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Israel kills three Palestinian youth in Gaza

Hamas urges Fatah to withdraw from negotiations immediately

Netanyahu does not expect to sign peace deal with Palestinians

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FEATURED STORY

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Lieberman says return of Palestinian refugees would be a security threat to Israel

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CONTENTS News of Palestine

Netanyahu does not expect to sign peace deal with Palestinians Israel kills three Palestinian youth in Gaza Lieberman says return of Palestinian refugees would be a security threat to Israel Bahar denounces PA invitation to Netanyahu to deliver speech in PLC Gov’t: Al-Aqsa is in real danger 30 Palestinians died in Syria last week

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Israel Insider

Poll: 74% of young Israelis say Israel racist

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Articles & Analyses

Palestinian refugees will determine the future of the Middle East

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News of Palestine

Hamas urges Fatah to withdraw from negotiations immediately

Netanyahu does not expect to sign peace deal with Palestinians

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At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not uproot any Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported. He also said that he did not expect to sign a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and described the efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry in this regard as an American plan to simply run the negotiations. «I have said in the past and I repeat today: I do not intend to evacuate any settlements, I do not intend to uproot any Israeli,» Netanyahu was quoted as saying on the sidelines of the Economic Forum, by Maariv.

both of the parties.»

He added: «My hope is we can achieve the framework for final status negotiations. But it is very, Meanwhile, Kerry was quot- very difficult and we have a lot of ed by Al-Arabiya news outlet work to do.» as saying he was sceptical In a related context, Dr. Sami about reaching a framework Abu Zuhri, a Hamas Spokesman, deal within the coming few has called on Fatah faction, that months before the end of is controlling the Palestinian Authe negotiation period on 31 thority in Ramallah, to withdraw April. from negotiations with the Israeli «I am not sure when it will occupation authority (IOA) withbe when we are finished with out further delay. the work we have to do to Abu Zuhri said in a statement on get there,» Kerry said. «We Saturday that his movement calls are still negotiating. We are on Fatah to withdraw from the working in good faith with negotiations with the IOA im4 |

mediately in light of the serious information leaked about US secretary of state John Kerry’s so-called Framework Agreement. The spokesman warned that Kerry’s plan, as the information indicated, would lead to liquidating the Palestine cause. He said that Fatah should stop adopting unilateral decisions concerning fateful Palestinian issues and should respect the national unanimity in refusing those negotiations.

Source: Agencies

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Israeli army prepares to strike populated areas in Gaza

Israel kills three Palestinian youth in Gaza 24/1/2014 Two Palestinian resistance fighters were killed in Beit Hanun, north of the Gaza Strip, after midnight Tuesday in an Israeli air strike while another Palestinian youth was killed on Friday by Israeli soldiers. Medical sources told the PIC reporter that an Israeli reconnaissance plane bombed a civilian car in Sikka street in Beit Hanun town killing Ahmed Al-Za’anin and his cousin Mohammed AlZa’anin. The reporter said that rescue and ambulance teams rushed to the scene and evacuated the scattered remains of both fighters. He reported a rising state of anger among inhabitants in the Strip as a result of the Israeli military escalation that came only few hours after Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s threats to Gaza. Israeli occupation forces assassinated Ahmed Saad, a fighter affiliated with Quds Brigades the armed wing of Islamic Jihad movement, also in northern Gaza a couple of days earlier. On the other hand, Israeli forces killed 20 year old Bilal Samir today Friday in the Jabaliya area, north of the Gaza Strip. The victim was part of a peaceful demonstration by young men in the buffer zone imposed by the Israeli occu-

pation forces. The soldiers regularly open fire on farmers along the border. Seven other young men were wounded, three by live bullets. They were all transported to the Kamal Udwan hospital in Gaza. Hundreds of residents attended the funeral of the deceased after his family had paid their last respects. Meanwhile, an Israeli radio report revealed that the Israeli army intends to strike Palestinian civilian targets during a possible military operation against the Gaza Strip, claiming the presence of Palestinian armed resistance fighters in civilian areas. Hebrew radio said on Friday: “according to information Israel has received, Hamas is continuing its preparations for a possible

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military confrontation with Israel in the Gaza Strip.” Hebrew media reports stated that Hamas is preparing for a military confrontation with the Israeli army through installing cameras in different areas inside the Strip, in order to monitor the activities of the occupation forces on the borders of Gaza, in addition to setting up bases for the launch of rockets and stores for projectiles near mosques. According to the information, Hamas and the resistance factions are seeking to develop a network of underground tunnels that leads to the 1948 occupied territories, in order to carry out military operations against Israeli targets.

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Lieberman says return of Palestinian refugees would be a security threat to Israel

refugees.” The extreme right- curity situation,” he added. Any Israeli Foreign Minister Avig- winger alluded to the need to take agreement, he insisted, must lead to Israel’s security and a dor Lieberman has said that this into account from now. the return of Palestinian refu- “After the signing of a peace stable economy for the Palestingees to “the Palestinian state” agreement, many of the countries ians. would constitute “a security in the region will want to transfer The refugees’ right to return to threat to Israel”. He rejected the Palestinian refugees to the ter- their land inside what is now absolutely any right of return ritories subject to Palestinian con- called Israel is enshrined in infor refugees to go back to their trol; another three million Pales- ternational law. It is an individland from which they were tinians will be added to those who ual right, not a collective right, evicted by force in 1948, when exist in the [occupied] Palestinian and cannot be negotiated away the state of Israel was created areas now.” by anyone. Since 1948, Israel in Palestine. This, he claimed, would turn the has wiped more than 500 Pales“Even if all the obstacles have economic situation of the Pales- tinian towns and villages off the been overcome with the Pales- tinian refugees “to hell” and will map in an act of ethnic cleanstinians,” he said, “the biggest return frustration to the region. ing that continues to this day.

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problem on the day following “Violence will also return along Source: MEMO the agreement would be the with the deterioration of the se-

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Bahar denounces PA invitation to Netanyahu to deliver speech in PLC

25/1/2014 Ahmed Bahar, first deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), denounced the invitation by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a speech at the PLC. Bahar said in a press statement: “Abbas’s invitation to Netanyahu is nationally, legally and morally unacceptable, and constitutes a violation of the status of the Palestinian national consensus that rejects political positions that detract from our rights and our national constants, provokes the feelings of our people ... and ignores the crimes and Judaization and settlement schemes that aim to liquidate our cause.” Bahar expressed his surprise at inviting Netanyahu to the PLC, while the head of the Legislative Council Aziz Dweik and other deputies are prevented from entering the council’s headquarters in Ramallah. He pointed out that Abbas does not have the legal and constitutional authority to invite Netanyahu to the Legislative Council, according to the Palestinian Basic Law. Bahar called on Abbas to apologize to the Palestinian people for his remarks that harm the efforts to achieve national reconciliation, not to waiver the rights and national constants, and to take bold decisions and courageous positions to achieve reconciliation and end the division.

Source: PIC

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Israeli Minister calls for third claimed Temple to be built

Gov’t: Al-Aqsa is in real danger

25/1/2014 Minister of Awkaf and religious affairs in Gaza Dr. Ismail Ridwan has warned that Al-Aqsa Mosque was in real danger. He said during the inauguration of a new mosque in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza Strip on Friday that many conspiracies are being hatched against the holy site. The minister accused the Israeli occupation authority of launching criminal and arbitrary measures against the Al-Aqsa Mosque as evident in the daily storming and desecration tours of its plazas. Ridwan asked the Palestinian people and the Muslim leaders and scholars to adopt urgent measures to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque. On the other hand, Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel, a senior member of Israel’s colonial government, has called for the rebuilding of what he called (Third Temple) to replace al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. “The first Temple was destroyed in 586 BCE, the second Temple in 70 CE, and ever since the Jews have been mourning its loss,” he claimed. “Now that Israel has once again become a Jewish sovereign state, there have been occasional calls to rebuild the Temple,” he added. It is known that al-Aqsa Mosque is considered the third-holiest site in Islam and the oldest name for the compound of Islamic religious buildings in Jerusalem that includes al-Aqsa congregation mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The term Al-Aqsa Mosque was coined in the Quran: Al-Aqsa Mosque is sacred because the first of the two Qiblas. In Islamic tradition, AlAqsa is said to be the second Masjid. The mosque is also the third of the two holy Sanctuaries.

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30 Palestinians died in Syria last week 24/1/2014 Working group for the Palestinians in Syria stated that 30 Palestinian refugees died in Syria during the past week, including 12 who died of hunger in the Yarmouk refugee camp. The group said in a press release on Monday that two Palestinian refugees were killed on Sunday in the city of Adra and in the city of Aleppo, due to the continuation of clashes between the Regular Army and groups of the Free Army. It added that Syria camps have been exposed to continuous shelling during the last week, which killed five refugees in the Yarmouk camp. The activists reported that 57 Palestinians died in the Yarmouk because of the siege that has been imposed on the camp for about seven months, and confirmed that the refugees there have not received the aid, which was scheduled to arrive on Sunday to the camp. They added that two refugees from the Aydin camp in Hama were arrested by Syrian security forces, while two young men from the Yarmouk camp have been missing. Meanwhile, 10 solidarity activists in Berlin con-

tinued their hunger strike for the third day in solidarity with the Yarmouk refugee camp, while several German cities witnessed vigils demanding the entry of aid into the camp. A number of Palestinians in Lebanon have also organized a protest in front of the ESCWA headquarters in Beirut, in solidarity with those besieged in the Yarmouk refugee camp. In Bahrain, al-Eslah Society has launched a campaign to collect donations for the relief of the Yarmouk camp. The Gaza Strip has also witnessed a march on Sunday in solidarity with the Palestinian refugee Source: PIC camps in Syria.

Israel Insider

Poll: 74% of young Israelis say Israel racist 23/1/2014 74% of young Israelis see Israel as a racist society that discriminates between its citizens and deepens hatred of non Israelis, an Israeli radio reported. It said the results of the annual survey issued by Mas’a Institute in a study to what is called the Holocaust, young Israelis were questioned about the existence of racism and xenophobia within the Israeli society. The majority of them confirmed the existence of racism while a small percentage said racism never exists. “Students from primary and secondary schools in Israel participated in the poll,” it said, pointing out that the data which would raise fear related to incitement and racism in the Israeli society.

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The rate of discrimination against non-Israelis has increased significantly in the recent times. The poll indicated that in 2008, 39% assured that Israel is racist.

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Articles & Analyses

Palestinian refugees will determine the future of the Middle East By: Dr. Issam Adwan The US Secretary of State plans to disregard the Palestinian refugees’ right of return and resettle them in Jordan, Gulf countries, Australia and Canada. John Kerry is aware that proposals put forward by Arab, international and Palestinian parties in the past had the same goal, but did not succeed. Obviously, he must believe that the conditions today are more suitable for the liquidation of the many occasions took up arms to Palestinian cause, especially restore their rights, liberate their the right of return. land and achieve their return; The common denominator be- the slogan “liberation is the way tween Kerry’s plan and previ- back” emerged. The refugees reous proposals is that they did jected many resettlement proposnot take into account the refu- als, especially the plan to move gees themselves. Nowadays, refugees from the Gaza Strip to they are living under extremely north-west Sinai, proposed in difficult conditions and crises 1953. This project involved the are created everywhere they UN Relief and Works Agency live in order to distract them (UNRWA) and the Egyptian govand push them to accept any so- ernment, but it was rejected by the lution, no matter how unattract- refugees. As such, this particular ive. Are such plans succeeding? Middle East problem will not be The existence of the State of Is- solved until Palestine is liberated rael in the region is the Middle and the refugees return to their East’s problem. It was estab- homeland. lished on the land and ruin of the Palestinian people, most of whom became refugees in their own country and the surrounding Arab states. The refugees have continued to insist on their legitimate right to return and on 10 |

The world community and international law have stressed the right of the refugees to go back to their land, a fact which has contributed to the refugees’ determination and belief that they can do so. The countries of the region that

welcomed and hosted refugees supported the UN resolutions affirming the right of return and confirmed their commitment to them. Moreover, they supported the refugees in their efforts to achieve this right, even through armed struggle from the late sixties until the early eighties, when they believed that the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s dispersal from Lebanon in 1982 would somehow open the door to resolve the issue. The Fez Summit was proposed in the same year and the project developed into the so-called Arab Initiative during meetings in Beirut in 2002 and Riyadh in 2007. This coincided with the projects led by the Palestinians, such as the Oslo Accords, the Beilin-Abu Mazen agreement in 1995, and the Geneva Initiative in 2003, which is the

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27th January, 2014 revived the reinforcement of national principles and promoted armed resistance. Host countries fear that refugees will arm themselves if their rights are taken away, especially the right of return.

source of Kerry’s plan.

For a start, the continued physical presence of refugees inside Palestine and its surroundings keeps the collective memory alive; generations past and present remain determined to achieve their right of return. No Arab or Palestinian leader has openly expressed defiance of the millions of refugees scattered around the world. The refugees rejected all previous resettlement projects and are ready, able and willing to do the same to any new plans to slam the door of return in their faces. They will not allow their legitimate rights to be undermined and destroyed.

None of those proposing to liquidate the right of return appear to have asked themselves why none of the settlement projects or previous such attempts have succeeded over the past 65 years. They should.

With more than eight million Palestinian refugees in the world, who would dare to take their rights away?

After the surrender of the PLO and its acceptance of such liquidation projects, new factions emerged in the Palestinian community which

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Israel, along with the rest of the world, realises that the refugees must agree to the proposed plans or they will not succeed, because no one has the right to strip them of their rights; they are individual rights, not collective, and cannot be negotiated away with any degree of legality. Thus, the refugees’ approval is needed if Israel is ever to be really secure and stable. With more than eight million Palestinian refugees in the world, who would dare to take their rights away? Their fate will determine the future of the Middle East.

The author is a former minister of Palestinian refugee affairs. This is a translation by MEMO of the Arabic text published by Felesteen newspaper on 21 January, 2014

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