نائب الأمين العام للجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين أكّد أنّ «حماس» تُجري مراجعة لموقفها من سورية

أبو أحمد فؤاد: نرفض عقد المجلس الوطني الفلسطيني تحت حراب الاحتلال الصهيوني 

دمشق نعيم إبراهيم

أغسطس 18, 2017

أكّد نائب الأمين العام للجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين أبو أحمد فؤاد، رفض الجبهة محاولات عقد مجلس وطنيّ فلسطينيّ بمدينة رام الله في هذه الفترة، وقال إنّ الترتيبات الجارية لذلك تحمل في طيّاتها مآخذ عديدة من قِبلنا، ونحن نرى أنّ الأولويّة راهناً هي لاستعادة الوحدة الوطنيّة الفلسطينيّة، وليس لتكريس الانقسام. ودعا إلى إجراء انتخابات للمجلس في الداخل والخارج.

وتساءل أبو أحمد فؤاد في حديث لـ«البناء» من دمشق، كيف يمكن أن يُعقد مجلس وطنيّ فلسطينيّ في مدينة رام الله تحت حراب الاحتلال، وأكثر من ذلك حصل تطوّر لم نكن نتوقّعه، لأنّه في اللجنة التحضيريّة التي عُقدت في بيروت اتّفق على عقد مجلس وطنيّ توحيديّ على قاعدة اتفاقات القاهرة، وعلى قاعدة إمكانيّة عقد المجلس خارج الوطن حتى يشارك الجميع، إضافةً إلى أنّه لا يمكن لبرلمان في أيّ حركة تحرّر أن يُعقد تحت الاحتلال، خصوصاً في مرحلة التحرّر الوطني.

وأوضح نائب الأمين العام للجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين، أنّ عقد المجلس في هذه الظروف الفلسطينيّة المعقّدة والانقسام القائم، يمكن أن يؤدّي إلى زيادة المشاكل، لأنّ المحاولات التي تسعى لاستعادة الوحدة الوطنيّة مستقبلاً يمكن أن تتكلّل بالنجاح.

وسأل: كيف ستكون الأمور إذا عقدت القيادة المتنفّذة المجلس الوطنيّ في رام الله وفكّر آخرون بعقد مجلس في مكان آخر؟ إنّ هذا يعني أننا دمّرنا هذه المؤسّسة، وبشكل أو بآخر يكون البعض قد ساهم بتدمير منظّمة التحرير كخيمة وكجامع وكمرجعيّة لكلّ الشعب الفلسطيني، وممثل شرعيّ وحيد لهذا الشعب، ولكنّ هذه المنظمة تحتاج إلى إعادة بناء أو إلى إصلاحات أو إلى انتخابات، بمعنى أنّ مؤسّساتها تجب إعادة بنائها على أُسس ديمقراطية كما اتّفقنا في القاهرة، وعلى أساس برنامج وطنّي سُمّي «برنامج الوفاق الوطني» أو «برنامج الأسرى».

وعن المبادرات الفلسطينيّة والعربيّة التي قُدّمت قبل عدّة أيام لإعادة تفعيل الحوار الوطنيّ الفلسطينيّ، رأى أبو أحمد فؤاد أنّها لن ترى النور، وكلّها تُرمى على الطاولة، ولكن لا أحد يناقشها، لأنّ المبادرات يجب أن تُقدّم إلى هيئات أو لحوار وطنيّ شامل، ونحن ندعو لمثل هذا الحوار، علماً أنّ هناك اتفاقات لو التزم بها الجميع لكنّا الآن أمام وضع مختلف تماماً، سواء بالموضوع السياسيّ أو بالموضوع التنظيميّ.

وأضاف أبو أحمد فؤاد، أنّ الجبهة الشعبيّة لتحرير فلسطين تفضل الآن العودة إلى الحوار الوطنيّ الشامل رغم كلّ شيء، ولتطرح جميع الأفكار والآراء من قِبل كلّ الفصائل والقوى الفلسطينيّة، وأيضاً المبادرات لهذا الحوار من أجل الوصول إلى حلول للمشكلات المستعصية التي نعاني منها. ولكن هناك نصوص في النظام الأساسي يتمّ تجاوزها الآن، فاللجنة التحضيريّة تبدأ عملها لتحضّر لعقد الدورة المقبلة للمجلس الوطنيّ الفلسطينيّ، وهذه اللجنة تشارك فيها كلّ الفصائل وبما في ذلك اللجنة التنفيذية. وقد اجتمعت اللجنة لمرّة واحدة في بيروت، واتّخذت قرارات أهمّها عقد مجلس وطنيّ توحيديّ، وتمّت مناقشة المكان والزمان، وكان لنا ولغيرنا رأي بأن تُعقد هذه الدورة في الخارج مثل مصر أو الأردن أو سورية أو لبنان أو غيرها، وليس تحت حراب الاحتلال الصهيونيّ. ويجب أن تُعطى الفرصة للجميع من أجل الحضور والمشاركة، بينما المطروح الآن عقد مجلس وطني في رام الله و«فيديوكونفرانس» للخارج. فكيف يمكن أن يحصل ذلك؟ وهل المطلوب إلقاء خطابات فقط، وبالتالي لمن سيكون الـ»فيديوكونفرانس»؟ هذا أمر غير مقبول، ولا نريد تكريس قاعدة بمن حضر أو تحقيق النّصاب زائد واحد أو ناقص واحد، بل نريد القول إنّ هذا مجلس وطنيّ يُجمع عليه الشعب الفلسطينيّ، أو إنّه سيؤدّي إلى مزيد من الانقسام والخلافات.

وأوضح أبو أحمد فؤاد، أنّ الجبهة الشعبية ليست مع أيّ تغيير بهيكليّة منظّمة التحرير الفلسطينيّة والمرجعيات كما هو منصوص عليها بالميثاق الفلسطيني وكما هو منصوص بالنظام الأساسي لمنظّمة التحرير، ومن يريد تقديم مثل هذه الأفكار عليه أن يذهب بها إلى المجلس الوطنيّ المنتخب أو المجلس الوطني المتّفق عليه، لأنّه أعلى هيئة وهو الذي يقرّر أيّ تغيير في هذه الهيكليّة.

من هنا نقول، إنّ الموضوع السياسيّ هو الموضوع الرئيسيّ والاتفاق على الموضوع السياسيّ، ثم بعد ذلك كيف يمكن أن نعطي المجال للشعب الفلسطينيّ أن ينتخب مؤسّساته وهيئاته ويصبح البرلمان الفلسطيني برلماناً منتخباً يحاسِب ويحاسَب. أمّا القائم الآن، فهو حالة من الفوضى حيث لا يوجد مجلس وطنيّ ولا مجلس مركزيّ ولا حتى لجنة تنفيذيّة لمنظّمة التحرير الفلسطينيّة، وإنما الموجود هو الرئيس الذي يتصرّف فقط، وهذا لا يقبله أحد على الأقلّ في مرحلة تحرّر وطني، وبعد ذلك لكلّ حادث حديث.

وحول مستقبل الملف السوري، قال أبو أحمد فؤاد، لا شكّ في أنّ سورية تخرج تدريجيّاً من الأزمة وستعود حتماً إلى وضعها الطبيعي واحدة موحّدة، بدعم الأصدقاء والحلفاء، وهذا شيء مهمّ ويصبّ في مصلحة فلسطين، وهي دفعت ثمناً كبيراً على هذا الطريق. ولكن من المهمّ الإشارة هنا إلى أنّه كلّما تقدّمت سورية باتجاه الحلّ، كلّما تسارعت الخطى من قِبل القوى المعادية لإنهاء القضيّة الفلسطينيّة بالطريقة التي تريدها الولايات المتحدة الأميركية، والتي يريدها الكيان الصهيونيّ، في ظلّ انشغال العالم العربي بأزماته الداخليّة وتسريع وتيرة التطبيع من قِبل البعض، وقبل أن يتغيّر الوضع في سورية أو العراق أو مصر أو في دول الطوق ومن بعد ذلك بقيّة الدول العربية.

لكنّنا نؤكّد، أنّ القضيّة الفلسطينية لن تنتهي، مهما حصل من أزمات وانهيارات في الوضع العربي ومن تغيّرات بالوضع الدوليّ، وهذا ثابت من ثوابت الشعوب عبر التاريخ، خاصة في مواجهة الاستعمار.

ولذلك، مطلوب منّا كفلسطينيّين وكفصائل أن نصمد ولا نقدّم أيّ تنازل، وفي نفس الوقت نراهن على المرحلة المقبلة عربياً ودوليّاً، لأنّ مؤامرة الربيع العربي انتهت، وأنا متفائل إزاء هذه المرحلة إذا ما رتّب الفلسطينيّون أوضاعهم الداخليّة واستعادوا الوحدة الوطنيّة وركّزوا على المقاومة ودخلنا كفلسطينيّين كلّنا في محور المقاومة، وليس محور السعودية ومؤتمراتها، ولا محور الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب. ونحن كفلسطينيّين يجب أن نكون هنا.

وحول مستجدّات أزمة مخيم اليرموك، أكّد أبو أحمد فؤاد أنّها شارفت على الانتهاء، من دون معارك ودم أسوة ببعض المناطق السوريّة التي شهدت مصالحات وطنيّة.

وطالب نائب الأمين العام للجبهة الشعبيّة لتحرير فلسطين، حركة حماس بالعودة إلى الاتجاه الذي يخدم القضيّة الفلسطينية، وقال إنّ موقفهم إزاء سورية مؤسف جداً، غير أنّني أعتقد أنّ مراجعة تجري الآن من قِبل بعض قيادات الحركة للعلاقة مع سورية، ولما جرى من قِبلهم بالنسبة للبلد. وهناك محاولات لفتح حوار أو اتصالات، ربما

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‘Israeli’ Aqsa Policies in Palestinian Eyes: Escalation Always 1st Option, The Enemy Will Pay a Heavy Price!

Occupied Palestine: Al-Ahed Team

As the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime intensifies its apartheid measures restricting access to al-Aqsa Holy Mosque, Palestinian voices stressed that their first option ever will remain escalation against this cruel entity, adding that the enemy will pay a heavy price for this.

 

‘Israeli' Aqsa Policies in Palestinian Eyes: Escalation Is Always First Option, The Enemy Will Pay a Heavy Price!


Following heroic Palestinian resistance operations against the occupation army soldiers, the enemy tended to impose new so-called ‘security’ measures which included the installation of metal detectors and cameras.

It was last Friday that a heroic operation carried out by Palestinian youngsters in the Old City of occupied al-Quds martyred three Palestinians, killing at least two ‘Israeli’ occupation soldiers and wounding several others, the last incident before such restrictions were imposed.

Nevertheless, scores of Palestinian worshipers held prayers outside the compound, neglecting the ‘Israeli’ will to deprive them from performing their religious duties in such a sacred site.

Seeking official stances regarding the ongoing tensions, al-Ahed team in Palestine managed to conduct several interviews with Palestinian figures:

In this regard, the head of the “al-Morabiteen in al-Quds” group Yousef Mukhaimer stressed the invalidity of the fait accompli recently imposed by the authorities of the Zionist enemy in the al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings.

 

‘Israeli' Aqsa Policies in Palestinian Eyes: Escalation Is Always First Option, The Enemy Will Pay a Heavy Price!


Mukhaimer confirmed that this new reality did not, and will not provide the occupation any legitimacy or eligibility within the Muslims’ first Qibla [destination].

“What has been happening since last Friday, from terrorizing worshipers, preventing residents from reaching the mosque, and then installing electronic gates at the main entrances under security pretexts is entirely unacceptable and must be addressed at various levels,” Mukhaimer told al-Ahed’s correspondent.

He warned that this invasive attack is not a coincidence but rather the implementation of preplanned schemes.

“We are looking very seriously at the direct targeting of the al-Morabiteen who have formed – and continue to be – the line of defense of the honorable city from the occupation’s ambitions and its settler groups, who are pursuing the construction of the so-called Temple,” Mukhaimer said.

He explained that the main aim of what is happening now is to enable the advocates of the Temple and other extremist Zionist groups to widely desecrate the al-Aqsa Mosque after they have emptied it of its Muslim worshipers in full view of the nation which has not acted until this moment despite the looming dangers threatening the mosque and its identity.

“The situation has reached its lowest point. Denying access to the Aqsa Mosque is no longer confined to the people of the Gaza Strip or some areas of the West Bank, but today it includes all those who are outside the borders of the holy city,” Mukhaimer adds.

He stressed that the people of al-Quds with all their religious components and locations have taken it upon themselves to confront the attempts to enable the western settlers to tamper with “our sanctities and toy with our sentiments, no matter the challenges and costs.”

Mukhaimer concluded by saying: “Our message today to the people of the nation throughout the globe is that al-Quds and the Aqsa is not the property of the Palestinians. Protecting the sites is a collective responsibility no one is excluded from, both on the official and popular level.”

Additionally, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Kayed al-Ghoul, called on local forces and factions to use the current “opportunity” and work on framing any upcoming resistance action within a comprehensive uprising against the Zionist occupier and its Judaization projects.

 

‘Israeli' Aqsa Policies in Palestinian Eyes: Escalation Is Always First Option, The Enemy Will Pay a Heavy Price!


“I believe that what is happening could trigger a new intifada,” al-Ghoul told al-Ahed. “Therefore the political authorities are required to prepare for the aftermath and provide the organizational pillars and other elements to ensure the continuation of this intifada as an effective method of struggle in confronting the occupation’s and its settlers’ roistering”.

Al-Ghoul expressed no “doubt [that] al-Quds always represents a spark for the Palestinian uprisings.”

“Therefore, the recent aggressive ‘Israeli’ actions are an explosion factor in what lies in the hearts of the masses of our people, who have a large reservoir of anger towards the occupation’s expansionist and racist policy,” he added.

“In order to be able to deal with this policy, we need to unify the Palestinian position in resisting these measures. In this period, we also need to focus on strengthening the steadfastness of our people in al-Quds, who are threatened by the danger of mass displacement in the coming period.”

The “Popular Front” leader also pointed to the “need to bring back the liberal nature of the struggle of the Palestinian people so that it will be an open and comprehensive conflict with the occupation throughout the country.”

Al-Ghoul called on the Arab people to defend the al-Quds cause, support the struggle of the Palestinian people and press their regimes that brag about the al-Quds cause through satellite channels without lifting a finger over the growing Zionist violations.

Earlier on Tuesday, Palestinian military wings of various political factions in the besieged Gaza Strip warned the apartheid “Israeli” entity of continuing its restrictive policies at al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East al-Quds during a press conference.

Warning that “Israel’s” aggression on al-Aqsa represents a “spark that will explode in the region,” they further stressed that “the expense of attacking al-Aqsa will be very big in which neither the occupation army nor its settlers would be able tolerate.”

“We will have our strong and supreme word if Zionist plans against al-Aqsa continue,” the groups had warned in the press conference. “We will not allow our enemy to invade our al-Aqsa, our holy sites, and our people in al-Quds.”

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‘Israeli’ Media Is Lying: PFLP Carried Out The Sultan Suleiman Street Stabbing Operation In Al-Quds, NOT Daesh

by Jonathan Azaziah

Long live the Palestinian Resistance!

Earlier on yesterday afternoon, three young Palestinian heroes affiliated with the PFLP, Baraa Ibrahim Saleh (18), Adel Hassan Ankoush (18) and Osama Ahmad Atta (19), all from the village of Deir Abou Mashal village just west of Ramallah, executed a daring Resistance operation on Sultan Suleiman Street near Damascus Gate in occupied Al-Quds.

The lionhearted Falasteeni warriors, carrying nothing but knives and light arms, stormed a gathering of Zionist occupation forces and managed to send one Jewish terrorist straight to the flaming pits of Jahannam and critically wound another. Refusing to be taken into custody and transported to Halakhic-Talmudic dungeons, Palestine’s brave youth continued to engage the enemy after inflicting the initial damage and ultimately achieved martyrdom as they left this world in a hail of bullets.

Following their courageous sacrifice, social media was buzzing with photos of the young men draped in PFLP banners and exuberantly saluting them. Note the timing of this dauntless maneuver as well – Just about 100 days since revolutionary PFLP intellectual Basel al-Araj was assassinated by the Zionist tumor.

The PFLP itself praised the operation as a “direct blow to all of the plans for liquidation of the Palestinian cause at the hands of US imperialism and the Zionist entity with the cover of some reactionary Arab regimes”, and called on all Palestinian Resistance factions “to build upon this operation {…} to rehabilitate the armed Resistance to confront the soldiers of the occupation as the most effective method to defeat the occupier and all schemes against the Palestinian people.”

This strongly indicates that it was coordinated with Islamic Jihad, Hamas’s Al-Qassam Brigades and the PRC. PFLP also made clear that Resistance will continue across the Holy Land and especially in Al-Quds, which it called “the eternal capital of Palestine”, and stressed that the “operation was carried out only meters from the Al-Buraq Wall, confirming the Arab identity of Jerusalem.” In other words, the Suleiman Street Stabbing and Shooting Spectacle was a Palestinian Resistance affair from soup to nuts, front to back.

However, leave it to ‘Israel’, the “corrupted bacteria” and the “mother of cunning” as Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah refers to it, to skew the reality at hand, attempt to cover up its failures and stifle the Mouqawamah’s achievement. Enter Rita Katz, the daughter of an executed ‘Israeli’ spy, an IOF terrorist and head of SITE Intelligence Group, a Mossad front which has been manufacturing anti-Muslim propaganda for years. Katz RIDICULOUSLY, MALICIOUSLY and (CATEGORICALLY) FALSELY says that ISIS claimed responsibility for the operation in Al-Quds, marking the very first time that the terrorist group has attacked ‘Israel’.

Certainly, this is a blatant legerdemain by ‘Israel’ to generate sympathy among European states which have been hit by ISIS terrorism (read: Mossad false flags) in recent weeks and perpetuate the parasitic relationship between the serpentine entity and the West. But what makes this hasbara so excruciatingly laughable is that the artificial “Tel Aviv” regime arms, funds, trains and provides intel to ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, and treats ISIS fighters in its military hospitals.

Back in April, ISIS fire meant for the Syrian Arab Army and Hizbullah accidentally strayed and hit IOF positions in the occupied Golan Heights. ISIS immediately apologized! Simply put, the test-tube-terrorist dog isn’t going to turn around and attack its master because its master controls every move that it makes. Rapscallion Rita can choke on her Zio-lies.

What ‘Israel’ is also insidiously out to do is portray the Palestinian Resistance as “extremist” and “chauvinistic”–rather rich coming from the practitioners of Jewish supremacy who literally wrote the book on extremism and chauvinism–by deceptively linking it to Daesh, when the ACTUAL executors of the operation, i.e. the PFLP, are part of a pluralistic fighting organism comprised of Sunni Muslims, Christians and nonbelievers who are funded, armed and trained by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Needless to say, the treachery of the usurping Judaic land-thieves has fallen flat on its hideous, wart-covered face because the truth is now out. And Intifada Consciousness continues spreading among the Palestinian youth across the occupied West Bank, Al-Quds and the ’48 Lands.

Soon, every Palestinian on every inch of the Palestinian nation will rise up and the ‘Israeli’ colonizers will be faced with just two choices: Go back to the satanic hellholes from whence they came or kiss the Falasteeni Resistance’s Blades and Bullets of Glory. Rest in eternal serenity to Baraa, Adel and Osama. Your heroics have brought us one step nearer to the POINT of Palestine’s total liberation. Pun Mouqawamistically intended. #LongLivePalestine #Ta7yaFalasteen #DeathToIsrael

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PFLP Leadership on Mass Palestinian Hunger Strike


by Stephen Lendman

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) leader Ahmad Saadat is one of hundreds of Palestinian political prisoners hunger striking for justice.

In 1967, he founded the organization, dedicated to liberating Palestine from Zionist colonial occupation. In 2002, he was politically imprisoned for 30 years – because of his prominence and determination to continue struggling for freedom.

On May 11, Beirut-based Al Mayadeen aired a statement issued by the PFLP’s leadership, addressing Palestinians, the Arab world, and freedom-loving people everywhere, saying:

“Today, the Palestinian prisoners’ movement is locked in the battle of freedom and dignity…with ever more determination to continue until the achievement of its goals.”

“It is armed with the weapon of its will, the unity of the prisoners’ movement and the justice of our cause, with the support and embrace of the masses of the Palestinian people, the Arab nation and the forces of freedom in the world.”

“The prisoners face, after their declaration of the battle of the strike, a bloody war and ferocious Zionist repression that has intensified in recent days and in various prisons.”
“Dozens of leaders are isolated for participating in the strike, including Ahmad Sa’adat, Marwan Barghouthi, Abbas Sayyed, Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, Kamil Abu Hanish and dozens of others.”

“This repression is reinforced by the prevention of legal visits in an attempt to cover up their situation and the circumstances of their confinement, while the occupation intelligence agencies continue to use techniques of psychological warfare in order to break the strike.”

“This has only made the prisoners even more determined to continue the battle and confront these Zionist attacks.”

“The Zionist occupation prisons are prisons of horror. There are tens of severely ill prisoners, some engaged in the strike and currently barred from treatment, suffering from the policy of medical neglect.”

“The clinics that are supposed to be places of treatment and alleviation of pain are instead sites of abuse and suffering.”

“The declaration of the occupation of the establishment of so-called ‘field hospitals’ is either an attempt to better its image in the media, or to create sites of pressure on the prisoners to attempt to break the strike and carry out threatened forced feeding.”

“A number of measures against the prisoners have recently escalated, including the closure of prisons, conversion of whole sections to collective isolation sections, massive bans on family visits and the imposition of thousands of shekels in fines on strikers.”

“Despite all these measures, we have also promised to you that we will not break or give in, and so from the womb of our suffering and despite the severity of repression, we will continue this battle until victory.”

“We in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine organization in Israeli prisons deliver this statement to Al-Mayadeen TV channel in the context of the escalation of the battle of confrontation with the occupation.”

“We announce the enrollment of new batches of leaders and cadres in the coming hours will join the strike as well as prisoners from various political organizations.”

“(T)o the masses of our people: continue with all your determination and strength in the field of escalation of the clashes with the Zionist occupation at sites of contact.”

“We urge all forces, factions, youth, student and women’s organizations, and all sectors of our society in Palestine, in exile and in the camps to continue in this movement.”

“We have full confidence in your great struggle and we are confident in your achievements. (W)e take this opportunity on Al-Mayadeen to make a plea to the Arab masses and Arab parties, trade union and student and youth associations to build wider solidarity with the cause of the Palestinian people and to take the issue of the prisoners to the street.”

“We urge you to confront all attempts to divert your attention from the just cause of Palestine, especially normalization, which is a treacherous stab in all of our backs.”

“Be with the cause of Palestine in heart and soul, and do not allow our people to be alone, we are part of you and your national role in supporting Palestine is critical.”

“(W)e call on the free people of the world to continue to develop their solidarity and support for the cause of the prisoners. We are very proud and happy when we hear of the events, sit-ins and solidarity actions in the capitals and cities of the world.”

“We urge you to escalate this movement and besiege Israeli embassies and all complicit international institutions with the occupation to pressure them and deliver the message of the Palestinian people and the suffering of prisoners.”

“This is also part of the work to hold the occupation accountable, including forcing the occupation to apply international conventions on prisoners and bringing occupation officials before the International Criminal Court for their crimes”

“(I)t is important for us to address these areas to a satellite channel of resistance and truth. Although the censorship and media blackout practiced by the occupation against us means that we cannot hear directly from this voice of resistance, we hear about you from our comrades and loved ones, and we hope you find a way to bring your free voice to us in the castles of struggle.”

“(W)e extend our appreciation and thanks to you on behalf of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement and on behalf of the PFLP in the prisons of the occupation for your keen attention to the cause of the prisoners. We hope this interest will be strengthened by dedicating even more space to this issue.”

“You are an important voice for the masses and the people, confronting policies of submission and defeat that some are attempting to impose on our Arab homeland.”

“We promise, according to the circumstances to continue to send our messages from the prisons through you.”

“In this battle for victory and dignity, the Palestinian prisoners’ movement is on its way to a major strategic achievement and as promised, we will not hesitate to walk on thorns in order to win a decent place under the sun. This is our pledge and our promise to you.”

Freedom and Dignity strike day 28. Israel refuses to negotiate. Even when it does, it doesn’t, systematically breaching things agreed to.

According to PA prisoner affairs minister Issa Qaraqe, Israeli prison officials called for a meeting with strike leaders, no further details provided.

The National Committee for Supporting the Hunger Strike said prison officials are willing to discuss Palestinian demands to split their unity in hopes of undermining the action.
Prisoners are adamant against talks without involvement of strike organizer Marwan Barghouti and PFLP leader Ahmad Saadat.
Stalemate prevails unless one side bends. On Sunday, the Addameer prisoner support group urged worldwide solidarity with courageous Palestinians, putting their bodies and lives on the line for justice.
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في اليوم الـ 28 لإضراب الكرامة: انضمام 11 أسيراً جديداً

بيادسة: نقل سعدات من سجنه لن يمنعنا من زيارته

مايو 15, 2017

رأت فرح بيادسة محامية الأسير أحمد سعدات إن نقل الأسير سعدات إلى سجن آخر هو لمنعنا من زيارته، ولكننا سنتوجّه إلى سجن أوهلي كدار الذي نُقل إليه سعدات للمطالبة بلقائه. وذلك في وقت بلغ عدد الأسرى المُضربين عن الطعام في معركة الكرامة 1800 أسير بعدما انضمّ أمس 11 أسيراً من سجن جلبوع إلى الإضراب.

وأضافت بيادسة قائلةً: «لن نسمح للاحتلال بتعطيل جهودنا للقاء الأسرى»، مُطمئِنةً إلى أن «صحته ما زالت جيدة. وهو صامد والأسرى يستمدون معنوياتهم منه».

وكانت اللجنة الإعلامية لإضراب الكرامة أعلنت أن إدارة سجون الاحتلال نقلت الأسير القائد أحمد سعدات صباح أمس من سجن «عسقلان» إلى سجن «أوهلي كدار».

وأضافت اللجنة الإعلامية، أن هذا الإجراء يأتي كسياسة ممنهجة لحرمان الأسير سعدات من زيارته التي تقررّت من قبل محامية مؤسسة الضمير.

يأتي ذلك، بعد تحديد سلطات الاحتلال موعداً لزيارة محامي مؤسسة الضمير لسعدات والمضرب عن الطعام منذ أكثر من أسبوع والمعزول في عسقلان، أمس عصراً.

من جهة أخرى، أعلن رئيس هيئة شؤون الأسرى والمحررين عيسى قراقع أن سلطات الاحتلال سمحت للمحامي خضر شقيرات بزيارة الأسير مروان البرغوثي أمس، في أول زيارة له منذ بدء الإضراب، مشيراً إلى أن هناك لامبالاة إسرائيلية منذ بداية الإضراب وحتى اليوم في مناقشة أو حتى مجرد فتح حوار حول مطالب الأسرى جراء رفض الجانب الصهيوني فتح حوار مع قادة الإضراب واشتراطه فتح الحوار بعد وقف الإضراب.

من جهتها، قالت الجبهة الشعبية الفلسطينية إن «الأبطال الأسرى يخوضون معركة الحرية والكرامة بأمعائهم الخاوية، وهذه المعركة البطولية للحركة الأسيرة إنما هي أيضاً جزء من معارك شعبنا في رفضه النكبة ونتائجها الكارثية».

وفي بيان لها بمناسبة الذكرى الـ 69 للنكبة الفلسطينية قالت إن «لم تكن نكبة عام 1948 التي حلت على الشعب الفلسطيني والتي أدت لطرده وتشريده وتدمير قراه ومصادرة ممتلكاته النكبة الأولى والتي حلت بالأمة العربية، بل كانت تجسيداً لاتفاقات دولية استهدفت حاضر ومستقبل الأمة وفي القلب منها القضية الفلسطينية كقضية شعب وأرض وحقوق».

وأكّدت الجبهة أنه «بالوحدة والمقاومة يحقق الانتصار، وإن طريق التنازلات المجرّب والمفاوضات والتطبيع والتنسيق الأمني مع العدو لا يوصل لحقوق، وأوسلو باتفاقاته السياسية والاقتصادية والأمنية فشل بالحفاظ على الحقوق الوطنية أو استرجاعها».

واعتبرت أن «معركة الحرية والكرامة التي يخوضوها أسرانا البواسل باعتبارهم النموذج والقدوة هي الطريق الأقصر والمجدي لكسر إرادة الجلاد وهزيمة المحتل»، داعيةً إلى «ضرورة إعلاء صوت الشعب الفلسطيني وحركته في الشارع لإنهاء الانقسام واستعادة الوحدة الوطنية وإعادة بناء منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية كأداة كفاحية وإطار جامع وممثّل شرعي ووحيد لشعبنا».

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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.

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It’s a song breaking through this fight…

UN Security Council Resolution 2334–“Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967…”

…adopted on December 23, 2016 by a vote of  14-0 with 1 abstention.

Israeli settlements are illegal

Voting in Favor: Russia, China, Malaysia, Venezuela, New Zealand, Senegal, Spain, Uruguay, France, Angola, Egypt, Japan, UK, Ukraine

Abstaining: US

Text of the Resolution:

The Security Council,

Reaffirming its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008),

Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,

Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,

Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,

Expressing grave concern that continuing Israeli settlement activities are dangerously imperilling the viability of the two-State solution based on the 1967 lines,

Recalling the obligation under the Quartet Roadmap, endorsed by its resolution 1515 (2003), for a freeze by Israel of all settlement activity, including “natural growth”, and the dismantlement of all settlement outposts erected since March 2001,

Recalling also the obligation under the Quartet roadmap for the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantling terrorist capabilities, including the confiscation of illegal weapons,

Condemning all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction,

Reiterating its vision of a region where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders,

Stressing that the status quo is not sustainable and that significant steps, consistent with the transition contemplated by prior agreements, are urgently needed in order to (i) stabilize the situation and to reverse negative trends on the ground, which are steadily eroding the two-State solution and entrenching a one-State reality, and (ii) to create the conditions for successful final status negotiations and for advancing the two-State solution through those negotiations and on the ground,

1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;

3. Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;

4. Stresses that the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-State solution, and calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperilling the two-State solution;

5. Calls upon all States, bearing in mind paragraph 1 of this resolution, to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967;

6. Calls for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction, calls for accountability in this regard, and calls for compliance with obligations under international law for the strengthening of ongoing efforts to combat terrorism, including through existing security coordination, and to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism;

7. Calls upon both parties to act on the basis of international law, including international humanitarian law, and their previous agreements and obligations, to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric, with the aim, inter alia, of de-escalating the situation on the ground, rebuilding trust and confidence, demonstrating through policies and actions a genuine commitment to the two-State solution, and creating the conditions necessary for promoting peace;

8. Calls upon all parties to continue, in the interest of the promotion of peace and security, to exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues in the Middle East peace process and within the time frame specified by the Quartet in its statement of 21 September 2010;

9. Urges in this regard the intensification and acceleration of international and regional diplomatic efforts and support aimed at achieving, without delay a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet Roadmap and an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967; and underscores in this regard the importance of the ongoing efforts to advance the Arab Peace Initiative, the initiative of France for the convening of an international peace conference, the recent efforts of the Quartet, as well as the efforts of Egypt and the Russian Federation;

10. Confirms its determination to support the parties throughout the negotiations and in the implementation of an agreement;

11. Reaffirms its determination to examine practical ways and means to secure the full implementation of its relevant resolutions;

12. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council every three months on the implementation of the provisions of the present resolution;

13. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

From Ma’an News:

Palestine Victorious Over UNSC Resolution, Israel Left ‘Abandoned’ by US

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian leadership and members of the international community were victorious after the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution calling for an end to illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and reiterated that their existence is illegal under international law.

After days of diplomatic turmoil, the US shocked and outraged Israel by refusing to veto the resolution — by abstaining from the vote, US President Barack Obama allowed resolution 2334 to pass Friday night at the UNSC.

Palestine’s envoy to the United Nations Riyad Mansour noted that the resolution came after years of allowing Israel to “entrench its occupation and a one-state reality with absolute impunity, at times even being rewarded for its violations and intransigence”

“Against this backdrop,” Mansour said, “one Council resolution in nearly eight years is not disproportionate; it is shameful. But today’s vote rectifies this record and sets us on a new course.”

Meanwhile, Secretary General of the PLO Saeb Erekat described the event to Reuters news agency as “a day of victory for international law, a victory for civilized language and negotiation and a total rejection of extremist forces in Israel.”

“The international community has told the people of Israel that the way to security and peace is not going to be done through occupation … but rather through peace, ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state to live side by side with the state of Israel on the 1967 line,” Erekat said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly called the resolution “a slap in the face to Israeli policy” and an “absolute international condemnation to settlements and unanimous support for a two-state solution.”

He said in a statement earlier marking the occasion of Christmas that “Despite the Israeli occupation, our presence in our homeland and the preservation of our cultural and national heritage are the most important form of resistance in the face of the darkness of a foreign colonialist occupying power.”

Spokesperson for the Hamas movement Fawzi Narhoum said that Hamas applauded the countries who “rejected the Israeli occupation’s aggressive settlement policies against the Palestinian people.”

“We ask for more such supportive positions seeking to bring justice to the Palestinian cause and end occupation.”

Leftist Palestinian faction the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) also released a statement Friday welcoming the Security Council resolution, but warned that Israel and its allies would likely try to make the resolution null and void.

“Israel and its allies,” the statement said, “will try to impede implementation of the resolution or call attention to parts of the resolution’s content related to terrorism, violence, and incitement, which can be harmful to the Palestinians.”

Human rights organization Amnesty International called the decision to “finally” pass such a resolution a “welcome step.”

“This is the first time in almost four decades that such a resolution has been passed. During this time, settlements not only continued to be built, but at an accelerated pace,” Sherine Tadros, Head of Amnesty International’s UN Office in New York wrote in a statment, noting that resolution not only demands a halt to settlement building but also recognizes their illegality.

“Amnesty International has campaigned for many years on this issue. Israel’s settlement policy is inherently discriminatory and has resulted in grave human rights violations including destruction of homes, forced evictions, unlawful killings, arbitrary detentions, and collective punishment.”

Israel reacts

Meanwhile, Israeli officials and their allies expressed shock and outrage over the resolution, accusing the Obama administration of colluding with Palestine while betraying a decades-long relationship of supporting Israeli policies.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel “would not abide by the terms” of the “shameful anti-Israel resolution.”

Netanyahu also reportedly instructed Israel’s ambassadors in New Zealand and Senegal — two states that supported the resolution — to return to Israel for consultations. He also ordered the cancellation of a planned visit to Israel by Senegal’s foreign minister and the cancellation of all aid programs to Senegal, according to Israeli news site Ynet.

Israeli Minister Yuval Steinitz said that the United States had “abandoned” Israel by abstaining from the vote, adding that “the heart aches that after eight years of friendship… and cooperation with Obama, this is his final chord” in the departing Obama administration.

Ynet quoted an anonymous Israeli official as saying that Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry “secretly cooked up” the “extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back.”

He said the resolution would be a “tailwind for terror and boycotts,” calling the move “shameful” and “an abandonment of Israel which breaks decades of US policy of protecting Israel at the UN.”

Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon for his part insisted that “Neither the Security Council nor UNESCO will rewrite history and to sever the link between the people of Israel and the land of Israel,” warning that “Efforts to attack Israel” would not help the peace process.

A number of US officials also reacted with dismay to the decision, with President-elect Donald Trump saying ominously in a Tweet, “Things will be different after Jan. 20th.”

Netanyahu had said after the resolution’s passage that he looked forward to working with Trump and the pro-Israeli members of the US Congress to reverse the damages of the “absurd” decision.

US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan calling the abstention vote by the US “absolutely shameful,” while Republican Senator John McCain said the move made the US “complicit in this outrageous attack” against Israel.

Leading up to the vote, US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham who oversees the Senate subcommittee that controls United States’ UN funding, had threatened to cut funding for the UN and any nation that backed the measure.

However, critics have pointed out that dozens of past UN resolutions condemning Israeli policies in the occupied territory have not been supported by the political will necessary to enforce such measures.

Many expressed worry that the Friday’s resolution would also be merely symbolic — noting in particular the resolution did not authorize any form of sanctions to compel Israel to respect international law.

Despite the US government, particularly under Barack Obama, having routinely condemned Israel’s settlement expansions, US officials have yet to take any concrete actions to end settlement building and instead inadvertently encouraged the enterprise through consistent inaction over Israel’s violation of international law and continued support of the Israeli government through inflated military aid packages.

Amnesty International continued in their statement, saying that going forward, the UNSC “must now ensure this resolution is respected. Indeed, it should go further and demand that the state of Israel not only fulfil its legal obligation to halt settlement-building, but also dismantle its settlements and relocate its settlers outside Occupied Palestinian Territories. This is the only way to a just and durable peace.”

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