Saturday, 7 May 2011

Hamas leader interviewed by Wall Street Journal - will work with Fatah on armed resistance

CAIRO—Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said his movement will make decisions about how to wage its struggle with Israel, including if and when to use violence, in consensus with more moderate Palestinian factions.

"How to manage the resistance, what's the best way to achieve our goals, when to escalate and when to cease fire, now we have to agree on all those decisions as Palestinians," said Mr. Meshaal in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in Cairo. more

Egyptian revolutionaries converge on Israeli embassy calling for end to 'normalisation' and gas exports

The road to Palestinian liberation runs through Cairo... Israel was receiving 40% of its gas from Egypt under the Mubarak regime and at discount prices, until the second bombing of the export pipeline shut down the trade. Egyptian courts called for the exports to be halted but the Mubarak regime ignored the judgment and the new military rulers have not yet formally ripped up the contract.
Demonstrators praise bombing of gas pipeline in Sinai, demand Egyptian government end all cooperation with Israel, open Gaza crossing.

Protesters descended on the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Friday, calling for a complete halt in Egyptian cooperation with Israel.

One protester said the demonstration was a response to President Shimon Peres's call for Egyptian youth to normalize relations with Israel, AFP reported.

Similar protests took place outside the Israeli consulate in Alexandria.
ALEXANDRIA: Over 300 protesters organized Friday a march from Al-Qae'd Ibrahim Mosque to the Israeli embassy in Kafr Abdo district in Alexandria in support of Palestine.

Protesters demanded putting an end to gas exports to Israel, sacking the Israeli ambassador and closing down the embassy, ending all forms of normalization with Israel and opening the Rafah crossing with Gaza.

"We don't war with Israel, we only want to support the Palestinians and demand the Egyptian government stop all forms of cooperation with Israel," said Abdel Rahman Maarouf, member of the Alexandrian Youth to Support the Palestinian Uprising and one of the protest organizers.

"We want to break the siege on Gaza by any means possible and we will send aid convoys starting next Friday," he added. more

Occupation gives notice to 50 Palestinian families to leave Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- In the latest of a series of measures by the Israeli occupation to empty Jerusalem of its indigenous population, the occupation authorities gave eviction notices to about 50 families from the Saraya’a clan who live in the Abu Hindi valley east of the occupied holy city.

Locals sources said that IOF troops on Thursday raided the Saraya’a clan’s camp and gave notice to the residents of Bedouin camp to leave within two weeks.
The clan lives in a camp which separates the Kidar and Maaleh Adumim settlements and refuse to leave their place of residence.

The PIC reported two years ago that Israel was strenuously working on creating greater Jerusalem that would eat up 10% of the entire West Bank area, according to a statement by Khalil Tafakji, an expert on Israeli settlements and the director of the maps center for Arab studies.

He stated that Israel also plans to separate northern West Bank from its southern areas and works against the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

The settlements' expert explained that the Kidar and Maaleh Adumim settlement bloc east and north of occupied Jerusalem over an area of 191 square kilometers would absolutely prevent establishment of a Palestinian state geographically connected with Jerusalem as its capital.

Thanks to the Palestine Information Center

Occupation forces arrest Hamas leader Majed Hasan at his home in Ramallah

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- IOF troops arrested on Thursday morning prominent Hamas leader Majed Hasan (47 years) from his home in the southern West Bank city of Ramallah.

Sources close to Hasan’s family said that the IOF troops raided the house and ransacked it, confiscating computers and books, then the intelligence officer who accompanied the IOF troops told him that he was under arrest.

Hasan, who is a prominent Islamic figure in the West Bank, was arrested by the occupation and the PA security in the West Bank on several occasions. He spent more than eight years in occupation jails. His wife, Nada al-Jayyousi, who is active in the field of Islamic propagation, was also detained by the Israeli occupation for several months in the past.

The Israeli occupation has stepped up arrests amongst Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters in the past couple of days, arresting two leaders from the Islamic Jihad and a number of activists from both movements in Ramallah, Jenin and Nablus.

Islamic Jihad leader Bassam al-Saadi and four others have also been arrested in Jenin.

Thanks to the Palestine Information Center