PFLP: Palestinians will not tolerate PA security cooperation with Israel

Israeli army arresting Palestinian youth

Israeli army arresting Palestinian youth

The Palestinian Authority (PA) had become “another body fighting the Palestinian people in favour of the [Israeli] occupation,” Quds Press reported the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) saying yesterday.

Senior PFLP leader Abdul Alim Da’na told Quds Press: “The aides of PA President Mahmoud Abbas are supporting security cooperation [with Israel].” He noted that Abbas “had turned his back to the Palestinians and ignored all PLO Central Committee’s decision regarding halting security cooperation.”

He stressed that all the Palestinians “reject” the security cooperation and call for an “immediate halt of all forms of security cooperation.”

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“The Palestinian street is boiling and will not remain silent for a long time regarding the PA’s continuous security cooperation… Security cooperation harms the Palestinian cause.”

He expressed his surprise regarding the continuation of the security cooperation while Israel is still killing Palestinians on a daily basis.

The PLFP blamed Abbas for “monopolising control over Palestinian institutions and not committing to their decisions.”

It added that Abbas’s recent acknowledgement that he is responsible for undermining all anti-Israeli actions means that he “has never protected the Palestinians from Israeli aggression.”PFLP: Palestinians will not tolerate PA security cooperation with Israel

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The Palestinian Authority (PA) had become “another body fighting the Palestinian people in favour of the [Israeli] occupation,” Quds Press reported the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) saying yesterday.

Senior PFLP leader Abdul Alim Da’na told Quds Press: “The aides of PA President Mahmoud Abbas are supporting security cooperation [with Israel].” He noted that Abbas “had turned his back to the Palestinians and ignored all PLO Central Committee’s decision regarding halting security cooperation.”

He stressed that all the Palestinians “reject” the security cooperation and call for an “immediate halt of all forms of security cooperation.”

“The Palestinian street is boiling and will not remain silent for a long time regarding the PA’s continuous security cooperation… Security cooperation harms the Palestinian cause.”

He expressed his surprise regarding the continuation of the security cooperation while Israel is still killing Palestinians on a daily basis.

The PLFP blamed Abbas for “monopolising control over Palestinian institutions and not committing to their decisions.”

It added that Abbas’s recent acknowledgement that he is responsible for undermining all anti-Israeli actions means that he “has never protected the Palestinians from Israeli aggression.”

(Source / 27.01.2016)

List of 162 Palestinians killed since October 1st

The following is a list of names of all Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including one in the Negev, in the period between October 1st, 2015 and January 25th, 2016, as confirmed by the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Israeli soldaten

1. Mohannad Halabi, 19, al-Biereh – Ramallah. Shot after allegedly grabbing gun and killing two Israelis. 10/3
2. Fadi Alloun, 19, Jerusalem. Israeli claim of ‘attack’ contradicted by eyewitnesses and video. 10/4
3. Amjad Hatem al-Jundi, 17, Hebron.
4. Thaer Abu Ghazala, 19, Jerusalem.
5. Abdul-Rahma Obeidallah, 11, Bethlehem.
6. Hotheifa Suleiman, 18, Tulkarem.
7. Wisam Jamal Faraj, 20, Jerusalem. Shot by an exploding bullet during protest. 10/8
8. Fares Mohammad al-Ja’bari, 19, Hebron. Killed near Kiryat Arba settlement, Israeli army claimed that Al Ja’bari tried to stab a soldier and take control of his gun. Palestinian eyewitness assured media that the youth carried no knife.
9. Ahmad Jamal Salah, 20, Jerusalem.
10. Ishaq Badran, 19, Jerusalem. Israeli claim of ‘attack’ contradicted by eyewitnesses. 10/10
11. Mohammad Said Ali, 19, Jerusalem.
12. Ibrahim Ahmad Mustafa Awad, 28, Hebron. Shot at protest by rubber-coated steel bullet in his forehead. 10/11
13. Ahmad Abdullah Sharaka, 13, Al Jalazoun Refugee camp-Ramallah.
14. Mostafa Al Khateeb, 18, Sur-Baher – Jerusalem.
15. Hassan Khalid Manassra, 15, Jerusalem.
16. Mohammad Nathmie Shamasna, 22, Qotna – Jerusalem. 10/12
17. Baha’ Elian, 22, Jabal Al Mokaber-Jerusalem. Allegedly killed 3 Israelis on bus. 10/13
18. Mutaz Ibrahim Zawahra, 27, Bethlehem. Hit with a live bullet in the chest during a demonstration.
19.
Ala’ Abu Jammal, 33, Jerusalem. Shot after stabbing and killing Israeli Rabbi in West Jerusalem. 10/13
20. Bassem Bassam Sidr, 17, Hebron. Killed in Jerusalem after Israeli shouted that he ‘had a knife’ – but no knife was present. 10/14
21. Ahmad Abu Sh’aban, 23, Jerusalem. 10/14
22. Riyadh Ibraheem Dar-Yousif, 46, Al Janyia village Ramallah (Killed while harvesting olives)
23. Fadi Al-Darbi , 30, Jenin – died in Israeli detention camp. 10/14
24. Eyad Khalil Al Awawdah, Hebron.
25. Ihab Hannani, 19, Nablus.
26. Fadel al-Qawasmi, 18, Hebron. Shot by paramilitary settler, Israeli soldier caught on film planting knife near his body.
27. Mo’taz Ahmad ‘Oweisat, 16, Jerusalem. Military claimed he ‘had a knife’. 10/17
28. Bayan Abdul-Wahab al-‘Oseyli, 16, Hebron. Military claimed she ‘had a knife’, but video evidence contradicts that claim. 10/17
29. Tariq Ziad an-Natsha, 22, Hebron. 10/17
30. Omar Mohammad al-Faqeeh, 22, Qalandia. Military claimed he ‘had a knife’. 10/17
31. Mohannad al-‘Oqabi, 21, Negev. Allegedly killed soldier in bus station in Beer Sheba.
32. Hoda Mohammad Darweesh, 65, Jerusalem.
33. Hamza Mousa Al Amllah, 25, from Hebron, killed near Gush Etzion settlement. 10/20
34. Odai Hashem al-Masalma, 24, Beit ‘Awwa town near Hebron. 10/20
35. Hussam Isma’el Al Ja’bari, 18, Hebron. 10/21
36. Bashaar Nidal Al Ja’bari, 15, Hebron.
37. Hashem al-‘Azza, 54, Hebron. Died of tear gas inhalation. 10/21
38. Moa’taz Attalah Qassem, 22, Eezariyya town near Jerusalem. 10/21
39. Mahmoud Khalid Eghneimat, 20, Hebron.
40. Ahmad Mohammad Said Kamil, 16, Jenin. 10/23
41. Dania Jihad Irshied, 17, Hebron. 10/25
42.
Sa’id Mohamed Yousif Al-Atrash, 20, Hebron.
43. Raed Sakit Abed Al Raheem Thalji Jaradat, 22, Sa’ir – Hebron.
44. Eyad Rouhi Ihjazi Jaradat, 19, Sa’er – Hebron.
45. Ezzeddin Nadi Sha’ban Abu Shakhdam, 17, Hebron. Shot by Israeli military after allegedly wounding soldier, then left to bleed to death.
46. Shadi Nabil Dweik, 22, Hebron. Shot by Israeli military after allegedly wounding the same soldier, then left to bleed to death.
47. Homam Adnan Sa’id, 23, Tal Romeida, Hebron. Shot by Israeli soldiers claiming ‘he had a knife’, but eyewitnesses report seeing soldiers throwing a knife next to his dead body. 10/27
48. Islam Rafiq Obeid, 23, Tal Romeida, Hebron. 10/28
49. Nadim Eshqeirat, 52, Jerusalem. 10/29 – Died when Israeli soldiers delayed his ambulance.
50. Mahdi Mohammad Ramadan al-Mohtasib, 23, Hebron. 10/29
51. Farouq Abdul-Qader Seder, 19, Hebron. 10/29
52. Qassem Saba’na, 20, shot on motorcycle near Zaatara checkpoint. 10/30
53. Ahmad Hamada Qneibi, 23, Jerusalem. Soldiers claimed ‘he had a knife’.
54. Ramadan Mohammad Faisal Thawabta, 8 month old baby, Bethlehem. Died of tear gas inhalation.
55. Mahmoud Talal Abdul-Karim Nazzal, 18, al-Jalama checkpoint near Jenin. Israeli troops claim ‘he had a knife’, but eyewitnesses contradict that claim. 10/31
56. Fadi Hassan al-Froukh, 27. Beit Einoun, east of Hebron. 11/1.
57. Ahmad Awad Abu ar-Rob, 16, Jenin.
58. Samir Ibrahim Skafi, 23, Hebron. Shot by Israeli soldiers after his car hit a soldier who was on the street – it is unknown if he hit the soldier intentionally or accidentally. 11/4
59. Malek Talal Sharif, 25, Hebron, shot dead after the army claimed he attempted to stab a settler. 11/5
60. Tharwat Ibrahim Salman Sha’rawi, 73, shot dead by the army in Hebron.
61. Salman Aqel Mohammad Shahin, 22, Nablus.
62. Rasha Ahmad Hamed ‘Oweissi, 24. Qalqilia. Carried suicide note and knife, but did not attempt to attack anyone.
63. Mohammad Abed Nimir, 37, Jerusalem.
64. Sadeq Ziyad Gharbiyya, 16, Jenin.
65. Abdullah Azzam Shalalda, 26, Hebron.
66.
Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Shalalda, 22, Sa’ir, Hebron.
67. Hasan Jihad al-Baw, 22, Halhoul, Hebron.
68. Lafi Yousef Awad, 22, Budrus, Ramallah.
69. Laith Ashraf Manasra, 25, Qalandia
70. Ahmad Sobhi Abu al-‘Aish, 30, Qalandia.
71. Mohammad Monir Hasan Saleh, 24, Aroura – Ramallah.
72. Shadi Zohdi Arafa, 28, Hebron.
73. Mahmoud Sa’id ‘Oleyyan, 22, Ramallah.
74. Ashraqat Taha Qatanany, 16, Nablus. Rammed by car & shot under questionable claim that “she had a knife”.
75.Shadi Mohammad Mahmoud Khseib from al-Bireh. Shot by Israeli settler after car accident.
76.Issa Thawabta, 34, Gush Etzion. Shot after allegedly stabbing Israeli. 11/22
76. Hadeel Wajeeh ‘Awwad, 16, Jerusalem. Shot to death after allegedly stabbing and wounding elderly Palestinian man. 11/23
77. Ahmad Jamal Taha, 16, Ramallah. Shot to death after allegedly stabbing an Israeli settler at a gas station. 11/23
78. Alaa Khalil Sabah Hashah, 16, Huwwara checkpoint, Nablus. Shot to death with more than 10 bullets, Israeli troops claimed ‘he had a knife’ but eyewitnesses contradicted that claim. 11/23
79. Mohammad Ismael Shobaki, 19, south of Hebron. Shot multiple times after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier. 11/25
80. Ibrahim Abdul-Halim Daoud, 16, died of wounds sustained two weeks earlier when he was shot in the heart by Israeli soldiers while at a protest. 11/25
81. Yahya Yosri Taha, 21, Qotna, near Ramallah. Shot by live rounds from Israeli forces at demonstration. 11/26
82. Samer Hasan Seriesi, 51, Za’atara checkpoint. Shot by Israeli soldiers and left to bleed to death as Israeli medics joked and laughed nearby. 11/26
83. Mahmoud al-Jawabreh, 19, al-Aroub refugee camp. Killed by Israeli forces during a protest. 11/26
84. Fadi Mohammad Mahmoud Khseib, 25, Jerusalem. Killed by armed paramilitary settler after car accident.
85. Omar Arafat Za’aqeeq, Beit Ummar, killed by Israeli soldiers after car accident. 11/27
86. Baseem Abdul-Rahman Mustafa Salah, 38, killed by Israeli police after allegedly stabbing and wounding Israeli police officer. 11/29
87. Ayman Samih al-‘Abbasi, 17, from Silwan village, killed when he was participating in a demonstration organized in Ras al-‘Amoud neighbourhood. 11/29
88. Ma’moun al-Khatib, 16, from al-Dohah village, west of Bethlehem. Killed after alleged stabbing attempt. 12/1
89. Maram Hasounah, 20, from Nablus who arrived at a checkpoint holding an axe and hitting the watchtower with it. Shot by multiple soldiers and killed. 12/1
90. Mazin Hasan Ureiba, 37, Palestinian police officer from Abu Dis, killed near Hizma checkpoint after allegedly shooting and wounding Israeli soldier. 12/3
91. ‘Ezz al-Deen Rayeq ‘Abdullah Raddad, 21, shot and killed in al-Masrara area of Jerusalem after allegedly stabbing an Israeli police officer. 12/3
92. Taher Faisal Abdul Men’em Fanoun, 21, killed at checkpoint near Hebron. 12/3
93. Mostafa Fadel Abdul Men’em Fanoun, 16, killed at checkpoint near Hebron in same incident (cousin of Taher). 12/3
94. Abdul Rahman Wajih Ibrahim Abdul Majid, 27. Killed at entrance to Aboud village when he pushed back against a soldier who had slapped him in the face. He was shot multiple times by three soldiers. 12/3
95. Anas Bassam Abdul Rahim Hammad, 21. Killed near Silwan village after car accident in which the vehicle he was driving struck Israeli soldiers.
96. ‘Amer Yaser Iskafi, killed by numerous gunshots by Israeli soldiers north of Jerusalem.
97.
Ehab Fathi Miswada, 21, Hebron. Shot to death after allegedly stabbing and wounding Israeli man. Was left to bleed to death by Israeli medical crews. 12/7
98. Malek Shahin, 18, Deheishe camp in Bethlehem. Shot in the head with exploding bullet during demonstration against invading Israeli forces.
99. Abdul Rahman Yosri Zakaria Miswada, 21, killed near center of Hebron after allegedly wounding Israeli. 12/9
100. Omar ‘Issa Hroub, 56, from Deir Samit village, southwest of Hebron. Killed while driving his car on Sa’ir road. 12/11
101. ‘Oday Irshaid, 24, from al-Salam Street in Hebron. Hit by two bullets from to his chest and neck while participating in a protest (his younger sister Dania was killed on 10/25). 12/11
102. Ahmad Jahahja, 21, killed in Qalandia 12/11
103. Hekmat Hamdan, also killed in Qalandia 12/11
104. Samah ‘Abdel Mo’men ‘Abdullah, 18, from Amoriah village, southeast of Nablus, succumbed of wounds sustained on 23 November at Huwwara checkpoint, when she was shot with a bullet to the head. 12/16
105. Abdullah Hussein Ahmad Nasasra, 15, from Beit Forik town, east of Nablus. 12/17
106. Mohammad Abdul-Rahman Ayyad, 21, shot while driving his car near Silwad. 12/18
107. Nash’at ‘Asfour, 33 – shot by an exploding bullet during Israeli military invasion of his village, Sinjel. 12/18
108. Issa Assaf, 21 – shot after allegedly stabbing and killing Israeli man near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. 12/23
109. Anan Abu Habsa, 20 – shot during the same incident, after allegedly stabbing and killing Israeli man near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. 12/23
110. Wisam Abu Ghweila, shot by more than 30 bullets after a car accident. 12/24
111. Eyad Jamal Ed’eis, 26, killed during an Israeli invasion of Hebron. 12/24
112. Mohammad Abdul-Halim Zahran, 22, killed after allegedly stabbing and lightly wounding two security guards at an Israeli settlement. 12/24
113. Bilal Zayed, 22. Shot in the head during Israeli invasion of Qalandia refugee camp. 12/24
114. Mahdiyya Mohammad Ibrahim Hammad, 38, mother of four shot near Silwad when Israeli troops claimed ‘she tried to ram them’ with her car – even though she was 30 meters away. 12/25
115. Mos’ab al-Ghazali, 26 – killed in Jerusalem after Israeli claim of ‘attempted stabbing’ 12/26
116. Maher al-Jabi, 54, Shot by Israeli soldiers while driving near Huwwara 12/26.
117. Mohammad Saba’ana, 23. Shot to death on the main road to Nablus, near Huwwara checkpoint. Israeli troops claimed he ‘had a knife’. 12/27
118. Nour al-Deen Saba’ana, 17, Shot to death on the main road to Nablus, near Huwwara checkpoint in same incident. From Qabatya village, southeast of Jenin. 12/27
119. Hassan Ali Hassan Bozor, 22. Killed at Huwwara checkpoint by Israeli soldiers while driving his car. 12/31
120. Shadi Ghbeish, 38. Died of wounds sustained several weeks prior when Israeli soldiers beat him severely at al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah.
121. Ahmad Kawazbah, 18, from Sa’ir village, east of Hebron. Shot with multiple rounds near Etzion settlement bloc after alleged attempt to stab soldier. 1/5/16
122. Ahmed Salem Abdul Majid Kawazbah, 19, from Sa’ir village, killed near Gush Etzion. 1/7
123. Alaa Abed Mohammad Kawazbah, 19,from Sa’ir village, killed near Gush Etzion in same incident.
124. Mohammad Zeyad Kawazbah, 18, from Sa’ir village, killed near Gush Etzion in same incident (all three were relatives).
125. Khalil Mohammad Shalaldah, 16, killed at Beit Eynoun checkpoint, east of Hebron – brother of Mahmoud Mohammad Shalalda , who was killed by the Israeli army on November 13, 2015. 1/7
126. Ali Abu Mariam (Ali Mohammad Hajj Mohammad), 26 from al-Jadeeda village near Jenin, a third year student at al-Quds Open University, killed at al-Hamrah checkpoint, southeast of Tubas, when Israeli soldiers were searching cars and made a claim of an ‘attempt to stab’ them, but provided no evidence of that claim. 1/9
127. Sa’id Jawdat Abu al-Wafa, 38, from al-Zawiya village, south of Jenin, killed in same incident at al-Hamrah checkpoint. 1/9
128. Srour Ahmad Ibrahim Abu Srour, 19, a student at al-Quds Open University, from Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. Killed in clashes in Beit Jala while returning home from university. 1/12
129. Adnan Ayed Hamed al-Halayqa, 17, from al-Shyoukh village, east of Hebron, killed at Beit Eynoun checkpoint east of Hebron – Israel claims ‘attempted stabbing’ of soldier but no soldier was injured. 1/12
130. Mohammad Ahmad Kawazbah, 23, from Sa’ir village, killed in same incident at Beit Eynoun checkpoint. 1/12
131. Haitham Mahmoud Abdul-Jaleel Yassin, 36, Aseera ash-Shemaliyya town, Nablus. 1/14
132. Moayyad Awni Jabarin, 20, Sa’ir, Hebron. 1/14
133. Wisam Marwan Qasrawi, 21, from Masliya village, southeast of Jenin. Qasarwah stepped out of a taxi after crossing a checkpoint, allegedly threw a knife at the Israeli soldiers from a far distance, but it did not hit anybody. As a result, Israeli soldiers stationed in the watchtower established at the checkpoint shot him dead with 10 bullets. 1/16
134. Khalil Mousa Amar, 19. Killed in ‘ramming attack’ by settler while he was riding his bike. 1/18
135. Roqayya Eid Abu Eid, 13. Killed by an armed guard of Anatot Israeli colony. 1/24
136. Mohammad Nabil Halabiyya, 16. Killed near Abu Dis when an explosive he was carrying detonated prematurely. 1/24
Gaza Strip:

137. Shadi Hussam Doula, 20. 10/10
138. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman al-Harbawi, 20. 10/10
139. Abed al-Wahidi, 20. 10/10
140. Mohammad Hisham al-Roqab, 15. 10/10
141. Adnan Mousa Abu ‘Oleyyan, 22. 10/10
142. Ziad Nabil Sharaf, 20. 10/10
143. Jihad Zayed Salem Obeid, 22. Deir al-Balah. 10/10
144. Marwan Hisham Barbakh, 13. 10/10
144.
Khalil Omar Othman, 15. 10/10
146. Nour Rasmie Hassan, 30. Killed along with her child in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
147. Rahaf Yahya Hassan, two years old. Killed along with her mother in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
148. Yahya Abdel-Qader Farahat, 23. Killed during protest at the border with Israel. 10/16
149. Shawqie Jamal Jaber Obeid, 37. Died of wounds sustained the previous week during protest. 10/16
150. Mahmoud Hatem Hameeda, 22. Northern Gaza, killed during protest at border. 10/16
151. Ahmad al-Sarhi, 27, al-Boreij. 10/20
152. Yihya Hashem Kreira, 20. Died of wounds sustained the previous week during protest at Nahal Oz. 10/23
153. Khalil Hassan Abu Obeid, 25. Khan Younis. Died from wounds sustained in protest earlier in the week. 10/24
154. Salama Mousa Abu Jame’, 23, Khan Younis.
155. Sami Shawqi Madhi, 41, killed during protest at al-Bureij camp. 12/11
156. Mahmoud Mohammad al-‘Agha, 20, killed during protest in Khan Younis. 12/18
157. Hani Rafiq Wahdan, 22, al-Shejaiyya, eastern Gaza, killed by Israeli forces during protest. 12/25
158. Abdul-Rahman al-Mobasher – died in tunnel collapse in Gaza. 12/28
159. Yousef Abu Sbeikha al-Boheiri, 48 – al-Boreij Camp – died after Israeli forces shot him two days before, while he was working on his farmland. 12/28
160. Mousa Z’eiter, 23, Jabalia refugee camp, northern Gaza. 1/13
161. Mohammad Abu Zayed, 19, killed during Israeli invasion of al-Boreij refugee camp in Gaza. 1/15
162. Mohammad Majdi Qaita, 26, killed in Khan Younis during protest in which Palestinians tried to dismantle part of the Israeli Wall. 1/15

Non-Palestinian killed by Israeli mob:
Eritrean asylum-seeker Haftom Zarhum killed in Beer Sheva bus station by angry mob who mistook him for a Palestinian- 10/18

Names of known Israeli casualties during the same time period:

1 & 2. 10/1 – Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, both aged around 30 years old, killed in drive-by shooting near Itamar settlement.
3. 10/3 – Nahmia Lavi, 41 – Rabbi for Israeli military. Killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate when he tried to shoot the attacker but had his weapon taken.
4. 10/3 – Aaron Bennet, 24. Killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate.
5. 10/13 – Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60. Stabbed on street in West Jerusalem.
6. 10/13 – Haviv Haim, 78, bus shooting in Jerusalem
7. 10/13 – Alon Andrei Govberg, 51, same bus shooting in Jerusalem.
8. 10/13 – Richard Lakin, 76, same bus shooting in East Jerusalem (died of wounds several days after the attack)
9. 10/18 – Omri Levy, 19, Israeli soldier with the Golani Brigade, had his weapon grabbed and turned against him by an Israeli resident.
10. 11/13 – Rabbi Yaakov Litman, killed in shooting attack on car south of Hebron.
11. 11/13 – Litman’s son Netanel, 19, killed in shooting attack on car south of Hebron.
12. 11/19 – Reuven Aviram, 51, killed in stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.
13. 11/19 – Rabbi Aharon Yesayev, 32 killed in stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.
14. 11/19 – Yaakov Don, 49, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
15. 11/19 – Ezra Schwartz, 18, a U.S. national, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
16. 11/19 – Shadi Arafa, 24, of Hebron, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
17. 11/23 Hadar Buchris, 21, killed in stabbing attack near Gush Etzion settlement
18. 11/23 Ziv Mizrahi, 18, Soldier. Killed at gas station near illegal West Bank settlement.
19. 12/23 Mordechai Birmacher, stabbed to death near Damascus Gate.

An additional 2 Israelis that were initially claimed to have been killed in attacks were actually killed in car accidents.
Also, during the police intervention in the 12/23 stabbing near Damascus Gate, Ofer Ben-Ari, 46, was accidentally shot and killed by Israeli police.

(Source / 27.01.2016)

No non-Syrians invited to peace negotiations, says UN

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (AFP photo)

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

The United Nations says no non-Syrians have been invited to upcoming peace negotiations aimed at finding a solution to the deadly conflict in the Arab country.

The announcement, which was made on Wednesday, came a day after Turkey suggested that it would be part of the talks that are scheduled for Friday.

On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara would “boycott” the meeting in case the Syrian Kurdish group, Democratic Union Party (PYD), was invited.

Ankara accuses the PYD and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), of links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.

Khawla Mattar, a spokeswoman for the UN’s Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, said there was “no plan to invite” non-Syrians in response to a question about the possible inclusion of observer delegations from Turkey, Russia, the United States or France.

The official, however, refused to reveal which parties were asked to attend the talks.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, meanwhile, has called for the participation of Kurds in the peace talks and insisted that the meeting would not be successful if Kurdish representatives are not invited.

To attend or not to attend?

The development comes as Syria’s so-called opposition backed by Saudi Arabia is yet to decide whether to take part in the Friday meeting.

The group that calls itself High Negotiations Committee (HNC) met in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh for a second day on Wednesday to discuss its participation in the talks.

The foreign-backed group that was formed last month in a bid to unite Syria’s foreign-backed opposition, wants to be the sole opposition delegation in Geneva. It has demanded “clarifications” after the UN issued invitations to other opponents.

The meeting was supposed to be held on Monday but it was postponed over the issue of who will represent the so-called opposition.

The Committee has also set other conditions for taking part in the negotiations including the lifting of the Syrian government’s siege on areas held by the foreign-backed militants.

Mattar, however, stressed that there were “no preconditions” attached to joining the talks, suggesting the HNC could not view the guest list before deciding whether to come to Geneva.

Damascus has already announced its readiness to attend the talks, with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov saying on Wednesday that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem would head the government delegation.

“An invitation from De Mistura was sent to Walid al-Muallem as head of the government delegation,” Gatilov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Elsewhere in his comments, the official added that the PYD might take part in a later stage of the peace talks in Geneva, but has not been invited to the first round of discussions.

The UN Security Council last December adopted a resolution, calling for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria and the formation of a “credible, inclusive and non-sectarian” government within six months.

The Syrian conflict, which began in March 2011, has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 260,000 people, and displaced almost eight million others.

(Source / 27.01.2016)

Israeli jailers refuse to release elderly woman following court order

JENIN, (PIC)– An Israeli court has ordered the release of prisoner Fathiya Khanfar, an elderly woman in her 60s from Silat ad-Dhahr town in Jenin, but her jailers still refuse to respond to the court verdict.

Her husband Yousuf Khanfar told Quds Press that the release order was issued after his wife had spent two-thirds of her 11-month prison term, adding that the administration of Hasharon jail refused to comply with the court order and release her on Monday.

According to the husband, the Hasharon administration claimed it had not received a release order from the military court of Salem.

Fathiya Khanfar was jailed last July after she was charged with attempting to smuggle a cellphone sim card in February 2013 to her son in prison.

(Source / 27.01.2016)

Tunisia says breaks up militant cell linked to ISIS

Police officers secure the area where a bus exploded Tuesday in Tunis, Wednesday Nov.25, 2015

Tunisian police have broken up a cell recruiting fighters for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Libya and Syria, authorities said on Wednesday.

Tunisia declared a state of emergency after a suicide bombing killed 12 presidential guards on a bus in the capital Tunis in November.

That followed major gun attacks targeting foreign tourists at a Tunis museum and a beach hotel, both of which were claimed by ISIS.

“Our special forces counter-terrorism unit dismantled a cell which included nine extremists in Bizerte who were actively recruiting young people to send them into areas of trouble,” the interior ministry said.

It said those arrested had admitted recruiting for ISIS in Libya and Syria.

Tunisia, mostly a haven of stability since its 2011 revolt against autocrat Zine Abidine Ben Ali, is increasingly being challenged by Islamist militants, who have hit army patrols and checkpoints as well as carrying out major attacks.

Several thousand Tunisians are fighting with ISIS and other groups in Iraq and Syria. The gunmen in the Sousse and Bardo Museum attacks all trained at militant camps in Libya before returning to their home country.

(Source / 27.01.2016)

Palestinian teen detained after stab attempt at Qalandiya checkpoint

A Palestinian woman looks at a member of the Israeli forces standing guard at the Qalandiya checkpoint on July 3, 2015

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday detained a Palestinian teenager at the Qalandiya military checkpoint south of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank following an attempted stabbing, Israeli police said.Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that Israeli forces requested that the youth exit a bus for inspection after they noticed he was not carrying identification and was acting in a “suspicious” manner.The Palestinian refused to be searched and pulled a knife from his pocket before an Israeli officer “took control over the youth while the knife dropped to the floor,” al-Samri said, adding that no injures were reported.The Palestinian, believed to be a 17-year-old from the Nablus area, was transferred for interrogation in Israeli custody.The Qalandiya checkpoint is one of a number of military checkpoints that have been site to attempted and actual attacks on Israeli military personnel since a wave of individual attacks sparked in October.The checkpoint is one of the main entry and exit point for Palestinians crossing from the occupied West Bank to Jerusalem, and Palestinians with permits often undergo searches when crossing.Tensions between Israeli military forces and residents of Qalandiya refugee camp, which lies adjacent to the checkpoint, have been heightened in recent months, with at least nine residents of the camp killed since October.

(Source / 27.01.2016)

Israeli MPs approve ‘strip-search’ against Palestinians

Since the start of Al-Quds Intifada, the Israeli Knesset has approved a number of racial laws targeting Palestinians

Israeli Knesset approved on Monday evening new law that authorises Israeli troops to conduct ‘strip-search’ against Palestinians.

Strip-search, which the Israeli occupation has been conducting against Palestinians a longtime before it was approved by the Knesset, is a flagrant violation of numerous international laws and conventions

Days of Palestine, West Bank –Israeli Knesset approved on Monday evening new law that authorises Israeli troops to conduct ‘strip-search’ against Palestinians.

Law and Legislation Committee in the Israeli Knesset, which approved the law, said that the strip-search is to be conducted against “reasonable suspects.

However, according to the Israeli MKs definition, the “reasonable suspects” are the Palestinians passing through Israeli checkpoints and walk near to illegal Israeli settlements scattered across the occupied West Bank.

Since the start of Al-Quds Intifada, the Israeli Knesset has approved a number of racial laws targeting the Palestinians in occupied Palestine and occupied Palestinian territories.

Strip-search, which the Israeli occupation has been conducting against Palestinians a longtime before it was approved by the Knesset, is a flagrant violation of numerous international laws and conventions.

(Source / 27.01.2016)

Soldiers Kidnap A Young Woman In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at noon, a young Palestinian woman while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Council Gate, in occupied Jerusalem, and took her to an interrogation center in the city. Army kidnaps four fishers in northern Gaza.

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Eyewitnesses said the soldiers stopped and questioned the young woman, while she was trying to leave the Al-Aqsa mosque, and abducted her. Several Palestinian women tried to prevent the soldiers from abducting the young woman, but they pushed them away. Meanwhile, several Israeli settlers, under heavy police and military protection, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa, while the Palestinian Muslim worshipers were not allowed through.

In related news, the soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian teen, 17 years of age, after stopping him on the Qalandia terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem. The army claimed the teen “carried a knife.”

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said that Israeli Navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats, in Gaza territorial waters in the Sudaniyya area, in northern Gaza, and kidnapped four fishers.

Late at night, and on Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers invaded different communities in the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped eight Palestinians, including two children.

The soldiers also demolished two Palestinian homes in Shu’fat, and Jabal al-Mokabber, in Jerusalem.

(Source / 27.01.2016)

Syrian opposition’s Manna says no peace talks without Kurds

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – The co-leader of the Syrian Democratic Council, Haytham Manna,

on Wednesday he would not take part in peace talks in Geneva unless two Kurdish leaders, Saleh Muslim and Ilham Ahmed, were also invited to participate.”I’ll go with my friends or not (at all). There is no compromise in this question,” Manna told Reuters a day after the U.N. envoy to Syria, Staffan De Mistura, sent invitations to join the talks, without including the Kurdish leaders.”We have one day and tomorrow perhaps also to negotiate all of these things with the Russians, the Americans and De Mistura’s staff. We’ll see if they accept our opinion, our view to have really a strong and representative delegation, we are ready to go.”Deciding who among Syria’s fractured opposition should attend the talks has become the main stumbling block to the first attempt at a peace negotiation in two years. There is no sign of an end to the war pitting a range of rebel groups against President Bashar al-Assad’s government after almost five years and more than 250,000 deaths.Manna is not part of the main opposition delegation, which was formed at a meeting in Saudi Arabia and has yet to say if it will take part in the peace talks. Its leaders have said Syria must stop bombing civilian areas and allow humanitarian aid access before any peace negotiations can take place.But Russia, Assad’s main backer, had demanded that the opposition representation was widened beyond the Saudi-backed group, some of whom it regards as terrorists. De Mistura invited Manna and other opposition leaders who had Moscow’s blessing.But Muslim, co-leader of the Kurdish PYD party, told Reuters on Tuesday he had not been invited to the Geneva talks.The PYD is fighting Islamic State and has enjoyed military support from the United States but is regarded by Turkey as part of a terrorist movement.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said De Mistura had told him that Syrian Kurdish officials would not be invited,and negotiations for the opposition will be led by the Saudi-backed opposition group.Manna said that leaving out Muslim and Ahmed had left the invitees looking like “the Russian delegation”.”And I’m not ready to be a member of the Russian delegation. We have the right to have our own delegation,” Manna said.

(Source / 27.01.2016)

Palestinian PM: The Israeli deputy FM uses fiction to whitewash Occupation

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In response to an op-ed written for The Wall Street Journal by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely accusing Palestinians of utilizing foreign aid to support terrorism, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said, “Israel’s Deputy FM is using fiction to whitewash Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and the crimes committed by Israeli Colonial Settlers.”

The Palestinian government, according to Hamdallah, “operates on the principals of accountability and transparency, especially when it comes to public funds and foreign aid.”

Hamdallah said that the latest attacks on the Palestinian government by Hotovely and others in the Israeli government “represent an act of desperation in order to distract from the real issues on the ground such as, the occupation of Palestinian territories, the illegal settlement movement, the appropriation of Palestinian resources, the suffocating siege on Gaza, the extrajudicial killings of Palestinian minors, and the torture Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.”

Hamdallah added, “the Deputy FM of Israel should disclose the sources of funding, local & foreign, that her government funnels to illegal settlements where many extremists reside, some of them are terrorists that have Palestinian blood on their hands, instead of using smoke and mirrors to deceive the international community.”

(Source / 27.01.2016)