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Tunnel demolition creates serious shortages in besieged Gaza

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12 prisoners continue their hunger strike in Israeli jails

PCOM holds its Third Annual Grand Iftar

Dr. Abdul Sattar Qassem Resuming the negotiations which never really stopped

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CONTENTS News of Palestine

Hamas condemns decisionto detain Morsi on charges of collaborating with it Israel welcomes Egyptian army coup Netanyahu proposes new “Marshall Plan” for Egyptian economy to support coup Hamdan: Resumption of talks is political suicide 12 prisoners continue their hunger strike in Israeli jails Netanyahu coalition approves 5,000 settler homes in 4 months Palestinian refugees killed in missile strike on Yarmouk refugee camp

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Malaysia & Palestinian Cause

PCOM holds its Third Annual Grand Iftar

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Articles & Analyses

Resuming the negotiations which never really stopped

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Photo Gallery

PCOM’s 3rd Annual Grand Iftar with the Palestinian Community in Malaysia

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News of Palestine

Hamas condemns decisionto detain Morsi on charges of collaborating with it

27/07/2013

Hamas movement strongly condemned the decision of Egyptian judiciary to detain the elected President Mohamed Morsi for 15 days on charges of collaborating with Hamas.

people.» He added that this campaign targeting Hamas will tighten the siege on Gaza.

For his part, professor of political science at Qatar University, Dr. Mohammed Mesfer, strongly Hamas leader Dr. Salah Bardawil asserted in criticized the decision to detain the dismissed statements to PIC that Hamas is not a terrorist President Morsi. movement, but a resistance movement that de- Mesfer opined in a statement on Friday that there fends the dignity of the Arab and Islamic Nation. is no political or legal justification for accusing He pointed out that presenting Hamas as the en- the president of the largest Arab country of colemy of the Egyptian people, and prosecuting all laborating with the resistance movement leaders those who have relations with it is contrary to whom he had met before the eyes of the entire Egypt’s law and contrary to the Egyptian morals world. He said: «The Egyptian official statement and the will of the Egyptian people as a whole. aims to incite the public opinion against Hamas Bardawil called on the Palestinian and Egyptian and against Egypt›s former President Mohamed peoples, Arab and Islamic Nation and the free Morsi,» explaining that Morsi as the head of state world to condemn this resolution, which puts received Hamas political leaders and Gaza›s Hamas on the terrorism list and prosecutes an Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, as he had reelected president in Egypt because of his support ceived other Palestinian leaders including Mahto the resistance and the Palestinian people. He moud Abbas. has also reiterated that Hamas did not and would Dr. Mesfer considered that the statement paves never interfere in the Egyptian internal crisis. the way for tightening the siege on the Gaza Dr. Abdel Sattar Qassem, professor of politi- Strip, pointing out that there are plans to destroy cal science at An-Najah National University in any Islamic movement in Palestine. He stressed Nablus, saw that the Egyptian judiciary›s deci- that this campaign is part of a bigger plot against sion to imprison President Mohamed Morsi on Palestine and Egypt, supported by some Arab charges of collaborating with Hamas as «incite- countries and Arab funds in order to serve the inment against the resistance and the Palestinian terests of Israel. Source: PIC 4 |

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Netanyahu proposes new “Marshall Plan” for Egyptian economy to support coup

26/07/2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing for the West to adopt a new «Marshall Plan» for the Egyptian economy in order for the coup to succeed. He is being backed by US Republican Senator Rand Paul in his efforts. If successful, Netanyahu will regard the burying of the democratic process in the neighbouring country as the achievement of one of his most important strategic objectives. The original Marshall Plan was America›s way of helping to rebuild Europe after the Second World War to stem the tide of revolutionary liberation. According to Maariv newspaper,

Netanyahu›s plan proposes significant economic growth in the Arab world in order to prevent «radical» Islamic groups from rising to power. The deputy head of Israel›s National Security Council, Eran Lerman, has been pushing the plan in recent meetings in Washington with Congress members. Netanyahu himself suggested such a plan during his own recent visit to the US; finance for the scheme would come from private sources, he claimed. The prime minister believes that Arab countries should be encouraged to have stable democracies free of Iranian influence and that the international community should

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work towards that objective. Maariv›s report claims that the Israeli officials are looking at possible funding for the project to come from Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Netanyahu hopes that his plan would see the emergence of a new Arab middle class, presumably more ready to do business with Israel. His thinking follows the logic behind US Secretary of State John Kerry›s proposal for massive financial investment in the occupied West Bank to boost the Palestinian Authority›s standing.

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Tunnel demolition creates serious shortages in besieged Gaza

23/07/2013

The demolition of tunnels under the Rafah border by the Egyptian army has created serious shortages in the besieged Gaza Strip. Army personnel using heavy equipment have been reinforced to create a large military presence along the border.

for its «Egyptian brothers» to resume commercial activities between Egypt and Gaza. «If the Rafah Crossing was opened fully,» said a spokesman, «we ourselves would close the tunnels.»

The government also called on the Egyptian media to stop the propaganda war against Gaza and afBasic commodities in Gaza have started to dis- firmed that it is against any interference in Egypt›s appear from the market, including oil, cement internal affairs. and steel. Prices have increased by two or three Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has insisted that times, with the price of one ton of cement, for his government respects Egyptian sovereignty example, reaching £200, double what it was and does not get involved in its internal matters. before. Such increases have led to a number «Egypt is and will continue to be our strategic of building projects being suspended, with the depth,» he said in the wake of the coup which resultant unemployment hitting workers and ousted President Mohamed Morsi. their families very badly. The Palestinian government in Gaza has called 6 |

Source: Agencies

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Hamdan: Resumption of talks is political suicide

23/07/2013

The leader in Hamas movement Osama Hamdan considered the PA decision to resume talks with the Israeli authorities as a political suicide at the expense of the Palestinian rights.

How little the Palestinians have gained from decades of previous peace talks? How do negotiations protect them from Israeli aggressions? How do negotiations protect the Palestinian holy sites? “Mahmoud Abbas›s experiences with negotia- He asked. tions were all at the expense of the Palestinian Concerning the national reconciliation, Hamdan cause and the Palestinian people›s rights and confirmed that Hamas has made many substantial constants”, he added. concessions to achieve reconciliation; however Resumption of talks in Washington would be not the second party did not present any commitment only political stupidity but also political suicide. to the reconciliation talks and agreements.

Source: PIC

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Netanyahu coalition approves 5,000 settler homes in 4 months 23/07/2013 A report issued by the Israeli Peace Now movement has revealed that since Netanyahu›s third term in office began in March more than 5,000 new settlement housing units have been approved. This is a record for the number of construction permits given to illegal settlers within so short a period. According to Peace Now, the new settlement units have been approved in phases but they include around 1,500 units which were given final approval by Defence Minister Moshe Ya›alon.

heimer, commented that the present government is talking about a «two state solution» but «in reality it is implementing the exact opposite».

Peace Now›s Secretary General, Yariv Oppen-

Source: MEMO

12 prisoners continue their hunger strike in Israeli jails 25/07/2013 Palestinian human rights sources revealed Thursday that 12 Palestinian prisoners continue their open hunger strike in Israeli jails. The oldest hunger striker is Ayman Issa Hamdan from Bethlehem who declared an open hunger strike since April 28 protesting his administrative detention, Palestinian Prisoners Society said. It is noteworthy that seven of these prisoners have declared their hunger strike since more Meanwhile, many tents have been erected in solithan 80 days. darity with the hunger striking prisoners in Israeli In a related context, Jerusalem and West Bank occupation jails in a number of cities in the West cities witnessed events in solidarity with captive Bank. Abdullah Barghouti, who has entered his 86th Barghouti has been chained and isolated in a room day of hunger strike. in Afula hospital in the 1948 occupied Palestinian In the Aqsa mosque, worshipers organized a territories. He has been exposed to psychologimassive rally and hanged a big photo of prisoner cal pressure and medical negligence by the Israeli Barghouti on one of the facades of the mosque prison administration. after Friday congregation. Source: Agencies 8 |

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Hamas strongly condemned the strikes on the refugee camps

Palestinian refugees killed in missile strike on Yarmouk refugee camp

26/07/2013 activists showed a building destroyed, serious damage caused to neighbouring structures and the collection of human remains from the area.

light of power outages and the scarcity of foodstuffs and medical supplies, which endangers the lives of thousands of Palestinian refugees in the camps.

For its part, Hamas expressed its deep concern about the tragic events in the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, especially the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus which has been daily exThe Coordinating Commit- posed to ongoing shelling. tee of the Yarmouk camp Hamas warned in a statement on said that two Grad rockets Tuesday of the seriousness of the were launched by pro-Assad situation in the Palestinian refugroups. A picture posted by gee camps in Syria, especially in

The movement called for not dragging the Palestinians into the ongoing conict in Syria and demanded the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League to shoulder their responsibilities and protect Palestinian refugees in Syria.

Pro-regime forces have killed 15 Palestinian refugees in a missile attack on Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. The Syrian Media Centre reported that women and at least ďŹ ve children are among those killed; an unknown number of people have been wounded and buildings have been damaged.

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PCOM holds its Third Annual Grand Iftar

30/07/2013 The Palestinian Cultural Organization Malaysia (PCOM) organized its 3rd Annual Grand Iftar with the Palestinian community in Malaysia on Sunday July 28, 2013 under the auspices of Dato’ Abdul Latiff Mirasa, chairman of Yayasan Restu and member of PCOM’s board of trustees. The program which was held in Al-Rawsha Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur hosted representatives from the Malaysian Government, Parliament, political parties, NGOs and media along with members of the Palestinian community in Malaysia. An estimated number of 400 Palestinians, coming from the different parts of Malaysia, attended the Iftar. 10 |

In his speech, Muslim Imran, Chairman of PCOM, expressed his happiness for receiving this big number of Palestinians living in Malaysia. Imran promised that PCOM will continue to carry its responsibility towards the Palestinian community and continue to offer Palestinians the assistance and support they need at all times.

tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins from the Naqab Desert (Negev) in the southern area of occupied Palestine. This plan will entail confiscating over a million acres of Palestinian lands and dropping their presence percentage in the area from 30% to only 1%.

The Iftar program also witnessed a promotion of the MuImran warned from the escala- shaf Palestine project conducted tion of Judaization measures by Yayasan Restu in collaborataken by the Israeli occupation tion with PCOM. Ustaz Fadzli in the occupied city of Jerusalem of Restu pointed out that the two which exploits the uncertain cur- organizations have been workrent political situation in the Arab ing on this project over the past World. Imran also sounded the year as a step towards serving alarm against the “Prawer Plan”, the Holy Quran and preserving that was approved by the Israeli the Palestinian national identity. Knesset (Parliament) recently, Source: PCOM and which aims at displacing

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Articles & Analyses

Resuming the negotiations which never really stopped By: Dr. Abdul Sattar Qassem*

The Palestinian Authority did say that talks were being stopped until Israel put a freeze on its illegal settlement programme but there have been secret discussions in Jerusalem and Amman. However, the PA was not being entirely honest when it described the Amman talks as just «exploratory». What›s more important is that the Palestinian Authority announced the stopping of negotiations on one hand while continuing its security and administration coordination with the Israelis on the other. The Israelis care little for talks but care dearly about security, which has been at the core of agreements signed with the Palestinians, whose security agencies act as Israeli proxies in the occupied

territories. If a Palestinian throws a stone at illegal Jewish settlers, Palestinian security forces will pursue him; when a Palestinian baby is born, the details and ID number are sent to the Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank. If the Palestinian Authority had been serious about putting pressure on Israel, it would have stopped all security coordination, at which point we would have seen a harsh response from the Israelis. Stopping negotiations doesn›t have any such effect; in fact, the Israelis have continued

Israel and America use negotiations to buy more time for Israel to build more facts on the ground

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The news that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are to be resumed after a publicly announced three year break hasn›t been confirmed by the release of any formal agreement between US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Palestinian Authority. This, of course, may never materialise, but we can consider the fact that negotiations have never actually stopped.

to build illegal settlements, which the PA condemns but does nothing to try to stop. Israel and America use negotiations to buy more time for Israel to build more facts on the ground. For more than 20 years the Palestinians have not been given any of their national rights; all they have received is money in exchange for their cooperation. The intention is to turn Palestinians into a group of individuals with their own self-interests rather than a nation in waiting. Within the PA itself, concern for personal advancement and salaries appear to be the main preoccupation. Negotiations are used as a sedative to appease the Palestinians. If «honest broker» America had been serious about stopping settlements, for example, it would have taken se| 11


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Why is the pressure on to return to negotiations now? It could have something to do with increasing number of Arab youth starting to question relations with Israel and pushing the importance of severing all links with the «enemy». Thinking long-term, this could affect America›s own relations with countries in the Middle East. As such, the US uses the Palestinian issue as a means to address and silence young Arabs. By having Palestinians and Israelis around the table, it sends a strong message to the Arab world: if the Palestinians, who have the direct problem, are sipping honey from the Israelis, then why are the Arab youths depriving themselves of such opportunities? America wants to reduce the hostility that Arab youths have towards Israel and affect them psychologically; to have them believe that Arabs have always been associated with defeat, and that victory is for Israel.

they try to give something that looks huge in the media to cover up the main issue

rious measures against Israel, but it doesn›t. It may criticise Israel in public but it continues to supply all kinds of military, security, political, economical and financial support. Palestinians, for whatever reason, like to believe what America says and not what it does.

tinian citizens sweet. With each disappointment they try to give something that looks huge in the media to cover up the main issue. Remember when the PLO recognised Israel and covered that agreement by announcing statehood? The people went onto the streets in celebration but woke up to find that they had no state.

Now we see the US promising massive financial and economic aid to make people focus more on consumerism rather than real freedom. The soft spot is that some Palestinians are prepared to trade national interests for money. More work permits will be isAmerica and Israel have usu- sued for Palestinians to work on ally resorted to little more than settlements and in Israel. Kerry›s bribery in order to keep Pales- vision for Palestinian economic 12 |

development ties the Palestinian workforce into the Israeli economy instead of Palestine›s. And some long-term prisoners will be released to, no doubt, a media fanfare. It is ironic that such men who have sacrificed so much for the Palestinian cause will be released as part of a deal which sees the Palestinian cause sacrificed for shortterm political gain. Such steps will be talked about in the media repeatedly in order to cover up the concessions given by the PA. And there will be concessions, of that there is no doubt. Anyone who thinks that the Palestinian Authority makes its own decisions is mistaken. The PA can take marginal decisions which have no impact on Israeli interests, but if it goes anywhere near anything that the Israelis regard as important it is brought to heel sharply. The principle, if that›s the right word because it is all so unprincipled, is that the Palestinian Authority must not bite the hand that feeds it. The PA is thus rendered completely compliant and subservient to Israel and its interests.

* Dr. Abdul Sattar Qassem is a famous Professor of political science at Najah University – Palestine.

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