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News, October 2014
Kerry Seeks Ways to Block Palestinian UN Bid, Netanyahu Tries to Persuade Ki-moon to Halt International Investigation on Gaza
October 15, 2014
Kerry seeks ways to block Palestinian UN bid
[ 15/10/2014 - 01:40 PM ]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking to advance a new Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative that would forestall the Palestinians’ application to the UN Security Council to demand an end to the occupation, Haaretz said Wednesday.
To this end, senior Israeli officials said, Kerry has asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whether he would be willing to resume negotiations on the basis of the 1967 borderlines.
Haaretz quoted Israeli officials as stating: “The U.S. fears that once the Palestinian initiative gets rolling, it will snowball and end any hope of resuming peace talks in the coming years.”
Though it has already told the Palestinians it will veto the resolution, it would rather not have to do so, especially at a time when it is recruiting Arabs to join its military coalition against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, the same source added.
Two weeks ago, Kerry met with Netanyahu in New York and said he thought it was still possible to forestall the Palestinian bid. But he said his impression from his talks with Abbas a few days earlier was that the only way to do so was to offer a substantive alternative
“I don't think Palestinians and Israelis are ready for a final divorce,” Kerry said as he urged the Israeli PM to hold talks on '67 lines to block Palestinian UN bid.
A senior Israeli official said Netanyahu didn't reject Kerry's ideas out of hand, but answered only in general terms, leaving the impression that he wasn't enthusiastic about them.
Ya'alon: Palestinians will have autonomy not a state
[ 15/10/2014 - 01:17 PM ]
Israeli war minister Moshe Ya'alon renewed in an interview with Israel Hayom paper on Wednesday his total rejection to the establishment of a Palestinian state, calling instead for Palestinian self-rule on a demilitarized territory.
“We need to free ourselves of the notion that everything boils down to only one option called a Palestinian State. As far as I am concerned let them call it the Palestinian Empire. I don't care. It is an autonomy on a demilitarized territory”, according to his statements.
“The other side [Palestinians] doesn't think that 1967 borders will be the end of the story, and they never said that it would be the end of the story. To them it is merely a stage; it is not about establishing a state, but rather destroying the Jewish state and negating its existence”, he claimed, saying that PA President Mahmoud Abbas is not a partner for peace; he is a partner in managing the conflict.
“Abbas has never said that he recognizes us as the nation state of the Jewish people”, he added.
On the other hand, Ya’alon said that “The issuance of construction permits in the West Bank has been cut down due to sensitivity concerns,” in reference to US and European pressures.
Ya’alon’s statements came in light of European growing solidarity with the Palestinian cause most recently was the British parliament’s symbolic recognition of Palestine.
Netanyahu Tries to Persuade Ki-moon to Halt International Investigation on Gaza --
Abbas Refusing to Submit to
Pressure from Kerry
Ki-moon Denounces Israel Settlements; Krähenbühl: Gaza Siege Must Be Lifted
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Monday, expressed strong dissent
to Israeli settlement building and warned against "provocations" at
Jerusalem's holy sites, calling for renewed peace talks in order to
avoid further conflict with the Palestinians. UNRWA Commissioner-General
Pierre Krähenbühl has pledged to not allow Gaza to return to its state
prior to "Operation Protective Edge".
Injuries reported during IOF attack on olive harvesters
[ 15/10/2014 - 09:55 AM ]
Dozens of injuries were reported Tuesday evening among Palestinian farmers in Arqah village, west of Jenin, after being brutally attacked by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) while picking their olives.
Local sources told a PIC reporter that IOF soldiers surrounded the olive groves near the village and started firing tear gas bombs towards the farmers, a lot of whom suffered breathing difficulties.
The soldiers brutally attacked the farmers in attempt to force them to leave their lands, however; the farmers refused, which forced the soldiers to retreat to the separation wall and monitor them from afar.
For its part, the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din published updated figures highlighting that 96.6 percent of investigations into settlers' attacks on Palestinian olive trees were closed due to Israeli police failings.
Between 2005 and September 2014, Yesh Din documented 246 incidents in which complaints regarding deliberate damage to fruit trees in the West Bank led to the opening of a police investigation. “This does not account for all such incidents, but only those brought to the organization’s attention and processed by it”, according to the organization's report.
“Of 246 investigation files opened by the SJ Police District between 2005 and 2014 and monitored by Yesh Din, just four have ended in indictment; 223 files were closed in circumstances pointing to investigative failures. This represents 96.6 percent of the files in which processing has been completed and where the outcome is known to Yesh Din”.
The Palestinian village that has suffered the greatest number of attacks on trees is Burin, Yesh Din pointed out.
“In Burin alone, over the years Yesh Din has documented 35 incidents of damage to trees that were reported to police. Only one of these complaints led to an indictment”.
Report: IOF rounded up 21 Palestinian children in two weeks
[ 15/10/2014 - 01:29 PM ]
Palestinian Information Ministry said in a report issued on Wednesday that 21 Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in the first half of October.
The report charged that the IOF stepped up attacks and arrests against children since the beginning of October.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society, in its turn, pointed out that 250 Palestinian children are currently held in Israeli prisons and detention centers.
Israeli vandalism at al-Aqsa culminates in kidnaps, injuries
[ 15/10/2014 - 10:59 AM ]
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
Tension has been running high at holy al-Aqsa Mosque as dozens of Palestinian peaceful sit-inners on Wednesday sustained critical wounds in a round of arbitrary assaults launched by the Israeli occupation police and settler bunches.
Mahmoud Abu Al-Ata, media manager at the Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, told Al-Ray news agency that many of the hundreds of Jerusalemites and Palestinians of the 1948 occupied Palestine, who gathered at the downtown street near Bab al-Asbat and Bab Hatta in an attempt to foil the settlers’ sacrilegious break-ins, were left wounded.
At least 50 Israelis, divided into two settler flocks, stormed Muslim’s holy al-Aqsa Mosque as early as 7.30 a.m. and defiled its courtyards.
The Israeli policemen had earlier tightened grips on Occupied Jerusalem and cordoned off all of al-Aqsa gates, denying Palestinians below the age of 50 and women access into the Mosque to perform their religious prayers within.
Fait accompli spatio-temporal division Israeli fanatic rabbis and leaders stepped up calls for desecration attacks against al-Aqsa under pretext of the advent of the so-called Israeli sukkot holiday. Analysts said the campaign manifests of Israel’s attempt to enforce spatio-temporal division and impose a fait accompli on the Mosque.
A wave of violent confrontations flared up between the Israeli occupation apparatuses and a group of Palestinian unarmed youths as a result.
Eyewitnesses documented heavy discharge of random barrages of tear gas on the Palestinian youngsters and civilian homes in al-Tur neighborhood, the Shua’fat refugee camp, and the Qalandia crossing, among other neighborhoods.
At least 20 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a woman, have been nabbed by the Israeli occupation police throughout the mass-abduction campaign that suddenly rocked Occupied Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, the High Follow-up Committee for the Arab masses in 1948 occupied Palestine has launched distress signals over the ferocious sacrilegious campaign targeting the sanctity of al-Aqsa and Occupied Jerusalem, calling on Arabs and Muslims to head to the Mosque en masse on Wednesday.
The call comes at a time when Jerusalem’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohamed Hussein, who partook in the mass-rallies staged at al-Aqsa, urged Muslims to intensify their presence at the Mosque.
Along the same line, the ministry of information called on all mass media and news reporters to join the sit-ins so as to broadcast an authentic coverage of the scene and pressure the international community to immediately step in and take serious action against Israel’s flagrant breaches of international laws and Muslims’ rights.
Meanwhile, Hundreds of buses loaded with Muslim worshippers headed to al-Aqsa at dawn on Wednesday to maintain vigil at the Mosque and thwart Israeli break-ins.
Local media sources said the Israeli occupation soldiers denied the buses access into al-Aqsa Mosque and its vicinities, forcing all those who managed to mush their ways through the barriers out of the area.
The sit-inners have been performing pro-Muslim chants and slamming the apathy maintained by the Arab and international community’s vis-à-vis Israel’s mounting terrorism against such a historically Islamic site.
In a related development, the Israeli minister of internal security and the commander in chief of the occupation police have been deliberating over ways to step up monitoring of young Muslim worshippers via drones and military tactics, the Israeli Channel 2 reported Tuesday.
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