29 November 2012
In a reception at his home today, Palestinian Prime Minister ismail Haniyeh welcomed to Gaza an Indonesian delegation headed by Member of Parliament Mafudz Shedeq. The delegation included members of the Indonesian parliament, NGO’s, and the media.
Mr Shedeq told the Prime Minister that Indonesians will always stand with Palestine in its struggle against the Zionists.
“We will never let them hurt you, because if they hurt you, they hurt us,” he said.
Mr Shedeq announced that his delegation had brought more than one million dollars to assist with alleviating the humanitarian needs created by the recent Israeli aggression against Gaza.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh stressed that the recent victory against Zionist aggression was not only a victory for Palestine, but also for every Muslim in the world.
“We are not alone, we are one flesh,” he said.
PM Haniyeh added that the Palestinian cause, and the Palestinian conflict, are not just those of Palestine but also of the entire Muslim world.
Haniyeh then presented Mr Shedeq with a commemorative certificate.
As the delegation began to leave, one of the members of the media contingent told me that they were all very disturbed by the Israeli attacks on journalists and media offices during the recent Israeli military offensive against Gaza.
“They are not appropriate, and we were very sorry to hear about them,” they said, adding that they hope the Palestinian bid for United Nations observer status is successful.
26 November 2012
At an event in Gaza City today organised by the Government Media Office to honour the journalists killed and wounded by Israel during the so-called Operation Pillar of Defence, Imad Al Franji, head of al-Quds TV, spoke on behalf of all of the shelled media offices in Gaza.
Al Franji said they will renew their demand that the International Federation of Journalists cancels Israel’s membership, and that IFJ send a delegation to Gaza to investigate Israeli crimes against the media during the recent offensive.
“Do not kill Palestinian journalists twice, once by Israeli rockets, and the second time by international silence about these crimes leaving Israel unaccountable for them,” he pleaded.
Yasser Abul Heen, President of the Palestinian Journalists’ Union, celebrated today’s resignation of Ehud Barak as a potent symbol of Palestinian victory.
Abu Heen advised that a delegation of journalists from 40 unions in the Arab Jounalists Union will arrive in Gaza on Thursday to see the Israeli crimes with their own eyes, and assist in holding Israel to account for them.
The father of martyred journalist Hossam Salama broke down in tears as he asked the international media how they could stand by and watch as women and children were killed, and his son was burning.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh expressed his appreciation for the great work done by journalists during the eights days of Israeli attacks on Gaza.
Haniyeh said that the Palestinian media conquered the Israeli media, in the same way that the Palestinian Resistance conquered the Israeli armed forces.
“Dear journalists and media persons, you are heroes,” he said. “You moved around under fire and the sound of drones and F-16s to find and expose the truth.”
The Prime Minister announced a one-year exemption from licence fees for television and radio stations, in recognition of their valuable contribution to the Palestinian victory.
Translation: Fatma Al Hasham
Press statement Issued by the Prime Minister
(badly translated by JWP)
Wednesday November 21, 2012
Prime Minister satisfied with this agreement, proud of the steadfastness of our people and their resistance, and thankful for Egypt’s leading role
The Palestinian people have forged a new model in their steadfastness, patience, generosity and creativity in the face of calamities and difficulties, and proved to be people of unbending resolve able to achieve their will.
Following the announcement of the cease-fire we emphasize the following:
1 – We mourn all the martyrs over the past seven days of Israeli aggression and treachery, and call on the Almighty to ensure a speedy recovery for all the wounded.
2 – We salute the heroic Palestinian people, who expressed legendary steadfastness in the face of the Israeli war machine and aggression.
3 – We express our deep appreciation for the heroic Palestinian resistance and exchanges which showed substantial strength in defense of the Palestinian people.
4 – We appreciate the great vigil of the masses of the Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank and elsewhere to stand alongside their brothers and their people in the Gaza Strip, and defying the occupation’s expectations and embodying the unity of our people, rallying around the aim of steadfastness and resistance.
5 – We express our deep appreciation to the Arab Republic of Egypt and the great role played by President Mohammed Mursi and his government, and bless their efforts in order to reach this honorable termination of aggression against our people.
6 – We appreciate the efforts made by the Arab League and all regional and international parties who stood by our people at this critical stage and who were quick to come to the Gaza Strip to express the position of solidarity in support of Palestinian resolve.
7 – We congratulate our people on this victory that proved the Palestinian peoples’ and the valiant resistance’s high resilience, creativity, and composure and showed the nation would stand by the people and that they are not alone, and we confirm that we are satisfied with this agreement.
The Palestinian government today welcomed to Gaza an Egyptian delegation headed by Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, which included the Minister of Health, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, as well as a Presidential Adviser, and other leading government figures.
Dr. Youssef Rizqa, Political Adviser to the Palestinian Prime Minister, said the Palestinian government greatly appreciates the decision taken by the Egyptian government to withdraw its ambassador from Israel, and that this visit, undertaken on the initiative of the Egyptian presidency, is a very important expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Rizqa stressed that Gaza needs the entire Arab and Islamic nation to support the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, and such visits are essential to their morale.
Rizqa termed the decision to visit “brave,” and said that it represent s a breaking of the Arab silence.
Special Adviser to the Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Da’ales described the Egyptian delegation’s visit as an official political and humanitarian one that aims to complete solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza.
He strongly denied any suggestion that the visit is linked with negotiations for re a truce with the Israeli occupation, noting that the visit will take only 3 hours, and include discussion of the general political situation and that of the Gaza Strip, as well as a quick visit to Shifa Hospital.
Visit to Shifa Hospital
On being shown the charred body of a child, Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil was horrified, and said, “The Gaza tragedy cannot be tolerated.”
He added that Egypt would not hesitate in its efforts to stop the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, to achieve calm and continuity.
Saying that Palestine is in the heart of the Arab nation, he called on the world to shoulder its responsibilities to curb Israel’s aggression, and demanded that Israel respect international conventions and law.
He noted that the Israeli aggression highlights the need for all parties to achieve Palestinian unity for the sake of the Palestinian people.
Prime Minister Qandil advised that he was accompanied by the Egyptian Minister of Health in order to discuss the needs of Gaza hospitals, and what supplies are required.
“This visit will be followed by visits of both formal and informal delegations,” he concluded.
As the United States and the United Kingdom sing from Israel’s songbook, the Arab world is again rising up in protest – this time at the Israeli crimes against humanity again being perpetrated against Palestinians – and anyone else who has remained – in Gaza.
Mainstream media tries to bury the truth of the sequence of events and who is to blame, most shamelessly the BBC, who did not even report the civilian deaths of the son and sister-in-law of one of their own staffers, leaving it to the Washington Post to cover – far enough away, they probably hoped, that few UK readers would see it. But that didn’t stop the Washington Post squealing in the chorus.
Despite their best attempts to entomb the truth, the people of the world have also risen up in support of Gaza, and Palestine.
Israel – and its silly songsters – may find that this time they are way off key.
As Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said in his first address to the nation since the assassination of Ahmad al-Jaabari, Palestinians “will remain faithful to our martyrs’ noble blood.”
“It is only the beginning of our journey,” he warned.
“Armed with our faith, we are confident in our resistance fighters standing in defiance. Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem, the Territories of 1948 – it is your battle, your own people, blood, and dignity,” he said in a clear call for unity.
“Yes, we rise in revolt. I hail the unity and united action taken by all factions, we are one people, one front.”
Haniyeh said the Government embraces the Palestinian people, and thanked them for their steadfastness. He also praised the resistance, “our victorious defiant brigades” who remain defending the nation on all fronts.
“We appreciate their fortitude in the face of death and of this ferocious assault. I kiss your hands, our noble fighters.”
The Prime Minister extended appreciation to “all free men and women in the Arab world revolting in our support until this belligerent aggression comes to an end.”
Netanyahu may well have tripped over his own red line, wrapped it around his neck and that of his tone-deaf twins – and strangled his own finale.
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh today received a phone call from Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Al-Marzouki, who affirmed his country’s solidarity and steadfastness with the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip in the face of the treacherous Israeli aggression.
In Khan Younis a few minutes ago, Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared that the visit of Emir of Qatar Hamad ben Khalifa represents a lifting of the political and economic siege of Gaza, and called it a victory.
He also said that “Without the steadfastness and sacrifices of the Palestinian people we would not have reached such a historical moment.”
They are presently signing the contract for the reconstruction projects in the Gaza Strip.
18 October 2012 was the first anniversary of the prisoner exchange of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli soldier captured in action, Gilad Shalit. Many of the released prisoners, as well as the families of Palestinians still remaining behind Israeli bars, celebrated the historic occasion with an event in Gaza City, attended by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Minister of Detainees’ Affairs Dr Atallah AbuSebah.
At an event in Gaza City today to honour former ministers and departmental heads, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that the Strip’s Hamas-led government was the first in the region to face the transformation from running an Islamic organisation to running a state, an authority and a people.
“It was the first experiment in Islamist rule in the region, and sparked a revolutionary surge in Islamist rule,” he said, referring to the democratic election of Islamic-dominated parliaments in Egypt, Morocco and elsewhere.
Haniyeh emphasised that the Hamas government is determined to liberate all of Palestine, not just parts of it, and is working to reconcile with Fatah to achieve this. He denied they had any plans for Gaza to be an independent entity.
Along with others addressing the gathering, such as the First Deputy Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmad Bahar, Haniyeh expressed praise and gratitude to Qatar for its pledge of more than $200 million for the reconstruction of infrastructure and homes in the Gaza Strip destroyed by Israeli forces during Operation Cast Lead.
Bahar also turned his attention to Egypt, urging its government to open the Rafah crossing for goods as well as people.