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Museum will serve as a ‘link between Palestinians in historic Palestine and those living in the diaspora.’
The museum will be located just next to Birzeit University.Wikimedia Commons
The biggest museum yet of Palestinian history, culture and art is to open its doors in the West Bank next year.
The Palestinian Museum’s inauguration ceremony is scheduled for May 15, organizers announced Monday, a symbolic date as it marks the Nakba, “catastrophe” in Arabic, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were dispersed into exile in the war that accompanied Israel’s creation in 1948.
The 3,800-square-meter museum, located north of Jerusalem in Birzeit, aims to serve as a “link between Palestinians in historic Palestine and those living in the diaspora,” a statement said.
It will be “dedicated to preserving and celebrating the culture, society and history of Palestine over the past two centuries,” it said.
“The decision to open the museum on the 15th of May is designed to underline the enduring importance of the Nakba to the museum’s work,” said the museum’s director, Jack Persekian.
A first exhibition, “Never Part,” will gather stories of Palestinians’ most treasured possessions in order to explore the interplay between material culture and collective identity.
The museum is an initiative of the Welfare Association, a Palestinian NGO.
The construction costs are $30 million, spokeswoman Rana Anani said.
The number of Palestinians worldwide has crossed the 12-million mark, according to the Palestinian central bureau of statistics.
Under half of them live in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. The rest live abroad, including some 5.5 million registered Palestinian refugees and their descendants who reside in UN-run refugee camps in neighboring Arab states.
(Source / 24.08.2015)
The Palestinian National Council, the PLO’s legislative body, will hold an emergency meeting — the first in seven years — at some point in the next month, a member of the PLO Executive Committee said Saturday.
Bassam al-Salhi told Ma’an News Agency that the exact date for the meeting would be decided at a PLO Executive Committee meeting in Ramallah later on Saturday, but added it would likely take place before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on September 23.
Al-Sahli added that President Mahmoud Abbas would urge the committee to agree on holding the PNC meeting as soon as possible.
The 740-member PNC is responsible for deciding on PLO policies and electing the Executive Committee, the PLO’s primary executive body.
Arabic media has speculated that the upcoming meeting may result in changes to the Executive Committee and could pave the way for Abbas’ resignation from office.
Last month, PLO officials dismissed rumors of the president’s resignation, although sources close to Abbas did not deny the possibility, saying that “important, and maybe dangerous, decisions” are likely to be made in September, coinciding with the UN General Assembly’s 70th session.
Al-Sahli added that the PNC meeting may take place before Abbas’ scheduled trip to the UN summit on Sep. 15.
He added that the meeting will either be held in Ramallah or Bethlehem.
The last PNC meeting was an emergency meeting held in 2009 to replace six vacant positions, while the last Executive Committee elections were held in 1996 during a PNC session in Gaza.
(Source / 23.08.2015)
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Youssef Abu Sneineh called during Friday prayers sermon for activating Palestinian national unity and lifting the siege on Gaza.
Sheikh Abu Sneineh hailed in the same time the Palestinian prisoners’ strong steadfastness in face of Israeli brutal measures, calling for their release.
He strongly denounced the Palestinian Authority’s continued silence over the Israeli escalated Judaization policy in occupied Jerusalem and settlers’ provocative break-ins into al-Aqsa Mosque under police protection.
Palestinian officials are responsible for putting an end to these provocative break-ins and attacks, he added.
He stressed the urgent need for providing protection to al-Aqsa Mosque and defending it from Israeli almost-daily attacks and Judaization schemes.
On Friday, nearly 300 Gazans over the age of 50 years were allowed to pass through Israeli-controlled Erez crossing to offer Friday prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque.
(Source / 22.08.2015)
Khaled Meshaal, the political bureau chief of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas
The political bureau chief of Hamas says an infinite extension of a truce reached with the Israeli regime last year is possible provided that Tel Aviv meets five conditions set by the Palestinian resistance movement.
In an interview with al-Araby al-Jadid daily, which was published on Saturday, Khaled Meshaal said the Tel Aviv regime will have to meet five conditions if it seeks a permanent extension of the truce that was reached at the end of the latest Israeli war on the Palestinian enclave in 2014.
He said the demands comprise the reconstruction of the besieged Gaza Strip in the wake of the war last year; ending the Israeli blockade on the Palestinian territory; addressing the employment issues of some 50,000 individuals in Gaza; the construction of sea and air ports in the Strip; and addressing the problems of Gazan infrastructure, including water and electricity supplies, and the road and sewage systems.
A picture taken on August 3, 2014 shows a Palestinian man standing at the morgue of a hospital in Rafah over the bodies of some of the nine members of the same family killed in an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip
He said, however, that the potential extension of the truce between Hamas and the Israeli regime will have no impact on the state of resistance in the West Bank, where resistance will continue to be a necessity in the face of such Israeli practices as jailing Palestinian activists, the Judaization of Palestinian lands and violations of al-Aqsa Mosque.
Gaza has been struggling to recover from the 50-day war Israel launched against the strip in early July last year. The offensive ended on August 26 with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in Israel’s 50-day onslaught. Over 11,100 others, including nearly 3,380 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people, were also injured.
A Palestinian girl plays in the rubble of buildings destroyed during the 50-day 2014 Israeli war in Gaza City, July 21, 2015
Apart from the tremendous loss of life, the war also destroyed hundreds of homes and buildings.
Gaza has also been under an Israeli siege since 2007. The blockade has significantly affected life in the Palestinian territory.
In his Friday interview, the political bureau chief of Hamas also rejected allegations that Hamas is after establishing a state separate from the West Bank, saying the settlement of the Palestinian issue will involve all groups and factions.
(Source / 22.08.2015)
“There is lot of wasted money, zero development, zero economy, 65% unemployment, and 40,000 employees without payments. People are struggling to put food on the table.”
In this March 30, 2015 file photo, a Palestinian girl walks next to destroyed houses, in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City. The International Monetary Fund said in a Tuesday, May, 19, 2015 report, that reconstruction of the Gaza Strip is going “far more slowly than expected” after a devastating bombing campaign by Israel purportedly targeting Hamas last year
(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — Almost a year ago this week, thousands of Palestinians took to the bombed streets of Gaza to celebrate the agreement of a long-term ceasefire that would see the end of the deadly 50 day assault that killed over 2,200 Palestinians.
Earlier this week, the Anti-Media spoke to 21 year-old engineering student Muhammad Shehada to find out what things are like in Gaza a year after one of the longest and most bloody attacks in the history of the conflict.
Like all young people in Gaza, Shehada has lived through three brutal Israeli assaults during his short life in the city, which is strangled by an enduring eight-year land, air and sea blockade.
A student at the Islamic University of Gaza, one of the scenes of Israel’s aerial bombardment during Operation Protective Edge, Shehada is also a community translator and researcher for outspoken author and critic of Israel, Professor Norman Finkelstein.
He described last year’s terrifying scenes in Gaza. “After an escalation of tension, the first day started with unforgettable non-stop lunacy, airstrikes everywhere and unjustifiable mass shelling. “ He went on to recall the lack of food and water, long-lasting cuts in electricity, destroyed ambulances, demolished schools and hospitals, and scattered bodies lying in the streets.
“The mortuary ran out of space — they had to put corpses in ice cream fridges. Our sincere evening prayers called for the heavens to help us. We were betrayed by most Arab leaders, given expired rotten food from Egypt, and had helpless delegations taking selfies in the rubble.”
The Shehada family was lucky to have a basement to hide in as airstrikes drew closer, although the combination of unbearable hot weather and Ramadan fasting during the seven week bombardment meant that after a while, they no longer had the energy to take cover.
“Evacuation leaflets were scattered everywhere as Israel urged us to leave our homes, but all the borders were closed and the land was burning, ” Shehada said. He went on to describe the non-stop background chatter of news reports on TVs and radios and the deafening shouts of joy when negotiations moved forward positively.
Referring to Israel as a merciless killing machine, Shehada claims “heaps of heartbreaking stories passed unmarked,” recalling scenes in the streets.
“People, all colours and shapes, men, women, and children were panicking and running in pajamas, traumatized survivors from the Shejaiya massacre in unforgettable bloody scenes. I was wandering around Gaza, expecting the car next to me to blow up or buildings I was walking past to collapse on my head.”
As friends all over the world attempted to comfort him via Facebook during the attack, he said the longer the assault lasted, the more he lost hope.
“At one point, I was watching Robin Williams on an iPad — headphones blocked external hullabaloo. Alone in my room, light-bombs blowing up showed us death was inevitably coming. Strangely, I didn’t care, and continued watching ‘Good Will Hunting.’ I think I lost my fear of death in the first war, this time I was losing my tendency for life.”
Asked what the international community can do to support Palestinians, Shehada wants to see the insistence of full Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied in 1967 and a “reasonable resolution of the refugee question.”
Unsurprisingly, he added that the people of Gaza have entirely lost hope in international governments due to their unconditional support of Israel, but that people are aware of the difference between governments and the masses.
“There are hundreds of thousands of people around the world who are willing to make great personal sacrifices in order to achieve justice for the Palestinians,” he said.
His dream is to see a “Palestinian million-person march” to the Erez checkpoint, led by women and children carrying a banner that reads, “The U.N. Says ‘lift, immediately and unconditionally, the blockade on Gaza.’ The People of Gaza Call on the World to Implement the Law.” He believes with proper planning, this could be accomplished within 6 months.
He said that while money spent on Palestine during the last 50 years is enough to establish a ”new Singapore”, the international community, Israel, and “PA corrupted decadents” stand in the way of fair administration of aid.
“Gaza lives almost purely from NGOs’ money, which makes it impossible for the Palestinians to think themselves out of a context where they rely on others. Foreign investments and interests always come with a price, which rarely benefits the Palestinians themselves, but rather acts as fuel for further division,” Shehada claimed.
He added that there are over 700 charities in Gaza, a number that is growing.
“Why not? It’s a most profitable business, like peacemaker NGOs, but their competitive behaviour will lead to the bankrupting of all of them. Sharing donations around 700 is a waste of both time and funds and small charities don’t have the same expertise and capabilities as the long-lived dependable ones.” He gave examples of psychological and trauma support services for children and claims they are in danger of making matters worse without the use of well-qualified specialists.
Gaza has vast numbers of food-distribution campaigns, but these are a temporary sticking plaster. The establishment of long-lasting sustainable development projects is almost impossible due to “periodic massacres and constant conflict,” according to Shehada.
Describing the bleak situation a year on, he was frank. “There is lot of wasted money, zero development, zero economy, 65% unemployment, and 40,000 employees without payments. People are struggling to put food on the table.”
(Source / 21.08.2015)
A member of Hamas’ political bureau, Mahmoud Al-Zahar said on Thursday that the ceasefire agreement with Israel depends on the lifting of the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.
“The ceasefire with the Israeli occupation remains in place and if Israel wants to keep it in place it must pay its price, which is a full lifting of the blockade on Gaza,” Zahar said in remarks to Safa news agency.
“The Palestinian factions have agreed during the Cairo negotiations on a period of calm in exchange for lifting of the siege, and if the Israeli occupation is interested in the ceasefire or expanding a truce it must lift the siege on Gaza, because nothing comes without a price,” he added.
Zahar stressed that Israel has not as yet lifted the siege; “therefore, the question here is for how long will the truce that was agreed upon remain in effect?”
Palestinian factions and Israel reached a ceasefire agreement on 26 August last year under Egyptian auspices ending 51 days of Israeli aggression against the enclave.
Several media sources reported that efforts being exerted by mediators to consolidate the ceasefire agreement in exchange for a total lifting of the blockade and the establishment of a waterway to the world have yet to reach a final agreement.
(Source / 21.08.2015)
Detainee Shireen Issawi has joined her brother and fellow inmate in an open-ended hunger strike, in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoner Muhammad Allan, who recently awoke from a coma induced by failing health.
Palestinian administrative detainee and prominent attorney Shireen Issawi, who joined her brother Samer Issawi in the hunger strike protest on Monday, was detained by Israeli forces in a raid last March, said Amjad Abu Asab, who heads the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs in al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Press TV/Al Ray reports that Israeli courts have since continued to extend Shireen’s illegal detention without trial or charge, under a controversial policy referred to as administrative detention.
The development comes as Allan’s lawyers have rejected an offer by the Tel Aviv regime to release him on the condition that he abandons his home and moves abroad.
The young inmate, who woke from a coma on Tuesday, still faces an imminent risk of death. He went on a hunger strike more than two months ago to protest his prolonged detention without charges or trial. Allan has been connected to ventilators to help his breathing, while being administered fluids and sodium intravenously.
Meanwhile, Shireen’s brother was previously released from an Israeli prison in December of 2013, as part of a deal in which he agreed to end his 266-day hunger strike to protest his indefinite captivity under the administrative detention policy.
Samer’s hunger strike was among the longest recorded in history. The protest effort brought him close to death and gained international attention.
However, Samer was rearrested on previous charges in July 2014.
According to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, over 5,700 Palestinian political prisoners remain captive in Israeli jails in addition to 401 administrative detainees that are being held without charge or trial.
(Source / 20.08.2015)