Month: November 2017

  • Hamas delegation meets Lebanon President Aoun

    A number of Hamas officials led by Izzat Al-Rishq have arrived in Lebanon to meet Lebanese President Michel Aoun and a number of officials, Quds Press reported yesterday. Speaking to Quds Press, Hamas’ representative in Lebanon, Ali Baraka, said the delegation would discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian arena and the internal reconciliation with the Lebanese officials. Baraka said the delegation is presenting a message to the Lebanese leadership that Hamas cares about Lebanon’s security and civil peace and rejects the use of Palestinian refugee camps in the internal Lebanese conflicts. “We are not a party of any internal Lebanese crisis and our eyes will continue looking only towards Jerusalem,” Baraka stressed. He also said that his movement’s delegation […]

  • Israel approves 240 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem

    Israeli authorities yesterday approved building permits for 240 new homes in settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, reported AFP. A city planning committee approved 90 units in Gilo and another 150 in Ramat Shlomo, as well as 44 units for Palestinians in Beit Hanina. Israeli NGO Ir Amim condemned the move. “Jerusalem residents deserve to live in a safe and thriving city, which will only happen once there’s a fair agreement that recognises the Israeli and Palestinian ownership of the city,” said the organisation’s spokesperson Aviv Tatarsky. “Instead of advancing such an agreement, Israeli authorities continue with the same familiar unilateral moves that only distance it.” East Jerusalem forms part of the occupied Palestinian territory, held by Israel under military occupation […]

  • Israel steals artefacts from Roman palace in Hebron

    Israeli occupation forces along with employees from the Israeli Ministry of Antiquities and Civil Administration staff raided Mowaraq Palace in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron stealing collectables, Quds Press reported yesterday. Palestinian sources said occupation forces stole some of the bricks and collectables in the Roman palace, which is one of the oldest heritage sites in Palestine. A large number of Israeli troops were deployed around the palace while the employees of the Israeli Ministry of Antiquities carried out digging and search for a period of about five hours. Read: Egypt recovers two artefacts seized by Israel Quds Press said that the Israeli occupation settlers regularly raid the Roman palace, especially during Jewish holidays, and perform Talmudic rituals there. […]

  • Israel releases Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq

    Israeli occupation authorities yesterday released Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq after he completed his sentence, Quds Press reported. Thirty-five-year-old Al-Qeeq was arrested in 2015 and placed under administrative detention – detention without charge or trial. He went for a hunger strike that lasted 94 days in protest against his detention. He was released in 2016, but in January 2017, he was re-arrested at an Israeli military checkpoint in the north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli authorities once again placed him under administrative detention; he began a hunger strike in protest. This came to an end when his lawyer agreed with occupation forces that he would be sentenced to ten and a half months over claims of incitement. Al-Qeeq […]

  • Moroccans condemn Israeli participation in Marrakech judo championship

    A number of Moroccan groups have condemned Israeli participation in the Open Weight World Judo Championships starting on Thursday in Marrakech, Anadolu has reported. In a joint statement, a number of Moroccan political and student bodies, including the ruling Justice and Development Party, condemned the arrival of Israeli judo player Ori Sasson in the country. Sasson waited until Wednesday to receive an official confirmation letter for his participation in the championship so that he could travel to Morocco. The statement opposing his participation in the championship described Israel as a “rapacious entity” and called upon Moroccan government institutions and other interested parties to deal with the issue of “increasing manifestations of normalisation with the Israeli entity and to take the […]

  • Israeli occupation forces destroy commercial building in Jerusalem

    Israeli occupation forces destroyed a Palestinian-owned commercial building in the French Hill district of occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday, Quds Press has reported. The building was occupied by Harhash Car Exhibition, whose staff were evacuated before the demolition took place. This is the third time that the building has been destroyed by the Israelis. The facility covers an area of around one dunam (a quarter of an acre) and it was built by the Harhash family in 2006; a building licence was obtained in 2008. Local sources said that the Israeli-run municipality has been trying to seize the land since 2012 in order to build a car park for illegal settlers who visit the French Hill Park. The park is […]

  • Israel announces ‘closed military zone’ near Gaza border

    The Israeli occupation authorities announced on Wednesday that the area near the border of the Gaza Strip is now a “closed military zone”, Quds Press has reported. Israeli citizens are now forbidden from approaching or entering the zone. The decision was taken because Israel is afraid of surprise attacks by Palestinians following its bombing of a tunnel which killed 12 Palestinians on 30 October. Immediately after the bombing, Israel declared the area to be a closed military zone, but on 5 November, that decision was rescinded. No details have been given about why the Commander of Southern District in the Israeli Army, Major General Eyal Zamir, has announced that the area is again a closed military zone. Palestinian civil defence […]

  • Arab League chief rejects attempts to sow unrest in Lebanon

    The Arab League chief has condemned any attempts to instigate unrest and spread tension and strife in Lebanon, calling on all Lebanese parties to uphold the country’s interests over any other considerations. Arab League Secretary General spokesman, Mahmoud Afifi, said Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit held a series of telephone calls with Lebanese President Michel Aoun outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss with them the possible repercussions of Hariri’s resignation. Aboul Gheit expressed hope that Lebanon will overcome the current crisis without affecting the country’s peace or stability. Last Saturday, in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon’s prime minister unexpectedly resigned. Hariri blamed Iran and Hezbollah for his decision and alluded to information about […]

  • Al-Bashir: People are trying to distort Sudan’s history

    Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir yesterday accused unnamed parties of attempting to distort and falsify his country’s history. “Some entities organise systematic campaigns to falsify Sudanese history and civilisation because of the historical, geographical and cultural dimension enjoyed by our country,” Al- Bashir said during a visit to the Sudanese National Museum in the capital Khartoum. The president announced the formation of a government committee to address the problems facing the local tourism sector and its development and rehabilitation. He added that the government is working to restore the Sudanese antiquities which are abroad or to compel international museums to highlight their ownership. In March, the Sudanese Information Minister and government spokesman, Ahmed Bilal, announced that a number of Sudanese history […]

  • Egypt postpones former presidential candidate’s appeal

    The Dokki Misdemeanours Court postponed the appeal filed by human rights lawyer Khaled Ali against a three month prison sentence handed to him. Ali was sentenced in September to three months in prison and to pay 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($57) bail on accusations of “violating public decency”. Ali’s court case dates back to May 2017 after he was accused of making an indecent hand gesturewhile he was celebrating another court ruling that annulled a governmental decision to cede two Red Sea islands to Saudi control. His lawyer requested footage from the security cameras installed in the vicinity of the State Council be reviewed on 16 January 2017, arguing that the case was brought forward because of a personal grudge between Ali and […]