by Julie Webb-Pullman
“Hamas leaders come from the people,” senior official Dr Salah Al Bardawil told a huge crowd who took to the streets Friday in Nuseirat camp, Gaza, to celebrate 27 years since the birth of the Hamas movement.
“Hamas does not seek power or government, just Palestine’s liberation,” he said. (more…)
by Julie Webb-Pullman
Source: Gaza SCOOP
Israel’s chickens are coming home to roost, along with those of the UN and the international community. How can anyone be surprised?
You cannot subject a people to 50 years of illegal occupation and expect no response. To illegal demolition of their houses, arbitrary detention, torture and inhumane prison conditions and expect no response. You cannot subject a people to ongoing theft of their land for the construction of illegal settlements, to living behind an illegal apartheid wall and expect no response. You cannot subject a people to an illegal siege and expect no response.
The international community has sat on its hands while the Israeli rogue state rode roughshod over the few rights left to Palestinians, with total impunity.
The UN has not enforced international law even ONCE in response to at least 80 breaches of UN Security Council Resolutions. The US has vetoed many more.
Endless negotiations with dishonest brokers have yielded less than nothing for Palestinians – less land, less water, less natural resources, less houses, less jobs, less opportunities, less travel. It is nothing less than scandalous that this has all taken place under the watch of the Useless Nations. (more…)
By Khalid Amayreh, Occupied Palestine
The Judeo-Nazi propaganda machine has been trying rather rabidly to demonize Hamas, the Palestinian-Islamic Liberation Movement. Irate Israeli officials used every conceivable offensive epithet in the dictionary to besmirch Hamas’s image, like calling the group “terrorist” and “genocidal.”
The truth of the matter is that Hamas is neither terrorist nor genocidal. It is rather an Islamic-nationalist liberation group, not so different from other liberation movements, past and present. (more…)
“Best prospect now for realizing Palestinian self-determination is grassroots mobilization”- UN rights expert
GENEVA (8 May 2014) – The outgoing United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, today urged more businesses and civil society “to join the growing global solidarity movement to resist the prolonged Israeli occupation and creeping annexation of Palestine.”
His appeal comes in the wake of the collapsed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks brokered by the United States over the past nine months.
“Both Israelis and Palestinians deserve a just resolution to this conflict with human rights at its core, but the latest round of talks has again created false hopes and fuelled feelings of frustration,” the expert said. (more…)
First Published in Middle East Eye
Although not an official actor in the process, Islamic Jihad’s backing of the Palestine reconciliation deal is seen as important for its survival.
As a non-member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), Palestinian resistance movement Islamic Jihad was not privy to the negotiations between the PLO and Hamas that resulted in Wednesday’s agreement to end the seven-year Fatah-Hamas split.
But as one of Palestine’s most important factions, they are crucial to the success of any deal and say they have considerable interest in participating and helping to build the future of the country. (more…)
Occupied Palestine – The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights has reported that Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israeli occupation under arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges or trial, have decided to go ahead and start their hunger strike on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
Ahrar said the detainees would be holding the “Freedom Revolution Strike 2014” to protest their illegal detention, and that all administrative detainees, of all factions, will be part of the strike.
The detainees issued a statement revealing that contacts have been made to ensure all administrative detainees will start their strike Thursday.
The planned strike was coordinated between various detained political leaders, including detainee Abbas As-Sayyed of Hamas, and Fateh official and legislator, Marwan Barghouthi.
The committee organizing the strike said the move could eventually turn into a comprehensive strike that includes all detainees held by Israeli occupation.
The detainees called on local media outlets to support them, and to inform the world of their suffering and ongoing violations carried out against them.
One of the main demands, which was on the list of every previous strike, is an end to the illegitimate and arbitrary Israeli police of Administrative Detention, and to allow the Red Cross and their lawyers to visit them during their strikes.
The detainees said Administrative Detention is illegal, and Israeli must stop completely stop it.
Also among the demands of the detainees, including Administrative Detainees, is a stop to all violations and attacks against them, attacks against the visiting family members, granting the detainees access to education and proper medical attention, and various demands guaranteed by International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.
On April 15 a group of Palestinians, Italians, and an assortment of other nationalities bussed down to Khan Younis to honour Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian activist murdered on this day in Gaza three years ago. Vik, as he was popularly known, was widely loved and respected by the farmers and fishermen whom he accompanied to deter Israeli attacks against them during their work, as well as by the many he helped during Operation Cast Lead.
Arriving at the home of a farmer who worked with Vik, the group was led to a memorial erected in his honour in the front garden of the farmhouse, surrounded with palms and plants, and adorned with posters and Palestinian flags.(more…)