Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Majority of Palestinians support end to PA security cooperation with Israel

The majority of Palestinians support a decision by the PLO to end security cooperation with Israel, according to the results of a poll released Tuesday by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University in Nablus.

The poll, conducted from March 26-28, asked 1,360 Palestinians about their views on security coordination, the Israeli elections, the peace process, and national reconciliation.

Around 59 percent of those interviewed said they wanted the PA to halt security coordination with Israel, while only 26 percent believe that the PA will actually adopt a resolution by the Central Council to end cooperation.

Following Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu's explicit opposition to a Palestinian state during his election campaign, 72 percent support going to the UN to obtain recognition of Palestine on 1967 borders.

Over 20 percent of those interviewed say they support one state solution to the conflict while 32 percent called for the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority.

Around 38 percent supported a new armed uprising against Israeli military forces while the majority, 56 percent, support nonviolent and unarmed popular resistance. more

Israeli forces open fire at Gaza fishermen

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli war boats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats across the shores of the al-Sudaniyya area in the northwestern Gaza Strip early Wednesday, according to witnesses.

Witnesses told Ma'an that the Israeli forces opened fire at three boats, preventing them from fishing in an area of 2 nautical miles.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an she wasn't aware of any incidents off the coast Wednesday morning.

In past incidents, Israeli spokespersons have told Ma'an that deviations by fishing boats from the fishing zone are perceived by Israeli forces as a security threat, citing an incident in February in which a vessel was allegedly caught outside of the fishing zone with arms intended for Hamas.

Palestinian fishermen have increasingly become targets for Israeli forces, facing near daily harassment and interference with their work. As part of last summer's ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups, Israel initially agreed to expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and to continue to expand the area gradually. more