Thursday, 22 November 2012

Fatah, Hamas urge unity at Gaza rallies


GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- In a rare display of unity, leaders of Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian factions on Thursday celebrated the end of the war on Gaza and called for parties to end the split with the West Bank.

Thousands took to the streets of Gaza in joint political rallies marking an end to eight days of deadly fighting, and Fatah supporters marched calling for their faction to end its rivalry with Gaza rulers Hamas.

Fatah leader Nabil Shaath, who came to Gaza on Sunday during the Israeli shelling, told crowds in Gaza City that Israel had failed to isolate them from the West Bank.

“How glad I feel when yellow, green, red and black flags fly together, united by the Palestinian flag. We must all unite and work together,” he said, referring to the motifs of Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and leftist factions.

"Today our unity materialised, Hamas and Fatah are one hand, one rifle and one rocket," senior Hamas leader Khalil Al-Hayya told several thousand people in the main square of Gaza.

Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad al-Hindi said factions should unify behind the resistance movement, hinting at the enduring divisions with Fatah, who espouse non-violent and diplomatic measures against Israel’s occupation.

"We have reached a dead end in the peace process and now we are in the trenches of jihad and resistance," he told the Gaza City rally.

But the Jihad leader too echoed the conciliatory note of the occasion. "Nothing will strengthen the determination of Palestinians more than the Palestinian people themselves, with all of their factions," al-Hindi said. more

Israeli soldiers shoot and injure Palestinian youth on border


In what seems to be the first Israeli violation of the truce that came into effect Thursday, Israeli soldiers shot and injured a young Palestinian man near the border fence, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Local sources reported that Haitham Abu Doqqa, 23, was shot and injured as he, and two other residents, approached the security fence, east of Al-Faraheen area, in Abasan Al-Kabeera town, in Khan Younis.

Several youths approached the border area to collect the parts of an Israeli military vehicle that was targeted by the resistance in Gaza more than a week ago.

Some youths managed to raise Palestinian flags on the border fence before t he army opened fire on them. more

Fatah, Hamas urge unity at Gaza rallies


GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- In a rare display of unity, leaders of Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian factions on Thursday celebrated the end of the war on Gaza and called for parties to end the split with the West Bank. Thousands took to the streets of Gaza in joint political rallies marking an end to eight days of deadly fighting, and Fatah supporters marched calling for their faction to end its rivalry with Gaza rulers Hamas.

Fatah leader Nabil Shaath, who came to Gaza on Sunday during the Israeli shelling, told crowds in Gaza City that Israel had failed to isolate them from the West Bank.

“How glad I feel when yellow, green, red and black flags fly together, united by the Palestinian flag. We must all unite and work together,” he said, referring to the motifs of Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and leftist factions.

"Today our unity materialised, Hamas and Fatah are one hand, one rifle and one rocket," senior Hamas leader Khalil Al-Hayya told several thousand people in the main square of Gaza.

Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad al-Hindi said factions should unify behind the resistance movement, hinting at the enduring divisions with Fatah, who espouse non-violent and diplomatic measures against Israel’s occupation. more

Israel, Gaza leaders claim military victory


GAZA CITY (M'’an) -- Leaders in Gaza and Israel on Thursday both claimed victory after an eight-day war which left 170 Palestinians and five Israelis dead.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad agreed an Egyptian-mediated truce to halt hostilities on Wednesday night.

In Cairo, Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal said his movement would respect the truce if Israel did, but would respond to any violations. "If Israel complies, we are compliant. If it does not comply, our hands are on the trigger," he told a news conference.

Mashaal thanked Egypt for mediating and praised Iran for providing Gazans with financing and arms. "We have come out of this battle with our heads up high," he said, adding that Israel had been defeated and failed in its "adventure".

Islamic Jihad chief Ramadan Shallah also addressed the conference, claiming the war was Israel's "greatest defeat in history."

"We fought with honor, and we accept these understandings (ceasefire) with honor" he said. more

Israeli army detains over 50 in West Bank


JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army launched an arrest sweep throughout the West Bank overnight Wednesday, citing "recent violent and terrorist activity."

A military statement said 55 Palestinians were seized overnight in order to "restore calm." The arrests were made as Israel agreed a truce Wednesday evening ending eight days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

The deadly bombardment, which killed some 170 Palestinians in Gaza, prompted an outpouring of grief and anger across the West Bank. Protesters held vigils for the dead, while other rallies in villages and cities ended in violent confrontation with Israeli forces.

During the clashes, two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces.

Hamdi Mohammad Jawwad al-Falah, 22, was shot four times by Israeli soldiers at a demonstration in Hebron's Bir al-Mahjar neighborhood on Tuesday.

Near Ramallah, 31-year-old police officer Rushdi Tamimi died Monday two days after he was shot in the stomach by Israeli forces at a protest in Nabi Saleh. more

Full text of ceasefire terms between Hamas and Israel



1: (no title given for this section)

A. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

B. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.

C. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents’ free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

D. Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.

2: Implementation mechanisms:

A. Setting up the zero hour for the ceasefire understanding to enter into effect.

B. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.

C. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations Egypt as the sponsor of this understanding shall be informed to follow up. more