PA forces crackdown on Gaza solidarity rally in Ramallah

The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) security forces broke up a rally in support of Gaza, which took place in Ramallah on Wednesday. Riot police used batons, sound grenades and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. Injuries and arrests were reported at the scene. The protest was held despite a temporary ban on demonstrations issued earlier on Wednesday. Organisers have promised further rallies. Protesters have been calling on PA leader Mahmoud Abbas to drop measures against Gaza, which they believe punish its two million residents.

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Senior Iranian Officials to Al-Ahed: Victory Belongs To The Palestinians

Mokhtar Haddad

09-06-2018 | 15:13

Mass rallies were held in the capital Tehran and numerous other cities in the Islamic Republic of Iran on the occasion of International Quds Day, heeding the call of Imam Khomeini and the great Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei in support of the oppressed Palestinian people. The Iranians affirmed their support for the oppressed in the face of the Zionist enemy.

Al-Quds Day rally in Tehran

On the sidelines of the marches, Al-Ahed sat down with a number of senior Iranian officials participating in the rallies.

“The announcement by Imam Khomeini designating the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as the day for al-Quds is a wise and precise measure. With every passing year we see that these marches are getting bigger and more enthusiastic. Today, defending the Palestinian people has become an important matter to the free and Muslim people,” Hossein Ali Amiri, the Vice-President of Iran for Parliamentary Affairs said.

He added that

“the International Quds Day rallies this year have become particularly important because of Trump’s blind and stupid decision to transfer of his [the U.S.] embassy to al-Quds. This measure is an insult to the Muslims of the world because al-Quds is a holy land and the first Qibla [the direction that a Muslim faces when he prays]. Therefore, the Islamic world should not be silent about Trump’s measures. It must provide all kinds of support to the Palestinian people.”

For his part, the Second Deputy of the Parliament of Iran, Ali Mutahari, stressed that

“this year’s marches on International Quds Day come amid Washington’s transfer of its embassy to al-Quds and the Zionist massacre of the Palestinian people in Gaza during the ‘Return’ marches on Nakba Day.”

“During the ‘Return’ marches, the Palestinian people showed great resistance. We respect these people of the resistance, who offers what is precious and valuable in the face of the Zionist enemy usurper,” Mutahari adds. “In light of these developments, the International Quds Day march this year is of great importance. The Iranian people have always proved that they are fully aware of the sensitive developments and will not give up their support to the oppressed Palestinian people.”

The advisor to Grand Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei for defense affairs, Brigadier General Hussein Dehqan, also spoke to al-Ahed saying “Trump had transferred his embassy weeks ago to al-Quds al-Sharif. It did not gain any international support. Trump’s efforts have failed. The Zionist weapon could not stand in the face of the resistance of the Palestinian people. The people of Gaza with their courageous marches have thwarted this Zionist-American plot.”

“This epic participation in the millions in International Quds Day marches is a great support for the Palestinian people in their resistance against the Zionist enemy. Ultimately the Palestinian people will soon attain victory and the Zionist entity will be eliminated.”

Source: Al-Ahed News

’Israel’ Rejects Ahed Tamimi’s Request for Release, Murders Relative

06-06-2018 | 23:26

“Israel” Prison Service’ on Wednesday rejected a request by Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, to cut a third of her sentence.
Ahed Tamimi
In its decision, “Israel” claimed a “lack of regret, the severity of the offenses and an assessment of the danger she poses.”

Ahed Tamimi, arrested since December 19, is well-known for targeting an “Israeli” officer and soldier, who were attacking her family and home.
Meanwhile, “Israeli” forces have shot and killed a 21-year-old Palestinian during a raid in a village near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The incident took place in the village of Nabi Salih on Wednesday. Clashes erupted after “Israeli” troops stormed a number of houses there.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the victim as Izza Abdul-Hafiz al-Tamimi, adding that Zionist forces had directly fired three bullets at him.

Palestinian activist Bilal Tamimi told the official Wafa news agency that “Israeli” soldiers had prevented Palestinian medical teams from attending the youth.

Another Palestinian was also injured in the clashes.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team 

Palestinian Resistance’s Strongest Retaliation since 2014: Barrage of Shells Hit Settlements

May 29, 2018

Palestinian fighters

The Palestinian resistance bombed Tuesday morning the settlements of the so-called “Gaza envelope” with dozens of rocket-propelled grenades in response to Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

The Israeli military confirmed that a barrage of more than 28 mortar shells was fired toward the southern occupied territories. Israeli media said the IOF attacked eastern Gaza with artillery fire.

“Rocket sirens were heard around 7 A.M. in several southern Israeli communities, including Eshkol, Shaar Hanegev and Sdot Negev. Residents in the vicinity reported sounds of explosions. About an hour later, a second round of rocket sirens was heard again in Eshkol. A third round of sirens was heard around 9:30 A.M. in the kibbutzim of Nirim and Ein Hashlosha,” Haaretz reported.

Israeli fire has killed more than 110 unarmed Palestinians, during protests against the Israeli aggression, which climaxed on May 14.

On Sunday, Islamic Jihad resistance movement threatened to respond to an IOF attack on Hamas targets in southern Gaza in which three of its fighters were martyred. “The Zionist enemy cannot dictate a new formula in which it will harm our people without a painful response,” the Al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing, threatened.

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Former UK Envoy Says Bahrain all but a US, Saudi Colony

Local Editor

29-05-2018 | 11:13

Ex-British Envoy to Bahrain Peter Ford said the Gulf island has almost turned into a vassal state for the US and Saudi Arabia out of fear for its existence in the face of popular protests.
Peter Ford

In an interview with Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen TV on Sunday, Ford said that “Bahrain has almost turned into a Saudi and American colony since the beginning of the protests” in 2011.

The ruling Al Khalifah family has been capitulating to Riyadh since this dynasty became scared, said Ford, who served as Britain’s accredited ambassador to Manama for three years.

This fright is also the reason behind the proximity of Bahrain’s position to the anti-Iran stance of the United States and “Israel”, he added.

Over the years of protests, scores of people were martyred and hundreds more imprisoned during the regime’s crackdown on peaceful protesters. Many more Bahraini nationals have also been stripped of citizenship, following accusations of being involved in acts of “terrorism” or measures to undermine national security.

The ruling Bahraini regime has further aligned itself radically with the US, Saudi Arabia, and “Israel” in their bid to demonize and isolate Iran.

Ford stepped down as an adviser to the Bahraini royal family after those remarks.
 The British Foreign Office, Ford said, did not welcome the resignation but the decision generated some “positive reactions” inside Bahrain.
“The Bahraini media were absolutely silent on this issue, and British Foreign Office officials were not happy with my resignation,” he said.

Ford also warned Bahrain against throwing itself into regional disputes, saying the tiny island would seriously be hurt if a wider conflict broke out.

“Bahrain will be at risk more than any other region in the event of a widespread conflict between “Israel” on the one hand, and Lebanon, Syria and Iran on the other, due to its proximity to Iran and the instability of Bahrain.” 
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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The Debate – Israel’s war crimes

«Israeli» Top Court «Gives Green Light» to Use of Live Fire in Gaza

26-05-2018 | 11:27

The “Israeli” entity’s so-called “Supreme Court” has unanimously rejected two petitions brought by human rights groups demanding the entity’s army to stop using snipers and live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian protests in the Gaza Strip.

"Israeli" soldiers

The panel of three justices on Thursday sided with the “Israeli” military, which argued that the protesters constituted a real danger to “Israeli” soldiers and settlers.

The “Israeli” entity maintains its forces use of live fire at demonstrators in the Gaza Strip.

The court’s ruling gave the entity “a green light to its continued use of snipers and live fire against Palestinian protesters”, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in the “Israeli” entity and al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, which filed one of the petitions, said in a statement on Friday.

“The ‘Israeli’ Supreme Court completely ignored the broad factual basis presented to it by the petitioners, which includes multiple testimonies of wounded and reports of international organizations involved in documenting the killing and wounding of unarmed protesters in Gaza”.

The human rights groups said the court “refused to watch video clips documenting ‘Israeli’ shootings of demonstrators and, rather than actually examining the case, fully accepted the claims presented to it by the state.

“The extreme nature of the ruling is also highlighted by the striking absence of any mention of the casualty figures that had been presented to the court”.

Yesh Din, one of the “Israeli” groups that brought the other petition, also criticized the court’s decision.

“The judges missed an opportunity to prevent the continuation of the killing and injuries,” it said on Twitter.

Since the protests began, “Israeli” forces had martyred at least 113 Palestinians, including women and children, and wounded more than 12,000 people.

At least 3,569 Palestinians were victims of live ammunition, including, doctors, paramedics, journalists, women, children and the elderly.

UN rights experts denounced the entity for using a “disproportionate use of force”, while Amnesty International called it a “horror” that violated international law.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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