Palestinian National Council meetings must not be in Ramallah, insists Hamas

Hamas said on Monday that holding meetings of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) in Ramallah is a “coup” against Palestinian consensus, Quds Press has reported. A spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement pointed out that the meetings of the PNC preparation committee in Beirut earlier this year agreed that all of the Palestinian factions must attend the meetings which must be held outside the West Bank. “If [the PLO and Fatah President Mahmoud] Abbas insisted on holding the PNC meetings in the occupied city of Ramallah,” explained Abdul Latif Al-Qanou, “then this would be a coup against the understandings agreed upon in Beirut.” He noted that holding the PNC meetings without Hamas and Islamic Jihad would, in turn, “reinforce the […]

Palestinian National Council meetings must not be in Ramallah, insists Hamas

Hamas said on Monday that holding meetings of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) in Ramallah is a “coup” against Palestinian consensus, Quds Press has reported. A spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement pointed out that the meetings of the PNC preparation committee in Beirut earlier this year agreed that all of the Palestinian factions must attend the meetings which must be held outside the West Bank. “If [the PLO and Fatah President Mahmoud] Abbas insisted on holding the PNC meetings in the occupied city of Ramallah,” explained Abdul Latif Al-Qanou, “then this would be a coup against the understandings agreed upon in Beirut.” He noted that holding the PNC meetings without Hamas and Islamic Jihad would, in turn, “reinforce the […]

Palestinian National Council meetings must not be in Ramallah, insists Hamas

Hamas said on Monday that holding meetings of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) in Ramallah is a “coup” against Palestinian consensus, Quds Press has reported. A spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement pointed out that the meetings of the PNC preparation committee in Beirut earlier this year agreed that all of the Palestinian factions must attend the meetings which must be held outside the West Bank. “If [the PLO and Fatah President Mahmoud] Abbas insisted on holding the PNC meetings in the occupied city of Ramallah,” explained Abdul Latif Al-Qanou, “then this would be a coup against the understandings agreed upon in Beirut.” He noted that holding the PNC meetings without Hamas and Islamic Jihad would, in turn, “reinforce the […]

WikiLeaks: Riyadh Flirts with Tel Aviv through Normalization

A “highly classified” press release by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was published by WikiLeaks, reveals the level of rapprochement between Riyadh and Tel Aviv. Saudi Arabia initiated discussions on the issue of normalization with Israel and the 2002 Saudi peace initiative that was adopted by the Arab League at the Beirut Summit in the same year. This was followed by a media propaganda in 2006, the year in which influential people in Saudi Arabia started speaking out that Israel was no longer among the enemies of the United States, but was the closest to an unofficial ally. This discourse has developed and turned into Saudi initiatives to establish ties between the two countries in 2008. Since that […]

Egypt bans prominent rights information website

For the first time, Egyptian authorities have blocked the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) website, joining a series of blockades that have been carried out against dozens of websites over the last three months. The network founder, Gamal Eid, told Quds Press that the banning came due to the site’s continuation to publish reports on the human rights violations taking place in Egypt, most recently a report named “The Democratic Path in Egypt during July 2017,” which has monitored 95 executions and 77 trials, 20 violations on freedom of expression and 34 protests during March 2017. The site’s closure, Eid added, is a “serious development,” noting that ANHRI is the first rights website to be blocked. The rights […]

Tunisian General Labor Union in hot water over support for al-Assad

Tunisian General Labor Union has called for the normalisation of relations with the Syrian regime after a recent meeting with Bashar al-Assad,  sparking a outrage. The legal representative of the internationally recognized Syrian National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Haitham al-Maleh, told Quds Press Agency, that they are compiling data and statements issued by the leaders of the Union who visited Bashar al-Assad at the end of last month and interrogate them before international trade union and judicial institutions. “We have reports from UN fact-finding committees, most of which confirm that Bashar al-Assad’s regime has committed war crimes against humanity and against his people. We have filed two cases before the International Criminal Court against Bashar al-Assad and several […]

Saudi Arabia’s forgotten war strikes back

The full implications of Saudi Arabia’s three-months old siege of the Qatif town of Awamiyah are only just beginning to emerge. Pictures depicting wholesale destruction and civil war-like conditions in the Shia-majority town speak to the intensity of the fighting. But more importantly they provide a hint as to the nature of the threat facing the Saudi authorities. Destruction of #Mosawarah of #Awamia followed by SSSF bullets. #Awamiasiege #Qatif #Saudi pic.twitter.com/qUrjWarQdn — Angry Qatifi (@AngryQatifi) August 1, 2017 The Shia-majority Qatif governorate and the broader Eastern province within which it is situated has long been regarded as potentially hostile to the ruling Al-Sauds. The centrifugal forces in the Eastern province are critically important for three reasons. First, most of Saudi […]

Israel hands over three Palestinian minors to PA

The Israeli authorities on Sunday handed over three Palestinian children, aged 10-year-old, to the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s forces, hours after they were arrested in Jerusalem’s southern city of Bethlehem. According to a statement made by the occupation police, an Israeli military patrol arrested three children while they were attempting to hide inside a house located in the Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, after they hurled stones at the Israeli soldiers. The children’s parents were summoned, the statement noted, before they were handed to the PA security forces. The three children, Mohamed Rami Aweis, Abdul Hamid Hamam Abu Surur, and Amr Ahmed Abu Surur, were released later on bail of JOD 500 ($700) each.

Libya’s unity government condemns Derna blockade

The Presidential Council of Libya’s Tripoli-based UN-backed unity government on Monday condemned what it described as the “deteriorating humanitarian situation” in the blockaded eastern city of Derna. For the last 10 days, Derna has groaned under a crippling embargo imposed by forces loyal to Tobruk-based military commander Khalifa Haftar. Pro-Haftar forces first imposed their siege on Derna after losing a number of fighters in a surprise attack on the city, which is governed by the Derna Shura Council. In a statement, the council said Haftar’s blockade had led to acute food and medicine shortages in Derna, “profoundly impacting living conditions for city residents”. It went on to call for an immediate halt to the siege and for the establishment of […]