include mosques.

The plan has been met with much opposition from the Muslim community in the country. Shuja Shafi, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, claims it has “McCarthyist undertones.”

“Whether it is in mosques, education or charities, the strategy will reinforce perceptions that all aspects of Muslim life must undergo a ‘compliance’ test to prove our loyalty to this country, he said in a statement.

The proposal would also give parents of teenagers under the age of 18 the right to cancel their children’s passports to make it harder for them to leave the country and join terrorist organizations in other countries. Another plan calls for schools and universities to report suspicious behavior. It would further restrict social media access for people with a history of preaching radical ideas, and put individuals in treatment programs if they are believed to be on a pathway toward extremism.

(Source / 10.11.2015)

Israeli Fighter Jets Fire Missiles Into A Qassam Site In Gaza

The Israeli Air Force fired, on Monday at dawn, several missiles into a site, run by of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in southern Gaza.

Qassam Fighters

Qassam Fighters

The Al-Qassam Brigades said the army fired at least two missiles into one of its centers, in the al-Hashash area northwest of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

It added that the shelling caused excessive property damage in the center, and nearby buildings; no injuries were reported.

On Sunday at night, Israeli army spokesman Avichai Adraee claimed a shell, fired from Gaza, landed in an open area in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council in the northwestern Negev, south of the country.

(Source / 10.11.2015)

Nidaa Tunis tensions come at crucial period for Tunisia

Hafedh Essebsi (C), son of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, arrives for a meeting with leaders of the Nidaa Tunis party in Tunis, Tunisia, Nov. 3, 2015

Tensions between two factions of Nidaa Tunis (Call of Tunisia) are threatening to disrupt the Tunisian parliament’s work at a vulnerable time for the country. The escalating internal conflict spilled over Nov. 1, when a brawl erupted at a party meeting at a luxury hotel in the resort town of Hammamet. The sides are split between supporters of Hafedh Essebsi, son of Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi, and Mohsen Marzouk, a former leftist activist and the party’s secretary-general. After the meeting, the party’s executive bureau accused the young Essebsi and some of the party leadership, including Cabinet director Ridha Belhaj, of inciting violence to “take over the party” and restructure it.

“Today Nidaa Tunis died. The party no longer exists as we know it,” wrote Mamoghli Chokri, a member of the party’s executive board, on Facebook after the fight. “There will be a split. The parliamentary group will be divided into two, and the government will likely fall. Ennahda [the rival, Islamist party], by default, will become the [top] party in the country.”

Thirty-two Nidaa Tunis parliamentarians decided to freeze their membership and threatened to leave the party. “We are currently negotiating,” said Olfa Soukri, one such member. She said the 32 members denounced the violence that took place at the Hammamet meeting. According to local media, however, the 32 MPs decided on Nov. 8 to resign from their party parliamentary group. Nidaa Tunis’ Walid Jallad told the media that they are still open to debate should there be reason for them to review their decision. Yet the decision of the 32 MPs was made public Nov. 8 during a press conference.

Parliamentarians are protesting what they see as attempts by Hafedh Essebsi to dominate the party. The president’s office denies the accusation, and President Essebsi had called for a reconciliation meeting at the presidential palace in Carthage on Nov. 2. However, Essebsi’s call was in vain as several MPs refused to attend.

The liberal Nidaa Tunis holds 86 of the parliament’s 217 seats, having won the plurality of the votes in October 2014 in the country’s second democratic election after the revolution that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. If the party splits, it risks losing its parliamentary majority to Ennahda, which holds 67 seats.

Beji Caid Essebsi founded Nidaa Tunis in 2012, mobilizing Tunisians from a broad political spectrum around an anti-Islamist platform primarily aimed at challenging the moderate Islamist Ennahda. The party was quickly called into question for resurrecting former colleagues from Ben Ali’s old party, the Constitutional Rally for Democracy. The 88-year-old Essebsi is a political veteran from the era of Habib Bourguiba, Tunisia’s first president after gaining independence from France in 1956, and was active under Ben Ali as well.

The current uncertainty is not the first time the party’s unity has been at stake due to internal divisions and leadership doubts. Nidaa Tunis is built around Essebsi, explained Youssef Cherif, a political analyst. “When Caid Essebsi became president, the party was still immature and fragile,” Cherif said. Yet Essebsi was elected president of Tunisia on Dec. 21, 2014, and consequently resigned from the party. Commenting on this, Cherif added, “The almost sudden disappearance of the leader led to a vacuum.” Keeping together a political party with such a diverse membership base has not been easy, especially after the party joined a coalition with Ennahda in February 2015. “It created several rifts, and the lack of leadership to curb divisions exacerbated them,” said Cherif.

The general situation is unlikely to change very much, according to Cherif, and he said, it is difficult to know how many among the grassroots support a possible split. In the event of a split, Nidaa Tunis would, Cherif argued, be “weakened for sure but still powerful on the ground and in parliament.”

According to Ennahda parliamentarian Sayida Ounissi, her party is unaffected by what is going on in Nidaa Tunis. The party’s leader, Rachid Ghannouchi, told Shems FM radio that Ennahda has no intention of seizing or monopolizing power. He emphasized that the current four-party coalition must remain intact for the government to continue working.

Coalition building has been a recurring element on the political scene since the revolution. In October, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its role in consensus building during the country’s challenging post-revolutionary period.

Ounissi is nonetheless worried that the Nidaa Tunis schism will contribute to the already low degree of trust the Tunisian public has for the politicians in power. “We call for calm,” she said, hoping that the conflict will be solved as soon as possible. She is also concerned that political disputes are disrupting the parliament’s work at a time when Tunisia could be facing its toughest challenge since the revolution.

“All focus needs to be on [what’s best for] the country right now,” she said. In 2015, Tunisia, the birthplace and only success story of the Arab Spring, has faced numerous challenges, including two terrorist attacks, both harsh blows to the country’s already struggling tourism-dependent economy. The shaky security situation and strained economy continue to threaten the democratic transition, as Tunisians are beginning to lose patience waiting for economic progress.

Cherif fears that the media, which is largely pro-Nidaa, especially the minority break-out group that has now decided to leave, might revert to smear campaigns, risking the creation of a climate of suspicion and fear similar to the political crisis in 2012-13. In light of the current challenges, it would be, Cherif said, “highly problematic for the future of Tunisia, not only as a democracy but also as a functioning state.”

(Source / 10.11.2015)

ROJAVA UPDATE 156: SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCE (SDF) GAINS 350 SQUARE KILOMETRES IN JUST OVER A WEEK AND 178 IS JIHADISTS KILLED

By Peter Clifford               ©             (www.petercliffordonline.com/syria-iraq-news-5/)

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SYRIA – IRAQ – NEWS

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the combined Arabic, Assyrian and Kurdish brigade, announced at the weekend that they had regained around 350 square kilometres of territory from the Islamic State (IS) in just over a week.

SYRIA NEWS

Members of the Syrian Democratic Force

The re-captured area is mainly south of Hasakah city and included 36 villages, 10 farms, 2 gas distribution stations and 6 border posts on the Syria/Iraq frontier.

In a statement the SDF said that 178 x IS Jihadists had been killed in the first phase of fighting, 99 of them on the battlefield and 79 by Coalition airstrikes. 13 SDF fighters had died during the same period.

IS were recorded as detonating 17 vehicle bombs, 2 of them exploding on IS territory and the rest hitting SDF positions, although one bomb blast hit a gathering of civilians in Atshan village.

The SDF also seized 2 Dushka heavy machine guns, 5 rocket propelled grenade launchers, 5 other machine guns, 11 rifles, 2 motorbikes, a car bomb, 6 military vehicles and a mortar shell.

Last Saturday, the SDF took control of the Tishreen gas field near Al-hawl, the Chinese company building, the village of Shalala, some grain silos and the road from Tishreen gas field to the Jibisa Oil Field in Hasakah province.

Earlier on Thursday the SDF had liberated the villages of Hanaj and Nasrat south of Hasakah and the farm and its surrounding fields at Ogla Naim.

IS tried to hit the SDF at Ogla Naim with 2 more vehicle bombs on the Shaddadi-Al-Hawl road but they were exploded before reaching their target. You can see one recent SDF strike on a vehicle bomb, HERE:

Also on Thursday the SDF captured the village of Soefaat north-east of Al-Hawl after violent clashes near Lake Khatuniyah and freed the village of Ali Hassan on the road between Hasakah and Al-Hawl, which IS had been using as a strategic base to fire rockets at the SDF. They also destroyed an IS Kornet anti-tank missile launcher and a vehicle bomb at Hinish near Lake Khabur.

The village of Al-Hasbawi was also liberated on Saturday evening. SDF units are now no more than 3 kilometres from the outskirts of Al-Hawl.

A video of the SDF in action, with English sub-titles, is here:

Between the 6th and 8th November, the Coalition are reporting 14 airstrikes on the Al-Hawl area in support of the SDF, destroying 21 x IS fighting positions and 3 vehicles, as well as hitting 12 separate IS tactical units.

There were 9 airstrikes around Hasakah as well during the same time period and many others at Abu Kamal, Deir Ez-Zour, Mar’a and near Washiya in Syria.

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Members of the Rojava Peshmerga near Barzan in Iraq Kurdistan

Over in Iraq, the Kurdish Peshmerga continue their attempts to gain control of Sinjar city supported by by 21 Coalition airstrikes from the 6th to the 8th November.

The 4,000 men of the “Rojava Peshmerga”, who were trained and equipped by the Kurdistan Regional Government and Peshmerga in Iraq, are still being prevented from entering Syria to fight the Islamic State by a political dispute with the Syrian Kurdish YPG.

The YPG does not recognise the “Rojava Peshmerga”, which consists mainly of Kurds who defected from Assad’s Army at the beginning of the conflict and is intent on not allowing them back into Rojava, which it considers to be it’s “own territory”, not controlled by any other force.

(EDITOR: Sadly, the Kurds, like every other group in Syria, seem unable to work together to defeat their common enemy – the Islamic State. This just plays into the Jihadists’ hands.

Lastly, 37 Christian Assyrians were released by the Islamic State on Saturday.  Those freed were part of a much larger group kidnapped by IS back when they overran the Assyrian villages in the Khabor area south of Hassakah last February.

The released captives were mainly women and the elderly.  Another group of 22 had been released in August.

This is not an “act of kindness” by IS.  All the captives were only released after long and strenuous negotiations by tribal leaders in Iraq and Syria and the Assyrian Church – plus the payment of a large ransom fee.  140 others are still in IS captivity.

Dahlan agrees to end Fatah rift with Egypt as mediator: Report

Egyptian reports suggest Mohammed Dahlan showed interest in taking part in talks with PA president Mahmoud Abbas to unite the Fatah party

PA president Mahmoud Abbas stands with Mohammed Dahlan, a strongman from the Fatah party in Ramallah in 2007

The Palestinian president and exiled politician Mohammed Dahlan were both in Cairo on Sunday in an apparent Egyptian effort to broker internal rifts within their political party, according to local media.

Mahmoud Abbas and former Fatah strongman Dahlan reportedly met separately with Egyptian officials, with Dahlan said to have expressed a willingness to resolve divisions within Fatah, according Egyptian daily Youm7.

Fatah has been plagued by internal differences for many years, largely as a result of the breakdown of the relationship between Dahlan and Abbas. The UAE-based Dahlan has been accused of plotting against Palestinian President Abbas, who in turn has been accused by Dahlan of nepotism and corruption.

In recent months, analysts have said that the tensions within Fatah have escalated. This has been put down to the party losing West Bank university elections in April. The strains, wrote analyst Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor, often fall along Abbas-Dahlan ranks.

On Sunday, one of Dahlan’s close confidantes, who asked to remain anonymous, told Youm7 that Dahlan “welcomes any effort under the auspices of Egypt to restore internal unity by creating a consensus in order to prevent the collapse of the Palestinian [national] activity”.

Abbas agreed “to silence Fatah’s critics and those who are working to weaken the party,” sources told Youm7.

Abbas also met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday, and reportedly thanked him for Egypt’s “continuous efforts to support the Palestinian people, especially those in the Gaza Strip”.

Once a leading Fatah figure who headed Gaza’s powerful security apparatus, Dahlan fell from grace in June 2007 after Hamas expelled his party from the coastal enclave.

Relations between Dahlan and Abbas soured after the latter, backed by Fatah’s central committee, expelled Dahlan from the party in May 2011, forcing him into exile. He now lives in Abu Dhabi.

A corruption court in Ramallah in 2011 charged Dahlan with allegations of financial corruption and murder but he was found innocent in April this year.

Dahlan’s lawyers have long accused the Palestinian leadership, with Abbas at its head, of using the courts “for purely political ends”.

(Source / 10.11.2015)