Lama Khater: Insistence on that elections be held in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Hebron – Lama Khater, the candidate for the “Al-Quds Our Destination” list, confirmed the existence of an intersection between the factions regarding the insistence on holding elections in Jerusalem, pointing out that reaching this stage of Palestinian consensus is very important.

Khater stressed that the idea of ​​”no elections without Jerusalem” needs to be dismantled, describing that the idea of ​​canceling the elections by invoking Jerusalem, by fleeing, and “as if the occupation says there are no elections in Jerusalem, we will resort to the method of rebellion.”

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Khater pointed out that there are proposals from some factions to impose elections in Jerusalem, such as opening boxes in the institutions and headquarters of the Red Cross and the United Nations, and achieving a large public and media presence on election day to expose the violations of the Israeli occupation.

ِAbout the occupation’s opinion on the Palestinian elections in Jerusalem, Khater indicated that the situation is not yet official and is still “foggy.”

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The writer Lama Khater emphasized that when the occupation’s position on holding elections in Jerusalem becomes clear, we will have our position with the factions in cooperation with the Election Commission and the rest of the civil society institutions.

Khater relied on the human capital in the city of Jerusalem, explaining that the proposals do not mean that they will be left to a specific faction to implement them, and there is no doubt that turning the elections into a popular political battle with the Israeli occupation must involve all Palestinians.

Khater said that we are now proceeding from a point where the factions and civil society institutions intersected, for the elections in Jerusalem to be a confrontation with the Israeli occupation, not only for the sake of elections but after the transfer of the American embassy to the city and the intensification of settlements, we must take advantage of any opportunity to confirm the Palestinian will in the city.

She recalled the risk of the occupation’s attempt to impose the gates, and how the Palestinian popular will forced the Israeli occupation to retreat from its policies.

She added that When there is an overwhelming popular will during the elections, it may be an opportunity to revive the national sentiment that has been ruined over the past years, due to the authority’s policies in the occupied West Bank.

Candidate Khater pointed out that, in her assessment, the factions should take one step ahead of the occupation, by specifying the steps they want to implement to hold the elections despite the occupation.

She continued that it is possible that a clash or confrontation will occur, but when it occurs during the elections, the occupation will be embarrassed in front of the international community that is monitoring the process.”

On the idea of ​​postponing the elections, Khater said: “I expect that the issue of postponing the elections is not on the table, and I do not think that Fatah will make the mistake of singling out such a decision after all these preparations and national consensus, and I believe that this option is not on the table within the Fatah movement, and we have passed this stage by steps.

(Source / 15.04.2021)

Undercover Soldiers Kidnap A Palestinian Doctor Near Ramallah

Undercover Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Monday at night, a Palestinian doctor from his home in the al-Biereh city, near Ramallah, in central West Bank.

The soldiers invaded the home of Dr. Najeh ‘Aassi, and repeatedly assaulting him in his home, before taking him to an unknown destination.

His wife said the undercover soldiers kidnapped her husband shortly after he received a phone call from the hospital to head to a traffic accident to tend to several wounded Palestinians.

When the soldiers broke into his home, the doctor was about to leave the property to rush to the accident site.

It is worth mentioning that Najeh is a candidate in the upcoming Palestinian general election.

(Source / 13.04.2021)

Israel raids house of Hamas’ candidate in Jericho

Days of Palestine – Jericho – The Israeli occupation forces today, Tuesday, raided the house of the leader of the Hamas movement, the prisoner in the occupation’s jail, Sheikh Shaker Amara, in Aqbat Jaber camp in Jericho.

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces stormed the house of the leader, searched it and vandalized its contents, knowing that he is an administrative prisoner in the occupation prisons since May of 2020.,

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It is noteworthy that Amara is one of the leaders of the Hamas movement in the city of Jericho and one of the reform men, and he is a former prisoner who was arrested more than 13 times by the Israeli occupation, all of which were under administrative detention, and he was one of the deportees to Marj al-Zuhur in 1992.

Hamas nominated the leader Amara on its electoral list, “Al-Quds Our Destination” for the 2021 Palestinian Legislative Council elections.

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Earlier last night, the Israeli occupation forces arrested the liberated prisoner and the leader of Hamas, Najeh Asi, from his home in Al-Bireh. He is a representative and a candidate for the “Al-Quds Our Destination” electoral list.

The recent period has witnessed the arrest of the occupation forces of many leaders of Hamas and its members, coinciding with the preparation for holding the legislative elections that were agreed to be held during the next month.

(Source / 13.04.2021)

Israeli forces raid Hamas candidate’s home, arrest his son in Bethlehem

Days of Palestine – Bethlehem – The Israeli occupation forces Sunday raided the home of the leader of Hamas and the candidate on its electoral list, “Al-Quds Our Destination,” the prisoner Hassan Wardyan and his relatives, in the Handaza area east of Bethlehem, searched it and tampered with its contents, and arrested his son, the ex-prisoner, Mahmoud Al-Wardian.

Diaa Al-Wardian, son of leader Hassan, reported that the Israeli occupation forces stormed the house of the prisoner Sheikh Hassan Al-Wardian and the homes of his sons, and deliberately cracking, vandalizing its contents. 

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The leader, Wardian, an ex-prisoner, was arrested last week and spent more than 20 years in the Israeli occupation prisons. He is a leader in the Hamas movement in the Bethlehem governorate and one of its candidates on the “Al-Quds Our Destination” list.

The recent period has witnessed the arrest of the occupation forces of many leaders of Hamas and its members, coinciding with the preparation for holding the legislative elections that were agreed to be held during the next month.

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(Source / 11.04.2021)

Russia urges parties to abandon actions undermining elections in Palestine

Moscow (QNN)- The Russian government urged on Saturday all parties to abandon actions that could undermine the successful completion of the upcoming elections in Palestine and, as a result, to remove the prospect of returning Palestinians and Israelis to the negotiating table.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it also urged the Palestinian factions to build upon the understandings reached during the recent meeting in Cairo held under Egyptian auspices, describing the elections as “a step towards overcoming the division among the Palestinians.”

It said ending the division and achieving national unity in Palestine were “a prerequisite for resuming direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations with a view of resolving the final status issues, on the basis of the internationally recognized two-state solution principle, which provides for the establishment of the two states of Palestine and Israel, living in peace and security alongside each other.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry affirmed its readiness to provide more assistance to the Palestinian factions, which it said were expected to meet in Moscow for further talks on achieving national unity.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said that a legislative, presidential and National Council elections would be held in the coming months, as part of a warming of ties between Fatah and Hamas.

The elections will be held in three stages: the legislative on May 22, the presidential elections on July 31, and the elections for the National Council on August 31.

(Source / 10.04.2021)

Mayor of Hebron: The proportional elections law is a crime against the Palestinian voter

Days of Palestine – Hebron – The mayor of Hebron, Tayseer Abu Sneina, said today, Wednesday that he is against the candidacy of members of the Fatah Central Committee in the legislative elections.

The leader of Fatah Abu Sneina added in a statement to the “Quds Network” that the priority was to allow the competencies of the Fatah movement to run for elections, and I cannot find an explanation for the dismissal of a central member from Fatah and then allowing other members to run.

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He pointed out that the Israeli occupation will not prevent elections in Hebron, including in the area classified “C”, despite the Palestinian security’s uncontrol over it, stressing that elections will take place naturally in Hebron if the electoral process is completed.

The mayor of Hebron considered that the elections law with proportional representation is a crime against the Palestinian voter, and it is the largest recipe for the fragmentation of society, especially the tribal society, adding: “This law does not take into account the nature of Palestinian society after long years of absence from democracy and will prevent many from participating after the abolition of the system of the individual district.”

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He also added that all lists are similar in programs, which will make it difficult to choose between them, especially with the adoption of a proportional representation system, which will undermine selection opportunities.

In another context, the mayor of Hebron, Tayseer Abu Sneina, emphasized that the multiplicity of the Fatah movement’s lists in the elections is a satisfactory and negative phenomenon, and the uniqueness of forming the list made many to look for other alternatives.

Abu Sneina believes that the Hebron Governorate will have a prominent role in contributing to the weighting of the winning list, and if Hebron punishes any of the blocs, the punished bloc will pay the price, given the size of Hebron.

(Source / 08.04.2021)

Al-Rishq: No Election without Participation of Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Gaza – A member of the political bureau of “Hamas” Izzat al-Rishq Monday confirmed that there are no Palestinian elections without Jerusalem, stressing the need for Jerusalemites to participate in the upcoming legislative elections as nominations, voting, and representation, as was the case in the 2006 elections.

Al-Rishq said, in a press statement that this is a constant position and there is no bargaining over it. There will be no elections without Jerusalem because it represents the historical right and symbolic struggle for the Palestinian people.

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He added that If the Israeli occupation attempts to prevent our people in Jerusalem from participating in this election, our Palestinian people, with all their powers and factions, consider it a national battle, and will fight it with all force, to pressure the Israeli occupation and force it to submit to the will of the Palestinian people.

He stressed that our Arab and Islamic nation and the international community are required to pressure the Israeli occupation to prevent it from obstructing the holding of elections in Jerusalem, and to stand by our Palestinian people to achieve their aspirations for unity, freedom, and independence.

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He stressed that Jerusalem was and will remain the eternal capital of Palestine, and it is the symbol of the struggle and resistance of the Palestinian people.

According to a previous presidential decree; The Palestinian elections will be held in three stages during the current year, legislative (parliamentary) on May 22, the presidential elections on July 31, and the elections for the National Council on August 31.

(Source / 07.04.2021)

Israeli intelligence prevents a consultative meeting about the legislative elections in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The Israeli occupation intelligence and police today, Tuesday morning, prevented a consultative meeting about the legislative elections in a hotel in occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources stated that the Israeli occupation police and intelligence forces surrounded the vicinity of the “Ambassador” Hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, and prevented the holding of the consultative meeting called by civil society institutions, which was under the slogan “International law guarantees us the right to vote.”

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It added that the Israeli occupation forces arrested the Director of the Jerusalem District Office, Adel Abu Zneid, and the Director of the Ambassadors Hotel, Sami Abu Dayya.

It also added that , the Israeli intelligence summoned Ahed Al-Rishq, Awad Al-Salaymeh, Ghada Abu Rabee ‘, and director of the Prisoners’ Club in Jerusalem, Nasir Qus for investigation.

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It indicated that the Israeli occupation forces detained the candidate for the “Fatah” list, lawyer Samer Maliha, for about an hour, then released him after photocopying his identity card.

(Source / 07.04.2021)

Hamas comments on Israeli arrest of its candidate in West Bank

Days of Palestine – Gaza – In a press release on Tuesday, Hamas, spokesperson, Fawzi Barhoum said that the detention of Hassan al-Wardiyan, a candidate in Hamas’s “Al-Quds is Our Destiny” list, is blatant interference in the Palestinian electoral process that reflects strenuous Israeli endeavors to disrupt it.

Barhoum added that these arrests against Palestinian citizens and figures in the West Bank will not intimidate, terrorize, or dissuade them from participating in the Palestinian elections; rather, they would motivate them to take part in the election process and ensure the success of this democratic option.

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“The Palestinian people and their leaders and factions are all invited to turn all of these challenges into a confrontation with the Israeli occupation, protect this national necessity with all means possible and fight off any Israeli attempt to disrupt the Palestinian vote,” He stated.

He called on the international community and international organisations to act immediately to protect the Palestinian election process and put an end to all Israeli violations against the Palestinian people.

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(Source / 07.04.2021)

Bahar: Excluding Hassan Salameh denies the prisoners’ sacrifices

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Dr. Ahmed Bahar in a statement after the Election Court announces the exclusion of the prisoner in the Israeli jails, Hassan Salameh, from the “Al-Quds Our Destination” list said that we hoped the Central Elections Commission would respect the sacrifices of our heroic prisoners. 

“It was obligated to take decisions and directions that take into account the conditions of our heroic prisoners and preserve their rights, both in terms of candidacy and voting, noting that the occupation prevents the prisoners from exercising their right to register for the elections,” Bahar added.

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 He called on the Central Elections Commission and the Elections Court to find ways and mechanisms consistent with the conditions of the prisoners who sacrificed for their homeland; Expressing his disapproval of the decision.

He also called on all the Palestinians to support the Palestinian prisoner, especially Hassan Salameh and his right to run for the upcoming general elections, and all competent authorities to support the position of the Palestinian heroic prisoners, especially since the occupation confiscates many of their rights and they are often unable to register in the voters ’registry during the prescribed period.

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(Source / 05.04.2021)