Sheikh Ahmed Yasin, Resistance Icon of Palestine

NABLUS, PALESTINOW.COM — On the morning of Monday, March 22, 2004, Palestine and the Islamic world woke up to the news of the assassination of the founder of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, after being targeted by missiles fired by an Israeli Apache helicopter.

Sheikh Yassin was a spiritual father of every free person in this world; his struggle and resistance inspired many, and the seeds of goodness he planted with his comrades were the fruit of liberation. He became a symbol of the Palestinian national movement and he became known as one of the great Islamic nation leaders, who resisted occupation throughout history.

A nation in one person
On his martyrdom’s 14th anniversary, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Haj Ali, a Palestinian MP from Nablus recalls the good characteristics of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as saying, “An entire nation was represented in him; he started from scratch by establishing and building a giant movement, with Hamas becoming an Islamic landmark and a solid movement that Sheikh Ahmed Yassin watched as it grew in size.”

Al-Haj Ali explained to the PIC that Yassin was wise, and despite his physical weakness and being paralyzed, he left no excuse to anyone, adding that Sheikh Yassin’s loyalty was the secret of the success of his call. He was a miracle as God enabled him to attract young people, bringing them closer to the path of goodness and prosperity, and taking them away from the behavior of evil and humiliation.

Historical phenomenon
Al-Haj Ali explained that Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, despite persecution by the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Authority, continued to carry out the burden of the homeland and religion on his shoulders, making it a rare phenomenon in history.

“Over the years, we read about many great leaders, but they did not have the same impact of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.”

Speaking of the seed planted by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, MP Ahmed Al-Hajj Ali stressed that the feature that God has given to Sheikh Yassin, which distinguished him from others, was opening the path for his goodness seed which he planted and which later bloomed and bore the fruit.

The bright evidence of such work is the Jihad we are witnessing today, represented by Hamas and the Qassam Brigades, who are still resisting the occupation army to expel it from Palestine regardless of the cost, the MP concluded. (PIC)

(Source / 24.03.2018)

Hamas: PA security arrested 10 citizens illegally in the last few days

PS security forces arrested Pal's

The Hamas Movement said that the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces arrested during the last three days 10 Palestinian citizens, mostly ex-detainees, in the context of its security cooperation with the Israeli occupation state and persisted in detaining others illegally.

According to a statement released by Hamas, the PA security forces in Tulkarem arrested a young man called Fares al-Khatib after storming Qaffin town in Tulkarem and raided the house of Omar Dawoud, an ex-detainee and a member of the Islamic Jihad Movement, before kidnapping him.

In Nablus, preventive security elements arrested an ex-detainee called Alaa Shawli, from Asira ash-Shamaliya town, and confiscated a computer and security camera recordings from his brother’s company.

The same security apparatus kidnapped another ex-detainee identified as Bilal Yamin in Tell town, southwest of Nablus.

In Qalqilya, preventive security forces kidnapped a teacher from outside Jit School, where he works. He was identified as Bassam Eid.

Hamas also stated that the Israeli occupation forces kidnapped two ex-detainees called Ibrahim Zaid and Maisara Afana from their homes in the West Bank a few days after their release from PA jails.

Other four ex-detainees were kidnapped by PA security forces in Tubas, Jenin and Salfit. They are Lout Bisharat, Mohamed al-Zaghel, Ramzi Mar’ie and Abdul-Rahim Zeitawi.

In Ramallah, the preventive security apparatus detained teacher Nouh Harish, from Beitunia town, after summoning him for interrogation. He suffers from several health problems, according to the statement.

In a related context, two detainees have been on hunger strike for about three days in protest at their illegal detention by the PA security apparatuses.

They are Najeeb Mafarja, an ex-detainee in Israeli jails, and Osamah Shahin, director of the Palestinian Prisoner Center for Studies.

According to Hamas, the PA prosecution bureau in al-Khalil extended the detention of Osama Shahin for 48 hours.

(Source / 24.03.2018)

UN rights body adopts 5 anti-Israel resolutions, urges arms embargo

Israeli forces stand guard at the site of an alleged stabbing attack in the  Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds on March 18, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli forces stand guard at the site of an alleged stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds on March 18, 2018

In a major diplomatic blow to Israel, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) has adopted five resolutions against Tel Aviv, urging an international ban on arms sales to the regime over its atrocities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The resolutions were adopted Friday at the end of the UNHCR’s 37th session, which lasted for a month in Geneva, slamming the Israeli regime’s mistreatment of Palestinians and voicing support for the Palestinians’ cause against the regime’s occupation of their homeland.

One of the resolutions is called “Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (al-Quds).”

The document, which was passed by 27 to 4 votes and 15 abstentions, urged the world community to stop selling arms to the regime in Israel.

The resolution called upon “all states to promote compliance under international law” with regard to Israeli actions “by ensuring that their public authorities and private entities do not become involved in internationally unlawful conduct, inter alia the provision of arms to end users known or likely to use the arms in the commission of serious violations of international humanitarian and/or human rights law.”

Another of the five resolutions calls for an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights, which the regime seized from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War. Tel Aviv continues to occupy two-thirds of the Syrian territory ever since, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.

The UN rights body also approved a resolution that called on Israel to withdraw to the pre-1967 lines as well as one that urged the Tel Aviv regime to halt settlement activity.

The fifth document approved on Friday denounced Israel for human rights abuses against the Palestinians.

US gets angry, says losing ‘patience’

Furious over the resolutions, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has slammed the council as “foolish and unworthy of its name,” claiming it is biased against Israel.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley  

She also warned that the US would continue to consider its options regarding membership of the UN panel, saying, “Our patience is not unlimited.”

“When that happens, as it did today, the Council fails to fulfill its duty to uphold human rights around the world. The United States continues to evaluate our membership in the Human Rights Council. Our patience is not unlimited,” Haley said.

The UK also spoke against what it called the council’s bias against Tel Aviv.

Britain opposed the resolutions on the Golan Heights and the one on accountability. It, however, voted in favor of the resolutions on human rights and Palestinian self-determination. The country also abstained on the resolution on settlements.

Under US President Donald Trump, the regime in Israel has stepped up its expansionist policies and crimes against Palestinians.

The regime has been further emboldened by a US decision to transfer its capital from Tel Aviv to the occupied city, in a major policy shift which drew global anger and protests late last year.

The city, which is designated as “occupied” under international law since the 1967 Arab War, is sought by Palestinians as the capital of their future state.

(Source / 24.03.2018)

Election Silence in Egypt

People walk by a poster of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the upcoming presidential election, in Cairo, Egypt, March 1, 2018

Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi campaigned heavily before entering the stage of electoral silence on Saturday, ahead of a three-day vote that starts Monday.

According to the law, electoral campaigning should stop 48 hours before polls open for voters to choose between Sisi and Ghad Party head Moussa Mostafa Moussa.

Head of the National Election Authority (NEA) counselor Lashin Ibrahim expressed confidence that Egyptians are aware of the importance of participating in the elections, especially amid the huge challenges facing the country and the exerted efforts to support stability.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, Ibrahim affirmed the integrity of the elections, noting that one of the major guarantors of the electoral process is the fact that NEA’s board of directors is made up of judicial figures, and that the voting process will be held under their supervision.

He added that across Egypt there are 13,687 voting committees, which are monitored by 367 public commissions. The electoral process is supervised by 18,678 judges who are assisted by 103,000 employees.

Ibrahim stressed that NEA is fully prepared for the presidential elections.

Meanwhile, Asharq Al-Awsat monitored some activities carried out by Sisi’s supporters. For example, Yalla Sisi campaign posted on Facebook pictures of its latest event in order to urge a huge turnout.

The campaign also held its concluding conference on Friday, emphasizing that the world is watching and a historic stance is being made.

He said the voters will lay the cornerstone for democracy by benefiting from their constitutional right to choose a president.

(Source / 24.03.2018)

IOF closes Zaatara checkpoint south of Nablus

Checkpoint Nablus

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday shut down Zaatara military barrier before cars with Israeli civil yellow plates in both directions.

Eyewitnesses said that IOF soldiers banned the vehicles with yellow plates from crossing the checkpoint and blocked traffic.

The drivers therefore had to take alternative bypass roads through the nearby towns of Jammain and Oserin.

IOF troopers erected a makeshift barrier at the junction of Yitzhar settlement and banned the cars with yellow labels from passing through.

(Source / 24.03.2018)

Palestinian prisoner held in Israeli jail despite end of sentence

Ismail al-Nattah

Israeli prosecution has decided to extend the detention of the Palestinian prisoner Ismail al-Nattah, 43, for four months a few hours after he was informed of his release from Negev prison following an eight-month sentence in administrative detention.

Spokeswoman for the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies in the West Bank Amina Tawil said that the Israel Prison Service at Negev jail told al-Nattah, who had his administrative detention renewed twice, that he will be released once his sentence ends.

Tawil added that al-Nattah’s family on Wednesday headed to al-Dhahiriya checkpoint south of al-Khalil where they were supposed to receive their son as promised, but they were greatly shocked by the new decision.

According to Tawil, the Israeli occupation forces on 23rd July 2017 broke into al-Nattah’s house in Idhna town in al-Khalil, wreaked havoc on it and arrested him. Al-Nattah was first imprisoned for four months then his detention was extended for another four months without charge or trial.

Ismail al-Nattah is an Islamic preacher and an ex-prisoner who previously served five years in Israeli jails.

(Source / 24.03.2018)

Israel deploys reinforcements in Jerusalem, braces for March of Return

Reinforcements al-Quds

The Israeli police forces have intensified their presence in Occupied Jerusalem in preparation for Passover Holiday amid growing fears of Palestinian attacks.

According to Maariv website, the reinforcements in Jerusalem come despite the sharp decline in the last two years in the number of Palestinian attacks carried out in the holy city with 41 attacks in the first quarter of 2016, 17 in 2017, and only one in 2018.

The Israeli army on another front is preparing for the Great March of Return which will be launched in the Gaza Strip next week.

Israel’s Minister of Education Naftali Bennett said, as quoted by Maariv, “Rockets and tunnels are well-known threats to us, but we should prepare for another scenario: the massive marches which will be launched toward the border fence with Israel.”

Bennet said that Gaza residents’ marches in border areas with Israel (1948 occupied Palestine) would pose many threats to the life of Israeli settlers living in settlements in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 24.03.2018)

Prisoner in PA jails moved to hospital due to torture

Usama Shahin

Prisoner Usama Shahin, who was abducted by Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces and has been held captive in the jails of  the PA preventive apparatus for 4 days, has been transferred Princess Alia Governmental Hospital in al-Khalil due to torture.

Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies quoted his family as saying that their son’s health condition has badly deteriorated because of torture in light of his going on an open hunger strike as he is refraining from taking both food and water.

Detainee Shahin was also imprisoned in Israeli jails. The PA security forces deliberately arrest ex-detainees in order to deter them from carrying out or getting involved in any anti-occupation attacks.

(Source / 24.03.2018)

New settlement neighborhood in Occupied Jerusalem

New settlement near Al Quds

Israel has started the construction of new homes for 450 Jewish families in a new settlement neighborhood in Giv’at Ze’ev north of Occupied Jerusalem, according to Israeli media sources.

The Israeli sources revealed that 350 out of 400 housing units have been sold to Jewish Anglo-Saxon families residing in the United States. The sum of the deals was estimated at 800 million shekels and the price of a single housing unit at 2.5 million shekels.

(Source / 24.03.2018)

Israeli forces injure 4 Palestinians during protests along Gaza border

Protests Gaza border

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured four Palestinian protesters during clashes along the border of the besieged Gaza Strip on Friday, according to official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency.

Wafa reported that the Israeli army opened fire on protesters, who were participating in ongoing demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s December announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In the northern Gaza Strip, east of Beit Hanoun, Israeli forces shot and injured one Palestinian with live ammunition. The Palestinian, whose identity remained unknown, was transferred to hospital and reported to be in critical condition.
Another Palestinian was injured with live ammunition at protests near the Nahal Oz military base east of Gaza city, while several others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation.
Two other protesters were injured with live ammunition during protests east of the town of Jabaliya town, as well as to the north of Beit Lahiya town, both in the northern Gaza Strip.
(Source / 24.03.2018)