Posts Tagged ‘Palestinians’

Palestinians protest in West Bank in solidarity with hunger strikers

April 27, 2017

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© Musa AL SHAER, AFP | Palestinians demonstrate on April 26 in solidarity with Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails after hundreds of detainees launched a hunger strike.

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Palestinians held a general strike on Thursday in solidarity with hundreds of prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike for 11 days, with some officials calling it the largest in years.

Stores were closed and roads empty across the West Bank, the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel for 50 years.

In the city of Ramallah, several dozen people gathered at a tent set up in a central square where a protest march was to begin.

“This general strike is unprecedented in years,” said Khalil Rizeq of the Union of Palestinian Chambers of Commerce.

“All Palestinian industries, such as transport, bakeries, stores, all of the private sector and commercial institutions are participating.”

The strike was called in all cities in the West Bank, with only doctors and students nearing graduation excluded.

Palestinian bus services were also on strike in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

Oday Homaid, a 27-year-old engineer, arrived at Ramallah’s Yasser Arafat Square with other workers from his lift maintenance company to participate in the protest.

It was the “minimum that we can do for our prisoners,” he said.

Munther Karaja, a 42-year-old who had closed his pastry shop, said: “We can sacrifice one day for prisoners who have given years of their lives.”

Palestinian officials say some 1,500 prisoners are participating in the hunger strike that began on April 17, with detainees ingesting only water and salt.

Israeli authorities have put the number at around 1,200.

Some 6,500 Palestinians are currently detained by Israel for a range of offences and alleged crimes.

Around 500 are being held under Israel’s system of administrative detention, which allows for imprisonment without charge.

Palestinian prisoners have mounted repeated hunger strikes, but rarely on such a scale.

The hunger strike is being led by Palestinian leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, serving five life sentences over his role in the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, of 2000 to 2005.

The prisoners have issued demands ranging from better medical care to phone access.

A series of demonstrations have been held in the West Bank in support of the prisoners, occasionally resulting in clashes with Israeli forces.

Barghouti is popular among Palestinians, with polls suggesting he could win the Palestinian presidency.

A Palestinian NGO said this week that Barghouti’s health has seriously declined and that he was refusing medical treatment.

Palestinian leaders have denounced Israel’s refusal to negotiate with the hunger strikers, warning of a “new intifada” if any of them die.

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Peace and Freedom note: Netanyahu will  likely say, if the Palestinians have enough money for electricity they will spend it for weapons and to undermine Israel. He has previously said they must recognize the right of the Jewish state to exist and stop killing us if they want to talk. That’s the hard truth.Related:

World Bank Says Lack of Electricity in Gaza is Causing a Humanitarian Crisis

April 27, 2017

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© AFP | A Palestinian woman helps her son study, by candlelight, at their makeshift home in the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on April 19, 2017

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Constant fuel shortages and insufficent infrastructure have brought about a “humanitarian crisis” for Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the World Bank said on Thursday.In a report ahead of an international donor conference next week, it said Thursday that foreign aid alone cannot rescue the stagnant Palestinian economy without practical changes and Israeli cooperation.

Gaza’s sole electricity plant frequently runs out of fuel for its generators and rations power supplies to as little as four hours per day.

The Islamist Hamas movement seized power in Gaza in 2007 from the Ramallah-based Fatah organisation of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

It imports diesel for the generators through Abbas’s Palestinian Authority (PA), but the rivals are in constant dispute over payment, leading to constant shortages.

“During summer and winter peaks the scarce electricity supply is increasingly rationed to four hours during daytime,” the report quotes the bank’s West Bank and Gaza director Marina Wes as saying.

“Recently, this situation has become the norm leaving Gazans without electricity during most of the day. This has created a humanitarian crisis for Gaza’s two million people.”

The shortages hit hospitals, clinics, water supply and other vital services, as well as household needs, she said.

Protests broke out in January over the power cuts, which the Gaza health ministry warned could have “dangerous consequences” for patients.

“The PA needs to address reforms to ensure that payment obligations to electricity suppliers are met as this will encourage the needed private generation investment,” the bank said.

“This is particularly important in Gaza to allow the construction of a high-voltage line from Israel to contribute to the relief of the energy crisis.”

The strip was heavily battered in a July-August 2014 war between Israel and Hamas that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians and 73 people on the Israeli side.

Its problems are exacerbated by a decade-old Israeli blockade.

“Easing of Israeli restrictions on external trade… and opening up access to Gaza is essential to expand private sector growth and employment,” the report said.

“If both the PA and the Government of Israel implement changes, the impact of donor aid would increase significantly,” it added.

The report is to be presented at a May 4 meeting in Brussels of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, which coordinates international donor support for the Palestinians.

US President Donald Trump is to host Abbas at the White House the day before, for talks on efforts to revive the Middle East peace process.

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Peace and Freedom note: Netanyahu will  likely say, if the Palestinians have enough money for electricity they will spend it for weapons and to undermine Israel. He has previously said they must recognize the right of the Jewish state to exist and stop killing us if they want to talk. That’s the hard truth.

Israel: Fatah calls on Palestinians to participate in a day of rage amid hunger strike inside prisons

April 23, 2017
BY ADAM RASGON
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More than a thousand Palestinian prisoners, led by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who was convicted of five counts of murder, are carrying out a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons.
PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS clash with a soldier during a Land Day protest in Madama, south of Nablus.

PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS clash with a soldier during a Land Day protest in Madama, south of Nablus. (photo credit:REUTERS)

More than a thousand Palestinian prisoners, led by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who was convicted of five counts of murder, are carrying out a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

Palestinians hold rallies as hundreds of prisoners in Israeli jails begin a hunger strike (credit: REUTERS)

The prisoners are demanding that the Israel Prison Service improve conditions in prisons pertaining to visitation rights, medical care, amenities and other issues.

The Palestinian Authority security forces frequently block Palestinian protesters from reaching friction points with the IDF.

It is unclear if the PA security forces will prevent protesters from accessing friction points of Friday.

PA security forces spokesman Adnan al-Damiri did not respond to a request for comment.

Fatah also called for a general strike on Thursday to support the hunger-strikers.

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Peace between Israelis and Palestinians requires “the fundamental acceptance of the Jewish State” — Must stop “rewarding those who engage in terrorism”

April 21, 2017

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Palestinian Authority leader Abbas and Israel’s Netanyahu in 2010. AP photo by Charles Dharapak

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The spokesman for Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday that peace between the Israelis and Palestinians requires “the fundamental acceptance of the Jewish State.”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Sean Hannity at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, where Palestinian terrorists shot and killed four Israelis and murdered 16 others last year.

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“They ordered brownies. They were dressed in suits. They tried to blend in,” Keyes said of the attackers, “and they stood up and they murdered four people in cold blood.”

Keyes noted that “every time we’ve had a real partner for peace, Israel has actually worked out peace deals which have lasted decades, [as] in the case of Egypt and Jordan.”

“Look, everyone in this region deserves to live in peace,” Keyes added, “and there’s nobody who would want peace more than the Israeli people and the Israeli Prime Minister.”

Hannity also toured the market with Dore Gold of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, who decried Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for “rewarding those who engage in terrorism.”

“The real stumbling block for making peace,” Gold said, “is the culture of hatred that the Palestinian Authority has built.”

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Israel: Gaza Sisters Smuggled Explosives Labeled Medicine

April 20, 2017

JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities say two Palestinian sisters from Gaza were caught smuggling explosives hidden in containers labelled as medicine into Israel for use in attacks.

The Shin Bet security agency says the women had entry permits to Israel where one of the sisters receives cancer treatment. It says they were caught on Wednesday.

The agency says the explosives were meant for “terrorist attacks by Hamas” in Israel.

It says the explosives were concealed in containers marked as “medical materials.” It’s unclear if the women knew they were smuggling explosives.

Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on Gaza after the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power in the coastal strip from forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007.

Israel vows not to negotiate with Palestinian hunger strikers — Palestinians say they are against Israel’s inhumane system of colonial and military occupation

April 18, 2017

AFP

© AFP | A woman holds the portrait of a Palestinian prisoner during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 17, 2017 to show support to hundreds of hunger strikers in Israeli jails

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan vowed on Tuesday not to negotiate with hundreds of Palestinian detainees on the second day of a hunger strike led by popular leader Marwan Barghouti.

More than 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons launched the hunger strike on Monday, issuing a list of demands ranging from better medical services to access to telephones.

Issa Qaraqe, head of prisoner affairs for the Palestinian Authority, said on Monday that around 1,300 prisoners were on hunger strike and the number could rise.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club had put the number at 1,500.

A spokesman for the Israel Prisons Service said around 1,100 prisoners started the hunger strike and roughly the same number were believed to be continuing on Tuesday.

Erdan vowed that Israeli authorities would not negotiate with the prisoners and said Barghouti had been moved to another prison and placed in solitary confinement.

“They are terrorists and incarcerated murderers who are getting what they deserve and we have no reason to negotiate with them,” Erdan told army radio.

He said Barghouti had been placed in solitary confinement because calling for the hunger strike was against prison rules.

Some 6,500 Palestinians are currently detained by Israel for a range of offences and alleged crimes.

Of those, 62 are women and 300 are minors.

Some 500 are held under administrative detention, which allows for imprisonment without charge.

Palestinian prisoners have mounted repeated hunger strikes, but rarely on such a large scale.

Barghouti’s call for the strike has given it added credibility, with the 57-year-old serving five life sentences over his role in the second Palestinian intifada or uprising.

He was convicted of attacks that killed five people.

He is popular among Palestinians, with polls suggesting he could win the Palestinian presidency.

“Decades of experience have proved that Israel’s inhumane system of colonial and military occupation aims to break the spirit of prisoners and the nation to which they belong, by inflicting suffering on their bodies, separating them from their families and communities, using humiliating measures to compel subjugation,” Barghouti wrote in a New York Times opinion piece.

“In spite of such treatment, we will not surrender to it.”

China urges correcting “historical injustice” to allow Palestinian state

April 15, 2017

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Netanyahu: Israel remains committed to treating war wounded from Syria — Reaffirmed his support for last week’s US air strike

April 9, 2017

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JERUSALEM (AFP) –  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel remained committed to treating war wounded from Syria and reaffirmed his support for last week’s US air strike in the neighbouring country.

In comments at the start of a cabinet meeting, Netanyahu did not specify whether those injured in last week’s suspected chemical attack in Syria would be among those treated in Israel.

Israeli media reported that a proposal to do so had been met with objections from some government and security officials due to logistical difficulties, with the location far from Israeli territory.

Israel has treated more than 3,000 war wounded from Syria in what it describes as a humanitarian gesture.

It says it treats whoever makes it to the demarcation line between the two countries regardless of affiliation, though Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused Israel of supporting “terrorists” who oppose him.

A number of analysts say the policy also has a strategic goal of portraying Israel in a positive light.

“Israel is caring for wounded Syrians as part of a humanitarian effort,” Netanyahu said. “We will continue to do so.”

Netanyahu spoke again of his support for last week’s US missile strike against a Syrian airbase in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province.

It was Washington’s first direct military action against Assad’s government.

Israel has sought to avoid being dragged into the six-year civil war in Syria, but acknowledges carrying out air strikes there to stop what it says are deliveries of advanced weapons to its enemy Hezbollah, which is backing the Assad regime.

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Fighters of Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, honor a comrade killed during combat in Syria.
Fighters of Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, honor a comrade killed during combat in Syria. PHOTO: MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Hamas hangs three Gaza ‘collaborators’ with Israel

April 6, 2017

AFP

© AFP / by Adel ZAANOUN | Hamas police secure the area as an ambulance reportedly carrying the bodies of three men it executed for alleged collaboration with Israel leaves the main police building in Gaza City on April 6, 2017

GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP) – 

Gaza’s Hamas rulers hanged three men they accused of collaborating with Israel Thursday, fulfilling vows of revenge for the mysterious killing of one of their commanders last month.

The men, dressed in red prison jumpsuits, were shackled hand and foot and hooded as they were put to death at an excercise ground inside a police facility, an AFP correspondent reported.

Senior Hamas officials, representatives of other Gaza-based groups and a few journalists observed the hangings.

Hamas says that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and its Palestinian “collaborators” killed Mazen Faqha in the Palestinian territory on March 24.

The men who were hanged on Thursday were not implicated in his killing but were accused of past acts of “treason and collaborating,” a Hamas interior ministry statement said.

“The military court in Gaza sentenced them to death by hanging, and the decision was upheld by each military appeals court and the high military court,” it said.

They were aged 55, 42 and 31, the ministry said but did not name them.

Human Rights Watch condemned the executions.

“The death penalty is a barbaric practice,” it said in a statement.

“The abhorrent executions by Hamas authorities of three men in Gaza deemed to be collaborators project weakness, not strength.

“Hamas authorities will never achieve true security or stability through firing squads or by the gallows, but rather through respect for international norms and the rule of law.”

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Hamas has offered no evidence of its claims that Israel killed Faqha and Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has implied that he may have been killed in an internal Hamas feud but the Jewish state remains a plausible suspect.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars in the Gaza Strip since the group wrested power from the rival Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in bloody fighting a decade ago.

Israel has killed several Hamas leaders in the past and has accused Mazen Faqha of being behind several deadly bombing attacks against Israelis during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, of 2000 to 2005.

Hamas says that Faqha formed units of the Islamist group’s military wing in the West Bank cities of Tubas, where he was born, and Jenin.

The Islamist group has pledged “radical measures” against Palestinians who “collaborated” with Israel.

Hamas has offered “collaborators” with Israel a chance to turn themselves in and receive clemency.

“The doors of repentance will be open for one week, from Tuesday, April 4 to Tuesday, April 11,” the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

Hamas also tightly restricted movement out of the enclave following the assassination.

The measure remains in place despite calls from NGOs and human rights groups to lift it.

The restrictions have stopped male patients aged between 15 and 45 from using the territory’s sole crossing for people to enter Israel to receive medical treatment, Human Rights Watch said.

Security checks and searches have increased, including roadblocks.

The territory has been under an Israeli blockade for 10 years.

by Adel ZAANOUN

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Israel Arrests Syrian-Trained Hamas Recruit Plotting Terror Attacks

April 5, 2017
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The 23-year-old suspect resides in the West Bank, was recruited in Turkey and trained on Syrian soil. He was arrested before he could carry out deadly terror attacks against Israelis.

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A Palestinian recruited by Hamas headquarters abroad to promote terror activity in Israel was charged at the end of March by the Samaria Military Court, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said, officially clearing for release information about the suspect on Wednesday.
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Qalqilya resident 23-year-old Malak Nazar Yousseff Kazmar was arrested in a joint Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police operation on February 26 2017
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According to the Shin Bet, it became clear during his interrogation that Kazmar, who had lived in Turkish Cyprus for the last few years, had been recruited by Hamas while he was in Jordan in August of 2015 and sent to a military training camp in Syria’s Idlib province in January 2016. In the military camp Kazmar learned to shoot and underwent theoretical training on the production of explosive devices.In January 2017, shortly before he returned to the West Bank, he met with Hamas operatives in Istanbul who instructed him to recruit additional Hamas operatives who lived in Israel.
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Kazmar was arrested on his return to the West Bank, before he could carry out the instructions he was given to try to find potential activists who could join Hamas ranks.

During his interrogation, he turned over the contents of an encrypted memory card that he had received from his operators on Turkish soil which contained extensive security guidelines and information intended to assist him in carrying out his missions.

“This investigation illustrates the activity of the Hamas headquarters abroad, including on Turkish soil, under the direction of the head of the ‘Gadma’ Office, Saleh al-Arouri” the Shin Bet statement read.

Al-Arouri, one of the founders of Hamas’ military wing, was imprisoned by Israel for 15 years before being expelled to Syria. He fled to Turkey in 2012 when Hamas’ offices in Syria were shut. From Turkey he helped orchestrate the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers in Gush Etzion in June 2014, which later triggered the Israel-Gaza conflict that lasted throughout the summer of that year.

“Hamas leadership continues to be assisted by activists who return to the West Bank to promote terrorist activity, while its leaders operate without interference in various countries abroad.”

Since the beginning of the latest wave of violence to hit Israel and the West Bank, numerous attacks by Hamas supporters and members have been thwarted in the West Bank. Last week, Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman warned the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the current calm in violence is “deceiving” and that Hamas and other organized terror cells continue to plan attacks.

“The relative calm that we are experiencing at this time is quite deceiving, it’s misleading and deluding because Hamas and global jihadi infrastructure are working every day in attempting to conduct terrorist attacks in Israeli territory,” he said.

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