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Report: Egypt threatening to step down as Hamas-Fatah broker

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

Egypt has threatened to withdraw its sponsorship of Palestinian unity negotiations if rival parties Hamas and Fatah do not reach an agreement soon, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Thursday.

According to the newspaper Al-Masryoun, if no agreement is reached before the end of May, Cairo will no longer play the role of broker in the unity talks.

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Fatah, Hamas trade accusations over incident at Al-Azhar University in Gaza

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

The Fatah movement accused Hamas of planting explosives the vicinity of Al-Azhar University in Gaza and, allegation denied by the Islamic movement on Thursday.

Ramallah-based Fatah spokesperson Fahmi Za’arir, claimed Thursday that Hamas members broke into the campus and surrounded the building containing university president’s office. He said 45 students and staff were inside the building at the time.

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Mashal to British MPs: “If we find another way to end the occupation – we’ll use it”

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

During the videoconference Mashal stressed the necessity of pressuring Israel to put an end to its occupation of the West Bank and its siege on Gaza. He explained that “if we [Palestinians] find another way to end the occupation – we will use it,” but noted that all efforts to seek help from the international community had failed.

The Hamas leader stressed the party position that it will recognize Israel when it withdraws to the 1967 borders, and reiterated that any settlement between the sides will necessarily include such a proviso.

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Court: Dichter cannot be sued in U.S. over 2002 Gaza bombing

Posted in Israel and the US, US and Palestine by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

A New York federal appeals court said on Thursday that former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter cannot be sued in the United States for 15 deaths in a Gaza City bombing. The court said the former security official was immune under common law from being held responsible for the July 2002 bombing of an apartment complex.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1078829.html

The target of the bombing was Hamas leader Saleh Shehada, but the strike also killed 14 civilians.

US District Judge William H. Pauley III said in a written decision that he ”cannot ignore the potential impact of this litigation on the Middle East’s delicate diplomacy.”

For full article, visit http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3395161,00.html

PA uncovers Hamas arms cache in Qalqilya

Posted in The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

According to the official, the house, in which at least eight explosive devices were found, is located 500 meters (about 1,640 feet) from the West Bank security barrier constructed by Israel.

Some of the equipment inside was labeled “Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades” – Hamas’ armed wing.

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Israeli explosive efforts are aiding Palestinian policemen who discovered a bomb-making lab inside a deserted Qalqiliya home on Wednesday, security sources said on Thursday.

Sources added that Israeli bomb sappers were waiting near the area’s District Coordination Office in Qalqiliya late on Thursday afternoon as Palestinian Authority officials worked to remove the explosives from the home, which they identified as being in west Qalqiliya.

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Stranded patients, frustrated medical workers protest Rafah closure

Egypt insists that it will only open the crossing if Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reach an agreement to operate the crossing in accordance with the 2005 agreement.

The demonstrators waved flags and held banners of “we call on Egypt to save our lives,” “we call on all parties to avoid Rafah crossing from the political disputes,” “please help us to get our proper medical treatment.”

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Local sources said people carried banners calling for Egypt to open the crossing and  to keep it free of politics. The patients demanded that they be allowed to travel for treatment outside the Gaza Strip since the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza have left the hospitals there unable to treat many illnesses. According to the Department responsible for Borders and Crossings at least 700 Palestinian patients are waiting for the opening of the Rafah border crossing in order to access treatment outside the Strip.

Source: http://www.imemc.org/article/59984

De facto government police arrest Fatah Youth planning Prisoners Day events

Posted in Arrests and Detentions, Internal Palestinian Affairs, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

Repressive actions are being carried out by de facto government forces in the Gaza Strip against Fatah Youth members preparing to mark Prisoners Day in Rafah, head of the youth council in the Gaza Strip Mahmoud Qanan said Thursday.

Source: http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37155

Fatah wins student council elections at Birzeit, Hebron universities

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Education, Internal Palestinian Affairs, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

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The Student Council elections held Wednesday at the West Bank University of Birzeit indicated a drop in Fatah power: The movement won 24 seats, as opposed to 22 seats won by Hamas.

Though winning the elections, Fatah still lost one seat to Hamas since the previous elections. Palestinian sources said the results were indicative of Hamas’ success in the West Bank, despite the recent arrests of its senior members.

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3701813,00.html

Results were as follows:

The Shabibeh Students Bloc (Fatah) 24
Islamic Wafa’ Students Bloc (Hamas) 22
Leftist Bloc (PFLP) 4
Palestinian People’s Party 1
Islamic Jihad – withdrew

Several other parties competed in the elections but failed to gain seats.

At Hebron Polytechnic University the Fatah-affiliated Shabibeh Students Bloc won the student council elections after winning 26 out of 31 seats.

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“I’ll be voting for Fatah because my family supports them, and they also have a good political programme for students,” said Ranim Omari, a second-year Psychology student. “Ultimately, both Fatah and Hamas are Palestinian movements and we should be supporting more unity.”

Two first-year female students aged 18 – one of them wearing the Kufiya, a symbol of Palestinian resistance that is increasingly becoming synonymous with Fatah and the PLO – expressed their confusion, although they said they will be voting Hamas.

“I don’t understand anything. I’m only wearing this because it’s fashionable, I like it, but I think I’ll vote for Hamas because they are leading the resistance,” she said.

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Hamas agrees to probe deaths of alleged Israel collaborators

Posted in Beatings and Abuse by beyondtheborder on April 14, 2009

On March 16, the family was informed that Jaradat had died. According to a human rights council field worker and a lawyer, the body had bruises on the head, neck and limbs. A week later, the authorities announced the death of another detainee: 19-years-old Gameel Nassar Asaaf, arrested on suspicion of theft by Gaza City police on March 9. He was detained at the Tufach police station for three days, and then transferred to Shifa hospital in a comatose state and suffering kidney failure. A human rights council field worker visited him before his death and found bruises on him as well.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1078388.html

Johann Hari: Israel’s Voice of Reason? An Exclusive Interview With Amos Oz

Posted in Interviews, Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 14, 2009

Oz is sitting in the coffee shop of Joseph’s bookstore in Golder’s Green, north London, looking older and more fragile than his vigorous black-and-white author’s picture. He is 70 now, his hair wispier and whiter. He greets me with a gravelly voice, and we order black coffees. It seems far away and long ago, but Oz once dreamed of bombing this city. He was once a child of what he calls “the Jewish intifada” – the stone-throwing, death-defying Jewish rebellion against British occupation. He believed the state that would emerge from the rubble would be a model of justice and idealism for all mankind. If you were a child in Gaza now, Mr Oz, would you be dreaming the same dreams against Israel? “I don’t even have to imagine the answer to this question – I know it,” he says. “Because I was a kid in Jerusalem in ’48 when the city was besieged, shelled, starved, [and] the water supply [was] cut off. And I know the horror, and I know the despair, and I know the hopelessness, and I know the anger, and I know the frustration.” He says he was “not so much a child as a bundle of self-righteous arguments, a brainwashed little fanatic, a stone-throwing chauvinist. The first words I ever learnt to say in English were ‘British, go home!'”

For full article, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/israels-voice-of-reason-a_b_176724.html