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27 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria’s chemical attacks Hamas insists on reconciliation agreement as a whole package

P 5 Abbas: We will not demand a return to Jaffa, Acre or Haifa

P8 PA and Israeli occupation disperse pro-Egypt rallies

P7 “Israel” urges its allies to stand by the coup

P 11 P8 IOA meets Jordanian hunger strikers› demands

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By: Khalid Amayreh

Gaza gov’t demands re- PA-Israeli talks will lead nowhere opening of Rafah crossing

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CONTENTS News of Palestine

27 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria’s chemical attacks Abbas: We will not demand a return to Jaffa, Acre or Haifa Hamas insists on reconciliation agreement as a whole package “Israel” urges its allies to stand by the coup PA and Israeli occupation disperse pro-Egypt rallies Gaza gov’t demands reopening of Rafah crossing IOF raid kills young man, wounds three others in Jenin

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Articles & Analyses

PA-Israeli talks will lead nowhere

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News of Palestine

27 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria’s chemical attacks

24/08/2013

27 Palestinian refugees were killed on Thursday in chemical attacks by the Syrian regime forces and their allies in the towns of Zamalka and Ma›adamiyat Al-Sham in Damascus countryside. The chemical attacks have claimed the lives of over 1300 Syrians, most of them were children and women.

Both camps still suffer from an acute shortage of vital needs, especially the food and medical supplies. Al-Yarmouk refugee camp, however, witnessed a state of catious calm amidst military over flights.

The action group also reported that Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk camp staged a protest The action group for the Palestinians in Syria outside Hamza Bin Abdul-Muttaleb Mosque in said that 18 Palestinians from the same family Arouba neighborhood to demand an end to the were among the victims that were killed in Zaprojectile attacks and the military blockade, malka. which caused a life-threatening humanitarian criThe action group also reported the exposure sis in the camp. of the refugee camps of Khan Al-Sheikh and Source: PIC Dar›ah to several projectile attacks during the same days, with no reported casualties.

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Haniyah calls for the formation of a national coalition to reject negotiations

Abbas: We will not demand a return to Jaffa, Acre or Haifa 24/08/2013 PA›s president Mahmoud Abbas has reiterated readiness to relinquish the right of return, during a meeting with Israeli Knesset members from the left-wing Meretz party at his office in Ramallah.

«The Palestinian people are ready for and want peace. You have a commitment from the Palestinian people, and also from the leadership, that if we are offered a just agreement, we will sign a peace deal that will put an end to the conflict and to future demands from the Palestinian side.” the Palestinian Authority›s resumption of negoAbbas told Knesset Members from the Meretz tiations with the Occupation, describing it as a «catastrophic choice» urging them to abandon party on Thursday. this option. «We will not demand in the future to return to Jaffa, Acre or Haifa. Peace with Israel will be During his speech at the special session of the final and binding,» he added in a clear statement Palestinian Legislative Council held on Tuesday giving up the right of return for millions of Pal- at its headquarters in Gaza City Haniyah called on the Palestinian Authority›s President Mahestinian refugees. moud Abbas to withdraw from the negotiations Abbas said that he had sent a «reassurance mes- with the Israeli Occupation. He also called for sage» to the Israelis in order to push the peace the establishment of a «broad national coalition process talks forward. While reporting the story, to declare a rejection of negotiations and stick to correspondent of the Israeli Israel›s TV Chan- the Palestinian national fundamentals,» adding nel 2 Ohad Hamo described Abbas as «coura- that «most of the factions have a readiness to geous.» embark on setting up this alliance, at both interHamo quoted Abbas as saying that «it is pos- nal and external levels.» sible for a peace agreement to be achieved very He pointed out that «the return to negotiations soon», during his meeting with the six Israeli reflects the state of failure and frustration» exleaders from the Meretz party. perienced by the Palestinian Authority in Ra«The Middle East is ablaze and this is the only and last opportunity for us. We can achieve an agreement within six months,» Abbas told the MKs.

mallah, stressing that political choices cannot be built on the basis of concessions.

Haniyah demanded an end to the Palestinian division, saying that ending this division will be In a related context, Ismail Haniyah, the Pales- an important step on the road to re-building Paltinian prime minister in Gaza, warned against estinian institutions.

Source: Agencies

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Hamas insists on reconciliation agreement as a whole package

19/08/2013

Delegations from the Palestinian Islamic Movement, Hamas, and Palestinian Liberation Movement, Fatah, met in the Gaza Strip on Sunday and discussed several issues regarding internal reconciliation.

Fatah had requested the meeting on Sunday. He said that his movement insisted that carrying out the terms of the agreement was the only measure that would guarantee ending the Palestinians divisions.

The Fatah delegation suggested the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections, as well as elections for the Palestinian National Council. Hamas refuted this suggestion and insisting that all previously agreed to terms had to be carried out as one package.

Abu-Zuhri also said that Fatah had proposed holding elections and confirmed that Hamas said that elections would be the last part of the agreement to be implemented as fulfilment of the other terms would prepare the situation for elections.

Abu-Zuhri also said that Fatah had proposed holdIn a meeting of both the movements on May ing elections and confirmed that Hamas said that 14 in Cairo, they had agreed to carry out previ- elections would be the last part of the agreement ous agreements on reconciliation within three to be implemented as fulfilment of the other terms months, this agreement ended on August 14. would prepare the situation for elections. Hamas spokesman, Sami abu-Zuhri, said that

Source: MEMO

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An Israeli envoy has secretly visited Cairo

“Israel” urges its allies to stand by the coup

23/08/2013

The Israeli newspaper Maariv reported that the Israeli Foreign Ministry had sent, at the beginning of this week, a secret message to a number of senior Israeli ambassadors in Western Europe and North America about Israel›s stance on the situation in Egypt.

space and Suez Canal without prior coordination. This is not the case with other allied countries in the region.

In recent days, Western as well as other Israeli reports have pointed to the fact that Israeli political and security leaders have been making concerted efforts to urge the US administration to stand by General Sisi and not take any punitive steps against Egypt in the light of the Raba›a Al-Adawiyya and Al-Nahda square massacres. Moreover, Israeli newspapers have launched a media campaign over the last few days to emphasize the importance of shared security and regional interests between the US and the Egyptian security and military, primarily the fact that Egypt is the only country among US allies which allows the latter to freely use the Egyptian air-

this news to confirm the continuation of security coordination between Israel and Egypt under General Sisi›s leadership.

Meanwhile, reports on Israeli radio Tuesday afternoon revealed that a secret envoy for the Israeli government visited Cairo on Tuesday, and Maariv said that the message was sent with the that he stayed there for several hours to hold talks approval of Netanyahu, who also serves as the with the military leaders in Egypt. country›s foreign minister, and aimed at provid- The Arab affairs analyst at Yediot Ahronot newsing the Israeli ambassadors with some answers to paper, Smadar Perry, said in an interview with the questions they are receiving in the countries the Hebrew radio channel Reshet Bet that it was in which they serve. important for the Israeli government to announce

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Perry said the security cooperation and coordination between the military leadership in Egypt and Israel would continue. She added that there are common interests between Israel and the Egyptian military, especially when it comes to the maintenance of security in the Sinai Peninsula, as well as the need to ensure a stability that maintains the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.

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Hamas condemns suppression of rallies in solidarity with Egypt

PA and Israeli occupation disperse pro-Egypt rallies

23/08/2013 On Friday afternoon Palestinian security services and Israeli occupation forces cracked down on two separate solidarity marches with Egyptians in the occupied West Bank. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank decided to take to the streets after Friday Prayer in solidarity with the Egyptians and to condemn the bloody dispersal of the two anti-coup protests in Egypt. The first march started from The Large Mosque in Al-Beera City. Sources from the West Bank said that the Palestinian Authority security services crushed the march immediately and detained two Hamas leaders; Jamal al-Taweel and Hussein Abu-Kweek. Witnesses said that about 250 security staff surrounded the march and attacked the protesters with batons to disperse them. Meanwhile, a big march started from AbuSneenah neighbourhood in Hebron. As they

passed across an Israeli checkpoint near Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, the occupation forces launched tear gas and dispersed them. Meanwhile, member of Hamas›s political bureau Ezzat al-Resheq on Saturday condemned the Palestinian Authority’s security apparatuses for quelling a march organized by Hamas in solidarity with the Egyptian and Syrian peoples on Friday. Resheq considered the suppression of the march and the attack on the people a serious escalation and a continuation to the series of suppression of freedoms in the West Bank. For his part, former minister Wasfi Kabha stressed that the Palestinian Basic Law amended in 2005 ensures the freedom of opinion and expression, and that the human rights and fundamental freedoms should be respected. Kabha condemned the attack on the Palestinian leaders, the citizens, and press crews by the PA›s apparatuses.

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Gaza gov’t demands reopening of Rafah crossing

23/08/2013 The Palestinian government in Gaza demanded the Egyptian authorities to reopen the Rafah crossing before the Palestinian citizens, stressing on its rejection to use the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing as a substitute for the Rafah crossing.

since the overthrow of the government, the number of travellers through the crossing did not exceed 150 per day, before its closure on Monday. He stressed that the Palestinian government in Gaza refuses to adopt Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, in north of Gaza, as a substitute for the Rafah crossing, warning that Beit Hanoun crossing may turn into ÂŤa trap for PalestiniansÂť as it is under the control of the occupation forces.

Youssef Rizqa, political adviser to Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, told Quds Press that the continued closure of the Rafah crossing for the fourth consecutive day exacerbates the suffering of hundreds of Palestinians who are forced Concerning the crossings agreement between to leave the Strip either for treatment, study or the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli side in work. November 2005; Rizqa said that this agreement Rizqa said the Rafah crossing did not cause any ended in 2006, stressing that the Rafah crossing is harm to Egypt, pointing out that the number of an Egyptian - Palestinian crossing and that there travellers through the crossing reached during is no place for a third party in it. the rule of Morsi was 1300 per day. However,

Source: PIC

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IOF raid kills young man, wounds three others in Jenin

20/08/2013 Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed a 22-year- let in the heart. old youth and wounded three others in a preThe sources pointed out that many other citizens dawn raid Tuesday on Jenin refugee camp. were treated for suffocation as a result of the exLocal sources said that IOF soldiers on more tensive use of teargas canisters against them. than 20 army vehicles stormed the refugee camp They said tension is still prevailing in the city of and ďŹ red live bullets and teargas at young men Jenin and its refugee camp after the raid, noting protesting the incursion. that the IOF soldiers repeatedly raided their areas They said that the youth Majd Lahlouh was over the past 24 hours. taken to a hospital in Jenin city but attempts to Source: PIC revive him did not succeed and he died of a bul10 |

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Articles & Analyses

PA-Israeli talks will lead nowhere By: Khalid Amayreh* American-brokered «peace» talks between a manifestly-insolent and dominant Israel on the one hand and a thoroughly vanquished Palestinian Authority (PA) on the other, are due to re-start in Occupied Jerusalem. The PA had been vowing for months it wouldn›t return to the negotiating table unless Israel halted settlement-expansion activities, which many pundits consider the main impediment to a possible peace agreement between the two sides.

charges of being the rejectionist side.»

Otherwise, the PA seems, as always, more of a vanquished supplicant begging Israel for «concessions» which most Palestinians, including the ultramoderate PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas, view as long overdue Israeli commitments rather than return for millions of Palestinconcessions. ian refugees and their descenOn Tuesday, 13 August, Israel dants, uprooted from their anreleased two dozen Palestinian cestral homeland when Israel prisoners who spent more than was created in 1948. a quarter of a century in Israeli Such critics argue rather conjails for carrying out acts of re- vincingly that an authority that However, apart from the artisistance against the decades-old depends for its very existence ficially-induced euphoria suroccupation. and survival on politically-morounding the resumption of the talks, there is little substantive The release of the prisoners, tivated financial aid from the evidence justifying whatever which generated some irritation Americans can not really resist meagre of optimism that might in the Israeli society, was largely likely American coercion. Afviewed as «a gesture» to Abbas ter all, when money appears, exist within some quarters. to help him keep face vis-à-vis heads bow, as the famous PerWithin the Palestinian camp, his angry public where indigna- sian poet Saadi Sherazi said there is very little hope that the tion and a feeling of widespread 800 years ago. current round of talks with Ishelplessness is rife over the con- More to the point, the presrael will be more fruitful than tinued unmitigated Jewish settle- ent political environment in the numerous other previous ment activities. the Arab world, especially in rounds. One official close to the PLO Negotiating Depart- Many ordinary Palestinians are Egypt where a Junta of anti-Isment has intimated that «we quite worried that the PA might lamic military officers and sechave decided to deal positively eventually budge to American- ular politicians has overthrown with incessant American de- Israeli pressure to compromise the country›s only democratmands for the resumption of or give up on vital Palestinian ically-elected president, may talks in order to appease the national interests, including Jeru- be sought by the PA leadership Americans and avoid possible salem and the paramount right of as an excuse to justify pos-

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know that when things get serious in Washington, Israel›s supporters, not Barack Obama or John Kerry, call the shots.

sible free concessions to Israel amounting to a clarion capitulation. Indeed, there have been many indications that the bloody coup authority in Egypt is throwing its full weight behind the PA with regard to peace talks with Israel, possibly in the hope that this would make the US administration overlook the colossal crime of deposing President Muhammed Mursi.

There are three main reasons justifying this view. First, Israel is highly unlikely to agree to give up the spoils of the 1967war, let alone allow significant numbers of Palestinian refugees to return home to what is now Israel. The Israeli society is simply too extremist and too jingoistic to allow a dignified peace deal with the Palestinians to go through. More to the point, any Israeli government agreeing to give up the West Bank and return to the borders of the 4th of June, 1967, would be effectively committing a real political suicide. Second, the United States possesses neither the willingness nor the inclination to exert any meaningful pressure on Israel, especially the kind of pressure that would make the Jewish state rethink its reputed intransigence and insolence. In fact, we all 12 |

As we all know, the Arab-Muslim world is not in its best shape these days, meaning that any deal between Israel and the PA would only reflect the horrible inferior status quo in the Arab world

None the less, and despite the release of a small number of prisoners, it is highly unlikely that the resumption of peace talks will take us anywhere.

The third and last reason for my pessimistic forecast is the fact that the Palestinian people will simply contemptuously reject any «peace deal» that fails to recover the Palestinian people›s inalienable rights. As we all know, the Arab-Muslim world is not in its best shape these days, meaning that any deal between Israel and the PA would only reflect the horrible inferior status quo in the Arab world. Undoubtedly, this would enable Israel to impose its dictates and blackmailing conditions unopposed. Perhaps someone ought to tell the PA leadership that the Palestinian cause is too complicated to be resolved, using conventional conflictresolution mechanisms, given its immense religious, nationalistic and emotional dimensions. Indeed, the world has utterly failed to resolve this enduring conflict for over a century. There is absolutely no reason, apart from some salient optimism on the part of some American officials, indicating that the conflict is now more resolvable than it was 40, or 50 or even sixty years ago. I candidly think the opposite is true.

* Khalid Amayreh is a senior American-educated Palestinian journalist living in Occupied Palestine .

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