Israeli Drone Downed in Gaza, Seized by Palestinian Fighters


September 14, 2019

Palestinian resistance forces have shot down another Israeli drone in the Gaza Strip, the third unmanned aerial vehicle the regime has lost over the past few days.

Palestinian Fighters Say They Shoot Down Israeli Drone Over Gaza

Palestinian media reported that the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), downed and captured the device in the east of the besieged territory near the city of Khan Yunis on Saturday evening.

The Zionist military has not yet commented on the report.

The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement on Monday night shot down an Israeli drone east of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip, a day after the Tel Aviv regime carried out a fresh wave of air raids against the besieged coastal enclave.

Source: Press TV

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‘Israeli’ Media: Netanyahu, the Right are Weak in the Face of Palestinian Resistance

‘Israeli’ Media: Netanyahu, the Right are Weak in the Face of Hamas

By Staff, Ynet

‘Israeli’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the right are weak, ynet reported.

“Netanyahu and the right are weak. The ‘Israeli’ prime minister is the weak right,” Yoram Yuval wrote for the paper:

No impressive baritone, nor magnificent mushroom clouds rising from bombarded buildings in Gaza, nor the raucous pronouncements of right-wing spokesmen can disguise the truth from us and the entire world: Our very own Benjamin Netanyahu is weak. No one in Gaza is afraid of him, and rightly so.

When fighting terrorism, everything is psychological. When fighting terrorism, emotion and perception determine the end result, not facts. The word terror literally means great fear, and this is the secret of its power – not the ability to overcome the enemy, but the ability to sow great fear.

As such, in confronting Hamas, psychology is much more important than the disparity between army strength.

There is a wonderful Arabic saying that goes something like this: “We asked for the shame, but the shame did not want us.” This is what happened to Netanyahu and the weak Likud.

Hamas does not work for Netanyahu, and was only willing to go along with this routine until the elections. Hamas had a clear interest in Netanyahu being elected, and so kept quiet until that happened. But now that he has been elected, Hamas is no longer willing to play his game.

When confronted with his inaction, Netanyahu says: “What do you want from me? The army is reluctant to enter into a ground battle, and they tell me to improve the conditions in Gaza so that the Gazans have something to lose, and that’s what I do.” But that’s just spin, not to mention a lie.

Netanyahu, like all the weak right, has no strategy other than to do nothing and hope nothing comes of anything.

I don’t know what Netanyahu will decide to do next, but I know what he won’t do. The man who made the phrase “We will topple the Hamas regime” into his own personal slogan will never actually do it.

Netanyahu and the right are weak against Hamas.

Israeli Media: Resistance Can’t Be Defeated!



Israeli Media: Hamas Can’t Be Defeated!

April 1, 2019


Hamas Palestinian movement cannot be defeated, and invading the coastal enclave would be like fighting in the jungles of Vietnam, Israeli journalist said.

In an article entitled “Israel has no way of winning in Gaza”, Israeli journalists at Ynet, Oded Shalom, said that Hamas is “far behind” the Israeli army in “every military aspect and there is no room for comparison.”

“I am sorry to say that even as the election campaign enters its home stretch, none of the candidates has the courage to speak the truth about the Gaza Strip: Hamas cannot be defeated,” Shalom said.

The Israeli journalist noted meanwhile that the occupation military is equipped with the most modern technology, adding that “: forces from the air, land and sea could precisely hit and destroy any target in the Gaza Strip from miles away. Yet Hamas is invincible, and that is the truth.”

Then, Shalom said that any Israeli invasion of the besieged strip of Gaza would be like fighting in the jungles of Vietnam.

“Invading Gaza will be like fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. The IDF’s technological advantage will diminish in the maze of tunnels that Hamas has dug. The terror group may ask for a temporary cease-fire, but will never surrender, and Israel – subjected to relentless rocket fire, loss of life and damage to property – will agree to such a truce. It will be a rerun of Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and all the other military operations in Gaza that came before. And that, too, is the truth,” Shalom said, referring to Israeli occupation military and to Hamas resistance movement.

In this context, he said Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is cautious when unleashing the military might of the occupation military on Gaza.

“One good thing that I can say about Netanyahu is that he is the only of the candidates who is not making unrealistic video clips emblazoned with the slogan “Let the IDF win.””

However, Shalom noted that Netanyahu “lacks the courage of leader, like the courage late prime minister Ariel Sharon had when he came up with and gained public opinion for the disengagement from Gaza.”

“A courageous leader should say that Hamas in Gaza cannot be defeated, that those launching firebombs attached to balloons or guerrilla fighters hiding in tunnels cannot be defeated.”

Shalom said meanwhile that the Zionist occupation needs to negotiate with Hamas, but noted that negotiation would take place “by sending suitcases filled with cash but with the mediation of Egypt and the aid of the oil rich Gulf states.”

“We need a long-term cease fire agreement that would include building houses and infrastructure in Gaza. We will not reach a peace deal with Hamas, but we will be able to live next to them in peace,” he added, clarifying that the “balance of terror will be mutual like the balance of terror we have with Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

“But it is our fate to always live by our sword,” the Israeli journalist added.

Source: Israeli media

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Egypt brokering marathon talks for Hamas, Israel deal

Egypt is trying to secure deal before anniversary of Great March of Return
Egypt brokering deal between Palestinian factions in Gaza and Israel ahead of mass Great March of Return rally (AFP)

“Marathon talks” held by Egypt with Palestinian factions in Gaza are set to continue on Friday to broker a deal with Israel that could ease demonstrations on Gaza’s eastern boundary that are about to mark their first anniversary.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh confirmed the talks and some of the group’s demands for an easing of the more than decade-long siege of Gaza in a statement on Friday, saying they have reached a “crossroads”, in a week when his own offices were destroyed by Israel during an escalation in Gaza that was feared could become another war.

The anniversary of the Great March of Return protests is expected to be marked with another mass showing on Saturday, instead of the usual Friday, to coincide with Land Day, which last year saw 19 killed as they launched the protest movement by demanding the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes.

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Haniyeh said the nature of Saturday’s demonstration would depend on how Israel responds to its demands.

“The Israeli occupation will endure severe consequences in the case that it does not reply positively to the understandings,” Haniyeh’s statement said.

An Egyptian team of intelligence and military officials arrived in Gaza on Wednesday night and immediately started meetings at the office of Yaha Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, which were later joined by leaders of the Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) factions and ran until early in the morning.

All sides had been keeping a tight lid on the details of the negotiations but Haniyeh’s office said in a statement on Friday that they wanted to “ensure the end of the suffering of our people” by easing the blockade of Gaza, including by ending an electricity crisis that limits the enclave to only a few hours of power a day and creating fishing and employment projects in Gaza.

The Egyptian delegation consists of the chief of the Palestinian file in the Egyptian Intelligence Agency, Major General Ahmad Abdel-Khaliq, Undersecretary of the Egyptian Intelligence Agency General Ahmad Farouq, and Brigadier General Mohammed Tawsin.

Leaked terms

An informed Hamas source told MEE the organisation does not want to speak about the details of a potential deal, because it is not sure how Israel would respond, but outlined some of the main requests made by Hamas.

He confirmed their main terms were an increase in the number of truckloads carrying commodities to Gaza, allowing medical supplies to hospitals, easing restrictions on imports and exports, the entry of some materials currently banned by Israel on the grounds they could be used for weapon-making, an increased fishing zone and the expansion of a UN job creation programme to cover 40,000 workers.

He also confirmed that the Egyptian mediators have told them that Israel’s demand included ending night demonstrations along the eastern boundary between Gaza and Israel, keeping the Friday protests of the Great March of Return peaceful and stopping weekly sea protests near the Israeli Kibbutz Zikim.

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Hamas had scaled back the protests during earlier talks that eventually broke down because of opposition from the West Bank-based rival Palestinian Authority, but since February “Night Disturbance Units” have resumed protests that have frustrated Israel.

Hamas’s initial demands had included an eventual agreement for a port or airport that would connect blockaded Gaza to the outside world, a step which had been hoped could be implemented in the future.

However, a Hamas source told MEE that, during a recent meeting with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, the Egyptian delegation had refused to pass on to the Israelis Palestinian demands regarding a port or airport or a prisoner exchange deal – arguing that the priority was on immediate steps that could ease the siege and avoid an explosion in Gaza.

Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif al-Qanou told MEE there would be “tangible” results from the ongoing Egyptian mediation.

Palestinian pledge

There appears to be some internal Palestinian agreement on the terms ahead of the 52nd week of Great March of Return protests, with organisers mobilising but appealing to participants to show a high degree of restraint.

In a press conference held on Thursday by National Committee member Khalid al-Batch, part of Islamic Jihad’s political wing, he reiterated the importance of participation in the protests but also echoed a call made by Hamas to ensure the protests were peaceful in order to limit casualties but also implying that the nature of the protests could affect the talks with Israel.

The Gaza Ministry of Health has reported that Israeli forces have killed at least 256 Palestinians and wounded more than 29,000 since the beginning of the protests.

“We want to cut short the way ahead of the Israeli occupation, which always blames the Palestinian resistance groups for the failure of reaching a truce and easing the more than decade-old siege imposed on Gaza,” Batch said in the press conference.

A senior source in a political faction participating in the march committee told MEE that protests would be gradually scaled down and eventually ended should a truce agreement be reached to improve the lives of people in Gaza.

A member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) political bureau, Talal Abu Zarifa, told MEE that the active efforts of the Egyptian delegation to obtain a truce come from Cairo’s recognition of the risk that the situation in Gaza could devolve into all-out conflict.

“All options are open for the resistance” should Israel remain uncompromising in Gaza, Abu Zarifa said.

Pointing to the agreement previously brokered by Egypt in November, following an ill-fated Israeli military raid in Gaza that led to a brief but heated escalation of violence, Abu Zarifa blamed Israeli “intransigence and the evasion of obligations” for the breakdown of the tentative truce.

Israeli agreement

Members of the Egyptian intelligence delegation left Gaza early Thursday to meet Israeli officials and discuss the latest updates about their talks with the Palestinian factions. They returned to Gaza in the evening and Haniyeh’s office said on Friday that talks would continue.

“Hamas is ready for all scenarios. The movement will not hesitate to take any action that serves the interests of the Palestinian people and ensures that the Palestinian sacrifices at the Great Return March have not been made in vain,” Haniyeh said.

Israeli news website Ynet News said on Thursday night that “efforts to restore the calm between Israel and Hamas after several days of fighting appeared to be taking effect.”

The news website referred to remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who reportedly said Israel would not opt to carry out a military offensive on Gaza.

Already embroiled in a number of corruption scandals, Netanyahu has been embarrassed by night-time demonstrations in Gaza and protesters’ use of incendiary kites and balloons, which burnt down acres of land in southern Israel last summer.

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Yet despite Netanyahu’s inflammatory rhetoric seeking to highlight his iron-fisted approach against Hamas, Palestinian columnist on Israeli affairs Saleh al-Naami said a military escalation in Gaza would not serve the Israeli leader’s electoral objectives.

Netanyahu, Naami said, has shown extreme caution in Gaza, despite criticism at home for failing to stamp out the Great March of Return.

“Netanyahu understands that Gaza and Hamas have nothing to lose,” Naami said, adding that Hamas and other political and armed factions in Gaza were ready to go all the way in the event of a military escalation, regardless of the Israeli election.

“The resistance in Gaza does not accept to be used as a pawn by candidates in the Israeli elections,” Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Buraim said to MEE. “We will accept no less than easing the siege on the political and humanitarian levels.”

‘Skillful negotiators’

The talks appeared to be in peril earlier this week when a rocket from Gaza hit a home in Tel Aviv. Hamas said the rocket had been fired mistakenly but the result was a series of air strikes by Israel on Gaza as well as a number of rockets being launched by Hamas into neighbouring Israeli areas.

Dr Adnan Abu Amer, professor of political studies at Al-Umma University in Gaza, suggested however that the escalation was part of the negotiations.

“This is one of the tactics used by skilful negotiators,” he told MEE. “Hamas could persuade the Egyptian mediators and Israel that the rockets were launched mistakenly both times but I do not believe so.”

He suggested Hamas had calculated that Israel would try to avoid any escalation in the run-up to parliamentary elections in early April.

“The Palestinian negotiators knew that the Israeli side is approaching two deadlines: Saturday’s one-million-man demonstration and the elections. So they wanted to put heavy pressure on them.”

The Islamic Revolution In The Service Of The Palestinian Cause

By Staff

Gaza – ““Israel” is an invader. It must leave as soon as possible. The only solution is for the Palestinian brothers to destroy this corrupt entity as soon as possible.”

The above is an objective laid out by Imam Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. While the Shah’s Iran was the most prominent supporter of the “Israeli” occupation entity in the region, the Imam’s revolution constituted an actual uprising against this reality. The Islamic Revolution, which closed the door to relations with the US and closed Washington’s embassy, opened its doors at that time to the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. It opened the Palestinian Embassy in the Islamic Republic by removing the flag of the usurper entity and jointly raised the Palestinian flag with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

“In order to liberate Al-Quds (Jerusalem), it is necessary to take advantage of the machine guns that depend on faith and the ability of Islam, leave the game of politics that reeks of surrender and abandon the idea of appeasing the great powers,” Imam Khomeini said.

From here and since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Iran has been an essential supporter of the various resistance factions in occupied Palestine.

According to the leader of the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine, Khader Habib, the Islamic Revolution has placed Iran squarely among those with a bias towards the cause of the Palestinian nation.

“Imam Khomeini’s statements and terminologies such as when he said that “Israel” is a cancerous gland that must be eradicated so that the health of the region and the Arab and Islamic nation is restored overlapped with what the Islamic Jihad movement believed in the era of the start of the Islamic revolution in Iran. It is still holding on to these beliefs,” Habib told the Al-Ahed news website in an exclusive interview.

“After the revolution, Iran became a major supporter of the Palestinian resistance against the Zionist enemy,” Habib added. “Iran realized under the leadership of Imam Khomeini and still does that the existence of the Zionist entity in the Arab and Islamic region poses a major regional threat and that efforts should be made to eradicate this cancerous tumor from the body of the nation.”

He pointed out that Iran has maintained its biased policies for the Palestinian cause and is the main supporter of the Islamic and non-Islamic resistance in Palestine.

The Islamic Jihad leader said that “Iran moved from the square of spiritual, political and intellectual theft to the square of having a biased towards the nation, its culture and to the great [religion of] Islam. Early on, Imam Khomeini declared his support for the Palestinian resistance. This was translated when the “Israeli” flag was lowered from the embassy and the Palestinian flag was raised instead. This confirmed a new phase titled the full support for the Palestinian cause.”

Habib also stressed that the Islamic Republic is a fundamental and unwavering supporter of the Palestinian cause.

“We never felt that this support was aimed at asserting dominance over the resistance factions or that it is conditional. Iran supports Palestine because it believes that Palestine must be returned to its people who should live in security before the existence of the Zionist project,” he explained.

Regarding the deal of the century, Habib stated that “the positions of the Islamic Jihad completely overlap with the position of the Islamic Republic regarding the deal.”

He explains that the deal of the century is part of the bid to  impose US, “Israeli” and Western dominance over the region.

“Everyone is targeted by the deal, including Iran and the Arab and Islamic nation. We are working to ensure its failure. It will fail due to the stability and resistance embodied by the Lebanese resistance, and all the resistance movements rejecting the “Israeli” and American hegemony as well as the Palestinian people who are spearheading the confrontation against the Zionist project,” Habib concluded.

Al-Ghoul: The Islamic Revolution marked a shift in Iran’s pivotal role

For his part, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Kayed Al-Ghoul, applauded the Islamic Revolution for transforming “the region and Iran’s pivotal role in it.”

“The Shah’s regime was hostile to the Palestinian people and the people of the Ummah. It allied itself with the Zionist enemy. The Islamic Republic is its opposite. Its policy supports the Palestinian people and the Ummah. It provides support for the resistances forces. By doing so, it is supporting the Palestinian people in their fight against the Zionist occupation,” Al-Ghoul said.

Speaking to Al-Ahed, Al-Ghoul congratulated the Islamic Republic’s leadership, government and people on the 40th anniversary for the Islamic Revolution.

“One of the main features of the Iranian Revolution is the strict position not to recognize the Zionist enemy and to consider it an enemy not only of the Arab nation but also of Iran and the Islamic people. From this position, Iran defined its dealings and support for the Palestinian people in their struggle and quest to attain their full rights,” he added.

Al-Ghoul explained that “Iran supported the Palestinians, not just politically or through the media, but in a material sense too. It supported the resistance forces facing the occupation with weapons and greatly strengthened the ability of our people and the resistance in the face of the enemy.”

“We did not feel that there was pressure, especially on the popular front in the direction of adopting certain policies. Iran confirmed that its support stems from its standing alongside the Palestinian people and the forces of resistance,” Al-Ghoul said.

According to the PFLP leader,

“a common political position among the axis of resistance is the recognition of the seriousness of the deal of the century, which is aimed at liquidating the Palestinian people’s cause and its national rights. It is also aimed at paving the way towards a formal normalization of ties between [Arab] countries and the Zionist enemy. Thus, there are common political positions and coordination, but we have not reached a unified plan on how to address the deal [of the century].”

“We recognize the need to organize the efforts of the different forces in each of the Arab countries to face the risks of the deal at the level of the country itself, at the level of the interests of the nation and then the Palestinian cause,” Al-Ghoul pointed out.

He concluded by stressing the “need to form a framework that includes the various forces in the Arab countries to create a front that confronts the deal of the century and is dependent on all our allies and friends, both in the axis of resistance or other forces at the regional or international level.”

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الذكرى الـ 11 لرحيل حبش: أسئلة التطبيع.. والمواجهة

الذكرى الـ 11 لرحيل حبش: أسئلة التطبيع.. والمواجهة

يناير 29, 2019

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عشية الذكرى الحادية العاشرة لرحيلِ حكيم الثّورة الفلسطينيّة، جورج حبش، شاءت الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين أن تحتفي بهذه الذكرى بالتركيز على خطورة التطبيع القائمة بين بعض الأنظمة العربية والعدو الصهيوني وسبل مواجهته، وبالتأكيد على مركزية المسألة الفلسطينية في الوجدانين، القومي والعربي، وذلك في مؤتمر أقيم في غزة، وقد ناقش المؤتمر أبرز الأدوات الصهيونية الاستراتيجية للتغلغل في المنطقة العربية، والتي لخصت بأن هذا الكيان الاستيطاني يشق طريقه بحضور سلعي وبآليات ثقافية تضليلية مثلما يشق جيشه الطرق لإقامة مستعمراته.

إذاً، وبهذه الذكرى 11 لرحيلِ أيقونة الثّورة الفلسطينيّة، جورج حبش، الّذي أثرى حركة النضال القوميّ والعربيّ، وتركَ بصمَته للأجيال التي تواجهُ الاحتلالَ في كلِّ مكانٍ مِن أرضِ فلسطين. وها هي هذه الأجيال، تعتمد مبادئه وحكمته في مواجهة ما يهدّد مسار المسألة الفلسطينيّة من كونها قضيّة نضال قوميّ ضدّ استيطان احتلاليّ يهوديّ في فلسطين، من البحر إلى النهر، إلى مسألةٍ تُختَصر بالقدس الشرقيّة ليس إلا!

يكتب ماركيز في ذكرى رحيل بورخس: «أنّ المتميزين لا يرحلون كأفراد، يرحلون، باعتبارهم مرحلة متوهّجة، صار رحيلهم خاتمتها». بهذه الرؤيا نفتتح الذكرى الحادية العاشرة لرحيل أيقونة الثّورة الفلسطينيّة جورج حبش وفاءً لأخلاقه الثّوريّة النبيلة التي ميّزته طوال مسيرته النضاليّة في حركة القوميين العرب والجبهة الشعبيّة، وإيمانه قبل رحيله برؤية سعاده.

وفي هذه الذكرى تُفتتح الكثير من الأسئلة التي لا نهاية لها، ولكن، وفي كلّ ألمٍ يصيب عمق ذاكرتنا، نكون قد عدنا إلى الكبار في بلادنا، فكيف نتحدّث بأسلوب يليق بأبجديتهم ولا تتجدّد دماؤنا..؟ والاستثناء هنا هو انتماء حبش لسجلّ النجاح لا الفشل، فكان قائداً سياسيّاً وعبقريّة تنظيميّة لم تشهد السّاحة الفلسطينيّة بل العربيّة مثيلاً لها.

هكذا تحوّل الحكيم حبش إلى أيقونة مركزيّة ليس في إطار الثّورة الفلسطينيّة ومنظّمة التحرير فحسب، بل في الوعي الشخصيّ لعشرات الآلاف من المؤمنين بأفكاره السياسيّة وخطّه الثّوري.

لا يمكن اعتماد الرؤية التجزيئيّة في التعامل مع شخصيّة كشخصيّة حكيم فلسطين والثّورة، مثلما لا يمكننا أيضاً اعتماد هذه الرؤية في القضايا القوميّة. ولهذا، ينفلت في كثير من الأحيان البُعد التاريخي لهذه الشخصيّة، وما عرفته من تحوّلات. لأنّ الوعي بالتشكّل التاريخيّ لقضايا بلادنا ومظاهره، يُنتج تفكيراً متسلسلاً، ومرتّباً، كما حدث مع حبش خلال مسيرته في الجامعة الأميركيّة، حيث عمل على تأسيس حركة القوميين العرب، وحتى تأسيسه للجبهة الشعبيّة لتحرير فلسطين.

لقد تأخّرنا في عمليّة الوعي بحالات التحوّل التي عرفتها هذه الشخصيّة صاحبة الكاريزما العالية، عندما ظلّ المنطق التجزيئي عندنا هو المهيمن على تفكيرنا وعقلنا. فالأعمال الكبيرة والشامخة لا تأتي من فراغ، بل هي حصيلة جهد وإرادة وطنيّة مخلصة تؤمن، أولاً وأخيراً، بأنّ تقدّم الوطن ونهوض الشعب مهمّة مقدسّة ترقى إلى مستوى التضحية والاستبسال من أجلها حتى الاستشهاد.. وهكذا كان هذا الأيقونة التي ستظلل صدورنا بكل فخر.

فأمام التحديات العاصفة التي تواجه بلادنا، بالتأزّم في لبنان والأردن، والتفاقم في شرور الأزمة الدموية الخانقة في سورية والعراق، والاحتلال الجاثم فوق أرض فلسطين من النهر إلى البحر، نقفُ أمام ذِكراك وقد امتلكتَ الشجاعة الأدبيّة وأنت المؤمن بالفكر الماركسيّ، بأنّك قلت للباحث صقر أبو فخر في عام 1997: «أهدرنا خمسين عاماً من النضال ونحن نصرّ على صوابيّة رأينا، وكان من الممكن أن نختصرها ونعود للإقرار بأولويّة وأحقيّة وراهنيّة ما قاله أنطون سعاده حول وحدة سورية الطبيعية وأولوية العمل لهذا الهدف».

مسيرته أسبغت عليه لقب «حكيم الثورة»، ولكن ليس المهم ارتداء لقب الطليعة فهو لم تخدشه إغراءات ومؤامرات الزمن ومحاولات التصفية والاغتيال، وهو القائل «لا تستوحشوا طريق الحقّ لقلّة السائرين فيه»، و«إنّ السلطة السياسيّة تنبع من فوهات البنادق»، ولذلك بقي مثابراً بشكل استثنائي على زيارة ضريح يوسف العظمة.. ولهذا دلالات روحيّة كبيرة.

بينَ الأمل والرجاء، والخيبة والخذلان، نعود إليك أيّها الحكيم.. لقب سنردّده وننشره ونجعله بيارق من العناوين الواضحة في الأزمنة والأمكنة. وسنظلُّ نتذكر أنّنا عِشنا في زمن جورج حبش.

دعوة فلسطينية في ذكرى «الحكيم»: في «جريمة التطبيع وسبل المواجهة»

يناير 28, 2019

اختتم في مدينة غزة وبمشاركة شعبية ووطنية واسعة مؤتمر الحكيم الثاني الذي نظمته الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين تحت عنوان «جريمة التطبيع وسبل المواجهة» وذلك على شرف الذكرى الـ11 لرحيل مؤسسها جورج حبش.

وأكد المؤتمر أن قضية فلسطين ستظل قضية العرب المركزية، وأهمية المقاومة بكافة أشكالها ضد الاحتلال الاستيطاني الاستعماري الصهيوني هذا الجسم الإحلالي الغريب في عالمنا العربي، والمهدّد لوجوده ومصالحه ومستقبله.

وشدّد المؤتمرون على أن شعوبنا العربية جميعها ضد كافة أشكال التطبيع، وأن سير الأنظمة العربية في المسار السلمي نفسه جعل من القضية الفلسطينية قضية ثانوية على أجندة الحاكم العربي.

وأوضحوا أن اتفاقيات السلام في تسعينيات القرن الماضي مثل أوسلو، ووادي عربة ساهمت في فتح الباب أمام العديد من الأنظمة العربية للتساوق مع التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيوني، وشكّلت مزيداً من الاختراق الصهيوني للجسم الفلسطيني والعربي على مختلف المجالات الاقتصادية والثقافية والإعلامية والسياسية، فضلاً عن استغلال الاحتلال حالة الانقسام الفلسطيني والتشرذم العربي الداخلي والعربي العربي في التغلغل في المنطقة العربية.

وثمن المؤتمر الجهود المبذولة التي تقوم بها حملة المقاطعة في مقاطعة وعزل الكيان وفضح جرائمه، مستعرضاً أبرز إنجازات الحملة سياسياً وثقافياً وأكاديمياً واقتصادياً، ومناقشة الإشكاليات التي تواجهها، وتصاعد الحملات المضادة وملاحقة الاحتلال لنشطاء المقاطعة.

كما ناقش المؤتمر أبرز الاستراتيجيات والأدوات الاستراتيجية للتغلغل في المنطقة العربية، يمكن تلخيصها بأن الكيان الصهيوني يشق طريقه بحضور سلعي وبآليات ثقافية تضليلية مثلما يشق جيشه الطرق ويدمر البيوت بآليات عسكرية فتاكة.

israel’s (apartheid state) Executions Can’t Kill Palestinian Resistance

Israel’s Executions Can’t Kill Palestinian Resistance

Ashraf Na’alwa, Saleh Barghouthi, Majd Mteir (l-r). Graphic: Quds News
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network | December 13, 2018

On 13 December 2018, Israeli occupation forces shot down four Palestinians, including several resistance fighters who had evaded their pursuit for months. Ashraf Na’alwa, 23, was killed by occupation forces who attacked the home where he was staying in Askar refugee camp near Nablus. He had been pursued by occupation forces since he carried out an armed resistance operation on 7 October in the illegal colonial settlement of Barkan in the northern West Bank of occupied Palestine in which two settlers were killed.

Na’alwa, a Palestinian worker at a factory in the colonial settlement, evaded occupation forces for months. During that time, his entire family was repeatedly harassed and attacked by occupation forces. His mother, sister, brother and father were all repeatedly detained and interrogated, while his home village of Shweika near Tulkarem was subjected to ongoing attacks, raids and intensive surveillance. Many of his family members remain behind bars as we remember him today. Occupation forces ordered his family home demolished, a tactic of collective punishment that the Israeli occupation continued from the former British colonial mandate over Palestine.

Israeli sources reported that Na’alwa’s location was finally revealed under “harsh interrogation,” usually a euphemism for torture under interrogation. The occupation forces deliberately aimed to kill Na’alwa, who resisted until the last moment; indeed, Israeli headlines bragged about “eliminating” the “terrorist.” Occupation forces reportedly chased Na’alwa through the camp for hours before surrounding him in the building. Around the bloody scene, occupation forces seized more Palestinians, accusing them of “providing aid” to the “wanted” resistance fighter.

The extrajudicial execution of Ashraf Na’alwa did not come alone today. Saleh Omar Barghouthi, 29, the son of former Palestinian prisoner Omar Barghouthi, who served 25 years in Israeli prisons, was shot dead near the village of Sarda near Ramallah. Barghouthi, from Kobar village, carried out an armed resistance action at Ofra illegal colonial settlement on Sunday, 9 December, wounding seven settlers. Occupation forces attacked the taxi he drove, seized him and shot him dead, according to Palestinian witnesses at the scene.

Barghouthi is also the nephew of Nael Barghouthi, one of the longest serving Palestinian prisoners, with 39 years in Israeli prison. Saleh’s brother, Asem, has spent 10 years in Israeli occupation prisons, while another uncle, Jacir, was deported to Gaza when released from Israeli prison.

Also on Thursday morning, Israeli occupation forces in Jerusalem shot Majd Mteir, 26, a Palestinian refugee from Qalandiya camp, ten to twelve times in a row. Witnesses said that Mteir was left lying on the ground bleeding for 40 minutes before his death. Occupation forces accused him of attempting to stab Israeli armed “border police” in Jerusalem.

These killings were carried out in a coordinated fashion, alongside the arrest of dozens of Palestinians on the same night. Clearly, these were intended to be a deadly blow not only against these strugglers, but also the Palestinian resistance as a whole.

Nevertheless, ensuing events made clear that the military power of the occupation and its extrajudicial executions would only inflame Palestinian resistance further. Three Israeli soldiers at the illegal colonial settlement of Givat Asaf were shot dead by unknown Palestinian resistance fighters, who left the scene, withdrawing from the area, later on Thursday morning. This response indicated that Palestinian resistance forces did not accept that the blood of these young strugglers should be spilled casually and without cost to the colonial occupier.

The assassination raids recall previous attacks, like those on Basil al-Araj and Moataz Washaha, Palestinian strugglers targeted for Israeli “elimination.” The policy of extrajudicial killings and assassinations by the Israeli state stretches back years and beyond borders, targeting resistance strugglers, local organizers and national leaders: Ghassan Kanafani, Abu Ali Mustafa, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, Khaled Nazzal, Fathi Shiqaqi, Abu Jihad, Abdel-Aziz Rantisi and many others, including some of the Palestinian people’s brightest writers, poets and emissaries to the world. Despite decades of assassinations and killings, the Palestinian resistance has not been crushed. Instead, it has continued to adapt, survive and grow, resisting a brutal, colonial occupation and its imperialist sponsors despite vast disparities in wealth and resources.

Photo: Hamdan Arda. Credit: Raya News

Israeli occupation forces have imposed a harsh siege on Ramallah and the surrounding villages. They shot dead 60-year-old Hamdan Arda, originally from the village of Arraba near Jenin, in his vehicle near el-Bireh, accusing him of attempting to run over soldiers. Arda was returning home from his aluminum factory when he was shot. As he lay inside his car, the soldiers refused to allow the Red Crescent ambulance to reach him and provide treatment. The killing of Arda came alongside attacks by soldiers and settlers on Palestinian cities and villages. Six Palestinians were wounded in el-Bireh, shot by live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets. Illegal colonial settlers attacked Palestinians and their vehicles in cities and towns throughout the West Bank of occupied Palestine, while Palestinians took to the streets in protest.

Palestinian political parties, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and even Fateh called for mobilization inside and outside Palestine to confront the escalating occupation attacks. Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen attempted to distance himself from “violence,” while leaving the PA’s security coordination with the Israeli occupation intact.

These events come only a week after the latest effort by Israel and the United States at the United Nations to attack and criminalize Palestinian resistance. An attempt to pass a General Assembly resolution against Palestinian resistance actions in Gaza failed. This was only the latest attempt to redefine international principles in the interests of imperialism, seeking to undermine the position expressed in UN General Assembly resolution 34/43 (1982). This document supporting Palestinian rights as well as those of African peoples fighting colonization and apartheid “Reaffirm[ed] the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle… Strongly condemn[ed] those Governments that do not recognize the right to self-determination and independence of all peoples still under colonial and foreign domination and alien subjugation, notably the peoples of Africa and the Palestinian people.”

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network highlights the importance of global solidarity with the Palestinian people, their liberation movement and their resistance. We remember and honor Ashraf Na’alwa, Saleh Barghouthi, Majd Mteir and Hasan Arda, as we remember the over 200 martyrs of today’s intifada, the Great March of Return in Gaza.

As we look back on 31 years of the First Intifada and see its spirit reflected today throughout occupied Palestine, we urge people of conscience around the world to organize protests and actions to stand with Palestinians confronting occupation, colonization and imperialism. We also urge communities, municipalities, university groups and trade unions to escalate the boycott of Israel, including economic, academic and cultural boycott – and especially a military embargo of the occupation state.

The lives of these strugglers shall not be lost in vain, but will live on as symbols of resistance and the ability of an indigenous people to struggle by all means despite the most challenging odds and the most disadvantageous balance of power. From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!

israel (apartheid state) is Afraid of Khalida Jarrar because She Shatters Its False Democratic Image

Israel is Afraid of Khalida Jarrar because She Shatters Its False Democratic Image

Israel renewed administrative detention of Khalida Jarrar. (Photo: via MEMO)

By Ramzy Baroud

When Israeli troops stormed the house of Palestinian parliamentarian and lawyer Khalida Jarrar on April 2, 2015, she was engrossed in her research. For months, she had been leading a Palestinian effort to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Her research on that very evening was related directly to the kind of behavior that allows a group of soldiers to handcuff a respected Palestinian intellectual, throw her in jail with no trial and have no accountability for their action.

Jarrar was released in June 2016 after spending more than a year in jail, only to be arrested once more, on 2 July last year. She remains in an Israeli prison to this day. On 28 October, her “administrative detention” was renewed for the fourth time.

There are thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, most of them held outside the militarily-occupied Palestinian territories, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Nearly 500 of these Palestinians are held with neither charge nor trial and detained for six-month periods that are renewed, sometimes indefinitely, by Israeli military courts with no legal justification whatsoever. Jarrar is one of those “administrative detainees”.

The parliamentarian is not pleading with her jailers for her freedom. Instead, she is keeping herself busy, educating her fellow prisoners about international law, offering classes and issuing statements to the outside world that reflect not only her refined intellect but also her resolve and strength of character.

Jarrar is relentless. Despite her failing health — she suffers from multiple ischemic infarctions and hypercholesterolemia, and was hospitalized due to severe bleeding resulting from epistaxis — her commitment to the cause of her people has not, in any way, weakened or faltered.

The 55-year-old lawyer has championed a political discourse that is largely missing amid the ongoing feud between the Palestinian Authority’s largest faction, Fatah, in the occupied West Bank, and Hamas in besieged Gaza. As a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and an active member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Jarrar has advocated the kind of politics that is not disconnected from the people and, especially, from the women who she strongly and uncompromisingly represents.

According to Jarrar, no Palestinian official should engage in any form of dialogue with Israel, because such engagement helps to legitimize a state that is founded on genocide and ethnic cleansing; a state that is currently carrying out various types of war crimes, the very crimes that Jarrar tried to expose before the ICC. As such, she rejects the so-called “peace process”, a futile exercise that has no intention or mechanism aimed at “implementing international resolutions related to the Palestinian cause and recognizing the fundamental rights of the Palestinians.”

It goes without saying that a woman with such an astute, strong position vehemently rejects the “security coordination” between the PA and Israel. She sees such action as a betrayal of the struggle and sacrifices of the Palestinian people.

While PA officials continue to enjoy the perks of “leadership”, desperately breathing life into a dead political discourse called the “peace process” and the “two-state solution”, Jarrar, a female Palestinian leader with genuine vision, subsists in HaSharon Prison. There, along with dozens of other Palestinian women, she experiences daily humiliation, denial of rights and various other Israeli tactics intended to break her spirit.

Jarrar, though, is as experienced in resisting Israel as she is in her knowledge of law and human rights. In August 2014, as Israel was carrying out one of its most heinous acts of genocide in Gaza — killing and wounding thousands in its so-called “Operation Protective Edge” military offensive — Jarrar received an unwelcome visit by Israeli soldiers.

Fully aware of her work and credibility as a Palestinian lawyer with an international outreach — she is the Palestine representative in the Council of Europe — the Israeli government unleashed their campaign of harassment, which ended in her imprisonment. The soldiers delivered a military edict ordering her to leave her home in Al-Bireh, near Ramallah, and go to Jericho.

The Israelis failed to silence her, so she was arrested in April the following year. Thus began an episode of suffering, as well as resistance, which is yet to end.

When the Israeli army came for Jarrar, its soldiers surrounded her home in great numbers, as if the well-spoken Palestinian activist was Israel’s greatest security threat. The scene was surreal and revealed what Israel’s real fear is: Palestinians, like Khalida Jarrar, who are able to communicate an articulate message that exposes Israel and its crimes to the rest of the world.

Indeed, the whole set-up was reminiscent of the opening sentence of Franz Kafka’s novel, The Trial: “Somebody must have made a false accusation against Joseph K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong.”

Administrative detention in Israel is the recreation of that Kafkaesque scene over and over again. Joseph K. is Khalida Jarrar and thousands of other Palestinians who are paying a high price merely for calling for the legitimate rights and freedom of their people.

Under international pressure, Israel was forced to put Jarrar on trial, levying against her twelve charges that included visiting a released prisoner and participating in a book fair. Her other arrest and the four renewals of her detention is a testament not just to Israel’s lack of any real evidence against her, but also to its moral bankruptcy.

Why is Israel afraid of Khalida Jarrar? The truth is that Jarrar, like many other Palestinian women, represents the antidote to the fabricated narrative which promotes Israel relentlessly as an oasis of freedom, democracy, and human rights, juxtaposed with a Palestinian society that purportedly represents the opposite of what Israel stands for.

As a lawyer, human rights activist, prominent politician, and advocate for women, Jarrar and her eloquence, courage and deep understanding of her rights and the rights of her people, demolish this Israeli house of lies. She is the quintessential feminist; her feminism, however, is not mere identity politics, a surface ideology, evoking empty rights meant to strike a chord with western audiences. Instead, Khalida Jarrar fights for Palestinian women, their freedom and their right to receive a proper education, to seek work opportunities and to better their lives, while facing tremendous obstacles like Israel’s military occupation, prison, and social pressures.

In Arabic, Khalida means “immortal”. It is a most fitting designation for a true fighter who represents the legacy of generations of strong Palestinian women whose “sumoud” — steadfastness — shall always inspire an entire nation.

– Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle. His forthcoming book is ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’ (Pluto Press, London). Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter and is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. His website is


by Jonathan Azaziah

Ayman Nafez Rabih an-Najjar (R.A.), a 26-year old Palestinian fighter of the PFLP’s Abou Ali Moustafa Brigades, was martyred alongside his comrade, 24-year old Mouhannad Majed Jamal Hamouda (R.A.), on July 29th, 2018 in Jabaliya when the usurping Zionist entity was launching a vicious assault upon the illegally besieged Gaza Strip. The legendary Resistance group founded by George Habash said that the young men gave their lives in the line of duty, i.e. resisting the ‘Israeli’ terrorists who seek to ethnically cleanse the indigenous Palestinian people from the lands that have been in Palestinian hands for 30-40 generations. Ayman and Mouhannad both died with honor, dignity and a pristine glow of Mouqawamah.

Shahid an-Najjar loved Hizbullah with all of his pure heart and had tremendous admiration for its leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. Pictured here with a frame of Lebanon’s Liberator emblazoned with the PFLP’s insignia just above him, the message that the Abou Ali Moustafa Brigades martyr was sending couldn’t have been more plainspoken: We, the tigers of ferocity and steadfastness, who defend the Palestinian cause and fight to implement the Right of Return, decolonization and full liberation, stand with the Lebanese Islamic Resistance which ushered in the Era of Victories unequivocally.

Let this be a reminder to all those naysayers, slanderers, liars and outright ZOG agents: From the War of the Camps to the Second Intifada to right this second as we live and breathe, it is Hizbullah that has stood with the Palestinian cause, fought for the Palestinian people and given Shouhada — the very best of its Commanders and it is not only prepared but prouder than proud to given even more — for the total restoration of Palestine. Hizbullah, got it? Not the fork-tongued, neo-Ottoman pig Erdogan. Not Al-Saud and the UAE, both of whom slaughter Yemeni children for sport like IOF does in Gaza. Not Qatar, which finances the Zionist Organization of America and censors its media outlets to please World Zionism. Not the “Muslim” Brotherhood. None of them. Just Hizbullah–with Iranian and Syrian support. Ayman knew it. The PFLP itself is aware of it. And if the “Palestine Solidarity Movement” and the rest of the Gentile “Anti-Zionist” Zionists out there would pull their heads out of the nether-regions of Jewish Voice for “Peace” and the plethora of additional like-similar Dajjalic fronts… They’d know it too. Rest in power, o’ dazzling and dauntless Fedayeen. May you enjoy the bliss of Jannah in the company of Abou Ali Moustafa (R.A.), Sayyed Abbas Moussawi (R.A.) and all our other fallen-yet-ascended heroes for infinity.

حيفا تهتف ضد التواطؤ العربي وتناصر فلسطين من قلب فلسطين

الميادين نت


أجواء حذرة تسود حيفا صباح اليوم بعد ليلة حافلة بالاعتداءات والمواجهات بين شرطة الاحتلال وفلسطينيين تظاهروا دعماً لغزة ونددوا بالتواطؤ الرسمي العربي مع الاحتلال، ومراسلة الميادين تشير إلى اعتقال 19 فلسطينياً وإلى الاعتداء على النائبين في “القائمة المشتركة” حنين الزعبي وجمال زحالقة.

رغم التضييق والحصار والتهديد حضرت حيفا. حضرت بكل شجاعة وجرأة في زمن التواطؤ السافر والتبعية الوقحة. بالأمس ناصرت حيفا فلسطين من موقعها في قلب فلسطين. أهلها الأصليون كان يعرفون مسبقاً تبعات مشاركتهم وتعبيرهم عن الوفاء وما يجره ذلك من سياط يحترفها الجلاد. كانوا يعرفون أن تعبيرهم عن أصالتهم ونصرتهم للقدس وغزة وفلسطين هو تهمة لا يتحملها الاحتلال وتحد يستفزه ولا يمكن أن يمر مرور الكرام.
مع ذلك حضرت حيفا. حضرت وهي تنظر شرقاً حيث يتم اعتقال ناشطين في بلاد خليجية بتهمة الخروج على سياسة ولي الأمر. هناك حيث باتت مناصرة القضية الفلسطينية تهمة أيضاً.

في حيفا اعتدت قوات الاحتلال بالضرب على فلسطينيين خرجوا في تظاهرة نصرة لغزة والقدس.
وأفادت مواقع فلسطينية أن أجواء حذرة سادت صباح اليوم في المدينة المحتلة، بعد ليلة صعبة من الاعتقالات والمواجهات بين شرطة الاحتلال وفلسطينيين تظاهروا بذكرى النكبة، وضد مجزرة غزة، ونقل سفارة أميركا للقدس المحتلة.
وذكرت مراسلة الميادين أن جنود الاحتلال قاموا بالاعتداء على النائبين في القائمة المشتركة جمال زحالقة وحنين زعبي واعتقلوا 19 فلسطينياً.
المتظاهرون نددوا ليلة أمس الجمعة بنقل السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس واستنكروا التواطؤ العربي مع المشاريع الصهيونية الأميركية ولا سيما من قبل السعودية.

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الناطق باسم حركة الجهاد الإسلامي: تظاهرة حيفا مع غزة تؤكد حيوية شعبنا ووحدة المصير والموقف وفشل مخططات الدمج والتهويد وتكشف فاشية الاحتلال.

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وكانت الشرطة الإسرائيلية استعدت منذ ساعات ما بعد العصر للتظاهرة، وتناقل نشطاء من حيفا أنباء عن تمركز قوات كبيرة من شرطة الاحتلال في مواقع مختلفة من المدينة واستخدام سيارات “مدنية” لا تحمل لوحات رسمية.
وواصلت الشرطة قمع المتظاهرين بالقوة واستقدمت تعزيزات كبيرة، ونقل ناشطون ومواقع فلسطينية أن قوات الاحتلال أحاطت بالمتظاهرين، ومنعت أي أحد من الخروج منها أو الدخول إليها، ولاحقت بعضاً منهم في الشوارع.
أحد المتظاهرين قال للميادين: “نحن تجمعنا هنا اليوم وهذا ليس التجمع الأول، منذ المجزرة التي ارتكبتها إسرائيل في غزة نحاول أن نلتقي ونتجمع ونسمع صوتنا في ظرف أن الدول العربية تخلت عنا، وليس لدينا سوى أن نوجه دعاءنا إلى الله أن يقوينا، فليس لنا سواه لأننا فقدنا الأمل من كل الدول العربية التي تخلت”.
وأضاف “نحن هنا، قليلون لكن هذا القليل هو ما يمكن أن نقدمه لأخواننا في غزة الذين يقبعون في سجن كبير وظروفهم صعبة ويقدمون أرواحهم ودماءهم”.
وقال متظاهر آخر: “وجودنا الآن هو إثبات بأن حيفا فلسطينية، هذه الأرض فلسطينية، ونظام الأبرتهايد سوف يزول، نحن نتضامن اليوم مع شهداء غزة، ونتظاهر ضد إسرائيل الصهيونية العنصرية، وننادي كل العالم أن يفهم أن هذا الكيان هو كيان فصل عنصري ويجب محاربته ومقاطعته”.

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قوات الاحتلال تعتقل ٢١ فلسطيني ونشطاء سلام خلال اعتدائها على مظاهرة في مدينة احتجاجا على جرائم الاحتلال بحق المواطنين في

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الجبهة الشعبية: لتتحول الضفة إلى كتلة لهب

الشرطة قمع المتظاهرين بالقوة واستقدمت تعزيزات كبيرة

الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين رأت أن تنظيم الوقفة الحاشدة في حيفا “تأكيد على فشل محاولات الاحتلال لتهويد مدننا الفلسطينية وطمس هويتها وطابعها العربي أو قتل فكرة المقاومة داخل أبناء الداخل المحتل”.
ولفتت الجبهة إلى أن الفعالية الحاشدة والرسائل السياسية القوية التي خرجت من قلب حيفا عروس الكرمل، أثبتت أنها كانت وما زالت وستبقى “عربية فلسطينية”.
الجبهة الشعبية أكدت على أهمية استمرار مسيرات العودة وانتقالها إلى كافة ساحات الوطن والشتات، لمواجهة السياسات الإجرامية الصهيونية، ولإسقاط المشاريع التصفوية، داعية مدن وقرى الضفة لتتحوّل إلى كتلة لهب غاضبة في وجه الاحتلال الصهيوني ومواقعه العسكرية ومستعمراته.

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Zionist Entity Extends Detention without Trial for Palestinian MP K. Jarrar

Zionist Entity Extends Detention without Trial for Palestinian MP 

January 2, 2018

Khalida Jarrar


The Zionist entity on Tuesday has extended the detention without trial of a prominent Palestinian politician by another six months, the army said Tuesday, meaning she will spend at least one year in custody.

Khalida Jarrar was arrested on July 2 for being a senior member in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a movement considered a ‘terrorist organization’ by the Israeli occupation.

She had been released from prison only a year before.

Details of the accusations against her are secret, as is customary with Israeli administrative detention orders, which allow detention without trial for renewable six-month periods.

On December 24, the detention was extended by another six months “after security personnel found she still poses a substantial threat,” the Israeli army said.

“The decision to hold Jarrar under administrative detention was made as a last resort, after the military official who signed the arrest warrant was displayed confidential information that clearly substantiates the threat posed by Jarrar,” the occupation army said in a statement.

The 54-year-old had only been released in June 2016 after 14 months in an Israeli jail for allegedly encouraging attacks against Israelis.

The administrative detention system has been criticized by Palestinians, human rights groups and members of the international community who accuse the Israeli occupation abuses the measure.

The Addameer rights group says around 6,150 Palestinians are currently in Israeli jails, including around 450 in administrative detention.

Jarrar is the 11th member of the Palestinian parliament currently in jail, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club NGO.



محمود عباس يُحاصر نفسه: فرنسا ترفض طلباته… ودفاعه عن السعودية متواصل

لا يألو محمود عباس جهداً بعدما طعنت الولايات المتحدة جثّة مشروع التسوية، لكن ليس عبر قرار شجاع بالانقلاب على خيار عقيم، بل للبحث عن «راعٍ جديد» للمفاوضات. من هنا تأتي جولاته المكوكية خارج رام الله، من الأردن إلى مصر، إلى تركيا فالسعودية، ثم فرنسا. مع ذلك، لم يقدّم أحد نفسه ندّاً لواشنطن ولا بديلاً منها، فضلاً عن أن أيّاً من هؤلاء لا يدّعي أنه يستطيع الضغط على إسرائيل لتحصيل أي شيء

الأيام المقبلة حاسمة في الهبّة الشعبية الفلسطينية، وكذلك في مسيرة رئيس السلطة، محمود عباس، الذي لم يمكث في الضفة المحتلة سوى يوم وليلة منذ بدء الاحتجاجات. مَن حول الرئيس يخوّفونه من نهايات عدّة:

الحصار (سيناريو المقاطعة)، أو الاغتيال (سيناريو استغلال القيادي المفصول من حركة «فتح» الفوضى لقتل عباس أو تسميمه)، أو العمل على استبداله (كما لمحت صحيفة «الشرق الأوسط» السعودية، وفق ما نقلته عن مصادر فلسطينية رسمية).

الرجل لم يملّ من البحث عن راعٍ لعملية التسوية التي أعلن الأميركيون بالدليل الدامغ أنها ميتة منذ سنوات، كما أنه لم يتجه صوب دول ذات ثقل مثل روسيا أو حتى بريطانيا، وذلك في الوقت الذي لم تعطه فيه فرنسا أي مبادرة عملية، كما أنه بات خائفاً حتى من فكرة زيارة إيران، فيما لا يزال وزير الخارجية البحرينية يبعث رسائل مبطّنة تحذّره من مجرد التفكير في وصول عتبات طهران.

أما فرنسا، ففيما تحاول ممارسة سياسة خارجية مختلفة (إلى حد ما) عن التوجه الأميركي في المنطقة، وذلك في عدد من الملفات، أتى لقاء عباس مع الرئيس إيمانويل ماكرون، في باريس، دون المستوى المتوقع، لجهة أن يفعّل الأخير مبادرة سابقه، نيكولا ساركوزي، أو يخوض مواجهة دولية بالنيابة عن السلطة، أو حتى يعترف بصورة أحادية بفلسطين كدولة، إذ ليس متوقعاً أن يذهب أبعد من الموقف الذي سجلته بلاده مع بريطانيا في كل من مجلس الأمن والجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، حيث أيّدتا المشروع المصري الذي حال دونه «الفيتو» الأميركي، كما صوّتتا للمشروع العربي في الجمعية العامة.

خلال المؤتمر المشترك بين عباس وماكرون، أمس، جدّد الأول تأكيده أن «الولايات المتحدة لم تعد وسيطاً نزيهاً في عملية السلام بعد قرار الرئيس دونالد ترامب»، مضيفاً أن السلطة «لن تقبل أي خطة من الولايات المتحدة بسبب انحيازها وخرقها القانون الدولي»، وداعياً في الوقت نفسه «الدول التي لم تعترف بعد بدولة فلسطين إلى أن تفعل ذلك».

لكن الرئيس الفرنسي ردّ بالتشديد على «المواقف الداعمة لإيجاد حل سلمي للقضية الفلسطينية على أساس حل الدولتين»، مضيفاً أن واشنطن باتت «مهمشة» بعد إعلانها الأخير بشأن القدس. وقال: «الأميركيون مهمشون في هذا الملف، وأحاول أن لا أفعل المثل»، لكنه شرح أنه لن يعترف بدولة فلسطينية بشكل أحادي الجانب لأن ذلك لن يكون «مجدياً»، لافتاً إلى أن بلاده «ستعترف بدولة فلسطينية في الوقت المناسب وليس تحت الضغط… لا نبني خيار فرنسا على أساس رد فعل على السياسة الأميركية».

وكما في زيارة السعودية، التي سبقت زيارة عباس لفرنسا، حضر معه رئيس هيئة الشؤون المدنية حسين الشيخ، ورئيس جهاز «المخابرات العامة» ماجد فرج، إضافة إلى مستشاره مجدي الخالدي، والسفير الفلسطيني لدى فرنسا، سلمان الهرفي، فيما كان في الجانب الفرنسي عدد من كبار المسؤولين؛ من ضمنهم وزير الخارجية جان إيف لودريان.

وعن زيارته الأخيرة للرياض، قال عباس إن «السعودية لم تتأخر يوماً عن دعم الشعب الفلسطيني في المجالات كافة، ولم تتخلّ عن دعم القضية الفلسطينية». وأضاف: «السعودية كما تعلمون جميعاً علاقاتها قوية منذ الأربعينيات مع أميركا، لكن القضية الوحيدة الشائكة بينهما هي القضية الفلسطينية… السعودية تدعم الحلول الخاصة للقضية»، مشدداً على أنها «لم تتدخل في الشؤون الداخلية لفلسطين… السعودية تؤيد أن تكون القدس الشرقية عاصمة لفلسطين، والملك سلمان قال لي: لن نحل قضية الشرق الأوسط قبل أن تقوم دولة فلسطين وعاصمتها القدس الشرقية، وهذا ما كرره الملك وولي عهده».

دعت «الجهاد» إلى «قيادة موحّدة للانتفاضة» و«الشعبيّة» إلى استهداف الأميركيين

على الصعيد الميداني، اندلعت مواجهات عنيفة أمس عقب صلاة الجمعة مباشرة في مدن وقرى الضفة والقدس المحتلتين وعلى الشريط الحدودي لقطاع غزة في جمعة الغضب الثالثة، ما أدى إلى استشهاد شابين وإصابة أكثر من 150 مواطناً بالرصاص الحي والاختناق. ووفق الإحصاءات، دارت المواجهات في أكثر من 40 نقطة في المناطق كافة، فيما أدى نحو 45 ألف مصلّ من القدس والداخل المحتل صلاة الجمعة في باحة المسجد الأقصى، وسط إجراءات إسرائيلية مشددة على أبواب المسجد منذ أكثر من أسبوعين. وعقب الصلاة، تظاهر الآلاف رافعين العلم الفلسطيني إلى جانب صورة الشابة المعتقلة عهد التميمي، مطالبين بإطلاق سراحها.

وكان نصيب غزة من الشهداء والإصابات الأعلى، بعدما اندلعت اشتباكات في مناطق عدة على الشريط الحدودي، منها معبر بيت حانون، وشرق جباليا، وقرب موقع ناحل عوز شرق غزة، والبريج، وخان يونس، ورفح. ووفق شهود عيان، تعامل جيش الاحتلال بقسوة مفرطة، وأطلق مباشرة النار على المتظاهرين، ما أدى إلى استشهاد الشاب زكريا الكفارنة شرق جباليا، كما استشهد الشاب محمد نبيل محيسن من حي الشجاعية، بجانب نحو 80 إصابة.

أما في الضفة، فإضافة إلى القمع بالقوة المفرطة أيضاً، سُجل استهداف مباشر للصحافيين والطواقم الطبية وتعمد إيذائهم وتخريب معداتهم ومنعهم من ممارسة مهماتهم. وشملت التظاهرات مناطق: قلنديا والرام وأبو ديس شمالي القدس، وبدرس والنبي صالح وبيت سيرا وبلعين ودير نظام والجانية غربي رام الله، والمغير شمالي رام الله، وبيت فوريك شرقي نابلس، وجيوس وعزون شرقي قلقيلية، حي النقار غربي قلقيلية، ومدخل مدينة سلفيت، ومخيم عايدة شمالي بيت لحم، وسعير وحلحول وبيت أمر شمالي الخليل، وطمون طوباس وبلدة قفين شمالي طولكرم.

وقرب جسر حلحول، شمالي الخليل، أطلق جنود الاحتلال الرصاص على سيارة فلسطينية بدعوى محاولتها تنفيذ عملية دهس ضد جنود، فيما ذكرت مصادر إسرائيلية أن سائق السيارة تمكن من الهرب من المكان من دون وقوع إصابات في صفوف الجنود أو راكبي السيارة.

في هذا السياق، قال القيادي في حركة «الجهاد الإسلامي» خالد البطش، إن «هذه الجماهير الحاشدة التي تخرج في كل مكان في فلسطين المحتلة، من رفح حتى جنين، تؤكد تمسكها بالقدس عاصمة أبدية لفلسطين، وترفض قرار المجرم ترامب». ورحب خلال مسيرة دعت إليها حركته أمس، بـ«الانتصار المعنوي في الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة»، محذراً من الانخداع بالقرار كونه غير ملزم.

البطش قال إن «الانتفاضة ستبقى على سلّم أولويات الجهاد الإسلامي وباقي فصائل المقاومة»، وحذر «الصهيوني من التمادي في غيّه على طول الحدود، لأن المقاومة لن تقف مكتوفة الأيدي وهي ترى تعسف المحتل وهو يغتال شاباً مقعداً على كرسي متحرك بدم بارد». وشدد على أن الخطوات المقبلة «ستتمثل في التركيز على النقاط الموجعة للعدو على الحواجز والنقاط الالتفافية واعتداءاتهم على أبناء شعبنا في الضفة». كما حث القيادي في «الجهاد» على «تشكيل قيادة ميدانية في الضفة لمواصلة انتفاضة القدس وتعزيزها، وصولاً إلى إزالة الحواجز التي تقطع أوصال الضفة كخطوة على تحرير الضفة وسائر فلسطين».

أما «كتائب الشهيد أبو علي مصطفى»، الجناح المسلح لـ«الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين»، فأعلنت

أن «كل مقارّ العدو الأميركي على امتداد فلسطين التاريخية، من رفح حتى الناقورة، باتت مباحة ومشروعة ومستهدفة، وما هي إلا شواخص رماية، ولا يوجد فرق بين أميركي وآخر».

وقال المتحدث باسم الكتائب، أبو جمال، في تصريحات للصحافيين، أمس، عقب انتهاء مناورة باسم «فجر النسور 1»، جنوب القطاع، إن «هذه المناورة العسكرية تأتي لفحص جهوزية الكتائب وتأكيد عروبة القدس… الجبهة الشعبية تاريخياً هي مع محور المقاومة والممانعة، وستستمر في ذلك حتى كنس آخر جندي صهيوني عن أرض فلسطين». وأكد أبو جمال «متانة العلاقة مع حزب الله… قبل أيام، كان هناك لقاء للجبهة مع الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله»، مشدداً على أن «الشعبية جزء من معسكر المقاومة والممانعة الذي يضم إيران وحزب الله والمقاومة اليمنية والمقاومة العراقية التي كنست داعش والاحتلال، وهي حليفة للجمهورية الإسلامية الإيرانية…. هذه العلاقة تؤكد عمق التعامل الإنساني في مواجهة الإمبريالية العالمية».

البحرين: عباس يعلم أن إيران لا تكنّ له أيّ تقدير

بعد ساعات على تغريدة همّش فيها وزير الخارجية البحريني، خالد بن أحمد، القضية الفلسطينية ورأى أنها ليست سبباً للخلاف مع الولايات المتحدة، قال في تغريدة في وقت متأخر مساء أول من أمس، إن «رئيس السلطة الفلسطينية، محمود عباس، يعلم أن الجمهورية الإسلامية لا تكنّ له أيّ تقدير».

وأضاف في تغريدة أخرى بعدما مرّرت الأمم المتحدة مشروع قرار غير ملزم حول القدس، أن «أكثر ما يضر قضية فلسطين هم المتربحون من استمرار معاناة الشعب الفلسطيني… الصراحة مطلوبة والوضوح مطلوب… قلوبنا مع فخامة الرئيس محمود عباس الذي يعلم أن الجمهورية الإسلامية لا تكنّ له أي تقدير وتعتاش على استمرار معاناة الشعب الفلسطيني لاستمرار بقاء حزب الله الإرهابي». كما قال في تغريدة منفصلة: «إيران شيء مستدام، والجمهورية الإسلامية شيء مؤقت».


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


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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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.”

Al-Aqsa Intifada Anniversary

14th anniversary of Al-Aqsa Intifada: Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa are under attack


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On the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa remain under threat from occupation forces, said the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The events of late September and early October 2000 remain fresh in the mind of every Palestinian, said the Front, recalling the occupation forces attacking mass marches of Palestinians in occupied Palestine ’48, killing 13 martyrs in cold blood and wounding dozens while arresting hundreds, as they sought to suppress the upsurge of our people for Jerusalem and al-Aqsa in all cities and villages under occupation.

Jerusalem and al-Aqsa mosque continue to be under threat and in danger, said the Front; Jerusalem faces a systematic, rapid and extremely dangerous policy of Judaization, where at the hands of occupation soldiers and settlers, 23 Palestinian homes were confiscated in Silwan, while more Palestinian homes are destroyed each day as mass arrests and administrative detention against Palestinian leaders continue. Furthermore, the storming and invasion of the al-Aqsa grounds by settlers and soldiers takes place on a frequent, at times almost daily, basis.

The escalation of Zionist aggression and Judaization of Jerusalem requires that all national and Islamic forces, and the PLO Executive Committee, give a high priority to the situation facing Jerusalem, and to defend the Palestinian and Arab character of Jerusalem as part of our program of struggle everywhere the Palestinian people are located, and to support the resistance to the repressive, racist, threatening actions of the occupier in Jerusalem at Palestinian, Arab and international levels.


Al-Aqsa Intifada Anniversary

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Al-Aqsa Intifada Anniversary


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