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Israel deliberately targets Palestinian journalists to cover up its crimes: Hamas

Israel deliberately targets Palestinian journalists to cover up its crimes: Hamas

The Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, has strongly denounced the Tel Aviv regime’s deliberate targeting of Palestinian journalists in the occupied territories, describing the policy as a new attempt by Israeli authorities to conceal their crimes.

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasem said in a statement on Monday that “Israel’s crime of deliberately targeting photojournalist Moaz Amarneh is fairly heinous, and confirms the intransigence and defiance of the Israeli army as regards all norms and international law.”

Qasem stressed that Palestinian journalists will remain present in conflict zones, and will continue to exercise their right to publish fair accounts irrespective of the Israeli regime’s crimes against them.
PM covers left eye in solidarity with injured photojournalist

Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh showed solidarity with Amarneh during a cabinet meeting in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday, and covered his left eye.

“If Israel wants to shut down Moaz’s eyes, all of our eyes are his,” Shtayyeh said.

He added that Israel targets Palestinian journalists “to silence the voice of truth,” noting that Israeli forces did not only attack Amarneh’s eyes, but also quelled a sit-in staged by journalists in support of the injured photojournalist and viciously attacked them.

Shtayyeh praised the widespread popular solidarity movement with Amarneh, emphasizing that his deliberate targeting sheds light on the situation of other Palestinians who have fallen prey to Israel, most notably the Abu Malhous Sawarkeh family, which lost eight of its members in an airstrike carried out by Israeli warplanes in the Gaza Strip last week.

Amarneh lost one of his eyes after an Israeli soldier opened fire at him as he was covering clashes between local youths and Israeli forces in the city of Surif, located 25 kilometers northwest of al-Khalil last Friday.

According to a report released by the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), Israeli forces committed 600 rights violations against Palestinian journalists between October 2018 and October 2019 in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds and the Gaza Strip.

The report added that Israeli forces shot 60 journalists, who suffered serious wounds. Some 43 journalists were also hit by sound grenades directly thrown at them by Israeli forces.

“More than 170 journalists were beaten, detained or banned from coverage,” the report also revealed.

The report further noted that 10 journalists were detained during this period, raising the number of journalists inside Israeli jails to 18.


BREAKING: Israel, Palestine factions agree to ceasefire proposal

After two days of air strikes on the Gaza Strip which have killing 34 Palestinians and wounding 111 others, Israel and the Palestinian resistance this morning agreed to an Egyptian brokered ceasefire proposal.

Spokesman of the Islamic Jihad Mus’ab Al-Breem said that his movement set conditions to accept the ceasefire, which was mediated by Egypt and the UN, and Israel agreed to them.

Al-Breem said: “The occupation surrendered to the conditions of the resistance.”

The Israeli Hebrew newspaper Maariv reported a senior diplomatic source saying: “Israel achieved the goals of the operation. The Islamic Jihad suffered severe damage and we destroyed its infrastructure and killed more than 20 operatives.”

“Israel did not offer anything. The actions on the ground would decide. We will harm anyone who harms us.”

Haaretz reported sources saying that the ceasefire proposed by Egypt would see the Palestinian groups immediately stop firing rockets.

The sources also said, according to Haaretz, that Israel immediately stopped its attacks and assassinations in Gaza and would cease to use live ammunitions against the weekly Great Return March and Breaking the Siege protests.

On the ground, the sounds of Israeli military drones can still be heard buzzing overhead.

The ceasefire was announced after Israel killed 34 Palestinians, including eight from the same families, and wounded 111 others.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN envoy to the Middle East peace process, said that the ceasefire was a fruit of joint Egyptian and UN efforts.

“Egypt and the UN worked hard to prevent the most dangerous escalation in and around Gaza from leading to war,” he wrote on Twitter.

He added: “The coming hours and days will be critical. ALL must show maximum restraint and do their part to prevent bloodshed. The Middle East does not need more wars.”


Israeli raids kill 32 in Gaza since Tuesday

At least 32 Palestinians have been martyred by the Israeli army in two days of raids on the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Health Ministry said late Wednesday in a statement.

The ministry said that 100 others, including 30 children and 13 women, were injured in the raids.

On Wednesday morning, the Al-Quds Brigade, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad group, said one of its field commanders had been killed in an Israeli raid.

Earlier, the Israeli army said its air force attacked an Islamic Jihad squad trying to fire rockets at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip.

In a statement, the Israeli army said over 250 rockets had been fired from Gaza towards Israel since Tuesday morning.

The Israeli official ambulance service, known as the Red Star of David, said 44 Israelis were slightly injured due to the rockets launched from Gaza towards Israel’s southern areas since Tuesday.

Sirens were heard in the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot.

The situation escalated in Gaza early Tuesday after an Israeli airstrike killed Bahaa Abu al-Atta, a senior military commander of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, as well as his wife Asmaa.

Israeli warplanes also launched an airstrike targeting Islamic Jihad member Akram al-Ajouri in Syria’s capital Damascus.

Two people, including al-Ajouri’s son, were killed and 10 injured, but the Islamic Jihad leader emerged unhurt.


Iran at forefront of fight against Zionist regime: Rouhani

“Although our enemies have not spared any effort to marginalize the issue of Palestine and Jerusalem Al-Quds , the public opinion, clerics and scholars of the Muslim World will never let this goal be materialized,” Rouhani said on Thursday, addressing the 33rd International Islamic Unity Conference which is underway in Tehran.

The president called on the regional countries for more cooperation among the neighboring countries and the Muslim nations, saying it is the only way to tackle the ongoing crises in the region.

He stressed that relying on the enemies and non-regional powers to solve regional challenges is a “strategic mistake” and will lead nowhere.

The International Islamic Unity Conference, themed “Ummah unity in defending the al-Aqsa Mosque,” started today with the participation of 350 personalities from 93 countries and will go on till November 16.

The International Islamic Unity Conference t is held annually in an effort to lay the ground for stronger unity and solidarity among Muslims and provide solutions for their problems.


2 Palestinians martyred in Israeli airstrike in Gaza

Two Palestinians were martyred in a fresh Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, shortly after the killing of a resistance commander in the territory.

The army said a warplane targeted two Islamic Jihad operatives preparing to fire rockets into Israel.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said Zaki Mohammed Adnan Ghanama, 25, was killed in the attack.

The ministry said a 20-year-old youth, who was identified as Mohammed Atiyyah Hammouda, was also killed, but without giving any details about the circumstances of his death.

According to the ministry, 18 Palestinians have been injured in Israeli attacks across the Gaza Strip.

The situation escalated in Gaza early Tuesday after Israeli forces killed Bahaa Abu al-Atta, the commander of resistance group Islamic Jihad, in an airstrike.

Israeli warplanes also launched an airstrike targeting Islamic Jihad member Akram al-Ajouri in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Two people, including al-Ajouri’s son, were killed and ten others injured, but the Islamic Jihad leader emerged unhurt.


‘Trump told Israel to fund Palestinian security forces’

U.S. President Donald Trump rejected a request by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to allow U.S. aid to be transferred to Palestinian security forces and told aides months earlier that Netanyahu should pay for it, according to a report.

The U.S.-based Axios news site claimed the State Department realized around six months ago that $12 million in aid to the Palestinian security forces had not been cut as part of a gradual halt by the Trump administration in all funding to the Palestinians but was also never transferred to them.

The department realized the situation after Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and other Israeli officials told their American counterparts they wanted the funds to be transferred to help the Palestinian security forces, who were working with Israelis in the West Bank.

The department said in light of Trump’s policy to cut such funding, the decision would have to be cleared by him.

According to Axios, Trump wasn’t convinced.

“If it is that important to Netanyahu, he should pay the Palestinians $12 million,” he told his aides.

The money was never transferred.

The Trump administration has gradually cut all funding to the Palestinians over the last two years, and Netanyahu is known to have played a key role in encouraging it to do so.

Netanyahu’s administration had asked the Trump administration to cease assistance under the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).


Arab members of Israel government launch hunger strike

Arab members of Israel’s Knesset and municipal officials announced yesterday that they will be launching a three-day hunger strike and protest outside the prime minister’s office in occupied Jerusalem in an effort to force authorities to increasing policing in Arab areas.

The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel announced the action which comes following weeks of protests against the failure of Israel Police to deal with the increasing crimes and violence in the Arab community.

It comes as two Arabs were killed on Friday, bringing the total of the Arabs killed last week to four and total since the start of 2019 to 80.

Speaking to the press, committee head Mohamed Baraka said: “Setting up a protest tent and the hunger strike are part of a string of actions we are taking.”

Baraka, who is a former MK, added: “Along with Knesset members and leaders of local and regional councils, we will initiate a hunger strike to focus the public and national attention on the disaster befalling the Arab population and on the free hand criminal organisations are receiving to possess illegal weapons.”

He continued: “We do not have policing authority and it is the responsibility of the Public security minister to ensure personal and collective security.”

Meanwhile, Haaretz reported him saying: “Despite the announced by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the formation of a special team to combat crime and his speech about meetings and discussions with the police heads and local councils, we decided to continue the protests.”

“We want to make clear that … meetings and statements are not enough, but we want to see plans on the ground.”


Hamas accepts Palestinian efforts to end divisions

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh announced today that his movement had accepted an initiative launched by Palestinian factions to end internal Palestinian division.

During a meeting attended by representatives of the Palestinians factions held in his house, Haniyeh said: “This meeting is being held to announce our reply to the initiatives of the leaders of the Palestinian factions which included a national vision to achieve unity and end the division.”

He added: “I welcome all of the leaders of the national Palestinian factions who introduced this initiative, aiming to achieve Palestinian unity.”

“I announce the agreement and acceptance of this national initiative completely and without any modification, notes or conditions.”

“I hope that the leaders of the Palestinian faction succeed in completing their mission with our brothers – Fatah.”

He stressed that this initiative would be the starting point for regaining Palestinian unity and ending the Palestinian division.

Haniyeh concluded his speech, saying: “I am honoured to submit the official reply of the Hamas Movement to the leaders of the national Palestinian factions.”


Israel arrests 11 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israeli forces detained eleven Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli army.

A military statement on Thursday said the individuals had been arrested for “suspected involvement in popular hostile activities”, without elaborating about the nature of these alleged activities.

The Israeli army carries out frequent arrest campaigns across the West Bank — including occupied East Jerusalem — on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

According to Palestinian figures, roughly 5,700 Palestinians — including numerous women and children — are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities.


PA rejects claims it interfered in Israel’s election

Chief of Civil Committee in the Palestinian Authority (PA) Hussein Al-Sheikh yesterday rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims that the PA interfered in Israel’s election, Quds Net News reported.

In a press release, Al-Sheikh, who is a member of Fatah’s executive committee, said that these claims “are false” and are an effort to “justify” the “frantic” Israeli campaign against the PA and its leadership.

The PA, he said, considers the Israeli elections as an internal Israeli issue that the PA does not have to deal with it.

Israelis went to the polls yesterday in a do-over election which, according to exit polls, has not brought about a clear winner. Both Netanyahu’s Likud party and the opposition Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) alliance appear to once again be neck and neck.