Hamas decries Ilhan Omar’s equation of victims with perpetrators

Gaza (QNN)- Hamas decried Ilhan Omar’s comments, which equate the Palestinian resistance with the Israeli occupiers.

The Member of the Bureau of International relations of Hamas, Basem Naim, said Ms. Ilhan Omar’s comments, in which she equates victims with perpetrators, are very strange, as they equate the resistance of the Palestinian people with the crimes committed by the occupation state in Palestine and the United States in Afghanistan.

“We appreciate Ms. Ilhan Omar’s positions, defending justice and the rights of those pressed all around the world, especially the just rights of our people, but this kind of equation is deplorable and goes against justice and international law”, Naim said in a press release.

He added that the Palestinian people have been living under occupation for over seven decades, in which horrible atrocities have been committed against it. The Palestinian people paid heavy prices to confront the Israeli atrocities peacefully, however, the Israeli arrogance and rejection to comply with international law, and the US and international support for the occupation state pushed the Palestinian people towards armed resistance.

“Our people have the right to resist the occupation by all means, including armed resistance”, Naim said. “Here, we remember a famous saying by the freedom fighter Nelson Mandela: It is always the oppressor, not the oppressed, who dictates the form of struggle. What our people have been, and still, doing is a legitimate right”.

Naim added that Hamas had presented several initiatives to spare civilians from the effects of battles, the first of them was by Hamas founder Ahmad Yassin and the most recent has been the current leader of the movement Yahya Sinwar but the occupation state rejected all those initiatives and deliberately and brutally targeted civilians, especially in the recent war on the besieged Gaza strip.

He also stressed that the movement welcomed international commissions of inquiry and expressed its willingness to cooperate in order to bring criminals to justice. Meanwhile, the occupation state completely rejected to cooperate and even prevented international commissions of inquiry from visiting Palestine.

“We hope that Ms. Ilhan Omar, as well as all defenders of the rights of the Palestinian people, describe the situation correctly and accurately because this is the starting point to put the basis of a just solution for this endemic conflict”, he said.

Omar had made the initial comments on Monday, in a tweet accompanying video of a question she asked the secretary of state, Antony Blinken, in a House hearing.

“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” Omar wrote. “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban. I asked Secretary Blinken where people are supposed to go for justice.”

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Israeli settler assaults two Palestinian children in occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli settler attacked two Palestinian children today by spraying them with pepper gas in occupied Jerusalem, local sources reported.

The settler reportedly assaulted and pepper-sprayed the two children sitting inside their father’s vehicle.

The settler, however, fled the scene after assaulting them.

The two children were moved to hospital to get the medical treatment.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

Yesterday, a 15-year-old boy was shot dead while dozens have been wounded with ammunition and poisonous tear gas during the Israeli repression of protests in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Local sources said Israeli forces used live and rubber-coated metal bullets, in addition, to tear gas bombs against the locals, who were protesting against a new settlement outpost in their village.

In occupied Jerusalem, local sources said Israeli forces used pepper gas against a woman and arrested two young men.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Al Jazeera condemns series of cyberattacks against its service

Al Jazeera Media Network has condemned a series of cyberattacks this week against its services, saying it reserved the right to take legal action against those involved.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Qatar-based network said the attackers tried to “access, disrupt and control” some of its news platforms and websites.

All hacking attempts between June 5 and June 8 were monitored and thwarted, it added.

Al Jazeera said the majority of the attacks took place on the evening of June 6, before the television screening of In the Grip of the Resistance, an episode of Al Jazeera Arabic’s Ma Khafia Atham (What is Hidden is Greater) documentary series.

“Al Jazeera condemns these cyberattacks and affirms its right to pursue legal recourse against the perpetrators,” the network’s statement said.

“Such attacks only increase Al Jazeera’s resolve to continue its bold and exemplary journalism,” it added.

Al Jazeera launched its first broadcast as an Arabic-language satellite channel from Doha in 1996.

It has since expanded into a media network with several outlets, including television channels, websites and other digital platforms in multiple languages.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Israeli army shoots ex-detainee, leave her bleeding to death

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces shot a former detainee at Qalandya military checkpoint in northern Jerusalem today and left her bleeding to death.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli forces left the young girl bleeding to death and prevented medical crews from reaching her or providing aid.

Local sources said the victim has been identified as Ibtisam Ka’abneh from Aqabat Jaber refugee camp in occupied Jericho. She is a former detainee.

Israeli police claimed that cops opened fire at the young girl because she was carrying a knife.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Israeli forces spray Palestinian woman with pepper gas in her face

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – A Palestinian woman suffocated, and two young men were arrested, during the Israeli occupation forces’ assault on citizens, after the Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque ended.

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces sprayed the woman with pepper gas in her face, while they arrested two young men in the Bab Hatta area in Old Jerusalem.

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About 40,000 worshipers performed Friday prayers, in the premises of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, amid strict Israeli military measures.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Two children were poisoned by settlers destroying 400 trees with pesticides south of Bethlehem

Days of Palestine – Bethlehem – Two children were poisoned, and 400 trees were damaged, on Friday, after settlers sprayed them with toxic pesticides in the town of Al-Khader, south of Bethlehem.

Activist Ahmed Salah stated that a group of settlers from the outpost of “Sidi Boaz”, which was built on the citizens’ lands, sprayed a vineyard with toxic pesticides in the Ain al-Qassis area, west of the town, which led to the destruction of 400 trees belonging to the Palestinians.

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He pointed out that the two children, Abdel Salam Raafat Salah, two years old, and Ahmed Abdel Salam Salah, three years old, were poisoned by inhaling the smell of the pesticide, and were taken to hospital for treatment.

It is noteworthy that the area of ​​Ain al-Kassis has been subjected to a fierce attack by settlers for some time, in an attempt to seize more lands in order to expand the settlement outpost “Sidi Boaz”.

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The village of Al-Khader is located to the west of the city of Bethlehem, about 5 kilometers away from it.

The village witnesses frequent confrontations with the Israeli occupation forces, including arrests and injuries, in addition to terrorizing citizens in their homes, especially women and children.

Israeli occupation authorities are trying to control the arable lands thereby building the apartheid wall.

The Israeli occupation authorities stole part of its lands and established on it the settlement of “Kfar Etzion”, a kibbutz established in 1967 on a land area of ​​4,500 dunums, inhabited by 461 settlers, and the settlement of “Daniel”, a residential village established in 1983 on a land area of ​​200 dunams.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Israeli settler assaults two children in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Israeli settler today, Saturday, assaulted two children in the Jouret al-Anab area near Bab Al-Khaleel in occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources said that the settler assaulted the two children by spraying them with pepper gas, while they were in the car with their father, before fleeing, noting that they were taken to the hospital.

Read More: Two children were poisoned by settlers destroying 400 trees with pesticides south of Bethlehem

The settlers’ attacks on Palestinian citizens of the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem increased, with unlimited support from the Israeli official authorities.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Israeli forces execute Palestinian woman in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – A Palestinian woman Saturday evening was executed after she was shot by the Israeli occupation soldiers while crossing the “Qalandia” military checkpoint north of occupied Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses stated that the Israeli occupation forces killed the woman by shooting her directly, and prevented ambulance crews from reaching her despite her injury for a long time, and kept her lying on the ground bleeding.

Read More: Israeli forces spray Palestinian woman with pepper gas in her face

Israeli occupation forces claimed that the woman tried to carry out a stabbing attack, noting that she is a 28-year-old resident of Aqabat Jaber camp in Jericho.

Earlier, the Israeli police said in a statement, “A suspect carrying a knife arrived a short time ago at the Qalandia checkpoint, and a guard fired at her and wounded her.”

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Israeli police did not mention the nature of the Palestinian woman’s injury, but pictures broadcast by the official Hebrew channel Kan from the scene showed a woman lying motionless on the ground.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

PA presidency condemns killing of two intelligence officers

PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah [Wikipedia]
PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah

A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the Israeli attack on the town of Jenin in the occupied West Bank in which two Palestinian military intelligence officers and a Palestinian ex-prisoner were killed.

“The [Israeli] occupation practices and continuous violations of the Palestinian people rights as well as violations of international law will create tension and a dangerous escalation,” said Nabil Abu-Rudeineh. He called on the US and the international community to put pressure on Israel to stop its aggression “so that matters do not reach an uncontrollable stage.”

The incident happened on Thursday. Undercover Israel forces entered Jenin overnight in a civilian car and shot dead at least three Palestinians, including the two PA officers.

The Islamic Resistance Movement praised the Palestinian officers for standing up to the Israeli forces. Their “brave and heroic” act, said Hamas, was the real and required role expected from the security services in the West Bank, which is to “protect and defend our people”.

READ: Palestinians demand the removal of Abbas from his leadership positions

(Source / 11.06.2021)

Report: Egypt blames PA’s Abbas for failure of reconciliation talks

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 12 May 2021 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 12 May 2021

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is the reason why reconciliation talks scheduled for this weekend in Cairo have been postponed “indefinitely”, Rai Al-Youm newspaper reported.

According to the paper, Egypt decided to postpone the meeting followed a series of incidents which led them to believe that the talks were destined to “fail”.

The incidents began when Abbas sent a Fatah delegation to Egypt. It was headed by General Jibril Rajoub, Ahmed Helles and Rawhi Fattouh, though Abbas had initially agreed to attend in person.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh had already arrived in Cairo as part of his movement’s delegation.

Later, Egyptian officials received information that Abbas had prevented the Palestinian factions in the occupied West Bank from travelling to Cairo to participate in the talks which was the first indication that Abbas is seeking to monopolise or thwart the reconciliations talks.

READ: PA presidency condemns killing of two intelligence officers

The second surprise came when the Fatah delegation in Cairo conveyed a “strict” message from Abbas who had put two conditions for coordinating Gaza reconstruction efforts under the Egyptian auspices.

“The first condition was direct and definitive instructions from Abbas that Hamas must immediately participate in a Palestinian national unity government before elections take place, while the second condition is that the Palestinian elections will not take place without Israel’s approval to include the occupied city of Jerusalem,” the paper said.

Angered with Abbas’s position, the Egyptians are reported to have informed Hamas and other Palestinian figures that they are proceeding with the reconstruction projects in the besieged Gaza Strip in coordination with the “fait accompli” leaders in Gaza, meaning Hamas.

The paper said, both Hamas leaders, Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar, agreed to this Egyptian strategy which would also involve coordination with the United Nations.

(Source / 11.06.2021)