Fatah claims that Hamas arrested its members in Gaza

Palestine’s secular Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed on Sunday that Hamas security services in Gaza have arrested some of its members, Arab48.com has reported. According to Fatah, a number of people were arrested for their participation in the recent demonstrations about the severe electricity shortages in the Gaza Strip. Furthermore, claimed Fatah, the security services in Gaza arrested 15 of its members on Sunday in different areas across the coastal enclave. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Gaza, Iyad Al-Bozom, denied the claim. Speaking to Anadolu, he said that these are “false claims” intended to “incite” the public against Hamas and its security services. However, he accepted that the security services had arrested a […]

Only through unity can the Palestinians counter Paris and Trump

Many more air miles have been collected and many more fine dinners have been consumed in five-star Parisian restaurants off the backs of the Palestinian people, to bring together representatives of 70 countries at a conference to regurgitate the “only way forward” — the two-state solution — to solve the Palestine-Israel conflict. It is, of course, obvious to any objective observer that this “solution” is dead in the water. The final communique could have been written by any one of the participants on their home computer. Unusually, I find myself in agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that the Paris conference was “useless”, albeit for different reasons, which I will come to. However, he went too far when rejecting it […]

Qatar pays Gaza electricity costs for three months

The Amir of Qatar, Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, has ordered his government to pay the costs of Gaza’s electricity supply for three months, official sources announced on Sunday. Qatar’s Ambassador to Palestine told the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah that his country will pay $4 million per month as part of this agreement. Mohamed Al-Emadi released a press statement to explain that the funds will be transferred to the PA “immediately” in order to relieve the suffering of the Palestinian in Gaza. He also noted that there are intensified contacts with the authority regarding current proposals to find a permanent solution for the crisis. The ambassador explained that these decisions were made after a meeting between Amir Tamim and senior […]

Bahrain MPs meet with Palestinian counterparts in video conference

Members of the Palestine Committee at the Parliament of Bahrain met with Palestinian MPs in Gaza during a video conference on Sunday, AlKhaleejonline.com has reported. “This meeting proves Bahrain’s concern with the Palestinian cause and its support for the Palestinians,” said Marwan Abu-Ras of the Change and Reform bloc in the Palestinian parliament. Abu-Ras told his Bahraini counterparts about the humanitarian suffering of the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip as a result of the ten-year Israeli blockade. “The Israeli siege is being increased,” he said, pointing out that the Israeli occupation authorities have aggravated the electricity crisis and stopped patients from travelling abroad for treatment. “There is a serious shortage of medicines and specialist doctors here,” he explained. The […]

Former Israeli officials launch ‘racist’ pro-separation ad campaign

A group of former Israeli military and security officials have launched a campaign urging separation from the Palestinians, using what critics have dubbed “racist” adverts. According to a report by the Times of Israel, the ‘Commanders for Israel’s Security’ group took out a full page ad in two of Israel’s leading newspapers on Sunday, in addition to public billboards. The ad has ‘Soon we shall be the majority’ written in Arabic, alongside images of Palestinians and the Palestinian flag. In English, it says, ‘Palestine: One state for two people’. There is also a telephone number, which if dialled plays a recording of former Israeli general Avi Mizrahi saying: “Are the billboards bothering you? They will disappear in a few days. […]

Trump confirms Jared Kushner’s role as Middle East peace broker

US President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly confirmed his intention to appoint Jared Kushner, his son-in-law “to broker a Middle East peace deal”, according to The Times. In an interview conducted by former Conservative minister Michael Gove, Trump additionally “urged Britain to veto any new UN Security Council resolution critical of Israel and repeated his criticism of President Obama’s handling of the Iran nuclear deal.” As reported by Haaretz, though no specific details have been provided, “his statement in the Times interview fits with a number of past remarks in which he mentioned his son-in-law, an Orthodox Jew, as his possible envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” However, the paper adds, Kushner “is not the only appointee who seems to enjoy […]

Saudi Arabia: Attacks by Russia, Assad’s army on Syrian opposition boost Daesh

The Russian-backed Syrian army’s continuous raids against the Syrian opposition would boost Daesh’s “expansion” operation, Chief of Saudi Arabia’s General Staff Abdulrahman Bin Saleh Al-Bunyan warned on Sunday. During the anti-Daesh coalition meeting held on Sunday in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Al-Bunyan demanded “not to engage” Shiite militias in the war against the terrorist organisation. On Sunday, the Conference of Global Coalition against Daesh opened its activities in Saudi Arabia in the presence of Chiefs of General Staff of 14 countries participating in the coalition. The meetings discussed upgrading coordination among the representatives of the participating countries and promoting efforts of the international coalition which has recently achieved significant progress in its operations aimed at paralyzing Daesh’s capabilities. They also discussed […]

Britain has ‘reservations’ about Paris Middle East peace talks

Britain said on Sunday it had reservations about the outcome of a Middle East peace conference in Paris, saying it risked “hardening positions”. “We have particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them – indeed which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis – and which is taking place just days before the transition to a new American President when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement,” a Foreign Office statement said. “There are risks therefore that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace.” Britain had observer status at the conference. It did not back […]

Trump says Merkel made ‘catastrophic mistake’ with refugee policy

US President-elect Donald Trump said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made a “catastrophic mistake” with a policy that let a wave of more than one million migrants into her country. In a joint interview with the Times of London and the German newspaper Bild, Trump also said the European Union had become “a vehicle for Germany” and predicted that more EU member states would vote to leave the bloc as Britain did last June. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnA0RtmzYBM “I think she made one very catastrophic mistake, and that was taking all of these illegals,” Trump said of Merkel, who in August 2015 decided to keep Germany’s borders open for refugees, mostly Muslims, fleeing war zones […]