Emadi: We support all efforts to address Gaza humanitarian issues

M al-Emadi Qatar

Qatari ambassador Mohamed al-Emadi said on Saturday that his country supports all the efforts being made to address the humanitarian issues in the Gaza Strip and end the Palestinian division.

In a news conference held at the Gaza power plan, Emadi stated that the provision of electricity for long hours in the past two weeks considerably helped the private sector and met the daily needs of Gazans.

“With the participation of the UN and the director of the station, I am visiting the facility today to follow up the process of supplying it with fuel,” the ambassador said, stressing that providing every Gaza home and street with power is a basic human right.

Replying to a question about creating water corridors for Gaza, the Qatari official affirmed that there were great efforts to address all the issues in Gaza.

“Qatar’s $150 million contribution to the Palestinian people [in Gaza] and their humanitarian needs have positive indicators because injecting the economy with millions of dollars will help refresh it and benefit all segments of the society,” he said.

Answering a Palestinian Information Center (PIC) reporter about the Qatari role in solving the crisis of salaries, he stated that his country provided humanitarian assistance for thousands of Gazan families.

“I am not talking about salaries, but today we are providing humanitarian aid. 50,000 families received humanitarian support from the bank of the post office in Gaza,” the ambassador said.

(Source / 11.11.2018)

Hamas: Us-Israel “deal of century” will not see the day

Sami Abu Zuhri Deal of the Century

The Palestinian people will leave no stone unturned to foil the “Deal of the Century” drafted by the US and backed up by Israel, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

In a Sunday tweet, Abu Zuhri said the Palestinians will keep up the Great March of Return protests until the US-drafted scheme is thwarted.

Abu Zuhri called on the Palestinian Authority to sever all ties with the Israeli occupation and the US administration, boost support for the Palestinian people throughout their anti-occupation struggle, and work on having the Great March of Return protests staged across the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 11.11.2018)

Children among Palestinians kidnapped by Israel army at daybreak

Children kidnapped WB

A number of Palestinians, including children, were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces at daybreak Sunday in abduction sweeps rocking the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

The abduction sweep targeted Palestinians from Ramallah, Bethlehem, and occupied Jerusalem.

The list of arrestees includes 14-year-old Ouni Ahmad Taqatqa and 16-year-old Samih Salim Sabah, both kidnapped from their family homes in Bethlehem’s southeastern towns of Beit Fajjar and Tekou’a.

Palestinian ex-prisoner Omar Aziyeh was, meanwhile, kidnapped by the occupation soldiers from his home in Ayeda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

The arrestees were dragged to unknown destinations pending exhaustive questioning.

At the same time, Israeli patrols sealed off the main entrance to Azzoun town, east of Qalqilya province.

(Source / 11.11.2018)

Suha Jebara tortured by PA interrogators in Jericho jai

Prison of Jericho

Informed sources have reported that female prisoner Suha Jebara are exposed to excruciating torture at the hands of Palestinian Authority interrogators in the notorious prison of Jericho.

According to those sources, there are signs of bruises on Suha’s body as a result of her exposure to severe beating by PA officers in Jericho jail.

Suha Jebara, who holds American and Panamanian citizenship, is a mother of three children, and the PA security authorities have accused her of providing help for the families of Palestinian martyrs and prisoners.

(Source / 11.11.2018)

Israel Orders Halt to Renovations in Hebron

11 NOV
6:25 PM

According to Hebron’s Rehabilitation Committee, Israeli authorities have imposed a ban on renovations of a kindergarten in the southern Occupied West Bank city of Hebron, Ma’an reported on Sunday.

No justification was provided, by Israel, for the stop work order on the school building belonging to Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society is a humanitarian organization that, according to its website, provides “health and social services to the Palestinian people when and where needed.”

The building is located near the Ibrahimi Mosque (The Cave of the Patriarchs), in H2 section of Al Khalil (Hebron), which is under full Israeli control.

The 1997 Hebron Agreement/Protocol was an agreement between Israel, represented by Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, represented by Yasser Arafat, lifting military control over 80% (H1), with 20% (H2) of Al-Khalil remaining under full Israeli control.

(Source / 11.11.2018)

14 Years Since the Passing of Yasser Arafat: His Legacy Lives

10 NOV
6:32 PM

The 14th anniversary for the passing of President Yasser Arafat (Abu Ammar) coincides on Sunday, WAFA reports.

On November 11, 2004, Arafat died at a French hospital where he was flown to after suffering from a sudden illness, following a tight and inhuman Israeli military siege of the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

The late president was born in Jerusalem on August 4, 1929, as “Muhammad Yasser” Abdul Ra’ouf Daoud Suleiman Arafat al-Kidwa al-Husseini. He was educated in Cairo and participated as a reservist officer in the Egyptian army, in fighting the tripartite aggression against Egypt, in 1956.

He studied at the Faculty of Engineering at Fouad I University in Cairo, and was an active member, at a young age, in the Palestinian national movement, through his activities in the Palestine Student Union, of which he later became its president.

He also joined a group of Palestinian nationalists in the founding of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fateh) in the 1950s. He was elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in February, 1969, after Ahmad Shuqeiri and Yehya Hammoudeh.

On November 13, 1974, Abu Ammar delivered a speech on behalf of the Palestinian people to the UN General Assembly in New York, with which he concluded: “Today, I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom-fighter’s gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. I repeat: do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.”

As commander-in-chief of the Joint Command of the Palestinian Revolutionary Forces and the Lebanese Nationalist Movement, Abu Ammar spearheaded, in the summer of 1982, the battle against the Israeli aggression on Lebanon and the 88-day Israeli military siege of Beirut, which ended in an agreement that allowed the Palestinian fighters to leave the city. When journalists asked Yasser Arafat, after leaving Beirut through the sea to Tunisia, aboard a Greek ship, about his next stop, he replied, “I am going to Palestine.”

Yasser Arafat and the leadership of the PLO became guests in Tunisia, and, from there, he began to work on going to Palestine.

On October 1, 1985, Yasser Arafat miraculously escaped an Israeli raid on the Hammam al-Shat suburb of Tunis, which led to the death and wounding of dozens of Palestinians and Tunisians. In 1987, Arafat directed the first uprising, the Stone Intifada, which broke out in Palestine, against the Israeli occupiers, in December of that year. At the same time, he fought political battles at the international level for the recognition of the Palestinian people, and of their just cause and aspirations.

Following the Declaration of Independence in Algiers, on 15 November, 1988, the late leader presented, at the United Nations General Assembly, on 13 and 14 December of the same year, a Palestinian initiative for a just peace in the Middle East. The General Assembly was moved, at that time, to Geneva, after the United States had refused to grant Arafat a visa to reach New York. The initiative set the foundation for US President Ronald Reagan to initiate, on 16 September, a dialogue with the PLO, that started on 30 March 1989, in Tunis.

Yasser Arafat and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed, on September 13, 1993, in the White House, the Oslo Declaration of Principles between the PLO and the Israeli government, which allowed Yasser Arafat, the PLO leadership and resistance fighters to return to Palestine after living in exile since 1948.

On January 20, 1996, Yasser Arafat was elected president of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), in general elections, and, from then, began the process of building the foundations of a Palestinian state.

However, after the failure of the Camp David negotiations, in 2000, as a result of Israeli intransigence and Yasser Arafat’s insistence to not negate Palestinian rights and constants, the second uprising, the A-Aqsa Intifada, broke out on September 28, 2000. Israeli forces and tanks besieged Arafat at his Ramallah headquarters, after accusing him of leading the Intifada. The Israeli army also invaded Palestinian cities, in an operation dubbed “Protective Shield”, and kept him under siege, in a tight space that lacked the minimum conditions for a human living, until his death on November 11, 2004.

Yasser Arafat has gone 14 years ago in body, but he left behind a legacy of struggle and a national strategy that had established for an approach followed by the founding leaders, headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

(Source / 11.11.2018)

Updated: Army Injures Many Schoolchildren Near Bethlehem

11 NOV
10:30 AM

Israeli soldiers injured, Sunday, eight Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in two villages in Bethlehem governorate in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli attacks took place in Dar Salah village and Teqoua’ town, during activities marking the 14thanniversary of the death of President Yasser Arafat.

Local nonviolent activist Sabri Jibril, said the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets at Teqoua’ School for Boys, and its surrounding areas.

The Palestinian Medical Relief has reported that the soldiers shot eight Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

He added that many students suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and the school had to shut down for the day to prevent any further military escalation.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also detained the school principal, and several teachers.

Many Palestinians then protested the attack and hurled stones at the invading soldiers, who fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

The soldiers also closed the western and northern entrances of the town, and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

In addition, the soldiers also attacked a school in Dar Salah village, east of Bethlehem, during a similar activity commemorating Arafat’s death.

A similar attack targeted a school in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, causing many students, and one teacher, to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

(Source / 11.11.2018)

Israel bans renovations of Palestinian kindergarten in Hebron

Kindergarten banned

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities banned Hebron’s Rehabilitation Committee from renovating a Palestinian kindergarten near the Ibrahimi mosque, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on Sunday.

The committee said that as their employees were carrying out renovation work in the kindergarten, which belongs to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Israeli authorities ordered for its halt.
The committee added that Israeli authorities did not provide a reason for the ban.
Hebron’s flash-point Old City has been declared a “closed military zone” by the Israeli army since November 2015, and all non-resident Palestinians have been prevented from entering the area.Palestinians residing in the Old City were required to register under a number system following the declaration in order to pass through the 17 military checkpoints that crisscross the area.Around 800 Israeli settlers are living illegally in the area and area able to move freely unlike Palestinian residents.Despite being located in the center of Hebron city, which is under Palestinian jurisdiction, the Old City is located in an area designated as “H2” and is under full Israeli military control.
(Source / 11.11.2018)

Israeli settlers prevent entry of truckloads into Gaza

Truckloads not in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers prevented the entry of dozens of truckloads of basic supplies and fuel, on Sunday, into the besieged Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing.

According to local sources, dozens of Israeli settlers blocked the main road leading to Kerem Shalom crossing, Gaza’s main commercial crossing, preventing truckloads of merchandise, food, fuel, gas, and construction materials to enter Gaza.
Due to the roadbloack by Israeli settlers, hundreds of trucks still wait on the Palestinian side of the crossing, awaiting discharge of the truckloads coming from the Israeli side.
This is not the first time that Israeli settlers attempted to prevent goods from entering Gaza, during which they blocked a road leading to the Kerem Shalom crossing and demanded that the Israeli government should cancel entry of goods into Gaza, as long as the launching of incendiary kites and balloons continues.
However, Palestinians in Gaza view the incendiary kites as a form of protest against Israel’s nearly 12-year blockade of Gaza and for Palestinian refugees right of return to their homes and lands which are now known as Israel.
There are three crossings into the Gaza Strip; two are controlled by Israel and one by Egypt. The Gaza-Israel crossings are the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, that is specifically for pedestrians, and Kerem Shalom in the southern Gaza Strip for the entry of goods and fuel. The Gaza-Egypt crossing is the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, but is often closed and lacks infrastructure for it to be a main commercial crossing.
(Source / 11.11.2018)

Conspiracies plotted against Palestinian cause: Abbas

Palestinians are organising several activities in West Bank and Gaza to mark the anniversary of Arafat’s death

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday said conspiracies are being plotted against the Palestinian cause.

“The Palestinian cause is going through difficult times,” Abbas said after laying a wreath of flowers on the tomb of iconic leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

“They do not want a state or entity for our people,” Abbas said. “We will keep struggling until we achieve the right of the Palestinian people to decide their fate and establish their independent state.”

In December, US President Donald Trump triggered world outcry after recogniaing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the perennial Mideast conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel since 1967 – might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Palestinians are organising several activities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Sunday to mark the 14th anniversary of Arafat’s death.

On November 11, 2004, Arafat died in France – under highly suspicious circumstances – at the age of 75. Until now, doctors have been unable to determine the exact cause of his death.

Palestinians accuse Israel of poisoning Arafat, a claim denied by Tel Aviv.

(Source / 11.11.2018)