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Palestinian Authority Gives Up Leverage in Favor of Israeli Fools Gold

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abbasAbbas Decides Against Palestine Joining the International Criminal Court (ICC)

 

 

President of the National Palestinian Unity Government Mahmoud Abbas has halted government attempts to try Israel at the International Criminal Court for war crimes particularly those committed in Gaza. Abbas says the move is necessary to relaunch negotiations with Israel.

The latest Israeli offensive on Gaza killed more than 2,100 people and destroyed over 10,000 buildings and homes. However Abbas snubbing the decision has angered Hamas that argues the process to take Israel to the ICC should have taken place well before the recent onslaught started. Hamas says signing the Roman Statute is the right of every Palestinian victim not osnly from the war on Gaza but further from the West Bank, where the population is facing violations from the Israeli forces on a daily basis.

Abbas is under fire for his decision to block all attempts for the Palestinian Authority to take Israel to the ICC. Critics say this move deprives Palestinians’ basic right to try Israel for war crimes in Gaza.

To this writer, I say what resumption of negotiations? You mean the one where they take more land daily while they keep whispering sweet nothings in our collective ear? Or the one where they “mow the lawn” in Gaza every few years?

Let’s be clear! Abbas had his chance. He has blown it again.  It is now time for ABBAS to resign and be replaced with a highly educated suit wearing charismatic player who can regain leverage and force Israel to comply with international law.

I mean the only element of deal Israel will ever understand is LEVERAGE!

In lieu. for the benefit of all Israelis, Palestinians and we in the global community, Israeli leaders must be taken to court, tried and convicted. Then once convicted, we the people can negotiate with Israel from a position of strength so that human rights can be enforced on the extremists within Israel that want indefinite occupation, oppression, and murder.

(Source / 15.09.2014)

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September 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm

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Amid postwar devastation, Gaza students return to school

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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Classes across the Gaza Strip began for the first time since spring on Sunday morning, as hundreds of thousands returned to school after a summer vacation that saw the most violent Israeli bombardment of Gaza in memory.

Gazan students were meant to begin the 2014-15 school year three weeks ago along with their counterparts in the West Bank, but the use of schools as shelters for nearly 70,000 people rendered homeless by the Israeli assault forced officials to postpone.

Even as the majority of the tiny coastal enclave’s 500,000 students returned to school on Sunday, however, nearly 10,000 students in Beit Hanoun will have to wait even longer for the first day of classes due to the continued presence of displaced families in their schools.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees had planned to concentrate all of the displaced families in three schools in the area and distribute the students of those schools elsewhere, UNRWA official Adnan Abu Hasnah told a press conference in Gaza. But the families protested, refusing to be displaced yet again.

The challenges Beit Hanoun educational administrators face offer a glimpse into those the Gaza Strip faces as a whole, where 110,000 people — out of a total population of 1.8 million — have been left homeless, and infrastructure has been severely damaged.

Ziad Thabit, who served as undersecretary for the Ministry of Education under the former Hamas government, said in a news conference at al-Shujaiyya Girls’ School in eastern Gaza that 24 public schools were completely destroyed during the assault, in addition to 120 public schools and 70 UNRWA schools damaged.

Twenty-two employees of the education ministry, meanwhile, were killed in the 50-day Israeli assault.

Thabit also criticized the Palestinian national consensus government for the lack of coordination between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

“Coordination and cooperation with the ministry of education in the West Bank was better during rivalry years than now,” he said, noting that despite an April agreement that created a government of national unity, division remained a reality on the ground.

(Source / 15.09.2014)

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September 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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Gazan succumbs to wounds from Israeli war

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People look at a crater on the ground and damaged buildings following an Israeli airstrike in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, August 8, 2014.

People look at a crater on the ground and damaged buildings following an Israeli airstrike in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, August 8, 2014

A Palestinian man has died of the wounds he sustained during the recent Israeli military onslaught on the blockaded Gaza Strip, weeks after the end of the war.

Palestinian medical sources said the man, identified as 22-year-old engineering student Anas Taysir al-Hinnawi, died in a hospital in Jordan on Sunday.

Israel started pounding the Gaza Strip in early July, inflicting heavy losses on the Palestinian land. Almost 2,140 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including women, children and elderly people, were killed in the Israeli onslaught. Around 11,000 others were injured.

Tel Aviv says 72 Israelis were killed in the conflict, but the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says the number is much higher.

The Israeli war ended on August 26 with an Egyptian-brokered truce, which took effect after negotiations in Cairo.

Palestinian experts say it costs more than $7.5 billion to rebuild the besieged Gaza Strip.

(Source / 15.09.2014)

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September 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm

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Haniyeh: Hamas will not trade arms for Gaza reconstruction

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Ismail Haniyeh

‘Hamas would not exchange its arms for the reconstruction of Gaza,’ Haniyeh [Pictured above] told the media. ‘The reconstruction of the Strip is as legitimate as Hamas’ weapons,’ he added, noting that his movement would not accept to be ‘politically blackmailed.’

A senior member of Hamas’s political bureau said on Saturday that his movement would not trade its arms for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

Ismail Haniyeh, the deputy chief of the bureau, also called on Egypt to put pressure on Israel to honour its commitments to the terms of the Gaza cease-fire deal that was signed in Cairo on August 26.

“Hamas would not exchange its arms for the reconstruction of Gaza,” Haniyeh told the media. “The reconstruction of the Strip is as legitimate as Hamas’ weapons,” he added, noting that his movement would not accept to be “politically blackmailed.”

Some United Nations diplomats had earlier said that efforts were being made to usher in a Security Council resolution that makes a new war between Israel and Gaza factions not possible in the future.

The 51-day war, which came to an end on August 26, had left 2,152 Gazans dead and more than 11,000 others injured. Israeli bombardments had also left thousands of Gaza’s homes in ruins as well.

During his meeting with the media, Haniyeh also insisted that his movement would not conduct direct negotiations with Israel, calling for a reconsideration of the negotiation strategy with the self-proclaimed Jewish state in general.

“We reject direct negotiations with Israel,” Haniyeh said. “In principle, however, we are not against any political moves based on the national accord document that was signed by all Palestinian factions,” he added.

Palestinian factions, including the two main factions Hamas and Fatah, signed a reconciliation deal in April, putting an end to divisions that marred relations between the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank since 2007.

The deal opened the door for the creation of a national unity government in both territories.

(Source / 14.09.2014)

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September 14, 2014 at 8:27 pm

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Hamas: Palestinians do not need mediators to unite

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Hamas and Fatah reached a reconciliation agreement and formed a unity government in April

Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Mesh'al has said that the Palestinians do not need mediators to unite them.

“Hamas welcomes any reconciliation efforts,” said Mesh’al, “but the Palestinians are not in need of mediators, they are not divided.”

Days of Palestine, Tunis –Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Mesh’al has said that the Palestinians do not need mediators to unite them.

Mesh’al, who is on a two-day visit to Tunis, responded to a question regarding an earlier message sent by the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas calling for the Head of the Tunisian Islamic Movement Al-Nahdah Sheikh Rashid Al-Ghanouchi to mediate a Palestinian reconciliation.

“Hamas welcomes any reconciliation efforts,” said Mesh’al, “but the Palestinians are not in need of mediators, they are not divided.”

Commenting on his visit to Tunis, Mesh’al said: “It is a chance for consultation regarding several issues, including measures to accelerate relief and shelter for Gazans, as well as the reconstruction of the Strip.”

He continued: “All members of the international community are responsible for the reestablishment of Gaza’s infrastructure, including hospitals, electricity plants and other things.”

Mesh’al also visited Tunis to discuss the issue of prosecuting Israeli occupation leaders as the Tunisan President Al-Muncif Al-Marzouqi, who was a human rights activist, has a lot of experience in this field.

In addition, he said that his visit is a kind of appreciation for the Tunisian efforts and support for the Palestinians during the latest Israeli war on Gaza.

(Source / 13.09.2014)

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September 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm

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Occupied Palestinian territory: Bombed out Gazans move into mobile homes

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KHAN YUNIS, September 13, 2014 (AFP) – Fifty Palestinian families made homeless by Israeli bombing during the summer’s fierce offensive on the Gaza Strip were rehoused Saturday in mobile homes in the southern town of Khan Yunis.

During the 50-day conflict, 9,800 homes were totally destroyed and another 8,000 left uninhabitable, according to data from the housing ministry in Gaza.

Imad al-Haddad, Gaza head of a United Arab Emirates association providing these 50 mobile homes, told AFP that, in the town’s Khuzaa neighbourhood alone 500 families lost the rooves over their heads.

Mohamed al-Najjar, 60, whose three-story house was crushed by an Israeli air strike, is one of those moving into the UAE accommodation, which he described as an “excellent initiative” for the near term.

“We expect to rebuild our house; we do not just want a temporary solution,” he said.

Al-Haddad said each unit — comprising two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen — could accommodate six people and cost an estimated 5,400 euros ($7,000).

He said his association would donate 50 more before the onset of winter.

According to the UN agency for aid to Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), 65,000 homeless Gazans are still sheltering in UN schools awaiting accommodation, and thousands more have sought refuge with relatives.

(Source / 13.09.2014)

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September 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm

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Kuwaiti medical convoy sets out for Gaza

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Palestinian aid truck

‘A delegation from the association on Friday headed to the Gaza Strip to help treat the wounded following the latest Zionist aggression on the people of Gaza,’

A delegation of Kuwaiti doctors has set out for the embattled Gaza Strip to help treat thousands of Palestinians injured during Israel’s recent military onslaught on the coastal enclave, the head of the Kuwait Medical Association (KMA) said Friday.

“A delegation from the association on Friday headed to the Gaza Strip to help treat the wounded following the latest Zionist aggression on the people of Gaza,” told Kuwait’s official news agency.

The 14-member delegation includes 12 doctors, according to KMA head Mohamed al-Mutairi.

He added that another medical convoy from the association would set out for the Gaza Strip on September 18.

Deputy KMA Chairman Abdul-Mohsen Al-Kandari, who is leading the medical mission to Gaza, told reporters prior to the delegation’s departure on Friday that the KMA was coordinating its activities with a hospital in the Gaza Strip and another in the Egyptian city of Al-Arish, the latter of which has admitted a number of wounded Palestinians.

At least 2,152 Palestinians were killed and nearly 11,000 injured – the vast majority of them civilians – during 51 days of fierce Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

The onslaught, which ended late last month, also damaged or destroyed thousands of residential structures across the blockaded coastal enclave.

(Source / 13.09.2014)

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September 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

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