web analytics
January 25, 2015 / 5 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘PLO’

PA Ends Security Cooperation with Israel

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has pounced on its first public relations opportunity to end its security cooperation with Israel – the death on Wednesday of PA Minister of Settlements Ziad Abu Ein during Arab riots against IDF soldiers.

The move was confirmed by Jibril Rajoub, a member of the Fatah central committee. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is also head of the PA’s leading Fatah faction, as well as head of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization that liaises with the United Nations on behalf of the PA.

Israel has raised its alert status following the incident and is bracing for the inevitable Arab violence that has already begun to spread in various cities around the country.

The PA has been searching for ways to completely disengage from all ties to Israel for some time. In part, it has been egged on towards that end with increasing encouragement for its position as a so-called independent sovereign “State of Palestine” from European and other United Nation member states.  European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini visited PA leaders in the entity’s capital city, Ramallah, on November 8, to discuss its relations with Israel and other issues regarding its status with the rest of the global community.

It was Abbas who officially declared Abu Ein’s death a deliberate murder by Israeli soldiers during the clashes that emerged from riots in which the “minister” was participating near Ramallah on Wednesday afternoon.

The clashes took place in the PA village of Turmus Ayya, near the PA capital of Ramallah, in Samaria.

The “minister” was a longtime member of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Revolutionary Council and a former Minister of Prisoner Affairs – the ministry that advocates for terrorists incarcerated in Israel.

Having been a convicted terrorist murderer himself – one who was freed by Israel in a “good will gesture” to the PA – Abu Ein had the right experience for the job. He personally planted the explosives that murdered two Jews in Tiberias in 1979.

It is still not clear how Abu Ein died, despite varying accounts from media and politicians on both sides of the security barrier.

The PA-based WAFA news agency reports Abu Ein lost consciousness after inhaling tear gas and was “hit in the chest” by an IDF soldier.

“The Israeli soldiers called Abu Ein by name and seemed to be focused on him,” witness Kamal Abu Safaka told CNN. “There was a lot of pushing, kicking and punching by the soldiers. … When Abu Ein tried to intercede, they hit him on the chest with a rifle butt and grabbed him by the throat and pushed him back and then threw a large amount of tear gas and stun grenades.”

Special Israeli envoy Yitzchak Molcho immediately carried a personal message from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to PA officials at the Muqata, informing them that Israel will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death, said a statement issued by the prime minister’s office.

“The Prime Minister, who has been holding security consultations throughout the day, pointed to the need to calm the situation and act responsibly,” the statement said.

Abu Ein, who had a medical history of high blood pressure, collapsed and subsequently died of a heart attack when Israeli “forces halted the progress of (about 200) rioters into the civilian community of Abed-Ad using riot dispersal means,” the statement continued.

The IDF is also reviewing the circumstances surrounding the incident. In addition, an Israeli pathologist will join a group of pathologists from Jordan for an examination as well.

“… Additionally, a proposal has been made to the Palestinians to establish a joint investigation team to review the incident,” the statement said.

None of this has impressed anyone in the Palestinian Authority, where Abbas leaped on the chance to make political points in the street by calling Abu Ein’s death an “intolerable barbaric act.

Palestinian Authority Granted Observer Status at Int’l Court

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority won a major victory Monday when it was granted official observer status by the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

The long-sought status upgrade was announced at a session of the 122-member tribunal at the United Nations in New York City.

Although symbolic, the move is seen as “another victory for the Palestinians internationally,” said PLO representative to the UN, Riyad Mansour, and a step taking the PA closer to “Palestinian membership in the ICC.”

The Court has been unable to investigate war crimes committed by or within the Palestinian Authority or Gaza inasmuch as neither is a member of the Court, as required by the Rome Statute, which grants jurisdiction on behalf of, and over members of the ICC.

For the same reason, the ICC has not been able to investigate any allegations of crimes supposedly committed by the IDF during any of its counter terror operations in Gaza, since Israel also has no membership in the ICC.

PA and PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, known to his Arab constituents by his terrorist name of “Abu Mazen,” has repeatedly threatened to join the ICC in the event the UN Security Council does not comply with his demand to set a firm timetable for Israel to disengage from Judea, Samaria and all parts of Jerusalem restored to its capital in the 1967 Six Day War, and withdraw to the 1949 Armistice Lines.

Fatah Lauds Palestinian Shooter of Rabbi Glick; Continues to Encourage Terrorism

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas referred to Mutaz Hijazi, the terrorist who shot and critically wounded Rabbi Yehuda Glick last week, as a “shahid,” or martyr “who rose to Heaven while defending our people’s rights and holy places in a condolence letter to the terrorist’s family.

The official daily newspaper of the Palestinian National Authority, Al-Hyat Al Jadida reported on Monday that “In a telegram that was delivered on November 2 by the Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and District Governor Adnan Husseini to Hijazi’s family in the Silwan village, he [Abbas] said that Martyr Mutaz rose to Heaven while defending our people’s rights and holy places.”

Furthermore, Abbas’s advisor, Sultan Abu Al-Einein glorified the terrorist on his Facebook page according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). “Your bullets were a beacon [on] a path that had become dark, the light of which will continue to shine for years to come,” Al-Einein posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, November 3.

Al-Einein routinely praises terrorists while encouraging terror acts against Israel both on his Facebook page and on the Palestinian Authority TV.

Others like Adnan Gaith, the director of the Jerusalem branch of Abbas’ Fatah movement and a resident of Silwan, expressed pride in the shooting and deemed a “heroic act” in an exclusive interview to the Quds News Network, as cited by PMW. “The Martyr Mutaz Hijazi, who carried out the assassination attempt, was a member of Fatah and one of its activists in [Jerusalem]. Since his release from the occupation prisons in 2012, he participated in all the movement’s events and was active in it,” said Gaith.

“We in Fatah are not ashamed to take responsibility for the heroic act he carried out today…” added Gaith, a prominent Fatah figure. He also added that such ‘operations’ are guaranteed by international law as a form of self-defense. “Fatah was and remains on the frontline of resistance activity and calls on all Palestinians to unite against the occupation.”

Earlier Than Expected, Sweden Recognizes ‘Palestine’

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Sweden’s government officially recognized the so-called “State of Palestine” – which does not yet really exist – on Thursday at the swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, according to TIME Magazine.

The Palestinian Authority is obligated under the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords to negotiate its final status with the State of Israel before any “State of Palestine” can ever be achieved.

Numerous legal experts have noted repeatedly that in taking its case unilaterally on behalf of the PA to individual nations and the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has deliberately evaded its responsibility to reach a peaceful and equitable agreement with Israel and has violated international law.

None of which seems to have troubled Sweden’s new prime minister.

“Some will claim that today’s decision comes too early. I’m rather afraid it’s too late,” Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom wrote Thursday in the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.

“The past year, we’ve seen how the peace negotiations once again have halted, how decisions on new settlements on occupied Palestinian land have obstructed a two-state solution and how violence has returned to Gaza.”

Sweden’s government expressed the hope that recognition would support “moderate” forces among Arabs in the Palestinian Authority, make future negotiations more equal and bring hope to younger people there for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Spokespersons for the governments of Denmark and Norway both told media earlier this week that neither nation would recognize the PA as a sovereign nation until a “mutual” agreement with Israel has been reached.

Lieberman and Indyk Bash Bennett for Bashing Kerry

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Martin Indyk, another failed American messiah for the Palestinian Authority, and none other than hawkish Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman unwittingly were on the same soapbox Saturday to bash Jewish Home Minister Naftali Bennett for bashing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s incredible comments linking ISIS recruitment with the failure of the “peace process.”

Lieberman’s criticism of Bennett clearly reflects the dependence of the Netanyahu administration on the United States to cast a veto against any vote in the United Nations Security Council in favor of admitting the Palestinian Authority as a full member in the General Assembly.

For the record, Kerry’s spokeswoman Marie Harf claimed that Kerry never made such a suggestion although her convoluted explanation essentially said the same thing in other terms.

But Bennett stole the limelight with his remarks Friday that were very undiplomatic and politically incorrect, if not correct from the standpoint of truth, that Kerry was “encouraging global terror.

“It turns out that even when a British Muslim decapitates a British Christian, there will always be someone to blame the Jew,” Bennett said. “There is no justifying terror, only fighting it. To say that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is strengthening the Islamic State is encouraging global terror.”

Kerry stated at a reception for Muslims Wednesday, as reported here, “As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions … there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt – and I see a lot of heads nodding – they had to respond to.

“And people need to understand the connection of that… It has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity.”

We will leave it to the reader to figure out how Harf could claim that there was no linkage.

Israel’s Communications Minister Gilad Erdan was just as caustic as Bennett and said, “Kerry is breaking records for a lack of understanding of what is going on in our region.”

Indyk, who has joined a long list of American “experts” at the State Dept’s ever-expanding foreign policy graveyard, tweeted, “There they go again: Israeli rightist ministers attack Kerry for wanting Israeli-Palestinian peace to help fight IS.”

He supposedly was defending Kerry but his tweet actually spelled out in capital letters that the cause and effect is obvious: Israeli-Palestinian peace will help the United States fight the Islamic State.

Lieberman’s defense of Kerry was not so idiotic.

The foreign minister, who is on top of the list of those panning Kerry’s Peace Talks Follies, can fairly be presumed to have applauded in his heart every word Bennett and Erdan said, but his position as foreign minister took precedence. He clearly is worried about the reaction from Washington, which already has been reeled by several remarks this year by Israeli officials that Kerry is “messianic” and doesn’t have a clue about the Middle East.

That is absolutely untrue. Kerry knows the Middle East is located somewhere between the Atlantic Ocean and the China. He also knows that the King David Hotel is located in Jerusalem, the part that is not “occupied.”

“Let’s state some facts,” Lieberman said. “When our ammunition supplies ran out during Operation Protective Edge, it was the United States that sent us more. It was the Americans who gave us money which enabled us to develop Iron Dome. It was the US who voted with us in the UN Human Rights Council. The United States is the only country that saves us a good deal of grief in the Security Council with its veto.”

Netanyahu Tells Ban Ki-Moon Israel not an ‘Occupier’

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday that Israeli is not an “occupier” and that Hamas is an enemy of peace.

He added that the reason for Israel’s counter-terror Protective Edge campaign was Hamas rocket fire on the country.

Regarding Ban’s concern over “provocations” on the Temple Mount, Netanyahu described the daily violence and incitement by Muslims against Jews.

The Prime Minister’s statements were mainly for the record so that future historians won’t say Israel never warned the United Nations that its view of the Palestinian Authority is cockeyed.

Ban said in Ramallah earlier in the day, when he visited Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, that “while rebuilding is important, we must tackle the root causes of instability. We must give renewed attention to the West Bank. I once again strongly condemn the continued settlement activity by Israel.

“I am also deeply concerned by repeated provocations at the holy sites in Jerusalem. These only inflame tensions and must stop.”

The PLO explained to the world the meaning of the word “provocations.”

“Allowing extremist Israeli settlers to raid Al Aqsa compound protected by the Israeli police is a further proof of the belligerent agenda of the extremist Israeli government,” it said in a statement. “Such actions are part of the Israeli goal to turn Jerusalem into an exclusive Jewish city.”

‘Extremist settlers” refers to Knesset Member Moshe Feiglin, who visited the Temple Mount on Monday, again upsetting the Palestinian Authority campaign that the Temple Mount remain exclusive for Muslims.

Arab MK Aby Arar wrote on Friday to a Jewish activist, who complained that police had closed the holy site to Jews, “It should be closed all the time to Jews because they have no business there.”

PA Unity Government Not Unified

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Hamas appears determined to sabotage the shaky Palestinian Authority unity government to which it belongs. Hamas spokesperson Mahmoud al-Zahar said Wednesday that Palestinian Authority unity government chairman Mahmoud Abbas is not the group’s legitimate leader.

Zahar, who co-founded Gaza’s ruling terrorist organization, is a member of the Hamas leadership.

Hamas is a member of what is supposed to be a Palestinian Authority coalition government together with Fatah, the faction led by Abbas, who also is chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Abbas is the only person authorized to advocate for PA Arabs at the United Nations and in any international arena.

But speaking in an interview with Lebanon’s Al Akhbar, Zahar charged that the unity government has been a failure. He scored Abbas for going to the media with accusations that Hamas is running a “shadow government” in Gaza.

Hamas has refused to place control of security and other various ministries under the authority of the unity government, Abbas said.

“Fatah lost the legitimacy to represent the Palestinian people after the (2006) elections,” Zahar told the newspaper. “Abu Mazen (Abbas) is not a legitimate or agreed-upon president. He is a president because there is no other choice.”

Elections have yet to be held in the Palestinian Authority, although the unity agreement mandated polls six months after the government was formed. In the wake of this summer’s Gaza war and the repeated violations of cease-fires by Hamas, Abbas has refused to hold the elections.

“According to our information, Abbas fears the results of the election,” Zahar said in the interview. He added that no further talks or permission was needed for Hamas to go ahead with its plans to build an airport or seaport in Gaza, regardless of the cease-fire deal that mandated negotiations over the issue.

If we decide to build an airport and Israel responds by attacking it, then we will attack [Israel’s] airport in return,” he said.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pa-unity-government-not-unified/2014/09/17/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: