Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Fatah leader sentenced to 15 years by Gaza military court


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A military court in Gaza City on Tuesday sentenced a Fatah military leader to 15 years in jail.

Muhammad al-Sakani told Ma’an that his brother Zaki was accused of terrorism and illegally possessing explosives and weapons.

Muhammad condemned the verdict as unjust and vowed to appeal the decision.

Zaki, from Gaza City’s Shujaiyya neighborhood, was detained four years ago and held in a Gaza jail.

Fatah denounced the verdict in a statement, describing it as "unjust because it was issued by an illegitimate court, and because the motive behind the verdict was merely political."

"The man was a prominent leader of Fatah’s al-Aqsa Brigades and one of its best fighters." more

Leaders unmoved by Israeli objections to State of Palestine IDs


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian leadership couldn't care less about Israel's objections to planned State of Palestine passports and other identity documents, a Fatah official said Monday.

Party spokesman Ahmad Assaf said Israel's opposition to the measure, implemented after the UN accepted Palestine as a non-member state in November, would not change their course.

"Since when does the occupier allow the occupied to attain liberation and self determination?" he remarked.

"If we had waited for Israeli approval, we would still have been living in the time before the PA (government was established), because Israel doesn’t want any Palestinians to live in this land and this is a fact."

He continued: "The whole world supports us while Israel is politically isolated, and if it’s necessary we will go to the UN again and the International Criminal Court and other bodies."

"The Palestinian train has started and will not stop until it arrives at its destination: an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital." more