31ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST INTIFADA

The First Intifada began on December 8th 1987 as a spontaneous response to murderous violence by illegal Israeli settlers and brought the Palestinian cause back to the global consciousness. The First Intifada would be driven by the occupied people themselves, and especially by the children and youths; it was a revolutionary cry for freedom by those directly under the military boot of the occupier. At least 1268 Palestinians would be killed by Israel’s occupation forces’ and Israeli ‘civilians’ by the time the Oslo-era began in 1993 with its false promises of coming liberty, that would be betrayed by Israel’s regime and United States, the self-appointed ‘honest broker’. 161 members of Israel’s occupation forces, illegal Israeli settlers and civilians in Palestine 1948 would die also, with 53 of them civilians outside the occupied territories. Hundreds of Palestinian children and couple of dozen of Israeli children were killed, but as we have been unable to find exact numbers (B’Tselem, whose statistics we otherwise used here, gives only the deaths of those of age 16 and under) we can’t report the child casualties exactly.
(Source / 09.12.2018) 

VICTORIOUS SMILE

Youth Ammar Abed-Rabbo al-Khatib was kidnapped last at dawn on Friday December 7th from the village of Hizma in occupied East Jerusalem by Israeli occupation forces.

Like with so many other Palestinian families living under the occupation, to be taken at night from home by masked gunmen is not some shocking event beyond comprehension but part of what life is under the Israeli occupation.

Ammar is a brother of political prisoner Amer al-Khatib and now joins his brother in captivity.

Several homes in Hizma were raided and searched during the night by the occupation forces, which kidnapped also 3 other people from the West Bank during the late hours of the night.

(Source / 09.12.2018) 

Palestine: Abbas says will dissolve Hamas-led body

Fatah’s rival Hamas likely to oppose Mahmoud Abbas’ move to dissolve Palestinian Legislative Council

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses Palestinians gathered at the tomb of Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, to commemorate the 14th anniversary of his death, on November 11, 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses Palestinians gathered at the tomb of Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, to commemorate the 14th anniversary of his death, on November 11, 2018 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said late Saturday evening that the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Legislative Council will soon be dissolved, Palestine’s official news agency reported.

Addressing a conference in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, Abbas announced that the council would be dissolved “in a legal manner,” without giving a date for the move, which is likely to be opposed by Hamas.

Rather than Abbas’ Fatah movement, its rival the Hamas movement holds most of the seats on the council. The council was disrupted following the Palestinian administrative division of 2007, when two competing Palestinian governments emerged.

Of the council’s 132 seats, 76 are held by Hamas, Fatah has 43, and the left wing and independents hold the remaining 13.

Fatah Central Committee member Dalal Salameh told Anadolu Agency in May that the Palestinian National Council (PNC) – the legislative body of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) – was discussing the mandate of the Palestinian Central Council (PCC) to carry out the powers of the Legislative Council.

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The Central Council is a permanent body of the PLO-affiliated PNC, the highest representative legislative body of the Palestinian people, which includes the Palestinian factions, except Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

On more than one occasion, Hamas has declared its refusal to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative Council, saying Abbas has no power to dissolve it.

The Palestinian Basic Law provides for the holding of parliamentary elections every four years, but the last parliamentary polls took place in 2006, over a dozen years ago.

The West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip have remained politically divided since 2007, when Hamas wrested control of Gaza from rival group Fatah following several days of bloody street fighting.

Hamas’s capture of Gaza in 2007 ended a short-lived unity government established after Hamas swept the 2006 Palestinian legislative polls.

Since then, Hamas has been in control of the blockaded strip’s border crossings.

This October, Hamas and Fatah signed a landmark reconciliation agreement in Cairo aimed at ending 10 years of bitter division.

If it holds, the agreement will allow the Fatah-led Ramallah government to assume political and administrative responsibility for the Gaza Strip.

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(Source / 09.12.2018) 

Euro-Med HRM: ‘Dozens of Palestinian refugees detained by Algerian authorities’

French Minister of State for Industry and Consumer Affairs, Luc Chatel (C), his Egyptian counterpart Rachid Mohamed Rachid (L) and Gunter Verheugen (D), European commissionner for Entreprise and Industry give a press conference during the 7th Euro-Mediterranean Conference of Ministers for Industry (Euromed) on “competitiveness, innovation and sustainable development” on November 6, 2008 in Nice, southeastern France. This conference takes place from November 5 to 6 as part of the Barcelona Process, launched in November 1995 and which aimed at creating a Euro-Mediterranean industrial partnership

The Euro- Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, called on the Algerian authorities to assume their responsibility in protecting Palestinian asylum seekers who arrived in Algeria from the Gaza Strip at the beginning of last October.

According to a statement issued by Euro-Med HRM,  the Algerian authorities “have detained since last October Palestinian asylum seekers at a refugee camp located in Tamanrasset Province, southern Algeria, and informed them that they will be deported to Gaza through Egypt, which may expose them to serious abuses and violates their rights as asylum seekers.”

Euro-Med HRM indicated that the refugees, estimated to be 53, including children, “arrived in Algeria illegally after they had left the Gaza Strip, and crossed Egypt till they arrived in Mauritania. Afterwards, they were smuggled from the Mauritanian territories to the Sahara of Mali. They went on a perilous trip, which lasted seven days until they reached the Algerian borders on 1 October.”

The human rights organisation quoted one of the refugees, whose identity was kept anonymous, saying: “When we left Gaza and crossed Egypt, we went to Mauritania, as Mauritanian authorities did not require Palestinians to get a visa. After a while, we headed toward the Sahara of Mali, where the journey of our suffering lasted for a week, as we were stripped off all our belongings and robbed by bandits. Consequently, we had no other choice but to eat dead animals so that we can survive.”

Read: Report: Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails suffer medical negligence

Euro-Med HRM stated that the Algerian authorities had taken the fingerprints of these asylum seekers and brought them to trial for illegally entering the country. They were sentenced to three months suspended imprisonment, with a period to settle their problematic situation. However, “the refugees were placed in a refugee camp, and they were prevented from moving freely. They were recently informed of the authorities’ intention to deport them to the Gaza Strip through Egypt,” he added.

The same eyewitness, who was among the detained refugees, described his fellows’ situation saying: “We are now incarcerated in caravans within a shelter surrounded by barbed wire. In the morning they give us milk, and later they bring lunch and dinner together. The guards do not let us go out to buy anything, and if we want to buy something from outside the camp, the guards are the ones who buy it for us, but at double prices.”

Sarah Pritchett, the spokeswoman for Euro-Med HRM, stressed that “Algeria must commit itself to the principle of non-refoulement as a customary principle of the international law, which stipulates that refugees should not be expelled in any way to the borders of countries in which their lives and freedom are at risk.”

Pritchett also asserted that “the Algerian authorities treat these asylum seekers collectively, without any regard to the specificity of their cases, which need to be examined individually to conclude the eligibility of each refugee for asylum. Such a method of handling the situation violates the standards set forth by the international human rights law.”

The spokeswoman for Euro-Med HRM added: “It is true that these refugees entered Algeria illegally, but the court decided to release them, and the Algerian authorities must abide by the court order and not mistreat them or continue detaining them unnecessarily.”

(Source / 07.12.2018) 

UN General Assembly Adopts Pro-Palestine Resolution

The vote on this resolution came minutes after the vote against ant-Palestinian resistance one

After rejecting the US-backed anti-Palestinian resistance resolution, the General Assembly voted on Thrusday night on another text dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The brief resolution, proposed by Ireland, called for “the achievement, without delay, of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions,” including Resolution 2334.

It also demanded “an end to the Israeli occupation” and reaffirmed the assembly’s “unwavering support… for the two-State solution of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, based on the pre-1967 borders.

It was passed with 156 “yes” votes, six “no” votes and 12 abstentions.

Danny Danon, the Israeli ambassador to the UN, dismissed the text as “an anti-Israel resolution.”

Prior to this resolution, the UNGA rejected a US-drafted resolution that criminalises the Palestinian resistance, which is guaranteed by the international law, against the Israeli occupation.

(Source / 07.12.2018) 

Jerusalem Governor Banned from Entering West Bank

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Israeli authorities, on Thursday, banned Jerusalem’s Governor, Adnan Gheith, from entry into the West Bank, for six consecutive months.

Gheith was summoned Thursday morning, to al-Maskobieh detention and interrogation center, where he was handed a military order banning him entry to the West Bank for six consecutive months.

The order,  issued by the so-called Israeli Military Central Command Chief Major General Nadav Padan, bans Gheith from entering and staying in the West Bank unless granted a permission by Padan himself.

According to WAFA, he ban was ordered under the pretext of participation in “illegal and violent activities”.

In November, Gheith was taken from his house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, for allegedly being involved in the arrest and investigation of a Palestinian merchant who sold lands to Israeli settlers.

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(Source / 07.12.2018) 

Calls for mass protests in Gaza against US anti-resistance move

Members from the armed wings of the four largest political parties in the besieged Gaza Strip — Hamas’s al-Qassam, Islamic Jihad’s Saraya al-Quds, Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades — stand together at a press conference in Gaza City denouncing an Egyptian court’s ruling classifying the al-Qassam Brigades as a terrorist organization

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — National and Islamic groups in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday called for mass demonstrations in the enclave on Thursday.

They announced in a statement that the demonstrations will be protesting a US recent proposal labeling the Palestinian resistance groups, especially Hamas, as “terror groups”.

The United Nations General Assembly is set to vote on Thursday on a US-drafted resolution that would condemn the Palestinian resistance and Hamas movement for “inciting violence”.

(Source / 06.12.2018)

Report: Palestinian Prisoners In Israel Jails Suffer Medical Negligence

Four Palestinian prisoners have died inside Israeli jails so far this year due to medical negligence

Naim Shawamreh experienced severe health conditions while inside Israeli prisons.

Naim Shawamreh experienced severe health conditions while inside Israeli prisons

Palestinian prisoners who were detained in Israeli prisons are being diagnosed with medical conditions late because of a lack of health care in jail, Palestinian NGO has revealed.

In a report, the Prisoners’ Centre for Studies said 12 per cent of the Palestinian prisoners in occupation jails are diagnosed with hypertension, and 2.7 per cent are diabetic.

The centre’s director, Dr Raafat Hamdouneh, stressed the importance of allowing blood pressure monitors and devices to test detainee blood sugar levels in prisons.

He attributed the high rates of late diagnosis to the intentional medical negligence policy followed by the occupation against Palestinian prisoners.

Hamdouneh added that having limited space for physical activities and limited movement, prisoners must have proper attention paid to the quality of their food and regular medical tests, as the medical implications can be deadly.

Four Palestinian prisoners have died so far this year while in Israeli custody, including 57-year-old Hussein Hassani who died as a results of complications in his health condition which he developed in Israeli jails and the medical negligence which ensued, Palestinian media reported in January.

According to rights group B’Tselem, at the end of October 2018 there were 5,426 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners being held in Israel Prison Service (IPS) facilities.

(Source / 06.12.2018)

PA: Palestinian water crisis will end when occupation does

Israeli settlers flood Khan al Ahmar with wastewater

Head of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) Mazen Ghonim said yesterday that the Palestinian water crisis will end only when the Israeli occupation does, Al-Watan Voice reported.

During the opening of a new water project, Ghoneim stressed that the Palestinians have been suffering from a severe shortage of running and drinking water due to the strict unjustified Israeli measures regarding the access to water resources.

He said that the PWA has carried out numerous projects to help resolve the water crisis, including building desalination plants, extending pipelines and putting pressure on Israel to increase the portion of water sold to Palestinians.

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Ghoneim reiterated that the Israeli occupation has been imposing a water siege on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip for years.

He noted that the Israeli occupation controls 85 per cent of the Palestinian water resources and has undermined the implementation of many projects related to water and sanitation. He also said that Israel carries various violations related to water.

The Palestinian official said that the PWA’s projects had improved access to water and there are more efforts being carried out in this regard.

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(Source / 05.12.2018)

Top PA officials met with Lieberman weeks before his resignation

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein Al-Sheikh yesterday confirmed reports that he had met former Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman two weeks before his resignation, Quds Press reported.

In a statement, Al-Sheikh said Chief of PA Intelligence Services Majed Faraj joined the meeting and they discussed with Lieberman the decisions of the PLO’s Central Committee to halt security cooperation with occupation forces if it did not commit to former agreements.

On Monday, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (Kan) revealed that the meeting had taken place. Azzam Al-Ahmad, a senior Fatah leader, confirmed the meeting on Monday to the Times of Israel and claimed that the Palestinian sides planned to discuss modifying the Paris Economic Protocol.

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Kan reported Palestinian officials saying that Lieberman told the PA officials he was not like Netanyahu, he did not agree with him about everything.

Al-Sheikh adde that they discussed the Israeli violations of previous agreements signed with the PLO and PA, mainly in Jerusalem and regarding settlement expansion and daily raids on Palestinian areas.

This meeting came in spite of the remarks made by the PA and PLO officials in different occasions that security cooperation with Israel was halted.

Lieberman resigned on 14 November following a disagreement over the recently-signed ceasefire with Gaza.

(Source / 05.12.2018)