06-02-14

Latest News Syria: food packages for Palestinians

Palestinian official: Up to 5,000 food packages entered al-Yarmouk camp

Damascus, Feb 5, 2014 (SANA) _More than 5, 000 food packages have been distributed in al-Yarmouk Refugee Camp as part of an ongoing operation that has been on for the 7th consecutive day, Ambassador Anwar Abdul-Hadi, Director of the Political Bureau of the Palestinian Liberation Organization said.

An average of 800-1,000 food packages enters the camp daily.

The ambassador told SANA that about 2, 800 humanitarian cases, including patients and university students, have been evacuated from the camp, with the critical cases sent to Syrian hospitals and some to makeshift residential centers.

He indicated that the delivery of foodstuffs to the camp's residents will continue despite hindrances.

Abdul-Hadi held the gunmen responsible for starving the camp's residents and aborting earlier initiatives to get aid convoys inside the camp, blaming them for ''embroiling the Palestinian refugee camps in the Syrian crisis that the organization has repeatedly declared non-interference in.''

The ambassador stressed support to Syria in case of an aggression, hailing its hosting the Palestinian refugees who have always felt at home, despite their commitment to their right to return.

Abdul-Hadi affirmed that the breakthrough in delivering humanitarian aid was not possible had it not been for the support of the Syrian government that offered all necessary facilitations.

He urged the countries backing terrorists to put pressure on gunmen to evacuate the camp.

M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2014/02/05/526375.htm

(The website of the Syrian News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by the western countries)

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Feb 6, 2014 – Homs-UN agreement on departure of innocent civilians from old city of Homs:
http://sana.sy/eng/386/2014/02/06/526528.htm
(Information de l'agence de presse SANA , régulièrement bloqué par l'Occident 'démocratique')

14-12-13

Latest News Syria: Palestinian Committee

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Palestinian reconciliation committee chief: Terrorist groups used al-Yarmouk Camp as ‘bargaining chip’

Dec 14, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) _Sheikh Mohammad al-Omari, head of the Palestinian Popular Reconciliation Committee said the armed groups have turned the locals in al-Yarmouk Camp into a bargaining chip to compromise the Palestinian cause and revoke the right to return.

Speaking at a press conference in Damascus, al-Omari said ”al-Yarmouk Camp is targeted by the West and the US to displace the Palestinian people and liquidate their rights,” indicating that the Committee has proposed “a popular initiative par excellence” to solve the humanitarian crisis in the camp.

”But it was the gunmen inside the camp who reneged on the agreement to put the initiative into effect,” he pointed out, adding that the ”gunmen’s stalling on implementing the initiative came after they received outside dictates, because of their being hamstrung by calculations that take no account of the efforts to solve the crisis.”

The Syrian government has ”facilitated the Committee’s work and encouraged it to go ahead with implementing the agreement alongside the majority of the Palestinian factions,” he said, citing the amnesty granted to all those who are willing to defend the Camp and the food packages provided by the State Ministry for National Reconciliation Affairs to the locals inside the Camp.

M. Ismael

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/12/14/517601.htm

27-11-13

Syria, Palestine: Israeli occupation

November 26, 2013

New York, (SANA) – Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said that the Israeli occupation entity seeks to find conditions of explosion in the region because, as its leaders admit, it can’t continue without a war, so it sponsors terrorism in the region.

In a speech during the meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (UNISPAL) at the UN on Tuesday, al-Jaafari said that in light of the policy of fait accompli which Israel tires to impose, it's unacceptable that the UN and the member states deal with it in routine or solidarity without any productive act.

He reminded of the UN general Assembly resolution No. 273 for 1949 which specified the acceptance of Israel's membership at the UN, mainly on the condition that it would commit to resolutions relevant to the Palestinian issue which affirm the Palestinian people's right in establishing their state with Jerusalem as its capital and their right to return home.

Al-Jaafari said that Israel's escaping from punishment encouraged it to escalate its hostile practices and violation of human rights and international law.

"Part of the Syrian territories is still under occupation, since more than 45 years, despite the Security Council unanimous resolution No. 497 for 1981 which considered Israel's decision to annex the Syrian Golan in 1981 null and void and without legal basis, and based on this, the UN is required to shoulder its responsibilities to force Israel to apply to its resolutions," al-Jaafari said.

" It is unacceptable that the UN has failed in forcing Israel carry out the international resolutions, stop its flagrant, systemized violations of the Syrians' right under occupation in Golan, put an end to the apartheid, looting the natural Golan resources, including oil, gas and water ," al-Jaafari said.

He added that Israel has lately marketed for a kind of wine produced in its settlements in the occupied Syrian Golan; it markets it in a number of UN member states which vote against Israel polices, and perhaps these countries don't know that the wine comes from the Israeli settlements in Golan.

"It is also unacceptable that Israel continues the campaigns of the feverish settlement in the Syrian Golan, building a racial separation wall to the East of the occupied Majdal Shams city and rejecting handing over the mine fields' maps, planted in the Golan termites, to the international organizations," al-Jaafair said.

He held Israel and its politicians responsible for sponsoring terrorism and involving in cooperation, protecting the armed terrorist groups in the UNDOF.

Al-Jaafari affirmed that the choice of the just and comprehensive peace wouldn't not be achieved except by Israel's full withdrawal from the Arab territories into the line of June 4th, 1967, the establishment of the Palestinian independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and resolving the Palestinian refugees issue according to resolution No. 194 for 1948.

Mazen Eyon

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/26/514590.htm

16-11-13

Palestinians' right to self-determination

11-11-13

Kuwait expelled thousands of Palestinians

This post titled 'Kuwait expelled thousands of Palestinians' was censored  a few times...

The Iran-Iraq War from 1980 to 1988, the 1990 Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait, the first Gulf War and subsequent conflicts all generated hundreds of thousands if not millions of refugees. Iran also provided asylum for 1,400,000 Iraqi refugees who had been uprooted as a result of the Persian Gulf War (1990–91).

Nearly 2.2 million Iraqis have fled the country since 2003, with nearly 100,000 fleeing to Syria and Jordan each month between 2003 and 2006.

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Palestinian Forced Displacement from Kuwait: The Overdue Accounting:
http://www.badil.org/en/al-majdal/item/1514-art07

Palestinians in Kuwait - Terror and ethnic cleansing
http://www.gulfwar1991.com/Gulf%20War%20Complete/Chapter%2010,%20Palestinians%20in%20Kuwait,%20Terror%20and%20Ethnic%20Cleansing,%20By%20Hassan%20A%20El-Najjar.htm

09-11-13

Israeli settlements: Palestinians don't trust America

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip. 

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The right to self-determination

Self-Determination: Gamal Abdel Nasser
http://latestnewssyria.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/self-determination-gamal-abdel-nasser/

Palestinian protests greet Kerry in Ramallah - One placard, with Kerry’s portrait, read: “Kerry, we don’t trust you and America.”
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Palestinians-protests-greet-Kerry-in-Ramallah-314169

Geneva 2 Syria: Syrians’ right to self-determination
http://latestnewssyria.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/geneva-2-syria-syrians-have-no-right-to-self-determination/

'Self-determination integral to basic rights, funamental freedoms':
http://unispal.un.org/unispal.nsf/47d4e277b48d9d3685256ddc00612265/7ec21c0a8a2a2eb985257c1b00535629?OpenDocument

Right of Peoples to Self-Determination - Statement by Ms. Nadya Rasheed, First Counsellor, before the Third Committee, Agenda item 68: Right of Peoples to Self-Determination:
http://palestineun.org/right-of-peoples-to-self-determination/

04-11-13

Peace talks: Half a million Israelis live in illegal settlements

 
The Palestinian Authority has condemned Israel for its plans to build more settlements in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and a wall along the Jordanian border.

November 3, 2013

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman for acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, said that Washington must send the Tel Aviv regime a clear message that its actions are jeopardizing peace efforts. 

“Settlement is illegal and the fence will be removed,” the spokesman said. “There will be no peace or stability in the region without the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.” 

The warning came on the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the Middle East region. 

Israel’s decision to build the wall and nearly 2000 more settler units has angered Palestinians ahead of the talks with Kerry. The Palestinians have threatened to go to the UN Security Council over the issue.

According to settlement watchdog, Peace Now, which opposes and tracks settlement construction activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, the tenders for 1,859 new illegal settler units were published on Sunday. 

The non-governmental organization noted that 1,031 plots were offered by Israel's Housing and Construction Ministry in the occupied West Bank, along with 828 in the East al-Quds. 

"Within a few months they will choose the winning bids and the successful contractors will be able to start building within a number of weeks," Peace Now's Settlement Watch project director, Hagit Ofran, said.

Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN and most countries because the territories were captured by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967, and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands. 

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip and are demanding Israel to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories. 

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds. 

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967. 

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/11/03/332835/israel-condemned-for-construction-plans/

28-10-13

Let us not forget the Palestinians: Ni’lin village

October 27th, 2013 

Israeli soldiers blocking the entrances of Ni’lin village

Since last week the village of Ni’lin is being target daily by mid-night raids from the Israeli occupation forces. The soldiers have been shooting tear gas into people’s homes while they are sleeping. Only two people have been arrested but ten houses have been invaded by the soldiers.

The arrested are Naha Nafi, 21, and Tariq Kawaja, 24. Another three young men were sought after but could not be found.

The situation has escalated in the last two days. Israeli soldiers have started blocking the entrances of Ni’lin preventing people from entering or leaving the village. For the villagers who commute to Ramallah for work or studies this collective punishment has caused huge problems.

However, 11 pm on Saturday night a big number of Israeli jeeps invaded the village, seemingly just to cause disturbance. The soldiers began harassing villagers, firing their rifles without any apparent reason. As youths gathered to drive the soldiers out of the village they were directly fired upon with rubber coated steel bullets. One young man was hit in his leg and many bystanders suffered from tear gas asphyxiation. Also at this occurrence tear gas was fired into the homes of sleeping villagers.

At present the entrances to Ni’lin is still being blocked by the Israeli military. The villagers are awaiting their next move with anxiety.

http://www.nilin-village.org/2013/10/27/israeli-soldiers-blocking-the-entrances-of-nilin-village/

Photo: July 2008 - An Israeli soldier shot and killed a Palestinian child during a nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall in Ni’lin village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.