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Salim Zanoun announces postponement of Palestinian National Council session

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Salim Zanoun, chairman of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), announced yesterday at a press conference the postponement of the PNC session by three months, previously expected to take place on September 14 and 15.

The decision to convene the PNC, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s legislative body, was made due to the resignation of 11 PLO members, including the president, Mahmoud Abbas, this past August, and the need to elect new members.

According to Zanoun, a committee including himself, members of the PLO Executive Committee, and the secretary-generals of Palestinian political factions would meet to discuss the session this coming month. Zanoun also said it was important to “give space to other Palestinian factions to participate in this large responsibility.”

Leading Palestinian factions who boycotted the PNC session, led by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), have been quick to respond to Zanoun’s announcement. Spokesman for Hamas in the Gaza Strip Sami Abu Zuhri welcomed the decision to postpone the session, saying it was important to discuss reformation of all the PLO’s institutions, the PNC in particular. PIJ leader Khalid Al-Batsh has also welcomed the postponement, describing the move as wise and successful, reflecting national consensus. Al-Batsh called Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, to hold a meeting that would see the participation of all Palestinian factions. Al-Batsh expressed his hope that Abbas would arrange with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to allow the meeting to be held in the Egyptian capital.

The PNC last convened in 1996 in Gaza City.



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Salim Zanoun, chairman of the PNC (Palestinian National Council), announced yesterday, September 09, 2015, at a press conference, the postponement of the PNC session by three months, previously expected to take place on September 14th and 15th. The decision to convene the PNC, the PLO’s legislative body, was made due to the resignation of 11 PLO members, including the president, Mahmoud Abbas, this past August, and the need to elect new members.

According to Zanoun, a committee including himself, members of the PLO Executive Committee, and the secretary-generals of Palestinian political factions would meet to discuss the session this coming month. Zanoun also said it was important to “give space to other Palestinian factions to participate in this large responsibility.”

Leading Palestinian factions who boycotted the PNC session, led by Hamas and the PIJ (Palestinian Islamic Jihad), have been quick to respond to Zanoun’s announcement. Spokesman for Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Sami Abu Zuhri, welcomed the decision to postpone the session, saying that it was important to discuss reformation of all the PLO’s institutions, the PNC in particular. PIJ leader, Khalid Al-Batsh, has also welcomed the postponement, describing the move as wise and successful, reflecting national consensus. Al-Batsh called Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, to hold a meeting that would see the participation of all Palestinian factions. Al-Batsh expressed his hope that Abbas would arrange with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to allow the meeting to be held in the Egyptian capital. The PNC last convened in 1996 in Gaza City.



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July 1, 2015

Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan stops hunger strike, due to be released

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Khader Adnan, a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement, has stopped his hunger strike. According to media reports on Monday, Adnan ceased his strike after achieving an agreement with Israel entailing his release from administrative detention. Adnan’s strike lasted over 50 days, and he was in mortal danger for the last couple of weeks. Due to his severe deterioration, Israel was forced to hospitalize him, and placed him in in Assaf Harofe hospital in Israel.

Jawd Boulos, Adnan’s lawyer, said Adnan is due to be released on July 12. Adnan began his hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention, which began last July, demanding Israel either release or charge him. During his hunger strike, Adnan refused medical aid and relied only on water for sustenance, not taking any minerals or salts.

Last week, the PIJ threatened to end its cease-fire with Israel, should Adnan die under Israeli custody. Ahmed al-Aouri, a PIJ member, told al-Araby newspaper “the Islamic Jihad Movement — in which Khader Adnan is a leading member — will not be bound by any truce agreement if he comes to any harm.”

The PIJ is a militaristic Palestinian Jihad movement. Adnan, 37, is an active member of the PIJ in the West Bank, and has been its spokesperson there. As a result of his activity, since 1997 Adnan has been arrested reportedly around ten times, and has gone on several hunger strikes, one of which lasted 28 days, while another lasted 66 days and after his release he went on strike for another 12 days as a token of sympathy for the remaining Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons.



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October 26, 2012

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The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has become the first Arab leader to visit the Gaza Strip since its occupation by Israel in 1967.

He entered the strip by car from Egypt, to an enthusiastic welcome by Gazans.

The Qatari leader pledged $400 million for construction projects. Much of the strip’s infrastructure was destroyed by Israeli bombing in 2008.

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The Emir of Qatar called for unity of the various Palestinian groups. Speaking at Gaza’s Islamic University, he asked, “Why are you staying divided?” “There are no peace negotiations, and there is no clear strategy of resistance and liberation. Why shouldn’t brothers sit together and reconcile?”

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya said the visit demonstrated Gaza is “not alone” and broke Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Israel regards Hamas as a terrorist group. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas contacted the emir directly to point out the international community recognizes Mr Abbas as the Palestinian leader.

Spokesman Yigal Palmor for Israel’s Foreign Ministry said, “This is more than strange, especially since Hamas is internationally recognized as a terror group. By hugging Hamas publicly, the emir of Qatar has thrown peace under the bus.”

Qatar has been active internationally in recent years. The emir founded the Al Jazeera international television news network. Qatar has negotiated in Lebanon and with the Taliban. There is also an America airbase in Qatar. The country also maintains contacts in Islamic politics and scholarship.

Qatar has the highest GDP per capita in the world at $88,000.



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May 31, 2010

Nineteen activists killed by Israeli commandos aboard aid convoy bound for Gaza

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Between nine and nineteen Free Gaza Movement activists died today in international waters when Israeli Defense Force commandos boarded vessels attempting to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Benjamin Netanyahu gave the death toll to be at least 10. Israeli television says that 19 people were killed and 36 were wounded in the confrontation.

The six vessels, called the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, were carrying 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid destined for the Gaza Strip, including water purifiers, prefabricated homes and medical equipment. Passengers include several European members of parliament and MPs from Germany, Belgium, Algeria and Israel.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that “the organizers are well-known for their ties with global jihad, al-Qaida and Hamas. They have a history of arms smuggling and deadly terror.” The Israeli military had declared it would not allow the ships to reach Gaza and said the activists were a “provocation intended to delegitimise Israel”. The Israeli Navy had been transmitting messages throughout the night ordering them to turn back, stating: “If you ignore this order and enter the blockaded area, the Israeli navy will be forced to take all the necessary measures in order to enforce this blockade,” and that the Gaza region was a protected military zone.

Huwaida Arraf, one of the organizers, had said that the flotilla was “fully prepared for the different scenarios” that might arise, and organizers were hopeful that Israeli authorities would “do what’s right” and not stop the convoy. She said, “we fully intend to go to Gaza regardless of any intimidation of threats of violence against us,” and that “they are going to have to forcefully stop us.”

The pre-dawn boarding took place in international waters around 150 kilometres (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza. Footage from on the flotilla’s lead vessel, the MV Mavi Marmara, and video released by the IDF, showed armed Israeli commandos boarding the ship from helicopters and fighting with activists. According to the Israel Defense Forces, the activists attacked the commandos with batons, knives and axes. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said;

Cquote1.svg They were mobbed. They were clubbed, they were beaten, stabbed. There was even a report of gunfire and our soldiers had to defend themselves, defend their lives or they would have been killed. Cquote2.svg

A spokesman for the flotilla, Greta Berlin accused Israeli troops of indiscriminately shooting at “unarmed civilians”. Israel said troops found weapons aboard the Gaza flotilla which were used against the IDF. The allegations were rejected by both the Free Gaza Movement, IHH and Egypt’s foreign minister, who said the boats had been searched before they left port.

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—Binyamin Ben-Eliezer Israeli trade and industry minister.

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon said he was “shocked by reports of killings and injuries of people on boats carrying supplies for Gaza” and called for “a full investigation to determine exactly how this bloodshed took place” and urged Israel to “urgently provide a full explanation”. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ called for three days of mourning to commemorate what he called the “massacre” of protesters. Ismail Haniya, the Hamas leader in Gaza, has dubbed the Israeli action as “a crime”.

Turkey’s prime minister describes Israeli raid as ‘state terrorism’ and said Israel violated international laws. Some of the ships were sailing under Turkish flags and media reports indicate that Turkish nationals are among the dead. Turkey demanded an “urgent explanation” from Israel and warned of “irreparable consequences” after the incident. Netanyahu said the raid was self defense. Turkey is withdrawing its ambassador to Israel and is calling on the U.N. Security Council to convene in an emergency session about Israel.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, has called on Israeli authorities to launch a “full inquiry” into the killing. She “reiterates the European Union’s position regarding Gaza – the continued policy of closure is unacceptable and politically counterproductive.” Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he was “deeply concerned” and France said “nothing can justify” the incident. Sweden, Austria, Greece and Spain have said it was important to “quickly establish” what happened, and have summoned the Israeli ambassadors.

Gaza flotilla clash demonstration in Belfast.

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague has called on the Government of Israel to open all crossings for aid to enter Gaza and said Israel should “address the serious concerns about the deterioration in the humanitarian and economic situation and about the effect on a generation of young Palestinians‪.” Russia calls attention to the fact that the Israeli interception of a Gaza-bound international aid flotilla took place in international waters, which it said represents a gross violation of international law.

European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek has urged the international Middle East mediators Russia, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union to persuade Israel to end its blockade of Gaza. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Europe. In Greece and France there was clashes with police. There were protests in cities around the Ireland, UK and Italy. In the Middle East there were protests in Turkey, Lebanon and Iran.

The White House said that the United States “deeply regrets” the loss of life and injuries and was working to understand the circumstances surrounding this “tragedy”. The Organization of the Islamic Conference, comprising of 57 countries, described the flotilla incident as “a serious escalation and a flagrant violation of the international law and human values.”

The media has not been given access to the politicians, activists and journalists who were in the convoy or information about deaths and injuries. Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld police say it will deport the roughly 50 of the 671 activists in the flotilla except those who refuse to cooperate. The other activists have been sent to jail in the southern desert town of Beersheba after refusing to identify themselves and will remain in detention.

Irishman Dennis Halliday, a former assistant secretary general of the United Nations and the Northern Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, are aboard the only boat left in the convoy, the Irish MV Rachel Corrie vessel, named after Rachel Corrie. The vessel is now on the way to the Gaza Strip. The Irish Prime Minister Mr Cowen said he believed Israel’s blockade of humanitarian assistance to Gaza was illegal under international law.



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November 17, 2009

Israel announces settlement expansion plans

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The Gilo settlement

The Israeli Interior Ministry has announced today that 900 new housing units are slated to be built by Israeli officials at the Gilo settlement located in East Jerusalem.

A press release by the Interior Ministry read, “The planning and construction committee has authorised the construction of 900 housing units in the Gilo neighbourhood in Jerusalem.” Annexed after the 1967 war, East Jerusalem is what Palestinians still hope to make the capital of their future state. However, the current Israeli government has made claim to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and will remain as such,” said government spokesman Mark Regev.

Earlier this month the Palestinian Authority insisted that all negotiations with Israel would be put permanently on hold until settlement expansion and home demolitions were halted. The UN reports that 1,500 home demolition orders in East Jerusalem are currently pending in Israeli courts. At least 600 Palestinians have been displaced from their homes in East Jerusalem since the beginning of this year. Nearly 500,000 Israelis live in more than 100 different settlements located in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

U.S envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, asked President Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel settlement expansion plans, however his request went unheeded. Settlement expansion has soured relations between the U.S and Israel, however Israel is still the largest recipient of U.S aid annually. Responding to requests by the U.S government that settlement expansion be halted Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that he, “strongly objects to the American demand to halt construction in Jerusalem and will allow construction for Jews, Muslims, and Christians in any part of Jerusalem without prejudice. The demand to halt construction by religion is not legal in the United States or in any other free place in the world.”

Under international law building settlements in occupied territory is illegal. The UN has deemed Israeli settlements to be a violation of the Geneva Convention.


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June 9, 2009

Ad-hoc Liaison Committee meets in Oslo, Norway

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The AHLC (Ad-hoc Liaison Committee) met in Oslo, Norway on June 7 and 8 to discuss the Palestinian economical situation in Oslo. Its mission is to bring the key donors of aid and relief together with the Israeli and Palestinian governments to address the current state of affairs between the two countries. The AHLC keeps track on how donor countries interact with the Palestinian authorities and how the support they provide is handled.

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Early on the first day, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Palestinian Prime minister Salam Fayyad both expressed optimism and hope for the Palestinian situation. Minister Støre underlined the importance of continuing aid, but stated that he understood that most countries still had problems because of the world economic crisis. As for the unstable political situation in Palestine, Prime Minister Fayyad explained that “the political instability is also a reason why we need more aid.”

During the second day, a press conference with Minister Støre clarified the motives of the donations saying, “It’s is important to stress that donors are not doing this as a humanitarian project. Our donor aid is a political project aim[ed] at supporting and sustaining the Palestinian Authority, a key institution in what is supposed to become an independent Palestinian state. That was the intention of the Oslo accords.”

Minister Støre continued, stating, “It’s very important to stress that without a political horizon what we do as donors becomes less meaningful. So the current states of affairs where the political horizon is unclear and where we don’t have political negotiations of the two states as previous commitments indicates and obligate the party’s. Donors start to change their stand and other agendas get the upper hand. So in 2009 at this present stage, donors have only delivered half the amount they had at this time last year. You can leave that up to the financial crisis, but at the big donor conferences in Paris December 2007, and Sharm el-Sheikh February 2009 there were pledges enough to carry this through.”

On the question if the donor countries had offered to give any immediate financial relief, Minister Støre said “This has to be stressed, [this] has not been a pledging conference. This has not been a donor conference where governments have been invited to come and make new pledges, as I said if everybody lived by their Paris pledges in December 2007, which were three year pledges, we are exactly half way in that, we would have been more or less fine. But I think we have seen a forthcoming approach by some delegations, I will not name them or put a figure on it but I think it follows from what the prime minister and I have together have expressed here that there is an urgent need.”

A new meeting has been scheduled for September in New York, New York in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly.

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July 31, 2008

Israeli PM Olmert to step down in September

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Ehud Olmert, the current Prime Minister of Israel, has said that he will resign from his position as leader after his party’s leadership contest in September. This announcement comes after it was revealed that Olmert is facing involvement in a corruption investigation in Israel.

“I was forced to defend myself against relentless attacks from self-appointed fighters for justice who sought to depose me from my position, when the ends sanctified all the means,”said Olmert, during the speech in which he announced his resignation.

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Despite the fact that Olmert’s term in office was originally set to end in 2010, he has announced that he will quit on September 17.

Gordon Johndroe, White House spokesperson, commented on the resignation. “He George W. Bush wishes him well and will continue to work closely with him [Olmert] while he remains prime minister,” he said. He continued by saying that Olmert and Bush “have been exceptionally close and cooperative.”

Riyad al-Maliki, the Palestinian foreign minister, also reacted to the resignation. “It’s true that Olmert was enthusiastic about the peace process and he spoke about this process with great attention, but it has not achieved any progress or breakthrough,”he said. His comments were in reference to Olmert’s recent efforts to advance the negotiations on achieving peace in the Middle East.

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that Olmert’s resignation is a “internal affair,” and that “the Palestinian Authority deals with the prime minister of Israel, regardless if he is Olmert or somebody else.”

Olmert has stated that he would work towards peace “as long as I am in my position.” “I continue to believe wholeheartedly that reaching peace, ending terrorism, strengthening security and establishing a different relationship with our neighbors are the most vital goals for the future of the state of Israel,” Olmert said. However, Olmert’s political weakness and the turmoil his resignation has caused may undo any progress in the Palestinian and Syrian peace talks, as well as slowing in other future discussions.


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July 26, 2008

Six year old girl and five others killed, Hamas arrests 200 Palestinians

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Following a series of explosions in Gaza, killing five Palestinians including a six year old girl, the ruling party Hamas arrested 200 Palestinians, citing it as “only the beginning”. Many of the arrested are affiliated with the Islamist movement’s Fatah rivals who denies responsibility for the events. The detainees were transferred to a prison previously used by the Palestinian Authority and colloquially known as the “Guantanamo of Gaza”, after the controversial United States detention center.

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On Friday, a bomb exploded at a junction in the strip, killing five Hamas operatives along with a six year old girl. Another 15 bystanders were wounded. Hamas movement’s armed wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades told reporters that it was unknown who attacked the car on Gaza coastal road, adding that all of the passengers, including five Hamas militants, were killed. While the exact circumstances are still unclear, it is believed that the explosion was not a result of an unexpected eruption of explosives carried by the group. Hamas would not blame the rival Fatah faction directly for the incident but implied its involvement, issuing a statement blaming “members of the fugitive party”.

A third of its kind attack in a single day, it was an upgrade in the internal violence flare-ups. Earlier on Friday morning, a Palestinian was killed during an attack on a Gaza City coffee shop while a house of a Hamas parliament member had another bomb hurled at it.

The Gaza Strip has been under the control of the Islamist Hamas movement since June 2007, when it seized full control from Fatah, routing the security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a week of deadly infighting.



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April 16, 2008

Former US president Carter meets with former deputy-PM for Hamas

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Former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter met with Nasser al-Shaer on Tuesday. Shaer is a former education minister and a former Deputy Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. He is considered a high-ranking member of Hamas.

During a visit to the West Bank, Carter laid a wreath upon the grave site of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah. Carter then met with Shaer, whom he greeted with a hug and kisses to both cheeks, according to a member of Carter’s delegation.

Shaer told Reuters that he and Carter had a face-to-face meeting and that they discussed brokering an unofficial truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in June of 2007. Carter’s office has declined to comment on the closed meeting.

“Carter asked what he can do to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel … and I told him the possibility for peace is high,” Shaer said.

Carter told reporters that he wanted to go to the Gaza Strip, but was not allowed. Reuters reports that Israel, citing a member of Carter’s delegation, denied the visit.

“I haven’t been able to get permission to go into Gaza. I would like to. I asked for permission. But I was turned down. But maybe we can find a way to circumvent that,” Carter said.

U.S. and Israeli officials have both expressed disapproval of Carter’s visit. Both countries have sought to marginalize Hamas, while they try to negotiate a peace with Mahmoud Abbas, the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority who hails from the Fatah party. They see Carter’s mission as counterproductive to their efforts.

Carter “in effect is undermining a current policy which is not just American but held by many others,” said U.S. Representative Howard Berman to the Associated Press. Berman is the chairperson for the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Cquote1.svg Since Syria and Hamas will have to be involved in a final peace agreement, they have to be involved in discussions that lead to final peace. Cquote2.svg

—Jimmy Carter

Friday, Carter is scheduled to meet in Damascus, Syria with Khaled Mashal, who is considered the political leader of Hamas and is the head of its Syrian branch.

Cquote1.svg Jimmy Carter’s view of the forces at work in the Middle East and how he likes to attribute blame and responsibility is so warped to my way of thinking that I’m skeptical of any initiative he undertakes. Cquote2.svg

—U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, Chairperson, Committee on Foreign Affairs

Yigal Palmor, an official with the Israeli Foreign Ministry said, “The official Hamas position until this day is that it won’t negotiate with Israel or recognize it under any circumstance … Jimmy Carter has dignified this position with his presence, and one cannot but wonder how this attitude is supposed to promote peace and understanding.”

“Since Syria and Hamas will have to be involved in a final peace agreement, they have to be involved in discussions that lead to final peace,” Jimmy Carter told reporters in Ramallah.

“Jimmy Carter’s view of the forces at work in the Middle East and how he likes to attribute blame and responsibility is so warped to my way of thinking that I’m skeptical of any initiative he undertakes,” said Howard Berman.

While in Israel, Carter met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, who criticized the planned meeting with Mashal. Ehud Olmert, the Prime Minister of Israel did not receive Carter.



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