Palestinian Media Roundup-October 16-21 Reply

The Palestinian Media Roundup features translated excerpts from various articles from the Palestinian press. Content of the articles including its specific language does not reflect the views of The Jerusalem Review. 

October 16, 2015

“Hundreds of angry Palestinian participated in an march after midnight to Joseph’s Tomb and lit it on fire.

The PA security forces tried to prevent the youth from arriving at the tomb, but the approximately 1000 marchers [overwhelmed them].”

“Ismail Haniyeh, Vice President of the Hamas Politburo,  said that all Palestinians are rising up today for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

He made this statement during a Friday sermon in which he called for the continuation of the uprising and resistance against the Israeli occupation despite many attempts to extinguish it.”

“The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Jenin called on its members to mobilize and exact revenge for the martyr and prisoner, Fadi Darbi.”

“John Kerry, US Secretary of State, called on president Abbas to condemn operations unequivocally in an interview with an American radio station.”

“Saeb Erakat, PLO Secretary General, said the Israeli [army’s] actions in the Palestinian territories make it look like a defeated army.

“Mohammed Dahlan, PLC Parliamentarian and a member of the Fatah Central Committee,  saluted the amazing steadfastness of the sons of the Palestinian people and their outcry against the Zionist occupation and its fascist army that has filled Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Dahlan said, ‘My national son, for the third week consecutively, the people of Jerusalem are fighting and clashing valiantly in defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and it’s dignity, national identity, and Arab honor.’”

“Abd Hamid Essa, also know as Al-Lino (a Fatah leader in Lebanon), said Friday, “Martyrdom will remain the most noble phenomenon in Palestinian history and the martyrs will remain etched in the national memory.

He also said, ‘Now the time has arrived to do away with he who only [yells] empty slogans and sermons. Today we [stand] in front of the martyrs and we cannot [employ] ambiguity as no sound is louder than the sound of an intifada.”

“Mahmoud Abbas, PA President, issued a directive to form an investigative committee immediately after what happened at Joseph’s tomb Friday morning.

Abbas also made clear of his absolute rejection of these actions and any other actions in violation of the law, which reflect poorly upon Palestinian culture, religion, and morals.”

October 17, 2015

“A young girl from Hebron became a martyr Saturday afternoon after a settler opened fire on her claiming that she tried to stab a female soldier.  The young girl appeared to be a student carrying a book bag on her back.  The female soldier had asked her to open the bag and let her search it, but the settler opened fire on the young girl before the end of the search.”

“Saeb Erakat, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, called on UN special rapporteur concerned with illegal executions, Kristof Heinz, to carry out an immediate investigation of the occupation’s killings at the expense of many [Palestinians] in the past few weeks.”

“Parliamentarians from the Fatah bloc endorsed the mass uprising the Palestinian people…They said the Palestinian people have the right to resist the occupation until the liberation and establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

“The Palestinian Bureau of Statistics announced that the cost of living in Palestine in September increased.  The Palestinian consumer price index increased by 1.24% in September.”

“PM Rami Hamdallah said, “As President Abbas has said, we are partaking in peaceful popular resistance and a political and legal struggle for the protection of our people and its national accomplishments realized after decades of struggle, pain, and suffering.”

“Al-Hayat London published a statement by a Jordanian official who said Jordan will look positively at all international efforts to end the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.

He also said that diplomatic and legal choices are in front of his country’s government to deal with this extremist aggression.”

“Many citizens were wounded during clashes Saturday between hundreds of Gazan youth and Israeli occupation forces near the Erez crossing in North Gaza.”

“A general strike in Hebron, Dura, and the surrounding villages was observed on Saturday.

Fatah, the forces, and the factions called for it to mourn the souls of the martyrs Iyad Awawdah… and Fadl Qawasmeh.”

October 18, 2015

“John Kerry, Secretary of State, said on Monday that he will meet with both PM Netanyahu and President Abbas this week.”

“Media sources said a Palestinian delegation led by Saeb Erekat, a leader in the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department, will travel to Cairo mid-next week.

‘Al-Khalij Online’ reported that a Palestinian official said, ‘The delegation led by Saeb Erakat, who will be accompanied by Majed Faraj, GIS Chief, will depart on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.’”

“The concluding statement of a meeting of Arab trade ministers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia revealed their support for the State of Palestine’s efforts to achieve observer status on international trade committees and councils.”

“General Jabril Rajoub, Deputy Secretary General of the Fatah Central Committee, praised the individual operations [carried out recently], describing them as heroic. He said he is proud of those who undertook them.”

“Safa reported that an armed clash between Palestinians and the IDF broke out at the Qalandi crossing, north of Jerusalem.”

“A state of confusion has befallen Fatah since the youth of Jerusalem and their counterparts in the West Bank and Gaza have risen up against the Zionist occupation. Some leaders of Fatah have announced their support for the official decision of Mahmoud Abbas to back popular peaceful resistance. Others have rejected this decision and called for arming the people to resist the occupier in light of its continued crimes.”

“Sources in the General Council for Civil Affairs told Dunia Al-Watan that the occupation informed them this morning of the closure of the Erez crossing. However, following discussions carried out by the General Council, it was agreed to keep the border open for the entry of sick persons.”

“A Gaza military court sentenced two collaborators with the Israeli occupation to execution by hanging and a third to be freed from prison.”

October 19, 2015

“The National and Islamic Forces  in Ramallah and Al-Bira called on the Palestinian public to participate in a day of rage [against] the occupation and its settlers.”

“Yousef Idais, Minister of Holy Sites and Religious Affairs, signed an agreement on behalf Abu A’sab, Chairman of the Crescent Society of Jerusalem to establish a sports city based on olympic standards in Jerusalem.”

“Sources in the Ministry of Civil Affairs say that Israel informed it of its intention to release 20 Gazans, who infiltrated [Israel’s borders] recently, via the Erez Crossing.”

“Khaled Mesha’al, Chairman of the Hamas Politburo, announced the signing of a letter of mutual intentions with the ANC, the ruling party in South Africa, during his visit.”

“The Bank of Palestine announced that it made 33.3 million dollars of profits in the first nine months of the current year, an increase of 20.5% compared to the same period in 2014.

The bank said on Monday that its assets increased by 13% to approximately 2.74 billions dollars.”

“Well-informed sources revealed what was discussed in a secret meeting held recently between the leadership of the Qassam Brigades and Mahmoud Zahar, a Hamas leader.

According to the sources, who leaked a report of the meeting between Marwan Essa, a Qassam leader, and Mahmoud Zahar, the Qassam Brigades informed the Hamas political leadership of its wish avoid an escalation with the Israeli occupation in the coming period.  Essa said, ‘The Qassam has no intention to respond to any Israeli escalation in Gaza, even if it reached the Hamas leadership itself in Gaza.’”

“Gal Berger, the West Bank correspondent of Hebrew Radio, claimed that a Palestinian official carried out an interview with him this morning said PASF arrested a Hamas cell in Hebron that was preparing to attack Israeli targets.”

October 20, 2015

“Samih Shukri, Foreign Minister of Egypt, said there is a complete Egyptian-Jordanian consensus regarding the necessity to contain the current situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and implement the two state solution, establishing a Palestinian state through any [possible] path, whether that is through joint Arab efforts or the UN.”

“Dr. Shawqi Essa, Palestinian Minister of Social Affairs of the national unity government presented his resignation from his position unexpectedly on Tuesday evening.”

“A Palestinian became a martyr after occupation forces near the Gush Etzion Bloc…, south of Bethlehem, opened fire on him claiming that he ran over settlers and injured them lightly.”

“The Sabarin movement said that Ahmad Sarhi, who became a martyr on Tuesday night east of Bureij, is a member of its military wing.

The Sabarin said in a statement that Sarhi was undertaking an observation and supervision mission along the Bureij border between Gaza and the lands of ‘48.”

“Azzam Al-Ahmad, Chairman of the Palestinian delegation at the General Assembly of the International Parliamentary Union, called on…the 133rd session the International Parliament to play a major and practical role in investigating Israeli crimes at the expense of the Palestinian people.”

“Fatah in the southern province announced a strike and day of mourning tomorrow for the soul of the martyr, Ali Hashim Musalmah, who passed away today after he stabbed a soldier in Beit Awwa.”

Adnan Damiri, PASF spokesperson, denied that meetings between the Palestinian Israeli security services happened, saying the Israeli media is publishing rumors and inaccurate stories.

October 21, 2015

“Naem Jina, Chairman of the South Africa and Middle East Center in South Africa, said that Khaled Mesha’al’s visit aimed at strengthening ties between Hamas and the ANC.

Jina mentioned that relations between the PLO and ANC have existed for many years and a decision was made [recently] to support all Palestinian parties.”

Jina also mentioned that Hamas can open a representative office in South Africa.”

“The police of the occupation arrested approximately 80 Palestinians and one Jew recently, accusing them of incitement and supporting terror on facebook.

According to Walla, these arrests were carried out by the police with the approval of the Israeli Attorney General.”

“Mushir Al-Masri, a Hamas leader, revealed that his movement intends to increase its foreign relations outside the Arab and Islamic world, especially with states that have suffered occupation, persecution, and racism such as South Africa.”

“Nabil Abu Rudeinah, official spokesperson of the Palestinian Presidency, said that the continuation of daily killing operations and Israeli incitement on all levels against President Abbas will lead to an explosion of the current situation completely.”

“Hebrew news sources reported that a ramming operation took place near the Shilo settlement, north of Ramallah.  

According to the Hebrew press, a soldier was wounded moderately and the [rammer] was arrested.”

“King Abdullah II rejected a request by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Amman and meet with him. Jordanian sources explained Jordan’s refusal to receive the Israeli official as a result of the Israeli violence in Jerusalem.

Mohammed Moumani, Jordanian minister of media affairs and official spokesperson of the Jordanian government, said, “The Al-Aqsa Mosque can not be divided and we will employ our diplomatic and legal options to preserve Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.”

“President Abbas and King Abdullah II rejected an Israeli proposal to decrease the number of Jewish visitors, entering the Temple Mount Wednesday according to Walla.”

“FIFA made a crucial decision regarding the location of the Palestine-Saudi Arabia World Cup qualifying match and resolved to hold the match in Palestine.”

“President Abbas accused PM Netanyahu on Wednesday of being wrong about preserving the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Abbas said during a press conference with Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary General,…that Netanyahu was wrong when he said that he is committed to the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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