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)

Election Court announces exclusion of prisoner Hassan Salameh from “Al-Quds Our Destination” list

Days of Palestine – Gaza – The Palestinian Electoral in Gaza City Court Monday announced that prisoner Hassan Salameh had been excluded from the “Al-Quds Our Destination” list.

The head of the commission, Counselor Fayez Hammad, held a session for the second appeal, No.5/2021.

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The rejection comes as the prisoner is not registered in the final voter register.

The defense team assigned to support a group of lawyers for the Legal Committee attended, and after hearing the court body, the pleadings of the agents of the parties, and the legal deliberations; the court decided to accept the appeal in form and reject him in the subject matter.

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Prisoner Hassan Salameh demands that the elections committee treat him in an exceptional way, in the same way as the citizens of Jerusalem, who were excluded from registration in the final register.

Salameh, a resident of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, was arrested in Hebron in 1996 and was sentenced to 48 life imprisonment and 30 years, of which he spent 13 years in solitary confinement.

(Source / 05.04.2021)

Al-Salhi calls on President to request UN and EU to open polling stations at their headquarters in Jerusalem

Al-Salhi calls on President to request UN and EU to open polling stations at their headquarters in Jerusalem

Gaza post –  Bassam Al-Salhi, Secretary-General of the Palestinian People’s Party and member of the Executive Committee of the Liberation Organization, called for the unification of the language of all Palestinian forces by rejecting elections without Jerusalem and not suggesting a willingness to marginalize the issue under any pretext whatsoever.

In a statement on Saturday, Al-Salhi said that the struggle to ensure Jerusalem’s participation in the elections was a consistent goal of the Palestinian People’s Party and that the recognition of elections without Jerusalem was an implicit agreement to the bargain of the century.

It was considered more urgent to agree on mechanisms for translating the position of the forces to reject elections without Jerusalem after the registration of the lists had been completed and Israel had refused to abide by any commitments in Jerusalem.

In clear denial of Israel’s commitments in Jerusalem, we invite President Abu Mazen as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, to call upon the United Nations and the European Union, who have sponsored these agreements, to assume their responsibilities and to open the United Nations and European Union headquarters of the combined 17 voting sites by the voters of Jerusalem in their city, and cooperate with the Central Electoral Commission to achieve this.

Al-Salhi also called on the United Nations and the European Union to oversee and monitor these elections in Jerusalem, including the protection of electoral propaganda and the immunity of candidates and activists from Israeli threats and prosecution and condemning any Israeli attempts to prevent or sabotage the elections.

The People’s Party was determined to exhaust all instruments of political pressure for the participation of our Jerusalemite people in these elections, propaganda, candidacy, voting, and from their city, but at the same time he will not slip to participate in elections without Jerusalem, and he calls on everyone, especially Fatah and Hamas, not to slip into it. 

(Source / 04.04.2021)

Hamas ready to form coalition government

Palestinian artist paints an election related graffiti on a wall ahead of elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza City, Gaza on 24 March 2021 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian artist paints an election related graffiti on a wall ahead of elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza City, Gaza on 24 March 2021

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas announced on Friday that it is ready to form a coalition government after the parliamentary election.

Speaking to Al Jazeera Mubasher TV, Hamas official Ismail Ridwan stated: “Even if Hamas won the majority of the seats in parliament, it would be ready to form a national coalition government.”

He also affirmed: “We hope that the election goes ahead without Israeli interference.”

Previously, Hamas has suggested that it is ready to take part in any government under any leadership whether it won the majority of seats in parliament or not.

Before registering its electoral list, Hamas sought to form a national unity list with the other Palestinian factions, mainly Fatah, but all preferred to run their separate lists.

READ: Nine Fatah candidates withdraw from movement’s electoral list

(Source / 03.04.2021)

Palestine factions criticise Nasser Al-Qudwa over ‘offensive’ remarks

Nasser Al-Qidwa, a member of Fatah's Central Committee and relative of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank City of Ramallah on 18 January 2017 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images]
Nasser Al-Qudwa, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee and relative of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank City of Ramallah on 18 January 2017

Palestinian factions on Saturday criticised the “offensive” remarks made by dismissed Fatah official Nasser Al-Qudwa who claimed that everyone has problems with Islamic political movements.

In an interview with French TV, Al-Qudwa claimed: “Everyone has problems with Islamic political movements or political Islam.”

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas said that Al-Qudwa’s remarks: “Keep up with the American and Zionist resolutions aiming to tear up the Palestinians and expand the internal division.”

In an official statement, a copy of which was sent to MEMO, Hamas added: “The Palestinians have a long resistance history based on political plurality with no hostility except with the Israeli occupation which has been working day and night to Judaise our holy sites, desecrate them, annex the occupied West Bank and impose a siege on Gaza.”

Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad leader Anwar Abu Taha told Al-Quds Al-Arabi that the Palestinian movements do not seek: “Fake authority, but national Islamic resistance to liberate Palestine.”

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He added: “It is better for those, referred to by Al-Qudwa, to have problems with the Israeli occupation, which is the central enemy of the Palestinians, not with any party that is working to liberate Palestine and maintain national unity.”

Al-Qudwa, who was dismissed from Fatah last week, refuses to run on a united list with Hamas for the parliamentary election.

His remarks ignited controversy among Palestinians on social media as he was harshly criticised and described as seeking to dissolve the Palestinian community.

Social media users turned to his electoral list and exposed the corruption of many of its members, including former Fatah members and Palestinian Authority (PA) officials.

It is worth noting that Al-Qudwa registered his residence as the Gaza Strip, not France, because the candidates for parliament must be permanently living within the Palestinian territories.

(Source / 03.04.2021)

Israel warns it ‘will stop everything’ if Hamas wins parliamentary elections

Supporters of Hamas come together to celebrate their anniversary in Gaza on 17 December 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Supporters of Hamas come together to celebrate their anniversary in Gaza on 17 December 2018 

Head of Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Kamil Abu Rukun has warned that Israel “will stop everything” if Hamas wins the upcoming parliamentary elections, the Times of Israel reported.

In an interview with Israeli public broadcaster Kan, he said: “That, at least, will be my recommendation, based on things that happened in the past and on what I see in the field.”

Abu Rukun told Kan, according to the Times of Israel, that he conveyed his stance to the Palestinians via indirect channels.

He stressed: “It is a very big mistake to go to these elections due to the high risk that Hamas will win, and therefore anything that serves this [a Hamas victory]. My recommendation is to not go along with it.”

The Israeli official reiterated that Israel should prevent carrying out the Palestinian elections in East Jerusalem.

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On Wednesday, Kan reported Shin Bet security agency Head Nadav Argaman urging Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to scrap the Palestinian parliament’s upcoming elections if Hamas takes part.

Replying to Argaman, Abbas responded: “I do not work for you. I will decide if there will be an election and with whom. You built Hamas, not me.”

Last week, Secretary of Fatah’s Central Committee Jibril Rajoub recognised that Abbas faced Israeli and international pressure to cancel the election.

The last Palestinian parliamentary election was held in 2006 when Hamas achieved an overwhelming majority, while Fatah, the PA, Israel, Western countries, the US and most Arab countries did not recognise Hamas’s transparent victory.

(Source / 03.04.2021)

Report: Abbas slammed Shin Bet’s chief for interfering in Palestinian elections

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a executive council meeting of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Ramallah, West Bank on 7 May 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a executive council meeting of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Ramallah, West Bank on 7 May 2020

The Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas is claimed to have slammed the Israeli intelligence service’s interference in the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections scheduled for May, Israel’s public broadcaster KAN reported.

Kan said the rebuke came during a meeting between Abbas and the head of the Shin Bet Security, Nadav Argaman, held in Ramallah two weeks ago. Argaman, it was reported, asked Abbas to cancel the upcoming Palestinian parliament elections if Hamas participates.

According to KAN, Abbas has slammed Argaman’s request, claiming Israel is responsible for the group’s strength.

“I do not work for you. I will decide if there will be an election and with whom. You built Hamas, not me,” Abbas reportedly told Argaman.

According to KAN, Abbas and Argaman also discussed the International Criminal Court’s investigation into Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinians.

“Please, as far as I am concerned, you and I are sitting together in the same prison cell,” Abbas reportedly said.

READ: PLO says no to elections without Jerusalem

(Source / 02.04.2021)

Nine Fatah candidates withdraw from movement’s electoral list

Members of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission hang a sign reading in Arabic "voter information and registration centre" in the West Bank town of Hebron on February 10, 2021 [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]
Members of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission hang a sign reading in Arabic “voter information and registration centre” in the West Bank town of Hebron on February 10, 2021

As many as nine members of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah – withdrew on Thursday from the movement’s electoral list for parliamentary elections just as the Central Elections Commission closed registration for the polls.

Fatah candidate in Gaza, Riad Al-Astal, announced on Facebook that he had withdrawn from the movement’s electoral list to protest “the irresponsible decision to ignore the number of votes in Khan Yunis,” as well as the disregard of popular opinion and conduct that was not representative of Fatah’s spirit.

“Returning to that which is right is better than persisting in dishonesty;” he said in reference to the withdrawal of his nomination.

Al-Astal explained that more than five reputable electoral lists had offered him to join them, however he refused their offers.

“I apologise to all these lists, and I wish them further progress and success,” he added.

Another Fatah candidate in Gaza, Prof Muhammad Abu Hamida who had also withdrawn from the movement’s electoral list said he had taken his decision for reasons that he will keep to himself.

Elsewhere, in the West Bank, unknown gunmen opened fire on the home of a Fatah candidate in the southern governorate of Hebron shortly after he officially announced joining the movement’s list.

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(Source / 02.04.2021)