Hamas Says Arms Red Line, Calls for Establishing Committee to Oversee Reconciliation

Member of Hamas’ politburo, Khalil Al-Haye

Member of Hamas’ politburo, Khalil Al-Haye called for establishing a national committee to oversee implementing reconciliation deal  between Palestinian factions, as he accused some sides of turning over the agreement reached in the Egyptian capital earlier.

During a press conference held by the Palestinian resistance movement in Gaza on Monday, Al-Haye stressed that the issue of the group’s weapons is a red line, calling on other Palestinian sides to refrain from tackling the matter.

Meanwhile, the Hamas official pointed out that the employees appointed by the resistance group is a national issue, stressing importance of paying their salaries by the Palestinian Authority which is controlled by rival Fatah group.

On the other hand, Al-Haye said Hamas doesn’t repent of clinching reconciliation deal, but noted that the resistance movement also doesn’t accept that others “twist its arm”, referring to Fatah.

Al-Haye addressed Fatah officials as saying: “We won’t accept to return back to square one…. Our people have sacrificed and we can solve problems.”

In this context, the Hamas official called on Egypt to play its role in securing the regional cover to implement the reconciliation deal.

SourcePalestinian media

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Supporting Palestinian Intifada Tops Closing Statement of Iran Conference

February 22, 2017

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The closing statement of the sixth International conference “To support the Palestinian Intifada” held in Tehran highlighted on Tuesday the importance of the Palestinian cause, calling on supporting it and avoiding marginalizing it amid the regional crises.

The statement also hailed the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements, stressing their role in confronting the Zionist entity.

It also called on the international organizations to denounce and deter the Israeli aggressions, warning some Arab and Muslim countries against normalizing ties with the Zionist entity.

The statement added that the US administration intention to move the Zionist entity capital into Al-Quds must draw a response from the Arab and Muslim states by closing their embassies in the United States.

Finally, the statement highly appreciated the Iranian people sacrifices for the sake of the Palestinian cause.

The Iranian capital, Tehran, hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday an international forum in support of the Palestinian cause, with hundreds of foreign guests, including senior Palestinian leaders and officials of Muslim nations, in attendance.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Two Zionist Settlers Killed, Two Palestinians Martyred near Al-Khalil

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ClashesTwo Israeli settlers were killed and two Palestinians were martyred Friday in separate incidents in and around the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).

An unknown assailant opened fire on a car south of the city, the Israeli army said, killing two settlers and injuring one another, according to the Zionist army.

A statement added that the attacker fled and that “forces are currently searching the area.”

Israeli police said the incident took place near the settlement of Otniel, south of Al-Khalil.

A Palestinian was shot dead during clashes with the army in Al-Khalil, Palestinian medics said.

Hassan al-Bo, 21, died after he was hit in the heart by live ammunition, an official at Al-Ahli Hospital said.

Israeli occupation forces shot dead a Palestinian during clashes near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

A statement from the ministry announced “the death of a young man, Lafi Yusuf Awad, 22 years old, from the village of Budrus in the district of Ramallah, (killed) by a bullet from Israeli forces”.

Earlier Friday, a Palestinian teenager in al-Khalil succumbed to his wounds after being shot by Israeli troops a day earlier.

Source: Agencies

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Casualty Count: 794 Palestinians, 7 Israelis—NY Times Obsesses on Israeli Victims

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All the news that’s not fit to print–that by definition would be anything critical of Israel. Apparently being Jewish and having a son serving in the Israeli Army is a requirement of all New York Times reporters covering Israel.

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Isabel Kershner in The New York Times tells us that Palestinians are running amok, lashing out at Israelis not only in the West Bank but now in Israel as well. Prime Minister Netanyahu has vowed to quell this “wave of terrorism,” she reports, and Israelis are “unnerved” by the spread of incidents.

Kershner describes three alleged stabbing attempts, dwelling at length on one of them; recaps an earlier incident that left two Israelis dead; and in the final paragraphs of her story informs us that “at least two” Palestinians were killed, one of them a 13-year-old boy “described as a bystander.”

Nowhere do we learn that the major victims of violence in this turbulent conflict are Palestinians, not Israelis, as revealed in a recent United Nations report: In one week, ending Oct. 5, Israeli security forces injured 794 Palestinians, while Palestinians injured a total of seven Israelis. (As of…

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Hezbollah fully supports Palestinian cause: Nasrallah

An image grab taken from Lebanon's al-Manar TV on October 14, 2015 shows Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address commemorating the first night of the holy month of Muharram. (AFP)

An image grab taken from Lebanon’s al-Manar TV on October 14, 2015 shows Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address commemorating the first night of the holy month of Muharram. (AFP)

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has reiterated support for the cause of the Palestinian people and their uprising against Israeli regime, saying that Palestine is the “central battle” in the region.

“The region witnesses active and popular movement to defend al-Aqsa in what seems like a Third Intifada,” Nasrallah said during a speech on Wednesday addressing people commemorating the first night of the holy month of Muharram in Sayyed Shihada Complex in Beirut’s southern suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon’s al-Manar news website reported.

A Palestinian is carried by comrades after he was shot in the leg during clashes with Israeli forces in Beit El near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on October 9, 2015. (AFP)

“Palestinian people have no choice but resistance, they are the leaders of this battlefield, let them decide their form of resistance,” he said, adding that they have the “full” support of Hezbollah and further called for a worldwide support against the Israeli occupation.

He also hailed the Palestinian people for their courageous confrontations against the Israeli enemy in al-Quds, Gaza, and different areas across the occupied West Bank.

Saudi emergency personnel stand near bodies of Hajj pilgrims killed at a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015. (AFP)

Saudis ultimate disrespect to Muslims

Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah lashed out at Saudi Arabia for its “incompetence in handling the Hajj pilgrimage for this year”, in which a deadly crush occurred during the rituals in Mina, near the city of Mecca.

He said the tragedy reflected the extent of Saudi officials’ disregard for Muslims’ holy sites and the Hajj pilgrimage.

Riyadh even “did not apologize for the incident, but it released a statement in which it hailed the managing of Hajj for this year,” he said, adding that “this tragedy in the holy country, in the holy month shows Saudi’s ultimate disrespect to Muslims and Islam rituals.”

Yemenis stand around a crater caused by Saudi airstrikes in the capital Sana’a on October 1, 2015. (AFP)

“The only loud voice against the Saudi performance was by Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei,” the Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, he added.

The crush occurred on September 24 after two large masses of pilgrims converged at a crossroads in Mina during the symbolic ceremony of the stoning of Satan in Jamarat.

Saudi Arabia claims nearly 770 people were killed in the tragic crush in Mina, but officials at Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization say over 4,500 people, including 464 Iranian pilgrims, lost their lives in the tragedy. However, some sources put the death toll at 1,674.

Nasrallah also briefly tackled the status quo in three Middle Eastern countries, namely Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain. He hailed the Yemenis’ bravery and steadfastness against the Saudi aggression on the impoverished country and called the current war in Syria a “universal” war. The Hezbollah leader also slammed the crackdown carried out by the Al Khalifa regime against the Bahraini people in the Persian Gulf Island.

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IOF Kills Six Palestinians in Clashes on Gaza Border

Israeli fire killed six Palestinians and wounded scores during clashes Friday near Gaza’s border, medics said.

Israeli occupation forcesAhmed al-Hirbawi, Shadi Dawla, Abed al-Wahidi and Nabil Sharaf, all aged 20, were martyred in clsashes with occupation forces on the border between the occupied territories and Khan Yunis, Gaza medics said.

Mohammed al-Raqab, 15, and Adnan Abu Alian, 20, were also martyred in similar clashes east of Gaza City.

Medics said another 80 Palestinians were wounded, 10 of them seriously.

The clashes in Gaza took place as Palestinians in West Bank are engaged in similar clashes with occupation forces over Israeli restrictions on Palestinians’ access to al-Aqsa Mosque.

Occupation authorities have been preventing Palestinians from entering al-Aqsa, as well as supporting Zionist settlers in storming the holy mosque, prompting Palestinian anger and stabbing attacks against the Israelis.

Meanwhile, Hamas’s Gaza chief Ismail Haniyeh called the clashes taking place between Palestinians and occupation forces in West Bank Intifada or uprising.

In a sermon for weekly Muslim prayers at a mosque in Gaza City, Haniyeh said “we are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada.”

“It is the only path that will lead to liberation,” he said. “Gaza will fulfil its role in the Jerusalem intifada and it is more than ready for confrontation.”

Stabbing attacks in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Israel itself along with rioting have raised Israeli fears of a third Palestinian intifada, following a first that began in 1987 and a second in 2000.

Source: AFP

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At Least Six Palestinians Shot Dead on Friday

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With all the clashes taking place in Occupied Palestine, it’s kind of hard to get a precise figure on the death toll. The report from Telesur’s correspondent in Gaza (video above)  says “up to six” Palestinians were killed there today. RT is reporting that “at least six” were killed with dozens more wounded. The Palestine Information Center puts the number at five, with forty wounded. In any event, the violence took place on Friday at the Gaza border with Israel.

The mainstream media are giving events, including today’s deaths, their usual pro-Israel spin. According to the BBC, “more than 1,000 rioters” (gee, it must have been a scary sight) “massed at the border fence” (the natives must have been restless), whereupon they hurled rocks, burning tires, and even a grenade at the Israeli forces, who of course were only there to keep order. No mention of land theft, 67 years of occupation, or the thousands killed in periodic Israeli attacks on Gaza.

The BBC is actually rather balanced, however, if compared to USA Today. The American newspaper describes Gaza as “the territory ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas,” and reports that Ismail Haniyeh “applauded the recent Palestinian stabbing attacks across Israel.”

“What began as Palestinians throwing rocks and firebombs at passing cars and police has morphed into a deadly shooting and knife attacks by Palestinians on Israeli civilians and soldiers,” says USA Today.

Ma’an News gives a total of 14 Palestinians killed since October 1, adding that four Israelis, two of whom were settlers, were killed over the same period.

What’s clear, of course, is that the Israeli government is pursuing a policy of grabbing land rather than trying to achieve peace.

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