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Hamas urges Iranians to expose Israel crimes in Gaza

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The photo shows a ball of fire following an Israeli airstrike on Rafah in the southern of Gaza Strip on July 11, 2014.

The photo shows a ball of fire following an Israeli airstrike on Rafah in the southern of Gaza Strip on July 11, 2014

The Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas has called on the Iranian officials, activists and media to join efforts to expose Israel’s crimes in Gaza to the world.

In a Monday statement, Hamas office in Tehran pointed to the continuation of Israel’s atrocities in Gaza and called on the Iranian media as well as political, religious and social activists to use any means at their disposal, including the Internet, to shed light on such crimes.

Hamas pointed to Israel’s recent brutal attacks against Shojaiya and al-Tofah neighborhoods in Gaza and noted that the bodies of Palestinian victims are still left scattered on the streets as Israel’s attacks on ambulances and rescue vehicles prevent the transfer of the dead and injured to hospitals.

The statement noted that Israel’s ongoing crimes in Gaza are reminiscent of the regime’s massacres in Deir Yassin in 1984, Sabra and Shatila in 1982 and Qana in 1996, which  once again unmask the inhumane character of the Israeli regime.

Israeli tanks and warplanes continue to pound the besieged enclave with sources saying that at least 39 Palestinians were killed on Monday alone.

Sunday has been the bloodiest day of the two-week conflict. More than 100 Palestinians were killed in Shojaiya neighborhood near Gaza City on Sunday. The majority of the victims were civilians, including children, women and the elderly.

The latest casualties bring the Palestinian death toll to 517 from 14 days of Israeli attacks. Over 3,000 Palestinians have been also injured in the onslaught.

Medical workers are now raising alarm over a humanitarian crisis in Gaza where hospitals are running low on basic medical supplies.

The UN Security Council has expressed serious concern over the growing number of casualties in the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 21.07.2014)

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July 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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Hamas Says It Has Captured Israeli Soldier in Gaza

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The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades said on Sunday night that it had captured an Israeli soldier, the first since the release of Gilad Shalit in 2011.

Al-Qassam Brigades said during a speech by spokesman Abu Ubaida aired live on Ma’an News that the captured soldier is named Shaul Aron and his military number was 6092065.

“The fact that they did not announce (the loss of the soldier) shows that they were trying to hide their losses,” the spokesman said in the speech, noting Israel’s lack of response.

The spokesman also warned Israel against taking any steps toward “any kind of foolishness,” saying that it was better for them to respond to the rights of the Palestinian people but instead Israel insisted on arrogance.

An Israeli military spokeswoman could not confirm news of the capture.

The claim comes hours after the Israeli military said that Palestinian militants had killed 18 Israeli soldiers since the ground invasion.

News of the kidnapping sparked celebration across Palestinian cities, with gunshots and fireworks heard in Gaza City, Bethlehem, and elsewhere.

Many greeted the news on a day in which more than 100 Palestinians were killed in the most intense bombardment of the Gaza Strip since 2009, including 66 in the neighborhood of Shujaiyya alone.

In the past, Israel has agreed to release Palestinian prisoners kept in Israeli jails in exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldiers, and Hamas has called for soldiers to be captured with this aim.

Currently, more than 6,000 Palestinians are being held in Israeli jails, hundreds of which are being held under administrative detention without charge or trial for indefinite periods of time.

The last time Hamas captured an Israeli soldier was Gilad Shalit in 2006. He was kept hostage for six years in the Gaza Strip following the capture, which occurred at the Israel-Gaza Strip border.

Shalit was eventually released as part of a deal in 2011 in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail.

In June and July, Israel re-arrested dozens of those former prisoners in violation of the deal as part of Operation Brother’s Keeper, which targeted Hamas members across the West Bank.

(Source / 20.07.2014)

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July 20, 2014 at 9:29 pm

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Hamas commends withdrawal of Ecuadorian ambassador from Tel-Aviv

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Ricardo Patino

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said the Ecuadorian government condemned the Israeli invasion on the Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas hailed on Friday the Ecuadorian decision to withdraw his country’s ambassador to Tel-Aviv in protest against Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Speaking to the Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalah, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said: “This is a very advanced position, to which the countries in the region have not arrive at.”

Barhoum described the withdrawal of the ambassador as a “courageous” decision.

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said the Ecuadorian government condemned the Israeli invasion on the Gaza Strip.

“We condemn the Israeli military incursion into Palestinian territory, we require cessation of operations and indiscriminate attacks against civilians,” Patino said.

Barhoum also called for the UN Security Council to pass a resolution to lift the eight-year siege on Gaza and stop Israeli aggression on Gaza, which has continued for 13 days.

Ecuador announced Thursday that it was calling in its ambassador to Israel, according to La Informacion and El Universo.

(Source / 20.07.2014)

 

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July 20, 2014 at 8:57 pm

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PFLP: Ground invasion of Gaza is doomed to failure for the enemy

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In response to the Zionist enemy’s announced decision to invade Gaza via a ground invasion, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine declared that it is doomed to failure and will not achieve its objectives, thanks to the steadfastness of our people and their determination to confront the aggression, and to the brave resistance which is ready and willing to confront the invasion everywhere in Gaza.

The PFLP emphasized its confidence in the resistance factions, and the importance of coordination on the ground and developing joint plans not only to thwart the invasion but to defeat the occupation forces and develop a new equation in our struggle with the enemy.

The PFLP saluted the masses of the Palestinian people and their steadfastness in confronting this fascist aggression, their embrace of resistance and rejection of the enemy’s threats, and their knowledge that ending the suffering and aggression must come with the defeat of the occupier.

Comrade Hani Thawabteh, member of the Central Committee of the PFLP, spoke saluting the Palestinian people, saying that “all of our people are today engaged in the battle against the aggression and confronting the enemy’s war machine.” He noted that the Palestinian resistance, including the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades are ready to confront the ground invasion and that our people will not surrender and their will cannot be broken.

He noted that the primary objective of the barbaric aggression waged by the Zionist army in the Gaza Strip is aimed at imposing conditions rejected by the Palestinian people and their heroic resistance. He praised the unity and collaboration between the resistance fighters in the battlefield, and their commitment and strength that prove why Palestinians know that they will achieve victory.

He expressed the highest salutes of the leadership of the Front to the masses of the Palestinian people for their steadfastness and support of the resistance, and their refusal to concede to Zionist threats.

Comrade Maher al-Taher, member of the Political Bureau of the PFLP, said that the will of the Palestinian people is unbreakable, and that the Zionist enemy will pay dearly for its ground offensive on Gaza and its attempt to break the Palestinian people and their resistance.

“The Zionist criminals’ killing of women and children, the destruction of civilian homes over the heads of the families who own them, will only increase the determination to continue the battle with legendary steadfastness,” said Taher.

He said that the main objective of the aggression of air, sea and land is to disarm the resistance, but this goal will remain elusive and leaders will recognize terrorism in “Tel Aviv,” they will not reach their goal, whatever the sacrifices, and will remain our motto certificate or victory.

(Source / 20.07.2014)

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July 20, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian doctor

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Mads Frederick Gilbert

Mads Frederick Gilbert

Dearest friends,The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!).

My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we cannot afford that, nor can they.

Ashy grey faces – Oh NO! Not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out – oh – the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes,cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away … to be prepared again, to be repeated all over. More then 100 cases came to Shifa in the last 24 hrs. Enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here – almost nothing: no electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterday’s hospitals. But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormously resolute.

And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flow, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!

An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made in and paid by the US.

Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?

I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.

I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.

Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.

But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.

The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.

Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.

Mads Gilbert MD PhD

Professor and Clinical Head

Clinic of Emergency Medicine

University Hospital of North Norway

(Source / 20.07.2014)

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July 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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Al-Qassam Brigades: From one pistol to an organised army

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Al-Qassam brigade soldiers

Before 1990, the name of Hamas’s military wing was unknown. That year, however, witnessed a quantum leap in the military performance of the movement, which founded its own military force, the “Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades”, named after the martyred Syrian resistance fighter who was shot dead by British soldiers in the Palestinian town of Ya’bad near Jenin in 1935.

The founding leaders of Al-Qassam Brigades say that military activities of the Muslim Brotherhood, prior to the establishment of Hamas, started in the 1980s under different names, including “Palestinian Mujahedeen” and “Majd”.

In January 1, 1992, the brigades issued their first statement and circulated it following an operation carried out by one of the movement’s cells, which killed the rabbi of Kfar Dorom settlement, Doron Shoshan. In the statement, Hamas introduced Al-Qassam Brigades officially as its military wing.

After its modest foundation with only a handful of fighters, the brigades now fill the Gaza Strip; the extent of their presence in the West Bank is not known. According to a bulletin issued by Al-Qassam on its 20th anniversary, the number of members in Gaza alone exceeds 10,000. It is thus a real army with military formations of individuals, companies, battalions and brigades.

The bulletin revealed that Al-Qassam has four brigades: Northern Gaza Brigade, Gaza Brigade, Central Gaza Brigade and Southern Gaza Brigade.

The military wing started its operations with a pistol, then a rifle and then manufactured its own machine gun. Its weapons evolved to include improvised explosive devices such as “Hoaz” explosives, and then suicide bombings using explosive belts, in addition to bombs and remote-detonation equipment.

The Sderot settlement was the first target of the locally-produced Palestinian rocket launched by Al-Qassam on Friday 26 October, 2001. The rocket was named “Qassam 1″ and was described by Time Magazine as “the primitive rocket that may transform the Middle East.” It was developed rapidly into “Qassam 2″, which debuted in February 2002. The resistance group has expanded the range of its rockets to over 80 kilometres. The M75 was used in Israel’s war against Gaza in 2012; Israel’s latest assault and invasion of Gaza this month has seen the R160 rocket used in retaliation, aimed at Haifa. In a remarkable development, Al-Qassam announced on 14 July its ability to manufacture 3 drones for use in special operations against Israel.

Like other armed forces around the world, Al-Qassam has specialist units for engineering, aerial operations, artillery and martyrs. During the current Israeli operation in Gaza, the brigades have announced the first operation by marine commandos, who infiltrated Israel’s heavily-fortified Zakim military base located in the city of Ashkelon.

Al-Qassam Brigades have employed deterrent technology to confront the Israeli armed forces. The military wing has claimed that it has produced anti-tank missiles, such as “Al-Battar” and “Al-Yassin”, and improvised explosive devices which have shattered the myth of the invincibility of Israel’s Merkava tanks.

Furthermore, the wing has captured a number of Israeli soldiers as hostages, the last of whom was Gilad Shalit. He was captured while on active duty in 2005; his release was made in exchange for 1,050 Palestinian prisoners as part of a swap deal in 2011.

The brigades fought in Israel’s two wars of aggression against the Gaza Strip in 2008 and 2012, and claim to have inflicted heavy losses on the Israelis.

The current leader of Al-Qassam Brigades is Mohamed Al-Deif. Israel has placed him on its “bank of targets to be liquidated” and has tried to assassinate him on more than one occasion. He stands accused of being the mastermind behind all key Al-Qassam operations.

(Source / 20.07.2014)

 

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July 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm

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Gaza’s writers keep writing under the bombs

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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City on 19 July.

 

Despite Israel’s relentless aerial bombardments, shelling and ground attacks for nearly two weeks, Palestinian writers in Gaza have responded to the latest onslaught by doing what they know – writing.

According to an email from Ra Page, director of Manchester-based Comma Press, which recently published a collection of short stories from writers in Gaza, “all of the Book of Gazacontributors are writing away like crazy, whilst they have power.” (Eighty percent of households in Gaza currently have only up to four hours of power per day as Israel has badly damaged the Strip’s electricity infrastructure.)

These writers include Nayrouz Qarmout, whose work is currently being translated for publication, and Najlaa Ataallah. Ataallah has built upon her existing Arabic-language writing — which includes two novels and a short story collection — with English posts to her blog, in the hope of sharing her experiences of the bombing and invasion with a wider audience.

Her response to the ninth day of the current attack includes this passage:

Did I die?

No doubt, this is all your hallucination of what it’s like to be dead. I’m still thinking of being not dead. Yes, I kicked him out. I triumphed upon him. He did not hug me nor took me with him to the sky.

I’m still here. I’m on this ground.

You are delirious. Your temperature sky rocketed. Your body trembles uncontrollably. Your mother recites the versus from the Quran over your head. The bed shakes.

“What day is it today?”, you asked your mother.

She lowers her head, trying to answer you. It looks like she too has forgotten the day and the date.

But that’s not what you are asking for…

You wanted to know which day of the aggression is this day. Did you pass the ninth day without death harvesting you, or are you still inside this ninth day cycle?

More of Ataallah’s writing can be found on her blog.

(Source / 20.07.2014)

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July 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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Gaza under attack

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The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1800 hours on Saturday July 19, 2014.

Deaths: 338 – 83 children, 24 women 18-60 years, 18 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 2,556 – 755 children, 463 women 18-60 years, 107 over 60 years.
ICU: 23 patients

(Facebook / 19.07.2014)

 

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July 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm

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Hamas’ terms for a prospective ceasefire

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1. An immediate ceasefire of both sides.

2. The halt to military and security attacks of all kinds from both sides.

3. Israel will commit itself to completely lift the land and sea blockade of the Gaza Strip:
Israel will open all border crossing, as well as the Gaza Port, in order to allow the entrance of all goods, electricity, gas and any other Palestinian necessities.
12 miles will be added to the Gaza fishing zone.
Palestinians will be allowed to move freely in the Gaza border area and there will be no buffer zone.

4. A plan to rehabilitate Gaza will be put into motion.

5. Undoing Operation Brother’s Keeper:
Israel will complete its obligations from the Shalit deal, including the release of Palestinian prisoners who were freed as a part of the deal and re-arrested during the West Bank operation.
Israel will end all collective punishments and actions against the Palestinians in the West Bank that were put in place since the kidnapping and murder of the three Israel teenagers.
Israel will release all of the suspects arrested during the operation, among them the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Aziz Duwaik.
Israel will allow Hamas institutes in the West Bank that were shut down during the operation to reopen.
Israel will return all public property it confiscated during the operation.

6. Israel will stop its administrative detentions policy and end punishments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

The ceasefire will be put into effect in the following manner:
A time will be set for the understandings to come into effect.
The United States will act as guarantor to ensure the agreement is implemented according to a defined timetable, to safeguard the truce and to ensure there are no failures in the implementation of the agreement. If either side has reservations, it will turn to the United States.
Both sides will halt fire within six hours from the time the agreement is accepted.”

(Facebook / Motasem A Dalloul / 19.07.2014)

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July 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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Support for Palestine 19.07.2014

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Paris

Avignon

London

Hamburg

King of Sweden and wife

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Brussels

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Limerick, Ireland

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Belfast

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Paris

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Glasgow

Santiago

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London with the message

Buenos Aires

Chile

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Gaza under attack

 

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July 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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