Hamas: Sabra and Shatila massacre perpetrators must be punished

Sabra and Shatila massacre

Hamas on Saturday, on the 36th anniversary of Sabra and Shatila massacre, called for prosecuting Israeli leaders responsible for the crime at international courts.

In a statement released by Hamas’s Office for Refugees Affairs, the movement said that Sabra and Shatila massacre is part of an endless series of atrocities committed by the Israeli occupation against Palestinians.

Hamas affirmed that the heinous massacre will never be forgotten with the passing of time, and that the international community has responsibility for bringing Israeli leaders to international courts.

Hamas called on the Lebanese government to show solidarity with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon by granting them civil, economic, and social rights.

It also urged friends of Palestinian people all over the world to support them against US attack on the refugees issue by cutting aid to UNRWA.

Saturday marks the 36th anniversary of Sabra and Shatila massacre at the hands of the Israeli occupation army, a militia close to Lebanon’s Kataeb party and the South Lebanon Army.

The number of victims in this appalling massacre ranges between 750 and 3,500, most of whom are unarmed civilians, including women, children, and elderly people.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

Israel files 2nd lawsuit against Haneyya at ICC

2nd lawsuit Haneyya

Israel’s Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) last week filed a second complaint with the International Criminal Court in the Hague (ICC) against the head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haneyya.

According to the Israel Hayom daily, the case relates to the alleged recruitment of about 17,000 Gazan children for the struggle against Israel since 2016.

Israel’s JIJ also accuses Haneyya of committing two major war crimes: the actual exploitation of children under the age of 15 for military purposes, using them as child soldiers and as perpetrators of terror attacks; and the ongoing use of children as human shields and military targets in order to disrupt Israel’s war activity.

In addition, Haneyya is also accused of a widespread and systematic use of torture and unlawful killing by Hamas’ internal security forces in the Gaza Strip.

“The entire procedure was very efficient and orderly, and we felt that we were trusted by the recipients of our complaint,” JIJ’s director Uri Morad told Israel Hayom on Sunday.

“I believe that the complaint submitted by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice will be handled in a faithful and impartial manner,” he claimed.

This is a second complaint filed by JIJ against Haneyya, after a complaint a year ago regarding Haneyya’s alleged war crimes during the 2014 Gaza war. That initial complaint has passed a preliminary screening and is now under a preliminary examination, as part of the ICC’s overall examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel is not a member of the ICC court in the Hague. Lawsuits against PA and Hamas officials have been filed at the Hague by private organizations.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

Israeli minister urges assassination of Palestinian leaders

Palestinian leaders

Israel’s Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan called for assassinating Hamas leaders in the besieged Gaza Strip to quell anti-occupation protests at the eastern borders.

Israel’s Channel 7 quoted Erdan as stating that Israel might increase secret assassinations in case Hamas continues to fuel anti-occupation protests on borderlands with Gaza.

Erdan vowed that the Israeli army will step up aggressions against Hamas no matter the cost.

Sometime earlier, Israeli lawmaker Haim Jelin called for launching attacks against Hamas resistance fighters so as to force the group to yield in to a long-term ceasefire in response to an alleged incendiary balloon dropped at his home in Kibbutz settler community, near Gaza’s border area.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

Palestinian official: US will never present Middle East peace plan

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages]

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat

The United States will not present its long-awaited plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace any time soon and is instead trying to unilaterally change the terms of reference for any future proposal, a senior Palestinian official said on Saturday, according to a Reuters report.

Echoing deep scepticism among the Palestinians, Arab countries and analysts, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator, said that the Trump administration was siding with Israel on the core issues of the decades-old conflict, burying all chances for Middle East peace.

“I don’t think they will ever introduce a plan,” Erekat said in an interview with Reuters in Jericho. “The whole world is rejecting their ideas. They are already implementing their plan by changing the terms of reference,” he said.

Doubts have mounted over whether Trump’s administration can secure what he has called the “ultimate deal” since December, when the US President recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and then moved the US Embassy there.

Jerusalem is one of the major issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both sides claim it as a capital. Trump’s move outraged the Palestinians, who have since boycotted Washington’s peace efforts, led by the US president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The United States has also cut off aid to the Palestinians and to UNRWA – the UN agency for Palestinian refugees — and has ordered the PLO’s office in Washington shut, further angering Palestinian leaders.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday welcomed the latest US moves.

Erekat said it appeared that the United States has accepted Israel’s positions on other main issues of the conflict, and not just Jerusalem, including the fate of millions of Palestinian refugees from wars dating to 1948 and Israeli settlements on land Palestinians envisage as part of their future independent state.

But Trump’s Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt told Reuters in that Washington was prepared for Israeli criticism of the plan and that both sides can expect parts they will like and dislike. He provided no further details.

Greenblatt, a chief architect of the initiative, said US negotiators had entered the “pre-launch phase” of the plan, despite the boycott by Palestinian leaders, but declined to specify a time frame.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Israel captured those territories in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed East Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally. It regards all of the city as its eternal and indivisible capital.

US officials have so far been non-committal about whether their plan would endorse the creation of a Palestinian state beside the state of Israel – the goal of previous rounds of negotiations, the last of which collapsed in 2014.

“They are telling us ‘peace based on the truth’,” Erekat said.

“The Kushner truth and the Netanyahu truth is that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, no right of return to refugees, settlements are legal, no Palestinian state on 1967 (borders) and Gaza must be separated from the West Bank and this is absolutely unacceptable,” Erekat said.

Palestinians have limited self-rule in the West Bank, but Israel controls most of that territory and has expanded its settlements there. Most countries deem the settlements illegal, though Israel disputes this. It withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza, which is ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement.

“The only thing this administration did since it came to office is just to take Israelis and Palestinians off the path to peace, off the path of the two-state solution,” Erekat said.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

Hamas Receives Invitation to Visit Cairo

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas has received an invitation from Cairo to meet Egyptian officials, Head of the Hamas International Relations Department Osama Hamdan said.

Hamdan denied that there would be a new round of talks regarding the national reconciliation and the ceasefire agreement with the Israeli Occupation.

“The ceasefire talks, which are brokered by Egypt and UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, are making little progress as the Palestinian Authority is trying to hinder such a move,” he explained.

Regarding the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, Hamdan reiterated Hamas’ determination to end the Israeli-imposed siege on the Gaza Strip and reach a ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation within a joint national framework.

He noted that all the Palestinian factions, other than Fatah, are exerting tremendous efforts to achieve the Palestinian people’s demands, adding that no side shall veto such a move.

The Hamas leader confirmed that the movement will not stand still while the humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate and will work with Egypt to end the Palestinians’ suffering in the coastal enclave.

Regarding the efforts made to break the siege on Gaza, Hamdan said, “we have a clear vision for improving the humanitarian situation in Gaza, but Fatah is hindering such a move.”

“Since it believes in national partnership, Hamas is determined to allow all Palestinian factions to have a say on any proposal to end the Palestinians’ suffering in Gaza,” Hamdan noted.

Notably, Hamas delegation is scheduled to arrive in Egypt at the end of this week or early next week to hold meetings with Egyptian officials and the Palestinian factions in an attempt to find solutions for the current crises.

Egyptian officials have met with two delegations from the “popular” and “democratic” fronts and will receive a delegations from Jihad Movement and another from Hamas.

Last month, Egypt suspended the truce talks sponsored by the Palestinian factions and Israel after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ threats that he would not allow a truce agreement to take place in Gaza Strip as it contributes to the separation of the Strip from the West Bank and the entrance to force to what is known as the “Deal of the Century.”

Abbas rejected Fatah’s participation in the talks and threatened to carry out measures if Hamas reaches an agreement with Israel, including the cut of funding for the Strip by $96 million per month.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

Power outages to stop health services in Gaza hospital

Newborn babies are placed in the incubation department at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City [Apaimages]

Newborn babies are placed in the incubation department at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City

An official at the Palestinian Ministry of Health warned on Sunday that medical services provided by the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip would soon stop due to an ongoing electricity crisis.

Medhat Abbas, director general of the hospital, told a news conference:

Only one week of fuel is available for Al-Shifa Medical Complex, which provides services to half a million patients a year

He added: “This hospital also saved the lives of thousands of Palestinian people injured in the ongoing marches on the security fence.”

He said in a few days “there will be no fuel to run generators used to provide power needed to operate departments and organs of the hospital”.

He warned of the danger of power outages for many departments such as dialysis, intensive care, surgery rooms, outpatient clinics, and sections of radiation.

“The lack of electricity poses a direct threat to the lives of civilians inside the besieged Gaza Strip,” he said.

Abbas added that the donors the Ministry of Health relied on to provide fuel to their hospitals were no longer available.

Home to nearly two million people, the Gaza Strip boasts a total of 13 Ministry-run hospitals and 54 primary healthcare centres that account for roughly 95 percent of all health services in the coastal enclave.

Gaza, which continues to groan under Israeli siege, has struggled with severe electricity shortages since 2006.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

Update: “Seriously Injured Israeli Settler Dies From His Wounds”

16 SEP
1:32 PM

Israeli media sources have confirmed that the settler, who was stabbed at the entrance of a mall near Gush Etzion colony, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, has died from his wounds.

The man, identified as Ari Fuld, 40 years of age, died from serious wounds to his upper body at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in occupied Jerusalem.

Fuld was from Efrat illegal colony, near Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian, who reportedly stabbed and wounded the settler before he was shot, has been identified as Khalil Jabarin, 17, from Yatta town, south of Hebron.

Israeli daily Haaretz said that, according to a source close to Jabarin’s family, the teen told his patents about his intention to carry out an attack in the Ibrahimi Mosque area in Hebron city.

Haaretz added that the “family informed the security forces, but they were unable to fund him in that area.”

According to the Israeli National News, Arutz Sheva, said the wounded settler shot the Palestinian, who was also shot by a security guard and another settler.

The right-wing Israeli National News Agency quoted Lior Shurka, a friend of Ari, telling Tazpit Press Serve, an international Israeli news agency, that Ari “was active in explaining and defending Israel’s name,” adding that he was close to launching a Hasbara website in English, “defending Israel’s reputation.”

Israeli Ynet News quoted Dr. Alon Schwartz, the head of Shaare Zedek Trauma Units, stating that the man “arrived at the hospital wit  a stab wound in his chest on the right side of his back, without a pulse.”

He added that resuscitation efforts were carried out for fifty minutes, but the man died from his severe wounds, and his family was informed.

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, a Palestinian child, Soheib Abdul-Salam Abu Kashef, 16, died from serious wounds he suffered of August 3rd after Israeli soldiers shot him in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

On the day of his serious injury, the Health Ministry said the soldiers engaged in the excessive use of force against the nonviolent “Great Return March” in Gaza, on its nineteenth consecutive week, killing a young man, identified as Ahmad Yahia Atallah Yaghi, 25, and wounding 220 Palestinians, including 90 who were shot with live fire.

On Friday, September 14, 2018, the Israeli army Killed three civilians, including a child, and Injured 148, Including 19 children, five Women and five paramedics, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has reported.

They have been identified as Hani Ramzi ‘Afana, 21, from Rafah, Mohamed Khalil Ghazi Shaqqourah, 20, from al-Maghazi refugee camp, and Shad ‘Abed al-‘Aziz ‘Abed al-‘Al, 11, from Jabalia.

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Palestinian Teen Injured After Reportedly Stabbing And Wounding An Israeli Settler

Sep 16, 2018 @ 12:54

Israeli sources stated, Sunday, that a colonialist settler was seriously injured, reportedly after being stabbed by a Palestinian teenage boy, at the entrance of a shopping center near Gush Etzion illegal colony, in the southern part of occupied West Bank.

Israeli daily Haaretz, has reported that the wounded Israeli man, 40 years of age, suffered serious wounds to the upper body, before he was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center Medical Center, in occupied Jerusalem.

The Palestinian, who carried out the reported attack, has been identified Khalil Yousef Jabarin, 16, from Yatta town, south of Hebron.

Israeli daily Haaretz said the Palestinian was shot by a settler, who was passing by, and suffered a moderate injury, and added that dozens of soldiers initiated searches in the Mall and the surrounding areas.

Israeli Ynet News said the incident took place in Harim Shopping Center, which is visited by both Israelis and Palestinians, and added that the shopping center recently decided to close its parking area to all Palestinian vehicles, due to “a large number of previous attacks.”

The army also closed the southern entrance of Bethlehem city, preventing all Palestinian vehicles from entering or leaving it.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Jenin

16 SEP
10:34 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday at dawn, Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank governorate of Jenin, searched homes, and caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation during ensuing protests.

Media sources in Jenin said several Israeli army jeeps invaded the refugee camp, before the soldiers stormed and searched many homes, and interrogated the residents while inspecting their ID cards.

They added that many youngsters protested the invasion, and hurled stones at the army jeeps, while the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades.

Medical sources said several Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.

In related news, the soldiers installed a military roadblock at the entrance of Faqqu’a village, east of Jenin, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

Child Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered On August 3

16 SEP
2:46 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has reported that a child died, Saturday, from serious wounds he suffered of August 3rd after Israeli soldiers shot him in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

The Health Ministry said the child, Soheib Abdul-Salam Abu Kashef, 16, was shot with live Israeli army fire, and remained in a serious condition until he succumbed to his wounds at the Gaza European Hospital.

On the day of his serious injury, the Health Ministry said the soldiers engaged in the excessive use of force against the nonviolent “Great Return March” in Gaza, on its nineteenth consecutive week, killing a young man, identified as Ahmad Yahia Atallah Yaghi, 25, and wounding 220 Palestinians, including 90 who were shot with live fire.

On Friday, September 14, 2018, the Israeli army Killed three civilians, including a child, and Injured 148, Including 19 children, five Women and five paramedics, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has reported.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers attacked, Saturday, Palestinian protesters in several areas in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip.

The soldiers fired many live rounds and gas bombs at protesters near the fence in Abu Safiyya area, east on Jabalia, in northern Gaza, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The army also fired flares and live rounds, on Saturday at night, in Malaka area, east of Gaza city, wounding two Palestinians,

Furthermore, the army fired live rounds and gas bombs at protesters in Umm Hosniyya area, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

In addition, the army claimed that a number of protesters hurled stones and Molotov cocktails in several areas near the perimeter fence, and launched what the military called “incendiary balloons” into Keryat Gat colony.


(Source / 16.09.2018)

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian after stabbing attack

Shoot Palestinian youth

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian youth was shot and injured by Israeli forces on Sunday near the illegal Israel settlement of Gush Etzion, south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank, after the youth allegedly carried out a stabbing attack.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that a Palestinian youth stabbed two Israeli settlers, near the illegal Israeli Gush Etzion settlement.
Sources confirmed that one of the Israeli settlers, Ari Fold, 40, a father of four children, died after the stabbing attack. Meanwhile, the other Israeli settler suffered serious injuries.
Sources also reported that Israeli forces immediately opened fire and shot the Palestinian youth.
The youth was reported to be in moderate condition.
According to local sources, the youth was identified as 17-year-old Khalil Yousef Ali Jabarin, a resident from the Yatta village in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.
Local sources confirmed that the youth was detained by Israeli forces and taken to an unknown location.
A number of Palestinians have been arrested, shot, or killed by Israeli forces for allegedly attempting to carry out attacks or being in possession of a knife at the Gush Etzion junction.
Though Israeli forces have claimed that Palestinians were allegedly attempting to carry out attacks in a majority of instances when Palestinians were killed, rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events in a number of cases, and argued that many alleged attackers could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.

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(Source / 16.09.2018)