Morocco: 2 shot in Marrakech attack, assailants on the run

Crowds gather at the scene of a shooting which left one Moroccan dead in Marrakech , Morocco on 2 November 2017

Two people were shot last night in a drive-by shooting at a café in the Moroccan city of Marrakech.

Two people on board a TMAX scooter opened fire on the terrace of the café La Crème in the Hivernage district, according to local media reports.

The alleged killers opened fire at approximately 19:45 outside the cafe located which is situated in front of the Marrakech Court of Appeal. Security services were dispatched to the scene and the perimeter was cordoned off.

Twenty-six-year-old medical student Hamza died after being shot in the head, while two others were injured including a young woman who was accompanying the victim. The victims were brought to the University Hospital of Marrakech, the Moroccan Press Agency reported.

Read: Morocco arrests 4 planning city attack

The motive of the shooting is still unknown but it is believed the victim was targeted because his father was a court official and the attack was likely an effort to settle an issue.

In an “embarrassing” blunder by the head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, the shooters were said to have been arrested but the statement was later retracted.

“In direct contact with the leaders, it appears that the search for the perpetrators of the attack is still ongoing and those who were apprehended before have nothing to do with this case,” El Othmani clarified on Twitter a few minutes after announcing that the police had apprehended the criminals.

في اتصال مباشر مع المسؤولين تبين ان البحث لا يزال جاريا عن منفذي الهجوم ومن حقق معهم لحد الساعة لا صلة لهم به،اللهم احفظ بلادنا ءامنا مطمئنا

Many users took to social media to criticise the blunder and the lack of information: “Free advice to the Government leader: offer condolences to the family of the victim and take care of the wounded,” one user wrote.

Conseil gratuit au chef gouvernement : présenter condoléances à la famille de la victime et veiller sur les blessés 

(Source / 03.11.2017)

100 ‘Decolonise Palestine’ posters appear in London for Balfour centenary

Posters reading ‘Decolonise Palestine’ have appeared all over London’s transport network

Some 100 posters have appeared all over London’s transport network, as part of a “guerrilla” advertising campaign to protest against the Balfour Declaration centenary.

The “Decolonise Palestine” posters are an initiative of activists’ group London Palestine Action, who said it was “a direct response to Transport for London’s banning of planned Palestinian adverts”.

“This attack on Palestinian voices, on an occasion that marks the start of the settler colonisation of Palestine, will not go unanswered,” the group added.

“As the UK government welcomes Israeli war criminals to celebrate the Balfour Declaration, Palestinian voices will not be censored,” the statement continued, “and we will not stay silent over UK support and facilitation of the oppression, murder and expulsion of the Palestinian people.”

Each one of the 100 posters “represents a year of UK-instigated colonisation”.

Read: Balfour celebrations a reminder that the colonial past is not past

(Source / 03.11.2017)

MPs call on UK to recognise Palestine to fulfil Balfour’s pledge

British MPs Grahame Morris (left) and Andy Slaughter hand deliver a letter to 10 Downing Street demanding the UK recognise the State of Palestine on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration on 2 November 2017

Some 37 UK Members of Parliament have demanded the Government face its “historic responsibility” and “uphold the second commitment” in the Balfour Declaration by recognising the State of Palestine.

In a letter which was hand delivered to 10 Downing Street yesterday, the centenary of the declaration, the MPs highlighted the declaration’s promise that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice  the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”.

One hundred years later that commitment remains unfulfilled. The people of Palestine continue to be denied access to basic rights, in contradiction of international law

they added.

“The continued denial of rights to the Palestinians remains one of the key causes of a conflict which has claimed thousands of innocent Israeli and Palestinian lives,” the officials said.

Chair of the Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, Grahame Morris, signed the letter along with 36 other MPs including Alex Cunningham, Richard Burden and Andy Slaughter.

Read: Why should Britain apologise for the Balfour Declaration?

“The UK Government should therefore recognise the State of Palestine alongside Israel as called for by the House of Commons on 13th October 2014, and press for an end to the occupation and for international law to be upheld in the search for a just and lasting peace.”

 (Source / 03.11.2017)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Jenin And Bethlehem

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Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, several Palestinian communities in Jenin and Bethlehem governorates, in the occupied West Bank, searched many homes, and a coffeeshop, and abducted four Palestinians, in addition to wounding many others.

Many army jeeps invaded Qabatia town, southwest of Jenin, in northern West Bank, before breaking into homes and violently searching them, especially in Sa’adiyya and Kamil neighborhoods, in addition to a local graveyard.

Media sources said the invasion into Qabatia was the largest since more than a year, especially due to the large number of soldiers, and the filed interrogation of many Palestinians, while ransacking their homes.

The soldiers abducted two Palestinians, identified as Sa’ad Mohammad Abu ar-Rob, and Abdul-Karim Abu ar-Rob, who was released a few hours after he was taken prisoner.

The army also fired many rubber-coated bullets and gas bombs at local youngsters, who hurled stones at the invading military jeeps; several Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

In addition, the soldiers invaded the Saff Street, in the center of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and abducted Shadi Mohammad al-Hreimi, 29, after ransacking his home.

Another Palestinian, identified as Walid Jadallah, 40, from the northern West Bank city of Nablus, was also abducted after the soldiers broke into a coffeeshop he owns in the Cinema Area, in the center of Bethlehem city.

(Source / 03.11.2017)

Islamic Jihad announces martyrdom of 5 missing fighters


Saraya al-Quds, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad Movement, has officially announced the death of five of its missing fighters in the Gaza tunnel that was destroyed by Israeli occupation forces last Monday. The Islamic Jihad fighters died after Israel blocked the search efforts for them.

In a statement on Friday, the brigades published the names of the martyrs: Bader Mesbeh, Ahmad al-Sebakhi, Sahdi al-Hemri, Mohammad al-Behaisi and Ala Abu Ghurab.

Seven resistance fighters including Saraya al-Quds brigades’ commander and his deputy in central Gaza Strip were killed when Israel detonated a tunnel along the Gaza border on Monday afternoon. Two of the fighters were of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas Movement.

The number of the martyrs of the tunnel thus rose to 12. Thirteen others were wounded with some of them critically injured.

(Source / 03.11.2017)

Palestinians protest in Gaza against Balfour Declaration

Protest Gaza Dalfour

Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets on Friday to participate in a demonstration organized by Hamas Movement in Jabalia camp in the northern Gaza Strip against Balfour Declaration.

The demonstrators raised banners holding Britain responsible for the suffering of the Palestinian people and asking it to apologize to them and atone for the Balfour Declaration.

The Hamas leader, Mohammed Askar, affirmed in a speech that nothing can change the historical facts no matter how many years go by, saying that no-one has the right to award others even an “inch” of the Palestinian land.

He stressed that the Palestinian people will continue to defend their land using all forms of legitimate resistance which are guaranteed by international laws and conventions.

Abu Askar concluded his speech by praising the Palestinian resistance fighters who work day and night above and under the ground digging their way toward freedom.

(Source / 03.11.2017)

Israeli court extends administrative detention of Sawafta for 3rd time

Nader Sawafta

Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies said on Friday that an Israeli court extended the administrative detention of the Hamas leader in Tubas city, Nader Sawafta. The extension was made for another four months for the third time in a row without indictment or trial.

The spokeswoman of the Center, Amina al-Tawil, elaborated that Sawafta, 45, was arrested after Israeli forces broke into and violently searched his house on November 15, 2016. Then, he was held under administrative detention for 6 months which was extended for three times now.

Sawafta, a candidate in the cancelled municipal election, spent over 15 years in Israeli jails and was detained more than once in Palestinian Authority jails.

Captive Sawafta is currently detained in Negev desert jail and has been denied the right of family visitation for alleged security reasons, Tawil pointed out.

(Source / 03.11.2017)

Velayati: Palestine will always remain the top issue for Iran

Ali Akbar Velayati

Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Friday that “the enemy seeks to spread strife in the (Middle East) region with the aim of diverting the attention away from the Palestinian issue.”

Velayati’s remarks were made while addressing the second International Union of Resistance Scholars today in Beirut.

“Resistance, and not compromise, remains the only path to freedom of Palestine,” he said.

Some of the countries in the region were unashamedly normalizing relations with Israel, he added.

The Iranian official hailed Hamas Movement’s position after refusing Israeli conditions on Palestinian reconciliation, mainly disarming, cutting its ties with Iran, and recognizing Israel.

Hamas delegation’s visit to Iran was a practical response to Israeli terms, according to his statements.

The second meeting of International Union of Resistance Scholars, which had begun on Wednesday in Beirut, came in coincidence with the anniversary of Balfour Declaration.

More than 200 scholars from over 80 countries had taken part in the two-day event in the Lebanese capital. The first international conference of resistance scholars was held in Lebanon in May 2016.

(Source / 03.11.2017)

Syrian Coalition: Russia’s Calling for Sochi Conference is Aimed at Hindering Political Transition in Syria

The Syrian Coalition and the Free Syrian Army’s General Staff said that Russia’s announcement that it was convening a conference in the city of Sochi represents a departure from the UN-sponsored Geneva negotiations and international resolutions on political transition in Syria.

In a press release issued on Friday, the Syrian Coalition stressed that calling this conference represents an attempt to depart from all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and violates the text spirit of the Geneva Communiqué of 2012.

The Coalition underscored that all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 clearly stated that a political solution should serve as the cornerstone of the formation of a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) with full executive powers and whose primary task is to create an appropriate and neutral environment for the success of the transitional phase. It added that TGB’s tasks also include convening a national dialogue conference, the holding of a referendum on the drafting of a constitution, and the holding of free and fair elections.

The Syrian Coalition and the FSA’s General Staff confirmed they would not participate in the Sochi Conference as they reiterated their support for the political transition process in Geneva aimed at achieving the aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom, dignity, and justice.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 03.11.2017)

Zahhar: Information on Israeli captives given if detainees released

Mahmoud al-Zahhar about prisoners

Member of Hamas’s political bureau Mahmoud al-Zahhar has affirmed that his Movement categorically rejects providing Israel with information about its captive soldiers in Gaza in exchange for allowing the Palestinian side to search for missing citizens inside a border tunnel, which was destroyed by the Israeli army a few days ago.

In press remarks to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) on Thursday, Zahhar stressed that any information to be provided about Israel’s captive soldiers in Gaza would be only in return for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

The Hamas official described Israel’s condition as “despicable extortion.”

“If the occupation officials want to consider such blackmail a kind of a deal, we tell them that every inch of this land contains a martyr, so nothing would change if they were buried in Gaza or within the borders of the 1948 occupied lands because all these places are our land,” he underlined.

(Source / 03.11.2017)