NGO: Israel’s so-called humanitarian plan for Gaza is ‘feigned and simplistic’

A leading NGO has slammed the Israeli government’s so-called “humanitarian rehabilitation” plan for the occupied Gaza Strip as “feigned and simplistic”, and urged Israel to “recognise its own responsibility” for the “catastrophic impact of its own restrictive access regime”. Gisha, which focuses on access restrictions for goods and people, was responding to an Israeli proposal that would see the international community foot the bill for a $1 billion plan, ostensibly intended to alleviate Gaza’s economic, social and health emergency. According to the NGO, however, “true change in Gaza can only begin with recognition of Israel’s own responsibility toward the Strip and sincere intention for immediate action”. The Gaza Strip has been under Israeli occupation since 1967, and subject to a […]

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Israel expels Palestinian girl from West Bank to Gaza without notifying her parents

Israeli authorities expelled a 14-year-old Palestinian girl from the occupied West Bank to the occupied Gaza Strip without even notifying her parents, it has emerged. According to Israeli NGO HaMoked, the child, identified only as Ghada, was arrested by Israeli forces on 13 January for being in Jerusalem without a military-issued permit. At the time she was arrested, Ghada was returning home after visiting her aunt in Issawiya, part of occupied East Jerusalem. Born in Ramallah, Ghada now lives with her family in Al-Ram, in the West Bank. Her father was born in the Gaza Strip, and, when Ghada was born, Israeli authorities listed her address as Gaza (Israel maintains control over a Population Registry for Palestinians in the occupied […]

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Russia: No US proof that Iran supplying arms to Yemen

Russia’s United Nations envoy is ready to oppose sanctions against Iran as the US does not have sufficient evidence to prove it has provided weapons to the Houthis in Yemen, Radio Free Europe reported today. “Yemen hosts a pile of weapons from the old days, many countries competing to supply weapons to Yemen during the time of [former] President [Ali Abdullah] Saleh, so I cannot give you anything conclusive,” Russia’s Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said. “I am not an expert to judge.” “We only heard some vague talk about some action,” Nebenzia said yesterday. “If there is something [proposed] we will see. How can we pass judgment prematurely before we know what it is about?” The comments were […]

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International community urged to take immediate action to save patients in Gaza

The head of the Popular International Committee to Support the Gaza Strip has urged the international community to take immediate action to save the lives of patients in Gaza. “The suffering of all of the Palestinians trapped in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli-led siege should be ended,” insisted Dr Essam Yousef. The repercussions of the siege affect all vital sectors in Gaza, he added, leading to tragic results that put the enclave on the brink of “total collapse”. Yousef warned of an “explosion” that will have serious humanitarian and security implications due to the tightening of the siege which has gripped Gaza for more than 11 years. “There is also unjust political pressure being applied to the Palestinians,” he […]

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Israel bans call to prayer at Ibrahimi Mosque 49 times

Israeli occupation authorities banned the call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron 49 times in January. Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs Yousif Ideis said: “The occupation continues to violate the sanctity and religious rituals of Muslims in Palestine without fear of deterrence or condemnation.” In a statement released today, he added: “The occupation prevented the raising of the adhan [call to prayer] in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron 49 times over the past month … launching 2018 with a number of violations of the Ibrahimi and Al-Aqsa Mosques, whose sanctity is violated every day by extremist settlers who call for its demolition.” He called on the international community and its concerned institutions to take action to ensure […]

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EU ambassadors call on Sudan to release activists

European Union ambassadors in Khartoum yesterday called on the Sudanese authorities to release all political and human rights activists detained during recent protests against rising food prices. In a joint statement, the European ambassadors expressed deep concern over “prolonged detention without charge of a large number of political leaders, human rights activists and other citizens, as well as the repeated confiscation of newspapers.” The statement stressed on the need to respect Sudanese people’s rights to peaceful expression, including media freedom, and condemned the use of violence against peaceful protests. The Sudanese government was not immediately available for comment on the European ambassador’s statement. Read: 2018 is the year that could make or break Sudan Over the past three weeks, the National […]

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Turkey, Russia agree to establish observation posts in Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to establish more observation posts around the north-western province of Idlib, Syrian news agency Zaman Al Wasl reports. A source in Erdogan’s palace revealed yesterday that the two leaders spoke over the phone and agreed to the measure, as Syrian regime and Russian forces continue to bombard the opposition-held province. Both presidents also emphasised the importance of Tuesday’s Russian-sponsored conference on the conflict in Syria, despite problems at the meeting that ended this week. Despite a concluding statement calling for democratic elections, the talks were criticised for ignoring key opposition demands, after a day marred by squabbles and heckling of the Russian foreign minister. The event had also […]

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India national detained in Libya for Daesh links

Libyan authorities have detained an Indian national as a “prisoner of war” for joining Daesh, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs announced this week, the Libya Observer reported. Tabrez Tambe allegedly fled the country in January 2016 to join Daesh in Libya and was later arrested after Libyan authorities were informed of his disappearance in the country. According to the Indian Express, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) sent a letter to Libyan authorities asking of Tambe’s incarceration. “The state counter terrorism agency followed up with the Libyan authorities by sending a letter that has still remained unanswered,” a senior official from the Indian state home department explained. “This could be the first case in the country and definitely in the […]

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Israel warns Slovenia against recognising State of Palestine

Israel warned Slovenian against recognising the State of Palestine as planned, Quds Press reported yesterday. According to the Israeli TV Channel 10, the Israeli Ambassador to Slovenia Eyal Sila spoke to the Speaker of the Slovenian Parliament Milan Brglez and the chair of the Foreign Policy Committee Jozef Horvat in Ljubljana to warn them against the move. According to the TV channel, Sila told the Slovenian authorities that recognising Palestine would have “negative consequences” on Israeli-Slovenian relations. Slovenia’s Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday postponed a vote on a draft resolution which would be a first step towards recognition of the State of Palestine. Sweden is currently the only country in Europe which recognises the State of Palestine. Read: Palestine is definitely a European […]

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Lieberman: We should manage conflict with Palestinians

Israel must manage the conflict Palestinians and not solving it now, Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, warned yesterday. Speaking at the annual conference of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies, Lieberman said:  “All we can do is work on managing the conflict with the Palestinians,” stressing that “the only solution, for now, is to reach a more limited agreement.” “A permanent peace deal is too ambitious right now,” he reiterated. Read More: Syrian opposition: Turkey to represent us at Sochi summit The Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, Lieberman noted, “is not looking for an agreement; he is only looking to buy time and stall the peace process.” “Ehud Olmert [former Israeli prime minister] has tried to reach an agreement with […]

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