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Is the security dossier really away from Hamas-Fateh dialogue?

Abbas and Meshal

Abbas and Meshal

London, May 15, 2012

It was clear in all previous rounds of talks between the two Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fateh that the security dossier is the main deadlock in the way of their reconciliation. This dossier always consumes the time of their talks and, at the end, it is not resolved. Such a dossier is not difficult to be figured out, but the problem is that each of both rivals has its own view about it which it too far from the other’s.

For Fateh, it sees that it is obligated by Oslo Accord signed with the Israelis in 1993, which dictates that Palestinian Authority must cooperate and coordinate with the Israelis in security issues and both Palestinian and Israeli sides exchange, discuss and agree on the names of security officers and commanders of the Palestinian security apparatuses. There must be joint security patrols. This is called by Dr Ibraheem Habeeb, a Palestinian political researcher, a problematic issue in the role of security apparatuses.

In the opposite side, Hamas sees that the role of security apparatuses is to protect Palestinians’ security and confront Israeli threats against them. There mustn’t be a room for cooperation and coordination between Palestinians and Israelis in this sensitive dossier. It insists that this endangers the life of Palestinians and adds more complications to their lives. Therefore, at the time each side is stick to its view, it appears that there is no compromise regarding this dossier in the horizon.

Of course, each side has its own and logical reasons for sticking to its position. For Fateh and the PA, it would encounter a number of punitive Israeli measures if it carried out any compromise on security issues agreed upon with the Israelis. It will face a ban of movement of senior officials, freeze of tax revenues on Palestinian imports collected by the Israeli customs, attacks against posts of security apparatuses and an international pressure to disown the reconciliation. Fateh cannot resist all these measures and this is clear in its history. The last example was its disownment of the results of the PLC elections in 2006 and the security chaos it created on the ground.

For Hamas, it cannot compromise any of its positions towards the security dossier because it believes that it is the legal representative for Palestinians and it got this legitimacy through resistance. This position was reinforced through the PLC elections. Hamas also believes that when Palestinians elected it, it means that they elected the programme of resistance. Therefore, it highly believes that any compromise about its position towards the programme of resistance will endanger its popularity.

In addition, Hamas which has not let down its weapons against the Israelis suffers from continuous detention of its affiliates by the Fateh security apparatuses which are loyal to the details of the Oslo Agreement. Hamas leaders repeatedly said that there is no reconciliation without the freedom of all its prisoners in the PA jails. However, news about positive developments in the reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fateh, but early this week, Sami abu-Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, declared explicitly that there is no reconciliation without the freedom of all Hamas members in the PA jails.

The problem does not lie in the detention of prisoners in Palestinian jails, but in the details behind that, which will prove for the Israeli side that Fateh is really committed to a Palestinian reconciliation on the basis of halting cooperation and coordination in security issues.

So that, the shade of the security dossier will stay the main reason which undermines intra-Palestinian reconciliation until Fateh gets rid of its security obligations towards the Israelis or Hamas laydowns its weapons. Both assumptions are impossible. This means that Palestinian reconciliation is also impossible.

Israeli occupation wounds a Palestinian minor

Palestinian minor killed by the Israeli occupation soldiers today in the West Bank of Occupied Palestine

Palestinian minor killed by the Israeli occupation soldiers today in the West Bank of Occupied Palestine

London, May 20, 2012

A Palestinian minor was seriously injured by the Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank of Palestine Sunday morning.

The 17 year old minor known as Salah al-Zagheer, from the West Bank city of Bethlehem was seriously injured when the Israeli occupation forces shot him from a very close distance.

It is said by witnesses that he was shot while speaking with the Israelis occupation soldiers at Etzion Israeli checkpoint, west of Bethlehem.

At the beginning, Al Zagheer was believed dead as he was shot from a very close distance and he was not offered medical first aid directly. “He was left on the ground while some occupation soldiers humiliated him,” witnesses told reports.

The 17 year old citizen was handed an interrogation notice by the Israeli security at his home and he went to the interrogation interview next day. He was shot at the first Israeli checkpoint he passed across his way.

Israeli soldiers said that they have shot him because they thought that he was carrying a knife.

“Damn this pretext to kill an innocent child”

The wounded minor was not offered first aid as well as he was humiliated by the Israeli soldiers. Look at that one who is putting his dirty leg on the hand of the wounded.

The wounded minor was not offered first aid as well as he was humiliated by the Israeli soldiers. Look at that one who is putting his dirty leg on the hand of the wounded.

 

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An Israeli police dog bites a Palestinian demonstrator

 

An Israeli police dog bites a Palestinian demonstrator in the West Bank

An Israeli police dog bites a Palestinian demonstrator in the West Bank

Israeli occupation forces released a police dog to chase Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddoum on Friday afternoon.

Photos and video footage showed a Palestinian demonstrator who was bleeding, trying to free himself from the jaws of the wild police dog, but, unfortunately, he couldn’t.

It is shown also that the Israeli soldiers had refused to let other demonstrators to help him.

The man was known as Amed Shatwi. Witnesses told Maan that he was offered first aid treatment on the ground and then was taken to prison.

Earlier on Friday morning, the Israeli occupation forces ended another demonstration at Al Nabi Saleh village. More than 40 demonstrators were reported lightly wounded after being shot by sewage water with a foul smell.

Even dead Palestinians are not exempted of the Israelis humilation

The Palestinian funeral which was targeted by the Israelis with sewage water, Amer Abdeen.

The Palestinian funeral which was targeted by the Israelis with sewage water, Amer Abdeen.

Al Khalil, Friday February 24, 2012

The Israeli occupation forces targeted a Palestinian funeral with sewage water today at noon during its way to cemetery.

I am wondering what is the reason for that? Even the dead can not survive the Israeli humilation.

I hope that the world community wake up to see what the Israelis are doing against the Palestinians and do something to stop it.

I call for all the media all over the world to look at that spot and reflect to the world what is going on there. I am asking all mass media which have reporters and correspondents in Palestine to prove their objectivity.

An Israeli lorry driver hits a Palestinian students bus

The Palestinian children's bus hit by an Israeli lorry driver

The Palestinian children's bus hit by an Israeli lorry driver

London, February 15, 2012

An Israeli lorry driver hit a Palestinian students’ bus killing at least 8 and one female teacher in a busy junction in the city of Ramalla, West Bank.

Resources confirmed that there are at least 30 others injured, seven of them critically.

Medical resources said that the number of casualties is expected to rise as the bus, which was carrying about 50 children, was severely damaged.

“The accident resulted of a huge fire set in the bus that resulted in the big number of cuasalities,” witnesess said.

Palestinians started a three day of mourning to mark this sad incident and flags to be lowered during these three days.

It is common that cars of Israelis settlers hit Palestinians in the West Bank. Many NGOs and human rights organisations have called for the end of such kind of accidents, but no response.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=t6ibWSyXOfE

An Israeli settler hits Palestinian children in Jerusalem last year

An Israeli settler hits Palestinian children in Jerusalem last year

Settlers teach their kids how to use guns

Settlers teach their kids how to use guns

UN: 1100 Palestinian homeless in 2011

UN: some 660 demolished houses and more than 1100 Palestinian homeless in 2012

UN: some 660 demolished houses and more than 1100 Palestinian homeless in 2012

London, January, 2012

The Israeli demolition of the Palestinian houses and other buildings in 2011 has resulted in displacing more than 1100 citizens, UN report said Saturday morning.

UN demanded a direct halt of such activities of the Israeli occupation and asked it to bear the responsibility of protecting the Palestinian citizens.

“Israel as the Occupying Power has a fundamental responsibility to protect the Palestinian civilian population under its control and to ensure their dignity and well‐being,” Maxwell Gaylard, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the occupied Palestine, said.

“The current policy and practice of demolitions cause extensive human suffering and should end,” Mr Gaylard added.
He also criticised the policy of destroying the Palestinian homes and their livelihood and said that increases their misery. He confirmed that all those actions are not acceptable.

“The wholesale destruction of their homes and livelihoods is not consistent with that responsibility and humanitarian ideals. The current policy and practice of demolitions cause extensive human suffering and should end,” he said.

The report mentioned: “For the year 2011, some 622 homes and livelihood structures belonging to Palestinian families were similarly destroyed, forcibly displacing almost 1,100 people, over half of them children, and compromising the livelihoods of several thousand more.”

Mr Gaylard noted that these figures represent a dramatic increase compared with previous years, and that a much greater number, in the tens of thousands, remain under threat of dispossession, demolition and displacement.

New house-demolition’s notices handed

Israeli eviction notices

Israeli eviction notices

London, December 30, 2011

Israeli occupation forces handed notices of confiscation of 160 dunums and demolition of 13 homes to owners in the village of Mneizel to the south-east of Yatta in the southern West Bank Al-Khalil district.

Rateb al-Jubour, coordinator of the popular committee against the wall and settlement, said in press statements on Thursday that the

Families are evicted forcefully by the Israeli forces

Families are evicted forcefully by the Israeli forces

notices of land confiscation affected residents of the village of Mneizel and the village of Samu‘ with the aim of expanding Karmael settlement.

He also said that 13 demolition notices were handed out to residents of the village of Mneizel and the entrances to the village were closed.

Jubour also said that the village of the Karmael settlement was built next the Palestinian village of Muneizel which has a population of 400 Palestinians who are living in constant fear because of the harassment at the hands of settlers.