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  1. <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><rss xmlns:atom="" xmlns:openSearch="" xmlns:blogger="" xmlns:georss="" xmlns:gd="" xmlns:thr="" version="2.0"><channel><atom:id>,1999:blog-7674255718814447391</atom:id><lastBuildDate>Thu, 09 Feb 2017 04:57:33 +0000</lastBuildDate><category>Gaza   Strip   Palestine   Humantarian   Peace   siege   food   nice   sameh   hatem   njila</category><category>Gaza conflict is a proxy war: From Gaza to Rome</category><category>11 Palestinians Killed</category><category>60 Injured as Israel attacks Gaza Strip</category><category>Are we too critical of Israel? 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In this blog, i have been trying to unveil what people do encounter on daily basis.</description><link></link><managingEditor>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</managingEditor><generator>Blogger</generator><openSearch:totalResults>149</openSearch:totalResults><openSearch:startIndex>1</openSearch:startIndex><openSearch:itemsPerPage>25</openSearch:itemsPerPage><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:33:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2012-11-15T08:33:56.999-08:00</atom:updated><title>Update of the Biblical war of Israel against occupied Gaza Strip</title><description>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left:1em; margin-right:1em&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;300&quot; width=&quot;400&quot; src=&quot;; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;   Update of the Biblical war of Israel against occupied Gaza Strip   Photo from the Web...  London, (Pal Telegraph) – An Israeli full-scale war was launched yesterday against Palestinian civilians in Gaza. The war was announced by Israel to be as a military operation that took a biblical name “Pillar of the Clouds”. So far, 15 Palestinians killed whom of which 8 civilians including 5 children, three women and an old man.  Israeli army launched a number of 160 air raids from Air, Ground and Naval forces. Palestinian armed factions retaliated to heavy Israeli attacks which also left 100 Palestinians physically wounded.    A status of fear and panic spread across Gaza where children are caught in Trauma. Dozens of Palestinian children were brought to hospitals in north and south Gaza. Palestine Telegraph reporter in Gaza confirmed that food supplies became scarce in Gaza. People are in fear that a ground invasion is due.   Rania, 22, said &quot;We are in fear of Israeli bombing. My cousin was killed as he tried to go out to buy bread. Gaza seems like ghost town.&quot;   She also described that her family is in great fear and panic.    Police stations, schools and houses were destroyed in Israeli F16 bombings across the Gaza strip.   For the meantime, Palestinian factions fired dozens of rockets in act of self-defence as Israel bombards Gaza towns and cities.    Israeli leadership vows to continue the attacks against Gaza as the green light was given by the US, EU and other governments.    British government expressed its concern about the escalated events. It also held Hamas responsible of the recent war. However, chronological order of the events indicates that Israel initiated the war as early as 8th of November when it killed a Palestinian child aged 11.    Hamas government in Gaza announced that Egyptian prime minister, Hisham Qandil, will visit Gaza tomorrow. Egyptians did not confirm yet.   For more comments and interviews contact: Sameh Habeeb London, 07949725139 </description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:31:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2012-11-14T13:32:01.267-08:00</atom:updated><title>Summary of Israeli attacks against Gaza for the past 5 hours </title><description>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left:1em; margin-right:1em&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;235&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; src=&quot;; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;   By Sameh Habeeb - Israeli army launched a full scale attack on Gaza using mostly air force. Around 60 people were wounded, 10 were killed. A total of 70 air raids was carried so far.  Below, the key attacks carried out by Israel which claimed the lives of many civilians including 2 infants  The most significant attacks of the Israeli army from 3pm to 8pm, Uk time    Breaking News: Number of Palestinian wounded is 60 as Israel launched 43 raids in less than 7 hours.  Breaking News: Number of Palestinian wounded is 60 as Israel launched 43 raids in less than 7 hours.  Now: Palestinian journalist, Samir Khalifa, wounded in an Israeli air raid.  Breaking News: Israeli army vows to invade Gaza.  Now: A number of houses destroyed western Gaza city as Israel raids on civilian houses.  Now: Israeli gunboats shell northern Gaza shores  Now: An infant baby, 1 year, killed in eastern-southern Gaza City as Israel continues to attack Gaza civilians  Now: Palestinian resistance groups retaliate by firing homemade rockets in Gaza.  Now: Four more Israeli raids target northern Gaza Strip.  Israeli TV: Israeli troops&#39; units move towards Gaza borders  Breaking News: Gaza Education ministry announces a suspension of study at Gaza schools and universities as Israel heavily strikes civilians.  Breaking News: Israeli air raid on Jabalia town northern Gaza, a house was targeted leaving 3 wounded so far  Breaking News: Blood Shortage in Gaza hospitals as casualties number on the rise  Now: A child burned by Israeli attack on Gaza.  Breaking News: In act of self-defense, Palestinian resistance retaliate and fire homemade rockets against Israel.  Medical Sources: A number children severely burned in Israeli attacks northern Gaza. Sources confirm: Hill fire bombs are being used through drones and not Apacthi only.  Breaking News: Israel agreed on a ceasefire yesterday through Egyptian mediation, but violated it today.   Breaking News: Israel vows of a full-scale ground invasion in Gaza  Breaking News: Israeli air force bombs Nusairat camp central Gaza  Breaking News: New Israeli attack targets western-southern parts of Gaza City  Breaking News: Gaza civilians call on resistance to act in self-dense as Israel bombard Gaza.  Breaking News: A 4-year old child has been killed as the Israeli air force raid on eastern Gaza Strip.  Breaking News: number of Palestinians killed in today&#39;s attacks is 9, 14 wounded So far, 4 Palestinians killed in 2 hours as Israel launched 23 air raids against Gaza. An atmosphere of panic spread among Gaza civilians as Israel threaten to widen the scale of its indiscriminate military attacks.  Breaking News: Israeli air force bombard a civilian house northern Gaza, 2 killed 1 critically wounded.  Breaking News: Israeli Naval gunboats open its heavy fire northern Gaza shores.  Breaking News: Palestinian Resistance groups vow to act in response to Israeli military air raids in Gaza.  Breaking News: Palestinian Resistance groups vow to act in response to Israeli military air raids in Gaza.  Breaking News: Israel targets Gaza with Predator Drones instead of jet fighters. The bombs used called: Guided Bomb Unit (GPU). The drone is an American made weighted 250KG.  Breaking: Israeli naval forces encircle Gaza shores as bombings swept across Gaza Strip   Breaking News: Israel targets Gaza with Predator Drones instead of jet fighters. The bombs used called: Guided Bomb Unit (GPU). The drone is an American made weighted 250KG.  Breaking News: Israel launches 10 air raids against Gaza civilians  Breaking News: Israeli army targeted a number of civilians north of Gaza  For comments and details: 00447949725139  Photo from Web - Archive</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:35:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-09-30T07:36:49.362-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="">Why I oppose Palestine Statehood Bid  gaza israel war siege news</category><title>Why I oppose Palestine Statehood Bid</title><description>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 720px; height: 482px;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) -  Not accidently, this is the third time we announce a Palestinian state. The first time to have a state announced was on September 1948. It was announced by the commons of Palestine government. The second time was in Algeria in 1987. And here we go, this September we announce it for the third time.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Many Palestinians are cheering up for the Palestinian Authority (PA) Bid. Many of them are well educated and even experts in their fields of law, politics and journalism. Yet, when it comes to the Bid, their knowledge and experience seems narrow. They get very passionate. Indeed, we Palestinians are emotional always and this might be the reason. Protests are taking place in the West Bank, where Fatah movement as well as the PA are asking people to take it into streets.  In fact, many are participating zealously. Certainly, the feeling is inexpressible when one gets an independence and freedom. The prospect of it materialising on the ground will be a life-changing experience for all the Palestinians when, we all will be emancipated from the occupier’s oppression.  However, this should not be done the way it has been within that Bid.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I simply oppose it because I was never asked what I want as a Palestinian.  I was marginalised like millions of Palestinians in the Diaspora and the refugee camps.  The PA and Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) do not have the mandate to take such a bid to the UN. PLO created PA long time ago to self-administrate the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.  However, PA pretends to represent all the Palestinians either in the occupied territories or in the diaspora. PA and its leadership have been managing the political arena since Oslo.  People in the Palestinian territories made it clear in the elections in 2006 that they did not approve PA as their representative. PA is referred to as Fatah here.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Having said that, PLO is another story, it was the legitimate representative of the Palestinians but not anymore. I’m not adopting Hamas stance which calls on reforming the PLO. Rather, I’m suggesting my personal view based on facts.  PLO used to be the sole representative of all Palestinians when once; it had its own parliament called “Palestinian National Council”. During that period, refugees’ own voice was heard through their representatives from Chile in Latin America till the refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria.  It has been almost 16 years where the last elections of the PNC took place. Does not this put the PLO’s legitimately on the edge?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I think going to the UN without consulting the Palestinian People undermines the right of majority of Palestinians. The majority is being marginalized. It is apparent that a small group of people is monopolising the Palestinian decision.  I clearly blame Fatah or call it the PLO or the PA, at the end they are all the same.  I also, blame Hamas. Hamas was not clear on the Bid. Many of its senior officials supported the bid while others ignored it. Hamas has given the PA a cover to go for that Bid through the national unity deal signed in Egypt.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The nature of the Bid is really unclear to many people. But what is vivid here is that, Palestinians via PA are officially giving up on many of the principles of an entire nation. The bid adopts 1967 borders as the borders of that state. Why the PLO did not adopt other decisions to base its bid on?  The PA /PLO are saying that they are in huge battle with Israel and the US to pass this bid. If it is that case, why cannot the PA base that bid on partition resolution 181? Sadly, the PA is being pushed in the corner for that bid. No one has pushed it. It has pushed itself because of the endless rounds of failure negotiations which have lasted for years.  PA went to that Bid after realising that Israel is never ready for peace.  The bid step was hasty and not profoundly studied.  Even, us, Palestinians we are not familiarized about that Bid. We don’t know its contents, ramifications or its merits if there is any!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Obviously, the bid if passed will create new facts.  Palestinians will officially adopt two state solution. Facts on the ground will make it hard to implement it and create that state. Yet, the whole cause will be limited to a dispute on borders. Israel will be asked to withdraw to these borders. Yet, major issues like Right of Return, Jerusalem, Water and other issues will not be addressed.  The entire cause of a nation that has been ethnically cleansed will be an issue of a dispute between two people. Even, we will never see Israelis apologizing for us, same as the Germany did with the Jews.&lt;br /&gt;Some experts consider the PA move as an intelligent plan to isolate Israel. They think the Bid will further seclude Israel after it has lost many key allies like Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia among other Arab regimes.  Other experts suggest that this Bid is a move from the PA to regain its lost popularity on the Palestinian street.  Without a doubt, there are many explanations on the issue. But the key element here is that the Bid does not represent the whole Palestinian nation. No mandate has been granted to the PA who lacks the legitimacy given by people.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;PA and its spokespersons are counting on that step to reach peace. Whilst, facts on the ground put forward solid harsh realities. What will be the future of Israeli settlements on that state? Will we have our own real independence from Israel?  Will Israel grant us sovereignty on that state?  Will I fly one day from London to Gaza airport easily without being scrutinised by Israel? Will I visit the West Bank without any interrogation? All these questions and others will be left for the PA to answer, if the deliberation on the Bid is ever allowed to materialise in UN in the presence of Israel and the supposed peace broker the United States.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt; By Sameh A. Habeeb&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Founder of the Palestine Telegraph Newspaper&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Photo by Sameh A. Habeeb</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sat, 11 Jun 2011 14:29:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-06-11T07:31:51.919-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="">Gaza health siege condtions patients</category><title>Gaza health conditions in crisis</title><description>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 300px;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5616969584697899522&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Israeli siege continues to disturb different facets of the living conditions for the entire population of 1.7 million living in the Gaza Strip.  With news that Egypt opened the Rafah border permanently, pressure on Gazans increased. The crossing didn&#39;t open properly and Israel still control all commercial crossings. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;In addition, there are severe security measures that still hinder the process of travelling for thousands of Palestinians. Limited access of food, commodities and medications are still in effect. Further confounding the problems is the fact that Palestinian national unity has not achieved the factual results expected by the besieged people. Official Israeli sources, spokespersons and media outlets are seizing on all what they can to say that there is no siege in Gaza. Whilst, only the population of Gaza suffer the repercussions of the external and internal political problems.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;More:;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight:bold;&quot;&gt;Health sector paralyzed!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;According to Gaza&#39;s health bodies and utilities, severe shortages are hitting the sector due to the continued closure.  The shortages have led to a reduction in services, including surgeries. A number of patients are on the waiting list for urgent medical operations. According to Gaza&#39;s health ministry, the medical storage will soon be depleted, which further endangers the lives of the innocent population.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Around 187 sort of medications are missed, as well as 190 types of medical requirement. In total, 50% of Gaza&#39;s health and medical storage have evaporated.  This shortage is endangering many patients especially those of cancer, Kidney diseases, heart, eyes, nerves and psychological diseases.&lt;br /&gt;This problem has been taking place for years now, since the start of the Siege some 4 years ago. Medical convoys and shipments of medications brought by International NGOs have temporarily solved the problem in the past.  .&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight:bold;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;International Investigation&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;According to the Lancet Magazine, the Norwegian Government sent two doctors on a health mission to Gaza in April 2011 to examine Gaza&#39;s chronic shortage of medicines.  The same magazine reported of a similar mission sent in 2009, after the war, and concluded similar results to the recent one.  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The report says, &quot; The Gaza Strip still has a persistent drug shortage, despite some recent Israeli and Egyptian talks about easing the strict blockade that has left this crowded enclave isolated since July, 2007. A political rift between the Hamas-run Government of Gaza and Fatah officials in the West Bank hinders communication and coordination between the Palestinian health ministries—adding to the hardships already faced by patients in Gaza.&quot;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It also added that Norwegian physicians Tone Hegna and Åse Vikanes followed the delivery of 200 pallets of medical supplies from Ramallah to Gaza in early February 2011.  They confirmed that many drugs and basic disposables remain in short supply, and that a bad situation is made worse by inadequate storage, transport and incineration facilities.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight:bold;&quot;&gt;People close to death&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The health crisis in the Strip has increased the suffering of people, with some nearing death. &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Anwar Nahid, 18, suffers from early diabetes. Her illness is rare at her age. The prescribed medications are missed such as insulin injections. The absence of the medications is affecting her severely, and blurred her vision. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&quot;I&#39;m sick with this disease for 5 years now. My father is jobless and I have 8 siblings. In many occasions, I find it hard to find the medicines I need. If I do, it is expensive and hard to obtain. My doctors are asking me to go for a specific food for diet purposes. But, I can&#39;t afford to bring fruits and some vegetables as the prices are really high. I hope my father works again and I get my medications.&quot; Said young Anwar.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Her mother added that Anwar has fainted many times and the doctors said she has entered a dangerous level. Anwar was injured in a car accident and her illness make her treatment harder, as diabetes slow the healing process. Doctors warn her of a potential stroke because of the effect of the diabetes on her blood. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight:bold;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;By Sameh A. Habeeb&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Palestinian Journalist&lt;span style=&quot;font-style:italic;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Fri, 03 Jun 2011 07:34:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-06-03T00:38:37.382-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="">Does Israel seek War or Peace?</category><title>Does Israel seek War or Peace?</title><description>Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - Successive Israeli governments have failed to achieve peace with the Palestinians. The reasons were sometimes vague, while in other times they were crystal clear. It was after the killing of Yitzhak Rabin that a lack of vision became dominant in the Israeli political arena and Israeli erosion of that which he agreed upon in Oslo.  Various pretexts were given and responsibility for their failure was placed on the shoulders of Palestinians, while it was Israel who in fact did not choose peace.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The current Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to continue with the peace process when he held the post in 1996.  Not surprisingly, he is repeating himself today by burying the two-state solution and any hope for peace.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It is clear that Israel was never interested in peace. When Yassir Arafat was in charge of Palestinian Authority (PA), Israel said he is no partner. America and the EU pressured him to create prime minster post, which he did and appointed Mahmoud Abbas.  Abbas became the prime mister, yet they continued to refuse the idea of peace. Yassir Arafat was killed and Abbas became the  president. President Abbas negotiated with Israel but, alas, nothing happened. Then, they said that Palestinians were not ready for peace. Hamas came to power in 2006 and Israel again said there was no partner for peace. Hamas and Fatih fought each other and negotiations took place, yet there still was no peace. Now, Hamas and Fatih are united again.  Israel and the US say that peace will never happen due to reconciliation.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Each and every time Israel made it clear that peace was not its priority. The intention here is not to attack Israel, but merely to present the facts. The entire time the aforementioned peace process was on-going or there were negotiations regarding the resumption of peace, Israel continued with its settlement expansion.  More settlements were built, lands were stolen and a tight apartheid wall was built.  People were and continue to be ethnically cleansed from Jerusalem, while the Judisation of the city takes place.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;For almost 5 years now, Israel imposes a harsh siege on the population of Gaza. The siege is causing new generations to be raised in poverty, fear and trauma of Israeli warfare. Yet, Israel speaks of peace. What are we expecting from a new traumatized generation in Gaza?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Undoubtedly, the region is nearing a full-scale confrontation and Israel is trying to push the Palestinians into a corner, not leaving anything for them. It has rejected both one and two state solutions; it has refused all solutions that allow Palestinian refugees to return; and, it has besieged the people and launched wars over Gaza and led raids on West Bank cities.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Ironically, Israel sounds happy about the Arab pro-democracy revolutions.  Yet it ignores the aspiration of those people. Their aspirations include not only toppling their dictators, but also bringing an end to the injustice suffered by the Palestinians.  With the absence of any readiness toward peace from Israel, the scale of confrontation will be far wider than we ever expected.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;By Sameh A. Habeeb&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Palestinian Journalist from the Gaza Strip and Founder of Palestine Telegraph Journalist</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sat, 21 May 2011 12:55:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-05-21T05:59:33.320-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="">In Israel: Palestinian Prisoners Health conditions deteriorate</category><title>In Israel: Palestinian Prisoners Health conditions deteriorate</title><description>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 300px;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5609153255150243122&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A European Network to Support the Rights of Palestinians Prisoners (UFree) based on Norway, demanded Saturday 21.05.2011, prompt implementation of international treaties and accords that protect rights and health conditions of prisoners in the occupied Palestinian territories. The organization called on an immediate implementation of these accords as health conditions of Palestinian prisoners severely deteriorate in Israeli jails.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;In press statements, UFree expressed its deep concerns about the conditions of Palestinian detainees’ health in Israeli prisons, following reports of medical neglect leaving prisoners permanently disabled and sometimes dead. The organization perceived these Israeli measures as direct slow sentences of death against the prisoners.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Recent reports revealed that Israel is deliberately neglecting medical requirements of patients with cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other disabilities such as blindness is a flagrant disregard of rights guaranteed under international law.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;At a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) meeting, sixty five countries voted in favour of a resolution condemning the deteriorating health of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;UFree called on international and human rights organisations to intervene against Israel&#39;s actions to provide necessary health services to Palestinian prisoners and to preserve their lives and release the sick detainees.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&quot;We support the call by WHO to form an international mission of medical specialists alongside the International Red Cross to monitor the health status of prisoners of patients, especially the provision of immediate treatment.&quot; Said the organisation&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It has also called that international resolutions related to Palestinian detainees must now be followed by practical steps to save the lives of those with chronic illnesses or injuries.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It is worth to mention that Israel detains around 6000 Palestinian prisoners of different ages and genders. Different sorts of torture and humiliation are exerted against prisoners who lack their basic rights. There is over 1000 prisoners with different diseases, including chronic diseases such as heart. They lack basic health care needs.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;UFree is an independent European human rights network based in Europe, Norway. It aims to defend the Rights of Palestinian Prisoners. The network is the only institution in Europe that is specialized in defending the rights of Palestinians prisoners. It is staffed with lawyers, scholars, researchers and human rights activists.</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sun, 15 May 2011 14:47:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-05-15T08:03:22.664-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="">UFree: Human Rights NGOs must access secret Israeli prisons</category><title>UFree: Human Rights NGOs must access secret Israeli prisons</title><description>An independent European human rights network based in Europe, Norway to defend the Rights of Palestinian Prisoners called on the International community to stop Israeli policy of arrests against Palestinians. The organization known as UFree said that the plight of those prisoners should end as we commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the Palestinian &#39;Nakba&#39; (catastrophe).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;For almost 63 years, since the Nakba in 1948; thousands of Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes and lands. Around 531 villages and towns were destroyed. Following the Nakba, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were arrested either individually or in mass as they resisted Israeli occupiers. Whilst, their plight has been ignored by the international community.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Since then, Israel has honed its policy of detention and torture against Palestinian civilians; it has opened more prisons, used arbitrary detention and internationally banned physical and mental methods of extracting information from prisoners.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;According to statistics by International and Palestinian organisations, the number of Palestinian detainees has gone from 800 in 1948 to nearly 5,800 in 2011, including 36 women and 245 innocent children. Israeli policy of arrests commenced in the first days of the occupation of Palestine in 1948 to eliminate the spirit of resistance among the Palestinian people. It aimed and still to force them to accept their de facto.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Yet, Israeli occupation authorities have failed to subjugate them. It has used cruel and inhuman methods of torture and arbitrary arrests. Israeli occupation authorities continue to use tactics of mass arrests, solitary confinement, denial of medical treatment for chronic diseases and even practiced medical testing on Palestinian detainees.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;International community must work towards taking actions towards Israel as it continues to violate many accords. Lately, it has kidnapped a Palestinian resident from UKRAINE which is totally illegal and violate the sovereignty of a European country.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Additionally, Israel imprisoned over 1.6 Palestinians in Gaza on what&#39;s known the biggest air prison in the world. Israeli&#39;s siege on Gaza continues to collectively punish normal civilians were they lack basic necessities, freedom of movement and basic human rights guaranteed by International Humanitarian accords and charters.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&quot; We urge the international community to deal fairly with the issue of Palestinian prisoners. It should take practical steps against Israel’s use of torture and policy of arbitrary arrests and to give Palestinian detainees their full rights under international law. We also call for pressure on Israel to end the siege of Gaza and to fulfill her obligations under the Geneva Convention.&quot; Said the organisation&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;UFree said that there is steady increase in the number of prisoners per prisons, overcrowding women and children, patients and others which is illegal by all laws. Meanwhile, methods of physical and psychological torture against prisoners, violating all aspects of international law have been developed. The organization confirmed that Israel has endangered the lives of prisoners by deliberately refusing to provide medical treatment to those with chronic diseases.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Flagrantly, field tests of for new medicines on Palestinian detainees, uncovered by Israeli human rights organisations. UFree pressed on the fact that Israel should be treated like all other countries that violate international and Human laws. It has called on the European Union and International community to take real actions like suspending joint trade agreements as well as other partnership until Israel is obliged to change its policy.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It is worth mention that Israel has a number of secret prison facilities for Palestinians. It continues to deny these facts neither it allows allow Human Rights organizations to investigate these places. These facilities are distributed across occupied Palestine and lack basic conditions for human habitation.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Continue reading at UFree: Human Rights NGOs must access secret Israeli prisons Read | NowPublic News Coverage</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Mon, 02 May 2011 23:27:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-05-02T16:32:56.613-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="">US Immigration separates Palestinian mother from her 4 children</category><title>US Immigration separates Palestinian mother from her 4 children</title><description>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 268px;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5602265494912057890&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;London, (Pal Telegraph) - She lived 20 years in USA: US Immigration separates Palestinian mother from her 4 children -- This is a story that embodies the Palestinian plight of the refugees displaced worldwide. Millions of Palestinians are scattered across the world. Huge numbers of them are denied their basic human rights of movement or family unification.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;This story started 20 years ago when a female Palestinian refugee claimed a asylum in the US. That female, Faten Al Hakim, remained in the US where she married and gave birth of 4 children.  The children were born American but the mother remained stateless Palestinian. The cruel American migration system captured the mother after 20 years, separated her from her kids before they deported her to one of South American countries. The mother was left alone away from her kids. She was like dying flower in a desert!&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;As a result of this separation Faten  started to look for alternatives. She arrived to the UK a few month ago, early in 2011. Then 2 of her kids followed her, Sulaiman and Mohammed 16 and 13. They all claimed a asylum in March. UK Border Agency (UKBA) denied them asylum as Faten had failure case in the US. The family became scattered again. Her 2 kids were sent back to the US and she is due to be sent to South America again. The pain of the family continues with no mercy from either the US or UK. &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I contacted Saba, daughter of Faten Haikm,  who is in the US. She sounded to be a very American. Saba narrated her family&#39;s suffering and plight.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;She spoke to me on the details of how American Migration authorities displaced her family:&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;On Friday April 13, 2010 ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement) invaded my home at about seven thirty in the morning. My mother, Faten Hakim, was preparing her usual work on a normal day in Ramadan. A very loud noise like banging on the door had awoken me. I was surprised at the noise but brushed it off thinking it was one of our neighbors. All of a sudden my mother came into my room to wake me and said “Wake up the police is here to take me.” My heart dropped. What could they want from my mother? I was shocked. My mother had been in the US illegally for about 22 years. I never thought there would be a day where she would be asked to leave. Out of the millions of illegal immigrants in the United States, I never thought my mother would be caught. She gave birth to me and my three siblings in the United States. I, Saba Hakim, am 18 years old, my sister Janna 17, and my two brothers Sulaiman and Mohammed 16 and 13. We are American Citizens by birth.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I left my room to see the officers that had come to take my mother away from me. To my dismay, I discovered 6 ICE officers in my house. Three were in my living room, two in my hallway, and one looking at my younger brothers as they were sleeping. They immediately asked me for my identification card. I asked why they were here, and they stated that there was some immigration business needed to be taken care of with my mother. They said that she would have to accompany them to their offices in Manhattan. They insisted she leave right away, I pleaded for her to at least change into some proper attire. They agreed upon request that an officer of their own accompany my mother while she was changing. The female officer that had accompanied my mom had told her to be calm and she will be home soon because she has young children. As my mother passed me to leave with tears in her eyes she begged me to take care of my younger siblings.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;The next time I saw my mother she was behind a glass window wearing a uniform as if she was a criminal. She was detained at Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The hardest thing for me to do was see my mother in that condition. My mother was not a criminal. Why was she being treated like one? Because she stayed in a country where she thought she would have better opportunities for herself and her US born children? Last time I checked, that wasn’t a crime. She was in a bad state of mind. She could not eat or sleep. She could only cry, as we all did. For the next three months we would visit our mother as much as we could with hopes that she would be coming home.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We hired a lawyer immediately to take care of our mothers case. See, my mother’s case is not ordinary. She had once lived in Memphis, Tennessee where she was caught for having an expired visa. In 1992, she saw a judge who told her she would have to leave the country. At the time, my mother was pregnant with myself. She agreed to leave but did not. The lawyer we hired, Jennifer Oltarsh, was not very optimistic about my mother’s case. Because the previous judge from Tennessee had ordered my mother to leave the country and she did not, she now had a final order of deportation. The case was to be presented in front of a judge in Tennessee, who would decide the fate of my mother. On October 25, 2010, we received notice that the judge had decided to deny my mother a second chance. The lawyer immediately filed an appeal.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;On November 4, 2010, I received a call from my mother’s cell phone. I became ecstatic, had they finally freed my mother? I picked up asking my mother if she had been let out. To my surprise my mother was crying asking me to promise her I would take care of my siblings. I didn’t understand what was going on. She finally told me they were about to put her on a plane and deport her. My heart dropped. Was the United States really going to deport the mother of four US citizens? Were they really going to leave us to be taken care of by our disabled father? I began to cry, I didn’t know what to do. I called the lawyer who was just as shocked as I was. She had promised that something like this would never happen. Even if they were going to deport her, we’d get a heads up. The lawyer tried to get a judge to approve a temporary stay before my mother’s plane had left but there just wasn’t enough time.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The last time I saw my mother was on October 31, 2010. It has been about six months and I miss her. My family misses her. Nothing has been the same. It’s not fair that the government has done this to us. I don’t know when the next time I will see my mother is. Life without her has been hard. We try to take care of each other but our strongest pillar is gone and we keep falling without her.&lt;br /&gt;Story by Saba ends here.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The story of Faten Hakim&#39;s family shows how unfair and inhuman is the American migration authorities. It shows how ruthless and heartless is the International community in dealing with the Palestinian refugees. A family like Faten&#39;s is representing the whole Palestinian nation which is stateless and homeless.&lt;br /&gt;Please offer any help you can to unite this family again. All you have to do is help bringing the mother back. She has the very human right to be united with her kids. Borders and states barriers shall not destroys our world humanity.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt; Contact your Member of Parliament or anybody could help in the US or a elsewhere .&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Contact Saba directly to help:&lt;br /&gt;[email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:59:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-04-24T13:01:52.462-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="">Is Aljazeera English another Fox News? Israeli bias</category><title>Is Aljazeera English another Fox News? Israeli Civilian or Settler!</title><description>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 297px;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5599242683003980418&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - Media outlets reported the killing of an illegal Israeli settler in the West Bank city of Nablus today morning. The victim was an illegal settler who lives in the occupied cities and towns of the West Bank.  He and others  stormed the city for praying armed with guns!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Victim  Ben-Joseph Livnat, a 25-year-old resident of the Elon Moreh settlement, entered Palestinian towns without any permission dazzling Palestinian security in the area. Normally, Israeli settlers visit the holy Palestinian site of Joseph&#39;s Tomb near the West Bank city of Nablus. The visits come with permission of Israeli and Palestinian sides but neither of them have permitted the victim and those accompanying him.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Shockingly, Aljazeera English adopted the account of Israeli media which considered the settler as an Israeli civilian or a Jewish civilian.&lt;br /&gt;A piece of news titled &quot; Israeli civilian killed in West Bank&quot; was reported on their website today.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Editor of the  news piece seems to lack the very basics of editorial experience. He entirely depended on the Israeli account through the military spokesperson. He accepted the facts that settlers are civilians and ignored that nature of those so-called civilians.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Aljazeera English  reported that, &quot;The Israeli military is investigating the killing of one Israeli civilian and the injuring of two others near Joseph&#39;s Tomb, a Jewish holy site inside the Palestinian city of Nablus, a spokesperson told Al Jazeera.&quot;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Later on, the news was amended by writing new lead stating, &quot;A Palestinian policeman opened fire at a group of Israelis who had come to pray at a Jewish holy site in the West Bank without authorisation, killing one and wounding four, the Israeli military told Al Jazeera.&quot;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It continues that, &quot;four Israeli civilians were shot at after they entered Nablus, in the West Bank, without authorisation, early on Sunday morning, the military spokesperson said.&quot;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It  ignores facts by considering armed Israeli settlers as &quot;Jewish worshippers&quot; by saying, &quot;Jewish worshippers often enter the city with a military escort to pray at the tomb of the biblical patriarch, located inside a Palestinian-ruled area.&quot; Sadly, this quote is circulated through  Associated Press (AP) and nothing is creative for Al Jazeera.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Normal worshippers are civilians  who seeks praying or pilgrimage anywhere in the world.  Yet, those who stormed that place are armed settlers making it clear that they are not civilians that time!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Indeed, Al Jazeera English is another fox news. It entirely relies on 2 main sources of news. The first, Israeli media outlets and second is International Press Agency like AFP, AP and others. This puts Aljazeera&#39;s professionalism on the edge as it fail to report from the ground.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Most of the details written on that news are from AP, AFP and Israeli media. Googling the news and reading it on various website you will come to know that fact. The source was the AP agency and that news was also reported similarly on the fox news:;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Simple facts were ignored and not mentioned in the report. For example, there are more than half a million settlers in the west Bank. Most of them are armed making it very hard to consider them as civilians. It is great bizarre to ignore this fact and say civilian!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Indeed, Media is playing a very dangerous role in Arab-Israeli conflict. It started as colonial, then settler and now civilian!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;By&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Sameh A. Habeeb&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Palestine Telegraph Newspaper</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:51:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-04-08T03:52:29.103-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="">11 Palestinians Killed</category><category domain="">60 Injured as Israel attacks Gaza Strip</category><title>11 Palestinians Killed, 60 Injured as Israel attacks Gaza Strip</title><description>Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - According to medical sources in the Gaza Strip, Shifa Hospital, a number of Palestinians were either killed or wounded. The recent Israeli escalation claimed the lives of 11 Palestinians in 24 hours while more than 60 people were injured in the direct fresh Israeli attacks.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Today, Friday, 3 Palestinian civilians were killed including a women. Four others were injured as Israeli army attacked Khan Yonis city middle of Gaza Strip.The new round of Israeli violence against Palestinians started last week when it  killed more than 7 Palestinians. Naturally  Israeli attacks have drawn  Palestinian reactions.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A number of Palestinian civilians were killed yesterday. Mohammad Al Mahmoum, 22, Mos’ab Al Soufy, 17, and Khaled Ad-Dabary, 23, were killed when the Israeli air forces bombarded El Jaradat quarter in Rafah city southern Gaza.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Later another man aged 50, Mahmoud Al Manasra was killed, and 5 others injured, including a child, when the army openly fired more than 20 artillery shells into Al Shijojaya neighborhood, east of Gaza City.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Israeli bombardments of Gaza’s villages and towns continued were 5 Palestinians were wounded as Israeli army shelled the already damaged Gaza International Airport in Rafah.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Israeli air strikes continue to take place in central Gaza where several air raids targeted many homes eastern part of the city.&lt;br /&gt;In the early hours of evening in southern Gaza, Israeli army launched a missile at a local ambulance resulting in limited damage of the vehicle and injuring a paramedic. According to Gaza health sources, another ambulance was hit  by the Israeli Air Force in Rafah, and that eight Palestinians, including children, were wounded in new raids.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Israeli air force continues to attack Gaza despite a ceasefire announced by Palestinian factions. A Palestinian child was wounded by an Israeli artillery shell that hit Al-Qarara area, east of Khan Youni central Gaza Strip.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Five Palestinian civilians including a journalist called Mohammad Al Madhoun, were injured as Israeli air force bombarded a Police station base west of Jabalia north of Gaza. Al Madhoun is seriously wounded due to the attack.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;According to PNN news network, A Palestinian farmer was also wounded when the Israeli Air Force fired missiles into the Al Waha area, North West of Gaza city. Several Air Strikes also targeted areas east of Dir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, and Al Hawouz area in addition to the Al Rantissi Base, north of Gaza, causing excessive damage.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Yesterday, 5 Israelis were injured when a homemade shell hit their bus. No victims or damages have been reported since then.&lt;br /&gt;Additionally, huge numbers of Palestinians are suffering from Truma especially the children due to heavy sounds of bombings. Families are remaining in their homes fearing further Israeli attacks soon.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Its worth remembering that Israelis  have thousands of bunkers to protect them from any possible wars. Yet, Palestinians have nothing that could provide protection.</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sun, 27 Mar 2011 11:30:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-03-27T04:34:15.945-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="">Are we too critical of Israel? Exposing Douglas Murray lies no truth israeli spoksman</category><title>Are we too critical of Israel? Exposing Douglas Murray</title><description>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 259px;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5588721144938595602&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Full link: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt; &lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;London, (Pal Telegraph) - On the 23rd of March, 2011, I was invited by the Royal Holloway Student body to debate whether we are too critical of Israel?   The other participants included Douglas Murray, Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, Mark Macdonald from the Labour Friends of Palestine, and Sam Wetsrop, a young pro-Israeli activist.The heart of what we were debating was the role of the media, as mainstream media has consistently been targeted for its biased treatment of the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Moreover, the dominant historical narrative adopted by many public officials is one closely aligned with the Israeli government.  This debate and the exchange with Mr. Murray is particularly reflective of  the debate was seeking to address. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Douglas Murray frequently appears on British main stream media and is steadfast in his support for Israel and its policies of apartheid practiced against Palestinian children, elderly and women.  Israel’s policies of apartheid are well documented by intergovernmental organizations such as the UN and non-governmental organizations around the world such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.  Israel has been charged with arresting, detaining and torturing Palestinian children and adults, irrespective of gender.  Targeted assassination of members of political parties and others are also systematic practices engaged in since its creation in 1948.  Finally, its collective punishment and crimes against humanity are well known to the International Community following the release of Judge Goldstone’scomprehensive and thorough report on so-called “Operation Cast Lead.”  A campaign of genocide is the more apt appellation of that which was experienced by Palestinians between December 2009 and January 2010. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Mr. Murray made it clear that he was not well-informed about the conflict, its history or current affairs.In his opening speech, which can be found on the following  link:, Mr. Murray said that Israel is the only country in the middle East that secures the freedom of worship. He failed, however, to inform the audience that Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank are banned from reaching Jerusalem to pray. Also negligently ignored was the treatment received for those wishing to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque, as reported on CNN on 13 August 2010.  The Israeli army places restrictions for those wishing to pray in Jerusalem.  “The restrictions apply to all men younger than 50 and all women younger than 45,” Rosenfeld and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.  The full link to the story is as follows:  It should also be noted that restrictions are also imposed on Palestinian Christians.  Another link discussing the conditions on the right to practice religion, especially in Jerusalem, is:  There are many such stories that one can find on the internet and via social media sites.  Articles and new stories not often found on covered out-of-context by mainstream media.   &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The right to practice religion is not the only right infringed upon by Israel.  Israel killed dozens of Palestinians in Jerusalem during Tunnels uprising; and, it failed to protect Palestinians targeted by a settler named Baroch Goldsteinin Hebron, who killed dozens of Palestinians while praying in 1994.  These are just two examples of a multitude of others that could be given as examples.  Despite all these examples, Mr. Murray defended Israel’s right to self-defense, which is based on the killing of Palestinians. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Mr. Murray lamented on the issue of so-called Palestinian rockets that have no real effect compared to those fatal bombs used by Israel.  He cited thousands of rockets being fired from Gaza, but never mentioned the number of victims on the Israeli side. From 2005 till now, less than 30 Israelis were killed.  On the Palestinian side, thousands have been killed.  In the last Gaza onslaught of 2009, there were 1400 killed in 3 weeks, most of whom were children, women and the elderly.  When addressing this, he stated:  Israel destroyed schools and hospitals because Hamas used them to fire rockets.  According to UNRWA, schools were never used as military positions by Hamas. UNRWA itself refused any Israeli allegation that its compound was used by Hams in 2009. He also failed to mention that UN premises were destroyed and drivers were killed in Operation Cast Lead. While justifying Israeli attacks against Palestinians, overlooked was the fact that the Goldstone Report Israel found Israel in violation of using indiscriminate force, collective punishment and other crimes that are considered war crimes under international law. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Insult was added to injury when Mr. Murray claimed that Hamas, who was not even in power before 2006,was an obstacle for peace.   He further stated that Arafat was offered 98% of the land in Oslo, which is a historical mistake that even the Israelis do not utter.  (  Hamas and Palestinians are not to blame.  Rather,Israel and its policies of aggression and apartheid are the root cause of the lack of peace and an end to the conflict. According to Israel, Arafat was offered this percentage in Camp David I in 2000, via negotiating with Bill Clinton and Ehud Barak. However, the Oslo agreement was one part of a transitional agreement, before the final solution of peace.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;His lack of knowledge regarding the history of the conflict was quite evident throughout the entire debate.  When asked whether Israel has recognized Palestinians, Mr. Murray answered affirmatively.  Israel has only recognizedthe Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as the sole representative for Palestinians. It has not recognized the Palestinians as a people or a nation.  The last two examples to be cited in this article, as readers can watch the debate for themselves, are where reference was made to the presence of checkpoints in and out of Gaza, and that freedom of movement inside Gaza results in suicide attacks inside Israel.  There have neither been checkpoints inside Gaza since 2005 nor suicide attacks coming from Gaza.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;While this article may appear to be a personal attack on Mr. Murray, it is not.  He and the position represented by him are reflective of a larger problem witnessed in the public sphere concerning the Israeli-Palestine conflict.  A young student at the debate read some UN facts from a newspaper article and queried Mr. Murray on where he received his information.  While not answering the young man, he asked if that which was read came from the Palestine Telegraph Newspaper (PT). Of course it was not, as the PT is not a printed but an online newspaper.  Still the whole incident raises an important issue pertaining to the existing bias of the reporting done in mainstream media and the dominance of the Israeli narrative in the public sphere. The recent attacks on Gaza are definitely reflective of this bias and propaganda utilized to justify Israeli acts of aggression and apartheid.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Watch Full Debate:;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;By Sameh A. Habeeb&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A Palestinian Journalist based in the UK</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:03:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-02-28T11:15:58.997-08:00</atom:updated><category domain="">Review on Channel 4 - The Promise serial</category><title>Review/ Readings on Channel 4 - The Promise</title><description>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 200px;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5578820561730237362&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;London, (Pal Telegraph) - British Media outlets  are busy analyzing “The Promise,” which is Peter Kosminsky&#39;s new four-part drama about British involvement in Palestine and the establishment of the Israeli state. The serial indeed shapes a new era in British mainstream media and their coverage. To show such drama that stands by justice is a turning point in educating the British public  about their history and the great mistake committed by their ancestors.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;See it on PT Newspaper;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Without a doubt, Channel 4’s coverage on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been the best when compared with the biases of the BBC. Maybe this small space of freedom in Channel 4 allowed such event to be made.  This reflects the lack of censorship unlike BBC, Sky and others. Yet we should not be 100% optimistic about this series given that many of the ideas justified the Jewish migration to Palestine.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Telegraph published a preview  on 4th of Feb 2011 by Michael Hogan. The subtitle mentioned the great historical mistake by stating, &quot; Peter Kosminsky&#39;s new four-part drama about the British peacekeeping force in 1940s Palestine. &quot;   The Telegraph’s writer Michael Hogan seemed to have ignored many chapters in the history of Palestine and the newly established Israel.  Michael Deacon from the Telegraph also references the British peacekeeping campaign.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Britain never came to Palestine as peacekeeping force; it did go, however, as a colonial power that helped in the establishment of Israel on the land of Palestine.  By referencing the &quot;British peacekeeping force,&quot; readers are given the impression that there was a civil war between Jews and Arabs in Palestine, where in Great Britain benevolently provided forces to end the conflict and maintain peace. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Indeed such a headline manipulates the readers’ minds.  Britain was an occupier and its forces were for the maintenance of its occupation of the Middle East.  Britain not only helped in the creation of Israel, but also aided in Jewish immigration from Europe and other places in the world to Israel and with the implementation of the unlawful Belfour declaration. If British forces played a peacekeeping role, then why were Jewish gangs permitted to be armed? Why were those gangs allowed to commit massacres against Palestinians?  If it is peacekeeping, why were those forces pulled out of Palestine in the absence of peace? Why were Jews permitted to remain armed, while Palestinians are not? &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Jewish Chronicle Newspaper  published an article on the 24th of Feb 2011 titled, &quot; The Promise has an &#39;anti-Israel premise&#39;,” and included an interview with Amir Ofek, the press attaché at the Israeli embassy in London. Mr. Ofek considered The Promise series as &quot;anti-Israel propaganda.&quot;  He added that, &quot;In my 15-year career, I have never seen anything like it in the western media. I&#39;m aware of artistic freedom, but nevertheless I feel this is worse than anything I&#39;ve seen.&quot;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It  is worthwhile to stop on this comment and make some clarifications. It seems Mr. Ofek is very upset over the series, which is balanced in comparison to what has been previously done by mainstream media.  Yet, as previously mentioned, the series could be construed as being biased toward Israel.  This is very clear in the statement made by Channel 4, which was cited by the article.  The article states:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A Channel 4 representative said the central characters &quot;consistently and sympathetically present a contemporary Israeli perspective,&quot; and the Holocaust was &quot;powerfully evoked&quot; to explain the longing for a Jewish homeland. &quot;To do justice to such a complex and sensitive subject, Mr. Kosminsky and his team spoke to hundreds of people from all sides in the conflict.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It is very upsetting to hear such statements by Mr. Ofek.  People should be encouraged to learn and seek more information on what happened in Palestine and is currently happening now.  People in Britain should learn that their government was the key reason for the plight of Palestinians prior to and after the Nakba (Catastrophe). Britons should know the daily practices of racism and apartheid committed by the Israeli army at the checkpoints and occupied Palestinian cities. The promise is indeed one-step in the direction toward the mainstream public become more informed and knowledgeable about facts that have for far too long been ignored in mainstream education and media.  Mainstream education and media have for far too long perpetuated the dogma and narrative articulated by the Israeli government, ignoring the facts and historical accounts that were not in line with political agendas and interests. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Promise brings to the attention historical facts that are true and still taking place in Palestine.  Checkpoints in West Bank still hinder the life of Palestinians daily with great humiliation. The very solid aspect is the lack of fictional and imaginative scenes in the promise.  All what we have seen are true things like the stoning  of Palestinian school kids by the settlers in Hebron. The same scene had been taken  two years ago and is available on YouTube:;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Terrorism was present in the series. It was brought in many times;  yet this time Palestinians were not accused of doing it alone as always Media show them.  Jewish gangs were shown exploding and carrying out various terrorist  attacks against British army. It provided the image, which is correct, that the Israeli state itself is built based on terrorism.  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Israeli state terrorism commenced in 1948 was factually portrayed in The Promise. It has shown how Palestinians were ethnically cleansed and massacred by Jewish gangs and, in many occasions, under the eyes of British soldiers.  The complicity of the British army was clear in allowing Jewish gangs to be armed in face of the innocent and defenseless Palestinians.  Such actions have been documented by new Israeli historians like Ilan Pappe and others.  Through The Promise, Israeli terrorism stretches  from 1948 to 2005 where Israeli soldiers stormed houses, arrested, killed people and used them as human shields.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Loyalty is also present in Peter Kosminsky&#39;s four-part drama serial. Jewish loyalty to the dogma of Israel is strongly defended through many characters like  Eliza, Paul, Len&#39;s girl friend and some of his comrades in the British army, who appeared to work for the Jewish gangs at that time.  Yet focus on loyalty should shift on Eliza&#39;s character, which represents a very factual/ contemporary and true issue of Britons serving in the Israeli army.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;British Jews should specify their position in the Middle East conflict by abstaining at least from fighting in and with the Israeli army in occupied Palestine. They should determine whether they are Israelis or Britons; and, they should realize that participating in a war with other states against a country, which is at peace with Britain, is great crime of British civil laws.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;All organizations and media outlets should strive to maintain independence from the political agenda of governments and the states the government officials represent.  At a very minimal, especially for those outlets that do intend to represent a political perspective or narrative, biases ought to be presented so that opinions and interpretations can be understood as one of many that exist.  While facts are unbiased and speak for themselves, it is the way they are selected, presented, and interpreted that lead to the perpetuation of biases.  The Promise is one-step in the direction to overcoming the one-sided narrative that has been for far too long put forward as the only one that is accepted, legitimate and unquestionable.  It is time for an end to the blind acceptance of the Israeli government’s narrative that omits the Palestinian facts and narrative.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;By Sameh A. Habeeb&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A Palestinian Journalist based in London</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sat, 26 Feb 2011 21:35:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-02-26T13:35:12.652-08:00</atom:updated><title></title><description>&lt;img style=&quot;visibility:hidden;width:0px;height:0px;&quot; border=0 width=0 height=0 src=&quot;*OTg4NyZwdD*xMjk4NzU2MTI1NDUwJnA9NDExODYxJmQ9QUMlMjAtJTIwQ29udGVudCUyMHBhZ2UlMjBzaGFy/ZSUyMHRvb2xzJm49YmxvZ2dlciZnPTEmbz*3YTYxZDM4MjY*ZGM*YWVjYmNkYjFlOWNkY2FjYWVhMyZvZj*w.gif&quot; /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Sameh Habeeb&#39;s Contributor Profile - Yahoo! Contributor Network&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Read More&lt;/a&gt;</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:45:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-02-25T00:46:40.910-08:00</atom:updated><category domain="">Palestinian Prisoners in Israel</category><title>Understanding the Issue of Palestinian Prisoners in Israel</title><description>Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - Journalists, newspapers, editors and mainstream media outlets differ in their definition of the term &quot;Palestinian prisoners.&quot;  Some in Israel and the United States consider them killers with blood on their hands; while others consider them terrorists best kept in jails under Israeli monitoring, in case they leave they will attack again!  Yet, others perceive them as freedom fighters. Fighters who fought in the quest of freedom and emancipation from the manacles of Israeli occupation and organized state terrorism.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Examining the issue of Palestinian refugees, we could easily come to know that they are freedom fighters regardless of accusations or reasons for imprisonment. Most of these prisoners are captives for expressing their views, obviously for political reasons.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;But there are some prisoners who were jailed for opening fire on Israeli soldiers when those soldiers invaded their towns and villages, and storm their homes. Those Palestinian prisoners open fire when their brothers, sisters and families are attacked, wounded or killed by Israeli soldiers or radical Jewish settlers. Apparently, the feeling of oppression and injustice are the key motives for those prisoners to resist and fight back. They were not only victims of those Israeli soldiers, but a legacy of a history in which their fathers and grandfathers were killed or kicked out by force from their own homeland to replace them with European Jewish Migrants!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Palestinian prisoners are imprisoned for other reasons like stone throwing or participating in peaceful protests like what&#39;s happening in West Bank villages. They are jailed as they try to fight non violently the theft of land and illegal settlement buildings.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Prisoners vary in age and gender.  Some women deliver their babies in their prison, making their new babies new prisoners.&lt;br /&gt;The Palestinian human rights organization Ansar al-Asra said in October 2010 that the Israel occupation forces detain about 500 Palestinian children every year, and currently hold more than 310 Palestinians under the age of 18, and on occasion severely violate their rights.  Those child detainees are persecuted without accusations in Israeli courts, which is a blatant violation of international law.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Last year a video was released, showing the immoral treatment of a Palestinian female who was jailed by Israeli soldiers. The video shows an Israeli soldier dancing and trying to harass the captive sexually. Here is the video:;feature=related&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;According to the BBC, Israel uses administrative detention, which is a system revived from British Mandate times (before Israel was established in 1948) and has drawn harsh condemnation from human rights watchdogs who say it is illegal and arbitrarily applied. It also mentions in a report published in 2003 that those prisoners have living conditions that are generally described by observers as extremely harsh and difficult.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The BBC also says, &quot;According to human rights groups, these include beating, leaving prisoners in uncomfortable postures, interrogation sessions which last 24 or 48 hours, depriving prisoners of sleep, depriving them of human dignity and making threats against the lives and property of their relatives. But Israel defends its interrogation techniques - as it defends the whole edifice of legal and penal mechanisms it uses in relation to the Palestinians - as a legitimate way of combating terrorism faced by its citizens.&quot;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;According to the organization, authorities place 8-10 children in a four-square-meter room, verbally abuse them and put them under psychological pressure at every turn, and even molest some of the children. Many reports appeared recently that those children were sexually assaulted.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;There are a number of detention and interrogation centers in Israel, like Ramon, Shatta, Galboa, Asqalan, Hadarim, Al-Damoun, Be&#39;er Sheva, Ofer, Majoddo, and the Negev detention camp. Israel allows human rights organizations to investigate some of these utilities, however there are other countless secret places where Palestinians are placed.  And there are other places where dead Palestinians fighters are still kept.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Israeli newspapers published many articles on 19 Feb 2011 crying about Gilad Shalit, saying he has spent 1,700 days as a captive. Their reporting was very obviously bias-based reports. They totally ignored the fact that there are more than 10 thousand Palestinians in Israeli jails. Some of those prisoners spent more than 23 years, not only 1,700 days! The reporting ignored the fact that this solider was in an occupied land near Gaza borders firing at the people there not for any other purpose.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The inhuman treatment is not limited to prisoners in Jails. Their families are prevented from paying regular visits. For more than 4 years now, Israel prevents families like mothers, children and others from visiting their beloved ones especially those from Gaza. Within their visit if it happens, families go under humiliating security checks.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;On occasion, Israel releases some of those prisoners.  However, it continues to capture thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank and dozens in Gaza to fill its prisons with detainees who lack basic human rights.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;By Sameh A. Habeeb&lt;br /&gt;A Palestinian Journalist and Writer from occupied territories</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sat, 05 Feb 2011 23:00:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-02-05T15:03:17.665-08:00</atom:updated><category domain="">Deportation of Palestinians in Egypt</category><title>Exclusive: Video on the Deportation of Palestinians in Egypt</title><description>&lt;a href=&quot;Exclusive: Video on the Deportation of Palestinians in Egypt &quot;&gt;;br /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Cairo, (Pal Telegraph) -  The Palestine Telegraph  (PT) obtained a very exclusive video, which is the first of its kind, covering the inhumane treatment that Palestinians encounter in Egypt. The short film shows the Mubarak regime&#39;s policy for those seeking to cross the Rafah Border into the Gaza Strip.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The footage in the video was taken secretly by one of the Palestinians who recently traveled to Gaza. The video was taken  after the Egyptian decision to open the Rafah Crossing.  It documents a trip of humiliation and suffering that Palestinians encounter. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;See Part 1&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;See Part 2&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It narrates the story of more than 70 Palestinian children, women, men and the elderly that are held in jail-like confinement in the basement of the Cairo airport before being deported to Gaza. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The lucky were those that only had to wait 24 hours; others had to wait for 48 hours before waiting to being sent to Gaza.  Many Palestinians since that time are not allowed to travel for so called Egyptian security reasons. Some manage to travel as pay bribes for some Egyptian security members.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;For security reasons PT can&#39;t release the name of the Palestinian filming the video.  Palestinians are treated by the Egyptian government as criminals when they cross to Gaza. This system of deportation has been taking place for  more than 10 years now.  Since the start of the Egyptian Revolution, there have been more than 60 Palestinians held at the Cairo airport.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Palestine Telegraph</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Thu, 03 Feb 2011 08:30:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2011-02-03T00:31:52.390-08:00</atom:updated><category domain="">israel peace palestine gaza</category><title>Israel is never ready for peace</title><description>;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - It has been more than 63 years now since the Nakba. Palestinians have gone through and still have many dilemmas in their political, social and economic life. Peace seems to be as far as the sun. It’s entirely out of reach. The Middle East is one or two steps away from great instability. Israeli manipulations in the Peace process are a key aspect for this upcoming instability.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Arab regimes allied with Israel in the Middle East are collapsing. It’s a matter of time before we see new leaderships that will be closer to the people’s aspirations and views; People who perceives Israel as their great enemy.  Time is not in Israel favor; Israel should act quickly and adopt the choice of peace in the region. Rights should be given back to Palestinians before the zero minute comes. Arab populations believe that Israel is their greater enemy, which is an idea that backed by Israeli actions against Palestinians.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Israeli practices of apartheid, segregation, siege, killing and land theft are only enflaming those people. These actions give us signal that Israel is working towards its ultimate goals of a pure Jewish state based on racism and segregation. It tries to make it hard for Palestinians to live in their land.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Those who oppose my views in this article might reckon it is biased. However, it is not. It is only based on facts. If we read the disclosed documents leaked by AlJazeera we will come to solid facts that Israeli is not interested in peace. Some of the documents revealed, tell us how Palestinians gave up on Jerusalem and its borders. Yet, Israelis didn’t accept. They didn’t accept the offer of the Palestinian negotiators, bearing in mind Jerusalem was occupied in 1967 and should be returned to Palestinians by UN resolutions.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Jerusalem was not the only signal. Offers from Palestinian negotiators appear to be of the minimal that Palestinian aspires regarding Palestinian refugees. Those negotiators offered the return of tens of thousands of Palestinians in 10 years time. Such numbers represent a very tiny percent of the Palestinian refugees; the actual number is estimated in the millions. Yet, Israel refused! Does this tell us that Israel is interested in peace?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;One other clear message from these leaked documents is the land exchange. This tells us about Israeil racism. The intention of Israel was clear that they wanted to get the road of the Arab population inside “Israel”. Is this a sign that Israeli seeks peace?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;By Sameh A. Habeeb&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A Palestinian Journalist and Writer</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Thu, 30 Dec 2010 00:58:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2010-12-29T17:01:14.715-08:00</atom:updated><category domain="">Opinion: Peace failure in Middle East</category><category domain="">who&#39;s to blame?</category><title>Opinion: Peace failure in Middle East, who&#39;s to blame?</title><description>By Sameh A. Habeeb &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;If Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu ever thinks of freezing settlement building or cutting the budget for settlements, the parties of his coalition like SHAS and Israel Bietuna will certainly leave his government. These parties didn&#39;t join his government.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It&#39;s crystal clear that attempts to make peace in the Middle East has totally failed. The entire Israeli refusal of basic peace principles has led to this failure. The Israeli government led by the current rightist Israeli leader of the Likud Party, Primer Netanyahu, gave no chance for even talking about peace.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Netanyahu&#39;s government and since its coming into power didn&#39;t show a single sign of its openness towards peace. His government even refused to freeze the so-called settlements (colonies) in the West Bank. The freeze it had made for a few months didn&#39;t include Jerusalem and the building continued secretly in most of the settlements. Netanyahu&#39;s refusal of any peace solutions is based on a few elements. The first,is his great fear of his government’s collapse.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;If Netanyahu ever thinks of freezing settlement building or cutting the budget for settlements, the parties of his coalition like SHAS and Israel Bietuna will certainly leave his government. These parties didn&#39;t join his government - until many concessions were made by Netanyahu-like offering more budget for the settlements and offering the sensitive Foreign Affairs Ministry position to Avigdgor Liberman who is considered in Israel as a Mafia leader.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The other reason is the legacy being undertaken by this recent government. Successive Israeli governments from the far rights to the far left didn&#39;t make real concessions regarding settlements or made any real compromise. All of the previous governments continued to build settlements although they are all illegal - based on 1967 UN resolution. They adopted the same strategies. Even the previous government of Olmert only offered the idea of land swap to keep settlements as they are. The USA which plays a key one sided role in favor of Israel is to be blamed here.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The USA and its leadership didn&#39;t act as a neutral peace mediator. It has/had only pressured Palestinians to come for Negotiations. It has even failed to discontinue the so called settlement freeze. This so-called mediator offered Israel deals of weapons - estimated to be millions of dollars, and the American taxpayers will be the ones to pay We also got to know from one of Wiklieaks cables - that touched upon the American-Israeli hidden deals - to continue building settlements. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;In a leaked document, Israeli Defense minister Ehud Barak told a French official that there is a deal between Israel and the US to continue the so-called natural growth of the settlements.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;On the other side, we can clearly see a failed Palestinian leadership. A leadership of old-new and new-old faces led by Mahmoud Abbas and his PLO members. Those officials are blinded to their failure. Their strategies for peace have failed. Palestinians are fed up of seeing Saeb Erekat speaking about hopes and peace aspirations. They are also fed up of seeing their leadership adopting the choice of negotiating while the siege is suffocating Gaza.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The current leadership has failed completely and in some people’s mind they have no choice but to leave office. Solving the Palestinian Authority (PA) problem is the ideal choice at the moment for Israel - as Israel Is obviously still manipulating and is escaping any real attempts - to making real peace. This choice will be vital because solving the PA will bring back the reasonability of control - on the shoulder of the occupier, Israel. After the Oslo accord, Israel managed to put this responsibility on the PA. Israel should face the facts on the ground. Since it is not interested in peace it has to deal with the facts that West Bank and Gaza are under occupation and they are responsible for the welfare/well-being of these places and their people.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Read more:</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:22:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2010-12-28T03:25:14.844-08:00</atom:updated><category domain="">Gaza: Two Years after the Horror</category><title>Gaza: Two Years after the Horror</title><description>By dr. Haider Eid&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;;view=article&amp;id=7847:gaza-two-years-after-the-horror&amp;catid=58:gaza-strip-news&amp;Itemid=134&quot;&gt;;view=article&amp;id=7847:gaza-two-years-after-the-horror&amp;catid=58:gaza-strip-news&amp;Itemid=134 &lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Gaza, December 28, (Pal Telegraph) - This week marks the second anniversary of the horror inflicted on the people of the Gaza Strip. Nothing has changed! Gaza has returned to its pre-invasion state of siege, confronted with the usual international indifference. Two years after the Israeli assault that lasted 22 long days and dark nights, during which its brave people were left alone to face one of the strongest armies in the world, Gaza no longer makes the news. Its people die slowly, its children are malnourished, its water contaminated, and yet it is deprived even of a word of sympathy from the President the United States and the leaders of Europe.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt; The dehumanization of the Palestinians of Gaza continues unabated. But now the urgent question is how to hold Israel accountable to international law and basic principles of human rights in order to forestall further escalation.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;One way to begin holding Israel accountable is through direct witness and citizen solidarity. For example, on December 27, an Asian aid convoy comprising of politicians and activists from 18 countries will arrive in Gaza in an attempt to break Israel&#39;s four year siege and to remind the world of the cruel consequences of the siege and the massacre.  It is one f the remarkable undertakings by international Civil Society organizations that have decided to take action into their own hand after the miserable failure of the “International Community.” Some of those activists experienced first hand what it means to show true solidarity with the Palestinians of Gaza when nine Turkish activist were brutally murdered in broad-day light on Mavi Marmara.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;While in Gaza, the convoy&#39;s activists will undoubtedly hear stories that will curdle the blood. During the massacre, one Israeli soldier commented, &quot;That&#39;s what is so nice, supposedly, about Gaza: You see a person on a road, walking along a path. He doesn&#39;t have to be with a weapon, you don&#39;t have to identify him with anything and you can just shoot him.&quot;&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Israel could not have carried out its brutal assault, preceded and followed by a punishing siege, without a green light from leading world powers. When Israel attacked Gaza in February/March 2008, Matan Vilnai, then-deputy minister of defense (a misnomer for an aggressive, occupying power), threatened a &quot;greater Shoah&quot; (Holocaust). Some 102 Palestinians, including 21 children, were killed.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;The reaction of the international community? Absolutely nothing substantive. On the contrary, the EU decided to reward the aggressor by upgrading its trade agreements with Israel. This upgrade in early December 2008 gave the go-ahead for the larger Gaza massacre of 2009 in which more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed: the majority of them civilians. But now, in spite of Israeli war crimes, both the US and the EU continue to strengthen ties with Israel.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The resemblance of Israel&#39;s violent campaign of domination to that of the apartheid South African regime has recently been articulated by the anti-Apartheid freedom fighter and former South African government minister Ronnie Kasrils: “[It] is not difficult for anyone acquainted with colonial history to understand the way in which deliberately cultivated race hate inculcates a justification for the most atrocious and inhumane actions against even defenseless civilians - women, children, the elderly amongst them.”&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;The South African apartheid regime came under repeated pressure as the United Nations Security Council passed one resolution after another condemning its inhumane treatment of blacks. This gave much-needed succor to the oppressed, while we Palestinians, today, are bereft of even this tiny comfort because the United States continues to use its veto to ensure that Israel escapes censure.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Today, there is a growing grassroots struggle inside Palestine, much as there was inside apartheid South Africa. An intensified international solidarity movement with a common agenda can make the struggle for Palestine resonate in every country in the world. Our goal now, as civil society organizations, is to lift the siege against Gaza. To accomplish this, many activists, Palestinian and international, have launched a boycott campaign modeled on the global South African anti-apartheid campaign. This campaign is a democratic movement based on the struggle for human rights and the implementation of international law. Our struggle is not religious, ethnic, nor racial, but rather universalist; it is a struggle that guarantees the humanization of our people in the face of a dreadful Israeli war machine.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, a staunch supporter of Palestinian rights, has said, &quot;If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.&quot; While the Israeli armed forces were bombing my neighborhood, the UN, EU, Arab League and the international community remained silent in the face of atrocities. Hundreds of corpses of children and women failed to convince them to intervene.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Gaza 2009, like the Sharpeville 1960 massacre, cannot be ignored. It demands a response from all who believe in a common humanity. Nelson Mandela pointed the way to this shared humanity when years ago he stated, “But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Now is the time to boycott the Apartheid Israeli state, to divest from its economy and to impose sanctions against it. This is the only way to ensure the creation of a secular, democratic state for all its inhabitants in historic Palestine regardless of race, creed, or ethnicity.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;- Haidar Eid is Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Postmodern Literature at Gaza&#39;s al-Aqsa University and a policy advisor with Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. (This article was first published in ZNet.)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Photograph: Fadi Adwan /Getty Images</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Mon, 27 Dec 2010 00:12:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2010-12-26T16:17:08.436-08:00</atom:updated><category domain="">news gaza war israel hamas</category><title>The Palestine Telegraph Newspaper</title><description>Visit our Newspaper&lt;br /&gt;The Palestine Telegraph Newspaper &lt;br /&gt;Gaza, Palestine&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt; &lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Plz make sure to put it in your site</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Thu, 02 Dec 2010 10:22:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2010-12-02T02:34:35.513-08:00</atom:updated><title>Gaza Siege, “Endless Closure”</title><description>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 268px;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5546031408740998738&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;UK, December 2, (Pal Telegraph – Sameh Habeeb) Successive Israeli governments imposed a tight siege on the costal enclave Gaza Strip 4 years ago. The siege continues but with different facets. Israeli propaganda machines help their leadership by recommending new strategies in every new stage. Mid of Gaza war, Israelis allowed extra trucks of food into Gaza. The maximum number was 150 to 200. Then it dropped down to less than 100. A partial lifting of the siege is a strategy adopted by Israel, but never a final strategy to end the siege and ease the suffering of the population.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Upon the deadly Israeli attacks on the aid flotilla and the killing of 9 activists, Israel then, eased the siege by allowing similar quantities to that allowed mid of the war. More goods were allowed into Gaza for the first time in 4 years. However, the siege is still there.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A report issued by 22 organisations, entitled &quot;Dashed Hopes: Continuation of the Gaza Blockade,&quot; points out that recent ease is not for the populations. It’s to import of materials for UN and other international building projects. They called on Israel to lift it siege factually.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Israeli propaganda is not a lone here. Media outlets seem to support Israeli account. A report published by AFP news agency on 30th of November 2010, the reporter, Hazel Ward, shows explicit bias and hides the truth behind her words. She says, “For 18 months afterwards, Israel banned the import of cement and other construction materials, saying that it was likely to be used by the militant Islamist Hamas group to fix bunkers, tunnels and other fortifications.”&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;She only used the Israeli view point that cement is used for Hamas or Palestinian militants for military goals. Indeed, it’s not. She didn’t speak about the ramifications of the War and why cement is needed in Gaza. She didn’t mention that cement is needed for rebuilding the destroyed strip. There are more than 50.000 buildings and utilities that either partially or entirely damaged. Hundreds of industrial units were destroyed. Whilst, populations who lost their homes still homeless living in tents across Gaza. Hamas will not wait Israel to bring in cement to use for bunkers. Hamas which is bringing weapons to Gaza is certainly able to bring cement through Egypt. And it’s happening; smuggled cement is coming through Egypt but with high prices and limited quantities.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;She also mentioned that, “The blockade policy was first adopted in June 2006 after Gaza militants snatched Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit during a cross-border raid. He is still being held somewhere in Gaza.”&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;This statement is untrue, Israeli siege has begun as a reaction of having Hamas in power. The siege initiated by Israel and was supported by International community directly after the elections.  The siege started as Hamas refused to recognize the right of Israel to exist. Salaries for employees were not sent to the Palestinian Authority. Tax revenues were not given to the PA.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;According to Raed Fatooh, head of crossing commercial committee, Israel will allow 220 of food and other products. Some other trucks will be allowed into Gaza for some International NGOs for building and other purposes. All this sound to be an ease for the siege, but in fact the siege is still imposed. Israel should lift the siege entirely and allow unconditional movement of goods and people from and to Gaza.&lt;br /&gt;According to Raed Fatooh, head of crossing commercial committee, Israel will allow 220 of food and other products. Some other trucks will be allowed into Gaza for some International NGOs for building and other purposes.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;All this sound to be an ease for the siege, but in fact the siege is still imposed. Israel should lift the siege entirely and allow unconditional movement of goods and people from and to Gaza.&lt;br /&gt;Israel is not trying to pressure Hamas or other factions in Gaza. Israel knows that all leaders and other members are not affected by the siege. They have their new cars and homes beside all kind of food they want. Indeed, Israel knows and tries to found a gap between normal populations in Gaza and factions’ leaders.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The policy of Israel failed in the past few years to bring down the Palestinian will and determination as they people still adamant and endure the suffering. Siege resulted in only bringing some radicals to public and this will harm Israel on the long term!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The policy of Israel is a new copy of the practices being carried out against the Jews in Europe. Israel which is acting on behalf of the Jews didn’t learn from the history. They are only victimizing us they way their fathers and mothers were victimized under the Nazis regime!</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Tue, 28 Sep 2010 08:30:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2010-09-28T01:53:14.619-07:00</atom:updated><title>How Palestinians and Israelis view peace</title><description>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;,.JPG&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 268px;&quot; src=&quot;,.JPG&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5521879887763411490&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight:bold;&quot;&gt;Refugees in Jabalia Camp, Photo by Sameh Habeeb&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Gaza, September 28, (Pal Telegraph - Sameh.A.Habeeb) -All of us have followed the latest round of negotiations in the U.S. All of us are aspiring for a peace agreement that ends the conflict in the region. All of us affirm the issue of ending the conflict, but we have never asked how and what is the mechanism. As far as we get to the details, obstacles appear. There is a saying that states, &quot;Satan is in the details&quot;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;There have only been a few cases when an occupier desired to give up land or peace; in which they know they are getting weaker or they are losing the battles.  Obviously, it&#39;s not the case with Israel. Israel is still strong, as is demonstrated by its bloody forces. The Palestinian side has not become stronger.  It can also be said that with the lack of unity, it has only become weaker.  It was weakness that resulted in the Palestinian leadership being dragged into negotiating over that which is left of Palestine.  Further complicating the issue is the lack of clarity in the Palestinian leadership’s lack of clarity in its position.  Looking at President&#39;s Abbas positions and his team, there is great deviation from the main issues and rights of the Palestinian people. Yet, the leadership claims it has never given up Palestinian rights now or in the future. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;This is not the case. Since the arrival of Obama, Palestinians and the International Community have continued to witness the failure of Madrid Peace Talks that began in 1990.  Obama is no different than Bush, as Bush was no different than past presidents.  Obama and his predecessors continue with another failed American policy, and the region continues to be plagued by an American foreign policy that only serves the interest of its one so-called true ally Israel. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Obama promised Palestinians an independent, sovereign and viable Palestinian state. Many thought that he would be the change the world, region and Palestinians were looking for, especially when he called upon Israel to halt the building of its illegal settlements.  The language was then changed from calling for a halt to a freeze.  The final call was for a delay so that negotiations could restart.  Finally, the Obama administration applied pressure on Palestinians for them to enter into direct talks with Israelis.  All the while Israel continued with its secret building settlements!  Obama, unfortunately, is no different. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Whether Obama succumbed to pressure from the Israeli lobby, or because of the upcoming mid-term elections, or some combination thereof, a lack of leadership is evident in the case of the American.  America is not entirely to blame for the failure of the current round of so-called peace talks, as the Palestinian leadership or the lack thereof is also to blame.  The current Palestinian leadership gave a very cheap gift to Israel and Obama.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The gift was delivered by Abbas speech, with leader of AIPAC and Jewish community in the U.S.  Without applying pressure or even blinking an eye, Abbas showed his readiness to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He stated this indirectly when said Israel is free to name itself whatever it wants, even the empire of the Jewish state of Israel. Such recognition should have never been given. Free positions should not be given, as it will encourage them more and more towards huge concessions from the Palestinians. Israel has got enough concessions from Palestinians since 1948. But in all fairness to Abbas, he merely is representative of and reflects a failed, immoral and bankrupt policy of the past.   &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Rather than lamenting on the failed policy of the past, a reflection on what Palestinians do want is necessary.  Rather than dialogue between failed leaders claiming to represent the people in the international community, maybe direct and public dialogue between Palestinians and international community is necessary for real peace.  If the international community, represented by the people, can come together to break the Siege on Gaza and call for holding Israel accountable for its crimes against humanity, then maybe together a real peace can be achieved. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The following are issues of primary importance that need to be included, talked about and solved immediately. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;-The Right of Return needs to be implemented. This right was set forth in UN Resolution 194 and guaranteed by many International accords. It gives Palestinian refugees the right plus compensation. Palestinians also seek a formal apology from Israel for the loss and damage experienced as a result of the ethnic cleansing and ongoing one-sided massacres in Gaza and West Bank. Palestinians should be allowed back to their homes and towns. If you ask any refugee, they will clearly state, &quot; We want to go back&quot;.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Israeli position to this is outright refusal.  Israel views the right of return as a demographic threat and has only accepted that around 20.000 Palestinian refugees can return to the occupied territories.  America backs this position and offered support by hosting more than 100.000 refugees in their land. They also offered $50 Billion for Palestinians if any agreement was made. They also want to settle the current Palestinian refugees living in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere through large amounts of financial and development support.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;-Settlements should be dissolved. For a two state solution to work based on 1967 borders, all settlements should be left by the Israeli side. They are built in an occupied land according to UN resolutions and are illegal. They hinder the contiguity and viability of the Palestinian state. It will be unreasonable within the future Palestinian state to move from Nablus to Bethlehem by passing through a number of checkpoints. It&#39;s as if you are travelling to the USA from the Middle East, or travelling from Manchester to London through checkpoints manned by soldiers.  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Israelis don&#39;t want to give up Palestinian land. They always state, “Peace in Return for Security, but not Land.” They want to keep settlements, which is part of their dogma. They view it as the land of the ancients, &quot;Judia and Samira&quot; which was given to Abraham and Moses a long time ago! Leaving this land will be very difficult due to them being occupied by both Jewish settlements and some Jewish terrorist groups. Leaving settlements will not be made by this or any future Israeli government. The government will collapse if even full freeze will be made.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;-Jerusalem is the core of the issues. Palestinians view it as our capital. From the religious perspective, it is a sacred place where Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. We also believe its our lands as Canaanites, &quot;Our ancestors who lived in Palestine even before the Jews.&quot; Jerusalem was always the capital of Palestine. What is left from this city now is the old city and a few other neighborhood. The whole city was divided by Israel into an eastern and western part.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Israelis do not want to share the city or give it to the Palestinians. Israel wants full control of the city, while only granting Palestinians partial rights to pray. It wants the city as a capital for the Jewish state of Israel.  Israelis want the demolition of the Dome of the Rock down to build mount temple.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Israel has been engaged in a demographic war against Palestinians since 1967. They are ethnically cleansing Palestinians and replacing them by migrant Jews.  Thousands of Palestinian houses where confiscated and given to Israel settlers. Many synagogues were opened. An Apartheid Wall was built to occupy part of the city and to exclude a few quarters. Many tunnels were dug to bring down the Islamic sites in the city. Americans indirectly support the Israeli stance.  A few years ago Hillary Clinton announced many times that she agrees to move the American Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. This gives direct recognition and approval of Israeli intentions by the Americans.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;-Borders and security mean sovereignty and contiguity for our promised future state. We are seeking full control of our borders with an army to protect us like all other free nations. The borders could be within a one or two state solution but with Palestinians being given their full rights.  This also means direct supervision of our borders and crossing points.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Israel does not agree. It does not accept Palestinians having an army or controlling their borders. Israel want control over the borders and crossings so that it can continue to subjugate Palestinians living in a so-called state.  Israel claims its control and supervision of the borders and crossings is necessary for security reasons.  However, there are only security threats to Israel because it continues denying a Palestinian state and its policies of occupation, repression and subjugation of the Palestinian people.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;-Palestinian prisoners detained, and often tortured, in Israeli jails are estimated around 8 to 10 thousand, many of whom were jailed during the First and Second Intifada and have spent more than 25 years in detention.  Israel has not released them.   Palestinians seek the full release of all the political prisoners; beginning first with the release of all the children, women and sick.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Israel does not want their release.  It views them as criminals who threaten the security of Israel and its future.  Despite promises and assurances made following Oslo, Israel failed to release many Palestinian prisoners. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;-The water issue is a key in to the conflict. The Middle East suffers from shortages in water that might lead to some future wars on the regional level. What is happening now between Egypt and some African countries is a direct indicator.  Palestinians seek to have their share of the water as part of any solution.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Israeli side of course does not agree.  Israel does not want Palestinians to have control over their own water supply because it will be a way to continue to oppress and subjugate any Palestinian state.  The dispute taking place between Israel and Lebanon continues because of Israeli theft and control of water resources on Lebanese territory.  There are similar issues with the Golan Heights and the Jordan River.  Israel controls water wells and resources in the West Bank through the settlements, hence it not wanting to dismantle settlements or halt settlement policy. Israel even created barriers to prevent water from flowing into the Gaza Strip.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;All of these issues must be addressed at once and not put off for future rounds of talks, as they are interdependent.  Their interdependence and failure to address them simultaneously continues to ensure that peace will not be possible and is currently out of reach.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Palestinians will not accept any peace that will not give us our rights. Abbas will not be able to sign a deal without consulting his people. If he attempts to do as Arafat did by signing a peace without the approval of the people, he will be assassinated or deposed. At the same time, the Israeli government will never accept the Palestinian conditions. Peace, unfortunately, continues to remain out of reach. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Contact Sameh: 00447949725139&lt;br /&gt;or Sameh.habeeb at</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url=",.JPG" height="72" width="72"/></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sat, 31 Jul 2010 13:14:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2010-07-31T06:18:23.581-07:00</atom:updated><title>IOF shoots 2 Palestinian workers in Gaza</title><description>&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 266px;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5500059081627104754&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Gaza, July 31, (Pal Telegraph) Two Palestinian workers were Wounded today morning after they were shot by Israeli occupation forces at the northern town of “Beit Hanoun” in the northern to the Gaza Strip. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Director of Emergency unit in Gaza’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, said that Khalid Mahdi Alhmadden (16 years) and Mohamed Shalabi (25 years) were wounded by Israeli fire in the lower limbs. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Hassanein added that ambulance crews rushed the injured to Kamal Adwan Hospital north of the Gaza Strip, describing their condition as moderate. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Dozens of workers go to areas near the border to collect aggregate and work in cracking the stones to provide a livelihood for their families, despite being targeted repeatedly by the Israeli occupation forces or the armed towers that were placed by Israel throughout Gaza’s borderlines.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Source:;view=article&amp;id=6820:iof-shoots-2-palestinian-workers-in-gaza&amp;catid=58:gaza-strip&amp;Itemid=134</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Tue, 22 Jun 2010 12:11:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2010-06-22T05:14:20.969-07:00</atom:updated><category domain="">gaza war siege humans</category><title>Back Home: Realties in Gaza‏</title><description>Gaza, June 21 (Pal Telegraph – By Sameh A. Habeeb) It has been over a year and 4 months since I left Gaza early in 2009. I’m back today. Nothing has changed on the ground. Destroyed houses, roads, basic utilities and lack of infrastructure are still existing or “implanted” on Gaza roads. Your way to central Gaza city from Rafah is a bit strange as it’s very dusty and smelly from Egyptian fuel and oils. It is a pity that the roads of Gaza are the same as busy and environmentally contaminated roads in Cairo or China.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I just left London 2 days ago. I made all the efforts to get to Gaza. I was between two choices that every Palestinian trying to cross to Gaza has to face. I reached London Heathrow airport midday to catch the 3pm flight to Cairo. Egypt airways staff refused to let me board the airplanes saying that I will be deported back to London. I negotiated with them for some time until they told me, “you can leave but you will be responsible for a new ticket”.  It was strange to know that I could be deported back to London because I desired to go to Gaza. What does /did this mean?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;I managed at the end to reach Cairo. I thought I would be able to get out of this ‘bad’, questionable’ situation so I made a few phone calls to the Egyptian authorities but alas no ‘good’ thing resulted. I was promised that I would be allowed to stay in Egypt for a few days after that, I will be able to go back to Gaza.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;In Cairo, I was detained with a number of Palestinians, (in one of the rooms for 9 hours). We were not allowed to leave the airport. More than 35 people were lying on the ground. Some were sleeping while other children were either crying or playing. After 9 hours we were deported to Gaza. It was a very bitter experience to be deported as an illegal migrant with no rights. As far as International law is concerned it states that, you can be deported if you illegally enter a country.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Added to that, while you are staying there, the country which desires to deport you should secure/provide all kinds of comfort for you! What is the use of International laws if we are not held accountable when we do not uphold it?&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;We left Cairo 7:30 am, reached Rafah crossing by 5pm. We managed to cross to Gaza easily, something that was never expected before.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;At the Palestinian side of Rafah crossing I saw what I expected and spoke out about before (about double standards and Fatah‘s tactics). Hamas security persons were using double standards. Many ‘normal /regular’ people were inside the crossing waiting their beloved ones. However, those people were not allowed to get in. I wondered how they managed to get.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;At the crossing, I said to one of the security guards, “I have some heavy bags here. I want my dad to come through to collect them and me”. He answered,&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;“He can’t, this is closed area”.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;I enquired, “But why, I see other people here collecting their relatives and friends. Why can’t I have the same right? Can I call my dad? Can he come here?”&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The guard replied, “He can’t, he should have coordinated to get into the crossing”.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Coordinating means, if you know someone in the Rafah crossing, then you can call them to gain an access. Well, this is just another sign of corruption and nepotism that we had also experienced during the Fatah times!&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;As I entered Gaza, an overwhelming feeling of happiness and joy went through me. I realized the smell of Gaza which is a unique one. The pale faces of the exhausted people are the same. My father collected me from the crossing to Gaza city, where my house is located.&lt;/p&gt;</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Mon, 14 Jun 2010 12:29:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2010-06-14T05:29:08.587-07:00</atom:updated><title>&quot;Israel right to self defense&quot;</title><description>&lt;h2 class=&quot;contentheading&quot;&gt;   &lt;a href=&quot;; class=&quot;contentpagetitle&quot;&gt;   Israel right to self defense &lt;/a&gt;  &lt;/h2&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;margin: 5px; float: left;&quot; src=&quot;; alt=&quot;10724_173526676292_557801292_4125269_5327693_n&quot; height=&quot;278&quot; width=&quot;350&quot; /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;London, June 10, (Pal Telegraph- by Sameh A. Habeeb) Israel has been pursuing its cry-wolf policy since its inception. Successive Israeli regimes have followed the same tactic of presenting their own nation as the victim of aggression. All the major news firms and corporations have taken the same line. “Israel as victim’, has filled the headlines. These days there are more examples than ever. &lt;/p&gt; &lt;div&gt; &lt;div&gt; &lt;p&gt;Israel has been justifying its attacks and deadly wars against Palestinians and Arabs in terms of their right to self-defense. Here are some of the messages we hear from the Israelis over and over again:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“We are encircled by the  Arabs.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“We are encircled by terrorists.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“We are living in the tough  area of the Middle East.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“We are fighting for our  existence.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“Our nukes are for the purpose  of protection.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“The Gaza siege is a legal  means to stop rocket attack.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“Settlements are a legal  means to protect our Jewish Identity.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Any audience worldwide hearing only this account might believe what they hear. It is normal for any body and everybody to seek safety and security as a basic need. People worldwide and specifically in America, which is the foremost supporter of Israel, will be convinced. For as long as these fictions are promulgated along media wires and echoed by reputable institutions, Israel will continue to defy international law and humanitarian charters. More human rights will be violated.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In the 1967 war, Israel captured hundreds of Egyptian soldiers. According to international law, Israel should have protected them before taking them to court or banishing them to prison. But Israel massacred them in the desert. We never heard of any subsequent investigation by the international community. Whose rights of self defense were infringed on that occasion?&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Massacres, like Sabra and Shatila, have been perpetrated in Lebanon. The Israeli version of this story is that, “we invaded Lebanon to kick out Palestinian fighters. Or to protect our borders. It’s all about self defense.” But disproportionate force was used by Israel: thousands of Palestinians/Lebanese were killed in such massacres. In 1996 and 2006 in its wars on Lebanon, Israel bombarded the UN compounds and killed hundreds of civilians and UN forces. All this was on the grounds of self defense.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The siege of Gaza and the one-sided war was part of Israeli self defense strategy. Very limited attacks have been launched against Israel but the Israeli response has always been deadly. The useless rockets of Hamas have been used as a pretext by Israel to launch its attacks. They are the reason given for imposing the siege. However, the facts on the ground are different.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Israeli self-defense&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The legal dictionary of &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Gerald N. Hill and Kathleen T. Hill&lt;/a&gt; (1981-2005 by) defines self-defense as,” self-defense n. the use of reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm from the attack of an aggressor, if the defender has reason to believe he/she/they is/are in danger. Self-defense is a common defense by a person accused of assault, battery, or homicide. The force used in self-defense may be sufficient for protection from apparent harm (not just an empty verbal threat) or to halt any danger from attack, but cannot be an excuse to continue the attack or use excessive force.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;You only have to look at the last six decades. Before its establishment; Israel ethnically cleansed more than 800,000 Palestinians. More than 530 villages were viciously destroyed before it even existed. Wars then were launched against Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. Attacks and military operations of Israel in the name of self defense reached Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Morocco. Add to that, a hundred or more operations that took place across Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;From 1967 to 2008 more than  800.000 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;From 29/9/200 to 31/12/2008 more than 5901 Palestinians were killed. The same period witnessed up to 40,000 injured people. On the other side, around 1000 Israeli were killed.  There is a huge and vast &lt;leo_highlight style=&quot;border-bottom: 2px solid rgb(255, 255, 150); background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 50%; cursor: pointer; display: inline; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;&quot; id=&quot;leoHighlights_Underline_0&quot; onclick=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleClick(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_0&#39;)&quot; onmouseover=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleMouseOver(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_0&#39;)&quot; onmouseout=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleMouseOut(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_0&#39;)&quot; leohighlights_keywords=&quot;gap&quot; leohighlights_url_top=&quot;http%3A//; leohighlights_url_bottom=&quot;http%3A//; leohighlights_underline=&quot;true&quot;&gt;gap&lt;/leo_highlight&gt; between the numbers. Additionally, 1440 Palestinians were killed in Gaza. The ratio is around 8 Palestinians killed for each Israeli.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Rockets Issue and Self-defense&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The official website of the  Israeli Foreign Affairs &lt;leo_highlight style=&quot;border-bottom: 2px solid rgb(255, 255, 150); background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 50%; cursor: pointer; display: inline; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;&quot; id=&quot;leoHighlights_Underline_1&quot; onclick=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleClick(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_1&#39;)&quot; onmouseover=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleMouseOver(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_1&#39;)&quot; onmouseout=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleMouseOut(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_1&#39;)&quot; leohighlights_keywords=&quot;ministry&quot; leohighlights_url_top=&quot;http%3A//; leohighlights_url_bottom=&quot;http%3A//; leohighlights_underline=&quot;true&quot;&gt;ministry&lt;/leo_highlight&gt; states that 1,750 rockets and 1,528 mortar bombs fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel in 2008. This is understandably shocking for anyone who reads this. The term rocket or mortar or missile induces fear in any ordinary onlooker. Israel uses such statistics and numbers to deflect the attention of the international mainstream media and those who consume it. If we suppose Israel is right about this, then why don’t we see Israel giving more details about these rockets? Why does Israel not show the pictures of the victims of these rockets? Why don’t we see the damaged cities, town, and village?&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Clearly these rockets are ineffective and useless. According to the BBC, since 2001, when the rockets were first fired, more than 8,600 have hit southern Israel, nearly 6,000 of them since Israel withdrew from Gaza in August 2005. The rockets have killed 28 people and injured hundreds more.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;This is 28 people killed and  hundreds injured too many. But note that there is a huge &lt;leo_highlight style=&quot;border-bottom: 2px solid rgb(255, 255, 150); background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 50%; cursor: pointer; display: inline; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;&quot; id=&quot;leoHighlights_Underline_2&quot; onclick=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleClick(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_2&#39;)&quot; onmouseover=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleMouseOver(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_2&#39;)&quot; onmouseout=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleMouseOut(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_2&#39;)&quot; leohighlights_keywords=&quot;gap&quot; leohighlights_url_top=&quot;http%3A//; leohighlights_url_bottom=&quot;http%3A//; leohighlights_underline=&quot;true&quot;&gt;gap&lt;/leo_highlight&gt; between the number of victims and the number of rockets. If this leads us to any conclusion, it must be that these rockets are primitive, inexact and ineffective. The rockets are just another scapegoat that Israel uses to justify its ongoing attacks against Palestinian civilians.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Some Palestinian factions have now stopped firing these rockets as Hamas did, from June to December 2009. What happened? A full- scale war was launched in late 2009 that took the lives of more than 1440 Palestinians, mostly civilians. The arithmetic is like this: 28 Israelis killed by rocket attacks in nine years while 1440 Palestinians were killed in only 3 weeks in the last war on Gaza. There is no way to compare the two sides. The self defense argument deployed by Israel should be renamed its policy of aggression. Self defense empowers victims to use sufficient power to defend themselves. But from the Israeli government we only see excessive force used against civilians.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;em&gt;&lt;strong&gt;By Sameh A. Habeeb&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;em&gt;&lt;strong&gt;The Palestine Telegraph Newspaper&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Tue, 08 Jun 2010 11:39:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2010-06-08T04:39:45.898-07:00</atom:updated><title>&quot;Dissolve/Change Hamas Government in Gaza‏&quot;</title><description>&lt;h2 class=&quot;contentheading&quot;&gt;   &lt;a href=&quot;; class=&quot;contentpagetitle&quot;&gt;   Dissolve/Change Hamas Government in Gaza‏ &lt;/a&gt;  &lt;/h2&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;margin: 5px; float: left;&quot; src=&quot;; alt=&quot;hamas-flag&quot; height=&quot;260&quot; width=&quot;350&quot; /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;June 8, (Pal Telegraph – By Sameh Habeeb) Palestinians voted for Hamas in 2006 looking for a change - instead of voting for the corrupted Fatah movement. Hamas’s slogan was “change” and “reform”, a change that has been adopted by Obama later on but came to an end. The siege which has been imposed by Israel, America, Quartet Committee and the entire international committee made Hamas more than paralyzed as a government. An entire closure of the borders, shortage of food, imprisoning of people and their freedom of movement were the main signatures of at least 4 years. Hamas and the people of Gaza are alike. Both are exhausted people.    &lt;p&gt;The Palestinian people in Gaza are scattered, tired -where 67% of them are unemployed while more than 80% live under the poverty line. They lack the basic necessities. More than 510 of them died due to the inability to either get treatment in Gaza or leave –for abroad. Hamas’s government, like the people of Gaza, is imprisoned, The government is boycotted and their finances are suffering and scarce. All these elements create - massive humanitarian disaster in Gaza, added to this the national division with Fatah did/does not help.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Is Hamas going through a political ordeal?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;A video of &lt;leo_highlight style=&quot;border-bottom: 2px solid rgb(255, 255, 150); background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 50%; cursor: pointer; display: inline; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;&quot; id=&quot;leoHighlights_Underline_0&quot; onclick=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleClick(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_0&#39;)&quot; onmouseover=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleMouseOver(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_0&#39;)&quot; onmouseout=&quot;leoHighlightsHandleMouseOut(&#39;leoHighlights_Underline_0&#39;)&quot; leohighlights_keywords=&quot;the%20prisoner&quot; leohighlights_url_top=&quot;http%3A//; leohighlights_url_bottom=&quot;http%3A//; leohighlights_underline=&quot;true&quot;&gt;the prisoner&lt;/leo_highlight&gt; Gilad Shalit was released by Hamas. Some people considered it as a breakthrough and will bring a psychological war against Israel. However, in my own view it is a hit for Hamas. The video by all measurements represents a failure. In my mind is shows how desperate Hamas was - Hamas thought it would be a good political move. I feel the massage of the video didn’t achieve what was required.  Easily we can read that Hamas needs to solve the problem of Shalit. It needs the deal to be an accomplishment -then we can be aware of the fact that a political achievement was made - with the absence of national reconciliation and with the continuation of the siege.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;It seems that Hamas never learned from Hezbollah. For years the Lebanese faction of Hezbollah never released information about the captive soldiers. A surprise happened. The faction handed the soldiers dead - while everyone reckoned they were alive! But in Hamas’s case you find dozens of spokespersons saying contradictory views/news about Shalit. This show how fragile is the systemic Media and propaganda within Hamas. The massage of the video that Hamas made will never shake the radical government of Israel nor will it affect the mainstream in Israel, the mainstream which is shifting radically to the right - represented by the radical government of Netanyahu and the rest of rightist parties.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Taxes in the Besieged Gaza&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Long ago when Islam appeared - ups and downs took place in that history. Many sieges had been imposed on Muslims and their prophet Muhammad. At other times natural disasters happened but Muslims survived these ‘problems’.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;During the era of Omar Bin Al Khatab the second caliph of the Muslims there had been a period where poor rain took place followed by hunger and lack of basics. Taxes were never paid that time. Even the sinners as those who steal were never punished because their acts were justified due to hunger. It seems that Hamas government never looked at this incident to implement it on the starved Gazans.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Hamas government should really never think about imposing taxes on the people of Gaza even though the Hamas spokespersons are saying all the time that people are supporting this government. If Hamas is sure - is adamant and determined on this point-   and insists- then it has to have the people on its side. But is this the case? If not, such measures for sure will never help!&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Hamas has started to impose taxes on power engines - which is really questionable. People in Gaza use these engines as an alternative due to constant power outages. Hamas as a government should help the people to have proper electricity systems before thinking of imposing taxes on these alternatives. More taxes are planned to be imposed - like fees on those who wish to visit patients at the hospitals. News reports stated that fees must be paid to meet the mayor of Gaza to discuss any domestic matter with any residents. Incidentally, cigarettes are being taxed -with 1 dollar per packet. According, to the economy minster, Mr. Zeyad Al Zaza rationalized -the taxes are less than the West Bank - he justifies the taxes by saying –it was to protect the health of the people. While some others In Hamas say it is Makrooh (Islamic wise its not desirable and even prohibited to smoke). If all this is true, a question should be directed to Hamas as this, as to why have you allowed the cigarettes to enter via the tunnels in the first place?&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;According to the financial times the Hamas government is becoming unable to fulfill its financial commitments - most of the 25,000-30,000 Gazans employed by the local government, received their wages for the past two months, either late or only partially.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Hamas Government should not consider, taxing the people of Gaza - impose such taxes on them.  The people in Gaza need more support from the government. Indeed Hamas is the one who should pay taxes for the people of Gaza – because they are still adamant and defiant on facing the Israeli occupation and the siege. Hamas should find other ways to get out of its financial problems - either by dissolving this government or forming a new government or finding other ways to get money into Gaza.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Wrong Polices of Hamas&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In addition- the news coming out of Gaza is very discouraging –for example, Hamas is either closing civil society organizations or controlling them. A policy of replacement of employees is taking place, (it’s the same policy adopted by Fatah governments years ago). Looking at the media of Hamas- we can see wrong approaches - destructive news and accusations - here and there. The media of Hamas should adhere to the ethics adopted by journalists.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The problem between Hamas and Fatah should be treated within the political circles privately - not publicly, this is the wrong way. If Hamas is keen to continue its governance over Gaza, and stretch it to the West Bank - then major changes should be done on/to its charter -keeping in mind - protecting the rights of the Palestinians – to having their own state and the right of return.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Looking at Gaza’s De facto Government of Hamas we can’t sense real changes. The recent government in Gaza should be dissolved; a new government should be made that includes independent personalities with no political belonging. There are tens of well-qualified academics, thinkers and politicians who are smarter and better than Hamas’s ministers!&lt;/p&gt; &lt;input id=&quot;gwProxy&quot; type=&quot;hidden&quot;&gt;&lt;input id=&quot;jsProxy&quot; onclick=&quot;jsCall();&quot; type=&quot;hidden&quot;&gt;</description><link></link><author>[email protected] (Sameh A. Palestine)</author></item></channel></rss>

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