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|Palestinians outraged over ICC report into war crimes|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Paleostinian officials expressed "great concern" on Thursday over a report by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor that includes a warning that Paleostinian stipends to attackers and their families could constitute a war crime.|
Paleostinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riad Malki said the prosecutor’s office’s report was "based on misleading narratives of a political nature ... rather than an objective and accurate description of the relevant facts."
The Paleostinians have long sought redress with international bodies such as the ICC for what they consider Israeli crimes. President ’s government appeared to have been caught off guard by the language of the criticism found in the report.
The Paleostinians have long paid stipends to the families of people killed or imprisoned as a result of fighting with Israel. The Paleostinians say these payments are a national duty to families affected by decades of violence. But Israel argues the fund encourages violence by paying the families of attackers.
Earlier this year, Israel withheld millions of dollars in tax revenues it collected on behalf of the Paleostinian Authority equal to the sum of the Paleostinian stipends.
Abbas has repeatedly said he will not halt the payments, which totaled approximately $330 million - around 7 percent of the Paleostinian Authority’s $5 billion budget - in 2018.
Thursday’s report, released in the Hague, highlighted possible crimes by both Israel and the Paleostinians that are under investigation, including Israel’s use of sometimes deadly force against protesters along the Israel- border fence, and Paleostinian rocket fire and use of human shields in Gaza.
At the Paleostinians’ request, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened a preliminary investigation in 2015 into alleged violations of international law following the 2014 war between Israel and Paleostinian in the Gaza Strip.
Thursday’s report said the prosecutor "believes that it is time to take the necessary steps to bring the preliminary examination to a conclusion."
|Egypt to allow Hamas leader to leave Gaza|
|[Jpost]leader is expected to leave the Strip on Monday amid reports of progress in mediation efforts to consolidate ceasefire understandings reached earlier this year with Israel.|
|Palestinian prisoner held in Israel dies after cancer battle, 77 wounded in clashes with IDF|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Paleostinian prisoner died Tuesday in Israeli custody after battling cancer, Israel’s prisons service said, ahead of demonstrations in the West Bank planned before his death.|
The protests, dubbed a "day of rage" by organizers, are against the US announcement last week that it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy. The protests were also set to call for Sami Abu Diak’s release.
In a statement, the prisons service said Abu Diak, 35, died in an Israeli hospital early Tuesday. The statement said he was serving three life sentences for voluntary manslaughter and kidnapping, among other charges.
Abu Diak was linked to the armed wing of the Paleostinian Fatah faction and was arrested in the early 2000s, during the second Paleostinian intifada, or uprising. He was allegedly involved in the killing of three Paleostinians accused of collaborating with Israeli security forces.
The Paleostinian Authority and Abu Diak’s family had asked for his release to allow him to die at his family’s side, but Israeli officials denied the request. The Paleostinians also reached out to an countries and the to apply pressure on Israel to release him.
Previous deaths of terminally ill Paleostinian prisoners have sparked protests and accusations of medical negligence by Israeli authorities.
Tuesday’s protests were called before Abu Diak died. Organized by Paleostinian President ’ Fatah movement, the demonstrations were set to protest the Trump administration’s embrace of a hard-line Israeli view on settlements at the expense of the Paleostinian quest for statehood.
Around two thousand people gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah. They set ablaze posters of US President Donald Trump as well as Israeli and American flags. Schools, universities and government offices were shuttered and rallies were held in city centers around the West Bank.
“The biased American policy toward Israel, and the American support of the Israeli settlements and the Israeli occupation, leaves us with only one option: To go back to resistance,” Mahmoud Aloul, an official with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, told the crowd in Ramallah.
Demonstrators held signs reading: “TruAt Israeli checkpoints near Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron, dozens of protesters threw stones at Israeli forces who responded with tear gas.
Dozens of protesters were lightly hurt, according to Palestinian rescue services.
According to the Ma’an news agency, the Palestinian Red Crescent said it dealt with 77 injuries, which included tear gas inhalation, rubber bullet wounds and burns.mp to impeachment, [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to jail, the occupation will go and we will remain on our land.”
At Israeli checkpoints near Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron, dozens of protesters threw stones at Israeli forces who responded with tear gas.
Dozens of protesters were lightly hurt, according to Palestinian rescue services.
According to the Ma’an news agency, the Palestinian Red Crescent said it dealt with 77 injuries, which included tear gas inhalation, rubber bullet wounds and burns.
|Defying Trump, UN renews mandate of Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA until 2023|
|[IsraelTimes] Resolution passes 170-2, with only Israel and US opposing it; one of 8 measures concerning Israel passed by body, with no actions against any other country.|
The voted Friday to extend the mandate of its controversial agency for Paleostinian refugees in a move opposed by Israel and the United States.
In a General Assembly vote, the UN’s Fourth Committee approved extending UNRWA’s mandate until 2023. The vote was 170-2, with only Israel and the US voting against.
, Canada, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Naura and Vanuatu all abstained.
The vote was one of eight resolutions concerning Israel approved Friday by the Fourth Committee, which did not take up measures on any other states.
UNRWA was set up in the years after more than 700,000 Paleostinians were expelled or fled their lands during the 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel. It has repeatedly had its mandate extended since then.
Israel accuses the organization of perpetuating the Israeli-Paleostinian conflict by extending refugee status to millions of descendants, rather than the status only to the original refugees as is the norm with most refugee populations worldwide.
The Trump administration has made similar criticism of UNRWA and in 2018 suspended and later cut all funding to the agency.
UNRWA disputes the criticism and says the services it provides would otherwise not be available to Paleostinians.
We view this vote as an unequivocal rejection of a malicious and cynical campaign led by the Trump administration and Israel to abolish UNRWA and revoke the inalienable rights of Paleostine refugees," Paleostinian Liberation Organization official Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement.
Paleostinian Authority President praised the vote, according to the official Wafa news site.
The foreign minister of Jordan, which houses a large number of Paleostinian refugees, also hailed the passage of the resolution.
Among the eight resolutions passed Friday was one condemning Israel for its control over the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War, as well another approving a "special committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the of the Paleostinian people and other Arabs of the Occupied territories."
UN Watch, a pro-Israel monitor group, condemned the votes.
"The UN’s assault on Israel with a torrent of one-sided resolutions is surreal," UN Watch director Hillel Neuer said in a statement.
Neuer also criticized the resolutions on UNRWA for not mentioning Pierre Krahenbuhl, who resigned last week as the agency’s head over alleged misconduct.
Krahenbuhl is one of several senior UNRWA officials being investigated as part of a wide-ranging probe. An internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the agency, which has also faced a financial crisis after US funding cuts.
The report said the allegations include senior management engaging in "sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority, for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives." Krahenbuhl himself was alleged to have been romantically involved with a colleague appointed in 2015 to a newly created role of senior adviser after an "extreme fast-track" process, the report said.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry said the reports on alleged mismanagement at UNRWA lent credence to its criticism of the agency and called for a full release of the probe’s findings.
A number of countries suspended their contributions pending the outcome of the probe into alleged mismanagement.
|Fatah: Abbas is our only candidate in upcoming elections, PLO urges vote|
|[Jpost] The Paleostinian ruling Fatah faction announced on Saturday that Paleostinian Authority President will be its only candidate in new presidential elections.|
The announcement came during a meeting of senior Fatah leaders in the West Bank to discuss Abbas’s initiative to hold new presidential and parliamentary elections. Abbas also serves as chairman of Fatah.
|Hamas official: Egypt has barred Haniyeh from traveling abroad for past 3 years|
|[IsraelTimes] Egyptian authorities have barred chief from traveling outside the Strip and Egypt for almost three years to prevent him from meeting with their political rivals, a in the terror group said in an interview published Tuesday.|
The last time Haniyeh traveled beyond Gaza and Egypt was in late 2016 and early 2017 before he was elected Hamas head.
Hamas, which frequently meets with Egyptian intelligence officials mediating between the terror group that rules the Strip and Israel, also maintains close ties with countries that Cairo views as foes such as and On Monday, Dar al-Hayat reported that a Hamas delegation including s Rawhi Mushtaha and Khalil al-Hayya would travel to Cairo on Wednesday for talks with senior Egyptian intelligence officials and then likely travel to Qatar and Turkey, citing "trusted sources" in the terror group.
That report made no mention of Haniyeh.
Haniyeh lives in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza. Khaled Meshaal, his predecessor, never lived in the West Bank or Gaza while he served as Hamas chairman.
In January, a trip Haniyeh planned to make to Russia to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was postponed.
At the time, Abu Marzouk tweeted that he and Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister and presidential Middle East envoy, had discussed over the phone "the postponement of the chairman of the Hamas Politburo’s visit to another time because of the [Russian] foreign minister’s busy state of affairs."
Abu Marzouk’s tweet made no mention of Egypt preventing Haniyeh from traveling to Russia.
Egypt controls the only crossing out of the Gaza Strip apart from Israel’s.
|Fatah's Mohammed Dahlan indicates he will run in PA elections|
"If elections take place, I have the right to present my candidacy anywhere I wish," he said in an interview with the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) television network. "The question of whether I practice my right or not is another issue. My hope ‐ and I will fight for it ‐ is that we have a system based on partnership, and I will push for this to happen."
Dahlan, a former Paleostinian Authority security commander in the
|Abbas instructs PA to rebuild demolished home of convicted terrorist|
Hamid was convicted of killing Staff Sgt. Ronen Lubarsky, 20, by dropping a marble slab on him from a rooftop during an arrest raid in the al-Am'ari refugee camp near Ramallah on May 24, 2018.
The house in the same camp has previously been demolished and rebuilt. Abbas said construction costs will be covered by the PA
|Palestinian Authority to block dozens of news sites affiliated with Hamas|
|[Ynet] The Paleostinian Authority has decided Monday to block 59 Paleostinian news sites in the West Bank, mainly those affiliated with and originating in the Strip.|
The Ramallah court made the decision based on the attorney general's demand that the continued publication of these sites constitutes a disturbance to security and public order and threatens public safety.
Hamas attacked the move, saying that "the Paleostinian Authority is burying its head in the sand in its attempts to prevent freedom of expression and return the national press to a dark era".
|Hamas blasts rush by Arab states to normalize Israel ties|
|[PRESSTV] A has accused some Arab states of rushing to normalize relations with Israel, which is engaged in stoking anti- sentiment and desecrating sacred sites.|
Hamas Hazem Qasem said Thursday the Arab states are desperately attempting to advance ties with Tel Aviv at a time when the Israelis are hurting the religious sentiments of the Paleostinian people and s.
"Which only we represent!"
He went onto say that a series of recent mass break-ins into the al-Aqsa Mosque by hundreds of Jewish settlers reflected "utter contempt for the feelings of the Arab and nations around the world."
The also said an unconditional support by the administration of US President has emboldened Israel to violate Paleostinian rights in keeping with its occupation agenda in the region.
The stressed that the Paleostinian people, however, would continue to protect holy sites and uphold their struggle until the removal of the occupation from their entire land.
Senior Hamas leaders, in recent months, have repeatedly said moves by certain Arab regimes to normalize relations with Israel constitute a "stab in the back" of the Paleostinian people and their cause.
, the head of the Hamas political bureau, earlier strongly condemned the US-led conference in Bahrain in support of President Donald Trump’s controversial "deal of the century," saying it amounted to Arab "normalization" of ties with Israel.
|Palestinian President Abbas says he will discuss new elections with Hamas|
|[MIDDLEEASTEYE.NET] Paleostinian president said on Sunday he would discuss plans for new parliamentary elections with all factions, including longtime rivals .|
Meeting with senior Paleostinian leaders in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, Abbas renewed a pledge to hold the polls - the first since 2006 - but without giving a promised timeframe, AFP said.
In a speech two weeks ago in New York at the UN General Assembly, Abbas said: "I have decided, upon my return from this international gathering, to announce a date for the holding of general elections in Paleostine - in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Strip," according to Haaretz.