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HAMAS WARNS ISRAEL – WE WILL SIEGE YOUR CITIES AS YOU HAVE BESIEGED OURS.

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Ben Gurion airport suspended

 

GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) – The armed wing of Hamas warned foreign airlines on Wednesday against flying into Tel Aviv, threatening to step up its six-week conflict with Israel and declaring truce talks in Cairo over.

The warning came after Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza again Wednesday as furious mourners buried the wife and infant son of Hamas’s top military commander, baying for revenge as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed.

Mohammed Deif, who has topped Israel’s most wanted list for more than a decade, escaped the assassination attempt, Hamas said.

Israel, which had carried out five previous attempts on Deif’s life, said it would have no qualms about trying again, describing him as an “arch murderer.”

“We are warning international airlines and press them to stop flying into Ben Gurion airport from 6 am (0300 GMT) Thursday,” the spokesman of the Hamas armed wing, Abu Obeida, said in a televised speech.

Last month, many international airlines briefly suspended flights into Tel Aviv after a Hamas rocket struck close to the airport.

Dressed in military fatigues with his face wrapped in a red-and-white chequered headscarf, Abu Obeida said Hamas was abandoning efforts to negotiate a durable ceasefire with Israel at Egyptian-brokered talks.

“We are calling on the Palestinian delegation to withdraw immediately from Cairo and not to return,” he said in a speech broadcast on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV channel.

“There will be no return to talks after today and any move in this direction will never achieve any result,” he added.

“The enemy lost a golden chance to reach a ceasefire with limited demands, for which it will pay after today.”The

The bloodshed pushed to 2,047 the number of Gazans killed in six weeks of the most violent confrontation between Israel and Hamas militants since the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising (2000-2005).

(Source / 20.08.2014)

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August 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm

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Hamas Fires Israeli Natural Gas Reception Station, Escalates Encounter

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Qassam BrigadesThe Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas announced on Wednesday that it fired two missiles at an Israeli natural gas reception station in Ashdod, a city along the coast about halfway between Tel Aviv and northern Gaza.

The Palestinian resistance movement also warned foreign airlines on Wednesday against flying into Tel Aviv.

“We are warning international airlines and press them to stop flying into Ben Gurion airport from 6 am (0300 GMT) Thursday,” said Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida in a televised speech.

The military wing of Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, announced it had fired rockets at Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion airport, in retaliation for the airstrikes carried out by the Zionist entity against the besieged strip of Gaza.

The Israeli regime had “opened the gates of hell on itself” through its latest killings in the blockaded territory and warned that the Tel Aviv regime would “pay the price for its crimes,” al-Qassam Brigades said on Tuesday.

Israel renewed its military strikes against the Gaza Strip on Tuesday ahead of the expiration of a recently-agreed truce at 2100 GMT.

The resistance brigades said it had launched M75 and Fajr 5 rockets on Tel Aviv, noting that the move was in response for the Israeli offensive against the civilians in Gaza.

Al-Qassam brigades added that it fired J80 rocket on Ben Gurion airport, 15 Grad rockets on Kiryat Mlakhi, 10 Qassam rockets on Sderot.

Occupiers are not safe as our people in Gaza are under the Israeli fire, al-Qassam Brigades stressed, noting that all the occupied territories are under the resistance rockets reach.

(Source / 20.08.2014)

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August 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm

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Amnesty International, HRW demand access to Gaza

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Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on Israel to “immediately” allow access to Gaza to investigate claims of violations against human rights.

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Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on Israel in a joint statement to “immediately” allow access to Gaza for organizations to investigate claims of violations against human rights.

“The victims’ and the public’s right to know about what happened during the hostilities requires the Israeli authorities to ensure full transparency about their actions and to refrain from hindering independent and impartial research into all alleged violations,” said the statement, which was released on Wednesday.

According to the statement, Israeli officials have refused repeated Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch demands to enter Gaza through the Erez crossing border controlled by Israel. The NGOs have not received a positive response from Egyptian authorities as well.

“Valuable time has already been lost and it’s essential that human rights organizations now be able to enter the Gaza Strip to begin the vital job of verifying allegations of war crimes,” the statement said.

Human Rights Watch Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson asked: ““If Israel is confident in its claim that Hamas is responsible for civilian deaths in Gaza, why is it blocking human rights organizations from carrying out on-site investigations?”

Amnesty International Secretariat says it has requested permission to enter Gaza three times since July 7, but the Israeli Civil Administration, which is under the Defense Ministry’s control, stated that it could not process the requests and that the border was closed.

“Journalists, UN staff, humanitarian workers, and others with permits have been able to enter and exit via Erez throughout this period,” contests the NGO in the statement.

Israeli authorities last permitted Human Rights Watch to enter Gaza through the Erez border crossing in 2006, and Amnesty International in 2012.

At least 2036 Gazans were killed and more than 10,000 others were injured since the beginning of Israel’s military operation “Protective Edge”, which started on July 7.

(Source / 20.08.2014)

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August 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm

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Al-Qassam warns foreign airlines against flying into Israel

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Hamas’ armed wing issues warning against international flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport as of 0300 GMT Thursday

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Palestinian fighters from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, stand inside an underground tunnel in Gaza August 18, 2014. A rare tour that Hamas granted to a Reuters reporter, photographer and cameraman appeared to be an attempt to dispute Israel’s claim that it had demolished all of the Islamist group’s border infiltration tunnels in the Gaza war. Picture taken August 18, 2014

Al-Qassam Bridgades, the armed wing of Gaza rulers Hamas, have issued a warning against foreign airlines flying into Tel Aviv, a day after an Egypt-brokered ceasefire fell through and fighting resumed between Israel and Palestinian factions in the besieged coastal enclave.

“We are warning international airlines and pressing them to stop flying into Ben Gurion airport from 6am (0300 GMT) Thursday,” Al-Qassam’s website said on Wednesday.

Flights to Ben Gurion were suspended earlier in July by US and European states due to a Palestinian rocket being fired nearby.

AFP mentioned that Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abou Obeida said in a speech broadcast on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV channel, “We are calling on the Palestinian delegation to withdraw immediately from Cairo and not to return.”

“There will be no return to talks after today and any move in this direction will never achieve any result,” he added.

Israel and Palestinian factions have blamed each other for the collapse of an Egyptian-sponsored 24-hour truce late Tuesday which led to the re-eruption of armed confrontations.

Prior to that, Egypt brokered two 72-hour truce agreements and a five-day ceasefire in a bid to allow more time for negotiators from both sides to reach a common ground.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered new airstrikes on Gaza and withdrew his negotiators from the Cairo talks.

Fatah leader and head of the Palestinian delegation Azzam Al-Ahmed said his team will leave Cairo on Wednesday. “The enemy lost a golden chance to reach a ceasefire with limited demands, for which it will pay after today.”

The wife and two-year-old son of Al-Qassam Brigades’ commander Mohammed Deif were killed in an Israeli air strike on a building in Gaza City late Tuesday – but Hamas said Deif was still alive.

“The Zionist enemy failed to assassinate general commander Abu Khaled (Deif),” said Obeida, Al-Qassam Bridgades’ spokesman.

The Israeli assault on Gaza has killed 2,047 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side since 8 July. Palestinian emergency services say more than 10,240 Palestinians have been wounded.

(Source / 20.08.2014)

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August 20, 2014 at 8:22 pm

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Malaysian govt delegation visits Gaza Strip

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Palestinians inspect damage caused to a building 2014

The delegation is carrying medicine, medical equipment and other assistance to the blockaded strip

A Malaysian government delegation arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday via Egypt’s Rafah border crossing to assess the humanitarian situation in the embattled Palestinian enclave.

The delegation is made up of Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, representative of the Malaysian prime minister; Palestinian Ambassador to Malaysia Anwar al-Agha; and Malaysian Ambassador to Egypt Datuk Ku Jaafar Ku Shaa, delegation spokesman Mohamed Abu al-Qambaz told Anadolu Agency.

The delegation is carrying medicine, medical equipment and other assistance to the blockaded strip, he added.

A second, 70-member delegation from Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional Party – bearing additional humanitarian aid – is expected to arrive in Gaza on Tuesday, the spokesman said.

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are currently in Egyptian capital Cairo, where they have been engaged in indirect talks aimed at hammering out a permanent ceasefire arrangement.

The talks follow more than one month of devastating Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip, which have left at least 2016 Palestinians dead – the vast majority of them civilians – and more than 10,000 injured.

At least 64 Israeli troops have also been killed in combat in Gaza, while three Israeli civilians were killed by rockets fired from the coastal enclave.

The Gaza Strip, home to some 1.8 million Palestinians, has reeled under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007, which has badly affected the strip’s local economy and residents’ livelihoods.

(Source / 19.08.2014)

 

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August 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm

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Fouad: The Zionist enemy never stopped its attacks on the Palestinian people; resistance is ready to respond

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fuadDespite the announcement of various ceasefire periods, the Zionist enemy has not once stopped its attacks against the Palestinian people everywhere, its ongoing siege, its threats, and its bombings, said Comrade Abu Ahmad Fouad, Deputy General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said in an interview with Palestine Today TV on August 19. “Pressure is being exerted to force us to compromise, but we will not give up.”

“Every shell fired by the occupation must be answered by shells and rockets; all factions of the resistance must maintain our unified operations room and coordinated operations…responding to the crimes of the enemy…we have the ability for the resistance to meet this challenge,” said Fouad.

In relation to the ongoing negotiations in Cairo, Fouad said that “the delegation is attempting, in light of the current situation in the Gaza Strip, the destruction, murder and crimes committed by the enemy, to reach a solution to provide some of the requirements of the people of the Strip, but all of our people, the resistance and the Palestinian people broadly refuse to provide concessions on these basic rights; they demand to implement the terms of the resistance.”

Fouad noted that the Front insists that the terms of the resistance must remain one package, first and foremost the airport and seaport and the complete lifting of the siege on Gaza. “Our brothers in the Palestinian delegation presented ideas for a solution to the impasse, focusing on opening the crossings, the airport and the seaport. They realized at the same time that the Zionist entity is intransigent in regard to the airport and the seaport, as well as the Palestinian prisoners who have been re-arrested, which is a very important issue. They have insisted on postponing these topics for a month, and in our opinion, this postponement will go on and on, because the enemy has shown that it does not commit to any agreements, even under international auspices.”

“There is only one option for the Palestinian delegation if its terms are not approved, which is to end this avenue and leave the matter to the resistance and continue to struggle. We cannot accept the Zionist entity imposing its crimes upon our people. We have the capacity to continue the resistance and force the enemy to accept our terms in the field of confrontation, and all resistance forces must prepare to direct substantial blows against the enemy,” Fouad said.

He noted the role of the U.S., saying that U.S. empire is behind all of the crimes and the Zionist intransigence. “Everyone knows that the United States is responsible for all of the crimes plaguing the Arab nation,” said Fouad. He urged Palestinian national unity and joining the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court to prosecute the Zionist entity for its crimes against our people.

He saluted the fighters of the resistance, “In the battlefield, we will respond, fight back and prove once more that our capacities and our resistance wings are ready to strike serious blows against the invading settlers and soldiers.”

(Source / 19.08.2014)

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August 19, 2014 at 8:32 pm

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Hamas says chances of Gaza truce deal ‘evaporating’

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CAIRO (AFP) — A senior Hamas official said Tuesday the chances of a durable ceasefire in Gaza were “evaporating” and that there had been no progress in indirect negotiations with Israel.

“The chances of reaching an agreement are evaporating,” Ezzat al-Rishq, a member of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo where Egyptian mediators are racing to bridge the gaps before a temporary ceasefire runs out at midnight, told AFP.

(Source / 19.08.2014)

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August 19, 2014 at 8:21 pm

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One third of Gaza city not fit to live in

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GAZA, (PIC)– One third of the overall area of Gaza City has become uninhabitable due to the unprecedented damage wrought by the Israeli occupation, particularly in the eastern suburbs, Gaza mayor Nizar Hijazi said.“The Israeli occupation has deliberately targeted water pumps and sewage plants so as to dampen the spirits of Gaza populace,” Hijazi said in exclusive statements to the PIC.

Two members of the municipality staff were killed during the Gaza offensive while some 120 others had their homes shelled, including the mayor’s.

Hijazi said the dearth of Gaza municipality has become increasingly edgier since the launch of the Israeli offensive. This includes shortages in equipment, work tools, and mechanisms.

Yet the municipality is trying all possible ways to meet Gazans’ demands despite the scarcity of the available means and the salary crisis rocking the Strip for the past three months.

“Since the launch of the Gaza offensive we have formed a central emergency committee working round-the-clock despite the ceaseless Israeli rocket-fire unleashed against our staff personnel,” Hijazi declared.

He said the Israeli occupation destroyed more than 13 water wells and wastewater treatment plants in Gaza, forcing the municipality to pump water into the sea without treatment and triggering health crises and diseases among Palestinian citizens.

Gaza mayor spoke against Israel’s targeting of Gaza’s sole power plant, reducing the hours of water supply and leading to the spread of diseases and insects among the local inhabitants.

Hijazi acclaimed Qatari assistance to Gaza municipality, calling on the unity government to assume their responsibilities and provide the municipality with an operating budget along with the urgent reimbursement of Gazan’s salaries.

“Ever since the launch of the aggression, stakeholders at the unity government have neither been in touch with us nor do they have listened to our demands,” he charged.

(Source / 19.08.2014)

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August 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm

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ACT! Join ISM in West Bank now, for October olive harvest

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ISM is calling for volunteers to join us in the West Bank now, and for the olive harvest beginning in October

We need solidarity activists to support the Palestinian popular struggle by joining protests and demonstrations, to document and report on the crimes committed by both the Israeli military and the colonial settlers living on Palestinian land throughout the West Bank, and to stand alongside Palestinian communities as they face occupation and apartheid.

ISM is also sending an urgent call for volunteers to join the 2014 olive harvest campaign, beginning in October.

ISM volunteers join Palestinian farming communities each year to harvest olives in areas where Palestinians face settler and military violence while working their land. Palestinian communities state that the presence of international volunteers reduces the risk of extreme violence from Israeli settlers and the Israeli army. Your presence can make a big difference.

The olive tree is a Palestinian national symbol, and the Israeli military systematically prevents agricultural fruition in order to make life for Palestinians more difficult. The Israeli occupation provides a platform for Palestinian rights to be violated in an array of ways; the attack on agriculture is at the forefront.

Already documented this year, and to list a few cases; the trees have suffered settler sewage runoff, sabotaging fires, and being cut down. Olive trees comprise of an essential 14% of the Palestinian agricultural economy.

In January 2014 alone approximately 2020 olive trees were reportedly destroyed.

We support Palestinians’ assertion of their right to earn their livelihoods and be present on their lands. International solidarity activists engage in non-violent intervention and documentation and practical support, which enables many families to pick their olives.

The campaign will begin in October and will last around 6-8 weeks. We ask that volunteers start arriving at the end of September, so that we will be prepared when the harvest begins. Usually we require a two week commitment from volunteers, however during the olive harvest a one week commitment is sufficient. All volunteers must attend a two-day training before they join ISM, trainings run on Wednesdays and Thursdays as long as the trainers are available.

Please see the join ISM page or contact palreports@gmail.com for further information.

(Source / 18.08.2014)

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August 18, 2014 at 8:47 pm

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Gaza prepares for end of ceasefire, as talks continue in Egypt

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Gaza prepares for end of ceasefire, as talks continue in Egypt | Palestine | Scoop.it

With just a few precious hours left of a five-day ceasefire, Gazans are rushing to stock up on supplies.

It comes as Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu announced that they would strike ‘with force’, shouldHamas resume rocket fire when the truce expires at midnight local time.

The death toll in the conflict stands at 2,016 according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Sixty four soldiers and three civilians have died on the Israeli side.

For the Palestinians the talks hinge on Israel lifting its blockade of the Gaza strip, also of concern to the international community.

“It remains my conviction that we must not leave Gaza in the condition it was in before this latest escalation, otherwise the restrictions on the (Gaza) Strip, on exit and entry of goods and people will continue to fuel instability, under-development and conflict,” said Robert H. Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process at the UN.

Netanyahu said that any deal on the coastal enclave would have to meet the security demands of Israel.

The Egyptian mediators hope for an extension to the ceasefire, with any outstanding issues to be resolved at a later date.

(Source / 18.08.2014)

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August 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm

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