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Haneyya: Israeli occupation is ‘in decline’


GAZA, (PIC)– Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya has said that the Israeli occupation is “in decline”, and that the Palestinians benefited most from the Arab Spring.

“The Zionist occupation is in decline, in light of the disappearance of its allies who protected it over the past decades,” Haneyya said on Sunday during a graduation ceremony at Al-Aqsa University near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

In the speech, the premier also condemned the entry of ultra-Orthodox Jews into Al-Aqsa Mosque earlier that day, saying: “Al-Aqsa (Mosque) today is being exposed to attempts by Zionists to desecrate and break into it, in a desperate attempt to change the features of Jerusalem and take it from the Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims.”

Source: The Palestinian Information Center.

Hamas opposes Palestinian UN bid, warns of consequences

GAZA CITY (BNO NEWS) — The Palestinian militant group Hamas on Wednesday said it does not support the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations (UN) and warned of its consequences, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported.

A spokesman for the movement, Salah al-Bardawil, said that President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to go to the UN is a tactical move, part of a negotiation process that is ‘not based on principles.’ He added that Hamas and other Palestinian resistance factions it leads would therefore not support the decision.

Bardawil also told a seminar in Gaza City that if the Palestinian state is ratified within the 1967 borders, the Palestinian resistance would not be able to shoot a single bullet ‘against the Israeli occupation,’ according to PNN.

On Tuesday, the Fatah Revolutionary Council called for the Palestinian support of the UN bid and urged people to go out and demonstrate in city centers. Fatah said the demonstrations will increase until September 23, when President Abbas will speak to the UN General Assembly.

Last week, the United States said it will veto any Palestinian bid to seek a full United Nations membership and warned that any action at the United Nations will only increase tensions in the region. The United States is one of the permanent members of the UN Security Council.

The U.S. comments came a day after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told U.S. officials that the Palestinian bid does not contradict the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but will end the deadlock that resulted from “Israeli intransigence.”

Abbas also said that Palestine is willing to return to negotiations if Israel accepts the terms of reference to the peace process, the two-state solution on the 1967 borders and stops settlements in the Palestinian Territory, according to the Palestine News and Information Agency.

Last year, Israel and the Palestinian Authority stalled the peace negotiations, which were supported by the United States and the United Nations, after the Jewish nation refused to extend a moratorium on settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territory in September.

In response, President Abbas broke off direct talks as recommended by Hamas, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by the European Union and countries such as the United States and Israel. Israel has since resumed settlement construction even though they have been labeled as a violation of international law by the international community.

Palestine has demanded a stop to settlement construction in the disputed East Jerusalem and West Bank area as a key element for continuing peace talks, aimed at reaching a two-state solution based on the 1967 Green Line. However, Israeli authorities have rejected the Palestinian solution based on the 1967 borders as that measure would leave a large population of Israelis in Judea and Samaria outside Israel’s borders.

About 120 out of 193 countries have currently recognized the State of Palestine and those are seen as possible supporters if the UN votes on the issue. If the UN Security Council resolution to recognize Palestine is approved, Palestine would become the 194th member of the United Nations.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Source: WireUpdate.

Hamas slams UNRWA for interfering in union activities


GAZA, (PIC)– The Hamas Movement’s department of refugee affairs criticized the UNRWA administration for intervening in the work of labor unions in Gaza and suspending head of the UNRWA’s Arab staff union Suhail Hindi for three weeks.

“The [suspension] decision falls within its attempts to muzzle its employees, break their will and deter them from engaging in any union activities, the refugee department said in a press release on Saturday.

“The UNRWA has no right to control the movement of its employees who are affiliated with unions; this is considered intervention in their freedoms which are internationally protected, it added.

“The UNRWA’s attempts to restrain its employees and their representatives from claiming their rights and acting for their just cause will be doomed to failure, and there is no need for the UNRWA to repeat mistakes which cause it to lose on the moral level.”

For its part, the committee for the rights of refugees denounced the UNRWA for converting itself from a relief foundation into a political and security agency.

The committee accused the administration of the UNRWA of carrying out conspiratorial schemes against the Palestinian refugees and changing its relief role into a dubious political and intelligence role through recruiting a very large number of foreign employees for jobs of no use to the Palestinian people.

It emphasized in a press release its rejection of transferring the UNRWA from a relief agency for refugees into a security and political institution serving foreign agendas aimed at liquidating the issue of Palestinian refugees.

Source: Occupied Palestine WordPress News Blog.

Haniyeh praises Gaza flytilla campaign

Sat Jul 9, 2011

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has praised the activists who started the Gaza ‘flytilla’ campaign to support Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.

“More than 66 flights originated from different European cities to go to Al-Lod (Ben Gurion) airport to support the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, and to say no to the Zionist occupation,” he told a crowd gathered at a mosque in Gaza City on Friday, AP reported.

Israeli police detained 69 activists upon their arrival at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on Friday. A total of 25 other activists were also denied entry into Israel.

Four of the 69 activists have been deported to their home countries and the rest have been sent to detention facilities, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

The activists were part of the pro-Palestinian Welcome to Palestine campaign, which has been organizing the flytilla to Israel.

The effort is meant to be a complement to the Gaza Freedom Flotilla II, a convoy of ships organized by activists to deliver humanitarian supplies to the 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip.

The 10-ship humanitarian flotilla was scheduled to leave Greek ports for the coastal enclave in early July, with the goal of breaking Israel’s blockade of the impoverished territory.

However, the flotilla was prohibited from leaving the ports after the Greek government made a sudden decision to impose a blanket ban on the departure of any vessels destined for Gaza.

Source: PressTV.

Hamas suspends work at Rafah crossing

GAZA, June 5 (Xinhua) — Hamas authorities suspended working at Rafah crossing point Sunday until reaching an agreement with Egypt on resuming the movement of travelers, officials said.

The move was also to protest Egypt’s decision to close the crossing on Saturday. Egypt said renovation work was behind the closure of the crossing, a week after the Palestinians praised Egypt for deciding to open the crossing permanently for the first time in years.

Hamas’ foreign affairs ministry is holding contacts with Egypt over recent problems that prevented dozens of Palestinians from traveling, said Ayoub Abu Sha’ar, director of the Palestinian side at Rafah crossing.

He added that Hamas suspended the work “because the mechanisms of traveling in the Egyptian side are not clear.”

A week ago, Egypt said it opened the crossing, the only gate for Gazans to the world bypassing Israel, permanently and regularly.

Work went fine the first four days after the crossing was opened, but then Hamas said that the movement of travelers was ” almost paralyzed,” blaming Egypt for the slow work.

Egypt said there were technical problems that delayed the work and that these troubles can be resolved through coordination.

Since Hamas took over Gaza by force in 2007, the crossing had been closed for most of the time. In June 2010, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered the crossing to reopen on regular basis, but conditions for travel were still difficult.

Source: Xinhua.

Haneyya: Palestinians on Threshold of Promising Future

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya said that Hamas had successfully merged between resistance of the Israeli occupation and governance and stressed that the Palestinians are on the “threshold of a new stage and promising future”.

The PM said so Friday evening to mark the grand opening of the Beisan tourist city in northern Gaza Strip.

“We have been able during the past years to combine between resistance and rule in parallel lines,” Haneyya said.

He pointed out that his government, run by Hamas for five years, has carefully selected its priorities in a way that has served the interests of the Palestinians and countered Israeli occupation policies.

“Priorities have gone parallel,” the Palestinian premier explained. “We gave precedence to the rifle when it had priority, and we gave precedence to liberation and then change. Today we give precedence to reconstruction.”

“This reconstruction [has been taking place] despite a lack of resources and the [Israeli] siege, but it offers a bright image of Islam and our Islamic civilization and government,” Haneyya said.

He also confirmed that the Palestinians are on the “threshold of a new stage and a promising future”, and stated that the recreational and tourist city would help serve the Palestinians.

Beisan is said to have been erected on a waste site that turned into a “green oasis”. It now includes various recreational facilities, such as sports fields, amusement parks, a zoo, beautiful landscape, and agricultural land.

Source: Ikhwanweb.

Israeli court extends detention of Hamas lawmaker

RAMALLAH, May 31 (Xinhua) — An Israeli court extended the detention of a Hamas lawmaker for another six months, the Hamas parliamentary bloc said Tuesday.

Nayef al-Rejoub, a West Bank-based Hamas official, was detained in December and has not been indicted or charged, the bloc said in a statement.

Al-Rejoub is one of dozens of Hamas lawmakers who were detained for the first time in 2006. Israel chased down Hamas West Bank- based officials after the Islamic movement kidnapped an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip.

Israel released most of the lawmakers, including Al-Rejoub, but arrested them again last year. By Tuesday, Israel still holds 10 Hamas legislators.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, demands Israel to release at least 1,000 Palestinian and Arab prisoners in exchange for the captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army arrested 12 Palestinians in the cities of Qalqilya and Jenin in the West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.

In Jenin, the Israeli forces also shut down a charity close to the Islamic Jihad movement, witnesses said.

Israel says most of the arrested are wanted activists.

Source: Xinhua.