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Prisoner Abu Jalala from Jabalia Camp Gaza & Wasfi Qabaha, former minister of prisoners

GAZA, (PIC)– The prisoners‘ center for studies has appealed to human rights groups and institutions concerned with prisoners‘ affairs to accord more attention to the issue of Mohammed Abu Jalala, who is suffering waning health conditions in Israeli captivity.

Ra’fat Hamdona, the center’s director, said in a statement on Saturday that Abu Jalala was serving four life sentences and was suffering form anemia.

He noted that Abu Jalala had written a book and many poems while in detention, recalling that he was detained in 1983 while studying in the university for inciting against occupation in Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza Strip and was subjected to cruel torture.

Abu Jalala was captured again in 1991 after attacking an Israeli target and his home was razed to the ground soon after his arrest.

Hamdona noted that Abu Jalala underwent several surgeries while in detention and spent a long time in Ramle prison hospital and many years in solitary confinement.

Meanwhile, Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil, the spokesman of Hamas’s parliamentary bloc, denounced the Israeli occupation authority for its continued detention of former minister of prisoners Wasfi Qabaha despite his bad health condition.

He said that the detention of Qabaha, who was carried to hospital on Thursday, constituted a violation of international norms and rules and his continued detention posed as an insult to all contemporary democracies.


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Print Email Israeli occupation bar worshipers from reaching the Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– IOF troops closed on Friday the gates leading to the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem, allowing through only men over 50 years of age.

Only a few hundred out of around 30,000 worshipers managed to reach the Aqsa Mosque for the Friday noon prayers, this is not taking account of worshipers from the rest of the West Bank who could not enter Jerusalem.

At Bab al-Amoud, a young man was beaten by IOF troops because he argued with them when they stopped him from entering the gate on his way to the Mosque. The beating resulted in head injuries and he was taken to hospital, according to local sources.

Eyewitnesses said that IOF troops confiscated ID cards at the gates of the Aqsa Mosque compound causing worshipers to scuffle with the IOF troops. The scuffles developed into confrontations between the worshipers who were not allowed in and the IOF troops, especially at the gates of Asbat, Hitta and Saherah. The clashes resulted in a number of casualties amongst the worshipers.

Locals also said that a number of worshipers sustained injuries at Hitta gate when IOF troops physically assaulted them with truncheons.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation police declared that an operations room was setup at the Buraq wall police station under the direct supervision of the commander of the Jerusalem brigade Major-General Aharon Franco.

The Israeli occupation police also used a surveillance balloon as well as helicopters over the old city.

Israeli radio had announced that the Israeli police will only allow those who are over fifty with blue ID cards (Jerusalem residents) to enter the Mosque.

Promoting the Dome of the Rock as Jewish heritage

MOSCOW, (PIC)– A Russian website published a long report entitled „Israelisation of Islamic heritage, but this time in Russia“ in which the author linked between a tourism advertisement in Moscow and the announcement by the Israeli government to include the two mosques on the list of Jewish heritage.

The website reported that a tourist agency has placed a huge billboard poster bearing the picture of the Dome of the Rock and the words: „Israel – a rest for the soul“ to promote holiday travel to „Israel“.

This billboard is located at the Volgograd Avenue, near the Third Ring Road which is one of the busiest highways of the Russian capital.

The author of the article says that it would be difficult to believe that the tourist agency did not know that the Dome of the Rock was and Islamic symbol and that Jerusalem is an occupied city because it was one of the five largest tour companies in Russia and has worked in this field for many years.

The author links between what is happening in Palestine on the ground and this advert which he thinks is an attempt to leave the impression on Russian minds that all the historic heritage that exists in occupied Palestine is the property and pride of Israel.

IOF violent quelling of Aqsa protests wounded 20 Jerusalemites

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The violent quelling by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) of the protest demonstrations in occupied Jerusalem left 20 Palestinians wounded and 11 detained.

The Quds center for social and economic rights said that the 11 Jerusalemites were kidnapped in the vicinity of the Aqsa Mosque during the clashes between the unarmed protestors and the IOF soldiers.

The center said that six of the wounded were hit with rubber bullets, including two young girls, while 12 suffered breathing difficulties and two suffered fractures, including a 40-year-old woman.

It pointed out that the events started after the IOF soldiers closed all gates of the Old City since the dawn hours and prevented citizens less than 50 years old form entering but allowed Jewish fanatic groups to stroll inside the Aqsa under the guise of tourists.

British FM: British passports of Mabhouh’s killers forged

LONDON, (PIC)– The British foreign ministry announced on Wednesday that the British passports used by six assassins of the Hamas leader in Dubai city were fake, adding they were coordinating with the authorities in Dubai regarding the matter.

„We know that there were six names using British passports, but we believe that those passports were forged, and we started our own investigation, and we offered help to the Dubai authorities in the investigation“, the AFP quoted spokesman of the ministry as saying.

British political sources told  the Daily Telegraph newspaper on Tuesday that the Israeli Mossad (external spying apparatus) was behind the assassination of Mabhouh using Irish passports, but spokesman of the Irish foreign ministry said that details of the Irish passports of at least three of the suspects revealed they were fake passports.

„We have checked names and passport numbers with the database we have but we found no names and no passport numbers matching those held by the assassins“, the AFP quoted the Irish spokesman saying.

Moreover, Hamas political leader Ayman Taha said on Wednesday that the French foreign ministry informed Hamas that the French name and passport of the man believed to be the mastermind of the assassination squad was a forged passport and that neither France nor any French national has anything to do with the crime.

On Wednesday, the police of Dubai announced they have identified seven more persons who were also part of the group and involved in assassinating the Hamas leader, adding that names of the seven would be released soon.

Dubai chief of police Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan didn’t rule out the Mossad involvement in the killing of Mabhouh, vowing to chase high-ranking Israeli officials through the Interpol if the Mossad was behind the crime.

Despite repeated appeals from Hamas Movement, the Dubai police refused to give the Movement a chance to participate in the investigation.

Gaza Trilogy – Filmed & Directed by Palestinian Children

Gaza Trilogy – Filmed & Directed by Palestinian Children

Gaza Trilogy

One year after the Israeli military offensive Operation Cast Lead rained down bombs on the people of Gaza, Save the Children wanted to find out what affect this had on the children.

We worked with 7 young people in the northern town of Beit Hanoun, and facilitated the making of 3 short films about their lives in Gaza. Despite never having used a video camera before, every shot was filmed and directed by the children themselves.

Israel is accused of waging covert war across the Middle East

Sheera Frenkel in Jerusalem

Israel is waging a covert assassination campaign across the Middle East in an effort to stop its key enemies co-ordinating their activities.

Israeli agents have been targeting meetings between members of Hamas and the leadership of the militant Hezbollah group, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

They are also suspected of recent killings in Dubai, Damascus and Beirut. While Israel’s Mossad spy agency has been suspected of staging assassinations across the world since the 1970s, it does not officially acknowledge or admit its activities.

The current spate of killings began in December when a “tourist bus” carrying Iranian officials and Hamas members exploded outside Damascus. The official report by Syria claimed that a tyre had exploded but photographs surfaced showing the charred remains of the vehicle — prompting speculation that a much larger explosion had taken place.


Several weeks later a meeting between members of Hamas, which controls Gaza, and their counterparts from Hezbollah in its southern Beirut stronghold in Lebanon was also attacked, resulting in several deaths.

Hamas had sought to cover up the incidents because it was embarrassed, a senior Palestinian official in Ramallah told The Times.

“There has been growing co-operation between Gaza and Iran. Israel can read the writing on the wall and they know that with the help of Iran, the Hamas Government in Gaza will become stronger and will fight better.

“But Israel is overstepping their boundaries. Other countries don’t want to become a killing field for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Most recently, the top Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed in Dubai on January 19, 2010. He is believed to have been poisoned by a woman who visited his room at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai.

Israeli officials said that Mabhouh had been a key figure in procuring Iranian-made longer-range rockets for Hamas that could be fired at targets in central Israel.

The exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal has vowed revenge for Mabhouh’s death. He has also suggested that the current fighting between Hamas and Israel will become more regional. In an interview with the London-based al-Hayat newspaper, Mr Mashaal said that future wars with Israel would not be fought solely in the Gaza Strip.

Under the current Mossad chief, Meir Dagan, Israel is believed to have renewed efforts to kill high-level opponents. Only months after the former paratrooper assumed leadership of the intelligence service in October 2002, senior Hezbollah operatives in Lebanon began to be targeted. He was credited with ordering the killing of two relatively senior Hezbollah members who were killed in southern Beirut in July 2003 and August 2004.

More recently, Israel has been accused of planting a car bomb in Damascus that killed the top Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyah in February 2008. The Israeli Cabinet minister Daniel Herschkowitz last week praised the Mossad chief as one of the agency’s most successful leaders.

When asked about Mossad’s involvement in the Dubai slaying, Eli Yishai, the Interior Minister, smiled and said: “All the security services make, thank God, great efforts to safeguard the security of the state of Israel.”

While some countries are questioning whether Israel isn’t taking credit to increase the reputation of its defence establishment, other moderate Arab States are now describing the assassinations as a “covert war” between Israel and Hamas.

Diplomats said they were aware that covert Israeli operations had increased. “We watch their comings and goings; we are aware that there is more activity both on our ground and other countries in the region,” said an Egyptian diplomat. “They are trying to embroil us all in their conflict.”

Tensions between Israel and Hamas have remained high, despite the relative quiet that has ensued since the end of Israel’s offensive in Gaza last winter. Israeli troops were placed on alert yesterday after intelligence suggested that Hamas planned to abduct soldiers. Israel said this week that it had foiled a kidnapping in December by arresting the Hamas operative Slaman Abu Atik on the Israeli-Gaza border. He planned to enter Israel via Egypt, said the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service.

Sheikh Salah: I am not afraid of the prison sentence issued against me

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 occupied lands, said Sunday that he does not care for the imprisonment sentence issued by the Israeli occupation against him and stressed that the Palestinians in occupied territories are ready to defend their right without hesitation.

“We are staying her and will not rest until the lat refugee of our people returns home and until the last prisoner is freed from his cell,” sheikh Salah stressed during a ceremony organized by a Palestinian Movement called Abana’al-Balad in the Araba Batouf village in the 1948 occupied land.

“You can imprison us and kill us, but you cannot murder the Palestinian people or destroy our existence because our right is stronger than all your bullets and our presence will remain stronger than all your bulldozers,” he added.

For his part, father Attallah Hanna said that the speech of sheikh Salah does not represent the Islamic Movement alone, but everyone who is defending Jerusalem and its holy sites.

Secretary-general of Abna‘ al-Balad, Mohamed Naamnih urged the Movement of Hamas not to waive its demands regarding the prisoner swap deal, stressing that it will not be a national deal if it excludes the prisoners of Jerusalem, the 1948 occupied lands and Golan.

Al-Quds center warns of Israeli plan to banish 20,000 Jerusalemites

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Quds center for legal rights warned of an Israeli plan to expel more than 20,000 Palestinian citizens from their homes in the occupied city of Jerusalem at the pretext of unlicensed residence, which would speed up the process of Judaizing the holy city.

The center said that the family of Mari Radayda was informed by the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) that they will be deported from their neighborhood of Ashqariya in Beit Hanina.

It pointed out that the IOA is trying to punish the family of Mari who was killed when he crashed a bulldozer he was driving in an Israeli police car and a public bus.

In the same context, the research and documentation department of Al-Quds center accused the IOA of pursuing the policy of ethnic cleansing and transferring illegally large groups of Palestinian populations from their permanent residence places at the pretext that they are not recognized by Israel and do not have blue ID cards.

The department added that the IOA, at the same time, follows the policy of replacement, where it brings Israelis to live in Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian lands in place of the indigenous Palestinian people.

For its part, Al-Maqdsi foundation for society development said that the IOA notified the Palestinian citizens living in Mahfouz apartment building composed of 32 apartments in Beit Hanina that their building will be demolished, noting that this building is the home of at least 160 people, mostly children.

In another incident, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported Sunday that the Israeli municipal council in the holy city started to prepare for the demolition of dozens of Palestinian homes in Silwan neighborhood.

The newspaper said that head of the council Nir Barkat gave orders to his staff to make preparations in this regard in coordination with the Israeli police.

For their part, the Palestinians of the 1948 occupied lands strongly denounced Israeli deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon for calling for deporting them to the lands under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Ayalon said in a press statement to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the Arabs in Israel would not lose anything if they joined the future Palestinian state.

The Arab lawmakers in the Knesset deplored such remarks and stressed that the 1948 Palestinians are the real owners of the land and the Israelis who were brought from around the world are the ones who must leave Palestine.

Rocky sediments hamper Egypt’s steel wall along Gaza borders

CAIRO, (PIC)– The team that is building the Egyptian steel wall along the borders with the Gaza Strip affirmed Monday that rocky sediments caused by the heavy rains and floods that hit the region few weeks ago have hampered the work in the wall.

„The sediments have indeed changed the geology of the soil where we are working and made it difficult for us to go ahead with the construction in that area that we believe is full of tunnels used by the Palestinians to bring food into the besieged Strip“, one of the project consultant engineers, who preferred not be identified, said in a statement to the PIC.

„The project management has decided to temporary suspend the work in the wall due to the heavy rains and flood that swept the area a few weeks ago, but when we decided to resume the work we were surprised with the hard sediments that made it difficult for us to penetrate more than four meters“, confirmed the consultant.

He added that the Egyptian government decided to form a team of Egyptian and foreign geologists to examine the problem and to find solutions before they continue the construction.

The Palestinian people said that the wall, once completed, would suffocate the Gaza Strip where more than 1.5 million Palestinians are living after the Israeli occupation sealed off all crossing points of Gaza from the north and the east while Egypt closed the Rafah crossing point from the south.

In the same context, tens of Egyptian activists and syndicate members organized a sit-in in front of the journalists syndicate to protest the siege on Gaza and construction of the steel wall.

The activists held placards demanding the immediate halt of the construction, and urging the Egyptian authorities to release Majdi Hussein, the Egyptian journalist who was sentenced to a two-year imprisonment term for entering the Gaza Strip through tunnels to show solidarity the people of Gaza.

They also chanted slogans urging the Egyptian authorities to stop exporting Gas to the Israeli occupation and to prioritize the Egyptian people with that Gas. Large numbers of Egyptian citizens were seen standing in long lines waiting to buy a cylinder of gas for coking.

Abdul Aziz Al-Husseini, one of the sit-inners, said that most of the public opinion surveys held around the steel wall showed that the great majority of the Egyptian people were against the construction of the wall, so, „in whose interest the Egyptian government is going ahead with the construction of the wall?“.

Number of cancer patients in Gaza on the rise

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian health ministry in the Gaza Strip has announced that the number of cancer patients in the beleaguered Strip had increased to 1899 including 770 women and 220 children.

The ministry said in a statement on Monday on occasion of the international day for cancer patients that 850 of those suffer blood cancer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had warned of the disastrous health condition in the Strip as a result of the Israeli siege for more than three years, adding that many cancer, heart and kidney failure patients are in dire need of treatment outside the Strip but the siege put a tragic end to their lives.

WHO championed opening of all Gaza crossings and allowing access for basic construction material to develop the health sector as far as the building and infrastructure are concerned.

Aqsa foundation: Aqsa walls cracked

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage that caters for Muslim holy shrines in Palestine disclosed that big cracks were seen in the northern wall of the Aqsa Mosque.

According to a press release issued by the foundation and published by the Quds Press on Tuesday, the cracks were expanding day after day, and described the situation as „serious“.

The foundation quoted analysts and experts as asserting that based on the examinations they have conducted, the cracks were the result of the continued Israeli excavations near the wall, particularly under the Omari school, which is located within the zone of the Mosque.

However, the foundation highlighted that the Israeli excavations were more than what had been discovered so far, warning that the continuation of those excavations pose direct threat to the Mosque, and would sooner or later affect its existence.

Nevertheless, the foundation vowed to expose the Israeli practices against the Mosque, urging, at the same time, Arab and Muslim countries to stand up in defense of the first Muslim Qiblah.

Agha: Israel created Gaza valley flood to cause environmental disaster

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian minister of agriculture Dr. Ramadan Agha, said Wednesday that the flooding in Gaza valley was deliberately created by Israel in order to cause an environmental catastrophe and destroy the agricultural life in the areas of the valley, Johr Al-Deek and AL-Maghraqa.

During a symposium on Gaza valley flood organized by the ministry, Dr. Agha noted that Israel used to dump chemical waste in the eastern side of the valley and when it opened the floodgates of one of its dams, all this is swept throughout the flooded areas leading to the contamination of soil and water.

The minister highlighted that the direct and indirect losses of the agriculture sector caused by Gaza valley flood amounted to more than $1,000,000.

He added that his ministry mobilized its entire technical and administrative staff to assess the damage caused by the flood such as the destroyed dunums of agricultural lands, the death of livestock, and the contamination of soil and groundwater.

The minister pointed out that the government distributed emergency aid to the distressed families whose homes were flooded.

RRejoub: Washington threatened Fatah with siege if reconciliation reached

TUNIS, (PIC)– The US administration threatened Fatah faction that it would face a siege if it signed a reconciliation agreement with the Hamas Movement, Jibril Al-Rejoub, the deputy Fatah central committee secretary, revealed.

He told Tunisian daily Al-Sabah published on Tuesday that the American threats were voiced during the national dialog sessions.

Palestinian premier and Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haneyya said in a televised interview on Tuesday that no success is expected for the Palestinian reconciliation until the Palestinian will is free from foreign pressures and dictates.

He told Al-Quds TV network that his Movement wanted a comprehensive agreement that would not leave any room for recurrence of past failures.

The PA in Ramallah instruct imams to assail Sheikh Qardawi

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The ministry of awkaf and religious affairs in Ramallah distributed a Friday sermon to Imams around the West Bank. The sermon launches a scathing attack on Sheikh Yusuf al-Qardawi.

Media outlets associated with the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah has been attacking Sheikh Qardawi, who heads the International Association of Islamic Scholars, since he called on the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League to open an investigation into who was behind postponing the vote on the Goldstone Report at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

At the time Qardawi was asked if it was proved that any of the PA leaders was involved in this postponement and actually supported and encouraged the Israeli war on Gaza would he deserve the death penalty, he said he would even deserve to be stoned.

During his visit to Qatar last week, Mahmoud Abbas, gave interviews to Qatari news papers in which he attacked Sheikh Qardawi saying that Qardawi gave a fatwa permitting the stoning of Abbas.

Qardawi answered him in last Friday’s sermon, saying that he never gave this fatwa against Abbas, but what he actually said, at the time, was that if it was proved that any PA official helped the Israeli occupation in its war against Gaza he would not only deserve to be executed for high treason, but even deserves to be stoned, like Arabs stoned the tomb of Abu Rughal, who guided Abraha’s army to Kaaba in Makkah to destroy it about 15 centuries ago.

Print Email 35 Palestinians wounded by Egyptian security forces near Salahuddin terminal

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian medical sources have reported that 35 Palestinian citizens were wounded by Egyptian gunfire Wednesday evening when dozens of them rallied near Salahuddin terminal in Rafah area in protest at the Egyptian authorities’ attack on Viva Palestina convoy activists.

The sources told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that five citizens, who were transferred to Abu Yousuf Al-Najjar hospital, are in very critical conditions.

Eyewitness said the protesters responded to the source of fire by throwing stones at the Egyptian side and shouted slogans hostile to Egypt before Gaza policemen showed up and dispersed the crowds.

About 55 multinational activists, participating in the third Lifeline convoy organized by Britain-based Viva Palestina organization, sustained different injuries during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Al-Arish area.

In the same context, the Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza organized on Wednesday afternoon a massive sit-in near Salahuddin terminal in Rafah to denounce Egypt for preventing international activists and aid convoys from entering Gaza.

All factions strongly condemned the brutal attacks carried out by the Egyptian security forces against Viva Palestina activists who brought with them humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza people.

Hamas lawmaker Mushir Al-Masri stressed during the sit-in that the Gaza people would not care about all attempts to make them preoccupied with minor issues and divert their attention from the real threat to the Arab national security.

Masri also urged the Egyptian people to rise and force their government to stop the building of the steel wall and open the Rafah border crossing permanently.

For its part, the government committee to break the siege strongly denounced the Egyptian authorities for using excessive force against Viva Palestina activists.

In a statement, the committee said that the Egyptian security forces created a serious precedent in dealing with aid convoys sent to Gaza.

It added that dealing with activists, who traveled thousands of miles and were warmly welcomed by all countries they crossed, in such a savage way undermine Egypt’s stature in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

Hamas lawmaker Yahya Al-Abadsa also slammed in a press release the attack on the activists as a shameful act and a crime in every sense of the word against Palestine.

Abadsa underlined that such behavior made the Egyptian regime a servant of the American policy and a dirty hand used for repression.

In another press release, the Islamic Jihad Movement expressed its dismay and shock at the Egyptian authorities’ attitude towards the Viva Palestina aid convoy and its insistence on placing obstacles on its way and prevent it from helping the besieged Palestinian people in Gaza.

In a related development, deputy head of the international committee to end the siege Mohamed Sawalha told Wednesday Al-Quds satellite channel that a number of Turkish lawmakers are mediating between the organizers of Viva Palestina convoy and Egyptian officials.

Sawalha added that the mediation is aimed to overcome the problems raised by Egypt’s breach of a previous agreement it reached with Viva Palestina at the port of Aqaba in which it pledged to facilitate the entry of the convoy into Gaza through Al-Arish port.