Saturday, 8 December 2012

Hamas: Israel threatened to cancel ceasefire over Mashaal visit

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israel threatened to cancel the ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt if Hamas’ chief in exile and his delegation visited the Gaza Strip for the movement's 25th anniversary, says senior Hamas leader Izzat al-Rishiq.

In an interview with the Hamas-affiliated al-Aqsa TV Saturday, al-Rishiq said, “We received real threats that occupation could cancel the ceasefire agreement or do anything.”

Al-Rishiq highlighted that Mashaal decided to visit the Gaza Strip even at personal risk.

Describing the “historic” visit by Hamas’ leaders in exile to Gaza, he said, “This is a great view, and we are happy to set foot on the pure land of Gaza and met from the very beginning with our people.” more

Mashaal attends mass celebration for Hamas anniversary

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal, on his first trip to the Gaza Strip, joined flag-waving crowds gathered in Gaza City at a festival marking the 25th anniversary of the movement.

Mashaal and Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh came on to the festival’s stage through a gate designed like an M75 weapon, a homemade missile which Hamas fighters used against Israel in the 8-day battle.

Hundreds of thousands turned out for the rally, and Hamas estimated attendance at half a million people.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that Mashaal in his speech would define the future outlines of Hamas policy focusing on reconciliation with Fatah.

A delegation representing Fatah was scheduled to attend the anniversary events for the first time since the 2007 fighting between both parties. more

University of Oslo to end G4S contract over support for Israeli apartheid

In a major success for the campaign against Israeli prison contractor G4S, the University of Oslo has announced that it will terminate its contract with the company in July 2013.

G4S is a private security company that has a contract to provide equipment and services to Israeli prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners, including child prisoners, are detained and mistreated. G4S also provides equipment and services to checkpoints, illegal settlements and businesses in settlements. The Israeli government recently confirmed that G4S also provides equipment to Israel’s illegal apartheid wall.

Student activists with the Palestine Committee at the University of Oslo began campaigning in August for the university to not renew its contract with G4S, which has been providing security services on campus since 2010. Campaigners plastered the campus with “Boycott G4S” stickers that imitated real G4S stickers and the student parliament voted to support the campaign. Students have also held demonstrations and other actions on campus. more