Hamas appoints new head of government administration in Gaza

Member of Hamas Political Bureau Essam Al-Dalis (L) as Hamas delegation head to the Egyptian capital Cairo to continue talks regarding the upcoming Palestinian elections on 15 March 2021 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Member of Hamas Political Bureau Essam Al-Dalis (L) as Hamas delegation head to the Egyptian capital Cairo to continue talks regarding the upcoming Palestinian elections on 15 March 2021 in Gaza

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas has appointed a new official to run the government administration in the besieged Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

According to Anadolu Agency, the new head of government administration was identified as member of Hamas Political Bureau Essam Al-Dalis, who succeeded Mohammed Awad.

Since 2017, due to the retention of internal Palestinian division, Hamas has been running the Gaza Strip through an administration led by one of its senior officials.

Hamas won the overwhelming majority of seats in the Palestinian Parliament in free elections held in 2006. The West, the US, Arab states, the Israeli occupation and the Fatah movement rejected the result of the elections.

READ: Hamas denies Israel’s claim it had offices in AP building in Gaza

This situation led to over a year of internal conflict ending with Hamas taking over the Gaza Strip from Fatah on 14 July, 2007. Fatah, backed by Israel, cracked down on Hamas officials in the occupied West Bank.

Several regional and international mediations failed to unite them, the last of which was in 2017, when Hamas made unlimited concessions to Fatah.

Since then, Hamas has been running the besieged enclave through a committee, referred to as the Hamas government in Gaza.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Israel police approve provocative Israeli flag march in Jerusalem

Israeli Jews wave the Israeli flag outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on 2 June 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli Jews wave the Israeli flag outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on 2 June 2019

After weeks of controversy over security concerns, Israeli police approved a flag march organised by right-wing Jewish Israelis including ministers and MKs, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Friday.

Haaretz reported that the flag march would be held on Tuesday, noting that it is planned to pass through the Muslim Quarter in the Holy City and is to arrive at Damascus Gate, a flashpoint of tensions between Palestinians and police in recent months.

The march will travel from Damascus Gate to pass to Jaffa Gate and head towards the Western Wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“We thank the Israel Police, police commissioner and Jerusalem District for their cooperation and are happy that Israeli flags will be flown with pride in all parts of the Old City,” the organisers stated.

Jerusalem: right-wing march through Old City rescheduled for next week

According to Haaretz, they added: “We call on all citizens of Israel to join us this Tuesday with Israeli flags, to praise Israeli heroism and dance with joy in Jerusalem.”

Previously, the Israeli security cabinet decided not to hold the flag march, fearing it would infuriate Palestinian resistance in Gaza, who would respond by launching rockets at Israeli targets.

Extremist right-wing Kahanist MKs Itamar Ben-Gvir and May Golden went down to the streets of Jerusalem on Wednesday. However, the Israeli Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai banned them from marching to Damascus Gate with the planned flag march the following day.

Shabtai explained that their presence in the Old City would likely incite riots. He also decided, according to Haaretz, to ban Ben-Gvir from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday and Thursday.

Ben Gvir got angry with Shabtai and responded: “It is the death knell of democracy. Instead of dealing with rioters, the police is attacking the immunity of Knesset members who are asking to march through our capital of Jerusalem with the Israeli flag, one hundred metres from a light rail station.”

He added: “The very fact that an MK in Israel cannot march in the Old City is a surrender to Hamas and terrorism; it is a victory of terrorism. Of course, we will not give up Jerusalem, we will not give up the Old City.”

Cancelling Flag March ‘shameful surrender to Hamas’, says Israel politician

Meanwhile, Deputy Head of Hamas in Gaza Khalil Al-Hayya, warned that if “settler extremism” and the flag march are not reigned in, the “fragile ceasefire could explode.”

At the same time, Hamas’s military wing expressed: “We are closely following the provocative and aggressive actions by the usurpers and their leaders in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. We warn against harming Al-Aqsa and salute her free defenders in Jerusalem.”

The Israeli occupation police’s aggression on Palestinians and repeated raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque left hundreds wounded among the worshippers.

The Israeli aggression resulted in the Palestinian resistance in Gaza firing rockets at Jerusalem, which led to brutal Israeli attacks on Gaza that lasted 11 days. As a result, more than 250 people were killed in Gaza, including 63 children and 41 women.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Israel army: ‘We failed to prevent Palestine resistance from launching rockets’

Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation army, Aviv Kochavi on 12 November 2019 in Tel Aviv [Amir Levy/Getty Images]
Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation army, Aviv Kochavi on 12 November 2019 in Tel Aviv

Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces Aviv Kochavi recognised last week that Israel failed to prevent Palestinian resistance in Gaza from launching rockets and mortar shells during the 11-day Israeli offensive on the besieged enclave, the Times of Israel reported.

Speaking at a conference commemorating former Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, at the military’s college north of Tel Aviv, Kochavi stated: “We thwarted the overwhelming majority of the rockets that were fired at Israel. In terms of the results, Hamas largely failed at what it planned.”

Kochavi said that the Israeli military had to be “modest” in assessing the effectiveness of its aggression on the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip, noting that tactical victories do not necessarily result in long-term calm.

READ: Palestinian officials arrive in Egypt for talks ahead of planned meeting

“The Six-Day War (of 1967) was a clear, decisive victory, and a short time later the War of Attrition broke out,” he said, noting that the offensive on Gaza did not aim to end Hamas’s rule, but to achieve a degree of deterrence against Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and to destroy their abilities to wage war in the future.

“Guardian of the Walls wasn’t meant to provide a decisive victory in Gaza, but to use military force in order to deny Hamas and PIJ many of their capabilities and to create deterrence, which I will leave to the passage of time to determine how much we succeeded,” Kochavi expressed.

“We denied them massive capabilities in the areas of rocket and missile production and other weapons; we neutralised the subterranean domain, something they had put stock in for 15 years, which they will have to think about how to proceed with going forward,” he added.

Israel's Iron Dome defence system, intercepts and neutralises missiles launched from Gaza City, Gaza after Israel hit several positions of Hamas in southern Gaza on August 20, 2020. ( Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency )
Israel’s Iron Dome defence system, intercepts and neutralises missiles launched from Gaza City, Gaza after Israel hit several positions of Hamas in southern Gaza on August 20, 2020

He continued: “We almost totally destroyed the air and naval capabilities that they had – and they did have them; we killed their members, including senior operatives; and no less importantly, we thwarted most of the attacks that they tried to carry out.”

Kochavi also conveyed that the Israeli army “struck three times as many targets – three times more and high-quality targets – than we did in previous operations.”

According to Kochavi, Israel needs to develop clear policies regarding the Gaza Strip and Hamas in order to achieve a “strategic victory” over the terror group: “We are planning for this. There will not be a repeat of what has been, both in terms of our retaliations and in terms of our treatment of Hamas.”

READ: Frustrated by its losses, Israel is once again striking Gaza’s residents

(Source / 12.06.2021)

PA: Anti-Semitism claims encourage Israel to continue its aggression

Protesters stage a demonstration outside Germany’s Representative Office in Ramallah in the Palestinian West Bank on May 22, 2019, following the Bundesta

The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced on Friday that anti-Semitism claims encourage Israel to continue its aggression and racism against Palestinians and encourages it to violate international law, Wafa news agency reported.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, the PA expressed its concerns that some countries deal with the occupied Palestinians in the same way they deal with the Israeli occupiers. “They are dealing with the victim and victimiser in the same way,” the statement conveyed.

The statement also pointed out that many countries “do not criticise Israel in order to not be accused of being anti-Semites,” stressing that this encourages Israel to continue its aggression and its violations of international law.

“The fear of some states being accused of being anti-Semites give international immunity to Israel to carry out more crimes and helps it evade being held accountable for its crimes and violations of international law,” the PA expressed in the statement.

READ: Anti-apartheid campaign grows as another pension fund divests from Israeli bank

The PA stressed that stopping Israeli aggression, punishing Israel over its crimes and holding it accountable for perpetuating the occupation: “Are the responsibility of the international community, mainly the United Nations Security Council.”

Meanwhile, the PA asserted: “There is a dangerous escalation in the Israeli attacks against Jerusalem, due to the lack of accountability,” noting that: “Israel is taking advantage of the silence of the international community and is accelerating the steps of displacement and demographic change in Jerusalem in an attempt to undermine the foundations of peace.”

The PA also indicated that the continuous Israeli raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the repeated aggression on the Palestinians would undermine the ongoing efforts to reach a stable ceasefire.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Update: “Israeli Army Kills A Palestinian Child Near Nablus”

Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, a child and injured more than 110 Palestinians, including 11 who were shot with live rounds, after the army attacked nonviolent protesters in Jabal Abu Sbeih mountain in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers fatally shot Mohammad Sa’id Hamayel, 15, with a live round in the heart.

Medics tried to revive the child and rushed him to a hospital, but he succumbed to his serious wounds.

It added that the soldiers also shot eleven Palestinians with live rounds, 16 with the rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused 62 to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

20 Palestinians were also injured; some of them after the soldiers attacked them with clubs and batons, and the others sustained cuts and bruises after tripping and falling while the soldiers were chasing them.

One medic was also injured after the soldiers shot him with a gas bomb, the PRCS stated.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinians have been holding nonviolent processions in Jabal Abu Sbeih Mountain, where illegal Israeli colonialist settlers occupied their lands and installed an outpost.

In addition, the soldiers injured several Palestinians during a procession against the illegal Israeli colonies in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot eight Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and one with a high-velocity gas bomb in the leg, in addition to two others who sustained burns in the hands.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also shot a young man, 22 years of age, with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head during protests in Silwad town, east of Ramallah, in central West Bank, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

He was among dozens who were injured when the soldiers attacked a procession against the constant Israeli violations and demanding the release of the corpse of a young man who was killed by the army last month.

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Army Injures Seven Palestinians In Nablus

 Jun 11, 2021, at 16:13

Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, seven Palestinians with live fire, and caused many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, during a procession in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Media sources said the soldiers attacked the nonviolent protesters with live rounds, in addition to gas bombs and concussion grenades.

Palestinian medics provided treatment to the Palestinians who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation and rushed the residents who were shot with live fire to a hospital in Nablus.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinians have been holding nonviolent processions in Jabal Abu Sbeih Mountain, where illegal Israeli colonialist settlers occupied their lands and installed an outpost.

Also Friday, the soldiers attacked the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and fired gas bombs at random, causing an infant to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation in her family’s home.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Palestinian Children Exposed to Pesticides Sprayed by Settlers, near Bethlehem

Two Palestinian toddlers suffered from exposure to pesticides, on Friday, after Israeli settlers invaded a Palestinian-owned grape orchard, in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.

Activist, Ahmad Salah, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli settlers from an illegal colony built on village lands, broke into the farm belonging to Mohammad Mahmoud Salah, and sprayed pesticides on 400 of his grapevines.

The two toddlers, identified by Quds News Network, as 2-year-old Abdussalam Salah and 3-year-old Ahmad Salah, were rushed to hospital for treatment, their conditions were unknown at the time of this report.

In related news, an infant suffered the acute toxic effects of teargas inhalation, Friday, when the army suppressed the weekly peaceful demonstration east of Qalqilia city, in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, in northern West Bank.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Israeli soldiers photographed helping settlers build illegal West Bank outpost

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- New photos have revealed that Israeli soldiers helped illegal settlers construct an illegal West Bank outpost that the Israeli authorities ordered dismantled, the Haaretz newspaper reported Friday, publishing pictures of the soldiers.

The Israeli newspaper reported that the photos are thought to have been taken two weeks ago. They show Israeli soldiers carrying prefabricated houses in the illegal settlement outpost of Evyatar and guarding it. Evyatar outpost is being built on lands stolen from the village of Beita in occupied Nablus.

The area has been seeing frequent protests, in which several citizens were killed by Israeli soldiers, the latest of them is the 15-year old Muhammad Hamayel, who was killed in cold blood yesterday.

(Source / 12.06.2021)

Video| Hundreds take part in funeral of child killed by IOF

Nablus (QNN)- Hundreds of citizens took part in the funeral of the child Muhammad Saeed Hamayel (15 years old), who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in a protest in the village of Beita in occupied Nablus yesterday.

A sea of people marched from Rafidia hospital chanting slogans against the occupation and comforting the child’s bereaved family.

The child Muhammad has also lost his best friend, who was murdered by the Israeli army. The Israeli army also killed his grandfather, uncle, and aunt. Muhammad’s father is a former detainee and the family also suffered the demolition of their house during the Intifada.

The Red Crescent said that Muhammad was killed with an Israeli bullet that hit his heart during the Israeli repression of an anti-settlement protest in the village.

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(Source / 12.06.2021)

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)