The Palestine Brief (14)
Palestinian Factions Condemn Sinai Attack
Abu Marzouk: Closing Rafah Crossing is Collective Punishment
Israeli Supreme Court Rejects Demands for Torture Investigation
Map of “Greater Israel” Published by Radical Settler Movement
Hamas Praises UN Condemnation of Israel
Report: 66 Prisoners Held in Israeli Jails for More Than 20 Years
Gaza Mother of Prisoner Dies En Route to Israeli Jail Visit
Four Prisoners Still on Hunger Strike
Amira Haas Begins Series on Jewish Settler Attacks on Palestinians
90,000 Jerusalemites at Risk of Forcible Displacement by Israel
Israel to Expand Control over Jerusalem
A weekly report published by the Center for Political and Development Studies (CPDS), Gaza on the latest developments in Palestine.
August 12, 2012
· Palestinian Factions Condemn Sinai Attack
Sixteen Egyptian soldiers were killed on Sunday evening, Aug. 5, and several others were wounded when gunmen attacked an Egyptian military base in the Sinai Peninsula.
Although media attributed the attack to Palestinian Islamic militants on a mission to kidnap an Israeli soldier, both official Palestinian factions and the Palestinian populace condemned the incident. They called for an investigation of the possibility that Israel itself orchestrated the killing, noting that the government warned its citizens a couple of days before the attack to leave the Sinai Peninsula as soon as possible.
The Palestinian premier in Gaza, Ismail Haneyya, contacted Egyptian intelligence chief Murad Muwafi by telephone the next day to discuss the murder of the border guards. The Gaza government’s spokesman, Taher Al-Nunu, told the PIC that during the “lengthy” phone call, the joint effort between the governments to protect national security of both the Egyptian and the Palestinian peoples was discussed.
Meanwhile, in the West Bank, Nabil Abu Rudeineh (spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) also strongly condemned the attack against the Egyptian border checkpoint.
He told WAFA that “the Palestinian people and leadership, particularly President Mahmoud Abbas, condemn in the strongest words possible this crime” and expressed solidarity with the Egyptian people.
“Palestinian people reject the suspicious and cowardly act against the Egyptian officers,” a statement from Fatah said, going on to say that the attack only serves the enemies of Egypt and the Palestinians.
Fayez Abu Aita, spokesman for the Fatah political movement to which Abbas belongs, called on officials to bring to justice all those involved in the attack by “terrorists.”
Earlier, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued a statement condemning the attack, saying that Egyptian blood is as valuable as Palestinian blood, and the attack will not be accepted by the Palestinian people.
- Abu Marzouk: Closing Rafah Crossing is Collective Punishment
Mousa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of the Hamas political bureau, stated that the closing of Rafah crossing is a form of collective punishment, and it is not justifiable based on the information available. In a Facebook post, he called instead for the strengthening of Egyptian security control over the entire Sinai Peninsula.
Abu Marzouk also said that stability in the Sinai ensures security for both the Egyptian and Palestinian people.
- Israeli Supreme Court Rejects Demands for Torture Investigation
The Israeli Supreme Court has rejected two petitions demanding that the Attorney General conduct a criminal investigation into allegations of torture by the Shin Bet security agency.
A number of human rights organizations submitted the petitions last year, along with signatories who themselves were mistreated. The groups claim that there have been 598 complaints of torture and mistreatment against the agency between 2001 and 2008. However, the Israeli public prosecutor has not ordered an investigation into any of them.
- Map of “Greater Israel” Published by Radical Settler Movement
The Israeli settler movement published what it calls “the map of greater Israel.” Israel’s borders in the map include the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. You can see the map here.
The settler movement quoted Rabbi Avrom Shmulevic of the Bead Artzein (“For the Homeland”) Movement as saying, “The process of national revival of the Jewish people is irreversible and has its internal logic. We shall have no peace as long as the whole territory of the country of Israel will not return under Jewish control. This might sound too hard, but such is the logic of history. The war on the Holy Land has been already fought for 4,000 years and the end cannot be seen. A stable peace will come only then, when Israel will return to itself all its historical lands, and will thus control both the Suez and the Ormudz channel. The state will find at last its geostrategic completeness. We must remember that Iraqi oil fields too are located on the Jewish land. This may seem utopia to many now – but an even greater utopia seemed a hundred years ago the revival of the Jewish state…If you want it, this will not be a fairy tale.”
- Hamas Praises UN Condemnation of Israel
The Hamas movement hailed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s criticism of Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian territories as a “step in the right direction.”
“The remarks that were made by the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in which he slammed the Zionist entity for its crimes against the Palestinian people and its mass punishment of Gaza people are steps in the right direction taken by a high-level UN official,” senior Hamas official Salah Al-Bardawil stated in a press release on Saturday.
However, Bardawil emphasized that the UN and its institutions must translate these words into action to protect victims and restore their rights in accordance with the UN charter.
- Report: 66 Prisoners Held in Israeli Jails for More Than 20 Years
Three Palestinians have joined the ranks of prisoners who have been imprisoned in Israeli jails for more than 20 consecutive years, bringing the total to 66, according to a report published on Saturday.
Abdul Nasser Ferwaneh, a researcher specializing in prisoners’ affairs, said there are 113 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who were arrested before the 1994 signing of the Oslo accords, including one from the Golan Heights, 60 from the West Bank, 10 from Jerusalem, 28 from Gaza and 14 from inside what is now known as Israel.
Kareem Younis, from inside Israel, has been jailed for almost 30 years and is the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails.
- Gaza Mother of Prisoner Dies En Route to Israeli Jail Visit
The mother of a Palestinian prisoner died on Monday while traveling with a group from Gaza to visit relatives in Israeli jails, a prisoners group said. Aisha Isleih died as the bus was preparing to leave for Israel, Saber Abu Karsh, director of the Gaza-based prisoners group Waed, reported in an interview with Ma’an.
The cause of her death is still being determined.
Isleih was one of 37 people who were on their way to visit jailed relatives – just the fourth such visit since 2007. She had not seen her son since he was detained five years ago and given a 12-year sentence.
- Four Prisoners Still on Hunger Strike
Four Palestinian political prisoners currently imprisoned in Israeli military jails under administrative detention orders are continuing their hunger strikes despite their deteriorating health and abuse by Israeli soldiers. Their case is highlighted in a joint press release issued by the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq, and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.
At the time of the release, Samer Al-Barq had gone without food for 83 days, following a previous hunger strike of 30 days. Hassan Al-Safadi was on his fifty-third day of a hunger strike, Ayman Shrawni had entered his forty-third day, and Samer Alisawientered his twelfth day of hunger strike.
- Amira Haas Begins Series on Jewish Settler Attacks on Palestinians
More than 50 incidents of assaults by Israeli settlers onPalestinians in the West Bank were reported in July. In the start of a regular series, Haaretz’s Amira Hass describes one particularly violent attack.
- More than 90,000 Palestinian Jerusalemites at Risk of Forcible Displacement by Israel
On Monday, Aug. 6, the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem (Civic Coalition-Jerusalem) announced in a press release that it is deeply concerned about the more than 90,000 Palestinian Jerusalemites who have been cut off from the city since Israel’s construction of the illegal wall in occupied East Jerusalem.
More than 90,000 Palestinians currently live in East Jerusalem neighborhoods, including Kufr Aqab, Samiramis, Ras Khamis, Dahiyet al-Salam/Anata and the UNRWA-administered Sho’fat refugee camp. They all are slated for transfer.
Read the full paper here.
- Israel to Expand Control over Jerusalem
The Directorate General for Legal Affairs, a division of the Palestinian Ministry of Justice, warned that the Israeli regime is working to strengthen its control over East Jerusalem through its fait accompli policy.
In a report on Tuesday, the legal affairs division stated that the Israeli occupation authority has approved a plan to establish a military academy in MountZeitoun in East Jerusalem.
The report added that the Israeli army’s civil administration is formulating legal actions that will allow Jewish settlers to own the Palestinian lands and other real estate they appropriate.
The Palestinian legal affairs division emphasized that the Israeli government is exploiting the world’s preoccupation with the U.S. presidential election campaign and the internal events in some Arab countries to expand its settlement and Judaization activities throughout the occupied lands of the West Bank and Jerusalem.