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Khamenei: Iran to back Palestinians

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TEHRAN, (PIC)– Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran would support the Palestinian uprising against Israel “in any way we can”, and rejected U.S. accusations that a recent wave of Palestinian knife and car-ramming attacks amounted to “terrorism”.

“Despite all the efforts of the Arrogance (the United States) … and even with cooperation from Arab countries, the Palestinian intifada (uprising) has started in the West Bank,” state television quoted Khamenei as saying.

“We will defend the movement of the Palestinian people with all of our existence, and in any way and as long as we can,” Khamenei reportedly told a gathering of the Basij, Iran’s volunteer militia.

Khamenei criticized those who call Palestinians “terrorists”, saying they are people protesting the occupation of their land.

Khamenei was speaking a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, during a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, described the spate of attacks as “terrorism” that should be condemned.

(Source / 26.11.2015)

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November 26, 2015 at 10:39 pm

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Netanyahu: int’l community must recognise settlements

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Kerry met Netanyahu in order to deescalate the ongoing tension, but he found stubborn extremist Israeli PM insisting on the violation of Palestinian rights

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he would never ease Palestinian life unless international community recognises illegal settlements.

Kerry said he asked Netanyahu to give Palestinians permission to build in Area C; otherwise, the situation would “spin out of control,” but Netanyahu refused

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem –Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he would never ease Palestinian life unless international community recognises illegal settlements.

Replying on remarks delivered by a senior Israeli army official to military correspondent, Netanyahu’s office announced that he would never stop building in settlements and he would even never freeze building.

He said that he told the US Secretary of State John Kerry when he met him on Tuesday that the international community must recognise illegal Israeli settlements in order to ease the life of the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

Kerry said he asked Netanyahu to give Palestinians the permission to build in Area C, which is under Israeli security control, otherwise, the situation would “spin out of control,” but Netanyahu refused.

Israeli Hebrew media reported a senior Israeli army official saying that the Israeli army is considering and recommending a number of measures to facilitate the life of Palestinians, as well as to bolster the power of the PA security services in the occupied West Bank.

Among the measures said to be taken, the official said, that the Israeli occupation would allow the PA to get more arms, release Palestinian prisoners, grant more work permits to Palestinian workers and facilitate passage of commercial goods to West Bank.

Such measures, the Israeli army official expected, would deescalate the tension in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, he already recognised the PA efforts have being done to deter the Palestinians resistance.

(Source / 26.11.2015)

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November 26, 2015 at 10:27 pm

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Russian Warplanes Hit Relief Aid Convoy in Izaz

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The Syrian Coalition strongly condemns the Russian air force’s targeting of a relief aid convoy on the outskirts of the town of Izaz, five km away from the Turkish border. The airstrike, which occurred on Wednesday, left six civilians killed and burnt eight trucks.

Russia also intensified air strikes on the rebel-held villages along the Turkish border in northern rural Latakia.

The Syrian Coalition urges the international community to take serious steps to stop this flagrant aggression on Syria, emphasizing that Russia’s actions in Syria are as barbaric as those of the Assad regime as both target civilians.

The Syrian Coalition stresses that targeting relief aid convoys constitutes a flagrant violation of the UN Security Council resolutions, adding that Moscow is wriggling out of its commitments as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Three schools, 14 hospitals, a pharmaceutical plant and food factory were earlier targeted by the Russian air force.

The Syrian Coalition stresses that rarely 6% of the overall Russian air strikes on Syria have targeted ISIS, warning that the refugee crisis will worsen if the Russian aggression continues.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 26.11.2015)

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November 26, 2015 at 10:21 pm

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Abbas meets with Kerry in Ramallah during Mideast visit

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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas met withUS Secretary of State John Kerry in Ramallah on Tuesday hours after the American official met withIsraeliPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to the region.

Presidential spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the meeting lasted for over two hours, with the Palestinian leadership reiterating key demands made during recent meetings in Amman and New York.
Abbas also stressed the release of a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners detained before the Oslo Accords, with both Kerry and Abbas agreeing to ongoing communication.
Kerry said following the meeting that the US was “committed to two states with two people, living side by side in peace and security.”
“I know that the situation for Palestinians in the West Bank, in Jerusalem, in Gaza is, at this moment, very dire, that there are extraordinary concerns, obviously, about the violence,” he added.
PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat and head of Palestinian Intelligence Majed Faraj both attended the talks.
On Oct. 24,Abbas demanded “international protection” for the occupied Palestinian territory during a meeting with Kerry in Amman.
PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat told Ma’an at the time that Abbas was calling for international protection against “terrorist” acts by Israeli settlers, Israel’s “extrajudicial executions,” and punitive demolitions of homes belonging to suspected attackers’ families.
Weeks earlier in New York, Abbas announced during a speech at theUnited Nations General Assembly that the Palestinian Authority would nolongercomply withprevious accords with Israel, saying that the body will not “work as employees for Israel.”
While many understood the president’s speech to be groundbreaking, no clear changes have been made in regards to security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and Israel in occupied Palestinian territory.
Earlier in the day Tuesday, Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem where heexpressed support for Israel’s right to “defend” itself from “terrorism” in comments that were viewed as deeply disappointing by the Palestinians.
Speaking before a meeting with Netanyahu, Kerry said: “It is very clear to us that the terrorism, these acts of terrorism which have been taking place, deserve the condemnation that they are receiving.”
Kerry made no mention of either Palestinians, theresponseby Israeli security forces, or Israel’s nearly 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory in the comments.
Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Tuesday that Netanyahu is seeking US approval on construction inside Israel’s illegal settlement blocs in return for possible concessions in the occupied West Bank.A senior Israeli official told the newspaper that the US wanted Israel “to implement a package of meaningful measures in the West Bank,” while Netanyahu had “made it clear that we want American recognition of the settlement blocs and of the fact that we can build there.”Before meeting with Kerry, Netanyahu said the US was “a friend in our common effort to restore stability, security and peace.”
(Source / 26.11.2015)

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November 26, 2015 at 10:12 pm

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Hamas calls for wide participation in Friday of anger

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The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas in West Bank has urged the Palestinians in the occupied lands to participate actively in the Friday of anger protests and marches against the occupation, which will be organized following the midday prayers tomorrow.

In a press release on Wednesday, Hamas called for doubling the pressure on the Israeli occupation and expanding the confrontations with its forces on Fridays.

“The occupation’s persistence in detaining the martyrs’ bodies, attacking the Aqsa Mosque, and assaulting its worshipers and activists entail widespread popular moves and solid resistance to pressure the occupation and disperse its security and military forces to different West Bank provinces,” the Statement said.

It highlighted that the heroic operations in the West Bank, which deal painful blows to the occupation, would pave the way to liberation and freedom, calling on the revolting youths in the occupied lands to invent new ways able to inflict more losses on the occupation.

(Source / 26.11.2015)

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November 26, 2015 at 9:38 pm

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3rd Palestinian shot, killed by Israeli forces in al-Arrub camp

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HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 19-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed in al-Arrub refugee camp in northern Hebron on Thursday during clashes, medics told Ma’an, the 3rd Palestinian to be killed during the day.Red Crescent officials said that Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh, 19, was shot twice in the stomach by Israeli soldiers and later died from his injuries in the al-Ahli hospital in Hebron.The teenager was shot during clashes in the camp between youths and armed Israeli military forces.

An Israeli army spokesperson said “a Palestinian with a lit Molotov cocktail in hand attempted to hit vehicles off route 60 in the area of al-Arrub, forces on site responded to the immediate threat, shooting .22 calibre rounds, thwarting the attack.”The main entrance to al-Arrub camp has been entirely closed for the past few days, with soldiers deployed at other entrances and in surrounding areas.An ambulance attempting to reach al-Jawabreh was forced to take a lengthy route to arrive at the scene of the shooting.Al-Arrub refugee camp lies along Route 60, a major West Bank road that Israeli settlers regularly use to reach a cluster of illegal Israeli settlements in Hebron, and the camp has been site to frequent clashes with Israeli military over the past month.

Earlier Thursday, a 21-year-old Palestinian, Yahya Yusri Taha, was killed by Israeli soldiers when clashes broke out during a search and arrest raid in the town of Qatanna.
Locals told Ma’an that Taha was shot in the head and left on the ground bleeding for more than an hour-and-a-half while Israeli soldiers denied Palestinian ambulances access to the young man to administer medical treatment.
Hours later, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian at the Zaatara (Tappuah) military checkpoint south of Nablus after he reportedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier, Israeli police said.
At least 99 Palestinians have been killed since the start of last month, the majority of whom were killed during attempted, alleged, and actual attacks on Israeli military and civilians.
Nineteen Israelis have been killed in attacks during the same time period.
(Source / 26.11.2015)

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November 26, 2015 at 9:31 pm

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Israelis kill Palestinian in southern West Bank

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Israeli policemen stand guard near the scene of an alleged stabbing attack, close to the Al Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), November 25, 2015. ©Reuters

Israeli policemen stand guard near the scene of an alleged stabbing attack, close to the Al Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), November 25, 2015

Israelis have killed a Palestinian in the south of the occupied West Bank following an alleged stabbing attack amid heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians there.

The incident took place at the Al Fawwar junction near the city of al-Kalil (Hebron) on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for Shaare Zedek hospital in al-Quds (Jerusalem), whose name was not revealed, said the Palestinian, who was shot at the scene, was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts failed.

A doctor also said that the Palestinian had suffered bullet wounds to his stomach and chest.

The Palestinian was identified as Mohammad Shubaki, 19, from the Al Fawwar refugee camp.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military said in a statement the Palestinian wounded an Israeli, adding that Israeli “forces on site fired at the attacker.”

According to medical sources, the injured Israeli was in stable condition.

In another incident on Wednesday, four Palestinians sustained injuries by Israeli live bullets in the West Bank city of Tulkarem after Israeli troops stormed the campus of Palestine Technical University (Kadoorie) and clashed with Palestinian students.

Wednesday’s incidents are the latest in nearly two months of violence in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

At least 97 Palestinians and almost 20 Israelis have been killed in the recent wave of clashes since the start of October.

A Palestinian protester drags a burning tire during clashes with Israeli troops near the illegal settlement of Bet El in the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 24, 2015

Tensions have dramatically escalated since the Israeli regime’s imposition of restrictions in August on the entry of Palestinian worshipers to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.

Palestinians say Tel Aviv seeks to change the status quo of al-Aqsa. They are also angry with Israeli extremists who, escorted by army forces, have stepped up their raids on the sensitive site, Islam’s third holiest after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

(Source / 26.11.2015)

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November 26, 2015 at 9:21 pm

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