Hezbollah Denounces Sinful Crime of Assassinating Palestinian Mujahid Mazen Faqha

March 25, 2017

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In a statement, Hezbollah hostile spirit of the Zionist evident is evident in the crime and stressed the inevitability of the continuation of the fight against the usurper enemy till expelling it from “our occupied land”.

Offering congratulations and condolences to the Palestinians, Hamas movement and the family of the martyr over Faqha’s assassination, Hezbollah called on punishing all the culprits so that no one dares to undermine the resistance and the mujahideen in the context of serving the interests of the Zionist enemy.

Hamas official, Mazen Faqha, who was freed in a 2011 prisoner swap with the Zionist entity, was assassinated on Friday with four bullets being shot to his head.

Faqha was released along with more than 1,000 other Palestinians in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli occupation soldier Hamas had detained for five years.

Source: Hezbollah Media Relations

Gaza: Freed Detainee Mazen Faqha Assassinated with Four Bullets in his Head

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Hamas official, Mazen Faqha, who was freed in a 2011 prisoner swap with the Zionist entity, was assassinated on Friday with four bullets being shot to his head.

Faqha was released along with more than 1,000 other Palestinians in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli occupation soldier Hamas had detained for five years.

Iyad al-Bozum, an interior ministry spokesman in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, said that gunmen opened fire on Faqha in the Tell al-Hama neighborhood.

“An investigation has been launched,” he said, giving no further details.

Faqha was a senior Hamas official in the Israeli-occupied West Bank but after his release the occupation authorities transferred him to Gaza.

Source: AFP

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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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Yahya Sinwar Elected Hamas’ Gaza Chief

February 13, 2017

Hamas leader Yahia Sinwar attending a rally in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip January 7, 2016.

Yahya Sinwar Elected Hamas’ Gaza Chief

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas elected a member of its armed wing as its new Gaza head Monday, Hamas officials said.

“Yahya Sinwar was elected to head the Hamas political office in the Gaza Strip”, the officials said.

He will succeed Ismail Haniya, who is seen by many observers as the most likely successor to Hamas’s current exiled leader Khaled Meshaal.

In September 2015, Sinwar was added to the US terrorism blacklist alongside two other members of Hamas’s military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

A graduate in Arabic language, he was born in the Khan Younis refugee camp in southern Gaza and founded “Majd,” one of Hamas’s intelligence services.

Arrested by Israeli occupation authorities in 1988 for “terrorist activity,” Sinwar was sentenced to four life sentences before being released in October 2011 under an agreement to exchange more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for the release of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured five years earlier.

Hamas has been conducting internal elections for several months.

Source: AFP

«العسكر» على رأس قيادة «حماس» في غزة

مضت حتى الآن مرحلتان مهمتان قبيل انتخابات المكتب السياسي لحركة «حماس» التي تلعب فيها التزكية دوراً مهما. فبعد التجديد لمحمد عرمان في «الهيئة القيادية العليا لأسرى حماس»، أتمت الحركة أمس، انتخاب قيادتها في غزة

 انتخب القيادي والأسير المحرر يحيى السنوار، المحسوب على «كتائب القسام»، الجناح العسكري لـ«حركة المقاومة الإسلامية ــ حماس» وأحد مؤسسيه، رئيساً للمكتب السياسي للحركة في قطاع غزة خلفاً لإسماعيل هنية، الذي تؤكد غالبية التقديرات انتخابه قريباً لرئاسة المكتب السياسي في الخارج، علماً بأنّ هذه الانتخابات الداخلية تجري منذ شهور عدة.

وعلمت «الأخبار» من مصادر في غزة أن خليل الحية انتخب نائباً للسنوار، فيما يشمل المكتب في غزة ضمن تشكيلته المكوّنة من 15 عضواً كلّاً من صلاح البردويل ومروان عيسى وروحي مشتهى وسهيل الهندي وفتحي حماد وياسر حرب ومحمود الزهار وأبو عبيدة الجماصي وإسماعيل برهوم وجواد أبو شمالة وأحمد الكرد وعطا الله أبو السبح وناصر السراج، وثُلث هؤلاء على الأقل من ذوي خلفيات عسكرية أو يتقلدون مناصب ومهمات في «القسام»، فضلاً عن المقربين من الذراع العسكرية.

المصادر نفسها ذكرت أنه جرى اختيار مازن هنية رئيساً لـ«مجلس الشورى في قطاع غزة»، التابع للحركة، فيما جرى التوافق على خالد مشعل رئيساً لـ«مجلس الشورى في الداخل والخارج»، وبذلك يكون مشعل الذي يرأس الحركة فعلياً منذ عام 2004 بعد اغتيال مؤسسها الشيخ أحمد ياسين ثم خليفته عبد العزيز الرنتيسي، على وشك أن يختم 13 عاماً في منصبه. وكان لافتاً أنّ عماد العلمي ونزار عوض الله لم ينجحا في الوصول إلى المكتب السياسي الجديد، علماً بأنّ صعود إسماعيل هنية إلى المكتب السياسي جرى بالتزكية، على اعتبار أنه كان رئيساً للمكتب في غزة في خلال الولاية السابقة، فيما من المقدر أن تعلن نتائج انتخابات المكتب السياسي مطلع نيسان المقبل.

جراء ذلك، تصدّر الإعلام الإسرائيلي والدولي ردود فعل كبيرة حول اختيار شخص السنوار وتداعيات ذلك على توجهات «حماس» في المرحلة المقبلة، خاصة مع الحديث عن نذر اقتراب مواجهة جديدة بين العدو والمقاومة في غزة.

والسنوار اعتقل للمرة الأولى عام 1982 ثم في 1985، إلى أن جاء الاعتقال الأكبر عام 1988، الذي حُكم فيه عليه بالسجن أربعة مؤبدات إلى أن أفرج عنه في «صفقة جلعاد شاليط» عام 2011.

يُشار إلى أن الولايات المتحدة كانت قد أدرجت في أيلول 2015 اسم السنوار على لائحتها السوداء «للإرهابيين الدوليين» إلى جانب قياديين اثنين آخرين من «حماس» هما فتحي حماد وروحي مشتهى، والأخير ومعه السنوار تتهمهما واشنطن بأنهما «يواصلان الدعوة إلى خطف جنود إسرائيليين لمبادلة أسرى فلسطينيين بهما». كذلك يُنسَب إلى السنوار تأسيس وقيادة الجهاز الأمني للحركة، الذي كان يعرف باسم «مجد»، وكان له دور كبير في التنسيق بين المستويين السياسي والعسكري في الحركة في خلال الحرب الأخيرة في غزة.

أيضاً، كانت «حماس» قد عينت السنوار في تموز 2015 مسؤولاً عن «ملف الأسرى الإسرائيليين» لديها وقيادة أي مفاوضات تتعلق بشأنهم مع الاحتلال، وكان اختياره قد جاء بطلب من قيادة القسام لكونه معروفاً بـ«صلابته وشدته»، وفق المصادر في غزة. في المقابل، نقل موقع «المصدر الإسرائيلي» تقديرات جهات استخباراتية إسرائيلية تقول إن السنوار بصفته «نجح في تخطي كلا المسؤولَين الآخرَين في قيادة الجناح، محمد الضيف ومروان عيسى بفضل نفوذه ومكانته… (كما أن) اختياره في منصب رئيس حماس في غزة يعزز التقديرات بأنّ تأثير الجناح العسكري آخذ في الازدياد، ويتفوق على السياسي». ونقل «المصدر» عناوين رئيسية في صحف إسرائيلية منها «معاريف» التي جاء فيها: «يخاف نشطاء حماس من السنوار أيضاً». وذهبت صحيفة «هآرتس» أبعد من ذلك ورصدت بعض ردود فعل الداخلية، قائلة إن «فلسطينيين التقوا السنوار يعتبرونه متطرّفاً حتى بموجب مفاهيم الحركة، وهو يتحدث بمصطلحات مروّعة عن حرب أبدية ضدّ إسرائيل».

أما رئيس «لجنة الخارجية والأمن» في الكنيست الإسرائيلي، آفي ديختر، فقال مساء أمس، إن على «إسرائيل تعزيز قدراتها لتدمير البنية التحتية لحماس بعد تعيين يحيى السنوار رئيساً جديداً للحركة في غزة… من اليوم صار زعيم حماس في غزة هو شيخ القتلة».

إلى ذلك، أعلنت «كتائب القسام» في بيان أمس، أنها «تزفّ المجاهد أحمد البريم (22 عاماً) من خان يونس الذي ارتقى إثر انهيار نفق للمقاومة»، ضمن ما يسمى «شهداء الإعداد».

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السنوار مسؤولاً لحماس في غزة

فبراير 14, 2017

فاز يحيى السنوار، أحد مؤسسي الجهاز الأمني لـ«حماس» برئاسة المكتب السياسي للحركة في غزة خلال انتخابات داخلية جرت أمس. ونقلت وكالة «معا» عن مصادر مقربة من «حماس» أن الانتخابات الداخلية لحركة حماس في ساحة غزة قد انتهت، وأفضت إلى انتخاب يحيى السنوار رئيساً للمكتب السياسي للحركة في غزة، وخليل الحية نائباً له، وذلك في إطار الانتخابات الداخلية التي تجريها الحركة بعيداً عن الإعلام والتي يرجّح أن تنتهي بانتخاب اسماعيل هنية رئيساً لمكتبها السياسي خلفاً لخالد مشعل.

ويوصف السنوار «العدوّ الأول» لـ«إسرائيل» في غزة.. بل إن البعض في الكيان الصهيوني يذهب إلى حد اعتباره «الرجل الأقوى في حماس».

واسم السنوار كان يتردّد خلال الفترة الماضية كأحد الأسماء المرشحة لخلافة هنية في غزة أو حتى مشعل في المكتب السياسي. في كل الأحوال فإن انتخابه مسؤولاً للحركة في غزة لا شكّ في أنه يحمل الكثير من الدلالات، خصوصاً ما هو مرتبط بالمواجهة مع الاحتلال الصهيوني. إذ يعدّ السنوار من الشخصيات الرئيسية البعيدة من دائرة الضوء المحسوبة على الجناح العسكري، وإن بدأ يظهر أكثر في العامين الماضيين. وكانت تقارير صحافية تحدثت عن تسجيل الذراع العسكرية للحركة إنجازات في الانتخابات الداخلية التي بدأت نهاية الأسبوع.

بانتخاب السنوار سيترقّب العدو مسار المفاوضات غير المباشرة مع حركة حماس من أجل استعادة جنودها إذ تنظر «تل أبيب» إلى السنوار على أنه من الأكثر تشدّداً في مفاوضات تبادل الأسرى. ويعدّ السنوار الذي يبلغ من العمر 55 عاماً من أوائل الناشطين في كتائب القسام مع بداية الانتفاضة الأولى. ترعرع في مخيم خانيونس للاجئين. اعتقله الاحتلال عام 1989 وحكم عليه بالمؤبد.

أما نائب السنوار خليل الحيّة فهو أكثر ظهوراً إعلامياً ويعدّ من الشخصيات البارزة في الحركة. استشهدت زوجته واثنان من أبنائه خلال العدوان على قطاع غزة عام 2014.

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Netanyahu Under Fire for 2014 Gaza War

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24-01-2017 | 13:51

A report that could be damaging to “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu given how he managed the 2014 war in Gaza is likely to be published in the coming days, after regime members of a Knesset subcommittee said they would vote on Tuesday to make the report public.

"Israeli" PM Benjamin Netanyahu

After “Kulanu” MK Merav Ben-Ari, one of the three regime members of the subcommittee, said on Sunday that she would vote in favor of publishing the document, coalition chairman MK David Bitan said on Monday that he and the prime minister were in favor of publishing the report as well.

One of the critical sections of the report drafted by the comptroller deals with concerns that the security cabinet was not warned by the prime minister, the war minister or the “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF] chief of staff of the threat posed to the “Israeli” entity by Hamas’ tunnel network ahead of the 55-day “Operation Protective Edge” in Gaza in the summer of 2014.

It is also believed that the report criticizes the same trio for failing to warn the security cabinet that the chance of war with Hamas was high, and for not providing sufficient information during the operation.

A public letter issued earlier this week by families of 55 soldiers who were killed during the war put pressure on the government to publish the document.

According to “Israeli” website The Jerusalem Post, Ben-Ari said she had not received any direct pressure against publishing the document.

However, she acknowledged, “the way things were going [it looked like] publication would be prevented, but when we got to the moment of truth, however, everyone understood that the professional issues were more important than the political ones”.

The “Israeli” MK stressed on the importance to publish the document because it will have an impact on all “Israelis”, saying that “At the end of the day, the security cabinet needs to know what’s happening ahead of time and [to be able] to prepare for the next operation.”

Ben-Ari said it was “the right of the public to know how the senior leadership of the state acts in such an important time,” and that the report would be crucial in guiding the IOF and the security cabinet in conducting any future wars and operations in Gaza.

She also noted that the report is critical of the prime minister, the war minister and then-IOF chief of staff Benny Gantz, but would not be withheld based on the potential political impact the report might have.

Ben-Ari, together with Bitan and Shas MK Ya’acov Margi, are the coalition members on the subcommittee of the Knesset State Comptroller’s committee, together with subcommittee chairwoman MK Karin Elharar [Yesh Atid] and MK Eyal Ben Reuven [Zionist Union].

It is not yet clear if the section on the security cabinet will be published immediately, or if publication will on the decisions made on whether to publicize two other sections of the report, which will be passed to the subcommittee later this week.

Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, MKs from the entire political spectrum called on the committee members to vote in favor of exposing it to the public.

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, who was the “Israeli” entity’s so-called finance minister and a cabinet member during the operation, said in the party faction meeting on Monday that political considerations should not guide the panel members.

“There are already attempts to prevent the publication of the report,” Lapid said. “As someone who knows the details of it and testified in the comptroller’s office more than once – this report should be revealed.”

Lapid also addressed Netanyahu’s concerns in opening the report to the public. “The Prime Minister’s Office is afraid of the report because it shows severe failures.”

Bennett also expressed his support of exposing the details of the report, but added that it should be taken as constructive criticism.

“We should not ignore the ‘Protective Edge’ report but also [should] not make it a reason for [political] beheading,” Bennett said on Monday. “We should learn from it in order to change our security world view from inclusive to defeating; from dragging it over 50 days to winning in five.

“Only exposing the details will provide us a way to move forward,” Bennett added.

Zionist Union co-chairwoman Tzipi Livni, who served as so-called “justice” minister in the cabinet during “Operation Protective Edge”, echoed the notion that the report should be revealed according to the wishes of the bereaved settler families.

“I was in the cabinet during the operation,” she said. “But I wasn’t among those who leaked [details of meetings] to the media, and I will not do so now from the opposition. But the families and the public have the right to know exactly what happened, in order to create a constructive discussion about it.”

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

 

 

Israeli escalation in Gaza seeks to ‘change equation’ – but at what cost?

Posted on August 23, 2016

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By Ben White

Late on Sunday night, the Israeli Air Force launched dozens of airstrikes against targetIsraeli military fighter jets in the Gaza Strip – as many as 50, according to an official source – after a single rocket had struck Sderot earlier in the day, causing no damage or injuries.

The airstrikes, which primarily struck sites used by Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigades (AQB), constituted, in the words of one analyst, a “deliberate escalation” by Israeli authorities.

Since the August 2014 ceasefire that ended ‘Operation Protective Edge’, Hamas has not fired a single rocket out of the Gaza Strip into Israel. In May, AQB fired mortar rounds in response to Israeli forces’ efforts to locate cross-border tunnels – but that’s it.

Smaller groups, however, have fired some 40 rockets over the last two years, according to Israelisources, including 14 in 2016. None have resulted in casualties. This latest rocket launch was reportedly claimed by ISIS-affiliated group Ahfad al-Sahaba.

Israel has typically responded to each rocket with limited strikes on AQB facilities, claiming that Hamas is responsible for all attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip. A deadly such airstrike in March, which killed two Palestinian children, highlighted the – at best – irresponsibility of Israel’s approach, which apart from the human cost, has always risked “paving the way towards a new escalation.”

So what is behind the new developments? Some Israeli commentators have suggested that Israel seized an opportunity presented by the rocket launch to “deprive Hamas of operational assets.” There has also been speculation that the influence of hawkish Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman is behind the intensification in response.

One key question is whether this will now become the standard Israeli response to isolated projectile fire. Hamas spokesperson Ismail Ridwan said that the movement will not allow Israel to “impose new equations and change the rules of engagement” in the Gaza Strip, placing full responsibility for the “escalation and its repercussions” on the occupation.

Ridwan also called for Egypt to “rein in the Israeli occupation”, in Cairo’s capacity as the sponsor of the ceasefire agreement that ended ‘Operation Protective Edge’. Other Palestinian factions slammed the airstrikes, which they admit took them by surprise.

Israel’s unprecedentedly intensive series of airstrikes came a few days after Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank arrested Hamas’s representative on the Palestinian Central Elections Commission, the body charged with organising October’s municipal elections.

Israeli officials are worried that the Palestinian local elections scheduled for October will see breakthroughs for Hamas in West Bank municipalities, and have warned their Palestinian Authority “counterparts” of the risks in allowing the elections to go ahead.

It is clear why Israel has an interest in thwarting or undermining elections in which Hamas is a participant, not least because successful polls with Hamas’s involvement are deemed a necessary prerequisite to progress on the stuttering national unity front.

Hamas, for its part, decided to head to elections partly as a result of the challenges the movement is facing – and Israel seems determined to heighten the pressure. Numbers released in the last fortnight confirmed that Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip actually tightened during July, data that Palestinians in Gaza say “refutes Israel’s claims that it has eased the closure of the Gaza Strip.”

The blockade persists in spite of warnings by Israeli military officials that Gaza’s economic recovery is essential from the point of view of maintaining ‘calm’. On Sunday, AQB spokesperson Abu Obeida told a rally in Rafah that “the enemy’s [Israel] leadership keeps committing mistakes and repeats the same stupidities by maintaining the siege imposed on our people.”

Today, meanwhile, following the recent indictments of Gaza-based World Vision and UNDP employees, Lieberman has sought to revive the idea of linking reconstruction to disarmament.

For Hamas, an unrelenting blockade, intensified periodic airstrikes, and an inability to meaningfully participate in local elections, may mean that the pressure on the movement proves too great.

Veteran Israeli defense analyst Yossi Melman, writing in The Jerusalem Post on what he called the “massive Israeli attack”, acknowledged that “Hamas’s argument that Israel intends to ‘change the equation’ is correct.” His conclusion was stark: “The seeds for another war were sowed this week.”

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’Israel’ Must ’Pay Price’ for Return of 4 ’Israeli’ Soldiers

Palestinian resistane said it is holding four “Israeli” soldiers that it captured during the “Israeli” apartheid regime’s 50-day war on the Gaza Strip in 2014.

Hamas: ’Israel’ Must ’Pay Price’ for Return of 4 ’Israeli’ Soldiers

During a Friday televised statement, spokesman of Hamas armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in Gaza Abu Obeida, said the movement has no contacts with the “Israeli” entity over the prisoners.

“There are no talks or negotiations relating to the prisoners,” said Obeida while speaking on the local al-Aqsa TV with a poster behind him showing black-and-white photos of the four “Israeli” soldiers.

The Palestinian official stressed that the “Israeli” entity “will not [be able to] get information on the four without paying a clear price before and after any negotiations” on the issue.

He said that “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin “Netanyahu is lying to his people” and “deceiving the families of the captive soldiers.”

Netanyahu recently claimed that “important progress” had been made in obtaining the return of two soldiers imprisoned in Gaza.

Tel Aviv had not made any comment on the announcement so far.

Hamas had refused to say whether the soldiers are dead or alive, but the “Israeli” regime had repeatedly announced that the soldiers were killed during the Gaza offensive and asked Hamas to return their bodies back to the “Israeli” entity.

Meanwhile on Friday, Times of “Israel” online newspaper referred to the four as two slain soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin as well as 29-year-old Avraham Mengistu, an Ethiopian “Israeli”, along with a Bedouin-“Israeli”.

Mengistu is said to have disappeared after he “independently” entered Gaza on September 7, 2014, two weeks after the end of latest “Israeli” war on Gaza in the summer of 2015.

The second man, whose name had not been released, is a Bedouin Arab from the village of Hura who reportedly entered Gaza via the Erez Crossing in April 2014.

In early July 2014, the “Israeli” apartheid regime waged a war on the Gaza Strip. The 50-day offensive ended on August 26 with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, were martyred in “Israel’s” onslaught. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people – were also injured.

Hamas launched retaliatory missile attacks against “Israel”, with Tel Aviv confirming that 53 “Israeli” soldiers were killed in Gaza war. However, Hamas puts the number at around 100.

The “Israeli” regime and Hamas do not officially maintain direct contacts, and any deal would have to be mediated by international parties. In 2011, kidnapped “Israeli” soldier Gilad Shalit was released in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian detainees, in a deal brokered with the help of a German diplomat.

The “Israeli” soldier had been held in the besieged Gaza Strip for more than five years.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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