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Shootout as Abbas Forces Are Pushed Back by Demonstrators in Bethlehem

Monday, September 21st, 2015

(JNi.media) On Sunday night in Bethlehem, Arab demonstrators united in protest against Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. They called for his immediate resignation following the cooperation of security forces at his command with Israel, and the arrests they collaborate in carrying out, against the backdrop of the Al-Aqsa Mosque riots.

According to NRG, the security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which has recently resulted in a wave of arrests carried out by the Palestinian security services, are infuriating the Palestinians, who carry the social protests against Abbas from the social networks to the streets.

Ma’an described the event as a march that was called to protest an excessive use of force by PA forces last week.

Sunday night’s demonstration began at the Deheishe refugee camp just south of Bethlehem, when protesters gathered in front of the Palestinian intelligence building, shouting and throwing rocks. After a few minutes, several police officers came out to disperse the demonstration, and one of them fired live rounds of ammunition at the demonstrators. After the demonstrators failed to disperse, a large force of Palestinian police left the building and began making arrests.

In response to the live shooting, armed Arab gunmen affiliated with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades came out of the Deheishe camp, and entered a shootout with the security forces. They issued a statement saying “the security forces of Abbas use weapons against the Palestinian people; whomever uses weapons against us is the enemy and we will respond against him with war.”

The clashes during the night at Deheishe followed exchanges of gunfire in the Balata refugee camp in Shechem and the Jenin refugee camp. The protest is focused against the aging Chairman of the Authority, who is now identified as a “traitor against the Palestinian people.”

A high-ranking Fatah official, who wished to remain anonymous, told Ma’an: “We agreed with factions and powers not to participate in these marches where some people chanted against the president.”

Referring to violence from protesters, the anonymous source blamed Israel: “We think there are sides like Israel who might want to plant disturbances and benefit from them.

Memorial for Terror Victim Danny Gonen Defaced by Arab Graffiti

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Only three weeks after a memorial site for 25-year-old terror victim Danny Gonen was unveiled at the site of his murder, bloody-red painted Arabic words were sprayed all over the shining plaque and dawn-colored stone memorial, Channel 10 reported Sunday (Sept. 10).

The name “Fatah” – the ruling faction of the Palestinian Authority – both led by long-time chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who also leads the Palestine Liberation Organization, is scrawled in big dripping Arabic letters.

Fierce horizontal red lines cross out the black Hebrew engraving on the silver plaque that honors Gonen. Police have opened an investigation into the vandalism that defaced the memorial that stands to remind those passing by that although the spot seems tranquil and serene, Palestinian Arab terrorists have ensured it is not always so.

Danny Gonen was shot to death there on June 19 while returning from a hike with his friend Netanel Hadad, with whom he had just finished swimming in the Ein Buvin spring. The beautiful body of water is located in a mountainous area between the Jewish community of Dolev and the Palestinian Arab village of Dair Ibzi.

Driving back toward the main road, Gonen and Hadad were flagged down by an Arab who seemed to be asking for help. When the two stopped their car, the man asked, “Is there water in the spring?” – and then shot them at point-blank range.

Gonen was shot in the upper body and was transferred, unconscious and critically wounded, to Tel Hashomer Medical Center by IDF helicopter where he was pronounced dead. His friend was moderately wounded.

An electrical engineering student at Bar-Ilan University, Gonen was the eldest of five siblings who grew up in Lod and attended the hesder yeshiva in Ma’aleh Adumim. After his father’s death several years ago, he took on responsibility for his younger siblings, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained in a statement. His sister Rotem said that Danny, as the eldest, was a father figure to his younger siblings after their father had passed away.

A Hamas-linked group called the “Marwan Qawasme and Amer Abu Aisha Squad,” named for the two terrorists who savagely murdered three Israeli yeshiva teens last summer, claimed responsibility for the attack.

One of the terrorists – Mohammed Abu Shahin, a Fatah member from Qalandiya, confessed to murdering Gonen. Four other terrorists from the village were also arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting Abu Shahin in the murder, as well as participating in other attacks.

May Danny Gonen be avenged.

Report: With Little to Show for his Long Career, Abbas Told Jordan’s King He Plans to Resign

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) The Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on Monday that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas had told Jordanian King Abdullah II that he wishes to resign because of the impasse in the peace process. The two met last Wednesday in Amman. Gaza sources have told the newspaper that Abbas plans to make a “surprising” speech in the coming days, notifying Palestinians about his resignation and retirement from political life.

On August 27, Abbas announced that he, along with a few others, will resign from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee.

“Mahmoud Abbas last received the approval of Palestinian voters in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip more than a decade ago,” writes Ben White in the Middle East Eye. “He is now 80 years old, with no vice president, no publicly anointed successor, and no prospect of new elections any time soon.”

Syndicated columnist Ramzy Baroud has suggested that, at the age of 80, Abbas is concerned about his legacy, a fact Baroud consideres “hardly encouraging.” The Unity deal Abbas’ Fatah signed with Hamas included the restructuring of the PLO and the inclusion of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in one unifying, representative Palestinian government. But Hamas is furious with Abbas for not living up to his commitments. In fact, Hamas is now seeking its own alternatives to breaking the Gaza siege through “indirect talks” with Israel, using the good services of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

“There is no doubt that the moment when Abbas exits the scene has arrived,” writes Baroud, adding, “That could either become a transition into yet another sorry legacy of an undemocratic Palestinian leadership or it could serve as an opportunity for Palestinians, fed up with the endemic corruption, political tribalism and across-the-board failure, to step forward and challenge the moral collapse of the Palestinian Authority and the charade of self-serving ‘democracy’ of factions and individuals.”

Arab Spring May Be Blowing into Gaza

Friday, August 28th, 2015

An Arab Spring rebellion against Hamas may be blowing into Gaza as summer ends, Channel 2 television reported.

The match they may ignite a full-scale rebellion may have been lit yesterday by a corn vendor, who poisoned himself after Hamas closed down his stand. He now is in critical condition in a Gaza hospital.

The television channel’s English report stated:

He decided to protest in a manner that has an uncanny resemblance to the Tunisian Revolution that led to the Arab Spring.

It added that “many” Arabs in Gaza are calling for protests and are urging people burn down Hamas institutions.

By all accounts, Gaza has been a hell-hole ever since the Oslo War, or Second Intifada, when Yasser Arafat’s campaign of terror forced Jews in Gaza and in urban centers in Israel to stop employing Arabs because of terrorist attacks.

The situation deteriorated even more when Hamas ousted leaders form the Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, in a bloody war in 2007.

The international campaign to blame the mostly non-existent Israeli “blockade” for Gaza’s economic woes doesn’t stand up within Gaza, where Arabs know that the Hamas regime is corrupt to the core and treats them like the corn vendor.

It is not clear if an Arab Spring indeed will blow into Gaza, but there are enough rival terrorist organizations that might exploit the opportunity to plant the seeds to overthrow Hamas and possibly bring even more misery, such as Islamic Jihad or the Islamic State.

Coincidentally or not, Iran on Wednesday reiterated support for Hamas as well as other terrorist organizations and said that helping those who “stand against the Zionist regime is a principle of Iran’s policy.”

Hamas Calls for ‘Exceptional’ Response to Arson-Murder

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Hamas’s spokesman in Qatar issued a call Friday morning for an “exceptional” response to Friday morning’s apparent “price tag” arson attack that killed an Arab baby and left his mother and another child in critical condition.

“We will teach settlers a lesson,” the spokesman added.

Israeli security forces are on high alert, and civilians are taking extra precautions because of the possibility of rocket attacks from Gaza and attempts to kidnap and murder Jews throughout Israel.

The Fatah party, headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, called this morning’s attack “a crime against humanity.”

PA leaders across the laid the blame for the arson attack squarely on the Netanyahu government, which thoroughly denounced the murder as “terror,” as has done virtually every leader in the country.

 

Abbas Reshuffles Unity Govt with Hamas, Claims ISIS Is Already in Gaza, ‘No Sense Denying It’

Friday, July 31st, 2015

(JNi.media) The Palestinian Authority on Thursday announced that a long awaited reshuffle of the Palestinian cabinet had been agreed upon, Ma’an reported. The new ministers will be sworn-in on Friday, after prayers in the Palestinian Presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

Hamas said Thursday that the unity government’s reshuffle was “unconstitutional and outside consensus.” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the reshuffle represents a coup against the unity deal.

On Wednesday, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas admitted that the Islamic State is already present in the Gaza Strip.

The unity government was formed in June 2014, in an attempt to bridge the gap between the PLO and Hamas, but so far the government has not been a success story.

 

More on ISIS in Gaza: On the morning of June 19, six cars belonging to high ranking Hamas officials exploded simultaneously, with ISIS claiming credit for the attacks.

In an early July interview with the Al-Quds TV channel, Moussa Abu Marzouk, a member of the Hamas politburo, referred to a video in which fighters of the Islamic State holler threatening messages at Hamas.

“Why do they want to turn Gaza into a sea of blood, and what is the ability of this organization to actually pose such a threat?” Abu Marzouk asked, and added: “There are dozens of [ISIS activists in the Gaza Strip], but they are not organized, and I think the jails are not wide enough [to contain them].”

Hamas Calls for Gaza ‘Uprising’ Against Palestinian Authority

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers are calling for an “uprising” against the Palestinian Authority.

Deputies called on Wednesday for a “revolt” against the PA in response to sweeping arrests by PA security of Hamas members in Judea and Samaria.

The PA is the legal representative of Gazans in the United Nations as citizens of an independent sovereign nation called ‘Palestine.’

The PA’s leading Fatah faction, however, has now demanded that Gaza hand over its autonomous leadership of the enclave.

Local Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency on Sunday that Hamas has “foiled” efforts towards a unity government with Judea and Samaria.

As a condition for forming the new unity government, Hamas must hand over rule over Gaza, he said.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri accused Ahmad of creating tension, saying his claim was “untrue.” He blamed the failure to form a unity government on Fatah “factionalism,” labeling Fatah calls for reform “a media maneuver.” Abu Zuhri said Hamas was willing to form the government based on national consensus.

Last month the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) – also headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas – appointed a committee to lead new talks for reforming the unity government.

This is not new. Abbas has repeated that move countless times since Hamas expelled Fatah / PA security forces after a week of lethal clashes between militias of the two factions.

Hamas was elected in a landslide to lead the government in the PA’s first democratic parliamentary election in 2006.

The two factions have never yet managed to work together to form any unity government for any length of time. Mahmoud Abbas has never safely managed to stay in Gaza for more than 24 hours since 2006. Hamas de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has never safely managed to enter Judea or Samaria since 2006.

And yet the United Nations has recognized the PA-controlled areas in all three regions, governed separately by hostile governments with two budgets and two sets of “ministers,” as a single independent “sovereign nation, Palestine.”

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