Sunday, 14 September 2014

Gazan man dies at Jordanian hospital from wounds inflicted during Israel's war

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip have reported that a young man died at a Jordanian hospital, on Sunday morning, of wounds suffered during the latest Israeli onslaught on the coastal region.

The sources said Anas Taiseer al-Hinnawi, 22, suffered a very serious injury, while one Palestinian was instantly killed when an Israeli drone fired a missile at them in Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Following his injury, al-Hinnawi was moved to a local hospital before being moved to a hospital in Jordan, due to the seriousness of his condition.

At least 12 Palestinians died of their wounds since the ceasefire agreement was reached under Egyptian mediation.

The Ministry Of Health in Gaza said around 2137 Palestinians, including 578 children, 264 women, and 103 elderly, during the latest massive Israeli aggression on Gaza, while more than 11100, including 3374 children, 2088 women and 410 elderly, have been injured. more

Gaza children return to school after end of war with Israel

Children in Gaza made a delayed return to school on Sunday after the 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings.

Gaza education ministry official Ziad Thabet said the opening was for 230,000 pupils attending public schools, 200,000 going to UN-run schools and tens of thousands enrolled in private institutions.

The opening had been delayed for two weeks because of damage to schools and the use of UN school buildings as temporary centres to house displaced people. About 50,000 people are still housed in UN schools, the UN Palestinian refugee agency said.

Early on Sunday Gaza City streets were crowded with children dressed in school uniform, many accompanied by parents or older siblings.

In al-Zaytoun boys elementary school, students pasted stickers with the names of fellow students killed during the war, as teachers struggled to cope with badly damaged facilities, including holes in ceilings and partially collapsed walls.

"I'm not as excited coming to school as I was in the past," said student Tamar Toutah, 11. "I feel that something is missing. I asked about my fellow students, but some were killed or wounded."

Thabet said that the first week in government schools would be given over to providing psychological counselling and recreational activities to help the war-weary children return to learning.

"We gave special training to more than 11,000 teachers and 3,000 principals and administrators about how to address students after the war," he said.

Thabet said 26 Gaza schools were destroyed during the war, and another 232 sustained damage. more

Israel denies Palestinian education minister entry to Gaza

Israeli authorities on Sunday morning denied Palestinian Minister of Education Khawla al-Shakhshir entry to the Gaza Strip, where she was expected to take part in the official inauguration of the new school year.

Al-Shakhshir told Ma'an that she submitted an application last week to visit Gaza but on Sunday Israeli authorities rejected her application.

The Gaza-based education ministry undersecretary Ziad Thabit said in a statement early Sunday morning, however, that the minister had not "coordinated her visit to Gaza" with him.

Israel limits the travel of Palestinians between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, frequently refusing permission even to high-level Palestinian officials to cross between the two occupied territories. more

Israeli breaks ceasfire again - warship opens fire at Gaza fishermen

An Israeli warship opened fire Sunday morning at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza City's Al-Shati refugee camp, the speaker of the Union of Gaza Fishermen said.

Nizar Ayyash told Ma'an that Israeli gunboats "have been firing at fishermen every day since the ceasefire agreement was signed."

He also said that Israeli naval forces have detained six Palestinian fishermen since the ceasefire agreement in late August that brought an end to a more than 50 day offensive that left over 2,100 dead.

Under the terms of the ceasefire, Israel agreed to expand the fishing zone off the coast of Gaza open to Palestinian fishermen from its previous three nautical miles. more

15 Palestinian migrants dead after boat capsizes off Egypt coast

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Fifteen migrants from Gaza died on Saturday after a boat they were riding in capsized in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of al-Ajami near Alexandria in northern Egypt, Egyptian military sources said.

The military sources told Ma'an that 15 bodies were pulled out of the sea and 72 people were rescued from the water after the navy and border guards received a call for help from a vessel called "Abu Othman."

Naval forces and a helicopter were sent to the area from which the signal arrived, and they found that the boat had been wrecked after hitting a rock off the coast soon after departing from shore.

The sources said that the Palestinians on board had fled from Gaza through smuggling tunnels into Egypt and were trying to escape to Italy, alongside a number of Egyptian and Syrian migrants.

The rescued Palestinians were taken to hospitals in Alexandria, and Egyptian security sources said they would be deported by Egyptian security forces back to the Gaza Strip after their recovery.

As the joint Israel-Egyptian siege on the Gaza Strip has been tightened over the last year, many Palestinians have attempted to flee to Egypt and from there board ships bound for Europe in search of a better life. more

Hamas, Fatah strike deal on resuming reconciliation talks in Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)-- The two main Palestinian political factions Hamas and Fatah agreed, after a round of gives-and-takes, to resume reconciliation talks in Gaza, member of the Fatah Central Committee (FCC), Jamal Muheissen, told al-Resalah Net on Saturday.

Azzam al-Ahmad, Jebril al-Rajoub, Sakhr Bsisou, and Mahmoud al-Aloul, along with another prominent political figure, have been appointed by the FCC as the senior Fatah delegates to carry out the projected reconciliation talks, Muheissen revealed.

He added that al-Ahmed is carrying out talks to set up a fixed agenda for the soon-to-be held negotiations.

The meeting will go over the bilateral Fatah-Hamas ties and assess the output of the consensus government’s performance in Gaza.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah will drop in Gaza by the end of the meeting, Muheissen further confirmed. more

Resistance strategy highlighted against failure of negotiations approach as sole option

By Dr Fayez Rasheed - Palestine's many experiences with Israel, especially that of resistance and the steadfastness of our people, not least in facing up to "Operation Protective Edge", highlight the failure of the negotiations approach as the sole political and strategic option.

The example of all national liberation movements demonstrates that resistance, in all its forms and manifestations, especially armed struggle, is capable of forcing Israel to accede to the legitimate rights and demands of the Palestinians. Resistance has forced Israel to recognise the presence of the Palestinian people after a long era of denial, even if some officials and politicians still deny our existence. The resistance also strengthened our national identity and gained broad international recognition for our people and their national cause. At the same time, it acted as a source of pain and loss for the Zionist project as a whole, and prevented the enemy from achieving the goals behind its attacks on the civilians of the Gaza Strip.

Since they were founded, all of the Palestinian resistance factions have adopted the concept and tactics of "a long-term popular war" in our conflict with Israel, and insisted that Palestine, from the River Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea, is the natural and historic Palestinian homeland. The deviation of some from this, either in the PLO's Ten Point Programme; in the build-up to the Oslo talks or following the Oslo Accords; in the elimination of the Palestinian National Charter clauses related to the armed struggle in 1996; or by setting negotiations as the sole strategic option which has only brought about destruction to the Palestinian cause and the rights of our people; all of this has resulted in Israel merely granting a degree of autonomy for the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This, of course, all happened before the political division and the emergence of two "Palestinian Authorities" and their supervision of the administrative and daily issues of the residents of both areas, but there have been no signs of sovereignty. The negotiations only led to Israel's increased appetite for Palestinian concessions, more settlements and more massacres. Israel has never, even after the Oslo Accords, stopped arresting, torturing and killing the Palestinian people, destroying their trees and stealing their land and homes, in what amounts to a form of genocide.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is pressing to get the "peace negotiations" back on track after the US refused the (tripartite) plan launched by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the grounds that it comes from one side and there must be agreement from both sides. Kerry's previous tours in the region and his talks with both sides, the Israelis and the Palestinians, have resulted in a distorted American solution that is based on an Israeli perspective, the content of which is a framework agreement for a temporary mini-state that lacks sovereignty, any part of Jerusalem and the return of refugees. This mini-state would be nothing more than self-governance for the Palestinians, which already exists; a dismembered canton without any geographical links to Gaza, as well as an Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley area, that will become permanent. more